i think, if the Rangers have the chance to get an impact forward...and i mean an IMPACT forward, they should move Staal and re-sign Stralman.
I want a forward that puts up big numbers, or if they can get a bunch of cost controlled younger assets with tremendous upside, like was mentioned earlier, i would do that.
The idea of trading Staal and Zucc (roughly 10 mil in cap space) for Smith-Pelly, Etem, and Vatanen (under 3 mil in cap space) is VERY appealing to me. Thats 7+ mil extra to play with. You can hold on to that cap space, you can use it to get Stralman back, you can offer a LITTLE more to Boyle to keep him, etc.
i posted this earlier in response to that trade being proposed...
his would be an interesting deal.
Etem, Smith-Pelly, and Vatenen for Staal and Zucc...get younger, better on the wings, etc.
I'm assuming this is with Pouliot not being brought back?
And lets say they sign Grabovski to be your 2nd line center.
You could go with this going into next season.
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Chris Kreider ($2.500m) / Derek Stepan ($3.075m) / Rick Nash ($7.800m)
Carl Hagelin ($2.250m) / Mikhail Grabovski ($4.250m) / Martin St. Louis ($5.625m)
Devante Smith-Pelly ($0.725m) / Derick Brassard ($4.250m) / Emerson Etem ($0.870m)
Jesper Fast ($0.805m) / Dominic Moore ($1.350m) / J.T. Miller ($0.894m)
Ryan Bourque ($0.900m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m) /
Ryan McDonagh ($4.700m) / Anton Stralman ($4.250m)
Sami Vatanen ($0.851m) / Dan Girardi ($5.500m)
John Moore ($1.200m) / Kevin Klein ($2.900m)
Raphael Diaz ($1.350m) /
Henrik Lundqvist ($8.500m)
Cameron Talbot ($0.563m)
Wade Redden ($0.000m)
Brad Richards ($0.000m)
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(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,500,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,740,000; BONUSES: $445,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $2,760,000
Personally, its a young, very inexperienced bottom 9...but it could be FAST as all hell, and extremely young, hungry, and talented.
This would be an exciting team, not necessarily as good, but with ridiculous upside.
Well now you have the opportunity to break the cycle by trading Staal for more offense... but ironically that notion just induces more of a "dig your heals into the ground" reaction.
It's not necessarily ironic that some on this board don't want to dismantle a very good D by removing a core piece in Staal.
Some like myself would want to hear the proposed trade before agreeing or disagreeing with a move like that because like it or not, it would weaken us on the blueline. McIlrath not being ready has hurt this team in that regard.
I honestly feel Sather will go into the season with JT Miller as #3 C. He'll reevaluate halfway through the season and at the deadline and if he's not cutting it then, he might move Staal at that time.
if you had two guys of Moore's capability, at Moore's price, that $1.4MM difference doesn't make what you spend on the top four look too bad, especially if you look at the defense as a hole, as opposed to analyzing the top four.