By now you’ve probably heard some of the trade rumors floating around the Rangers of late, including one that would have sent Adam Hall and Petr Prucha to St. Louis in exchange for Martin Rucinsky.
I can’t say I have too much insight into it (and it sounds like it’s unlikely anyway) other than Rucinsky and Prucha’s name have already come up plenty this year in potential Ranger deals; and I’d imagine the team would have no problem seeing the dismal Adam Hall Era in New York come to a premature end.
Still, here’s what I do know: giving up on Prucha would a mistake. I don’t know care how much he’s struggled to recapture his form of a season ago, something still tells me it’s the very sort of deal that would haunt the Rangers down the road (see: Marc Savard, Sergei Zubov, even Alex Kovalev in Pittsburgh).
Is a player like Rucinsky better equipped right now to help the Rangers with their playoff push? Probably. But I can’t imagine it’s worth it. I’m not nearly as adamant as some of you about the whole play-the-kids philosophy. But this is one example where the Rangers might be better served missing the playoffs with a young player than getting there without him.