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Would you rather lose assets or prospects?

View Poll Results: What would you prefer?
Overpay on the UFA market 21 72.41%
Trade away our valuable assets 8 27.59%
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06-14-2010, 09:09 PM
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Ilya Kovalchuk is worth overpaying for.

Absolutely. When you bolster your team through free agency you should expect to overpay, that's the game. You just need to pick your poisons. Overpaying for a 27 year old winger who has scored 338 goals in his 8 year career makes sense. Overpaying for a 31 year old player who just set his career high in goals doesnt make sense at all.

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06-15-2010, 05:54 AM
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Just because Slats made a dumb move signing Redden does not mean he should make another dumb move by skipping on Koval.

You bury Redden, trade Rosie, not resign Joke, whatever it takes. Those players may be useful next year, but Koval will be around for a decade.

By the time we need to re-sign our young kids, Drury and Avery will be gone, and the salary cap will rise.

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06-15-2010, 07:26 AM
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Just because Slats made a dumb move signing Redden does not mean he should make another dumb move by skipping on Koval.

You bury Redden, trade Rosie, not resign Joke, whatever it takes. Those players may be useful next year, but Koval will be around for a decade.

By the time we need to re-sign our young kids, Drury and Avery will be gone, and the salary cap will rise.
That's if you think Kovalcuk is a big part of a solution and if you can afford to pay what he'll cost and I'm not sure on both counts. Kovalchuk is a great player but he's never been associated with a winner. We also don't have a front line center for either him or Gaborik. The terms of the contract would dictate a lot how I'd view it. Obviously he's going to get a lot of money wherever he goes. How many years would be significant. OTOH doing something like Detroit has done with some of their players--very long term--frontloading the contract--bringing the cap hit down might be a way to go--that's if that's still allowed.

Still got to surround him with players good enough to get the best out of him and it ain't Drury--and you've got to pay them too which is the point of holding on to your best prospects. Players at the beginning of their careers are cheaper than established veterans. Essentially it's the younger players you want to build your team around and guys like Gaborik or Kovalchuk are nice additions to help put you into contender status after that. The main idea behind this thread IMO is to continue trying to build the team ass backwards. The big names first--the development second.

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No more shiny new expensive toys while this GM is running the show.

Most likely The money Kovalchuk is gonna ask for anywayz the rangers will not be able to afford cap wise.

So as they say on the old snl. The Point is moot.

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06-15-2010, 08:27 AM
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We also don't have a front line center for either him or Gaborik.
Rucchin was never anything more than a second line center, maybe even third line center. Playing with a pair of 100-point scorers (Selanne and Kariya), the guy was scoring in the 50s and 60s. Dubinsky is also tougher than Rucchin ever was.

Actually, I see Anisimov being something like Rucchin. Granted if you compared AA's rookie year to Rucchin's prime while playing with two superstars, AA doesn't look that hot. But AA made the NHL at 21, and Rucchin at 23.

They are both big guys who are not particularly tough. They are both decent skaters and decent defenders. They each can score, though neither will tear the league apart.

There are some differences, but I can definitely see AA doing between Gabby and Koval what Rucchin did between Selanne and Kariya.

Koval - AA - Gabby is sure as hell better than Christ - Joke - Gabby.

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