Leclair could be the key to a Cup for the Rangers.

The rangers have got a ton of talent, but they don’t have a true first or second line left winger. I realize that these guys are professionals and expected to adapt but it is a simple fact that guys feel natural at different spots, and the Rangers don’t have any left wingers.

Messier, Holik, Nedved, Lindross and Lundmark, 5 centerman.

Bure, Kovalev, Carter, Barnaby, Petrovicky and McCarthy, 6 right wingers.

The only left wingers that New York has are Donato and Lacouture, The flyers want to be rid of Leclair’s salary, so why don’t the Rangers go after him, then sign Lucky Luc, give him a chance to bounce back playing on the second line, with powerplay time.

Why do the Rangers need Jagr, he just another right winger who likes to play on the fringe. Leclair and Robataile will give you two guys who will willingly go stand in front of the net on the powerplay and bang home loose pucks.

The blueline should be able to sort itself out with a good coach, the talent is their and they’ve got the depth, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Dunham is solid between the pipes but if you have too, you can give him to Philly for Leclair and let Blackburn carry the load.

In the end, it boils down to the left wing, if the Rangers can pick up some natural left wingers then they are a playoff team and cup contenders, if not there just a waste of money.

Any thoughts?

44 Responses to Leclair could be the key to a Cup for the Rangers.

  1. bender says:

    Hmmmmm……..interesting Dunham eh???

    I think that deal wouldn’t be too bad. It’d definately help out both teams. Are you sure you’d want Blackburn to carry the load just yet though?

    I’m kinda partial to my fellow Edmontonian Mr. Lundmark, I’d like to see the Flyers pick him up somehow (throw in a little something extra…Brashear?? New York loves there fighters..LOL j/k) in this deal….

    If not for money woes I think Leclair would be better suited for Dallas, and they’d have more to offer….

    But in this time of need, I’d give him to the Rangers..

    And then sign Arvedson for ourselves!!

  2. wingerxx says:

    Old Lucky Luc would be a step in the wrong direction for the Rangers (too old, too pricey), he needs to head back to L.A…Messier likes him, but his last stop with the Rangers didn’t exactly build much on his legend.

    Dunham for LeClair doesn’t make a lot of sense. Dunham is NYR’s starter, and will mean more to the Rangers’ success than LeClair would, even with their lack of depth at left wing. I agree, the lack of left wing depth on this team is fairly alarming, although Kovalev can always move there…but I don’t know if LeClair can be the guy to be brought in, mainly for financial reasons…I just don’t see Sather wanting to take on another big contract for a guy with back problems…Bure has a huge contract and has his knee problems…I wouldn’t mind LeClair on the Rangers, but not at the cost of depth at other positions on the team, including defense and goaltending.

    The Rangers’ offense as it is, can do some damage, assuming everyone comes back healthy. Although they do need to improve on LW…they really need to think defense in this offseason.

  3. wingerxx says:

    defense, goaltending, and quality youth, i should have said. LeClair just isn’t worth any of that, as much as I respect him.

  4. AVS4NYR says:

    I think that Leclair would be a great addition to the Rangers!!!

    He would give them a solid 1st line Left winger who they were missing the whole year. He would look great along side lindros and Bure-Kovalev.

    Just the fact that Leclair will be reunited with Big E will be a boost for Lindros. That should spark his game.

    There will be a lot of rearrangements with the Rangers this offseason so we’ll see what happens.

  5. DaMick says:

    Thats the type of deal Philly would love to make

    1. dump salary

    2. get a pretty good goalie AND take a goalie away from a divisional rival.

    I wouldnt bank on Blackburn just yet.

    He needs some time to develop…so this trade wouldnt help the Rangers besides “reuniting ” Leclair & Eric .

    Losing Dunham might hurt alot more than you think.


  6. duckweed says:

    If the Rangers are committed to advancing into the playoffs next season, I think they need to get rid of Lindros and pick up a veteran stay at home type defenseman (Especially if Robinson were to end up as head coach). Leclair would add to the team by giving them the chance at more of the “dirty” goals Adam “Oops the puck hit me and went into the net” Graves gave them. The biggest thing the Rangers need, however, is desire. They need to get younger and hungrier to win. They have a team assembled of some of the best players money could buy, but that is also their downfall. Far too many egos in the locker room. They need to bring in some guys that will play as a team.

  7. defenestrate says:

    Biological agents in their opponents’ Gatorade is the key to the Rangers winning a Cup.

