Phil Posted May 21, 2019 Share Posted May 21, 2019 But have any of us stopped to seriously ask ourselves what happens if come July 1 (or later), Panarin goes elsewhere? Or, perhaps more importantly, if not Panarin, then who? Assuming an $83 million salary cap (and no major roster changes), the Rangers are projected to enter the free agent period with just over $19 million in cap space. That?s not just a healthy chunk of change, but money we can assume they?re itching to spend given their early ties to Panarin and Erik Karlsson, not to mention reported scuttlebutt about accelerating their rebuild. Panarin is an undeniable star in the NHL. Since joining the league in 2015-16, he?s eighth in points (320) and has 116 goals in 322 games. It?s more than reasonable that the Rangers would show interest in him. But should he opt not to reciprocate ? and as Mike Murphy explored earlier this offseason, that?s a possibility with the Florida Panthers in the mix for him ? New York won?t be left holding the proverbial bag (of money). Duchene would no doubt shore up the Rangers? thin-for-now center depth, though likely at nothing resembling a discount given the reported range on an extension with Ottawa that was worth upward of $75 million over eight years. What about Buffalo?s Jeff Skinner? The 27-year-old is coming off of a 40-goal season with the Sabres and has yet to ink an extension. The closer he gets to free agency, the stronger his urge to test it will grow. The Rangers, who finished 24th in goals-per-game last season, would surely benefit from his offensive prowess. Lots more in this one. Too much to quote properly. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2019/5/21/18633595/if-not-artemi-panarin-then-who-new-york-rangers-free-agency Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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