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02-03-2014, 04:52 PM
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Depth is good and you can never have too many quality blueliners. I say resign Stralman. When someone goes down, call up McIlrath if he's healthy. Allen and Skjei will be two other nice options to fill in for injuries. Having solid blueline depth protects the Rangers if Staal walks or gives them more options to trade him. If signed to a respectable contract, Stralman will continue to have value and can be traded as well, if it becomes prudent to do so.

Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
McD - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
Moore - Klein

Where's the offense? Once Richards is bought out, this team will be devoid of another capable point presence on the PP. Moore is pure potential right now. He still hasn't established himself as an offensive threat. The Rangers need a creative point presence.
Everyone thought Richards would be bought out last season and he wasn't. There's no guarantee that he will be and the reasons you point out are some of them. However, Stepan has gotten a few shots at the PP blueline and could very well step into the same job if Richards was bought out. And as we all know, Stepan is a RH.

Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
Not if he is signed long-term to more dollars than he is worth.
That's why you pay what he's worth and not more. The guy is only 27. In 2 years when he's 29 and making 3-4m a year for 2-3 more years, the Rangers could cash in with a truly quality return.

I say sign him to a 5year 17.5m contract that pays him 6 and 5 mil his first two years. Any team with an internal cap would take him after year 2 even if his cap hit wasn't worth it.

Over the next 5 years any player at or under 4m will be right on par with league average and far from overpaid.
Originally Posted by Ian View Post
Having a glut of capable defensemen is never a bad thing. And there is typically zero difficulty in finding a suitor for a guy signed to a reasonable deal (See: Kevin Kline).

Obvious answer is to resign Stralman to a 3-4 year deal for a reasonable price. If Moore/Allen/McI/Skjei/etc progress as expected, you trade him next offseason.
Exactly. And the price he'll be commanding won't be consuming too much cap space so he's worth keeping. I'd say 4-5yr

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