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09-10-2008, 10:18 AM
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Fletch
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numrusher...without ANY playmaker on the PP not too many goals with be scored. Shanny has a better shot on the PP than any current Ranger. Get him the puck, and he'll give you a better shot at scoring than most any Ranger, most likely. If the playmaker isn't replaced, the PP could struggle signifcantly (or would need to be altered).

Too many people think the PP is something that's simple. There's a reason why some teams excel at it and many do not. It's not all about bringing the puck up, or setting up, or having a guy in front, or a guy down low (a la Jagr); it's trying to put that all together and/or developing a successful style that suits the team. No Jagr doesn't automatically mean a successful PP (and remember, this team had a very good PP with Jagr the two seasons after the lockout, even though none of us were happy about it). It could be worse; there are teams with worse PP stats. Gomez hasn't been a centerman on too many great PP teams, and he's the one most likely to step into Jagr's role as a setup guy. It still needs work and those looking for the PPs with booming point shots and big bodies in front of the net may be disappointed this season.

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