Originally posted by canuckloverThat's the rumour I've heard. Conklin has outplayed the far more expensive Salo, and Markkanen is a perfectly acceptable backup (who actually outplayed Dunham in New York this year).
It wasn't hard to outplay Dunham this year - Jussi looks to have a good future......good riddance Nedved - I have never liked you
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I was kind of digging Markkanen at times this year, so I'm partly sorry to see him go. I hope this means that Jason LaBarbara is ready for the big club. And is there any word on when/if Dan Blackburn will be back?
At any rate, the Rangers have cleared the space for them to do what they should have been doing in past seasons--give the young players the time to show what they can do. For season after season their young players have either been traded away or left languishing, benched or sent down the moment they hit a slump. If they can show a little patience and stay with the young guys for a while, maybe we'll see things looking better at MSG.
There never would've been a Pacific vs. Pacific finals anyway under the current divisional format. Let's also not overlook the fact that it greatly limits the chances of a Canada vs. Canada Stanley Cup final.