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Talking Rangers, Rentals And Wings

Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat earlier today...

 I know he's not going anywhere, but do you feel Vigneault is the wrong guy for this group of players? It seems that the system and the personnel don't mesh. Is the only way forward changing the roster?

Katie Strang  I've asked myself that question a lot lately, Andrew. There's no arguing that Vigneault is a good coach, but sometimes I wonder if this Rangers team was over-achieving under Tortorella. Say what you want about Torts, but he got a lot out of his guys. His act wore thin, but maybe they need the fire and brimstone to have success.

Hi Katie, are there any leading candidates for trade deadline rental players? I can imagine Vanek again, and Cammaleri, but I'm sure there are others.

Katie Strang  Add Matt Moulson and Ryan Miller to that mix as well. Possibly Callahan, as absurd as that may seem.

Hi Katie, as a Red Wings fan, I'm wondering what you would attribute their inconsistent play to. I hate to blame the goaltending, but Howard has been seriously under-performing this year. Also concerned about depth scoring and, well, there's Quincey.

Katie Strang  Hoo boy, I do not blame you for your concern. I think the Wings will be a better team in the second half, but that will be a tall order if Jimmy Howard doesn't clean up his game.


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