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Could The Rangers Try To Poach One Of Washington's Stars?
+ The Stanley Cup Comes To New Jersey!


Could this be the Rangers' answer at center?


Could this be the Rangers' answer at center?

The Tampa Bay Lightning dispatched of the Capitals in four games last night, ending yet another season prematurely for Washington.  Must have been because the Rangers wore the Caps out.  Since the loss, it’s been frequently mentioned that the Blueshirts are the only team Washington has beaten in the playoffs in the last four years.  I’m not sure if that’s worse for the Capitals or for the Rangers.

Many are suggesting that Washington needs to seriously consider changing its nucleus because this one doesn’t seem to be getting the job done.  GM George McPhee said today that he expects Coach Bruce Boudreau to be back next year, but it still seems like Boudreau may be on the way out.  Outside of that, Washington may have to give serious thought to moving one of Alex Semin, Mike Green, or Nicklas Backstrom. 

Andrew Gross discusses the possibility that the Rangers could be interested in trading for one of the three here.  I don’t see it.  Backstrom has a cap hit of $6.7 million through 2020 and has already proven that he wilts under the pressure of the playoffs.  I can’t imagine that he’d thrive under the bright lights of Broadway without Alex Ovechkin’s shadow to hide behind.  Green has had too many injury concerns for my liking, and the Rangers appear to be set on defense with their own homegrown players.  Semin may make the most sense because he’s a proven goal scorer and has just one year remaining on his contract.  Still, he’s been very enigmatic throughout his career, and it doesn’t make too much sense for the Rangers to trade for him when he has just one year left on his deal.  Who knows what Semin plans to do after that?  Trading for any of the three would also mean the Rangers would have to give up top prospects and likely Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan.  If Ovechkin becomes available, that’s another story. 

Other notes:

- Gross also notes that the Stanley Cup will be in Hackensack, New Jersey on Saturday from 3:30-6:00.  It’ll be on display at Ice House hockey rink and fans will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Cup for free.  Click here for more details. 

- Too the chagrin joy of Rangers’ fans, the Philadelphia Flyers’ goalie woes continued last night and they now trail three games to none to the Boston Bruins.  It’s mind boggling to me that the Flyers haven’t found a goalie yet.  

Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 5, 2011 at 05:46 pm
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