With rumors abound, Rangers focus should be on issues, not splashes

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Jeff Gorton is entering his first full offseason as the GM of the New York Rangers, and he couldn’t be tasked with a more difficult offseason. The Rangers have toxic contracts, a system that doesn’t fit some of the players, and the worst of them all, a combination of the two. But with rumors abound that they are taking offers on pretty much everyone, the big concern is making splashes for splashes sake.

It’s pretty clear where the issues are on this team. For those that need a refresher, it’s summed up in one tweet:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that offense (note: the forwards) are not the problem. The defense hemorrhaged shots in quantity and in quality and had one of the single worst penalty kills in recent memory (for the Rangers, at least).  If numbers aren’t your thing, then you surely noticed the inability to get out of the zone, to have a sustained breakout, or to limit the cross-ice pass.

But does trading Rick Nash solve these issues? Derek Stepan? Derick Brassard? Kevin Hayes? Likely not, or at least not enough to make a noticeable difference heading into next year.

Don’t take that the wrong way, there is no one on this roster that is untouchable –save for Lundqvist and the rookies– and a lot of this talk it based on the return. But without addressing the real problems, the Rangers will have more of the same next year.

We’ve spent a good amount of cyber ink on the defense and that things need to change. I don’t want to re-hash everything and at this point in time, you all know where I stand with the current roster. But one tweet has summed up how frustrating some of the rumors we’ve seen can be.

All the forwards seem to be in trade discussions, yet we haven’t heard a peep about the guys that appear to no longer be a viable option for continued success of the Rangers. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Unless it’s a huge blockbuster like Nash or Eric Staal, the Rangers usually keep things quiet until they make their move. So maybe it’s a good thing that we haven’t heard any defensemen mentioned yet.

But be forewarned: Making moves just to make moves and make a change is not the right course. The right course is identifying the issues and solving the problem. The problem is the defense, and it’s been painfully obvious to everyone that has watched this team. But can this team make the right move to address these issues?

We will find out in two weeks. For better or for worse.

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64 thoughts on “With rumors abound, Rangers focus should be on issues, not splashes

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Trading for Eric Staal was a “blockbuster” only in the sense of how the Rangers were ripped off. Now, we are no doubt evaluating trading another player just to get back the type of assets given to Carolina in the first place. Gorton looked silly in his first trade as Rangers GM; he needs to get much better very quickly.

    If we could replace Staal and Girardi with 2 defenseman of $5mm quality, we would be a better team for sure; but not a Stanley Cup team, in my view. Let’s keep our eye on the prize. This club needs a deeper restructuring that extends from the coaching staff into supplying Hartford with a solid pool of talent.

    Let the off-season begin!

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Excellent post AD. My hope is that Gorton learned from his “rookie” mistake.

      As an aside, we already improved our defence with the subtraction of Boyle.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

      The problem with the Staal trade wasn’t so much the price, it was the fact it was like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. It didn’t address the issue.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

        How about putting the band aid on no wound while the two gun shot wounds # 5 & 18 were left bleeding

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

        price too was very poor

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

        I’m not sure 2 seconds and a pretty good prospect was a good price for another STALL.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Jeff Gorton’s first trade was Etem for Jensen and sixth, though.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

        That was still Sather I believe. Gorton didn’t officially take over til after the draft.

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

          Try that again. That was the dump off of Etem.

          • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

            You are correct for some reason I was thinking of the initial Hagelin trade.

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

          Gorton took over on July 1. Sather signed Diaz, then resigned.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:05 am

    The inability (unwillingness?) of some of the forwards (Brassard, Zuccarello, Hayes in particular) to back check or be defensively responsible in their own zone contributed to those bad shots/goals against numbers. While for forwards aren’t the biggest problem they are still part of the problem.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Why wasn’t backchecking an issue the two seasons before last?

      The forwards are fine, they are not part of the problem. The problem is the anchors on the blue line.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Let me state that no matter what happens this coming season, it still falls on Sather’s lap, because until we rid ourselves of some of the idiotic contracts handed out by him, Gorton is just stuck with crap!!!!!!!!!

