Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rumor: Rangers Attempted To Trade For Brent Burns?

The New York Rangers have had an excellent offseason to this point in filling their top line center void with Brad Richards, adding veteran toughness in Mike Rupp, retaining a glue player in Ruslan Fedotenko and getting three of their five key restricted free agents re-signed.  The one void they have not truly filled is an offensive defenseman that could run the power play.  That does not mean they did not try to do so. 

According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Rangers attempted to trade for Brent Burns before he was ultimately dealt to the San Jose Sharks on draft night. 
The Rangers got their man in Brad Richards , but Brent Burns , the first-pair defenseman who was traded from Minnesota to San Jose, is the one who got away.
While Brad Richards is a power play quarterback and will help with the man advantage, acquiring a player like Burns would have added another dimension to the Rangers.  However, seeing that San Jose had to give up Devin Setoguchi, prized prospect Charlie Coyle and a first round pick to get Burns, it is a good thing the Rangers did not win the race for Burns.  A comparable package from the Rangers likely would have included Artem Anisimov, Chris Kreider and a first round pick, at least.  Burns would have been a very nice addition, but the overall cost to make it happen would not have been the best thing for the franchise long-term.