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07-04-2012, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Edge View Post
The Rangers are just about what they were last year. No better, no worse.

The Atlantic division isn't quite as strong as it was last year.

At this point, those points are pretty straight forward.

The question we should be asking is, are we a championship team with what we have?

The answer is probably not. But I don't think today's roster will be our opening night roster either.

Then again today's roster is one thing--opening night is another--and post trade deadline another still.

IMO I don't see the urgency right now to force things--such as a Nash or Ryan trade--though I'd prefer Ryan over Nash all things being equal.

I really don't think the new CBA negotiations are going to go very smoothly. NHLPA seems set on a harder line of approach than last time. That being said I think the owners have about 95% of the leverage--and they know from last time that a lockout is a winning strategy. IMO the cap is going to be lower before all is said and done and too many larger contracts are not going to be good for any team. Not making a move now at least leaves you flexibility to do something later when the smoke has cleared.

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