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@AnnoyingJoe @shoream I'd think that he would completely whif, the puck would magically stop on the goal line, but Girardi's momentum from whiffing makes him topple into a heap and he knocks it in with his skate.
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Was semi accurate too (with regards to miller). Must be sober or something...
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Lots of typos in there (thanks ios8...)
Should say "with MSL on the wing" and that I wish Duclair could play in the AHL.
No typos on the Girardi thing, that was correct...
I'm going to disagree with a lot of stuff here...
First, I don't mind the lines. The only reason we have the 3 shortest forwards on one line is because we're the home team. You'd never see these lines on the road. But AV can get the match ups he wants. The first line has size which we'll need against SJ, and at the moment, Nash and MSL are really the only forwards who are firing on all cylinders, so it's early enough to try to spread that around to 2 different lines and wake up some players who have 77 more games to play.
As for Duclair, I don't know. I'd love for him to be the "next big thing", but with MSL off the wing, he isn't a top six winger yet. It's amazing he's in the organization, and I wish he could play in the NHL because he needs to keep climbing the ladder. But being in and out, shielding him from situations doesn't help us. If AV isn't going to play every night, send him back to juniors. He's too young and too raw. Guys will leave next off season and he can be a regular. But he's not there yet. Yeah, hes +4 with 3 assists. His line mate leads THE LEAGUE in scoring. It's not easy to get those stats, but it's not that hard based on how AV is playing him.
I do agree that Girardi on the PP is asinine, so there's that...
@ShreddyMercury @Say my Name I'm confused by a few people talking about "not keeping Klein". Adam referred to not moving him the other day, and a few people have mentioned "keeping" him in the comments.
We trade Del Zaster for defensive defensman who was seen as a 2nd-to-3rd pair guy, making $2.9 mil, who still had 4.5 years left on a 5 year deal when we got him. Half of the motivation was to unload our give-away machine and get a guy who in years 3, 4, and 5 would be seen as a bargain. Granted his play has probably been below par to-date, he's still better than Del Zotto. But either way, we didn't resign him this offseason, we didn't give him an extension. Unless there was a trade rumor I missed, I don't understand where people are getting this notion that we CHOSE Klein OVER Stralman or OVER Diaz.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
OK, I'm going to do it, I'm going to try to defend Kostka here for a second:
(First off, I learned from Mighty Ducks 3 that you never give the Varisty team the satisfaction of getting under your skin, and you never clear the puck up the middle, especially if youre Charlie Conway...)
On both plays Kostka makes terrible passes from below the goal line, up the middle of the ice rather than around the boards. That's obvious.
On the first GIF the puck jumps over his stick. Bad break. Welcome to MSG. He's trying to move it to Staal, who for some reason thinks he's a forward and is over on the half wall. The pass should have gone up the boards. Bad bounce. It happens. If Nash does a better job of tying up #86, he cant intercept the pass with his foot and feed the eventual goal scorer in the slot.
On the second, goal, I'm not sure who it is streaking up the middle there, but I'd say that's as much the forwards fault as the defenseman for asking for that pass. Again, Kostka flubs it, should have gone up the wall and played it safe.
Ok, so i didn't do a good job of defending Kostka. An 8th defenseman shouldn't try to be Brian Leetch. Just put it up the boards. That being said, we had the same problems early last year with our forwards. Like Brassard said, its a 5 man unit predecated on exiting the zone with good passes to the right guy. The defensemen need to make good decisions about who they're moving the puck to, but the forward need to be ready to receive and go. We've already seen it a lot this season. Forward get the pass and cough it up, or lose a battle along the boards, or D men fire it up the boards and no ones there to get it. We've got a lot of new forward this year, which makes it that much harder for our D to execute our exits.
@duncfair @johnnyb3910 Leddy, maybe, but Boychuk wouldn't have made much sense. A few less dollar, a few years older, same expiring contract situation. And Boston was trying to shed dollars, not gain a defenseman who makes an extra $600k. The Islanders gave up A LOT of draft picks for a guy who's probably going to walk at the end of this year anyway (In typical Garth Snow fashion).
