I think you guys are misinterpreting the question. He is asking if this team scored like this, would they be a good enoug hoffense to win the Cup. The answer is yes. If they score like that without sacrificing too much Defense, they are a true competitor.
Im not saying its likely or possible that they play like that but if they scored 260 goals, they would be considered a top competitor.
If you think about it, it is somewhat reasonable. The only real question marks are signing Malone, Prucha and Korpikoski. But I think if you give Prucha top line minutes and PP minutes he could score at least 15 goals maybe even 20. Who knows he might find his rookie season touch. Also, take the money you'd spend on avery a sign Malone.
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be under the cap? In any event, with Jagr a year older and still the anchor, I'm not sure how that roster looks better than the one that was ousted by PITT. Sure Shanny is gone, but is his producion really replaced by what's left on the roster? The right side is a problem. I don't see Sjostrom or Korps putting in 15 goals. I also don't see 65 goals from the third line, nor do I see 25 goals from the fourth line.
might not even make the playoffs, without some improvements on defense, and a reliable goal scorer...
I totally agree. If we don't re-sign Jagr and Avery and get another winger (Ryan Malone) to replace Shanahan, I don't see the Rangers making the playoffs.
That's not to mention the defense needs to be addressed. We cannot let Rozsival, Mara and Malik all walk without finding one or two UFAs to replace them, preferably a physical defensive defenseman (Mike Commodore) and a guy who can play the point on the power play (Mark Streit).
the question becomes can the Rangers afford all that. With additional cost due to Lundqvist's contract, dead cap space, Jagr costing more than last season's cap hit, Avery costing more, Malone costing about what Shanny was paid and the additional defensemen, I'm not sure there's enough cap space to even put that team together. I agree that's about what this team needs to improve over last season (perhaps not the exact people, but that's the idea), but it needs to fit into a nicely cap-driven space.
I don't think many appreciate what pressure Jagr takes off his linemates and other lines by being the focus of other teams' game plan. It's essentially stop Jagr and you have a chance of winning. Bumping Cally up to second line doesn't mean that all of the sudden he's a second liner either. Perhaps he's best-suited for the third line - a grinding line that can pop the puck into the net (I actually liked the Prucha-Dubi-Cally line last season).
the question becomes can the Rangers afford all that.
If they trade Prucha and don't re-sign Avery I think they can. I realize I said that the Rangers need to re-sign Avery but they won't be able to acquire Malone, Commodore and Streit if they do. So it's a catch-22. Sather definitely has some work to do here.