Zuccarello continues his tear as Rangers top Hawks

Mats Zuccarello scored again, giving him eight points in six games, as the Rangers topped the Hawks (in regulation). Zuccarello’s 8th of the season game the Rangers the lead late in the first, a lead they would not relinquish. Filip Chytil scored a highlight reel goal to get the Rangers on the board just four minutes prior. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad capped the scoring.

Tony DeAngelo and Marc Staal had strong games on the blue line. However at even strength, the fourth line of Pavel Buchnevich, Cody McLeod, and Brett Howden had a rough go of it and barely played. Buchnevich played 10:12, Howden 6:40, and McLeod 4:37. At some point, Buchnevich and Howden need to be freed of McLeod.

Hawks 1, Rangers 0

The Hawks have a good powerplay. The initial deflection by Artem Anisimov went off the post, right to Brandon Saad who had an empty net.

Rangers 1, Hawks 1

Filip Chytil is a bust, right?

Rangers 2, Hawks 1

Zibanejad gained the zone, and eventually the puck wound up on Staal’s stick for the shot from the point. Kreider made the deflection in front, because of course he did, and Zuccarello was there for the rebound.

Rangers 3, Hawks 1

Zuccarello made a nice play to intercept the cross ice pass and start the rush. Brent Seabrook broke up the play, then lost the puck right in the slot. Kreider was there to bang it home.

Rangers 3, Hawks 2

Another powerplay goal for the Hawks. Henrik Lundqvist was screened in front by Dylan Strome on the pass to Alex DeBrincat, which is why he was slow to get over. DeBrincat’s shot was back over Hank’s glove, going against the grain of the moving Lundqvist. Great shot.

Rangers 4, Hawks 2

Mika Zibanejad empty netter.

Rangers 4, Hawks 3

This goal beat the buzzer, and was just a great rip by Dominik Kahun on a good drop pass by David Kampf. Lundqvist was late to react with multiple bodies in front of the shooter.

Shot Heatmap

Well looky here. The Rangers did a good job defending the front of the net. It could just be because Chicago is bad, but the Rangers have let bad teams walk through the slot all year. This is a welcomed change.

The Rangers have one more game on Saturday before nine days off for their bye week and the All Star break. After that, the fun begins with the trade deadline. Enjoy some of your favorites while you can, folks.

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52 thoughts on “Zuccarello continues his tear as Rangers top Hawks

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    I am so glad for Zucc. Never thought he quit as so many others said. We are not tanking either! Don’t trade CK, Mika, Shatty. Trade Hayes for a top draft choice. If Zucc wants to stay and a reasonable deal can be sought do it. If he wants to go get the most.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Wow, what’s happened to the Hawks?

    Chytil is the real freaking deal. Just wow.

    Lindgren, 2 for 2 so far.

    Great to see the tight Rangers scoring, and increasing their trade values.

    Congrats to Hank. Moving up the goalie wins ladder. Let’s see what other back up goalies that can replace him.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 7:51 am
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      Lindgren has been solid. Like his athleticism, he’s poised, and doesn’t mind hitting things a lot. Chytil is coming on strong right now, it’s great to see.

      Lindgren has already shown enough to be a regular for the rest of the season.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:03 am
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        MC

        That’s what I thought when I saw him for the first time in Hershey. The kid looks cool under pressure, and I love the way he stands his ground!!!!!!!

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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        Lindgren does not have the shine or hype that Hajek had, but maybe that’s a good thing.

        It would be nice to have D men that, you know, play defense?

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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          Tony

          What a novel concept!!!!!!!!!

          • Jan 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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            Walt, lol, I wonder how many NHl D men really play D.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 7:58 am
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      Good stuff on the 445 , memory tells me Roy chased 447 to tie with Sawchuk some years ago. Somehow 2 games got taken away over the years🤔🤔. Lindgren seems to be pretty steady even being paired with Shitty, good stuff!I liked Zibs engagement with Towes. He should play that way in the road as well.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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        I’m very proud of you, lol.

