They Had To Do It

At first glance, the idea of the Rangers trading Marian Gaborik is insane. How can a team that desperately needs goals trade one of the best goal scorers in the league? But, upon deeper review, it makes all the sense in the world.

Start with the fact that the Rangers are way too top-heavy. Rick Nash has been great and Derek Stepan very good, but that’s about it scoring-wise. Too many times this year the Rangers have been about their first and second lines with little contribution from the third and fourth lines. Furthermore, with Brad Richards mired in a miserable slump and Brian Boyle losing his game, the Rangers are very, very thin in the middle.

So, I think the 3-for-1 trade (I’m not counting the minor leaguers involved) the Rangers pulled off today was a good one from a hockey standpoint. Brassard gives them another center who can se tup scorers. Dorsett is a physical wing who will get the job done in the corners. Moore gives them someone to fill in for Staal and could mature in to a top-4 defenseman.

And let’s face it, Gaborik in New York was not working this season. For whatever reason, his goal-scoring touch had disappeared and he was clashing with the coach. Plus, and this is the other reason this trade makes sense, he makes a lot of money and the salary cap is shrinking next year by $6-million.

By pulling off this trade, the Rangers have three players under contract in place of Gaborik for about $1.5 million less than Gaborik would have made. That’s going to be important because the Rangers have three huge restricted free agents next year in Hagelin, Stepan and McDonagh. The Rangers are going to want to keep those three and this trade will help them get to that goal.

I think the other thing this trade does is turn up the heat on Tortorella. Sather has removed a player Torts clearly wasn’t connecting with and replaced him with players more to Torts’ liking. If the Rangers miss the playoffs, I fully expect Torts to get fired. Even if they make the playoffs, I’m not sure the Rangers should keep Torts, but that’s a subject for another day.

 

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  • blmeanie  On April 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Why is the cap shrinking next year?

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