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07-04-2012, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Chief View Post
I'm not sure if that's what Slats wanted or simply the best he could do. As has often been the case, at least since he's been Rangers GM, the shoe is on the other foot. The other guy is the one needing to trade Messier and Sather's not giving up prized assets. I wouldn't be surprised to see Rupp in one of Slats' offers.
Of course Sather wanted the prized possessions. But Smith used two things for leverage:

a) Messier was coming off a subpar/injured season
b) Messier wanted out

Rice looked very good in the three playoff games he played in in 1991. So did Millen, Amonte and Weight. How Sather got the worst out of the four is a mystery to me.

Sather paid Smith back though. The Rangers were desperate to make the playoffs in 1993 and Sather got Weight for Tikkanen straight up.

The Nash/Ryan situations are a bit similar. Columbus has to trade Nash. he wants out. Anahaeim has to trade Ryan since Perry and Getzlaf are both UFA'S next season and Ryan (for some reason) doesnt like being a multi-millionaire in Orange County (warning sign IMO)

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