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Brooks: Rangers need to get with the program and lock up 2014 UFAs-to-be

The New York Post's Larry Brooks duly notes that perhaps the biggest signings of the summer of 2013 have in fact involved teams locking up the unrestricted free agent class of 2014, and as such, Brooks urges the New York Rangers to start ponying up to retain their core:

The potential free agent class of 2014 is being whittled down one by one — a Joe Pavelski here, a Jay Bouwmeester there, contract extensions for essential players everywhere.

Except in New York, where the Rangers have been curiously reluctant to engage in negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, all of whom can go free (alternate meaning) next summer.

Understand, it’s not as if negotiations with any or all of the Big Three have hit snags. Fact is, Slap Shots has been told, negotiations have yet to even begin with the franchise goaltender, the captain or the first-pair, right-side defenseman.

Why? Who knows? General manager Glen Sather’s email response to Slap Shots this week when asked about the status of negotiations was, “We will be talking.”

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Chet's avatar

most of this article makes sense, save lundquist just turned 31.

a good GM would resign then flip him for the future around summer 2015 at latest and let someone else finance his decline, if only that GM had good goaltending in the pipeline by then..

the rangers 4 years from now are going to be a mess.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 08/04/13 at 06:31 AM ET

Chet's avatar

if only the rangers had such a GM!

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 08/04/13 at 06:38 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

And they’ll still pull every big free-agent they want, and always end up with some level of success.  I think they’ll be like the Devil’s with post-elite Broduer.  With parity, every year, anything can happen.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/04/13 at 12:13 PM ET

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