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by Jason Diamos / New York Times
Hartford, CT - Ever since meeting at the age of 13 in their native Russia, the paths of Fedor Tyutin (right) and Maxim Kondratiev have never veered far apart.
Now they are 21 and top prospects for the Rangers, who have not been to the N.H.L. playoffs in seven consecutive seasons and may not even get on the ice in season No. 8.
In a perfect world, Tyutin and Kondratiev would be complementing each other as rookie defensemen with the Rangers, but with no end in sight for the league's lockout, Tyutin and Kondratiev are developing their skills with the Rangers' top minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
If the impact Tyutin and Kondratiev have had on the Hartford team is any indication of what they might eventually do in New York, Rangers fans finally have a reason to be heartened. The two have helped Hartford go 9-0-0, the franchise's best start.