Glen Sather will address the Rangers’ scoring issues this summer IF a move makes sense for the Blueshirts.
Fans’ eagerness for a blockbuster addition is understandable, but a move for a Rick Nash or a Bobby Ryan, just to name names, takes time. Jim Cerny commented during a live chat recently, confirming that Sather is working the phones in search of a deal to bring some much-needed scoring to the roster. Some fans seem to be under the impression that the organisation are simply sitting idly by while other clubs make moves to strength their respective line-ups – and that just isn’t true.
Besides, who in the Atlantic Division has actually improved so far this summer? Ask yourselves that, and then read this.
Trade prices are sky-high and the free-agent market unimpressive. If Scott Howson isn’t willing to drop his lofty demands for Jackets captain Rick Nash, then no move may be the best move on that front. The Rangers are unlikely to overpay or make a misguided addition just because a perfect fit isn’t there. If Nash is coming to New York, then you can expect it to take some time.
Alex Semin remains an option, but he’s a questionable fit for a team coached by John Tortorella. Shane Doan’s yet to commit his future to Phoenix, though it’s believed the veteran forward is seeking big money over a lengthy term. Doan would be the right choice in the absence of a trade for a younger scorer, but committing anything more than two years to him would be a big mistake.
The Rangers have plugged bottom-six holes vacated by Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and John Mitchell. AHL depth has also been added.
Sather’s primary objective at this stage will be to address the lack of scoring on the roster. But again, that will take time. Fans need to be patient and trust a GM that’s really given us little reason not to believe over the past few seasons. If a young scorer is added via trade, it will be on Sather’s terms. It’s a protracted process, particularly when you are dealing with a GM [Howson] who is looking to breathe new life into a struggling franchise through one trade involving his only significant asset.
So sit tight. Maybe even breathe a little. Go for a walk perhaps. Sather will do his best to add a scorer, it just may take a while.
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