    SCTP – “Sealing All Our Envelopes With Tape”

  8. Cyrax89 says:

    I think that its going to take a little more then Leclair to bring a cup to the rangers. I think that with him they can just make it into the playoffs, thats if he can stay healthy and thats a big if. They still have many issues to look at and there are way to many super stars on that team who can’t work together at all. I think that the devils proved that you can win with no super stars at all.

  9. Cyrax89 says:

    I also think that if the flyers do trade him then they should try and get as much as they can out of the rangers for him, but they only realy have a few young players left to give up and i realy don’t think that is the best thing to do.

  10. dag12 says:

    I personally wouldn’t want Dunham.I’d be happy with the Rangers first round pick in this years’ entry draft.

  11. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Aren’t any Rangers fans gonna jump on this like a fat chick on a Smartie?

    Are you kidding me?

    Are you suggesting that John LeClair, a guy who played only 35 games this past year and 16 games a couple of years ago, is going to take a team that missed the playoffs by 5 points and make them into … Cup contenders?


    And, to add insult to injury, you’re going to give away your starting goaltender in the same deal and let an unproven goalie (albeit with great potential) take over?


    Messier is 42 and potted 40 points. A great warrior, yes, but he’s not gonna be able to do this forever. Bure looks (from what I have seen) like he has lost all interest in the game and is injury prone. Lindros isn’t the impact player he was, maybe he’ll get back to that form but don’t count on it. Holik is decent but overpaid, not the impact player that Rangers fans thought he would be.

    Look, the list goes on and on, NY has some hugely individually talented players there is no doubt, but the heart is not there, the coaching is not there, the system is not there, and when you can lead the league in salaries year after year while missing the playoffs and still fill the building, why change?

    Trading LeClair for Dunham is not gonna make the Rangers a Cup contender, although a full year with Kovalev, Carter and the proposed LeClair along with a good coach and a bit of luck might squeak them into the playoffs.

    What you said would be like saying that if the Blue Jackets got LeClair, they would be Cup contenders. And we all know (sorry Blue Jackets fans) that ain’t gonna happen.

    Of course, I don’t watch the Rangers much, so my view of the world might be a bit tainted.

    I ain’t dumpin’ on ya, I respect your opinion and your article, I just don’t agree with it at all.

    That’s all for now.

  12. avs19 says:

    The sad thing is your absolutly right and it’s not completely out of the question either.

  13. mikster says:

    Acquiring LeClair and giving up Dunham? What are you nuts?

    No, no, no, no, no…….

    If we get LeClair….that means the Flyers eat up almost half of his salary and they get a 2004 3rd round. That’s it. The guy is old, injury prone. He is worth squat now.

    No chance in hell would i trade Dunham for LeClair, that’s in their dreams and not in mine and most of Rangers fans.

    Lindros just has to step up and play well like he did in his first season with the Rangers, period. Rangers are listening offers for Lindros and that cancels any sort of idea to acquire LeClair along with Sather’s little interest in the washed up left winger.

    Robitaille? The guy sucked with the Rangers and it was a horrible trade when they acquired him. He is old and a 3rd line guy at best.

    We want left-wingers? Sign Arvedsson. That guy plays smart defensively, very good on the PK, and scores good enough points for 2nd or 3rd line. If you want a left-winger, then we trade for one. And no chance in hell will it be LeClair.

  14. avs19 says:

    The rangers need defenders they have plenty of offense.They should try and get defensive,or the Rangers will be out of the playoffs again.Lindros is washed up and never has been the same since Stevenson laid him out.Remember offense wins games defense wins cups.

  15. Sunnyg says:

    if you think that leclair is going to make enough of a difference to take the NYR to a Cup, you’re dreaming!

    LeClair would be a nice addition, but he is exactly what the Rangers have too much of already..an older overpaid player who is on the downside of his career. i personally like leclair, but let’s be realistic…his best days are behind him due to the back problems he has.

    the NYR are not even contenders…they haven’t made the playoffs in a few years and need a lot more time to get better again…its time to change the root of this team and build it again from the ground up.

    believe it or not, i think that the NYR would be better off with no big player changes this year. part of their problem is that they are always getting big names and they never have a chance to gel cohesively as a team. if they hire robinson to coach them, they should just go with what they have and give him a chance to work the guys there. they will have had a year together already and then maybe we’ll be able to see what they can do.

    the NYR need to stop adding individual parts, and need to consider what makes the best team…as much as i hate their style of play, the NJ Devils are the best example of this concept…all people kept talking about was the fact that they lost mogilny and then holik in the past couple of years….yet who won the Cup yet once again???

