Thread: Prospect Info: Rangers Prospect Poll: #9
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01-17-2012, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
Dale Weise had no future here. Neither did Joey Crabb, nor did Corey Potter. Tomas Kundratek? Sometimes things just don't work out for a player in a particular organization. Doesn't mean they have no NHL future.
I think when we rank Ranger prospects, we do so in terms of the value they represent to the Rangers organization. None of the players you listed translated to any value whatsoever to the Rangers organization despite the fact they may have found roles elsewhere. And neither will MZA.

MZA has no future with the Rangers because he's essentially in the same situation Matt Gilroy was in last year. MZA is 24, but has not established himself as a regular on the NHL level... plus he makes $1.75M/year. He'll be a restricted free agent in the summer, and the Rangers will not make him a qualifying offer for that much money. He's not going to re-sign with the Rangers for less just to play in the minors again. So he'll either sign elsewhere where he might get a better opportunity to play, as Gilroy did, or return to Europe. It's unlikely the Rangers would be able to peddle him for even a late round draft pick simply because teams do not often make trades for players toiling in the minors making that much money.

This isn't necessarily to say that MZA will never play in the NHL. But what's the point of listing MZA among the top 10 prospects in the Rangers system if he offers no future value to the team?

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