On the Rangers and how (not) to rebuild a franchise

Sports are about evolution. The most successful teams in every sport are generally the ones who remain ahead of the curve. The champions are usually on the cutting edge, the contenders keep up, and the bad teams fall behind, often languishing near the bottom of the standings for years, or even decades.

By most measures, 2018 was the worst calendar year for the Rangers since the 2004-05 season was wiped out by a lockout. Exactly 51 weeks ago, the Rangers lost in embarrassing fashion at home to the rival Islanders 7-2.  Even more than the White Flag Letter that followed about a month later, I recall hoping that this game would be a turning point.

I hoped that this game would be the moment several years of questionable draft picks, roster choices, talent evaluation, lineup decisions, and coaching hires finally came home to roost. That after such a drubbing, the Rangers would wake up and realize that they were doing it wrong, across the board. Realize that they valued the wrong traits in players (particularly defensemen), that they relied too heavily on goaltending, and that they didn’t have the requisite team speed nor elite skill required to even make the playoffs, let alone win a Stanley Cup. It was clear that day last January that the modern NHL had passed by the Rangers. What’s most worrying one year later is that they’ve shown no signs yet of catching up.

The Rangers have spent the first 41 games of this ill-fated season lying to themselves and their fans. They have consistently espoused (through the always-reliable MSG Network mouthpieces) falsehoods about “player development” and a “youth movement” and then iced mainly veteran-heavy lineups. They have opted to keep the leash of accountability much shorter on young players as opposed to older ones. So far, David Quinn – who by all accounts seems like a thoughtful and intelligent guy – has fallen victim to the same wrongheaded player evaluation pitfalls as his predecessor, particularly as it pertains to defensemen. (Have the Rangers ever considered on-ice shot share or expected goals-for percentage in their evaluation? Doubtful.)

These dubious decisions are not just limited to the coaching. The Rangers traded draft picks – yes, actual draft picks – for 32-year-old Adam McQuaid! In a “rebuild”! They signed Ryan Spooner to a 2-year, $8 million contract (before dealing him to Edmonton for Ryan Strome) even though they have an organizational logjam at center. They’ve refused to give Tony DeAngelo and Lias Andersson (the centerpieces of the Derek Stepan trade, remember) a real chance at NHL roles. Also, Cody McLeod was brought back, as was Lindy Ruff to oversee the defense. As Billy Joel once sung: what else do I have to say?!

There are several defensible reasons that the Rangers may have decided to go about their business in this way. Player development isn’t linear, so “just give a bunch of teenagers all the ice time” isn’t a prudent strategy. And even though it never resulted in the ultimate prize, the Rangers had built a winning culture that lasted over a decade. They clearly wanted to do their best to honor that culture, while giving the next generation of players a stable situation in which to grow. At this point however, it’s fair to say that these ideas were fatally flawed and are leading to diminishing returns. The Rangers are losing badly nearly every night, and young players are neither getting valuable minutes nor are they learning much from the veteran core that’s been built to shepherd them along.  That winning culture has completely vanished and it’s clear that the losing, as well as the looming February 25 trade deadline, is taking its toll on everyone.

The time has come for the Rangers to drop the act and ditch this half-hearted rebuild. The emphasis must shift to young players, and veterans need to be relegated to lesser roles. Marc Staal leading this team in minutes every night is useless (if he plays third-pair minutes, I can live with it). Brendan Smith playing over Freddie Claesson (or at all, really) is indefensible. Mats Zuccarello just admitted to Larry Brooks that his heart isn’t in it anymore, so the Rangers need to trade him as soon as possible. Henrik Lundqvist should play about 50% less frequently so the Rangers can figure out what they have in Alexandar Georgiev. Ryan Lindgren, Libor Hajek and John Gilmour should all get looks at the NHL level sooner rather than later. Lias Andersson needs to be brought back up and given the same opportunity in the final 41 games that Brett Howden was given in the first 41.

Across the hall at the MSG Training Center, the New York Knicks are going through a similar process. While it’s not a perfect comparison, the way the Knicks are going about their rebuild is much more preferable. Veteran players have been given lesser roles (even though they’ve grumbled about it publicly), and coach David Fizdale has preached a progressive style of basketball that will translate to wins if and when the team acquires more bona fide talent. It would behoove coach Quinn to knock on Fizdale’s door and pick his brain.

