Jagr Most Likely Not Coming Back- Larry Brooks
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06-28-2008, 06:11 PM
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The problem is, even with no offense, this seem is not bad enough to be in the bottom-5. You'd need a bad case of injuries for that to happen. It's just a much better plan to keep Jagr, and sign some of the less mentioned players (like maybe Vrbata and Nagy on forward, Streit on defense, maybe re-sign Rozsival, but I'm just throwing out names) and make the playoffs, even if its another first or second round exit. Hell, the team might even surprise like the Flyers did.
Having Jagr keeps the other team's defense busy, allowing guys like Dawes and Cherepanov to develop.
First we're gonna already have to wait one year for Cherepanov, and there's no gurantee he's going to be a high impact forward in his rookie season. Having Jagr around a little longer eases the transition
Bingo. That part of me is saying that Jagr should be around for the 2 years that he is asking for to act as a mentor for Cherepanov when/if he comes over to the NHL. Throwing Cherepanov into the mix and expecting him to be the team's primary offensive threat would be catastrophic for his development. Not having someone like Jagr around to show him the ropes will only work if Cherepanov makes a Malkin-like impact as a rookie.
Then again, there is the part of me that wants Jagr gone so the team can go in another direction. Handing the team over to Gomez and Drury this season is what I believe is best for the long term. A very fast, traditional North-South game that is deadly on the transition is what wins cups in today's NHL. Combine this with a suffocating defensive game, and we have a team that can contend for a cup. As far as I'm concerned, the sooner the team goes away from the European East-West hockey, the better. The only thing that I can do as a fan of this team is to have patience, and let the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. In recent years, Clark and Slats have drafted players that I think will fit very well into the team direction and philosophy with Gomez and Drury leading the offensive charge. Even if it means a couple of years of no playoffs, the Rangers will get some great players in the upcoming drafts if they aren't stupid and trade the picks. Just be patient everybody, in the New York Rangers I Trust
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