Monday Mailbag Edition

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There is obviously no shortage of topics to discuss in Rangerland, especially in the wake of Pick-gate, which is how I’m describing “the events of overtime last night against Buffalo”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061127/SPORTS01/611270363/1034/SPORTS. Seeing how the team is off today, I figured this would be the ideal time to get to some of your questions.

So fasten your seatbelts, we’re off and running.

  • From loyal reader Chris: “Sam, any sense that the other Rangers are learning toughness from Shanny, not just being impressed by it? Again and again he sacrifices on clears, etc. but it doesn’t seem to rub off as much as it could. Any thoughts?”

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    Chris, I always used to think too much was made of a player’s “influence in the dressing room,” which is invariably a phrase that came up with describing the likes of Mark Messier. But now I get it. Shanahan is a pro’s pro, and his attitude toward everything from games to practices to dealing with yahoos like me seems to resonate everyday with his teammates. That’s not to say they’re all turning into Shanahan imitators, since other players have different styles and attitudes. But I think players see that if the oldest guy on their roster is throwing his body around like that, they should be doing their part as well.

    Incidentally, given the amount of time that passed since the winning goal last night, it’s obvious that Shanahan gave plenty of thought to his comments about the referees, and I think that’s part of his role as well. If a member of the NHL’s competition committee can be as pointed with his words as Shanny was last night, then it’s obviously something the Rangers thought needed to be addressed.

  • Reader z1ny had a question about how stories on the same players often show up in different papers on the same day. He asks, “Is there some daily directive coming from the MSG press room? I’ve seen that happen more than a few times, where all the papers ‘coincidentally’ have articles on the exact same topic on the same day. What’s the deal with that?”

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    Well, z1ny, you’ve got us. It was only a matter of time. Here’s the deal: Everyday around noon, we meet a man in a dark parking garage who slides an envelope full of cash to our feet. Then he says something like, “Today you’re writing about Marcel Hossa. Make it a good one.” We’re also often told that if we can use phrases like, “the dashingly handsome Glen Sather,” or “the charming and philanthropic James Dolan,” that we’ll be rewarded come Christmas time.

    It’s funny, a part of me wishes this were true since it might help me pay for a new pair of skates I’ve been eyeing. The less-dramatic reality is we in the press corps are all terribly unimaginative, and we just happen to stumble on the same ideas at the same time — especially on slow news days.

  • From reader Nick: “Hey Sam, when are we going to get some secondary scoring? If this team was losing, we would would be hearing a lot more about players like Prucha, Cullen, Hossa, and Hall not producing.”

    Good point, Nick. But let me turn that idea around on you. Is it at all possible that the Rangers are winning BECAUSE the secondary players don’t need to worry about scoring? I agree that you need your second and third lines to be more of a threat than they have been. But since the Jagr line is assuming much of the slack on the offensive end, the Rangers’ other forwards are allowed to worry about being more responsible on both ends of the ice.

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    The only way that will change is either A) teams start targeting the Rangers’ top unit in hopes of shutting them down; or B) Tom Renney starts giving other players — i.e. Matt Cullen and Adam Hall — more time on the power play. Of course, the other variable is injury, but for now, it seems like the Rangers are comfortable with the roles that they have. Maybe the only exception is Hall, whose lack of offense seems to be forcing him to press more than usual, and actually making him play worse. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Keeping with that theme….

  • From reader Andy: “Sam, the worry with these four players scoring all the goals has to do with their age. Shanahan (37), Jagr (34), Nylander (34), Straka (33)…what young players do we have coming up to one day replace them down the line? Buffalo does a great job at replenishing their team with new young fresh players and much like the Penguins, will continue to be good for years ahead.”

    Fair enough, Andy. In the Rangers’ system, maybe Nigel Dawes is the only potential top three forward, and even he is probably closer to top six. Ryan Callahan has turned a lot of heads so far in Hartford, but it’s safe to say we need a larger sample size from him before we start projecting where he fits in. topstory_callahan01.jpg

    Bottom line: The Rangers simply don’t have four players to replace the four players you mentioned above. But no one else does, either. What the Rangers do have is some potential second- and third-line players who can comprise the core of this team for the future, or who could be used as bargaining chips to help lure in more impactful talent.

    It’s a lot to think about, I know. For now, I’m just trying to make it to lunch.

