Nylander a Ranger...
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08-13-2004, 11:17 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
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Going into the summer, I thought Nylander would be a great fit with Jagr. He's a playmaker, eventhough he's not a true #1. However, I don't like the signing because of the years and the money.
First of all, there is a player and team option for a 4th year, so let's call a spade a spade and a 4 year contract a 4 year contract. A 32 year old player signed to a 4 year contract is bad news. However, the contract is even worse because of the money.
Anybody who thinks a player past his 32nd birthday making $3 million a year will be easy to move is kidding themselves. Just ask Columbus. Geoff Sanderson is 32 years old and his salary for the 04-05 season is $3 million. Sound familiar? Well, the BJ's tried to trade him at the end of last season and all they could do was get rid of him for a month. Vancouver only acquired him with the agreement that they would put him on waivers after the season and if no one picked him up then Columbus had to take him and his salary back. Which is exactly what hapened.
Too many people are only focussing on this upcoming season. We're rebuilding, aren't we? As much as people seem to despise the thought of Holik playing with Jagr, Jagr still put up points with Holik and if that's the way it played out next season then the Rangers could have set their sights on a less talented center who could have manned the 2nd or 3rd line. Guys like Weimer or Neidermeyer would have done fine as a stopgap. And you know what, that kind of setup would not have been the end of the world for the Rangers.
The Rangers could have explored trades all next season or they could have waited to see who would be available next summer when we would have a better idea as to how some of our kids were developing and see what new crop of UFA's might be out there. And that's something that's even more noteworthy with the possibility of a lower UFA age after the next CBA. That would be called leaving your options open. Instead we've now got a 32 year old 2nd line center as our 1st line center and have 2 center spots locked up for the next few years to the tune of $12 million.
The Rangers will be better next season but who cares? I don't see Nylander as turning the Rangers into a PO contender and all he does is close off more options in the following years. And those future years is when having another big money vet on the roster starts to clog up opportunities for our own young players or even players we might look to trade for or sign as UFA's.
Wait a minute,the Rangers have misused Bobby Holik for two years.Do you really want to make it three years?Only the Rangers would pay a player $45 million and then proceed to misuse him in his Ranger career.Put Holik back in his more comfortable role instead of telling him to be something he is not capable of doing.
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