Chytil with goal/assist as Pack increase point streak to nine games

Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Syracuse Crunch 3 (SO)

Syracuse, NY, February 9, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack stretched a streak of games with at least a standings point to nine straight, tying a team season high, Friday night, with a 4-3 shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial Arena.

The Wolf Pack, who are 8-0-1-0 in their last nine games, improved to a season-best three games over .500, 23-20-4-3 for 53 points.

Alexandar Georgiev made 43 saves in the win, and stopped two of three shots in the shootout, to up his record to 12-11-6. Filip Chytil had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Gropp had a goal and the shootout winner. Mathieu Joseph had a goal and an assist for the Crunch, and Carter Verhaeghe had two assists.

The Wolf Pack, who were one player short of a full complement of 18 skaters, due to an afternoon trade that sent forwards Joe Whitney and Adam Chapie to the Washington Capitals organization, had leads of 1-0 and 3-1 in the game, but the Crunch battled back to tie, outshooting the Wolf Pack 46-22.

“I thought the group did a really good job trying to manage pucks through the front half of the game,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “I thought it got a little bit away from us, with low numbers, fatigue started to set in against a team that transitions really well. But we’ll continue to take the points, and the guys are doing a good job collecting them as we push forward through the season here.”

The Wolf Pack were outshot 18-12 in the first period, but got the only goal of the frame, Adam Tambellini’s tenth of the year at 10:23.

Syracuse forward Olivier Archambault tried to drop the puck back to former Wolf Pack defenseman Mat Bodie in the Syracuse zone, but the puck went off of Bodie’s stick to Tambellini. He knifed quickly up the slot and put a shot past the catching glove of Crunch starting goaltender Connor Ingram.

The two teams combined for two goals in a span of ten seconds early in the second period, starting with Syracuse forging a brief tie at 1:04. Alexander Volkov scored on a quick shot from the slot, off of a pass from behind the net by Archambault.

The Wolf Pack grabbed the lead right back, though, at 1:14, with Chytil clicking for his ninth of the season. Chytil got a pass from Cole Schneider near the net and put a spinning backhander inside the goal post to Ingram’s left.

Hartford made it a 3-1 lead at 7:03, chasing Ingram from the game in favor of Eddie Pasquale. A Ryan Sproul lead sent Chytil and Gropp away on a 2-on-1, and Chytil handed to Gropp on right wing for a close-in shot that got by Ingram on the stick side.

That remained the score until there were only 16.7 seconds left in the period, when Mitchell Stephens cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to one with a power-play goal. With Brandon Crawley off for high-sticking, Stephens snapped a shot from the top of the right circle under the crossbar behind Georgiev.

Syracuse carried that momentum over into the third period, and Joseph scored at the eight-minute mark to lift the Crunch into a tie. The left-handed-shooting Joseph moved down right wing, then got to his forehand and put a shot past Georgiev on the long side.

Georgiev shut the Crunch down after that, though, through the rest of regulation and an overtime session in which the Wolf Pack were outshot by a margin of 5-1.

Tambellini scored on the Wolf Pack’s first shootout attempt, and Georgiev stopped Volkov and Joseph on Syracuse’s first two shots. Chytil then lost the puck on the Wolf Pack’s second shot, with a chance to win it, and Verhaeghe scored to keep the Crunch alive. Gropp ended the game, though, on the Wolf Pack’s third attempt, beating Pasquale on a shot to the stick side.

The Wolf Pack continue a stretch of six straight games, and eight out of ten, on the road Saturday night, when they travel to Hershey, PA to battle the Bears. Faceoff is 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4 (SO) at Syracuse Crunch 3
Friday, February 9, 2018 – Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

Hartford 1 2 0 0 – 4
Syracuse 0 2 1 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Hartford, Tambellini 10 10:23. Penalties-Joseph Syr (slashing), 3:01; Selleck Hfd (hooking), 12:39.

