Trade season officially started for the New York Rangers today as they acquired Bryan McCabe from the Florida Panthers for Tim Kennedy and a 3rd round pick.
The Rangers are able bolster their blueline with a very good, offensive minded, veteran defenseman. McCabe will also help the Rangers powerplay which has been horrible all season as they now sit 21st in the NHL. McCabe has 143 goals in his career, 72 of which have come on the powerplay so the Rangers are getting a legitimate powerplay quarterback for their playoff run.
Tim Kennedy was sent back in return to the Panthers. Kennedy signed a two-year deal with the Rangers this off-season but was sent to the AHL earlier this year and for fear of losing him via re-entry waivers, the Rangers decided to leave him in the minors until next season when they could call him back up.
So for the Rangers to acquire a powerplay quarterback with an expiring contract for a player that they weren’t going to call up until next year and a 3rd round pick is another great move for general manager, Glen Sather. Sather acquired Wojtek Wolski for Michal Rozsival earlier this season so he is 2-for-2 on trades so far. Glen Sather may need to be arrested for robbery because he has been able to get rid of unwanted parts for players that can immediately help this team.
Now everyone is questioning whether the Rangers still have cap space to go acquire Brad Richards and with how good Sather is at trading, I wouldn’t count them out. It was reported earlier in the week that Stars general manager, Joe Nieuwendyk, was requesting Derek Stepan, Brandon Dubinsky, and Marc Staal in exchange for Brad Richards. Now if Nieuwendyk really expects the Rangers to part with all of that for Richards then I don’t see him coming to Broadway until this summer. Now with the way Sather is with trades you may see Richards in New York on Monday for Matt Gilroy, $3.99, and a bag of chips. The Rangers best move might be to wait until July to go after Richards, that way they don’t have to part with some of their young players. Richards won’t help them win a cup this year so why sacrifice the future?
McCabe will most likely get his first action in a Rangers uniform tomorrow when the Rangers go back home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Alex Frolov’s short time as a New York Ranger has been painful for everyone involved. Frolov inked a one year/$3 million deal with the Rangers this past offseason in the hopes of adding some offense to the stale blueshirts attack.
Frolov started off somewhat strong, collecting five points in the first month of the season. Since November 1st, Frolov has only tallied seven points, four of which came in a 8-2 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers. He hasn’t contributed on the powerplay either, as he has only one point on the powerplay so far this season.
Alex has been bounced around in the Rangers lineup, at first finding himself on the top line but he has now been banished to fourth line duty. This is very similar to what happened to him last year in Los Angeles. Frolov was benched because of lazy play and lack of production thus prompting the Kings to give him a one-way ticket out-of-town.
The Rangers have been able to have success without Frolov being at his best though, as they now sit in a tie for 5th in the Eastern Conference. Although there a numerous reports that the Rangers would like to add Dallas Stars center, Brad Richards, for their playoff run. Every single year Rangers fans have heard the rumors of Richards coming to New York but a deal was never worked out, but that could change this season, although it seems unlikely. The Stars are currently at the top of the Western Conference and its hard to imagine them trading a player of Richards caliber.
It seems as though Frolov has run out of time in New York as multiple news outlets, including the Ottawa Sun, are reporting that Glen Sather has been shopping the Russian winger. There is only one problem though, there aren’t many takers right now for Frolov. Ottawa has apparently kicked the tires on a possible deal but it doesn’t seem like there is even any sort of ground work for a deal to this point. Frolov was recently asked in an interview if he was going to ask for a trade, he said that he felt as though it wasn’t the time just yet. Sather doesn’t seem willing to wait for Frolov to ask for one.
Moving Frolov may not be easy but if there is one thing that Glen Sather is good at, and I’m positive that this is the only thing he is good at, is that he is a wizard when it comes to trades. He has the ability to ship bad contracts out-of-town, e.g. Scott Gomez.