On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie said the following about the Rangers potential offseason plans:
- On Alain Vigneault, "lots of speculation on that, some people think that for sure he will be gone and with a rebuild they will need a different voice, not a guy in his sixth-year with the organization. There are others that say he has two-years left, believed to be $4 million per, not an easy guy to get rid of if they so choose to do that. I don't think the Rangers have crossed that bridge yet, because they don't have to, but as soon as the season is over, the first thing that will happen is that they will sit down with Vigneault, get his feelings on how he feels about being in a rebuild, not sure he signed up for that necessarily but with two-years left at $4 million he isn't about to walk out the door and say he isn't interested. They have to decide if he is the right guy and do they need someone different to sheppard them through this evolutionary stage of the process."
- On Henrik Lundqvist, "he is all in, he wants to be a Ranger. Stories in the NY Post this week reinforced, he doesn't want to go anywhere, understands what is happening. That is the road he is going down."
- "The Rangers, meanwhile, as soon as this season is over, Jeff Gorton will be back open for business and doing the same kind of sell of that he did at the deadline. But, keep this in mind, even though they are rebuilding, they aren't tearing it down and if there is an opportunity - if they can sign Ilya Kovalchuk this summer on a short-term deal or Rick Nash or Grabner come back, if they are willing to take short-term deals, they will look at plugging a lot of holes with veteran guys. And, Erik Karlsson is not out of the question in terms of at least looking back and seeing if they could possibly make this work. They will be trying to do two things at the same time, rebuild and fill in the holes with veteran guys as long as they are not long-term deals."
Adam Rotter: I think that the decision with Vigneault will be as much about what he wants to do as it will be what Jeff Gorton wants to do. If Vigneault and the Rangers part ways then he will only be unemployed as long as he wants to be and will likely get the same money he would be leaving with the Rangers.
Once the Rangers answer the Vigneault question they need to determine how much more selling needs to be done and make a decision on which guys will stick with the team moving forward. The Rangers can go down a variety of different roads with this rebuild and I expect that they would like to strike a balance of going young but also getting a few established players to try and keep things competitive. The Karlsson thing is interesting on a variety of different levels. I'm not sure the Rangers will give up what is needed to get Karlsson, though they have the assets, especially if they think they would have a shot at him as a UFA after next season. It will be interesting to see how things develop once the season ends, but the first decision will be on who leads them behind the bench next year.