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    1. Everything I have been reading on Callahan has me excited. Other than him, I don’t really see ANY forwards able to handle top 6 potential, maybe Korpikoski. The defense with Staal, Sauer, Bobby Spaghetti, Baranka, I like our defense in years to come, but our top 3-6 will probably be filled outside of the orginization. What we have in Hartford is 3rd adn 4th liners for the most part. In goal we will be fine for a decade, with Henke and Scarface we will be FINE in nets…So maybe, just maybe, we will be able to build something special FROM THE NET OUT.

    2. Fair enough, Andy. In the Rangers’ system, maybe Nigel Dawes is the only potential top three forward, and even he is probably closer to top six. Ryan Callahan has turned a lot of heads so far in Hartford, but it’s safe to say we need a larger sample size from him before we start projecting where he fits in.

      Sam

      That is depressing.why don’t the so called hockey experts allow the draft picks to work on their game at the Garden? Besides JJ and Shanny,and possibly Straka, who else deserves to take up a roster spot in front of a cheap priced kid? Name one. I dare you.

    3. SPZITO75
      “So maybe, just maybe, we will be able to build something special FROM THE NET OUT.”

      you make it seem like that never happened before. We already have, my friend. Oh how people forget and get caught up in the conventional wisdom.

      Let’s remember the 94 squad, oh those halcyon days…

      Ranger draft picks on the Cup squad (literally from the net out): Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, Sergei Zubov, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov

      People sometimes don’t realize. Not every draft pick is meant to be a franchise player, let alone someone who sticks around for years and years. Steven Rice and Louie DeBrusk were Ranger picks- throw in Bernie Nicholls, and hello Mark Messier. Even the picks who turned out to be great- well, at least we when we got rid of them, it was for the right pieces. Dougie Weight turned into Esa Tikkanen, Darren Turcotte and Tony Amonte turned into Steve Larmer, Todd Marchant turned into Craig MacTavish.

      Obviously that forumla for success only happened once, and we certainly went off the deep end with the glitzy names and high-priced baggage in recent years at the expense of young guys. But enough with this mindset that every Jakob Petruzalek is going to be the next Guy Lafleur just because he’s young and in our farm system. Every great team is a mix- draft picks, trades, free agents, young/old, grinders, speedsters, scorers, checkers.

      Let’s keep that in mind while we sit in first place, yes?

    4. Hey, what about Dubinsky? He had a great camp? Is he THAT far away? I know he’s very young, but where is he projected? Or is he two years away, instead of one and that’s why he is being excluded ?

    5. Adam Z

      Yes that is true in a no cap NHL. That doesn’t exist anymore. Today , the management is going to be held very accountable for their draft picks.So lets see em play.NOW!!!

    6. Dawes, Immonen, Dubinsky, Korpikoski and maybe G Moore all have the potential to be in the top six if they are given the chance to develop properly and given the chance.

    7. Two quick thoughts
      1. It seems that Prucha loses more and more confidence with every game. Maybe he should talk to the same shrink that Henrik spoke.
      2. Wouldn’t Sakic look good in Ranger blue? I think it’s doable for Sather especially when looks like Colorado missing the playoffs this year and Sakic is a free agent.

    8. DoodieMachetto on

      As much as I would LOVE to get into it about the topic of our farm system, I can’t, and won’t be able to post very frequently for about a month.

      Fortunately, I agree with Sam, and he has articulated our position rather well.

      John M: Nylander definitely deserves a spot over some young kid, seeing as he is tied for 3rd in scoring so far in the NHL. Prucha is cheap and young, so you’re basically saying someone other than Cullen. Also, they have been drafting for their biggest hole over the past 5 years, lack of a good, smart, and fast offensive defense corps and goaltending. Expect forwards, especially centers, from now in the draft.

      Tsalad: I, and I’m pretty sure Sam too, am not saying that there aren’t other potential top six forwards. Just that there really isn’t any top 3.

      Sam, you never answered my question from a while ago: which former Ranger did you pick amongst your colleagues as the best in the NHL?

      PS- Direct quote from John Leggo in the wake of Pickgate – “I am not a crook…”

    9. Andy in the UK on

      But who would you suggest trading for Sakic. Sakic is clearly a great player but are we one player away from the cup? No. Does he resemble the high-priced veteran pick-ups synonomous with the past decade of dismal under-achievement? Yes.

