By Elissa aka sarcasmpucktail
On April 11, 2010, every Ranger fan felt their heart drop as Brian Boucher stopped the puck off the stick of Olli Jokinen…well of course the stinging feeling started after we stopped wondering why in the world Torts put Jokinen there to begin with.
From the moment the Flyers took the ice to celebrate stealing the 2010 Stanley Cup dream away from the Ranger players and fans, Glen Sather concocted a plan. He would seek revenge on the Flyers: they stole our dream, so we will steal their reputation.
The Broad Street Bullies are known for being tough and being physical, but not for putting pucks in the net. As we watched our enemies from Philadelphia perform miracle after miracle and almost forcing a game 7 against the eventual champion Blackhawks, the Rangers personnel were assisting Sather with completing his plan for revenge. Broad Street, Broadway…not a big difference there.
With new assistant to the GM, Marian Gaborik, needing some assistance producing numbers on the scoreboard, everyone expected this off season to be one where we picked up some skillful forwards (especially since Gabby himself has some say in the decisions).
First came the draft…now most GMs would pick the highly ranked and skilled two-way defenseman Cam Fowler, not Sather, he had revenge on the mind and chose the prospect probably voted in the 2010 class as “Most Likely to Drop the Gloves” (because we don’t already have the 2007 Most Hated Player as voted by the NHLPA) to enhance our future blueline to a truly aggressive force. Dylan McIlrath plays a game similar to Broad Street’s 2009 acquisition Chris Pronger, without the offensive skill which Pronger has used to win Stanley Cups.
Next, we went after Gabby’s old friend, the 2007 Most Intimidating Player as voted by the NHLPA…a guy who hasn’t scored a goal in 4 years, but he can beat the crap out of the other team. Remind you of anyone – how about the guy who knocked over his own teammate in this year’s Stanley Cup finals.
Glen is putting together the team that he wants, the team that’s going to scare and piss off every other team…the team of his dreams.
At this point, we don’t have back one of our top two-way defenseman who more than likely has a great future ahead of him, we still have a waste of cap space taking up our line-up, and we have a bunch of kids with little to no NHL experience.
So watch out NHL, coming to you for the 2010-2011 hockey season is a team seeking revenge. A team ready to knock you to the ground, throw you into the boards, and watch Hank attempt to win the game.
At least Frolov was a step in the scoring direction…but hey Glen, Arron Asham is on the market, what better way to get revenge than to steal one of their low scoring intimidating forwards?