During a segment on Hockey Night In Canada's "Hot Stove Tonight," Elliotte Friedman says that the Rangers might have discussed a potential trade for Marian Gaborik with the Vancouver Canucks, but it wasn't a good match.
Friedman adds that as part of his limited no trade clause Gaborik has given the Rangers 10 teams he cannot be traded to.
Here's the video (2:15 mark)...
...Friedman is a legit guy when it comes to trade rumors, so I find this very interesting. Just looking at the Canucks roster, other than the obvious guys that the Canucks would never trade (see Sedins, Kesler), I have no idea who the Rangers would have wanted or given them equal return.
...despite Gaborik's rough go here, I'm really shocked the Rangers are actually looking to move him. He has pretty much alternated good year and bad year his entire career, so he's all setup for another 40-goal season next year.
...also very interesting that Friedman informs us that Gaborik's no trade clause is limited, meaning there are 20 teams he can be traded to without his approval. That makes it much more possible that he could be moved.
...and how about PJ Stock going after Torts for "dumping" on Gaborik all the time. I actually agree. Gaborik has never been the kind of guy who is motivated by criticism. Torts needs to know that and treat him with kid gloves.
So now that this has come to fruition, I guess I have to apologize to Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun who had the Gaborik rumblings first.
Speaking of Garrioch, he hits us with another crazy rumor involving the Rangers as he expects them to make a pitch for Anaheim's UFA Corey Perry this summer.
Garrioch adds that Perry will want a deal similar to the eight-year, $66-million contract that C Ryan Getzlaf signed with the Ducks.
...with the Rangers cap situation, there is no way they have room to fit that salary. However, anything can happen. Including a trade for Gaborik and a Richards buyout this summer. I don't see either happening, but you can't put that possibility past Sather, who could actually be on the hot seat this summer if the Rangers fail to make the playoffs.
Perry has 9g, 15a this season and was a 50-goal scorer two years ago.
I hope they don't trade Gabby unless they really get someone great in return, but if they do you know he's going to have another 5 goal game against us! A Richards buyout makes sense given the current cap structure. Perry's not the answer. Fire slats instead.
Perry isn't worth overpaying. I'm all for trading Gaborik, but I don't see a reason to sign perry. Another disgusting contract for a guy we don't need, I really think we just need a new offense minded system,.
The smartest move would be a buyout of Richards. Then you might be able to get perry for 8 years at 7.5-8 which would only be adding 1 million of cap each year. However, that would be a tough time to add one million in cap since there are so many guys still needed to be resigned
Just get a coach who lets the players play to thier strengths and not be in fear of making a defensive zone mistake and getting benched.
I absolutely don't understand the idea that Gaby and Torts don't work together. Gaby scored 40+ twice with Torts as his coach. Trading Gaborik is an awful idea in general, and trading him because he "doesn't fit" in Torts' system would be one of the worst moves in rangers history.
It's not working now. Just because Gabby had 2 years of 40 goals under Torts doesn't cure current events. Team is different now.
@DanW Ha ha
You don't trade a player like Gaborik for less than what he's worth at his peak, and then some. Unless we're trading for Kovalchuk, Crosby, Malkin, Giroux, or Stamkos, there's a HUGE possibility he just goes back to 40 goal seasons and we go back to 15th place.
If Torts is here to stay, you have to deal Gabby. Now. If Krieder comes to the big club, since he's scoring some goals with the Whale, is Torts going to use him properly? He can't be on the 4th line and can't be in fear of making a defensive zone mistake. He has to play more minutes and on a top line or keep him in Connecticut.
@TheNYRBlog 10 to 1 if Gabby not traded he has a resurgence starting on 4\/3 1 min after the deadline. Rumors have never done any player good
Corey Perry has grit and had a big year for another team once! Marian Gaborik is soft prob injured and fragile and has only scored 40 goals for this team and coach twice.Go get im Slats!
That's the problem, Sather's never on the hot seat......no pressure from Dolan to Sather down to Torts.....Dolan just cares about filling up the Garden
@TheNYRBlog get rid of him
@TheNYRBlog agree with his comments on Torts 100%, but unfortunately Slats and Dolan love him
Trade Gaborik as fast as you can while people still believe he's the same player that scored 40 goals 2 out of the last 3 years and his only problem is mental and not physical.
Might as well get something for him now because (a) he's evidently not going to play how Torts wants him to play; (b) Sather isn't likely to re-sign him after next year anyway after which time he'll have zero trade value as a FA; (c) even if you write off this year, do you want a player as discontented as Gaborik evidently is (offering to waive his NTC to *twenty* teams? This is a guy who wants out) playing in his walkaway year around an otherwise young team?
@TheNYRBlog why not find a coach that plays to player strenghts rather tries to fit scorers into defense and shot blocking philosophy?
@TheNYRBlog Thx. Very interesting on both fronts, trade & NTC. Goes to show that anyone can be shopped cause at end of day, it's a business.
I'm unsure why all of this is so shocking. What's more, Hank may be gone, too, when he becomes an UFA in a couple of years. Many people have written, " no, that can't happen, etc., etc." Yes it can and it will if the Rangers don't turn things around. Sure, Hank loves NY, but he also loves to win. Right now, this team is looking at a major setback this year heading into next. He may be willing to walk and take his chances elsewhere when he becomes an UFA. We'll see.