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Monday, February 05, 2007

Rangers Trade Move

The trade for Sean Avery, 26, of the Kings for Jason Ward is a move in the right direction. Ward, 28, an unrestricted free agent this summer, has been scratched in six of the last eight games.

Avery draws a lot of penalties and should put the Rangers on the power play more often. He is also an agitator, both on the opposition and on his own team. Hopefully he’ll wake up this sleepy bunch.

The prospects whom the Rangers are adding to sweeten the deal are no names. Marc-Andre Cliche, was a second-round pick in 2005, and forward Jan Marek is 27, and playing in Russia.


Blogger Joe Schick said...

Cliche may be a no-name to you, but per TSN, is considered a bona fide prospect. He's 19 and putting up huge numbers in juniors. The Rangers are going nowhere and should not be trading any prospects. Recently Don Maloney was extolling Cliche's virtues and predicting that he'll be a Ranger in a couple of years.

10:26 PM  
Blogger judah h said...

30-40 goals in the juniors, which he is on pace for this year and 37 goals last year are not huge numbers.

Maloney was quoted in Hockeys future as saying:

"I see him eventually playing a checking role on our team’s third line,"

11:27 PM  
Blogger judah h said...

But others do agree with you, Joe, as per below:

1:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Schick said...

He's averaged around 1.5 points per game, which are very good numbers. That said, if he's only projected as a third line player, while he's not a "no-name", I can live with the deal, though I still doubt it will help.

8:27 AM  
Blogger judah h said...

BTW Avery will become a restricted free agent at the end of the year.

If he is a group 2 free agent which I'm not sure he is, teams can make him an offer and the Rangers then would have the option to match the offer or to take a second round pick from the offering team in next year's NHL Entry Draft.

The Rangers would have a week to decide whether or not they want to match any offer.

Unfortunately for the Rangers there has rarely been any offers for these type of players.

At the current rate, after last night's brutal 4-3 loss to the Red Wings, and with no further changes, I would have to concur with your assessment that the Rangers are going nowhere.

11:28 AM  
Blogger judah h said...

BTW2 Cliche had yet to be signed by the Rangers -- they just owned his rights.

I don't know if that was an issue as well.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Joe Schick said...

"BTW2 Cliche had yet to be signed by the Rangers -- they just owned his rights.

"I don't know if that was an issue as well."

Better not be - the Dolans have lots of money and no excuse not to sign a 2nd round pick.

5:48 PM  
Blogger judah h said...

Depends what his agent is asking. The Rangers have let go or traded others who have demanded too much.

1:26 AM  

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