The Rangers will have to finagle their roster to create enough salary-cap space this summer to afford the high-end talent John Tortorella covets.

But there also will be several integral pieces of the Blueshirts' burgeoning core looking for new contracts, highlighted by restricted free agents Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.

After building on his team-high 24 goals and 54 points during the regular season with three points and heavy responsibilities in the five-game playoff elimination by Washington, Dubinsky is in line for a significant raise from the $2 million he earned this season.

Dubinsky, who turns 25 Friday, expressed a strong desire to be signed before training camp opens in September after arriving late in 2009 while working out his expiring two-year $3.75 million deal. "I'd like to get it done as quickly as possible," Dubinsky said Monday at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh. "I think the Rangers want me, and I want the Rangers, so at the end of the day we might as well not waste each other's time and draw it out as long as it was (two years ago). The sooner it's done, the sooner I can focus on putting all my energy and efforts to this organization."

Callahan's value cannot be discounted, especially after the heart-and-soul winger missed the playoffs with a broken ankle suffered while blocking a shot April 4. "I can say it now - and it's not an excuse, because it put more pressure on other guys to step up and I didn't see it happen - but for the New York Rangers to lose a Ryan Callahan, it was a huge blow," John Tortorella said.