Conor Allen needs to be playing every day to develop his game, rather than playing two or three times a month with the Rangers.
Kundratek is exceptionally mediocre. What does he bring that's an upgrade over Falk or Johnson?
Guys hit waivers for a reason. I know everyone always thinks that other teams' trash is better than our trash, but it usually isn't.
Aaron Johnson is a replaceable part with little upside.
Kundratek is 23, righty and 6'2".
I believe in Ulf and AV being more committed to developing guys than Torts/Sully were.
AV's comment about keeping 8D were smart.
The top 6D will have nicks and bad games, there may be icetime for Allen.
He can always go down at a later date for game experience.
If we don't claim TK, I'd make the same argument for Hughes. Aside from his flubbed pass/shot, i liked his game last night.
Both Allen and Hughes seem more ready than McIlrath.
Defense (9): Conor Allen, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, John Moore, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman
Forward (19): Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Darroll Powe, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello
People seem to forget that the reason the Rangers traded Kundratek in the first place was because he asked them to. So what if he just doesn't want to be part of the Rangers organization? His main gripe if I remember right was he didn't believe he was getting a fair shot and is there anyone here that actually believes he would crack our top 6?--when what he's proven so far in his career is that he's a borderline NHL/AHL player. If the Rangers did grab him it is likely that if he made the NHL squad he would play very little and not be happy and also likely that if he went to Hartford he would be unhappy too. Why would we want this guy back?
There were honestly people on here frothing at the mouth and calling me an idiot for not caring much about that trade.
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