Among the big names potentially available - New York's Marian Gaborik might draw some interest in the days leading up to the deadline.Ya think? He's having an off year but teams know what Gaborik is capable of doing. Heck, in the middle of this bad year, he's still managed to have two hat tricks and a four goal game. Despite his lower than normal output, he still has 34 points in 42 games. There are plenty of teams that should be kicking at Gaborik's tires, seeing exactly what it would take to get the Slovakian sniper from the Rangers. GMs wouldn't be doing their jobs if they weren't inquiring about Gaborik.
The Rangers aren't shopping Gaborik, who has struggled this season with just 16 goals in 42 games after scoring 42 last year, but word around the league is Rangers GM Glen Sather is willing to listen to offers.Stuff like this makes fans salivate. However, the fact that Sather is willing to listen to offers doesn't really mean much. What kind of a GM would Sather be (don't answer that one) if he wasn't willing to listen to offers? Just because he's listening doesn't mean he's ready to jump at a deal or give Gaborik away. As a GM it's Sather's job to improve the New York Rangers. He has to analyze every possible offer and consider the benefits and negatives of the offer that he's received.
If Sather were to send out a memo saying that he wouldn't listen to a single offer for Gaborik, then he wouldn't be doing his job. Gaborik can be a great player, even if he's in the middle of a bad season. That doesn't mean Sather should give him away, but at the same time, Sather has to be out there listening to offers to see if there is a GM over-valuing Gaborik.
If Sather can take advantage of GMs in trades like the Gomez and Higgins deals then what could he possibly do when he actually has a prolific superstar to deal the other way? He has to listen folks...
Gaborik agreed to a five-year contract with the Rangers last July and earns $7.5 million per year.I thought the purpose of acquiring Brad Richards was so that he could feed Gaborik the puck? So, the Rangers trade Gaborik to free up space for Richards, now who puts the puck in the net when Richards makes a world class pass?
Clearing Gaborik's salary would go a long way in creating flexibility this summer when New York faces a wave of key restricted free agents including Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle and Matt Gilroy.
The Rangers will also have to invent cap space if signing Brad Richards as an unrestricted free agent this summer is a priority.
My conclusion: Obviously teams are going to ask about Gaborik. Sather wouldn't be doing his job if he werent't listening to what's being offered. But, the NHL Trade Deadline will come and go with Marian Gaborik still a New York Ranger. He may be having a bad year, but Sather isn't going to give him away. At the same time, teams likely won't be offering what Sather will want in exchange for Gaborik to get a deal done. When he's playing the way he can, Gaborik is a top 10 forward in the NHL.
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