Larry Brooks writes that with Keith Yandle being promoted to the top PP unit as well as the second pair, the argument can now be made about trying to find a way to keep Yandle. (NY Post)
Brooks says that the biggest argument against keeping Yandle was paying a third-pair defenseman the kind of money Yandle may get as a free agent. (NY Post)
He says that it's unlikely the Rangers would buyout Marc Staal's contract and that attempting to trade or buying out Dan Girardi would leave a hole on the right side. (NY Post)
- Girardi would put an average of $2.15 million on the cap for the next eight seasons, with highs of $3.75 million in dead cap space in 2018-19, and 2019-20. (Cap Friendly)
- Staal would put an average of $2.17 million on the cap for then next 10 seasons with a high of $5.8 million in 2020-21. (Cap Friendly)
Brooks says that to make something like this work the Rangers would need to commit to moving Ryan McDonagh to the right side or start working to convert Brady Skjei to play the right side. (NY Post)
He adds that it will be a tough fit for Jeff Gorton but that the Rangers are "going to be obligated to try to figure out how to make it work." (NY Post)
For a lot more on Yandle's future, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: Yandle has been making a strong case to stay with the Rangers ever since his role increased when Ryan McDonagh was injured. I think that Yandle would like to stay and that the Rangers would like to keep him, it's just how that happens in this salary cap world where things get complicated.
At this point it's too early to start projecting next season, especially when there's a lot left to go this year.
I would stay away from a permanent move of Ryan McDonagh to the right side. He is a top defender on the left side and unless it's needed in a pinch, he should stay on the left side. Trying to convert Brady Skjei is an interesting idea but that likely leads to at least another full year in Hartford working on that side. If I had to guess right now, I'd say that Dylan McIlrath on the right and Brady Skjei on the left is the Rangers third pair and Keith Yandle is playing somewhere else. A lot can change between now and July 1, but that is how I see it right now.