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07-15-2013, 01:30 PM
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Not sure I agree with that. We traded depth guys who I wouldn't exactly call "skill guys" for Nash, then traded Gaborik for skilled depth players. Nash is younger than Gaborik and plays a more assertive game. Brassard is better than AA in my opinion, Dubi was a heart guy but has been struggling for a while now, and Moore is the type of D-man we really needed. I think that those trades look kinda silly on the surface, but they make sense when you really think about them.
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I dont agree with this, because the Rangers traded 2 depth players for a skilled winger in Nash thinking it would put them over the hump, Gaborik and Richards didn't play well and that was the end of that. the Gaborik trade was more for cap reasons and the Rangers redid pretty much the Nash trade, but they targeted more skilled players, for instance brassard more skilled than AA, and Moore is more skilled than Erixon.
Dubinsky is a better player than Dorsett. Brassard perhaps has more offensive upside than Artie, but has yet to realize it over the course of an entire season. Artie is a far better two-way player and saw about 1/2 the PP time on average in NY that Brassard saw in Columbus. Moore and Erixon are about equal, IMO.
Regardless, the player to player comparison is really not the point. The point is that the Rangers failed to assess their team properly and went "all in" on a Nash deal that effectively gutted their middle-six position. They lost two key role players and the most likely candidate to step in next season and help on the blue line. Then they went out and traded last seasons leading goal scorer for a middle-six center, a 4th line forward, and a LH PMD who was beaten out to the NHL by the guy we traded to them 9 months earlier.
For the record, I liked the Gaborik trade a lot. However, the fact that we forced ourselves into that position because of a trade we made in the off-season is just not acceptable to me. It reeks of poor planning and the brass not really having their "finger on the pulse" of the team. Richards looked lousy in his first year here aside from the playoff push. They chalked it up to him being uncomfortable in a new setting and here we are now. He's regressed even further. The front-office of this team has shown little ability to build a team that is better than the sum of it's parts. The only time they did, they chose to remove two key elements to try and bring in more scoring.
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