Cheap generic viagra As the Rangers approach the February 27, cheap generic viagra 2012 NHL Trade Deadline (3pm EST) they must consider a couple of factors when determining their course of action.

Cheap generic viagra Obviously, cheap generic viagra the conversation begins with the current salary cap situation, cheap generic viagra as well as future salary caps once the new CBA is completed. Cheap generic viagra The NHL will be heading into unchartered territory that might not provide for amnesty buyouts like the previous lockout (See: Bobby Holik) and the new CBA might not be so forgiving in terms of burying salaries (and thus creating cap space) in the AHL (See: Wade Redden).

Cheap generic viagra While the conversation begins with salary cap concerns, cheap generic viagra it does not end there. Cheap generic viagra The Rangers are in a Catch-22 situation of deciding whether to go all-in and make a blockbuster move to acquire Rick Nash or do they stay the course and look to make a couple of smaller moves to supplement the Eastern Conference’s top team.

Cheap generic viagra The biggest factor in this discussion revolves around which prospects, cheap generic viagra if any, cheap generic viagra the team would be willing to trade. Cheap generic viagra After much trial and error, cheap generic viagra president/GM Glen Sather has resisted the urge to mortgage the future for short term gains.

Cheap generic viagra Granted, cheap generic viagra acquiring Nash would be more than just a short term gain given that the Blue Jackets captain will not turn 28 until right around the time the Stanley Cup is awarded. Cheap generic viagra However, cheap generic viagra the $7.8 million cap hit that Nash carries through the end of the 2014/2015 season does factor into the Blueshirts future.

Cheap generic viagra Ryan McDonagh is a RFA at the end of the 2012/2013 season and Ryan Callahan, cheap generic viagra Marian Gaborik, cheap generic viagra Daniel Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist are UFA the following season with Marc Staal’s contract up following the 2014/2015 season.

Cheap generic viagra Even if the Rangers are willing to cross the salary cap Rubicon at a later date, cheap generic viagra the question becomes what do the Rangers give up for a player the caliber of Nash.

Cheap generic viagra In almost all of the stories being written, cheap generic viagra Brandon Dubinsky’s name is often mentioned. Cheap generic viagra While Dubi is a nice two-way player, cheap generic viagra Nash would be a major upgrade. Cheap generic viagra Is Nash enough of an upgrade for the Blueshirts to include their 2012 first round draft pick? Given the depth of the Rangers organization and that the pick could be at the bottom of the first round, cheap generic viagra trading away a first rounder short not be a problem.

Cheap generic viagra The biggest problem becomes do you include Chris Kreider in the deal. Cheap generic viagra That is where Sather needs to draw the line. Cheap generic viagra Kreider has the potential eventually to give you close to what Nash does and at a fraction of the cost.

Cheap generic viagra If Columbus GM Scott Howson is going to blow up his franchise then he needs to swing for the fences and I do not believe the Rangers should play that game. Cheap generic viagra If you could make the deal for Dubinsky, cheap generic viagra a first round draft pick and let’s say a J.T. Cheap generic viagra Miller, cheap generic viagra then I would have to think long and hard about it.

Cheap generic viagra For Howson, cheap generic viagra the problem with trading Nash at this point in the season is that a trade partner has to have salary cap space available or can easily create cap space. Cheap generic viagra These types are trades are easier to make in the off-season when teams have expiring contracts, cheap generic viagra a mindset of shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic, cheap generic viagra and the cushion that allows teams to exceed the cap by 10%.

Cheap generic viagra In addition, cheap generic viagra I value Dylan McIlrath almost as much as Kreider. Cheap generic viagra While the Blueshirts defense corps is deep and talented, cheap generic viagra it lacks the physical presence and size that McIlrath brings.

Cheap generic viagra Even if we push aside the salary cap quandary and the players/prospects decision, cheap generic viagra there is still one final factor to consider. Cheap generic viagra Do the Rangers want to make a major move that would disturb team chemistry? Of all the trade factors to consider, cheap generic viagra this one might be the biggest and most difficult to judge.