    I believe that from here on out, the policy should be we never give away the store for old retreads, or trade away the future for marquee names who have seen their best days in their rear view mirrors, just so we can have a former star’s name be in bold letters. We should never sign people for long term deals over the age of 28-29 years of age.

    To emphasize my point, look at the results of last night’s game, and series. Pittsburgh had a speedy group of kids come up, got rid of their old, slow farts, and changed the entire mind set of that team. Their speed killed SJ, and everyone else who played them during their run.

    Then you had the Sharks who couldn’t rid themselves of Big Joe, Marleau, and the team couldn’t keep up with the kids. Bottom line, having proven veterans is so over rated, and they still did win the grand prize.

    Our team has to be smart from here on out. First of all, Dolan should tell Sather to say on the golf course, collect his retirement check, and not be seen ever again with in the confines of MSG. We should try never to rid ourselves of our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks if at all possible, and make that a team policy. Build our team from the draft, and if the need arises, make trades to fill in the holes but never, ever again, give away our #1 picks. I get sick at the fact we have no picks, and this draft is so deep, thanks you shit head Slat’s, you really gave it to us this time!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

      As a side note, as much as I hated to see the Pens win, I’m happy for Hags, he is a great kid, and deserves the ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:55 am

        Hey Walt, don’t forget Cullen who was only here for a brief time but the ultimate profession. Glad for both Hags and Cullen

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

          your right !!!!!!!!!!

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Walt, you are Spot on, we know changes have to be made, we can not stand pat, but Sather left Gorton with a mess, he has to make moves, but his hands are tied. I do not envy the task at hand. The fact we have no draft picks and are slow and too polite on the D end( Girardi & Staal) not to mention way overpriced with no trade clauses makes this look like a horror movie.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

      You hit the nail on the head.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Walt u r right on. Will Mr. Monoply (Dolan) listen? I hope so. Couldn’t watch the team Ive rooted for since 1969 after the Staal trade.
      No more silliness to keep the window open. Break the freakin thing in!
      Keep the draft picks, our scouting guys are right now the best part of us…give them their heads…….We need AV to step up and reconsidered what has made him arguably a HOF coach.
      And Slats….stay healthy….we hardly knew ya!

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    It’s amazing how in a few years 2 contracts can strap a team so bad. Staal n Girardi were a part of why we used to be a hard team to beat n now they seem to be the reason why we keep beating ourselves. I’m referring to the turnovers there. I couldn’t agree more with this article. Don’t just start cleaning house here. Those core players they mention are the guys that got us so close to the cup a few times. I don’t know how but they’ve gotta get rid of Girardi’s contract n hopefully Staal’s too. I don’t know if they’ll be able to do it but I hope Yandle can stay. To think we might trade our best guys to go get what we gave up in the first place gets me pissed off

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Eh,,,Lundqvist’s contract is just as much an anchor

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Leather, up until now I always thought the sun rise and the sun sets for the Rangers revolved around Hank. I may have to step back on that comment, after seeing the kid Murray (21 yrs old) play lights out, lead his team to a CUP, I question that $8 million a year the King gets…

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm

          Im sure a lot of goalies would look really good playing in front of Crosby and Malkin.

          When the Rangers have the ability to add franchise players like that to the roster then maybe they don’t need such a good goalie.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:47 pm

        Agreed. He is HHOF, but will never win a cup here with the existing management. Get him to a team that has a chance, he deserves it!
        Think R Borque.
        Were the goalies in the finals born when he started with the NYR?
        A joke, but really, were they?

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        Couldn’t agree more. Hank is a very good goalie. However he takes up FAR too much cap space. And Leather, I know you’ve been saying that for a VERY LONG time.
        Sempre Fi Brother.

