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07-16-2008, 09:08 AM
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you're exactly correct - everyone b#tched and moaned about Nylander, myself included. But of course, what were the options at the time to replace Nylander?

In the end, it was the right decision. Signing him to a 5 year deal is short-sighted. After a couple years of diminishing performances and possibly injury-filled seasons (he was injury prone throughout his career and getting older doesn't help any), the Rangers would be looking to get rid of him and wouldn't have any takers. The real question is, should Sather have picked up the team option back in 2005 that would've kept Nylander in NY another season at about $2.3MM. The danger of that would've meant Sundin would probably be here today, although the nearly $5MM extra on Drury may've been put to good use. In any event, that was a cheap option for the Rangers and for some reason they didn't pick it up.

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