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When looking through the post game thread over on the HFBoards site, I noticed this gem from Chimp, and had to share.

Too young, too untalented, too injured. This isn’t our year.

Really, can you sum it up more succinctly than that? The Rangers are an extremely young team, especially in the areas that matter most, in their own zone. The Rangers most gifted offensive players are all 2nd line teams on any playoff caliber squad. They have no true first line players whatsoever in the lineup on most given nights, and Gabby wasn’t really playing like a first liner for the vast majority of this season. The Rangers have also lost a mind boggling amount of man games to injury, which I am sure is close to 300 by now. Finally, yes, this is not our year, but really, who didn’t know that even going into the season? This team was always in the middle of a transition year, however I still feel they need to get some kind of a reward for all their hard work by making the playoffs.

Again, tonight, the Rangers played an outstanding game, limited the shots against, but gave up too many deflections, that is inexperience coming into play. They had a ton of shots on goal, but couldn’t finish the deal, that is a lack of talent, the Rangers just don’t have high scoring players to lead them to the promise land. That’s all this season comes down to folks, the Rangers just do not have a top line. None. They need a legitimate first line center, and frankly they need a legitimate first line left winger. Maybe if the Rangers can figure out a way to pry Alexander Semin from the Capitals and sign Brad Richards to a contract next season, they may have a legit stanley cup contender. Think about the lineup you saw tonight, and now imagine this lineup:

Semin – Richards – Gaborik
Dubinsky – Anisimov – Callahan
Wolski – Stepan – MZA
Grachev/Kreider – Boyle – Prust
Avery/Christensen

Notice something there? They have a legitimate first line that we haven’t had since the days of Straka – Nylander – Jagr, and they have the depth up and down the lineup that we haven’t had since…well…ever.

Sadly, that is cap-improbable.

Edit:

Just played with Capgeek.com, and here is what I was able to come up with. How do you trade for Semin there? Well that’s a good question. But it’s just me being hopeful:

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Alexander Semin ($6.700m) / Brad Richards ($6.500m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($3.250m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.500m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.000m)
Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
Evgeny Grachev ($0.816m) / Brian Boyle ($1.525m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Erik Christensen ($0.925m)

DEFENSEMEN
Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Mike Sauer ($0.500m)
Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m) / Pavel Valentenko ($0.850m)

GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,729,166; BONUSES: $1,650,000
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $4,670,834

The cap space there, 4.6mil, is really 1 mil because 3.6 would be eaten by a Drury buyout. Of course the 1 mil could be gone to Richards if he takes 7.5 mil to sign too…


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