As you all know by now, the New York Rangers have missed out on a lot of unrestricted free agents, such as Ryane Clowe, who played for the Rangers just last season, Nathan Horton, David Clarkson, Michael Ryder, and Mike Ribeiro just to name a few, but is this such a bad thing?
The answer to that is no. Rangers GM Glen Sather has made it quite obvious this offseason to stay with the team he currently has. Now the Rangers haven’t been completely silent this summer as they have signed some unrestricted free agents, such as forwards Benoit Pouliot and ex-Ranger Dominic Moore, as well as defensemen Justin Falk and Aaron Johnson. However, none of those players are star-caliber by any stretch of the imagination but instead only depth players for their bottom six and their third defensive pair.
The Rangers have way more important things to do this summer like signing their restricted free agents, and they recently reached a deal with one of them just today in defenseman Ryan McDonagh, locking him up for six more years. Other restricted free agents that hopefully follow suit will be forwards Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, and maybe Mats Zuccarello as well as newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk. Also, don’t forget the Rangers’ best player, and arguably the best goaltender in the league, Henrik Lundqvist is an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season, and the franchise would like to have a long-term deal with him locked in this summer.
All of those reasons, from the Rangers’ restricted free agents this year to the team’s best player becoming an unrestricted free agent after next season, are all why the Blueshirts have not been big spenders this offseason and rightfully so.