Hawks lose Kirby Dach, where’s Brian Burke after criticizing the Rangers for not loaning Alexis Lafreniere?

The Blackhawks were dealt a big blow when it was revealed that Kirby Dach would require surgery on his fractured wrist. Dach suffered the injury in an exhibition match at the WJC and will now be out 4 to 5 months.


Where are the Rangers critics now?

When the Rangers announced they would not be loaning Alexis Lafreniere to Team Canada, it was met with some backlash. Pundits and analysts could not understand the decision, especially at that time (12/3/20) with the season in doubt.

One of the biggest critics of the Rangers is former GM and hockey analyst Brian Burke. “I am bewildered by it,” he said on NHL Radio. “I really don’t get it, I am absolutely stunned they aren’t loaning [Lafreniere].”

The Rangers were absolutely right in not sending Lafreniere

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Lafreniere (Ryan Remiorz/ Canadian Press)

A lot was written against the New York Rangers for opting to not send first overall selection, Alexis Lafreniere to the WJC. They received a little extra criticism for not sending Kaapo Kakko as well.

“We hope to be playing in January and we just cannot take the chance of an injury. There is no more to it than that,” John Davidson said about his decision to not send Lafreniere or Kaapo Kakko to the WJC.

“I love the World Juniors. It is a fantastic tournament. They’ve both played in it before. But we talked it through and the timing isn’t right” he continued. “These two young men are very important to the growth of our team. There was no conspiracy.”

Currently, those critics are no where to be found. Injuries can happen at anytime, but Rangers president John Davidson was clear that the he just didn’t feel it was worth the risk.

He was right. New York Rangers and both Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko are preparing to open camp in 5 days.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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