Eulogy: Remembering the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs - *(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we’re bound to lose some friends along the journey. We’ve asked for these losers, gone but not forgotte...
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Arthur Staple wrote this article, talking about whether or not Glen Sather will finally retire his itchy trigger finger. But towards the end of the article Staple writes this
There is more room on defense, where Wade Redden is almost certain to be waived and sent to Hartford when training camp ends. "He's been discussed," Sather said.
Now this would be huge news, as camp will weed and filter out those that shouldn't be on the starting roster -- so there is hope Rangers fans, there is hope.This is from a guy who writes for Newsday, remember, which is owned by the Dolan's and Cablevision. Like Staple or hate him, this is information he would be able to obtain; and he certainly wouldn't just spew that little quote out there for no reason at all. Especially since the Redden signing is an embarrassment to this team, and making a statement like this could make Newsday look very, very bad. So this holds some weight with me, even though I'm not believing in miracles just yet.
|RANGERS' 2010 PRESEASON SCHEDULE |
(All times Eastern Standard Time)
|Thursday||Sept. 23||New Jersey||Madison Square Garden||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||Sept. 25||New Jersey||Prudential Center||7 p.m.|
|Sunday||Sept. 26||Detroit||Joe Louis Arena||5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||Sept. 29||Detroit||Madison Square Garden||7 p.m.|
|Friday||Oct. 1||Ottawa||Madison Square Garden||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||Oct. 2||Ottawa||Scotiabank Place||7 p.m.|
|Taylor Hall takes the number one selection after defeating Tyler Seguin in the playoffs. With Jordan Eberle already on board in Edmonton, the Oilers will reunite the tandem which almost singlehandedly won the gold medal in this year’s WJHC.|
|Cam Fowler will bring a franchise defenseman to Boston after Hall leaves the map. With Zdeno Chara now 33-years-old they need a blue liner to take over in a few years and can be patient with second Windsor Spitfire to go in the draft.|
|Erik Gudbranson will bring another solid young defenseman to the Panther blue line. Even though this team continues to struggle in the scoring department, they still need to build a team from the blue line out and will add to a solid core of Jason Garrison, Keith Ballard and Dmitry Kulikov.|
|Tyler Seguin looked like he could take the number one spot but falls in the Blue Jacket’s lap due to organizational needs. Although a natural center, he likely will flank Rick Nash on the opposite wing for years to come and solidify the top 6 forward corps of their struggling offense.|
|Nino Niederreiter would look great on a team with another great Swiss player in Mark Streit. The talented left wing could be the best offensive player to come out of Switzerland and would give the Islanders another identity.|
|Brandon Gormley makes the perfect compliment to Victor Hedman. With the Tampa Bay blue line looking increasingly porous, this mobile defenseman out of the QMJHL will fit in well with other alums of the Quebec league and solidify a young defensive core.|
|Mikael Granlund looks to be the top pick out of Finland this season so the Hurricanes should select him based on their recent success fitting into their system. The young left wing would fit in well with Tuomo Ruutu, Joni Pitkanen and Jussi Jokinen in their core.|
|Vladimir Tarasenko will be the first Russian selected in the draft. Which better team to mold a Russian superstar than the one which just traded away Ilya Kovalchuk.|
|Derek Forbort grew up in Duluth, Minnesota making him the logical pick of the Wild. Last year they took Nick Leddy, another local boy but traded him to Chicago in the deal which landed Cam Barker. Taking another local kid seems like their MO.|
|Alex Burmistrov fits the mold of the past Rangers selection as he certainly possesses the highest upside of the players left on board. With Artem Anisimov already playing a full season and Evgeny Grachev waiting in the wings, this playmaking center will fit right in when he comes to the Big Apple.|
|Ryan Johanson comes out of the WHL, where the Stars have found success drafting young forwards. With most of their blue line young, they search for more help in the scoring department. Johanson plays that role and can replace either Brad Richards of Mike Ribeiro down the road.|
|The Ducks alternate taking a forward and a defenseman every season, so this season they are due to draft a defenseman. At this point Mark Pysyk seems like the logical selection. He comes out of the WHL, where the team selected Ryan Getzlaf, Joffrey Lupul and Brendan Mikkelson from in the past.|
|Brett Connolly falls to the Coyotes after spending the majority of the season injured. The talented left wing fits the same profile of current captain Shane Doan so he should fit right under the veteran’s wing. He may be the steal of the draft at this point and makes the Olli Jokinen trade look that much better.|
|Jack Campbell will be the first goaltender selected in the draft and to no better team. Chris Mason and Ty Conklin will not stay for too much longer making the Blues need even that greater. Campbell will make a great addition other US born players like David Backes and TJ Oshie.|
An entire decade and all Sather can brag about as far as his career in New York goes is two measly playoff series wins. There is not much else to his name in the Big Apple. He traded away a legend in Brian Leetch, he tried going in multiple directions with this team and just repeatedly failed, and now he has run out of options and is taking whatever leftover scraps from other teams that he can find. And not only has he done that, but he has handed those players all-star salaries to do, well, close to nothing.It will be interesting to see what tricks the part-time Jedi-master has up his sleeves this off-season.
Just take players like Wade Redden, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Donald Brashear and Ales Kotalik. Granted he got himself out of two of those contracts, but two of them still remain and are coming back to bite him down the road. Don't forget Michal Rozsival, who was re-signed at $5 million when he was probably worth around three million, if that. At least in the "Dark Years" as they are termed by the Ranger faithful, Glen was reeling in marquee names such as Eric Lindros and Pavel Bure. Although they were washed up by then, there was still some sense of direction as far as what he was trying to do. Following that, it was the European era with Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka and Michael Nylander leading the offense. Now, what is his aim? What direction is he moving in? We have seen so many attempted rebuilds fail so what should make us believe that the one they are currently in the middle of is going to be any better?
TORONTO STAR/TSN.CA: reported Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke admitted two NHL teams have made inquiries into the trade status of veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle although he said so far those inquiries were "more than nibbles". Kaberle has a two-month window in his contract from now until August 1st where the Leafs could trade him to any team without his permission. Burke said he's "not committed" to trading Kaberle but said it was his job to consider offers pitched to him.Once we are through the hateful thought that the Flyers could win the Cup, and as the Hawks hopefully celebrate their first cup since the 60's (I think 1961?) --- it's fun time in hockey, folks. The Dark Ranger will be there in Toronto over the July 1 hockey orgy reporting as usual and crossing fingers, rubbing elbows and cross-checking Leaf fans the entire time.