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12-08-2009, 03:40 PM
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Didn't Mess advocate for them to trade Zubov? Just saying....
Soupy Campbell wasn't a big fan of Zubov. Rangers management had some issues with Zubov's toughness. Zubov complained about a sore wrist and had surgery against the wishes of Rangers management.
Sergei Zubov was at Lenox Hill Hospital instead of practice today, having a bone chip removed from his left wrist. That decision has been criticized by Ranger management, but Zubov's teammates have little reason to doubt the severity of his injury.
"I don't think Neil Smith knows what he's talking about," said fellow defenseman Brian Leetch, responding to recent comments made by the Rangers' president and general manager concerning Zubov's physical condition. "He's not going to get surgery for no reason, and I think if you ask other guys that have had it, like Adam Graves and Mark Messier, they will tell you that it is very painful."
Last week, Smith called Zubov's condition "a common tennis injury" and added, "But he says he can't shoot and the stick bothers his hand and we have to respect that."
After helping the Rangers defeat the Sabres, 4-2, at the Memorial Auditorium on Sunday night, Zubov had even more difficulty drawing sympathy from management. In that game, the defenseman finished with a pair of goals, one coming in the second period on a blazing wrist shot from between the circles and the other on a strong wrist shot in the closing seconds of the contest that traveled the length of the ice and into an open net.
"You see a game like that and you wonder," said Rangers Coach Colin Campbell, who had been trying to get Zubov to put off surgery for another week so that he would miss action during a slower part of the schedule. "
I've been overruling Dr. Zubov for about four weeks. He has trouble wristing the puck, if you can believe that.
That is why Zubov was jettisoned out of New York. The Ranger players supported Zubov's decision.
Rangers management thought Zubov was soft.
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