Look at that. It's obvious the players on the PP aren't the problem.
Not one of the 13 players you just named is capable of consistently bombing one-timers from the point. Great on the half boards and in front of the net but no real threats from the point. And Brad Richards is an abysmal PPQB, his decision making is awful. Always makes the wrong pass, never takes the shot, and is not a good enough skater to threateningly strattle the blue line. Del Zotto should be replaced with McDonagh.
In a different scheme, MDZ is a great fit for PPQB. There may be alot to be desired about his defensive game, but he wasn't drafted because he was a defensive whiz.
The wrong people are drawing up the PP for the right players.
Richards is also a solid PPQB as he has been throughout his careen in the NHL. Just because it's not working in NY doesn't mean he's no longer good at it.
And for the record, we do not need a PP specialist, we need a stay at home guy that is reliable to play with MDZ on the 3rd pairing.
Someone that will allow MDZ to be more comfortable offensively, but because we play such a tight defensive system, Torts would neuter MDZ should he try a few different things offensively that may abandon his defensive position occassionally.
True offensive defenceman take risks. That is not allowed under Torts whose biggest lie is "Safe is Death" He preaches a system that is anything BUT risky.
You probably want to keep Kane almost regardless, same way as I prefer to keep Callahan unless overwhelmed.
Let's see if we can come up w/a deal which is a win-win, and not just coke for pepsi (or in case of Kane-Cally, champagne for champagne).
Mindful this thread requires inclusion of the right D to NYR and Postma is that kind of D, and would have to be part of a proposal to keep this post proper, how about:
Stepan + MDZ + Pyatt + Yogan + pick(s)
Kane + Postma + a serviceable C for our lower 6 who can get us through this year, assuming you have one.
Rangers get best player upgrade in Kane, useful component Postma
Jets get stronger down the middle at C and D
I'm sure everyone will want to tweak this, but as a core this may be a good starting point.
They're talking about MDZ for ROR and for the $ and asset differential, I'd rather have Kane.
Carry this one further, variation on a theme:
Girardi + Stepan + Pyatt (a serviceable RW) + three Rangers 2013 3rds
Kane + Postma + a serviceable C for our lower 6 who can get us through this year, assuming you have a spare one one now that you add Stepan, + Winnipeg's 2013 1st.
NY has to juggle for a Cullen type rental, etc, but
Kane >>> Stepan
Girardi >>> Postma; + Stepan as a block for future F