2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Volkov 14 (Archambault, Cirelli), 1:04. 3, Hartford, Chytil 9 (Schneider), 1:14. 4, Hartford, Gropp 10 (Chytil, Sproul), 7:03. 5, Syracuse, Stephens 17 (Verhaeghe, Joseph), 19:43 (PP). Penalties-Andersson Hfd (tripping), 1:40; Cernak Syr (tripping), 11:02; Crawley Hfd (high-sticking), 18:41.

3rd Period-6, Syracuse, Joseph 9 (Verhaeghe, Thomas), 8:00. Penalties-Selleck Hfd (tripping), 2:48.

OT Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Hartford 2 (Tambellini G, Chytil NG, Gropp G), Syracuse 1 (Volkov NG, Joseph NG, Verhaeghe G).
Shots on Goal-Hartford 12-3-5-1-1-22. Syracuse 18-8-15-5-0-46.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 2; Syracuse 1 / 4.
Goalies-Hartford, Georgiev 12-11-6 (46 shots-43 saves). Syracuse, Ingram 12-9-2 (15 shots-12 saves); Pasquale 6-5-5 (6 shots-6 saves).
Referees-Beaudry Halkidis (32), Alex Garon (64).
Linesmen-Brian Oliver (74), Andy Petrus (26).

47 thoughts on “Chytil with goal/assist as Pack increase point streak to nine games

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 7:37 am

    So playing around with next year’s roster assuming a $80M cap, here is a summary:

    FAs: Grabner re-signed for $3,000,000, Kovy signed for $3,000,000 plus incentives as a 35 year old, sign John Carlson for $6,000,000.

    RFAs: Miller, Hayes, Skjei all signed for $4,000,000 per with Vesey signed for $3,000,000.

    Traded: Nash, Grabner (then re-signed), McD (Dallas for Miro H plus picks), Holden, DD.

    Bought out: Staal.




    Results in $4M in available cap space.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 7:54 am

      What?! The next coach of the Rangers refuses to even let future HOF Vinnie Lettieri dress? Fire him into the sun!!!!!! 🙂

      Seriously….great job on this. Very possible and plausible.

      I’m not so sure Miller will be back though. Just a hunch.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:02 am

        LOL, I know, right? How dare I on VL? lol

        I’m getting mixed signals on Miller. He’s definitely asked for by other teams, a lot. I think it comes down to whether the Rangers get blown out of the water on an offer for him. He can’t be traded just for the sake of trading him, he’s an RFA and still young and talented.

        At first it sounded like Zuc wold be part of the “vet purge” but now seems more like he may stay for his leadership and willingness to take less to stay here.

        • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:19 am

          Agreed….no way you trade hm for the sake of trading him. But he’s due for a big raise and lengthy term in his next deal. Is he worth what he will want? He strikes me as someone who will look to squeeze the last dollar out of Rangers management, so if so, they may opt to move on and make a deal here.

          Which could open up a spot to bring Nash back on a club-friendly contract.

          And I agree…..I’ve always believed that Zuc is more valuable to the Rangers than he would be to any other team. But, he may not be every coach’s cup of tea. Say what you want about AV, but our likely future ex-coach loves Zuc and found a way to get the most out of him, and I get the sense that feeling is mutual. The next coach might not be as much of a Hobbit fan.

          • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:24 am

            Agree… I saw the Angry hobbit last game also. But not to get over excited on a freakish 1 night sighting lets see the angry hobbit come out more then just once and then we can talk about keeping him. Til then he is still a tradeable vet.

          • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

            I know you don’t like hearing this, but maybe with a different coach…?

            When Zuc was getting his contract, he told his agent to get a deal done here, even if it meant taking less. This guy really loves the Rangers, probably the same as Henrik.

            But, if the Rangers get the right deal for him…

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:06 am

              None of that should matter. Zuccarello has noticeably declined this season. He’s been pretty much a non-factor in most the games this season. He’s 30 years old and is only going to get worse. He should be traded while he still has value.

              Things like this are why management can’t be trusted to do the right thing.

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

                I don’t know where this one is going. Miller is a hot commodity, so if the right deal comes along then JT will probably go.

