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09-27-2011, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Drewbackatu View Post
That's all well and good but in the event (probably unlikely) that Grachev develops into the offensive player a lot of fans/hf posters thought he might end up being, then you really have to look at Ken Gernander with a raised eyebrow.
Not really.

Grachev has to take some of that blame as well seeing as how he NEVER showed in Hartford what he is showing now.

Anisimov flourished under Gernander.

Callahan flourished under Gernander.

Grachev not flourishing under Gernander is not all Gernanders fault.

Gernander has his marching orders, get the player prepared to play in the NHL. Grachev's game away from the puck was not NHL ready. Not by a long shot. That was the area in which Grachev needed work. That was the focus of his development. in Hartford.

If he makes this NHL this year and is even somewhat responsible defensively, then Gernander did his job and did it well as Grachev was not good at all defensively during his short stay in NY.

That said, he could be a 30-30 guy this year and I will still not care. He didn't want to be here, screw him. Simple as that.

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