The New York Rangers were picked by many as the favorites to win the Stanley Cup before the shortened NHL season began back in January. As we approach the half way point in the 48-game season, the blue shirts are fumbling along, barely above .500 with a 10-8-2 record and would miss the playoffs if the season ended today.
So it’s not surprising to hear that Rangers GM, Glen Sather is considering shaking up the team’s roster. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Sather is “gauging interest” in his top six forwards to see what value he could possibly get and the name that is being mentioned is Marian Gaborik.
Garrioch hears from NHL executives that the Rangers want to add some gritty forwards to their roster and moving Gaborik would certainly allow them to do that. Gaborik has one of the heftier contracts in the NHL at $7.5 million per season and is on the books for one more year after the current one. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent following next season.
While the rumors are currently at the premature stage, we learnt earlier today that the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are said to be looking at adding a top-six forward and Gaborik would certainly give them that.
Sather would demand a healthy return for the 31-year old and given the toughness that the Bruins have, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two teams agree on a deal. Although one could argue that the Bruins have great chemistry right now and may not want to upset the apple cart by bringing in a guy like Gaborik.
The Dallas Stars are said to be considering moving forward Brenden Morrow, a player who would provide the grit the Rangers are looking for and can still contribute offensively. Given the Stars would trade Morrow to shed salary and acquire youth, a deal for Gaborik doesn’t make much sense.
This season for the Rangers, Gaborik has 7 goals and 7 assists in 20 games and is a minus-2. Last year in New York, he played in all 82 games and scored 41 times while adding 35 assists for 76 points.
If this story picks up any more steam we’ll keep you posted right here at Too Many Men.