Viagra gay You have to wonder what dirt Glen Sather has on Bob Gainey. Viagra gay It is one thing for Sather to be able to move Scott Gomez’s odious contract. Viagra gay It is even another thing for Sather to get back forward Chris Higgins – never mind a warm body. Viagra gay However, viagra gay it is amazing that Sather was able to wrest away defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko in the same deal without giving up any of the Rangers main assets. Viagra gay While blueliner Doug Janik was also acquired from the Habs, viagra gay it is expected the Rangers will let him walk as an UFA.

Viagra gay The losses of Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto are negligible when compared to the treasure Slats extorted from Gainey. Viagra gay I guess all those years of being in the NHL have finally paid off for Sather as he collects on the some of the favors he accumulated over the years.

Viagra gay “It gives us a lot more options or availability to do other things, viagra gay” “We’re not up against the cap now. Viagra gay We’ve got lots of cap room. Viagra gay It just makes the options more inviting to us. Viagra gay Now, viagra gay I’m not sure what’s going to happen, viagra gay” Sather explained during a conference call. Viagra gay “We also have some depth with some of the kids we have in the minors and we wanted to make some room for those guys.”

Viagra gay “Since this deal happened, viagra gay I’ve had three other calls. Viagra gay It doesn’t take long for people to realize you’re going to make changes.”

Viagra gay The key now is for Sather to resist the temptation of the past two years – the results which hamstrung the organization in the first place. Viagra gay During the past two years, viagra gay Sather rushed out of the box to sign two of the exact same players (Chris Drury/Scott Gomez and Wade Redden/Michal Rozsival).

Viagra gay With salary cap space, viagra gay Sather has the chance to let someone else set the market for a change as he sits back and reads the tea leaves. Viagra gay Even if the Rangers don’t, viagra gay or are unable, viagra gay to sign any offense help, viagra gay the team is still sitting pretty with a much valued commodity in the NHL – salary cap space – even after he takes care of his own RFAs Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky (something which he should do before another team launches a preemptive strike).

Viagra gay Sather has also positioned himself well in terms of being able to move one or more of his defensive prospects for help at forward without doing too much damage to his organizational depth.

Viagra gay As he moves forward, viagra gay Sather should not only concern himself with landing a “big fish”, viagra gay but he should be looking at the bottom of the ocean for some hidden gems. Viagra gay He needs to find his own Patrick Sharp.

Viagra gay The Blackhawks forward was nothing more than a NHL fourth liner/AHL top six forward prior to being traded to Chicago from Philadelphia. Viagra gay After scoring 14 goals in 72 games with the Blackhawks and Flyers in 2005-2006, viagra gay Sharp has averaged 27 goals during the last three seasons and that average would be higher if he didn’t miss 16 games this year with a sprained left knee. Viagra gay

Viagra gay The key is to identify such a player and that is where Sather has to rely on his professional scouts. Viagra gay With the salary cap always looming large, viagra gay it is important to be able to be able to go beyond the surface of raw numbers in order to find talent.

Viagra gay The acquisition of McDonagh, viagra gay and to a lesser extent Valentenko, viagra gay enhances the Blueshirts cache of prospects. Viagra gay With McDonagh in the fold, viagra gay the Rangers now own five of the top 52 prospects that were rated by The Hockey News in their Future Watch 2009 issue: Evgeny Grachev (#19), viagra gay Michael Del Zotto (#32), viagra gay McDonagh (#37 – 3rd rated Canadiens prospect), viagra gay Artem Anisimov (#48), viagra gay and Bobby Sanguinetti (#52).
The web site Hockey’s Future’s rated McDonagh as Montreal’s number one prospect (ahead of P.K. Viagra gay Subban and Max Pacioretty, viagra gay THN’s number one and two prospects) and Valentenko as their 11th best prospect.

Viagra gay Valentenko is a 6-2/220 defenseman who was Montreal’s firth round pick (139th) in the 2006 NHL Draft. Viagra gay He played for their AHL affiliate in Hamilton in 2007-2008 and registered one goal and 16 assists and 58 PIM in 57 games with the Bulldogs. Viagra gay He started this season in Hamilton and played four games before returning to Russia. Viagra gay The Canadiens gave him a leave of absence to return to Russia to tend to family problems. Viagra gay While back home, viagra gay he signed a three-year deal with Moscow Dynamo.

