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August 06, 2007


The Dark Ranger

I have to hand it to you, Hockey Rabbi. You spend a great deal of time and effort to keep everyone informed and keep RANGER-talk ongoing.

The Dark Ranger is bored -- i am actually watching Cablevision re-broadcasts of Fan Favorite Ranger games from last season, and it reminded me of how powerful an arsenal of young-in's can do for a franchise. Back of last season, when every veteran player was out, it took a couple of AHL'ers, Girardi and Callahan to show the pro's what you are talking about. Consider Pittsburgh one of the strongest opponents in our division, an extremely young roster of talent -- with a couple of veteran enforcers to balance out. When actually, I think the Rangers are perfectly poised for greatness this season -- an incredible mix of both -- and an actual (dare we say) farm-team approach? The Rangers developing talent? Wow. You and now now are 'on record' for saying that.

Frankly, I think Avery might just stick around if Slats can strike a deal just after the New Year -- no other city will respond to this guy like MSG.

Exciting stuff...nice work.


The Hockey Rabbi

Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts!


I agree with you guys- especially you, Rabbi. I just hope that these potentially available spots are given to the "young-ins", because if they're not, the team will be a mirror of the late '90's squads. Also, I couldn't agree with you more about the Montoya situation. Thats about the best position a GM could be in. If Sather does in fact opt to move Montoya & doesn't bring in a hefty return on that trade then I guess he never will.


I honestly dont think the Lightning are doing anything wrong investing so much into three players. The team lives on offense - they have to, their goaltending is awful at best - that's why they invest so much in the Tampa Trio. Those three are the only ones who give the Bolts a chance to win. And if you look at the actual cap, the Bolts are about 6.3 million below.

The Hockey Rabbi


Aside from overpaying Brad Richards I don't have any problems with Tampa's decision to invest in the "Tampa Trio". The problem they have, in my opinion, is that they don't have enough good prospects to fill out their roster. Signing free agents to fill every hole is just too expensive nowadays.

Steve Soldwedel

This is a great, informative post. Thanks for putting together; I enjoyed the read.


Kaspar will be sent down, and Mara, I believe, will be a free agent at the end of the year. Roszy will probably ask for at least 4 per, and won't get that. My big issue is with Jagr's salary next year. I am not positive about it, so please correct me if I am wrong, but right now the caps are paying half of it. After this year /i think the rangers pick up that half. Basically, the Rangers will be in some serious trouble next year with the cap, unless the cap rises again.

Your neighboring klutz

Are you planning on writing anything else or should we forget about you?
Hello! Where's the beef?

Puma Shoes

This post makes me realize the energy of words and pictures. As consistently your points are just gorgeous and I am grateful that you let us look in! Have a decent week!

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