Trade Rumor Thread XIII
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01-24-2014, 08:17 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Looking at the standings and how many games the Rangers have played as compared to the teams chasing them, and taking into account injuries that other teams have with players coming back (Detroit), I am going to be surprised if the Rangers make the playoffs.
They can't re-sign everyone. Make a decision Slats. Do you want to re-sign Boyle to not be a center on this team? 2 million per season most likely is what it will take, if not more. Nystrom and Hendricks received 2.5 million each.
Pouliot has been an enigma here. He has looked good with MZA and Brassard but who hasn't looked good with MZA? Do they feel he is part of the long-term solution in NY? If not, why not move him? Miller is close to NHL ready. Give him an extended look with Brassard and MZA. He can play a very similar role to Pouliot right now.
Stralman and Girardi. What are they looking for? Reasonable/Unreasonable? They have Klein now. He is a legit top-4 defensive RD. Stralman has developed into a good #4/5 defensive d-man. Girardi is a rock. Who do they want to keep? McIlrath plays RD. Allen can play RD or LD. Both players are close. Do they want to keep a spot open for one of them next season? Neither are super young anymore.
Callahan is The captain, but if he is paid on a long-term contract, you have to expect injuries. His playing style coupled with his size make him an immediate fan favorite. He was part of that first group of home-grown Rangers as well. He is a very good player that most teams would covet. The problem is going to be how much he is looking for. You can't compete with the Chicago's and Pittsburgh's of the NHL if you pay Callahan 6-7 million per season. He hasn't reached 30 goals once in his career. He hits. He blocks shots. He is a good 2-way forward. Those are characteristics a 3rd and 4th liner should provide for any team. Can they not find that for less expense and use that money to allocate to another offensive player?
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