How patient will Rangers fans be?
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04-10-2004, 11:49 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Kaspar was the team's best defenseman...
unfortunately, he wasn't going against top lines - he was up against third and fourth lines, for the most part, and this team needs him to be even better than that as its elder defenseman.
Can't buy the argument? That's basically what it's looked like the last several seasons. Like I said, there are a few types of Rangers fans. There are those who will watch no matter what. There is us in this forum. And there's a whole heck of a lot of fair weather fans, and I mean a lot, and in the end, the difference between a full arena and a 1/2 full arena can be them. If there's names, like Jagr and Messier, those casual types may come watch. If the roster is filled with Balejs, Tyutins and Ortmeyers, then it's not so sure.
How can they not stand the last seven seasons? Well, they can't. As for calling for a rebuild - I don't know that if you asked the typical fan his/her definitioin of a rebuild would be consistent across the board. I think there are plenty out there that believe this can be turned around quickly, and who knows, perhaps it can. A couple lucky trades, the right UFA signings, and the right coach, and this team potentially can be in the playoffs next season and still have 3-5 first year/second year players on the roster, with a couple others in the wings waiting to take over for open spots.
I think that somewhat answers the last question you asked. Sather will not go into next season with this roster. There will be a trade - hopefully for an under 30 playa (and I have a feeling it will be for a center to play with Jagr - Holik better not be the answer - and aside from him, I'm not sure there's a #1 center in this organization - sorry, that may be more of a hope - the feeling is for a goaltender). There will be UFA signings. I actually wouldn't mind Rucinsky and Barnaby back on Broadway. In fact, I'd support it. He may resign Boris, or find another defensive defenseman.
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