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July 1st, 2007. A day that Ranger fans will never forget. Not for a good reason, though. The Rangers plucked both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury off of the free agent market, just hours after the frenzy that is free agency, began.
Gomez inked a seven year deal, worth $51.5 million dollars. It's really scary to think that Sather actually did this. It has to make you question the man's level of sanity, or if he even is sane at all.
Gomez went on to record 128 points in his short two year stay with the Rangers. An average of 64 points isn't too shabby. Oh wait, it actually is, if you're pocketing an average of $7.357 million a year like Mr. Gomez.
Now, I know what some of you must be thinking. "How on Earth could he possibly list Gomez at only No. 4?" Rest assured, I have my reasoning and I'm sure a lot of you will agree with it. My reasoning is actually a name.
That name is Ryan McDonagh.
On June 30th, 2009, Glen Sather somehow, miraculously shipped off Scott Gomez and that awful cap hit to Montreal. That's not the best part. In return, the Rangers received the 12th overall pick of the 2007 NHL draft, Ryan McDonagh, now known as Mac Truck.
McDonagh, 23, enjoyed a stellar season last year as the Rangers' brass and fans all saw what the Minnesota native was capable of. Finishing with 32 points and a +25 for the season, McDonagh along with his partner, Dan Girardi, proved to be one of the most dominating shut-down defensive pairs in the NHL.
Ranger fans, you didn't have it too bad with Scott Gomez. Sure it was an awful signing at the time, but how do you think it feels to be a Canadiens fan and watch McDonagh grow into one of the league's best defenseman? Not too good, I'd think. That's why Gomez comes in at only No. 4 on this list.