which you might normally consider to be a serious nightmare, but it wasn't. Why? Because, I knew I was not Glen Sather and I enjoyed figuring out how I would make serious run for the Cup this year without hurting the team either this year or in the future. So, this was my dream.
What is the Rangers' biggest need? That is pretty simple. Fixing the power play. What is wrong with it? Too simple. At the moment, goalies know that if they focus on our right wingers - Callie and Gabbi - they can stop the power play. Until the Rangers have either a real threat from the point or a left wing threat the power play is easy to stop. Teams know they can collapse the box and cut off all passes to our right wing.
What are my available assets? Obviously my left wingers Dubbi and Wolski. And, while you cannot have too many defensemen - you can have more than you need. Stahl, Girardi, McDonagh, Sauer, Del Z, McIlrath and Erixon are the future core seven. Every other defender is available to trade. Zuccarello-Aasen is available. Anisimov is available. And, John Mitchell has made himself into a trade-able asset too.
How might I fill my needs? First, I look at left wing. Ray Whitney comes to mind, but Phoenix is in the hunt for a playoff spot so he is too expensive if even available. Two other players come to mind on left wing who might be available: Tuomo Ruutu and Ryan Smyth. Ruutu would be a great long term asset. However, Carolina will not take either Dubbi or Wolski for Ruutu.
Smyth should be available for cheap, and if so, is a worthwhile rental. Should not cost too much - maybe Toronto's third round pick and John Mitchell?
Then, before I woke up, I traded Anisimov and Sauer or Erixon for Ryan Suter.
Dubbi, Anisimov, and Mitchel off of the current lineup, for Suter, Ruutu and Smyth.
But, it was only a dream.