Cheap generic viagra Coach John Tortorella has built the Rangers along the idea of a true team concept with no one player more important than the other – except in the case of Henrik Lundqvist for obvious reasons.

Cheap generic viagra On February 11, cheap generic viagra Daily News write Pat Leonard wrote, cheap generic viagra “GM Glen Sather is not expected to break the bank since the Rangers appear built for long-term success with a solid core, cheap generic viagra great goaltending and youth. Cheap generic viagra This also is a tight locker room, cheap generic viagra so a trade that risks the team’s chemistry probably isn’t worth it to management.”

Cheap generic viagra Leonard’s point is a valid one and it is one made by many Ranger fans. Cheap generic viagra However, cheap generic viagra would a trade, cheap generic viagra or even two, cheap generic viagra really disrupt chemistry all that much?

Cheap generic viagra In 1994, cheap generic viagra GM Neil Smith made the following five trades on deadline day.

Cheap generic viagra • Phil Bourque traded from NY Rangers to Ottawa for future considerations.
• Peter Andersson traded from NY Rangers to Florida for future considerations.
• Tony Amonte and the rights to Matt Oates traded from NY Rangers to Chicago for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.
• Mike Gartner traded from NY Rangers to Toronto for Glenn Anderson, cheap generic viagra the rights to Scott Malone and Toronto’s fourth-round pick in 1994 Entry Draft.
• Craig MacTavish traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers for Todd Marchant.

Cheap generic viagra While the first deals were more housekeeping than anything else, cheap generic viagra the remaining three trades involved significant players coming and going and represented a big gamble and restructuring of a team that was a major Stanley Cup contender – without seeming to do any harm to that team’s chemistry.

Cheap generic viagra Would the Rangers have won the Cup without making those trades? We will never know, cheap generic viagra but the one thing we are certain of is that Smith’s gamble paid off in 1994.

Cheap generic viagra Of course, cheap generic viagra the current team is very different from the 1993/1994 team. Cheap generic viagra The Cup team was led by Mark Messier and contained enough veteran leadership to overcome any chemistry issues. Cheap generic viagra This team is a lot younger and more inexperienced when it comes to the Stanley Cup playoff wars.

Cheap generic viagra The Rangers have already gone down the rent-a-Cup path in 1994 with Smith gambling and dealing away younger talent for veteran/battle-tested players. Cheap generic viagra The Rangers won the battle (i.e. Cheap generic viagra the Stanley Cup), cheap generic viagra but it can also be said that they lost the war because of the infusion of young talent that was dealt. Cheap generic viagra

Cheap generic viagra The one thing to recognize is that Smith brought in role players to supplement his star players where Sather would be bringing in a star player, cheap generic viagra to more or less, cheap generic viagra supplement his role players.

Cheap generic viagra Some have suggested passing on Nash completely with the hopes of signing UFA Zach Parise during the summer. Cheap generic viagra I have heard this idea many times – skip on getting Player A via a trade or free agency because Player B will be a free agent next year. Cheap generic viagra Inevitably, cheap generic viagra Player B doesn’t become a free agent. Cheap generic viagra While this strategy would alleviate some of the concerns of the new CBA, cheap generic viagra it is a risky strategy because what happens if Parise is not on the market.

Cheap generic viagra Of course being a cynical Ranger fan (yes, cheap generic viagra I know that is redundant), cheap generic viagra what happens if you do sign Parise? The Rangers have not had the greatest track when it comes to signing former New Jersey Devils (See: Bruce Driver, cheap generic viagra Bobby Holik and Scott Gomez).

Cheap generic viagra In the end, cheap generic viagra I believe the only way the Rangers should bring Rick Nash aboard is if Scott Howson makes Glen Sather an offer he can’t refuse – and any offer that includes Chris Kreider and Dylan McIlrath can be refused.

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