To say that Neil Smith was not instumental in the Ranger Stanley Cup win is
having your head in Keenan farted clouds. Aside from Leetch and Richter (both
Patrick's drafts) every member on the Rangers has either been a Smith
acquisition, either through trade, draft or signings. And the Rangers were
always a mediocre team, so Smith didn't build this team through the draft, but
through strong trades and signings, Furthermore, if Keenan had his way, the
Rangers would have traded Amonte one-on-one for Noonan. It was Smith who held
out and got Matthieu for free. If Keenan had his way Richter would have been
gone in spring training, and Kovalev would have been gone mid season.
What Keenan did was take an already great team and turn them into winners and
he deserves credit for that, but that's where it ends. And if it was up to
me who to keep, I'd stay with Smith over Keenan any day. Imagine the prospect
of Keenan as GM. He made one good trade in his career -Savard for Chelios-
and he did not because he thought Chelios was such a great player, but because
he hated Savard. He is a man who puts personal feelings ahead of team need,
so you know Kovalev will -the teams future- will be gone immediately and you
can forget about a welcome for last years 1st round draft, Sundstrom, why
would he want an exciting scorer who makes art on the ice. If the Rangers
get rid of Smith they will make the same mistake they made a few years back
by firing Patrick, who went on to build one of the best teams in the league
(though underachievers they were) and win the Cup twice in the Ranger's face.
Smith is on of the best GMs in the league, and he's only gonna get better.
Let's Go Rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gene