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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2019-11-10 5:54 PM (#729505 - in reply to #724416)
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This is a force in the making, a player a team can build around, & you gotta love the name, talk about a hockey name fit for hockey.
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Rranger
Posted 2019-11-11 6:33 AM (#729507 - in reply to #724416)
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What we are seeing is a young man fitting into a totally different culture and getting acquainted and forming relationships with strangers that are now teammates. And he is young. As those bonds grow stronger so will his game. His game and confidence is evolving and growing every time he hits the ice. Very exciting the Rangers have a young player with his superstar potential. Even more exciting is watching it unfold.
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Steady Eddie
Posted 2019-11-11 11:49 AM (#729511 - in reply to #729505)
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LeetchyMrRanger - 2019-11-10 7:54 PM

This is a force in the making, a player a team can build around, & you gotta love the name, talk about a hockey name fit for hockey.


It's been great watching him grow in just 15 games. Agree on the name. Can't wait for the "Kappo Kakko" chants to start filling the Garden.
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itsmcilrathtime
Posted 2019-11-12 10:05 AM (#729516 - in reply to #724416)
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Agree, he's starting to figure some stuff out. Biggest problem with future trades is all these dumbass GM's try to spend right up to the cap. Thus, most teams give themselves no room to make deals for players with salaries that are over 4 million.
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concust
Posted 2019-11-13 11:56 AM (#729593 - in reply to #729516)
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itsmcilrathtime - 2019-11-12 11:05 AM

Agree, he's starting to figure some stuff out. Biggest problem with future trades is all these dumbass GM's try to spend right up to the cap. Thus, most teams give themselves no room to make deals for players with salaries that are over 4 million.


This is not true since you can bank cap space. Trading for a $4m salary player at the deadline is routine. Deadline happens with about a quarter of the season remaining so to afford a $4m player teams only need to have banked a total of $1m in the previous 60 games. This is pretty easy to do actually even for teams that you consider spending "up to the cap."

As it currently stands there are maybe 3-4 teams that won't be able to add a $4m player at the deadline without shedding salary or making an LTIR move.

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Fish
Posted 2019-11-13 1:21 PM (#729596 - in reply to #724416)
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Cap space management isn't as simplistic as we may all think if we examine it a little more closely:

1. Only one team wins the cup each year, and your window of opportunity to win a cup with any particular roster might be relatively limited in terms of a 4-5 year span

2. It's difficult to acquire players and integrate them into your team. Their roles will almost certainly change, the systems adjust and then there's a whole bunch of off-ice stuff that we don't even see that might affect whether a player does well or not. The majority of acquisitions, particularly short term ones, don't work.

3. It's often easier to move salary than we might think. Take a look at what Toronto did in the off-season, or even Tampa for that matter....they figure out ways around seemingly intractable cap issues. Even Edmonton acquiring Neal for Lucic...both of those deals looked impossible, and they've managed to get 12 goals in 20 games out of Neal so far.

4. The vast majority of trades occur at the deadline or around the draft, which probably has more to do with outside forces, such as the pressure to compete with the Joneses as other teams in the division power up, or just the proximity of lots of suitors in the case of the draft.

Bottom line for me, I think pretty much anyone is tradeable at this point...particularly if you have some flexibility on the return....Namestnikov being a good example. Guys like Shattenkirk were too big of a gamble in my opinion, so you had a greater chance of failure, and the Rangers were going to be forced to set him free anyway.
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