Here is the problem!
The Ranger fans would not mind if the team rebuilds, but at the same time, demand that they are playoff contenders.
This is where the mistakes come from, bad signings will happen just to try to make the playoffs. In the long run, this move hurts the team.
Looking for veterans or players like Lee Stampnoak and Alex Frolov who want a longer contract will come back and kill this team like it has so many times before.
If the Rangers want to rebuild and you are all for it, then stop worrying about the playoffs.
Who cares if they make the eighth seed or not?
They will definitely not be able to beat Washington, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and if Kovy signs with New Jersey then you can add the Devils to that list. Not by adding Frolov or Stemp to the line up.
You can forget it!
You are looking to hurt this team with players you hope will score 20 goals, second line players. What is wrong with that picture?
If the Rangers are truly looking to rebuild then they need to develop players from within, or find youth through trades. We do not need a 20 goal scorer, we need a 50 goal scorer. If they can not sign a true superstar then they need to sign no one over the age of 23 who has shown improvement.
It is one or the other, you can not have both, not with out huge consequences.
Chris Drury is not going any where. We have Gabby for four more years. We will have Girardi for four years. We have veterans and experienced players, so why add more bums to the mix?
If the Rangers want to be playoff contenders, and rebuild, than they need to go after Bobby Ryan, Patric Hornqvist and players like them that will keep the Rangers on their game plan to rebuild with toughness and youth.