I have been only following the Rangers since the 2000-2001 season so for the most part I only know terrible free agent signings (even post lockout). Any free agent signings play a major role on the 94 team? I mean how many free agents in history score 40 goals in the first 3 seasons the team signs them?
Even at the end of the his career, he put up 97 points, 90 points, and 62 points in 70 games in his 3 seasons as a Ranger. And this was during the height of the dead puck era. Without Gretzky and Richter, the Rangers don't come close to making an ECF run in 1997.
Gabby gets a lot of ****, but I hope when he's gone people remember him as one of the best players on what should be some strong Rangers teams.
Love the guy and what he brings. When he's on his game, he's just a treat to watch. If he could stickhandle better, he'd be nasty. He has smarts, passing skills, and a dirty shot. Definition of a dynamic player.
Honorable (early) mention: Brad Richards whose locker room presence has been applauded by quite a few of his teammates this year and probably a big reason for being #1 in the East. He's been a monster since March (along with Gaborik).