For a team that didn’t have a first round pick in the
opening night of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers somehow still
drew a bit of attention and none of it was because of anything they did. Well
maybe one move which was minor trade that when you strip everything away was
because the NHL and NHLPA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-2015
season will be lowered to 69 million dollars.
In a nutshell the 1.67 million dollar cap hit that Derek
Dorsett’s salary carried made him expendable if the Rangers have any hope of
making the moves they are planning. That Derek Dorsett returned the Rangers a 3rd round pick (85th) that the Vancouver Canucks had picked up
themselves when they traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks.
It is a trade that is also a risky move as now the
possibility exists that the Rangers will need to totally rebuild the 4th line which was a source of strength during the Ranger’s playoff run. Whether
you were liked this deal or not from a money stand point it is a loser because
the Rangers gained a couple of hundred thousand dollars but increased the
number of players the Rangers may have to replace.
Why the salary cap was lowered was not really explained but
really the bottom line is it hurt the Rangers by forcing a salary cap move.
Hopefully one of the younger players will ease the “pain” by earning a roster
spot at training camp.
Then there was something that really leaves you shaking your
head as several Ranger fans were upset that the Rangers didn’t hold an official
draft party. It did not matter that the Rangers didn’t have a first round pick
in the 2014, these fans wanted the draft party.
Maybe they didn’t understand that in most sports that hold
player selection drafts that they don’t hold draft parties. And it wasn’t as if
there weren’t draft parties being held all over the place for Ranger fans, some
of these parties included former Rangers so again it is really hard to be upset
at the Rangers because they didn’t host a draft party.
If you are that upset then why not contact the team and
request them to host one in future years or in the case of this year open up
the prospect camp scrimmages as a substitute.
But one can’t help mentioning that the New York Islanders
traded two second round picks in the 2014 Entry Draft for the 28th pick which every Ranger fan should recognize was the pick that Rangers had to
give Tampa when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. One really does
have to ask would Islander GM Garth Snow made the same offer to Glen Sather?
Give Garth Snow some serious credit here because he made
sure that this pick would be noticed (not because it was the Rangers) first by
selecting a player by Josh Ho-Sang who there is no grey area as you either like
him or you really don’t.
Ho-Sang made some serious waves this week during an
interview he gave Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. The headline for the
interview is “The curious case of controversial NHL prospect Joshua Ho-Sang.”
It reads in many ways a little like Mohammed Ali and a
little bit Sean Avery as Ho-Sang didn’t make any friends when he said things
“If I was a general manager and had first pick in the
draft, I’d pick me No. 1 ... In three years, I’ll be the best player in this
draft. And I have no doubt about that. I know myself. I know the other players.
I believe in my ability. There are guys ranked ahead of me who are nowhere near
I give Ho-Sang some serious credit for having that much
belief in himself and if anything he is almost as cocky as a New Yorker with
his ego. I admit that I happen to be a fan of his and would have loved to see
him fall to 59 and the Rangers.
There is one comment though that most likely go away anytime
soon as it raised a rather serious issue that if you open your mind and look at
it from his point of view before judging it. Ho-Sang wonders if perhaps his
color affects how he gets treated even by his own team the Windsor Spitfires
“I think colour definitely plays a factor in perception,”
“People watch my games and are very critical. When I start
dangling, my GM calls me a Harlem Globetrotter. Why am I a Harlem Globetrotter?
Analogies get related to basketball all the time with me. I don’t play
basketball. I’ve never played basketball. I’m a hockey player. Why are they
“When I do anything, I’m just another black kid with
attitude. I think I get misunderstood because these guys want to figure me out
without talking to me and try to come up with every single reason why there’s
something wrong with me.
“With all this going on, the only place I can win this
argument is on the ice.”
For the record, I like Ho-Sang because he has almost Carl
Hagelin-like speed on the ice, His offensive skills are flat out impressive and
despite being just 5’11 he can play.
One has to wonder if because Ho-Sang will speak his mind that
helped Garth Snow make up his mind to draft him. In a few years only Ranger and
Islander fans will know the significance of which draft pick Ho-Sang was.
If he makes it to the NHL then Ho-Sang will give the
Islanders someone who will draw them attention good or bad. Does anyone know
how to get ahold of Sean Avery so he can give him some pointers on how to work
By the way by the time you read this the Rangers will either
be just making their draft picks or will have finished them. In any event come
back here tomorrow for the breakdown on the (maybe) 5 Ranger draft picks.