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07-02-2011, 11:49 AM
Rich Nash
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
None were even as close to as good as Fedotenko. You have a gross under appreciation for what it means to play hockey away from the puck. Slow? He was one of the most consistently effective players on the team last season. He rarely had a bad game. He rarely wasn't one of the best defensive forwards on the team. He's clearly in excellent shape, since his effort didn't wane from game to game.

Why do people want a guy like him around? Because he's smart. He's a good decisionmaker. He has good fundamentals. He has above-average hockey sense. Significantly above-average. It's certainly possible that Hagelin does as well (in fact, he definitely does), and if he makes that clear in training camp, Fedotenko will be moved. But there is no need to rush anyone, including Hagelin.

For 1.4 mill, you get an excellent penalty killer, a guy who is reliable and dependable in any type of situation, who can fill in on an offensive line if necessary due to injury, who is well-positioned, a good stick checker, and absolutely no problem playing a physical, nasty game along the boards. He's also a lot stronger than people give him credit for.

I was shocked that he was brought into training camp last season, because his 09-10 season was horrible. But how any Ranger fan can not be in love with this guy after last season is mind boggling. He was one of the most consistent players on the team, and IMO, the most important and best player on the Feds-Boyle-Prust line.
Agreed. I don't think that line's nearly as good without Feds and everything he does.

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