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01-16-2014, 05:02 PM
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Careful with that. The element that you are mostly arguing against can't stand the thought of waiting, as if it really makes a difference on this season either way.
There's quite a lot of pie in the sky thinking on these boards... really from both sides. On one side, we have the people who wants to "stay the course" by resigning Girardi and Callahan, because we can't replace them, and tweak the team in minor or major ways for next season. On the other side, there's people who want to blow the whole thing up and rebuild.
The truth is somewhere in the middle, as usual.
There are major flaws to this organization. Girardi and Callahan represent assets that can be used to try to address some of those major flaws. They are assets that are aging, maybe have played their best hockey, and are potentially leaving anyway. If one, or both, has stated his intention with you to test the UFA waters, they should be dealt. It's good asset management. That's the problem with the stay the course. It doesn't make a ton of sense from a roster-building standpoint.
On the other hand, the "blow it up" crowd is mostly just railing at the mandate that comes with running the Rangers, which is to be competitive and bring the owner playoff revenue every season, and generally he'll leave you alone. The sacrifice of playoff games now for more playoff games one year or another isn't ever going to be in the cards. Given the nature of the NHL and how hard it is to win it all in a 30 team league, I totally get the idea that, from a risk management standpoint, the competition mandate is a good play to call when your goal, as the owner, is to make money.
The puzzle is how to balance the two sides and find some ultimate success. It's hard. Harder than a lot of people on here want to admit.
It's harder than re-signing Girardi and Callahan, trading for rentals and hoping this team goes in to god mode for a month and 1/2. Which is exactly why Glen Sather won't do it. He doesn't like hard.
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