Plan A/Plan B: Available UFA centers
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06-21-2007, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by
John Flyers Fan
It's called supply and demand.
There are currently 3 big centers available, and about 10-12 teams with a need for a top center The Rangers have a need and they have the cap space available to make a move or one of the three.
You have a superstar that you're paying half price for, and he likely only has 2-3 big seasons left in him. If I'm the GM of the Rangers I'm looking to make a big move now, and make a real concerted effort to win the Cup over the next 2-3 years.
This isn't the Rangers of 98-03 spending lots of money trying to make a bad team into an average one. The Rangers are already a good team, with a stud goalie, superstar forward and a nice supporting cast. This past spring you were two players from being a legit Cup favorite. Th ewindow created by Jagr won't stay open forever.
that's what alot of people here fail to understand.
there are at least 12-15 teams that will be interested in the big 3 centers which means that 12 of those bodders will be left out in the cold nd for the 3 with the "winning" bids you can be sure that the price and the lenght will reflect the intense competition in the bidding for the big 3's services.
Being that will be the case there will be concern with even getting one of those 3 as it will have a major impact on the teams short and longterm future as you are hitching your star to them for at least 5, probrably 6 years.
Most teams are going to have to make their way through the "B" list of available centers like the Langs-Yashin's-Stumpels of the world and hope for the right fit and while there are more ??? with these guys the terms of the ??? will also be refelcted which when all is said and done may be the better option when all factors are considered.
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