Free Agency Day
Every team in the League that plays Hockey Nationally likes to fill their desired holes and areas that can be, let’s say, a missing piece to the puzzle. And by puzzle I mean the Stanley Cup.
Last summer the Rangers traded away some valuable players to win the Rick Nash sweepstakes. They gave up Tim Erixon, Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky. Listen you’re gonna get your 50/50 raffle with this one. Fans were pissed because those were two homegrown players and a highly touted prospect they just gave up almost in a sense to cash in. Same shit happened in the summer of 2007 when the Rangers let Mike Nylander walk and they signed Chris Drury and Scott Gomez. Two bonafide 2nd and 3rd line players. When NJ won their two cups with Scott, he wasn’t on the first line with Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora. When Chris Drury won his cup in Colorado, he wasn’t on the first line with Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay. That’s just not how shit was. Whatever I digress.
The Rangers get this marquee guy in Rick Nash and he’s added to a cast of a team that was 2 wins shy of advancing to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994. Yo straight up when they got Nash I literally said ok we’re gonna win the cup.
What a fuckin move
Richards, Nash, Gaborik, Callahan, Staal, McDonagh, Girardi…oh and ummm Henrik Lundqvist. Arguably the greatest goalie that’s playing hockey on the planet currently. I thought of those names and immediately I’m thinking they can win the cup in a 48 game season easily. Wrong. The same situation from 2007-2008 season happened in this previous 2012-2013 season. Expectations were placed on this team’s shoulders and they flat out were bad right from the start. Bad.
Still couldn’t score goals, Hank can’t see pucks or we block so many shots they deflect off the defenders and in. Just an endless brigade of really preventable shit. Gaborik gets ran out of town. Weird, a two time 40 goal scorer in 3 years on Broadway for a guy who was softer than baby shit turned into a really hard working player. They get back players that fit John Tortorella’s system. And that’s it. Somehow beat the Caps in game 7, get han mandled by Boston in round 2. Torts gets fired. Alain is hired, great coach, offensive yet defensively responsible system but not to the point where hank has to win 40 “2-1” games out of his 65 starts.
This now brings us full circle to where we are today:
Nathan Horton and Valteri Filpulla are both likely to sign in Columbus. That team is on the rise. Gaborik, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, Bobrovsky.
Gaborik will score 40 goals this year in a contract year. If they do well this season and if he does well this season he’ll most likely resign. I could be jumpin to conclusions but I don’t know I’m only human.
Kinda wish Gaborik was still in New York now don’t you?