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5 Biggest New York Rangers Rumors Heading Into 2014 Offseason

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5 Biggest New York Rangers Rumors Heading Into 2014 Offseason

New York Rangers' Five Biggest Rumors Heading into 2014 Offseason
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The New York Rangers are playing hockey in June, but that has not stopped people from thinking about their offseason plans. The Rangers have multiple players who have contracts coming off their books, and with the cap rising, they should be somewhat active in free agency. Here are the five biggest rumors for the Rangers heading into the 2014 offseason.

5. Anton Stralman Won't Be Re-Signed

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5. Anton Stralman Won't Be Re-Signed

Anton Stralman New York Rangers
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Anton Stralman was an unknown who was brought to the team to bolster their blue line back in 2012. He had grown into a steady second-pair defenseman, but the Rangers won't keep him. He was offered a three-year, million contract, but turned it down. Stralman will likely test the free agent market, where he will find a nice offer. He will not be with the Rangers next season.

4. Marc Staal Will Get A Contract Extension

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4. Marc Staal Will Get A Contract Extension

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With all the drama that surrounded contract extensions with Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi, GM Glen Sather will likely smarten up this summer and sign Marc Staal to an extension. Staal has been great during the playoffs, and when healthy, he is a top-tier defenseman. Sather will definitely want to keep Staal and lock him up before the season, avoiding the distraction of contract talks during the season.

3. Brassard, Pouliot and Zuccarello Will All Be Re-Signed

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3. Brassard, Pouliot and Zuccarello Will All Be Re-Signed

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The Rangers' best line this year, consisting of Mats Zuccarello, Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard, are all free agents heading into the offseason. The trio has shown uncanny chemistry, and the team has already started talking to Zuccarello and Pouliot's agents. Brassard is still young, so it is likely he will be kept. These three players are turning into fan favorites, and will all be re-signed.

2. Brad Richards Will Still Be Bought Out

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2. Brad Richards Will Still Be Bought Out

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Brad Richards had a nice bounce-back year and has had a solid postseason, scoring big goals and becoming the team's de-facto captain. However, he will still be bought-out at the end of the year. Richards has aged quickly over the past two years, and is not the skater he used to be. The Rangers will won't to get his contract off their books, so they can look elsewhere to get their No. 1 center.

1. Paul Stastny Will Replace Richards

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1. Paul Stastny Will Replace Richards

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And with Richards gone, that No. 1 center would be ... Paul Stastny. Stastny has been linked to the Rangers for a couple of years now and is an unrestricted free agent. He has great playmaking abilities, and is a fast skater. His contract would likely replace Richards' contract, while giving the Rangers a younger option as their No. 1 center. Stastny will be pursued hard by the Rangers, and he will end up on Broadway.