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03-04-2011, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
My guess would be the Rangers/Messier.

Who, coincidently, signed when he was 30, to lead a young team on the rise to reach their goal.

A team that had its core in place (Leetch, Graves, Beukeboom, Zubov, Amonte, Weight, Nemchinov, Turcotte, Broten), with a franchise goaltender (Richter), and an elite goal scorer (Gartner). With more core guys on the way (Kovalev, Sundstrom).

Old guards left or leaving (Ogrodnick).

A situation not unlike this one.

Dubinsky, Callahan, Stepan, Anisimov, Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Sauer, Boyle, Del Zotto...core in place.

Elite goaltender, Lundqvist.

Elite goal scorer, Gaborik.

More guys on the way (Kreider, Werek, Hagelin, Thomas, Grachev, McIlrath).

Old guard leaving, Drury.

There are some parallells in a different era. No hall-of-famers here, but no rags either.

And, there's no rule written, that if you fail to develop an elite superstar #1 center, that you can't add him via trade or free agency. The Stanley Cup won't know the difference if the team gets there.

But let's hope this regime doesn't start shipping off its young core members for rentals and a one-time run.

This time keep the Amonte's, Weight's, Zubov's, and make longer term success.

Rangers traded for Messier. At least the first time, when he was good and led them to the cup.

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