Sather: RFA wont be signed before July 1

Rangers GM Glen Sather said he does not expect the team's restricted free agents to be signed before July 1, the opening of free agency, according to the team's twitter page. Sather spoke with the media following the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle and Matt Gilroy, defender Mike Sauer and goalie Chad Johnson are all restricted free agents for the upcoming season. The team's twitter feed also says that Gilroy was not given a qualifying offer, but given another offer.

While this doesn't mean the Rangers won't sign any of their restricted free agents, as it's likely that most of that list of players will be playing for the team next season, they are not going to rush to get those contracts done before free agency begins.

"I've had a lot of conversations with those guys, but it's hard to predict when it's going to happen or not," Sather told Blueshirtsunited.com.

Sather also told Blueshirtsunited.com that it's a matter of priorities in determining whether to re-sign forward Ruslan Fedotenko, who is an unrestricted free agent.