Losing Stralman and Boyle would be jagged pills to swallow, but freeing up cap space to sign a center of Stastny’s caliber is the Rangers’ No. 1 need.
Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men’s hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.
Semyon Varlamov stopped the Rangers cold with 41-save effort as New York lost to Colorado 3-1.
The New York Rangers have one of the league’s best road records, a mark they’ll look to improve Friday night in Colorado while avenging a loss to the Avalanche last month at Madison Square Garden.