Free Lias

It’s as simple as this. Through two periods, Lias Andersson has played a grand total of six shifts against the Panthers. That’s 3:13 of ice time in two periods for the 2017 seventh overall pick the Rangers took as part of the Derek Stepan trade.

Andersson had only 1:01 through a chaotic first which saw the teams split a pair of two’s. Even if you aren’t in favor of the 21-year old center who’s being wasted by the organization on the fourth line, this is a travesty. It’s unacceptable!

Either play him or free him from this double standard madness that sees David Quinn reward stone hands Brett Howden with third line duty. He has four freaking points! Enough already!

It’s time. #FreeLias

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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