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03-28-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Ive been making these arguments for years, and they were usually met with scorn.

The first mistake was trading for Jagr and surrounding him with his posse. That was a total waste. Hardly anyone from those teams is still here. Those were stopgap teams, except the stop gaps are supposed to hold you over in years where you get high picks. We didn't do that.

The second mistake was trying to surround those aging players with terrible free agent signings instead of realizing that those teams were miserably flawed and needed to be scrapped.

Mistake three was signing Gaborik instead of dismantling and getting high picks, or at least being patient and getting a legit dynamic multi talent like Kovalchuk.

Chance after chance to rebuild and get a high draft pick to develop a great top line forward was passed over.

You don't go anywhere in this league without some homegrown franchise forwards anchoring your top line (even te year the Bruins won the Cup, Crosby was out). Not only did the Rangers refuse to go through a natural rebuild, but the one chance they had where a top line prospect fell into their laps, they drafted a role player defenseman.

This team does everything backwards, and what you get in they case is what we have now: not bad, but certainly not good enough.
There are some very good points made here that I agree with. But there are different ways to create a good hockey team. The reality in New York is that the Rangers and their fan base do not have the luxury nor the mentality to start from scratch. So getting that generational, game breaking talent (Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin) is very unlikely to come the Rangers way thru the draft any time soon.

As someone mentioned above building around a core of Hank, Callahan, McDonaugh, Stepan, et. al. is far from the worst you could do. We have some interesting question marks in the pipeline right now: Kreider, Hags, Miller and a few others. We simply do not know what will happen with these prospects. There could be some gems in there along with a few busts. The fact is that the prospect pipe line today is far better than it has been decades.

Sting and I disagree on this but I continue to believe that McIlrath will wind up being much more than an average defenseman.

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