Rangers Analysis: Taking A Look at the Cap Situation

Since the acquisition of forward Todd White I have been getting a lot of questions about the current salary cap situation for the New York Rangers. Obviously there is one site and one site only to head to in a predicament such as this one.....CAP GEEK! Now there have been some rumors claiming that White may be Hartford bound after training camp, which I feel is unfair without at least giving him a chance, but even with the veteran center on the books, there is still room to re-sign RFA defenseman Marc Staal. That is considering Wade Redden is waived and buried in the AHL as well.

With Redden's $6.5 million (I am so sick of writing that cap hit) gone, the Blueshirts would have approximately $6.9 million in cap space to give to Marc Staal. There is almost no chance Marc will get an amount such as that, so I think it is safe to say he will again be a Ranger next season when all of this is sorted out by the two sides.

To prove it to you, below I listed all roster players and their salaries and the overall combined salary. It is tight but GM Glen Sather will be able to manage. Note that Redden is not mentioned in the list assuming he is gone at that point, and Ryan McDonagh and his cap hit were also added at the end along with Staal.

Complete cap layout after the jump.....

Marian Gaborik - 7.5
Chris Drury - 7.05
Alex Frolov - 3
Todd White - 2.375
Ryan Callahan - 2.3
Vinny Prospal - 1.0
Sean Avery - 1.94
Brandon Dubinsky - 1.85
Derek Boogaard - 1.625
Erik Christensen - .925
Artem Anisimov - .822
Brandon Prust - .8

Brian Boyle - .525
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Dan Girardi - 3.325
Michal Rozsival - 5
Steve Eminger - 1.125
Michael Del Zotto - .875
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Henrik Lundqvist - 6.875
Martin Biron - .875
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TOTAL CAP HIT: $54,596,667
CAP SPACE: 6,965,833


+ Marc Staal - 5.0*
+ Ryan McDonagh - 1.3
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TOTAL CAP HIT: $60,895,667
CAP SPACE: $665,833

*Speculated amount, unconfirmed

Problems arise when Matt Gilroy and/or Mats Zuccarello Aasen make the team. First off, I do not think we see Aasen start in the NHL this year, I think he will start with the Pack to get a feel for North American hockey. Secondly, as I have expressed before, I really want to see Matt  Gilroy get another shot on D and if that happens, someone's salary has to come of the books (i.e. Eminger, Rozsival). We shall see...........

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