Rangers reportedly want draft pick following death of Alexei Cherepanov


Rangers Prospect Death HockeyAccording to the New York Post, the New York Rangers are seeking a compensatory pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft following the tragic death of Alexei Cherepanov last month. The team’s GM, Glen Sather, reportedly raised the issue during the general managers’ meeting in Chicago last month. To back up his demand, Sather cited CBA Article 8.3 (b) that stipulates that a compensatory pick be awarded to a team unable to sign a first-round draft pick. The paper added that Sather is in the process of submitting a request to receive the 17th selection in the second round of next year’s draft.

No doubt this type of move, if it’s true, will raise the ire of many hockey pundits and fans. On the one hand it appears that Sather is merely trying to better his team’s chances of winning down the road, and he seems within his rights to raise the issue given that the Rangers lost a top-end prospect who could have become a star in the NHL down the road. Yet on the other hand, it is hard not to view the move as a classless gesture from a storied organization. Let’s hope the story is a rumour and let the young man rest in peace.


Rangers reportedly want draft pick following death of Alexei Cherepanov

  1. I hope this is a rumour as well. I would be shocked, and then appalled, if Sather actually thought this was a justifiable move.

  2. The move seems perfectly reasonable to me. The only thing that I might question is the timing. Surely they could have waited longer before bringing up this issue.

  3. The question I have is… Did they sign him? If not, then….

  4. I suppose the Canucks should then also ask for an additional draft to offset the death of Luc Bourdon. I totally disagree with this approach by the Rangers. That’s the luck of the draw when you draft someone. As tragic as Cherepanov’s death might be, the fact remains–some of your draft picks work out for out and others do not. That’s the reality of sports today.

  5. I agree with Alan and Chris B. If they never signed him then I have no problem with this move and am left wondering why people think this demonstrates a lack of class on Sather’s part?

  6. It’s a lack of class because the kid died only three weeks ago and it’s like the Rangers don’t even care. Bring it up months after the fact, not days. Imagine what his family thinks.

  7. The Cherepanov and Bourdon accidents are tragic, for their families and the NHL. The question is whether these accidents can be prevented in the future. Maybe better testing on the NHL’s part for the Cherepanov situation and educating the players (youngsters) on dangerous activities such as motorcycle etc… Just seems like more should/can be done to prevent tragedies like these from occuring in the future…. and it is ridiculous how the Rangers are seeking another pick to replace Cherepanov. My thoughts. http://jib-sports-culture.blogspot.com/2008/11/tragedy-for-promising-rookies.html

  8. If that’s how the CBA reads and they didn’t sign him I would do the same thing that it appears Sather is trying to do. No one is saying the death of Cherepanov isn’t tragic, but last time I checked Hockey is a business and Sather gets paid for results…life must go on. I think you could put a nice spin on this story as well – they knew this kid was a big part of their future and it’s a huge loss for them so they need someone to replace him, his death has left a huge hole in their roster. Sounds like a nice tribute to a talented hockey player.

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