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Rangers continue to collect first round busts. Beach, Pyatt, Boyle, Pouliot together should be on pace for five goals between them. Hey, I'll take it.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Mashinter Traded to Chicago for Beach
Another thing about Lundquist: Some of the problem when the Rangers get hard wired in their own zone is Hank's astonishingly poor play with the puck. He looks like he's allergic to the puck and can't wait to unload it up the wall where in usually results in a turnover. He also regularly fails to recover icings on the PP and fire the puck up ice thereby saving time and preventing a change from the opponent. They don't keep metrics on goal tenders' play with the stick but when you watch a guy like Rask, you see how much a goaltender contributes to his team's offensive zone time. Trade Hank, buy out Richards, get good players for Hank and use the cap savings for free agents who aren't over the hill. (Btw, no need to remind me of Hank's out of nowhere pass that resulted in an assist for him. Strictly an aberration.)
5 days, 21 hours ago on Lundqvist Contract Talks Have Not Progressed
Sather waiting out the season? That would be the height of stupidity. Hank might very well walk especially if he doubts the team's chances for a cup. Sather needs to trade him for assets this season and hope to find another goal tender to go along with Talbot just like the Rays found Bishop and the Yotes found Smith and the Kings found Scrivens. To allow Lundquist to walk for nothing is totally unthinkable.
6 days ago on Lundqvist Contract Talks Have Not Progressed
The only problem with the Rangers is they are 6th in the league in shots on goal but next to last in goals scored. 'Nuf said.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rangers Couldn't Break A Carton of Eggs In Tampa
Replace Girardi and Stralman with McIlrath and Allen? Might as well replace Rick Nash with Michael Haley. My RX: Rangers need to get out of denial and realize they have zero chance of competing for the Cup in the forseeable future. They don't have a single viable impact player in the entire organization; Hartford, College or Juniors. The Wolfpack is more inept at scoring goals than the Rangers. My solution: Trade Lundquist, buyout Richards, use the cap space to sign core players like Girardi, Stralman, Kreider and rebuild the team with draft choices. Of course this will never happen and Sather will continue to bring in the Pyatt's, Pouliots, Falks off the scrap heap.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rumors: More Del Zotto; No Interest in Havlat; Valuing Neil
When you see these Western teams, you realize that the Rangers aren't even close as far as offensive talent goes.
After 22 games Hank has as many assists as Dorsett and only one less than Pouliot. Just sayin'. After 22 games Hank has as many assists as Dorsett and only one less than Pouliot. Just sayin'.
Great as Hank was, the save of the night was on Nash's penalty shot. Nash's move was classic and the guy still managed to get a leg out.
Every time I see MDZ on the ice i have to take a Valium.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Friday (11/22/13) Headlines
From Daily News' Pat Leonard:
Vigneault was leaning toward scratching young forward J.T. Miller to
make room for Callahan’s return to the lineup. Miller struggled in
Saturday night’s 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, in particular
drawing criticism from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for failing to clear
the puck out of the defensive zone on one ‘Canes possession. Lundqvist
eventually froze the puck and could be seen barking in Miller’s
1 month ago on Richter, Neely Star in NHL Thanksgiving Commercial
Cally in tonite. Miller likely scratch. per espn. Pyatt has pictures. Per me.
I too cringe every shift I see Taylor the Turtle out there but AV uses him in all sits so he'll hang around. DK is learning how to play a two way game; his defensive shortcomings were obvious in the pre-season.
Btw, Boyle's 32 shots on goal is second on the team by a wide margin. No goals thus far.
1 month, 1 week ago on Big Night For Top Rangers Prospects In Wolfpack Win
How can Kristo keep up this scoring pace? He's only had 16 shots in 7 games. Unless you think he can make 33% of his shots.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Kristo Scores Again, McIlrath Fights Again In Wolfpack Loss
Btw, the Canucks have 11points in ten games. That puts them on pace to miss the playoffs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on H. Sedin: Torts Interaction Is How You Want It To Be
Thanks for the in depth write up, Adam. I loved Kantor's game during the exhibitions. He's relentless and physical. Seems to have a high hockey IQ. Doesn't hesitate to drop the gloves. I get the feeling that he's a kid that will improve day by day. The fourth line awaits you, MK.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Prospect Update 10/19: Wolfpack Come From Behind To Win Fourth In A Row
Hey Kevin, the leader of a blog might be better served inspiring his readers rather than displaying persistent negativity day after day. The season is one game old and you appear to be throwing in the towel. Have a little patience before you rush to judgement.
