Hey everybody, the Rangers are rebuilding! Or are they? I for one am not a
firm believer in this "rebuild". While I give credit to the
organization for being bringing in a lot of youth (whether it is because of the
massive movement at the trade deadline or by signing free agents) I still don't
buy the rebuild.
Since Glen Sather came to this organization, things have gone from bad to
worse. The franchise has been at a stand still, doing everything possible to not
make the playoffs.
Let's say it's around the trade deadline next season and the Rangers are
three points out of a playoff spot. The scenario I am afraid of is Glen Sather
making another panic trade, one more in the long line of panic trades over the
last seven years that has prolonged the false hope that the Rangers could make
the postseason. Out go a couple young, promising players, in comes an aging
veteran with hopes that the last few shifts of his career can get the Rangers
into the postseason.
Did you hear that? Yes, that's a collective sigh from Rangers fans all over
who have heard the beat from this drum before…a drum whose surface is wearing
That alone is reason for Rangers fans to be skeptical, and I'll gladly write
another article and eat my words if the opposite proves to be true.
Since the infamous "Summer of '99" under Neil Smith, the Rangers
have been known for their overpaying of useless veterans. (See: Valeri Kamensky
and Stephane Quintal among many, many others)…since that summer, the Rangers
have not been the same as an organization.
This off-season, Sather has only signed a couple of "high profile"
free agents, centerman Michael Nylander and goaltender Kevin Weekes. While I
have no problems with these signings, some might also see this as two veterans
coming in and taking spots away from younger players.
Is Mark Messier coming back? If that is so, there goes another spot. With
Holik, Nylander, Kasparaitis, and Jagr among some other of the team's veterans,
slowly but surely the spots will dissapear. No, you cannot have a lineup
strictly of young players and I understand that, but a trade here, a couple of
signings here, and you might have the Rangers of old yet again.
I think I hear that drum...
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