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06-07-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Play the youth. Deal with the growing pains. Bring in a coach who is willing to develop a team. Each year, who are the people who really make a positive impact on this team? It's the players who developed within the organization.
Maybe I missed part of this conversation because history contradicts your "positive impact" comment. How far back should we go? Back in '94 we had all the Edmonton vets and guys like Larmer, Matteau and Kocur who certainly had a positive impact on the Rangers. Ditto for Jagr and the rest of his Czech National Teammates. And there's no way the Rangers have their most successful season in decades in 2011-12 without Gaborik scoring 41 goals and Richards getting hot at the end of the season and leading the team in scoring in the playoffs.

The fact of the matter is that if you get the "right" players then it doesn't matter how you get them. A successful team looks at all avenaues available to them to acquire talent. Cutting off an avenue because a player or players didn't work out is not how you build a championship team.

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