What happened on April 3 in the history of the New York Rangers
On this date in 2013, the New York Rangers made a deal that will have consequences for many years to come. Because of the shutdown, there was a late trading deadline and two hours before the April 3 deadline, the Rangers traded Marian Gaborick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Derek Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth draft round.
In this trade, Glen Suther granted John Tortorella’s wish and banished one of the most talented scorers to ever wear the Ranger jersey. Gaborik scored 40 goals in his three full seasons in New York and is the sixth all-time in franchise history, averaging 0.45 goals per game.
Tortorella was convinced Gaboric would never be the winner in New York and wanted him out of the team, hence the trade. He called him up for his efforts in the 2012 qualifiers when it was later revealed that Gaboric was playing with a torn lip in his shoulder.
How was it working? Good and bad.
The good thing was that the three players obtained were key pieces in the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. Brassard proved to be a three-year playoff in New York. Dorsett was injured in the time trade and did not play this season, but proved to be a valuable fourth streak the following season. Moore was a regular on the Blue Line for the Rangers 2013-14 and was part of the package sent to Arizona for Keith Yandel.
Finally, in what was probably the best outcome of this trade, Brassard was switched to Ottawa in the summer of 2016 in exchange for Mika Zibanijad and a second round. The draft pick was used to take over Brendan Smith and we all know what happened with Zibanegad.
bad? Gaboric played all 34 games at Columbus in an injury-ridden season before he traded it off for Los Angeles on the 2014 trading deadline. He went on to score 14 goals and 22 points in 26 playoff games including two tied goals in the third half. against Rangers in the final which resulted in the Kings winning in overtime.
It can take years for trades to be evaluated and these trades are still up in the air. The truth is that the Rangers benefited a lot from this deal and Zibanijad is a star in New York, but Gaboric not only won the Stanley Cup in Los Angeles, he played a huge role in preventing Rangers from winning it.
Explosion of the goal of the match
On this date in 1940, the Rangers scored six goals in a playoff game for the first time in their history. They beat Toronto 6-2 at Madison Square Garden, rebounding from 0-2 down to win, led by a hat-trick from Brian Hextal.
This was only the second hat-trick for the blue jersey and the first in the park. He gave Rangers a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and New York will go on to win their third Cup in six games.
As for the number of goals, it could take 35 years for Rangers to score more than six goals in a playoff match. They finally broke through in 1975 when they beat the Islanders 8-3. This is the game that no one remembers because of JP Parise’s extra goal in the next match. The most goals scored in a playoff game was a 10-3 win over Los Angeles in 1981.
On this date in 2020, trying to engage fans with a newly signed prospect turns ugly. Rangers set up a live Zoom call with fans so they can interact with K’Andre Miller, who has just signed his professional contract. During a live chat, someone stole it and posted racist slurs hundreds of times. Miller ignored her and continued to answer fans’ questions.
Rangers released a statement condemning the action and several teammates including Jacob Tropa and Ryan Strom have posted messages of support for Miller. The NHL condemned her as “a racist and a cowardly scorn”. In their statement, the Rangers promised to open an investigation and there were reports that the FBI was investigating the matter, but there has been no news of that since the incident.
Several months later, Miller addressed the incident in a tweet. “I struggled for months to find the words to express my frustration and anger over the Zoom conference call incident when I was due to be presented after signing my NHL contract. It’s something I will never forget… You can only imagine how it felt to have an organization like the New York Rangers, a hockey player. At that moment in time, I had to decide not on my skin tone but on my hockey skills, athletic abilities, and personality. This is how it should be all the time. It’s time for action, time for change, and for good, it’s time to let black people be judged based on who we are not what we appear to be.”
24 NHL players were born on April 3 with former Rangers players and one coach.
John McCler He was born on this date in 1934 in Midland, Ontario. 13 years he played in minor leagues as a defensive man, but made his name as a coach. He won the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and was appointed to coach the Rangers during the 1997-98 season, replacing Colin Campbell, but missed the playoffs.
He coached Rangers for another two years, both non-playoff seasons and was fired near the end of the 1999-2000 season when Madison Square Garden mobilized Muckler and GM Neil Smith and hired Glenn Sather.
Kristal Bob He was a defensive man born on the 3rd of April 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He reached the NHL for two seasons with the Rangers 1953-55. He spent most of his career in minor leagues with WHL and AHL.
Billy Dia He was born on this date in 1933 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a left winger who played 14 games in New York in the first year of his seven-year career in the NHL. He scored one goal and one assist in those games before being traded to Detroit.
Rangers died up to 0.500 on April 3 with the help of two games in the regular season games and a stellar 7-2 record in the playoffs.
Organization wins: 8
Regulation losses: 9
Overtime wins: 1
Penalty wins: 1
Penalty kick losses: 2
Points Percentage: .500
Winning percentage: 71%