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02-26-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Well. Be fair. This is another franchise that tanked for years on end to land their two franchise forwards.

Keith is a second round pick.
Seabrook and Leddy are first round picks.

Hossa was a free agent.

The Rangers defense is comparable. McDonagh, Staal, Del Zotto were first round picks. Girardi undrafted. Stralman a 7th round pick free agent.

Our goaltending is superior.

The HUGE difference is with our forwards. A mash up of two overpaid free agents, one high priced trade acquisition.

The identity among the forward corp is lost right now.

And like Chicago did, LA, and others before them, the Rangers will have to rid themselves of some fat and retool to fit the identity they are seeking if they want to win.

Richards and Gaborik need to be gone.

They need to shore up the center position. Teams win down the middle, defense, and goaltending.

O'Reilly
Stepan
Miller

Would be a good start in the middle.

Focus on wingers with speed and work ethic. No more overpaid disinterested disengaged fragile divas on the wing.

The Rangers can find their success being built more akin to what the Devils were (as much as we don't want to hear it or admit it) because that's what we are when we are successful. Elite goaltending, deep defense, strong down the middle, fast, tenacious, and very stingy defensively.

We aren't the Black Hawks. We aren't the Penguins. We need to stop trying to be them.
This is a very good post and I agree with the overall majority of your points. However, I would tweak it a bit in saying the following:

-our defense while good still needs a big, physical crease clearing guy.

-while ROR, D-Step and Miller would be a solid group of centers, we still need a legit #1 center(Getzlaf-?) with size.

I'm with you though on getting rid of Richards(compliance buyout-?) and
Gaborik(trade-?).

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