Here’s a tweet from Nick Kypreos—former Ranger (first off the bench, prematurely, to celebrate the Cup; first to kiss the Cup).
Seriously, he’s pretty plugged in. I put a lot of credence in this:
I don’t know who they give up yet. I am going to get out ahead and first-guess this. McCabe will help the Rangers this season, absolutely. He’s still mean, he’s big, and he can play the PP point with a heavy shot and some calmness. He helps them get in, and maybe he helps them win a series.
But depending on what they give up, this could be a step backward in terms of what the Rangers are trying to build here. It takes out one defenseman, and two from last night’s lineup once Marc Staal returns. That’s two young guys who are going to lose a lot of NHL “stretch drive” experience and playoff experience. Unless one of last night’s six is going the other way. That would be even worse.
If it’s Gilroy, and the Rangers are resigned to the fact that they won’t re-sign him this summer, I can live with that. If it’s Gilroy and a pick, I can live with that. But if it’s more than that, I think it’s a bad move. And I don’t think it does Del Zotto any good to take a seat or be demoted again. His confidence is already hurt.
Derek Stepan was fined by the NHL, will not be suspended.
Kris Newbury cleared waivers.
Just got word. Staal’s out tomorrow. Fedotenko is day to day.