Instead of writing a long blog about how I feel about this team and the signings/trades lets take a look at the lines for next year.
I'm upset the Rangers younger forwards won't get a chance to make the team. With the resigning of Prospal, Christensen, and the trade for White, the Rangers really took away any chance of the younger guys making the team on the 3rd and 4th lines. Frolov was a great signing to sure up the weak offense.
The following lines is what I would like to see..
Frolov - Prospal - Gaborik
Duby - A.A - Callahan
Avery -White - Drury
Prust - Boyle - Boogey Man
4th Line vs non tough teams
Prust - Christensen - Mats Zuccarello/Byers
Del Zotto - Staal
Rosy - Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Steve Eminger/Gilroy
This year I really want to see A.A get more playing time and see if he can play as a scoring center.
I think Frolov and Gabby might be broken up in order to spread the threat throughout the lineup, even though having them on the same line will open up more room for Gabby.
Its really time for Duby, Cally and A.A to step it up and become a scoring line we need. The third line can also become a good scoring line with a good defensive presence.
The 4th line will only be getting a couple minutes a game, but they'll bring a lot of size and toughness.
Prospal is getting old and may not be able to play on a daily basis which Christensen can fill in.
A rebound season for Rozy and Del Zotto having a year under his belt could prove key to the Rangers defense. If McDonagh has a strong camp and either Eminger or Gilroy step up, the Rangers can really have a solid D. A lot of "ifs" though.
The Rangers can actually have a solid team, I'm not sure about a top 5 finish but I definitely see them fighting for the 6-8 spot for the playoffs.
At the deadline I can see them adding Richards from the Stars and maybe a veteran defenseman for the playoff push. They still need to give a lot of their top forward prospects more time to develop.
In a way this lineup isn't a bad patch up job while we give the young guys more time to develop.
However, it sucks for Byers, Weise and Dupont because I don't see any room for them this year.
Hopefully the team comes together, anyone have any suggestions for the lines?