Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the big-ticket players from the market. Shattenkirk is probably the top free agent available on the market and headlines a weak group of defensemen.
The interview process for draft prospects must be a real beating. In the case of two smaller prospects, it meant providing some swagger in their answers, possibly impressing their new teams. If nothing else, Kailer Yamamoto and Michael DiPietro generated some refreshingly confident quotes.
The Rangers currently have $20 million in cap space, a number that could reach close to $23 million if Kevin Klein retires. After moving Derek Stepan and his cap hit of $6.5 million on Friday, GM Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers "have money now" and that his phone has started to ring more often because of it. He added that the cap implications of moving Stepan were a "big part" of the trade. On Saturday, Gorton said that their cap space provides "flexibility" and gives them an opportunity to make the team better and maybe have conversations and listen to things they couldn't have done when they were in more of a cap crunch. Including Klein, the Rangers have 17 players under contract for next