Mironov Traded to Rangers
Disgruntled Chicago Black Hawk defenseman Boris Mironov was traded today to the New York Rangers for a 4th round 2004 draft pick.
The 30-year-old Mironov has been suspended without pay since Dec. 5 after leaving the team two days earlier and demanding a trade. He asked for reinstatement on Dec. 31 and has been in a conditioning program since. The Rangers will pick up $1.5 million of his $3.3 million salary, adding to a sky high team payroll of $69 million – tops in the NHL.
The Blackhawks compiled a 9-2-4-1 record after Mironov left the team.
It’s odd how the Black Hawks got so much better after Mironov left the team. I’m not sure why Mironov asked to be traded. What was his gripe? Nathan Dempsey and Steve McCarthy played very well in Mironov’s absence, making him expendable. This move should help the Rangers somewhat – a team that is desperate for help on defense.
What do you think of this trade?