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08-24-2011, 10:08 PM
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Wojtek's Busy Summer

First sessions with Barb Underhill (there you heard her name one more time) and now Gary Robert's BioSteel training camp.

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The BioSteel camp is in its second year, and it's basically just a week of hard training done in Toronto by 30 or so top level players with trainers Matt Nichol and Gary Roberts.

Players pay their own way to go to the camp, and there's now a waiting list to get in. It takes place at an undisclosed location so that fans and autograph seekers don't show up.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle2140105/

The guy deserves some credit. It appears he may have gotten Tortorella's message last May. This could be interesting.

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08-24-2011, 10:11 PM
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Him having a 45-50 point season goes a long way to increasing our chances in this conference.

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Good for him!

Hope it turns into production. I believe it will, figuring it's his contract year to add to that...

It's great to see our boys put extra work in during the summer to improve.

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Is that what MDZ did last year? Great.

Kidding kidding. Glad to see W2 put in work. Don't see how this helps his game much though, since even though he's a big dude he's not really one to go in the dirty areas.

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I'm glad he's putting in the effort off the ice this offseason, but the problem with Wolski has never been his off-ice work ethic, it's what goes on ice.

I don't know if these off ice training sessions will help him be more consistent and focused on the ice, but that's what he needs to work on. It's more mental then physical in my opinion.

With that said of course he is working hard this offseason. The man is in a contract year and is looking to cash in. As long as he can be somewhat consistent this year we should be ok. The minute he starts to slow down then it really makes that LW void (even if Dubinsky is filling it) a lot more noticeable, and hurts our LW depth tremendously.

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As an outsider looking in it's quite impressive how much initiative some guys on the Rangers are taking to improve their game. Last year it was Brian Boyle taking skating lessons, which paid HUGE dividends for him. This year Wolski's trying to improve himself...hell even Avery is practicing his physical game by getting into altercations with the Police .

But seriously though, the Rangers' culture has come a long way in like five years.

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Great news. I really hope that he comes through for us next season

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As an outsider looking in it's quite impressive how much initiative some guys on the Rangers are taking to improve their game. Last year it was Brian Boyle taking skating lessons, which paid HUGE dividends for him. This year Wolski's trying to improve himself...hell even Avery is practicing his physical game by getting into altercations with the Police .

But seriously though, the Rangers' culture has come a long way in like five years.
And yet somehow we are still stigmatized as an organization that only goes out and gets the big ticket free agents, and has no idea how to develop a player/system.

I'm glad that outsiders are taking notice. We have come a long way in that when we actually go out and get a big player, it's a player that actually fits in perfectly with what we're doing moving forward. Not just spending money because we can.

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This is why I don't want to trade Wolski yet. The guy wants it. Can't say he's not trying. Let's just hope it turns into on ice production.

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If Wolski played to his potential it would go such a long way.

Imagine this dude just figures it out and becomes that perfect fit with Richards and Gaborik.

His on ice effort it the problem, yes, but if the guy is working this hard over the off season to improve it's surely going to yield results on the ice in some way, shape or form.

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Been saying it for awhile, Wolski will shock us.

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Expecting a solid year from Wolski, IF he is cast in the correct role by Tortorella (or, in other words, being played with Anisimov/Callahan in favor of being played with Richards/Gaborik). He has a lot of natural skill, and if he could start using that skill to create space for himself, he could be one hell of a secondary scorer.

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Whether it works out remains to be seen, but gotta love seeing this out of Wolski. Hope he can put together a strong season, and hope to see him be a mainstay with Richards and Gaborik.

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Good to see him putting in a lot of effort. This is a make or break year for him, he needs to prove he can stay in the NHL and he knows it. 45 < points would be great and would go a long way towards helping the team in the secondary scoring department. Come on Wojtek, you can do it!!! (Rob Schneider voice)

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Ok, putting in a top effort. Nice to hear.

If he shows up to camp and wows us, then ill be impressed. If he becomes a legitimate threat on the top line with Richy and Gabby, then kudos to Slats and Torts (and WW). Its only smart on his end. Hes in his walk year, hes got a shot to play with top end talent on a first line with an opening all ready for him. 1+1=2.

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I think we'd all be amazed if we saw Wolski use all his talent. The guy has a lot of skill inconsistency has plagued him so far. If he played at his peak all season he would be the perfect fit at 1st line LW imo.

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If he played at his peak all season he would be the perfect fit at 1st line LW imo.
I still don't see the fit — talent wise, yes, he could certainly hold his own with Gaborik and Richards, but that line needs a strong presence on the ice. One that is good along the boards, tough, and physically intimidating, while still having a bit of a scoring touch. Obviously, that isn't Wolski. That's Dubinsky to a tee. I sincerely hope that Tortorella sees this, because Dubinsky-Richards-Gaborik has the potential to be the best Rangers line since Straka-Nylander-Jagr in 06-07, possibly better.

