Could the Rangers actually Rebuild?

The Rangers the team who used to buy them up on the deadline may be Shipping them all out come deadline time.

Now it never happens…. But this Rumor has never been rumored before for the Rangers who have missed the playoffs for what will be a 7th time…… And As a die hard Ranger fan, all I can say is, It’s about time.

People Who could be shipped out around the league are as follow.Best piece of trade bait is none other then….

Brian Leetch: His skill could simply put anyone over the top. His QB skill on a PP and heart to play could bring back his one time MVP skill. Any team would wanna grab him.

Fan take on trading him: No way, he would bring a lot back to the rangers by trading him, but this guy needs to die a Ranger, the disrespect him and Richter have been shown throughout their Red, White and Blue career has been disgusting. Leetch is the QB. He is the only solid D on the team which is already crap. Trade Poti instead.

Kovelav: His sniping skills are still there. NY is not a place for him no matter what he wants. He still has about 40 points on the season. He could almost surly help any team. Just not the Rangers. 1st rumor told is Kovalev to Buffalo for Maxim Afinogenov and/or Derek Roy.

Fan take on this: Let him go. He’s a free agent so the price is nothing for anyone to rent him. Mess and Sather may have also told him to let them trade him and they will resign him next year. But who knows. He can’t score in NY. and is getting frustrated on the ice.

Barnaby: Ottawa really wanted him… but with them getting free agent enforcer Rob Ray, it may take the interest away. But they have always been after Barnaby so… who knows. A still young Bonk is a possible way to go, and a kind of young Arvedson could happen, but who knows. that’s just 2 possibilities.

Fan take: I rather have him then Simon but…. If ya gotta go ya gotta go, he did play well last year, and I think could have played on a better line this year. His heart is big for the game… one of maybe 2-3 who have it on the Rangers. But if ya get enough in return.. then do it.

Rushinsy: Very solid, fit’s very well with super stars on the other side. could bring back a somewhat nice return.

Fan take: ahhh who knows… Jagr needs him Kovalev needs him… Holik needs him….. and 2/3 of those guys will still be here even if they rebuild.

Poti:Nice return for this Puck moving D man. Last year was one of the highest in points out of all D in NHL. can move the puck with skill most of the time.. just not yet this year… and uhhhh this years almost over.

Fan take: trade his sorry ass. Trade him, Keep leetch. Poti never! ever Takes the body. And if your a D-man who doesn’t take the body…. You suck…. I don’t care how young he is and this and that… on Defense, he sucks.

Nedved: who really needs a Center like this? Not many…. He’s OK … still shows his wrist shot is sniper skill at times, but not to many times. maybe a trade to a 7th or 8th place west team for a draft pick is possible.

Fan take: ship them all! Out of all that have been shipped these past 4 years.. how is he still here? Maybe he just won’t be signed again.

Malakov/Mirinov: Possible D men could go. Malakov I hope more so.

Fan take: no one cares…..

Lindros: OK well you can’t leave this guy out, if and when he does come back. Again…. Another free agent next year very good for a rent price. If he comes back and looks like he doesn’t care about his next concussion, a nice return is possible.

Fan take: Well we are going to need a first line center if he does go. And I Do not want Nedved taking the first line if Lindros does go. And Holik needs to stay on the 3rd Center roll, not 1st not 2nd. But Lindros will help if traded. Nedved will never lead anyone anyplace … he’d get lost in the Czech Republic.

Keenen needs to step in and take over as coach….. no more Sather on this…. Get him in the GM office and leave him there. That or leave him on the street.

116 Responses to Could the Rangers actually Rebuild?

  1. dkball7 says:

    You named all of the offensive players, but you forgot Rafalski (he had 52 pts that year) and Niedermayer. Arnott, Mckay, Holik had more goals than Brylin that year. It is true that those teams you listed had better top 2 lines, but the Devs had the best top 3.




    Everyone there had over 20 goals except for Gomez.

  2. devfanman4 says:

    I don’t think I hate Burns, but he does iritate me often. Why he continues to jumble the lines makes me clueless. And Larionov should be playing (I seem to be the only one that likes him). He would definitely help out their pitiful powerplay. Don’t put all the blame on Burns for their lack of scoring. Elias hasn’t hit 20 goals yet on the year and Lou hasn’t done anything to help him out. Madden can be a good 2nd line center, but he shouldn’t (and never was) be a 1st line center.

