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07-07-2006, 08:16 PM
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Fletch
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One problem, Trottier...

the early season success was, in part, due to the lockout whereby most teams experienced significant roster turnover and players who didn't play last season, and the Rangers were smarrtly put together to bring the team more even with other clubs. Also, there was a huge dependence on one player, which is never healthy. Late in the season, what was successful for the Rangers early on didn't work late and I don't think a lot of that can be attributed to injuries as opposed to other teams improving, and getting over the pains of missing a season and high turnover, as well as the 'new' rules. Take all that into consideration, and all else being equal and the Rangers had to improve. Further, with other teams improving, as well as teams that missed the playoffs, and further improvement is needed, and not just from within since the main drivers of success are expected to come from vets, not new, young faces.

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