Feb 4, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman (2) shoots on the Minnesota Wild goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Wild 2-1 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Rangers Should Sit Tight For The Time Being

We Can All Thank The Flyers For Setting The Bar Real High For This Trading Season By Giving Up Way Too Much For Nicklas Grossman. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

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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