If I were in the shoes of Glen Sather I would do the following.....
-Trade Drury, Rozsival, and a 2010 3rd rounder to Ottawa for Dany Heatley. This frees up about $4 million of cap space, that is, if Ottawa accepts.
-Resign Zherdev to a 3 year deal at about $3 million per. This is a great deal because Z puts up 60-65 points a season and is young, giving him the potential to bloom into a star.
-Play the Youngsters. Matt Gilroy, Micheal Del Zotto, and Corey Potter are more than ready for the NHL squad. They can't do any worse than Redden and Mara did last year!
-Resign Betts and Sjostrom to identical contracts. They should both be able to be brought in at 1 million each for a year or two. They may not put up goals but the plus-minus is there and they are both unbelievable penalty killers.
-DON'T resign the rest of the free-agents-to-be on the roster with the exception of Dubinsky and Callahan. This gives you about $5 million to work with, plus the $4 million saved in the Heatley deal; $9 million.
-With that $9 million, I would take a poke at Brian Gionta, who would be a good fit with Scotty Gomez. That is a deal worth looking into. Gionta comes cheap at a probable $2.5 million. To add on, Kovalev provides great leadership and Power Play points, something the Rangers need. At $3.5 million, he's worth a try. Plus, Kovy would love to come back to the Garden to possibly win a cup to end hs career. For the $3 million remaining, I would try to land a minor leaguer, such as Geoff Peters or Matt Hussey, or I might just "save up" for next year's free agent frenzy.
-As for Wade Redden, I would leave him on the team. I think he and Heatley would be a deadly combo on the PP as old freinds from Ottawa. If he fails theBig Apple test again, by all means, get rid of him.
- These lines may win us a cup....