The Offseason Thread Part X: Bobby, we're better than Philly!
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06-25-2012, 06:49 AM
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There is also Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz, who becomes a free agent Monday morning. He would be another big addition without any subtraction besides money, the sort Sather and the Rangers can afford.
The big trade splash didn't happen here this weekend. Nash is still a disgruntled Blue Jacket because Sather wouldn't include Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan or Ryan McDonagh in any trade talks. Ditto Ryan, who would cost less but still too much at this point.
But this is not a team with glaring holes anymore and Sather -- with a big assist from the likes of Gordie Clark, Jeff Gorton and coach John Tortorella, among others -- can take credit for how the Rangers have developed over the last three years.
His best moves have been not making too many. If the Rangers come away with only a couple of depth additions this summer, then it's on Kreider, Stepan, Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, to name a few, to either continue their fine starts (Kreider), improve on some good play (Stepan/Callahan) or return with a vengeance to be better (Dubinsky).
It took Sather nearly a decade running the Rangers to realize there are no quick fixes
. Now that his team has gotten closer to the top, it may be time to remember that maxim once more.
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