Discussion in 'National Hockey League' started by Frankie, Mar 1, 2017.
Beniot Allaire can turn an emergency goalie into a backup atleast so I'm not too worried.
Ronning to WolfPack on ATO doesn't surprise me. Got an assist in his first game. What did surprise me is the signing of Chris Nell. Goaltender out of Bowling Green State University. He is 22 and just finished his junior year. Per CapFriendly his cap hit is $925,000 for 2 years. This really catches me off guard. Why sign an NCAA goalie when you have Huska, Wall, Shestyorkin still to come? Maybe it's because the Rangers do not intend on bringing back Skapski or Hellberg. Both are free agents this summer... Maybe Benoit Allaire can work his magic on this guy and turn him into the next Cam Talbot.
I don't know what to make of the Rangers goaltending situation. If I had to guess what the Rangers do for next season, I'd assume Raanta is traded, Hellberg is let go, Skapski resigned for two years, leaving Hank, Skapski, Nell, and Halverson under contract. Then sign or find a goalie who is in a situation similiar to where Raanta was in Chicago and acquire them. Then Huska signs after next year, Wall the year after and Shesterkin when his contract at SKA is up.
I agree with what you are saying, but I have to pose this question: Can Skapski get to the next level? He had a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign where he succeeded in the AHL and got those two NHL starts, but after the hip injury it has been downhill ever since. Even now, despite all of Hartford's woes, he is struggling in the AHL. Unless the organization feels that Nell is not ready for the AHL and it would be best for him to start exclusively in the ECHL then yeah, bring him back, but I seriously question his potential. He'll be 23 in June, but insurance and depth never hurts.
True, it leaves Hartford with no proven starting goalie. Id like to see them give Skapski the net to start the year and see what he can do. Im not a specialist in sports psychology but I'd imagine if Skapski goes into the season knowing he will be the starting goalie, it could really help his motivation and confidence. Especially for a guy who has had the ups and downs with injuries and probably is frustrated with all of that. Maybe put a bit of a better team in front of him and a new head coach. They healthy scratched Tambo and Nieves today.
Meanwhile guys like Carey, and McRae played? That's unacceptable. This team has a small number of prospects. You can't afford to sit any of them in favor of AHL lifers, ESPECIALLY when your team is in dead last and you have nothing to lose. Coupled with the fact that Kovacs has been playing on the fourth line this whole year... the Rangers definitely need to take a look at what Gernander has been doing.
I do like some of the new talent who play the speed and skill game with Ronning and Joly getting some looks at the AHL level. Next year I'd love for Hartford just to stack a full team of speed and skill and run with it. Bring back Beck, Hrivik as leaders, and continue to grow guys like Ronning, Joly, Kovacs, Tambellini. I don't know if Gettinger is eligible to play in the AHL next year but Id like to see him. And then guys like Nieves and Fogarty are still under contract. Zborovskiy should be an interesting guy to see on defense. Should be a fun team next year.
I also really like Ty Ronning. I hope he eanrs a contract with the big club. He is eligible for the AHL full-time next year, or is able to return for an overage year. I hope him and Joly stay with the AHL squad for next year because I really like the game they bring to Hartford as well. It really bothers me how players like Carey and McRae and Chris Brown are playing over guys like Kovacs and Stromwall. There is no reason for the older guys to be taking time away from the kids. Gettinger is not eligible for the AHL next year because he will not be 20 by December 31. Sean Day will be eligible for next year along with Zborovsky, and Gropp as well. These are in no particular order, but here is how I'd like to see Hartford next year:
As you can see, there is a lot of skill in this lineup. Jensen is on the fourth line for crying out loud! That opens up some trade possibilities and this isn't even including Brad Morrison if the Rangers try and sign him. There are a lot of options, but the kids need to play.
That lineup is intriguing. I wonder if Jensen accepts a QO or not this summer. I could see him wanting to go to free agency, because I can see him cracking a team's bottom line and then growing into a little bit of a bigger role. For the Rangers, it's hard to see him having any real future in a role other than a 13th forward or callup. Also, should be interesting to see what the Rangers do on defense on both sides with the left side being congested and the right being a wasteland. In a perfect world the Rangers go into next year with
But that's really stretching it considering the moves that would have to be made to do that. I know some guys say they prefer or don't mind playing their offside on defense but I can't stand watching it. It's so frustrating watching a left handed dman just do a weak backhand chip attempt out of the zone when they are under pressure in the right corner. That's why I fear the Rangers don't shake up their lineup and end up with opening day pairings of
That would drive me absolutely crazy.
Yeah, I do expect a lot of turnover with the AHL team, but if the Rangers offer a QO then he is under their control this summer. On the defense, I couldn't agree more. Watching two lefties play is excruciatingly painful. I don't think you should sit a superior player on the basis of handedness, but if you have the opportunity, then I would would definitely do 3LD and 3RD. The last few games will be a good indicator of Klein's future here, in my opinion. I do not see a scenario in which Smith returns and Klein isn't on his way out. Three million is way too much to be paying a fringe 6th defender. He could be moved to a team looking to fill that requirement in the expansion draft. I realize this paragraph is probably very incoherent and inchoate (I'm doing other things as I write this), but my point is, I think it is possible we see a #5 buyout, #8 trade, #22 claim in draft, and if we are lucky a #18 trade.
A Marc Staal trade would be such a blessing.
Amen. Tyler Wall's season just ended in heartbreaking fashion. Not many guys left playing.
Yeah I watched his past couple games. Looked pretty solid. Last two goals were unstoppable.
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