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03-05-2011, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
Not top to bottom, but even now the top teams still have 2 or 3 very good scorers, and a great two-way defensemen. This team has none of that. There's no Graves on this team, there's no Messier on this team, and there's no Leetch on this team. Especially the Leetch part. Your chances of winning the Cup are slim without at least one defensemen capable of putting up 50 points. We don't even have one who can put up 35. That's one of our biggest problems. We don't have a constant threat like Keith, Lidstrom, Gonchar, Pronger, or even Frantisek Kaberle in '06; the top defensemen on the last 5 champions.
First off, we do have a defenseman capable of putting up 30 points.

Del Zotto did it last year, and Girardi is close (again) this year. Girardi has put up 20+ points every year since coming into the NHL. 28 career high, he's at 26 this year. 4 points shy of 30. With 15 games to go.

We have a 40 goal scorer in Gaborik when he's healthy.

We have six guys capable of 20+ goals in Dubinsky, Callahan, Stepan, Anisimov, Wolski, Boyle.

We have a LEGIT two way, budding elite defenseman in Staal.

We have three very solid legit top four defensemen in Sauer, McDonagh and Girardi.

We have two of the better bottom six role players in the league in Prust and Avery.

Yes, we do have all that.

Step away from the ledge.

Adding Richards would take pressure off Gaborik, put younger guys in a more comfortable role, bring Cup Champion pedegree, leadership by voice and action, and elite #1 playmaking center for our elite goal scorer, a power play quarterback.

The Rangers are in 7th now. And can move up to 6th if they get on a roll.

With a healthy team, a nother year of growth and experience for the young guys, adding that elite player in Richards. This team can be in the top 4 of the East next year and home ice advantage to start the playoffs.

And move forward from there.

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