After initially hearing the Rangers acquisition of Dunham, I was
ecstatic. I was beginning to get annoyed that Sather had yet to make a
move to acquire a number one goalie to give Blackburn some rest. Constant
rumors were tossed around about the team acquiring Jeff Hackett. However,
I knew that prying him away from Montreal would cost the Rangers an arm
and a leg. Although Theodore is starting to get hot, Jeff has provided the
Habs with stellar goaltending all season. So the way I see it, if Montreal
has two goalies playing well, why would they trade one of them?
Getting back to my statement about costing the Rangers ďan arm and a
legĒ. A lot of fans thought the Rangers did just that in acquiring Dunham
from Nashville. It did not surprise me that Kloucek was part of the deal.
Did any of you actually think heíd have a spot on the team after all the
injuries? As soon as he was sent down last season, I knew he had worn the
Blueshirt for the last time. Over the last twenty years or so the Rangers
have never rebuilt, nor will they ever, itís the New York way. This may
sound harsh but if you want to see prospects playing and a team not trading
away its draft picks, then you are following the wrong organization.
I can deal with not having Rem Murray anymore. Though I liked him a lot,
I think he is replaceable. They picked up a decent replacement in acquiring
Josh Green from the Oilers. He is basically a younger version of Rem and
will probably be no higher than a third or fourth line player.
Now that Iíve talked about the players who are gone, lets talk about the
player who is here: Mike Dunham. There is no doubt that Iíll feel a little
more comfortable watching the Rangers knowing that thereís a veteran goalie
back there. It was clear that Blackburn was getting tired and it was an
annoyance that the Rangers would have try and win after giving up three
goals a game. A lot of Rangers fans have been complaining about Dan
ďflopping aroundĒ and going down to early and what not. The fact of the
matter is that heís too young to be a starter. It was nice to see him play
but he still needs to work on his game.
Mike Dunham, a native of Johnson City, New York grew up watching the
Rangers. His dad is a longtime fan and Mike himself watched the team as well
during his childhood. Iím sure his dad is excited, perhaps even more so than
Dunham himself. How cool would that be to watch your favorite team and have
your own son starting for them? I really think Mike is going to put in a lot
of good games for the Rangers. Mike, even though, on an expansion team put
up some excellent numbers during his time with the Predators. Even though he
was on a bad team, his GAA was frequently in the Top 10 in the NHL and is
record was respectable. Granted, his numbers this year have been poor, the
Predators went through a tough stretch to open the season that wasnít all
I really hope the veteran presence can lift the Rangers both mentally and
in the standings as well. As I write this, the Rangers are out of a playoff
spot with over half the season still remaining. The good news is that there
is still plenty of time to make up for the awful start. The bad news is I
hope we still arenít waiting for the Rangers to get hot when itís too late.
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