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01-28-2007, 08:13 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mahopac, NY
Whoa, lets take a rational look at what is happening here.
1. Montoya is a potential elite NHL goalie.
2. Kevin Weekes will likely not return next year
3. The Rangers greatest need is a young, #1 or #2 center
If you trade Montoya at this point, the best you can expect is to get potential for potential. I think it pays to wait before considering trading him. We can go into next year with a Lundquist/Montoya tandem. I think the original plan will be to play Henrik about 55 games and Montoya 25. That could go up or down depending on how each plays and it might be a good think to push Lundquist a bit. Lets say Montoya plays well, either in a limited 25 game role or even in a situation where we plays almost half of the games. Then you have a bluechip to trade not for potential, but for a young, established and productive center.
I also don't think we should overstate the Montoya marketing aspect in south Florida. My mom has lived in Lauderhill for almost 25 years, about 5 miles away from the Panthers arena: I can see its roof from her condo. The arena is a long way from the Miami area, wher most Cuban-Americans live, (at least an hour by car), on the edge of the Everglades and far from everything. I think its location is part of the reason the Panthers don't draw as well as they should. This is not like Pedro Martinez and the Dominican population in NYC, who were baseball fans to start with. I'm not sure that Cuban-Americans would make the trip. While the Latino population in Surrise/Lauderhill/Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood is growing, it seems to me that most are from Central or South America or from other Caribbean isles and not Cuba.
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