Does anyone else feel that the Rangers should have been more patient in terms of signing UFAs? While I like the Drury signing, I am feeling more and more like the Gomez signing was a bad move. It seems like the Rangers just wanted to get the best they could like right away, without looking down the road a bit to see who might become available in the next few years.
For instance, the Blueshirts could have signed Nylander for another year, signed Drury as they did, and waited another year or two to find a center to replace Nylander. Instead, they put everything on the line this year, and just took the best that was available at the time. Had they waited, they could've brought Drury up to eventually replace Nylander, and signed, say, Marian Hossa to have on the other side of Drury. That would give us a top line of Hossa - Drury - Jagr.
I don't know how many will agree or not, but to me it seems like the Blueshirts regressed somewhat to an old mentality that time and time again got them into trouble.
While alot of what you said makes sense theres a difference between spending on big names for marketing and spending for getting over the top. Gomez Drury and Peca if he signs have won almost everywhere they been. Not to mention they are in their primes (not Peca)
Also theres a nice mix of veterans and rookies on the team. Giradi, Callahan and probably Staal. You can't be gun shy just cause of 1 batch of bad signings. While building through the minors is nice and all you have to go out and add needs to Jagr and Shanahan ect only have so much hockey left in them.
you cannot compare today to four, five or six years ago. A team can sign UFAs effectively. Successful teams do it all the time. The Rangers rely on a core of players that have been here for some time. So there is a base. Guys like Drury and Gomez are being added to that base and presumably fit in well with the current group. Past Rangers UFA signings were meant to add saviors. The Rangers won a playoff round and have their saviors. They looked to upgrade positions of need, and not haphazardly add people. Most of the defense is the same. The goalie is the same. And a majority of the forwards are the same, even the top six forwards where two were added. Again, this cannot be compared to the days of signing anyone and everyone and then figuring out how they fit in.
Nylander wanted more than a 2-3 year deal at more than $5 million per
The Rangers offered 3 years/$3.75 million per/$11.25 million total
He fires his agent and does not a new agent until 10 days before the start of free agency
His new agent signs off on Edmonton's offer of 4 years/$22 million but Nylander's wife wanted no part of Edmonton
Nylander agreed to a 4 year/$19.5 million contract with Washington.However,the contract is front loaded with each of the first three seasons being worth $5.5 million per.Even if Nylander gets bought out before the fourth season,he already made the majority of the money