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05-17-2012, 10:28 PM
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The Rangers have been molding their team with North American players that hustle, willing to sacrifice their bodies to block pucks, check the body, and have a tremendous work ethic.
Gaborik has been a great player for us but I think Torts gets frustrated with him. If he's not scoring, Torts wants him to give an all out effort and block shots, check, etc.
Is this a fair trade?
Why the Blues would do it?
They were the 9th worst team in the NHL in scoring goals. Adding a player that can potential put up 40+ goals should help a lot.
Why the Rangers do it?
1. Backes can be a 25-30 goal scorer
2. He finished 12th in the NHL for forwards in blocked shots
3. He finished 12th in the NHL for forwards in hits
4. His cap hit is 4.5M which the Rangers save 3M that can be used to help sign Parise in the offseason. Parise can offset the goals lost from Gaborik.
5. He's from North America
6. He is DEFINITELY the mold of what Torts looks for.
What do you guys think?????
I remember the Blues going hard after Gaborik when he hit free-agency.
However, you are missing a HUGE part of your post. Why the Blue do it. They wouldn't.
1. The Blues are looking to add a center, not subtract one.
2. They are flush with talented wingers. Not Gaborik's level of talent, but the Blues wingers are far from scrubs.
3. The Blues want tough, two-way players under Armstrong, Gaborik doesn't fit the profile of an Armstrong/Hitchcock player.
4. Oshie, Perron, McDonald, Steen, D'Agostini, Stewart, Schwartz, and possibly Tarasenko are all top nine wingers, not a position of weakness for the Blues next season.
5. Blues don't have a playmaker of Richards level to maximize Gaborik's skills.
6. Backes is the face of the franchise in St. Louis, must be factored in to any deal with him going the other way. Only two ways Backes leaves St. Louis are UFA and trade for game-breaking center (Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos.)
Backes is one of two untouchables currently on the Blues roster. The other is Pietrangelo.
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