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07-04-2007, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by tyuts View Post
Regardless of what you think about Gomez and Drury, it's clear that with these signings Rangers lose trade flexibility, riding so close against the cap. So if a situation ever develops like a hypothetical Lecavalier trade or, to use real life, a Joe Thornton-type steal (for San Jose) or a Jagr-type steal (for us), we're by default out of the discussion. Because how many players can you afford to play 7-8 million in a cap era? I like both Drury and Gomez for their scoring ability and also their intangibles -- Gomez's ability to carry the puck up the ice, Drury's leadership abilities and prowess in the face off circle. We got some excellent players. But we didn't get superstars, and if there is ever a case in the future where a legitimate superstar is on the move (and Jagr is retired and other players i.e Lundqvist are making more), our hands are tied.
Flexibility is one thing. Leaving holes in your lineup in the hopes that something bigger shakes down later in the season is something entirely different.

If we didn't fill these holes now, there's no guarantee that we'd be able to fill them later. And we have plenty of flexibility with Straka, Malik, Shanahan (presumably), Mara, and Rozsival all being UFAs at the end of the season.

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