Rangers' ploy disrespectful

 

Pick a derogatory adjective and it applies to the New York Rangers' pursuit of compensation in the wake of Alexei Cherepanov's tragic and untimely death.

 
 
 

Crass. Disrespectful. Disgusting.

Pick a derogatory adjective and it applies to the New York Rangers' pursuit of compensation in the wake of Alexei Cherepanov's tragic and untimely death.

By trying to manipulate the collective bargaining agreement in order to offset the loss of Cherepanov with the 17th pick in the second round of the 2009 National Hockey League entry draft, GM Glen Sather and assistant GM Cam Hope have plumbed a despicable new depth. To begin their distasteful administrative quest mere days after Cherepanov died is even more callous and insensitive.

Cherepanov, drafted in the first round by the Rangers in 2006, was just 19 when he collapsed on the bench and died during a game in Russia on Oct. 13. His passing and, in particular, video of him being carried from the bench sent shockwaves through the hockey world. The only thing that should be on the minds of the Rangers in the wake of the tragedy is taking whatever steps they can to help Cherepanov's family and to work with Kontinental Hockey League officials to ensure their medical response is far better the next time a player is in severe distress.

The Rangers may well be helping Cherepanov's family. But they aren't helping themselves. The New York Daily News said the Rangers are making their case to the NHL based on article 8.3 (b) in the CBA, which states compensatory picks are provided when teams are unable to sign their first-round picks.

The spirit of the clause is obvious. If a drafted player doesn't sign a contract and either goes back into the draft after a period of time or becomes a free agent and eventually signs with another team, the original drafting team is owed a pick. The Rangers are trying to convince the NHL that the clause is too vague and despite the fact Cherepanov is now deceased, he is in fact eligible to be drafted again, and they are therefore due compensation.

Unbelievable. Unimaginable. Unconscionable.

"We are not attempting to capitalize on a tragedy, but there would be no question regarding the Rangers' right to a compensatory pick if Cherepanov had been revived and survived the incident and were on life support," Hope said last week. "If an unsigned player sustained a massive injury on or off the ice, the drafting team would get a compensatory pick. We understand that this is a sensitive issue, but with all due respect to Alexei's family and his memory, he is technically eligible to be drafted again next year."

You complete ass.

"With all due respect? Technically eligible to be drafted again?"

With absolutely no due respect to Cherepanov's memory or his family, you went to the NHL with your hand out. It deserves to be slapped.

 
 
 
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