While I’m not saying the Rangers should sit tight from now until the end of the trade deadline, they shouldn’t be looking for a quick deal. Yesterday the Flyers acquired Nicklas Grossman for a 2012 second round pick and a 2013 third round pick. Grossman is a good defenseman, I’ll give him him that, but he isn’t worth a second and a third rounder.
Not even taking how good next years draft is hyped to be into account, the mere principle of trading a couple relatively high picks for a pending UFA player is never a good idea. Maybe the Flyers think they have a long term solution in Grossman, but the fact he can walk next year and the Flyers get nothing has to be a little concerning right?
Alright, enough about the Flyers, I get nauseated just talking about them. Follow me after the jump for how I think the Rangers should conduct themselves with the deadline approaching.
Ok just one more thing. Dominic Moore was traded to the San Jose Sharks yesterday too for a second rounder. Yes a second rounder for a player who has 4 goals and 19 points, as well as a -10 rating. I know Moore can do other things like kill penalties, but that’s still a poor trade on the part of San Jose. They can’t just be tossing away second rounders for decent players like Moore.
There Is No Need To Trade Out Of Desperation- The rangers are comfortably in first place, and every team knows what they want. They know the Rangers would like a top 6 forward and a depth defenseman. Teams can make it very difficult for the Rangers to get a “fair deal”. How do you counter this? You wait until the deadline is only a couple days away. By that time teams know what other teams are offering for their players, and the Rangers could get players for a fair deal or even at below market value. The Rangers need to be patient because the product they have on the ice right now, they can survive with.
Here’s a list of players I would like to acquire at the deadline:
Pavel Kubina- Very cheap option and a huge upgrade over Steve Eminger.
Ray Whitney- While Shane Doan is probably off the market, this desert dog is the next best option.
Dennis Wideman- Unless the Caps start fading quickly, and go on a huge skid I don’t see this happening. But I’d like him as a Ranger.
Blake Wheeler- I actually think this is a very good option for the Rangers. Very fast, and could be a solid option on the third line.
Rick Nash- Just kidding.
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