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#1 Rock

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 03:46 PM

Rangers sign de Vries
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New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Greg de Vries. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Greg de Vries has developed into a solid, steady two-way defenseman and we are sure that his addition will help strengthen our defense significantly," said Sather. "He will be a great asset to our hockey club.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 03:55 PM

The reason DeVries was successful in Colorado was because it was the perfect situation. He didn't have to be the guy and he was their #4 defenseman.

In NY, he will fail miserably just like all the other misfits they've signed in the past. Why this was top priority over the franchise's best ever player is mindboggling. It's a slap in the face to Leetch and they overpaid for DeVries in the process. If I were Leetch, I know what I would do.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:13 PM

If I were Leetch, I know what I would do.

Go to Colorado?
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:17 PM

Something like that Sue. Leave Sather in the dust and watch as infuriated fans cancel season subscriptions and have the team play to a half empty Garden. Let's see how the owners would feel about keeping the team then.

If I were Leetch, I'd be mad.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:19 PM

Saying that Leetch is a Ranger come October (which about 95% of us believe he probably will be) where do you think de Vries fits?

He isn't better than Leetch or Poti. That puts him in the next group with Malakhov, and Kasparatis.

Basically he is anywhere from 3-5 on the depth chart, pretty much where he should be.

Truth be told, as far as minutes are concerned...

Leetch and Poti will play 25. Malakhov and Kasparatis will play 20. He'll be in the 15-20 range. Again, where he should be.

I really don't think this is the worst move. I'm not jumping up and down, but sooner or later one of these Avs are going to work out.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:20 PM

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:23 PM

It's an awful move if they expect him to play on the power play, or take minutes away from Leetch. DeVries is a 2nd pairing guy who plays well at even strength. He does take some risks from the backline, so it's hard to say who he should be paired with.

If Leetch had had any balls like that, he would have demanded a trade years ago. He's not going anywhere, not in this market. If he signs with Colorado for less money..
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:33 PM

Poti is scary and isn't a defenseman. I wish they could get rid of him but it looks like they're stuck with him. Malakhov is what he is. A guy who can have good spurts and then be awful for stretches as well. I don't trust him in a big spot. Kaspar might be okay in NY. If the 2nd half was any indication, then he rebounded well from an awful beginning. Without Leetch back, the defense is sunk. The DeVries' signing makes no sense unless #2 returns. I'd also like to see Purinton as a regular. I'd also like to see Tyutin make the team. I guess they'll see how he does in training camp.

I agree with Tri about DeVries. He's a #4 guy who takes risks. That means he needs a steady D partner in order for it to work.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:00 PM

Yeesh.

If Leetch doesn't return, the Rangers D will be doomed, plain and simple. And if De Vries is used on the top pairing for a significant amount of time, it's sunk as well.

A pairing of De Vries and Poti? Sucks to be Dunham in that situation.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:02 PM

rangers will make it into the playoffs as a 6th or 7th seed and will lose in the first round.


they will go 0-4 against the devils in the regular season.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:03 PM

Or could be:
Sucks to be Cujo in that situation.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:04 PM

rangers will make it into the playoffs as a 6th or 7th seed and will lose in the first round.


they will go 0-4 against the devils in the regular season.

Don't the Devs/Rags play 6 times this year? Thought it was every team in your division plays each other 6 times from now on.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:05 PM

rangers will make it into the playoffs as a 6th or 7th seed and will lose in the first round.


they will go 0-4 against the devils in the regular season.


I do agree that the Rangers will make the playoffs this year. I could see them going as high as the 5-spot.

As for losing in the first round, they should, but stranger things have happened.

Besides, if I'm a Rangers fan, I'm rooting for them to make the playoffs and not get swept -- that would be an infinite improvement over the past 6 seasons.


As for them going 0-4 against the Devils, again, stranger things have happened. Devils always have issues beating teams they "should" beat, like Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville, Calgary, etc. I'm really hoping they decide to shake that this year....
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:08 PM

de vries is a good signing and a step in teh right direction

however you can't just expect the defensemen to play defense and the forwards to play offence, the rangers horrible defence goes far beyond a terrible blue line.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 05:09 PM

...the rangers horrible defence goes far beyond a terrible blue line.


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Posted 14 July 2003 - 09:35 PM

Here's what I don't understand, DeVries went for 3.25 million dollars, and Hatcher went for 5.5

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Maybe just me but I think Hatcher is worth just a leeetle bit more than $2.25 million more than DeVries.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 09:39 PM

hatcher is paid about right. deVries is grossly overpaid. only the NYR-ATM would give out that contract
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 11:22 PM

the rangers do not have a bad defense. leetch, malakhov, mironov, kasparaitis, poti, lefebrve, and now devries. that's not a bad defense at all. when sather decides to implement a more modern system, he'll see results from that defense.

but in the meanwhile, it'll be fun to witness the debunking of the hype surrounding another former avalanche.
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Posted 15 July 2003 - 12:45 AM

they signed devries.....well guess theyre a shoe in fer the cup :blink: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: um no :blink:
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Posted 15 July 2003 - 01:46 AM

the rangers do not have a bad defense. leetch, malakhov, mironov, kasparaitis, poti, lefebrve, and now devries. that's not a bad defense at all. when sather decides to implement a more modern system, he'll see results from that defense.

but in the meanwhile, it'll be fun to witness the debunking of the hype surrounding another former avalanche.

They dont have Leectch signed and without him DeVries is their #1 ! Hes a #4 on most teams. Without Leetch that is by FAR the worst d core in the nhl.
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