According to CapGeek.com the Rangers have $5.78 in cap space remaining to sign Callahan and a veteran defenseman (Eminger?).
The Rangers would save $3.3 million against the cap by buying out the final year of Wolski's contract which would pay him $4 million this season (via CapGeek.com). The Rangers would owe him $666,667 next season.
...not sure how much I can trust Brooks but if true I'm definitely happy to hear Wolski could be back. Rangers need another sniper and he, if dedicated, could fit that role. Looking around at the available free agents there isn't anyone else out there with his skill level.
...if the Rangers do buyout Wolski, who would you like to see fill his spot? Free agent? Christian Thomas? Let me hear what you think.
That $5.78M figure doesnt include MDZ at $1.1M. So unless Cally takes a huge pay cut or Emi doesnt resign, SOMEONE will have to move. Personally, I'd like to see EC shipped out for a 3rd rounder and keep Wolly and Aves.
If they move Wolski it does not mean they have a free spot. Signing Callahan gives them 14 forwards, so subtracting Wolski still leaves 13 guys with NHL contracts.
The Blueshirts need to find a way to move Avery. I love his energy and personality but Torts will never let him play on the edge like he needs to if he's gonna be a factor each night. With Prust and Rupp in the lineup, he is no longer needed and his spot would ne better utilized by Thomas, Hagelin or another youngster with much more offensive upside, especially if one shines during camp.
@mleetch352 Still need someone to fill the possible scoring void buying him out leaves though.
@rwblueshirts816 I hate to admit it, but I tend to agree with your thinking. If Avery isn't going to play like Avery what's the use of having him on the team. He will have a lot to prove during camp.
@KevinDeLury That's true. There is no reason to buy him out if they can move Avery,Zuccarello and/or Christensen. Signing Richards solved our first line center problem and his offense will be greatly appreciated but we still need more secondary scoring (which has been an annual problem for us) and even with the production of Dubi, Cally and AA expected to surpass last season, Wolski is still a very much needed weapon.
@KevinDeLury @rwblueshirts816 i think part o f the issue with Avery not playing like Avery is the fact that when he tries to play like himself the referees call him on stuff that he shouldn't be called on. i think his fear of being called out on non-existant stuff impares his ability to play the way he wants to. Even if he does get an unfair call Torts still gets angry at him when it isn't his fault. Really it all comes down to whether Torts and Aves can fix their messed up relationship.