Per the New York Rangers' official website, the Rangers have acquired defenseman Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild in return for Ben Ferriero and Columbus' 6th round pick in the 2014 draft.
Falk, 24, has one goal and 14 assists in 108 regular season games with the Minnesota Wild. Ferreiro, 26, was acquired from the Penguins last season in return for Chad Kolarik and had one assist in four games as a Ranger. The 6th round pick was acquired from Columbus in the Gaborik trade.
Justin Falk is everything you'd expect Glen Sather, a big fan of reclamation projects, to be all over. Falk, at 6'5, 215 pounds, is an absolutely huge defenseman with a long reach and all the tools to be a capable NHL defenseman. However, he has not been able to put it all together. Despite his monster frame, Falk does not play an overly physical game and perhaps relies on his reach too much. At the risk of immediately turning off Rangers fans to this trade, he is pretty similar to Marek Malik.
So what's to like here? For starters, he's a clear-cut upgrade over Hamrlik and Gilroy. Of course, that says very little about Falk himself, but we saw last season just how desperate Tortorella was for a better option on the back-end once injuries struck down a couple guys.
There's also the fact that Falk has age on his side. Defensemen, and ESPECIALLY big defensemen, peak much later than forwrds; usually around 27-28 years old. Zdeno Chara, for instance, didn't really own up to anything close to his potential until his mid-twenties. The implication here is not that Justin Falk is going to develop into anything close to Zdeno Chara. But at 24, Falk still has a couple years to find his game. With commitment from Falk, the right coaching, and perhaps a bit of luck, Falk very well could develop into a steady, stay-at-home #5 defenseman. Surely Jeff Beukeboom will be spending some time with Falk at training camp, and if Ulf Samuelsson does become a part of Vigneault's coaching staff then he is another great person to teach Falk how to utilize his size.
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Gordie Clark says Falk is a top six defenseman. I've never been one to argue with Gordie before...no reason to start now.
Falk says he loves to hit and clear the crease in front of his goalie and read that he isn't afraid to drop the gloves yet you say he is timid. Who's your source?
BTW my source knows Messier really well he tells me Mess leaving was not cause he didn't get coaching job. Its more cause he thought he was next in line to replace Sather but he was told last yr that Nortons the replacement. dolan wants no part of Messier as GM. 1-he couldn't control Messier. He is too strong willed as where Norton will be more pluant ie-Greenwald replacing Donnie Walsh who used to fight w-Dolan about Dolans idiosyncracies visa vie-the media. 2-He doesn't want Mess as GM cause he wants no part of having to fire him if Mess & him don't get along. Mess was told that last yr & he stayed around & He has been looking for a bigger role. When the coaching spot opened up he thought that might get him the bigger role. Once he didn't get it then he felt like he had no real role. Don't be surprised to see him take a job within the next yr or 2 in another organization. He has a standing offer in Edmonton but he has a wife & young kids & they want no part of Edmonton.
Also hearing Richy could still be bought out today if a good enough deal comes along, thats nice to hear... A man can dream
just a rumor so dont kill the messenger, Staal + DZ for 5th and another player from Carolina (maybe Skinner or Faulk idk). Hmmmm don't see how that would make them a contender... if anything makes the cup further away, but our future brighter?
But what is the point of this... don't we already have Mcilrath to do this... something has to be on the backburners... to me these trades and moves just are not adding up. I would rather have Eminger have that 800k then this guy...
@ThrSage You mean Gorton right?
@FREE LINDBERG That doesn't make sense because he has got a really nice contract for the Jets. Low cap hit for a top six forward of his speed and goal totals. Asking price for him is going to be super high.
@Ranger Dave I hope because as of right now the Rangers are not a contender... not even close
@FREE LINDBERG Actually understand Richards can be bought out up to July 4th.
That is true. My guy told me the same thing. Its not likely but could happen.
I asked my guy about Skinner & he was offered to Rangers for Staal b4 staal got hurt. Obviously Rangers said no.
Don't be surprised if Rangers land skinner.
@FREE LINDBERG Yeah. I was wondering why they would not keep that option on the table in case they can swing something before or during the Draft.
@FREE LINDBERG Jones taken #4, he would have definitely helped Rangers.
@FREE LINDBERG McIlrath is far from a lock to be NHL ready, and even if he was we still need depth... unless you want another year of Hamrlik's and Bickel's getting playing time after someone goes down with an injury.
@ThrSage I hate that. He is just another undersized forward for the Rangers... Also he is damaged goods. I would rather have Staal. It would be interesting if it were Staal and DZ for the 5th pick Skinner AND Faulk... that I would look at a little more closely
@Herman_NYRBlog @FREE LINDBERG we are talking about 800k, I would much rather have Eminger as a 7th dman for the same price, which is what we are talking about. This guy is a project... which is exactly what Mcilrath is. Neither will be NHL ready this year, or at least able to play in the NHL at a high level. This looks to me like an insurance policy for Mcilrath or something because it really doesnt make sense to me, unless it is a two-way deal
@ThrSage I would turn that down too.
@FREE LINDBERG @Herman_NYRBlog He is a project. That doesn't mean he is anything like McIlrath developmental-wise or that he isn't NHL ready. McIlrath is going to probably stay in the AHL for another year and projects as a top-4 defenseman. Falk is NHL ready right now as a #6/7 guy with potential to become a #5. They're somewhat similar in terms of their size but play different styles and are at completely different points in their developmental path.
@Herman_NYRBlog @FREE LINDBERG All i have read about this guy, and no I have not watched him specifically, is that he plays inconsistently. His physicality is inconsistent (he uses his stick way to much), has very limited offensive upside, and is not a great skater. That sounds like a project to me.
@FREE LINDBERG @Herman_NYRBlog With all due respect, have you watched Justin Falk at all? He is NHL ready and his acquisition has literally nothing to do with McIlrath. Dylan is developing just fine but he can't be written into an NHL spot out of training camp, either. Most likely he spends at least another half season in the AHL.