Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that with the Rangers void of a first and second round pick during today's draft, they could be preparing a trade to move up.
However, Katie Strang at ESPN.com tweeted yesterday that there was no truth to the Miller rumor.
And Larry Brooks at the New York Post notes that the Rangers have neither the cap space nor assets to make a blockbuster trade. Although he does mention the Rangers could swap Del Zotto for a "stiffer" defenseman or bundle at least two of their three third round picks to move up in the draft.
Brooks also feels that the Rangers decision to keep Brad Richards could make Brian Boyle vulnerable to be traded, however, with Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin likely missing the first month of the season recovering from shoulder surgeries it's unlikely as he'll be needed on the wing.
Here's director of player personnel Gordie Clark on the possibility of trading up today...
"The top half of the first round is deep, and teams are holding on to those picks, so I don't see us going there. But we'll be watching to see if players we like will be available in the second round or fall."
...with the Rangers up against the cap and lacking top draft picks, I'd be shocked if Sather DIDN'T try to do something today. As Brooks says, I doubt it'll be a significant piece moving, but could be a Pyatt or Boyle from the NHL roster or possibly a prospect like Christian Thomas.
...man, not buying Richards out has really limited Sather on what he can do this offseason.
Here's more from Clark on the Rangers draft strategy today...
The Rangers, with no cap room, have told teams they're willing to trade Ryane Clowe's rights. Hes UFA July 5... via pierre lebrun
What a joke... Today shows why sather should not just be fired he should be burned at the stake. Biggest joke in hockey. Rangers are not making the playoffs unless changes are made
So did anyone hear of any trades today or is Slats just sticking his finger up his butt waiting to shack up with his mistress???? (yes, I'm annoyed to put it mildly)
Brad Richards = Scott Gomez 2.0. just another huge mistake in a long line by Sather costing Henrik a cup already. Until he's gone Rangers are screwed, Montreal won't bail his ass out again...
MDZ may get moved - at least he's young and has talent and could be worth something to another team. Boyle could still be a good player if someone would remind him that he's 6'7" and it wouldn't hurt him to hit someone or stand in front of the net once in a while. Keeping Richey is such a kick in the balls. Even if he gets in to great shape he won't do anything, nor will any of the others because there wil be no room on the ice for them. There are no intimidaters, no checkers unless dorsett and Cally play every shift. No fighters, no one strong on the boards, no one to open the ice for the small skill guys - buying out his hefty contract would have given us the room to bring all that here. Many people here say we don't have enough skill to win. They are all wrong IMHO - it's just that without the tough guys there is no room for the skilled players to work. Damn, now we have to make other roster moves to solve that glaring dilemma.
Well, I am out, going to watch the Brazil/Spain game. Just like the Rangers entire season last year, today was another disappointment. Can't really blame sather because he was hamstrung by keeping Richards... which is what I blame him for. Unless there is a major shake up the Rangers are not going to the playoffs next year. Their roster is laughable... AV is not going to be able to change that.
Just kidding I am at the draft. Just wanted to let you guys know that Sather is snoring at the table and drooling. Schoenfield was told to wake him up at 6:30
Hopefully montreal wants another overpaid, undersized, aging skill center with a super long contract.
i really think the Rangers have a plan to resign Clowe, so someone has to get moved today to clear some space. Hope it's Pyatt. Hope it isn't Boyle. If it's DZ, we better get a good package in return.
Okay seriously though lets talk about what we all really want to talk about...
Xbox One or PS4?
Honestly, every year on opening day I am excited for the Rangers. But unless there are some big changes before opening day, I won't have any hope of this team winning a championship. Their roster is laughable, honestly just a complete joke
@Easy_Kreider I hate to say it cause I like both players but they should sign Clowe and surrender either Hags or Zuccs. It's a sad day in Rangersville
@Easy_Kreider Sleeping with the GM? It's gay pride day - anyone see Slats in drag?? I want pics!
@Betweentheworlds everything u said is spot on
@FREE LINDBERG I live in Brazil and I am watching the game with friends. The country has stopped. Woot!
@FREE LINDBERG do it! someone needs to make some excitement at the draft this year, might as well be you!
@Ranger Dave Richards for Subban?
@FREE LINDBERG free cake?
@cb1 I hope its Richards... but maybe its cause I am a sucker
@Ranger Dave PS4 already preordered... 100 dollars less for starters!!!
@cb1 or Powe or Asham
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG significantly hampered anything we could have potentially done
@FREE LINDBERG red ring of death? i have a ps3
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG 13 Years and 0 cups or cup appearances.... cant redeem that
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG you're not excited about Justin Falk?
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG really? You held out this long? He is the biggest joke