Thread: Team toughness
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11-29-2013, 03:58 PM
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The Rangers have given us something to look forward to since the 2005 lockout. It was nice to see more winning than losing, a culture change and relatively thrift thanks to the salary cap.

1998-2004 was just horrendous on so many levels. Thanks to Lundqvist and the cap, the team became respectable.

But it's time for a radical shift in strategy. It took 7 years of consecutive misery and losing to trigger a fire sale like in 2004. I dont see one happening after 8 seasons of playoffs without a Cup.

They tried the reload/rebuiold and it worked to a certain extent. But now where seeing how much we fans and the front office overrated the assets in the organization (outside of Henrik and McDonagh)

Fans have to ask themselves -- do they want a go-for-broke roster swap or a fire sale?

Personally, I hope they stay mediocre long enough to maybe three or four simple moves can make them contender again.

What made the Devils elite? Certainly not just coaching. They went through a coach a year until Lemaire got there but the seeds were planted for a semi-dynasty before he got there.

What made the Devils elite were these reasons:

1) "Trading" Shanahan for Stevens - high price to pay but it was a no-lose situation.
2) Trading Kurvers to the Leafs for a 1st rounder that became Niedermayer -- I think the Gomez/McDonagh trade is akin.
3) Drafting Broduer 20th overall in 1990
4) Drafting Billy Guerin 5th overall, then flipping him for Arnott
5) Trading away youth for the right kind of veterans

They need tough guys with size and skill. Theyre out there. The issue is whether sather is willing to part with guys like Staal and Girardi and Callahan to get them.

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