        • Jun 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

          Hi guys,

          Can you please explain too me how the best goalie the Rangers has ever had and who is MVP och runner up MVP every year is even close too the problem for this team? Every team in the NHL pays their best player too much imo but that player is almost never the problem for the team in question. Some examples, is Kane/Toews a problem for CHI, is Ovie the problem for WSH, is Tavares the problem for Islanders? No they are not so please stop this Hank is a overpriced problem for Rangers. Only way he is a problem since he came too Rangers is that he is too good and wins too many games that they never showed their true face and got a top 3 pick in his earlier years… He wins more then 30 games each year and he has never played a AHL game.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I read the stats a bit differently. Many nights we had trouble scoring goals, and while our shooting percentage led the league, being in the top ten in goals, is not a bad place to be, our PP and PK need to be linked at the hip. It shows me that teams could take liberties with us without fear of retribution and that we had to be very careful, because, when we were in the box, the opposition pounced. The PK is not just a defensive problem. It is also a coaching, configuration and speed/stamina issue. While we have 2 defenders out there, we also rotate 2 forwards. Those forwards as much as the defenders need to play the angles, the boards and block shots. We didn’t do any of these too well.

    As for the nomination of who gets traded. The writer knows all too well that changing this team is as much about a Cap problem as it is a personnel problem. The trade-ability quotient of the defense (Trade-Ability of player/$Cap hit) seems higher for the forwards he named than for the defenseman on this team (even though it is the Stall/Girardl areas that needs the work). That said, do you stand pat? Do you make minor moves?

    I think Gorton ends up moving guys like Klein, Hayes and maybe even and Fast and does not do anything big and we flounder around with a similar team. We change 2 guys on the backline and 3 guys on the offense. Add a new defensive coach with a new PK system and (hopefully) some new PP systems and go to war.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:06 am

      About the PP. The Rangers don’t either do enough to get the calls or the lack of speed is killing us, especially thru the neutral zone. NYR was LAST in the league on time spent with any man advantage. Nearly a hundred minutes less that Philly. So, we are looking to pay Yandle a ton of money yet, we will spend far less time on the PP.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Good point on the PK. The truth is that the PK was awful no matter who was on the ice. It really seemed to be more the system – or execution of the system – than any individual players. The only exception was that the PK was fine when Raanta played, but I suspect that that was just a statistical anomaly since there is no supporting evidence suggesting that Hank was actually a weakness.

      • Jun 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        I feel that some players don´t finish their defensive job when hank is in net but works harder when Raanta was playing. Don´t know if that is true but i had that feeling some nights. Raanta is a great guy and a great back up goalie and im really happy he is staying with us.

        On the PK i feel that many of the goals that were scored against us was because of the abillity too protect the middle of the ice and through the Zone passes and the battle around the net. We had a guy alone in front of our goalie too often who could deflect and pick up rebounds too easily. It was a complete mess our PK.

        My “best” memory of the season when it comes too abd coaching decisions is the game against NJD when we lead 3-0 or something and with 2 min left we get a man adv and too “secure” the lead AV puts 2 defenders out there (Girardi is one of them) and like 20 sec in we give NJD a breakaway, think its Girardi that messes up on offensive blue line and NJD scores. I didn´t know if i shoud laugh or scream.

        AV had a lot of bad decisions last season and he needs too change that next season.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

    eric was used all wrong

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:25 am

      It was all symbolized in the game where Staal was winning all the draws and Stupid AV decides to take Stall out and replace him with Stephan with a few seconds left on the clock. We lost the draw and lost the game because of AV.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I’m over being pessimistic. I’m excited about free agency and the draft (though do we even have any picks?). Can’t wait for Rangers hockey to start up again.

    Happy for Hags, though it was tough to see him patting Syd’s back and hugging Letang. And whoever said I was all wrong about Pitt, atodaso.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    After the incredibly moronic acquisition of E. Staal, I have lost all faith in Gorton’s ability to see what the true issues with the Rangers roster are.

    He and AV should both go find some alternative universe where Girardi and M. Staal are worth Stralman’s used jock – maybe they can win a cup there..

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Tired of hearing “everyone but Lundqvist”. Oldest, highest paid player on team!! Talk about toxic contracts. And yes, need to trade Nash! He’s not paid 7.8 to kill penalties!! Should be seriously perusing Stamkos… And if we’re lucky enough to land him then, you trade one of the highest paid centers, Brassatd!!

