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Glen Sather speaks/GM has blueprint for Blueshirt future
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06-06-2010, 11:32 AM
Smoothies! Who's in?
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Whoever suggested trading Gaborik and Lundqvist for the #1/2 this year is crazy.
First of all, these are your best players with which you build a team around. Yes, you can start from scratch and try to pull a major overhaul/rebuild, but then you probably turn into the Isles. They have been rebuilding for how long now? Look what they have to show for it. A good core of young guys that with the right FA additions could compete for a playoff spot. There is NO WAY Sather goes down that route. It's always going to be a win now mentality at the Garden. Anyway, the Rangers already have a solid core of prospects to build around.
Secondly, Boston/Edmonton are not trading this year's picks for them. They are set on taking one of Hall/Seguin. They would definitely be willing to trade FUTURE first round picks for them, but that is not a risk worth taking since there is no idea how high that draft pick would be or what kind of player would be available then.
Sather should stay the course as he says in this interview. In 3-4 years, when Gaborik/Lundqvist are near the end of their contracts, Staal and Del Zotto will be three years older. Other key pieces which the Rangers lack in the pipeline can be secured via free agency. Specifically, a #1 center, secondary defensemen, and a top-6 forward or two. With the hope that our prospects develop well, some good signings, and a little luck, I don't see why this team can't make a deep playoff run in that time.
With regards to Redden. I think he will be on the roster to start the season. With that kind of major investment, I think he has to get another chance. The Rangers aren't ready to make a run next season anyway. If it doesn't work out he can play out the remainder of his contract in the minors, or maybe even a buy-out is in order. Hopefully even an amnesty buyout clause in the new CBA. That would be swell.
*Fun fact: As of right now, Yashin is the highest paid player on the Islanders payroll going into next season.
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