With Brashear and Gaborik signed to contracts, as it stands today, the Rangers have about $13.7 million of cap space to work with. This is what should happen with that money if we want to be Stanley Cup contenders.
-Sign the RFA's. This is a reasonable amount for each RFA.
Zherdev-2 years $3.25million per yr.
Higgins-4 years $2 million per yr.
Korpikoski-1 year $900,00 per yr.
Dubinsky- 3 years $1.1 million per yr.
Callahan- 3 years $1.2 million per yr.
This gives the Rangers youth and talent. It also gives them $5.25 million of cap space available. With this, they should look into Robert Lang who remains unsigned at an asking price of $3.7 million. This gives the Rangers their center at about half the price of Gomez. He also puts up identical Gomez numbers in the points category.
Then the Rags should get a decent defenseman to replace Derek Morris, as his asking price is too high. This could be Francois Beauchemin or Brett Hedican for about $1 million.
This leaves our lines like this.....
Not too bad huh?