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08-08-2007, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
How can you say that when you don't know how much the cap is going up next year?

And do you really think it would be a great idea to spend 28m on 4 players?

The Rangers would be ok with 4 players at $28 because they will be able to surround them with youngsters like Prucha, Bourrett, Cherry, Korps, AA, Dubi, Cally, Byers, Betts, Pyatt and a few other potential prospects up front. On defense, they will have Staal, Pasta, Girardi, Tuts, Sauer, Baranka, Liffiton, Pock, Busto and there are several more prospects. (Plus Rosie is still pretty young and should be around for a few years for veteran leadership).

None of them will command very high salaries for the next few years, as they develop and establish themselves in the NHL.

Youngsters are always underpaid - take a look at Lundqvist, he'd have been paid much more if he had a few more seasons like the last two. Even Prucha would get paid double that if he had 6 seasons at 20-30 goals each, not 2. But since kids are unproven, they don't get paid the same salaries.

So in the next few years, NYR will be ok. Then the kids will start getting raises, but by then, the salary cap will increase enough to do so.

It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to have Hossa, Drury and Gomez (and the King in the net and Rosie on D) as our veteran backbone, with the talented kids listed about coming up.

So, yes, the Rangers are one of the few teams that can tie up $28M in 4 players - rookies and kids let you do that.

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