RANGERS SUCK! Happy now?
I'm hardly lavishing praise on the Rangers or boasting about them. I'm pointing out that there are legitimate reasons why some players want to go there. Even when they sucked, there will still players who wanted to play for them.
Yes, Zach's close in proximity to New York, but at the same time, short as the distance may be, there are players who love and dream of playing for a team with "New York" in front of the nickname, who consider THAT truly being in New York, as opposed to living near it. "New Jersey" doesn't carry that same prestige. I'll be the first to admit I don't get it...I think New York is vastly overrated in many ways. One of the last places I'd ever want to live in would be New York City, or one of its many overpriced suburbs. But the concept and idea of what New York is has a mystique and sex appeal to people of all professions. And the converse is also true...we've seen New York chew up and spit out many just as easily, especially on the big stage...no shortage of athletes who wilted and "couldn't hack New York".
No one hates the Rangers more than me, but I can be objective and admit I could see reasons why Parise might consider signing with them. Sorry, I'm not going to pretend that I know what's going on in Parise's head, but daneyko_booster said it perfectly...I seriously doubt that if he wanted to go play for the Rangers, and really felt he could win with them more than the Devils, that he'd say "but wait...Devils fans aren't going to like this, so I'd better not."
It would suck to see it happen, but Holik did it and so did Gomez, among others...I'll move on...and boo Parise silly every time he steps on the ice wearing Red, White, and Blue.
I agree with that the New York appeal is vastly overrated, especially in this day and age of mass and social media. When the Rags sucked, players went there for money. Post-cap, they go there for hockey and money reasons. Maybe if this was baseball or basketball the 'NYC factor' would apply, but hockey being the small, niche sport in this market means nyc doesnt add anything extraordinary for an nhl player. If its the living aspect that you think is the lure, ZP lives right next door...Maybe when his decision comes down to the Rags and 8 other teams with similar offers, he may just slightly consider what signing with the Rags would do to Uncle Lou and the fanbase. Of course, if the Rags' offer is way ahead in his mind then he signs no matter what.
Edited by devlman, 28 February 2012 - 04:44 PM.