Should the New York Rangers Trade Marc Staal Now?

July 19th, 2010 by Michael Stein Leave a reply »
An interesting question, no doubt.

Marc Staal has become the cornerstone, the poster boy for the new, rebuilding Rangers.  This is the first time in my memory that I can truly say that the Ranger "cupboard" is fully stocked.  We have a lot of solid prospects to build with.

Solid prospects.  Not "blue-chippers," not "can't miss"-type guys... solid players.  Especially at forward.  Let's look at some of our guys up front who have already made an impact:

Artem Anisimov: With his frame... 6'4", 194, he's large, but not a power forward.  He's solid on his feet, but not a speedster.  He's good in his own zone, but not a Selke candidate.  He's an all-around center.  Is he capable of scoring 30-40 goals?  90-100 points?  Maybe.  But as of now, he looks to be more of a 20-20 guy.

Brandon Dubinsky: Another center, who will probably shift to LW under Torts.  In all honesty, I love Dubinsky, simply due to his gigantic heart.  He'd stand up for you in a second.  This past season, he went 20-24.  He's obviously a power forward-type guy.  But like Joe Thornton... or ...

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