I don’t know if you have had a chance to read the latest piece of drivel written by unabashed Rangers homer Larry Brooks. The man has written some absolutely laughable articles in the past, but this may take the cake. We know he doesn’t root for the Islanders. It’s abundantly clear. But, this article may be his most ridiculous of all time.
In his column in Sunday’s Post, Brooks suggests penalizing teams that are perennially in the draft lottery. He believes that teams that finish in the lottery for 3 consecutive years should not be allowed to pick below 8th. If it becomes 5 years in a row, then that pick drops to no better than 11th.
He also suggests 2 additional lotteries; one for all non playoff teams and one for playoff teams. The winner of the playoff team lottery would then replace the winner of the non playoff lottery. Make sense? No? I thought so too.
His biggest gripe is that the poor, unfortunate teams like the Rangers or Penguins (who magically won the post lockout draft lottery, and the chance to select Sidney Crosby, when they were on the verge of bankruptcy) never get the chance to select the best teenage talent in the world. They are just too darn good! Talent is wasted in small markets and with teams that struggle. The best talent he says, should go to the bigger markets where they can shine. Basically he wants to steer all the good talent to the Rangers, Red Wings, Bruins, Blackhawks, and Penguins, to name a few! It’s very much a “you have what I want, so I am taking it and it’s too bad on you” mentality. Almost like a spoiled older brother.
Now I’ve heard some ludicrous things before, but this just may top the list. This is one of the most ridiculous, asinine, insulting articles I’ve ever read. Who died and made him commissioner? Why would we penalize teams that already need help?
Who would something like this help? Hmm let’s think. Oh I know! The Rangers, The Bruins, The Red Wings, The Blackhawks, The Penguins, and really any other big market team who can easily draw free agents despite any lack of success they may have.
Don’t get me wrong. I do not look badly upon teams like the Blackhawks or Bruins who have won Cups recently using mostly homegrown talent. If you are successful, more power to you. No one should take that away from you. Similarly however, no one should penalize teams on the rise.
Let’s look at this logically. The Rangers have had no real success since 1994. Sure, they got to the Conference Finals in 2012. But, with the money they spend and the players they can recruit based on their location and their name recognition, they rarely have to deal with missing the playoffs. Yet for some reason they have 1 Cup in the last 74 years. Why not penalize their lack of success?
Teams like the Islanders have it differently. Very differently. While their big city brethren are living high on the hog, the Isles struggle. The team did poorly this year. Why? We could go on for days. But lack of defense and goaltending were a huge part of the problem. How do you solve issues like this quickly? Two words-Free Agency.
People chide the Islanders for lack of free agency participation. But, consider this, in the last few years the Isles have gone after Christian Ehrhoff, Ryan Smyth, and Thomas Vanek to name a few. That’s just free agency/in season trades. Furthermore. those are just the names we know. It’s hard to get players to come here based on recent history. So the Isles are forced to build through the draft, trades and the scrap heap.
Make no mistake, all have been good to the Isles: John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, and Lubomir Visnovsky are examples of Isles success at all 3. There are also plenty of other examples throughout the league, like Zdeno Chara, who, if it weren’t for Mike Milbury, could have been a huge difference maker for the Isles. The team also has many up and coming young players who could turn into budding stars.
But, back to the point at hand. This guy seriously wants to punish non achievers because they are a “drain on the league.”
Oh Mr. Brooks, I’ve got news for you. The NHL has expanded. There are more than 6 teams in the NHL. The league does not need to change the draft lottery. Because the Rangers have had 1 successful season in the last 74 years, does not mean things need to change for the rest of the league.
Maybe we should have penalized the Rangers for spending 54 years without a Stanley Cup? I mean really, for a good portion of those 54 years there were only 6 teams in the league. That gave them a 16.66% chance of being champs, yet they still couldn’t get it done? For shame! They should have been penalized for such an inability to win!
Should we go through the lack of success the Rangers GMs have had as of late? Not being able to sign Ryan Callahan, getting Martin St. Louis who has underachieved big time. Marian Gaborik flopping, Scott Gomez, the list goes on and on.
Before Brooks starts insulting the GMs of other teams, he should probably look in his own backyard. It’s not difficult to be a GM of a team flush with cash. The real challenge comes when money is an issue.
It appears that Larry Brooks wants to do the reverse Robin Hood. He wants to rob from the poor to give to the rich. Let’s make sure the Sabres never climb out of the cellar. Let’s penalize them, take away their pick, and give it to the Rangers. Brooks seems content on making sure that, much like society today, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. While that despicable notion may fly in our dysfunctional Congress, it can not and will not fly in the NHL.
In a perfect NHL, there would always be parity. The Islanders would make it to the playoffs and have their fair share of wins, the Flames, the Sabres, they would make it too. Some years would be good, others not so good. No one would really have to be too upset.
Guess what? The NHL is far from a utopia and that’s not the way life works. Championships are earned and not purchased or given because you want one.
If desire brought success, the Islanders and their fans would be quite successful by now.
It does not work that way.
Get a clue Mr. Brooks.