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06-07-2013, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Chief View Post
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.
Going back to a pre-cap, pre-Sather era isn't something I consider to be relevant, so I'm not going to go there. However, I didn't say that haven't had success at bringing in players from the outside. I simply said that year after year it's the players we've developed from within who have the most impact, and the players we signed who come and go. If you look at it from a "favorable season" perspective, then yes, Gaborik and Richards were both very important to last years success. However, one of them is now gone and the other is almost assuredly going to be following him out the door. You don't build winning teams on small samples of positive impact. Gaborik had two very successful seasons with us, but he also fought several injuries and often disappeared when the team needed him most.

You absolutely can get the right players from free agency. However, this team has not shown consistent ability to add those players. Skipping one summer of lousy free agents isn't going to sink the ship. Especially if you can pursue alternate avenues of improving the team, which I think is entirely possible.

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