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01-26-2012, 11:59 PM
Capt Barry Beck
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well I think that to a certain degree the current modus operandi for an NHL franchise is to tank, like pittsburgh and acquire a series of lottery picks and hopefully have a generational player or two fall into your lap. Hence the focus on first round picks.

I think NY has done a fairly decent job of drafting. Not an outstanding one, just an adequate one. The fact that NY is competing has a lot to do with the other moves that were made.

The Boyle trade

Gaborik and Richards not stinking like many former NY big time UFA signings

The Gomez deal

Someone in NY taking the call on Girardi

and finally I think a big improvement was when the team implemented the same system to be played at both the AHL and NHL levels so players already know the system when they arrive in NY.

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