THN Predicts the Rangers will underachieve
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08-26-2008, 05:36 PM
with the 10th pick..
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ok, ill chime in.
we are not, i repeat, NOT a better team without jagr. period. and yes, atleast now before the puck has been dropped, this team looks to be ripe for a letdown and thus underachieve. just removing jagr from this roster makes it that way.
jagr was the one guy all teams feared. at any moment, albeit far less often in the regular season, he could go crazy and score at will. his playoffs last year showed what he could do. he was in a word, dominant, and occasionally unstoppable. at the same time, he looked awful for much of the reg season.
in my mind, this team has a weaker top 6, atleast on paper. but going into camp we seem much faster and even younger, so who knows. straka and jj and shanny and avery is alot to lose in one season. adding zherdev and naslund and additional 3rd/4th line types makes us deeper in the bottom 6 but still, whos gonna score the goals?
defensively i think were better. say what you will about redden and his last 2 years in ott, but the guy is smart and makes us better right off with his passing and pp skills. hes better than anything we had last season. malik, toots and backman are gone. i like our d as of now and if rozy plays 1st pair, hell finally have a real partner for once. if he plays 2nd pair, he playing where he probably should play and that will make him better not always going against the oppositions best line.
we have the best goaltender in the east. he alone makes us competitive. add to that this better defense and perhaps a more balanced 4 line team and im confident we will make the playoffs.
i would go even further to say, if we can add someone who can score 30 goals from the wing and play top 6 minutes, we could be a dangerous team come spring.
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