The Rangers have largely wasted the last 12 months by hemming and hawing their way through this rebuild. The time has come to fully commit to it, modernize their approach, and really begin the hard work of rebooting this franchise. The longer they wait, the more likely it is that this difficult period will last longer than just a few seasons.

"On the Rangers and how (not) to rebuild a franchise", 3 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.

43 thoughts on “On the Rangers and how (not) to rebuild a franchise

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    Permalink

    You had me until the comparison to The Knicks. Maybe getting better this year, but aside from The NY Jets, no team seems to have been in rebuild mode longer than The Knicks. Other than a run of Linsanity a few years ago there has been little hope across the hall.

    That said. You are spot on in your assessment. It’s time to clean house now too. We need some veterans, but different veterans than the ones we have now. The bad effort has carried over to a new coach. And that is very concerning.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm
      Permalink

      Andy,

      Appreciate the thoughts. re: the Knicks comparison, yes, it’s no secret they’ve been horrible for a long time now, and have gone through several “rebuilds”. That said, they’re in year 1 of their current rebuild, and in terms of an early assessment, they seem to be on the right track. I didn’t have the space to really get into it, but like I said in the piece, they’ve got some young talent (that’s getting legit opportunities), a progressive coach and are playing a style of basketball that is in step with the current NBA. The Rangers actually may run the risk of doing what previous iterations of the Knicks did: looking for a quick fix, giving out bad contracts and making ill-advised trades for veterans (Andrea Bargnani comes to mind!)

      • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:43 pm
        Permalink

        it’s good stuff. I just had to give you a hard time about that…couldn’t pass it up.. Your Rangers assessment was right on point!

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 9:21 am
        Permalink

        Thats exactly what Panarin would be! A bad contract.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Permalink

    Very fitting to see Gortons face at top of the article……I have been saying for years we need a new GM…..and so many knuckleheads argued with me!!!!!! How good would Lou Lamoriello be running a franchise like ours and having MONEY to spend? Too many bad drafts and horrible trades over the last few years to recover from…..Only solution is to finish last and get hughes and dump Gorton/sather……

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm
      Permalink

      What has Lou L. accomplished since the rules were changed after the Devils clutched, grabbed and held there way to cups….

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 9:24 am
        Permalink

        I know the answer to this, it’s “nothing” right? Lou L. and his style of game almost ruined hockey, made it so completely unwatchable and boring the league had to take out the red line. Yes, Yes them a-holes won 3 Cups but they were boring games and I hope I never see anything like that full trap BS again.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm
      Permalink

      “The Rangers have largely spent the last 12 months hemming and hawing their way through this rebuild”.

      True That!!!

      Rebuilding starts with a plan at the top of the organization. Clearly there is no plan and for the most part we the fans are left trying to figure out who is running the show.

      Dolan by all accounts is meddling. Sather is clearly influencing the asset management and talent evaluation snafus. And Gorts – They either need to let him do his job or just turn it back over to Sather and I doubt we would even notice a change.

      I said yesterday they need someone in the mold of Shanahan/Lamoriello to come in and draw the boundaries and truly take control of the hockey operations and let Dolan pursue his music career.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Permalink

    We are doomed to be mediocre at best for the next 5 years. No elite rookies and not enough draft picks to swing the pendulum our way. Unless Gorton decides to buy our way into the playoffs, we are doomed I tell you!

    • Jan 8, 2019 at 9:27 am
      Permalink

      I gave you thumbs up because I just laugh every time I read your doomsday stuff. LOL, Thanks!

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    Permalink

    Portions sensationalized – How is it not a full commitment to rebuilding? Hemming and hawing, in other worlds, not committed?
    I’d say this, the portion of this season set for evaluations of Hayes, Zucco and everyone else is nearly complete – This piece is written like the training camp was the evaluation period and NYR management has been “hemming and hawing” about what to do for 4 months.
    They’ve had 7 days to discuss Hayes’s contract requirements. Zucco’s message to Brooks is more fresh than the milk you drank for breakfast this morning.
    They built a winning culture for the next generation but it was fatally flawed? And it’s flawed because they’re losing?
    DUDE this is “flawed” because players are not doing their Jobs. You wouldn’t have written anything like this when they were winning in November.
    Staal anchoring Pionk is bad because you don’t like that he plays more minutes than… who? Not that he’s doing more than the other 4 playable dmen, no, just that you don’t like it… huh. strange thought process. And he should play 3rd line minutes because you want to see a rookie playing 19 minutes a night? “just give a bunch of teenagers all the ice time” isn’t a prudent strategy.
    Re-booting the franchise? do you mean like a fresh/cold start or a re-imaging of their on-ice/off-ice brand? It’s such a broad open statement with little meaning, rebooting the franchise.

