Sportsnet 590 The Fan: Vince Z. Mercogliano on The Jeff Marek Show on the New York Rangers’ prospective upcoming lineup choices this offseason.
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Marek: “I can comprehend the approach behind plugging in holes and completing filling with some experts, and taking a look at group structure. But then I state, this is New York and I can see them simply stating, you understand what, Drury might simply phone Kevin Chevedayoff and state, ‘What’s it going to require to get Pierre-Luc Dubois?’ You understand what I suggest?
Mercogliano: “Ya, you understand, Jeff, they got to discover their lesson eventually. We simply discussed how in 2015 they targeted particular function gamers like (Andrew) Copp and (Frank) Vatrano. Not precisely home names however people that were actually important for them and how well that worked.
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And then you take a look at this year. They opted for the huge splashes. They opted for Patrick Kane. They opted for Vladimir Tarasenko. And they were out in the preliminary. I believe they require to be more determined about what they target.
I am however, extremely curious to see where they go from here. You discussed (Artemi) Panarin. I didn’t actually address that concern prior to. There are genuine issues, both with the fan base and with the company, about how he’s carried out in the playoffs. Now, routine season he has actually entirely altered the culture of this group.
You might argue he’s been among the very best complimentary representative finalizings in franchise history. He’s led the group in routine season points 4 years in a row, however he was a ghost in the playoffs this year. And I understand that even in 2015 he had 16 points in 20 championship game however he was not pleased with how he played. The Rangers were not pleased with how he played. When the area gets tighter, and he’s unable to utilize his vibrant playmaking abilities in open ice, it simply appears like it’s quite simple to bottle him up.
And I likewise there’s a bit of crisis of self-confidence going on where he’s sort of fighting, when do I open things up and let my abilities shine and take the dangers that make me an unique gamer, and when do I require to play things securely. And I believe that’s an exchange that he’s actually fought with and these playoff years. He has 2 secondary helps in Game 1, and after that he went 6 straight video games without a point. He’s not gone 6 video games without a point consecutively at any previous point in his profession.
So this was a mind-blowing experience for him. He’s got a no-movement provision. I definitely not forecasting that the Rangers are going to trade him, however it seems like, would they have a discussion with him about the instructions it’s heading. Maybe it’s more of a possibility than it ever has actually remained in the past.
I might see them doing something, a man like Barclay Goodrow is somebody I would watch on. He brings a great deal of the grit and protective capability that they worth which they most likely require more of, however you’re likewise paying $3.6 million a year for a fourth-liner. If you had the ability to move that income, that would perhaps open some slots where you might target people that would include speed to this lineup.
Look at what the Devils generated. They generate people like Erik Haula and Tomas Tatar. Those aren’t huge star names, however they fit the system they wish to play.
So I believe the Rangers are going to require to do some things like that.
And the last thing I would discuss, that I’m curious to see how this plays out, I’m not forecasting they’re going to do this however I question if they’ll discuss it, the young people. Lafreniere, who is an RFA this season. A Kaapo Kakko. Would they check out the possibility of shaking things up with a man like that? I don’t understand. I believe whatever’s on the table today, and I believe these are all discussions that are going to be had.
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I would be shocked if they simply run it back with the exact same people next year. Whether it’s clearing a little income cap area and attempting to plug holes with some speed people that are perhaps a little less expensive however would fill functions. That’s an unique possibility. But could there be a larger shakeup coming? It’s definitely something we can eliminate.”