So the Rangers decide that the remedy for having a weak farm system (Voros was a Devils development, not theirs), a pathetic blue line and management that let Jagr and Shanahan walk is to fire the coach. Makes sense. What better way to send a message to the players that if you’re not living up to (someone’s) expectations, you’re expendable. Seriously, I don’t quite get this. True, the Rangers are running like my old roommate’s 1978 Datsun (in hunter green and rust) during a Boston winter, but every team goes through rough patches. For the Rangers, the patches have come together in a quilt of horrendous hockey, but that’s a detail, right?
Want to really shake up the Blueshirts? Trade Gomez.
His non-trade clause is the inverse of the norm, naming three teams he won’t go to each year; so basically there are at least 26 takers for the 12-goal wonder. Despite being paid near the league’s upper bound on salary, he has a dozen goals this year, and only earned his first power play goal in February. He’d played close to an entire working day of power play time before putting one in the net with the man advantage. And yes, Gomez is a pivot and supposed to be making plays, but that would imply there’s a finisher somewhere on the ice to pick up the G to his A. Markus Naslund (only slightly younger than yours truly here) is the team leader with 18 goals. So Gomez is only 6 behind, but 18 goals? 60 games in? That’s a goal every other week.
So put together a nice package for Gomez, pick up a young player who can skate and finish, and let’s see what kind of Torts Law New York can make of that.