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01-16-2013, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by wgknestrick View Post
Rags have let go of:
36pts in Anisimov
34pts in Dubinski
20pts in Feds
17pt in Prust

Total 107 pts lost


Rags gained:
59 pts in Nash
19 pts in Pyatt
16 pts in Asham
16 pts in Halpern

Total 110 pts gained

I see the players lost being much better defensively collectively than the players gained while the offense is almost equal. NYR and PHI are very close to each other. I don't share the love for the NYR being "greatly" improved. They were an awesome team last year. There isn't a ton of room for them to get better. I think their PP improves while they regress slightly defensively. Gabby won't have to do it all himself now on the PP.

PIT is clearly ahead of both of them assuming roster health and solid play from >=1 of our goaltenders. No team can match a top 4 of Malkin, Crosby, Neal, and Letang.
It's hard to say exactly how the players that they gained will translate playing in the Rangers system. You also have to account for the fact that they have several younger players that could prove to be much more productive next season -> more offense:

1. Hagelin
2. Stepan
3. Kreider (who I feel is overrated a bit)
4. Del Zotto
5. McDonagh

Each of those players (N/A for Kreider) could easily put up an additional 5-10 points (per 82 games) next season.

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