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09-30-2013, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
I can understand being concerned about Tolchinsky and his size, but what I don't understand is why the Rangers passed on him with their history of signing other smallish forwards like JAM, Tessier, Locke, etc. His contract would slide. Perhaps they didn't take Carolina seriously as an option for him?
Different players, different situations. It's obvious that the Rangers see something in him or else they wouldnt have invited him to Traverse City. I don't remember the timing of the other signings you mentioned but we were right up against the contract limit when Tolchinsky was an option for us. The Rangers weren't ready to commit prior to TC, I guess. Could he beat the odds and become an NHLer? Sure. We should remember though that 30 teams combined to pass on him a total of 211 times. And, also important to note, 211 times even not having to guarantee him a contract.

Thought this interview with MacKenzie Skapski was interesting. Speaks about Benoit Allaire and a few other things.

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