Gallant scratches Kravtsov after one game

Vitaly Kravtsov just can’t win. Not when it comes to coach Gerard Gallant. The game continues. After bringing him back for Friday’s 6-3 win over the Kraken, he decided to scratch Kravtsov for tonight’s divisional match versus the Hurricanes.

At this point, I’m past trying to analyze the taskmaster. He is a tyrant. Nobody dares challenge him on his lineup decisions. Would you? Gallant is an intimidating person when it comes to dealing with the media. It’s his way or the highway. He won’t always directly answer questions.

So, Kravtsov got into one game after the Vladimir Tarasenko trade. He didn’t register a shot in 10:46 last night. He took 14 shifts, all while playing with Chris Kreider and Vincent Trocheck.

I’d love to know if that is enough for the tyrant to determine whether Kravtsov can be part of the lineup. He just said that he didn’t do enough. He then made up an excuse to play Jake Leschyshyn. A player they claimed from Vegas off waivers who has no points. He also doesn’t add much.

This is who Gallant is. He is a mystifying coach who is clearly holding a grudge against a player stemming from last season. Only he knows why Kravtsov can’t play on the third line and be given a real chance.

The whole situation is a joke. It stinks. It isn’t fair to Kravtsov or Chris Drury. By continuing to not play the former first round pick, it further devalues him. It is a horrible way to manage a young player who has capability.

There’s no rhyme or reason to it. Whatever. It isn’t my call. Jake Leschyshyn is so important to the fourth line. He brings grit and intangibles.

I’ve decided to boycott the game. I don’t care. I can’t stand Gallant. If the team wins, it won’t be because of him. He never makes an example of anyone else. It’s personal. It is very similar to how Colin Campbell treated a very proven Alexei Kovalev. That never made sense.

Hopefully, for Kravtsov, there will be a resolution to the madness. It’s become a distraction. Reporters have to continually ask this fraud questions due to him. He’s the cause of it.

Whatever happens with Kravtsov, here’s hoping he gets a real opportunity on another team where the coach isn’t an arrogant jerk.

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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2 Responses to Gallant scratches Kravtsov after one game

  1. hasan4978 says:

    It’s basically the same here with Alex Holtz…played his first game in a month a couple days ago for several minutes, went right back to being a scratch. Dude’s played in like fifteen games, not a lot of minutes in most of them but for some reason they would rather have him rot in limbo than play him anywhere.

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    • Derek Felix says:

      I just want it over with. Friedman says Kravtsov is available. Great. He’s been so devalued. At least Holtz is a bit younger. I expect him to be part of a package for Meier if they get him. Assuming Carolina didn’t realize after their 3rd period implosion, they need to do something. Canes have a good system.


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