The Rangers have been building the right way in recent seasons. The occasional savvy veteran addition, plenty of youth periodically injected onto the roster while the club continue to draft well. Then, when the time has been right the club have added an elite free agent like Gaborik or Richards. It all amounts to solid organisational development.
When Bobby Ryan was (apparently) on the trade block the Rangers (apparently) sniffed around but refused to make a move for the power forward. More than likely, they baulked at the price. The Senators weekend acquisition of Kyle Turris shows how overpriced young talent is in the league right now. It proves the Rangers right in their recent, patient approach.
On the whole, the Rangers are playing well this season, growing as a unit and have a great nucleus going forward. We’ve seen how asking prices for players in recent times are astronomical and the Rangers don’t seem willing to pay the going rates to add to their line up. Rightly so.
Some fans clamoured for Bobby Ryan, some liked the idea of Turris while many wanted a marquee name when Marc Staal went down long term. The Rangers stood pat. They made a minor, risk free addition. The Rangers are amid a fine year and if they end up contending this year it’s a pleasant, unexpected bonus. Their real window begins next year and its then, that the Rangers may (perhaps should) look to add to their core through a trade.
If the Rangers are storming the league come deadline day they may look to add to the roster but there’s no need to gut the organisation for talent when the prices are out of control. It’s a change from early Sather seasons but credit Sather and the Rangers staff for showing restraint. They didn’t blink when the Stars asked for the earth for Brad Richards and are still being patient now. The organisation is deep and it’s the (relatively new found) patience of the decision makers in New York that we have to thank.