The Rangers have until Friday to get at least one forward under contract that meets the exposure requirements for the expansion draft. (NY Post)
Currently Michael Grabner is the only Rangers forward under contract, that won't be protected, who meets the requirements of being under contract for 2018 and complying with the 40/70 rule.
Pending UFAs Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg or Matt Puempel would meet the requirements but but Larry Brooks writes that those three players understand the leverage they have and are taking a "hard line in talks." (NY Post)
The Rangers could also acquire a player via trade that meets the requirements.
If the Rangers fail to comply with the exposure requirements they could face sanctions from the league, which Larry Brooks notes could include the loss of draft picks. (NY Post)