Your use of the term "shiny ncaa toy" makes it seem like they are both in the same situation as one another and that's not the case at all. It also looks like you're trying to discredit prospects from the NCAA.
No no, I am fine with players from the NCAA, of course, I just remember last year when the signing first broke and during pre-season a lot (notice I said "a lot" not everyone) around here was drooling over Gilroy because of what he showed...then a lot of people soured on him.
I just see a lot of people really hyping up McDonagh (who may very well be a better player, I personally don't know) but all of this hype before he has even played a single pro level game...I am just taking it cautiously at this point.
Edit: This still is off topic of "I am happy it is not Rozi, as without him/another veteran NHL Dman the defensive core of NYR would be pretty terrible."
They're not always available when you need them, though.
It's just depth. We go through this every offseason..teams sign a bunch of guys to provide depth and competition in camp (because they don't know if young players will be ready to step up...you don't want to throw in Stepan or Grachev or MZA if they're not ready, even if you really want to go with youth).
Not everyone the Rangers sign now is going to play for them this year...
Except that they were, as just proven by signing Frolov, an upgrade to Prospal, and trading for White, an upgrade to Christensen. And, it happened last year when Prospal became available. And, it's likely those type of players are available throughout the year. So, you've committed $3 million in cap space to redundant pieces. There was no good reason, in my mind, to commit cap space to two players that could be available at any time during the year.
White is going to get waived and sent to Hartford.
Seeing as how Pissmiller was never going to count against our cap, this move would have actually increased our cap hit by a million.
The ONLY reason to make this deal is to shed Brashear. In order to do that, you HAVE to waive White.
Todd White will not be on the opening night roster and may never wear a Rangers jersey during the regular season.
Very good deal if he's waived and sent packing. Otherwise, we increase the cap hit.
I don't understand how you can say all that with such confidence. White is one season removed from a 73 point season... We swapped two guys who wouldn't suit up for the Rangers let alone the Wolf Pack for a POTENTIAL center for Gabby.
The deal was a wash in terms of the summer cap (Brash + Riss = 2.4 against summer cap, White = 2.35). And we can fit White under the cap when the season starts fairly easily IF we waive Redden OR make another trade..
Good trade for both teams. Not sure why Atlanta wants Rissmiller, but he is borderline NHL talent, so maybe they need a body.
Seems to me that if we waive Redden, we have plenty of cap space. If we don't, we have to strip the team to meet the cap. Therefore, I think they plan to put Redden in the minors, all our problems solved.
Oh... we do have a glutton of centers. I guess competition, competition for the spots!
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Todd White ($2.375m) / Alexander Frolov ($3.000m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($1.850m) / Artem Anisimov ($0.821m) / Vaclav Prospal ($2.100m)
Ryan Callahan ($2.300m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Sean Avery ($1.937m)
Brandon Prust ($0.800m) / Brian Boyle ($0.525m) / Derek Boogaard ($1.625m)
/ Erik Christensen ($0.925m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
Daniel Girardi ($3.325m) / Marc Staal ($4.500m)
Matt Gilroy ($1.750m) / Michal Rozsival ($5.000m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)
/ Steve Eminger ($1.125m)
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) /Martin Biron ($0.875m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,396,667; BONUSES: $2,587,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,590,833