Regarding Grachev,he has been given more responsibility and he has played better. Even Bruce Berlet who has written many nice things about Grachev wrote a few days ago Grachev could be in line for another stint with the Rangers. So actually it appears Grachev is starting to find his game.
Burke was quoted on HNIC from an interview proclaiming Grabo is one of the pieces he wants to keep going forward. He also mentioned MacArthur. I sincerely doubt he will be dumping these guys anytime soon, especially not for table scraps with bloated contracts, or 2-3rd picks.
Frolov was better 5 on 5, more of an offensive threat and strong below the hash marks and behind the nets. Drury is a good face-off man and better PK'er than Frolov.
Tortorella stated somewhere at some point when Drury was returning that he had spoken with him and indicated that this was the young core's (Dubinsky, Cally, Staal, etc.'s) team now and Drury was on board. As a result, would not shock me if Cally is given the "C" next year and Drury gets relegated to "A". Happened in Dallas with Morrow and Modano. Again, not saying it will necessarily, but if Cally is the leader and more vocal in the locker room, why delay the inevitable?
i would have a lot of respect for him if Drury turned the C over.
****. I still had hopes that Fro would bust out and go on a tear.
Ya i really dont know why people were so hard on this guy. Its not easy to go from LA for so many years and to NY and expect to produce the first few games. His game has progressed and is loss as i said before.
Sure itīs sad for Alex but what will you do? I mean itīs ok we got enough good players @ the Whale and the Wolski trade gave us even more depth. Alex didnīt used his potential all season long and i think if he hadnīt get hurt he would have been traded...
I'm not quite sure what happened with him, he's been declining the past few seasons, but he should be entering his prime, he's 28! His best seasons were 06-08 and he's been on a steady decline since then. He has about the same amount of ice time and points as prust does, except prust plays with a lot less talent and plays a different role on the team.
Next season he's either going to the KHL or will get at best a very small 1 year contract to prove himself.