The one situation that's interesting is Brian Boyle is about to sit for his 3rd game in a row as a healthy scratch. Stepan has been centering the second line and Miller has been good after coming up (Kreider is listed as a center some sites but has been playing LW for them).
Boyle’s struggles this season are well documented, going beyond his ugly stat line (no goals, one assist, minus-3) as Rangers head coach John Tortorella took aim at Boyle’s poor performance in various facets of the game, including two he values highly.
“[Boyle] hasn’t done a good job killing penalties; I don’t think he’s done a good enough job blocking shots,”Tortorella said last week.
While it might sound like the relationship between player and coach is at an all-time low, Torts was quick to point out he hasn’t written off Boyle entirely.
“When Brian gets in, like I said, I hope he never lets me put myself in this decision again,” Tortorella explained. “”I believe Brian will be a big part of it, I just don’t know when I’ll change the lineup.”
It certainly sounds like a wake up call versus them being ready to let him go, but what if they were considering it. What would they need/want in return?
From Vancouver's perspective, we have some extra forwards and might want to upgrade our 3rd line center while also getting bigger. It's no secret Boyle would fit the bill for us, and is under contract for only $1.7M through next season. Would New York consider adding a not-too-dissimilar prospect to Boyle in return?
To Van: Brian Boyle
To NYR: LaBate, 2nd
The Rangers have traded away their 1st for the 2013 draft, but also have 2 extra 3rd round picks (one being conditional). They traded their 5th and 7th round picks, so might want to upgrade a little there. and they add to their pretty decent prospect pool despite being fairly set on their NHL roster already.
I'm sure we wouldn't give up our 1st, certainly not without being assured of one already in return for a goalie, so I'm not sure we'd get away with LaBate and a 2nd. They won't want or need Raymond, Higgins, etc. so perhaps another team has better value to offer? Who would it be that would consider this for New York would trade with if they decided to?
EDIT: I thought of Raymond in there (with the difference in value in picks adjusted) as we need to clear a spot to bring someone else in but they really don't need another roster forward unless it's as depth or a clear improvement over who they already have.
Edited by elvis15, 12 February 2013 - 02:31 PM.