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05-19-2011, 02:10 PM
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All played for the Rangers this season.
Cap restraints are going to guarantee a handful of rookies and second year players on the roster.
valid point on all those guys playing last year BUT how many of them were penciled into the lineup last may?
we didn't even know if stepan and mcdonagh would be signed...there is a chance that stepan would have (unfairly) started the year in hartford if drury didn't get hurt. many felt sauer only made the team out of camp because he needed waivers while others didn't...mcdonagh got a shot cause del zotto was terrible...newbury and weise called up due to injuries...
having 5 rookies throughout the season at different times is different than penciling them into the lineup in june.
and just because a player is young, that doesn't mean that they are cap friendly...mza has a cap hit that is double grachev & thomas, roughly triple hagelin. so despite being a rookie, mza could be forced out of the lineup by his cap hit.
lastly you also have to factor in how many players we have with limited experience? you can basically count on one hand the guys on the roster over the age of 30. its not like the old days when the lineup was filled with overaged players that should be replaced with kids...there are a few spots here and there but for the most part we are nearing the point where for a kid to make the lineup they will have to displace another kid and you hopefully are getting better, but not really getting any younger
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