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01-14-2013, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
Sure, we can discuss it. I just wholeheartedly disagree with you considering Callahan, being the Rangers best all-around forward, should be playing more than 10-15 minutes a night at ES.

Kreider needs to learn to play both ways. Let him develop on the 3rd line and when Torts mixes up the lines bring him up if he proves he can be consistent.

Callahan had 29 goals last year. 29. Kreider played in the NCAA. We all hope Kreider turns out to be a good player but taking away the Rangers best all-around forward's minutes is not a good way to go about that.
Originally Posted by Antithesis View Post
You put Kreider with other offensive players you're making that line a defensive liability.
First of all, how many of Callahan's goals were ES? All stats show he is a pedestrian (offensive) ES player, and no Kreider-in-the-top-6-supporter (or whatever you want to call us) will argue against Callahan getting top PP/PK time. He will still get his goals on the PP, will still get his ice time, and will still get his points at ES (which favor a rough forecheck/cycle style anyway- which is what he'd be doing with Boyle and Pyatt. He would not be doing that with Stepan and Gaborik, while also forcing Gaborik to his non-natural LW since Callahan was terrible on his off-wing)

@ Antithesis, any line you put Kreider on will be somewhat of a defensive liability, because he's not a good defensive player, which is why I would 100% rather put him on a line where he's not being counted on to shutdown the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Giroux, Kovalchuk, Tavares.etc

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