    I think you should have waited for the Fed 25th trade deadline. After the players were evaluated, decisions made, trades executed, contracts signed (if they’re signed) and the “next phrase” the this rebuild was upon us. Which is Feb 26th 2019. Who’s left on the roster / Who’s playing for contracts / who’s looking like Draft trade bait.

    Rob is a “Tanker”. Good Luck Rob.

    • Jan 8, 2019 at 9:29 am
      Permalink

      BOOM! There you have it! Nice job!

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Permalink

    Rob:

    I wrote the same suggestions regarding personnel moves this morning on an earlier thread.

    It is indeed time to stop with the half-hearted rebuild and go all in.

    Last year when the famous letter hit I said it would take at least three years to accomplish a rebuild. Time is being wasted, go forth and rebuild!

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    Permalink

    Every time Gorton seems to be doing something good, there is a suspiciously Sather-esque move that basicall cancels out the good.

    Even the coaching choice is tainted. Quinn may be a good coach, but his selection was made just as much for his old-school ‘tough to play against’ mantra as or any of his qualities as a progressive coach. I don’t know if he is being pressured and/or influenced in his personnel decisions by management, but they are only about 50% good, which means I trot out a line up just as well with a Ranger’s roster dartboard as my selection method.

    DeAngelo might not be perfect, but he is better than Staal and McQuaid are now, and constantly scratching him hurts both his development (and trade value – if that hasn’t been completely squandered by now) and the on-ice product.

    I’ll give Marc Staal credit for joining the play more often as that is clearly a valuable trait for a modern day NHL defenseman, but his offense is TERRIBLE. He can’t shoot or pass inside the opponents blue line anymore and he is too slow with his puck handling to avoid turnovers in defensive zone. He is also the prime transgressor in the Rangers’ terrible habit of leaving opposition players untouched on our goalies’ doorstep. There is ZERO accountability when Staal can’t be scratched.

    McQuaid made a really nice leaping pokecheck in yesterday’s game, but the real ‘shocker’ wasn’t the nice play (the only one I’ve seen him make as a Ranger), it was that Gorton had traded picks for an aging, oft-injured player that he probably could have picked up off the waiver wire instead.

    It makes me think the big talk about not looking at any ‘re-tread’ coaches was more about getting a compliant coach instead of a really good coach.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    Permalink

    You poor poor deluded souls.

    This was a rebuild from the start. But everyone still had hopes King 4 or more would bail us out and get us into the playoffs.

    This is how a rebuild works. You draft talent. You play the talent, you draft more and dump the talent that didn’t work out. Notice the operable word MORE.

    It’s been half a season and some change and this is exactly happening how I pictured it.

    We need to lose more games, better draft picks, and you can weed out the people that won’t be big when it counts.

    Good deals so far across the board , looking forward to draft night.

    Get rid of Quinn , that accomplished nothing. Get rid of the gumdrop and candy cane lane view of the Rangers and then you won’t be let down by their play.

    Reboots only work in the movies.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    Permalink

    Here is my problem of what has been going on here. Frankly we have played Hank too much and he was stealing points we did not deserve. I have no problem playing vets we want to unload at the deadline. We need a complete overhaul of the back line before we doing anything else. We need to have a lot of balls in the the lottery. Do not bring up any players until enough of the season has gone by so we don not burn any ELC years. We are getting a good look at some young players namely Chytil and Howden. There is very little talent to work with, including the talent with the PACK this was never going to be a retool the big purge is coming and we have not yet bottomed out. It’s a shame we can’t move Hank but looks like he wants to go down with the ship either way he must be told that his playing time is going to be reduced and not just for this year but next year also.

    I would like to see ADA play more even if it means sitting Pionk until we can move some of the dead weight off the blueline.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    Permalink

    “Marc Staal leading this team in minutes every night is useless”

    Actually Staal is third on the Rangers in TOI (behind Pionk and Skjei). This is something that would have been so easy to check, but then, checking is for wimps.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm
      Permalink

      Thank you Ray. Such a factual error which I too noticed immediately makes me question the whole blog. It’s unacceptable. If you want to make a point then make it with logic and facts.

