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03-11-2009, 02:20 PM
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Line Changes: Avery up, Naslund down

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2009/0...ueasy-feeling/

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Nik Antropov didn’t practice today after getting “banged up” in the 3-0 loss to Carolina. Tortorella said he would be ready to go tomorrow as well.

As for the line, Tortorella made his first major switches since taking over. With Antropov out, Aaron Voros played with Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky. Sean Avery was on the second line with Scott Gomez and Nikolai Zherdev, and Markus Naslund played with Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.

The last line, Fredrik Sjostrom, Blair Betts and Colton Orr, remained intact.

On defense, Paul Mara played with Michal Rozsival and Derek Morris was with Wade Redden.

Avery said he played with Gomez about half the year in his previous stint as a Ranger.

“I think the way he’s coaching this team is you’re going to be rewarded on how you work,” said Avery, who will see more time with the new line if they are played tomorrow as practiced today.

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Ok, not bad. Little wake up call for Naslund to give a damn on the ice instead of floating around and rewarding Avery with some more ice time since he's played his ass off every shift since coming back.

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So y'think Voros is just a warm body cause he fer sure didn't do anything to earn that spot.

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So y'think Voros is just a warm body cause he fer sure didn't do anything to earn that spot.
He was just a body to hold the spot for Antropov until tomorrow.

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Wow...I thought this meant Naslund was SENT down to the minors. I got very excited.

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Ok, not bad. Little wake up call for Naslund to give a damn on the ice instead of floating around and rewarding Avery with some more ice time since he's played his ass off every shift since coming back.
Nazzy keeps on taking lazy tripping and hooking minors as well. So he sure deserves being "demoted" imo.

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Wow...I thought this meant Naslund was SENT down to the minors. I got very excited.
Yea it would be, like, totally awesome if our leading goal scorer got sent down to the minors.

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interesting. Nas might even work well with Korp but we will see.

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Accountability is a glorious thing. Nazzy has been floating around lately so hopefully this will motivate him. As for Avery on the 1st line, he'll grind it out and go hard to the net, an element that's been missing on that line since Cally was put on the 3rd line.

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Good moves.


But I'm going to go absolutely ape **** when Antropov finally gets some time with Zherdev, be it on the PP or on the first line.

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Good maybe now Naslund will stop trying to beat 3 guys into the zone with moves he hasn't had in 5 years

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you think maybe giving naslund less time on the ice could possibly make him more effective?

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I know Naslund cares out there and he wants to win, but sometimes it just looks like hes skating in mud. I just dont think he has to foot speed anymore and has lost a major step. Those Nucks fans in the summer werent kidding.

Bottom line is, he is a leader and he isnt getting the job done, therefore he wont play as much now... and thats true ACCOUNTABILITY... not that other half-assed hogwash that the former coach tried to enforce.

Torts said when he came here; "If i have to lean on em', I'll lean on em"

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I like the defensive changes, but won't be completely happy until Korps is at right wing and Dubi at center.

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I know Naslund cares out there and he wants to win, but sometimes it just looks like hes skating in mud. I just dont think he has to foot speed anymore and has lost a major step. Those Nucks fans in the summer werent kidding.
It is with much regret that I'm going to have to agree with this. Naslund is slow, and he looks a step behind because of that, not because of a lack of effort. It would be really hard to pull off, but I think sending him to Hartford next season would free up enough cash to get Dubinsky and Zherdev signed without having to get rid of one of the big 4. Maybe he'll throw us all a bone and hang 'em up.

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Do any of you guys ever watch teh games? Naslund is definitely not slow for a man his age. He seems to float around at times during the game, but he still backchecks.

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I like these moves. I been saying Naslund has been terrible

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Clearly Avery and Tortorella aren't getting along at all. Torts must want him gone already...

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Avery has been playing well. You know? When he leaves it all on the ice, and doesn't be a huge attention grabber... he's not that horrible. I like him just being the feisty winger out there, as opposed to the vogue-interning, trash-talking, in your face player.

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Naslund started to play a stronger backcheck, defensive style game when he was demoted to the third line for the Nucks last season. Not exactly what the team was wanting out of him. Don't expect him to take it as a wake-up call and go on fire offensively.

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Do any of you guys ever watch teh games? Naslund is definitely not slow for a man his age. He seems to float around at times during the game, but he still backchecks.
I agree with Levski here. He plays a softer game, which fans hate... but he gets the job done. Highest scorer on the team doesn't lie.

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It is with much regret that I'm going to have to agree with this. Naslund is slow, and he looks a step behind because of that, not because of a lack of effort. It would be really hard to pull off, but I think sending him to Hartford next season would free up enough cash to get Dubinsky and Zherdev signed without having to get rid of one of the big 4. Maybe he'll throw us all a bone and hang 'em up.
See i disagree there a bit, lack of effort results in hooking and tripping penalties IMO (of course not ALL but the ones he takes...)..If he knows he going to be a step behind someone then he's got to make the effort to lean the body into them, not be caught flat footed and reach his stick out. Or just let them go around. He's not the last line of defense and him letting them go around most likely inst creating an odd man rush. Smart penalties are one thing but his arent that type.

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I agree with Levski here. He plays a softer game, which fans hate... but he gets the job done. Highest scorer on the team doesn't lie.
It's not just the soft game that irks me with him but he shy's away from any contact whatsoever. Anytime someone comes near him when he has the puck he instantly turns over the puck. But hey, if he still gets the job done it's fine with me.

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Naslund started to play a stronger backcheck, defensive style game when he was demoted to the third line for the Nucks last season. Not exactly what the team was wanting out of him. Don't expect him to take it as a wake-up call and go on fire offensively.
Then he'll probably remain on the 3rd line. If hes not going to produce offense either way then he'll end up with less ice.

Nobody is expecting him to pop in 5 goals in the next 5 games now, but we would like a little more outta him at times.

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I agree with Levski here. He plays a softer game, which fans hate... but he gets the job done. Highest scorer on the team doesn't lie.
Doesn't help either that for such a soft player, hes 4th on the team in minor penalties(so those aren't roughing, crosschecking, elbowing, boarding type penalties)...we know what type those are.

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