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04-23-2011, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerEsq View Post
Here's my plan:

1) Wait for MDZ to develop as our PP quarterback.

2) Wait for Thomas, Kreider, Zuccarello, Fasth, Horak, Bourque and/or Grachev to develop. At least a couple of them should become very good offensive players, which will take care of our offense.

3) Draft a few more guys like Kreider and Thomas in the first round, plus guys like Fasth and Horak in later rounds. Most of them will turn into busts, but those who make it will become offensive difference-makers we need.

4) Don't do anything rash in preparation for 2011-12. Stay the course. Wait for Avery and Drury to come off the books a year later. The same summer Wolski is a free agent, so either he won't be re-signed or he'll get less money (or he'll have a monstrous season next year). This will give the Rangers a lot of cap room, even after signing their RFAs.

We can then sign someone in the summer of 2012 or 2013 if there's a glaring hole.
The only problem with this plan is you're doing a lot of waiting and hoping. There would be a lot of "ifs" and a lot of questionable variables. With that said Hank is not getting any younger.

That's why I think Richards is the right move. It speeds up the process some, still stays the course, and removes some question marks.

We need to move fast because we don't know how long Lundqvist has, and if we wait for all these kids to develop then Hank might be past his prime.

You'd basically be leaving no room for mistakes, time-wise.

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