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01-28-2013, 11:43 AM
DROP THE PUCK
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The Rangers traded 4 assets for Nash. Where are the assets coming from to make another significant trade? Let's not play the Neil Smith games where the Rangers traded multiple assets in 93-96 to win right now. They won in 1994 but it damaged the team for many years to come. Who is to say the Rangers with Amonte and Gartner would not have beaten Jersey? They handled them during the regular season and it was a struggle in the playoffs. They traded a #1 pick for Verbeek because they couldn't put the puck in the ocean. They lost Amonte and Gartner the previous spring. Then swapped 2 young players for Robitaille and Samuelsson. Then they swapped Norstrom for the ex-Oilers. There is salary cap now so its a different league but the Rangers still need the young and cheap assets if they want to be a good team in the future. Any major rental will come with a #1 pick and/or top young player price tag. Gaustad went for a #1 pick last February. The Rangers can't do that.
I've always felt the Rangers could have still won the Cup in 94 without those trades. And could have won more than one while keeping Amonte, Weight, Zubov, Gartner (who was aging, but was still very good).
Rangers sold their future for that Cup. No doubt about it.
They shouldn't make the same mistake.
Trading Gaborik in June at the draft, while retaining our young core players, and adding to the system, is the smart thing to do.
But that's June.
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