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07-15-2005, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
and make room foor...Lecavalier or Thornton...Ilya Kovalchuk, and many other UFAs that will now be available in their prime, instead of way-past their prime. What am I talking about? I alluded to this the other day, the luck of the Rangers being they get the #1 overall pick, pick Crosby, and when he begins to enter his prime, he leaves at 25 years old and goes to Toronto...as a UFA!

Want to rebuild fast? Sign Thornton or Lecavalier next season. That helps solve the Rangers' long-term problem at center, and with size. In three seasons, the Rangers will get a crack at Kovalchuk, who will be abuot 26 years old. There are others. But welcome to the land of the hard cap...Previously Edmonton complained they couldn't keep stars as they aged...now teams that draft well will not be able to keep stars because of the cap.
As a rangers fan it would be nice to see Lecavalier or Kovalchuk in NY. Having said that, teams like Edmonton still have a better chance of keeping their good players in this new system then the old. If the high spenders have all their cap room used up, they won't be able to make big signings like these.

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