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04-28-2011, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Vitto79 View Post
yea may as well just kep Wolski then

Are all fans ok with Drury and Wolski taking up around 4 mil this yr and 2 mil next yr in cap space?

Rather just buyout Dru and keep WW for one yr then let him walk as a UFA
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Originally Posted by Steven Mastrosimone View Post
This is textbook albatross contracting. 4.5m for 1/4 of a year? Not even half? Tons of players get traded and have a very good few weeks following that trade. Wolski was very good for us soon after acquiring, but he faded each and every game after about the first 10-15. Especially for a player in a contract year such as Fleischmann. Even then, the reason he put up those numbers is because of how well he fit with the Colorado Avalanche's speed system - the Rangers aren't a speed team, they're a forecheck and boardplay team. Fleischman is a pretty soft player, and would not fit in anyway. He's not a 1st line player, nor is he versatile enough to play on any of the other lines. Well, for this team at least. Which is why I'm against giving him such a huge payday, let alone him having a major health condition.
Rangers are forecheck and boardplay because they don't have the skillset to do anything else. Add skill guys and the game plan can evolve. Gaborik is never going to be a banger, grinder make the play off the forecheck type player, hence the reason why a guy like Fleischmann would mesh with him. Speed, stickhandling, game off the rush. Flash - Stepan - Gabby.

Here's a larger sample size. In his NHL career he's about a .5 ppg player. In his past two seasons he's played 104 games and scored 82 points. That's significantly higher than his career average which means his earlier years is bringing it down a lot. Recognize when talent is coming into their prime!

There's a difference in signing a declining a player like Wade Redden who's old and declining to a large contract when he hits UFA status and a young player who 26 and has legit skills. Martin Havlat was injury prone and didn't prove much of anything but his skills were still known and so was his ability to succeed and so he was coveted by many teams before Ottawa dealt him. Tomas Fleischmann has similar skills and his play far exceeds that of Wojitek Wolski.


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