If this rumor of the Rangers exploring the possibility of brining Jay Bouwmeester to NY progresses, than I just want to get some feed back for both fan bases. I think the deal makes a lot of sense for both teams. The Panthers could use some young depth players to mesh with their young rising core. I would hate to loose him but Florida could ask for Brandon Dubinky who is lighting up the worlds playing with David Booth. That's 3 quarters of a young scary line already set up . I'd hate to lose Duby but we are talking about one of the young premier defenseman that can hit and can man the PP fro this Rangers team. Having him play on the first or second line gives the Rangers two nice offensive threats on the point, assuming the Rangers take the brakes of Marc Staal. If the Rangers add an Orpik or Ron Hainsey to pair up with one of those players, the Rangers could have serious balance. That's Tyutin,Girardi,Staal, and Bouwmeester mixed in with Henrik Lundqvist as the last line of defense not too bad.
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If Florida does ask for Dubinsky,it does allow the Rangers a roster spot to maintain Sean Avery. Again money is in question but if he does come back into the fold,singing Bobby Holik to a 1 year deal may be a nice option. Having Holik play with Jagr or just slide into his natural 3rd line spot would allow Gomez to take over as a true # 1 center. The Panthers on the other hand can't continue to pull the old Rob NY plan. Asking for Dubinsky plus a 1st rounder and second rounder should be the area of conversation. An extra player or pick here and there could seal the deal,but the Panthers will have their pick of excess Rangers talent. Prucha,Callahan,Dawes,Korpikosky,and Hollweg will be competing for roster spots on next years team. They will also have a few players knocking on the door in camp. If Hugh Jessiman finally comes into his own, adding his large frame to this small roster is a must. As for the Draft picks,the Rangers will continue to compete and 20th seems to be the norm for the next decade ( I hope).
I'd hate to see Duby go, but Ranger/Panthers fans what gets this deal done? Let me hear about it. Leafs may just not have the goods to pull this one off sorry!
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