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      You don’t want Stamkos at what will be a high price over 7plus years. It will just be another bad contract. Look TB when further than us and gave Pittsburgh it’s toughest challenge without Stamkos. The Rangers need to bite the bullet on their bad contracts. I’m talking Danny G, Staal, Nash and Stepan. Now the King I would trade if after clearing the others off the books or 3 of 4 a big offer was on the table. A new core must be build and given time and space to develop. The before mention players are part of the old and shouldn’t be part of the new. This team wouldn’t win a cup will any of the above players,except the King. Look at the last what 10 cup winners strength up the middle with Superstar centers or best in the league. The Rangers don’t have because they make decisions just to make the play offs not win the cup. Build from within trade for the remaining or missing pieces when needed.Never sign players to long term high price contract unless they are SUPERSTARS in their prime and ours. If people think Stepan is a number one center therein is the problem. One number centers put teams on their back and carry them until they drink from the cup. Stepan doesn’t have that skill set.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm


        Spot on with your post!!!!!!!!!

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      sorry my friend, the calls will increase as time goes on !!

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that defense was the problem. However, defense is not a two man job. Defense is a six man job. When you encourage your defensemen to pinch, forwards need to back check. If the opposing team has a sustained assault, the defensemen need to keep the puck out of the net and the forwards need to break the assault. Every skater needs to be involved.

    And then there is the goaltender. How many times during the SC playoffs did we see an attack by the opposition thwarted before it even got started by Matt Murray’s fine play of the puck? One of the reasons why the Rangers were 21st and 25th was Lundqvist, quite possibly a more significant factor than either Stall or Girardi.

    Some perspective: Hank’s primary job is to keep the puck out of the net and he did a very good job of preventing those high quality chances from becoming goals. That is more important. The forwards have a primary responsibility of putting the puck in the net and they do a good job of that — and so we want to keep them. The defensemen have a primary responsibility which is addressed by these numbers and so we insist that they be good. However, before we dismiss them, let’s remember that they are playing with two hands tied behind their back.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Is there a theme here that nobody is being deployed properly?

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      By George I think he is on to something! It ain’t the players, it’s the damn system! Those coaches and the damn system I tell you!

      Everytime a bell ring an angel gets its wings and a Ranger PK gives up a goal I tell you!

      Clarence! Clarence! It’s AV and the System

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

        They aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s both.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      There’s more than a kernel of truth there, but isn’t that on management to find players to fit the system? Not an AV apologist by any means, but he’s not the one that gave out long term deals to defensemen that just aren’t meant for the speed game.

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Pittsburgh winning the Cup will change the way hockey is played.Speed and pressure from all 5 players both on the forecheck and back check negates the need for a superstar goalie being paid(Fleury). Other than Letang on the back end there are no superstars on D. Lovejoy,Cole,Matta,Doumilin and Schmidt are far from all stars. You might say their second best D was injured(Daley). What the have are a 5 man offense and defense. A great performance by Jones was the only reason San Jose was in it.
    How are the Rangers going to compete with Washington and Tampa Bay who are doing the same as Pittsburgh, but just a notch below. Need quick Dmen and fast decision makers with speed. Hayes is a perfect example of what is not needed. Slow footed, slow decision making, and slow to back check. Of course
    I am amazed Pittsburgh was able to be under the cap with 5 superstar salaries.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      This is the direction the league has been moving for some time now. If you recall, the Rangers actually were the same team as the penguins in the 2013-2014 season where they came up short in the SCF. They were called the fastest team in the league, and were one of the better breakout/transition teams (sound familiar)?

      Problem was, they let a big component of that team walk in Stralman (a catalyst in the great breakout they had), and several other defensemen deteriorated the past two seasons to the point of being liabilities.

