The NY Knicks made a big splash when they signed Carmelo Anthony to play for them. Last night's debut was a smashing success and anyone who saw it, either live or on TV, will attest to that. The Rangers need that kind of impact. The Rangers need that type of player. The Rangers need splash.
Now the Rangers are a nice group of players but does anyone recognize them on the streets of NY? Outside of Henrik Lundqvist and Sean Avery, most Rangers are unrecognizable. Lundqvist is 'The King' and is always dressed to the nines. Avery? Well Avery is Avery and will always be recognized.
Remember 1994? The Rangers won the Cup and the Knicks were one John Starks clang off the rim from winning the NBA championship. Mark Messier was 'The Star' of the Rangers and would often be seen at Knick games with the babe of the month on his arm. Anthony Mason, the rugged Knick forward, would often be at Ranger games strolling around the Garden in a Rangers jersey.
So the Rangers must go out and pick up a big name star, a guy to make some splash. But whom to get? Ovechkin? It would be easier to get congress to work 40 hours a week and take a paycut then get the Great O to come to NY? Syd the Kid? Naw. He is too much of a whinner. Steve Stamkos? Too bland. The Sedin twins? We can hardly afford one. Jerome Iginla? Interesting. He might be the one but it is a stretch.
I know. Fire the Stealth GM and coach disagreeable. That would be a big splash. Replace them with Mike Keenan as GM and Adam Graves as coach. What a novelty. A GM who actually knows hockey and a coach who would not have a problem talking to the press and respecting the fans. Now that would be a splash.