I'm writing this blog through tear soaked eyes so bear with me. The New York Rangers have announced that they have traded Brandon Mashinter to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Beach.
The 23-year old Beach was drafted 11th overall in 2008 by the Chicago Blackhawks and has compiled 39g, 42a in parts of five seasons with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, including 4g, 7a this season.
Here's a scouting report on Beach from Hockey's Future...
"Beach has good size and can use it, but he is not overly-aggressive in the physical game. The winger makes more of an impact by getting under the skin of opponents rather than running them through the glass. His heavy shot, nose for the net, and sound offensive instincts make him a good goal-scorer, particularly on the power play. He tends to trail the play more often than impose his well on the ice, but playing a more assertive game could help make the next step to the NHL."
...looks like I'm changing over to a Blackhawks blog.
...obviously not a fan of the move as the Rangers get rid of one of the few tough guys they have in their system for a former first round bust. Sounds like more of the same from Sather. At least Mashinter is going to a championship caliber organization.
...someone get a me a bottle of Jack, stat.
Since the emotions of this move are still so raw right now, Adam Herman will give an analytical look at the move...
There are usually a number of reasons that a trade like this could potentially go down. For one, Mashinter might have requested the move, seeing no path to a regular NHL career through the Rangers. The Wolfpack have an abysmal 2-8-0 record in its last 10 games, so this could also be a shakeup move for the minor league team.
In any case, Beach is a prospect who clearly has not lived up to his draft day hype and had overstayed his welcome in Chicago. Beach, like Mashinter, is a big, physical forward who plays with an edge. He earned 204 penalty minutes in his last full season in the AHL. He's known to be an agitator, but one with power forward upside. Beach was a point-per-game player in the WHL the season prior to being drafted, potting 27 goals.
The problem with Beach, aside from a general lack of development, is that he suffered from similar issues that Sean Avery suffered early in his career; his antics can sometimes be self-deprecating and hurt his own cause. Attitude problems plagued Beach in junior hockey, and perhaps prevented him from being drafted even higher. This article highlights some of the incidents that harmed Beach's reputation.
For the Rangers, it's a low-risk, moderate reward move. Mashinter was never going to realistically fit into any role for the Rangers besides short-term call-up option. At only 23, Beach does have some time left on his developmental curve; power forwards tend to develop a bit later than skilled forwards. It's a change of scenery move for Beach, and hopefully one that will aid in his development. If all goes well and Beach can get head on straight and his game together - and let's be clear that this is a big if - he could eventually develop into a Sean Avery, Alex Burrows kind of player who plays a physical game, drops the gloves, and can pot 10-15 goals.
We ask that you keep your thoughts with Kevin DeLury at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Kevin DeLury Alcohol Fund via this website.
Now that the shock is wearing off Kevin I'm here to tell you that your friends and Readers at the NYRB are with you and will help you pull through what is likely to be a long and arduous process of grief. According to the groundbreaking research of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross you can expect to go through "5 stages":
Stage #1 Denial. Kevin's reactions: "It was just a dream. Yeah, that's it. A dream. I'm gonna wake up tomorrow and find out he just got called up, then he's gonna kick the Devils' asses half way back to Jersey"
Stage #2 Anger. Kevin's reactions: "That Godamn Mother f(bleep)ng bastard Sather!!!! Wait till I get my hands on him!!!!!! I'm gonna kick his (bleep) (bleep) bleepin) ass all the way back to (bleep)in Edmonton!!!!!!!!!!! That's it. I'm calling cousin Guido in Brooklyn right f(bleep)in now!!!! Mother-f(bleep)er!!! #%*#%%##!!!!!!!!"
Stage #3 Bargaining Kevin's reactions: "Just give me one more month with him God! Just one more month!!! I swear I'll never touch Jack again...."
Stage #4 Depression Kevin's reactions: "It's a sad, sad lonely and dark world without my Mashy. I hate my blog, I hate Hockey. I hate Munn..."
Stage #5 Acceptance. Kevin's reactions: "Oh well, that's hockey. He was kind of a 5th wheel around here anyway. Say, Taylor really does have the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen........................."
Sorry Kevin. Bummer. That being said, we need the existing team to step it up in the physicality department. Kreider and Zuccs are leading the way. That's just wrong. Boyle, Nash, Cally; drop the shoulders and make your presence known. And Nash was not a typo.
Best blog ever.
might be an upgrade over Pyatt http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=34accdb4-7279-4542-a528-18c7a59ff6db
Adam. Get Kevin on 24 hr. suicide watch immediately! We can all chip in for counseling later on. WTF??? I like Mash too
Kevin--we all knew MASH fit the role of what's needed for this club right now but for whatever reason the guy never got a fair chance in NY and we knew this dark day would eventually "come". While on that subject, please note that going forward if you need help getting it up they have adult films on the internet now.
What the hell!.Does AV just want to rip the nuts out of our team? The Ranger logo very soon in the near future should be changed to a vagina!
Finally someone willing to take on the Lucic monster. Can't possibly do less than Pyatt or Pouliot and if so he can still fight the monster.
FYI, traffic on the blog in the hour after Mashinter trade was announced doubled the traffic in the hour after the Lundqvist contract extension was announced.
Does anyone have a way to contact Kevin's wife? She should be notified so that she can take away Kevin's belt and shoe laces.
Sather's rolodex: Beach, Brassard, Boyle, Benoit (filed wrong)
Is he just working alphabetically for players who haven't reached their potential?
This guy seems to do his job like Apollo Creed picking Rocky.
Tough guys....let's start with Z and go backward. I don't care who it is. Zuccawhat? I'll take him. He looks like Frodo and Frodo fought a huge spider. Now bring me all the B's you can find...and hurry...and bring me another donut to sit on!!
I think it's clear that after disaster signings of Boogard and Brashear, Sather is geared more towards going after "pests" (Avery, Dorsett, now Beach) that actual fighters. Probably would have passed on McIlrath if he had come out a year or two later.
Why is Sather even spending time on a trade such as this when there are more pressing needs on the starting roster. We don't need agitators, we need players who can back up the agitators when it gets physical.
everything is eventual, eventually the earth will be hit with an asteroid, eventually there will peace in the middle east, eventually the rangers will win the stanley cup
My deepest condolences Kevin.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAhf6lPH-hg
Rangers continue to collect first round busts. Beach, Pyatt, Boyle, Pouliot together should be on pace for five goals between them. Hey, I'll take it.
I feel this will come bitebus directly in the ass. also, any of you wee puck daddy story on Commodore today? Mentions arniel and brassard.
@Kevin DeLury Ijust hope that beach is a better fighter then Maschinter. Masch. couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag. So I don't now why you were so high on him Kevin. My condolences anyway. Cheer up, better days are coming
@Say my Name Bueller....Bueller...
@johnnyb3910 Thats like poking a bear with a stick. Sooner or later, the Rangers are going to get one big beat-down.
And the list goes on, but doesn't come close to matching the list of ex-Rangers who became all stars
@Kevin DeLury But didn't you always wanted a player like Avery :D?
@Kevin DeLury Still one of my favorites!