I think it's more difficult to measure his impact cuz he's a hustle guy. When he's on the ice, he outhustles the rink, and his energy is contagious.
sg3, while some of your posts are a little on the "LOLzz WTF?!?" side, that last one was 100% on point.
Game 7 at the world's most famous arena....there are few things better.
That's just it. He does a lot of the dirty work along the boards and allows Gaborik and Richards to have more space. When I say dirty work, I don't mean that he necessarily is always using his body (although he's not afraid of contact - unlike Gaborik), but he's getting to the pucks, like you say, with his hustle and speed.
And now the Rangers seem to have found a potentially potent line in Stepan, Cally and Kreider. I still think Stepan is an ideal 3rd liner but he played extremely well in Game 6. I know many of you may not agree with that but he really doesn't have the puck skills of a top 6 forward IMO. And he's pretty damn slow for a young guy his size. In any event, I like that line right now.
I guess Boyle is out, so it's Dubinsky/Prust/Feds and Anisimov/Rupp/Mitchell. Although Dubinsky and Artie might be interchangeable depending on how each is going.
In light of punk Chris Neil's comments impliedly threatening Del Zotto, what do you all think of pairing Del Zotto with Stu Bickel toight.
For whatever reason bickel has been getting limited ice time in the playoffs despite an solid performance in the regular season imo. I would not be overly concerned with neil unless the rangers take a two goal lead into the 3rd period. Him taking a run at a ranger player certainly wouldnt be out of the question. Whatever happens after that would be blood on the hands of bettman and the league "disciplinary" office.
I like artie getting ice time over dubi. The only thing dubi has shown he can do at this point is score empty netters. Artie can do a lot on the boards and has greater offensive instincts.
My last night in Turkey. Hope to wake up to some good news. Would watch the game at 2 if the internetz didnt suck in my hotel.