It is inevitable that the Rangers will have to move some players to make room for Mats Sundin. I still think they should remain in the hunt,as the Rangers will need another scoring threat to compete in the East.For one or two years the Blue shirts would add much needed size to slow down the attack of the Pens,Flyers and beefed up Tampa.I think a line of Mats,Naslund,and Dubinsky on the wing would really do some damage in the east.Plus the size of the two players would keep Naslund healthy and give him tons of room to capitalize on rebounds.But as fans and local papers do the math the best option to clean house ASAP may be to move Michael Rozsival. Even though their defense looks to be among the top in the East,they may be handcuffing themselves for the future.
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If Bobby Sanguinetti makes huge strides this season and surprises the Rangers brass they will have to move another blue liner to open up another roster spot. Giving young players significant ice time has paid huge dividends in the progress department,look at Marc Staal. There will be growing pains and plenty of turnovers,but by pairing Sanguinetti with an experienced vet like Paul Mara will ease the transition.I like keeping Mara on this team with his one year 1.5 million deal. Not only is his salary cheap but he took less to come back here. He will have a fire in his gut to add more $ and years to his next deal.The Rangers could then keep the 7th spot open for a gritty stay at home type like Corey Potter. By losing Roszivals 5 million up front the Rangers should be in the neighborhood of funds to add the former Leaf. They will also gain additional cap room for the next 4 years,in which they will have to give Staal a raise and possibly extend Zheredev. The Rangers will still have to move another forward like Prucha to clear cap and roster room. Lauri Korpikoski will be able to step in and take over his spot in the lineup,while Alex Elder in Vancouver( BlueNotes) could be swapped for the Czech forward.The Rangers gain yet another Swede and add another young defenseman,while the Canucks add some needed scoring potential.
As to where Rozi could fit in,there are plenty of teams looking to add puck moving defenseman with a scoring touch.The Kings still need to add money to reach the cap floor and will need experience in the lineup if they can't fix their goaltending situation. With a plethora of picks this past draft,they are sure to have some more as they should be near the bottom of the mix again. The Rangers have lost a few farm players to other clubs and need to add to their goaltending and defensive stables.Edmonton and San Jose had planned on adding Redden in the off season,could they be willing to look at Rozsival instead ? Phoenix has been mentioned as a possible trade partner with NY ( of course) and the Coyotes could look to pony up Jared Staal and Joel Gistedt (goaltender) in a package. Either way there are options to move a 29 year old top 4 defenseman to some club in this league. Even though Rozi is an asset to the team, the worst thing would be for another club to hold the Rangers hostage knowing they have to dump a player to make space.
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