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08-03-2012, 09:03 AM
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Looking forward,Richards,Callahan,Nash,Stepan and Kreider are the top 6 forwards. 5 spots.
Hagelin is the swing forward between top 6 and the 7th forward playing on the 3rd line. Torts loves his skating ability. Adding Kreider for a full season and Nash makes the Rangers a better skating club.
Miller will be in the 3rd line mix in the near future. Almost definitely in 13-14 if not sooner. Sometime in 13-14.
You can see how Rangers management is building the team now and in the future. Gorton and Clark always have their eyes on the future. Gorton told the scouting staff at their meetings in Las Vegas,we need to get players out of this draft. He told Cerny that story during the video chat before the draft in Pittsburgh.
The Rangers need another top 6 forward who doesn't make $7.5M. Even if the CBA allows them to keep Gaborik's $7.5M,are there enough pucks and ice-time for all of the players to be content? Dubinsky lost his PP time when Torts gave Step more PP time and Richards was brought in. Gaby is a much better offensive player than Dubinsky but Gaby could see Nash and Kreider take away his minutes on the PP and in important offensive situations. The Rangers could recoup some of the assets lost in the Nash deal by trading Gaborik next summer.
Not sure I understand.? In one sentence you say they need another Top 6 and immediately after say there may not be enough quality ice time for everyone to be content?
When healthy, this is a perfect mix. Kreider obviously has more upside than Hagelin, but to say he automatically supplants Haglein for top 6 may not be true. I think Hags and Kreider can play abnywhere. Lets face it....The difference between being the 6th forward and the 7th forward is Stepan or Boyle as your center. That should be enough motivation !
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