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12-03-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
If you think about, three of the four work stoppages happened with the Rangers a 50-win team. I mean they were at 49 for the 1992 strike then crushed the Pens the last game of the season after two weeks off to hit 50.

1992, 1994 and 2012.

If the average 2012 NHL player really feels like a modern-day slave under Reichsfuhrer Bettman's Draconian rule, they should talk to Stan Mikita and Darryl Sittler and Johnny Bucyk.

NHL players never had it so good. Gross overexpansion employing guys who shouldnt be NHL employed, mega TV deals, UFA well before they hit 30...

The Rangers are still sitting pretty. Young team with young star players and a deep farm system. They can lose a full year.

And how much you wanna bet the future Brooklyn Isles get the No. 1 draft pick in the June Draft if the season's cancelled.
Not really, when those young players have no experience to carry a team through a deep PO run. The lockout may be beneficial for players like Miller/Kreider since they can just focus on working out their kinks and bad habits before being relied on in the NHL. If the cap gets played with, we may not be looking at a similar roster when the NHL comes back. Richards, Gaborik, and Lundqvist are just wasting away right now and getting older while doing next to nothing. Character guys like Rupp and Biron are getting up there in age as well. The team can't continue to work on building chemistry (something Gaborik and Richards need to continue with, as well as Nash/Halpern/Pyatt with the entire team) or playing against actual NHL caliber talent and competition level.

No team can afford to just skip out on a year, especially not the Rangers: if they could build off the massive jump in success they had from two years ago to what they did last season, the next step is being one of the top Cup contenders and teams to beat, which would have been this season. I'm not sure where you're getting that we have a "deep" farm system either. We don't have that much outside of about half a dozen decent players in the AHL. McIlrath hasn't played at all this season and has no signs of returning soon, not to mention he's yet to really play in the AHL; Miller has been relatively effective but is still young; Kreider has been playing like Kreider and I have no doubt he's going to be a cornerstone of the Rangers going forward, all he needs to do is gain experience..then who else is considered or has looked/played like they're NHL worthy? Jean/Borque/Thomas/Talbot? Maybe?

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