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06-06-2008, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
[QUOTE=Trxjw;14330660]You were the one saying we drafted well with Lundqvist and Staal. If the Rangers were so confident in Lundqvist as a draftee, why would they draft another goalie the year after?
Because even with Lundqvist in the organization at the time coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Blackburn the organization was woefully thin in net. This organization had been burned once before when we got caught without a understudy for Richter. Remember the horrible trades we made trying to patch up the hole when Richter got injured? Sather and Co. where making sure that didn't happen again. Lundqvist developed better then anyone could have predicted and Montoya became expendable. I can live with taking that risk.
Also, I agree that Anaheim did a great job drafting and developing Getzlaf and Perry. However, its not like they won the cup because they drafted so well. The two biggest parts of that team (Pronger and Neidermeyer) where brought in via trade or free agency. These days, unless you luck out like the Pens, Caps or Hawks you have to draft well, handle the cap well, and make wise FA signings. Given where the Rangers have drafted over the last 5 or so years the organization has done a pretty solid job at the draft table. There are alot of teams who have done much, much worse during that time!
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