March 2014


Levitra vs cialis I don’t mind the New York Rangers acquiring Martin St. Levitra vs cialis Louis.

Levitra vs cialis I don’t mind the Rangers trading Ryan Callahan.

Levitra vs cialis I sort of don’t mind giving up the draft picks – although I am usually against trading away first round draft picks.

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Levitra vs cialis Glen Sather had Steve Yzerman by the short and curlies because St. Levitra vs cialis Louis would only waive his no-trade clause to come to the Rangers. Levitra vs cialis Yes, levitra vs cialis Yzerman could have held to him but the Lightning would run the risk of holding on to a disgruntled player who wanted out of Tampa Bay. Levitra vs cialis

Levitra vs cialis The Lightning could have waited until the summer or even into next season before trading their captain, levitra vs cialis but at what point would St. Levitra vs cialis Louis have become a diminishing return?

Levitra vs cialis If one accepts the old adage that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results” then we have proof that Glen Sather is insane. Levitra vs cialis No, levitra vs cialis not because he traded a 28-year-old Ryan Callahan for 38-year-old Martin St. Levitra vs cialis Louis in yet another “not-so-old player for old player” trade. Levitra vs cialis Rather, levitra vs cialis the insanity comes when you make that type of trade AND potentially include two first round draft picks for a player who has a no-trade clause and demanded to be traded to your team in the first place. Levitra vs cialis

Levitra vs cialis It seems that, levitra vs cialis to Sather, levitra vs cialis Leverage is merely a TV show that was cancelled by TNT.

Levitra vs cialis Sather justified the deal with the Lightning (and thus the inclusion of the draft picks) over a deal for future help (ESPN reported that San Jose offered such a deal) because the septuagenarian did not see any “guarantee” in the draft class.

Levitra vs cialis Considering the way the Rangers usually draft, levitra vs cialis Sather has a point because there are no “guarantees” with this organization when it comes to draft picks.

Levitra vs cialis With Yzerman in a Catch-22 situation, levitra vs cialis Sather needed to apply the heat to the younger GM. Levitra vs cialis Slats needed to stare down Yzerman and make a deal without including Callahan – possibly substituting a prospect like a Jesper Fast or Danny Kristo. Levitra vs cialis The Rangers GM needed to take advantage of the situation much like he when he turned Anson Carter into an in-his-prime Jaromir Jagr in January 2003.

Levitra vs cialis Speaking of Jagr, levitra vs cialis the last time a team traded the defending Art Ross Trophy winner was in 2001 when Pittsburgh dealt Jagr to Washington.

Levitra vs cialis If Sather managed to keep Callahan out of the deal, levitra vs cialis I did not expect the Rangers to re-sign their former captain. Levitra vs cialis Callahan’s contract demands – even after he backed off his desire for a seven-year deal – were too rich for the Rangers’ blood.

Levitra vs cialis One more than one occasion, levitra vs cialis Rick Carpiniello of the Journal News pointed out the first 3/4 years of the Callahan contract would be to the Rangers’ favor while the remaining ¾ years of the contract would be an albatross given Callahan’s style of play which leaves him vulnerable to injuries.

Levitra vs cialis What Sather should have done is kept Callahan out of the St. Levitra vs cialis Louis deal and look to move him in another deal. Levitra vs cialis While it was a buyer’s market on deadline day – just ask Garth Snow about that – Sather could have accepted San Jose’s offer. Levitra vs cialis Sather then could have used the draft picks and/or prospects in a deal during the summer to continue the “renovation” of the Rangers.

Levitra vs cialis Sather could also have dialed up new Buffalo GM Tim Murray to see of the Sabres wanted to bring the Rochester, levitra vs cialis NY native into the fold. Levitra vs cialis Some have asked why would the Sabres do that when they could sign him as an Unrestricted Free Agent?

Levitra vs cialis First off, levitra vs cialis given all of the grief Buffalo ownership is facing over the “resignation” of Pat LaFontaine, levitra vs cialis Terry Pegula could use any positive public relations help.

Levitra vs cialis Secondly, levitra vs cialis it is not necessarily a fait accompli that Callahan signs with the Sabres. Levitra vs cialis All it takes is one crazy team with cap space to spoil the Sabres plans.

Levitra vs cialis And finally, levitra vs cialis Callahan might be willing to give his home town Sabres a hometown discount after being traded “home”.

