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12-03-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by htk30 View Post
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?
The Rangers don't have a small window compared to other teams. The farm system is fine. Just because guys are hurt or not scoring 20 goals a week in the minors doesnt mean they wont be productive NHL'ers.

The Rangers are fine.

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