Coming off last night’s blowout win against the Capitals all was well in Rangers universe and if that itself was not enough positive news, the team would find out last night after the game that their Captain, Chris Drury, would be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Penguins for the first time since Oct 15th. Drury to Return Wednesday; Kids Stay, Who Goes? Where Does Drury Fit? examines the situation as it stands in relation to the lineup as it has been, who might be out of the lineup with his return, if any roster moves need to be made and where I would look to put Dru back in. The chemistry within the team is something that must be taken into consideration while working Drury back in and I think the solution I have offered will help do that while using the strengths Drury has for team advancement.
Before I got to the Drury story this afternoon I used the morning to discuss the continued evolution of Marc Staal from a defense only guy into a well-rounded player who is adding more and more offense at this level. Marc Staal: Following His Instincts To Rise To Another Level looks at the progression along with examples of how and where Staal is using his instincts and new found confidence to be a threat on the other side of the ice while not sacrificing his primary responsibilities. This addition to the game has not come without it’s bumps in the road, but the payoff can be huge and will play a large role in shaping the future of this franchise because Staal is the cornerstone of the defensive unit.
This evening I took a look at yet another trade rumor involving the Rangers and the idea that they would be interested in reuniting with Fedor Tyutin who they sent to Columbus for Zherdev a few years ago. Inside is my take on the rumor itself, whether the need actually exists for the move, what the biggest cons of the move are, what from the Rangers might interest the Blue Jackets and under what circumstances I would make the move to bring Tyutin back.
Last but not least I took a look at yet another win for the scorching Connecticut Whale, their fourth in a row. The game recap goes through the particulars of the game along with having highlights of the action and detailing how various prospects performed. Once again it would be prospects that would lead the way to this win as the standouts in this one were again Mats Zuccarello, along with Chad Kolarik and Dale Weise and goaltender Cam Talbot keyed the victory. When finished with the game recap itself I went through each of those three prospects to see which might be the most NHL ready if a call is to come.
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