The thing about the salary cap is that it makes subtle signings and good ELC performances critical. The Rangers have a team that needed performance from rookies and small time players to fill it out. It hasn't been good enough, and of course the star players haven't been up to it either.
But we're in striking position for the playoffs, still. There shouldn't be talk of blowing anything up.
And I'm not saying that Hank will be over the hill by 34 if we are going to set an arbitrary number for seasons needed to recover from a hypothetical blowup, but we have strong pieces now. We may not be able to compete just yet but I think we can fix this team without removing 98% of it off the surface of Manhattan.
I understand, but I could say without a doubt, if I took Powe, Pyatt, Asham, Boyle, Hamerlik, Gilroy, Stralman and replaced them with A, B, C, D, E, F and G, you wouldn't even notice it. To make it even worse (as they're playing now) you could also include Richards and Gaborik and stick in player H and I... Might actually be a better team....
This team really misses Prospal IMO, not sure what the BJ's signed him for, but we really, really miss him. I could see him feeding Nash and really lighting it up this year. But who knows.... sigh.....
Edit : Miss his style of play (to clarify), guy really has a nose for the puck down low....Kinda like watching Columus play, like watching the Rangers farm team or something.. lol
I wish there was a single trade that could/would make the team better. I'm not sure there is. Is the target another top-6 winger? A RHD that can QB the PP? A bottom-six guy that adds grit and faceoff wins?
I don't know which one we truly need, and they certainly can't all be addressed with one trade.
While your latter two are enticing, I'd still aim high for either a top 6 winger or center. This team hasn't given up more than 3 goals in over a month. We need offense. Two goals scored against us is a death sentence.
I just don't know what's really out there.
Me neither. Usually around deadline time there's names that make sense. Not so much this year. Top 6 wingers are never that easy to come by anyway.
I'm almost as frustrated thinking about trade options as I am watching this team. Never mind, it's still not nearly as frustrating.
I'm beginning to wonder if the issue is a lack of talent or something else. We can't be this bad. There's enough ability here isn't there?
Problem is like most fans (MYSELF included) is that we saw how good we were last season, and then us adding Nash, we expected to be even better. The team thought it would be a easy coast to the top of the conference. Well its not.
The team will wake up, i still have a lot of faith, we will end up 5th or 6th. We will have a great final quarter of the season.
Even as much as i can put down the players I can easily say, he has been the worst and most useless player on this team since game 4.
Haven't disliked a player like him in years.
Agreed. I was saying he was a terrible signing/bad player at the time of it, but I was given false hope because he was playing like he gave a **** early on. He plays nothing like a grinder, but tries to play like a PWF if that makes sense.
We need a 3c and a 2nd line LW.. That would give us some good depth, but again, it wont matter until Richards starts to get his head out of his ass.
I asked about the value of Derek Stepan in the trade forum, but from this post, it doesn't appear the Hawks/Rags make a good trade partners. The Hawks would probably make Bolland available for Stepan, but that's probably not nearly enough...