At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes that the most critical element to the Rangers trade of Marian Gaborik wasn’t felt in April but is being felt now as the team looks to secure players for the future.
Gaborik has a cap hit next season of $7.5 million and the Rangers have Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello as RFAs and Ryane Clowe will be a UFA.
Cap Geek says that the Rangers have just over $14.1 million, including Brad Richards, in cap space next season, when the cap goes down to $64.3 and saved around $2.5 million by moving Gaborik.
Adam Rotter: Once it was decided that the salary cap was going down for this coming season, Gaborik’s chances of being a Ranger in 2013-14 were slim. Had he been scoring during the year, the Rangers would have kept him for the playoffs and started to entertain trading him now as a way to clear enough space to re-sign their RFAs. The team made the decision that Rick Nash was going to be who the offense was built around and there just wasn’t going to be enough money to allow Gaborik to stay and also keep Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest. The Rangers got three important pieces for Gaborik and while they only saved $2.5 million, every dollar will be important to get everyone signed.
According to reports out of Slovakia and Columbus, former Ranger Marian Gaborik is in Philadelphia today to get checked out for an abdominal issue that may prevent him from representing Slovakia at the World Championships.
Aaron Portzline says that Gaborik’s issue is not related to the shoulder surgery he had last summer or a groin issue.
Gaborik played in all 47 games this season. He played 35 with the Rangers and Columbus only had 12 left after he was traded.
He had three goals and five assists in the 12 games he played for the Blue Jackets.
During his meeting with the media today, John Tortorella fielded questions about how the Rangers have changed since bringing in Mats Zuccarello, Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore around the trade deadline.
Tortorella said that while he has always felt good about the team, the lack of depth in the middle of the lineup was not allowing the Rangers to play 60 minute games.
Tortorella then said that the Rangers better play after the deadline was not an indictment of Marian Gaborik or the relationship that the two of them had. He called Gaborik a “hell of a player,” who helped Columbus nearly make the playoffs and is a player who the Rangers miss in a lot of situations.
He said that making any accusations about the relationship between Gaborik and Tortorella is “wrong and unfair” to both of them and that the trade was made because the Rangers picked up players who helped solidify the middle of the lineup.
Gaborik had a goal, an assist and six shot attempts. Four shots on goal, one blocked and one that missed the net. He played 16:03
On Sportsnet Radio, Columbus President John Davidson talked about how the Marian Gaborik trade developed.
JD said that the two sides were talking and that when the topic switched to Gaborik, the Rangers said that they wouldn’t move him unless they got the right package in return.
After some discussion, JD said that the two sides agreed on a package that worked for both teams. JD said that he thinks it is a trade that will be good for both the Rangers and Blue Jackets.
JD also said that he was happy that the former Columbus players were able to make such an immediate impact with the Rangers last night.