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December 12, 2019

The next step in the Rangers rebuild is finding a viable fourth line and playing it

first_imgOne theme of the Rangers rebuild has been getting the prospects time with the top-nine forwards. It’s a pretty fair expectation, especially with the prospects that are/should be here for a while. Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil, and Brendan Lemieux (yes, Brendan Lemieux) should be getting that top-nine time. They are going to be here for a while, and they need to be put in spots to succeed. But that’s only three kids and 75% of the lineup.As of today, the fourth line has consisted of some combination of a journeyman fighter, a pair of 4A guys, and a defenseman on the wings with one of two young prospects as the center. That is wholly unfair to both Lias Andersson –who is tearing up the AHL at the moment– and Brett Howden. They aren’t being put in a position to succeed, and haven’t even been given the ice time (with Howden’s ice time issue being more recent) to even show they should be in the NHL.Now there are a couple things to consider here, as not everything is black and white. Lias had a great preseason, much better than both Howden and Chytil, and was saddled on the fourth line from the get-go. No matter what you think of the former 7th overall pick, that’s just unfair and doesn’t send the right message. But if 4C is where you see Lias, then it is the obligation of the coaching staff to give him linemates to best get the most out of him. If Lias’ issue is pace, then perhaps playing him more with some offensively driven players would help him learn that? He’s lighting up the AHL while playing with much more offensively talented players, so perhaps that was the plan all along.As for Howden, we can argue til the cows come home about if he should get a stint in the AHL. But playing him five minutes a night with Micheal Haley, Brendan Smith, or Greg McKegg isn’t going to help his growth and development. Howden’s issue is on the other end of the spectrum from Lias’, as he needs to work on his defensive side of the game.Perhaps this is all in the plan, where the Rangers rotate their “big three” centers through the AHL to get big minutes and confidence before re-inserting them into the lineup. They are one-for-one with Chytil, and Lias looks to be improving right now, trade rumors aside. With that improvement, and the willingness to move Ryan Strome to wing, perhaps there’s a 3C role up for grabs at some point. But that doesn’t solve the immediate issue of needing a fourth line that actually plays and produces.David Quinn appears to be stuck in an old adage that his line rotation needs to be 1-2-3-1-2-3-4. The best teams, the ones that are competing for a Stanley Cup, run all four lines equally at even strength. Special teams comes in enough to ensure your top guys get more ice time, especially on the power play. The ice time will work out.The fourth line is no longer a throwaway line to eat ice time. It’s time for Jeff Gorton and David Quinn to find a fourth line that is worthy of a steady rotation at even strength. It gets the top guys more rest, which we’ve seen they desperately need, plus it presents an opportunity for rookies to get sheltered NHL time at more than just five minutes a game. This is the critical next step. 29 1 i Rate This”The next step in the Rangers rebuild is finding a viable fourth line and playing it”, 5 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.Share this:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailMoreLinkedInTumblrPinterestPocket Related2019 Rangers Player Report Card: Brendan LemieuxWhen the Rangers acquired Brendan Lemieux in the Kevin Hayes trade, there was a very vocal group expressing displeasure in targeting Lemieux instead of a player with more perceived skill to their game. Lemieux is certainly skilled, but also has a grit and pest aspect to his game. The easy…Thoughts following the Rangers’ final roster cutsThe Rangers and David Quinn finalized their roster for the October 3 opener against Winnipeg, and suffice it to say there was some controversy regarding the decisions. Regardless of who made the cut for this Thursday, we know the roster is a fluid situation, but as per usual I have…On Lias Andersson’s usage and ice timeA story worth watching as the season progresses is Lias Andersson, his ice time, and how David Quinn uses his 3/4C. After having a strong preseason, the best among the non-Kakko kids, Andersson was supposedly looking at 3C duties with Brendan Lemieux and Vlad Namestnikov as his wingers. Fast forward…last_img read more

November 27, 2019

Sania Mirza walks the ramp for Moni Agarwal at IIJW

first_imgFew sportspersons are associated with glamour and fashion but tennis star Sania Mirza, who walked the ramp at the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), contends she has the same wishes and desires as a normal girl, despite being in a challenging sport.”I am a sportsperson but I’m a girl first. And that’s why I’m fond of jewellery just like any other girl. Being a sportsperson doesn’t mean that I don’t have desires and wishes that other women have,” she said on the show’s opening day in Monday.Sania Mirza is a veteran on the ramp.Sania is no stranger to fashion though, having walked the ramp in various types of outfits at shows like Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, Indian Bridal Fashion Week, and Global Fashion Show among others.Sonam Kapoor stuns in green backless gown at IIJW opening Sania displayed the collection of designer Moni Agarwal for her brand, Zohrakshi.The IIJW will go on till Thursday. It is the sixth edition of the the show launched in 2010 to showcase India’s finest in jewellery in terms of design and innovation.Sania also said that she is proud about her Wimbledon victory with Swiss star Martina Hingis. The Grand Slam win was also her first doubles title in the women’s category. Previously she has won three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.last_img read more