How refreshing is it to even be having this discussion? Solid prospects on the way, Anisimov, Cherepenov, Sanguinetti. Staal, Dubinsky, Lundqvist looking excellent on the big team. Dawes, Callahan, Girardi hanging in there and improving with experience.
If the Rangers wanted to move him, they could. Drury is a very much prized player in the NHL. His contract is not unmanageable and he would be in high demand. The rub is that he has either a no or limited trade clause that would make him difficult to move.
Drury has a full no trade clause... not that I see the Rangers trying to move him.
Those of you who are focusing on Anisimov as an offensive player are missing the boat. His biggest asset is his two-way game. Think Jordan Staal. He'll certainly contribute offensively, but I expect him to line up against the leagues top lines regularly. There is a chance he surprises a lot of people (including the Rangers) and becomes an offensive machine, but that's not what anyone should be expecting of him because its not his game.
Anisimov is developing into a very good 2 way center and obviously has some skills and moves.....does anyone think Pavel Datsyuk when thinking about what this kid can do???
Datsyuk might be a stretch. I think squish nailed it with the Jordan Staal comparison, although I could see AA having a little bit more 'flair' to his game than Staal has. He could possibly fall somewhere between Jordan Staal and Eric Staal.
If Dubinsky continues his growth into a #1 center, in the Brind'Amour mold, then having a defensively responsible Nedved on his "A" game type #2 center will be just fine.
Again, you look at the pieces missing in the organization, and what the franchise is crying out for is a) PF with a scoring touch, and b) tough-as-nails D-man.
I could live with that that.
Wingers with size and scoring will continue to be a challange for us.
In a dream scenario, this team finds a way to feature Dubinsky, Cherepanov, Anisimov, Dawes, Gomez and Drury in it's top 9. It adds a PF and finds a way to build around a defense that features Boumeester, Staal and Tyutin on the blueline and Lundqvist between the pipes.