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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          For Zib and Lindgrens play or the mysteriously missing 2 wins ?🤔🤔🤔

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    Chytil’s superb individual effort on his goal was super. The boy has soft hands, skill, and speed. Now all he needs is about 15 lbs of muscle mass on that frame, and we’d be set!

    After being scored upon early, I thought we would be in for a long night, but they got their act together quickly, and played like on team. The first line looked like that, a first line, with Zucc buzzing around, and Chris with that rebound goal. Kreider must have read yesterdays thread, and wants to stay here, LOL. It was a good game for the boys in blue, and I can see a bright future for ADA, Lundgren paroling the blue line for us.

    Oh how we missed Hayes last night, NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr Hangnail injury will make his appearance after the All-Star break, I can’t wait to see him again. I’m such a liar…………..

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 7:42 am
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      Chytil was superb and he has been. He is very good at getting ion around the D. He had two assists in the past few games as well there were great plays. That goal last night was a thing of beauty. Did you notice he pushed the D man stick away with his left leg as he was cutting in to the net? Nice little maneuver that gave him the shot. He’s figuring it out. There’s been some chatter that maybe he should go back to Hartford for development. Gotta say NO. He’s where he needs to be and he’s figuring it out game by game.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:06 am
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        Andy

        He is where he belongs. There’s talk of moving him back to center after the trade deadline, that would be a good idea because that’s his natural position. The boy is turning into a man before our very eyes!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:29 am
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          Amen Walt! He needs to learn in the top 6. I would be fine with moving him back to center also after the deadline. Just keep him in the top 6 and more importantly keep him away from Cody McLeod…

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:05 am
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      3-5 in the last 8 games with the worst lopsided losses of the season. Went 0-4 on the road for consecutive games. Quinn had to make fun of this team and send multiple shots in a post game presser. It was so bad that the NHL Tonight news continued to report days after Quinn said that. The winning streak came from a usual bad Carolina team that gave up before it even started. Than against the Hawks who are the worst team in the league and the Rangers still only won by one goal even with a empty net goal lol. All this and a fake “dogging it ” cafeteria rumor to show your displeasure in a player? Ok Walt, don’t @ me

      Btw the boards are no “hangnail” laughing matter. I expect that type of talk from a football/basketball player who didn’t grow up on skates. Than again you said you never played right? Boards make dudes fold up like lawn chairs after going 3-5 mph into them.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:39 am
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        What team do you root for again? Or do you just root for one player?

        Your defensiveness is pathetic, Mint. Last week you were crowing about how bad NYR looked without Hayes, of course not mentioning that Hayes played against Malkin and Crosby when the Pens stomped NYR. Now they’re winning without Hayes, how about that.

        Hayes is out because he’s going to be traded, imminently. Get ready to be an Avalanche fan. Or somebody else out west. So let me say good riddance to you in advance.

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 10:44 am
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          MC, I think you’re exactly right. I don’t think Hayes is hurt, just JG protecting the asset for an upcoming trade. I hope you’re correct about the Avalanche and the return is the Sen’s 2019 first round pick. Even if we must sweeten the deal by adding something, the Sen’s pick should be our target.

          • Jan 18, 2019 at 11:18 am
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            While I certainly could be wrong…I don’t see Sakic giving up that pick for anything less than a complete haul. We might want to be careful what we wish for – that pick may only come at the wrong end of a fleecing. I just don’t see Gorton pulling a fast one on Sakic, personally – not at all. I’ll be completely shocked if Hayes returns that pick by himself. I like Hayes more than several folks here, but simply put, he’s not worth a lottery pick IMO, at least not in the Av’s current situation.

          • Jan 18, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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            Hayes got hurt in mid Dec.
            Went on a point streak after that.
            Jan 1 is when extension talks could start, no extension announced.
            Hayes hasn’t played in 2019 from an “injury” that occurred in mid Dec, even though he went on a torrid pace after that game.

