The Official Offseason Thread (Part II) - Brooks: Rangers after Radulov
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06-01-2012, 10:48 PM
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I think Ryan is unlikely to be moved, and wed have to severely overpay if he was at all available.
Nash is definitely available and I think if we do get him, it will be on Sather's terms. Thinking something along the lines of Del Zotto, [Dubi or Ani], Miller, Thomas, and a 1st or conditional 1st/2nd based on how far the Rangers go in the playoffs, or if they win their division, perhaps.
I think it's unlikely that Parise signs here, but you never know. The most I would offer would be a retirement deal (10+ years with a few years tacked on at the end at a low salary to make the average yearly salary (the cap-hit) somewhere around 6.5 million. I see him going to Detroit, Chicago, Boston, or staying in Jersey. Also, I think the Islanders are a dark horse. His dad played for the Isles, he wouldn't have to relocate, and while they operate under an internal budget that's lower than the cap ceiling, they will have plenty of cap-space to offer a lucrative deal, and he'd be guaranteed first line minutes playing with Tavares. I think the Isles need to go hard after Suter, though. They really need defensive help, and while I doubt Suter would want to go there, money talks and if they throw the wallet at him, who knows.
Iginla would be a nice addition, but I can't see Calgary moving him until the deadline, because they'd never be able to explain to their fanbase why they traded Jarome if they find themselves in a playoff spot come Februrary. And I can't see their GM not trying to screw us in the deal after the bad taste the Erixon deal left in their mouth, even though it was Erixon's action, not the Rangers that initiated the deal.
I'd also be very interested in Marty St. Louis at the right price. Fantastic playmaker. Chemistry and familiarity with Richards, Feds, and Tortorella. I'd give up DZ and a mediocre prospect or a 1st for him. Probably wouldn't be enough to make it worth it from Yzerman's perspective.
Whitney is the ideal stopgap, even though he's more of a passer than a goal scorer.
Jagr is still a great player, although he does not fit the team identity. Personally, I think we need to institute more of a puck possession game, which Jagr certainly helps. The forechecking, grinding, dump and chase style takes a lot more energy than a system that is built around HAVING the puck and not giving it up, even of its 200 feet from your net. Keep plays alive. There needs to be some kind of adjustment in this direction going forward. As we continue to inject more skill into our lineup, we will be more and more able to play a puck possession game.
Blake Wheeler is a guy I think would work wonders with Stepan. Big body, great passer, heavy shot. He won't come cheap as he just came off a 64 point season (only 17 goals but 47 assists, wow!)
Bogosian is a defenseman I'd love to grab for the right price. Righty-shot. Big body. Hits hard. Heavy shot. There's some untapped offensive potential there too, and his contract is decent. 2.5 for this year and then he's a RFA. I wonder if WPG would do Del Zotto for Bogosian straight up. Same age. DZ put up 40 points this year, Bogosian 30. Del Zotto will get a very similar cap-hit this offseason.
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