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Rangers 1st Line LW

View Poll Results: 1st line LW?
Brandon Dubinsky 40 37.04%
Wojtek Wolski 48 44.44%
Mats Zuccarello 0 0%
Brian Boyle 3 2.78%
Derek Stepan 3 2.78%
Mike Rupp 3 2.78%
Carl Hagelin 0 0%
Sean Avery 11 10.19%
Brandon Prust 0 0%
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08-11-2011, 11:31 AM
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How about this. I may be the only one, but I don't think I am, that thinks Anisimov has some hidden chemistry with Gaborik. Most people want D-Step to stay at Center, as do I. Maybe we can move Arty to LW and try this.

Anisimov-Richards-Gaborik
Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan
Wolski-Rupp/Boyle-Fedotenko/Zuccarello
Fedotenko/Zuccarello (if Zucc, switch him to RW and put Prust at LW)-Rupp/Boyle-Prust

Just my 2 cents. I think it would work very nicely. Also, if we want Stepan to develop into the best he can be, look no further, have him play with Duby and Cally, two guys who know what it's all about. I'd rather Stepan play and develop between Duby and Cally than play and develop between Wolski and Zuccarello
We can all speculate whats gonna be. But what worked generally makes the most sense.

Both Dubi and Cally credit AA for the success their line had last season.

Go with what works.

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08-11-2011, 11:37 AM
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Mike Rupp. That is why we signed him. Wolski cannot fight. Without protection Richards will be another Lindros.

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08-11-2011, 11:38 AM
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alright let's get this over with, we all know who should be up there, let's stop the arguing. The clear cut choice for top line LW is Brendan Bell.

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I'd slot Dubi on the first line and WW on the 2nd...

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Let's fast forward to November 15th (let's say). I want everyone here to remember that Zen told you that Derek Stepan will be the top-line LW.

BTW- how hasn't he gotten any votes???

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08-11-2011, 11:47 AM
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Let's fast forward to November 15th (let's say). I want everyone here to remember that Zen told you that Derek Stepan will be the top-line LW.

BTW- how hasn't he gotten any votes???
Because most of us want to see him continue to progress as a Center. After lacking a #1 center for SO LONG, it's so nice and refreshing to have Stepan come in and put up 40+ points as a rookie center. Let him progress as a center so he can take over when Richards is out of gas. Arty and Step are our only hopes right now for future top-6 centers.

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08-11-2011, 11:51 AM
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I am 50/50 on this. Part of me says has to be Dubi since he is the best LW on the team but then he would be off the Packline. Wolski has been working hard in the offseason and needs to be a top 6 to be successfull

in the end I am voting for the best player Dubinsky as 1st line LW

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Mike Rupp. That is why we signed him. Wolski cannot fight. Without protection Richards will be another Lindros.
Good point! Didn't even think about him protecting our 2 top players. I think of Rupp more of an agitator than a fighter like Avery,... that can forecheck and create havoc in the crease. He has got some skill in those areas. I'm surprised more Rangers fans don't think more highly of him. He always played well against us. You always noticed him on the ice. Always someone getting in his face. Always making something happen for his team. I think he would fit well with Gabby and Richards. Same goes for Avery for the same reasons.

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Good point! Didn't even think about him protecting our 2 top players. I think of Rupp more of an agitator than a fighter like Avery,... that can forecheck and create havoc in the crease. He has got some skill in those areas. I'm surprised more Rangers fans don't think more highly of him. He always played well against us. You always noticed him on the ice. Always someone getting in his face. Always making something happen for his team. I think he would fit well with Gabby and Richards. Same goes for Avery for the same reasons.
Richards will be good with whoever but if you are basing it on his last few yrs Dubinsky is more of a grinder like Neal and Gaborik a sniper like Erickson

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Something interesting I just thought of and totally hypothetical seeing as he is in the KHL now

Obviously no one here was impressed with Frolov's job here as a Ranger and all his wraparounds

However, if you had the chance to choose between Wolski and Frolov for our top LW spot for the upcoming season, who would you choose? Given the talent of our first line this year I don't think Frolov would suffer as greatly as he did last year.

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Something interesting I just thought of and totally hypothetical seeing as he is in the KHL now

Obviously no one here was impressed with Frolov's job here as a Ranger and all his wraparounds

However, if you had the chance to choose between Wolski and Frolov for our top LW spot for the upcoming season, who would you choose? Given the talent of our first line this year I don't think Frolov would suffer as greatly as he did last year.
Wolski. He is 25, has more talent than Frolov, and Frolov had a serious knee injury.

