Thread: Speculation: Gunnarsson to NYR?
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10-17-2011, 01:55 PM
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I think Gunnarsson is a solid top 4 guy, and he will probably get better. However, I think that if the Rangers got him, they'd have another guy in the McDonagh and Sauer range of effectiveness. They're all young, with a chance to grow. This means that when Staal comes back, the Rangers will have 5 top 4 dmen, and even more fun, none of them great at the PP (which could normally justify giving one of them 3rd pairing minutes). So, it doesn't matter if he might outperform McDonagh or Sauer, because you're still looking at a bit of an overkill on D (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless you have to give up solid prospects for it).

And even then, Erixson and MDZ are both looking pretty good, so if you got Gunnarsson, you're looking at blocking one of them out. So, while I think Gunnarsson is a good player to have, I don't think he's a very good fit for the Ranges. The rangers are not short on solid, responsible defense men with alright, but not good, offensive abilities.

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