            Connect the dots.

            • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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              Tony

              According to Mint, the official president of the Hayes fan club, and wantabe agent, and trial lawyer, we are all out of our minds thinking there isn’t a thing wrong with Kevin. I guess were all loons, or might that be turned around some? Just thinking out loud……………..

              • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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                The only other thing I could think of is that Hayes developed concussion symptoms after the fact, which could happen.

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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          MC

          Let Clarabell talk thru his blow hole, that’s what he lives for!!!!!!!!

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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          As you probably know I have been advocating a trade for the Sens #1. I still am, but the more I think about it I doubt it is going to happen.

          The Av’s still have their own #1 which would likely be 17 or higher and they have an exceptional D-man prospect, Cale Makar. Getting Makar and the Av’s own #1 would still be a great return, depending of course on what is given up.

          And we WILL have Tampa’s #1 as they will not be denied the Cup this year.

          Does anyone know where Makar showed up on the Pronman ratings?

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 11:08 am
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      Hayes has been quite durable in his career so far. He’s still very significantly better at C than any Ranger not named Mika. I know you aren’t a fan , and that’s okay, but just sayin’ – that biased take on him is a bit extreme!

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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        Egelstein

        It’s his career durability that makes his absence so suspect. I liked Hayes until this crap started with his phantom injury, but he has his mouth piece defending his sorry tail end, right Mint…………….

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    chytil is going to be a keeper. good game.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    Lindgren looked competent and ADA looked confident and engaged. I would really like to see those two paired together and possibly evolve into very good second pairing d-men.

    I’m thinking the coach is reassessing Pionk’s overall game. We’ll see how that eventually turns out.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:42 am
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      Tony looked last night like the confident kid I saw when he played for the Coyotes. He might be a guy who needs buidling up instead of tearing down and the playing time he is getting now with the injuries on D can only help him show what he can do. Let’s hope he keeps improving. Both Lindgren and DeAngelo, and Mark Staal too, played well.

      Sure, the Hawks are not at all what they once were, but that was a good performance last night by the Blueshirts nevertheless.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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        Same for Buch, not every player responds well to being benched or scratched. You can talk mental toughness all you want, but most everybody needs some positive reinforcement at times. Buch and ADA need to be given more responsibility, not less … and let the chips fall where they may.

        • Jan 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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          When I was 9, my little league baseball manager, who also was my neighbor, got in my face screaming at me, and no one said a word in my defense, not even my parents who were at the game. And I didn’t need therapy after it happened, either.

          My, my, my, my, how things have changed. And not for the better, in this discussion.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    Hayes needs to comeback after the break and play 2 or 3 strong games so we can finally move him. He has value in a trade which is more than his value as a 2nd live center with us.

    Zucc and Chytil are playing well, and Zibby is playing with an edge. I also think Staal played a pretty good game.

    I think this shows that Pionk needs to learn how to play defense.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 11:35 am
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      Being realistic with ourselves, the chances of Gorton trading Hayes without something else of good value in the package and the return ending up producing as much value as Hayes alone is worth at his age is probably less likely than it is likely. I get that sometimes you just have to make these decisions in a rebuild, but with Lias clearly not the player (so far) that the Rangers thought they were getting, Chytil on the wing, and Howden’s coming back to earth as the rest of the league got a book on him and the grind of the NHL pace caught up with him a bit…Hayes is far from lacking value to the Rangers if they want to get back to contention within a few years’ time. The reality is, Gorton has sorely mismanaged this asset – honestly, he couldn’t have handled the situation much worse. No leverage with either the player, or the rest of the league, in this particular scenario. That’s just the reality of the situation Gorton has put himself in. You never know, of course, but we probably shouldn’t hold our breath on a haul for Hayes. If I was another GM, my first offer would most certainly be low-ball knowing the situation that Gorton has put himself in. We should pray that two or more GMs lose their minds and start an unnecessary bidding war for him.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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        Problem is..this isn’t just on Gordon…Cuban cigar man and Clark are also to blame here..enough said…

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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          I suspect Gorton is more in the driver’s seat now than he ever has been. That said, yes – I’m sure Sather and Clark are still throwing their weight into some things, for sure.

