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01-10-2013, 01:22 PM
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bernmeister
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Originally Posted by UAGoalieGuy View Post
Don't think I would make that deal mainly because the Rangers are pretty set on D for the future with Staal, McD, Girardi, MDZ, McI, and Skeji but are pretty thin on scoring foward prospects.

I know the Rangers just added Nash who should be a key scoring threat fir years to come a long with Callahan and Kreider, but if the Rangers can't retain Gaborik for a reasonable price they will have a goal scoring hole to fill.

They would have to make a deal or hope that one of Thomas, MSC, or Miller become scoring threats at the NHL level.
I see Gaborik staying reasonable but not cheap.
I believe we can move other assets and keep him.
As has been discussed, given the cap reality, one of those might have to be Marc Staal/Girardi. That's certainly not necessary this year (unless we opt for another sniper), but may be likely as other upcoming talent needs to be retained.

We have Fast and possibly St. Croix who are similar to Thomas, perhaps a little more likely to make it, but it's a guess I admit. Any could be boom bust, with upside of boom significant if the player can stick at the NHL level. So given Fast + MSC, Thomas could be expendable, and a former first round D who can compete for the bottom pair now seems good to me, esp. since Noreau etc are a bit aways at the moment.

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