Dominic Moore may only be a 4th line center when looking at a depth chart, but he was a very important piece to the puzzle in the New York Rangers‘ deep playoff run last season that ended with unfortunate elimination in the Stanley Cup Final. One may not think so just from looking at box scores, but that is because Moore excels at the little things in hockey that get overlooked. Moore was not only the Rangers’ best face-off man and one of their best penalty killers throughout last season, but also played with heart, passion, determination and courage each and every game. However, if the report last night made by New York Post writer Larry Brooks is true, then obviously Rangers GM Glen Sather does not appreciate Moore like his teammates and the fans do.
This offseason, Moore is an unrestricted free agent who wants to stay on the Rangers, but according to Brooks, Sather is not willing to “pay to keep” Moore. While it is not explained any further, one can obviously assume it means Sather is not willing to give Moore a pay raise from last season. Moore, who made $1 million last season, is supposedly seeking a three-year deal worth around $1.6-1.8 million per year, also according to Brooks. That does not seem like a big pay increase, and if Sather actually said the Rangers are unwilling to pay to keep him, it sounds like Sather is not even interested in negotiating with Moore and his agent. Honestly, if this is true, it is disgraceful.
If you did not know, last Tuesday, Moore was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given out each year to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Moore is the perfect winner for the Masterton Trophy, because not only did he show all of the qualities the award requires on the ice, but off the ice as well.
By off the ice I am of course talking about the tragic passing of his wife Katie, which led to not only unimaginable sadness, but also Moore deciding not to play in the 2012-13 lockout shortened season, as well as thoughts of retirement. He ultimately decided to return to the game he loves the most for the person he loves the most, and to return to his first NHL team, the Rangers.
So I’m sorry, but if Sather does not even try to negotiate with Moore to bring him back to the Rangers next season, then Sather is not only continuing to lose his sense as an NHL GM, but also his sense of human decency.
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