It’s Sunday, that means it’s time for this week’s link dump.
The Rangers webpage is running an in-depth look at 20 prospects in the system, called 20 Prospects in 20 Days. This is a good feature that will help you familiarize yourself with prospects that aren’t well known in the Rangers system, like Danny Hobbs and newly signed Tommy Grant. The prospects you know are likely to be the ones that affect the organization in some way or another (directly or indirectly), but the ones you don’t know are the ones that could be sleepers. Remember, Dan Girardi wasn’t even drafted.
Friend of the blog Jess Rubenstein of The Prospect Park does some of his own finger pointing when it comes to Chris Drury. Just a warning, if you’re a Drury hater, you’re not going to like that post. Jess is 100% right in every point he makes in that post. The finger pointing can be turned at the fans for having wild expectations that were inconsistent with Drury’s career numbers. Sure, the last two years he showed his age, but he’s 35, what did you expect? Remember when he scored that goal with 7.7 seconds (seriously, that’s twice a team has done that to the Rangers) in Game 5 in 2007? I wasn’t the only one calling for the Rangers to sign him as I wept into a pillow because I knew the series was done*.
*-I didn’t actually weep into a pillow. I did, however, just stare at the TV screen and not move until one of my roommates put a beer in my hand.
So Joe Niewendyk is open to trading Brad Richards negotiating rights. This shouldn’t really be surprising, as they may as well get something for him. But then again, if he’s not willing to waive his no-trade clause, there is no point. All signs point to Richards going to the highest bidder. He wants teams to negotiate against each other.