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03-20-2012, 01:55 PM
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bernmeister
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Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
Young defensemen on good contracts are even more of a premium.

There is no guarantee that Yakupov can become the player that Stepan is.

Forget about the other things that are wrong with this, but you are presuming that the young Ranger forwards do not take any steps forward. Between them and the young defensemen, the Rangers offense imporves organically.
"Young defensemen on good contracts are even more of a premium."
Respectfully disagree. Snipers who can bury the puck and ultimate best even the likes of Hank are more valuable, especially for playoffs.

"There is no guarantee that Yakupov can become the player that Stepan is."
Correct, no guarantee. However it is a reasonable premise with reasonable likelihood to succeed. This is not a guy who who was mid first round or later, needs two seasons minimum to develop. This is THE top guy, and he is believed to be both goal scorer and sniper.

"Forget about the other things that are wrong with this, but you are presuming that the young Ranger forwards do not take any steps forward. Between them and the young defensemen, the Rangers offense imporves organically."
I'm grateful for improvement to date and future progress.
However, if we don't want to be patient and wait a full 2 years (and I understand some complain about a window for Hank and Gaborik and Richards in their primes), then if we want to accelerate the process we need to take the active initiative to deal to improve. We are already good enough at every phase of the game except sniper/power play. But with Pens solid there, we must improve there to compete. It is as simple as that.

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