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The giant offseason jigsaw puzzle for the Rangers

May 17th, 2017 at 7:29 AM
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Navigating the salary cap and expansion draft with a weak prospect pool will be a tall task

The spring cleaning began in earnest for the Rangers yesterday with the firing of Hartford coach Ken Gernander and reassignments of Chris Drury and Jim Schoenfeld. The work will only get harder from here for the team’s front office.

Unlike last season when the Blueshirts considered a wholesale makeover but chose to mainly stand pat, GM Jeff Gorton and coach Alain Vigneault have been candid in the wake of the latest playoff ouster that major roster changes will be made this summer.

But that will be easier said than done.

For starters, the Blueshirts remain in a salary cap bind and will need to make the difficult decision to swallow salary or make uneven swaps to be able to add most players of significance. The favored modus operandi – signing big name free agents or trading picks/prospects for disgruntled veterans – would¬†be near impossible given the current cap situation. Factor in New York’s barren pipeline and those …

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