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05-17-2010, 12:51 PM
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I really think AA wouldve been sent down if there was any other suitable replacement at center.
I disagree. Rookies don't get sent down because they aren't scoring. They get sent down because they are making mistakes that cost the team. By all accounts, Artie's defensive play was very good.
What impressed the Rangers’ coaching staff the most about the 6-foot-4 Russian was his strong defensive play, and his smart play away from the puck. The coaching staff often referred to Anisimov as one of the smartest players on the team throughout the year.
“The reason why we kept playing him even when he wasn’t scoring is because Artie was so reliable defensively and so smart with the puck, making smart decisions,” explained Tortorella.
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