                The Rangers are not going to have 20 year olds all through the line up next year, not happening. They will sprinkle in vets.

                I don’t know the situation with Carlson and the Caps but if he becomes available then the Rangers will be one of the suitors.

                And that goes for Tavares also if he somehow becomes a UFA. But I see him re-signing with the Isles.

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:19 am

              My point being is you are going to keep veterans it would be better to resign Nash who is still a force on the ice and noticeable every game over Zuccarello who most times you aren’t sure if he’s playing or not.

              I get it that you can’t have a team of all young players and rookies. You need a combination of both.

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

                I could see Zuc in Vegas quite honestly. I think the Knights make a play for a vet forward and Zuc would be a lower trade cost than Nash or even Grabner.

                It will be interesting for sure.

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:38 am

                That is true. Going to be an interesting trade deadline for the Rangers. Think we will see a lot of new faces on the Rangers.

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

              No it’s fine, because it’s true and applies to everyone. Some players play better for different coaches. Zuc likely owes his NHL career to AV. Grabner has excelled under AV and will cash in because of it. No coach is going to be the right fit for every player, and vice versa.

              On the other hand, Miller could also take a next step next year for reasons that have nothing to do with the coach. If he gets traded or is not re-signed, and suddenly is on the same line with an elite level player, I have no doubt he would do very well. Or, he could be back with the Rangers and simply because her has matured, he will take that next step.

              Pinpoint the cause of player improvement is usually more complex than just one thing.

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

                Of course, we never know what “turns the light on” for each player. Sometimes it’s the simplest answer: time.

          • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

            He strikes me as someone who will look to squeeze the last dollar out of Rangers management.

            Before I leave the house I had to respond to this, isn’t that exactly what Stepan did, and you were OK with it then, saying that he got what the market was paying???????

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:29 am

              “Before I leave the house I had to respond to this”

              Thank God, we could not have had the patience to wait otherwise, Walt. lol

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm

                And I am out of the house right now, so my response will have to wait! 🙂

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

                can’t wait, lol

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm

                Now that’s funny Tony!!!!!!!! LMAO

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm

                Love you bro, lol

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm

              And now…..drum roll please… much anticipated response to Walt!

              I think you are misinterpreting or confusing what I have said previously and/or what I am saying now. I have no issue whatsoever with any player wanting to get the best deal he possibly can. These guys have to cash in when they can. Their careers can end on the next check into the boards. Just ask Michael Sauer. So I had no issue whatsoever with Stepan wanting to get paid and I have no issue with Miller wanting to either.

              My point on Miller was not whether he should get market value. He should. My point is that in a rebuild, depending on what market value is, should the Rangers pay him or should they look to flip him? I don’t have the answer and have no preference either way. Just like any other move involving players, coaches, management, etc., to me it’s all about upgrades. Can Miller be flipped in a deal that makes the team better now or in the future? Or is Miller part of that future? That’s all I’m saying.

              The Stepan evaluation was totally different. The Rangers were still contenders at that point. They had just finished a President’s Trophy season. No one was thinking rebuild at that point. And to the best of my recollection, there were no other more affordable options out there. You’re not going to let one of your two best centers go for no return with no way to replace him…not on a contending team.

              So the Rangers did the right thing. They paid him, gave him a long term deal, but gave themselves an out in the first two years of that deal to move him if they wanted to. That allowed them to then get some pieces that may well be key parts of the rebuild we are about to embark upon—Andersson and ADA. If the Rangers had let Stepan walk, they would have missed out on a chance to get a high end first round pick, which is something you’ve been screaming for for years now right?

