Rangers acquire Reilly Smith but must do more to reach Stanley Cup goal

There is still time for Chris Drury to salvage an offseason that was supposed to put everything on the table for the championship-starved Rangers, but he’s going to have to get creative.

The opening hours of NHL free agency on Monday saw a flurry of activity, but very little of it involved the Blueshirts. The market was flush with scoring wingers, which many believed to be Drury’s top priority, yet none of them landed in New York.

Jake Guentzel set the high mark by signing a seven-year, $63 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then the Nashville Predators stole the day by locking up a pair of Stanley Cup-winning veterans in Jonathan Marchessault and Steven Stamkos. Patrick Kane decided to stay in Detroit, as did Sam Reinhart in Florida. And Tyler Bertuzzi (Chicago), Teuvo Teräväinen (Chicago) and Tyler Toffoli (San Jose) passed up better chances to win by taking more money to play for rebuilding franchises.

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