Written By: Mike Ulatoski

Plenty of names and trades were swirling all morning and over the last few days, but the New York Rangers chose to make only one move today – a minor league deal sending Jordan Owens to the Detroit Red Wings for Kris Newbury.

It is shocking that Glen Sather did not make a move today. In each season, since becoming GM of the Rangers, Sather has made a deadline deal regardless of New York’s place in the standings. The Rangers had one big move in their sights today, acquiring Defenseman Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers. However, Souray was hospitalized in just the last few hours with an infection in his hand, a result of a surgery he had just a few weeks ago. Sather was turned off by the hospitalization, and chose to not make the move. The Rangers also reportedly made an offer for Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs, another big-name defenseman that was expected to be traded but will instead spend the rest of the year with the Leafs.

Sather did make his move a month ago, trading forwards Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to Calgary for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust. Any other year, that would have been the move made at the deadline. In fact, all of the big trades were made before the Olympic roster freeze, including the trades of Ilya Kovalchuk and Dion Phaneuf.

Trade Deadline Day for hockey fans is like Christmas morning. You stay up late with excitement, wake up early, run to your computer and TV, and tune all of your attention to hockey trades. Just like Christmas: run downstairs and focus all of your attention on gifts for the rest of the day. Each trade is like opening another present. Needless to say, this was the worst Deadline Day any of us could ask for. Nothing exciting happened, at all. There is still the chance that more deals will be announced in the next hour. But, it is believed that the Rangers are staying put and will not announce any moves. The Blueshirts are moving forward with the roster they have.

We all wanted a trade to shakeup the lineup a bit as the Rangers make their push to the playoffs. Maybe not making any was for the better.

Rangers fans – would you have liked to see a trade?
Or is it better this team to stay the way it is?