Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:08 AM
Guess I'm in the minority on this, but I think the Rangers did improve with this trade. Yes, giving up Dubinsky and Anisimov hurts their depth, but they can be replaced. If the Rangers land Shane Doan and/or sign a guy like Dominic Moore, their depth rebounds significantly. Anisimov was a nice player for them last year, but Nash is a major upgrade. And considering the Rangers did well with Dubinsky having a rough season, losing him seems like it could hurt most in the locker room rather than in the win-loss column.
It still takes a hit short-term with Gaborik sidelined, but a powerplay with Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Callahan and Del Zotto as a first unit is pretty formidable.
All that being said, I agree with other posters that I'm just having trouble seeing the Rangers do quite as well this upcoming season. Lundqvist will have another outstanding season (sucks, but true), but a number of things just seemed to go the Rangers' way last year that seemed flukey. Maybe that's just wishful thinking, but I can't see them as the #1 seed in the East, or even winning the Atlantic again.
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