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01-05-2010, 05:42 PM
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Maybe the light UFA class is exactly what the New York Rangers needs to prevent unwanted, unwarranted contracts?


Volchenkov would be a great addition. Imagine a the thought of physical defenseman in New York? I may beat this to death, but if it keeps being mentioned maybe someday it will happen?


Boogaard over Brash anyday of the week. IMO he is the current NHL Heavyweight Champ! Plus, he crushes people when he takes the body. How enjoyable would it be to watch any of the aforementioned just Flattening a Sidney Crosby?

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01-05-2010, 05:58 PM
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I'd absolutely love Volchenkov, especially if we can somehow move Rozsival and sign him to take his place. Rozsival's "offense" is not needed in NY anymore (that's if you believe it existed in the first place), and Volchenko would be a big upgrade in many aspects.

Only problem is the money. But I can assure you he won't make as much as Rozsival anyway

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01-05-2010, 06:02 PM
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Only problem is the money. But I can assure you he won't make as much as Rozsival anyway
Maybe, maybe not though. Mike Komisarek got $4.5 last off-season.

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01-05-2010, 06:03 PM
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Maybe, maybe not though. Mike Komisarek got $4.5 last off-season.
Damn, you're right. And Komisarek stinks

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01-05-2010, 06:19 PM
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Frolov and Marleau
Those are my choices as well.

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01-05-2010, 06:23 PM
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Agree %100, Volchenkov would be a great signing.

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01-05-2010, 08:23 PM
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Plekanec. He would do wonders with Gabby. He's a two-way guy with sick skills.

Also, I wouldnt mind gambling on one-year deals under 2 million for Svatos, Demetra and Lombardi, although Lombardi will probably get over 2.

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01-05-2010, 08:32 PM
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01-05-2010, 08:33 PM
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I have a sick gut feeling that Sather will chase Tanguay and play him beside C.D

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01-05-2010, 08:34 PM
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I echo the sentiment on Volchenkov, he is a physical, crease-clearing defenseman, something that has been lacking on this team for years.

If he's too expensive, then Hamhuis may be a cheaper alternative.

However, both are probably unrealistic unless one of Redden or Rozy is gone.

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01-05-2010, 08:44 PM
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01-06-2010, 12:52 AM
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I have a sick gut feeling that Sather will chase Tanguay and play him beside C.D
If we signed Tanguay at 1 year 900K/1mil it wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to this team

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01-06-2010, 12:54 AM
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Gaborik and Demitra didn't mesh well in Minnesota. Granted they're buddies but I think Risebourough would advise Sather to stay away from Demitra.
I don't think Demitra would play on our first line if we signed him. I'm not really sure where he'd fit in to be honest, I don't know much about him. I would assume the goal would be to stick him on the 2nd line.

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01-06-2010, 12:55 AM
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LA benched him early in the year because of his attitude. I was all for Frolov before I started reading comments about him on the Kings board.

Volchenkov would have been my first choice over Hamhius on defense, but his injury history is scarier than Gaborik's. Go to TSN player page and look.
I mean, there are a lot of negative comments about Kovalchuk's game on the Thrashers board, would that change your mind?

Frolov's an established NHLer, Zherdev never really established himself. I think Poni is a much better LW option for our 2nd line, but if Frolov fell in to our lap for the contract we gave Kotalik, I think you pull the trigger and sign that quickly.

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01-06-2010, 12:58 AM
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You add Kovalchuk and you've got your second line.
Just because Afinigenov and Antropov are putting up great #'s doesn't mean we can just throw all our cap space at him and assume anyone is going to mesh perfectly with him. Kovalchuk is a lot more like Jagr than he is Gaborik. He's not going to mesh with just anyone, and maybe you'll find your Maxim Afinigenov's(Marcel Hossa?) of the world to get something out of him but I'm not all that excited at what this team will/would look like if we signed Kovalchuk to any deal worth more than $7mil/year.