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

                I interpreted it as a slight on Miller………

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

                No problem. If you did, it was likely my fault for not being clearer.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Kovy in his hay day wasn’t a speedster. Now he is 35 and been playing in Russia…how fast do you think he is now? Not saying he is not an elite talent just not a good Vet on a youthful team. He won’t come back on D, has never had a 200 foot game and yes he has skill but so does Jagr. The game has changed in the last 5 years. It is faster and more based on passing and seeing the ice then on planting and whippin off an amazing wrister. Kovy wouldn’t be able to keep up with those 2 line mates. Plus like I said …he has a checkered past …who walks away from the NHL and a 20 million a year contract? He single handedly destroyed the Devils plans.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:34 am

        See what he’s doing in the KHL? Rangers haven’t had that type of talent since Jagr, and yes, that includes Nash and Gaborik.

        That’s why you give him one year deals where he can hit easy contract goals and make some money without it hitting the cap.

        • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

          His shot would be great on the power play too. I think 1 year contracts with him are really win-wins…

          • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm

            on the Rangers’ terms, if not, then pass.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Don’t forget he pretty much brought the Devils to the Cup Finals singlehandedly in 2012. While I agree with your knocks on his defense (which is not great), his possession numbers on decent teams in Jersey were consistently good to excellent.

        Most importantly Kovalchuk can still shoot the puck. If he’s willing to take $3 million annually with incentives that’s a move the Rangers should make. He’s still top 6 talent in the NHL—Radulov’s performance since returning to the NHL should give you a sense of the legitimacy of KHL scoring numbers and how they translate to NHL performance—and he’s a competitor. Short deal, could be very valuable.

        • Feb 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

          People talk about Kovy’s lack of D but yet Uncle Lou Lam loved him. So I think that “perception” is exaggerated.

          • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm

            That perception comes from his early years in Atlanta, I think—he definitely didn’t mind hanging at the top of the defensive zone, cheating for breakaways. But those teams were horrible and he was a younger player then. I always thought he played hard no matter which team he was on.

            • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

              Right, Lou loved him so that says a lot to me. Carried the Devs the years he played there.

              • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm

                Everyone worries about age, but some players are still productive in there middle 30’s.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      I think Grabner gets a tad more than $3 million. With two consecutive really strong seasons, in the 30 goal realm, with his speed and PK prowess, he’ll likely get at least $4 million.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        very possible. I know the Rangers are very interested in bringing him back. maybe even more than Nash.

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:43 am

    “He single handedly destroyed the Devils plans.”

    And you got to love him for that! Give him a five year deal as thanks! 🙂

    Players do mellow and mature. Jagr was considered a cancer as well. That worked out very well in NY. He was a mentor to the youthful rebuilding Rangers of 12 years ago. You think Buch wouldn’t benefit playing with a Russian legend like Kovy?

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:01 am


    • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

      He already has played with Kovy in Russia. So no I don’t think so.

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

    As an armchair GM I see Andersson atleast 3 years out. With this being 1 of his years. If he even makes it at all. If the Rangers make any trades and god I hope they do…Mack..cough …cough Mack… have to get a center back in that trade. As we have all wished for a Nylander type player. Hence my opinion of Tampa as not a really good option. You are going to get late round picks for Nash and Grabner at the worst. Feeling around the nhl writers not just this blog is the rangers are handcuffed with the NMC on Nash/Mac otherwise they could get more. Nash is going to return maybe a first but a low one and if not a late second round or 2 late second rounds. Grabner seems to be the best shot at a first round pick but most likely a late first since he will go to a playoff bound team.

    My feelings on a Mack trade being low is cause of his NMC and I agree with the writers. He has the power to help the Rangers, but I don’t see him doing it. He is pissed at the way they dumped both G and Stepan. Those 2 were very important to him and how it was all handled I don’t think he is very happy with Management. That is going to handcuff them. And the return wont be what is fair value. I mean Gorton really has his work cut out for him. But I also don’t see him taking a deal just so he can do it. I feel this is going to work out like Duchene and Sakic. Going to take a while to get it done but it will happen cause he is not a happy boy. Add to the fact I truly do believe Mac is hurt. And it is not just a boo boo type injury something more in line with his back is messed up something fierce.

    JT Miller is a keeper. Unless the offer is amazing I would never move him. Him and Hayes just have an amazing chemistry and if you move one then again I would say you have to move the other. And I just don’t see them doing it.

