Joe’s Angle: Stepan, Fedotenko, and McDonagh Will Crack Rangers Lineup

Using CapGeek, I was able to put together the lineup for the 2010/11 New York Rangers, after the return of the injured Chris Drury to the team. This lineup is of course without any trades, and Greg and I both feel that Glen Sather may be up to something and may swing a deal, either for a veteran defenseman or a first line center. The waiving of Wade Redden freed up almost $4 million, and now the Rangers have a lot of room to maneuver.

Line 1: Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Derek Stepan ($0.820m) / Alexander Frolov ($3.000m)

Line 2: Ruslan Fedotenko ($0.600m) / Artem Anisimov ($0.821m) / Vaclav Prospal ($2.100m)

Line 3: Brandon Dubinsky ($1.850m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Ryan Callahan ($2.300m)

Line 4: Sean Avery ($1.937m) / Erik Christensen ($0.925m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)

Scratches: Tim Kennedy ($0.550m) / Derek Boogaard ($1.625m)

Defense 1: Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)

Defense 2: Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m) / Michal Rozsival ($5.000m)

Defense 3: Matt Gilroy ($1.750m) / Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m)

Scratch: Steve Eminger ($1.125m)

Goalie 1: Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m)

Goalie 2: Martin Biron ($0.875m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,192,500; BONUSES: $1,737,500

CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,945,000

Derek Stepan has played very well thus far, and will definitely make the team due to Chris Drury’s absence. The only real question will be whether or not he sticks around upon Drury’s return, but due to Todd White’s salary, and Brian Boyle’s lack of offensive ability, Stepan should get the job.

Ruslan Fedotenko has also had a very good training camp, after coming here on an invite. His salary will be very low, and he is a no risk-high reward player. He will make at or under a million dollars, and is a shoe-in for 15-20 goals. He could add to the Rangers offensive depth much like Vinny Prospal did last season.

Finally, McDonagh and Valentenko will be battling it out for that last defensive spot, and even though Valentenko has been better than Eminger, the Rangers will not have a rookie sit on the bench as a seventh defenseman, so Eminger will get that role after the cutting of Alexei Semenov.

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