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07-23-2013, 09:47 PM
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I'd put money that Clowe and Ryder don't hit those numbers. Jagr i think will pot somewhere in there, mostly in the first half of the season though.
What you don't seem to get is that we as Rangers fans actually know these players (outside of Ryder). Clowe is not what he was. He might have a bounce back season but expecting him to score 20 goals is not tempering expecations.
Jagr is fantastic in the 1st half but runs out of gas in the second half as you will see. This started happening when he was on the Rangers which was quite a while ago.
Ryder is 33, he is getting older, he will not pot 35 goals. You're off your rocker.
I'd also put money that at least one of those guys won't even play in 60 games.
The team you're icing is ancient. If you expect them to all stay healthy you're in for a rude awakening.
All these guys are 35 or over.....no way they all stay healthy.
Then you have the 30+ crew
Anyway you slice it, this is a team of geezers in a league that is becoming dominated by youth.
Being old and having experience/puck possession skills was great about a decade ago, in this NHL, not so much. These guys are sure to have injuries. Not to mention guys like Zajac, Clowe, Volchenkov,Zubrus have already shown they are becoming injury prone over the past few seasons.
Honestly, it's a little embarrassing how cocky Devils fans are being. It's like serious denial. No team loses there marquee player and there second best scorer only to replace them with 3 aging vets and improves.
And I'm in the wait & see camp on Schneider. He hasn't every had a workload like the true starters in this league. 60+ games is a different animal than his career high of a whopping 33 games.
The only worthwhile players in that 35+ group are Elias, Jagr and Zubrus
You're also ignoring probable improvements from players like Josefson (22), Loktionov (23), Henrique (23), Larsson (20) and then add in one of the strongest groups of defensive prospects with guys who are ready to step in like Merrill, Urbom, Gelinas and Severson.
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