          • Jan 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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            “I’m sure Sather and Clark are still throwing their weight into some things, for sure.”

            Too much, they both need to go away, far, far away.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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      I think Mika makes Hayes better and vice versa. There’s no NEED to trade Hayes, in fact if you want to speed the rebuild (renovation) up, you keep both along with Kreider. There’s always next year to trade Kreider and/or Hayes. I would rather get less of a haul trading guys like Namestnikov and Zuccarello then trading away the majority of our offense for a slightly bigger haul of players who may not be ready for years. Toss in some minor deals for 1 or 2 of our d’men not named ADA. Skjei or Pionk and we can still have another good year of drafting plus a good prospect or two.

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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        I’m with you, here. I just don’t see the MUST angle for trading Hayes. Yeah, Gorton is gonna have to pay him market rate to keep him. So? Last I checked, there aren’t a lot of 26-27YO second line two way capable centers looking to give big discounts in the NHL. If a truly elite asset is coming in return somehow, then of course – pull that trigger. That’s a tall order though since Hayes is a free agent in the summer looking for his first big payday, so suitors have no security. Trading him for the sake of trading him for more B level prospects/picks is simply not what this rebuild needs at this stage. Flatly put, none of the other centers in the system have given true can’t-miss reason to believe they will be as good as Hayes down the line. Chytil may not be a center at all. Howden is a decent prospect, but he’s not exactly showing that you want him as your second line pivot just yet. Lias obviously has looked rather pedestrian so far. Kravtsov may have played C for Russia in the WJC, but that doesn’t mean he can hack it at higher levels. Obviously Boo shouldn’t be in the discussion for anything north of fourth line. Etc.

        If the offers Gorton gets are more quantity over quality moves like he netted last season at the deadline, then I firmly believe Hayes himself is of more value to the Rangers over the next handful of years than that type of return. Rather low chance it will somehow be a coup for the Rangers if that is the case.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    Haven’t gotten to see many games here, but the Rangers looked like a good team. Staal-DeAngelo looks a good pair — shame DQ wasted half the season on Staal-Pionk. I liked Chityl, not just the goal, he seemed to be a frequent factor.

    I still hate that damn replay rule. not just because it hurt the Rangers, I just hate it. And this time it negated ADA’s highlight reel play, one of the two best plays in the game frankly. Incidentally, I think the linesman called it right initially. It was the sort of play the lineman will always miss and SHOULD miss — a tick tacky technicality, not a true offside.

    Oh, and to be fair, Lundqvist played like a normal starting goaltender. That’s what goaltending looks like. It wasn’t elite goaltending and it wasn’t the crap we have mostly seen for the last month and a half. Personally, I think that he is a decent tender (maybe even very good) if his goal is not being the reason the Rangers lose, while at this stage of his career, he cannot be effective over the long term if he is trying to be the reason the Rangers win. He may have won the 2006 Gold Medal and beaten the Penguins three straight in 2014, but the kind of goaltending is mentally exhausting and unsustainable.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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      “To be fair…” LOL

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Once again ADA proves that he should be in the lineup every night and that Pionk is more of a defensive liability than ADA.

    Not only is Buch on the 4th line a waste, it’s a hockey crime punishable by life in the penalty box.

    Namestnikov’s game has dipped after a good stretch of aggressive play. He either needs to sit a game, get traded or be demoted to the 4th line for a time. Chytil is fine on the wing, let him mature there for another year.

