The Rangers do the Rick Nash trade 100 times out of 100, but that deal and other losses (Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko) robbed them of depth. The reason Gaborik might (and that's the key word: might) be available is the return could replace that depth. But the only way New York does anything with him is if the move really improves the team.
If Spezza was healthy, I'd say Ottawa makes a run at him to pair with Spez on the 1st line.
Maybe a basis of a Stastney+ for Gaborik+ type deal.
Sens are the kind of team who could use his goal-scoring and likely package up the depth players New York would be interested in and still have the prospect depth to replace them. Nashville is another, I think. The trick would be in convincing Gaborik to waive his NTC to join them.
I like the way that would end up looking....Gaborik, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Erixon for Rick Nash.
Has any team ever traded away and then traded back for their first round pick?
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That's idiotic. First they trade away their depth for Nash (what the quote in the OP said), and not half a season later they think they need to trade another scorer (basically a better version of Nash imo) for depth? I doubt it.
Mike Fisher and some high picks\prospects interest you?
Fisher just extended for a few more years at 4.2, so you'll save some cash. He's been a good player for us, but he's playing above his role at the moment. I think placed back into a 2\3 role with some PP and PK time, he'd get back to the 20g/25a mark while bring leadership and grit.
Gaborik would magical with the Sedins. Gaborik's game is all positioning and getting in lanes. Richards and Gaborik aren't great together bc neither thrive by puck possession. Playing with the Sedins would allow them to set up the play and Gaborik to finish it.