  3. wingerxx says:

    The playoffs are getting out of reach…ehh…we were close for a while though. You never know what will happen between now and the end of the season. Deceiving ourselves? You’re watching a different Leetch every night or something. I watch the Rangers every night, with the wonders of my dish. Leetch is consistantly one of the best Rangers on the ice in every game. His plus/minus is more indictative of playing with such defensive greats as Tom Poti, Pilon, Gusarov, Kamensky, Alexei Kovalev, Petr Nedved, Hlavac, Simon, Barnaby, Messier (I love him, but he’s not great defensively), etc., etc. He can’t play true positional hockey all the time because he’s playing with Tom Poti for half the game, and covering up his mistakes. And if you ever watch a Ranger game, Leetch does that ALOT. He’s not a Ray Bourque granted, but he’s a very good defenseman. You can only make the Tom Poti’s of the world so much better. And he actually made Pilon look pretty damn good for a stretch a few years back. He blocks shots consistently, I’ve seen him make Alex Mogilny look like a fool on a one on one, and he’s an excellent PKer. That’s just an indisputable fact. What, do you want him to juggle some pucks with his feet for you? Just because he doesn’t do it like Scott Stevens doesn’t mean that he doesn’t do it well. He’s just not big enough to mash people in front of the net, he’s the guy that harrasses the skilled guys for the opposition. That’s why he was so great with Beuk! Beuk could take care of the big boys. No, he can’t do it on his own anymore. Even Bourque got to that point, where he needed a good, stiff, reliable defender to play with, like Gill, McLaren, Foote, etc. And Bourque in turn made them better players. But he’s an excellent upgrade for practically any defense in this league. At this stage, he has got to be paired with the right person, otherwise, you’re not getting the best out of him. That’s one of Sather’s failings.

  4. Killa_Bs says:

    I agree with you on Dawes. I think this guy may very well become an all-star. He has more character and grit than all the current NY Rangers combined. I would definitely want to trade for him if I were the GM of the Bruins.

    There are some bright spots but if you compare these talents with that of the other teams in the NHL you will find that the Rangers aren’t looking as good as, say Buffalo or Montreal.

    Still, many prospects don’t turn out as good – or as bad as people think. Take a guy like Daigle. He was considered the future of the NHL back when he was drafted. Even though he is back in the NHL he’s not close to the star he was projected to be.

    Then some players turn out real good despite being drafted late. There are late bloomers such as Cam Neely just to mention one player. Nicklas Lidström was a talent but not projected to become a perennial Norris candidate/winner.

    What I am trying to say is that many of the Ranger draftees may very well turn out to become stars. There is no sure way to tell. I am just basing my opinion on what we’ve seen so far.

    I hope that this explains the reasons why I wrote what I did.

  5. GretzNYR99 says:

    You hit the head on the nail, there really is no arguement to it.

    Great idea to bring Borque into it, now you sway away the idiots who really know nothing about the Rangers.

  6. GretzNYR99 says:

    I think Niklas Lidstrom (no offense) is overrated. He’s had the luxury of having the best defense corps of the last 10 years behind him, and he’s had Scotty Bowman coaching him. There’s a damn good arguement in saying that Lidstrom holds up that team, and yes, he does. I won’t deny that, but I think he’s overrated in the sense that if he had less of a team, he couldn’t hold it together. He gets a lot of help, and the help goes unnoticed by many.

    Just my piece.

  7. GretzNYR99 says:

    As for Dawes, I agree. I think he’s a Steve Sullivan/Martin St. Louis in the making. Same exact body frame, same exact type of play. Great skater, nuclear thighs, great hands, a knack for great goals, and plays a gritty game. He’s a champ alright, what the Rangers need.

  8. GretzNYR99 says:

    If you really wanted to get the cat by it’s tongue with Manta, you could have mentioned that Stevens has never played with a defensive partner who has been horrible defensively in his career, and used that as well as Borque as an example.

    -9 isn’t a great stat, but just remember one thing, +/- is flawed. Jaromir Jagr on your line isn’t going to help your +/- by not backchecking, and neither is Tom Poti joining the rush and getting caught every time. Did I mention making up for Lawrence Nycholat’s rookie jitters? It’s not like Brian Leetch has ever had a great defenseman as a partner. Stevens… hmmm… Kevin Hatcher, Scott Niedermayer… hell, even Rod Langway. I’d love to see this arguement for Stevens if it was the other way around.

    The point of that is… it won’t change his view until you put him in those shoes with his guy. Then you’ll get the cat by the tongue.

  9. the_hockey_bandit says:

    If Leetch is really as bad as you say he would be about a -20 on that defensively challenged group they call a team in the NYR.

    Being a -9 on that team with that record is definitely showing that he (not the team) is doing something right, and it shows he has no help from his team. He goes against the top lines every night and it shows.

    Don’t blame one player it is a team game that requires at least some kind of defense or everyone will suffer. Such is the case with the NYR.

    Give Leetch the credit of

  10. dkball7 says:

    You know what I mean…

  11. Killa_Bs says:

    I agree with you on Lidström. He is not a bad player, he’s got skills. I think there are players on teams that aren’t as good that would be doing exactly as well as he is if they were on the Red Wings.

    I am not saying he is a bad player but somehow it feels strange to see him on the list of Norris Winners. He is not nearly as good as Ray Bourque and yet they won the same Trophy.

  12. brj319 says:

    Do you think you can delete this subject line?….It seems offensive and inappropriate!!!!!!!!!!!!

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