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08-13-2009, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Honestly, what team (if any) is more than a 2-player team when it comes to legitimate stars?

Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup, where would they be without Crosby and Malkin?
I'd say there were last year a handful of teams that were more than 2-deep with legit stars:
Detroit - Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg, and Hossa.
Philly - Briere, Carter, Gagne, and Richards
San Jose - Marleau, Thornton, Boyle, Nabokov
Vancouver - Sedin 1 & 2, Luongo
Boston - Savard, Krejci, Chara
Pitt - Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar
NJ - Elias, Parise, Brodeur
Ott - Alfredsson, Spezza, Heatley
Ana - Getzlaf, Perry, Niedermayer, Pronger
Cal - Iginla, Cammaleri, Phaneuf, Kiprusoff
Was - Ovechkin, Semin, Green

More to the point, teams like Pittsburgh and Detroit have far better supporting casts than do the Rangers. If you want to say Gonchar, Timmonen, Kronwall, and Rafalski aren't stars, fine. They generate offense like no Ranger defenseman. Likewise the Blueshirts have no one like Hartnell or Sharp or Langenbrunner

Here's the difference as I see it. Pittsburgh (or Detroit or Philly or a few other teams in the league) can win without Crosby or Malkin having a good game or even having one of them out of the lineup. When Jagr was here, if he and Lundqvist BOTH didn't have good games, the team was losing, and that was with Straka and Nylander on the club, two players who generated more than the current Ranger secondary scoring.

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