Tick, tick, tick...Getting closer to July 1 and the the later, and closer, it gets, the less likely it appears Dany Heatley will be a Ranger. Still, the Senators are looking to move him tonight and the focus is now on the Oilers (hello, Tom Renney), who are said to be sending underachieving but talented Dustin Penner back to Ottawa if, indeed, that deal goes down.
As for the Rangers, before we focus on who might be coming in the door tomorrow, let's quickly review who'll be walking out the door for the last time.
There seems to have been little discussion in bringing back veteran defensemen Paul Mara and Derek Morris.
It appears enforcer Colton Orr will be allowed to hit the market. In fact, the entire fourth-line combination of Orr, center Blair Betts (unrestricted free agent) and left wing Fredrik Sjostrom (restricted free agent, not qualified) aren't likely to be back.
Aaron Voros will no doubt likely wind up in Hartford (AHL) next season unless GM Glen Sather can get something in trade for him.
And, of course, right wing Nik Antropov, acquired at the trade deadline, will indeed be a rental as the Rangers are unwilling to meet (or even consider) his asking price of five seasons at $5.25 million.