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JT Miller, a four point night tonite. Seven points in the last two games: 2 goals, 5 assists. Was number one star two nights in a row. Ryan Bourque, goal and two assists. He's been on fire and he bears watching.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Richards Has X-Ray on Finger
Most consistent scorers? Richards currently ranks 252nd in the league in goal conversion percentage at 7.7%. That's tied with McDonagh and barely ahead of Stepan. There is no forward in the entire league who has taken as many shots as Richards and has a lower scering percentage. In fact, there are many defensemen throughout the league with a higher percentage than Richards. Add in his poor defensive play (minus 10, the worst on the team) and you have a guy who's more liability than asset.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Richards Has X-Ray on Finger
The Dolan formula to perfection. Trade away your draft picks so you can put some bodies in the seats for the playoffs. Well at least this deal wasn't as bad as the Clowe fleecing. Gordie Clark must feel like quitting. A year worth of work scouting guys he'll never get to see the Rangers pick. Sather vs Yzerman is like a guppy vs a Great White.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
Larry Brooks now says that last night may have been Cally's last game as a Ranger. He says that if they are determined to trade him b4 Sochi, they may hold him out of the next two games to prevent injury.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rangers 4, Islanders 1
Callahan is playing like Hakeem Nicks...not to get hurt in a contract year. it seems. He rarely hits anyone and hasn't been getting scoring chances. The sliding block of a shot he made the other night reminds you how good this guy was. He's not that player at the present time.
Lindberg, two more goals. Fast one more. Ten of Lindberg's goals are even strength. Fast has to get more shots on goal. He doesn't even average two shots a game. His 30% conversion rate is unsustainable. Lindberg averages almost three shots a game.
Duke, one goal and two assists. He keeps rolling.
Dorsett has as much chance of getting in the lineup as Falk. Bad penalties, no production. Carcillo is much better in all phases except pk. Dorsett replace Dom Moore? That's like replacing Rembrandt with Earl Scheib.
1 month, 1 week ago on Dorsett On Schedule to Return After Olympics
Callahan four years , 16M? How about David Clarkson, 7yrs, 36.75M. I say trade him, but his asking price is ballpark.
1 month, 1 week ago on Callahan/Girardi Seeking 7-Year Contracts as Sather Gauges Interest
Scratch Stepan? This is beyond stupid. Incomprehensible. . Ok he's in a slump, but he contributes in so many other ways: He's one of the best defensive players in the entire league. Why not scratch Richards who only has five more goals and three more assists, but is a horrific defensive player...a lifetime minus player who can't forecheck and doesn't kill penalties. Doesn't defense matter? Kevin, I suggest you talk to the US Olympic Committee and ask them what they see in Stepan.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why Not Jump Start Stepan With A Healthy Scratch?
Another thing Adam is the notion that additional cap space is going to do you any good in FA. The recent trend is to sign your best players before they reach free agency and so the annual crop gets worse and worse. OMG, look at all the horrific huge money signings the past few years: Leino, Erhoff, Weiss, Clarkson, Clowe, Wisniewski, Richards and so many more. The busts far and away outweigh guys like Carle and Filpulla who pan out. This year's FA crop is already weak and the best of them may not ever go on the market. Add that to the fact that the Panthers now have a blank check to spend up to $40M to build the team and other teams have significant cap room what chance do the Rangers have to get a good player without making a Richards type deal. The successful teams have known for a while that the draft is the only way to build a team that will last at a high level. Unload and rebuild is my vote.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on What Would A Trading Deadline With The Rangers As Sellers Look Like?
Great job as usual. There is no chance whatsoever of Slats giving up on the season. not when u look at that absurd trade for Clowe which cost them two high draft choices and would have been a been a third he if had resigned him. No wonder the Rangers have the worst farm system in all of hockey with not a single top four Dman prospect in the pipeline with the possible exception of Brady S. who looked none to promising in the Junior tourney. Other than Miller, Boo,The Duke and Butch are the only viable forwards, but the last three are years away if ever. The Sharks had a far better chance to go deep in the playoffs last year but they understand how build a team so they unloaded Clowe and Murray an the deadline.
