The New York Rangers continue their quick turnaround rebuild and enjoyed a trip to the NHL bubble.
Of course the best thing about their trip to the NHL bubble was the fact they landed the #1 pick overall which will allow them to select Alexis Lafrieniere with that pick.
Despite being in rebuild mode, the team still has some expensive contracts on the cap and don't have much room to maneuver.
This is why they will likely lose a key forward that really helped Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome blow up.
Jesper Fast will be UFA this offseason and according to Vincent Mercogliano of Lohud.com, there's not much room for him.
While Fast might not be the most offensive player, he's one of those players that does the dirty work and helps make players around him better.
Check out what Mercogliano had to say:
"Again, Fast presents as a versatile player who can serve a variety of roles. Last season, Fast played on the second line allowing Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin to have career seasons. Sometimes it is more than those simple numbers known as goals and assists."
He points out to Dan Quinn's recent comments:
“Shift in and shift out, we probably don’t have a more consistent player,” Rangers coach David Quinn said of Fast in February. “He just plays hard, and he’s got enough skill to complement people that do have skill. There’s such an honesty to his game, and it certainly is infectious throughout our lineup. He’s an important piece to the puzzle here.”
He's one of the best depth players in the league and he'll likely have a new home soon.