The Rangers have $4.48 million in cap space following the Vlad Namestnikov trade.
Greg McKegg or Micheal Haley will likely come into the Rangers lineup to replace Namestnikov.
Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast are pending UFAs and Ryan Strome is a pending RFA.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers aren’t likely to call up Filip Chytil or Vitali Kravtsov to replace Namestnikov for the same reason why they were sent down, the spot open isn’t in the top-nine. Chytil had two assists, a plus three rating and three shots for Hartford, in two games, over the weekend while Kravtsov was a minus one on Saturday but a healthy scratch on Sunday. I think the Rangers want Chytil playing in the middle and because of that he could be in Hartford for, at least, a month or so.
Even if injuries occur, I think the Rangers, right now, would be more likely to call up one of Vinni Lettieri, Danny O’Regan, Phil Di Giuseppe or Boo Nieves rather than Chytil.
Brendan Lemieux took Namestnikov’s spot on the third line with Brett Howden and Jesper Fast and so McKegg will likely take the spot next to Lias Andersson and Brendan Smith with Haley coming in as needed.
In terms of who might be next to go via trade, it seems like it will be Chris Kreider though there is no timetable for that. Maybe Ryan Strome if one of the young centers is pushing for his spot on the second line, but even then, Strome could play on the wing for a bit. His status overall, as a pending RFA, is a bit up in the air and the Rangers have some time to decide how to handle it. I think that unless a playoff team is offering a ton for Jesper Fast, unlikely, he will remain with the Rangers and ultimately re-sign for another 2-3 years.