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08-11-2004, 06:50 PM
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barnaby63
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Originally Posted by Beukeboom Fan
How about a couple of these little tidbits:
1) Kotalik needs scoring line icetime to be effective, and BUFF has a bunch of young players fighting for those spots. Add in that unless they resign Zhitnik, their blueline is in need of some SERIOUS help, and a trade of a forward for a d-man makes a hell of a lot of sense.
2) Kotalik didn't exactly tear it up last year. Could of been a sophmore slump, or it could of been an indication of what's ahead for Ales.
3) Being in the running for the Calder (I don't think he's was the #2 candidate like you mention - that was Zetterburg) isn't a guarantee future performance.

I also think that the Rangers would be "dumb" as you so aptly put it to trade a guy like Rachunek for someone like Pyatt that hasn't done anything at the NHL level, and doesn't seem to be taking the next step forward.

Also take into account that the Rangers will have Jagr and Balej as their top 2 line RW'ers so a pure RW foward isnt needed.

Nylander will center Jagr and they may move Lundmark back to his natural center position.

So it could look like this...

-Nylander-Jagr
-Lundmark-Balej
Murray-Holik-Ortmeyer

Whoever fills in the blanks the best gets a prize.

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