If Sather's smart he'll make a play for Boychuk this summer. Could be a very solid 3rd pair guy at the right price.
@MichaelDeSorbo @johnnyb3910 I have no clue, I'm not a scout, but according to cap geek there are 40+ defensemen about to become UFAs this summer, and the majority of them make less than $3.5.
Now obviously some are going to get raises, others are going to get pay cuts. Some are old, some are young. Some will want short deals, others will want long-term. I'm not suggesting particular players, I'm just doing math here. Everyone says the cap will go up a lot, and then it goes up a little. If you have to pay a 2nd-pair defender 1st-pair, while its nice to have that depth on your roster, it's going to cost you elsewhere.
You can also find a team that believes Staal could be their first pair anchor, and is willing to part with 2nd or 3rd pair guys to get him at the trade deadline this year and sign him before he hits the open market.
I see your point about needing to hold on to Staal, but couldn't the opposite be argued as well? I know its early, but try to follow me here:
Our top pair costs us over $10 mil between Girardi at $5.5 and McD at $4.7. Dan Boyle is slotted in making $4.5 mil (although thats only for 1 more year), and if Kevin Klein can pull his head out of his ass, could go back to being relative bargain at $2.9. Thats $17.6 mil for 4 defenseman. 3 of those 4 are signed through the 2017-2018 seasonLast Thursday in St Louis, our intended Top 6 D set-up cost $22.5 mil.
So let's say the self imposed budget for our top 6 D next season is $23-24 mil, leaving $5.5-6.5 mil to spend on the two spots that are not locked in yet. If you give Staal 5.5-6, that basically forces the 6th D-man to either be a kid on an ELC or a John Moore-esque player on a low salary year-to-year deal.
Couldn't you argue that the money would be better spent on two defenders on more even salaries in the $2.5-$3.5 range to fill our top 6?
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With a record of 1-3, lundqvist with a 5+ GAA, and Nash leading the league in scoring, we are now officially the 2005-2010 Columbus Blue Jackets...
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I seem to remember the "benefit of the doubt" line being used early last season, too. Shortly thereafter, Biron was retired, Asham, Powe and Fast were sent to the minors, and Kreider and Talbot came up from Hartford. J Moore, Fast, and Miller better wake up. The lower you are on the depth chart, the less "benefit" you get.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @scrangersfan Sitting the box is probably as much of a test for Miller as playing is at this point. I don't think its far fetched to say last season his time in the box was probably spent eating pretzels, drinking cokes, and playing games on his phone.
The coaches want maturity, they want focus, and they want growth. His first 2 games werent bad, but they need to be better if he wants to stay with the big boys. If he spends tonight in the press box told to pay attention to 3-5 things on the ice, his ability to do that will play a huge part in whether or not he's on the next bus to Hartford.
@BringBackBeukeboom Just watched the highlights. Stralman's kick save and Callahan's goal pretty much summarize all the things the Rangers aren't doing correct at the moment.
Complete speculation here, but I wonder if it would have been beneficial to name McD as Captain earlier in training camp? I'm sure by week 3 or 4 it won't even matter, but he's obviously off to rough start. Can't help but wonder if its just the whirlwind of the past 8-10 days. Maybe if he had gotten named earlier in camp, he would have had a little more time to acclimate to the duties before the games started counting.
Clearly the Rangers have bigger fish to fry (pun intended), but just an observation.
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@J_CKfor30 Agreed on Miller. For all the talk about being more ready for camp this year, you'd expect him to stand out from the guys playing in their first NHL games. I said the same thing on Fast, he's responsible and isn't a liability, but he doesnt seem suited for the 4th line. Not enough of a grinder. Malone or Haggerty would seem to make more sense.
