Monday, August 24, 2009

What Happened in Ranger Land? Wait, Sather Still Has a Job?

Free agents:
D Derek Morris, 3,950,000 (u)
RW Nik Antropov, 2,150,000 (u)
RW Fredrik Sjostrom, 840,000 (u)
C Blair Betts, 615,000 (u)
RW Colton Orr, 550,000 (u)
RW Nikolai Zherdev, 3,250,000 (a)
RW Chris Higgins, 1,900,000 (r)
LW Lauri Korpikoski, 984,200 (r)
C Brandon Dubinsky, 635,000 (r)
RW Ryan Callahan, 600,000 (a)

LW Donald Brashear, 2 years (Capitals)
RW Marian Gaborik, 5 years, $37.5M (Wild)
RW Ales Kotalik, 3 years, $9M (Oilers)
RW Ryan Callahan, 2 years, $4.6M (re-signed)
C Tyler Arnason, 1 year, $700K (Avalanche)
C Vinny Prospal, 1 year, $1.1M (Lightning)

Trade In:
RW Chris Higgins 1 year, $2.25 M
C Ryan McDonagh
Pavel Valentenko

RW Colton Orr (Maple Leafs)
RW Fredrik Sjostrom (Flames)
RW Nik Antropov (Thrashers)
D Paul Mara (Canadiens)
LW Lauri Korpikoski (Coyotes)
D Derek Morris, 1 year (Bruins)
RW Nikolai Zherdev (arbitration walkaway)

Trade Out:
C Scott Gomez
D Mike Busto
C Tom Pyatt

Almost as much nonsense this offseason went down in Manhattan as Montreal, and that's saying a lot. The hottest player for the Rags at the beginning of last season, well, he wasn't even offered a contract, say hello to Fedorov and co. in Moscow for us all Nik. But hey, there's some stuff here we can talk about.

Like Sather getting rid of that Gomez contract, who ever thought that was even possible? Sather must've pulled an illusion on Gainey, not tricked him though, tricks are what whores do for money. If you don't think New York was the winner in that deal, then you know what, you must be a Habs fan, and I wouldn't like you anyways.

But of course, for every good thing Sather did this offseason, he goes and pulls a dipshit move like giving Gaborik $7.5 million a year (still haven't learned your lesson with those $7+ million contracts eh Glen?) and giving a guy in Ales Kotalik, yes he of worth only on the PP and SO, $3 million. I mean, I realize this isn't your money you're playing with Glen, but it's somebodies.

So back to the Gaborik deal, I'm glad they realized they needed a top flight winger to spread out defenses, and he will definitely provide a more vertical attack, so to speak. But who exactly will his center be? Drury? We saw how that particular experiment (#1 center) failed last season? Dubinsky? Really? You want to make Brandon Dubinsky your #1 center? Nice. Nice.

Let's not forget about Mr. Antropov and Derek Morris. I'm not going to say Derek Morris meant much to New York, wasn't his finer moments. But there's no shadow of a doubt that Antropov gave them many more options when he arrived. His fit helped allow the Rags to stay in the top 8, and at times, had them playing their best hockey of the year, going 11-6-1 after acquiring those guys on March 4th. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

Ok, ok, one more thing. Is Donald Brashear really an upgrade, in any way, shape, or form, than Colton Orr? I mean, unless you're trying to draw in some fans from Harlem, where are you goin' with this move? Seem to forget he practically almost killed Blair Betts during the 1st round of last season's playoffs? Yeah, that'll be an awesome locker room dynamic for the first month (that is of course assuming Betts re-signs, but I'm sure his teammates are still pretty pissed off).

Enjoy that Tortorella. Enjoy it.


Ryan McFadden - The Manic Ranger said...

I frickin' hate the Gaborik signing - a 5 year contract for a guy who is made of glass.

Funny you should bring up Torts and Brashear. A buddy of mine went to a coaches conference in Minny a few weeks ago and got some face time with him. He asked Torts about Brashear and the Betts hit.

Torts said he likes conflict in the locker room. I don't see it though, that locker room is led by Drury and he's not the kind of guy to make a frecus about it.

Vance said...

I believe I heard a comment by Torts, something along the lines of "It'll be taken care of right away, then it won't be an issue."

Wasn't Drury being called out by the Post/Larry Brooks early last season during the "swoon" about a lack of leadership? Or am I mistaken.

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