The New York Rangers were embarrassed in the Eastern Conference Finals at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. The offense was anemic, to say the least. But while general manager Glen Sather may have some big plans on what he would like to add to the Blue Shirts through free agency and/or blockbuster trades, could a new CBA alter what actually happens in The Big Apple?
It is no secret that the Rangers have been linked to Rick Nash of the Columbus Jackets. While I still maintain that New York would be better off turning to the Anaheim Ducks to pursue a trade for Bobby Ryan, the team is likely to make a splash this offseason on offense.
Yet while Sather insists that he intends to be aggressive this Summer and possibly target Nash, Ryan, Alexander Semin, Ryan Suter or even Zach Parise (who says he has no desire to play for the Rangers), without knowing what the new parameters of a collective bargaining agreement could be, will that limit what the Rangers can actually get done?
The Rangers already have a fairly high salary cap number, so adding two top players this offseason may be extremely difficult without moving some other numbers off of the books at the same time. And if they just trade one big salary or player for another, is it still improving the team’s chances going forward?
Adding a player of Nash’s caliber may not be possible, depending on what a new agreement will look like. That would also eliminate Parise and perhaps even Suter. The Rangers could still pursue a trade for Ryan or consider signing Semin, but until a new deal for the NHL is reached, it may limit any deals the Rangers are able to make.
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