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08-20-2011, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Boyle View Post
Why would either team do this, or even contemplate it? It makes no sense, even in principal.

The Devils need a legitimate, two-way, top-4 defenseman Larsson could be that as early as this season. Stepan/Del Zotto are certainly players that the Devils could benefit from acquiring, but not at the expense of their potential defensive backbone.

Also, the Devils just drafted him 4th overall, and signed him to an ELC. When was the last time a top-5 pick was traded, what, 2 months after he was drafted?

From a Rangers perspective, why do they need Larsson? He would obviously be a fantastic addition, but this seems to be a case of trading just to trade. The organization already has McDonagh, Sauer, Staal, Girardi, Erixon, Del Zotto, Valentenko, and McIlrath in the organization. Aside from Valentenko, those players are/project to be top-4 defenseman. If Larsson was an offensive dynamo, it would make more sense, but the Rangers have plenty of unspectacular two-way defenseman. Of course, you can never have too many of those types, but there is no need. Taking away Stepan weakens the overall center depth, which is fantastic as it stands it's probably the most deep and versatile group of centerman the Rangers have had since the lockout. Center depth wins you games in this league, and while the same applies to defense, the Rangers are already deep at that posotion.

Trading Del Zotto creates a HUGE hole in the organization, as he's the only legitimate puck mover/offensive defenseman in the system. He may have struggled last season, but the Rangers still need him.

Stepan put up 45 points last season. Those are 2nd line numbers, and those numbers were put up as a 20 year old rookie.
Bold: disagree. Devs are definitely immediately better short term with this deal. It is likely all three will be productive. Rangers only do it to gamble Larsson becomes that special at this level.

Underline: irrelevant

Italic: have to give to get. Stepan is special, but how special is another story.
While injury is always a factor, if Stepan went, for argument's sake, for Weber or Doughty, we would be ok at C w/Richards, AA, and what's coming up, Larsson is not definitely Doughty or Weber. But he has huge upside. The gamble is, what can he bring both immediately and with some development at the NHL level.

Last bold: whether only part 1 Del Zotto for Larsson, or part 2 also, Del Zotto for Larsson, also lose Girardi and get Parise rental, we still have enough depth at D.

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