Also wasn't to thrilled with Hayes last night. I know his style is a bit deceptive, but I think Kreider needs to take him aside and discuss "finishing checks" and "keeping your legs moving", seemed to be coasting and avoiding contact from what I saw. You'd think a kid in his first NHL game, at MSG would have a little more get-up.
Only 4 rookies?? It looks like 10!! Then again, when you basically put one on each line, the inexperience is going to be that much more evident.
I'm going to try my hardest to reserve judgment until we're 8-10 games in. Then I'll start to panic. But the parallels to how we looked early last year, especially trying to get out of our D Zone, are glaring. By the end of last season we were breaking out with crisp passes to tape, but right now looks a lot like early last year where were just throwing pucks up the walls and out of the zone. Not sure if the D forgot what to do, or its a reflection of the forwards not knowing where to be.
I will say though, Hundwick was the least of our worries on D last night. Maybe a G/McD shakeup is in order?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
That Nathan Horton signing keeps looking worse and worse. 36 games last year, none on the horizon this year. Rumors are the Blue Jackets are trying to include him in a deal to get a top-6 forward. good luck with that...
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Just saw on Twitter that Lombardi has refused to go to the AHL, so he'll be placed on unconditional waivers. So does that mean we DIDN'T have to make that minor league deal to fit Duclair in? Could he have been #51 through his 9th game, or did we need to be at 50 last night?
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I wasn't able to catch any of the preseason games, so I'm coming in to this with a blank slate, but first, I was totally unimpressed by Boyle defensively. Obvioulsy his skill set is the PP, but I don't think losing him is that big of deal as long as someone can step up and play some of the minutes. I'm guessing AV will take turns with Klein and J Moore next to Staal, and then limit the 6th defensiman's minutes, and we'll barely even notice.
Second, I know everyone on here said Fast was a lock for the team, but I don't see it. Maybe he's just not a 4th liner? He doesn't seem like a grinder to me. He's a safe player, defensively responsible, but he's not blowing anyone away. If Duclair sticks, I think Fast goes to Hartford once Step is healthy and MSL goes back to wing. In the meantime, I wonder how much longer it is until Malone get's a go, especially to change up the PP.
And last, I think we're all learning what AV saw in Tanner Glass. With 30 seconds left, goalie pulled, protecting a 1 goal lead, he's got Tanner Glass on to end it. AV trusts him, thats why he's here. While I love the idea of MSL or Nash out on the PK to be a scoring threat, in an ideal world, your PKers come from your bottom 2 lines to distribute minutes properly.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ktc990 Try seatgeek.com. Pulls together all the secondary markets to one page (ebay, stubhub, ticketmaster exchange, etc.)
Kevin's post yesterday with the info on ticket priced noted the 29th and the 27th (two saturday games after holidays against the devils), have the highest average markup over face value.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
October 18th will also get them a good chunk of the way in to Stepan's LTIR period, and will give Duclair some time to prove himself. But I agree, Malone is much more suited to be a spare forward. Hayes should be playing.
A+ T. Swift reference! There are 2 types of people in this world: Taylor Swift Fans, and liars...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/projecting-the-rangers-opening-night-roster-final-attempt.html
@Craptin McDonqvist I like "The Duke". It goes well with "The King".
Now we just need "the prince", "the queen", "the jester", a big round table, and AV up in the rafters hurling insults in a heavy french accent...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Loved this quote from AV in the Post this morning. Says a lot about MSL and Duclair:
Vigneault laughed out loud while addressing St. Louis’ willingness to switch positions.
“Marty is a lot like The Duke [Duclair],” Vigneault said. “ ‘Have you killed penalties before?’ ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ ‘Have you played the right side before?’ ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ So today I went to him and said, ‘Have you played the point on the power play?’ ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, Coach.’
“Marty’s the same way. ‘Can you play center?’ ‘Yeah, I’m fine, Coach, whatever you need.’ Some guys are smart enough, they’ve figured it out. Never say you can’t play somewhere, say ‘Yes, I can.’ ”
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@gravey94 @johnnyb3910 I'll refrain from making a joke about how our goalies are the safest ones on the ice. Wouldn't want to be blamed if something happened...
