Ok so its' been a few weeks since my last post. The latest rumor has the Rangers moving Scott Gomez to make room for Mats Sudin and about 6 mill per year. If this holds water and the Canucks are looking into picking up the All-star center,they should be prepared to make a realistic offer. For years NY clubs have been exploited and held over the fires when trying to make deals. If Sather is willing to move the center in the second year of a 7 year deal,the Rangers are going to need to see some real return on their trade. Looking back to when the Rangers moved Alex Kovalev to the Habs and Leetch to the Leafs,none of the players in any of those deals are still playing in NY.
Gomez is on a totally different spectrum as the 28 year old is still in the prime of his career,while the other vets moved where headed to the end of road. The former two time cup champ and Calder winner,is a consistent point producer and set up man. I'm not sure how Vancouver is having trouble putting together the right deal to offer NY. First and foremost,the club offense has been anemic the past few years. They lack a number one center and if I'm correct there is not one Stanley Cup ring in the entire dressing room. With the franchise looking to add personnel with character and grit,you don't have to look any further than # 19. ( Not Naslund) . Scotts been in the trenches and been in the wars of a 7 game series. At only 28, the Alaska native is wise beyond his years and if he stays in NY could be a candidate for captain. Growing up in Alaska may sway the former Devil to waive his NTC and accept a move to BC as it's far more closer to his family.
So putting Scotty on hold for a moment, I just want to step back into another episode of " Days of Our Sundins". For my fellow Rangers family and those of you who only look at the club from the outside,Mats is not being traded for Gomez.This is not a case of the Rangers trading away one of their prospects for an aging veteran,looking to make a push in late March. If the Rangers add Sundin and his one year maybe two year deal,they also shed Gomez's 7 year 7.4 dollar deal. In the same move the Rangers would hope to add more support to an upcoming group that includes Marc Staal,Dan Girardi, Lundqvist,Dubinsky,and now the Russian infusion of Artem Anisimov,Evgeny Grachev,and Cherepanov. Plus in a very appealing 09 off-season the Rangers could be in the hunt for Henrik Zetterberg or offer Marian Hossan a very attractive deal to headline tons of European talent. Could Sather have visions of Jay-Bo and Staal as a pair? Maybe it's Glen Sather looking to build around the leader in the net,like he built the team around Jagr 3 years ago. Having added several Czeck players to the Rangers roster to appease # 68 ,last year Sather tried to add another one of Lundqvist's friends in Chriatan Backman. Naslund and Sundin were teammates on the Swedish gold medal team with the King and this could be the start of another supporting cast headed to NY. I wouldn't be surprised if Sather offer's Lundqvist's best friend and gag band mate PJ Axelson a deal this summer as well.
Maybe it's flexibility that Sather seeks,or maybe there are some brewing words in Rangers land that would make the Rangers move an top caliber talent like Gomez. Yet could it be Rangers management realizing that they will have a big,shifty,number one center in the mix after Sundin moves on ( if he signs). Brandon Dubinsky went from winning a spot out of camp to centering a line of Hartford kids on Broadway.By midseason he was the only pivot that could find chemistry with Jaromir Jagr. Looking ahead a year or two,the club could have planned captain Chris Drury still in the fold ( with 3 years left) and two young cheap centers ( Dubinsky and Anisimov) competing with the young guns in the NHL. Adding Sundin into the fold only give the Rangers more depth an an on ice tutor for two kids in the same mold as # 13.
If the Rangers brass really wants to move Scott it's because they could feel that he's not going to be in their plans as expected.Just a year ago the Ranger depth a center was dismal,until a few kids started to turn heads.Sather now has depth at center and will have to add support on the wing in the next off-season of through trade.Scott was brought in to fit the bill and still put up great numbers and helped the Rangers knock out his former club in 5 games.But Gomez was brought into to play with Jagr and it didn't work out,not to mention that Jagr is now history. There are tons of headlines that don't make the papers and it appears that two of Gomez's biggest suitors are not going to be back on the 08-09 roster. Having been ousted from Buffalo in 07, Avery and Shannahan lobbied for the signing of Gomez. Avery is in Dallas and I'm not sure how Shanny fits in to this roster.I think Gomez is great and is one of my favorite players in the NHL. Teams compete not only during the season but now emphasize the development of young cheap talent through the draft. Looking at next years draft the Rangers could add picks and chips that will restock Hartford and provide depth. If the Canuck are the match,then I want Cory Schneider and Alex Edler,to start......
Part 2 Wed