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09-25-2003, 09:16 AM
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I actually think the toughest choices await on defense. Assuming that Malakhov is ready to start the season and Leetch is not (not 100% sure that's true in either case), there will be 6 defensemen with NHL on the roster and at least one (if not two) rookies who have never played an NHL game. In a perfect world, at least one of those rookies would get some significant playing time until Leetch comes back. However, since we know that the Ranger organization is not living there, that most likely means that the kids sit and the veterans play.

If anyone gets picked up in the waiver draft, it's a journeyman defenseman, who can provide "stability" in case there are injuries to the experienced d-men. Sather isn't going to rely on complete rookies in the case he needs a call-up due to injuries.

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