Sather did pay a significant price in both term and dollars for both players, but because both are still in their prime, I think it was worth it. Sather was able to pull it off because he's not paying full price for Jagr. (Thank you, Caps owner Ted Leonsis.) Washington continues to pay half of Jagr's salary, and the Rangers only have to claim their half (approximately $4.94M) against their cap. Without that quirk, Sather wouldn't have been able to sign both Drury and Gomez.
The club also decided to deal center Matt Cullen back to Carolina to clear a little extra cap room. Cullen is a versatile player and a terrific skater, but you can't pay $2.8 million in a salary-cap league to someone who doesn't figure in a key role. Well, I guess you can, but it really doesn't make sense.
The Rangers certainly figure to better their 94-point total of last season. The expectations will be skyscraper high, though. If they don't fall victim to the hype, they could make it a longer spring for hockey fans in New York.
I don't think there was anything wrong with that article at all. I think it's pretty accurate, he's saying the same things everyone else is. Two more good quotes ...
"On paper, Gomez and Drury make the Rangers a more dangerous team. Of course, we don't play on paper. If we did, it would look pretty strange! It will be very interesting to see how both players fit into their new high-profile surroundings
"I do think the Rangers will miss Nylander, but I would have made the same decision."
I think the expectations are to be expected. They gave Buffalo a good run for their money and almost made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year. This year, they look to be a better team, so the expectations are higher.
It's very strange but I was much more comfortable when the team was picked to finish 30th.
I've been conditioned through my years of fandom (Jets, Mets, Rangers) to fear the role of favorite. I much prefer the role of the underdog as well. That being said, I'm for once truly excited about the prospects of our season, sky-high expectations and all.
You can listen online from 12-2. A good bit of Rangers talk this morning. Most of the talk is about the D being their achilles heel. Also that the East will not be a cakewalk by any means, as they feel the Devils will still be a pesky team to play against...and Buffalo/Ottawa will be tough. Even the Isles have a great goalie so it's gonna be a battle. But anything less than an ECF appearance or better will be a failure.
if you READ the article instead of certain lines taken out of context then you wouldn't say that...it's a pretty fair and legit preview...probably the best and most accurate i've read from an outside source so far...