Offseason Game Plan: New York Rangers
The cap space above (taken from capgeek.com) consists of 14 forwards, five defensemen, and two goaltenders. Of the 14 forwards, two (Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards) have no-trade clauses, while four (Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, and Michael Haley) are on two-way contracts. None of the defensemen have no-trade clauses, and Michael Sauer is the only blueliner with a two-way contract.
On offense, the Rangers’ top-six should include some combination of Richards, Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Stepan, Kreider, Artem Anisimov, and Brandon Dubinsky. In the playoffs, it was often one of Dubinsky, Anisimov, or Stepan that fell out of the top-six, but it could be any of them next season. While the Rangers lost versatile wingers Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust, they also brought in depth through free agency by adding Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, and Taylor Pyatt. With these additions, the bottom-six should be made up of Brian Boyle, Mike Rupp, Halpern, Asham, Pyatt, and Micheal Haley.
With the talent brought in being mostly depth moves, the fantasy assets on this team are all going to be in the top-six. Whoever falls to the third line will have potential, but will have a difficult time producing with wingers such as Asham and Rupp to skate with. With that being said, some of the talent in New York’s top six is phenomenal, as players like Richards and Gaborik are superstars and many of the others have potential to increase their totals. If you are looking for more categories other than points, Brian Boyle could work well as a hits contributor, as his 236 hits were ninth most in the Eastern Conference last season. Rupp and Asham are also good PIM options.