Rangers to Trade Gaborik for Kovy?


According to Bleacher Report (HA!), Glen Sather is seriously looking into trading Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings to make room to sign Ilya Kovalchuk. The rumor says that the Kings are willing to Justin Williams and two prospects for Gaborik. There was also talk of the Maple Leafs being interested in a trade but the validity of even that stretch can’t be made.  Before we even get into how utterly stupid this trade would be, especially considering we just signed Gaborik last offseason, lets attack look at who we’re dealing with here.

This is Bleacher Report, you’re lucky if these guys know what a decent rumor even looks like. These are the same guys that were excited about the Dan Girardi signing and think we should get rid of Marc Staal.
BR’s source of this particular rumor is Hockey Buzz’s writer, Eklund. The article started yesterday on Hockey Buzz’s website and then Bleacher Report got a hold of it so of course from there it spreads like wildfire. Eklund is shady enough on his own account. Many readers believe that Eklund, himself, creates these rumors to get views. All in all, he’s wrong a large majority of the time. Personally, I haven’t followed Eklund enough to develop an opinion on him, but I did a lot of research on this rumor, it’s sources, and its validity.

Now back to the rumor itself. Right off the bat, it sounds preposterous and usually, something that sounds that ridiculous, is really just that ridiculous. As a Ranger fan though, you’re weary, because its not like Glen Sather hasn’t performed crazy retarded acts before. So almost anything sounds like a possibility as long as you put Rangers in the title. It could read “Rangers Sign Gretzky Lindros Bure at End of Career”, oh yeah, it did… Case in point. Clearly, we’re prone to situations that just don’t apply to your normal hockey club.
Regardless, why would we go after someone who most of NY loves, is one of the few bright spots, is one of the only “rights” amid a cluster of “wrongs” in Sather’s repertoire, and who is probably a better overall player for Kovalchuk?  It just doesn’t make sense, almost no fans want to see this occur. When Gaborik is healthy, he can put up virtually the same numbers that Kovy can and seeing that he played 78 games last year (a lot of those hurt), I think he’s fine where he is. Not to mention the extra $1-3 million dollars extra that Kovalchuk will add to our salary cap (in comparison to Gaborik’s $7.5 hit) because he thinks he’s God’s gift to hockey.
Don’t get me wrong, if this were last year and both were free agents, and we had the ability to choose from both looking at them going into their respective free agencies, I’d rather us sign Kovy than Gaborik. I think most people would agree with me here, solely regarding the fact that Kovy is much less injury prone than Gaborik is. But now that we have Gaborik, I’m happy, this isn’t yesteryear, you can’t go by what if’s. We have Gaborik, we like him, we want to build develop around him.

Even if this rumor were true, which in high probability it is not, the situation itself is just not physically possible yet. Thanks to a reader on BR, Scott R, he posted and broke down why Kovy going anywhere other than NJ is just not possible at the moment, let alone “a deal made by the end of the night”.

If the NHLPA does not timely dispute and refer to the
Arbitrator such rejection in the manner set forth in Section 11.5(g) above (5 days), then
immediately upon the expiration of the time period within which the NHLPA may
dispute and refer to the Arbitrator such rejection, the SPC or Offer Sheet, as the
case may be, will be deemed null and void

As stated before it is NOT null and void yet. This is the same as fighting a suspension, the player can still play after being suspended if he is fighting it.
Here is how Kovy becomes UFA. ANY of these happen

A. NHLPA does not file, and the Devils don’t ask them to, after 5 days Kovy is UFA
B. If they do file, and after an arbitrator is selected, and they eventually lose, Kovy is UFA
C. NHLPA does file and Kovy decides he does not want to file, a reason could be this thing will be dragged out for weeks and Kovy will be in a flux,
not on a team, but can’t talk to other teams because he is technically signed to the Devils, then he is a UFA

-Scott R

This only goes to add to my statement the other day, don’t believe everything you read from Bleacher Report. And I’m not saying you do, I just hear it being quoted as a guidebook sometimes, when it clearly shouldn’t be.

We can only hope that this is one rumor that certainly is NOT true.

Tags: Bleacher Report Glen Sather Hockey Buzz Ilya Kovalchuk Los Angeles Kings Marian Gaborik

  • Brian

    So let’s get this straight, you’re making fun of both of your sources, admitting they have no credibility and still report the story? Then you take the comment from a member of the site you openly and publicly made fun of, and use it as evidence. Why would you even report it after making fun of both sources?

