Rangers to Go With Youth Over Free Agents

In discussing what he'll do when free agency starts tomorrow, Glen Sather tells Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record that while he'll investigate his options, he want to make sure there are roster spots available for some of their young prospects to compete for…

“There’s some options, it depends what’s available. We have lots of good kids coming and I don't want to shut the door on them."

…let me translate that for everyone: "Because we decided not to buyout Brad Richards, we have absolutely no cap space for free agents, so we have no choice but to give our prospects a legit chance to win spots."

…remember how much fun the last two offseason were with the Richards signing and Nash trade? Yeah, don't expect that kind of excitement this year.

…really going to be a huge camp for guys like Miller, Hrivik, Kristo, Jean, Yogan, Fast, Lindberg and Bourque. With Callahan and Hagelin likely to miss the first month of the season there are two forward positions up for grabs, plus current players such as Pyatt, Asham, Boyle and Powe, in my opinion, can easily be beaten out for roster spots. Would really like to see a few of those young guys make a real run at making the big club out of camp.

Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that despite his agent saying there's "still some work to be done" on a new contract, Ryan McDonagh is likely to sign a deal worth between $4.5 and $5 million for anywhere from three to five years, with the price escalating as does the term.

If McDonagh wants to go to arbitration he has to file by July 10th. The Rangers can file the next day if McDonagh doesn't go that route.

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