      I think they are fully committed to the rebuild, but it’s a process that can’t be achieved in a year and requires a rolling turnover of the roster. This year, more than in the past, they added to full time NHL duty players like Pionk, ADA, Howden, and Chytil. Georgiev is clearly the back up this year, Andersson has played numerous games (even if I agree he should have been getting more ice time). They’ve also introduced Nieves into the lineup in what appears to be a more substantial role. That’s a lot of new blood in a short time, They went out and drafted a considerable amount of talent for one draft, I suspect they will again do the same this summer.

      Could this all be done faster, could this all be done better? In my eyes, yes … but it’s debatable since I don’t have a ringside seat to practices and the locker room. It easy to criticize from the comfort of your living room, family room or man cave.

      What gets me though, more than anything, is that all this criticism comes prior to the trade deadline. I want to wait at least until after the deadline to see what team they ice night in and night out … but if you think we’ll have a roster of all 25 year old and less, you’re deluding yourself. That isn’t how a rebuild is done and I never imagined that last spring was the low point. This year is clearly the young point and I suspect next year will be marginally better unless they find a way to add a couple of top flight free agents and free themselves of maybe 1 more d’man than is reasonable to expect — and I’m fine with all of it because this team (certainly not the Knicks — what an absurd comparison) has earned it by giving us 6-7 years of good hockey. I’ll trust them for another year or so, after that I too will chime in and demand an altered course, if necessary … but for now let them follow the course and the plan they have — and yes, they have a plan, even if you can’t quite see it and even if at times it appears too slow or superficially contradictory to their stated goal.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Permalink

    How long is a rebuild supposed to be? 3-4 seasons or more? if the true answer is 4 years, we have a long road ahead of us my friends….

    I think we should mix in positive articles or some people are gonna jump, lol.

    MGT is about to tear it down into phase 2, something they couldn’t do right away, my guess, ticket sales plays a role in the approach, not just hockey, the business of filling an arena, making players that can sell and now build up the brand as well.

    I am happy this season so far, we were picked to be bottom 5, we showed and hopefully keep showing some moments, but I felt teams and seasoned guys would catch up, the start of the season teams finding their ways but now you can see the consistency in the better squads and we are trending down to where we were predicted to be.

    I think this recent heartless, lost play is something to expect, its the first beat down stretch they have gone through, trade talks are happening, more separation will begin for them as pals and players…

    they are young, this is going to effect them.

    this is the part I didn’t ever wanna see, HENRIK… how he is going to feel and be going through this…

    our king … Darn it!

    LGR!!!

    LGR 2020, 2012, 2013

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    Permalink

    Howden and Chytil have already hit the sophomore jinx. We need talent of which we have only a little. Make your trade deadline moves, get 4 more picks or prospects and wait till next year. The team we put on the ice in March will be the type of team that gets us into the top 3 in the draft.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm
    Permalink

    Over the years, I’ve called for a youth movement, and they are going that route. I never expected we be winning this year, and only hoped for a hard working team, that wanted to win. Early on we were just that, but the reality of being not so good is starting to settle in, and some guys are quitting on us.

    These are the first players to get rid of, because they are lousy examples for the kids. As I posted earlier, Zucc broke my heart by being a quitter, and he should be the first traded. I have no idea what we can get as a return, but at this stage anything will do. If he gets us a decent draft pick, thank him, and wish him well, he deserves to be treated with respect, but he has to go.

    Hayes, Smith, Mc Quade, Shatty all should be moved along for picks, the more the merrier. This year’s draft will be another deep one, and if we can replicate last seasons, that would be wonderful. This process will take another few years, but once the pieces are in place, we should be set for years to come. I’m too long a tooth to go thru any half ass attempt to rebuild, do it right!!!!!

