Viagra 50 mg After some 40 years at the forefront of free agency spending, viagra 50 mg the New York Yankees and their fans found out what it was like to have one of your own stars leave when Robinson Cano signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners.

Viagra 50 mg On July 1, viagra 50 mg the New York Rangers and their fans learned a similar lesson about free agency as they watched Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman head south to Tampa Bay to join Ryan Callahan and Benoit Pouliot head west to Edmonton.

Viagra 50 mg While the three Rangers players are not on par with Cano, viagra 50 mg Blueshirts fans learned the hard lesson that turnabout is fair play in free agency.

Viagra 50 mg The major difference between the Yankees and the Rangers is in the why. Viagra 50 mg The Yankees let Cano walk because of the franchise’s “desire” to stay under the Major League Baseball Tax threshold of $189 million – a figure they raced past in signing the likes of Carlos Beltran, viagra 50 mg Jacoby Ellsbury, viagra 50 mg Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka.

Viagra 50 mg The Rangers decisions on free agency came down to having very little wiggle room due to the NHL’s strict salary cap. Viagra 50 mg The league didn’t do the Rangers any favors when they set the 2014/2015 cap at $69 million instead of the anticipated $71 million. Viagra 50 mg The Blueshirts had to weigh keeping the three Unrestricted Free Agents at the risk of losing their Restricted Free Agents (Derick Brassard, viagra 50 mg Chris Kreider, viagra 50 mg John Moore, viagra 50 mg and Mats Zuccarello), viagra 50 mg as well UFA Dominic Moore.

Viagra 50 mg While having an interest in keeping the players, viagra 50 mg the Blueshirts were not going to match the five-year deals that Pouliot and Stralman received, viagra 50 mg and the Boyle situation came down to a difference in perception – the Rangers see Boyle as a fourth line center and Boyle sees himself as a top nine forward.

Viagra 50 mg “We’re trying to fit guys who were good players for us. Viagra 50 mg We wanted to sign them, viagra 50 mg but once that one-week period hit, viagra 50 mg we started to get wind of what their numbers would be and their terms would be, viagra 50 mg” Assistant GM Jeff Gorton explained during a conference call with the media on July 1. Viagra 50 mg “Going forward, viagra 50 mg with some of the contracts we have to do and the players we have, viagra 50 mg it just became difficult.”

Viagra 50 mg With all of the Rangers UFA signings (both NHL and AHL players), viagra 50 mg CapGeek lists the Rangers available cap space as around $14 million. Viagra 50 mg The Rangers do have the ability to add an additional $6.9 million – which represents the summer salary cap buffer (10% of the cap). Viagra 50 mg However, viagra 50 mg the team would still need to get down below $69 million by Opening Night.

Viagra 50 mg As you can see, viagra 50 mg not only were the Rangers handicapped in terms of keeping their own free agents, viagra 50 mg there is not much wiggle room in terms of bringing in a second or third line center – never mind looking to bring in a first line center – unless President/GM Glen Sather gets extremely creative in terms of dealing away salary.

Viagra 50 mg Even if Sather morphed into the second coming of Houdini, viagra 50 mg his ability to perform magic tricks on the salary cap is further limited because the team tries to get Marc Staal signed to a new deal before he becomes an UFA next summer.

Viagra 50 mg Yes, viagra 50 mg Sather could trade him but the cost at replacing him could be even higher – in terms of talent and salary – especially when you look at some of the crazy contract figures that were thrown around for the likes of a Brooks Orpik.

Viagra 50 mg The Rangers first priority is to sign Staal to a long-term contract extension. Viagra 50 mg It was one of the reasons why the Rangers chose to sign Dan Boyle to a two year deal, viagra 50 mg as opposed to re-signing Stralman to a five year deal. Viagra 50 mg If the Rangers went five years on Stralman and then re-signed Staal to a long-term deal, viagra 50 mg it would be difficult to have any salary cap maneuverability with five (don’t forget Kevin Klein) of your six d-men working on long-term contracts (four or more years in excess of $2.9 million).