      This is how they want to play, they don’t have enough players to execute it.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        Yes, they chose to keep some players and let others go. They made bad chooses which led to bad contracts. Stralman should have been kept and Danny G and Staal should have been traded for young NHL ready talent or number one picks. That should be the model in this cap era ala Chicago Blackhawks. Hagalin should have been kept and Stepan should have been traded after his hold out. Yes hold out. Management chose to keep a certain core of players and they fell short. MOVE ON. That’s my problem with what’s happening now. Excuses oh Danny G was hurt. Why was he playing than. I’m not stupid we aren’t stupid it’s an excuse to keep Danny G. He was hurt BS he’s done. MOVE ON. Trade him or expose him to the draft. The NMC these guys have isn’t a problem just tell them we wouldn’t play you that’s it that all. It amazes me that people can be successful in life and amass millions but when it comes to sports be so stupid. MOVE ON. Start anew. It’s ok. One CUP in 75 years hey we are a patient group.

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

          This isn’t fifty years ago. There is a union. You can’t treat players spitefully. You cannot for example bench Dan Girardi and play Chris Summers in his place just so that Dan will waive his NMC. That is a foul. If you are going to bench Girardi, it has to be for a valid reason. It certainly isn’t going to be attitude and so, if Dan is healthy, you need to actually have another Dman who is better taking his place. And if for example, Girardi is really worth only $1.5M a year and you have a guy who gets paid $1M and is worth $1.4M, the second Dman is a better value, but he is not actually better.

          The truth is that Girardi is actually good, maybe nowhere near
          $5.5M good, but good enough to make benching him a hard sell.

          • Jun 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm

            BS you can play who you want. There’s enough thing that say one has to play X because he is better. BS you can play DMc and not Danny G or Staal that’s not against any union agreement. The team determents who the top four not the Union. I’m all for players getting paid and at the same time I’m for teams not overpaying players be cause some stupid GM over pays some other player. The coach plays who he wants not the Union. See the problem is people fear change which is life and how we get better we change. Dan is done. DMc should have been playing early and often and by the seasons in he would have been ready to play a bigger roll. The man not kid makes good quick decisions under pressure and brings a skill set this team needs. You don’t have to be fast to play fast.ive said it over and over this team has to many nice guys and takes to much punishment .Dan is old to much wear and tear cut the cord. It’s amazing and down right to continue with this cord. MOVE ON.

            • Jun 13, 2016 at 7:20 pm

              You base this on what. The Rangers have a contract with Girardi and they have to honor it. Benching Girardi for the purpose of forcing him to waive his NMC is not honoring the contract.

              Now, the Rangers can bench Girardi for other reasons, but those reasons can’t be transparently false. If the Rangers can make a credible case that Girardi is not one of their top six defensemen, then yes, they can play their best players.

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

          HARLEM, Man oh Man, the one cup in 75 years burns through me like a hot knife through butter, look at what our Metropolitan rivals ( the Isles & Devils) have done in such a sort time span. Lets take it a step further, can you imagine if Messier does not lift this franchise on his shoulders???, we would be 0 for 75 and I would be jumping off a cliff!!!

          • Jun 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

            Yes Bobby B. One 75 plus and like you I don’t know how I’ve survived. People still are saying oh it’s ok we are just a player away. They should be slapped by Moe Larry and Curly and let’s not forget shelp. There seems to be more three stooges who Ranger fans. MOVE ON. So we trade Dan, Staal, Nash and Stepan. What will happen we wait another year or two or ten. Shit it’s BEEN ONE IN 75 PLUS.

            • Jun 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

              I had to laugh, because when some post how we need veterans, and blah, blah, blah, it’s pure bull crap. Something to really piss you off with, the Pens have as many Cups as we have in our history, now chew on that garbage for a while.

              Don’t give me the nonsense of draft picks are a crap shoot, the kids that carried the Pens were all drafted by them, while we trade for the likes of a MSL, Staal, Yandle, with no chance of resigning them, just to make some of our bozo fans happy that a move was made. Pure bull sh*t !!!!!!!!!!

              • Jun 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

                The problem is Pit has i don´t know how many 1 picks in their roster right now. Crosby, Fleury, Letang, Malkin. How many does the Rangers have 1 i think and that is Nash. Our best player is a 289 pick and people are wondering about why Rangers has so few cups… How many teams with Cups has 0 1 picks? I don´t say a 1 pick s equal too a Cup Edmonton sure proves that, but their is reasons why Rangers isn´t winning Cups and that isn´t always because of the players they have now…

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

        Boston, the difference being the LA Kings took us in 5, where the Pens win the cup in 6. We may have been faster , but LA was better and wanted it more, and Quick outplayed The King.. The Pens on the other hand were faster and better and had this 21 yr old kid ( MURRAY) play like he was a Dryden/Roy/Brodore/Hasik clone.