Levitra vs cialis The Sabres were rumored to be shopping recently acquired Chris Stewart and were willing to move defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers. Levitra vs cialis One has to wonder if there would/could have been a deal to be made.

Levitra vs cialis I do admit this plan does feature a lot of moving parts – probably too many for deals like this to be done on Deadline Day – which is why Sather needed to act sooner rather than later.

Levitra vs cialis However, levitra vs cialis Sather’s delay in getting an extension done with Henrik Lundqvist then delayed getting an extension done with Dan Girardi which then delayed the Callahan decision.

Levitra vs cialis The seeds of the Callahan trade, levitra vs cialis at least from the Blueshirts’ standpoint, levitra vs cialis were probably sowed back during the summer. Levitra vs cialis Yesterday, levitra vs cialis TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that Cally’s original request during the summer was for an eight-year deal at $7.5 million per season. Levitra vs cialis Combine that request with John Tortorella’s firing and the hiring of Alain Vigneault and you get the idea the Callahan Saga was not going to end well for the pro-Cally fans.

Levitra vs cialis Former Rangers defenseman Chris Kotsopoulos summed up the situation the best in a recent Facebook entry: “However when it came down to placing one’s value on yourself, levitra vs cialis he overreached. Levitra vs cialis Too many years, levitra vs cialis too much money and a No trade stipulation? Those demands were the demands of superstar status. Levitra vs cialis He was never ever in that category. Levitra vs cialis I personally liked Cally and the way he played and approached the game, levitra vs cialis but the game itself has production standards and he simply never achieved those standards needed for the high demands he and his agent were asking. Levitra vs cialis Unfortunately, levitra vs cialis not all, levitra vs cialis but some forget that the NHL is a business.”

Levitra vs cialis As for St. Levitra vs cialis Louis’ standpoint, levitra vs cialis people point to his original Olympic snub as the catalyst for the trade request. Levitra vs cialis While MSL did say the snub played a part in asking for a trade, levitra vs cialis it was not the first time the former Lightning captain made that request. Levitra vs cialis Former Lightning GM/former Ranger Brian Lawton said that St. Levitra vs cialis Louis had requested a trade to the Rangers as far back as 2009.

Levitra vs cialis There are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to figuring out who got the best of any trade. Levitra vs cialis The first way is the easy way – who got the best player in the deal. Levitra vs cialis Without any question, levitra vs cialis the Rangers got the best player.

Levitra vs cialis The second way is to look a couple of years down the road – especially when draft picks and/or prospects are included in a trade. Levitra vs cialis We won’t know who is the winner on this end until after Tampa Bay makes their selections or trades their picks – and even then it will take a couple of years.

Levitra vs cialis There is still one more factor that has to be considered – how does this trade play into future salary caps?

Levitra vs cialis In her March 6, levitra vs cialis 2014 Los Angeles Times article, levitra vs cialis Helene Elliott wrote that Kings GM Dean Lombardi said the salary cap for next year is not going to be as high as first thought – thanks to the weakness of the Canadian dollar. Levitra vs cialis Instead of the much-rumored $71 million cap, levitra vs cialis Lombardi told Elliott that “the cap could be as low as $68 [million].”

Levitra vs cialis The acquisition of St. Levitra vs cialis Louis muddles the Rangers cap situation next year. Levitra vs cialis While the MSL has one year remaining at less than what Callahan would have gotten, levitra vs cialis the 38-year-old’s presence might spell the return of former Lightning teammate Brad Richards – as the veteran center could avoid being bought out for a second consecutive year.

Levitra vs cialis This muddled situation got even more muddled when the NHL announced that they are rescinding part of the New Jersey Devils’ punishment for circumventing the salary cap when they re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.

Levitra vs cialis While the Devils will not get back THEIR first round pick this year, levitra vs cialis the NHL has awarded them the 30th overall pick – no matter where they finish. Levitra vs cialis In addition, levitra vs cialis the league also reduced the original $3 million fine. Levitra vs cialis The only “punishment” the Devils face is a $250, levitra vs cialis000 recapture hit to next year’s salary cap.

Levitra vs cialis New Jersey argued that their circumstances changed when Kovalchuk left during the summer to play in the KHL.

Levitra vs cialis The following tweet from Dreger pretty much sums up what the NHL did: “Teams that didn’t break rules punished retroactively on cap recapture. Levitra vs cialis Team that did, levitra vs cialis is not punished.”