Viagra 50 mg If you figure that Brassard and Zuccarello will get contracts in excess of $3 million per season, viagra 50 mg and if you round Klein’s contract up, viagra 50 mg the Rangers will have 11 players making $3 million or more. Viagra 50 mg Believe it or not, viagra 50 mg that is not the highest number of players. Viagra 50 mg New Jersey has 13 players (and is under the cap) and Philadelphia has 12 (and is over the cap). Viagra 50 mg Five other teams have 11 players making $3 million or more with Boston having $4.7 million in carryover bonus overages that were not factored into the number of players.

Viagra 50 mg I have to admit that I thought the Rangers would have been, viagra 50 mg far and away, viagra 50 mg the leader in top-heavy contracts. Viagra 50 mg I suppose it is some solace to know that there are a lot of other teams facing a similar cap hell.

Viagra 50 mg There is a way the Rangers could be able to add a top six/nine forward without having to jump through salary hoops.

Viagra 50 mg The Rangers would need to get a third team involved in order to pull off a three-way deal along the lines of the one that Arizona, viagra 50 mg Edmonton and the “Rangers South” (I mean Tampa Bay) pulled off. Viagra 50 mg

Viagra 50 mg The Lightning started the three-way deal by trading Teddy Purcell to the Oilers in exchange for Sam Gagner. Viagra 50 mg Steve Yzerman was set to buy out Gagner when Coyotes GM Don Maloney contacted him about the center.

Viagra 50 mg Maloney sent a sixth round draft pick to Tampa Bay for Gagner and B.J. Viagra 50 mg Crombeen (cap hit of $1.15 million) as long as the Lightning agreed to retain one-third of Gagner’s salary and cap hit – the amount Tampa Bay would have been tagged with had the Lightning simply bought out Gagner.

Viagra 50 mg If Sather identifies a forward that piques his interest, viagra 50 mg he will need to find a team that has cap space available to park a “retained salary transaction”. Viagra 50 mg In return, viagra 50 mg that team would receive a future draft pick or prospect while retaining some salary on the books in terms of reaching the NHL minimum salary.

Viagra 50 mg The key is finding the right player and the right third team. Viagra 50 mg This might be the one case of having an old codger like Sather as GM might pay off. Viagra 50 mg Since he has been around since the very first NHL faceoff, viagra 50 mg you know that Slats has built up a career of cache and favors. Viagra 50 mg This is the case when those innocuous “future considerations” in trades can come into play.

Viagra 50 mg Failing such creativity, viagra 50 mg and even if they are able to get that creative, viagra 50 mg the Rangers are going to have to rely on some of their youngsters taking the next step in their NHL careers. Viagra 50 mg The likes of J.T. Viagra 50 mg Miller, viagra 50 mg Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo will get the chance to make the permanent jump from the AHL to the NHL. Viagra 50 mg

Viagra 50 mg For Miller, viagra 50 mg it might be his last best chance to impress Alain Vigneault and his coaching staff because Miller sure didn’t last year. Viagra 50 mg Rather than come to New York prior to training camp and skate with the team at their informal practices, viagra 50 mg Miller showed up the day before camp started – not a good way to ingratiate yourself with a new regime.

Viagra 50 mg The 2014/2015 season might offer the opportunity for someone like Anthony Duclair to take the leap from Major Junior to the NHL. Viagra 50 mg It is a long shot, viagra 50 mg but a big training camp could open some opportunities.

Viagra 50 mg There will also be an opportunity for young turks like Brassard, viagra 50 mg Kreider, viagra 50 mg Zuccarello and Derek Stepan to elevate their games.

Viagra 50 mg There might even be the chance for a dark horse to emerge and grab an opening night spot on the roster. Viagra 50 mg It could be someone like Chris Mueller who was signed to a one-way contract or it could be some small free agent signing – much like Benoit Pouliot – who steps to the forefront.

