According to Bruce Garrioch, in the Ottawa Sun, Glen Sather is not happy with the Rangers inconsistent play so far this season and he is trying to do something that would shake up the team.
Something that isn’t an option, according to Garrioch, is firing coach John Tortorella, but he does note that Sather is considering moving Marian Gaborik who is a UFA after next season.
Garrioch says that in addition to more grit, the Rangers are also one of many teams looking for a defenseman as well.
Gaborik has a no-trade clause.
Adam Rotter: I am as big a fan of Gaborik as you can be, but when you look down the lineup and search for pieces that could bring back what the Rangers are missing, he seems to be the only one. With a lower cap coming, and nearly everyone’s contract coming due over the next two years, it’s hard to see how Gaborik fits into the long-term plan, especially with the money he will likely ask for.
The thing is, I can see Gaborik going for 40 goals next season easily and playing as well as he did last year. While the Rangers would certainly like to have that on their team, it’s probably better to let him do that for another team and have that team decide how much to give him in a new contract.
I don’t know if the Rangers will move Gaborik by the deadline, but I could definitely see a move at the draft where the Rangers pick up a defenseman and a top nine winger that essentially replaces Brandon Dubinsky at hopefully half the cost.