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10-10-2013, 02:20 PM
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I disagree with the premise of the article.

The Rangers are not at a crossroads now. The Rangers were at a crossroads last season at the deadline with a team ostensibly built for offense being asked to play defense under a coach that would not change a system to fit the players on the roster all while having significant choices to make about players and the looming cap problem. The Rangers made a change that, with the benefit of hindsight, probably was unwise, but that's a different story.

The Rangers will be at a crossroads if Lundqvist heads into free agency or, even worse, leaves. The Rangers cannot possibly be at a crossroads when (1) the roster for 13/14 is, more or less, sorted with Hagelin (perhaps the player best suited for AV's system) yet to play and (2) the plan going into the season was hoping for exceptional years from Lundqvist, Nash and Richards and hoping for a lot of luck elsewhere. You can't get a lot of luck after 4 games.

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