Viagra 50 mg Heck, viagra 50 mg the doors are not completely closed in terms of bringing in an UFA – depending on how much of the salary cap the Rangers RFAs eat up. Viagra 50 mg It is possible that a couple of veteran forwards could be looking for deals as we get closer to the opening of Training Camp. Viagra 50 mg The Rangers might be able to business on a very team-friendly/cap-friendly deal.

Viagra 50 mg The Rangers decided not to wait until they addressed their RFAs before taking a flyer on an UFA. Viagra 50 mg They have signed 32-year-old Matthew Lombardi to a two-year deal worth $800, viagra 50 mg000 per season. Viagra 50 mg The 5-11/195 center led the Swiss League in scoring last year (46-20-30-50) and is a veteran of 536 NHL games (101-161-262). Viagra 50 mg He last played in the NHL in 2012/2013, viagra 50 mg splitting 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim (four goals and four assists).

Viagra 50 mg Lombardi is a player that has been on the Rangers radar according to Gorton.

Viagra 50 mg “We’ve been looking for depth at the center position and Matthew (Lombardi) is always a guy we’ve kept an eye on, viagra 50 mg” the Assistant GM explained.

Viagra 50 mg He is also a player that is familiar to Coach Alain Vigneault from their years in the Western Conference and Ulf Samuelsson was an assistant coach with the Coyotes during Lombardi’s first tenure in Phoenix.

Viagra 50 mg Lombardi plays a finesse game that is built on his speed, viagra 50 mg agility and overall skating ability. Viagra 50 mg He has a history of injury problems, viagra 50 mg the most troublesome being concussions and post-concussion syndrome. Viagra 50 mg His concussion history started during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs when he took a Derian Hatcher elbow to his head.

Viagra 50 mg Another player the Rangers might have considered is former Phoenix 1st round draft pick Peter Mueller. Viagra 50 mg The 6-2/210 C/RW has struggled after posting a solid rookie season in 2007/2008 (81-22-32-54). Viagra 50 mg Like Lombardi, viagra 50 mg most of Mueller’s problems stemmed from a concussion late in the 2009/2010 and then another concussion near the end of training camp in 2010/2011 on a hit from Rob Blake. Viagra 50 mg That concussion and post-concussion syndrome forced Mueller to miss that entire season.

Viagra 50 mg The 26-year-old spent last season with Kloten in Switzerland (49-24-22-46) and was last in the NHL during the lockout shortened season of 2012/2013 when he scored 17 points playing with Florida.

Viagra 50 mg In the end, viagra 50 mg all of that will not amount to a hill of beans if Rick Nash and Martin St. Viagra 50 mg Louis do not live up to the numbers on the backs of their hockey cards. Viagra 50 mg As I said all throughout the playoffs, viagra 50 mg the Rangers best players have to be their best players.

Viagra 50 mg So after the smoke has cleared on the opening days of Free Agent Frenzy 2014, viagra 50 mg are the New York Rangers a better team now than they were in the wee hours of June 14? No, viagra 50 mg they are not.

Viagra 50 mg Will the Rangers be a better team at the start of the 2014/2015 season than they were at the end of the 2013/2014 season? No, viagra 50 mg they probably won’t be.

Viagra 50 mg Will the Rangers be a better team on January 1, viagra 50 mg 2015 that they were on July 1, viagra 50 mg 2014? No, viagra 50 mg they probably won’t be.

Viagra 50 mg Will the Rangers be a better team after the 2015 Trade Deadline than they are now? That is the time they have to be a better team and the start of being that better team will depend on how successfully Glen Sather runs the salary cap gauntlet during the summer. Viagra 50 mg He has to make sure he has enough cap space to be able to correct any of the holes that might still be around as a result summer trades and free agency machinations.

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