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01-15-2014, 06:24 AM
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Brooks wrote a column today on Sather doing nothing. He doesn't have much to trade. Brooks believes Sather will stand pat. Kicking the can down the road. No reason to make any decisions.

But 15 of the 16 teams in the East are either in a playoff spot or within eight points of a berth, with only the Sabres dead and buried. Even with four teams in the West at least 10 points out of a spot pending Tuesday’s results, the logjam has produced a cap-squeezed market with few obvious sellers and many potential buyers.

Which means the cost will be high on the relatively few difference-makers who might be available, and will be very high in terms of the future for the Blueshirts, who have essentially nothing of excess to deal off the roster and have limited expendable resources through the system.

The Rangers do need to bulk up, and if there’s a swap to be made for Michael Del Zotto — mentally deficient on the Tampa Bay winner Tuesday night — that would yield a defenseman capable of playing 16 minutes and moving into the top four if injury were to strike, they would undoubtedly do so.

But they surely are not deep enough throughout the organization in order to justify dealing, say J.T. Miller, highly regarded Russian junior winger Pavel Buchnevich or a future No. 1 draft pick — after sacrificing last year’s in the Rick Nash trade — for short-term gain.

Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan are the Rangers’ chips as rental properties, but there isn’t a scintilla of available evidence — not even from Anthony Bosch or through purloined material — Sather has made either available … or that he is planning to go in that direction.

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