Sather swings a sweet
Well, Glen Sather has made his first deal as
Rangers GM. In the eyes of many, it is a dandy.
The Rangers give up long time tough guy Darren
Langdon, and the short visited Rob DiMaio. They get back one
of the meanest Hombres in the game. One that can intimidate,
and also play the game.
McCarthy give the Rangers a dimension they have
been lacking virtually forever. Langdon was an effective deterrent
in his best days, but he was never a solid every shift player.
McCarthy on the other hand, is a hulking mass on hockey player,
who not only can throw em' but he can be an offensive force
down low with his forechecking.
It is not completely out of the realm of possibility,
for McCarthy to have a decent goal scoring year. His career
high of 9 goals and 16 points in 95-96 with Calgary might
not suggest it, but if used in a similar way to how Washington
used Chris Simon last season, McCarthy could net 10-15 goals
on the power play, just standing in front of the net.
McCarthy stands in at 6'3" 225lbs, but
looks closer to 6'4" 235lbs. He skates well, and he just
turned 28 in July. He is young enough to be around for several
years, yet old enough to tutor young Dale Purinton on the
finer points of the good old fashioned hockey fight.
Glen Sather did very well on this move, and
few people would have a platform to stand on to argue that.
McCarthy will force opponents to be a little respectful of
our finesse players. Teams have come in to MSG on a consistent
basis for three seasons and pushed the Rangers around. Between
McCarthy and Purinton, that will be much harder to do and
still leave NYC with all your teeth.
The season is looking just a bit brighter already!
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