Comparing Messier/Richards Acquisitions (and state of franchises), 20 years later.
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08-02-2011, 05:04 PM
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I guess. But that young team was superior to this one just like Messier is superior to Richards. I find it hard to draw the parallel with that in mind.
Besides, the 94 team traded a lot of young players to get that championship, and Im pretty sure you'd have a coronary if that happened again.
Trading the core of the team would be infinitely stupid. First because there's a salary cap that makes young cheap talent necessary, and second because it helps the team compete for a longer period of time.
Im not convinced the team wouldn't have won the Cup, possibly more then once, if they kept Amonte and Weight. They probably would have had more prolonged success. Especially if they didn't run Zubov out of town.
Can't really compare the players from the two rosters, but the situation is similar.
Richards could put us over that hurdle we couldn't get over, and this team could realistically contend for the foreseeable future. Which was the reason for brining Mess in.
And Lundqvist is arguably already the best goaltender in Rangers history. With him in net and a very good team in front of him, anything is possible.
Its impossible to find a Leetch, arguably the best American born defenseman in NHL history, he's 67th? all time overall in NHL scoring.
And nearly impossible to find a Zubov, although we hope Del Zotto can be similar.
But again, looking at the situation, young team on the rise, needing that guy to push them over the hurdle into the top of the league, and Richards theoretically does that, like Messier did.
Dubinsky could boom into an elite level player like Graves did.
Again, nothing is exact, and we can't really compare most of the players, but its a similar situation. And similar reasoning for brining in Richards. They didn't only bring him in to wake Gaborik up.
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