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In an absolutely shocking turn of events the Rangers were able to get rid of an albatross contract in Scott Gomez, along with a prospect who has a 4th line center ceiling, and a defensive prospect who will likely never play in the NHL for Chris Higgins, a strong 3rd line forward, and 2 very strong defensive prospects, the key one being McDonagh. How Glen Sather was able to pull this one off is anyones guess, but it bolsters what I have been saying for a very long time now. Glen Sather is one of the best “trading” GM’s in the business. He always seems to win more trades than he loses, and he never seems to give up important youth in the process.

Frankly I would have taken Higgins straight up for Gomez, and enjoy the likely 5+ million dollars in salary cap relief it brings us, but to also get a true bluechip prospect like McDonagh, well that is just jawdropping. The key here is that the Rangers now have one of, if not the deepest blueline prospect pool on all of hockey. You’re talking Gilroy, Del Zotto, Sanguinetti, McDonagh, Sauer, Potter, Kundratek…not to mention Staal and Girardi. What you have now is a strong pool of talent with which to make a bigger blockbuster acquisition with which to help our offensive problems.

I have 3 preferences in that regards. Number 1 would be trading for Vinny Lecavalier, however let’s be totally honest here…that is not happening. The Habs would be foolish to trade him, and I think they realize it. Number 2 though would be Phil Kessel, who was rumored to be involved in a potential deal to Toronto for Kaberle (and a disputed pick heading one way or the other). If you could somehow turn one of those defensive prospects, one of our regular defenseman (Girardi/Rozsival?) and a forward like Korpikoski into Phil Kessel, then you do it and and solidify your offensive corps around Kessel and Grachev. Similarly I would look to see if Steven Stamkos could be had. The Lightning have problems with defense, and we have problems with offense. A prospect swap would be interesting.

Regardless, I think the Rangers should make a big time trade tomorrow, getting rid of some salary in the process while adding some salary back for a net of 0 salary, and use the money gained from the Gomez trade to sign Gaborik.

Regarding Dany Heatley, I really am not interested anymore. Don’t get me wrong, if you can get him for a song, then I suppose I could live with it, but I don’t want any part of trading away assets to get a guy who has screwed over his team not once (car accident, killing Snyder), not twice (demanding trade in Atlanta), not three times (demanding trade in Ottawa), but four times now (rejecting trade to Edmonton). The guy is a prolific goal scorer, but he is not someone I want hanging around the future generation of Rangers. Me first players are not what we need to be all about.

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