  16. MantaRay says:

    Leclair the answer? Wasn’t the answer: Holik? Kasper? Dunham? Sather? Bure? Kovalev? Messier? etc., etc. I think Ranger fans need to change the question.

    The Rangers would do better by dumping their current roster and obtain 24 players with the missing ingrediant: HEART.

  17. duckweed says:

    Exactly right.

  18. cecilturtle says:

    For taking the time to explain why the Rangers can’t sign these types of players anymore! Let alone give up compensation for them?

  19. canucklehead says:

    Thats great The Rangers & the Cup mentioned in the same sentence, Hilarious! HA HA HA

  20. Pock says:

    Players in the final years of there contracts seem to pick it up, I expect to see Lindros play more to the level hes capable of.

  21. TML51 says:

    I have to agree with Manta on this one. The Rangers have gobbled up a ton of talent, and each were thought to be that missing link to take them deep in the playoffs and eventually the cup. On paper, this team could rightfully kick any other teams collective ass through the regular season and into the playoffs. Talent they’ve got in spades…chemistry is what they lack.

    Adding LeClair wouldn’t be the answer.

    A proven head coach with the ability to motivate would be a big part of the puzzle.

  22. aafiv says:

    Reuniting LeClair and Lindros would be interesting although neither of them is the player they once were so I don’t think that they’d be that big of a threat.

    The Flyers won’t want Dunham because he’s not that good and has no playoff experience.

  23. duckweed says:

    Lindros is capable of being big. He doesn’t have much else – at least anymore. The Rangers have developed a terrible habit of getting players on the decline or players that were supposed to be good and never got there. They need guys that will come to play every night, not guys that are hyped to be awesome.

  24. RangerSteve says:

    Thanks mikster. I thought i was going to have to type a ton about this articel…looks like we’re both on teh same page with this one lol. Robitaille in NY was a joke, the guy needs to stay on the West Coast. What you think about Petrovicky? I think the guy can not play on a 3rd/4th line unit because of his size. Who do you think should be brought in via trade if anything for that? Klatt, McCarty or Draper via Free Agency? We need a coach more than anything..we get a hardass in there(aka Keenan), this team WILL do wonders.

  25. goodfela26 says:

    I actually think Keenan just wouldn’t be the answer for the Rangers. He’s a good coach and did wonders for the Flyers and Rangers in the past. However, in a locker room full of egos, I think his welcome would wear out quickly and the Rangers would implode. No offense, but as a Flyers fan, I’d love to see that happen. 🙂

  26. Sands says:





    By the way… Dunham isn’t going ina trade for Leclair….. Philly would be lucky to get him. Cause if anything… this will be a dump and they will still have to pay part for Leclair….. so…. no one is going the other way.

  27. gravey914 says:

    Dunham is the starting goalie that the rangers need. Putting the load onto Blackburn too early in his career would ruin him.

    I’m sure Philly wouldn’t mind taking some key players away from a division rival, but i don’t really see the rangers giving up anyone other than lindros. And we all know how much philly loves him.

    Leclair would be a good fit on the Rangers because we desperately need a left-winger. But i don’t know if he’d help at all with winning the cup. Maybe he’d help them make the playoffs, but that’s a big maybe.

  28. mikster says:

    Keenan is a small chance, too complicated to get the guy and we may have to give Florida a pick, whch i would not do.

    Petro should be in the minors and called up. He’ll have to clear waivers, which sucks but not like we gave up anythin gfor him. He is a good energetic player, good on the 4th line.

    Klatt wants to stay out west, he won’t come here. McCarty i wouldn’t even pay a buck for him. Draper…people say he is signed and i guess he is.

  29. DaMick says:

    Good to see Non Ranger fans shoot this one rumor down.

    doesnt make sense.

  30. RangerSteve says:

    None taken buddy. I agree with you as far as all the egos go. Theres too many chiefs and not many indians, as they say. By team implode? Just because my team implodes in December and yours in early April doesn’t mean you have to start gettin on me ;-D

  31. RangerSteve says:

    Coming from a Nucks fan thats hilarious….1994, enough said.

