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Sather must decide: Is dealing Girardi best for Rangers?
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01-17-2014, 03:14 AM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
You have to spend money to make money. The Penguins amassed the best group of young forwards in the game in the 1980s but nothing was working. The team stunk even with a prime Lemieux. They missed the playoffs six of seven years back when 16 of 21 qualified.
They finally cut the cord. They traded Craig Simpson for Paul Coffey, and traded Recchi and Cullen in the middle of 100 point seasons for Tocchet and Francis. They traded Rob Brown for Scott Young, and added veterans like Joe Mullen and Larry Murphy for nothing.
Time to cut the cord. Forget prospects and draft picks. Trade veteran established players for young established players.
The cap isn't an excuse. There are plenty of examples of stupid GMs who take on salary in lopsided trades. The creative GMs like Chiarelli and Bowman and Shero and Lombardi made a living out of exploiting GMs like Sather.
What made the Kings a powerhouse? Two blockbuster trades for Richards and Carter. The Blues traded away Johnson and Eller and Stempniak for Shattenkirk, Stewart, Halak and Steen.
Time for Sather to let his younger executives run the show. Trading for picks will just repeat the cycle. He traded Korpikoski for Lisin when he could have packaged him for a scoring winger.
The Rangers have a solid core to build on, including Nash.
Trade Callahan and Girardi then buy out Richards. Trade Del Zotto and trade Stralman.
Get creative. Time is ticking and the franchise is still stuck in gridlock.
You just signed Lundqvist with no plan for the rest of his career. It will be the same crap.
Hopefully Lundqvist said the condition for signing was a promise from Sather to get him support.
Sather has done nothing creative since McDonagh. The guy doesn't know the meaning of selling high. Dawes, Roszival, Jagr, Nylander, Straka, Zherdev, Prust....these guys all had worth at some point at Sather let them go with nothing in return.
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