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04-04-2013, 01:00 PM
gary laser eyes
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What opposing fans fail to realize is that this move from a Rangers perspective was highly cap influenced. Gaborik has another year at $7.5 and the cap goes down 6 million next season. The Rangers will have to re-sign Stepan, McDonagh and Hagelin who are all coming off their ELC's. They can now do that with ease and still give Clowe a long term contract upwards of $5 million.

Perhaps the current state of the team expedited the decision, but Gaborik was gone either way before next season. This is no knee-jerk reaction. It was inevitable.

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