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07-30-2011, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
Yeah, I don't buy that at all. I would wager my life that if they had the cap space, Kovalchuk would have been a Ranger today. Overseas, there was plenty of talk that Kovalchuk was in discussions with the Rangers, and I'm inclined to believe that. They should never have signed Gaborik, and just waited for Kovalchuk. They were total morons if they had any doubts that Kovalchuk was going to leave Atlanta. Big blunder.

Don't get me wrong, Parise is a better all-around player, smarter, more dedicated, all of that good stuff. Definitely the poser boy for what the Rangers want...and what every team wants. Everybody wants a Parise. I don't think the difference between the two would have stopped the Rangers from getting Kovalchuk if they had the means to do so.

The only problem is that we are unlikely to get Parise unless he purposely leads the Devils to believe they can sign him just to make sure that his new team would not be weakened by having to surrender assets to get him. Not sure if he's that tricky.

What I think will happen is that Lou will try to negotiate until February, then will deal him away for whatever assets he can get, which will be significant.

I would gladly trade Anisimov, Kreider, McDonagh and a #1 for Parise, assuming we first sign him, but we will never have a chance to do that because of the rivalry. But I assume another team would be willing to give up 3-4 good young players/prospects for Parise.

The only way we get Parise is if he is dead set on hitting free agency, and even then we are in the mix with another half a dozen teams trying to outbid us.

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