The opposite edge to the MZA sword is bringing him up just when he's getting comfortable in Hartford and getting a lot of ice time and confidence. I honestly wouldn't even be mad if they kept him there at least a little longer, and maybe called up someone else for a bit first.
He's obviously in groove down (up) there, and I would hate to see that ruined by a few bad games in the NHL.
On the other hand, he may just translate right over and light it up. Which would be optimal obviously.
Now it is likely the Rangers will play in the neighborhood of the next six weeks without Ryan Callahan, who suffered a broken left hand blocking a Kris Letang shot just 4:42 into last night's match.
The injury is believed similar to the one suffered last year by Brandon Dubinsky, who was out from Nov. 7 to Dec. 14 with a broken hand sustained blocking a shot, though Callahan will know more after he's examined today in New York.
Tortorella said he had yet to discuss a roster move with GM Glen Sather, who did not make the trip. Mats Zuccarello, who has scored six goals in his last 11 games for the AHL Whalers and is 12-10 in 29 games will receive consideration, but there are questions about his skating and his ability to play top-six minutes.
The Rangers could shirt Drury into Callahan's spot on the line with Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov while recalling Dale Weise to play on the fourth line with Sean Avery and Christensen, who received 7:43 and 7:41, respectively.
With Derek Boogaard out with a sprained shoulder, the Blueshirts have one healthy spare, Todd White. Callahan likely will miss a month or more, and the Rangers might call up Evgeny Grachev or Dale Weise, but probably not diminutive Mats Zuccarello, if they need someone on the fourth line. The depleted Rangers host Phoenix Thursday
I don`t understand why people think that a couple of games in the big league would hamper MZA`s development ? Remember that he is not some 19 year old comming straight from a junior league. He is 23 years old has been a star in one of the best leagues in europe and has also played in the olympics and the IHWC several times. I think that this could be a great time to let him have a taste of NHL hockey while his confidence is great and the team is also doing well.
I have seen him play alot since he was a kid and i have also seen many Hartford/CT games this year and he is ready. I think he could really help this team, especially on the power-play.
Let him play with Dubi and Anisimov. Place Drury with Gabs and Stephan and put Fedotenko on the fourth line with Avery and EC.
What the hell is happening this season... R we ever gonna be healthy?!!! This sux. Cally IS The heart and soul of this team.
I hear you man.. but Cally is expected to miss around 13-16 games which is not too bad at all. Cally plays a fearless game and blocks a tons of shots. It is bound to happen he is going to get injuries like this the way he plays.
However, it is perfect timing that Drury is back now so there should not be a big difference in production and leadership with Drury kind of replacing Cally.