    A second point, half the writing on that site is better and more well-written than yours is, no matter what the content. So good for you for pointing a finger at a site where people are trying to become better writers—you have massive paragraphs when everyone knows the format of a blog/article is to be short 1-2 sentence fragments.

    And who are the “sources” you looked into? Do you have NHL connections and know people very relevant in the hockey world? Based on your poor excuse for an article, i’d say not.

    So sorry for ripping you, but I wouldn’t have said a word if you didn’t openly make fun of a site where people are trying to get into writing and become better writers. Have a little more respect for people, because no offense, you reported the same exact thing, presented in a worse manner. Figure it out.

  • James

    Honestly if the Rangers do this, it is pointless and retarded. What happens when he trade gaborik and we aren’t able to sign Gaborik. We Are FUCKEDD. Not a risk worth taking. Just keep gaborik. Tell u the truth, I bet the rangers are trying to get kovy out of their division. Shipping gaby to LA doesn’t hurt us and taking kovy saves us from NJ. Honestly we can kick nj’s ass with gaby when they have kovy. Brodeur sucks against us. This is a retarded trade if they do this.

  • The Tick

    Brian, let’s go through all of the reasons that just about every word of your comment makes no sense:

    1. “So let’s get this straight, you’re making fun of both of your sources, admitting they have no credibility and still report the story?”

    Did you read the post, or just look at the headline? He’s reporting why the whole rumor is stupid and how it is an example of why you shouldn’t believe these sites. He’s not reporting the story. He’s reporting why the story is stupid. There has been so much information that someone needs to call people out for this, and Eklund needs to be called out at any and every opportunity.

    2. “Then you take the comment from a member of the site you openly and publicly made fun of, and use it as evidence.”

    The post says, “Thanks to a reader on BR, Scott R, he posted and broke down why Kovy going anywhere other than NJ is just not possible at the moment, let alone ‘a deal made by the end of the night.’” This has been widely reported. The point is that it has even been broken down on one of the sites that is feeding this idiocy.

    3. “So good for you for pointing a finger at a site where people are trying to become better writers”

    No, people improving their writing is not the point of the site. The point of the site is to write about hockey. The point of this post is that they have failed in the main purpose of their site. Now we shouldn’t criticize any site that has failed to do what they are supposed to simply because someone somewhere out there thinks that the writers are trying to improve their writing?

    4. “you have massive paragraphs when everyone knows the format of a blog/article is to be short 1-2 sentence fragments”

    Really? Everyone knows that? Or just you? Can you point to some style manual in which this is stated? Blogging is a new medium where anyone and everyone can write. To say that there is some set format (which is not written or stated anywhere) is just plain wrong. And even if you want to go by the format of an “article,” go read any long article in a magazine. They have full paragraphs. Finally, you’re actually criticizing him for writing in full paragraphs (three or more sentences), instead of partial (and therefore grammatically incorrect, unless called for by the medium in which they are being written).

    5. “And who are the ‘sources’ you looked into? Do you have NHL connections and know people very relevant in the hockey world? Based on your poor excuse for an article, i’d say not.”

    Seriously? I’m sorry, I can’t keep going.

  • Brian

    What are you the guys boyfriend, or him under another name?

    I don’t believe I caught the reason the last statement was wrong, probably because there isn’t one. Everyone of those is a sad excuse as to how I was inaccurate. Sorry but the article is rubbish, Nuff Said.

  • Brian

    And for the record, there is a format to these things, anyone who has ever taken any writing course would and should know that, so good attempt at a rebuttal.

    And again, the point of Bleacher Report is to write about sports yes, but it’s more to teach people how to do it—the reason for rankings, awards, and editor feedback. So once again, wrong.

    As for the comment, it makes no difference what it means. You made fun of a site and then continued to take information from it and use it in your article. You laugh at the site’s credibility so how can you then use any other piece of information? It’s like you’re picking and choosing from something that has already been deemed contaminated.

    However, I do agree with the Eklund comment, and I’m simply saying that you need to cut the people at Bleacher Report slack. Everyone needs to start somewhere and that is many people’s start. Call out Eklund as much as you want, the guys a fraud and everyone knows hes full of it. But like I said “(Ha!)” makes it look like a hackjob of an article right off the bat.

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