Viagra gay Interestingly enough, viagra gay Valentenko supposedly blogged about his decision to leave Hamilton. Viagra gay In an online blog, viagra gay the 22-year-old wrote that he was lonely and had grown weary of promises of recalls that the Canadiens did not follow through on (even though he was among the wave of recalls for the 2008 playoffs). Viagra gay According to Valentenko, viagra gay he has the ability to return to the NHL after two years with Moscow Dynamo.

Viagra gay Here is how Hockey’s Future described Valentenko, viagra gay a player they view as someone in the “Bryan Marchment mold”:

Viagra gay “Valentenko is blessed with a big shot — one that earned him hardest AHL shot honours in the 2007-08 season. Viagra gay He combines that with a physical game that borders on, viagra gay but never crosses into, viagra gay dirty play. Viagra gay Valentenko’s been described as one of the most-hated players in the AHL and combines an ability to get under opponent’s skin with the willingness to back it up.”

Viagra gay “His offensive abilities are limited, viagra gay but he’s able to play a solid fundamental game: making the smart first pass, viagra gay starting the rush, viagra gay and taking care of his own end.”

Viagra gay McDonagh, viagra gay perhaps the prize of the deal, viagra gay was the Canadiens first round pick (12th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft. Viagra gay The 6-1/200 McDonagh was named the winner of the 2007 Mr. Viagra gay Minnesota Hockey award given to the state’s top seniors. Viagra gay He has spent the last two years playing for the University of Wisconsin, viagra gay where he was a teammate of top prospect Derek Stepan last year. Viagra gay McDonagh experienced a bit of a sophomore slump as he posted 5 goals and 11 assists in 36 games after posting 5 goals and 7 assists in 40 games as a freshman.

Viagra gay Herb Zurkowsky had the following write up of McDonagh in THN’s Future Watch 2009 issue:

Viagra gay “After suffering from the sophomore jinx this season, viagra gay McDonagh’s play has improved and he’s looked upon as a leader by his teammates and coach. Viagra gay He is a strong skater and represented the U.S. Viagra gay at the WJC.”

Viagra gay “The Habs would like to see him open up and rely on his natural instincts, viagra gay but McDonagh’s considered physically ready to turn pro as soon as he learns the fundamentals of the pro game. Viagra gay He’ll surely turn pro before finishing his final two years at Wisconsin.”

Viagra gay In 2007, viagra gay the International Scouting Service rated him as their 19th best prospect and compared his game to that of Dan Boyle. Viagra gay Here is what ISS wrote about him in 2007:

Viagra gay “Good skater – Quick feet – Good hockey sense. Viagra gay McDonagh is an offensive d-man with good puck skills. Viagra gay Impressed ISS scouts with his play at the U-18 championship in Finland. Viagra gay He showed that he is able to skate the puck up the ice or make a smart simple pass. Viagra gay Moves the puck crisply. Viagra gay Does a nice job in D zone identifying his man and then going to him. Viagra gay Has good feet, viagra gay contains his man well off the rush. Viagra gay Worked well with Kevin Shattenkirk on the PP. Viagra gay Did a nice job of playing between the dots vs. Viagra gay the rush – during 1 on 1s forced man wide. Viagra gay Showed a nice ability to get a good shot off while on the move. Viagra gay Used in all situations – even, viagra gay PP and PK – logged lots of minutes. Viagra gay He brings a variety of skills to the game. Viagra gay He is a well-rounded player and willing to compete hard every shift.”

Viagra gay Chris Higgins is a 6-0/200 forward who was the Canadiens first round draft pick (14th overall) in the 2002 NHL Draft. Viagra gay The 26-year-old is a RFA who made $1.9 million last season. Viagra gay While he tailed off offensively last year (12 goals and 11 assists in 57 games), viagra gay Smithtown, viagra gay Long Island native posted three 20-goal seasons (27, viagra gay22, viagra gay23) the previous three years.

Viagra gay Last year was a lost season for Higgins as he missed six games due to a groin injury suffered in late October 2008 and then missed 19 more games mid-December 2008 through late-January 2009) due to a hand injury.

Viagra gay Interestingly, viagra gay Higgins scored his first NHL goal against Kevin Weekes and the New York Rangers on October 6, viagra gay 2005 at Madison Square Garden.

Viagra gay Faceoff.com offers the following scouting report on Higgins:

Viagra gay ASSETS: Has tremendous quickness and two-way aplomb. Viagra gay Can line up anywhere and be used in virtually any game situation. Viagra gay Owns above-average offensive upside.
FLAWS: Isn’t strong enough to win a lot of battles in the corners. Viagra gay Needs to display more offensive consistency at the big-league level.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Top six winger.

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