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04-04-2013, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Oh Thats Nashty View Post
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.
However, this move only saved $1.7MM in cap space from this deal. Maybe that's enough? That's probably a 3rd line addition to the Rangers value wise (or Clowe at $5MM with no additions). The bigger advantage likely comes from Redden and Drury dropping off the cap figure. If they want to sign Clowe, Stepan, McDonagh, Hagelin and Zuccarello next year (don't know if they qualify Sauer) they still probably need some creativity. The year after that is another big year with Callahan, Lundquist, Brassard, Moore (probably not an issue), MDZ and Girardi needing to be signed.

I think this was the year for them to move Gaborik not necessarily for cap reasons but maybe they felt they wouldn't get the return next year if teams thought their cap problems would severe. Maybe Gaborik was similar to the Luongo situation in Vancouver (don't see Vancouver getting fair return for Lou). The cap is definitely an impact but I don't think it opened up a lot of space with this move.

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