THN Predicts the Rangers will underachieve
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08-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
the team's fortunes lived and died with Jagr because nobody else was stepping up and scoring 123 points, or 96 points. Further, nobody else would be keyed on by other teams as much as Jagr. I had lamented about the over-dependence on Jagr over the last few seasons and had always stated how much I thought Renney didn't do a good job developing a team that didn't depend on Jagr. Last season he did a better job, but still, there was Jagr, without whom I think Gomez may've struggled as a top guy playing with wingers who really weren't great top wingers either.
But of course my point isn't sign Jagr for $8mm and build a team around that. I did think that it was a shame that we had a guy score 96 points in a season who made less than $5MM per season and really didn't take full advantage of it. I like a more well-rounded team. This is a more diverse. No doubt about that. But, it was nice to say that our second line centerman was Gomez, and with Jagr on a different line, presumably he'd get a good winger if there was a good winger. Further, it was nice saying Drury's the third line centerman. When talking about depth - that's depth. The bottom two lines this season should be better scoring lines. Hopefully things come together for the top two lines.
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