Michael Traikos of the National Post takes a team-by-team look at potential amnesty buyouts should the new CBA have them. If you recall, the 04-05 agreement included a one-time amnesty buyout that wouldn't affect the salary cap for teams. The Rangers used it on Bobby Holik and his ridiculous five-year, $45 million pact.
Here's what Traikos had to say about the Rangers:
New York Rangers: Wade Redden
The Rangers are paying Redden US$6.5-million to play in the minors.
Some notable NHLers that could be bought out include Vincent Lecavalier, Jaromir Jagr, Dany Heatley and Ilya Bryzgalov.
... Shocker of the century that Wade Redden, Scott Gomez and Rick DiPietro are on this list.
... I find it interesting Dany Heatley is listed. It would make sense for Minnesota to go this route after their $198 million offseason, but if Heatley, 31, hits the open market, there will be serious interest in him. I would say the Rangers could be a suitor, but it will cost too much money. Can never have enough scoring.
Need him or not, no doubt in my mind Sather goes after Lacavalier and he ends up here if he became available.
With Artie and Dubinsky gone, he'd only have friends here...
I wouldn't say Danny Heatley would fit in with the Rangers if he could not fit in with the Wild. Both teams use an almost identical team system.
Scott Gomez is playing hockey with three other homegrown NHLers in Alaska!