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Quiet Rangers do the right thing

Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)
Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

It is definitely a concern that the Rangers’ association with the sad sack Blue Jackets has grown stronger this week. Putting that aside however and Glen Sather was right to exercise caution in a free agency period that may have been the most idiotic ever. The Rangers went out and added depth. They went out and acquired players who will not excite anyone but in Benoit Pouliot and Dominic Moore in particular, they brought in two players that should help the team down the road.

On a day when players who had just finished abysmal seasons managed to have their agents get them four year deals or significant pay rises based almost solely on availability Glen Sather spent minimally. Benoit Pouliot – whose 2012-13 season would have pro-rated to close to 50 points – got 1.3m while Moore got one million and Aaron Johnson got close to the league minimum. There should be no complaints over the money doled out.

The Rangers underachieved last season for a few reasons. However, depth was certainly a factor as was their ability to perform on special teams. Pouliot and Moore will slide into the line-up and give the team depth amongst the forwards while Moore will help improve a penalty kill that got in its own way at times last year. In Johnson, the blueline is solidified if only for when the likes of Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret or Justin Falk are in New York, the minor leagues system will still have capable talent allowing for continuity.

There’s a chance Glen Sather is being true to his word. He said he wanted to leave chances for the prospects to grab spots and none of these signings will have created road blocks from Connecticut or the juniors. There is definitely a chance for prospects to play there way on to this roster. However, this sensible spending from Sather (so far, at least) may also be a sign toward next summer.

With the core likely locked up long term this summer the Rangers will know what they have to spend next summer, will likely free up cap space from Brad Richards in one year’s time and will be well positioned to take advantage of a market that many clubs eliminated themselves from this weekend. This weekend that saw general managers nationwide act like drunk teenage girls running wild after members of a boy band. Sather and co were quiet, and we should all be thankful.

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  • Not very often when you can say Glen Sather did the right thing during free agency. Looking forward to next season even more now.

  • I’m starting to believe that choosing to not buyout Brad RIchards had a lot to do with the lack of cost-effective FA options. The Rangers brass must have FINALLY realized that it is in the best interest of the franchise to re-up with their core players rather than grossly overpay for decent players.

  • I wonder if they may have dicided not to resign Zuccarello or Hagelin. Do they have enough money left? Or do they plan on trading Boyle now that they have Moore? McDonagh and Stepan are surely gonna eat up the remaining 11.2 mil left in Cap Space. The moves made were good ones but if they were at the expense of core players it doesn’t make sense. I could live without Zuc on the team but not if he’s a Penguin or Capital player.

  • Larry Brooks reporting that Mcdonaghs agent said they are getting closer to a deal. I will feel a lot better when this one actually gets gone!

  • I have to disagree with you about the Jackets. They aren’t so sorry anymore. The new GM has turned them into not only a playoff team but could conceivably make a run once in. They have the goaltending and have added Horton along with Gabby. They have a nice supporting cast and have stockpiled good defensive prospects. I don’t know if they have the depth to contend for the Cup but they aren’t an easy out anymore.

  • Now that Moore is back in the fold, I have a feeling we could see Boyle get traded. I still would like to get some more right handed shots on the team, in particular, Jonathan Blum. I still think Sather has a trick up his sleeve, not sure what, but you know he makes better trades then signings, so who knows, can’t wait to see!

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