      Granted we need a second-line centre to provide additional scoring down the stretch but I do not see Sakic as the answer. We would do best to find someone who can stick with Prucha for a couple of years and bring the best out of him.

    10. Sakic has lost 2 steps, and will sign in Colorado at a discount to stay there or go play near his home in Vancouver. Colorado will never trade him unless it is for Lecavalier or someone like that. They are still gatting beat up for Pierre Lacroix’s screw-ups that caused the departure of Blake, Forsberg and Tanguay. I can see the Av’s putting together a package to get Forsberg from the Flyers. The Avalanche are not dealing well with the empty seats they now see at their home games.

    11. New blood in Chicago. Dennis Savard takes over for fired Trent Yawney. The reason given by GM Dale Tallon is We want a more up tempo,offensive minded game plan. Yawney was playing the trap too much. Chicago has scored 16 goals in 13 games. Tallon says his goalie is good enough to stop the puck and he wants a team that takes more offensive chances.

    12. speaking of empty seats, look at all the empty seats in Detroit for the game vs. Dallas.

      It is not good for the NHL to now have empty seats in places like Det., Philly, and Colorado where there used to be full houses all the time.

      Sure, the performance of the team has a lot to do with it, but alarm bells should go off. I have noticed that the games this season are much more defensive-minded, and less wide-open than last year. The coaches have adapted to the new rules, and boring dump-and-chase trapping hockey is still infecting too many games once again.

    13. Sakic’s great, but exactly the wrong direction we need to move in. Spread his cost to a few youngsters, and don’t depend to become a Cup contender with one more experienced/antique superstar.

      Is Savard going to be willing to lose Seabrook?

    14. I think the lack of flow thi syear is more from the increas in PIMs…I emanlast year you could touch a guy with a stick…jsut not pull on him or interfier with him…this year, you cant touch the guy, I tihnk as the season moves palyers will again adjust. Yes the teams have figured out how to play more D, but I think the speed is definatly better, and there are more scoreing chances and exciting plays.

    15. It’s not just Lemaire. there are plenty of coaches in both conferences who are playing a 1-2-2, which is a system that certainly is not conducive to forechecking, but is for trapping and transition turnovers.

    16. >>> PS- Direct quote from John Leggo in the wake of Pickgate – “I am not a crook…�

      Did he really? He didn’t speak out did he? I do wonder if the NHL has the guts to have him official another Ranger game and at the Garden …

      As boring as Lemaire’s system is it isn’t keeping the Minnessota fans away … Colorado, while not selling out like they used to they are usually abuot 1,000 fans or less from selling out … with the dismal play of the Flyers if I were a fan of them I wouldn’t want to go see them, so you understand their fans … Detroit, is weird … perhaps fans are upset at not having their core of veterans that have retired or moved on … But they are doing pretty good so far this season … although they aren’t as dominant as they once were .. however, if I were a DET fan I would careless about Regular season success and more about playoff success since DET did great last season and yet lost in the first round

    17. Malarkey, wildcard. If you watch other games on center ice you will see that a lot of 5-on-5 play is trapping and boring this year, and I repeat 5-on-5, not having anything to do with penalties.

      Flow is not exciting without shots on goal and REAL scoring chances.

      Many games this season have had only about 20 shots on goal, and about 3 to 5 scoring chances per team. And goal scoring is off compared to the first 2 months last season.

    18. 4Rangers: I watch like 8 games a week on average…I try to get parts of others…I watch alot of games…I also have some games on tape, 5 on 5 this season isnt that slow or boring…in fact, the teams are always getting deep, well ok not always, but its a heck of alot better than before teh rule changes. I have RAIRLY seen only 1 ofrchecker, usually there is one guy deep and one near the blueline…than there is alot of the team with the puck stretching the netral zone with a guy out near teh far blueline…I have been thinking that when the refs let them plkay there is great flow and lots of scoreing chances…

    19. I live here in Colorado…and I know a couple of peoiple who used to have AVS season tickets…coudle afford them after one of them got laid off, but anyway, now they have the money to goto most game, at least to get tickets…but they have to budget everything…and one big budget item is gas, now they live 50 miles or so east of Denver so they cant goto to many gaems just because the cost of driving to and from Denver. I am wondering how many people in how many NHL cities are feeling the pinch of higher costs for gas and other things, and who has felt the hit or less money from work or loss of a job, I bet it hurts the attendance for every sport.

