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05-26-2009, 06:54 PM
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He's not a saviour for our blue line. 2+11 in 42 games.
Don't think anyone is saying Ranger is the saviour for the blue line, but considering defense is the biggest hole on the team right now it doesn't make sense to trade one of the better performers off. You obviously don't like him, but he's one of the best on the blueline right now along with Meszaros.
Krajicek, Smaby, Hedman, Murphy, Welch, Lashoff, possibly a couple of UFA D-men. We should do fine.
LOL wat? That blueline is awful. Welch should be in Norfolk, I wouldn't mind Kraijick not being qualified, Murphy is a PP specialist, Lashoff is still a bit of an unknown, Hedman hasn't played a shift in the NHL yet. That's not a blueline you can win with if you want to be a playoff team. Not that Ranger makes it great, but a few UFA defenseman aren't going to make it great either. This team has a budget and Ranger for the minutes he plays is a bargain. Sure you can find a blueliner that's just as good as Ranger or slightly better, but it's going to cost twice or three times as much. In a cap world and being a small market franchise, what's the point? The problem with Ranger is he plays too many minutes. He's being asked to play first pairing minutes (25-28) when he should be playing second pairing minutes (21-24). He's not even 25 yet, makes less than a million a year, and still developing his game. If Lawton is smart, he'll hang on to him.
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