2009/2010 Season


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Cialis canadian Edmonton has pretty much locked up the worst record in the NHL as they have 55 points with nine games remaining. Cialis canadian With a seven point lead on Toronto, cialis canadian it looks like the Maple Leafs will edge out the Rangers as well. Cialis canadian However, cialis canadian the remaining teams that trail the Rangers are all within three points – a lead that the Rangers can easily squander.

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Cialis canadian Even someone as inept as Glen Sather couldn’t screw up the draft this year if he owned the first (or even second) overall pick in the Draft. Cialis canadian While there is no Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby on the horizon, cialis canadian it would be worth the losing for the Rangers to get the chance to draft either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. Cialis canadian Both players are ranked one-two by Central Scouting (Hall #1) and the International Scouting Service (Seguin #1).

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Cialis canadian I haven’t had a chance to take a long look at the 2010 Draft, cialis canadian but those are the five forwards that are on my radar at this time. Cialis canadian There are also three blueliners who will get a lot of attention come June 25 in Los Angeles (Cam Fowler, cialis canadian Brandon Gormley and Erik Gudbranson), cialis canadian but I am not so certain I want to see the Rangers draft another d-man in the first round.

Cialis canadian So let Cablevision “entice” us all it wants with 3-D broadcasts as they look for yet another way to take Ranger fans to the cleaners. Cialis canadian The bottom line, cialis canadian whether the Rangers are broadcast in 2-D, cialis canadian 3-D or No-D (Which I guess would be called Redden/Rozsival Vision), cialis canadian the product they are broadcasting is still not worth the promotion Cablevision and MSG are putting out. Cialis canadian

Cialis canadian Perhaps if Cablevision spent as much time studying the job the Rangers President/GM is doing as they have in producing a 3-D broadcast, cialis canadian maybe the Blueshirts wouldn’t be in the same position they have been in the last four years – having to fight tooth and nail just to make the playoffs.

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Trying viagra The New York Rangers finished business on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day by making a second minor deal. Trying viagra The Blueshirts traded goaltender Miika Wiikman and a 2011 seventh round draft pick to Don Maloney and the deadline day busy Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson. Trying viagra Truth be told, trying viagra the draft pick might be the biggest piece of this deal.

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Buy viagra cheap 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. Buy viagra cheap The big question is should the Rangers be buyers or sellers?

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Cialis usa Now that Donnie Walsh has one-upped Glen Sather in the “How Many Bad Contracts Can You Dump” Game, cialis usa what can Slats do to one-up his Knicks counterpart? Unfortunately, cialis usa the Rangers President/GM might not be able to do much until the summer at the earliest.

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Cialis usa Even if Sather were to find a willing trade partner, cialis usa it is going to cost him dearly to move those contracts without adding any major salaries in return. Cialis usa Much like Walsh had to give away first round draft picks and 2009 first round pick Jordan Hill, cialis usa Sather will have to sacrifice prospects as well as his younger/cheaper NHL players. Cialis usa Richardson brought up the name of Brandon Dubinsky as an example.

Cialis usa The other alternative is to try and trade Redden and/or Rozsival for another team’s salary problem in the hope that a change of scenery would be beneficial to both teams. Cialis usa

Cialis usa A good example is the Rangers reported interest in Edmonton defenseman Sheldon Souray prior to him breaking his hand in a fight with Jarome Iginla. Cialis usa Souray and Rozsival have similar salary cap hits that expire after the 2011/12 season. Cialis usa If the Rangers want to swap blueliners, cialis usa the Oilers are going to want prospects and/or draft picks included since they are not getting any salary cap relief. Cialis usa

Cialis usa In the end, cialis usa the Rangers are not solving their problem. Cialis usa Rather they are just trading for a different problem. Cialis usa If Souray’s deal were for less years, cialis usa then it would end up being a plus trade for the Blueshirts in the long-term.

Cialis usa Another way it could turn out to be a plus deal for the Rangers is if the Oilers agreed to take Redden in the deal. Cialis usa In that case, cialis usa the Rangers would save about a $1 million per year as far as the salary cap hit goes and they would be getting two years of relief because Redden’s deal expires at the end of the 2013/2014 season.

Cialis usa The question then becomes is it worth giving up a first round draft pick or two, cialis usa a player like Dubinsky, cialis usa a prospect like Derek Stepan or any combination of the three in order to trade Redden for Souray? It is a tough question and one I am glad that I do not have to answer. Cialis usa Then again, cialis usa if I were the Rangers GM I would not have gotten myself into this mess.

Cialis usa If the Rangers are going to have to bribe another team by giving up any combination of the above assets, cialis usa then any deal must bring back an expiring contract because the goal is not salary relief – the goal becomes salary salvation.

Cialis usa In that case, cialis usa the Rangers could target a team like the Phoenix Coyotes who have approximately $16 million in cap space this season and get them to Rozsival or Redden plus “the bribe” in exchange for players like an Adrian Aucoin and Robert Lang (both who have contracts that expire this year) and/or Jim Vandermeer (who has one more year at $2.3 million).

Cialis usa Of course, cialis usa many fans would say that the easiest thing to do is simply demote Redden and Rozsival and completely remove them from the Rangers payroll. Cialis usa That is a nice idea, cialis usa but how many owners would be willing to park about $12 million worth of contracts in the AHL? Besides, cialis usa there are other ramifications to consider. Cialis usa

Cialis usa How will their presence affect the other players in Hartford? You would have to imagine that both players would not be all that happy with the demotion so you risk screwing up any chemistry you might have. Cialis usa With Redden and Rozsival in the AHL, cialis usa that means two prospects get to sit in the stands or play in the ECHL, cialis usa which in turn, cialis usa brings us back to the affect the Redden and Rozsival demotion would have on the team. Cialis usa

Cialis usa To be honest with you, cialis usa I am not an NHL salary cap specialist so I do not know what implications there would be in reference to NHL rules. Cialis usa I am not certain what happens during the offseason with their contracts. Cialis usa Do their salaries ever revert back to the Rangers? In Major League Baseball, cialis usa players on the 60-Day Disabled List do not count against the 40-Man Roster, cialis usa but during the offseason those players must be removed from the DL and placed back on the 40-Man Roster. Cialis usa Is there a similar provision in the NHL CBA? If there isn’t, cialis usa I bet the NHL Player’s Association would be quick to file a grievance. Cialis usa This is why teams employ capologists like Cameron Hope (the Rangers Assistant General Manager/Hockey Administration).

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