We Should Become Sellers!!!
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02-04-2007, 07:45 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Saskatoon, Sask
The thing is, we actually suck now. Win 5 lose 5, win 3 lose 4, offense two weeks in a row, nothing the next two, is not sign of a good team. Jagr has two years left, Straka and Nylander have about the same, then the Rangers have nothing as they will retire or move on. No compensation. We have 2 first rounders between now and then and no hope to sign any decent young free agents as we have bloated contracts.
Using the Kings as an example. They are rebuilding but they have a core they are building around. Their record is not as bad as the team shows as they had no goaltending at all until this recent hot stretch by 40 year old Burke. If rumors hold true and they sell of some of the vets this year and sign a few key free agents next year, Goalie and Defenseman. They will be dangerous. McCauley their checking line center has been out all year, and both starters, Cloutier and Garon were gone for a long time. Again they have a core they are building around. as for that Core
Kopitar - draft pick = Montoya
Frolov - draft pick = Staal
Brown - draft pick = Sanguinetti
O'Sullivan/Lewis - trade for Demetra = Jagr
Johnson - trade = Straka
Cammy - draft pick = Dawes
Visnovsky - draft = Tyutin
Bernier - draft = Lundqvist
2nd overall pick = Shanny and Rangers first 10 - 15
As you see L.A's core and how it came about is easily duplicated by the Rangers. The Rangers have an advantage as they already have a stud young goalie in Lundqvist and are rich in young defensman. L.A's core has no NHL ready goalie and consists mostly of forward. We all know that defence/goaltending is more valued.
So the Rangers miss the playoffs for the next couple years. Its not like they would make it if the season ended today. Therefor, rebuild, develop your core and supplement it through trades and free agency. The younger a team is, the less cap trouble it will have.
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