    Hayes needs to be resigned unless he’s looking for $7m a year. Add Hayes to this current mix and you are strong up the middle.

    Nieves has earned his stripes — amazing what a little confidence from the coaches can do for a player’s game.

    Brendan who?

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    Is chytil saving for gorton’s job ?

    Just what we need zucc hot streak and the extend crowd back in town . krav may as well resign in traktor.

    Hayes ? i don’t think they are incrementally that much worse with out him/that much better with him. Its def mcd part 2.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    As others have opined, there is no pressing need to trade Hayes unless his contract demands are off base. A good two-way center in his age range is a valuable commodity and hard to find. I’d rather keep him around for the time being unless a truly good offer comes along. So, it is basically, make a offer the Rangers can’t refuse because it fills a pressing need with a highly skilled young player, such as a scoring winger or a true first pair defenseman.

    • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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      Peter

      You have to have him under contract if your demands for Kevin are out of line, such as #1 over all, without any assurances that the team giving you such a pick doesn’t get him for at least a few years of play.

      Having said that, Hayes has a history of being a selfish person, holding out with the Hawks, and coming to us. That was a great move for us, but now he may be pulling the same stunt against us? There definitely is something going on that smells like a week old fish, sitting in the sun over the summer!!!!!!!!!!

      Like I said earlier, I had nothing against the guy, sort of liked him, but when this contract talks, and phantom injury occurred, my opinion changed quickly……………….

      • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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        If the Hayes’ camp started the negotiations with “we want a no move contract” then that would have been a very quick conversation.

        • Jan 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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          Tony and Walt, wise men both!

          Without a doubt, a reasonable contract is a precondition to keeping Hayes around. He is a very good, but not great player. He should be paid accordingly. If he wants more than he is worth then show him the door to the West.

          • Jan 19, 2019 at 7:39 am
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            Let me preface that I like Hayes a lot. But let’s look at the following facts and questions:

            1) Never had more than 50 pts, which is not a tremendous amount of pts for a top 6 player, until now on pace for 70ish before the “injury.”

            2) Kevin appears to be “flaky” and beats to his own drum.

            3) Is on a contract year that will be his first and last real career contract for the rest of his career.

            4) Reports indicate that he “really wants to be here.”

            5) When will the team be a playoff team? Depends on which direction they go in.

            6) Is Hayes the type of player you build around?

            You look at all the top teams and they have at least one elite player, if not more, and we have none, including Hayes. To me, he is not a player you build around, especially if the “plan” is for the team to make the playoffs 2 to 3 years from now.

            By then, Hayes will not be the focal point of the team. And I do not see him getting 70ish pts per season 3-4 years from now, if he even does it 2-3 years into his new contract.

            If they could have forward group that went something like this, under the cap, then they would have something, IMO:

            Panarin-Zib-Buch
            Kreider-Hayes-Stone
            Vesey/Names-Chytil-Kravtsov
            Andersson-Howden-Fast

            Good talent in the top 6 and deep talent throughout the 4 lines.

            • Jan 19, 2019 at 8:01 am
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              Tony

              That’s a heck of a line up, but you’d need to back up a Brinks truck to pay them all!!!!!

              • Jan 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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                Yes, true Walt, but gut the current D corps to clear cap space, get rid of Zuc, possibly Names, and Strome, and it can be done.

                Play younger and cheaper D men in the line up, and with that forward group having the puck more often, then not as much pressure on the back end.

              • Jan 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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                Tony

                That all sounds good on paper, now get rid of the old d-men first!!!!!!!!

              • Jan 19, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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                Walt, to do this, the FO has to be committed to winning, and that means getting rid of players and contracts, regardless of whether the player is well liked or not.

            • Jan 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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              The addition of Panarin and Stone, and Kravtsov and Andersson too would change things dramatically and quickly. I like it and think it is doable.

              • Jan 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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                I think so Peter, but the FO would have to commit to a real house cleaning to clear cap space.

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