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09-23-2008, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by D713B View Post
My hopes for Kalinin going into the season is that he largely remains unnoticeable on the ice, I know, very high hopes. Basically I'll accept not doing anything positive so long as he doesn't make any glaring mistakes which we end up paying for. This is why I have to agree with you that Potter has a real chance of taking Kalinin's roster spot.
I've spoken with people from Buffalo and they all seem to like Kalinin and his play. He can go for stretches where he'll be the best defenseman we have. Apparently he can also be snakebit. For example, Girardi could have a bad game and have 5 turnovers but nothing comes of it whereas Kalinin could have a good game, but 2 turnovers that both lead to goals. Suddenly everyone would hate on Dmitri. We need to be patient. No need to label him a goat based on 1 PRESEASON game. I can't wait to see him announced on October 10, stand up and cheer for him as a member of the 2008-09 New York Rangers.

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