    20. tell that to the fans who are staying home, wildcard. you sound like Bettman, who also won’t acknowledge attendance and ratings problems in the league.

    21. LOL…I talk to SOOOO many hockey fans its not even funny…teh VAST VAST majority still love the game with all the speed now vs. pre lockout. COmeon…those fans that stay home must be like you…be blessed with a VERY short memory. The game this year is faster than the last few season not including last season. Is it a bit tougher to get wscoreing chances this year…yeah…over last year…but not over 2 seaosns ago…the game has good flow now, the “trap” as you call it dosnt exsist the same way anymore…part of that game was hooking and holding and interferance…now teams get through te netral zone 8 out of 10 times…get rerall…

    22. “””””the game this year is faster than the last few season not including last season. Is it a bit tougher to get scoring chances this year…yeah…over last year…but not over 2 seaosns ago…””””

      so you admit that it is regressing. that is what I am saying. compared to last season, it is REGRESSING.

      they just said on the Vs intermission that scoring is DOWN 149 goals from last season for the same time frame. that’s right, down 149 goals.

      there aren’t many fans who like you seem to enjoy dumping and chasing for 3 hours.

      and the trap is about the positioning of players. hooking and holding used to just make trapping even worse, but you can still stack your players in the neutral zone instead of forechecking.

    23. 1. Jacob Petruzalek may not be the next Guy Lafleur, but I am 100% certain that at this point in time and into the near and distant and foreseeable future he was much more of an asset to this organization than Brad Isbister will ever be. The examples you cited were all ones of youth being swapped for veterans who helped win us a Cup. Had we not won said Cup, the Rangersnever would have lived that down. They did, though, so those trades all become good ones, and I agree you don’t second guess a Cup (although imagine how good we would have been for 10 years with Messier, Graves, Kovalev, Weight, Amonte, Leetch, Zubov, Nemchinov and Richter as a core of players? Sheesh). This particular trade was not made to bring in anyone who is any sort of essential cog in anything. For whatever reason, the Rangers dumped a perfectly good prospect for a washed up Islander who has little to no likelihood of making the team.

      2. The Devils are more boring than ever. The trap lives, and its one reason the Rangers aren’t beating up on everybody like last year.

    24. Peter…Its called veteran presence on the Pack for the developing palyers…i dont think they even thought about isbister for the rangers…unless they get like 6 injuries…I wouldnt worry about a prospect who was in the ECHL…and had 2 assists in what 6 games with the Pack. The rangers have a glutt of prospects liek him…they are fine…they didnt give up a top guy…he was way down the chart…

    25. 4Rangers : Yeah I saw that…soo…149 divided by 30…thats about 5…so over about 20 games..you average it out and each team had 5 more gaols at this time last year…if you can notice that…you nuts…and by the end of the season…well we dont know…maybe it will only be 90 less goals…Dumping and chasing is fun hockey when you forcheck…that creates chances…and its not all that happens..in the games tonight I have seen more carriing of the puck…and the speed int he NJD LAK game is good…so whats the prob…its a touch difrent, a little more D since last year…but at times last year I thought it was to open and was to much like pond hockey and thats not enetertaining ither…Defense and good defensive plays are IMHO just as exciting as a scoring chance…

    26. 2 games for Hartford: Isbister 0 pts. 1 sog
      2 games for Albany: Petruzalek 1g 2a

      How does that sound to the Kool Aid drinkers in the crowd? Trust me, there’ll be more of this aggravation for many years to come. Long after Isbister is dropped to the ECHL and Petru is lighting it up for the Ducks.

    27. Didn’t the Pack sign Chris Ferraro for that veteran presence in Hartford. Why did they have to trade for a stiff like Isbister. Its just dum. Isbister has already been scratched and he has been with the Pack what 5 days?

    28. tsalad and chardkerm…I’m sure that our resident company man will have a response soon defending sather. Just wait.

    29. SAM SAYS: “Good point, Nick. But let me turn that idea around on you. Is it at all possible that the Rangers are winning BECAUSE the secondary players don’t need to worry about scoring? I agree that you need your second and third lines to be more of a threat than they have been. But since the Jagr line is assuming much of the slack on the offensive end, the Rangers’ other forwards are allowed to worry about being more responsible on both ends of the ice.”

