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01-29-2004, 07:35 PM
Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Trottier
I consider #88 NYR's best ticket to a playoff spot, and he may be back sooner than later. However, his injury does not guarantee NYR falling apart. For example, NYI has managed to stay afloat and then some since losing Yashin, Peca and Parrish. If Sather has assembled a very talented team, as a few NYR faithful still contest, they should not collapse due to this injury, even though it's to a very important player. If they continue to slide with this and the other injuries to the backline, blame it on a lack of roster cohesiveness/stability. (Changes faces every week.)
Lindros or no Lindros, IMO this team wasn't making the POs so, to me, this injury matters little...Still, while other teams have coaching, heart, togetherness, smarts, guts and discipline to get them through tuff times, The Rangers have none of it...Sather has not assembled a talented team he has assembled talent that can't play as a team, with or without Lindros...last night was great evidence..The amazing talent of guys like Leetch and Jagr were on display, but it accomplished little against a poorly run (usualy) trap....A bottom 5 lottery pick may be in the Rangers grasp now without Lindros..With him a 9th-10th is more likely..

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