Offseason tournament bracket.
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Today’s matchup is #8 Nigel Dawes vs. #9 Martin Rucinsky:
Nigel Dawes (Acquired – 2003 draft, round five)
Dawes has a special place in the hearts of Ranger fans. He was one of the first post-lockout homegrown players to make the team, getting his first cuppa in the 2006-2007 season before sticking with the big club for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. In 121 games, Dawes put together a line of 25-24-49. Perhaps his most remembered goal is when he completely undressed Chris Pronger, then with the Ducks. Dawes’ days as a Ranger came to an end at the 2009 trade deadline, when he was shipped to Phoenix –along with Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Prucha– for defenseman Derek Morris.
Martin Rucinsky (Acquired – 2005 unrestricted free agent)
Rucinsky’s acquisition is a little bit tricky, as he had ...