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October 01, 2007

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MOSS

Given the proper opportunity, I think Prucha can be the guy to step up. The problem is that, as you point out, he will not be given that proper opportunity. As far as the other guys are concerned, time will tell if they can contribute in a positive way.

The Dark Ranger

Prucha is that guy - he was two seasons ago. Last year was questionable. Dubie impressed me over camp and he should be a reliable addition to the roster. I agree with you that Staal should learn in the AHL, but obviously Renney sees that he needs the NHL experience to better his performance and skills...might I add, a pretty scary season to try out the new kid.

I hope Renney isn't falling for the "it's in the family" motto (i.e. Staal, Hossa) because that would just anger me, as a fan and as The Dark Ranger.

Not sure if I agree with you Rabbi on the Blair Betts angle there, but will gladly shake hands on our assessment of Nigel Dawes. Even though this afternoon he was sent to Hartford on waivers, this is not the last we are seeing of the lad -- as he is an NHL starter and demonstrated that this camp. Any other season, he would start the 3rd line - but he is better suited starting in Hartford playing hockey and being called upon by the Blueshirts Below half-way through the season.

Almost there...

tdr

The Dark Ranger

Prucha is that guy - he was two seasons ago. Last year was questionable. Dubie impressed me over camp and he should be a reliable addition to the roster. I agree with you that Staal should learn in the AHL, but obviously Renney sees that he needs the NHL experience to better his performance and skills...might I add, a pretty scary season to try out the new kid.

I hope Renney isn't falling for the "it's in the family" motto (i.e. Staal, Hossa) because that would just anger me, as a fan and as The Dark Ranger.

Not sure if I agree with you Rabbi on the Blair Betts angle there, but will gladly shake hands on our assessment of Nigel Dawes. Even though this afternoon he was sent to Hartford on waivers, this is not the last we are seeing of the lad -- as he is an NHL starter and demonstrated that this camp. Any other season, he would start the 3rd line - but he is better suited starting in Hartford playing hockey and being called upon by the Blueshirts Below half-way through the season.

Almost there...

tdr

The Dark Ranger

Prucha is that guy - he was two seasons ago. Last year was questionable. Dubie impressed me over camp and he should be a reliable addition to the roster. I agree with you that Staal should learn in the AHL, but obviously Renney sees that he needs the NHL experience to better his performance and skills...might I add, a pretty scary season to try out the new kid.

I hope Renney isn't falling for the "it's in the family" motto (i.e. Staal, Hossa) because that would just anger me, as a fan and as The Dark Ranger.

Not sure if I agree with you Rabbi on the Blair Betts angle there, but will gladly shake hands on our assessment of Nigel Dawes. Even though this afternoon he was sent to Hartford on waivers, this is not the last we are seeing of the lad -- as he is an NHL starter and demonstrated that this camp. Any other season, he would start the 3rd line - but he is better suited starting in Hartford playing hockey and being called upon by the Blueshirts Below half-way through the season.

Almost there...

tdr

The Dark Ranger

Prucha is that guy - he was two seasons ago. Last year was questionable. Dubie impressed me over camp and he should be a reliable addition to the roster. I agree with you that Staal should learn in the AHL, but obviously Renney sees that he needs the NHL experience to better his performance and skills...might I add, a pretty scary season to try out the new kid.

I hope Renney isn't falling for the "it's in the family" motto (i.e. Staal, Hossa) because that would just anger me, as a fan and as The Dark Ranger.

Not sure if I agree with you Rabbi on the Blair Betts angle there, but will gladly shake hands on our assessment of Nigel Dawes. Even though this afternoon he was sent to Hartford on waivers, this is not the last we are seeing of the lad -- as he is an NHL starter and demonstrated that this camp. Any other season, he would start the 3rd line - but he is better suited starting in Hartford playing hockey and being called upon by the Blueshirts Below half-way through the season.

Almost there...

tdr

rangerdave

i like your calls on the guys who need to step it up. this should really be an interesting season! msg.com has a couple previews and thoughts on the team in the game on! section. check them out here:

http://blogs.msg.com/gameon/2007/10/following-yeste.html

http://blogs.msg.com/gameon/2007/10/local-nhl-pre-1.html

bryan

I think you missed someone in all of this.
Yeah, there is Prucha, but we would expect a bounce-back year from him
Callahan, and Hossa are also solid contributors..
But I think Anisimov will be the guy to step up. Think Immonen last year. He was called up and was immediately placed into a top-6 role, but couldn't last up there. Anisimov is a big, fast guy. If anybody goes down, I think he would be the guy to step up. I can imagine him being called up in January and making a huge difference in the Rangers.
Remember, he was projected as a 1st rounder but dropped down because of the transfer agreement issue with Russia.

The Hockey Rabbi

Thanks for the comments all around.

TDR- Betts on the 3rd line is not plan "A". That's for sure. my point is that I'm not sold on Dubinsky. It's not that I don't like hime, I'm just not sure that he's ready to anchor an important line for a contending team. If Jagr has a hard time adjusting to Drury or Gomez you can expect Straka to stay on his line. That means that if Dubinsky can't handle the load (don't forget with Dubinsky centering Callahan & Prucha, 2/3's of that line is made up of palyers in their first full season in the NHL), Betts may get the call. If tha happens, I think he'd step up nicely. Over all it eouldn't be good for the team because we would have no 4th line center, however, this team may very well be a 3 line team anyway.

bryan- Anisimov looks like the real deal. But he's young and has a lot of adjusting to do. He's also behind Dubinsky and Dawes in the pecking order. Therefore, I just don't see him palying on Broadway this season.

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