    If I had my choice of who to trade away it would be : Zib, Mack, Nash, Grabs, Hold, DD,

    Mill/Hayes/Zuc or Buch
    Krid/Chytil/Buch or Zuc
    Fill in the remaining 2 lines with Fast and AHLers and FA signings/draft picks

    D wise.

    Just see how the chips fall. As the summer comes closer Management will have a much clearer picture of what is available for cheap. And who and what has cap issues which we could take on since we don’t or wont have that issue anymore. Tons of Cap space. But keep it within the organization and grow a winning team. Just like Dubie, Cally, Anisomov, Staal, G, and MAc and Step. All of them were home grown. Bonded in the minors and came up together. That is what I liked about the Rangers from the last decade. That is what I am hoping for in the future and I am willing to wait for it again. But signing high profile free agents is not an answer to a failing franchise.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:56 am

      If we go through a rebuild just to build a core around talent like Dubie, Cally, Staal, Anisimov, Stepan, and McDonagh then this entire thing will be a bust.

      What we don’t need is another core built around “pretty good” players. We will be right back where we are right now before long.

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:17 am

    First of all, Mac does NOT have an NMC. He has a limited NTC. He can be dealt and almost certainly will be either before the deadline or this summer.

    The notion that he is “pissed” at the Rangers because they dealt Girardi and Stepan is laughable on its face. This is a business. Everyone understands that. Now, I have no doubt he misses them both and probably wishes they were both still Rangers. But the idea he would hold up a deal for THAT reason is just silly talk.

    As for Mac being hurt and how that affects the market for him, now that is a logical point. It seems he’s been struggling with various ailments all season. Yet, all the reporting seems to suggest teams are hot for him. I could see him going at the deadline or this summer. Or possibly not at all if a significant return doesnt come back.

    You are overrating Miller. He is a good player. He is not a great player. If the return is right, he is definitely tradeable. And again, we have no idea what he will be asking for as he enters FA this summer. Is he worth committing to for significant dollars and term? Maybe. Maybe not.

    Again, NO team fishes exclusively in their own pond. The Rangers will NOT shy away from pursuing FA, no chance. That’s bad business. You are “misremembering” the early years of the rebuild under Renney. Yes, all those young players came up and brought a lot of energy. But really, NONE of them became high end difference making players. The closest to that would be Mac. Are you that eager to see another reset that simply results in the same old same old? Another era of good but not great players that yields good but not great results?

    And….who helped those players mature? Jagr. Shanahan. Those were excellent signings and the Rangers success, that which it was at the time, would not have happened without those veterans,

    This is not a binary choice. All in with rookies or all in with FA. NO team operates the way you are suggesting. It is always a mix of both, plus astute trades. Young and old makes for the best formula.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:44 am

      sorry i missed a couple points …had some life happening. NMC or NTC is irrelevant. Point is harder to move them with a list of teams he will go to vs. just being able to trade with no barriers. Teams get a call and then know I guess I am one of his teams. That gives that team more power in a deal.

      I understand the pissed point but unless you know him personally …I can’t see you saying I am absolutely wrong. Stepan was his best man at his wedding and Mack was Stepans. G and Mac played together for 5 or 6 years they had to have had a chemistry. And that effects you no matter who you are and how professional you are.

      As far as Renney I am not wrong. When he took over that was the year of the fire sale and rebuild with 20 games left. Here is the link : Read up my friends. Seems to me this was a man that started all of our picks and training and ability to raise prospect in house correctly.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 8:26 pm

        If you’re point is that Tom Renney deserves a lot of credit for the Rangers rebuild, you will get no argument from me. I’ve always found it amusing that a certain segment of our bloggers seem to think the rebuild and succes started and ended with Torts, when in fact you can easily make the case that Torts was the LEAST succesful of the three men that coached the Rangers since the lockout. Renney did a very good job, no question.

