Thread: Rumor: Trade Rumor Thread XIII
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01-24-2014, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Rangers will be very careful about moving players as long as they're in the playoff picture. Next year is next year--it's not now. Unless they can get back a player who will immediately help them they're very unlikely to move any of Staal, Girardi, Callahan. It's not rocket science following along what Sather is up to knowing that he has the full support of the owner. Rangers traded DZ for Klein--gave up years of age and whatever potential that DZ might reach for a older, more solid player who is signed for 4 more years. It was not just a future move--it was a now move. Klein fits the profile of a player who will help the team more should they make the playoffs than DZ would have. He's an actual right side guy who balances out the defense. He's good positionally and steady and dependable in his own end. He's stronger, tougher and grittier and much less prone to panic. Rangers won't have to worry nearly as much about the ice time they give to their third pair if they make the playoffs. Having Del Zotto-Moore caught out on the ice against Crosby, Malkin or Krejci, Lucic. Klein is here to settle potential problems like that down.
Management like Klein's cap number for four more years. Sather compared that contract to where the market is going and even said it was protection against not being able to sign his own players. The Rangers wanted a #1 pick from the Avs for Del Zotto. The Rangers were not going to afford Del Zotto in the future. It was 2 years and he was free to go.

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