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08-12-2013, 12:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
Bure was practically done by the time the Rangers traded for him. I think most of us (maybe even the Rangers) didn't know how wrecked his knees were.
Some interesting numbers:
Jagr (age 32) 2003-04 77gp-31-43-74-38
Nylander (age 32) 2003-04 18-1-13-14-22
Straka (age 32) 2003-04 54-10-16-26-20
Rucinsky (age 33) 2003-04 82-14-31-45-72
Nylander and Straka both early 30's had come off terrible seasons before the lockout. Rangers had a number of rookies who came out of nowhere. Most everyone thought Lundqvist was going to be really good but Kevin Weekes was going to be the starting guy--kind of a journeyman starter. Other rookies Prucha (30 goals), Dominic Moore, Hollweg, Tyutin, Ortmeyer. Rozsival had missed the entire 2003-04 season with a knee injury--never a fast skater--it was wondered at the time whether his career was shot. Malik was a stay at home guy. Poti (the next Brian Leetch when we traded for him a few years before) was a primadonna who never lived up to the hype and had a bad tendency to pokecheck and not take the body and to let players whack away at his goalie.
There was everu reason to believe the Rangers were going to suck in 05-06. Those 4 guys listed at the top--the numbers are almost unbelievable. Renney was the coach. He got a hell of a lot out of that team.
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