Sather will look to improve Rangers at deadline


The weekend victories over Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay not only sent the Rangers into the winter recess with restored equilibrium, they also ensured that general manager Glen Sather will attempt to be a buyer rather than a seller at the March 3 trade deadline.

Other than the debate of whether the organization would be better served by attempting to bring back first-round draft picks for impending unrestricted free agents Vinny Prospal and Olli Jokinen instead of bulking up for a shot at the playoffs — lesser rentals Matt Cullen and Dominic Moore each fetched a second-rounder last week — the question confronting Sather is how he’s going to turn approximately $1.15 million in cap space into a meaningful return.

The Rangers have been monitoring the situation in Edmonton with Sheldon Souray all year. Now that the veteran defenseman with the cannon from the power play point has included the Blueshirts on his list of teams for which he will waive his no-trade clause, Sather will be more than tempted — even with Souray likely to be sidelined until the third week of March with the broken hand he suffered in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla.

But Souray’s contract carries a $5.4 million cap hit through 2011-12. The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be by either including Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit through 2011-12) in the trade, or by sending No. 33 elsewhere in a separate deal without taking on much of a contract in return.

So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature — or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering — trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster.

The playoff race seems to have been distilled into a battle for one spot and one spot only, with the Rangers, Canadiens, Lightning, Thrashers and Panthers in the mix for eighth place.

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19 Responses to Sather will look to improve Rangers at deadline

  1. hockey_lover says:

    Of course. Sather will make another big splash will further cripple his team.

    Maybe he should try to get Gomez back.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    I wonder what it would worth to him, for somebody to take Roz's contract? It is only two years after this……depending on the return and such, someone might do it. So question becomes what is $5million in cap relief worth?

  3. reinjosh says:

    HMm thats an interesting question.
    Burke pretty much set the bar with the 4th round pick for 1 million in cap relief last trade deadline.
    But this is a little different. Its more than 10 million in cap relief. I believe its around 11.1 million in cap relief (for the rest of this year and the next two) and around 8 million for salary.
    So right there that cuts out a lot of teams who won't want to pay his salary. With Roz steadily declining over the past three seasons (fro 40 – 38 – 30 to being on pace for only 21 points this season) most teams wouldn't touch the guy with a ten foot pole even if it were made worth their while.
    I would say at the very least it would have to be a first rounder from this year and a top prospect.

  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    That was kinda my thinking, 1st, top prospect or 1st good prospect and extra picks. I think there maybe one or two teams who could afford to bury him that might make this call. If Sather wants to make a trade or even a signing this summer, he might just be willing to pay. Plus rumor has his job possibly in question and desperate men do desperate things. or how about good young roster player and lower pick? Somebody might take on say Dubinsky with roz plus a decent pick(S) for not a lot?

  5. Kramer says:

    Norway is still the team to beat.

  6. reinjosh says:

    I think Sather would much rather move a 1st and a propsect like Sangunitti.
    If he moves Dubinsky or Callahan he gets fired in a New York minute. They are part of the future forward core. Although I would definitely like Callahan.
    But I wouldn't underestimate Sather. He has dumped two longer term contracts that many people though wouldn't be going anywhere is the last 6 months. Gomez for a Prospect and Higgins. Then Higgins and Kotalik for Jokinen. He cleared ten million dollars for a defensive prospect and a center who actually has helped the team in his limited time with the team.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see him send him down to the minors and recall him hoping that he gets picked up on rentry waivers. 2.5 million for him is a little bit more manageable for teams. Maybe New Jersey or San Jose bites on that for playoff help. And it would only be like 3.5 million in salary for two years and 2.5 on cap each year. Thats probably more likely.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    Doesn't reentry waivers only count half against the cap for the claiming team in the year they claimed? I think it goes to a normal hit after that? I would take on a bad contract for a Ranger first and Sangunitti. I have heard Wash is looking to deal theodore in a cap deal as well. teams with money will like this.

  8. reinjosh says:

    that would make sense

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol…the cap thing or trading for Theodore? lol

  10. reinjosh says:

    cap thing haha

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    ya like I said I think that's how it works.  here is hoping for some action soon…

  12. DannyLeafs says:

    No, the player gets paid  half of his salary by both teams for the duration of his contract. Same for cap hit, half for each team during the duration. Avery is only costing New York 2 million against the cap, while Dallas is also paying 2 million. Avery actually made a funny comment when they asked him why he played so well against Dallas, and he said "I figured I was being paid by both teams so I needed to preform twice as well"

    I hate the guy but it was a pretty funny line.

  13. camsoilers says:

    I think souray for redden is a great deal for the rangers. sure souray is sidelined now but they need his cannon on the back end and edmonton needs a better definsive defensmen to teach the young core of d-man they have in smid and gilbert . plus the rangers shed a million a year in salary. that isn't to bad at all is it. what does everyone think

  14. camsoilers says:

    a solid swap there would be maybe cogliano from the oilers. A solid up incomer and the fast skater in the league award at the all star game in his rookie year. it sheds the weight and gets a great prospect.

  15. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think if the Oilers trade Souray for Redden, which is basically one high cap hit for another. Except the one the Oilers have is useful, well them Tambellini should get fired!!!!

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    DAMMIT!  I was going to make this suggestion! 

  17. reinjosh says:

    I think the oilers get the shortend of the stick.
    the oilers already have salary cap issues
    getting redden only makes them worse

  18. dumbassdoorman says:

    Which suggestion?

  19. number15 says:


    – Phil Kessel


    – 1st rounder (2010)
    – 2nd rounder (2010)
    – 1st rounder (2011)


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