Nice Article by Brooks in today's post
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01-11-2007, 07:18 AM
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The title of the article is Renney Venom More Of Same.You can say the same thing about Larry Brooks.His solution to all of the Rangers problems is more ex-Devils.Last week,he wrote a column on how the Rangers should empty the Cablevision vault for Scott Gomez.He longs for Petr Sykora and every other ex-Devil.Brooks called the Dominic Moore for Adam Hall the most misguided deal of Glen Sather's tenure.
Guess Larry has forgotten the Bobby Holik debacle.Every single Sunday leading up to the Holik signing was Holik will ail whatever the Rangers need/lack and how Lou is making the biggest mistake of his professional career in not giving Holik whatever he wants.Holik came to his first Rangers camp looking like a beached whale after signing his 5 years/$45 million retirement contract.
The Rangers missed the playoffs again and the Devils won the Cup w/out Holik.When the Rangers brass leaked the fact that Holik reported to camp out of shape,Larry got offended.The same Brooks who called Kevin Hatcher the "worst Ranger ever" and took shots at Hatcher's big belly.You can't make it up.The Rangers are still paying Holik.That was the most misguided deal of Sather's tenure and it was totally suggested/endorsed by Brooks
I can't defend Holik coming to camp out of shape because it set him back, but Holik was misused from the first drop of the puck until he was bought out. Had he been used in his proper role, he probably still gets bought out but not because of his play on the ice, rather it would be solely because of the salary.
I also thought it was a great signing. He was what we needed then and still need now but the problem is that he was given money that made people think that he was going to be this great 2nd line center when he's not that. He's a great 3rd line center that pops in 50+ points a year while being physical and defensively sound. Was he used in that role here? Not at all. See what has happened with Cullen? Same thing without the physicality. He's a good 3rd line center and is out of place on the 2nd line.
And I'm not sure about you, but if you don't think that Scotty Gomez and his playmaking abilities can help this team then we are watching to seperate teams wearing NYR Jerseys.
I'm not sure that Betts provides what Moore provided. Moore is faster, better defensively and offensively. Additionally the chemistry that we had on that lone (the HMO Line) was unquestionable. The PK was better last year as well as the forecheck that that line provided. Last year we had 2 lines that were set which reduced alot of the problems that we are facing this year. The top line of Jags, Nylander and Straka and the HMO line. This year we have NO CHEMISTRY on lines 2 3 and 4 and what Moore provided allowed Renney to try and focus on just fixing 2 problems as opposed to 3 and the PK.
Do (did) we have problems with the 2nd line playmaking center? Without question, but the problems that this team faces go WAY WAY WAY beyond that and a lack of chemistry is a major factor in the equation here.
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