I was pulled away on a golf assignment today (for a laugh, you can get a glimpse of my glorious golf swing “here”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080624/VIDEO03/80624009/-1/Sports), and I returned to reports that “Mats Sundin might be on the Rangers’ radar”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=241537&lid=sublink04&lpos=topRelated_nhl.
Consider me skeptical a) that this ever gets past the conceptual stage and b) that it would work out even if it did. Granted, you can do a lot worse than Mats Sundin, not only given the Rangers’ glaring need for a big body in front of the net, but also because he’s so widely respected around the league.
But I think a lot of fans would agree that if the Rangers are indeed ready to turn the page on the Jaromir Jagr Era—and it doesn’t necessarily sound like they are—they should be looking to get younger and not be looking to bring in a 37-year-old stand-in.
The other consideration here is that center is the one area this off-season the Rangers DON’T need to address, but bringing in Sundin might just give the Rangers the excuse to try Chris Drury at wing, which they tinkered with in spots down the stretch.
So I don’t think it’s a question of position as it is a philosophy. I’m not one of those people who thinks a team needs to field a team full of 23-year-olds, but I do think if you’re going to look outside your organization to strengthen yourself, you’re better served investing in a player who can give you more than a year.