Odds are Richards or Marian Gaborik will not be back

Included in that evaluation must be whether John Tortorella is still the right coach for this group or whether his message has gone stale. Brad Richards, a shell of his former All-Star self this season, must also occupy the organizational thoughts. The Rangers have one more amnesty buyout available, and Richards, 32, counts $6.667 million against the annual salary cap through 2020.

Odds are Richards or Marian Gaborik, who has one season left in his five-year, $37.5 million deal, will be an ex-Ranger by next season.

And the bet here that the Rangers will gamble this season was the anomaly, bring back Tortorella and Richards and restock – not rebuild – their roster.