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Sather swings a sweet one.

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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