Monday, July 13, 2009
Just Some Thoughts ...
I understood the rumours of the Rangers bringing Sergei Zubov back. He is a smart veteran who isn't likely to play 82 games but can be counted upon to QB the power play and take the young defensemen in the organization to the next level. Zubi is great and he would certainly be a big veteran addition to the team.
But now Beyond the Rangers is reporting that the Blueshirts are showing interest in Anton Babchuk. Now, don't get me wrong - Babchuk is just 25 years old, had a solid season for the Canes and still has not reached his potential. For a team without cap issues, a team without five or six almost-NHL-ready youngsters ready to step in, Babchuk would be worth the money he is looking for (over a million per year, likely around two). Vancouver, L.A., Phoenix, Florida, Columbus, St. Louis ... not New York.
Considering Dubi has yet to be re-signed and Sather admitting he wouldn't be opposed to dealing the young center, perhaps the Rangers would sweeten the pot with one of the blue chip blueliners. But even then, they would be getting a true first line center in return and the contract that surely comes with it - so they wouldn't have the money to afford a guy like Babchuk. I just don't get it.
What's next? Bringing back Marek Malik or Christian Backman? Both are still on the market ... even I don't think Sather is that cruel ... is he??!?!?!?!?