With the mini-deadline passed, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the Rangers didn't make any major moves. However, one has to wonder at the move we did make: Trading a 6th (or potentially 5th) round pick to San Jose for pugilist Jody Shelley. The pick is contingent on whether or not Shelley re-signs with the Rangers once he becomes a UFA this offseason.
So, it's not much of a pick, right? No cause for concern, right? WRONG.
Many great NHL players have been drafted in later rounds, like Daniel Alfredsson (6th), Pavel Datsyuk (6th) and Henrik Zetterberg (7th), to name a few. We can't afford to just throw picks away, especially in areas we don't really need much improvement in. While we could always use more toughness – and Shelley provides that – there are other areas we need to address first, like goal-scoring and defence.
So, why did we make this move?
My personal belief is that Glen Sather is stuck in a bubble where we're always contenders, despite the realities brought about by looking at the standings or simply evaluating the roster. We're not going to win the Cup this season, and no amount of trade deadline deals will change that. In fact, we should be in selling mode.
Trading away a pick, no matter how low it is, is simply a step sideways, and will help ensure the Rangers stay a middle-of-the-pack team, with no realistic chance of improving through the draft. Just look at Pittsburgh, Washington and Chicago. All three of those teams were awful for a long period, amassing first round picks that were near the top (if not at the top) of the draft. Crosby, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Malkin, Kane, Toews etc… All were gotten by poor on-ice results over a number of years. We need to follow that blueprint if we hope to ever be a consistently competitive team.
However, Sather can't seem to process that, and as a result, we'll end up drafting in a middling position yet again, and never truly improve.
All I can say is that at least Shelley will bring some on-ice entertainment. Maybe, if we're lucky, he'll give Dan Carcillo a good beat-down, as the Rangers play the Flyers three more times this season. I doubt Carcillo would agree to any fights, as he's a coward and a light-weight. But, we'll see…
Anyway, sorry for the short entry, but I just wanted to update everyone on our “major move”…
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Written by Dan Rakusan
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