NYR: A Look At The Scraps Left In The UFA Pool

Devin Setoguchi is still out there (AP)

Devin Setoguchi is still out there (AP)

As we enter the long hot summer, people’s brains start to cook waiting for hockey. A player seen at a pizza shop ordering a slice of vegan pizza becomes big news. And of course, social media rumor mongers run rampant and unchecked behind anonymous accounts.

We all know the Rangers top priority is to sign their remaining restricted free agents. Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and John Moore are all musts and they will eat most of the 15 million left in cap space.

However, if they don’t and there is left 1-3M in space, would Sather look at one of these top 20-25 UFA forwards to fill in the gap left by “The Purge” to TB (& Edmonton)? Here is a list from Cap Geek of forwards that may be worth a look.

UFA Forwards (CAP GEEK)

UFA Forwards (CAP GEEK)

As you can see, there aren’t a ton of names worth considering. However, if the void needed to fill is the spot vacated by Benoit Pouliot we have 6 names we’d be open to.

Dany Heatley: Yes at 33 he may be done. We just don’t buy it and would be open to give him a chance to play the wing with either Brassard or JT Miller.

Devin Setoguchi: At 27, he would be my preference. But because he is 27, he would be less inclined to take a 1 year deal on the cheap. He should have options.

Lee Stempniak: I’ve always liked his game and at age 31, he shouldn’t be washed up yet. He was very quick and noticeable for the Penguins in the 2nd round against the Rangers.

Brenden Morrow: At 35, he just might be too old and slow to fit in AV’s system. But maybe on a 4th line wing spot, it could work.

Ryan Carter: Well, we know he likes to play against the Rangers and Lundqvist doesn’t like playing against him. However, at the age of 30, is he anything more than a 4th liner? We think the Rangers should pass.

Daniel Winnick: He’s fairly young at 29 and could prove to be a valuable player in AV’s system. Still, I think he can find a better offer elsewhere.

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