Rangers Roundup: Kravtsov to stay in KHL next season, advice for new draft picks, and more

Vitali Kravtsov could be a casualty of the Rangers current cap situation. Between buyouts, RFAs, and performance bonuses a player like Kravtsov may be forced to stay in Russia.

Potential cap crunch could keep Kravtsov in KHL

Vince Mercogliano of Lohud dove a little deeper into why the Rangers will have to go with a player like Kevin Rooney in the lineup instead of Kravtsov. That’s because the Rangers will likely exceed the $6.1125 bonus allotment the addition of Alexis Lafreniere to the lineup and quite possibly, K’Andre Miller. That means as much as $4-6 million over the cap ceiling.

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Vitali Kravtsov Rangers (Getty Images)

Hence the danger in also adding Kravtsov and a player like Morgan Barron to the roster. Both have performance bonuses that will drive the number higher and so it would be wiser to have a Kevin Rooney and his $700,000 salary with no bonuses in a 12th or 13th forward spot.

Current Rangers give advice to Alexis Lafreniere and other new draftees

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Yesterday I broke down DeAngelo, Strome, Lemieux, and Georgiev potential arbitration showdown with potential awards. Check it out here.

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