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05-17-2012, 11:08 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?????
You do know Hitchcock and Torts coach a similar style and like players that play that style right. So if Gaborik is not fitting in with Torts he will not fit in with Hitchcock. The Blues are not trading their #1 center for a winger. I honestly don't see any trade working out where Backes goes to the Rangers. A team does not trade their best forward an captain for a player like Gaborik when they already have a surplus of wingers.
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