This week I was lucky enough to participate in the Puck Central “Trade Deadline Round Table” with some of the best Rangers bloggers out there. We hit on subjects such as potential Ranger acquisitions, untouchables and more.
Here is an excerpt…
Is there any particular player on the rumor block that you don’t want the Rangers to acquire?
Blue Line Station: Ales Hemsky. He is not an upgrade over Gaborik or Callahan and would not fit into this team’s identity at all. He doesn’t score enough to make his irrelevance defensively and physically acceptable and being healthy is a struggle in itself for him. I have no interest in giving up assets for him.
Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): Pretty much all of them at this point haha. The national media doesn’t see the intricacies that makes this team successful like deep forechecking, hits for turnovers, being defensively responsible, etc. I haven’t seen any rumors linking us to guys of this nature other than Bobby Ryan who will cost us too much.
Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): Shane Doan, only for the cost though. He would cost an arm and a leg, and there’s no guarantee that he would be here long term. The Rangers are close, and Doan is a superb player and would make a fine addition, but I don’t think he puts the Rangers on the level of the Bruins by himself.
The NYR Blog: Shea Weber. I know he’s the obvious answer to all the Rangers power play woes. But could you imagine what he’d cost? Assuming McD or Del Zotto, a top prospect (Miller?) and a first round pick. Not to mention the difficulties the Rangers will have finding room for his $7.5 million salary.
Scotty Hockey: Shelden Souray and his shot are interesting but he has been remarkably healthy to date so that is unlikely to last and just five of his 17 points came on power plays. Ales Hemsky is soft, damaged goods and Tuomo Ruutu is not worth it, if only to ensure his brother Jarkko never comes to MSG ever again.
To check out the entire round table click here.