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The Rangers need scoring forwards, without question. As this past season has taught us, Scott Gomez is not that forward. In fact, he's not too much of anything.
He's also expendable, considering that the Rangers have Dubinsky who could use more ice time, and Korpikoski and Anisimov will probably be on the roster full time next year, and both can play center.
Phoenix is a team that the Rangers have traded with plenty, and it wouldn't surprise me to see it happen again. Don Maloney was quoted as saying that he thought this was one of the deepest drafts in years, and he wouldn't be averse to moving down.
The trade: Scott Gomez, the Rangers' first (19 overall) and third picks for Ed Jovanovski, and the Coyotes' first (sixth overall).
Jovo has to come our way to balance out the salary. However, we need a defensive stalwart; someone who can hit, play nasty, and do all the little dirty things a Marc Staal can't yet.
You bring in Jovo (who Mike Barnett, the former GM of Phoenix and now the assistant to Glen Sather, who signed him) and allow both Mara and Morris to walk.
His contract is also shorter than Gomez', so even though the money's around the same, the length is not. Phoenix also just traded Steven Reinprecht, and having a Stanley Cup winning player helping to mentor can't hurt.
Gomez would slot in nicely, playing with some of Phoenix's big guns, like Kyle Turris, Shane Doan, Peter Mueller, etc.
With that sixth pick, mind you, the Rangers have the opportunity to select a big time scorer, like Evander Kane. They could even select a premier power forward in Braydon Schenn.
How about a speedy winger in Marcus Paajarvi-Svensson? A definite improvement on our forward prospect corps.