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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    If there's room, maybe, but I'm ready to move on from his type of game. No offence to him, thanks for the memories but it's too weird for me. Plodding skater, long novelty stick you can't really shoot with, and some cave troll magic, it's just weird.
    Norway is weird to you. Chief Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" can't relate to the perspective of a small competitive guy overcoming the odds with hard-work, grit, determination and a love of the game. Not saying Zuc is lacking talent or vision, yet he had to tightly refine his game over time to make up for other aspects. There is a reason we hear the cheers for Zuc, no matter which arena you see the Rangers.

    Graves is right (especially after reading the interview), more than anyone Zuc should be traded. Particularly, if he returns a 1st. He's 31, a pending UFA, brings value to a contender, is ready to accept a change and compete elsewhere. Moving him would no longer create any backlash.

    As for bringing him back, Pete makes sense. If the staff wants him and there is plenty cap room and his term/$ are favorable, then I'm fine if mgmt considers it. It should not be a priority, but no need to rule it out. Remember, you are one of the few who agree that we are going to compete next year, if mgmt makes the right moves. Though you got a little ahead of yourself this year. With what I've seen of Chytil, Howden and Hajek and anticipate from Russia, plus the improvement from Vesey, Hayes, Kreids and Z, I'm not changing what I said since the sell-off. Quinn, mgmt and many of the youngsters have only reinforced that we are heading in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    If there's room, maybe, but I'm ready to move on from his type of game. No offence to him, thanks for the memories but it's too weird for me. Plodding skater, long novelty stick you can't really shoot with, and some cave troll magic, it's just weird.
    I would not say plodding, but our need to add even more speed is what is working against him. Thus, he is not a priority, unless we find ourselves dealing guys like Hayes (who slows the game down) and Lias (who is still too slow for my liking, given who he is) and need a winger/distributor like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomin View Post
    I would not say plodding, but our need to add even more speed is what is working against him. Thus, he is not a priority, unless we find ourselves dealing guys like Hayes (who slows the game down) and Lias (who is still too slow for my liking, given who he is) and need a winger/distributor like him.
    Not every player needs to have blazing speed and the reason Zuccarello will be traded is certainly not because he's slow. He'll be traded because he has trade value. Rangers will likely get a 1st round pick for him, and that's what they covet right now. Another draft with a high 1st and two lower tier 1sts will dramatically increase the skill level in the system. The more players they can pile in the cupboards, the better, because it's really just a game of numbers: the more picks you have, the better chance you have at drafting an NHL player.

    So while Zuccarello might not be fast or whatever the knock is about him, that's not the reason he's being traded.
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    31, You are misrepresenting my take, you must have missed my post just before the one you replied to:

    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomin View Post
    Graves is right (especially after reading the interview), more than anyone Zuc should be traded. Particularly, if he returns a 1st. He's 31, a pending UFA, brings value to a contender, is ready to accept a change and compete elsewhere. Moving him would no longer create any backlash.
    As for my comments about speed, I am referring to bringing Zuc back. Speed still needs to be a priority and teams w/o are struggling to be real contenders. My decision would be partially based on team composition. Essentially there is only so much room on a roster for guys who play a slower game.
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    Ah. Didn't see that.
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