Examining the potential for a “splash” trade

October 31, 2013, by
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Over the past couple of weeks, there have been rumblings that the Rangers have been one of the more active teams seeking to make a move. More rumors circulated (from less reliable sources than Elliotte Friedman, linked in the previous sentence) that the Rangers were looking to make a big splash to address scoring woes. Now, there is a difference between seeking to make a move and making a splash, and Friedman is one of the more reliable guys out there.

With all the injuries –specifically to Rick Nash– that the Rangers have endured, a move does seem like it is coming. Scoring has been an issue, but that’s expected when the best player (Nash), captain, and best puck possession forward (Carl Hagelin) are all injured.  Shooting luck hasn’t exactly been on their side either. The problem has been somewhat mitigated by the re-emergence of Chris Kreider and the steady play of J.T. Miller.

That said, this is still a team that has allowed two goals in each of the past four games, and won just two of them. We’ve identified one need for this team already. But how realistic is it to make a splash?

Simply put, there is one and only one way for the Rangers to make a huge splash in the trade market. This is a team right up on the cap ceiling with less than $1 million in cap space at the moment. At the deadline, they will have $3.1 million in cap space to add players. That’s not much wiggle room to work with. Even if someone like Taylor Pyatt ($1.55 million) is part of the deal, that leaves the Rangers with $4.65 million in cap space.

That’s enough to make a move, but not a splash.

Now comes the fun part. If the Rangers are to make a big splash right away, they would need to clear salary in a hurry. The fastest way to do that is to place one (or both) of Cally and Nash on LTIR, freeing up some cap space.

Two problems arise with that: 1) They will need to clear the cap space once the guys come back, and 2) If Nash is placed on LTIR, then that means the club is not expecting him back any time soon. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword.

Looking at a more realistic scenario, making a trade to address needs without making a splash, there are always options available that can fill holes. The same problems mentioned above come up, but are significantly less of a concern.

A big splash is very unlikely considering the current financial state of the Rangers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that GM Glen Sather isn’t looking to make a deal. There are always ways to improve a club. This is a team that is expected to be in the Stanley Cup picture this year, and management will ensure that no stone go left unturned in their quest to bring the silver to New York.


  1. Walt says:

    How many players are out there that can help?

    At what cost?

    Whom do we give up?

    Why would these teams be willing to trade these players, character issues?

    Look within the system, send down guys like Pyatt, I know I’m on his case, but isn’t there someone in the system that can do what he does, at a reduced rate, and score? What young player will be sent to plug the hole? I would rather see Slats not do anything until Callie gets back, and the team is healthy, then he is negotiating from a position of strength. Don’t panic, there is no reason for it, at this time!!!!

    • Rob says:

      Agreed and well said Walt. Bring up Hrivik already. IMHO he was the best kid in training camp (yes better then even Fast). He also brings an element that is missing in this lineup, especially with Cally out. He’s a big strong young forward with good hands. Will go to the corners and throw his body around. Also, he scored the other night, bring him up guys.

    • Ray says:

      You can’t save much cap space by sending down a player on a one way contract. You can’t deduct $1.55M for Pyatt, only the maximum $925K — and the replacement costs $700K or so, so you don’t save more than a couple of hundred thousand.

  2. Craig says:

    Trade Pyatt and MDZ for a high draft choice or a potential scorer or legitimate tough guy (Chris Neal type) and call up KRISTO!
    By the way throw in tough guy Dorsett who can’t fight or score

  3. Bloomer says:

    Callahan should be sign by now. He is the teams’ captain and bleeds blue. If the Rangers’ management believes in him then seal the deal. If not, move him.

    Unless Henk wants to get realistic with his demands, I think the club should trade him. There are many good goalies out there that will become free agents and you wouldn’t have to pay them a Kings ransom.

    Danny G is a solid dman. We haven’t heard a word on how his contract negotiations are going. Like Lundquist and Cally, he also becomes a free agent at the end of the season. He is a leader and could help any team. With some good young prospects on the farm, Girardi may be expendable.

    • Easyguy says:

      One of if not best goalie in hockey rangers scored steve goals with hank in net that’s the problem. If you went to sather and said trade hank he would laugh you out of the room. Hanks going to get whatever he wants and rightfully so trade hank hahahaha okay buddy and let talbot take over why because he beat islanders and wings two struggling teams and lost to flyers another team that couldn’t score and flyers hit like four posts. These trade henrik fans are retarded

  4. Steff says:

    Another nice piece guys.

    But how smart is it right now, to make a splash trade? It looks like the teams starts to settle down and then it is the moment to overhaul the roster again?
    I don’t mind 1 player for another, or a couple of picks, but the team seem to have gone a few transitions lately, namely a couple of roster turnovers, injuries, new coach and a new system, perhaps it might be wise not to mess too much with it, so they can settle down and start to play!

  5. Todd says:

    With the depth that the rangers have in the minors, maybe it is time to move a big name i.e. Girardi or DelZotto. With one of those guys as the anchor of a trade, and adding a dreaft choice and or a Pyatt, you might be able to make a splash trade.
    the biggest error Slats could make is to hold on to players for to long especially if they are in their last contract year.
    Bring up the kids! 🙂

  6. wwpd says:

    unless it’s nicholls rice and debrusk for messier and beuk, i’m not interested in a splashy trade at this time. there has been enough sweeping overhaul lately, every year a different superstar deal. if nash is really out LT or done for good then fine, start thinking about smart ways to use that cap space but otherwise, please leave it alone for now Glen.

  7. Bloomer says:

    Anyone that would sign a 33 year old goalie to a 8 million 8 year contract has their head up their ass.

  8. neal says:

    Is there a possible trade to be made with the Islanders. something around Dz, plus either Kristo / fast/ linberg and a 2nd rounder for Ryan Strome?

    • bernmeister says:

      Rare or not, being open minded to consider all options, including deal with Isles, is smart.

      However, the above is massive overpayment.
      I like all three of our guys Kristo / fast/ linberg over Strome, including taking into account their ELC contracts status.

  9. Lou says:

    Need a trade cause have missing parts. How many point shots have you seen get blocked; and how many are shot on the fly? These guys cant shoot!

    Needs = scorer and mean Dman with point shot.

    Wish list = Byfluien (for MDZ and Fast) and, tough winger Glenncross (for Pyatt and Powe) or Andrew Ladd (for Pyatt, Powe, and Hrvik).

    Gotta get a point shot…gotta get a mean Dman…gotta get a power forward.