When the Rangers season ended a little over a week ago, I was mildly intrigued as to what the Rangers plans were for this offseason. Obviously we need more goal scoring but would the cost be worth it. And would they trade some of our kids/prospects to get that help or just hit the free market?
After news about Marian Gaborik’s injury surfaced, I became more concerned. Our leading goal scorer (and let’s be honest, the only true goal scorer on our roster) might miss the first two months of the season. Would that force Sather to make a move he might not have originally made? Are kids who we thought were untouchable now on the table because they have to get goal scoring? Then I read this mornings’ rumor and relaxed. And why is that? Because it was an absolute joke. I realized that reading this stuff and worrying about what the Rangers would do over the next few weeks is a bad idea. Sather and co. know what they are doing.
So what was that rumor? Apparently Glen Sather is talking to Nashville about Alexander Radulov.
You know the guy who bolted for the KHL a few years ago and then came crawling back at the trade deadline in hopes of getting a Stanley Cup ring. The guy who was suspended by his own team for Game 3 of the Predators Western Conference Semi-Finals series against the Coyotes for missing the team curfew earlier in the series. The guy who by all accounts fits the stereotypical description of a Russian hockey player playing in the NHL. (Side note: I’m against giving these stereotypes but guys like him may be the reason they exist.) The Rangers are going to put THIS GUY on a team coached by John Tortorella. Thanks for the laugh!
Forget the rumored cost (which is just as ridiculous), there is no way in hell John Tortorella will allow this guy on his team. He could be promised he will score 100 goals this season and Torts would still cut him from camp as early as he was allowed to. And why would Radulov agree to play for Torts? He is the type of player who does it his way, proven by the way he’s acted the past few years. It’s no secret that’s not allowed on a Tortorella coached team. This match is like placing oil and water together – it just doesn’t work.
I get that these writers need page hits or people to buy their papers but sometimes just think before you report something. I don’t care how good your source supposedly is, if you cover this team can you honestly think this is a possibility? It’s stories like this that lead Tortorella to make the comments about the media that he does.
**Editors Note: I linked to an article from The Fourth Period rather than the original article because I refuse to give the original article page hits. Please do not take this as me saying The Fourth Period is not doing their job. They do a great job and in this case are only reporting what they read elsewhere.