      This has to be one of the more moronic things I’ve ever heard. Hockey is a TWO WAY game, if you can’t play both sides of the puck and make it count you have ZERO business being in the NHL. If these “secondary” players are not good enough to worry about BOTH offense and defense, you know what? They are JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!! It is at this point that you end p relying on one line to carry the team.

      The reality is Sam, that this team is currently constructed with two 4th lines, and a second line that is really a 3rd line outside of Shanny. How long do you think that is going to keep the fans cheering in the blue seats? The eventual reality is that Shanny is 38 and Jagr is 35, both are going to get tired as the season wears on and the games get tougher.

      Then where are the Rangers? DEAD IN THE WATER because they have not even attempted to develop one kid this season. Had Dawes been used properly this stage of the season he could be used to spot on the 2nd line here and there to ignite something. And maybe in fact be ready to fill in if an injury should occur. How I suppose we have Super Hossa and his recent superstar status to fill that gap, after all he’s got like 4 points in his last 70 NHL games which obviously indicates he is deserved of all his recent confidence boosting ice time.

      There is better talent in Hartford than there is in the last two lines in NY and that is a dead cold fact! The only morons who cannot see it are the ones behind the Rangers bench and evidently several folks here.

    30. Doodie Machetto on

      Many games this season have had only about 20 shots on goal, and about 3 to 5 scoring chances per team. And goal scoring is off compared to the first 2 months last season.

      I think that you’re neglecting a couple of important things that altered the avg goals/game. First, there were WAY more PPs last season early in the season while the whole league adjusted to the new rules. 2nd, Atlanta was busy getting blown out by 5 goals or more every single game as they used 5 or 6 different goaltenders. Third, Pittsburgh itself is going to be scored on about 100 times less over the season. These things tilt the league average by a couple of goals, and seeing as its down only about 5, that’s not so bad.

      Granted, Isbister is a stiff. But Petruzalek isn’t going anywhere. Ever. If he plays in 10 NHL games in his entire career I’ll be amazed. Career minor leaguer for career minor leaguer. We traded an offensive forward, which the Pack has plenty of, for a veteran, which they were short on. It’s hard to find veteran minor leaguers, so I’m not really complaining. I mean, they had to dig up Chris Ferraro. At least Isbister has been to the big show for a few seasons.

      Mark my words, Petruzalek will NEVER have an NHL point.

    31. Since they got Isbister, Falardeau and Jessiman have been scratched pretty consistently. So, Isbister is taking playing time away from at least one, possibly two, prospects. And, to paraphrase Schoenfeld “players develop by playing not watching”

      If they really felt that they had a glut of players like Petruzalek, then trade him for a draft pick or for a prospect that brings something different to the table. But to trade him for Stiffbister is insane. Par for the course with this management team.

    32. Doodie Machetto on

      By the way, not that I think this could or ever would happen, but if Isbister could regain the form of his days on the Island, he would be a GREAT addition to the team, especially in the place of someone like Colton Orr. But before people decide to crucify me, I am just clarifying that I think there is even a smaller chance of this than Petruzalek becoming an NHL superstar.

    33. We need 1st line or at least 2nd line center. Cullen doesn’t cut it. If not Sakic then who(realistically)? And you know that neither Dubinsky nor Imonnen will be put there this year.

    34. OK, Doodie, I’ll bite. I’ll bet you – a gentleman’s bet, of course – that Petruzalek not only will play in the NHL someday, but I’ll bet he gets called up THIS YEAR. Am I predicting he’s some sort of superstar? No. But I do think he’ll put up enough points in Albany that the Canes will end up giving him a look. I’ll also state – though you might agree – that I’ll bet Petruzalek plays more NHL games from this day forward than Isbister will.

    35. Sakic is old and past his prime. Might he make a decent second-line center if we were a player away? Yes. Are we a player away? No. More like the reverse – we’re a player or two away from not even coming close to the playoffs. Anything happens to Jagr or Lundqvist and we’re done.

    36. 4 Rangers: You’re a genius. It only took the company man post to check in spouting the company line.

      So tell me, Doody, do you think Petrulazek will EVER score a SINGLE goal in the NHL? I know you were an NHL scout. You should have spoken up and revealed yourself. If you’re not, then why don’t you go over to Blueshirt Bulletin and ask Jess, who has been reporting on Ranger prospects in person if he agrees with your Petruzalek assessment?

