In a web chat on ESPN.com, Katie Strang says there's a good chance the Rangers will stand pat at the trade deadline.
She adds that Glen Sather is likely to recognize that this isn't the year to go all in.
She reiterates the Rangers interest in Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe, but says the asking price is probably too high.
Strang finishes by stating that a few of the guys the Rangers might have been interested in were either injured (Stephen Weiss, FLA) or re-signed (Nate Thompson- TBL).
...while it would make for a boring trade deadline, I wouldn't complain if the Sather sat on his hands.
...as I mentioned yesterday, if both Richards and Gaborik can be resurrected that's just as good as any trade they could make.
...would hate for the Rangers to overpay for guys like Clowe or Ribiero, when this team looks more like a first round punching bag than a Stanley Cup contender.
Now the Pens pickup Iginla!? They're in win-now mode. I hope it all bites them in the ass next year.
I hate to admit itto myself but No matter if they made some moves or not, this team is not making it past round one if they even make the playoffs. This lockout season fucked everything up so leave the team as is, come back next season with a proper full training camp and preseason and kick some ass.
Here's a hypothetical:
Would you trade Gaborik for a reliable 2nd pair D, a highly rated prospect and a 1st rounder?
far as I'm concerned no trades.....winning and losing with this team is all on the men on our squad they either raise the team level and play their butts off every night or its no playoffs
a knee jerk trade as if we're "1 player away" is sure to back fire anyway
According to capgeek, we can sign Step, Mac and Hags for 4M, 4M and 2.5M respectively, call up McIlrath, Fasth and Bickel and still be under the cap for next year.
I'd be happy without seeing any big moves. The one thing that I would really like to see is Pyatt moved for a 3rd rounder. He's a spare part at the moment and at 1.5M for the next two years, he's dead weight.
Want to see the Rangers to start beating some good team......If we can go into Ottawa and then Montreal and come away with AT LEAST 3 points (of course we would prefer 4), then maybe they will start to turn the corner...schedule gets tougher especially with a home and home coming up with Pitt.
There aren't any great options out there and prices are sky high. The Pens gave up a TON for their new guys...unless the Rangers were to make some huge deal involving a Gaborik etc i doubt anything will happen...perhaps the help from Zuccarello or Fast or a returning Staal will be enough...who knows? If the guys currently on the team get going as you said that will be plenty to make them very dangerous...remember they still give up next to no goals...
Had to laugh the other day, that as much as we praise the Rangers revived scout staff, we are still being connected to washed up over paid guys like Dan Boyle. Meanwhile the Penguins are moving two second round picks to San Jose for Douglas Murray, a reliable defender who's got a few includes and 20+ pounds on anyone currently starting on our blueline. Where were we on that one? I know nothing about the guy, but at 56 hits on the year, i believe that would put him close to Boyle for the leader of our team in hits.
@TheNYRBlog I still think all we need to do it get in. Look at what LA did last year. Why not NYR? Need players to peak at the right time.
You know I do feel like there will be one surprising and fairly big move - let's see if my "Rangers intuition" is still on
@TheNYRBlog Best acquisition: Richards rediscovering how to play hockey. (And maybe a depth D. My money's on Leopold)
@TheNYRBlog Curious on your thoughts on Rangers adding a guy like Fedetenko at the deadline. PK and familiar with Ranger system.
@TheNYRBlog like the Ranger have any assets other teams treasure at this point?
Hey if we are good with clinching the 8th spot and getting swept by the Pens in round #1 then I say "stand pat"! Ugh...
I did not think it would serve us to go crazy and try to rebuild chemistry but I was hoping for 1 or 2 moves to plug up a few holes (like the Pens have done) but all in all we have a good roster capable of making a run at the cup this year if we play up to our potential, and it will be better next year when younger guys mature. But I'll be surprised if we don't do anything at all - one or 2 grinders, maybe a dman with a hard point shot to enhance the roster would suffice. Best thing is to get our top guys going.
I usually like to see the Rangers make moves, but I think standing back and working with what they have -- which is considerable -- is the way to go. This said, if the Rangers could get an interesting offer for Gaborik -- and we've all beaten this to death so no sense going there again -- I certainly hope the team would entertain it.
Need our money for the summer. Per Brooks this morning, we've got roughly 11 mil for 6 open roster spots, and those include resigning McDonagh, Hagelin, and Stepan, all 3 of whom are earning themselves the chance for significant offers on the open market based on their play this season. Brooks thinks they'll combine for $10 mil. Hopefully he right. Hopefully with the cap coming down teams won't spend as freely, but we could get screwed with an offer sheet to one of those 3. Hagelin is the only one of the 3 I could see them living without.
@JamesU I love Iginla, that fuckin' BLOWS.
"The first-round pick was very important to them,” Shero said. “They ended up with two good college prospects. That’s the price of Jarome Iginla. That’s what you have to do. That’s what we did.”
A first-round pick and two prospects ...
Who is going to give up all that for a guy that stopped scoring?
@cb1 would be a tidy bit of house cleaning
@jasonshyer amen. Staal coming back would be akin to a great addition by trade.
@johnnyb3910 Not even close, Boyle and Callahan both have almost twice as many hits. Do your research!!!
@johnnyb3910 i'd rather have two second-rounders than a 2nd/3rd pair stay at home D-man rental.
that was vintage Richards right there ... i'm hoping for the same
@Betweentheworlds I agree. With the addition of Zucc and Fast going to the Whale (possibly), we have some fat to trim.
@johnnyb3910 I'm not so sure the dreaded offer sheet is a threat. Calgary and Philly are the last ones to put them out and they made ridiculous offers that will likely come back to haunt them in the future. If Philly were to go after McDonagh, you can bet your bottom dollar that Sather would go after Giroux the following year. I think there's a gentlemen's agreement with GMs where they don't go after each other's RFAs. So as good as they've been, the Rangers hold all the leverage with those 3 guys and they probably won't get their big pay days for a few more years.
@johnnyb3910 Hate to say it but perhaps the Richards buy out is required after all. I'd rather have any of those three for many years to come than an overpaid Richards in the twilight of his Career. I am a big fan of Richards even though he is having a tough time right now. I really appreciated him stepping up during Sandy and also giving us a show in AC during the lockout but as a business decision, it may be close to time to say goodbye. :(
@johnpal just watch what Calgary gets for Iginla, who is 5 years older and who's a UFA.
@cb1 True, but i'd rather have a 32 year old, big stay at home d-man than Roman Hamrlik. And I'd rather trade draft picks at this point than continue to screw with whatlittle chemistry this team has.
@gravey94 The Rangers have had a standard of offering RFAs coming off of entry level contracts either 2 or 4 year deals in the 2.5-4 mil range. I would expect Stepan and McD to be on the top end of that spectrum, and Hagelin to be on the lower side.
I agree with you on the Gentlemen's agreement, but every summer there are GMs who get fired and new GMs come in who need to make an impact. Stepan is defining himself as a steady, 2-way center, great on the PK and the PP, and good on faceoffs. If Sather doesn't think 1 of the other 29 GMs might try sending him an offer sheet for $5-6 million, then he's naive, or crazy, or both.
I would love to see the Rangers sign some of these guys to extensions now, but they have to be careful how one players agent will convince his client that the Rangers are playing favorites, so it tough balancing act, too.
@johnnyb3910 Agreed on Hamrlik, Staal can't get health soon enough. But our farm system doesn't have a whole lot going on for it right now and we don't have a 1st rounder this year.
We got 'em right where we want 'em. I think I got the upper hand now. Thanks, Joe!