Gomez was a good signing...
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06-27-2011, 09:07 PM
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Gomez was a good signing...
I don't think at this point in time anyone can or should dispute this but I havn't read anyone talk about the Gomez signing in a while there needs to be some acknowledgement.
For one, We got a skilled center who was indisputable the best center on this team during his tenure here on the Rangers. He may not have been a true #1 center or a PPG player (People tend to forget there's only 10-15 players a year who reach that level [with a 75+ games min]) but he put up 138 points in the two years here and honestly, where else COULD we have spent that money on? Lets face it... We were in a rebuilding year (or decade...) and weren't going to trade picks for players to speed us up and leave our future in shambles. He may have shot it right into the goalie every time he flew down the ice but he also was able to transition the puck which is something we ALL know seems to be the main problem the rangers have at times. Take a look at our roster from 07-09 and tell me that team was going anywhere....
Secondly, Hockey is ALL about assets... With enough assets you can obtain any player you want. ANY PLAYER. Teams are handed assets through the draft, gain more assets through lop-sided trades and the best way - Free agency. We turned nothing into Gaborik who could easily be shopped for a 1st round pick and certainly more and Sather turned Gomez into McD + who was an integral part of our defense last year and I can't imagine how bad we would have been giving Gilroy/MDZ/Eminger a combined 15-20 minutes a night in his place. Let alone the fact that McD looks like he could be the real ****ing deal Sather turned absolutely nothing (ZERO) into an asset that probably has half the teams in the nhl drooling. So he ****ed up with Redden and Drury and again - Who could we have really spent the money on? I hate Redden and although I respect Drury we all know (and knew) he's not anywhere near worth his contract... Sather dropped the ball.
But give this one quick thought. These signings kept the Rangers somewhat competitive and transitioned the Rangers during the rebuilding period into the brightest future the Rangers have had in quite a while. Hockey is a competitive sport... And i'm sure some of you are going to make the case that if we sucked we could have gotten some sick players and been better off but the whole nature of sports says otherwise. You play to win. And you field the best possible team you can. We are NEW YORK FANS. We don't and shouldn't expect loosing. We go out to win in whatever we do and trying to suck is not something I will ever respect.
In addition, he turned nothing into McD (ala Gomez trade) and has this NYR team looking like a real contender.
As an avid fan of the NYR I can't think of a time I thought this team had more promise than I do now. I've never seen a team so hard-working and so much young talent rising through the ranks with the right mentality and the right pedigree to give themselves up for the better of the team.
Blame Sather all you want - And trust me, I wanted him out... - but the simple fact is his signings haven't handicapped the team at all.... Not then, not now.
-And, while you can make the case that the Redden signing is hurting the team - and its a valid one - I believe it was a choice he HAD to make. There was an unbelievable amount of pressure of the Rangers franchise to fix the power play and he saw this as a possible solution0 [in hindsight not the best solution but it's easy for us to say this now] The money wasn't right and the amount of years weren't right but like i've been saying for a while - the Rangers are and were a good PP away from being a top 4 team in the east - and overpaying in freeagency to fix a glaring problem isn't a bad thing since you don't need to give up assets in the process...Yeah - a lot of us said it was a bad signing from the start but those same people also wanted Boyle out and called the trade a waste of a 3rd round pick - How many people still believe that was a waste of a 3rd?
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