Teams would die for a #1 dman like we will have with Staal for the next 10+ years hopefully.
I disagree. Lecavalier is one of the top 5 centers in the NHL. Staal is a good defense man with a bunch of potential but he isn't one of the top 5 defense man in the game or close to it just yet. Trading Staal + Gomez for Lecavalier, a center who can put up 50 goals and 100 points, is definitely worth it.
We'd still have Girardi, Roszival, Mara, Redden, Kalinin, Del Zotto, Potter, Sanguinetti, etc; We have a deep talent pool for defense. Del Zotto, Potter, and Sanguinetti in another two years will all be ready to play in the NHL (hopefully). Potter is ready right now and he's a solid defense man. I expect big things from Del Zotto. Sanguinetti can turn out into a quarter back defense man on the PP. If we had to give up Staal for one of the best talents in the world it would definitely be worth it. Had we not had such a deep defensive core I wouldn't consider it but we do.
I don't know. Despite Vinny's tremendous talent, it's an awful lot to give up. Staal makes his fair share of mistakes, but playing against the best forwards in the world night after night is damn impressive. Take his age into account, and it's even more impressive.
It's not so much the timing of the deal that bothers me, it's the long-term impact of doing so. It really comes down to Staal being such a large part of our future on the back-end. If I thought we had the means to fill his role on the blue-line, it might make the deal more feasible.
I'd also prefer to move Gomez over Drury, but if that was the difference between getting a deal done, I'd be less partisan. I think Drury, despite the criticism, provides more than Gomez.
While I agree that Staal is a rare breed, players like Vinny arent exactly growing on trees either. This is what this team desperatly lacks.
Let me see, what if the deal were to be like this.
Just something to that extent where Mezjaros came back the other way? Seems like a HELLA fair deal to me, where both team legitimately wins. Rangers get what they need, and while they loose Staal, gain Mezjaros who ive always been a HUGE fan of...
lmao if they want Staal forget it. Staal is gonna be a top line blueliner for the next decade.
Trade someone else. Do something like Gomez, 1st rounder, another 2nd or 3rd rounder, Dawes, Sanguetti or Del Zotto, and another player or prospect and we get back Vinny and another player like Artuykin or Recchi