If you've ever seen the
movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray then you know what it's like to
be a Ranger fan.
Year after year Ranger
are subjected to the mortgaging of their future in exchange for acquiring
players who, shall we say to be kind are “Long In the tooth” or
“overpaid underachievers” or sometimes both.
year however on August 20th when the alarm clock rang on the
Rangers annual “Groundhog Day” we awoke to probably the worst
day ever. The Ranger lame brain-trust had acquired the six times
concussed Erica Lindros. Ranger GM President Glen “Slacks” Sather in
one bold stroke re-wrote the NYR book of irresponsible management by
trading two 25 yr. old players the club's # 1 prospect in Pavel Brendl and
a 3rd round draft pick to obtain what Sather
views as a “Healthy” Eric Lindros”
will be the first to admit I thought Sather should have been more active
up to that point concerning free agents and he should have been. Up until
the Lindros signing the only noteworthy UFA’s he had acquired were
Vladamir Malakov, Igor Ulanov and Zdeno Ciger.
mistake in evaluating Sather was thinking he was going to stand pat with
what he had and wallow in complacency.
I pegged Slats a frugal sort whose main goal (if he even had any)
was to stop the Ranger fiscal insanity that has been going on for decades
never did buy into the youth movement plan at any point because like every
other Ranger “Groundhog Day” it just doesn’t come to fruition....EVER.
I could have dealt with pretty much anything Slacks would have done and
just chalked it up to an out of touch GM who is horrible at talent
evaluation but what transpired on this years Groundhog Day is
I am now thoroughly convinced that Sather's
brain is not working on all cylinders, especially after hearing him
finally talk to the TV and Radio media at length after the Erica signing.
Slacks adamantly denies that Erica has suffered 6 concussions. According
to Doc Slacks Erica has had only 1 concussion.
He doesn't care what the doctors say. He in
his own stubborn egotistical mind has convinced himself that Erica's last
concussion was the first of his NHL career. I probably could understand
this move better if Slacks had just come out and said I am a gambling man
and I'm rolling the dice on this one. Even though I don't agree with it I
could accept it, but when this pompous ass comes out and says that the
entire medical community is wrong and basically the Flyers are liars when
it comes to his head injuries my only conclusion is this guy is off his
Slacks delusional self-convincing in
combination with the fact that he insists that the players sent to Philly
to get Capt. Concussion had already been replaced before the trade leads
me to believe Slacks must have taken a 5 iron to the head on many of his
golf outings this summer. Replaced? They had? Hlavac replaced by Ciger?
Johnsson replaced by who Darren Van Impe? Brendl replaced by whom? Heisten
Sather's comments that the Ranger
organization did not take any kind of risk or hit to acquire Erica and
that we basically stole a healthy 28 yr. old Lindros from Booby Clarke and
the Flyers is a form of dementia I even thought our Slacksy couldn't
Plus rule 101 of GM'ing is don't trade
within your division there is too much risk of improving a team who is
your direct competition. I don't care how many points separated the
Rangers and Flyers last year this trade included all youth on Phillys side
and if the Rangers ever do get their act together this is something the
Rangers will have to contend with down the road.
I sincerely hope this Groundhog Day is
indeed over and that Slacks is done for now. Every GM in the league must
be licking his chops to trying to swindle Slacksy now that they have
confirmed he is out o his mind after doing this mega stupid deal.
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