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12-29-2010, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr. View Post
That lineup still can't take Pittsburgh in a 7 game series, so, IF the Ranger can't avoid a 1st or 2nd round match up AND a lower seed doesn't upset them, the Rangers have no chance of being the Conference Champs. Parting with a 1st rounder, McDonagh and Anisimov for an ECF's appearance does not interest me in the least.
While his lineup isn't completely realistic, a very similar looking team might not be able to beat Pittsburgh, but they'd basically be one big defenseman away at that point, with Drury salary coming off the books soon and a lot of depth in the organization to make trades with. That's how teams take the next step into Washington/Philly/LA level. It's not exactly Pittsburgh, Detroit or Vancouver, but it's not bad. Better than being worse than them, which is what will continue to be the case if we don't get Richards, IMO. Not like we're getting a Crosby/Malkin/Lidstrom/Datsyuk/Zetterberg/Sedin/Kesler of our own.

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