Cialis samples The current and, cialis samples more importantly, cialis samples future salary cap implications should dictate how the Rangers proceed as they approach the February 27, cialis samples 2012 NHL trade deadline.

Cialis samples According to CapGeek.com , cialis samples as of February 21, cialis samples 2012, cialis samples the Rangers have about $6.0 million in cap space. Cialis samples However, cialis samples Cap Geek points out that if the Rangers were to wait until February 27, cialis samples then their cap space rises to about $6.9 million.

Cialis samples Here is how Cap Geek explains their calculations:
… if a team is listed with $10 million today and $25 million at the deadline, cialis samples it could acquire Alexander Ovechkin’s $9.538-million cap hit today and not much more. Cialis samples But if it waited until the trade deadline, cialis samples it could acquire Ovechkin, cialis samples as well as Alexandre Semin ($6.7 million cap hit), cialis samples Nicklas Backstrom ($6.7 million) and Mike Knuble ($2 million), cialis samples because the sum of those annualized cap hits ($24.938 million) is less than $25 million.

Cialis samples Unless Columbus GM Scott Howson presents Rick Nash to the Blueshirts on a silver platter, cialis samples the Rangers best course of action is to look to add players who have expiring contracts. Cialis samples Not only do they bypass any future salary cap implications, cialis samples the cost for rental players could be less than the cost for someone like Nash.

Cialis samples The 2011/2012 Rangers are a different animal than the 1993/94 Blueshirts. Cialis samples The 1994 Rangers were, cialis samples hands down, cialis samples the best team in the NHL at the deadline while the 2012 team is not – no matter what the standings might say.

Cialis samples Even if you wanted to argue that point, cialis samples there is one thing that can’t be argued. Cialis samples In 1994, cialis samples Smith did not have to contend with a salary cap – something that Sather must be concerned with in 2012 and beyond.

Cialis samples The problem with trying to sort out the buyers and sellers is that 11 points separate the 15th place team (Carolina) and the 8th place team (Toronto) in the Eastern Conference.

Cialis samples In the Western Conference, cialis samples only Edmonton (15 points out of a playoff spot) and Columbus (25 points) can be considered out of the playoff hunt with Anaheim eight points out.

Cialis samples With so many teams still envisioning themselves as playoff contenders, cialis samples it is a sellers’ market – thus potentially driving up the price on the type of complementary players the Rangers would be looking to acquire.

Cialis samples Setting aside Nash, cialis samples the two players who seem to draw the most interest from Ranger fans are Shane Doan and Ryan Smyth. Cialis samples Both are solid players who would fit well in the Rangers – both on the ice and off. Cialis samples Both players will be UFA at the end of the season so there is no salary cap concerns beyond this year and both players would fit under this year’s cap: Smyth’s full-season salary is $6.25 million and Doan’s is 4.5 million.

Cialis samples The problem with both players is they each have no-trade clauses and want to remain with their teams. Cialis samples Doan, cialis samples the Coyotes’ captain, cialis samples has spent his entire career with the Phoenix/Winnipeg organization. Cialis samples Smyth, cialis samples who has played with four different teams since the start of the 2006/2007 season, cialis samples has indicated a willingness to remain in his native Alberta. Cialis samples

Cialis samples The one ace up the Rangers sleeve is that Glen Sather was the Edmonton GM when the Oilers made the 6th overall draft pick in the 1994 NHL Draft. Cialis samples The Sather connection and a desire to win a Stanley Cup might be enough for Smyth to head to New York for the 2nd time in his career. Cialis samples Interestingly enough, cialis samples the Islanders acquired Smyth from Edmonton on February 27, cialis samples 2007 (in exchange for Robert Nilsson, cialis samples Ryan O’Meara and 1st round draft pick) – so history could repeat itself.

Cialis samples If Doan or Smythe prove to be outside of the Rangers reach, cialis samples here is a brief list of names to keep your eye as the deadline nears, cialis samples with their full-season cap hit listed.

Cialis samples BRAD BOYES ($4.0 million) – After posting 43 goals in 2007/2008 and 33 goals in 2008/2009, cialis samples the RW/C has been a major disappointment scoring just 32 goals in the last 2 ½ years. Cialis samples Boyes will be an UFA at the end of the year and should be available for a relatively cheap price. Cialis samples Ranger scouts would have to really look hard to see if the 29-year-old has anything left in the tank.

