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10-11-2013, 09:50 AM
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Nash and Gaborik play the same position. Nash played some left wing in Columbus. Tortorella moved Gaborik to left wing and kept Nash on right wing. Having both Nash and Gaborik along with the Rangers other commitments under a $64.3M cap was going to be tough. You saw what happened with Stepan and his contract. The alternative was keeping Nash and Gaborik but amnestying Richards. Gaborik's contract expires after 13-14. He will be 32 at the end of his contract. You can see him getting another big contract this summer. Maybe not for $7.5M but it won't be cheap. Were you going to re-sign him? Buyout Richards and allow Gaborik to leave as a free agent VS trading Gaborik and eventually buying out Richards who is at $6,666,667 VS $7.5M. $800,000 more. The comes into play with the $64.3M cap.

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