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07-16-2008, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Poozer View Post
Last season the Rangers took 372 minor penalties (9th fewest).

Looking at their top 10 leaders in PIM from last season; Avery, Hollweg, Jagr, Backman, and Malik are all gone. Obviously the two notables there are Avery and Hollweg (2 and 3 on the team respectively in terms of PIM).

So what do people think? I know they have signed Voros, but I think their projected new style of uptempo hockey should lead to a lot less penalties against. We will not longer have Jagr hooking players to get back in the play on defense. Avery and Hollweg won't be around for the refs to assume they must have committed a penalty.

I think it will be a good season in this regard, and its something that will certainly benefit the team.
Excellent observation Poozer.

Not only did Hollweg take the worst penalties at the worst times, but more often than not, it was JAGR in the box during those big moments - fortunately for the Rangers, they had a good pk and bailed him out a majority of the time.

But a very good point here i think.

It might not be a huge difference... but it might be big enough to realize as the season wears on.

Someone should compile the PIM of all the new guys compared the ones that left
- and then last years roster to this years hint hint

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