2 months ago on Vigneault, Rangers Already Making Excuses
Pyatt: Can AV make a sprinter out of a turtle?
2 months ago on Callahan Back in Blue; Lines; New #s
I Like hybrid icing. When you punt into the endzone, you don't have to race anyone to touch it. It's a touchback plain and simple.
2 months, 1 week ago on NHLPA Decision on Hybrid Icing Expected Soon
How about Richards to the press box. What an awful pre-season. Rick Nash insists on trying to skate through two or three guys despite the fact he turns it over much of time. Putting Richards and Nash on the same line is a bad idea considering their defensive shortcomings. John Moore tries to do too much with the puck. He needs to let the game come to him a bit more.
Falk played well, Allen seemed a bit overwhelmed by the speed and intensity. Bickel had his best game other than taking another bad penalty. Gotta love Fast. CT. will be good for him. The play of Powe and an equally rejuvenated Asham may result in Dorsett being cut. Dorsett really isn't that good at anything other than taking way too many penalties. Can't see slow poke Pyatt on this team. Miller was good, but like last year, he gets reckless at times and it results in a scoring chance for the other guys. There is no doubt he will be a good player for many years and does mgmt. want to put up with his growing pains now or send him back for more seasoning? Ditto Lindberg. I think Pouliot is a big plus; certainly an upgrade over Pyatt. He's got obvious talent and perhaps he's finally found the team he's been looking for for the past few years.
The Wolfpack should be good for a change and it will be refreshing not to see Newbury's name at the top of the scoring list as its been for the past few seasons.
Kudos to AV. He stuck with his plan of playing the young guys and he liked what he saw for the most part. All in all I liked this pre-season. The team seems more than willing to play for the coaching staff and I loved their enthusiasm and energy. The team played well until the Mashinter penalty the kids were holding their own with the excellent Kings who had their regular lineup in there. Insert Cally, Steps and Hags and the defense, pk, pp and speed will dramatically increase. I'm looking forward to a great season. I love the fast break concept AV has brought and it's great to see guys going to the net. The defensive shortcomings of the pre-season will sort themselves out b4 too long, I'm confident. LGR
2 months, 1 week ago on Two Open Spots; Richards or Brassard to Wing?; Stepan Will Help Power Play
Kevin and Lindberg.
Edmonton is now a very good team with a lot of firepower. They played their regulars with the exception of Yakapov, Hopkins and the goalie. The Rangers outbattled them and outshot them 27-21. At least three of the 21 were redirections maybe more, but at the very most they had 18 shots on goal. Fluky goals and bad Biron resulted in five goals. Vancouver with their fire power only managed 21 shots while the Rangers had 41 shots, 14 that were blocked and 12 that missed the net. So against two strong offensive teams, both playing at home, the Rangers gave up 41 shots on goal, a significant number coming on the pp. The Ranger defense was good outside of the blatant breakdowns and shoddy goal tending. The Rangers played with grit and determination even though they were probably a bit tired from an intense road schedule. The Rangers are going to be a very good team and you may as well resign yourself to that fact.
2 months, 1 week ago on Callahan Cleared for Contact, Won't Be Ready for Opener
"how brutal this team has pre-season." Have the Rangers been outplayed in any of these games? They outplayed both Edmonton and the Canucks and were victimized by an inability to score... hey we're missing our entire top line.. and a number of deflection goals, defensive breakdowns and poor goalie play....btw both Stepan and Cally were in the top ten in Selke voting. AV is experimenting...it is pre-season... why else would Pyatt be on the pp and pk etc. etc. The good news is that the team is playing hard and physical. The breakdowns are certainly correctable and the goalie play is bound to improve.
Dorsett has become a serious liability and needs to take anger mgmt. He's gonna lose us some games with his incessant penalties.
Stepan: 2 years $6.15 million. Sounds like a win for Slats.
2 months, 1 week ago on Hagelin Back to NY; Seven Defensemen; Cap Determining Line-up
Step is officially signed!