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03-22-2004, 03:44 PM
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Fitzlax99
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Originally Posted by JR#9
The guy was asked about the Pens as he is still yet unsigned and he sat out a full year to have more control over where he plays which is all well within the rules and his rights.

He didn't say he preffered the Pens but as a HOMETOWN boy he was asked about the possibility of playing there and being totally honest ANY hometown boy would answer that of course it crossed their minds so making a big deal out of this is way off.

And the kid displayed joy at having the chance to become a NYR and said he enjoyed every second of the practices and that he was eager to show the Rangers his willingness to work.

And yes, he HAS to because this kid has very substantial upside and IMO his character took a beating over him not accepting what Burke was offering which was low as I understand it.

You don't let a kid like this walk over a couple of hundred grand when you are in a spot so hungry for top end youth as we now are.
Agreed. Worse case scenario we could always trade him to Pitt, one would have to think his value is higher than a mid-2nd rounder.

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