Could the Rangers benefit from a hot Chad Kolarik?
When the Rangers hit the ice in due course (once the CBA is finally resolved) they’ll do so knowing it’s a sprint to the finish regular season. There will be minimal margin for error in player selection and form and health will be a priority – not player development.
With the likelihood of a conference only playoff-play-in and the chances of making the playoffs for all teams more even than in a normal season (a quick start in a 48 game season would be huge) no team can afford to carry passengers or tolerate growing pains from individuals. In such an abbreviated season comes opportunity for the likes of Chad Kolarik and those opportunities need to come at the expense to the likes of struggling prospects such as Chris Kreider.
Kreider of course represents the future of the Rangers, along with bright sparks such as JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath etc. However, Kreider is struggling and the Rangers – like any team hoping to make the playof...