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the F*d up thing too is that these guys haggling over big bucks are all mediocre players. If you display "average talent" you get millions. Crazy. You no longer need to put up big numbers to get huge paydays. If you put up 40 points you can hold out for big salary cap busting numbers! Ridiculous! I like Zuccarello but he is not a superstar yet - he doesn't DESERVE more than 3 million. Same goes for Brassard. I think Brassard is more like a 1st line center than boring plain vanilla frequently invisible Stepan but he's not worth 5-6 mil per. What a joke!
All of this quibbling over dollars for these guys and we still haven't addressed the need for some size and a true #1 center. We'll have to wait and see next season but all of this makes me feel uneasy - is the roster any better than last season? Doesn't seem so.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kings are just a really good team. You can't make mistakes against them. We make mistakes. We've played well enough to get here but you gotta take it up a notch. LA doesn't fuck around. Rangers still make bad decisions in the offensive zone. Not enough getting the puck to the net - too much circling around looking for the perfect pass.
If we wake up and win at home it's a whole new series. WAKE UP BOYS! LET"S GO RANGERS!!!!!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Thank You Henrik!
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
First - I grew up a Yankee fan in Queens - I put up with a lot of smack talking Mets fans during any era when they were competitive - especially the 80's and early 90's. Every fan base sees their team as the good guys. Every fan base talks shit. Especially in NY where we like to talk opinionated shit about everything. ie..."fuck you, THIS is the best Pizza place!" Relax it's par for the course - not a sense of entitlement - whatever that means for a fan. Sorry to disagree Kev - but Mets and Yankee fans hardly see eye to eye. That's natural though. I don't get mad at it.
Second - The Canadiens and Rangers are pretty even teams. They have a strong team - they are quick and resilient, they beat the big bad Bruins. Everyone expected a tough long series. It's only since the Rangers won the first two games and Price got injured that everyone started thinking we were on our way to the finals. Coaches are always looking for ways to motivate players. Even though he's playing the role of "le asshole" right now, Therrien is firing his team up. It's working. Now instead of sticking with the game plan and staying out of the gutter everyone is getting caught up in the bullshit. Now instead of being the hungry, overachieving underdogs we are the big bad guys and the Canadiens are rallying. What we need is a strong dominant home performance to shut the Canadiens up and fill their little hockey hearts with doubt and desperation. Forget about anything else and calmly go about our business of playing our game. Just like we did against Pittsburgh. No one - including most of us here - though we would get this far. The team needs to keep that inspiration and dogged determination. I think they can do it. I hope the locker room steps up and cooler heads prevail. Use the current circumstances to bond again. Get stronger like in the Pittsburgh series. Honestly all this talk about penalties and injuries on both sides is just petty whining. Beat them on the score board and they'll shut up. The Rangers got to play like they love being home, like they love the support of their own loud, obnoxious, opinionated, ridiculously loyal fans. (and not cry like babies when the aforementioned long-suffering, highly overcharged fan base boos a weak performance) If they don't kick ass tonight this series is probably not going our way. It feels like we're in a game 7 right now. Momentum change is a huge thing. I want to see us fired up and dominant like in game 1. LETS GO RANGERS!
just an opinion - feel free to crap on it.
Annoyed that we can't get a dominating performance at home this season. The Habs are good but we had them in a vulnerable situation and didn't go for the kill. How can we have more energy/success in Montreal? Did we just witness the turning point of the series? Are we Pittsburgh now? All the press shitting on Montreal and making it seem like they were done has turned THEM into the plucky underdog. They are rallying around the rookie in net. They will come hungrier now. They got a taste of blood. If we lose the next home game - this ain't going 7. It's crazy but I got a bad feelin' about this series. This is what sucks about being a Ranger fan...it feels guilty thinking we might actually have success. Jinx!
