Entries with the tag: nhl trade deadline
This is exactly what the NHL should consider doing when it comes to its trade deadline day.
No, I am not talking about having no rumors or trades on this particular day in the season. Instead, I am talking about having NO practices and games on this peculiar day.
To me, this would make the most sense for the players. For starters, this is a day where a LOT must be going through a player’s mind.
As such, going through a practice on the day of the trade deadline must be extremely daunting and even nerve-racking. It has to be extremely tough for the player to concentrate knowing that he might not be with his current team in the next few hours and might be off to a team in a much different situation than the one he is currently on.
It’s been a quiet trade deadline for the New York Rangers’ thus far as no siginificant moves have been made today as of right now.
With that said, it was nice to see that while I was in Massachusetts this weekend, the Blueshirts went out and gave up next to nothing to the Florida Panthers to acquire defenseman Bryan McCabe. McCabe is someone who can hit, contribute on the power play, produce points here and there and provide a steady veteran presence on a very young Rangers’ blue line.
If anything happens regarding the Blueshirts, either myself or the terrific blogging staff here at Kukla’s Korner will keep you posted.
Over at RLD Hockey today, I blog about how teams in the National Hockey League need to be careful not to mortgage their future at the trade deadline.
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Posted By Patrick Hoffman
For many of us puckheads, the NHL trading deadline is an exciting time. For some of you, your club may be one or two solid players away from going from a solid playoff team to a Stanley Cup contender. For others, it is all about your team rebuilding for the future and, sometimes, gutting the team (see: Ottawa).
With this in mind, it is time remind fans to be patient with their respective teams during the deadline and to think about the future of their club. For example, do you want to give up one of your best prospects, a few picks and/or one of your better players for someone that is just going to be on your roster for a couple months?
While winning the Stanley Cup in 1994 was monumental for the New York Rangers organization, it is also a time that marked the beginning of a period where the Blueshirts sacrificed their future for veteran presence and the hope of more Stanley Cups.
Joh Kreiser at NHL.com wrote about what the team gave up in 1994 to end their 54-year drought:
To Smith, that “different kind of team” meant more grit and more experience—particularly experience in winning the Stanley Cup. If it meant sacrificing some skill and young talent, so be it.
To add more grit, Smith dealt talented young forward Tony Amonte to the Chicago Blackhawks for grinders Brian Noonan and Stephane Matteau. The shot of added experience came with the addition of five-time Stanley Cup winner Glenn Anderson, who came in a deal with Toronto that cost the Rangers perennial 40-goal scorer Mike Gartner. In addition, Smith traded promising young center Todd Marchant in a deal that brought checking center Craig MacTavish, a teammate of Anderson’s on Edmonton’s 1990 Cup-winning team.
That would be a major shakeup for any team—it was almost unprecedented for a team leading the League.
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From good friend of the blog Mick Kern at NHL Home Ice:
For whatever reason, there were a number of trades in the NHL today, a full ten days before the Trade Deadline.
The hockey media scrambled to get reporters to press conferences, and to book guests for on-air appearances. TSN briefly considered launching 24-hour Trade Centre coverage ten days early.
There was the usual litany of insiders, experts, and players making their way to the airport, all commenting on today’s action.
One phrase that kept being repeated, like a Holy Hockey Mantra, was “If Gretzky Can Be Traded, Then Anyone Can Be Traded”.
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It feels weird writing that considering that this was the New York Rangers’ first game since returning from the break. However, the Blueshirts came out and played a solid road game in defeating the Northeast-leading Ottawa Senators 4-1 to pick up a crucial two points and their third straight win in as many games.
Ryan Callahan, despite not really having a break since he was on Team USA, had a terrific game in scoring two goals while also being his all-out hustling self. The team also got solid performances from the likes of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves), Erik Christensen (2 assists), Brandon Dubinsky (1 goal), Sean Avery (1 goal, 1 assist) and a few others.
The team was able to score four goals without it’s leading goal scorer and point getter, Marian Gaborik, who was out with a lower body injury. This should show you that when the team plays the right way, it can score goals without having to rely too heavily on its superstar.
This weekend, we got to learn about WFAN and NHL Live Producer, Brian Monzo through an e-mail interview. Today, Brian was kind enough to respond to a short trade deadline questionnaire:
PH: What shoud Rangers’ GM Glen Sather be looking to do at the trade deadline this season?
BM: You always want to hear ‘go get someone that could help the team.’ I really don’t think that is what he should be doing. He should be looking to deal players like Vinny Prospal and Olli Jokinen and getting drafts. Players like Andy Sutton and Jordan Leopold are getting moved for 2nd round picks. That being said Prospal and Jokinen may get 1st round picks, or 2nd round picks and prospects. The Rangers are not going anywhere far this season and should be playing for the future. As far as what he will do, we will find out.
PH: If you were Sather, who would you be willing to trade? Why?
BM: As I said earlier, Vinny Prospal and Olli Jokinen. I would see what the market for Dan Girardi and Matt Gilroy are, but wouldn’t be looking to move them.
Good evening New York Rangers’ fans. As we get closer and closer to trade deadline day, I figured I’d ask you a few questions regarding the deadline that I’d love to get your thoughts on:
- What should Rangers’ GM Glen Sather be looking to do on Wednesday?
- If you were Sather (and believe me, we wish you were), who would you be willing to deal? Why?
- Of trade rumors that you are hearing regarding the Blueshirts, which of them do you wish would come true? Why?
- What do you folks think of the Alex Auld acquisition? Does this spell the end of Steve Valiquette in the NHL?
I want to hear your thoughts, Rangers puckheads!