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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    Agreed, "futures" has more to do with next season and the 3 after.
    In that regards, we have a pretty solid defenseman developing Skjei, and a possible blue chip over in Russia.
    But overall in comparison to many teams, we are well far behind.

    I'm not too concerned in that regards since we do have a nice young core group on this team around that 23-26 time frame.
    Our future doesn't look bad....long term question is about the pipes.
    Halverson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    Halverson?
    Along with Skapski and Shesterkin. Goaltending actually looks solid for now. All of the Rangers goaltenders with the exception of Missiaen look solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    Halverson?
    Yes, we probably have more future potential in the pipes then we have had in a long time.
    Wish we could see in the future and determine what to do with Talbot long term, but I am feeling we lose him after this next contract.

    But we have been rather spoiled in that position

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    Yes, we probably have more future potential in the pipes then we have had in a long time.
    Wish we could see in the future and determine what to do with Talbot long term, but I am feeling we lose him after this next contract.

    But we have been rather spoiled in that position
    This is true. It's been a very long time since we've had a situation like so many other teams do, where it's a revolving door each season trying to find the right guy. Aside from the Mike Dunham blip in between Richter and Weekes/Henrik, we've had a reliable presence in the net for decades.

    Sometimes I feel like people don't realize just how good we have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    Agreed, "futures" has more to do with next season and the 3 after.
    In that regards, we have a pretty solid defenseman developing Skjei, and a possible blue chip over in Russia.
    But overall in comparison to many teams, we are well far behind.

    I'm not too concerned in that regards since we do have a nice young core group on this team around that 23-26 time frame.
    Our future doesn't look bad....long term question is about the pipes.
    Yep, I think that's the part that needs to be taken into consideration a little better by some of these folks-- more of our recent prospects and younger pickups seem to have graduated -- we have nice core of "prime" age and youth playing here -- even with the substitution of grizzled MSL for Callahan and D. Boyle for Stralman.

    Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Zuke, Stepan, Kreider, Hagelin, Miller, Fast, Talbot and others like Duclair, Lindberg and Skjei, and maybe Buchnevich on the cusp and Shesterkin close, too ... and imports like Brassard and J. Moore, they can rate us what they want ... that there is decent player development happening. We might not have produced Toews and Kane but I feel we're closer to the Chicago model than we were several years ago.

    Might be a lot for right now that we can't find places for, and less for the "out" years, but we should be able to keep the pipeline in decent shape. I'm hearing good things about Chris Bourque and Joey Crabb too, FWIW. And I'd call Hank and Nash "prime" age too, but as soon to be grizzled veterans, they are another story.
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    There were so many years, where we had less than great prospect groups.
    Glaring differing was that the Ranger roster was chalk full over over priced, over the hill, free agent signings.

    I think the overall long term "health" of this organization is as good as it's ever been.
    Except on defense....just think back a few years ago...

    Girardi- 26 years old
    Staal- 23 years old
    Sauer- 23 years old
    McDonagh- 21 years old
    Del Zotto- 20 years old

    And had just spent 10th overall by selecting a defenseman.
    I thought we were going to be the envy of the league for 10 years.

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    And right now that defenseman is dragging down the grade for our system.


    Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    And right now that defenseman is dragging down the grade for our system.


    Sigh.
    Four very tough breaks...
    1- Sauer with career ending injury. He would have been a cost controlled perfect bottom pair physical guy. And could have eaten up PK minutes.
    2- Del Zotto was looking like one of the next great offensive defenseman, think Subban, Karllson, etc.
    3- The injuries/regression of Staal
    4- That draft pick

    Oh well, McDonagh, Stralman, Klein exceeded expectations.

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    And just going back to that earlier positive vibe on the system — which despite the quasi mess/miss-fortune on defense — like Puck says, is so far better than what it was when the roster was chock-full of "over priced, over the hill, free agent signing(s)"

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