The Official Offseason Thread (Part III) - Is it TC yet?!
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06-04-2012, 05:35 PM
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Location: NY, NY
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The point is they made a trade to address a problem. Same problem as us.
And they had Richards and were still at the bottom of scoring. They had tremendous defense all season, but that still had the Kings in 13th place in the West. The whole team came out of the scoring funk at the same time, but it happened at the deadline. They lit a fire under Brown with trade talk, got Carter and the team woke up. Can you not connect the dots to the GM making a hard decision, seeing an opportunity, making a move and team getting back on track?
Carter wasn't the fix all, but Lombardi made a championship calibre move and we stood pat. NY and LA both needed help scoring. He got it, we stood pat. It's not a coincidence they are still playing.
I don't mind people advocating a pass on Carter, but it never ends. An impact move is necessary to get over the hump. They aren't winning the cup otherwise. No to Carter. No to Nash. Ok, fine, prices are high, contracts are high. Let's get a couple of 2nd tier scorers instead. No to Radulov, he's a me guy. 70 pt potential for a prospect or a first. Nope, not interested. The better move around here, let Dubinsky come out of his funk and wait for Anisimov to become this player he has never shown any signs of becoming. Why? Because draft day we called their names? Insanity.
I agree with a lot of what you're saying. My only disagreement would be that the Rangers needed to make an "impact move" (meaning a guy like Carter or Nash). I believe if you're looking to make a run in the PO's you need to bring in reinforcements. The Rangers scoring dried up against the Devils. It wasn't just the big guns that weren't firing. Our supporting cast did nothing offensively, while the Devils bottom six was coming through for them on the score sheet. Secondary scoring might have been enough to get the Rangers over the hump this PO season.
Or maybe the defense should have been addressed (John Scott was obviously not part of the answer). Would adding an offensive Dman have helped? Or maybe a defensive Dman would've done the trick, since we were playing tight games. Maybe having someone who Torts could have trusted with more than 5 or 6 minutes a game would've helped keep our top Dmen fresher. And looking at the Kings/Devils series, the Devils have scored only 2 goals in 2 games, so maybe if we were able to add pieces that would have helped the Rangers be stingier, maybe that would have been enough.
The one fault I've found year after year with Sather has been at the deadline. The guys he has brought in (e.g. Morris, Antropov, Sjostrom, Backman, McCabe, Ozolinsh) didn't work out and standing pat hasn't helped either. I just hope he gets a trade deadline right before the King retires.
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