Rangers Free Agency: Kovalchuk, Plekanec, and Volchenkov, Oh My!

June 9th, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
With the departures of Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins prior to the deadline last season, and the assumed departure of Olli Jokinen this summer, the Rangers are going to have quite a bit of spending money to help improve the team that had one of the league’s least potent offenses.

The Rangers will, without a doubt, bring back Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, and after they lock them both up long-term, they will then go to town during free agency.

There are quite a few big names out on the market, including Ilya Kovalchuk, Tomas Plekanec, and Anton Volchenkov. Just like every summer, the Rangers are rumored to be seeking the members of this fantastic little trio.

But in my opinion, there is only one player that they should go after. And if they cannot get him, they should not try to get anyone else.

Ilya Kovalchuk turned down the Atlanta Thrashers offer to make him the highest paid player on the team. Because of that, people assume that it will be impossible to sign him.

The team that signs him will lock him up for at least ten years, and give him the bulk of his salary over the first half, lessening the am ...

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