I know the Rangers had issues on the power play and had scoring issues on and off all season. I understand John Tortorella’s game plan/strategy and what the Rangers needed. I understand that they where thinking about the season at hand, I do!
But trading for Bryan McCabe was not the answer. I understand it was for the rest of his contract which ended this past season. I understand he came with experience and there were times in his career when he was a difference maker. But that time has come and gone!
At 36 years old, coming to the end of his career, and again just another player on the way down, the Rangers could have and should have opted for a different route. Maybe call up another defender to get the experience, or maybe just run with one defender on the power play.
why not bring up another defender? When you look at how well Sauer and McDonagh have played their rookie year. you should run with it and call up another one. We already know that there are several defenders ready to play and come up.
Trading a young winger who actually brought some spark to this team during the preseason games was not the answer. I am not saying Tim Kennedy was the answer to our prayers. But neither was Bryan McCabe.
At this point in both of their careers, Tim Kennedy will bring more to the table then McCabe. I was disappointed with that trade—I would have liked to see Kennedy play last year.
I do not want to hear about how it was the preseason and that is why Kennedy played well. Anyone who watches hockey has seen the way Tim Kennedy plays. The way he played in the preseason is the way he plays every game.
There were many Buffalo Sabre fans disappointed that Buffalo did not resign Kennedy. The kid plays with heart, has speed, and has a very quick shot. The Rangers should have kept him.
If you watched the preseason games, the lines skated much faster. There was an edge to their game. Tim Kennedy, although small in size, was checking everyone near him. He was attacking the net and basically he was making the players on his line skate harder to keep up. That is the type of guy you want on your team. Those who make others better.
Again I am not saying he was THE answer. But he could have made a difference!