Rangers Deal Adam Graves for Two Prospects

By Brandon LeBourveau
It is truly a sad day for all Rangers fans, as Adam Graves tenure as a New York Rangers has come to an end. Today GM Glen Sather dealt Adam Graves, known to us as “Gravey”, to the San Jose Sharks in return for 24 year old forward Mikael Samuelsson and 24 year old defenseman Christian Gosselin.

From Glen Sather’s standpoint, I’m sure he felt it was the best interest for his hockey club to trade Adam Graves, rather than buy him out and not get anything in return. The San Jose Sharks have been trying to acquire Adam Graves for years, and at least Gravey gets to go someplace where he is wanted. I don’t like this deal as a Rangers fan, as Graves is a great player in the locker room and he is a leader on this team. With the possible additions of a couple of rookies to the lineup this season, Graves could have helped out greatly with the youngsters. Adam Graves always gave whatever he could to charity and he gave up a lot of his time to visit sick and needy kids. Graves’ play tailed off this past season, mostly because he was still trying to get over the death of his baby Jackson, who died soon after being born two months premature. Graves was a big part of our 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team, as he broke the Rangers record by scoring the most goals in the Regular Season by a Ranger with 52, and that record still stands to this day. A lot of fans will be sad over this deal and I am one of them. But sometimes painful decisions have to be made, and unfortunately this was one of them.

Trying to look at things positively, the Rangers may have gotten themselves a future NHLer in 6’1 205 pound forward Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson scored 32 goals and 46 assists in 66 games with the AHLs Kentucky Thoroughblades this season. Samuelsson is described as a great skater with excellent speed, acceleration and lateral movement. He has great hockey sense and could be a force in the offensive zone. Although he may only be a 3rd liner in the NHL, Glen Sather likes what he acquired in Samuelsson. “There were other teams who offered players but we felt this was the best player offered” Sather said.

Christian Gosselin is a 6’5 235 pound defenseman who recorded 145 penalty minutes in 42 games this past season in the AHL. Not seen as a player who will have a career in the NHL, Gosselin should be a career minor leaguer who will also be a fan favorite among the fans. A few games in the NHL because of injury is not out of the question, but that possibility is slim.

Both players will be given an opportunity in training camp to show their stuff and try and make the team. If Samuelsson turns out to be good, this could be a great deal, but seeing Graves go is gonna be a hard pill to swallow for many Rangers’ fans.