Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/16/13

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 28: Nigel Dawes #15 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Colorado Avalanche during their game on October 28, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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 ...
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