From the 1st day of this season, fans of the Rangers pleaded for General Manager Glen Sather to deal the high-priced veterans on the club who no longer could help them out in return for some young players and draft picks to quicken a hopefull rebuilding process that most fans would like to see take place.
It took until March 1st for the Rangers to finally make a deal that could actually help them out in the future, by dealing soon-to-be UFA Eric Lacroix to the Ottawa Senators in return for 25 year old, 6’4 215 pound Colin Forbes. Although Forbes is not known for his offensive abilities, he’s a nice sparkplug for the 4th line who mucks it out in the corners and plays a physical game. Forbes has looked pretty good in his 2 games so far as a Ranger, and I am already liking him better than Eric Lacroix.
But the better deal came today, March 5th, as the Rangers traded 36 year old defenseman Alexei Gusarov to the St. Louis Blues for 22 year old Slovak defenseman Peter Smrek. I love this deal for the Rangers. Smrek is a solid two-way defenseman who has the potential to put up 10 goals and 20 assists in the NHL. He has spent the majority of this season with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL, posting 2 goals and 6 assists in 47 games this season, to go along with 69 penalty minutes. In 6 games with the St. Louis Blues, he has registered 2 goals and 2 penalty minutes. To put things in a different perspective, the Rangers acquired Alexei Gusarov from the Colorado Avalanche in December for a 5th round pick. So in reality, we give up a 5th round pick for Peter Smrek. I woul Read more»
Stephen Valiquette- Right before a foot injury, the man they call
was having a good season with the Springfield Falcons of the American
Leauge. He had a 7-10-1 record with a .907 save percentage and with
expierence, the game’s tallest goalie ever could be a solid NHL
Arto Tukio- Tukio was the Islanders fourth round draft pick last
the 19 year old Finnish defenceman was to be the captain of the Finnish
at the World Junior Championships before an ankle injury. He has
Islanders Assistant General Manager Gordie Clark of Don Sweeney.
Radek Martinek- Martinek was an Islanders draft pick in 1999 and most
forget about him when they think of that years draft. The Czech
native has opted to play in the tournaments there, instead of playing
minors this year. Martinek is a little older than most prospects at
Martinek could be seen in an Islanders uniform in a few years.
Dick Transform- Another older Islanders prospect, he also opted to
this season in Europe. After being drafted in 1994, Tarnstrom has
improvement and is a solid defenceman.
Marco Charpentier- After a good training camp, Charpentier was signed
contract in December. Playing for Baie Comeau in the QMJHL, he has 50
and 94 points in 55 games.
Mattias Weinhandl- After a very serious eye injury, Weinhandl is back
old form. Playing for a rebuilding MoDo team in the Swedish Elite
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