Levitra vs cialis The general reaction is that Gary Bettman and the NHL did the Devils new ownership a solid. Levitra vs cialis You can pretty much bet every other NHL team is going to want a similar solid as well. Levitra vs cialis At least now we know why the Devils did not pitch much of a fit when Kovalchuk ran out on his contract or why President/GM Lou Lamoriello did not give up his pick (29th) overall when the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.

Levitra vs cialis In the final postscript, levitra vs cialis the last time the Rangers traded their captain was June 2003 when they sent UFA-to-be Mark Messier to the Sharks for a conditional draft pick – which became San Jose’s fourth round draft pick in 2004. Levitra vs cialis The player the Rangers selected with that pick was Ryan Callahan.

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Viagra available in india President/GM Glen Sather biggest decision does not center on what direction his team will take in preparation for its run to a playoff spot in 2014. Viagra available in india Rather, viagra available in india Sather has to decide what direction the franchise will take following this season as he contemplates the future of Ryan Callahan.

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Viagra available in india The first thaw in the nuclear winter arose when the Rangers appeared willing to go to a sixth-year on a package that would total $36 million.

Viagra available in india It seems that the Callahan Camp has backed off their “seven-and-seven” stance and is willing to sign a six-year deal in the neighborhood of $37-$39 million according to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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Viagra available in india There should be enough room to get a six-year deal at an average annual value of $6.25 million per season with a no-trade clause for the first couple of years.

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Viagra available in india The reactions from Ranger fans vary from person to person. Viagra available in india They go from one extreme of trade them both to do anything you can to sign their captain – with all sorts of options in between. Viagra available in india One option that is espoused is one that is not really an option – ride out the rest of the season and if he doesn’t sign use the salary savings to bring in replacements. Viagra available in india That option also includes the Rangers buying out the remainder of Brad Richards’ contract.

Viagra available in india There are two problems with that course of action. Viagra available in india The first problem of keeping the status quo and letting the Callahan situation play out is that the Rangers are not strong enough Stanley Cup contenders this year to roll the dice and run the risk of losing a valuable player for nothing. Viagra available in india Go ask the New Jersey Devils how easy is to have to continue to rebound from losing players to free agency.

Viagra available in india The second problem is that people assume the Rangers will be able to bring in replacements for Callahan and Richards at similar contract figures. Viagra available in india Besides, viagra available in india it always seems that the Rangers have to overpay free agents because they are the New York Rangers and they can afford to do so. Viagra available in india After all, viagra available in india it only takes one team to make one crazy contract offer (see Toronto and David Clarkson) to wreak havoc with free agency.

Viagra available in india Joe Micheletti spoke with WFAN’s Mike Francesa and outlined his take on the general feeling among NHL.

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Viagra available in india “You look at the Devils, viagra available in india they lose Zach Parise to free agency and get nothing and then David Clarkson. Viagra available in india Most of the people I am talking to, viagra available in india unless they feel they can win the Stanley Cup this year, viagra available in india throughout the leagues want to get something in return.”

Viagra available in india Of course the question is what would/could the Rangers get in return if they decide to move Callahan. Viagra available in india You would have to figure the Rangers would want more than just draft picks and/or prospects. Viagra available in india Sather would need NHL proven players in addition to picks and/or prospects because he is not about to punt the rest of the season.

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Viagra available in india If the Rangers and Lightning agreed to a deal, viagra available in india the Blueshirts have enough cap space to take on St. Viagra available in india Louis’ contract ($5.625 million), viagra available in india but it does raise the specter of something Ranger fans fear. Viagra available in india If Sather does acquire St. Viagra available in india Louis does that mean Richards survives the buyout purge for another year?

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Viagra available in india Glen Sather has no one to blame but himself for the predicament he is in. Viagra available in india He was correct in getting Henrik Lundqvist’s deal done first because The King is the face and the backbone of the franchise. Viagra available in india

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Viagra available in india Sather needs to make a decision on Callahan sooner rather than later. Viagra available in india The contract talks can’t linger on until Wednesday because Slats will need that time to focus on making deals to strengthen the Rangers potential playoff run.

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Viagra available in india The main difference is that Sather can’t gamble like Smith did twenty years ago because the Rangers are not as close to a Cup now as they were then and to mortgage the future would be insane.

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