With the NHL draft, and the Free Agent period fast approaching, many teams are looking to shake things up. One such team is the New York Rangers. Although GM Glen Sather has previously stated that he doesn't forsee his team being major players in the free agent market, the man is no stranger to trades.
With a large portion of salary cap space tied up with defensemen Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, the Rangers must look to move one of the large contracts with Dan Girardi and Marc Staal due for new, more expensive contracts.
Although most Ranger fans would rather see Wade Redden moved, at four more years and a cap hit of $6.5 million, that doesn't seem likely. It is more likely is to see Michal Rozsival moved. Although his cap hit is at $5 million, Rozsival is only owed $7 million in the two years remaining on his contract.
With Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto, and Redden all holding a spot, and Gilroy, Sanguinetti, Sauer, and possibly Wisconsin standout Ryan McDonagh all competing for a spot, it would be benefial for the Rangers to move a player like Rozsival.
Sanguinetti can provide a similar style of play for a much cheaper price, and Rozsival may be standing in his way of a spot in the NHL.
Although Rozsival's offensive numbers have been steadily decreasing over the years, his 23 points are still a solid amount of offense for a defenseman. You must also factor in the team he played for. Not since Jaromir Jagr has Rozsival had a threat that he could partner with. When Jagr was with the team, Rozsival was putting up much more offense numbers, as well as being a true threat on the Power Play. Since his departure, the effectiveness of Rozsival has also slipped.
So who would be willing to take on the contract? With his actual paid salary being less than the cap hit, it may be more bearable for any team interested in adding an offensive defenseman.
One possibility is the Anaheim Ducks. As it seems more likely that veteran defenseman Scott Neidermayer is leaning towards retirement, the Ducks will need to fill that hole somehow, and they will have the cap room to do it.
TheFourthPeriod.com has reported that the Ducks are very interested in Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. However, they also report that the Leafs are asking for star forward Bobby Ryan in return. That price is just to much to pay for Kaberle, who has just one year left on his contract. If a deal cannot be reached, the Ducks may look for cheaper options, and perhaps Rozsival is that option.