Everyone cries for a player to combat someone like Chris Niel. Well Ryane Clowe is that exact type of player. His best days as a top6 power LW may be behind him but he is still a good physical tough SOB of a player. The key here is not to overpay. No way Boyle and a 3rd gets Clowe.
I'm not a big Boyle fan by any stretch, but Rangers fans continually undervalue him on the trade market. I'd be willing to bet that he's viewed generally as a 3rd liner around the league. And Clowe is viewed as a barely 2nd liner, if that. So I don't really think Boyle and a 3rd is so far off in value.
Key here, too, is that both players might stand to benefit from a change in scenery. It's rare that such a thing helps, but it does happen.
What I don't want to see is a trade for Clowe and a re-sign before he really plays for the team. He needs to prove that he would be worth an extension before getting one. MacKenzie mentioned that is a concern to me.
Alot of people chiming in about footspeed here. There is plenty of skaters on this team to offset one or two of the slower skaters.
Hagelin and, ok I draw a blank.?? JT Miller? Callahan?
Gabby? No, doesn't skate in a way that he covers for anyone.
Richards? Skates on his leather, have all of his career.
Stepan? Pretty weak skater.
Zucc? Pretty avg skater.
Boyle? Navigates like a battleship.
Kreider? Pretty immobile and accelerates poorly unless he gets to skate in straight lines. Avg skater overall.
Powe? Pretty immobile. Decent intensity.
Asham? Worn out.
Most teams skates alot better than our guys. We have picked guys for their board work for a long time now...
I mean, I truly believe that like all other 14 teams in the East would LOVE to have a Korpikoski for around 2m per. In low 2nd line/high 3rd line roll. Teams like Ottawa, WPG, Montreal, Boston, NJ, Pittsburg, Islanders and co would love to get a player like that. They draft them, sign them, trades for them. Torts wouldn't touch him with a stick because Torta has no clue how to get up ice unless he can yell at his players to pass (read: shoot) the puck up along the boards and hope for his wingers to win battles there like the game was played in 03'. Hence we get very little speed because board monster are usually not that fast.