Rangers vs. Blue Jackets… It’s Go Time!

RR2 Here in place of ilb. If you thought this was an HAV before, oh man, wait until you see what’s coming up for the rest of this week.

Game 72ish. I’m not checking. The games haven’t mattered for a while now.

The Rangers have the opportunity to play spoiler tonight. No, not for the Blue Jackets, but for their own draft lottery odds. Stop winning! Regulation losses only, please. We still can get down as far as 7th.  A couple of weeks ago, we were looking at potentially going as low as 4th. That’s what a few wins at this time of the season will do for you.

Tonight’s projected lineup: they will ice a full team. Lundqvist in goal for sure, and beyond that, who knows. I don’t frankly care to look it up.  I only care about watching theyoung players and seeing their effort and potential. Best case scenario from here on out is try hard, but lose. Everything is all about the future.

With Lundqvist in goal, my focus would be on the defense prospects like Pionk and Gilmour.  There has been some rumbling that Lias Anderson will be up on Thursday to play the 1st of his 9 games.  Chytil should follow two games later. That’s when the forwards will actually matter again.

Also of note, Ryan Lindgren might turn pro and sign with the Rangers. Maybe he gets an NHL game or two, but more than likely he goes to the AHL.

Clean Slate, Grab It

Since the Rangers don’t play again until Thursday, I figured you could all use a fresh post for your continued discussions over the future of this team.

An interesting suggestion that I’ve heard is that the Rangers would eat salary on McDonagh in order to maximize his trade value like Arizona did with Yandle. McDonagh is already a bargain at 4.7; at 2.35 he is an outright steal. That cap hit would rank 118th among defensemen, right between Nathan Beaulieu and Matt Hunwick. It would only be 600k more than what Ottawa is paying Dion Phaneuf to play in LA. In case you were wondering, his current hit ranks 53rd, between Niklas Kronwall and TJ Brodie.

So, something to chew on for you guys. We can retain salary on up to 3 players for an aggregate total of 15% of the upper cap limit ($11.25MM based upon upper limit of $75MM), which would be more than enough to retain half of Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, and Ryan McDonagh ($8.5MM total). In Nash’s case, I don’t think he can be moved without it, but it seems like a good way to max out our returns on our players with term remaining. Also, in case you were wondering, swapping Lundqvist for Zuccarello brings the total to $10.5MM.

Have a great couple of days.

Rangers 4, Flyers 7

I know some of your find hoping for losses repugnant, especially against Philadephia, but every regulation loss brings us that much closer to a higher draft pick.

Here is Carp’s review at the Athletic. If you haven’t already joined, you should. Their trade deadline coverage has been fantastic.

Now, I leave you to get back to my kids, who are perpetually sick.