Rangers sign Reilly Smith but must work harder to reach Stanley Cup goal

Chris Drury still has time to salvage an offseason that was supposed to put everything on the table for the championship-hungry Rangers, but he’ll have to get creative.

There was plenty of activity in the early hours of NHL free agency on Monday, but very little of it involved the Blueshirts. The market was loaded with scoring wingers, who many believed were Drury’s top priority, but none of them landed in New York.

Jake Guentzel made the mark by signing a seven-year, $63 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then the Nashville Predators got the upper hand by signing 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 opportunities to win by accepting more money to play for rebuilding franchises.

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