NEW YORK, NY – Those of you who were kind enough to have read some, or all, of my 50-something Forever Blueshirt articles know that I am a 40-something year Ranger fan who has just about seen it all. Pertaining to the athletes that have patrolled the blue-line at the corner of 7th Avenue and 33rd Street, I have witnessed the great (Brian Leetch), the good (Ryan McDonagh), the bad (Joe Cirella) the ugly (Vlad Malakhov) and the grotesque (Igor Ulanov). Unfortunately and much to the chagrin of Ranger Nation, there have been more misses than hits when it comes to the Garden management opening up the check book for a high priced defenseman. Stephane Quintal anyone?
General manager Jeff Gorton made it crystal clear that trying to obtain former Winnipeg Jets defeseman Jacob Trouba was of great importance. Once the deal was completed that brought the Michigan native to the Big Apple in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th pick in the 2019 draft, Gorton finally nabbed his elusive prize and the Rangers had a legitimate top-tier number one cornerstone defeseman.