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August 24, 2005


When did Martin St. Louis say he wanted to go to New York? Is there an interview I can reference?

Also, I find it interesting that this site earlier advocated tendering an offer sheet to Martin St. Louis, which would have cost 4 or 5 first round draft picks, but now complains when the Rangers get Steve Rucchin rather than try to pluck young RFA's away from cap-strapped teams "in keeping with a re-building program". Granted, Rucchin is no St. Louis, but drafting and developing your own talent is how you re-build, which is hard when you've given up all your draft picks to pluck other teams' players, young or otherwise, away.

The inconsistencies you cite do not represent our advocacy of one team-building strategy over another, they represent our reaction to the shifting sands of the Rangers' approach to team building. Signing St. Louis as an RFA was based on the Rangers' publicly stated desire to wait until next year's UFA crop, one that will not materialize because most of these players are signing long-term deals. Questioning the Rucchin trade is in the context of the Rangers' oft-repeated desire to follow through on the youth program, one that comes into doubt with the corps of over-30 veterans now just one player short of half the team that will suit up every night.

Wow, I didn't know Karel Rachunek wasn't coming back to the NHL. I guess it shows how little I follow the Rangers when a player I'm still sorta half interest in following announces this.

It's not all that surprising. He was always moody in Ottawa, having sat out a year here as well. Eventually he caved. But he caved to a team that was a contender. I don't know how long it will be before the Rangers are one, but I think it's safe to say it won't be this season.

It's too bad because he's very talented.

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