The other day Glen Sather joked around that his wish list this summer includes a defenseman who could play 25-minutes and score 25 goals. Well, Darren Dreger at TSN addresses what the Rangers might give up if one is available…
“If Ryan Suter stays in Nashville, it’s conceivable Shea Weber may be made available. The Rangers, like most teams, would pay a premium to acquire Weber.”
…if I’m the Rangers I absolutely submit a ridiculous offer sheet for Weber, who is an arbitration eligible RFA. More than any other aspect of the team, the Rangers need help on the power play and the 26-year old Weber would provide that and some. If the Rangers are able to sign Weber they’ll probably end up forfeiting four #1 picks. Which to me would be worth it.
…if the Rangers don’t want to give up the picks, maybe they can workout a sign and trade with the Predators. And I’ve got to be honest, Weber is one of the few guys I’d be willing to sell half the farm for. Thinking Hagelin, Del Zotto, Miller, McIlrath and a #1. Will likely ask for Stepan, McD or Kreider in package as well. Stepan is the only guy I might consider.
And if the Rangers can’t get anything done for Weber, the next obvious choice on defense is Justin Schultz who has been linked to the Rangers by almost everyone, including Elliotte Friedman at CBC, who says not to discount the Rangers in the Schultz sweepstakes because of his U of Wisconsin ties to Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh as well as the Rangers tendency to insert young collegiate players into important roles.
…if the Rangers land either Parise or Nash this offseason, I could see Schultz being the cheaper alternative to Weber. But if they miss out on the two forwards expect a big push for Weber or Suter.
Speaking of the Rangers defense, Devils coach Pete DeBoer called Dan Girardi and McDonagh one of the best shutdown pairs in the Eastern Conference (via Daily News).
…lots of “best shutdown pair” talk for those two lately. And well deserved.
For more on the Marian Gaborik injury and Mats Zuccarello jumping to the KHL, click the “Read More” tab below.
Here’s a couple of loose ends to close up with the Marian Gaborik labrum tear and Mats Zuccarello bolting for KHL.
Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that Gaborik said the shoulder “was just weak, no power…Shooting was…my shot wasn’t there” during the Devils series.
The Rangers All Star winger added…
“Just tried to take care of it and tried to play the best I could; I don’t want to make excuses. I know I could play better.”
Zipay adds that Gaborik, who hopes to be back in five months, said the hit that made shoulder worse happened behind the net in Game 3 or 4 in Ottawa series.
…maybe the Rangers and Gaborik will get lucky and the season won’t start until December because of the impending lockout. I kid, I kid.
Former Rangers Doug Weight, who’s had a torn labrum, describes what Gaborik will go through the next five months…
To watch at NHL.com, click here.
As far as Zuccarello goes, according to Katie Strang at ESPN NY the diminutive winger signed a one-year deal with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The deal also has a one-year option for 2013-14 and an NHL “out” clause should he decide to return to the Rangers as a restricted free agent.
Strang adds that Zuccarello’s intention is to return to the NHL at some point in the future.
…hoping if he catches on with another NHL team he’s more Nigel Dawes than P.A. Parenteau.
And the Tortorella hate continues. This time Wayne Scanlon at the National Journal jumps on…
“How good of an investment is a long-term contract for a goal scorer if teams coached by John Tortorella or Ken Hitchcock or any number of defensive zealots will simply scheme to squeeze the life out of that offensive talent, make sure he doesn’t get a sniff of the net?”
Scanlon also rips on the Rangers “The Right Way” playoff slogan.
…seriously, the Rangers were eliminated eight days ago. Get over it.
H/T to reader John S.
I know this is a Rangers blog, but as a long suffering Mets fan I’ve got to give a HUGE congrats to Johan Santana on delivering the organization’s first ever no hitter (8,020th game)…
And only the Mets could take the focus off this historic event with a post game penis shot. See here.
Make it three days in a row, as the Rangers signed another European prospect to an entry level contract yesterday as Swede Oscar Lindberg is now on board.
Here’s Jeff Gorton on the signing…
“Oscar is a very good skater who plays all three forward positions, making him a very versatile player for us. He has played in the elite league in Sweden, as well as in the World Juniors, so he has plenty of high-level experience, which we like.”
Lindberg is cousins with Tim Erixon.
…still not happy that the Rangers traded away scorer Ethan Werek for Lindberg, but it’s tough to criticize Gordie Clark’s prospect evaluations.
Finally, the Rangers put together a pretty awesome end of the year video…
…love the Emile Francis narrated videos.