Scoring has obviously been a huge problem for the Rangers this season as they're currently tied for 28th in the league with a paltry 48 goals in 24 games.
One way to rectify this futility could be on the trade market, as Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Oilers feels the Rangers are one of the teams who could make the biggest push for Calgary's Mike Cammalleri at the trade deadline.
Cammalleri, who has 13 points (9g, 4a) in 16 games this season, is in the final year of his contract that has an AAV of $6M this season. However, if the Rangers acquire him at the deadline, he'll have just $1.25M remaining on his contract.
The 31-year old Cammalleri missed the first seven games of the season with a hand injury, but is completely healed.
...Cammalleri has twice been an 80 point guy in the NHL, but hasn't cracked 50 since 2009. He did have a bit of a renaissance with his lockout shortened 13g, 32 point season last year.
...last deadline the Penguins were able to get Iginla from the Flames without giving up a roster player or NHL ready prospect (cost was a 1st round pick and two prospects in college). So you have to assume the Rangers could get Cammalleri for a 2nd round pick and a prospect like Steven Fogarty (2011 - 3rd).
...while there's no way the Rangers could fit him under the cap right now as they have just around $2.4M of open space, according to Cap Geek they'll have over $8.5M of available space at the trade deadline, so there shouldn't be any issues then.
...it's tough to discuss a potential deal at the trade deadline, because I can't predict where the Rangers will be at that point. However, if the first quarter of the season is any indication, you have to assume they'll be in their annual position of fighting for one of the final playoff spots, so Cammalleri, if he can continue this offensive output, would be a nice addition to the lineup considering his expiring contract and how little the Rangers will likely have to give up.
For anyone wondering why the Rangers deadline cap space will be so much higher than it is currently, TheNYRBlog's Neill Fowler explains...
"The NHL tabulates each teams' cap space on a daily basis, not yearly. So any unused cap space that every team doesn't use daily, can literally be banked towards future transactions.
For example, today's Rangers page at capgeek has the Rangers listed as $1,714,174 under the cap in total cap hits. So right now, the Rangers could take on an extra $2,439,883 in cap space if they were to make a trade, waiver claim or promote someone from Hartford. That number will go up every day the Rangers do not make a transaction all the way up to the trade deadline cap space listed today of $8,570,870."
In your daily Michael Del Zotto rumor, Darren Dreger at TSN (via Leafs Blog Hope Smoke) says the Rangers have discussed a potential deal for the embattled defenseman with the Maple Leafs involving 23-year old defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Gardiner, who is in the final year of his entry level contract, had 30 points (7g, 23a) his rookie season two years ago, but spent most of last season in the AHL. This year he has just five points (all assists) in 24 games with the Leafs.
...Gardiner is an offensive defenseman, with great skating ability and accurate passing. The downside on Gardiner is despite being 6' 1" he's not an overly physical defenseman, which is currently the Rangers biggest omission on the blueline.
...from the reaction to this news, it sounds like this trade proposal from Sather was dead on arrival, so don't expect Del Zotto to be wearing a Maple Leafs jersey anytime soon.
I don't think the Rangers get better by adding people like Cammalleri (or Ryder, or Vanek) in a vacuum. That kind of move resembles panic, i.e. "We're not scoring goals! We need a goal scorer!" The only way this team gets better is by having a plan for the type of team it wants to be and then making strategic moves to grow into that vision.
It is obvious, and I do mean obvious, that NY is NOT an elite team right now. They can be effective by capitalizing on their existing speed and ability to play tight to other teams. When the playoffs roll around however, the almost complete absence of physicality on this team will make for an early and ignominious exit -- if they make it at all.
I don't have a solution outside the context of what Sather and AV want the team to be like; and I'm not sure what the vision is right now. But it's pretty clear that adding yet another high skill, low physical intensity guy is nothing but a sidestep. Whatever direction they go in, they need to work towards developing an elite squad with an identity, because the team needs its cornerstones defined and is still a couple of tiers away from this year's cup hopefuls.
When you're using the Iggy deal to figure Cammalleri's price, keep in mind that Iggy had a full NMC. Cammalleri has a limited NTC. If I remember correctly, the Flames got a better offer from the Bruins then the Pens, but Iggy would only take the Pens deal.
I'll believe it when I see it... Not sure why Toronto would want Del Zotto for anything more than a mid level prospect... Also where's Marek Hrivik?? He's a skill guy that can bring some jam to the lineup...
I really feel like I am watching a bunch of girls skating around everynight.
But that will all change, When Pyatt of crap come back. Don't worry!!!
I rally starting to question AV, Sitting JT for four games THEN sending him down, Love affection with non prodfuctive players in the double P's (Pyatt of crap and poullycrap), giradi moving to the PP over stralman...
I can tell you right now there honestly when you start thinking about it haven't been many decisions i have agreed with that seem literally MINDLESS decisions.. pyatt and Poully should be gone.. He shoudl be demanding players that can play..
ANd the fact that he can look at the 3rd and 4th line guys go around and skate like little girls when they should be physical and creating engery is just mindboggling.
Sorry for rant but it just can't stand the non physicality of this team and the decisions AV keeps making that everyone knows what the results are going to be....
I don't want another Clowe (so upset about that waste of draft picks). Unless we are really fighting for the cup (not holding my breath) giving away our future for a guy who will play a handful of games for us makes no sense to me.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed how ineffective DelZotto was on the PP in Tampa. I thought AV realized DZ had no place on the PP and we were actually better w/o him on point prior to entering that game.
Wonder where in the season the point would be to include Del Zotto in that package to Calgary. Maybe closer to the Olympic break? Assuming he's going to be a UFA, not an RFA this offseason?
@Hotfreak Well said.....well said. The Rangers now have a defensive system/culture that is Stanley Cup ready........great goal tending and an excellent mobil top four defense. This defensive culture was created by John Tortorella. Torts' Rangers went to the Eastern Conference finals.
At that point Tortorella knew in order to win The Cup the Rangers had to get more like The Bruins because it is so difficult (due to the Cap) to develop a speedy and highly talented offense like the offensive talent of The Hawks, The Pens, The Canucks. Sather wanted to go in an offensive direction and made some trades to gain offensive talent. Those trades were made at the expense of defensive minded forwards while losing defensive minded forwards to free agency.
Sather's thinking is and will always be the explosive Gretzky/Messier/ Kurri's Edmonton Oilers. Running the show in the Media capital of the world only solidfies his great offensive vision. Having Dolan as his "boss" solidifies his offensive vision even further. (check out the article on Dolan in today's online version of The NY Times)
Sather and Torts' had different visions on how to win and that is why Torts was fired.
Where I come from a guy like AV would never ever have been hired in the first place. In his opening interview he would have been thrown out on his butt for not presenting a specific vision for the Cup and specific strategies on how he would get The Rangers there. He should also have presented an extensive profile on each player and on The Rangers top 15 Prospects and how they all fit into his vision for winning the Cup. That would be the minimum if he expected a second interview. He is only NOW questioning what vision The Rangers should have.......way to go AV. Great hire Sather and Dolan
This kind of presentation never occurs in The NHL and in addition Dolan wouldn't know what the hell I am talking about.. When there is a lot of money at stake this kind of presentation is required in business and in the performing arts all the time. The Rangers are a cash cow no matter if they win The Cup or finish in last Place. The NHL is very professional.....eh?
@BuckarooClub Oh shit, good point.
@johnnyb3910 Yes, UFA for Cammallari.