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Scott from SEC 224 Maybe now that BR is in Chicago, Munn has been disappearing from Wisconsin and Rodgers is worried she's cheating...
So according to Larry Brooks, Girardi took the shot that hit Stepan earlier in camp, and unless he had some wires crossed while writing, his article said the shot hit him in the same leg (not foot) that is now broken. X-Rays were taken the past 3 days and Step was given the all-clear.
So, one more reason to dislike Girardi, and one more reason to question the competency of team doctors...
According to Cap Geek, Tanner Glass's contract is not a "2-way" deal, so where does that leave him, and more importantly the Rangers Cap, if he doesn't get a spot? Is he automatically our 13th forward? Cant imagine anyone is going to want to trade for that contract for a guy who can't make our top 20.
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Because the guys who make those ranking are the same guys caravaning around Canada, ranking these prospects that we don't take because we trade away our first round picks. We don't have the flashy, first round names. We have undeveloped prospects with lots of upside, but no one knows who they are, so were 28th.
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I feel like baby sabres ARE the adult sabres...
@Josh-CK Definitely possible, although I'm pretty sure Miller isn't on the Traverse City Roster, is he? So it's not like Hayes jumped him, just means thats where Hayes slots in after he was added late.
Although it obviously could imply that management wants to see how he does at center rather than wing.
Either way, competition in camp is a good thing. A few months ago we weren't too sure there'd be much.
Not totally surprised by the 24/7 news. Last season was real watered down. Teams and coaches are more and more aware of how they are viewed by the public, and that really killed it last year. Lets be honest, not every team has the personality required to carry a show like that, although I think following Patrick Kane around uncensored probably would have been pretty entertaining.
The new partner will be the NHL Network, and the show will blow. But I for one am happy that we'll get to be one of the few fan bases that got a real good 24/7 series. And even the Rangers season probably wasn't that intriguing for fans that didn't follow either team. I do still with that HBO would sell the series on DVD/Blu-Ray with extended footage/deleted scenes.
As for the rules, I get it. They all come down to either "more offense" or "less bullshit/criticism of the league". Not a big fan of #57, though. If you get the puck first you should be fine. McD has made tons of game-saving plays chasing down guys from behind.
@AnnoyingJoe This is going to sound cold to say, but players on LTIR don't count against the cap. If your fear were a drop off in production due to age or diminishing skill, thats one thing. But considering the amount of money the Rangers have spent buying out big contracts and burying guys in the minors (when it was allowed), they can't honestly sit there and be worried that they'll still be paying Staal if he spends time on LTIR.
And new contracts don't count against the cap if a player retires, the way old carry-over contracts do. Based on Staal situation, you pay him for what he brings on the ice, not what he could cost James Dolan off if it.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name just please don't sink to the buzzfeed strategy of roping in readers..."Anton Stralman talks to Tampa Media, But You'll Never Believe What He Says about NYRs..."
"Derek Stepan Was At Practice Today. Click Here to See Why That's Not Good News..."
@gravey94 Well said, @gravey94 !! I remember reading that article and thinking the same thing "If this was his only path to the NHL, why did NO ONE step in and say 'why dont you try a different career path'!?!" getting physically beaten on a daily or weekly basis simply to keep a dream alive that, quite frankly you dont have the pure skill to obtain, was a dangerous path to go down.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 As a doctor, youre responsible to treat your patients needs. Granted this is skewed because its sports, and the doctors also feel pressure to get the player back in the game. But known addict or not, this is why the league has a substance abuse policy. If a doctor prescibes you a healhty, managebale dose of a medicine/prescriptions, and then that individual chooses to obtain additional medication illegally to take 3, 4, or 10 times to dosage, that's not the doctor's fault. If the doctors had not prescribed the first pill, Boogaard would have simply bought more, and most likely met the same ending.
