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02-08-2007, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by HockeyBasedNYC View Post
Let me ask you guys something.

This team missed the playoffs for 7 straight seasons up until last year. In the offseason Shanahan took less money to come to New York, and the Rangers were able to sign 2 pretty respectable players from a Stanley Cup Winning team in Cullen and Ward, plus Rachunek came back and so did Straka, not to mention the fact that the team was no longer the laughing stock of the league as they finally earned some respect and attention. These players wanted to play for this team.

If you are the management of the Rangers and you want to lure some big free agents to come here over the summer (like everyone is talking about - a defensman and a real top center), you have to spike their interest in the team. How is missing the playoffs going to help that? You cant dangle a huge contract in front of them either cause thats the old way of the rangers and the its not smart cap work. The difference is very big. Players outside the team don't follow this team like we do, All they see are standings, the difference of them seeing the Rangers in 12th or 8th the year before could alter their decision in coming or not. Even though, in reality, the team has huge holes and are inconsistent as hell.

SO do you really expect the Rangers not to make a legitamate push for the playoffs and become sellers?

Going back to square one isnt going to help this team right now.

Now of course they dont want to sell the farm off to get a rental, but if they can make and upgrade that can help in the shortrun and hopefully spur this team into the playoffs you can beat your ass they are gonna make it, even if its considered by some to be too late.

Even if its blatantly evident that this team is not a playoff squad, the Rangers will want to retain some of what was accomplished last season. Hey if the Rangers find a way to make the playoffs and win just 1 game....1 GAME... it will be considered an improvement from last year.

Dellapina opened my eyes to this. Even though i am just as frustrated as everyone else in thinking that should become sellers, this is probably whats gonna happen IMO too.
Dellapina made some very valid points, however, with a cap the turnaround time will be less. You see it in the NFL all the time. Even Dellapina admits that he expected a dog fight this year for the playoffs. Jagr has been hurt all year long. It is obvious that he is not 100%. Money will always talk, so also the lure of playing in NY.
If we sell and we trade a player like Nylander there are 2 players, both from Buffalo that I would love to have, Drury and Briere, in that order. Gomez will be out there as well. Nylander for $5M or a Gomez, Briere or Drury for a $1m more?

As UFAs hit the market there has to be teams that can afford them. Each year that passes you see more and more teams throwing old fashion big time contracts out. You can not have 4-6 players taking 40-50% of your cap. NYRs right now are sitting prety cap wise after this year and gets even better in the years following. Players will sign where the money is unless they take a cut to play for a specific team.

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