Rangers GM Matt Kaminski earned a lot of controversial critics for his recent activities. He initiated some trades and laughs about the critics: "They never evaluated the whole thing, only a small part of it. As one of the biggest hockey markets in the universe we have to focus on many different issues. And we did", he explained.
Indeed the Rangers did a great job this season. Nobody had them on the bill before the season. "Some laughed at us before the season", Kaminski said, "especially when we targeted the playoffs". Now, late into the season and only some hours before the trade deadline, the Rangers prove many "experts" wrong. They are sitting 3rd in the league with a huge 20 points advantage to the first non playoff spot.
Despite having success Kaminski has been very active the last week. "As we arent part of the tremendous NEFHL live draft, we tried to get good value for some of our picks", he explained his recent trades.
Here a short breakdown with comments from the Rangers GM:
To Rangers: Andrew Ference
To Flyers: nyr 3 2014 + stl 8 2013
(We were looking for a cheap 6th/7th Dman. Ference is a very solid player. We even consider to use our loyality signing on him)
To New York: New Jersey 3rd, Andrei Petersson
To Buffalo: Bobby Sanguinetti
(We maybe give up a bit early on Sangs, but we have a tremendous depth at D and thought getting a 3rd is the best he will ever get for us)
To Dallas: nyr 1st 2013, nyr 7th 2014 , Andre petersson
(We still smile when we see each Capitals game with Ribs on the score board. He will have a huge rerate and thats definitely worth moving a late 1st. Dont you think?)
To Vancouver: NJD 3 (13), Austen Brassard
To NYR: David Schlemko
(We invested the 3rd for Sanguinetti in Schlemko and are satisfied. Schlemko is definitely underrated in the whole hockey fan world)
To Rangers: Tedenby, arniel + det 6 2014
(Two reasons why we did this move: We needed depth at the farm to fulfill the league requirements and we still have some trust in Tedenby. If he wont pan out at all this trade was lost by a milestone)
To Colorado: PIT 2nd 2013, NYR 2nd 2013
To NYR: Stephane Da Costa, Philipp Grubauer, Niklas Lundstrom, Reece Scarlett, Zach Hyman, Gianluca Curcuruto, Max Chudinov
(Very controversial trade as many so called experts called us out on this one. They are maybe right, but not totally. We are totally convinced that each part of the trade has NHL potential. Dacosta is a great and skilled hockey player. Grubauer and Lundstrom are young goalies with upside. Scarlett, Curcurutu and Chudinov arent on many radars, but we believe they have potential. And Hyman was hyped a lot 1 year ago, but has yet to find his groove as a pro)
To Detroit: WSH 1st 2013 + Scott Clemmenssen
To Rangers: Ray Emery+ Alex Killorn
(Even when Wash 1 will become a lottery pick, we like this one. Emery will be rated good next season and Killorn just shows how great he is in his rookie NHL season)
To NyR: 2nd Ana, 2nd Wsh(2014)
To WsH: Rich Peverley
(Despite acquired some weeks ago, we parted ways with Pevs. He just wasnt happy in the Rangers uniform and we havent been happy with his performance. Giving the fact that we hasnt a good NHL season so far, receiving 2 2nds was satisfying us)
to rangers: alex goligoski, troy brouwer, 2 mill cash
to panthers: brendan smith, cam fowler, ed jovanovski
(A big one and one we worked for weeks on. Its tough to give up 2 young D-men with huge upside, but we believe adding a Powerforward like Brouwer signed for 3 seasons and cheap along with a D-man like Goligoski who will maybe score better the next 4 years than Fowler and Smith was reason enough to pull the trigger. Both give us a huge boost for now and next season. Longterm this trade probably wont be considered as a good one, but at least for the next 3-4 years its not as bad as many said. Time will tell. And getting rid of Jovo and his huge contract helped too)
To New York: Jason Arnott + (Future Consideration) 2 million (If Arnott does not get retired by the league this summer)
To San Jose: Boston 3rd 2014
(Probably the last one before the deadline and not very spectacular. We tried to upgrade our 2nd line C and have been in talks about many players. S. Koivu, Datsyiuk, Ennis, PM Bouchard, Little and some more have been in play, but the other teams asked for too much. So we decided to take Arnott who gives some size and experience. A 3r is reasonable)
"The Rangers business is still open until the deadline but we are very tight at the cap. All picks and futures can be moved but we arent looking for more trades actively. If a decent offer comes around, we will definitely look at it", added Kaminski.