Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rangers Lose By Winning?
1) One of the forgotten consequences of the New York Rangers upset playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins is that they have to relinquish their 1st round pick in the up coming entry draft. As part of the St. Louis trade with Tampa Bay, there was a conditional 2nd round pick (in addition to a 1st rounder in 2015 and the rental of Callahan) which, if the Rangers were to advance to the Conference Finals would become a 1st round pick. So in essence Glen Sather traded his captain and 2 first round picks to Tampa Bay for the services of Martin St.Louis the remainder of 2013-14 and the 2014-2015 seasons.
2) Now, we will admit that IF the Rangers were to win a Cup either this season or next then it doesn't matter a wit what the picks end up doing. However if they fall short then it will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Rangers who are already considered to have a bare farm system. To lose not one, but two prime opportunities to 'restock their shelves' would be devastating for the organization going forward who's best players are not exactly 'young guns'. Glen Sather by making that deal has essentially gone 'all in'. To win now. Perhaps Glen sees the end of his own managerial career upcoming so is looking more to the short term than the longer term of the franchise. Certainly its a now or wait for a while situation for the Blue Shirts. Meanwhile Tampa is ecstatic the penguins choked!