Who Will the Rangers Target At the Center Position this Summer?
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06-26-2014, 12:06 AM
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I'm not worried about Nash at all in the regular season. He will put up 35/35, book it. It's his playoff performance that I'm worried about.
I just can't see us going into next season with Stepan-Brassard-Miller-Moore down the middle. Unless JT explodes onto the scene (which I believe he will, just not this year) that C group is a significant downgrade from last years. My strategy would be this:
1. Resign Stralman/Brassard/Zuccarello/Kreider/Pouliot/Diaz to the most cap-friendly deals possible
2. Trade Staal for a package of picks including a 1st to clear cap space
3. Call up either McIlrath/Allen for the 3rd pairing
4. Sign Stastny
Gives us the following:
I haven't run the numbers on all this but I think it's definitely possible if we sign the question mark guys to good contracts. I think that's an extremely formidable roster for the regular season and playoffs. The forward depth at every position is insane, and so long as one of our rookie Dmen or Diaz can step up the defense will be fine. If not, we can always make moves at the deadline to shore it up
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