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11-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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And, of course, the plan, eventually, is to work Tim Erixon back into the lineup but that’s down the road once he gets some seasoning at the AHL level.
They rushed Zucarello back from the minors last season. They should have given Stepan some time in the minors, but they didn't. They have a tendency to rush things. Erixon needs 2-3 months in Hartford. Less, and it's not as worthwhile an experience, IMO.
If they need to call someone up, there's a guy who has yet to receive a real opportunity. His strengths are some of this team's weaknesses, and his faults are some of this team's strengths. I don't mean to harp on it, but based on this kind of comment, if Valentenko continues to play well while healthy, he should be their next call up if they need a defenseman. He's yet to receive a real shot. I hate mismanagement of assets, something the Rangers do time and again. Properly evaluate your assets, and then figure out what the best thing to do with them is.
The addition of Stralman means they probably won't be looking to call anyone up in the near future. You never know with injuries, but it probably won't be till December or January.
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