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm
      Permalink

      Exactly, the quitters need to go and more than likely will be gone come the trade deadline. Any dead weight that can’t be traded will probably be jettisoned over the summer.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    Permalink

    I think the answer lies somewhere in between. You have to keep vets. Just that simple. All rookie squads look like the Oilers. And stay in the cellar. But you need the right vets. Like a Staal, Krieder, Fast. I just don’t see Zibenjad as a leader. I like Hayes better. Trade Zib and make Hayes your first line center with krieder and fast. Give 2nd line role to howden/Strome and 3rd to Chytil/Andersson. And put Boo in a 4th line energy role. We wont win alot but the kids can play and learn and still have some vets of positive influence around. Everyone hates on staal but for all the horrendous play you all swear you see he is only a -1 plus minus. But Zibby is -14 with 34 points. He in my eyes is the least likely to ever succeed as a 1st line center. And to bill him as a 1st C is the same idiocy that billed Shattenkirk as a 1st pair D. Again Zib has all the talent in the world…You can see it. I am not knocking his abilities but he just looks like he is waiting for someone else to carry the torch. Let him go and see what you can get.

    Again if the offer is right I trade hayes also. You can’t be cemented. It is a rebuild and with that move him if the price is to good to say no. But moving him for say the 7th overall pick and a train wreck defenseman is not the right price. Moving him for the first overall pick and say highly drafted pick from last year like the kid montreal picked and is playing in every game this year for them. Obviously it is not going to happen but something of that caliber. A high end center ice prospect. And there is always the Hayes or Vesey avenue of signing a college player who elects to go for free agency. I don’t see alot of kids willingly coming to a rebuilding franchise.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:13 pm
    Permalink

    An organization lives or dies on drafting & development and I’m not sure they’re good at it, let alone good enough. Too many inherent biases, poor design of the pipeline, too early to cut bait on prospects.

    BIAS: Sean Day has been on the blacklist since they drafted him, even though he has the size and skillset for a solid defender. It took a month of him tearing it up in Maine just to get back to Hartford. They didn’t think much of Ryan Graves, either.

    POOR PIPELINE DESIGN: While in Hartford, he’s sucking on hind teat behind a bunch of AAAA prospects who are no longer waiver exempt, but are blocked from above by a stack of 3rd pair D. Move ’em up or move ’em out. They’re not winning with what they have on Broadway, might as well not win with cheaper guys.

    CUTTING BAIT: Malte Stromwall couldn’t catch a shift while in Hartford, currently the leading scorer in Finland(at a rate way higher than Meskanen has ever produced at). His running buddy Robin Kovacs is 3rd in scoring for his team in Sweden. How is running players off going to build developmental depth?

    I could go into the draft failures both in theory and practice(why draft a goalie in the 2nd, when that’s all you will get for a back up) but I’m short on time this evening.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm
      Permalink

      Bias with Sean Day? I doubt that. They want him to succeed and maybe someday he’ll get “it” … I know for myself having watched him a few times that I’m not convinced the hockey IQ is there.

      Re: Kovacs and Stromwall, they showed us very little in camp and possibly showed even less in Hartford. There are a number of very good players in Europe and Russia that produce there but whose games don’t translate well to NA — couldn’t that be the case with both of them? I mean both those players lasted “months”, not even a full season.

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 11:39 am
        Permalink

        I don’t know that bias is the right word, but how a player develops is related to coaching – and if you have a consistent pattern of having kids strike out and then go on to success elsewhere, it says something about your organization. You look at a Sean Day, assess where he is, figure out where he needs to be and what he has to do to get there, then make it happen. Sometimes it is just not meant to be, but sometimes the lack of success is poor execution on the part of the coaches. I am not saying the Rangers fare worse than other other organizations; I don’t have any data actually and data is required. But Reenavipul may have a point.

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm
        Permalink

        They played a full season, terminated contracts after 2nd camp.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    Permalink

    Bingo Rob, I have been beating this drum since the offseason.

    Tanto 🙂 beating me like a drum for telling the truth about the team and it’s “direction” if that’s what you want to call it.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm
      Permalink

      You can call it truth Richter, I just call it a day without sunshine. lol Cloudy with a 80% chance of rain mixed with snow.

      • Jan 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm
        Permalink

        Trust me pal, I wish that it weren’t so.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 7:24 pm
      Permalink

      I think it was the acquisition of McQuaid that meesed with my faith in the DIRECTION the most. They traded draft picks for a guy who is fading fast. Worse yet, then they play him over the youngsters. That is why I am for them ridding themselves of such players as soon as possible so that Quinn can’t help but play young people. I have seen enough of the McQuaids and Shattys in Rangers’ uniforms to make any over-the-hill acquisition drive me nuts! 🙂

      • Jan 7, 2019 at 7:41 pm
        Permalink

        Exactly Peter. Seems like a small trade but in concept it was ridiculous and contrary to what they were saying they were going to do.

