Found March 07, 2013 on Hockey Fan Land:
Living in the New York City area, attaching the word “elite” to a professional athlete brings with it an invitation for debate. Ever since the day Eli Manning declared himself to be an elite National Football League quarterback – and then back his talk with a second Super Bowl Championship – it seems that whether or not to attach the “elite” title to an athlete is a sport within itself. The New York Rangers are one team that should be very careful about attaching the elite title to anybody on its roster. Henrik Lundqvist is absolutely an elite goaltender, and there should be little debate about that. However, when it comes to the Rangers, and their penchant for turning supposedly elite hockey players into mere mortals (or much worse), the Rangers have a track record for bringing in supposedly “elite” hockey players, and having a success rate only slightly more favorable than that of Dwight Howard at the free throw line:    Wade Redden … brick.   Chris Drury … clang.  Scott Gomez
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