Update: RDS - Avery and Straka will not be Re-signed (Post #190)
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06-20-2008, 04:39 PM
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it's tough to bring back Jagr and a UFA winger to play with him and someone who can play with Gomez. Although there is Dawes among the top six currently, who plays right wing with Gomez if Jagr is on the top line? Top six depth at wing is not the Rangers' strong suit. Again, with the cap, it's difficult to even keep Jagr, Avery and add a winger and a defenseman. Reality is Jagr will not be cheap. I'm guessing there's someone out there willing to pay him $7MM per season, and perhaps sign him past this season.
Precisely. I think the wiser move is to bring in a guy for Gomez and let Jagr go. With Jagr signing for at the most (hopefully) 2 years, that leaves very few options available to sign to play on his line unless you want to sign an aging veteran or an unproven rookie. Or, you go with a player in the middle, deal with a longer contract and face the same situation 2 years from now when Jagr leaves/retires, whatever.
I do like a deal for Cheechoo to be honest. I was against it at first glance, but I think he could do very well with Gomez. His contract is really the sort of thing this team needs to fill some other holes in the lineup. However, I don't particularly like a first line of Dawes - Gomez - Cheechoo. I think we need some grit and/or size up front.
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