Lets Get Kraken
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The biggest problem for the Rangers would be cap space, and while they could just move Goodrow, it’s easier said than done. First of all, he is signed for 4 years after this year, albeit at a reasonable cap hit, that leads into the second problem. The Rangers wouldn’t be able to move him to half the league with Goodrow’s M-NTC, and the other half of the league could have a couple of problems: not enough cap space to take on Goodrow, no need/want for Goodrow, or are just not in a position to take on Goodrow. And to top it all off, the Rangers would have send, more than likely a 2nd rounder at minimum, or negotiate a better trade that might help both sides.
If the Rangers are unable to move Goodrow, who would they move to match the offer sheet to Lafrenière? Good luck finding a team willing to take on either Kreider or Trocheck, assuming they are even willing to waive their respective NMC. The Rangers aren’t going to move any of Zibanejad, Panarin, Fox, Trouba, or Shesterkin either, so that narrows down the list quite a bit. If my math is correct, moving Kakko or Lindgren would not provide the required cap space to stay in the green.
Realistically, assuming that Lafrenière signs a 6.25x1 offer sheet, the cap ceiling goes up by 1mil, and every one of the other contracts signed are the same as the ones currently posted, the Rangers would need to clear 3.358691mil to be cap compliant and have $0 in cap space. Assuming that is all true, one of only Goodrow, Miller, or Chytil would need to be moved to match that offer sheet. Miller is already out of the equation with how well he has developed, and Chytil is likely to be out of the equation as well. The Rangers only real hope in keeping Lafrenière would be to dump Goodrow, and as I have already said, Goodrow will not make it that easy. It would wiser for the Rangers to just bite the bullet and take the first and third, rather than matching the offer sheet, and try to resign one of Tarasenko or Kane instead.
This is just using the numbers provided in this AGM, however I think both Miller and Chytil likely get a bit more, so the Rangers would have an even harder time matching a Lafreniere offer sheet.