2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part X: Is There Any Hope? Edition
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12-30-2012, 06:01 PM
DROP THE PUCK
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Can't trade MDZ right now. If Sauer was healthy, maybe, but as it stands, Stu Bickel is this team's #6 dman. Moving DZ destroys the Rangers defensive depth. Does anyone really want a pairing of Eminger-Bickel?
Get used to teams icing third pairings of similar quality.
On the contrary, I'd suggest now is the proper time to trade Del Zotto. Short season, top four can log more minutes.
Again, that's the reason Clark and Gorton have focused on building organizational depth on the blue line.
With a 60-65 million cap ceiling, there is no way the Rangers can retain all of their core pieces. Weigh who is more important at what position. Del Zotto is "expendable" (hes not really, and not ideally) because McDonagh and Staal, are both far more competent and both also need new contracts soon. Both play on the left side.
The alternative is to sacrifice a forward on top of Gaborik, like Stepan. Which opens a far bigger glaring hole in the lineup. No center in the organization can competently fill the #2 hole. They'd then need to go on the open market and overpay to fill that hole. Its counter intuitive.
Trading Del Zotto from a position of strength, you can get back a #2 RW. And then go on the market and fill the bottom pair with a vet stop gap short term.
McDonagh and Staal are in no way shape or form despensible. Or replaceable. Del Zotto's minutes are, although his role may not be easily, or I should say his offensive skill set isn't. But again, tough decisions need to be made. To be cap compliant now and long term.
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