Cap Decrease Could Be Disaster for Rangers

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that while the NHL's proposal to drop the cap to $60 million may not hurt the Rangers next year, it could be a major problem in 2014-15…

"The Rangers wouldn’t be anywhere close to being in the most difficult shape in the NHL, but Group II’s Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, all coming off Entry Level, would be boxed into one-year bridge deals awaiting arbitration, with eventual deals perhaps costing the Blueshirts more in the long run against the cap, and this with a potential 2014-15 offseason disaster looming."

…the Rangers have a ton of UFAs after next season including Gaborik, Callahan, Boyle, Rupp, Asham, Lundqvist and Girardi (see Cap Geek for entire list), so they'll have plenty of space to sign the Group II's Brooks mentions but will have to make difficult decisions on guys like Gaborik and Girardi to stay under the cap. Sather will be put to the test to find a ton of value players to fill the holes.

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