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Richards will be good with whoever but if you are basing it on his last few yrs Dubinsky is more of a grinder like Neal and Gaborik a sniper like Erickson
Forget Dubi. Why does everyone want to break up the Pack line? Torts is not gonna break up a successful line to fix another. Dubi is not in the running for that spot.

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Something interesting I just thought of and totally hypothetical seeing as he is in the KHL now

Obviously no one here was impressed with Frolov's job here as a Ranger and all his wraparounds

However, if you had the chance to choose between Wolski and Frolov for our top LW spot for the upcoming season, who would you choose? Given the talent of our first line this year I don't think Frolov would suffer as greatly as he did last year.
Frolov without a doubt, he did actually put the effort in last year but nothing went right for him and he just couldn't find the net

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Something interesting I just thought of and totally hypothetical seeing as he is in the KHL now

Obviously no one here was impressed with Frolov's job here as a Ranger and all his wraparounds

However, if you had the chance to choose between Wolski and Frolov for our top LW spot for the upcoming season, who would you choose? Given the talent of our first line this year I don't think Frolov would suffer as greatly as he did last year.
Wolski is younger and more skilled but Frolov works harder.

I'd probably go with Fro. If he could just score last season, he'd have been perfect.

He did everything but score last year.

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I think Torts will rotate both Rupp and Fedotenko and possibly Boyle through that line throughout games. I wouldn't expect any (1) of those guys to play 22 minutes, but I think they will all see some time up there and all be around 10-13 minutes a night. I think that is the best way to go about it because Fedotenko and Boyle especially deserve more than 5-8 minutes of ice time a game.

I just want to point out that Wolski had a total of 12 goals last year. Boyle had 21 and is MUCH better defensively.

Just throwing it out there.
Last year will prove to be a career year offensively for Mr. Brian Boyle. Everything went in the first three months of the year and then he went back to normal; not scoring.

He can center our 4th line and that is fine. But please with the first line talk and him playing wing on other lines. He does not have the skill and his improved skating makes him a better checker, which is what he is. And I agree, against certain high powered teams, he deserves more than 5 - 8 minutes a game. He should be working on faceoffs and using his large frame more to his advantage to get pucks out of the zone.

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You guys really think AA will be on the second line over Steps?

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You guys really think AA will be on the second line over Steps?
Yes. AA is very strong defensively and has chemistry with Callahan. Stepan, Boyle, Zucc/Feds will be a very solid 3rd line that can get enough minutes for Stepan to succeed.

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I went with Wolski. I think he'll thrive playing with Gaborik and Richards.
I would think that at 3.9M and on the last year of his deal, he gets the first audition.

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I voted Dubinsky.

But I'd be thrilled if Wolski wins the spot from him. Because I am confident in what Dubinsky will bring regardless of what line he is on; but am not confident Wolski will perform well enough to keep up with Richards and Gaborik for most of the season.

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Mike Rupp. That is why we signed him. Wolski cannot fight. Without protection Richards will be another Lindros.
We signed Mike Rupp to play 1st line LW? I must have missed that explanation by sather in the press releases and conferences.

If BR was in any danger of being seriously susceptible to another concussion the rangers wouldnt have spent as much money as they did on him.

Mike Rupp on the 1st line to protect BR? Get real.

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Rupp will get some ice time with those 2. You can bet on iit.

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Rupp will get some ice time with those 2. You can bet on iit.
I'm not saying he wont get SOME, which still wont be much. But I'm not gona listen to people make false claims that rupp was signed to protect BR. If he gets ice time with those two its bc of his size and ability around the net.

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How about this. I may be the only one, but I don't think I am, that thinks Anisimov has some hidden chemistry with Gaborik. Most people want D-Step to stay at Center, as do I. Maybe we can move Arty to LW and try this.

Anisimov-Richards-Gaborik
Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan
Wolski-Rupp/Boyle-Fedotenko/Zuccarello
Fedotenko/Zuccarello (if Zucc, switch him to RW and put Prust at LW)-Rupp/Boyle-Prust

Just my 2 cents. I think it would work very nicely. Also, if we want Stepan to develop into the best he can be, look no further, have him play with Duby and Cally, two guys who know what it's all about. I'd rather Stepan play and develop between Duby and Cally than play and develop between Wolski and Zuccarello

And if Hagelin makes the team, switch out Zuccarello for Hagelin. Because most likely, that's the spot he'll be taking, Zucc's.
I'm with majority here - put Wolski in this spot over Dubi because Pack line should stay intact - it worked last year and should be counted on to, at very least, repeat its last year's success. IMHO, if you don't like Wolski on the 1st line then your choices are either Fedotenko or Stepan and again, Stepan should continue to develop as a center after what he shown last year. So Fedotenko might work if you don't think Wolski fits.

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