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01-06-2010, 01:06 AM
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5 UFA's is 25% of the team. And I think you know what I was trying to say. The contracts that we're regretting and are stuck with are all UFA deals. I don't think we're getting our money's worth by year after year making the most noise on the opening day of the UFA period. Out of all of them that we've ever done, has there been one that you say you'd do again besides Gaborik? The best ones have been after the smoke cleared a bit. Prospal has been good, Straka and Shanahan were worth it, so was Nylander. Redden, Gomez, Drury, have all turned out to be disasters. So I don't think we should be chasing the big headline over making sound hockey decisions.
I agree, but I don't think we try to build via free agency any more or less than the average NHL team. I have no problem with signing a handful of players via free agency, they just have to be the right ones at the right price.

And it's also very important to note that we don't just attempt to build via free agency, in fact I'd say part of the reason we've actually committed to signing as many free agents as we have is because we've been very careful about trading prospects or young homegrown players so we've had to fill roster spots other ways.

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01-06-2010, 01:08 AM
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Just because Afinigenov and Antropov are putting up great #'s doesn't mean we can just throw all our cap space at him and assume anyone is going to mesh perfectly with him. Kovalchuk is a lot more like Jagr than he is Gaborik. He's not going to mesh with just anyone, and maybe you'll find your Maxim Afinigenov's(Marcel Hossa?) of the world to get something out of him but I'm not all that excited at what this team will/would look like if we signed Kovalchuk to any deal worth more than $7mil/year.
Kovalchuk has had players like Chris Thorburn, Brett Sterling, Marty Reasoner, and Todd White as linemates the past few seasons. He's put up 40-50 goal campaigns despite his crappy linemates.

You are severely underestimating Kovalchuk here. He can carry a line by himself no matter who he plays with. That's why he's routinely considered as one of the top 5-10 players in the league.

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01-06-2010, 01:43 AM
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Out of those guys only Marleau interests me but he wont come cheap.

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01-06-2010, 01:59 AM
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Offseason UFA priorities:

#1: Stay away from Marleau! You're going to be paying for the production he gets when he's on a line with Thornton - you're not going to get that. I agree with the assessment that he could be Drury all over again (although obviously at least a little more production). The likelihood of signing Marleau to a contact that he actually lives up to is miniscule.

#2: Re-sign Prospal! Get it done. He WORKS here. He works with Gaborik. He's got the right attitude and great energy. 2 year deal. Under 4 mill per please.

#3: CONSIDER Volchenkov. He's almost undoubtedly going to be too expensive but if he could be had for a decent price and we can find a way to ditch rozsi it would be a dream come true to have such a physical presence on D. In my NHL 10 GM mode(I'm aware that this means nothing) I had a Volchenkov Staal 1st pairing for 5 solid years and it was a beautiful thing.

Other guys to target if the price is right (and probably won't be):
Plekanec - definitely got talent
Frolov - would have to be a damn good price with the alleged attitude issues
Lombardi - Depending on personnel moves he could end up being an ideal 3rd line center for the right price

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01-06-2010, 02:42 AM
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with Glen Sather at the helm, i'm almost scared to think about free agency...

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01-06-2010, 03:16 AM
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Frolov is a fantastic player. I'd scoop him up for sure

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01-06-2010, 06:37 AM
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A better version, so does that mean he's a point per game player?

The hate for Zherdev cracks me up. He may have had his issues, and stats aren't everything, but he scored 58 points on a team even more challenged for offense than this year's team was.

With the right linemmates Frolov could net 40 goals behind Gaborik. He's not by any means my first choice this off-season but if he comes much cheaper than Kovalchuk in both money and if we happened to try and trade for Kovalchuk at the deadline, I'd be fine with him.
Frolov has never scored 40 goals in his career but he has put up more numbers than Zherdev.

Zherdev is a 60 point player and he seems content with 60 points. Zherdev wasn't worth $3.9 million and Frolov isn't worth $4-$5 million either.

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Volchenkov is one of those guys who will not live up to his next contract. As he gets older,he will not be as physical which is his game.

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Right now there are 4 people who I think we should target:


One of Plekanec/Demitra. Either would do great with Gabby, but Pleks has more upside, and will be more expensive.

Arthyukin (sp?) and Martin (if not too expensive) would be great additions.

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01-06-2010, 06:44 AM
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with Glen Sather at the helm, i'm almost scared to think about free agency...
Look at some of thoughts in this thread,Sather isn't the only one with scary ideas on free agency.

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