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05-23-2004, 11:04 PM
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seriously, why bother?

Originally Posted by Theo Fan

Look, if Pavel Bure can skate and play hockey, then it's a big plus for the Rangers.

"But oh my God, his knees!!!"


If Bure's knees don't hold up and they end up crapping on him again, we have more then enough youth to call up to take his place. It's not like a Jeff Toms is going to have to fill in for him if he can't go.

And no, it's not completely "same old Rangers" if Sather resigns Bure. Bure takes up one out of twelve roster spots.

Bure played amazing here, Bure was a superstar here (good for marketing and yes that will matter like it or not), Bure was defensively aware here, and Bure here simply put helps the Rangers win games. Let's remember also that winning games are good for the kids.

On the flip side, if Bure tries to and his knees can't get it done, they go to the 'Pack and call up a kid to take his place.

Who's to say that the Roster spot Bure takes up won't end up being used on a UFA if Sather decides not to gamble on the Rocket anyway? We should all be aware that this team won't start the next season with Jagr, Holik and a bunch of kids. And if that's the case, which likely enough it will be, why not just give the money to a Pavel Bure who literally wants to be a New York Ranger?

It's really a situation that's about as "win-win" as we're going to get.
Why bother asking a gimp to suit up for you knowing full well that he's going to shy from any and all contact?

Why not revert to the old way of doing things and bringing in a "name" because you are looking for that one guy that MAY be able to help?

Why not overpay once again for a player way on the wrong side of 30?

I'll tell you why, it doesn't work and it hasn't worked for the last 7 years. The Pavel Bure that succeeded here is not the one we would be getting back, we'd get a much more broken down player that couldn't come back from the last surgery. I'd rather have the kids come up and play hard and lose than play like a cripple and overpay them and still lose. I don't see the win win here. If Bure does well then that will encourage Sather to continue the madness, because even with a healthy Bure this team is medicore without a gimpy this team is not that much worse off, but the spirits of the yougsters that have a legit shot at the big club would be given a hugh boost.

Even if Bure were to accept the league Minimum I would want to pass, it's not about the money, it's about wasting time with an older guy that is blocking the path of say a Belaj who happens to be tearing up the AHL right now. If the rebuild is real, and I hope that it is, then we all have to buy into it. Lock Stock and Barrell.

Any ufa's should be hard working defensive players and the first guy I would target would be Konowalchuk, a defensively sound LW that can play on any of the top lines. He also has the ability to pop in a few as advertised by his 19 goals this season. That is the type of player I want. A gritty hard working player that make life miserable for the opposing team.

I saw Bure brace for a hit that players take EVERY SHIFT, he would be a disruptive presence on the team in that manner alone.

Again, with anywhere between 9 and 13 surgeries on both knees he has no place on this team,

But that's just my opinion

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