I really hate to bring this up again but another Rick Nash related New York Rangers story was published. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun made a claim that this series against Washington would be over right now if Rick Nash was wearing red, blue, and white.
That’s quite a claim right?
Gordie Clark said after the trade deadline that if the Rangers made that trade, they would look like Columbus after the deal was done. So there’s only one question left to ask.
How in the world does that make the Rangers better?
The Rangers refused to let Chris Kreider into any potential trade for Nash and let me just say how happy that’s made me feel. Look at what Kreider’s done in only a handful of pro games. He’ll be a very good player in this league. He just needs a full training camp and preseason to really settle himself onto this Rangers team.
Simmon’s also mentions how this was the Rangers big year and chance to win the Cup. In my mind, they overachieved this year in the regular season and their window of opportunity to win has just begun and it isn’t ending anytime soon. This wasn’t meant to be their year, but it still can be. A comparison to this Rangers team I make is to the o8-09 Chicago Blackhawks. They’re on the cusp of greatness, they just need a year or two to get there.
Another point Simmon’s brings up is how Calgary won the cup in ’89 by trading Brett Hull. This is Brett Hull we are taking about. You know, the guy who had three 70 seasons. Wait let’s just look back to see what the Flames acquired for Hull. They got all-star Rob Ramage, who spent two (yes two) years in Calgary. They also got goalie Rick Wamsley who made no impact whatsoever. That year Calgary could have maybe won the cup without doing that trade anyway. Nice try making a comparison.
A real comparison he could have made was the Penguins trading for Marian Hossa back in 08′ to have a chance to win the cup for that year, but they lost in the finals. That would have been a good comparison but Steve didn’t think of that.
The Rangers have a bright future ahead of them regardless if their season ends saturday (keep your fingers crossed it doesn’t) and I’m expecting great things from them for the next few years. Oh, and I don’t think Rick Nash will be apart of the plans for the future if Scott Howson stays on board in Columbus.
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