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Yet another off-day … thanks again, NBC

Posted By Carp On April 22, 2011 @ 7:17 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 121 Comments

I’m going to go to practice, though I may not be able to stay long. Taking the train to D.C. this afternoon … first road trip since Game 82 (Olli Jokinen) last season.

So I’ll blog from the Amtrak train. [1]
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Just a point on the whole Marian Gaborik argument—not about the play on the GWG in 2OT the other night. About whether they should deal him, even if they could (no-trade clause; huge salary, injury prone, coming off the worst year of his career).

There’s a much better chance that Gaborik comes back with a big offensive year next season than there is of replacing him with a guy who scores 40. Much, much better. If Gaborik is gone, the Rangers are going to have to trade some of their young players and prospects and draft picks to get another player like him. And they’ll probably sign Brad Richards, who now has a concussion history, and though he’s coming off a good season, he’s not going to be make a legit No. 1 out of Christensen and Prospal, for example; and who is going to get a ton of money and probably be unable to live up to his contract.

The Rangers need a No. 1 line. They can’t just kick to the curb their only No. 1 line player and not replace him. Indeed, they need to have at least two No. 1 line players next year.
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I’m sure youse drew the comparison between Bruins-Habs and Rangers-Caps, right? One team down 2-0, wins Game 3, gets a wild Game 4 into overtime and wins it, the other team down 2-0, wins Game 3, gets a wild Game 4 into overtime and loses it. And how completely different the two series now seem because of that one OT goal.

The rest of these playoffs, boy, have they been vicious. And it will continue to get worse as long as the wishy-washy NHL suspends guys for—oh, my—one game.


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