  32. RangerSteve says:

    Good to see both Non Ranger and Ranger Fans to shoot it down. We all know what this team lacks and it’s defense and a solid coach. They don’t need to go out and spend tons of money..AGAIN. It doesn’t matter anyway..if they win the Cup(if it even happens a big if of course), then they bought it. If they don’t make the playoffs then everyone laughs..gotta love it.

    I don’t know why LeClair for Dunham came up or Robitialle returning as well. Anyone with half a brain knows Dunham did as best he could with that “defense” to get that team close to teh playoffs. Robitialle in NY was a joke for the first time and would be again.

  33. OldNord says:

    What’s about a fourth round pick if you can get your former Stanley Cup coach?

  34. OldNord says:

    Right in the teeth!!!

  35. wingerxx says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself, and you have a great point about if they do/don’t win the cup. I love the Rangers, and I know this rumor is very silly, and it certainly doesn’t speak for all of us Rangers fans who really want to see our team do better.

  36. DG says:

    LOL. Though the way the New York Rangers work, it’s their only option left since nothing else works.


  37. Freeze says:

    Why not trade the entire Ranger team for J.S. Giguere, Keith Carney, Steve Ruchin, and coach Mike Babcock? Actually, I doubt Bryan Murray would be foolish enough to make that trade considering that Sather could supplement with AHL players and Babcock would still do very well in the playoffs while Anaheim might become a candidate for the #1 overall pick..

  38. RangerSteve says:

    Ya damn right! lol…we migth be the biggest embarassment over the past 6 years, but you know waht, we sure beat the nucks went it counted! SAVE BY RICHTER!

  39. RangerSteve says:

    I know, right? We can’t win because we “bought the cup” if we do win it. I would LOVE to see this group finally put it together and pound every team into submission so finally we can show that these guys had it in them all along. As they say, “Defense wins Championships” and it is absolutely true in the case of the Devils as well. The Rangers need to do something defensively and add that coach like we all have been preaching. For the future, I feel Pisa and Tjutin will be huge on the blueline. Both have hte capabilities of being 2 way dmen. As for Dale Purinton, i give hte guy credit..I use to pray to god the Rangers would let him go, but after this season he proves he has a ton of heart…something we lack tremedously!

  40. MantaRay says:

    Sather would never do that because Babcock would get all the credit.

    But the Dolans are taking a bath. If they dropped: Bure, Leetch, Messier and Nedved they would probably make the playoffs, Cablevision might actually make money off them for a change.

  41. MantaRay says:

    Ouch! Thats gotta hurt.

  42. RangerSteve says:

    Oh yes! But Manta…even tho I love 1994 and will til the day I die..isn’t it sad I have to resort all the way back then? lol

  43. MantaRay says:

    RS: At least you can harken back to something less than a decade ago…many other team fans don’t have that luxury.

    1994 to me is STILL the greatest day in NY Sports history in my lifetime.

    I remember game 7 counting down the last :10 and killing the volume on my TV set and listening too all the apartment buildings and surrounding bars go absolutly nuts! I will never forget the chills and emotion of that night. I actually had the Ranger team cup photo in my office.

  44. TC_4 says:

    Hinzy, are you kidding??? LeClair won’t even get this team into the playoffs. First off, they can’t ride Blackburn, he’s too young. When he played at the start of the year(I believe 19 in a row), it cost them the playoffs. LeClair is on the decline, hardcore! This team has zero chemistry, and LeClair may help that playing with Eric, but I believe Eric is going to ask to be traded. He excerised because if he was bought out, there is no way he would get as much money on the open market. This team needs some tough d-men, and more toughness and heart on the first two lines. Holik, Nedved, and Bure are just jokes on ice. At least Pavel can play(when healthy), I didn’t think Holik deserved more then 3 mil on the open market, and he got 9 somehow. Why??? Because the guy shutdown Lemieux one year in the playoffs? Nevermind the fact Stevens was stuck to him for the entire series as well. Holik is a minor step above Todd Marchant. He’ll be getting about 4 mil this offseason and that’s way overpriced too!!! And let’s not start on Nedved. Anyways, back to your point about the LW. Yes they need one, but they need the LeClair from 5 years ago, not the John LeClair we know today. How about taking a run a Keith “Paycheck”? They got the guys that could land him. Lindros, and Carter staright across, then move Demitra to the left side. Stillman’s a LW if that’s your cup of tea. Not too bad for a start Hinzy, just voicing my opinion.

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