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01-12-2012, 11:50 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I know the organizations extreme lack of success over the past century somehow makes Neil Smith a folk hero for his part in the '94 cup, but I do not understand how people can convince themselves that he did not absolutely destroy the Rangers before he left.
Not saying that Smith did not make his share of mistakes, but can you name another GM that presided over a Rangers Cup winning team? Yes,he made his share of mistakes, but he also brought in good talent, and THEN sold his and the organization's soul.
The post-cup signings were horrendous, the trades were brutal and the drafting was even worse. The only guys he drafted after '91 that could even loosely be considered impact players were Savard and Norstrom, who he traded away, and maybe Kim Johnsson. That included 4 top 10 picks.
Not the road to go on, when discussing Sather's tenure that followed Smith. Think of those trades, signings and lack of drafting anything that resembled a player.
Sather has earned the crap he has gotten over the years, but lets not fool ourselves here about the state of the team when Neil Smith left.
That is still no excuse for compounding the mistakes and makign the situation THAT much worse.
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