Perennial Roster Overhauls and Relationship to Postseason Success (Sting's Thread)
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04-05-2013, 02:43 PM
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The problem with the Rangers is the lack of consistency. Not just in their play, but in the overall direction of the franchise. The guys we are building the team around are constantly changing. Just going back to the lockout, it was Jagr. And then we added Drury and Gomez and we were cup favorites! Then Jagr was too old/slow and wanted too much money. Let him go and make it Drury and Gomez's team. That didn't work, so we got rid of Gomez and got Gaborik. Then Drury fell apart and retired, so we got Richards.
Then we added Nash and we were cup favorites! That didn't work so we got rid of Gaborik and Richards has 1 foot out the door.
It's a revolving door.
The reason for it is that we never finished rebuilding because the fans were saying that we need to make the playoffs every year because if we make the playoffs, then we have the chance to win the Cup, a preposterous argument for anyone who's taken even elementary school level statistics.
If we had more quality young players, we wouldn't need to do all of this. Look up front: how much movement do you see among Staal-McD-Girardi-MDZ? Not much because they are quality players who are in our long-term plans. Same for the goalie situation with Lundqvist.
If we had another Stepan, we'd never have signed Richards to a massive contract. If we had a 65 point scoring young winger developed in our own farm, we would've never signed Gabby. But that didn't happen because the management was never allowed to trade away all the vets for picks and prospects, while allowing the team to finish low and pick early.
Finishing in the 7-10 spot is literally the worst outcome for a team. Either finish top 5 and compete for the Cup or finish bottom 5 and get a good young player.
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