DEBATE: Is the cap going down next season and how much? (And can we afford Parise?)
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11-15-2011, 12:41 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
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They would be upgrading a position of weakness on the team. That's the way I look at it.
The Rangers did it when they traded Gomez. They weakened their center depth in order to sign Gaborik, the elite player.
They ended up replacing Gomez with Prospal, as far as centers are concerned. The thing is that they had the ability to add a Prospal then, even if it was for very cheap. They also had the ability to bring in Kotalik. They aren't going to have that ability if Parise+RFAs put them over the Cap in 2013 and they have to either trade someone or drop someone.
In addition, the entire philosophy is different when you are looking to move from solid team to contender instead of also-ran to playoff team. I will reiterate that the Rangers don't NEED Parise and the money can be spent more wisely elsewhere.
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