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01-01-2011, 05:08 PM
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But you were ready to judge what teams and games I've been watching and haven't been watching. Just a difference in opinion. In a 7 game series you take the Rangers, I'll take the Av's (as well as the other team's I mentioned). The Rangers have played all well and good when it comes to both Alberta teams, borderline playoff teams, and Phoenix, yet can't beat a team like Columbus, lost to the Av's, lost to St. Louis, and that's it as of now. You agree that the Rangers have their moments like Colorado, but aren't up there with the Wings and Vancouver. So we're not consistent? I agree. Haven't we learned from the passed that adding star players from other teams might not be the best way to go? Not even in the short run?
Would I take Richards? Yes. It depends who we're giving up. But for the most part, I'm tired of letting good young players go and having nothing to show for it. Now the organization is finally committing to scouting well and developing from within. Letting the kids grow up together as a team which, to me is a lot more important than adding a star player who might be the next messiah! But I doubt he will be, because even with him, I just don't think we're good enough to win the Cup. Plus who exactly are we giving up here? And will Dallas think it's fair. I know nothing of Richards and his attitude toward NY and playing for the Rangers.
Not to mention, why is Dallas looking to trade this guy in the first place when they're practically in first place? If Ribeiro is available at a lower cost, I might go for that. But he handles the puck so well, I don't know why Dallas would want to give him up either.
I'm not doubting the Rangers could very well lose against those teams and could even lose in 5 games, I just have a really hard time being convinced we'd get swept when we're playing good teams well all year and just seem to be able to grind out wins the way we couldn't in years past. I think Colorado is almost a mirror team of us in terms of how competitive we are and how far we'd be ready to go. We have different weaknesses,
In regards to Richards, I just think it's the RIGHT player. I think often times in the past, the star players we've brought in were the wrong players, or just not the ideal fit. Maybe he doesn't make us a clearcut stanley cup contender, but IMO it makes us close. Our defense could probably be better, but you can't tell me Hank doesn't make up for that at least a little bit. I don't think there's one set formula to winning the cup, which is why I find these arguments that paying Hank so much means we can't compete nauseating.
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