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While all Tortorella wanted to talk about in the post game was about how well Ocho Cinco played…and he definitely played great, to me this entire night was about Marian Gaborik. Guy played an unreal game, scored 3 goals, probably could have scored another 1 or 2, and was all over the ice in all situations playing hard. He was absolutely dominating out there. Makes you wonder how the guy would play with a better center…say a guy like, oh, I don’t know, Olli Jokinen?

I know people are kind of ambivalent about this trade, but I for one am absolutely ecstatic if it goes through. Not only do we rid ourselves of a horrendous contract in Kotalik, but we also rid ourselves of one of our least productive players in Chris Higgins. I know Higgins is a feel good story, a local kid with local ties, but let’s face it. He hasn’t even played as well as Freddy Sjostrom did in that position last year. Higgins is a 4th line penalty killing checker for this Ranger team. It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes to Calgary and starts lighting the lamp playing with Iginla, I mean hell, even Nigel Dawes was lighting the lamp playing with Iginla, but he has almost no value to the Rangers as it stands, and you can bet your ass the Rangers were going to let him walk after this season.

In Jokinen, if the Rangers do get him, they get a former star player who has struggled mightily this year, and is one of those “change of scenery” type players. Except in this instance, you are only on the hook for about 26 more games, and then we are free to let him walk, which I bet you we will unless he is willing to sign at a cheap rate for 1 year, or if he has an absolute renaissance back here. People forget that Jokinen has scored at least 29 goals in just about half of his NHL seasons, and he is still on pace to score about 50 points which is a hair under what Prospal is giving us. To me, a top line of Prospal – Jokinen – Gaborik is just what the doctor ordered. Let’s see how things play out. It’s almost 6 am now, and I just finished watching the game (had my own game to play tonight, and a nice long drive back to my house, hence the delay), so I’m going to go to bed, hopefully when I wake up in the morning, this trade will be finalized. It’s a no brainer for us Ranger fans, and an absolute steal for us, even if Higgins has a comeback season, and if Kotalik gets his act together.


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