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01-28-2007, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by jas View Post
So much about that season still ticks me off, from Cherneski being sent down, (I can remember Brooks saying "not to worry, the kid will be back in no time"), to Muckler breaking up the best line in the NHL from the previous season, (Sundstrom/TGO/Kovalev were incredible in the last 25 games), to Savard not given a shot until after the Rangers dealt for Nedved, right down to Smith inexcuasbly not moving players like MacLean, Stevens (before the incident in STL) and Pilon to contenders while they had some value. That's where the Rangers could have conceivanly been rebuilt DURING THE SMITH TENURE. Imagine having kept that top line intact, with a 2nd line of Graves/Savard/Cherneski and the 3rd line of Knuble/Malhotra/Harvey. Just sad.
And ironically those decisions by Smith lead to what in hindsight was an overreaction at the 99 draft where he tried to rebuild the team in one big swoop.

And that was only after his deal for Palffy fell through.

But yeah, you can point to the disaster of a year that would follow with that summer in 1998.

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