NHL Trade Rumors: Rangers Have Big Decisions To Make Regarding 3 Players

The New York Rangers, steered by General Manager Chris Drury, are approaching a crucial offseason with complex decisions to make regarding three key restricted free agents: Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Lindgren, and Braden Schneider, as noted by Ethan Sears of The New York Post.

Each player presents unique challenges against the backdrop of a tight salary cap, projected at $87.7 million, with the Rangers already having $75.88 million committed. These negotiations will significantly shape the team’s roster and financial flexibility moving forward.

Ryan Lindgren, a linchpin in the Rangers' defensive structure alongside Adam Fox, is due for a substantial raise from his current $3 million average annual value (AAV).

This past season, the 26-year-old recorded three goals, 17 total points, a +17 plus/minus rating, 103 blocked shots, and 114 hits across 76 games played.

With arbitration rights and an undeniable impact on the ice, securing Lindgren will likely require Drury to navigate the cap meticulously, possibly necessitating the shedding of other salaries.

This adjustment is crucial not only to accommodate Lindgren’s new contract but also to maintain balance across the roster.

On the other hand, Kaapo Kakko and Braden Schneider are at different stages in their career arcs with the Rangers.

Kakko has yet to firmly establish himself as a consistent offensive threat despite his high draft pedigree and might benefit from a change of scenery, leading to speculation that trading his rights could be advantageous.

Conversely, Schneider, coming off a strong playoff showing, seems poised for a bridge deal that reflects his growing importance and potential within the team's defensive corps. Drury’s handling of these contracts will be pivotal in defining the Rangers' competitive edge and cap management in the coming seasons.

The 22-year-old recorded five goals, 19 total points, a -1 plus/minus rating, 133 blocked shots, and 167 hits across 82 games played.

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