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02-13-2013, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Fleury4ever View Post
Any chance the Rangers can pull a trade off without screwing up their cap situation or losing too much talent?
Short answer? No.

Long answer? No, they cannot.

First of all, he's a Center,

Richards
Stepan
Miller/Boyle
Halpern/Boyle

Picking up RoR would mean sending one of Boyle, Halpern, or even Miller the other way. Miller doesn't make sense because he will probably be what RoR is by the time he is the same age, or better.

So Boyle or Halpern, and even if they were interested in taking one of those guys back in return, that still means Miller goes back down to continue development and leaves either Boyle or Halpern for the 4th line. Meaning when Miller is ready to come up permanently, whoever is left still has to be moved. I guess having too many serviceable centers is never a bad thing, but then you have to talk money.

If the Rangers can even sign RoR, it's going to be a decent contract. Derek Stepan is due for a raise next year, he will probably get at least 2.5-3mil a year. I guess buying out Richards is an option to free up money for paying others, but then you are stuck with 3 potentially solid 2nd line centers, and no legit 1st line center. In terms of depth it's not a bad thing, but that's also assuming Stepan, RoR, and Miller live up to their potential.

Then there's the issue of giving other pending RFAs a raise. Not to mention Gaborik, does he get let go to pay other people? Who replaces him?

As far as trade or talent loss, it is suggested they are looking for a high prospect, and a roster player.

Boyle or Halpern aren't going to cut it alone. Giving them Miller or Stepan is a wash basically. They don't have the depth right now to move any other roster players after moving Dubinsky and Arty. So who do they offer that even makes sense for the Avs?

Who is the prospect?

Right now it just doesn't seem to make sense.

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