Hey, it’s me. Do you guys remember me? I’m still on vacation but thought I’d drop in on D-day.
I was looking at some of the NHL sites and saw all these headlines about Babcock and got nervous for a moment. Then I realized they were about Mike, not Laurel. I want to thank Laurel for jumping in here with such enthusiasm while I was gone, and I know she will be back guest-posting/hosting in the future.
Why not? Who loves the NYR more than she?
On to the draft.
Sorry for jumping in here so soon after Jane’s post (we got our signals crossed). But to read her story with Gordie Clark on the Rangers’ draft, scroll down to the previous post.
I guess today and tonight will be big days in the Rangers’ hopes of acquiring Dany Heatley. The first round of the draft is usually the second biggest day of trading in the calendar year (we expect Toronto GM Brian Burke to be the most active guy on the floor tonight). Whether the Rangers can actually pull it off, whether they will do so by overpaying, and whether they they can possibly create the cap space to accomodate Heatley are enormous questions.
It would probably take the first-round pick as part of the package to make Heatley a Ranger.
As far as moving up, I don’t know how far the Rangers could actually move without sacrificing their young talent, or if it would be worth doing so. I doubt it.
And as far as targeting a specific position of need at No. 19, I think that’s ludicrous. Whomever they are able to get there will not play in the NHL next year, or likely even in 2010-11. You pick the best available at that point, and he becomes an asset.
The early part of the draft should be interesting. With the Islanders not saying they will take John Tavares — some think they will grab huge defenseman Victor Hedman, and others speculate they will take third-rated Matt Duchene. Over at TSN’s site, there is a story comparing the draft in which Alexandre Daigle went first and Chris Pronger second to the Tavares-Hedman discussion.
For the Islanders’ sake, they’d better not out-think themselves as they did so many times in this dreadful era.
We won’t be in Montreal tonight, and we’ll be watching as you guys will.
You all know the good sites for info, TSN.ca probably being the best. TSN’s Bob McKenzie is probably the best draft guru on the planet, and he will be involved in the telecast, so I don’t know how much blogging he’ll have time to do, but here’s his blog link.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun does a pretty good job of updating.
Of course you can check out NHL.com and the Rangers site, and our friend Steve Zipay of Newsday is in Montreal — taking in the culture and fine foods of Old Montreal pre-draft. We know that Zipay updates his blog pretty regularly, so that’s a good spot to go.
But please return here for discussion of the selections, the trades, the Rangers’ picks, Seinfeld, X-box, Megan Fox or whatever else you boneheads (newcomers must understand that’s a term of endearment) love to talk about.