Hey everybody, first post but long time reader. I have read these boards religiously for years now and have finally decided to post. I have been bored with no Rangers hockey since Saturday and have to wait until Wednesday for Game 1. I am very excited and think we match up well against the Capitals and can make this a series. With all that said I have been bored and have been doing research and thinking about the core of our team. I was curious to who you fans believe are the core of this team and will be here for years to come.
Going into next year I think we will see a team similar of:
I really do believe we will sign Richards by finding ways to either unload or hide the contracts of Drury, Avery, and Boogard. I like Prospal but each years hes getting older and an injury risk and I think it is time to move on from him, the same with Chistensen. If we get Richards there is no reason to hold on to him anymore. That leaves four holes on the offense which I believe we can fill in house. I like Wolski and think he can be useful on the third line.
Maybe Zuccarello or Grachev or the kid we signed today could step up and give us a solid third line. The biggest hole that leaves us would be a first line LW.
Then I love our defense and still have a lot of faith in Del Zotto. Maybe bring back Eminger or bring up someone from the minors to pair with him.
I think we have a nice core of players in Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Del Zotto, Sauer, Dubinsky, Callahan, Lundqvist, Amisinov, Stepan, and Boyle. That is a lot of you players with a ton of talent to go along with FA signings Gaborik and Richards.
Can someone please update me on our minors situation and if we have any big time prospects who can fit into this core and what their ceilings are. I think if this young talent continues to develop with Lunqvist in his prime and Gaborik back on track, were not to far from being a serious cup contedner.
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Last edited by NJRangers35: 04-11-2011 at 08:10 PM.
I personally see Wolski being traded with some other prospects/picks for a young top line winger.
We have a great amount of talented blueliners such as Kundratek, Pashnin, and V-tank who can easily come in and play bottom pairing minutes for us. Im not sure Del Zotto is a shoe in at the momment but we dont really need to sign any big name free agents on defense. What we really need is top line forward talent.
I think the biggest thing the team needs to over come is it's youth and inexperience.
The Core is solid, but unspectacular. We have to develop a game breaker, a spectacular talent from one our prospects IMO. That said I am not sold on acquiring more expensive FA's. I would rather have a less talented team that struggles than FA's that don't perform. Been there, done that.
I'll tell you this if we acquire Richards and Gaborick falls flat coming out of the gate.....man it could get a little crazy in Rangers land.
I think Prospal stays, Dru walks, we sign Richards, Sather shops for a Heavyweight, and Valentenko gets a long look at camp with a good chance of making it (I like him). I also think Richards gets the A over Dubi based on Cup experience. Not what I would do, but I see the Rangers doing it.
If Slats needs to buy him out to afford Richards, i'm sure he will.
This isn't Wade Redden who isn't as proud or accomplished as Drury as a hockey player. You guys are thinking way too simple for something that really isn't that simple. I'd love to eat crow when the time comes, but personally I think Drury plays out his contract.
Dont know where my earlier post went, but I think Grachev makes the squad next season. He has the size, versatility (can take draws, can kill penalties) to make a difference as a 3rd/4th line wing. I think he could take Avery's spot.