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Rangers on sidelines as free agency begins

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being introduced as the Rangers head coach during a press conference at Radio City Music Hall. (July 21, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

As previously explained, the Rangers decided that they need to concentrate their money on signing their restricted free agents: Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, maybe Mats Zuccarello and Justin Falk.

The top free agents, in a market that drops off quickly, are all getting long-term deals that the Rangers cannot afford this season. Next year is perhaps a different story, when Brad Richards comes off the books and the cap rises.

To replace David Clarkson, the Devils will pay ex-Blueshirt Ryane Clowe for $4.85 million times five years. Good luck with that in a couple years, Lou...

After prospect camp concluded in Greenburgh, Alain Vigneault told us:

“Today in free agency we'll be looking to add some depth to our team, but I'm getting the sense from (our scouts and front office) that we have a lot of good young players that need an opportunity to show what they can do.”

The Red Wings were active, landing Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson and Panthers C Stephen Weiss, and definitely improved. They're in the East this year, of course.

And Columbus, in the Rangers division, signed Nathan Horton to a seven-year deal.

Philly grabbed Ray Emery, Pens added Rob Scuderi...

Washington, which lost Mike Ribiero to Phoenix, has been quiet.  Carolina added Anton Khudobin as a backup goaltender and D Mike Komisarek.

The Isles re-signed Evgeni Nabokov and D Travis Hamonic...

More news as it happens...

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