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06-28-2011, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by MSG the place to be View Post
The best part about our D is that it is CHEAP and our top two guys are locked up for a few years.

We better keep it that way. Pour the money into the forwards.
Agree and agree with your previous post.

McIlrath can go back to juniors--pretty certain he could use some more development. Pashnin is most probably Connecticut bound and there is no hurry on Kundratek unless he's lights out in training camp. He's only had one pro season and is 21 or 22. He and the Rangers have plenty of time if his game needs tweaking. Del Zotto at this point is iffy as well. Might spend part of the year in the NHL and another part in the AHL.

I would add that Parlett might be a good surprise and work his way into the mix before the year is out but he is Connecticut bound as well.

And anyone wondering about the need for surplus defensemen can look at Vancouver this year. In the finals they finally ran out. To go deep into the playoffs you need 9-10 d-men you have some faith in--whether you can find NHL roster spots for them or not. The Rangers are setting their defense up that way and I think it's a good idea.

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