Not really but it would be so amazing if I did. Anyways, moving on.
The other day, I got into a conversation with my freinds about the Pre-lockout NY Rangers, when Cablevision owned the team during the team's "Dark Ages" (1997-2004). We all remembered what happened during that time, right? Lemme remind you...
1. Change in management and contract issues with Mark Messier led him to walk away and sign with the Vancouver Canucks. Rangers miss playoffs and the team's coveted FA signings of Wayne Gretzky and Pat LaFontaine that they glorified during their "not resigning messier" explanation did not exceed to their expectations.
3. Rangers trade two players and two draft picks to Tampa Bay for their 1st round pick, Pavel Brendl
5. Theo Fleury, Eric Lindros, Mike Dunham
6. Fire Sale of 2004!
7. Trading Brian Leetch and not letting him retire as a Ranger
Just to name a few incidents.
Right now I have a time machine for you all. It will take you back to June 8, 1997, the day after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. You have the opportunity to be GM and prevent this team from doing what the did. What would you do?
For starters, here is their 1997 roster with playoff stats:
Courtesy of Wikipedia, did not want to include players that left the team during the season.
I'll start in the comments.