Viagra femele The New York Rangers stand at the brink of a playoff spot with 19 games left and the NHL trade deadline fast approaching at 3pm today. Viagra femele The big question is should the Rangers be buyers or sellers?

Viagra femele For most fans the answer is simple – Sell! Sell! Sell! However, viagra femele that requires that Ranger fans put their trust in President/GM Glen Sather to do the right thing. Viagra femele Anyone willing to take that leap of faith?

Viagra femele As we have seen in deals leading up to and following the NHL Olympic roster freeze, viagra femele the going rate for rental players (e.g. Viagra femele Olli Jokinen and Vinny Prospal) is a second round draft pick. Viagra femele Anyone have confidence in Sather cashing in those extra draft picks? For those who are on the fence, viagra femele let’s take a look how Slats has done recently.

Viagra femele In 2004, viagra femele the Rangers had four second round draft picks as a result of Sather deciding to sell at the trade deadline. Viagra femele Here are the players the Rangers drafted:

Viagra femele Darin Olver (36th overall) – played six games with Hartford in 2006/2007 after finishing up his college eligibility at Northern Michigan. Viagra femele He is currently playing in Europe.

Viagra femele Dane Byers (48th overall) – prospect with the Hartford Wolf Pack and has played six NHL games including five this season when he scored his first NHL goal.

Viagra femele Bruce Graham (51st overall) – spent three season splitting time between Hartford and Charlotte (ECHL) and is currently playing in the CHL.

Viagra femele Brandon Dubinsky (60th overall) – the only bona fide hit among the four 2004 second round draft picks.

Viagra femele The Rangers also earned two first round draft picks in the first round that year and both of them ended up out of the organization after being traded to Phoenix: Al Montoya (6th overall) and Lauri Korpikoski (19th overall)

Viagra femele With Sather’s selling results being spotty, viagra femele does that mean the Rangers should be buyers?

Viagra femele Unfortunately, viagra femele the Rangers are not in good position to be buyers at the deadline based on the going rate of rental players. Viagra femele If a second rate draft pick is the rate of a rental player, viagra femele the Rangers are at big disadvantage because they can’t afford to lose their 2010 second round pick because Sather dealt away his third round pick for Brian Boyle in July 2009.

Viagra femele I know some people are wondering what the big deal is about trading draft picks if Sather is so bad at it. Viagra femele The problem is the Rangers, viagra femele like all teams sitting on the playoff bubble, viagra femele are not locks to make the playoffs. Viagra femele Even if they did make the playoffs, viagra femele it will be by the skin of their teeth and will face a quick exit in the playoffs. Viagra femele I not so sure that it is worth the gamble of giving away draft picks for rent-a-players.

Viagra femele No, viagra femele what Sather’s course of action has to be to do what he can to peel off as much dead weight from his salary cap as he can. Viagra femele That is the only way I would be willing to include draft picks and/or prospects in any trade at the deadline.

Viagra femele He started this process in the Jokinen deal as he managed to move Ales Kotalik without adding any additional salary beyond this year. Viagra femele Moving Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival will not be so easy. Viagra femele The Rangers will be required to take on a sizeable contract in return unless they find a team with a load of salary space. Viagra femele Even in that case, viagra femele it will cost the Rangers more than a second round draft pick. Viagra femele You can be sure that any such team will require a first round draft pick and one of the Blueshirts top prospects – and possibly a young player off the current roster.

Viagra femele As I wrote last time, viagra femele moving a Redden et al for Sheldon Souray of Edmonton would be a plus because the Rangers would save a $1 million or so per season and Souray’s deal expires in 2012 while Redden’s contract extends out until 2014. Viagra femele

Viagra femele Of course, viagra femele such a deal would require the Rangers to pony up draft picks and/or prospects and possibly a Dubinsky. Viagra femele If Sather can creative, viagra femele he could try to get the Oilers to send Andrew Cogliano back in the deal.

Viagra femele If Sather is looking to shuffle the deck a bit, viagra femele he could swap Rozy for Souray in a deal that is more or less an even salary swap with both deals in the same salary range and length.

Viagra femele Larry Brooks of the NY Post says the Rangers have interest in acquiring Raffi Torres from Columbus as a rental player. Viagra femele He isn’t a bad player, viagra femele but I am not sure if he is worth trading a second round draft pick. Viagra femele However, viagra femele with Marian Gaborik’s health a question, viagra femele the Rangers might be more willing to gamble. Viagra femele

Viagra femele Brooks also writes that the Rangers are looking for help on defense and have asked about two rental blueliners: Dan Hamhuis of Nashville and Milan Jurcina of Columbus. Viagra femele In Jurcina’s case, viagra femele Brooks writes that the Blue Jackets would be interested in Matt Gilroy. Viagra femele If the Rangers could work out a deal for Torres and Jurcina for Gilroy and a prospect or two (not major prospects), viagra femele then it might be worth the gamble. Viagra femele I like Gilroy as a player, viagra femele but he will make $2.1 million next season and that might be too big a cap hit to take.

Viagra femele Bob McKenzie of TSN had an update on Raffi Torres at 10am on Twitter. Viagra femele McKenzie wrote that Columbus is looking for a first round draft pick – which better leave the Rangers on the outside looking in.

Viagra femele Interestingly enough, viagra femele two players who might have been on the Rangers radar were dealt last night. Viagra femele Chicago acquired defenseman Nick Boynton from Atlanta for future considerations. Viagra femele Interestingly enough, viagra femele the Blackhawks assigned him to the AHL team so he will have to clear re-entry waivers at half his salary to be recalled.

Viagra femele The second deal was finished off late in the night as Pittsburgh acquired Alexei Ponikravosky from Toronto in exchange for d-man Martin Skoula and forward Luca Caputi.

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