Last night on the NHL Network, via KK, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun sat with Kathryn Tappen to talk about the trade deadline.
On the Rangers, Darren Dreger said,”they have been disappointing this season, that’s obvious, and they are still trying to figure out if they fit with the contenders. They still have needs, a top-four defenseman who can help their power play and and in a perfect world add another level of grit, so a top nine forward.”
He adds “to do that, what are they willing to part with? They are looking at a Dan Boyle type of player from the Sharks who can certainly fit their need on the back end.”
On Marian Gaborik, Dreger says “it’s not that the Rangers are trying to push this guy out the door. They know that seven times in his career he has scored over 30 goals so they know he is a key component but they are getting calls on him. With a year left at $7.5 it might be surprising if he gets traded but San Jose and the Rangers seem to have a lot of dialogue going on.”
At ESPN Insider Craig Custance wrote about how teams are now able to absorb parts of contracts in trades and the impact it may have on this year’s trade deadline.
Custance says that the new rule has only been used once, when Toronto traded Matthew Lombardi back to Phoenix, but in speaking with Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton, it has been a topic of conversation during trade talks.
Gorton said that the ability to absorb salary is “valuable” and the Rangers are in the process of feeling out how the process works. He adds, “If there’s a money concern on one team and the other team has the ability to keep it, it’s significant. As we move forward it’s going to play a big role in player deals.”
Katie Strang wonders if the Sharks would do a trade of Boyle for Gaborik and thinks that it would be a good deal for the Rangers.
Scott Burnside added, “Pretty sure the Sharks are at their limit for overpaid, underachieving forwards aren’t they?”
In response, Strang said “Haha good point Scotty. Although he is coming off a 41-goal season. That’s the funny thing about Gaborik. For as much heat as he takes, his numbers aren’t bad. Just goes completely invisible at times. Such a streaky player”
LeBrun said that Sharks likely won’t want Gaborik’s cap hit of $7.5 million on their cap next season.
In a chat at ESPN.com, Katie Strang wrote, “I definitely think they should try to trade Gabork if they can find the right deal. Seems crazy to say about a two-time 40-goal scorer but too often he is inconsistent and/or completely invisible”
Today at practice, Rick Nash skated with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik and it looks like the trio will be together consistently for the first time since early February.
Nash told the Daily News that he feels the three of them started to have some success when they were together early in the season, but the key for that line is to be responsible defensively.
Adam Rotter:This is a move that makes sense to not only try and get the Rangers out of their scoring funk, but also to bring all three players, especially Gaborik and Richards, out of their individual funks. Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan have been the Rangers best two forwards lately and with Carl Hagelin can provide a good second line. The Rangers are at a place where they kind of need to go “all-in” and putting Nash, Gaborik and Richards together is an “all-in” move.