ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent forward Martin Rucinsky.
“In Martin, we have added a veteran goal scorer with proven leadership skills to our line-up today,” said Davidson. “We are happy to have an opportunity to acquire a player of Martin’s ability and look forward to his second stint with the St. Louis Blues.”
While I think that Rucinsky was highly underrated by many on these boards, wthe Rangers acquired a better player in Shanahan. Good luck to Martin in St. Louis, who actually look like they might be a somewhat decent team this year.
Another good "waiting" job done by the Rangers. It seemed in the beginning of the off-season Rucinsky was pretty much a lock to be resigned and the fact that he hasnt i think is great. I liked Rucinsky but the Rangers just got younger and saved some cap space in the process.
For a team like the Blues they get a proven veteran and thats great for them but as far as the Rangers are concerned there is a lot of movement in the ranks below and now the competition in camp becomes a bit more exciting.
I think this is good for everyone involved. The Rangers get younger, and cheaper, The Blues get a solid character veteran player, and Rucinsky gets the contract I think he has wanted for a while.
Exactly. I admire Marty for being a character guy, who always a) wanted to be here and b) performed well WHILE here, but after the purge in 2004, he's no longer the kind of guy we should be recruiting for the team. We will be looking for the Marty Rucinskys of the league again in about 3 years to become nice add on pieces to an established core of players.
Best of luck to him in StL. I see this as the first of many good-for-all-sides moves involving the Rangers and Blues over the next few years.
If we didn't sign Shanahan I'd of welcomed him back with open arms.
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I liked Martin. I thought he played well for us. I liked his versatility. And he wanted to play for us when maybe a lot of other players didn't. When Shanahan signed with us though that more or less made a Rucinsky signing one that would block a younger player out and so it was time for him to go somewhere else and it looks as if he did pretty well anyway. I do wish him well though--except against us .