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The New York Rangers’ off-season is upon us and that means that GM Jeff Gorton has some decisions to make. But don’t do this Jeff…

The weather is warming, the ice has melted, and the New York Rangers’ off season is in full bloom.

But with he smell of fresh flowers and crisp summer air comes an uncertain future for the Broadway Blueshirts.

No movements clauses, bad contracts, and overpaid players have all but handcuffed New York Rangers’ General Manager Jeff Gorton.

In fact, the odds are pretty stacked up against the young GM this off season.

If Gorton makes a wrong move or two, Rangers’ fans could easily experience a dark age similar to what we saw from 1998-2004.

The current situation is similar to the blue pill/red pill scene from The Matrix, except there is a blue pill on one side and a rainbow of choices on the other.

So much could potentially go wrong if Gorton doesn’t make the correct moves.

By my calculations, Gorton made to right move by trading away Keith Yandle’s rights to the Florida Panthers.

The Rangers have overpaid their fair share of defenseman who are 30+ years old, and inking Yandle to a five to six year deal at that age would have been foolhardy at best.

Having said that, there are still plenty of pitfalls that Jeff Gorton could fall into this summer.

So without further ado, let’s discuss some mistakes that the Blueshirt GM cannot afford to make this summer.

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