by Patrick Hoffman on 08/24/10 at 10:27 AM ET
With hockey season right around the corner, I figured that now was a good time to reach out to Scotty from Scotty Hockey to see what his thoughts are regarding the off-season for the New York Rangers.
Scotty was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions regarding the Blueshirts and how they’ve done heading into the new season.
PH: Overall, how do you think the Rangers’ did this off-season? Why?
SH: The Rangers did fine this offseason, to date. I qualify that due to Marc Staal still being unsigned at the moment. They didn’t give Ilya Kovalchuk a 17 year deal and they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure, they outright lied to us by saying that the kids in the system would get a chance to break in to the roster and then went out and added Biron, Frolov, White, Boogaard and Eminger. But they got rid of Donald Brashear. Did I mention that already? Well it was worth mentioning twice. Or three times - they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure the contract given to the Boogeyman was ludicrous of Reddien proportions but Brashear will never wear a Blueshirt again. Losing Jody Shelley to free agency while adding Boogey could very well hurt the team in the locker room and on the ice but ... you guessed it, no more Brashear. I’m clearly quite pleased with that.
PH: How do you think the Alexander Frolov signing will work out? Why?
SH: I was raked over the coals a bit for my initial reaction to the signing and have relented, a little bit. Sure, the Rangers added an enigmatic Russian - showing the team hasn’t learned from Kovalev and Zherdev - but it is a one-year deal and if the guy has any pride
whatsoever and any desire to stay in the NHL, he will actually try all season long. So it is a gamble, but a worthy one considering the goals
of the franchise (not to build a Stanley Cup team but to ice a competitive team that can earn a few playoff dollars before flaming out).
PH: Why is it taking so long for the Blueshirts to resign RFA Marc Staal? How do you see that situation playing out?
SH: It is another Dubinsky situation but where Dubi relented Staal probably won’t. Unlike Dubi, Staal doesn’t need the Rangers as much as they need him. So we should get to see (yet again) just how much Sather’s hubris will hurt the Blueshirts.
PH: The Hockey News predicts that the Rangers will finish 13th in the Eastern Conference this season. Is this a fair assessment? Why or why not?
SH: We could only be so lucky. The veteran acquisitions assured the team will compete for the bottom seeds in the Eastern Conference, like they always do.
PH: Lastly, if the season were to start today, where do you see the Rangers finishing in 2010-11?
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