Among the Rangers who might not be back next season is unrestricted free agent Martin St. Louis. Everyone seems to be aware of that.
"As you get older, you always think about the following year, the next year," the 39-year-old said Monday. "For me right now, of course I want to play. I'm not sure which direction this team is going to go in, either, so it's tough to comment. I've been blessed to play parts of two years here for a great organization and we'll see where that takes me. The opportunity to play for a Cup last year and one win away again this year . . . It's an experience I'll never forget."
Coach Alain Vigneault and assistant general manager Jeff Gorton talked with St. Louis about his future.
"Marty has been a great player on this team leadership-wise, setting-an-example-wise," Vigneault said. "He wants to take a little bit of time at this moment to analyze this season and see what he wants to do. That being said, from our end, we need to know where the [salary] cap's going to be. It sort of works out perfectly from both sides. He's going to think about it and we're going to see where we are money-wise and go from there."
Notes & quotes: Among the injuries that were revealed or finally acknowledged on Monday was a hairline fracture in Marc Staal's ankle, which he suffered at the end of the regular season; the Grade 1 MCL sprain suffered by Dan Girardi in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals and the shoulder sprain suffered by Keith Yandle when he was hit by Pittsburgh's Blake Comeau in Game 2 of the first round . . . The Rangers reacquired their own seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Lightning for defenseman Daniel Walcott.
With Neil Best