The New York Rangers have had some of the most successful teams in the league for decades and now they’re looking to expand their brand with a bold move.
Head coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Glen Sather said Monday they’re taking a shot at the expansion draft, a rare event that is considered by many as a must-win move in order to make the playoffs.
Vigneault told the team’s official website that they will be looking for the top player available in the draft, which is expected to be held on June 20-22 in Buffalo.
“I think we’re in the right place right now,” Vigneaultsaid Monday.
“We’re in a good place.
We’re not in a position to be a laughingstock, but we’re not going to let that stop us.”
The Rangers have already drafted several players this summer, but have not made a major trade, including their second-round pick in 2016.
The club could use another pick and a prospect, but they could also look at a second-rounder from the Philadelphia Flyers or Boston Bruins.
The Rangers would like to have a chance to add a player to their organization that could help them get into the playoffs, and they have been in talks with several NHL teams about adding a player.
The club’s focus is on finding a player with NHL experience that can step into a leadership role, but it’s important for the team to have someone who is versatile enough to step in and fill a role, Sather added.
“The biggest thing we need is a guy who can play two different positions,” he said.
“That’s what our team needs.
The team also has a need for goaltending. “
When you have that kind of depth, that’s going to help our team in any way we can.”
The team also has a need for goaltending.
They have three goalies under contract this summer and could look to add another in the trade market, although they’re not expected to move up.
The team has also said it’s looking to add forwards.
The Rangers have the second-highest payroll in the expansion era at $73 million, but that includes a $7 million bonus for signing a player that is over the age of 25.
Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin and Toronto’s Mitch Marner are the other goalies on the roster, but there are also several goaltenders on the free-agent market.
The organization could be looking to trade for a defenseman.
Vigneautav said Monday that the team will look to improve their depth in the upcoming draft.
The move could be a sign of things to come.
The team has had some success in the past with free-agency signings, and it’s not uncommon for teams to go after players with experience in the minors and their NHL-ready bodies.
However, they need to do more to win a playoff game than they did in 2015-16, when they won the Stanley Cup after going 18-12-5 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94.
The roster also includes three players that were with the team in 2016-17: Travis Zajac, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Grabner.
Zajac signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension in January, but he has struggled for consistency and has been outplayed by Grabner, who is on a one-year deal.
Zjakac also is expected back for training camp, but the team has not confirmed if Grabner will return to the lineup.