With some players filing for salary arbitration and others chasing bigger contracts, the New York Rangers could be in a load of trouble at the end of this free agency. But while some of the players that left New York (Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman) were key pieces to their success last season, they are replaceable. An option the Blueshirts could take is someone that might’ve fallen off recently, but could come at a cheap price and rejuvenate his career.
Dany Heatley, at one point, was one of the best players in the NHL. One of the highlights in his career so far was getting 100 points in two consecutive seasons with the Ottawa Senators. A once reliable offensive option, Heatley’s fallen off since playing for the Minnesota Wild. After only tallying 28 points during the 2013-14 season, nobody seems to want to take a risk on the 33 year old.
Enter the Rangers. If the Blueshirts decided to bring in Heatley, I’m sure he wouldn’t be paid big bucks. A one-year deal worth $1.5 million is reasonable for a player at this point in his career. He’d probably be on the fourth line and given a chance to redeem his shocking bad 2013-14 campaign. This sounds similar to Benoit Pouliot last season (minus the fact that Pouliot was a bust before New York), where a player joins Alain Vigneault‘s squad for cheap and works his way to an important role on the team.
Everyone knows the name, but his game is a shell of what he used to be. I’m sure a one-year deal can bring out the best in him, and the Rangers should consider it if they’re unable to bring back most of their free agents. Heatley, for that contract amount, is a low-risk high-reward who could bring fans in the seats with just his name. For a man who used to score 50 goals in a season, it’d be worth considering.