Why is the New York Rangers problem so close?

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28: New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury speaks during a press conference before Henrik Lundqvist’s shirt retirement ceremony prior to the game between the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2022, in New York City. Henrik Lundqvist played all 15 seasons of his NHL career with the Rangers before retiring in 2020 (Photo by Stephen Ryan/Getty Images)

If I asked the three players that Rangers pay to not play with, would you be able to tell me who they are? If you regularly visit websites like CapFri Friendly or PuckPedia, you’ll know what the answer to this question is. But if I tell you there are three guys receiving $3,427,778 max out who don’t play Rangers and they all stop getting paid at the end of this year, it gets a little better.

Tony D’Angelo, Kevin Shatenkirk and Dan Girardi are the three former Ranger defenders who continue to receive payments from the squad. While they were all made clear at the end of this year, it really limited what the New York front office was able to do this summer. With the Rangers in need of so much space growing exponentially as their young talents begin to demand healthy paychecks, it’s clear in time.

Dan Girardi was bought into at the close of the 2016-2017 season for those who may not remember. His play dwindled a lot and it wasn’t worth the $5.5 million a year he was earning against the hat. Since then, his salary has been the standing figure of $1,111,111 annually. As I mentioned earlier, his cap is out at the end of this year. Six years later, Rangers are still paying for Girardi’s retirement.

Schattenkirk was a stranger from the start. After a fantastic year in St. Louis, and a successful stint in Washington, he signed a contract with the Rangers at free agency and stopped being as good as he was. After only two seasons in New York, the Rangers bought him. $14,33333 for the cap has been holding the team back ever since. He’s now an Anaheim duck for those who aren’t aware and are curious.

DeAngelo we all remember. After a heated discussion with the team, DeAngelo was dismissed. New York bought him off a two-year deal after just six games in the first year. The cap of $883,334 was the lowest of the three. He was a restricted free agent last summer after a rebound season in Carolina. He is now a member of the Flyers organization as he continues his NHL career in the capital.

This may seem a small amount to some. All in all, it’s only $3,427,778. Where’s the harm in that? To help people imagine, you can get a minimum of 4 league deals for that amount of money and leave $427,778. It’s a huge amount of money. It will limit what the team’s front office can do on deadline, which is part of the reason why Rangers aren’t active in the free agency.

Question for Blue Line readers: Of the three players that Rangers pay for not paying for them, who do they most regret buying?

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