The Ryan Strome question Now that defenseman Tony DeAngelo is under contract on a two-year, $9.6 million deal, the biggest remaining question mark is Strome. The Rangers are expecting the 27-year-old to cost $4.5 million on the low end, with that total pushing near or past $5 million if it goes to arbitration. Maybe there's a team willing to pay Strome that much, but would any team also trade a cheaper center capable of playing a similar middle-six role to acquire him?
While North American hockey prospects won't be able to play in real games for at least a couple months, most European leagues are rolling along for their 2020-21 seasons. The New York Rangers have prospects scattered throughout Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, including a couple of new 2020 draftees. Of the Rangers' nine draft picks from earlier this month, only two were European — third-round forward Oliver Tärnström and seventh-round goalie Hugo Ollas.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agents F Gabriel Fontaine and D Darren Raddysh, the team announced on Friday.