The touble with trying to write anything cogent about the Rangers during the winter is that I have come to realize that nobody - and I mean nobody - outside of the family knows what Jon Daniels is really thinking. I have significant doubts that anyone inside the family knows what Daneils is thinking either, until he is damn good and ready to let them know. And that is usually at a press conference announcing a move that he made two days ago.
Any time I read a quote or a tidbit of any kind from "a Rangers source" I assume that it's at least 90% bullshit. It's probably either deliberate, strategically-placed misinformation or someone talking out of his ass.
I am glad that I am not among those who make a living by reporting on this team every day - or at all - during the hot stove season. It must be miserable.
Having said that, I would appreciate it if those who are paid to write about this team didn't do this in chopping up what did and didn't happen at the Winter Meetings:
The Rangers appear foolish, but worse yet, they also have come across as absolutely clueless, with some arrogance thrown in. Idiots? Yes, that, too.... What happened? I don't know.
Exactly. You don't know. And you never will.
As you know.
And we know you know this because three days before the unnamed columnist wrote the preceding opinion, he wrote this:
Daniels is never one to play the media game when it comes to game-planning on decision-making. Going into the winter meeting, there were no leaks, or at least none I heard, coming out of Arlington about that Rangers game plan. Plenty of speculation, but no leaks. Daniels is almost paranoid about that kind of stuff, and it's a good kind of paranoid.