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03-15-2014, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
The Pack will have no choice but to sign some vets. Only Skapski is joining the team from the juniors, college or Europe.

St. Croix, Noreau and maybe Nicholls will get promoted from the ECHL, but so will Miller, Fast and probably Allen to the NHL.

So who replaces Asham, Haley, Powe, Hensick, Johnson, Syvret, Bickel? That's a whole lotta quality AHL talent.

This is what the team would look like without vets signed:

Hrivik - Lindberg - Kristo
Bourque - MSC - Nicholls
Yogan - Jean - Kantor
Vaive - ? - Rowe

Hughes - MCI
Noreau - ?
? - ?

This team would get crushed very night. Just a disaster at the AHL level.
I would expect the Rangers to sign 5-6 guys anyway with at least 3 years of pro experience at the AHL/NHL level. IMO Hensick would be a very good player to come back. He's a legit AHL scorer with quite a bit of NHL experience. They're also going to need two vet AHL d-man--maybe not Syvret or Johnson but one should have some offensive ability. Though there may be others Grumet-Morris would be a good goalie to keep around.

Jean I wouldn't expect to get another contract. Rowe and Vaive are pretty much free agents--so to me it would project to be less than even you have.

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