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05-18-2012, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
Isn't that a good problem to have though? Too much young talent? Couldn't you then look to package Anisimov + for a high-end young player on a cheap contract? That is the reason it is so important for the Rangers to continue drafting well. They need these cheap contracts and if it means dealing away some of this first generation of "True Rangers' (read as Dubinsky, Anisimov, etc.) in order to keep the cap hits down on some of the depth it needs to be done.

They need top-end talent. The Rangers brass knows this. Their design is to draft and continue rolling very good depth players through while signing the correct UFA's as they will never draft high enough to get those top-5 picks where you can get a Marian Gaborik or Zach Parise unless a pick becomes a steal.
It's a good problem to have, sure, unless you want to keep all of that young talent. Shipping out young, proven players from your organization in order to keep 30 year old stars on giant contracts isn't my preferred method of team building.

If they want top end talent, the free agent market isn't the only way to get it. Tons of top teams got bounced early in the post season. There will be shake ups. That'll be compounded further if the new CBA forces teams to make roster changes due to the cap.

If this team wants to improve it's talent up front, then make a smart hockey trade. Pittsburgh picked up Neal by dealing from a surplus to fill a position of need. We have the ability to do the same thing. There are always players who can rebound in a new city. Blake Wheeler, Matt Moulson, Teddy Purcell, Michael Ryder, Radim Vrbata, Milan Michalek, Erik Cole, Justin Williams, Kris Versteeg, Mikhail Grabovski, etc, etc. All 'second tier' players or cast-offs who found their game in a new city. THAT is what this team should be after, IMO.

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