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A Rant About Lazy Journalism

November 30, 2010, by

Let me begin with this lazy piece of journalism from THN’s John Grigg:

Artem Anisimov and Derek Stepan have showed promise in spurts this year, but after them, Marc Staal and a couple of guys in the system, there’s not a lot to get excited about when it comes to the future on Broadway. Unless you like overpaying free agents.

Dear Mr Grigg; how wrong can you be? How lazy can you be? If anyone else was this lazy in their place of employment their job would likely be under threat. Mr Grigg is wrong as there is alot to be excited about in terms of the future and that is not an opinion coming from biased Rangers fans but from Hockeys future, a widely respected prospect website. Recently ranked 9th overall (of 30, obviously) that puts the Rangers in the upper echelon of NHL teams in terms of having potential NHL’ers on the horizon. Many current Rangers prospects are tearing up their respective junior leagues, prospects such as Mats Zuccarello are turning it around in the AHL and the Rangers recent draft history and ability to turn middle round picks into value is a good one.

Then there is the Rangers free agency issues, which is a dated theory. This is likely to be an unfortunate stain on the organization for decades but one or two contracts aside – especially recently – and the Rangers dealings haven’t been bad at all. They got rid of the Redden problem, the contract for Alex Frolov cannot be mocked as it was very low risk high reward (regardless of his current performance levels) and when scanning the Rangers roster the majority of it is drafted by the Rangers or made up of trade acquisitions. All of this makes you wonder how significant and relevant free agents are in the Rangers recent history. In fact when considering the free agency element on the roster right now, Marian Gaborik has been a significant success and is usually deserving of his salary, Ruslan Fedotenko has been a solid depth signing and even though Derek Boogaard is overpaid somewhat (although it was only a minor raise from his Minnesota deal) he did address a need when he was signed. So what really is the issue?

Free agency – for every team – can be hit and miss. The Rangers have had their share of misses such as Ales Kotalik or Aaron Voros but rather than always writing unoriginal columns pointing these misses out how about highlighting the excellent returns Glen Sather was able to get when he brought in the likes of Steve Eminger and Brandon ‘Part of the Core’ Prust. That isnt written about because its simply not cool to praise a guy like Sather. Praise also doesn’t generate site hits or sell papers like negativity does. I’m OK with journalists such as John Grigg criticizing the Rangers. It sells papers and fills columns and sometimes it certainly is warranted but it also needs to be accurate. The Rangers have nine players on the roster right now that they developed and have eight players who are 25 and under, a figure which increases if you take the age up to a still young 26.  The Rangers are young, have shown they have potential and have a solid future, they are indeed performing adequately during a transition year. No reason to think pessimistically right now.


  1. John says:

    Excellent post Shap.

    Can’t say I’m surprised though, I expect that sort of thing from THN

  2. Dave says:

    This was posted by Chris, not me 🙂

  3. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    It’s funny, just the other day somebody asked me what I would do if I was the GM right now, and I said, “Trade Gabby before he breaks down and loses his premium value, but nothing else. Let the kids grow up.” Pathetic that THN didn’t have a clue on this, but it’s a Damien Cox-like tradition in the ivory tower that can sometimes be MSM.

  4. jurgenno88 says:

    I am shocked at such journalism ignorance. The Rangers have a clear emphasis on youth so how they can say its free agent based and state nothing much is on the horizon beats me. Hell, we even played Grachev even though he didn’t deserve it yet, primarily to get him experience. That kind of thing never happened in NY in times before….

    John; i’ll accept the excellent post comment even though you didn’t realise it was my post! 😉

    • The Suit says:

      I did a similar rant the other day on this article, it’s unbelievable what journalists get away with. If only they were held accountable to the same degree they hold public figures to…

  5. Michael says:

    great work Christian. My only question is, why are you surprised? We see this among Rangers fans as well when they talk about wanting a youth movement though it has been in progress for years. Just because all our homegrown talent is not 21 anymore doesnt mean they arent “young”

  6. jurgenno88 says:

    Thanks Michael… and agreed. I’m shocked, not that it happens, but that it keeps happening. I mean, its the guys job… he should have a general working knowledge of the NHL so should know the basic Rangers roster, what they did in the off season etc, as he should for each club.
    If I can know a bit about each club surely a professional can.

    And good point – as i was trying to say… 26 is still pretty young for a NHL player. Not every prospect can be rushed. Sauer has been around forever for example, but is making progress now….

    • Michael says:

      You are correct that since he is paid to do his job he should be held to a higher standard, but that goes to personal pride and the editor/organization not expecting higher quality of what it puts the name on.

      It does feel like Sauer has been around forever especially considering he is only 23.

  7. Mikeyyyy says:

    Wow looks like Griggs is a pen name for Ryan dixson. He writes the same garbage. But I am not suprised. Reporters have had it in for us ever since sather took over. Pathetic really. But remember people in the press not covering a team have no real insight into the team itself. Sometimes I wonder if these guys actually watch some of the games.

  8. The Suit says:

    you can add Ken Campbell to that list

  9. Brian says:

    Good Post and spot on. I am no longer shocked by any of the crap that the Canadien media spouts about the Rangers. For every accurate article there are 10 terrible ones. TSN had the Rangers at 13th in the Conference in the preseason rankings. Are you kidding me?

  10. Mike Smith says:

    Why not get Grigg on this site to defend his position?

  11. Mike Smith says:

    that would be an example of “non-lazy” journalism.