Sod16 Posted January 6, 2019 Share Posted January 6, 2019 The Rangers have been a contender really for three periods during my 51 years following them: late-sixties through early seventies; early nineties through mid nineties; and early 2010s through mid 2010s. How did they get to be a contender in these three periods? Each time it came largelyas a function of two or three incredibly fortuitous and perhaps downright lucky player moves that even the best GM may not be able to replicate: First contender period: It was a different world and the Rangers had a number of good players from the pre-draft world, but there were three moves that put them over the top. The first was the Cat's masterpiece trade of a star immediately before he started declining (Bathgate) for Seiling, Nevin and Brown. The second was trading a used puck bag for a veteran minor league goalie, Giacomin, and having him become an HOFer. The third was snatching an 18 year old 5-8 undersized defenseman, Brad Park, who Toronto did not see fit to even put on the protected list for their junior team, the Toronto Marlboros. Park grew 4 inches after age 18. Talk about luck. It was the equivalent of getting an HOFer off the waiver wire today. Second contender period. First, have a GM's last act before being fired be drafting a future HOFer in Leetch 9th overall, which was then a mid round pick. Then buy a superstar in Messier who is coming off an injury riddled year and is thought to have a lot of wear at 30, but turns out to have gas in the tank. Then sign a fee agent fourth line grinder in Graves for $500,000 and have his name end up in the rafters. Third contender period. First, draft a future HOF goalie in the 7th round as an afterthought. Second, hoodwink a GM into taking an unmoveable player in Gomez and give up his top rated prospect in the process. The prospect becomes a star, and the cap space turns into Gaborik and then Brassard. I guess my point is sobering. In a thirty-two team league, you sort of need a lot of luck in addition to an astute GM to contend, and even then, you may not win a cup. So I suppose I don't have a road map to becoming a contender! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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