Cialis samples JAROME IGINLA ($7.0 million) – The Flames captain is in the same boat as Doan and Smyth in terms of wanting to stay with his team. Cialis samples The major differences is that Iginla doesn’t become an UFA until after 2012/2013 so the Rangers would have to build his salary into their cap for next year and Calgary is the thick of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. Cialis samples The 34-year-old is on pace for his 11th consecutive 30-goal season.

Cialis samples VINNY PROSPAL ($2.6 million) – The former Ranger just signed a contract extension so it is tough to read what Columbus is thinking. Cialis samples With them shopping both Nash and Jeff Carter, cialis samples are the Blue Jackets looking to Prospal as a bridge to a new group of prospects or do they believe they can get more for him if he is signed for one more year. Cialis samples The advantage is that Prospal knows Tortorella and the team and would easily slide on to the first line with Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik – allowing the Rangers to move Artem Anisimov to the second or third lines.

Cialis samples TUOMO RUUTU ($3.8 million) – Ruutu is on the wish list of some Ranger fans because he has, cialis samples as Torts would say, cialis samples “jam” to his game. Cialis samples Ruutu might not solve their goal scoring problems, cialis samples but he would bring a “Sean Avery intensity” to the Blueshirts with a little more scoring. Cialis samples However, cialis samples he does have one more year left on his contract and has had issues with injuries during the last couple of years. Cialis samples In fact, cialis samples he is expected to be out at least three weeks with the dreaded “upper body injury”.

Cialis samples TEEMU SELANNE ($4.0 million) – I know some of you are rolling your eyes at the thought of the 41-year-old Selanne in a Rangers uniform. Cialis samples Just remember this, cialis samples he would be third on the team in goals (19) and first in assists (33) and points (52) were he a Ranger now. Cialis samples Anaheim GM Bob Murray listed Selanne and Saku Koivu as untouchable as far as trades go. Cialis samples Then again he had to because both have no-trade clauses. Cialis samples Granted, cialis samples Selanne is not the same “Finnish Rocket” he was in his prime and might struggle to score in the Rangers system, cialis samples he still would add much needed offense – especially on the power play. Cialis samples Selanne is one PPG away from hitting double figures in six of his last seven seasons. Cialis samples The one year he didn’t score 10+ PPG was in 2007-2008 and he did score 7 in 26 games after he re-signed with Anaheim in January 2008.

Cialis samples If the Rangers are willing to look at a player who has a couple of years left on his contract, cialis samples they might want to head down to Tortorella’s old stomping grounds in Tampa Bay and kick the tires on Martin St. Cialis samples Louis.

Cialis samples The 36-year-old winger has three more years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.6 million. Cialis samples Since he signed his current deal as 35+ player, cialis samples the Rangers could not get salary relief by sending him to the AHL. Cialis samples Given his production during the last few years, cialis samples that might not be a problem.

Cialis samples St. Cialis samples Louis is on pace for 76 points and will represent the sixth consecutive season he has scored 76+points. Cialis samples He is also on pace for 26 goals and that would make it 11 consecutive seasons of 25+ goals.

Cialis samples Prior to this season and since becoming a regular with Tampa Bay during the 2000/2001 season, cialis samples St. Cialis samples Louis has played 80+ games every season except two. Cialis samples In 2001/2002 he missed 26 games with a broken leg and he had his consecutive game streak broken this year at 499 when he suffered a facial injury near his left eye during Tampa Bay’s game day skate prior to their December 8, cialis samples 2011 game against the Rangers.

Cialis samples Not only would the Rangers benefit from St. Cialis samples Louis’s speed and playmaking ability, cialis samples he would give the Rangers another option killing penalties. Cialis samples Since he is well versed in all things Tortorella, cialis samples he should be able to make a smooth transition to the Rangers – helped by fellow Lightning Stanley Cup teammates Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Cialis samples His biggest contribution would be a much-needed veteran influence/playoff proven player. Cialis samples In 63 career playoff games, cialis samples St. Cialis samples Louis has 68 points (33 goals and 35assists) – including 20 points (in 18 games) last year and 24 points (in 23 games) while winning the Cup in 2004.

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