Today is the second day of the NHL draft and the Rangers have the following picks:
- #49 | Second Round (Via Dallas from the Mats Zuccarello trade)
- #58 | Second Round (Via Tampa Bay from the Ryan McDonagh trade)
- #68 | Third Round
- #112 | Fourth Round (Via Columbus from the Adam McQuaid trade)
- #130 | Fifth Round
- #161 | Sixth Round
- #205 | Seventh Round (Via Columbus from the Adam McQuaid trade)
It’s expected that the NHL will announce the upper limit of the salary cap as being around $81.5 million this weekend.
The Free Agent talking period begins this week with players actually able to sign starting July 1.
Adam Rotter: The feeling from many around the league is that the salary cap not being finalized is holding up a number of different things. Could the Rangers trade some roster players today? Yes. Do I think it might be more likely later this week, after teams have begun talking with UFAs and decide which direction they want to pursue? The belief, as of right now, is that the Rangers are listening on Chris Kreider but they haven’t made a decision yet on whether to trade him or make a run at a contract extension. Everyone, including myself, keeps speculating that we will know on Kreider by this day or that day but some other things like the salary cap, Artemi Panarin and certain RFAs may need to get done before we get a resolution. I still think that there is a good chance of Kreider signing an extension but the Rangers may need to get Jacob Trouba done first to see how much of the 2020-21 salary cap he will take. It’s all jut guessing until something actually happens and the same is true with Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith. There is a bit more of a deadline with Smith and Shattenkirk, at least in regards to the first buyout period ending on June 30, but it’s certainly possible that the Rangers enter July with a number of these questions and situations unresolved.