Trade Rumours Thread Part V: Gaborik "available"; LeBrun: NYR interested in D. Boyle
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03-18-2013, 10:14 AM
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Entirely different circumstances. Richards and Carter were cost controlled and considerably younger. They also both play a complete game as they can play a physical game and are defensively responsible. Both can PK very well. Richards also has a laundry list of intangibles.
Nash does things Gaborik does not. He dominates the ice. He plays a physical game. He can kill penalties. He's a better overall player, if not a better player entirely.
Now Gaborik has the stigma of "lazy" which is only going to drive his value down further.
We need our grinders to start grinding it out, and our scorers to start hitting the back of the net. Asking a player like Gaborik to spend his game along the boards is stupid. He's done everything Torts asked of him since he came here. I was at the Pittsburgh game on Saturday and Gaborik was one of the few players who spent a lot of time mucking it out and working his way around the net. He's uncomfortable where he is. He's played his best hockey when put on a line with people who ease the burden on him to do all of the dirty work. He's just not that kind of player.
Forcing players to play a game they're not suited for is a recipe for failure. You maximize your assets for the best results. You don't force them into a spot where they're less likely to succeed.
Carter and Richards were known party-goers.
Nash had a NMC he would only waive for a few teams. Out of those teams, the Rangers were the only ones who could afford him and were willing to even offer a decent package.
If Nash had not had a NMC, the return would have been MUCH better for Columbus.
There will be teams lining up for a shot at Gaborik. He is fresh off of a 41 goal season and he isn't just some flash in the pan. He is a consistent 30-40 goal scorer.
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