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Runner Up is the Big Loser

While many blogs and sites have posted who they think their biggest loser is in the off season dealing, I can’t help but think they got it all wrong. The Rangers are the biggest losers of the off season due to the lack of moves and signings.

Let’s start with the loses, Brad Richards was bought out by the Rangers due to his high price tag and slowing production. Richards was no longer a first line center but in the right situation he still has the potential to be a second line player. The loss here for the Rangers is of leadership after the Callahan trade and that they haven’t head a first line center in years and have been making due with over working 2nd or 3rd line players. Richards went on to sign a 1 year 2 million dollar deal with Chicago.

Brian Boyle – He couldn’t hit the side of a barn with his shot but his penalty killing was second to none and he always seemed to come up big in the post season. He logged minutes between lines 3-4 when not killing penalties and aside from a random 19 goal season has been useless on offense for his tenure in NY. Boyle wants an increase in playing time and bigger role on a team (probably a raise too) as Sather made sure to say that he wasn’t going to get either. Boyle to Tampa for 3 years at 2 million a year.

Anton Strahlman – Great second line dman who could possibly have an offensive upside and has been very consistent and came up big in the playoffs. Wanted years and a raise and got it in Tampa to join Boyle and Callahan. 5 years 22.5 million or 4.5 a year.

Benoit Pouliot – Provided secondary scoring and grit to the Rangers during the season and stepped up in the Playoffs as his line clicked. He outscored Nash which should show something. He wanted a raise (which he got) and wanted years in one place as he has been moving around a lot in his career. Signed with Oilers 5 years 4 mill a year.

The Rangers also traded Dorsett.

 

The Rangers gained a puck moving dman well past his prime in Dan Boyle for 4.5 for 2 years who can hopefully get a scoring touch and maybe show Staal to shoot the puck. Hopefully this turned into an upside as the Rangers haven’t head a shooting dman since Leetch and Poti but also hoping McD steps up.

Tanner Glass…. Who?

Mike Kosta, prone to injury, gets passed around a lot, may be a decent stay at home guy but need to hope he doesn’t get his head rung again.

Matt Hunwick – I like this move but is there room for all these dmen?

 

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Flyers and Blue Jackets Make Swap

So the Flyers have required R.J. Umberger along with a 4th round draft pick in exchange for Scott Hartnell. Umberger is by all means a draft bust. He’s not as bad as many other busts but for a player taken 16th overall in the 2001 draft, he has never made it past 57 points in a season and has only topped the 50 point mark twice.

It comes as more of a shock because his better years were after he left the Flyers in 2008 and has been on quite a decline in recent years. This is also to mention that he costs 4.6 million a year against the cap until the end of the 2016-2017 season. That’s a lot of coin for a player who is 4 years removed from topping 40 points in his career high of 57 points.

I was under the impression that the Flyers big issue was finding defensemen who could stay healthy. They had gotten better as the season went into the post season and they seem to have reliable goaltending for the first time since Hextall, but not sure what this does to fix their issues. Unless he can regain a touch from 4 years ago (he is 32 so not too likely but hey, look at Jagr) he is going to end up as an expensive 3rd line player. Maybe they have plans for the 4th round pick.

Hartnell on the other hand is the same age as Umberger but has keep most of his production above the 50 point mark with exception to a few years ago and is usually good for 20+ goals a season and plays a more solid all around game.

Some may say that this is for cap room and the Flyers wanted to make some room for other deals, but the problem is that they only save 250,000 on their cap. The value isn’t there in what they Flyers did but it is a hell of a deal for the Blue Jackets. He would play well along Dubinsky and others on their lineup and add a little extra scoring.

I give the Blue Jackets the advantage in this trade with the extra production value that they are getting for about the same price and the cost of a 4th round pick.

Usually the team with the player requesting a trade is the team that loses in the end but they came out on top this time and have been making smart deals since they traded Nash to the Rangers.