Gabby still brings something to the table for a lot of teams. He can score and that isn't a given for some teams. Unfortunately, when he's not scoring he's not doing much else good for the team. There is definitely value there.
I see no way Jagr ends up with this team... He's one of my favorite all time players but I just don't see it with a Torts coached team.
Brassard prospect and our first back and my head would explode from happiness.
And then I'd wake up because there is zero chance Gabby waives to go to CBJ.
You never know at this point. Columbus is under new management, has a Euro friendly GM at the helm, and is having success right now. He's being dragged through the mud here, so Columbus could be looking like a nice alternative.
Hi Katie, with Newberry being sent down is there an indication that Jesper Fast will now be added to the roster? Especially since it looks like the Rangers will be quiet at the trade deadline.
Katie Strang (3:08 PM)
Believe that there is a good chance the Rangers stand pat at the deadline -- I wrote as much last week -- but not quite sure on Fast. Seems like the team is still trying to get a read on what he can do and whether they want to keep him around. Also some issues with that vis a vis roster flexibility.
Katie Strang, as from her chat, thinks the Rangers will stand pat
If the Rangers miss the postseason, does Torts take the fall and lose his job?
Katie Strang (3:04 PM)
Nope. And ultimately, I don't think he should, either. To blame all this on Tortorella would be a pretty gross oversimplification. The team simply does not have the right group.I'd expect some significant re-tooling this summer. Still a very good core to build from, but they have some serious needs to address and the off-season is likely the best time for them to do it.
I'd expect a lot of dead weight to be cut at the deadline, and then even more at the draft/during the off-season. Gaborik is a goner. Boyle is a goner. No way Asham skates here for the 2nd year of that deal. Pyatt probably in the same boat as Asham. Richards will be an amnesty buyout. Already that's five faces that need replacing. That's only the forwards, too.
Hamrlik will be gone. Eminger, gone. Gilroy, gone. Sauer probably won't be tendered.
Pretty much guaranteed to be on next year's opening roster are only: Nash, Stepan, Hagelin, Kreider (maybe, could be in the A who knows with this coach), Miller, Callahan. Six forwards. Staal, McDonagh, Girardi, Del Zotto. Four defenseman.
I'd suspect Torts hangs around, and the Rangers retool trying to put together a team that more generally reflets the 11/12 team. Is that the right decision? IMO, no. I like a lot of the pieces here, and feel a coaching and philosophy change is necessary. I think Rangers management is loyal to Torts at the moment though.
"Sometimes when you think it's a really good piece but he doesn't exactly fit in all the little things you do, you can teach him those things if he really brings you something else," Tortorella said. "We have to work extremely hard to score goals. Along the way if there's something that can help, you find a way to teach your concept (to a player and) allow some talent to let (him) work for you."
only concern with that is with Columbus being in the same division as the Rangers next year is it worth the trade? i'm on the fence
Yes. Because we all know he really sucks now
What we do know about Gaborik is that he isn't a player that totally picks teams apart. A very good goal scorer, but not the kind of player that you fear. Unless you're the Rangers when he scored five, or a crappy Leafs/Isles squad.