Before I go get a flowcut, I want to hear from Rangers & Sharks fans. I heard a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. Thoughts— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 17, 2012
The 36-year old Boyle, who has a no trade clause, had 9g, 39a for the Sharks last year. Boyle won a Stanley Cup in Tampa under John Tortorella in 2004. Boyle has two years left on his current contract that pays him $6.6 million per.
Gaborik, who also has a no trade clause, is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected to be out until November.
...not sure how this makes sense for either team. Why would the Sharks give up an offensive defenseman for damaged goods? And why would the Rangers trade away their only proven scorer for a player on the down side of his career?
...we don't know how Gaborik is going to recover from surgery, but I'd much rather take a chance on him regaining form than on an over the hill defenseman who will never be the offensive force he once was.
You want to know why I hate the Dolans? This is why...
Digest this one: As CEO of Cablevision, James Dolan has made $87.3M over the last 5 years, according to Forbes.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 16, 2012
...good to see his out of control salary keeps him from jacking up ticket prices on us fans. Oh wait.
Finally, Henirk Lundqvist has announced he might be having another concert in New York this summer...
Outdoor jam session with a friend. Talking about having another concert in NYC this summer,keep u posted on that one.. twitter.com/HLundqvist30/s…— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) July 15, 2012
...this would be an awesome album cover.
I wouldn't really call Dan Boyle "over the hill" - he would have been 6th in scoring on this team last year, not a bad deal. He's also a guy who's been to show up for the playoffs, even post Tampa Bay.
I think Gabby's numbers are much better then what he actually brings to the table. Every season he's been here, at the end of the season, if he were a UFA, and Slats had to choose between bringing him back for the terms of his current contract ($7.5 cap hit, NTC, years remaining on his current deal) I'd be fine with us letting him walk, or want Slats to bring him back for less.
@BuckarooClub He's 36. Rangers are done making moves for players on the down side of their career.
@KevinDeLury He's 36, but as I said above, he put up more offense then most of our ":young core" of "untouchable" forwards... and he's a defenseman. You're only talking about taking Boyle on for 2 years, unless his production completely falls off a cliff next season, he's a huge asset to the blueline. Getting into projecting how he'll be in 2 seasons could be a bit harder, but that's the end of his deal anyway, and if he's not producing then, I've heard Connecticut is popular place for aging defensemen to wait out the twilight of their careers.
Buccigross also said that the deal for Nash at the deadline was almost a done deal. He is a crappy rumor mill and it's espn, home of Chris Mortensen, so fact checking not necessary!
I just had to breathe into a bag for an hour...Boyle for Gabby? Say it ain't so! Wake me when(if) the season starts!
One thing I forgot to mention is if Buccigross is correct this could have been Sather's way to open up more cap space to bring in Nash. Just a thought.
Kevin....I couldn't stand Dolan from the second he took over the Garden and got rid of Gutkowski....who only was running the Garden like a well oiled machine....because HE had a better way of doing it!!! Yeah, well we have seen his better way since 1995. You can probably see what I think about him from my previous posts.
As much as I believe that Gaborik is not the playoff scoring guy that is needed, this trade would have been crazy. They still need players to score during the season. It reminds me of tha Yankee bats come playoff time....you still need them to get you there.
@brianiof The fact that the Dolans continue to increase ticket prices despite making this kind of bank just proves how little they care about the fans.
@KevinDeLury @brianiof Why Dolan is constantly scrutinized under the New York media spotlight every time he so much as leaves the seat up in the bathroom, he is no different than every other owner/CEO of every sports francise (and most mainstream companies) in existence, except for the lack of championships under his reign, which if you compare to the rest of owners amongst the 4 leagues, he is right on Par in terms of success. Yes, I agree price increases are far from showing your fan base love and appreciation, but its a necessary step (just as every other fan base receiving a new arena experiences) when pumping 1billion into a project designed to enhance and better the fan experience at games. At the end of the day Dolan is running a business, the goal is to maximize profit, and anyone who is says they wouldn't try and do the same is either lying or has no real understanding of what it takes to be successful in the world.
@brianiof @KevinDeLury Yes, I am both a Ranger or Knick fan hence why I am on the blog. First, Im not exactly sure how you measure a good owner for the fan. If you are referring to the recent price increases in tickets, then no he is not, but then under that premise neither are the Johnsons, Steinbrenners, Maras, or any other owner who opens a new arena and is inevitably forced to raise ticket prices under this new-age inflated system thats consumed the sporting world as a whole. I do not think Dolan by any means is a great owner (i.e. Cuban, Steinbrenner) nor do I think he ever will be. However, he has continued to expand the MSG empire throughout his tenure into one of the most successful and biggest entertainment conglomerates out there. I certainly think his handling of the GM situation for both teams over the year has been sub-par, but at the end of the day the MSG Company is doing better than ever and I'm certainly happy that I have an owner who is willing to constantly shell out money for whatever player is needed to win. Can't say that about many teams these days..
@brianiof @jmc9689 @KevinDeLury When I go to the garden to sit in the 400's(which is every time) I feel so ripped off. Now that the upper level is being rebuilt I don't even expect to find ANY tickets at $50 to ANY game this year. I need to make friends with season ticket holders but I don't know anyone that rich.
@jmc9689 @KevinDeLury If you think Dolan is a good owner FOR THE FAN, you need to have your head examined!!! Are you a Ranger or Knick fan??He took over the Garden which was a very successfull operation and proceeded to run it into the ground....especially the Knicks. I don't doubt that he is lining his pockets, but he is SCREWING the Ranger and Knick fans royally.
@KevinDeLury @brianiof No CEO cares about anyone these days kevin. Once they start making millions greed consumes them and they get ruthless just to make a extra mil they can get. We say to ourselves wow why raise ticket prices you are so rich Dolan but he has an illness, an obsession of money and power.
Well thank GOD that didn't happen! Jeez...can we please STOP with trying to bring every former player under Torts to the NYRangers? 2004 is LONG past Torts...work with who we have NOW!!