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05-31-2007, 03:16 PM
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Rangers trade Ryan Russell's rights to Habs

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has traded the rights to unsigned prospect Ryan Russell to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Montrealís seventh round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressb...es.asp?id=2926

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05-31-2007, 03:19 PM
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Meh, disappointed we didn't give him a shot but like I said in another thread..I wasn't going to be suprised if we didn't sign him.

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not much of a return, i thought i remember people saying he was a decent prospect.

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05-31-2007, 03:27 PM
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Was this Russell's last year of exclusive rights to the Rangers? If so, I guess you can't really blame Sather, as he really got as much as he could. I would have liked to see him get a chance as well, but it's probably not a move in 5 years we're going to go "crap why did we do that?" Maybe this will be used as a piece to move up?

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not much of a return, i thought i remember people saying he was a decent prospect.
He's got skill, but I was never sold on him being able to overcome his short size at the pro level like Dawes was able to, I guess the scouts agreed. Better to get at least something small instead of nothing.

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We've gotten some excellent 7th & 8th round picks recently (Lundqvist + Prucha) so this may not be a terrible move.

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He's got skill, but I was never sold on him being able to overcome his short size at the pro level like Dawes was able to, I guess the scouts agreed. Better to get at least something small instead of nothing.
If hes not signed does he re-enter the draft?

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Blueshirt bulletin talked him up pretty good. I thought there would be more of a return, but I guess I was wrong....unless maybe something bogger is in the works?

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not much of a return, i thought i remember people saying he was a decent prospect.
another 7th round pick for a kid selected in the 7th. I always hoping the Rangers could convince his twin brother Kris to report instead of Ryan. Who would know?

The 7th round pick will be nice if the scouts see someone slip in the 5th and they need to move up. Hell, considering how we do better in the later rounds, picks are never a bad thing. Just a case of the 50 roster limit. They weren't going to roll the dice on an undersized kid.

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I don't know how to feel about this.

Part of me is pissed because I felt Russel had a lot of potential and Sather only got a 7th round pick...

But the other part realizes that there must have been more to this going on "behind the scenes" in contract negotiation and its better that Sather got something for his rights rather than nothing.

I guess we'll see what happens in a few years.

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05-31-2007, 03:39 PM
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Just a Habs fan dropping in to say thanks (if we can sign him lol).

I've seen Russell play before and he's got some really good vision on the ice. He's a bit small, but that doesnt matter quite as much as it used too.

7th Rounders are never bad (We got Kostitsyn in the 7th round, and I think Lundqvist for you guys with a 6th or 7th rounder..).. but this kid should of been worth maybe a 5th, at least.

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7th Rounders are never bad (We got Kostitsyn in the 7th round, and I think Lundqvist for you guys with a 6th or 7th rounder..).. but this kid should of been worth maybe a 5th, at least.
probably, but he needs to be signed by tomorrow....hence his value went down

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Blueshirt bulletin talked him up pretty good. I thought there would be more of a return, but I guess I was wrong....unless maybe something bogger is in the works?
They did. They also have a history of overhyping prospects.

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I think a reason Montreal took him is because he plays on a line with one of our prospects (Ben Maxwell).. so Maxie gives him more of a reason to sign with us, I guess.

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honestly, i was hopping he would be signed. i know he is small, but i think it is more of slight of frame that would hurt him rather than height. and really, he could put on some muscle.

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ok here is a thought...what if montreal doesn't sign him. does he re-enter the draft or become a free agent? does montreal get a compensatory pick?

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Maloney would have never done this BTW.




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Too bad, but I'll give Sather the benefit of the doubt here.

Sounds like he was not going to be signed. I would have liked a higher pick, but whatever. They got something for him and as others have stated the Rangers have managed a stellar track record with late round picks the last 5-6 years.

It will be interesting to see who they take with the pick.

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Meh, no big whoop. Lets hope our Euro scouts pull out another Prucha with that #7

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He's got skill, but I was never sold on him being able to overcome his short size at the pro level like Dawes was able to, I guess the scouts agreed. Better to get at least something small instead of nothing.
Now Dawes has to overcome that size-handicap on the NHL level.

Think he can do it?

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Now Dawes has to overcome that size-handicap on the NHL level.

Think he can do it?
Yup I certainly think he can. It might take him a dozen or so games playing on a real line but he should be able to. He overcame the AHL size with ease. He knows how to use his body to his advantage, plus he's got a huge frame.

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Yup I certainly think he can. It might take him a dozen or so games playing on a real line but he should be able to. He overcame the AHL size with ease. He knows how to use his body to his advantage, plus he's got a huge frame.
i like his game, a lot, but i think he needs to be playing on the top2 lines, i dont like the thought of him being on the 4th line.

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I like what I saw of him in a handfull of pack games, I saw towards the end of the Regulation Season. They seemed to be using him in a similar manner as they use Nylander; a playmaker, carrying the puck up and setup guy.

But the few times he's been with the Rangrers, I have not seen anything from him.

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i like his game, a lot, but i think he needs to be playing on the top2 lines, i dont like the thought of him being on the 4th line.
Of course not. You have to play a guy in a position that best suits him and gives him a chance to succeed. By the same token, when a kid gets a shot at the NHL, they should take advantage of the situation and make a case for themselves; regardless where they get their shifts.

Dawes hasn't down that. But I'l love to see him play with one of the top two lines and see what he's got.

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