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03-04-2007, 03:53 AM
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Jagr gave NYR playoffs after all the money spent, Messier promises etc.

He came in to a rebuilding team, and led them to the playoffs.

Rangers have other issues... Only problem with Jagr is his shoulder. Dunno how much you guys got used to it, but over the years on of his trademark moves was step-in, pop the puck over the defenseman's stick, wrist the thing at rocket speed... not seeing that this season.

Anyway, Jagr's shoulder problems would've been much easier to handle had Sather not misread the issues on this team...

- Rucinsky and Sykora were more valuable than most though on a team lacking quality scorers
- D issues were not addressed... Rozsival and Tyutin have been the only two guys who've been consistent pretty much all season. Both of them, at this point, are #3 defensemen at best (Tyutin with potential for more of course).
- Sather went in with JJ, Nylander, Straka, Shanny and Prucha as the only guys who really are top-6 players. His bottom-6, no offense, but as far as goal scoring goes, are one of the worst in the league. They can do their job defensively, but that's not enough on this team
- basically, this team has one line + Shanahan, average D and good goaltending. No depth (I mean, vs STL Avery's line was pretty much the 2nd line... who's gonan be scared of that??)

Anyway... Jagr'll get better... His body is beaten up, there is NO player over the last 15 years that took more beating than him. BUT, there're also very few players tougher than him.
Next season though, Sather's gotta make sure of a 2nd line center, some depth and an addition of a quality defenseman.

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