Two questions for the mailbag this week. As always, use the widget on the right to submit your questions. Or @ me on Twitter. Either one works.
Gerard asks: Been hearing buzz about possible new third jerseys being released for the Rangers this year. Have you heard anything on this? If the Rangers were to bring back a jersey, what would you like?
I’m going to answer the second question first. If there was any jersey I’d like to see brought back, it’s the home whites. I love the white sweaters the Rangers have, and it’s a shame I rarely get to see them. I know it’s not a third jersey, but maybe they can treat it like one, and every so often do that as a nice change of pace.
I haven’t heard anything about third jerseys for this year, but there is a big movement for the Rangers to bring back the Lady Liberty jerseys. Not my favorite, but I didn’t dislike them either. I wouldn’t be shocked if they do this or release something entirely new. After all, gotta make that money, right?
My guess is something will be announced in September. August is a dead month for this sport.
Chris asks: What other options did the Rangers have without buying anyone out or making trades to get under the cap? What would the league permit?
To answer the first question, they had no options. They had to move players via trade or buyout to get under the cap. I guess they could have just passed on Panarin or Trouba, but I’m assuming your question was about after both were signed. Without a trading partner or a buyout, they would have been over the cap to start the season.
As for what the league would permit, I honestly have no idea. No one has ever started the season over the cap. We might get a glimpse of what happens if you start the season under the cap, with the Senators being dangerously close to this. They might also be under the salary paid threshold, although I admittedly don’t know what that number is. I feel bad for Sens fans."Mailbag: Third jerseys, salary cap overages",