Monday, February 27, 2012

Rangers Stand Pat, No Nash

No Rick Nash trade for Rangers

The Stealth GM stayed in stealth mode and decided not to make any big deals before the trade deadline. Tortorella said, "I like our team," and that belief certainly played a factor in the Rangers' decision not to spring for Nash.

Cross Checks blog / ESPN:
Nash stays with Blue Jackets --
With the Rangers bowing out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes on Sunday night, it was a pretty underwhelming trade deadline day for New York...

It now appears likely that Nash will be shopped again leading up to the draft this June by Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson...

The Rangers were one of a few teams on Nash’s approved list.

The potential acquisition of Nash was a polarizing one. Some feared that adding Nash at the cost of valuable young assets could disrupt an already-strong team chemistry. Others felt it could be the piece that could boost the Rangers to be Stanley Cup contenders.

Brandon Dubinsky, whose name surfaced in recent weeks as a potential trading chip to acquire Nash, said he didn't think he’d be dealt during the team’s morning skate at Madison Square Garden Monday.

"I know this team wants me. I know how much I want to be here. I’m pretty confident that at 3:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time that I’ll be a New York Ranger,” Dubinsky said Monday morning, about 4.5 hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Coach John Tortorella also expressed confidence in his team as currently comprised.

“I like our team,” Tortorella said...

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  • Andy said...

    Round of applause for Mr. Sather today...Always knew you were a stupid asshole, Glen, but I never really knew you would treat your players like they were non-existent.

    When the chains are cut, Sean, I know you'll land on your feet and it will be the rangers shame to bare.

    True colors are coming out more and more from this organization as the year progresses and boy are they dark as hell

  • jb said...

    True dat.

    Very disappointing that nothing was done with Avery. The Rangers couldn't even get a draft pick of some sort?

    I don't think they have the offensive horses to take them very deep in the playoffs. It's all on Lundqvist.

  • Andy said...

    JB-Totally agreed. Torts was right on one thing this year: "I got an owner upstairs talking about stanley cups, and that's a bunch of bullshit".

    Yep, you nailed it for once coach

  • Section 335 said...

    1. Shame about Avery. Very bad.

    2. This is not a great team, or a Cup favorite by any means. Missing too many pieces.

    3. Right move to stand pat with this team, rather than mortgage the future. If we finish in first, the odds are good we win the first two rounds. At that point, anything can happen.

    4. This may well be a great team in two years.