Should the Rangers Sign Simon Gagne If They Sign Brad Richards?
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05-09-2011, 12:41 PM
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We might not have a choice. Sophomore slumps happen, and if Gilroy is the #5, the 6th defenseman comes down to Del Zotto, Valentenko and Eminger pending him re-signing.
Del Zotto is going to be a good player. With a summer to recover and work on getting stronger, and a training camp to work on his defensive game, it's very realistic that he'll be back up with the big club next season.
Tortorella seems to love Christensen, and he'll probably be back as a fourth liner or spare forward. That wouldn't really help us much at all, while the cap room would be beneficial, so hopefully he is gone. Also do hope that Boogey retires.
It would be great to get Dubinsky locked up for 4/15.5 for $3.875 Million a season, but after his hold out last time I wouldn't count on less than 4.25. Callahan should come cheaper.
Pitkanen isn't good enough to warrant a $4.5 Million contract, likely a multi-year one. Takes up yet another spot that in a season or two can be held by Tank or McIlrath. I think in 12-13 we're guaranteed to have spots filled by Staal, Girardi, Sauer, McDonagh and Del Zotto pending a trade. No need to have Pitkanen here too. One year for 3, fine, take it or leave it.
You didn't counter how or why mdz is going to be with the rangers next season? He just had surgery and probably is going to take a good amount of time off, that's gonna make his offensive game which disappeared come back and suddenly he is going to have a defensive game? Torts flat out said he wants to add a puck moving defenseman that sends a signal to me that they will sign a pitkanen type to properly run the PP and let mdz develop and improve his game at the minor level.
The wolski contract shows what Dubinsky is worth, he is not going to get 4.25 from sather unless he signs a 4-6 year deal which seems a bit odd as his numbers will probably improve and he is locking himself into a long term deal. I see a 3 year deal for 3.9 a season.
Pitkanen is a player i am not in love with but I can see sather overpaying for his services, have you seen our track record with d-men via ufa (redden, Malik, markhov, etc). To get him it is going to cost and he isn't going to take a spot from a kid as the 6th spot will be open to competition between valentenko and mcilrath and gilroy as the 7man if he comes back or eminger back as the 7th man. Torts wants a puck moving d-man and it will be pitkanen or someone brought in.
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