by Patrick Hoffman on 06/17/09 at 01:12 PM ET
From Puck Central:
If I’m Glen Sather, here’s what I do between now and October to have a better team for the 2009-10 NHL season.
1) Attempt to move up in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (NYRs currently have the 19th overall pick) or trade that first round pick if it can significantly improve the Rangers offense. [Example]
2) If I’m not able to move up & choose with the 19th overall pick, I choose the best player available. Currently the Rangers need forwards because they have many defensive prospects in the system. But, making a trade in the future is always possible. In my opinion, you always choose the best player available, I don’t endorse drafting based on organizational needs for the most part. So, if the best player available is a defenseman, that’s the player that you pick. Then, down the road it’s always possible to trade that player or another defenseman in the system for a position that is needed.
3) Try to trade Redden, Drury, Gomez & Rozsival - in that particular order. All four players have contracts that are a burden to the Rangers roster and getting rid of any of the four would be a major help. The main goal is to clear salary cap room, getting something of value in return would be a bonus!
Click here for more. Certainly looks like a lot of people want to be Glen Sather these days. I wonder why?
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