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Fish
Posted 2020-11-06 10:49 AM (#734686)
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So last year they went in with these guys who are no longer here:
Lias Andersson
Matt Beleskey
Jesper Fast
Steven Fogarty
Micheal Haley
Henrik Lundqvist
Greg McKegg
Vladislav Namestnikov
Boo Nieves
Danny O'Regan
Brady Skjei
Marc Staal

These guys are still here:
Pavel Buchnevich
Filip Chytil
Tony DeAngelo
Phillip Di Giuseppe
Adam Fox
Alexandar Georgiev
Tim Gettinger
Brett Howden
Chris Kreider
Brendan Lemieux
Ryan Lindgren
Artemi Panarin
Igor Sheshterkin
Brendan Smith
Ryan Strome
Mika Zibanejad

These guys have been added:
Anthony Bitetto
Colin Blackwell
Jonny Brodzinski
Julien Gauthier
Anthony Greco
Libor Hajek
Jack Johnson
Keith Kinkaid
Kevin Rooney
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LaFrenger
Posted 2020-11-06 1:51 PM (#734687 - in reply to #734686)
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I think Lafreniere could be added to the list as new. Little doubt he will be on the Rangers.
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Fish
Posted 2020-11-06 3:40 PM (#734688 - in reply to #734687)
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LaFrenger - 2020-11-06 12:51 PM
I think Lafreniere could be added to the list as new. Little doubt he will be on the Rangers.


Yeah, was going to put him in the list
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LaFrenger
Posted 2020-11-09 9:32 AM (#773020 - in reply to #734688)
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I think it’s pretty much gone as expected. Moving Staal wasn’t a shocker, and probably the least painless route to some cap room. Not sure there wasn’t better choices at the same money or less than Johnson but apparently new Asst. Coach Martin had input on the decision, only one year so no big deal as a lineup of young dmen should produce roster players real soon.
Up front status quo plus impact forward Lafreniere who is so much better than Fast and will be top six real soon. There has to be and better be some improvement in Howden, Chytil, Lemieux, Gauthier, and if there is the Rangers who were knocking on playoffs door last season will be there.
Still some tweaking needed including some more meat and snarl on lines three and four, and monitor Stromes long term capabilities.
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scthockey2294
Posted 2020-11-10 3:47 PM (#773028 - in reply to #734686)
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Per Mercogliano:
First line ? Chris Kreider (LW) – Mika Zibanejad (C) – Pavel Buchnevich (RW)

Second line ? Artemi Panarin (LW) – Ryan Strome (C) – Kaapo Kakko (RW)

Third line ? Alexis Lafrenière (LW) – Filip Chytil (C) – Julien Gauthier (RW)

Fourth line ? Brendan Lemieux (LW) – Kevin Rooney (C) – Brett Howden (RW)

Extra/healthy scratch ? Phil Di Giuseppe

Honestly, I like it. Maybe give Boyle/Brassard a PTO. 3rd line has some serious potential & maybe Barron taking over for Rooney down the line next season.
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Fish
Posted 2020-11-10 4:56 PM (#773029 - in reply to #734686)
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I'd heard talk that Kreider will shift over to the right, which would obviously rearrange the lines. I think there's an awful lot of maybe on the right side that would need to be proven....is Kakko ready for top two lines...can he mesh with Panarin and Strom, or is he better suited for the Zibanejad or Chytil lines. I think if Lafreniere fires, that might drive Kreider over to the right side.

I think Gauthier is a big question mark, he has shown glimpses, but he ultimately needs to put up some offense...or improve his defensive play. Think the fourth line is probably a good guess at this point
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Steady Eddie
Posted 2020-11-11 8:17 AM (#773033 - in reply to #773029)
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I probably have too much faith in this kid, but after watching highlights of the world juniors, I have to believe that Lafreniere is going to make a big difference. WOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzcKPOmkKAk
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scthockey2294
Posted 2020-11-11 9:04 AM (#773034 - in reply to #773029)
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Fish - 2020-11-10 4:56 PM

I'd heard talk that Kreider will shift over to the right, which would obviously rearrange the lines. I think there's an awful lot of maybe on the right side that would need to be proven....is Kakko ready for top two lines...can he mesh with Panarin and Strom, or is he better suited for the Zibanejad or Chytil lines. I think if Lafreniere fires, that might drive Kreider over to the right side.

I think Gauthier is a big question mark, he has shown glimpses, but he ultimately needs to put up some offense...or improve his defensive play. Think the fourth line is probably a good guess at this point


I think Lafreniere & Gauthier can complement each other nicely on the same line. Definitely think Gauthier needs a playmaker on his line to reach his potential. Play him with Laf, Strome, or Chytil & he will score.
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Fish
Posted 2020-11-11 12:06 PM (#773035 - in reply to #734686)
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Brooks had an interesting idea...moving Kreider down to the Chytil line and putting Lafreniere with Zibanejad...or flipping Kreider over to the right and pushing Buchnevich down to the Chytil line...though that would also mean you'd have to figure out who'd play left on the third line
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LaFrenger
Posted 2020-11-11 8:48 PM (#773047 - in reply to #773033)
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Steady Eddie - 2020-11-11 7:17 AM

I probably have too much faith in this kid, but after watching highlights of the world juniors, I have to believe that Lafreniere is going to make a big difference. WOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzcKPOmkKAk



He is a stud. Gonna be a difference maker. Panarin, Zibanejad, Kakko, Lafreniere that’s exciting. I’d like to see to start

Kreider. Zibanejad. Buchnevich
Panarin Strome Kakko
Lafreniere Chytil Lemieux
Gauthier, Rooney. Howden

Might be a copy of Robs can’t remember but like the balance.

I think Lemieux could be a real good influence on getting Lafreniere acclimatized. Plenty of time to move him up the lineup after 25 games in the meanwhile he’s on a line that could be a lot of fun to watch. If Rooney can drive the fourth line the Rangers are in business.

The Rangers need to get into a four line mindset, they are close to havin* the talent to do so finally.
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