Could Marian Gaborik be worth more to the Rangers in a trade than in a blue shirt?
According to the Ottawa Sun, Rangers GM Glen Sather is trying to answer that question by calling around the league to gauge Gaborik's trade value.
Sather thought he had assembled an elite Eastern Conference team heading into this 48-game season. The Rangers have played 24 games and sit in seventh place, which is far from elite.
The trade deadline is April 3, so this rumor will have plenty of time to marinate, but Sather expects a team that can win a Stanley Cup and has shown over the last few seasons that he is a smart and willing participant when it comes to dealing players.
Focusing internally on whether the Rangers could actually thrive without Gaborik, let's look at four reasons why that might be possible:
(Feel free to leave your trade ideas in the comments below)