Could Management Give Up On Anisimov Or Stepan This Summer?

May 23, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (24) and New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov (42) battle for the puck in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. Devils won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

During trade talks this summer, Glen Sather will certainly be asked to throw in either Derek Stepan or Artem Anisimov into a deal, especially if it involves a big name player. Young, up and coming players of Anisimov’s and Stepan’s caliber are often thrown around to get a solid established player in the league. But the question remains, if Sather felt the deal was right would he trade one of them or both of them?

To me it would be silly to trade them for a couple reasons. For one thing they are both extremely young, and are still trying to find their way on this team and in the league. At times both of these centers look like they are going to break out and be 60 point players in the league. Then there are the other times when they look completely overpowered, and ineffective. This usually happens when they are stuck playing against tougher defenseman or the other team’s checking line.

My Thoughts- Trading Anisimov or Stepan is highly foolish at the moment. This is a team that lost in the Eastern Conference Finals due to depth and management would be taking that away by trading either of these centers. Being deep in the center position is also a very good thing, and good two way centers like Stepan and Anisimov don’t grow on trees.

If the Rangers were to acquire a highly established center like Ryan Getzlaf, then (I’d still be hesitant) it would be OK to trade one of the two. This is also contingent on how management feels J.T. Miller can fit into the organization at some point, and if he can replace one of the two. Miller will probably need another year before he can break into the NHL.

I don’t think this is the summer when either Stepan or Anisimov is traded though. I think eventually one of the two will be traded due to cap constraints, and other players ready to take their spots. For the time being, I think they are both safe unless Sather wants to pull off a crazy move. This time next year though it’s very possible the clock will be ticking for both of these players to see which one has the longer future with the club.

Topics: Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Glen Sather, J.T. Miller, Ryan Getzlaf

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  • AlanPudding

    If Torts doesn’t continue to use Artie as his scapegoat for everything that goes wrong with his team, he actually might build some confidence and show what he can do. And he can do a hell of a lot. Already terrific defensively, he will be a consistent 20+ goal scorer IF Torts gives him the same room to grow as he did with MDZ this past year. As far as Stepan, he had a fine 2nd season. Still hit a wall at the end of the season as he had in his rookie year, but can only get better. Kreids and Step and Hags is the first line of the future NYR.

  • TheProspectpark

    No offense but this article makes little sense
     
    “Then there are the other times when they look completely overpowered, and ineffective. This usually happens when they are stuck playing against tougher defenseman or the other team’s checking line.”
     
    That is called being inconsistent and you are actually do more to make the case to trade them than you are for keeping them.
     
    JT Miller has zero effect on whether or not the NYR trade either especially since his pro future is not at center but rather at RW.

  • KingBadaBing

     @TheProspectpark I always thought he was a right wing too, but I’ve seen places list him at center. Weird.