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08-26-2012, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kershaw View Post
Rangers didn't give him a proper chance IMO. Same thing happened with Erixon.
Hardly. Zuccarello got his chance, and was OK. Nothing special. He was awful in the playoffs ('11) and fairly useless for the most part this year, although he was decent down the stretch until he broke his hand, which is unlucky, but when he recovered, we were well into the ECF and there's no point in messing with the lineup to 'experiment' that deep. He made the decision to bolt to the KHL instead of stay and try to make it during the preseason after having a strong finish.

As for Erixon, again, he was OK, but he was far from physically ready and was not exactly a vital piece of the organization. The Rangers have loads of talented defenseman, and McIlrath/Skjei are there to replace him. There's a difference between not giving him a chance and trading him in a deal such as the Nash one.

I fear for our non-NA prospects when they jump over to NA. (Hagelin excluded)
Why? If they earn a spot, they earn a spot. Whether or not they're European means nothing. I don't care if Zuccarello was Canadian, he wouldn't have had a spot. Neither would Erixon.

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