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01-18-2012, 11:53 AM
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Do the Rangers have a 2-year window to win the Cup?

Things are going to get very interesting for the New York Rangers after the 2012-2013 hockey season. But let's hold off on that for now and look at what's to come this offseason:

2012 RFA
Wolski
Del Zotto
Stralman
Bickel

2012 UFA
Fedotenko
Christensen
Prust
Mitchell
Eminger
Woywitka
Biron

I can see the Rangers retaining Del Zotto, Stralman, Prust, Mitchell, and Biron on one-way contracts. Pay raises can be handled easily with the money coming off the books from Wolski, Christensen, and Fedotenko. Mitchell takes Feds spot in the lineup and Kreider can slot in on an ELC.

Easy.

But 2013 is where things get kind of iffy:

2013 RFA
Anisimov
Stepan
Hagelin
McDonagh
Sauer

The Rangers have 0 unrestricted free agents coming off the books that off-season. It's going to be incredibly tough to resign all of these guys. That said, does the window start to close on this team after 2013? I see next year's team being the best equipped to make a run at the Cup.

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