Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Grachev, Newbury, Del Zotto recalled by NYR
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01-30-2011, 10:49 PM
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Schoenfeld made these comments last night about MDZ. He was at the Whale games this weekend

ďHeís back on track as far as an incremental upgrade of his entire game,Ē said Schoenfeld, who saw Del Zotto play three of his first 10 games with the Whale and the two games on his first recall to the Rangers. ďAs has been documented, itís a tough position being the last line of defense before the goalie, so your mistakes are glaring. And because of his ability, Michael also adds an offensive element to his game, and when youíre put on the power play, you have to produce, and if you arenít, you look at somebody else.

ďBut you donít have to be off much to suffer greatly in both areas, and thatís all it was. He wasnít dreadful. He was just a little off his game for our expectations, and I think for his expectations. And we just felt the best thing for Michael was to go find his best game. It had nothing to do with sending a message. It was strictly hockey. He was not one of our top six (defensemen) in New York, so why have a young kid in and out of the lineup? So we wanted him to go find his best game, and I think he has done that

JJ Daigneault spoke to Bruce Berlet about MDZ

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