You could say the Rangers and the League should have treated him better, aided him better, put his well being above the needs of the team, but you can't pick 1 prescription and 1 doctor and say he's the straw that broke the camels back, when the abuser bought over 3,000 pills in 2 year illegally.
I dont want to get in to it, but this is whats wrong with our society and why health care costs are sky high. Lawyers sue everyone as if theyre the only ones responsible in hopes that one set of charges stick.
Not defending the Rangers Medical Staff, but as a doctor, you can't be expected to know what medications/drugs your patient is taking illegally if they don't tell you. If the Rangers' staff was over prescribing on the dosage or writing multiple prescriptions that left Boogaard with a stash of pain killers, then I'd agree, they share some responsibility. But if the Rangers doctors prescribed and supplied (i know nothing about medicine, these are arbitrary numbers) 1 pill a day, and he was taking 5 and buying the other 4 illegally, then I'd think the doctors wouldn't be held responsible. Additionally, if there was a reaction between the properly prescribed Ambien and an illegal drug that Boogaard was choosing the take on his own, I'd say the doctors aren't responsible for that, either.
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AG - keep an eye on eBay. You have to weed thru the knockoffs, but good options pop up here and there. I was searching for a Cally jersey last season, but with the contract stuff I ended up with a brand new Adam Graves jersey, new reebok style, all sewn on numbers and letters, for $70.
2 people arrested in connection with Derek Boogard's death, a physicians assistant from Utah, and Jordan Hart, son of former Islander Gerry Hart. Apparently Jordan was put in contact with Boogaard by a fellow Ranger player.
Was a little surprised the with the NHL and NBC being in cahoots that Hank stopped by Letterman instead of Fallon. Although maybe the Rangers were afraid Jimmy would want to play some game where they fire random objects and Hank.
@G If my understanding is correct the limit is 23 Active NHL Players, 50 acive contracts, and 90 maximum reserve list. According to CapGeek the Rangers have 22 NHL Contracts and 28 non-roster players. That does not include John Moore.
As the talk is for Malone to sign a two-way deal, but guess is he'd fall under the non-roster players until opening day, and if he were to make the team, someone like Jesper Fast, Chris Mueller, Lombardi or Glass would be assigned to the AHL.
As far as the 50 goes, I don't completely follow it, maybe someone else does, but it looks like players under the sage of 20 who are returned to their junior clubs dont count against the 50, so of those 28 non-roster guys, some may fall off that list after training camp.
I'm imagining 2 PP units: Malone in front of the net on one, Kreider in front on the other. MSL/Step and Zucc/Brass on the wings. Boyle and McD QB'ing the points. Maybe John Moore ripping some slap shots.
Oh no, where's Rick Nash??? Oh well...
It could be a semantics thing on Sather's behalf, not one to ever do things the easy or logical way. Or it could be a request from Malone. If I'm reading the internet right, a PTO contract only guarantees a player the ability to play 25 AHL games. If they're going to crack the NHL roster, they'll need a new contract to cover this. In Carcillo's case, he probably knows that if he doesn't make it on to the Pens, there's a chance another team will pick him up later in the season, similar to how the Rangers found themselves needing his services.
In Malone's case, a guy trying to right the ship after lots of legal trouble, he's probably low on funds, and more interested in a contract that is going to guarantee him a year-long job, and a full season's salary. He doesnt strike me as the kind of guy that a team will call in January to offer a contract to if he's been sitting on his couch for 4 months.
Edit: Although, after reading what i just posted, he just got bought out by TBL for his previous contract, so you wouldn't think money would be a huge issue at the moment.
@greggray24 It's definitely IP address. I travel home to visit family in NJ, and have been in upstate NY for work and had problems. The VPN might work, never thought to try that. Youd probably also have a hard time finding an area where NHL Network isn't some option somehow in some package.
NBCSports will be a bigger pain than NHLNetwork. The only NHLN games I can think of from last season are when they broadcast HNIC on Saturday night against MTL or Toronto. But the Rangers will always end up with a 10+/- games on NBCSN.