    37. Correction…4 Rangers: You’re a genius. It only took the company man “one” post to check in spouting the company line.

      Morning’s are not very clear since I gave up the devil caffeine.

    38. Doodie Machetto on

      I’ll also state – though you might agree – that I’ll bet Petruzalek plays more NHL games from this day forward than Isbister will.

      Yeah, it only takes one.

      And yes, I say Petruzalek NEVER scores. Did you see Isbister’s numbers in Albany? And he has a mean side too. Still he wasn’t called up. Expect little from P.

    39. There’s an X by his name on the AHL website. So either he’s been called up or sent down to Charlotte, or it’s a mistake.

    40. I think the plan for Isbister is for him make the Pack more successful, therefore putting all our young prospects in a more conducive environment for development. The Pack right now is loaded with kids. If they are getting their brains beat out by teams with AHL veterans, their development is going to suffer. Isbister was at one time a solid NHL power forward, so maybe he can be a fourth-line fill in if injuries strike in NY.

      I have never watched Petruzalek, but he is a low-round pick who is very small and started out playing in the ECHL, which is a sign that he is not an elite talent. More talented kids usually go straight from juniors (or college or Europe) to the AHL. Again, I don’t know him, but the odds are against Petruzalek making it in the NHL.

    41. Doodie Machetto on

      Falardeau was reassigned to the Checkers. I went to the Wolf Pack website to check out his stats and he wasn’t listed on the roster. BUT neither was Callahan. Sam, what do you have for us?

    42. Doodie Machetto on

      This is listed on the transaction list of the ahl website:

      11/27/2006 Ryan Callahan (RW) Hartford DEL Recalled from loan by NY Rangers/NHL

      He’s got 15 goals in 19 games, let’s see if he plays tonight.

    43. pf:

      The Pack were far from “getting their brains beat out.” Most games were one-goal losses, primarily because the team wasn’t scoring. They didn’t need a “veteran presence” on the team, they already have Purinton, Lampman and Weller who have played in the A for years. They also have Helminen, Immonen, now Dawes, Girardi, Liffiton, Baranka and Taylor (who’s injured) who have all played at least a full season in the A.

      The whole point of the Pack should be to develop players for the NYR, not posting a winning record or even competing for the Calder Cup. If the kids need to lose 50 games to make them work harder to improve, so be it.

    44. RE: Callahan

      A better question might be how much TOI he gets.

      Really, where the hell are they going to play the guy?

      If he gets Orr’s 4 minutes then I suspect he’ll be labeled a failure when he doesn’t score. But our new checking forward extraordinaire Hossa will get his 10.

      My prediction: Genius Jr will bench Prucha!

    45. Yes, Sakic is past his prime but he’s still leading the team w/ 23 points in 23 games. Do you want to win this year while we still have Jagr or you wanna wait until we have no Jagr. None of the young guys in the organization has great potential. Yes, they are good and you might find a firstliner in Dubinsky, but none of them is a caliber of a great player. Our only chance to win is Jagr and he needs help

    46. There is a posting on the NYR BB tht there may be a buyout happening with Kasparaitis. Any news on this?

    47. would have rather kept Ferraro and not traded for Isbister. Instead we trade Petruzalek and release Ferraro so they can scratch Isbister.

    48. Twin…

      “””””The Pack were far from “getting their brains beat out.â€? Most games were one-goal losses, primarily because the team wasn’t scoring. They didn’t need a “veteran presenceâ€? on the team, they already have Purinton, Lampman and Weller who have played in the A for years. They also have Helminen, Immonen, now Dawes, Girardi, Liffiton, Baranka and Taylor (who’s injured) who have all played at least a full season in the A.

      The whole point of the Pack should be to develop players for the NYR, not posting a winning record or even competing for the Calder Cup. If the kids need to lose 50 games to make them work harder to improve, so be it.””””””””””

      Exactly right. I have pointed out on several posts in weeks past that the Sharks have developed many good young players while their AHL team in Cleveland for years was not good record wise.

      and did you notice that someone said that Petruzalek was “small and a late round pick” so therefore he can’t make it. Sounds like Prucha to me. and he made it. unbelievable.

      and yes, Chardkerm, it was only a matter of time before the Sather sycophants would come flying out of the woodwork to once again defend a guy who just a couple years ago could not even dare attend a Ranger charity function because the fans wanted to lynch him.

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