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Flyers’ Rinaldo getting a look on the penalty kill

Nov 16, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

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Zac Rinaldo can hit and he doesn’t mind dropping the gloves – all part of being a role player often used on the Philadelphia Flyers’ fourth line.

But he’s been given a chance to expand his capacity, by being put on the penalty kill. On Friday, he played a combined 1:34 on the penalty kill, with most of that coming in the first period.

However, it should be noted that one of those special teams’ shifts ended on a Winnipeg Jets power play goal.

That said, it’s still an opportunity for Rinaldo to contribute to the Flyers in a different way, although he doesn’t want to put any special emphasis on his new duties.

“I’m excited about it … The more responsibility, the better for me,” Rinaldo told CSN Philadelphia.

“I’m more useful if I don’t have a different mindset. Just skate hard and play on the PK like it’s my last shift.”

  1. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Rinaldo pretty much earned the extra ice time…..It was just a matter of where to get minutes…..Funny though i don’t remember any stories about his PP time!

  2. tcclark - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    He’s an aggressive forechecker which means some shifts he’ll make an outstanding defensive play and others he’ll get caught and make a mistake. It’s a high risk, high reward situation. Let’s hope it works out.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      I think your looking at a rarity in today’s game a player with a limited skill set that can be coached up to be a force to deal with ! I root for him bigtime !

      • tcclark - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        I don’t think it’s going to work out, but I think it’s worth a shot. I’m not expecting him to be coached up very much at all. He’s already an aggressive forechecker and he often causes the defense to regroup in their own zone. This will be great in the penalty kill as he could cause the offense to waste time. At the same time. He could be caught trying to make the play and be behind the rush leaving his teammates to play 5-3 until he makes his way back to the defensive zone.

        Like you said though. I’m rooting for him

  3. mcphillthy - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Glad to see Rinaldo getting more ice time. He playa his heart out every game. I love what he brings to the flyers and he deserves the extra minutes

  4. damienromaine - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Only reason he was on the ice for a PP goal was because of a bad line change by Coots

  5. kastout11 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    He takes a lot of bad penalties. When he plays clean, he is not a bad player. He needs to control his chipiness and he would be an effective penalty killer.

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