"It only costs money" is how many a fan and media are justifying this reported move but they are wrong it is more than just money that is involved in this move. The very first thing that is wrong here is the mindset about it being just about money.
It is "just money" has been the excuse used by the Rangers for why they have become dependent on free agents both in North America and now it seems Europe. What is sad is how many Ranger fans are OK with another free agent signing and are making the case as for why this is a good move.
Last season the buzz was about Ilkka Heikkinen who was supposed to be the good move
by the Rangers. Now after spending most of the season in Hartford; Heikkinen is already looking to return to Europe.
Heikkinen was supposed to be the best defensemen out of Finland, how he was going to help the Rangers but as we saw he just was not NHL material. But we will remind you that Ranger fans wanted this player too.
Once again a European is going to come over with a lot of hype about how much he is going to help the Rangers. Yes he played well in the Olympics for Norway and yes he led the Swedish Elite League in scoring but to see people thinking that here is the answer to take the pressure off Gaborik is a bit much.
Want to talk about setting a guy up for failure before he has even been officially announced as a member of the Rangers. But still it is more than just the more involved here as too many are looking at Hartford as a dumping ground for Ranger mistakes.
That is not what the Hartford Wolfpack are supposed to be used for; they are supposed to be where the Rangers try to develop players for the future. Great keep sending Ranger mistakes to Hartford which in turn takes up roster space from a player who should be there trying to develop.
It is more than "just money" as it is a contract that counts against the 50 contract limit so if the 5'7, 5'6 or whatever his size is does not make it then one more wasted contract. The Rangers already have a ton of them.
And please spare me that the Swedish Elite League is a very good league because it is still below the level of the NHL. And just because the Rangers are going to sign him should not be viewed as a sign that the Rangers are being pro-active in fixing their mistakes.
They do these kinds of moves every year as Mats Zuccarello-Aasen is just another in a list of European prayers that the Rangers have tried. So while people are just saying "It is just money", "it is worth the gamble as they can always send him to Hartford" and more; what is being forgotten is that the Rangers have been tossing money at their problems for more than a decade and look how well that has worked.
Maybe instead of tossing money all the time what they should be doing is developing their own players so they have a team chemistry rather than spending money and then crossing your fingers hoping it will work.
Computer issues kept us from reporting on the outcome of Game 2 of the Victoriaville Tigres/Saint John Sea Dogs but it did not make much of a difference for Chris Doyle and his Tigre. The Tigre lost Game 2 5-1 to fall behind in their series 2 games to none.
Chris Doyle had a secondary assist on the Tigre's only goal but the Tigre just can not solve the Sea Dog's defense. As in game 1, the Tigre took a first period lead but the lead did not make it out of the first period.
It is as if scoring first just makes the Sea Dogs mad as they took control of the game in the 2nd and 3rd periods with 4 goals in those periods. We can not blame Doyle as he has been trying to do his job as he has been getting scoring chances.
But you are not going to win many games when you give the other team 11 power plays as the Tigre did on Saturday. The 11 power plays led to 3 Sea Dog goals and that right there was the game for the Tigre.
The series now heads to Victoriaville for game 3 on Tuesday.
(Mats Zuccarello-Allen courtesy of Modo Hockey)