        Back to McDonagh, theories have to give way to logic. If McDonagh was “pissed”, why would he want to stay with an organization that he bares resentment towards when he can go elsewhere and have a chance to win a Cup? No one in their right mind would choose to stay out of spite. That sounds like a plot for a Seinfeld episode. Sorry.

        • Feb 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm

          But this “pissed” state only started this year with the removal of those 2 players I mentioned.

          He doesn’t want to stay and that is my point. I feel he wants to go and has been showing it to us all season. And he can’t go elsewhere that easily ask Duchene or all the other countless other players that wanted out but the franchise didn’t want to make a trade.

          I mean that Duchene cancer stayed on that team for 2 yrs til Sakic got the right trade. Since that trade they are one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

          My overall point on Mack was his NTC or limited ntc hurts the rangers cause he gives the recipient some power because the Rangers are limited in who they can deal with. And based on his choices say for example he chooses only contenders then we only get a low 1st rounder in a pick. The power is not totally in the Rangers hands.

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

    We are saying all of this from the sidelines. And our sidelines are only what is reported to us from the media. So we are very far away from the truth about trade possibilities.

    I am not saying FA signings are not a necessary evil and to only go one way or the other you misread my comment. I loved those players and honestly feel to this day the Nash,St. Louis, trades were the downfall of this team. But as it has been overstated …you can’t win cups with middle picks unless you just get totally lucky. Be we made a damn good show of it for 10yrs and I will take that anytime over what we see now and what was before it.

    As for Jagr and Shanahan…I will agree to some extent but don’t forget the czech team jagr built with the rangers prior. Which never made the playoffs.

    Miller is not overrated and we will agree to disagree. He just like Krieder… needs consistency and he can be an allstar. Just read about opinion pieces out there on him. This is the one point were I agree with all the AV haters because his deployment of Miller has been atrocious. But I truthfully don’t blame AV. I just think he is trying to do the best with what roster elements he has.

    I personally dont think that Shanahan is a good mentor or had any effect on those players. I am too lazy to do the homework to prove you wrong. I think what made this team a contender for 10 yrs was Hank, and the pile of kids from that US Juniors team that won the first gold medal in however many years and started to change the mindset of american born hockey players. My nephew was a huge fan of that team and alot them are/were Rangers afterwards.

    One thing in these years I have noticed about sather is he tries to capture the most hyped team in the minors. Like the Czech teams we built. Or US juniors teams winning gold. Whatever seems to be the hot item at the time he tries to replicate in the NHL.

    • Feb 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      A few thoughts here….

      1) Jagr came to the Rangers prior to the 2004 trade deadline. That team was terrible. Then the lockout happened. For the three full seasons afte that that Jagr played in NY, the Rangers made the playoffs every year and in fact won a round in two of those seasons. He was instrumental to that success.

      2) I think you are wrong about Shanny. My recollection is that guys like Cally and Dubi followed him around like a couple of puppy dogs. I suspect that if you polled every young Ranger from that era, they would have nothing but positive things to say about Jagr and Shanny, and many in fact would likely credit them with the success they had both as a team and as individuals in the infancy of their careers.

      • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

        Spot on comments Triple E, one can only imagine if Rangers pulled the trade trigger on Alexi Kovalev, for an in his prime Shanny, what could have been???

        • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm

          That trade could have happened from all my sources at the time. But Neil Smith was getting a lot of backlash from the fans because he had been dealing so many of his young “elite beasts” of the time. Kovalev had been billed as the “Russian Gretzky”. I like Smith and he doesnt get the credit he deserves for ending The Curse, but he blew that one. Shanny went on to have a Hall of Fame career. Kovalev was a mystery wrapped in a riddle who had moments of greatness, didnt really sustain it except when he was in Pittsburgh with Jagr and Lemieux, and essentially became an NHL vagabond who ultimately gets the Joe Pepitone Award as a “what could have been” player.

  • Feb 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    The Rangers just don’t we need first-round picks but they need high first-round picks… So some players, whose contracts expire in future years, may not be moved at the trade deadline but tcould be moved at the draft or iduring the summer.

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