I don't see us making any big deals for any so-called "impact" players.
I think Sather is looking around for some extra depth on D, specifically someone with mobility and perhaps a good shot from the point. We have good enough depth in the farm to fork over some prospects for Boyle or Liles, but I don't think Sather will be breaking the bank for Blake or Campbell, or Hossa for that matter.
I think we will see Malik moved eventually. On top of the fact that he gets booed everytime he touches the puck at MSG, his attitude over the past few weeks has left an un-needed sour note in the lockerroom. I do believe he has some value on the market, and he could provide a team with a decent defenseman who's game will improve with a change of scenery. The fact that his contract runs out this year is an added bonus. He should bring back at least a mid-round draft pick, not a struggling defenseman with a big contract.
1. The days of smart ranger trades are gone with don maloney going to phoenix.
2. Rangers will sign Forseberg because slats loves to take chances on damaged players.
3. I don't see the rangers trading any youth for rental players like hossa because slats will be hung for it and hossa doesn't fit under the cap anyway.
4. Don't forget that slats anounced jagr's availability at last years deadline, that may be more serious this year if jagrs numbers don't look promising. Then of course he could come back to the rangers as a FA
I don't think much will happen. Slats will try to get other clubs to overpay, and they won't. I don't expect anything big. If they cannot find something to improve on Malik or Mara, they will keep them. I don't see a deal for a forward, unless Jagr is moved.
funny you mention trading for Witt. I was playing NHL 08 and moved Malik at the deadline and the Icelanders offered me Witt and Hunter. LOL. I made the deal in 3 seconds.
i got bernier from the sharks for Malik i got david backes for marcel hossa as well. paul mara to the wild for kurtis forster. Hutchenson to the Flames for Brandon Prust. Ryan Hollweg to the Ducks for Ryan Carter. Petr Kanko to the Avs for Boychuk. Shanny and Jessicrap for Dustin Brown and Kanko. Prucha and Rozsival to the Nucks for Luc Bourdon and Matt Cooke. Loss Betts to Waivers. Joe Barnes to the Stars for Niklas Grossman
Tampa gave me Boyle for Malik, Hutchinson and a 2nd. Ended up being pretty nasty paired up with Rozy. lol
But really, I can't see Sather making a huge move since the team has really started to play well as of late. I could see a possibility of Liles and a 2nd for Mara, Montoya and a 3rd perhaps. Anyone else is going to cost us too much. Boyle has come back and instantly made an impact with the Bolts, so I can't imagine he'd come any cheaper than a scoring winger, top prospect and at least a 2nd.
have a feeling the Rangers will make a bigger trade dead line deal than most people think, ie Hossa, don't want to speculate what the lineup would look like after, but you gotta imagine a few of the youngsters (at least 2 of dawes, prucha, tyutin, girardi, callahan) would be going the other way, along with a #1 and some of our Hartford players as well...
Why would the Rangers trade Toots or Girardi? I can't see them trading Dawes, either. So yeah, I totally disagree with you.