I'd been impressed with his ability to hold this path.
I was really hoping the Richards signing would prove to be a chemistry debacle. Oh well. Even if it had, he'd just trade the problem player to Phoenix. Maloney is like a secondary waiver system for Sather.
Nah, no way was Richards going to be a bust. Usually the Rags snagged a star when he was on the decline or paid way too much for a marginal scorer/role player. In hindsight, we shouldn't have been surprised that Richards/Gaborik didn't work, but both players are way too good to not be good on their own. Besides, the Rangers ironically have way more depth than they ever did in their free-spending days.
BTW, everyone does realize the Rags are paying Wolski more than the Yotes have to pay Rozsival, right? Yes, Wolski's cap hit is slightly less, but it's not like that deal was anything like the Gomez bailout. And at this point Rozie has done a hell of a whole lot more than Wolski has this season. Besides, both players are off the books as of this summer.
Phoenix hasn't really been the dumping ground for bad Rangers contracts. He got the better end of the Korpikoski/Lisin trade, and as mentioned, the better end of the Wolski/Rozsival trade. Is there another deal I'm forgetting? They traded Al Montoya of course, but both ended up giving up on him.
Now...if Phoenix ends up trading Biz Nasty for Wade Redden, THEN I'll believe something's up.