Phil Posted January 14, 2019 Share Posted January 14, 2019 During the ?Headlines? segment on Sportsnet?s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday, Elliotte Friedman noted that the market could very well tip in favor of buying teams given the sheer volume of clubs prepared to sell. ?I think there?s a lot of teams that have said they?re sellers and I think they?re worried that unless they have a real difference-maker they?re going to get stuck, because the buyers have the advantage in this market, and that?s rare,? Friedman noted, following Nick Kypreos? updated reports regarding Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forward Michael Ferland, both of whom have also entered an ever-growing trading mill. ...despite a less than desirable market for sellers, the Rangers remain in control of their own destiny. The only thing they need to do to make sure this doesn?t slip from their grip is to act before their competitors do. This requires that general manager Jeff Gorton not hold the line too long on any given deal if he?s made attractive offers for his players. This doesn?t mean he has to agree to the first offer made, but it does mean he should agree to the first (or second) serious one made. Much like the Michael Grabner trade ? pulled off three days prior to last season?s deadline ? that saw the Rangers trade their then-leading scorer to one of their biggest divisional rivals, Gorton must be willing to accept a good deal when it?s offered to him, regardless of destination. The difference between this and being left out in the cold is, unfortunately, thinner than they?ve probably hoped it would be. If that means entertaining the idea of Mats Zuccarello as a Pittsburgh Penguin, or Kevin Hayes as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, so be it. As beggars can?t be choosers, neither can sellers be. Not in a buyer?s market. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2019/1/14/18181646/buyers-market-could-hamper-new-york-rangers-returns Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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