Saturday, August 30, 2008

Andrej Meszaros traded to Tampa Bay..Should the Rangers be Afraid?

The defenseman who has made contract talks difficult for Ottawa GM Bryan Murray is on his way out of the nation's capital of our northern friends. Andrej Meszaros has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange, the Senators acquire Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard, and a first round pick of San Jose's that Tampa had acquired in the Dan Boyle trade. 
Obviously, this was an effort by the Tampa Bay Lightning to improve a defense that has been ripped apart. This doesn't change anything except make it worse. Meszaros is a good defenseman and at only 22 years of age, has plenty of time to develop into a more complete player. But for the now, Tampa gave up a good veteran defenseman in Kuba and a decent defensive prospect in Picard not to mention the first round pick. For a team that has a farm system that is near non-existence and no prospect pool, this was a bad move. 
The Lightning should be more focuses on acquiring and keeping first round picks, especially in a very deep draft next summer. Yes they got Steven Stamkos but one prospect does not make your rebuilding process done. This team needs depth on the blueline which they do not have. Barry Melrose is not a coach that is going to singlehandedly lead them and get a Jack Adams trophy. 
So...should the Rangers be nervous about the first 2 games in Prague? Absolutely not. The Ranger organization knows how teams work that are just slapped together in an effort to have a good year. This is a little bit of a different situation but you get the idea. The Lightning are going to need alot more than Andrej Meszaros if they want their blueline to hold up against big offensive teams in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa was in the right to get rid of him and got a first round pick out of it and then some. 
See TSN for more information. 

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