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05-08-2014, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Like it or not--it's still a good thing that Richards is healthy because if he were injured during the short window for buyouts before the free agent season in July--we would not be able to buy him out (them's the rules) and if you think anyway like I do that buying out Richards is going to benefit the team in the long run that is a positive.

I don't disagree with much of your list though and could add a few other items:

I think AV has been an improvement over Torts and I think his system allows us to tap into the offense better than Torts did with his system. I think as well AV gave our younger players more leeway--more room to breathe than Torts did.

I like how our defense sorted itself out and has become three solid units. If we don't re-sign Stralman though we might have to find another right D.

I liked how our overall depth improved. I think we have one of the better 4th lines in the league and it's always good when players know the expectations and roles they fit into.

I thought the emergence of Cam Talbot as a real deal NHL goalie and potential starting NHL goalie if he went on to another team. He's a good player.

Those are all positives. Of your list I'd say McD's game pretty much picked up offensively. I'm not sure I'd say he took a giant step forward but he was already very fine defenseman and he's still improving.

Kreider and Zucc both emerged this year as core players with big futures.

Pouliot was **** for about a third of the season but turned his season around and became a very good player for us. Hopefully he'll come back but I wouldn't go overboard on his contract.

There are negatives. To me the biggest three right now our are offensive leaders--Nash has pretty much proven he's not a big game player. Richards has a toxic contract and IMO he's our third best productive center. St. Louis has had his head in his ass more than out of it.

I don't think the Rangers prospect pool is very deep either. I'd say it's one of the worst in the league. We have some potential players but not enough of them. I'm hoping some of our college free agent signings will mitigate that a bit but if I were the Rangers I'd be focusing more energy on restocking the pool--stop trading higher end draft picks.
I forgot Talbot. He played great. I was wrong to not include him.

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