Rangers/Hartford for next year-who goes/who stays
View Single Post
02-21-2006, 12:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
I'm not saying that he should not be given a shot. I just don't think the guy will ever end up being a player in the NHL.
And it seems like he's dropping down the depth chart (behind Staal and Sauer — arguably behind Baranka). If the Rangers are serious about bringing Rachunek back to compete for a job, Pock drops even further. And they could upgrade via free agency.
Fair enough. However, in the context of next year, I see only Staal as someone who is going to have a better chance than Pock to play in the NHL. Sauer will be too young for Hartford so will probably be sent back to his junior team. I do not thik that Sauers' good play this year is anything like that of Staal who is showing himself to be virtually too good for juniors. Baranka I would like to see but get the feeling that the Rangers brass views him as being more of am '07-08 addittion, rather than next year. Until I see Rachunek here, I am not going to believe it. And do not think that there is much room for him here, IF an UFA is signed and a Rozsival is resigned.
That leaves only Lampman, who I would like to have a shot as well.
On another note, this just further illustrates why I am so much against Rozsival being brought back. I know that he probably will, but so much flexibility is lost by bringing him here. It's almost a scenario where a choice needs to be made of what is better, resigning Rozsival or signging a UFA defenseman. Without Rozsival, there are three spots available. Let's say a UFA signing makes it two. That would leave 2 spots for Staal, Lampman, Pock & Rachunek (if he comes over) to compete for. I would much rather have Staal & one of the other mentioned 3 (IF ready) & one UFA than 1 UFA, 1 Rozsival & 1 Staal.
Like I said, I know that Rozsival will be resigned, but IMO, much like Rucchin, Poti & Rucinsky, there is simply no room for him.
View Public Profile
True Blue's albums
Find More Posts by True Blue