First prize goes to the reader who can correctly cite the movie quoted above.
Actually, come to think of it, if you can’t detect a line from “Slap Shot” you should probably be banished from the hockey fan community (Meanwhile, I’m 33 years old, college educated, and the father of two. What does it say about my maturity level that “this still qualifiesÂ as cinematic genius”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAcere7LL_o?).
But I digress. The point is that the Rangers will get their first look at Fred Sjostrom and Christian Backman in another huge game tonight in Carolina, and it’s only natural that many of us will jump to immediate conclusions. There’s already been a lot of back-and-forth about whether these were good trades or not, but the reality is we probably won’t know for quite some time—if ever.
And in my view,Â a lotÂ hinges on Al Montoya. Should the former No. 1 draft pick emerge as an elite goaltender in this league, then the Rangers may well kick themselves for fetching only a checking forward and a couple of minor leaguers in return (there is a conditional draft pick in there, which I’m still looking into). But you could also make the argument that this was the current market for Montoya, and with his play uneven this season, there’s no guarantee they would have even landed this much if they waited until next year.
Like I said, much of it is speculative.
As for Backman, it sounds like he’s someone who can benefit from a change in scenery. That could be a troubling sign. But maybe not when you consider the host of players on the Rangers roster—from Sean Avery to even Jaromir Jagr—whoÂ found new life in New York.