I think McDonagh and one of Valentenko/Sauer make the team this season. IMO, Gilroy will be moved by the end of training camp to a team who has had an injury and is looking for a young defenseman with some upside for a pick or a prospect.
Although it would be pretty ironic to see a top-pairing of Redden-Gilroy in Hartford/Connecticut
McD will make the team in my opinion. He looked solid the other night I thought - I'm not sure where some of these other reports are coming from. He got beat by plain out foot speed but only by Parise and Kovy, two of the fastest skaters in the game. Aside from that he looked confident and really, really, strong. He was tossing some of those guys around out there.
I think Tank brings what Torts wants the most, that is a nasty player with a good point shot. We need both of those things badly. If he plays well I'd expect him to make the team as well.
I'm looking forward to seeing Valentenko play tonight. Some people feel he needs some time at Hartford. It's pretty much McDonagh's job to lose.
I'm hoping that Sauer wins the job on the right side. Having a bottom pair of McDonagh-Sauer the rangers will have a much more physical bottom pair than last year with Redden and Gilroy. Both were soft and not good offensively or defensively. I think Semenov or Eminger will be the 7th defenseman.
Both players looks to be the same.. good size, steady players... This team really has some good depth with players like Valentenko and McD
I really am not sure of the reasons why the Canadians basically threw in McD in that trade for Gomez. From what I can see from McD, he looks to be an NHL player.. Perhaps a Girardi type player in time. Maybe McD was sleeping with Gainey's daiughter or something... Who knows.. lol
I really didn't see much of Valentenko. Hopefully I can get a good read on him tonight. I saw by watching McDonagh that he has loads of potential, but he seemed pretty nervous out there which is understandable. Not quite sure how to word this but you could tell he was a rookie out there.