I like Mara as he was a rather physical dman in Phoenix...in Boston I think he just had too many guys in front of him last year...Chara,Stuart, etc. I think that the deal is fine...
The problem is why we made the deal. You do not trade a guy just because he was in an argument with another player!
What kind of message are you sending to the rest of the players? That if you are not Jagr but just a 3rd line or 3rd pair guy, and u get into an argument with Jagr, you will be traded????
So it is Mara. This guys is more expensive than Ward, weaker defensively, softer, isn't a leader, and has no winning pedigree (and only 5 career playoff games). This is exactly the type of player the Rangers need late in the season as they battle for their playoff lives. Good trade.
Although he should be better on the power play than Rozsival.
He says that he has no idea what went wrong with NY.. Happy with a fresh start with Boston. He didn't expect to be dealt. He says argument with Jagr was overblown. He says it was done out of frustration. Paul Mara is official
Well a fractured locker room is the end and we have the future to think about as well.
Sounds like Ward might have been out of line. Jagr as captain has a positive and a negetive side.
He's not the inyour face lets have it out kind of guy. But he has a lot more influence in that room than people give him credit for. Unfortunately he's having a tough time personally and I think he finds it a challenge to put that aside. He wants to lead by example...
well an example was made today....what left?
Mr Jagr lead us to victory
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man
Really glad to see Ward gone...Thought his signing was a huge mistake in the off-season...Though a warrior who hit, hos defensive zone play and his speed was often horrible....Mara is a very good return with alot of offensive upside...Gotta admit, Mara has alos struggles this year, but really liked him his two previous years in PHX...
And then there's the locker room issues, if true...
Good trade by Sather, if you ask me. Makes it three god ones in a row..too bad this past off-season;s moves sucked...
Assets Has the size teams look for in a blueliner and skates very well for a big man. Displays the mentality of a power-play quarterback and likes to lead the rush.
Flaws Needs more polish in the defensive zone and more overall experience in big-game situations. Must also use a more physical approach against talented forwards.
Career potential: Top four defenseman.