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Rollin' on: The draft lottery and free-agent decisions

I get no kicks
Walking down Saville Row
There’s no more chicks
Left where the green grass grows
End of the season…
Back in the scrub
Down in the mud
Dreaming of flowers in June
End of the season...

Yes, end of the season, but like the peerless Ray Davies, we roll on with our coverage here at Blue Notes and

We'll be at breakup day tomorrow, here for a live chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. and report on Rangers doings throughout the summer, including the draft. May also skip across the pond to stroll around for a couple weeks in August if the Euro comes south.



Anyway, the Rangers, with 87 points, are ranked 10th in Tuesday night's weighted draft lottery. They have a 2.1 percent chance of being picked first and even if that occurs, the highest they can move up is to the No. 6 slot.

More than likely they will have the 10th pick in the June entry draft, their highest selection since 2004, when with the sixth overall pick, they drafted goaltender Al Montoya, now with the San Antonio Rampage, the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.

This time, the Rangers are expected to target a scoring forward and could look to trade up.

Among the prospects who may be available at the draft in Los Angeles:

Canadian right wing Brett Connolly, 17, a former top-five prospect who slid due to a hip injury. He had 10 goals and 9 assists in 16 games for Prince George in the Western Hockey League; Nino Niederreiter, a 6-2, 203 pound left winger regarded as perhaps the best prospect ever from Switzerland. He was 36-24-60 in 65 games for Portland (WHL) and is 4-7-11 in 10 playoff games; Russian center Alex Burmistrov, considered a pure scorer, 22-43-65 in 62 games with Barrie (OHL) and 7-6-13 in eight playoff games. The top-ranked defenseman at No. 10 may be 6-4, 200-pound Derek Forbort, a Duluth, Minn. native (4-10-14 in 26 games in the U.S. Under-18 development program) who is headed to the University of North Dakota.

Here's a quick list of the Rangers UFAs and RFAs. Let me know what you think at the chat or on email. Who should stay?

Unrestricted Free Agents: (Age as of July 1; 2009-10 Salary)

Olli Jokinen, C; 32, $5.5 million
Vaclav Prospal, LW, 35, $1.1 million
Alex Auld, G, 29, $1 million
Jody Shelley, RW, 34, $725,000
P.A. Parenteau, RW, 27, $500,000
Anders Eriksson, D, 35, $600,000
Corey Potter, D, 26, $550,000

Restricted Free Agents:

Marc Staal, D, 23, $765,000
Dan Girardi, D, 26, $1.6 million
Erik Christensen, C, 26, $750,000
Brandon Prust, LW, 26, $525,000
Enver Lisin, RW, 24, $790,000
Dane Byers, LW, 24, $500,000
Ilkka Heikkinen, D, 25, $875,000

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