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09-30-2006, 04:58 PM
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Kasper is a pro and he's getting paid top $ to perform. He's come up short in pre-season, but this may be due to his recent surgery. Renney may have given him the motivation to step-up and prove he still has that edge to his game that this team needs. He'll be outspoken reguardless of the letter on his jersey.

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09-30-2006, 04:59 PM
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Truer words never spoken. The examples are countless (Adam Graves, Mike Peca, etc.) Which is why a player either has to adjust his game (pick his physical spots more carefully than he did at say age 23) or perish.

The best example, IMO, is Scott Stevens. Hit everything that moved through his 20s. Changed his game significantly - especially in the regular season - and continued to have a great career through his 30s....and continued to have the same impact/presence on the ice, despite counting down on the frequency of highlight hits.

Is Kasparaitus capable of same? (I'm gathering that your answer is "no".) Will Renney allow him to?
Personally I'm inclined to believe no for several reasons.

Stevens to me was just a far superior defenseman. Even as he aged, he was talented enough to bring more to the table. People remember the nasty checks but what gets overlooked was that the guy also was talented enough to put up 800 some odd NHL points. Same with a guy like Chelios.

I like Kaspar but he's nowhere near that level.

Secondly, I think at some point his size does work against him at this point. Built like a tank, but still just 5'11, Kasparaitis' body has taken a lot of beatings.

Which brings me to my last point and that's injuries. Maybe if he wasn't coming off surgery and there wasn't some injuries the last few years you could say maybe, but at this point I just have to wonder how much all this has taken its toll.

The last two seasons have seen 44 and 67 games respectively and with the style Darius HAS to play to be effective, those totals aren't likely to go up as he gets older. If he averages 56 games at the ages of 31/33 than what does it say following surgery and fastly approaching 34?

Maybe under the right circumstances but at this point you might argue that Baranka's the better defenseman now or at the very least will be by the end of the season. You might even say Pock, with what he brings, gives the Rangers something more from the #7 spot.

What hurts Darius in this situation is WHO the Rangers have in their system. You've got Pock (who my own personal feelings aside has shown he deserves a lookas a #7 defenseman) and you've got a solid camp from Baranka. Factor in that you've got Staal in the system, Sauer, Sanguinetti and others and you can understand the thought process that now might be the last chance to really get "something" by trading Kasparitis. I don't think he's done, but my gut tells me he is entering the home stretch of his career.

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a letter taken off your jersey doesnt stop you from being a leader.
At least it shouldn't.

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that's great that kaspar is physical but that's only one small aspect of his game at this point. He clearly is not 100% healthy or if he is he has lost more than a step. This isn't the most techinically sound defenseman to begin with so losing a step only makes him worse..

The guy has been brutal this preseason...BRUTAL
And it has only been pre-season...He has more then earned the right to play in the regular season at top health and see if his physical play has left him---which I highly doubt..If it has, I have no problem looking for alternatives...But given the play of Rachunek, POck, and even a healthy Roszival, we have oither things to worry about also...

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Can't wait to see Jagr come out in the home opener with that C

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Well I think the million dollar question, and one the Rangers are asking is whether Kaspar can still play that physical game over the course of a season and into the playoffs and a cup drive.
Don't you mean 3 million dollar question?

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Don't you mean 3 million dollar question?
Oh now you're just being a smart ***

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Maybe Tom Renney should have four alternate captains.In the Cup season,the Rangers had four A's-Brian Leetch,Adam Graves,Kevin Lowe and Steve Larmer.2 A's at home and 2 A's on the road.They alternated between home and away

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Jagr has told everyone he isn't the kind of guy to stand up and yell or give a speech. But he is successful and gets respect league wide for his dominance. I personally believe he does more for the team than just score goals but we might not see that side of him. Shannahan will be more vocal I believe and Kaspar won't shell up just because he dosn't have an "A". Jagr might not be the most outspoken captain... But someone said something about if the Rangers are down 4-0 they don't see Jagr getting pissed and jacking up the team... Last year if the Rangers were losing he just went out and dominated look what he did in the season opener, and several other times. He takes his game to a whole nother level when its needed to come back and sometimes netted 2 goals in period to get em back into it. Thats a kind of leadership not everyone can offer.

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