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10-27-2011, 02:57 PM
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Looking at what Filatov drew in, and what Don Maloney and Sather's history together has shown us. I would trade
'12 3rd round pick
Filatov who was the 6th overall pick in '08 had his misgivings with Columbus, going back to Russia, whining about his playing time, not being happy with the AHL stints. He got a 3 round pick in return with Scott Howson (a Sather protege) cutting his losses.
Turris is in a very similar situation to Filatov, except he doesn't have the Russian factor about him. Both he and Filatov were mismanaged but there's no point in arguing semantics there.
Don Maloney (like Howson another Sather protege), likes his Czech defenseman, trading for both Rosival and Klesla just last season. Much like the trade for Wolski, and Zherdev (traded by Howson for Tyutin) we are in a situation where a small market team with a disgruntled skilled player is availble and their GMs have a history with ours. Sather has shown a penchant for making these deals, trading a top 4 capable defenseman for a skilled player hoping to breakout here, only to have disappointing results. Could third time be the charm?
Turris isn't European and unlike Wolski, he has never played (or earned) top six minutes. I would have no problems with Turris being the 4th line shootout specialist, and the skilled utility player that Torts likes to use over Wolski and Christensen.
Some AHL time wouldn't hurt where Turris can work on his conditioning and learn the system, he doesn't have to clear waivers yet.
We are also seeing this team take a very North American and Swedish turn in our system. Trading away Grachev and Horak this past off season, so seeing Kundrateck go wouldn't come as a surprise. He is a solid pro defensman and the Rangers have shown that they can develop NHL players under Sather's regime, with the likes of Grachev, Weise, Potter, and Horak as NHL rookies this year on other teams. Not to mention the bunch that is on the NYR roster.
The 2008 draft was a good one for us with Del Zotto, Stephan on the big squad, and Wiese and Grachev playing NHL minutes. I think Kundratek can play in the NHL as well with his size, mobility, toughness and defensive acumen. He's not a world beater by any cmeans, but Gernander and co have graduated many defensmen through their ranks in recent years and I think the Kundratek is no different.
The 3rd round pick is there since Kundratek isn't an NHL player. Filatov only got a third in return.
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