"...with more than $9 million in space under last year’s cap, and $15 million worth of maneuvering room under the announced cap for 2012-13, it would be stunning if general manager Glen Sather did not make a trade for another scorer by the time the season starts....knowing that Tortorella does not like to carry many spare players as healthy scratches, logic dictates that New York is continuing to prepare for a major addition up front."
To play Devil's advocate to Jesse, Mark Messier, now part of the Rangers' front office, cited "depth" as something the Rangers needed to address, and it's unlikely that Newbury will make the NHL roster. Still, this is perhaps a bit more depth than the Rangers are accustomed to having and it's no secret that acquiring a forward like Rick Nash will likely cost the Rangers multiple forwards. In my opinion, the more important thing that Jesse points out is the $15 million in cap space the Rangers still have to work with. It's hard to think that Sather would not do everything he could to acquire a scoring forward with that kind of money to work with; especially with Gaborik on the shelf for a while.
In seperate news, Anton Stralman's arbitration hearing has been scheduled for July 31st. However, Stralman and the Rangers can and will work on figuring out a contract prior to that date. Steve Zipay seems to think that a deal will, in fact, be completed and that arbitration will be unecessary.
We talk about our young core and especially how we have such a great, young defense. And while he clearly is not on the level of some of our other defensemen, I think it is often overlooked that Stralman is only 25 years old. Being that most defensemen peak around 27 years old, he too has some room for improvement and could be a factor for multiple seasons. Assuming Stralman doesn't want too much money, locking up Anton for two or three seasons might be a good idea. I think he showed last season and especially in the playoffs that he can be a contributing member of the blue-line.
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Newbury has had several chances to be a 4th liner with the Rangers and has failed at every turn. Haley is nothing more than a tough guy to bring up from Ct. when the need presents itself. So where's the depth? Perhaps if we have a few youngsters ready to step in but if we're going to battle with Newbury and Haley, we're in deep trouble
Would absolutely kill me to see Hagelin go but Dubi & Hags plus prospects & pick for Nash would be a steal.
Adam I compeletely agree with you on Stralman. I cant believe he is 25 I had no idea. I think they should lock him up for a few years this way if he really starts to turn it up we still have a year or 2 cheap.
I would hate to see Hagelin get traded. I feel he has the potential to be a 60+ point guy. He really just needs to get heavier and stronger so he is a real force out there. If he can get more power with that speed he might be a special player. I would rather see Stepan get traded.
It's hard to say ... I think dubi and hagelin along with prospects/picks should be moved for Nash/Ryan If we could keep AA and Steph that would be huge