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07-22-2012, 01:08 PM
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Speaking of Nash, you have to think that Howson is doing a rain dance hoping Nashville doesn't match the Flyers offer sheet.

Before that, the Rangers could legitimately say "the best acquisition anyone in our conference made was Mike Ribeiro, none of the four teams who were more talented than us (Boston/Jersey/Philly/Pittsburgh) added significant pieces, and the Devils and Penguins actually got worse. Why should we trade a king's ransom for Nash when we can just sit on our hands until the deadline and maybe even get in on better players for cheaper depending on how Getzlaf/Perry/whoever else play out?"

Up until now, the Jackets best motivator was the specter of the in-conference big makret teams making huge moves at and after the draft, and the fact that the Rangers weren't good enough despite getting the easiest road to the Finals they're likely to see. Before the offer sheet, none of those things had materialized, and standing-pat still had the Rangers as (at least) a top four team in the East. If the Flyers get Weber, they're all of a sudden the best team in the Conference (and maybe the league) and a serious obstacle for a Rangers team that's going to mature either before (Lundqvist/Richards/Gabby) or with (McDonaugh/MDZ/Krieder/etc) the Flyers building blocks.

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