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 7:12 am
        Permalink

        Peter

        How many years have I said stay away from the retreads, and I believe others are starting to see for themselves that getting such players is counter productive!!!!!!!!!

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 12:02 pm
        Permalink

        And if they flip McQuaid for a 3rd at the deadline, do you still hate the move? They gave up a 4 for him. Maybe just maybe Gorton has a plan for him.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    Permalink

    “James Dolan watched the Rangers practice Monday. He thinks they can compete for a playoff spot because they have Lundqvist” Tweet from Newsday.

    Dolan is a complete buffoon who has never worked a day in his life. And what’s worse is that he could completely demolish this franchise like he’s done with the Knicks, and still sit pretty with the most valuable franchise in the NHL.

    My friends have told me that the 3 senile old stooges think they can make the playoffs. Here’s the proof.

    Poor Gorton and poor us.

    • Jan 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm
      Permalink

      Reading both the Post and Newsday articles left me with the impression that Dolan was really just trying to give Henrik a pat on the back after the 2 horrible outings. He said that the “team” thinks they can make the playoffs, but he also said they weren’t contenders for the Cup and that they are staying the course. He expressed confidence in Quinn and management and the rebuild while propping up his dejected goalie. He dismissed the idea of tanking as a bad concept. I actually didn’t have a problem with anything he said…

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 6:32 am
        Permalink

        I’m tired of hearing what they have to say, I want to see what they DO, going forward.

        Let’s see if Hayes gets the 7 x 7 contract or trade him, that will tell everyone what they will need to know, either way.

        • Jan 8, 2019 at 10:48 am
          Permalink

          In order for that to happen, Richter, you need to develop patience

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 9:36 pm
    Permalink

    Well we have seen what happens when just one of the mainstays veterans is not in the lineup ie Kevin Hayes. The team gets their ass kick. This does little to instill confidence in the young players on the squad.

    Please till me how young hockey players will develop if they can’t figure out how to break through a neutral zone trap or how to play zone defence. My point is young players need the veterans to teach them the game. The Rangers are frustrating to watch but that is the process, did anyone really believe it was going to be pretty. Quinn is walking the line between playing youth and not getting shelled everynight.

  • Jan 7, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Permalink

    Team needs a complete overhaul immediately! Get rid of Zucc (fading fast), McQuaid (makes no sense), Smith (Absolutely brutal), Vesey (No skill), Fast (over-rated), Bush (a consistent dud), Shattenkirk (Way-over-rated and over paid), Mccleod (Player style from thirty years ago) and if possible, Staal, WHO INCIDENTLY HAS BEEN ONE OF THEIR STEADIER DEFENSEMEN, HOW PATHETIC IS THAT?. Yes, keep and resign Hayes if reasonable, and keep the remaining players as a nucleus. Replace the others with trades for prospects, draft choices and kids called up from Hartford. Anything is better then the crap we have been seeing lately. Way to much dead wood!. DeAngelo should be playing STEADILY, PERIOD!

    • Jan 8, 2019 at 12:02 am
      Permalink

      trade all the junk but get quality back pieces back? im afraid it doesn’t work that way.

      • Jan 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm
        Permalink

        Younger, better chemistry, change, who said anything about getting immediate quality players back for junk?At this point, get the potential best you can get and hope in the long run there is improvement! THERE OVIOUSLY NEEDS TO BE MORE CHANGES. No halfway rebuild.

  • Jan 8, 2019 at 11:59 am
    Permalink

    So if they flip McQuaid for a 3rd then Gorton did a great job, as he traded a 4th to get him not all moves are done in a bubble. Maybe he knows at the deadline, if McQuaid plays well, teams are willing to move a 3rd rounder for them.

    It is half a season into the rebuild. The defenseman in the AHL weren’t ready, you could ruin not only their career, but another dman’s career if they play together. Is it any coincidence that Skeji has played much better when paired with a steady veteran (McQuaid) over Tony D? You play all kids it could have a long lasting impact.

    Lets see what happens by 2/25 and reevulate when on 2/26 all the kids are called up to replace (Zucc, Hayes, McQuaid etc).

Comments are closed.