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06-06-2013, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Chimp View Post
Honestly, Lundqvist should probably be traded when the new contract is coming up. The team isn't good enough to win a cup, nor will it be in the near future. Which means it's pointless for Hank to give a discount, which means the Rangers will probably be handcuffed to an expensive long term deal.

Which is not in the interest of the franchise, since the best team it can ice will probably be behind Hank's prime, when his contract might be a burden. I don't know how long Hank plans on staying elite though, he's a hardass when it comes to training regime and those are the guys that stay good the longest long.

This might be the biggest decision for this franchise in a long time.
1. You rarely get good value for superstars.

2. You rarely get good value for goaltenders.

Combine these two and it is quite obvious that we shouldn't trade Hank. If we were to trade him, we'd be handcuffed to a select few teams with the need and assets to acquire him, and would be unlikely to get good value for him.

What would be an acceptable return for Lundqvist? Halak + Pietrangelo? Markström + Huberdeau/MacKinnon? Varlamov + Jones? Would any of those teams do a deal like that?

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