I think picking Blackwood was all about having flexibility 3-5 years from now, depending on the state of the team. If the Devils look like they can be one of a handful of teams that look like a legit Cup contender by then, but are a player or two short, and Schneider is still clearly the man and Blackwood has developed as hoped, Shero (assuming he's still here) can trade Blackwood as part of a package for a needed piece. If the team hasn't progressed but Schneider is still a top goalie and Blackwood looks like he's ready, then Shero can move Schneider to a team that's a goalie short and get something back.
Just hope Blackwood doesn't turn into another Ahonen or Frazee.
Good point. Thats why there is a popular philosophy of taking the best player available regardless of team needs.
I'm gonna take a guess and figure you're too young to remember the sh!tshow that was the 1994 parade.......
Incorrect. I suffered through that but realize how much worse it would have been if NYC actually gave a sh!t about the Rangers. While the parade was well attended, there weren't street parties or unorganized mass gatherings of celebration. I'm also not even talking about the parades. You can have a parade for Mel Gibson in NYC and a million people would show up. Also, 1994 was a looonnggg time ago. The city is much different and even more sports-apathetic today.