Trade Rumor Thread Part VI: Gaborik for Peanuts
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03-14-2013, 04:07 PM
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You don't make decisions about next years roster based on players who have never played a minute of NHL hockey. Fasth and Lindberg could very well replace Boyle and Pyatt, but they could also spend the entire year in the AHL. Theoretical cap space is useless. By the time you figure out who can actually make the team next fall, how many offers for Gaborik have you passed on? Why generate cap space by downgrading or getting rid of players who are cheap and effective?
In the end, you're not trading Gaborik solely because of cap space. You're trading him because he doesn't fit, and he's the piece that will likely get you something useful in return while getting you closer to a manageable cap number. Trade him for Fisher, Ellis and a 1st and you get a proven 3rd line center and a promising RH PMD who can slot in as a #6 because he's doing it right now. Now you've filled a hole in the roster, bolstered a position of weakness on the 3rd line, and have recouped an asset that was lost in the Nash deal. All while gaining cap flexibility which allows you to experiment with the roster. You don't have to rid yourself of Pyatt to create space to see if Fasth can take his place.
My post was pretty clear, I did not advocate replacing Pyatt with Lindberg, I said that was one example of the many ways Sather can massage the cap if there was a cap issue, and I clearly don't agree there is or will be a cap issue.
We started this discussion with "Why do people say Rangers HAVE to trade Gaborik for cap reasons?".
Took a little while, but you have reached the same conclusion as me, they don't.
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