NHL Trades: Do the Flyers Need Weber and Ryan to Compete with Nash’s Rangers?

July 24th, 2012 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
Yesterday, the New York Rangers completed a deal for Columbus’ Rick Nash that may have made the Rangers the 2012-2013 Stanley Cup favorites.

For the Philadelphia Flyers to compete with New York’s stacked lineup, Paul Holmgren might need to replicate Glen Sather’s skills, and get a little help from Nashville GM David Poile along the way.

What makes the Rangers so dangerous is not simply what they acquired in Nash, who has scored 30 goals in five consecutive seasons and is capable of putting up 80 points.

The Rangers are dangerous for what they failed to give up getting him.

The team held onto key offensive pieces like Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan as well as defensive studs Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh.

Adding Nash to the mix having only given up Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick is about as good an outcome as the Rangers could have hoped for.

Meanwhile, the Flyers watched the Rangers stack their lineup right in the middle of Philly’s week-long wait to see if they could manage to do the same. The Flyers signed defensive powerhouse Shea Weber to a ...

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