All the talk about dumping Malik to St. Louis or Tampa Bay was just that, talk. In fact the Stealth GM likes Malik so much he got his clone in someone named Christian Backman. He is another no hitter. Now, with Mara out, the Rangers defense does have more no hitters than Nolan Ryan. Just what we needed. We needed a tough defender who could clear the crease and we needed a D man who could quarterback the power play. We got neither.
Brian Campbell who would have filled the bill, especially on the PP, was purchased by the Sharks for Steve Bernier and a number 0ne draft pick. You don't think the Stealth should have tried harder? Bernier in all of 59 games has a grand total of 13 goals and 23 points. You don't think we could have beaten that deal? The Devils traded Cam Janssen for Bryce Salvador also of St. Louis. Salvador had 61 hits and 91 blocked shots. Backman had 18 and 38. You think we could have gotten Salvador, a tough D man, for Colton Orr? Did we try? Backman, a first round pick in 1998, has only played in 45 games this year. This is his fourth year in the NHL and he has not played a complete season yet. So he is soft in more ways than one. Welcome home Christian. You will fit right in.
The other deal involving Montoya and Hossa is baffling to me. Why the deal? Do we need more players in the minor league system? Do we owe Don Maloney a favor? Fredrik Sjostrom is the only regular in the deal and he will probably be riding the Hartford-New York shuttle. The other two, enforcer Josh Gratten and goalie David LeNeveu are both headed for the minors. For this we gave up a blue chip goalie prospect. Of course losing Hossa is an addition by subtraction but you would think we could have gotten more for Montoya.
But we didn't need anyone. We are all set. If you don't believe me ask the Maven, Stan Fischler, who bravely roared, the Rangers don't need any additions. Feel better now? Remember that's the same guy who predicted the Rangers would win the Cup this year. Now I know you feel better. And after you analyze what Pittsburgh did, I'm sure you will feel much better. Let the games continue.
Here is the breakdown of the Atlantic Division Trades. . .
Globe on Hockey Blog:
Mirtle: A deadline day roundup -- 25 trades, 45 players, 21 picks [entire NHL]
It looks like 6' 6" Marián Hossa is literally and figuratively the big fish in the above list. And coincidently the Rangers traded his brother, Marcel Hossa, to Phoenix on the same day.Rangers Acquired Gave up
D - CHRISTIAN BACKMAN 2008 4TH ROUND PICK
F - FREDRIK SJOSTROM F - MARCEL HOSSA
G - DAVID LENEVEU G - AL MONTOYA
F - JOSH GRATTON
New Jersey Acquired Gave up
D - BRYCE SALVADOR F - CAM JANSSEN
Philadelphia No trades
Islanders Acquired Gave up
D - ROB DAVISON 7TH ROUND PICK
3RD ROUND PICK D - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON
6TH ROUND PICK F - CHRIS SIMON
Penguins Acquired Gave up
F - MARIAN HOSSA F - ANGELO ESPOSITO
F - PASCAL DUPUIS F - COLBY ARMSTRONG
D - HAL GILL F - ERIK CHRISTENSEN
1ST ROUND PICK
2ND ROUND PICK
5TH ROUND PICK
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