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07-07-2011, 12:49 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: NY, NY
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Again, my "top 10" grade wasn't for his entire tenure, but post lockout only. Pre lockout he was on par with Mad Mike and Don Waddell.
If I had to rate his performance post lockout:
Drafting and prospect development (the most important aspect in my mind): A
UFAs: D (was F before the Richards signing)
Considering the UFA mistakes no longer haunt the team, minor cap issues notwithstanding, I'd say that's good enough for top 10. Of course, your grades may be different, and that's totally fine.
I'm not going to beat a dead horse but I saw your last post after my last response and I figured I'd mention why I disagree with your last post.
Drafting: In the first 3 drafts post lockout, the Rangers had 22 picks and came away with Staal (#2 Dman), Sauer (2nd pair Dman) and maybe Hagelin, depending on what he is. Of course, the Cherry pick was in there and we'll unfortunately never know what would have become of him. Anyway you slice it, I don't see how that series of picks could merit an A - especially with Sanguinetti and Lafleur being busts. To give the Rangers high grades for players who haven't even turned pro yet is premature. So I don't see drafting can merit an A.
Development: I'd give the Rangers and Sather high marks for developing the players they have but they've yet to develop a top line scorer or point producing Dman, so, again, I think grading them too highly is unjustified and premature.
Trades: Not much to complain about when it comes to trades but I think the positives get blown out of proportion a bit. The trade for Erixon has me stoked. Getting rid of Gomez and Kotalik were great moves to correct prior mistakes but it's not like we got superstars in return. Maybe McDonagh is nothing more than a #3. Prust is a great guy to have on the team but he's not a top 6 forward. And Sather's attempts to address the teams needs for playoff runs have fallen short - see McCabe, Jokinen, Lisen, Sjostrom, Ozolinsh. Sure, the price might not have been great to acquire any of those players but sometimes, you get what you paid for, and the Rangers really didn't get much when they acquired those players.
UFA: We're pretty much in agreement. But if Gabby can come back to his usual production and Richards works out, maybe the grade gets higher (let's not forget Girardi was also a college UFA signing, as well).
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