After a Tweet and blog-free day and gearing up for a home and home against the Isles, what better way to lock the door and turn the key on the Oughts (the countdown has started at Chez Zipay) than the Blue Notes Rangers All-Decade Team?

As we all know, Blueshirts pretty much spit the bit in the early '00s, then made the playoffs four straight after the lockout. Your first impression of the below may be, "Jeez, there must be more, Dr. Z must have sampled the eggnog early. He must be missing somebody..." Well, give it a shot. Yep, tough to eliminate Ulanov, I know. Kidding.

The player of the decade? Jaromir Jagr.

OK, there's not a lot of depth at LW (so positions are not ultra-strict) and D; the top RWs and Gs are not difficult. Please weigh in and fill out your ballots on the message board. Certainly willing to open rational (ahem) debate....Have at it.

Forwards
Martin Straka-Mark Messier-Jaromir Jagr
Brendan Shanahan-Michal Nylander-Alex Kovalev
Eric Lindros-Petr Nedved-Martin Rucinsky
Matthew Barnaby-Chris Drury-Ryan Callahan

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Defense
Brian Leetch-Marc Staal
Michal Rozsival-Tom Poti
Fedor Tyutin-Darius Kasparaitis

Goalies
Henrik Lundqvist
Mike Richter (2000-2003)

Spares
Radek Dvorak, Jan Hlavac, Pavel Bure, Theo Fleury. (Presumably, Marian Gaborik will be here next time.)

Coach
Tom Renney

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