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Rangers Interested in Kovalchuk

Stick-tap to Bettman’s Nightmare for the links here. First off, of course the Rangers are interested in Ilya Kovalchuk, who isn’t? In a wild trade scenario, NHL Snipers has a “creditable source” that has the Thrashers and the Rangers discussing a mega deal that would land Kovalchuk in NY. Going the other way would be a killing: Brandon Dubinsky, Michal Rozsival, Ryan McDonagh/Bobby Sanguinetti (one), Christopher Higgins, 2010 and 2011 first round picks, and 2011 second round picks.

To be blunt, I don’t buy this rumor at all. The Rangers would be completely overhauling their team, and giving up Brandon Dubinsky, for three months of Kovalchuk. They would have to have a deal in place with Kovalchuk before this happens, or else that’s a huge waste. Another problem is that they would need to find a defenseman to replace Rozsival (Ilkka Heikkinen), and possibly Wade Redden (the link states that Redden would be sent down to Hartford). Finding that second defenseman is going to be tough.

I don’t think the Rangers are going to make a big splash at the deadline. If recent years have taught us anything, it’s that championship clubs are those that have a core already, and use the deadline to fill minor holes. Personally, I don’t think Kovalchuk gets traded at the deadline, especially with the Thrashers in playoff contention. I think he gets dealt at the draft.

Again, thanks to Bettman’s Nightmare for the tip.

12 Responses to “Rangers Interested in Kovalchuk”

  1. Jordan says:

    If there was a more sure thing as far as Kovalchuk re-upping I’d be for it. But for 3 months, it’s a hefty price.

  2. Jeremy says:

    I know nothing about “NHL Snipers”, so I don’t know anything about their track record or credibility. The trade, from a personnel standpoint, is a win for the Thrashers and the Rangers. Atlanta gets a ton of quality players. Rangers get one of the best. Kovalchuk and Gaborik is almost unfair. And we do see some big moves for contenders. The Marian Hossa trade a few years back brought Pittsburgh within one game of winning a Cup. Still, based on the source, and the amount of players going to Hotlanta, can’t see it happening.

    • Dave says:

      Don’t forget about Prospal down the middle too. They would have to find a replacement for Redden for following seasons though. Kovalchuk’s re-up price would force the Rangers to do it.

  3. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    I shudder to think Sather would ship the future away like that, but we know he likes to make moves if the Rangers look like they might make the playoffs. The shame would be that Dubi is more of a playoff kind of guy than Kovalchuk to begin with, to say nothing of the fact that I have no idea what good it would do to pair up Kovy and Gaborik on a line. Usually, two snipers don’t pair very well, because they’re contending for shots.

    • Dave says:

      I don’t buy the rumor, but the appropriate personnel are there, and it works from a cap perspective.

      I think the Rangers are holding on to Dubi for a while. However, I don’t expect Sanguinetti to be a Ranger for long.

      • Bettman's Nightmare says:

        Yeah, I’ve heard Bobby Sangs is on the block. That’s okay, considering all signs point to Del Zotto and Staal being mainstays.

  4. Dave says:

    With the emergence of MDZ and the acquisition of McD, it looks like Sanguinetti is going to be the odd man out.

    I think Girardi will be exendable in a little bit too, depending on how Sather wants to handle the albatross twins contracts.

    • Bettman's Nightmare says:

      Your contact page is a bit wonky; I was going to send along the Excel doc with all the qualifying NHL players for PPMp15. Some pretty interesting totals for Rangers in it. How should I send it?

  5. rob sahm says:

    i do think the rangers will make a deal at the deadline but i don,t think it will be kolvachuck look for a scoring center or maybe dustin penners name is always a rumor ..

  6. Gary says:

    I think that the Rangers can ship out Rozzie at the deadline, send Wade Redden down to the Wolfpack (over the summer) and land Kolvachuck to a monster contract July 1