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07-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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I really hope so considering they have about 14 forwards and 7 D as of now. This is not including prospects which could push for a spot. Overfilled so far.
Overfilled? Our lack of depth was what took us down last year. With Gaborik injured, we mostly lost our top offensive player and didn't have much to fill that gap. Our defensemen were gassed because we only had at most 5 dmen to rely on in the playoffs.

We got trounced by Ryan Carter and the Devils fourth line. We had Eminger and Bickel on ours at times, and look where that got us.

We needed depth before this move, especially someone else to take face offs. If anything, we still need to upgrade some of the depth we have now.

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Right, because it hasn't been documented that the Rangers have made offers to Columbus for Rick Nash.
I'm not saying they haven't. I'm saying that the possibility of acquiring Nash has little to do with bringing in Halpern. A move like this would've been made even if we weren't talking to Columbus.

This move has more to do with Fedotenko signing in Philadelphia on Thursday than it does with trade negotiations.

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Guys will slot in where they slot in. If Richards, Stepan, Anismov and Boyle all stay at center, Halpern will either be in the press box or on the wing.
I don't think Tortorella sees Anisimov as a center, just as he did for Dubinsky

Yes they will slot in nicely and depth at pivot is always a good thing but I believe concluding that Artem is going to be a center next season is not prudent.

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Another good under the radar move. Lets see the cap hit. Thinking between 1.1 and 1.4 mil.
No chance.

Halpern was a healthy scratch in Washington during the playoffs until Beagle got hurt in game 5 and Halpern played games 6 and 7.

I'm guessing 700-900K

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I hope to god this isn't the roster we go to camp with - but there is still plenty of time.

They need a major improvement on offense to compete with the big boys (it's beaten into everyone by now). They need to add 30/40 goals without losing much. Not easy.

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I don't think Tortorella sees Anisimov as a center, just as he did for Dubinsky

Yes they will slot in nicely and depth at pivot is always a good thing but I believe concluding that Artem is going to be a center next season is not prudent.
To be clear, I was the one slotting Artem at center and he was saying that he's more of a wing. I don't really like him at wing as much as C, but, I'm not the coach.

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Like I previously said, Sather always goes into camp with extra forwards. From Arnason to Tim Kennedy.

So what if Boyle is a 3rd line center? Its been an uninspiring offseason but that says to our guys we have faith in them to all improve.

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Anisimov (16)
Boyle (11)
Dubinsky (10)
Halpern (4)
Rupp (4)
Asham (5)

Theres your bottom six's production last year.

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We got him on the cheap.

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No chance.

Halpern was a healthy scratch in Washington during the playoffs until Beagle got hurt in game 5 and Halpern played games 6 and 7.

I'm guessing 700-900K
good call.

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Another solid depth signing. I don't envision the cap hit will be too much. I'll reiterate what most other posters have said: I think all these depth signing will payoff late in the season. I love looking at everyone's "makes perfect sense" projected line combinations for next year even though we all know Torts is going to move players around game to game.

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For $700k, you really can't ***** at all. Good veteran presence and good on faceoffs. Lets be done with it.

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While you may be right for replacements, there is hints to a move in this deal. Halpern was out of nowhere and was not necessary considering the lineup a few hours prior to now.

Halpern is a 4th line C. We have a 4th line C - Boyle, who now seems to be slotted for the 3rd line (which isn't all that grand considering he is putrid offensively).

Before Halpern:

Richards
Stepan
Anisimov
Boyle

After Halpern:

Richards
Stepan
Anisimov
Boyle
Halpern

Prerequisite? Definite possibility. Don't be so quick to deem otherwise.
There's no reason to have both Asham and Rupp in the lineup at the same time.

Signing Halpern forces one to be a healthy scratch.

This doesn't indicate any trades.

Rangers had 12 forwards. Now they have 13.

Anisimov may move to the wing...maybe Boyle.

Dubinsky is also a center playing the wing.

It just gives Tortorella options.

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Anisimov (16)
Boyle (11)
Dubinsky (10)
Halpern (4)
Rupp (4)
Asham (5)

Theres your bottom six's production last year.
Except at least (1) of Dubinsky/Anisimov (if they stay) will not be in the bottom-six this year. 34 goals from the bottom 6 is not very much either.

The average team last year probably scored about 220 goals give or take. That means 186 goals need to be scored by your top 6 and d-men. That's about 25 goals per top-six forward and 36 from your d-men, which would mean 6 for each of them. Need more bottom-six goal production.

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- They haven't made a single move in this direction (although the increased skill in the 4th line will be welcome).

Increased skill???

You're really reaching.
Riiiight. It's reaching to say that Pyatt-Halpern-Asham can produce more goals than Rupp-Mitchell-Prust. What was I thinking?

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Good, now just sign Doan or Semin and run:

Kreider-Richards-Gaborik
Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan
Dubinsky-Anisimov-Doan
Boyle-Halpern-Pyatt
Rupp/Asham

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700K is sweet. I'll take that -- nice job Sather.

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Rangers are now in a better position in case they have to trade away 2 of their forwards, but they still needed a spare forward regardless. I don't think this is a precursor to anything, at least not immediately. It was reported again today that Howson is refusing to lower his demands and that the Nash saga isn't close to ending.

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Except at least (1) of Dubinsky/Anisimov (if they stay) will not be in the bottom-six this year. 34 goals from the bottom 6 is not very much either.
Forgot about Pyatt, but you're right about Dubi/Anisimov. At least one of them will be top six while Gaborik is on the mend.

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Anisimov (16)
Boyle (11)
Dubinsky (10)
Halpern (4)
Rupp (4)
Asham (5)

Theres your bottom six's production last year.
Go back a year prior and you have

Anismov (18)
Boyle (21)
Dubinsky (24)
Halpern (11)
Rupp (9)
Asham (5)

Hopefully we'll get somewhere in between.

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Go back a year prior and you have

Anismov (18)
Boyle (21)
Dubinsky (24)
Halpern (11)
Rupp (9)
Asham (5)

Hopefully we'll get somewhere in between.
hopefully they all double all their career highs

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700 K for nearly 60% on faceoffs and solid penalty killing.

I like it.

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Also, for the record, being set up to make a move is not the same thing as a precursor to a move.

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