For Rangers, Youth Rises to the Top

April 27, 2012 12:00 AM

For Rangers, Youth Rises to the Top

" The Rangers faced something of a crossroads at the trade deadline this season.

Rick Nash was being dangled in front of them and the prospect of pulling the trigger was tempting because Nash's knack for scoring goals was exactly what these Rangers needed. The cost was prohibitive, but so was the prospect of watching the season slip away come the playoffs because the Rangers couldn't get a big goal.

The Rangers passed, of course, and rolled the dice on the plan they have put in place over the last few years. That plan centered on building from within and letting young players earn spots that had been going to pricey veterans for far too long.

If the Rangers flopped, their failure to make a big move would have been heavily criticized. They haven't flopped so far and the refusal to give into Columbus' demands was a big reason why on Thursday night.

A trade would have cost the Rangers one of their defensive stalwarts and there's simply no way the Rangers win Game Seven without the work done by Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto "

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