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    Hockey Question....

    Im not a big NHL fan, I follow it a little but don't know many inner details about much of the sport.

    My question is, how can a team that spent the most money for years and stunk for years (NY Rangers) be BETTER after there is a salary cap in place?

    Did the rule changes help them and the players they had on their roster?

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    Did the salary cap allow them to dump every bad contract they had on their roster?
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    I don't follow the Rangers, but I'm guessing that it's because they got a lot of cheap players that fit into the new rules well (like Detriot). Also, they have this years MVP in Jarimor Jagr.
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    Because they overspent on a horde of players who didn't deserve the money. They had a whole bunch of Darren Dreiforts, and now they have a lot of guys who are not guaranteed anything and are fighting for playing time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RWhitney014
    Because they overspent on a horde of players who didn't deserve the money. They had a whole bunch of Darren Dreiforts, and now they have a lot of guys who are not guaranteed anything and are fighting for playing time.
    Exactly, plus the a bunch of the bad contracts expired or were bought out completly. They had some nice pieces before, but injuries, bad goaltending, and a lack of something called Defense. They have turned over much of the roster, and some of the younger guys are playing well with the old vets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeO
    Did the rule changes help them and the players they had on their roster?
    Jagr has the best shot in hockey and now that they can't hold him to slow him down, its get plenty of open looks, so yes the rule changes are a big deal for how well they are doing
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    Jagr is healthy and happy for the most part (he's always happy when he is playing with fellow Czech's....Prusha, Ruchinzky, Straka, Rozsival, Malik).

    I think the MAIN reason the Rangers are so much better though is this name...

    Henrik Lundqvist.




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    as a lifelong rangers fan i can answer this question.

    the salary cap FORCED the rangers to not sign big name players. They are using alot of young guys from the minor leagues who WANT to play. In the past they signed players who just wanted a paycheck. They now have players who play with heart and determination. For the first time since Mike Richter, they have a shut down goalie who makes saves he really has no business making. Good goaltending turns into confidence throughout the rest of the team. The rule changes do help guys like jagr but the Rangers D is vastly better as well.

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    Couldn't figure it out myself until I saw them play. I chalk it up mostly Jagr's desire to play. When he's focused, he's still one of the best out there. Lovely player to watch. And he's playing like a leader as well.
    They've found a decent goalie in Lundqvist which they havn't had since Richter. I still think they'll be an early exit in the playoffs (nothing to back it up, only gut instinct).
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    The NY Rangers are only in first place because:

    1. They have played more games than my Flyers;
    2. Forsberg, and several other Flyers have missed many games.

    It's ok....the Rangers will not make the playoffs as usual, despite always being the highest paid team. AND it is almost impossible to miss the playoffs in
    hockey...you have to really $uck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman529
    The NY Rangers are only in first place because:

    1. They have played more games than my Flyers;
    2. Forsberg, and several other Flyers have missed many games.

    It's ok....the Rangers will not make the playoffs as usual, despite always being the highest paid team. AND it is almost impossible to miss the playoffs in
    hockey...you have to really $uck.
    correct me if I am wrong, but with a salary cap how they can STILL be the highest paid team? And aren't they one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the East right now? I don't see them missing the playoffs.
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