Thread: Value of: Marian Gaborik at 2013 Draft
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11-26-2012, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Why would the Rangers trade Gaborik for a deal based around futures when they're trying to win now? You take 35 goals out of our lineup and we're back to square one -- and that's assuming Nash can pick up the slack. I'm high on the kids who are coming up through the ranks, but outside of Kreider, we don't have a viable NHL-ready scoring threat in the system right now.

If Gaborik is dealt, it'll likely be for a cheaper 2nd line forward with some rebound potential. Probably one who is more of North/South player and brings something to the table outside of scoring. Balance with picks and prospects as necessary.

The problem with what you want in return for Gaborik is that the only teams trading for Gabby with one year left on his contract are teams in win-now mode. Those teams are not going to part with key contributors to their team. Futures would be the only compensation. Valuable futures, but futures nontheless. If that doesn't work, keeping Gaborik is definitely an option...

I just don't see how you could re-sign him as well as Callahan, Boyle, Kreider, Girardi, Stralman and Lundqvist. Not to mention taking into account the raises that McDonagh, Stepan, Del Zotto and Hagelin will have warranted between that time and now. IMO, even if the Rangers decide to let Boyle and Stralman walk, there is no way they'll be able to re-sign Gaborik if he ends up wanting the same amount that he's making now(which he will).

I think the only way it can work is by letting Boyle and Stralman walk, and either letting Girardi walk or trading Staal. IMO it would make more sense to keep the rock-solid defense intact and move Gaborik, who's numbers could easily be replaced by an equally talented Nash and an up-and-coming star in Kreider. All while adding valuable pieces in the trading of Gaborik to keep you competitive for the long haul, while remaining competitive in the now. Just my two cents...

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