Del Zotto reflects the overall malaise of the defense. He has a soft, innaccurate shot. He has two goals. Stralman has no goals and only four assists in 47 games. Girardi has three goals. Moore has two. Staal has two. Falk, Dmac and Allen zero. Even with McD's seven goals the D's total is a pathetic 16 goals. Jeez, Hedman, Krug, Weber and others have 10 alone. How can the Ranger's ever compete with the big boys until they upgrade this mess? We need to get some bombers on the blue
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gone In Nine Seconds
Watching Bishop, it made me wonder when they are going to heighten and widen the nets. I guess it will take a 6:10/400 pound widebody who covers every inch of the net without having to move before they make an overdue change.
Kiss of death? Each time AV praises a guy, i.e, Miller, Falk, Allen, they become a scratch within a game or two.
Btw, Rangers presently tied for 5th in the league in shots on goal...ahead of the Penguins, Bruins, Blues, Caps and Canucks. Unfortunately the conversion percentage may be the lowest in the league.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Same Lineup vs. Stars
Happy New Year Kevin. Thanks for all your work on this great blog. Also thanks to Adam and the other contributors.
Mediocre? Ha. Those guys are the Panthers and not the Pushovers any more. They are good and their recent record shows it. When Tim Thomas plays a game like he did, they are very tough to beat, especially at home. If Lindback was in there, we would have had four goals again.
And no mention of the gutsy comeback and the dominating OT? When was the last time we took four points in Florida especially against two good teams? Good job by our boys.
Allen was not good last night. He seemed physically overmatched and had some bad turnovers. Still, he's a big plus over DZ and Falk and hopefully will adapt to the NHL.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rangers 2, Panthers 1, SO
Good job Adam. The sad thing that despite Skjei and Buchnevich the Rangers have the worst farm system in all of hockey. Other than these two, the Rangers have one viable prospect in all of Junior hockey, Duclair, and one other in college, Nieves. The Wolfpack is last in the standings in the entire AHL without a single high end prospect. Not a very good outlook for us. I wonder how Gordie Clark flies under the radar. He's done a terrible job.
2 months, 1 week ago on Prospect Update: Skjei & Buchnevich Win At WJC ; Wolfpack Snap Losing Streak
If the Rangers are going to have any success this year, JT must play. This guy could break out at any moment. He's not afraid to shoot the puck and is always looking for his shot. He's got game. Let him play!
How 'bout benching Boyle when Cally returns? He has some positives but we can't win when a forward provides no offense.
2 months, 1 week ago on Staal & Callahan to Travel With Team on Road Trip; Rangers Still Mulling Del Zotto Trade; McIlrath Update
God how I hate this team. The coach is awful. He has no adaptability
whatsoever. This team cannot succeed playing run and gun yet he persists
in playing it.
Sam and Joe M. make it even harder to
watch with their incessant shilling for the MSG brand. When a Ranger
turns it over or makes a horrible play, they rarely mention it, but if a
Ranger makes a routine hockey play, Sam is always there to say, "Good
play by Boyle or Good play by Girardi etc. Last night was a new low.
They didn't even identify the culprits in those awful turnovers by Del
Zaster and Moore. They're so intent on protecting the MSG brand they
fail to call the game. They constantly cheat the fans.
night when they started telling us what a great job Gernander is doing
in Hartford, do they really believe that none of us are aware of the
awful record the Whale/Wolfpack has had during his tenure. Are they
aware that he hasn't sent one player to the Rangers who has made even
the slightest impact with the possible exception of Kreider.
A crappy team with crappy management deserves crappy announcers. The fans deserve better.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Islanders 5, Rangers 3
Buy him out over Richards? Is today April 1st? Dumbest thing I've yet heard. With a relatively low cap hit and an existing contract don't you think that the Rangers would be able to trade him for some worthwhile assets? His ntc wouldn't be an issue once he knows he's no longer wanted at MSG.
That said, Nash is a dumb hockey player. Instead of making the simple pass he tries to do it all himself. Even when he does pass it rarely reaches a team mates's tape and too often winds up in a turnover. What a disappointment.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Will The Real Rick Nash Please Stand Up
This is a terrific article that really touches the bases. Glad you mentioned Hank's stick handling which hurts on the pp, pk and also contributes to hard wiring in the defensive zone. Nash does not make players better while Stepan does.
3 months ago on Why Are The Rangers Swimming in Mediocrity?