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Jun 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman (6) carries the puck past Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King (74) during the first period in game three of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers to let three leave for free agency

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The New York Rangers have many decisions to make in regards to their Eastern-Conference-winning roster. They have 11 players signed for next year, but only $23 million in cap space to fill out the other nine spots, plus added depth for inevitable injury woes.

It should come as no surprise then that the team will have to let some of its players go in an effort to reign in salaries and still maintain depth.

Larry Brooks from the New York Post details which three players will become cap casualties in 2014.

Center Brian Boyle, forward Benoit Pouliot, and defenseman Anton Stralman will all be finding new teams, it appears. Stralman will likely command the highest salary of the three. Puck moving defensemen are being valued more and more and there are precious few available on the open market.

Matt Niskanen, Christian Ehrhoff and Dan Boyle will attract great interest, but expect Stralman — at 27 years old — to command a deal close to those other veterans. Niskanen is also 27 and rumored to be expecting a seven year deal. Could Stralman ask for something similar? It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. The only thing we know for almost a certainty is that Stralman and others won’t be donning a Rangers jersey next season.

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Tags: Anton Stralman Benoit Pouliot Brian Boyle New York Rangers NHL Free Agency

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