Update: RDS - Avery and Straka will not be Re-signed (Post #190)
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06-20-2008, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by
The drop off in Jagr's performance this year IS a hole that needs to be filled. For someone that commands that much ice time, particularly on the PP, the offense just has to be there. If it was, he would have the renewal triggers and there wouldn't even be a discussion on the topic.
The saddest part is that he was STILL arguably the best Ranger winger. If that doesn't say that these forward lines need to be absolutely re-invented, I don't know what does. No status quo for me.
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not sure you need to say arguably...you may be able to say easily...
And it's not just his minutes and points (which may not have been that great but still led the team), he still made others around him better. And while he wasn't a machine,
those around him weren't putting away many of their opportunities he afforded them either. If his linemates had finishing ability, perhaps he would've had 80+ points,
which still is below Jagr par, but looks a bit better. Heck, the guy played about 15 games with Dubi as his centerman (really making his NHL debut) and Hossa on his left. Getting 70 points doesn't seem bad when you consider that.
I agree with you here Fletch, however, this is one of the reasons I'm against bringing back Jagr. If we go out to find a winger who is compatible with Jagr, we have less options for Gomez's winger by default. Not to mention it's very clear that Jagr is picky about who he plays with. Our only real options internally are Straka and Prucha. Straka can't finish, and Prucha will never see top line minutes under Renney again. That leaves trade or the FA market. Via FA, we have Huselius, Demitra and Naslund. Two of which are old and on the decline, not to mention oft-injured. The other is "too-soft" by most people's standards and is looking for a big payday.
So say we sign Huselius. Now we've eaten into our cap and we haven't even dealt with the problems that will still be here after Jagr is gone. Thats why I'm against bringing back Jagr.
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