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Here is why the NY Rangers should not panic and make a trade they will regret later to try to save this season:

This is another rebuilding year. We cannot lose sight of that fact. They have played better than most thought they would this year and we should be glad about that and enjoy it. Yes, they are slumping. Yes, it is hard to watch at times. Finally, yes, we should stay the course and see how the kids react to the losing streak. Let them learn how to get out of it. Let them feel what it is like to lose confidence and then have the inner strength to get it back and excel again. It will happen. I am sure of it.

We have seen young players show what they are capable of becoming (Dubinsky, Callahan, Stepan, McDonagh, Gilroy, Boyle (yes, we need to start adding him to these conversations as he was the Ranger's best player for a long stretch of this season) MZA, even MDZ. We should not ruin their development by adding pressure to the situation by trading for a veteran (center or defenseman) that will take ice time and opportunity away from these players.

So, I say again. Stay the course! In the long term, we will be rewarded for our discipline now with better players later.
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February 14, 2011 8:50 PM ET | Delete
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