That's the title of the Larry Brooks article in today's Post but if you read it...
So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature -- or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden's $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering -- trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster
LB brings up Sheldon Souray(again)as a possible target even though he won't return until 2-3 weeks after the March 3 deadline but Sather has no room to add that cap hit without sending Michal Rozsval in return or wheeling him off to a third team and taking back zero money. Not happening during the season.
The Rangers two game winning streak means Sather won't sell off Prospal and Jokinen. He can't be a buyer either. No cap space. 1 SPC left.
Surprised Brooks didn't suggest that the improvement should be dumping the "out of control" coach. I guess Sather will be the next one he bashes for whatever he does or does not do at the deadline. PPFT!
Simple really: the definition of a successful season is making the playoffs; the definition of an unsuccessful season is not.
I know, I know.....short term planning always leads to long term failure but in sports, it's mostly about the moment. It doesn't matter what we hard core fans think or want about building for the future, acquiring young assets, and trading liabilities; was there ever really any doubt that if the Rangers were in playoff contention that they would do almost anything (within reason; I'd like to think we are beyond trading youth for older players) in give them the best short at making the playoffs?
ok, so we make a little run here before the break and win 2 games without our best player and our young dman with an attitude problem and then of course sather says.... "were still in it" or did he say that before when we were losing games pretty much every night...anyway, the other teams ahead of us pretty much suk so there not gonna runaway from us which of course makes our suking look a little bit less suky.
so after the olympics, we'll all either be on a high with hank bringin home the gold- doubt that this year with a so-so squad from sweeeeeeeden or the tre kroners will get blown out and either way, just like global warming, slats will spin that and make that a positive and thus find a reason- like $$$$ from a 1 round playoff series- to push for this band of misfits to somehow back into the playoffs. and that means....
hell be BUYING after the olympics. hoooray for slats.
yes folks, he will purchase some shlub named souray or antropov for a 2nd round pick - that would be nice to have and use at the friggin draft !!!! and well somehow manage to back into the playoffs on the last day of the season so we can face the penguins, the caps or the devils who will crap all over us.
well get to sit through another playoff series where well be outshot 20-2 in the first period, hank will stand on his head and hold the opposition to 2 goals and somehow will manage dominate the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period scoring a goal to get it within 1 only to "run out of clock" and then capt dreary will say we "deserved better"....
and on draft day, well watch all the other teams draft talented young players and well draft in the middle and take a kid named huge specimin..... wait. nevermind.
This team is like a never ending toilet flush. We never have the patience to wait for our kids to become "Proven" scorers, so we always unload them for the proven guys. Except the proven guys are usually past their prime and already had their best season, so we're really getting depreciating assets for young players on the rise. Sound Strategy.
Lundqvist, Gaborik, Dubinsky, Callahan, Staal, and Del Zotto should be part of the solution.
Its counterproductive in my mind to start selling off pieces of the core in an attempt to improve a cap****ed team. Show some patience, unload toxic contracts when you can, and build around this solid group, none of whom is older than 27.