If the Rangers were engaged in serious talks with the Maple Leafs regarding Tyler Bozak, the only way the Blueshirts could pull off a deal for the veteran center with the $4.2 million cap hit would be to buy out Marc Staal by Thursday’s deadline. There is zero indication that either is happening. Let’s review the cap situation in the wake of Mika Zibanejad’s signing Tuesday to his five-year deal worth $5.3 million per: As constituted, the Rangers have $9.8 million committed to goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5M) and Ondrej Pavelec ($1.3M). They have $24.8 million committed to defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk ($6.65M), Staal ($5.7M), Ryan McDonagh ($4.7M), Brendan Smith ($4.35M), Nick Holden ($1.65M), Brady Skjei ($925,000) and Anthony DeAngelo ($863,333). Add Alexei Bereglazov, whom the team will not want to lose to the KHL on an exit clause, to the mix as the eighth defenseman at $925,000, and the blue-line number becomes $25.8 million.
Why dumping Marc Staal is Rangers’ only route to Maple Leafs center
New York Post | Jul 27