The analysis only takes into account players who are part of the current roster: If a player is traded to another team, he is excluded from the average age of the old team and added to the age of the new team.
...despite my constant rants that the Richards acquisition will halt the Rangers youth movement, I've got to give Sather and Torts all the credit in the world for turning this roster into a group of young exciting players.
Again, don't be fooled! The youth movement is on!
The characterization of the Rangers as a "win now" team is not entirely accurate. Richards is part of the winning plan, but not in a greater proportion than the youth movement. In the past it was always about re-vamping the team with the best free agents money could buy. Those days are over in more ways than one.