It depends on the CBA only to the extent that the issue could cause a work stoppage, and there would be no playoffs to make. Other than that, it depends on whether Sather is allowed to continue, and if not, how smart his successor is.
Certainly, other GM's have turned around pretty bad situations pretty quickly, Dave Taylor in LA is one that comes to mind.
Agreed, if there is "Hard Cap" and we have Holik, Jagr, Kaspiritis, and DeVries on the team ... we may not be able to furnish a whole team (although I'm sure the league will make accomodations to ensure we have a full squad).
Get as as many kids as you can now to compliment the Moore's, Jessimen's, Tjutins, Barankas, Lundqvists/Labarberas, Murrays, Ortmeyers, Lundmarks and whoever...And if there is a CAP (Very questionable), it may very well be a soft one with a luxury tax as well as a lowered age for UFAs..And there will probably be alot of them and RFAs avaialble..WHo knows? And you know the Rangers will TRY to make use of it, right?...A few more of the right vets (after we lose a boatload--Hopefully) to compliment a young(er) team, could see us back in the POs fairly quicky IF we have the right GM making the choices of who to bring on and a half-decent coach deploying them......Bottom line, Sather stays as GM then we are still screwed...If the Buffoon from Banf-f-f-f-f goes, it may not take long (2 years) at all under anything but a hard cap....OK, I just woke up..