Wolski's role is already filled by Gaborik — so, they wouldn't be a good fit toegther, now with Richards in tow. At his 'peak', he'd be an amazing fit on the 2nd line. Wolski-Anisimov-Callahan would be a versatile combo of grit, smarts, talent, and skills. It allows Wolski to focus solely on the offensive side of the game, which is his forte. Putting him with two already relatively mediocre defensive players in Gaborik and Richards gives him more responsibility, and while it would be nice if he could handle that, he has shown he isn't capable of doing so. Putting him on a line with two defensively sound players will definitely bring out the best of him.

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I still don't see the fit talent wise, yes, he could certainly hold his own with Gaborik and Richards, but that line needs a strong presence on the ice. One that is good along the boards, tough, and physically intimidating, while still having a bit of a scoring touch. Obviously, that isn't Wolski. That's Dubinsky to a tee. I sincerely hope that Tortorella sees this, because Dubinsky-Richards-Gaborik has the potential to be the best Rangers line since Straka-Nylander-Jagr in 06-07, possibly better.

Wolski's role is already filled by Gaborik so, they wouldn't be a good fit toegther, now with Richards in tow. At his 'peak', he'd be an amazing fit on the 2nd line. Wolski-Anisimov-Callahan would be a versatile combo of grit, smarts, talent, and skills. It allows Wolski to focus solely on the offensive side of the game, which is his forte. Putting him with two already relatively mediocre defensive players in Gaborik and Richards gives him more responsibility, and while it would be nice if he could handle that, he has shown he isn't capable of doing so. Putting him on a line with two defensively sound players will definitely bring out the best of him.
Fair points, but I see it a different way. If he is able to use the talents he has, playing with Richards and Gaborik would suit him better. Wolski would have more room to operate on the ice with the defense focusing on Richards and Gaborik, which would give him more opportunities to score.

I see AA and Cally playing a more grind it out, down low style which Duby is a better fit for. Unless I am missing a point where Wolski succeeded last year with AA and Cally, I think he could get lost in that style of play and we wouldn't get the most out of the talents he has.

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Been saying it for awhile, Wolski will shock us.
I hope so goose !

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Fair points, but I see it a different way. If he is able to use the talents he has, playing with Richards and Gaborik would suit him better. Wolski would have more room to operate on the ice with the defense focusing on Richards and Gaborik, which would give him more opportunities to score.
This is how I see it:

Richards' game revolves around the cylce. Neither of Gaborik or Wolski are good board players; if you put Richards with two linemates that cannot positively affect his style of play, you're setting him up to fail.

Dubinsky is a perfect fit on that line. He'll work the boards with Richards, while Gaborik gets open in the front of the net.

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I see AA and Cally playing a more grind it out, down low style which Duby is a better fit for. Unless I am missing a point where Wolski succeeded last year with AA and Cally, I think he could get lost in that style of play and we wouldn't get the most out of the talents he has.
Wolski's game is similar to Gaborik's, in that he doesn't really seize the play, but he lets the play come to him. Playing on a line with Anisimov and Callahan, he won't have to make his own space. Their board play will open space for him, and allow him to be that stealth scorer that he is.

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I'm not sold, but Boyle proved last year that anything can happen with an improved mindset along with hard work in the offseason.

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Been saying it for awhile, Wolski will shock us.
From your mouth to God's ear.

I've been very critical of Wolski. The way he disappeared for long stretches last season was brutal. It's great to see him working hard. I'd love to be shocked.

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Him having a 45-50 point season goes a long way to increasing our chances in this conference.
that's about his normal point totals. He needs to do that and play a better all-around game. The point totals were never the problem, the off nights, turnovers, softness and terrible hockey IQ have been the problem.

It's promising that he's putting in the work. Hopefully he hits the books, too.

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Wolski is putting in the effort you can't ask for anymore than that, hopefully it yields results on the ice.

Good luck to the guy

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This is how I see it:

Richards' game revolves around the cylce. Neither of Gaborik or Wolski are good board players; if you put Richards with two linemates that cannot positively affect his style of play, you're setting him up to fail.

Dubinsky is a perfect fit on that line. He'll work the boards with Richards, while Gaborik gets open in the front of the net.



Wolski's game is similar to Gaborik's, in that he doesn't really seize the play, but he lets the play come to him. Playing on a line with Anisimov and Callahan, he won't have to make his own space. Their board play will open space for him, and allow him to be that stealth scorer that he is.
That's why I think Dubinsky would be a better fit as well. Wolski is inot an aggressive or physical player and if and until that changes I'd rather slot Dubinsky with Richards/Gaborik and anyway it's more important for us that Brandon becomes a 60-70 point guy. He's one of the main youthful faces on the team and also a guy who might possibly be wearing an A. Nice to see Wojtek putting in the extra work though.

By the way no one's mentioned it but John Mitchell is at the Nichols/Roberts camp too.

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