By Steven Smith @StevenPaul6 on April 26, 2014
It's going to be one busy offseason for the New York Rangers. With plenty of money invested into stars like Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash, It will be difficult to bring back every player they want to. Here are the five players who won't make the cut.
This guy had a very good season for the Rangers. Unfortunately, he wont be back. With too much money already invested in a few players, a new cap ceiling set for next season and Mats Zuccarello, Derek Brassard and Chris Kreider all having career years, he is the odd man out. This one stings a little bit, but the other players listed above are too much of a priority over Benoit Pouliot.
Most of New York's prospect pool is consumed with forwards who are very close to being NHL-ready. As a fourth-line guy, Brian Boyle can probably be easily replaced by one of them. He only tallied 18 points in 82 games this season.
Dominic Moore is another guy who can be easily replaced. There's a solid amount of quality, but cheap centers in the free-agent market this year. Again, as a fourth-line guy, he's not too big of a priority.
This kid barely saw any action at all this year. Justin Falk is nothing more than a pest in the way of the New York's inevitable tight budget. In 21 games, he only tallied four points.
The Rangers are pretty thin on defense. Again, though, they need to focus their priorities on Zuccarello, Brassard and Kreider. Raphael Diaz is a guy they'd like to bring back, but unless he's willing to take a pay cut, they just can't afford him. Diaz has hopped around from different teams throughout his career. That will most likely be the case again for him this offseason.
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