The other option that someone else on here might be able to comment on (that i have considered but never looked in to) is going with directv, who lists MSG as a channel option in their sports package, regardless of where you are. Not sure how that works out-of-market. Plus then you get Sunday Ticket if youre out of the region for your football team, too.
@JMK8363 GameCenter through NHL.com has been fantastic for me. I've had it for a few years now. All games are in HD, available on your AppleTV, and you can always select the feed, home vs away, and you can pause and rewind. Its obviously contingent on your internet connection and speed. If you've got a ton of stuff running on your network at home, your apple tv connection may be slow, just like streaming anything else. You can also watch on your phone or tablet anywhere with a decent signal. $160 per season the past few years, which I believe is the same price as CenterIce.
The only small challenge, depending on where you live, is blackouts. Not sure how this works with CenterIce. If your cable provider offers the channel that the game is on (MSG/NHLNetwork/NBC Sports, etc.), even if its as part of a sports package that you don't have, it will be blacked-out on GameCenter. Same goes if you get the channel but its airing a differnt game (ie. MSG in the Buffalo area). If you live it DC that's probably not a problem very often.
Every year I check the free week of CenterIce, but completely agree with you, the lack of HD and the away feed kills me. Plus the mobility is unquestionable. If I'm on the road for work, or traveling with family, I can still catch the game on my ipad or phone.
Any questions, let me know.
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Step 1) Whatever job you have now working 40-50 hour weeks, QUIT
Step 2) Making working out and lifting weights you job
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2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know this doesn't belong here, but photos from first informal skate-around at MSG practice facility:
I think it's a good sign that JT Miller is on the ice. Not sure there's any direct correlation, but its a good for a kid with "questionable dedication" to be there early.
I'm interested to see, in this day and age, how trying to drop a second team in a city like Toronto will play out. In the Metro area, you at least have geographical dividers where people in Jersey, NYC, and Long Island are proud that their from one and not the other. To just drop another team in a city like Toronto where the fan base is so far reaching into the surrounding geography, I'm just not sure it will work.
I don't know, maybe I'm way off, but if, say, the Islanders stayed in Uniondale and a new team pulled in to town to play at the Barclay's Center, who would drop their allegiance to pull for a new team? Hockey is a sport deeply rooted in tradation and die-hard fans. These aren't the on-again off-again NBA fans with the jersey for 6 different teams and 14 different hats in their closet.
I heard Sather is going to trade to get Richard's back, convince Fedetenko to unretire, and offer Torts a job with the Equipment Team...Rumor also has it Dave Andrechuk has been skating at a facility in New Jersey..."The Quack-Attack is back, Jack!" And by "quack", i mean 2004 Lightning...
@gravey94 @IcyCup My comment wasn't meant to be a scathing critique of Hayes. He's very talented, has a lot of potential, and certainly has shown to have the makings of a quality NHL player. At the same time, I agree, that Kristo may be getting close to "past his prime", he hasn't blossomed the way others have by the age of 24. I would remind everyone, however, that Matt Gilroy was a Hobey Baker winner who tore up Hockey East with better career numbers than Hayes as a defenseman, but he crashed and burned in the NHL, and now can barely hold down a roster spot. Even Kreider, who seems primed to be a great NHL player for years to come, took almost 2 years to seem comfortable at this level (blame Torts all you want for that).
Believe me, I'm pumped that Hayes chose to sign with us, and I'm certainly hoping for the best. My criticism was more that a lot of people seem to be jumping to the conclusion that Hayes and Kristo somehow have intertwined destinies. Sure if one gets a roster spot, thats one less spot for the other, but I don't think its as black and white as "Hayes is here, get ready for Kristo to be moved". The Rangers are sorely lacking depth. Both of these guys could potentially slide right into AV's system, and if they don't, they'll be quality players on the Wolfpack. As Adam pointed out a few weeks ago, having a competitive, profession AHL affiliate has a lot of effect on how prospects develop.
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