Rangers offseason roster decisions: who stays and who goes?

It’s time to crack the crystal ball and see what we can come up with in 2022-23 Notice existing. With just 15 regular players signed for next season and just $11.9 million to fill some important voids in the squad, there will be changes to the team that reached the Eastern Conference final.

How far those changes will go depends on General Manager Chris Drury’s appetite for drama this summer. He’s got more young players to sign after the 2022-23 season, so any big moves now will have to fit into not only the next season’s salary cap but also beyond.

Here is our view of who will stay and who will go.

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Igor Shesterkin

He has number 11 in a match between goalkeepers after one of the best seasons in NHL History, crowned with a victory for the Vezina Trophy on Tuesday night. It will show everyone else on the list before you move it.

Mika Zibanjad

In addition to the excellent regular season and post-season period in which he has at times asserted himself as the engine that makes the Rangers attack go, Zibanijad’s new contract, which starts this next season, doesn’t move in full until his 2029-30 deal cap.

Chris Crieder

Even if he can’t replicate his fantastic 2021-22, Kreider is in place in the Zibanegad wing for at least two more seasons. AAV’s $6.5 million deal would be a bargain if Kreider scores 35 goals next season, let alone another 50. In addition to not making a full move until the summer of 2024, it means the longest-lived Ranger is that way.

Adam Fox

The young captain had a noteworthy post-season, the fourth most points in any play-off year by a goalkeeper, defender or striker. With his new deal kicking off next season, he’s not going anywhere.

Kandrey Miller

No Ranger played equal power plus minutes of penalty kicks in the playoffs than Miller, who never looked shaky. He’ll be paid in the summer of 2023, and that could complicate matters, but that’s not the kind of player you’d take for more than a few million in negotiations. He will likely be just as important as Fox to Rangers over the next decade.

Barclay Godro

His broken ankle hampered what could have been an impactful playoff, which is the main reason Rangers are so committed to Goudreau. With five years left on his deal, he’s more established and more important to the Rangers than anywhere else.

Jacob Troup

Although he wasn’t named captain before the season and had more bad moments after the season than any of the other four defenders, Trouba is an easy place to be here. He has a full ban for two more seasons, and even if he doesn’t wear a C next season, he’s still the captain of the Young Defense Corps.

Alexis Lavrinier

He turned a regular, decent season into a solid postseason even without any flashy numbers. Like Miller, Lavrinier will get a big raise after next season. He still feels like an essential part of the Under-25 group.

Braden Schneider

It just started. Unless Drury changes his mind and backs out on the trade order, Schneider will be on the list for a long time to come.

Stay, but for how long?

Philip Shettle

His first 15 playoffs were amazing. If he can harness the mentality he had in the full 2022-23 season, Chytil will be an essential part of the Rangers campaign for another long playoff next season. After that, however, things get tricky. Things could get tough this summer if Drury tries to draw attention to the mall for second place. The cost will likely include Chytil, who somehow played 253 games for the Rangers and is still not 23.

Ryan Lindgren

After watching what Lindgren put himself through in qualifying – barely taking a week off due to a sprained ankle that’s usually a four- to six-week injury – it’s hard to imagine him being moved. But the salary cap makes project managers do things they don’t want to do. Lindgren has two years $3 million left on his deal, and he will remain RFA after the 2023-24 season, which will be very attractive to other teams.

kabu kaku

We’ll see what Zero 6 leads to in the RFA negotiations forward, but it’s hard to imagine Rangers trying to move him now, when his value is so low. Whether he ends up with a one-year or two-year deal, Kakko clearly needs to improve his game for the current Rangers system to see it in a better light.

Artemi Banarin

This was a tough category to put the team’s top scorer in. And given Panarin’s full clause not to move for the remaining four years of his contract, it’s nearly impossible to see him go anywhere. However, two league sources said Drury was publicly unhappy with Panarin’s post-season play, when he had 16 points in 20 games but not the lasting impact anyone around Rangers hoped or needed. If there’s a crack, Panarin can ask, and it’s nearly as impossible as moving this huge knot.

Ryan Reeves

Reeves understands his role, which next season may dwindle depending on those around him. It can’t be bought because this one-year deal is a 35-year contract. And Galant is a fan, so he’ll be here for one last run.

Dryden Hunt

He’s on a one-way deal next season, but can be buried entirely in the minors if necessary. Hunt was a regular player in 2021-22, playing 76 games, but a striker group deeper than Ranger will likely bump him into the press box.

We would like to stay, but…

Ryan Strom

Among the Rangers’ UFAs, Strom seems to be the leader at the moment to stay. That may change before the free agency begins on July 13, but as for the in-house (and likely open market) options to fill in second place, Rangers know Strom better, and he might be more willing to take a more team friend’s salary for some extra years.

Andrew Cope

Cobb is unlikely to lose dollars to help the Rangers out. He had a massive run after coming from Planes Deadline, the 30th pick belongs to Winnipeg now because of that, but if there’s no place, no place. All things being equal, Rangers will likely prefer Kobe over Strom, but that’s not the case at the moment.

Tyler Mutt

It’s a spark plug and will fit the bottom six of the Rangers perfectly for a few years. The problem is money. This would be Motte’s first bite in a multi-year UFA apple, and if he insists on getting more than $2 million each, there’s almost no way the Rangers can hold on to him.

Frank Vatrano

Vatrano is another deadline acquisition that has thrived after its arrival but could be pricey now. He showed that he can score goals in the first six rounds; If he’s willing to do it for close to $3 million each, he’ll have a lot more interest about the league than teams that could easily fit him under cover. Rangers cannot block other moves.

Justin Brown

It was an underestimated deadline that turned out to be an important part of the playoffs, as he replaced Nemeth in the lineup. There is a chance that he can survive. At the age of 35, he can sign a one-year deal with minimum AAV and bonuses to be 6/7 in defense.

Take it please!

Patrick Nemeth

Drury’s biggest free-agent swing last summer was a huge whiff. Nemeth spent an emotional first year with the Rangers, dealing with personal issues that kept him out of the team for a few exercises, never getting bored of the tough defensive/killing-specialized role that Drury and Gerard Gallant wanted for him. Nemeth has been in streetwear for his last 16 playoffs. If Drury can find a recipient, Nemeth will wear a different costume next fall.

Julien Gautier

Currently, RFA with arbitration rights, Gauthier got as good a look as he could have wanted due to injury and a thin Rangers group before the deadline. In 49 matches, Gauthier scored seven points. Once the Knights reached the deadline, he got into another game. Two league sources said Drury is trying to get whatever he can get in a deal for Gauthier, who is still only 24 years old. And it seems unlikely that it will work out – or that Gauthier is next season’s goalkeeper.

Alexander Georgiev

Even more so than Gauthier, Drury is trying hard to find a business partner for a disgruntled Georgiev before Rangers are forced to let him walk when the qualifying bids are due on July 11. season; That probably comes down to a mid-round pick at best now.

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Vitaly Kravtsov

Kravtsov’s saga continues, as he will be returning to the New York area for training in a few weeks. Will he be a productive member of the Rangers community? Will he and Drury clash again on the nominees? Will he order a trade? Maybe we’ll get some answers through bootcamp.

(Photo by Artemi Panarin, Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox, Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp: Danny Wild / USA Today)