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07-23-2011, 02:07 PM
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He's not a 2nd/3rd line tweener, sorry. Third liners don't put up 50 points. Even if you think "what we see is what we get" and he doesn't get any better than that (and your reasons for that don't seem to make sense...he's 25 and developed in the CHL so he's done developing? Huh?) those are still 2nd line numbers for sure.

I also don't see what the big deal is or why there is any kind of problem with the signing even if you think Dubinsky isn't a long term "answer". Do you really think it'll be hard to trade Dubinsky further down the road if the Rangers feel they want to have other players take over? Why sign him to a short term deal and then lose him while banking on the idea that "oh some prospects will be better than him at some point"?

Sign him for 4 years, he's bar none their best LWer at the moment and will be for probably the length of his contract to be honest (considering prospect development time to actually reach the NHL, and then developing to be a better player than him at the NHL level), and if they want to they can move him if they think Kreider and Thomas and blah blah blah will end up as better players than him.

And like someone else said, 4 years from now the team could look a fair bit different...Gaborik could be gone, who knows who else might have gotten traded, which prospects have busted...

Much to do about nothing IMO

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