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05-22-2013, 06:50 AM
Bourne Endeavor
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Originally Posted by King of the ES View Post
Not sure how much credibility you should place in this Ranger fan. Like I said, the guy's got 100 points over 128 "craptacularly terriawful" games in NYC.

And you're saying that Derek Roy played well? Huh?
And Scott Gomez put up 80+ points, followed by numerous 50-60+ seasons. Would you have taken him at full price from the Habs? While the change of scenery narrative has merit in some cases, Richards play deteriorated to the point of being slotted on the fourth line. To acquire him via trade is ridiculous. What if that was not indicative of Torts' coaching, but Richards on a steep decline? We have effectively decimated our cap with a single trade.

The only way we chance Richards is if he is bought out and accepts a low (<$2.5M) deal as a reclamation project.

Until the playoffs Roy was quite well. He was less a scoring force but made Higgins look akin to a thirty goal scorer. Had we consistently used Higgins/Kesler/Roy and actually bothered to play offensively, I have little doubt it would pay dividends. AV chose to rein Roy into his conservative abomination and never utilized his creativity.

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