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04-10-2004, 10:07 AM
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How much worse, TB?

if you fill the roster with NHL All Stars, from the get-go, you will have pretty filled seats and that should last through January, unless they actually play well and it will last until they're eliminated. If there are kids, well, initially fans will be there, as it's a fresh start for everybody, but the fans will fade fast if the kids begin a season like the season that just was ended. That's a personal opinion, but NY fans are impatient and they won't spend money to watch the growing pains, for the most part. You'll have your die-hards and occasional fan, but they'll find something better to do with their $hundreds until the team starts winning. NY's a very fair weather town when it comes to hockey. Remember '94? Where were all those people prior to '94? Where have they all gone? I still hear casual hockey fans talking about Messier, talking about how they can't understand how team with him, Leetch and Jagr can't be in the playoffs.

And further, just because you play kids doesn't mean that the youth will turn out to be anything. It will be nice to see Balej play, but if he isn't getting 20+ goals and 50 points in 2-3 seasons, the kid's likely a bust and we may've just watched him become a bust. And I would've loved to've seen more Lundmark too (a bit off topic), but Edge is right - the guy could've scored at least one goal inthose twenty-something games with Ortmeyer and Lacouture, or with whoever he was playing.

The whole, 'better than the last 7 seasons' isn't a proper response to anything. This team needs to be built and built with sense. Where possible, youth needs to be nurtured, but vets need to be a part of a rebuild also. Didn't the Isles take about 7 seasons with mostly youth, and it took some acquisitions, like for Peca, Yashin, Hammer, etc., to finally get the team back to the playoffs? UFAs do work. They do not for the Rangers because a) they haven't had a real coach in 10 years and b) they don't acquire the right guys very often. There are tons of players 32, 33 and 34 and older who are the go-to guys on their respective teams.

And on Poti...last season, he was arguably the team's best player through January. He played defense, was physical, and was in the top 5 scoring among defensemen. He tailed off considerably after that.

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