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@Dznpicksformoulsonnow Looking at impending UFAs, people that could theoretically fill that role as a poor man's #1 Center (I am not sold on Statsny in terms of skill and price) are Derek Roy, Grabovski. and even David Legwand. Though you can't consider them a true #1 center, the theme of these guys are players who have skill and I think can be attained at a good value.
Derek Roy would be a hail mary - he's been hampered by injuries the last couple of years, and has had trouble cracking the top 6 on a very talented Blues team this year, but when healthy and in a featured role, he has put up good numbers. Because of his numbers this year, his contract demands may not be too exorbitant.
Legwand would add some of that size that we are looking for and with Nash and Kreider, would provide a very strong, gritty, and skilled first line that could break down defenses while still putting up points.
I think Grabovski would be a steal if he received the same $3M/yr, though he will likely be looking for years on his next contract
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And are Brassard, Zucc, and J. Moore still RFAs?
Regardless of how the season ends, this is going to be a scary offseason. I just hope that Sather's strong-arming of Cally sends the message to all of these free agents that anyone is tradeable/expendable (even if they aren't) and that he is willing to walk away from exorbitant contract demands. My thought is at least a couple of these players holdout, esp. if they have an insane (knock-on-wood) playoff performance.Just a question, who is still eligible for arbitration?
that was jeff carter-esque
We do call him "Kill-brich" if that counts for anything
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@EHBIGAPPLE @rangersfan92 @Say my Name It is based on the organization's commitment to fielding a team that is competitive, with marquee "talent," and with a chance to make the playoffs any given year that keeps fans coming to the arena. That is the teams number one priority.
And since Gordie was thrust towards the top of the organization, we have efficiently targeted talent in the drafts given our picks. Looking at the first round, the only true "misses" I think we have had since the lockout are Cam Fowler/Tarasenko in 2010 (though the vote is not out yet for McIlrath) and Claude Giroux instead of Sanguinetti in 2006. These misses are because our draft strategy was to target defensemen in the first round as opposed to forward talent. In 2007, we drafted Cherepanov, may he RIP (hopefully Peverley can recover). And with regards to Del Zotto, we received two serviceable years from him, and now have Klein at a very manageable contract in return.
@Say my Name @rangersfan92 I am not saying difficult. I am saying virtually unheard of for a team to acquire the Crosbys and Malkins, the Halls and Seguins of the world without having a top 5 (maybe a lucky top 10) draft pick. And even that varies from year to year. So when the Rangers typically have a top 20 draft pick (unless they have traded that pick, which they usually do), they are not going to get much more than a 3rd liner / hardworking 2nd liner.
And as I said before, the Rangers don't have the trade bait / the ability to trade away key talent without pulling from Playoff races to acquire better draft picks.Frankly, in recent years, the Rangers have made the most of their draft picks. Unlucky blow to Sauer. JT Miller will be a great 3rd line center, unless we trade him. Our defensive prospects, while not ready yet (and ergo are not a top draft pick) are growing to be great talents. And Kreider is the closest thing to a home-grown scoring threat that we have had in many years
We have screwed up a few drafts, particularly in 2003 and 2004 where we missed a lot of key guys. We were unlucky in a couple of other drafts (honestly its like rolling the dice in some cases). I could give you a year by year analysis, but I would rather not. And since Gordie became director of player personnel in 2007, we have done fine in the drafts IMHO.
If they can pull out the next two wins, I'll be more convinced.
@SpazzBrown @rangersfan92 Yea, no one has signed his rights. Still a little raw in some areas, e.g. skating. And he makes these surprisingly beautiful moves with the puck in front of the net, but can never seem to finish. Our season is over after a disappointing loss to Union (no clue why we play our semifinal match on Olympic ice...Miracle rink my ass) but really looking forward to seeing him develop more next year.
@Say my Name Tough to build through the draft when we are perennially a bubble team (this being accomplished by our free agent signings / trades), always the underdog for a Stanley Cup run, but always with an opportunity to gain more revenue with playoff games at MSG. Also, there is the fact that many of our free agents hold no value after essentially tanking/declining on Broadway - lucky to get a prospect for them in a trade (lucking out with McDonagh most recently).Can you argue that Sather should be more conservative about trading away 1st / 2nd round picks? Probably yes. Given our placement in drafts, will these picks have panned out into anything? Odds are no.
On the theme of acquiring talent through signing from the NCAAs and getting big guys, I have been watching a kid named Christian Hilbrich since he joined Cornell last year. Mammouth of a guy (6' 6", 216 lb), gives big crushing hits; teams shy away from him whenever he's on the ice. And I've been amazed by the skill with the puck hes ammassed this year, skating on our 2nd line.