The Illusion of Depth
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05-28-2012, 03:45 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
Problem is there is no way to add another "elite" player via free agency.
There's going to be a lockout. The cap is going down when ever the lockout ends.
Rangers can't afford to ship out the assets to get Nash or Ryan.
The answer is to acquire a guy like David Jones to play with Kreider and Stepan on the second line.
And maybe pick up a guy like Stoll or Gaustad for the 4th line.
If Prust's demands are too high, he's gone.
While Hagelin isn't "ideal" as a top line winger, he showed solid chemistry with Richards and Gaborik.
Priority #1 needs to be getting Schultz. He's the real deal and he's exactly what we need to add to the defense corp. His game and brain are NHL ready. He needs to get a little stronger. If we need to buy him some time in Hartford we can afford it to him. Re-sign Stralman cheap as a stop gap.
Boyle, Gaustad/Stoll, Prust, Rupp, Mitchell
Del Zotto, Schultz, Sauer?, Stralman, Bickel, Eminger
We could target a veteran right-handed defenseman on the cheap, as well.
That gives you pretty good depth.
Every team in the league is going to have to face facts that they won't be able to load up the top six with only "ideal" guys. They're all going to need some guys who are "adequate". The cap is going down whether we want it to or not.
RangerBoy had been warning us for months.
Our organizational depth IS solid.
Its laughable that some continue to deny it because some of that is prospects. However those prospects continue to earn their way onto the roster. And this roster just won the toughest division in hockey, won the Conference regular season, and got to the Conference final. Not to mention finished with the most ROW in the league.
The future is bright.
But, yes, they need some depth on the roster in the immediate. Its do-able. But it won't be via Nash, Parise, Ryan, Iginla, or any of those names.
I have faith in Gorton and Clark. With them Sather has been making smart decisions.
I just want the finals to end already so the Rangers can get going on what they need to get done this summer.
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