Trade Rumors/Speculation Thread Part III - 11/11 Yakupov willing to be moved
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11-07-2013, 10:19 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Why is everyone going nuts trying to get an impact forward? When healthy and clicking this team is probably top 3 in the league and likely the most balanced roster of all. For the past ten games the Rangers have been playing fantastic hockey but have been unlucky with the percentages, and we saw what happens when this team gets some bounces in the Canes and Pens games.
Look at our healthy roster:
Hagelin-Nash was the best 5v5 forward duo in the league last season and Richards is playing a lot better. Our current 1st line that everyone is fawning over is suddenly our 2nd line. That 3rd line is as good as many 2nd lines in this league. The 4th is at worst one of the top 3 4th lines in the league. All-in-all probably the deepest forward corps in the league.
We have a similarly deep defence which has allowed AV to basically roll the pairing 5v5 although the top pairing has gotten the toughest minutes and the bottom pairing the easiest. The only weakness is Girardi at 1RD, but that is likely the toughest position to fill. The top pairing defencemen that could be gotten by trade are unfortunately all left handed (I'm primarily thinking about Ehrhoff and Campbell). We're not getting Karlsson, Subban, Pietrangelo, Doughty, Weber, etc. in a trade. Who could we get? Maybe Gilbert out of Florida. Is he an upgrade, who knows? Probably not.
Look, if Edmonton suddenly wants to give away Yakupov for nothing (say Del Zotto or Kreider and a pick) you have to jump on that. But that is in all likelihood not going to happen. So to add an "impact forward" we will likely do more damage to our roster than the value the forward will add.
But even then, let's say we trade for Eberle with only Del Zotto and prospects/picks:
We upgrade our forward corps, sure, but not by the same amount as say the Penguins or Devils would with a similar trade. Instead we are once again a two pairing defence as Moore-Falk will get very limited minutes. On top of all this we have a major cap problem and will likely have to let Girardi and/or Callahan go. The cap issue wouldn't occur with Yakupov, but the other issues would appear.
In essence we have created a lot of problems for a not that big of an upgrade.
Our roster is balanced and beginning to gel, if we get Nash back before the playoffs we can mount a serious challenge for the cup.
Stay, the, course.
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