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06-30-2013, 05:20 AM
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Sure, the Rangers would love to acquire Cal Clutterbuck from the Wild, but the team just doesn’t appear to have the maneuverability under the cap, let alone the choice draft picks to surrender, in order to get it done.

The decision to retain Brad Richards may make Brian Boyle vulnerable — $1.7 million is a tidy sum and cap hit for Boyle if he slots in as fourth-line center behind Richards, Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard.

Except the Blueshirts likely are to be without both Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin for the first few weeks of the season in the aftermath of their post-elimination labrum surgeries, so that Boyle likely is to be needed on the wing in October.

Boyle should be vulnerable. He has value. Pyatt,Powe and Asham should follow Boyle out the door. The Rangers need to follow the Hawks and Bruins model. They have hard working skill players in their bottom six. Whether its Kruger,Shaw,Frolik or Bolland in Chicago. Bolland is available. The Rangers can't afford the $3.375M cap hit for a bottom six player. Campbell and Paille in Boston. Losing Campbell had the the Bruins bottom six out of whack. Paille was moved up with Kelly and Seguin. Thornton was rendered a useless player with Peverley and either the Kaspar guy or Soderberg. Boston is looking to shed Peverley's contract. 2 years. $3.25M cap. He wasn't very good in 2013. AV likes to match up his personnel to zones. Boyle,Pyatt,Powe and Asham will never add any offense starting 50% of the time in the defensive zone. Those are black holes when it comes to adding offense.

The Rangers could shuffle some chairs on the deck if they’re interested in dealing Michael Del Zotto for a defenseman of the stiffer variety whose cap hit is commensurate to No. 4’s $2.55 million, but the Blueshirts don’t have the necessary space available to pull off a blockbuster.
Preferably a righty. But who?

The Blueshirts don’t seem to have prospects up front knocking on the door, either, unless one counts Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller, which Clark does.

“They’re both so young that despite their NHL experience, you have to think of them as prospects with a good chance of starting the season with the Rangers,” Clark said. “I think J.T. would have played at the end if not for his wrist injury.

And Chris, he basically has scored six goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, three of them game-winners, and other than that didn’t play very much.”

A little shot at Torts. Those must be the two guys AV referred to last week. Two players on the cusp of making the team. Clark and the Rangers brass like Miller at center.

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