        • Jun 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

          What does “wanted it more” mean?

          Quick outplayed Hank?

          • Jun 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

            Quick did indeed outplay Henk in the Stanley Cup finals. Didn’t you watch the series?

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Talent dictates tactics. Give me scrubs that execute a system properly and I’ll show you the 15-16 Maple Leafs.

    Don’t play a one legged D man top 2 minutes. Don’t play a passive forecheck when you have big, fast forwards.

    • Jun 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Agree with most of it, minus the forecheck. Their forecheck is actually fairly aggressive. Tough to forecheck though when you give the opposition the puck with 20 feet to work with because the your defense just flips the puck out of the zone, leaving the forwards to play catch up.

      • Jun 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

        I still say we go into next year with McD, Klein, Girardi, Skjei, Staal and McIlrath as our defense. What do we do then? Not because I want this, but because you do not want to trade McD, Skjei or McIlrath and you may not be able to trade Girardi or Staal. You can trade Klein, but he is a fair-value guy who you probably shouldn’t trade. There goes any chance of changing the PP or the PK. Forget coming out of the zone with any speed, so I guess we are DOOMED!

        The sky is falling!

  • Jun 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Here we go with the nonsense that the King’s contract should be scrutinized because of his cap hit. So let’s put a little reality into the conversation.

    Does anyone see Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, and Letang in the Rangers’ line up?

    Or Pavelski, Couture, Thornton, Burns, and Vlasic?

    Or Toews, Kane, Palnerin (spelling), Keith, and Seabrooke?

    2 stats:
    King had the best 5 on 5 save % in the league by far AND
    the Rangers were near the bottom (not a good thing) in giving up high danger scoring chances.

    So you tell me that having a Murray or Jones in the Ranger nets allows the Rangers to spend that money somewhere else and makes them a better team. Utterly ridiculous.

    WHEN are people going to realize that without the King the Rangers may not even make the playoffs.

  • Jun 14, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Lots of good comments here. Rangers management needs to manage players/contracts the same way the NE Patriots do. It’s really quite simple. Do not give a player a huge no trade contract for how they used to perform. Also,hockey players over 31 yrs old should be moved with few exceptions (meaning unbelievable like a Messier). Load up on draft picks 2nd,3rd,4th round instead of what Rangers do which is trade all their top picks and prospects like Duclair. They are in trouble now. Gorton made a horrible trade getting Eric Stall who is old and skated like he was 60 yrs old and didn’t seem to care. Sather panicked and traded way too much for Yandle who could never have been the missing piece because he was never a game changer. He gave away too much for Marty St Louis also but was forgiven when they made it to the finals.

  • Jun 14, 2016 at 8:22 am

    and I quote..”With a roster filled with world-class talent, coach Mike Sullivan preached the team concept from Day 1. It worked and now they are the 2016 Stanley Cup champions”.
    Well Jeff…It does look like you have your work cut out for you…P.S You will need to find something for Sather to do so he won’t help you screw this up.
    Rutherford put together a masterpiece of talent Jeff. Good luck

  • Jun 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I am thrilled that Hags has a ring. Congrats to the speedster and team player that embodies all that is what the Rangers should have worked on keeping.

    I have loved D Girardi for many years – his selfless sacrifice to the team. If he and Stall would understand the issues posed on defense and be willing to restructure contracts to afford cap flexibilty to play a third line D – that would be excellent. Work with D Mac and Brady S and work with Yandle or try to work on getting Barrie from Colorado.

    Keep Klien – stay at home warrior. Sign Kreider to a bridge. Trade either Nash and/or Stepan/Brass for picks and young talent = a small rebuild. As a Hartford Wolfpack season ticket holder for many years we need a major infusion of “up an comers” to work, in the system to allow for flexibility in upcoming years.

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