Is trading Leetch necessary?
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03-02-2004, 02:28 PM
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Plymouth, MA
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Let me say that I don't think the Jagr aquisition and a rebuilding/reloading have to be mutually exclusive..I'll agree that the big Jagr aquisition gives me pause about buying into a rebuilding because we can easily see the return of the whining, pouting, all-for-himslef, want-no-part-of -rebuilding Jagr that I saw on display in Washington if that happened.
Here's the scenario that I HOPE plays out...First, I think things have changed quickly at the garden as the problems and the anger/apathy of the fans has finally been relalized but, more importantly, I don't think this is gonna be a total overhaul as much as it will be a re-commitment to youth and the future....jagr will still have buddies to play with like Holik and a few key UFAs/RFAs but they will mainly be complimented by lower cost-higher energy younger players and there will be a commitment to buiolding the system with young players and that is where trading Leetch comes in...
if the offer is there, you can't pass up the opportunity to restock the future especially when Leetch or a similar UFA/RFA can be obtained with just money..Yeah, this seems like the same old Ranger philosphy but if the FAs are kept to a minimum and selected smartly it may work....
The other scenario is that nothing has changed and all is a smoke-screen from Sather and his cigar...In that case, why trade Leetch?
Call me foolish, but I think the 1st scnario is more possible right now...Eh, who the hell knows what will happen...We will know soon enough.....Until then, everything is just opinions like those great pre-season prognostications..
At the end of the day we always have that caveat that rebuilding is fine and getting younger is fine but not at the expense of remaining competitive. That is the one thing that trumps everything else. Never mind that in doing that the team doesn't remain competitive. Classic catch-22.
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