And....what will the lines look like on Sunday?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name nope. Rangers have missed the playoffs many times under Sather. Doesn't seem to matter. Dolans don't seem to operate under any logic at all.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sharks 1, Rangers 0
@scrangersfan @AveryYesBettmanNo unfortunately might be true. Plus all those injuries at his age - not good. Guy can punch AHL faces but that seems to be all right now.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
whoa - let's relax. Who knows what Stralman wants? He might want to test the open market, but he is certainly NO WHERE near as greedy/unrealistic as Callahan. How many times has Stralman been praised here for his steady play? He doesn't make many mistakes. He's no bruiser but he's a solid defenseman. As for his point totals - this is a low scoring team and he doesn't get a ton of minutes - and he is almost never out on the power play. Why is everyone so hopped up on untested AHL rookie kids who might never pan out? If they were ready to be in the NHL they would be here. There is a reason they aren't. Defensemen take longer to develop than forwards. Give it a rest with McIlrath/Allen talk. They are not NHL ready. Stralman is a solid D-man who could get on any roster in the NHL. If played more and given PP time he would probably get more points. Not sure that he's worth that big of a raise but he certainly has the right to try and get a one. Is Girardi worth 5.5 million?
Another thing people need to acknowledge is that in today's NHL the big bad crease clearing defenseman is a thing of the past. If you watch lots of hockey you know that there isn't too much abuse doled out by anyone in front of the crease. It's basically positioning and stick checking. Yes there are a few out there but it's not the same game anymore. You can't be as recklessly physical and you can't crush someone just because there near the net. Everything get called. You definitely need intimidating D-men but ones who can skate and make the clean big hit. Slow footed, hulk, stay at home defensemen are becoming extinct.
Good game the other night - let's see the boys keep it going!
@EquusBiz @rjonyr87 @Bring back Langdon @rangermom good point. hate gomez love cally but you are absolutely right. If Sather gives 6 mill to Cally then he should wear a dunce cap. Over the other one's he's already got. Tower of dunce caps.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Decline Callahan's Six-Year, $6.3 Million Per Year Proposal
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Callahan Softening on Contract Demands?; Rangers Talk Hemsky
Yay - we suck again! I love a see saw season. It's so rewarding! I'm sure Callahan's bulls**t has no effect on the team either. I guess we are supposed to be happy that we play a lot of teams lower than us in the standings the rest of the way but with our inconsistency this season I am not confident that means anything. One thing I am sure of is that we are not a serious Cup contender. So what else is new? Boo Hoo.
Can Hank get a rest/benching? He might still be in Sochi.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Bruins 6, Rangers 3
here we go again. beat the Blackhawks then letdown vs the mediocre Flyers. Lame. Can't we just win every game?
5 months ago on Rangers @ Flyers (Game 61)
USA hockey took a big step backward. What a disgrace. These guys didn't bother to show up today. After a relatively easy time in the early rounds they seemed to just not want it enough. No fight at all vs Canada and an absolute turd laid on the ice vs. Finland. Isn't it better to fight for a bronze then to not medal at all? Embarrassing. Congrats Finland. Congrats Teamu. Go Hank - win the gold and come home and smack Callahan in the face with it everyday he holds out for more money. Can't wait for NHL action to start up again to get rid of the memory of this USA team performance.
is that angry enough?
5 months, 1 week ago on 1980 Gold Medal Rematch for Bronze Open Thread
Uh call me cynical but I believe he is not bringing the family for other reasons.....the Olympics is hedonism for world class athletes. What happens in Sochi....
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Lundqvist's New Olympic Pads
can we play the Isles and Devs outside from now on? Thanks.
6 months ago on Rangers 2, Islanders 1
yes he was. defensively weak. 40 point season was a long time ago. He had his chance to prove himself here and did not. are we really trying to keep a guy on the roster cause he's "not that bad". Way to lower the bar! Good riddance.
6 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein
pinch me....I must be dreaming. I don't even care who we got in
return. I know that's ignorant. I don't care. Seriously. I'm frickin'
happy right now. There is a God!
It's always nice to play "what if... " trouble is we probably don't have anyone that will really get much in return. I think we're looking at the low end predictions for most of these guys. 2nd/3rd/4th/5th round picks are all nice on paper but in reality they're mostly likely not game changers and many end up career AHLers. It's real chancy. Look how well Sather's disgraceful discarding of Brian Leetch worked out....That was the pessimistic part - the optimistic part of me would like to think that this team is a few pieces away from being a good team rather than in need of a big rebuild. On a side note - it's amazing to see how many doctors post on this site. All of them able to diagnose Callahan's assured physical decline through their TV sets or from the expensive seats in the garden. I'm pretty sure he's not a cripple yet. He might just be a young guy (28!) whose having a rough time from an injury plagued year and can come back strong next year. He might even be getting back to 100% this season - it's just silly to talk about him like he's done and he should be discarded. He's the damn Captain! He definitely motivates this team through his play and determination. He is still a strong 2-way player capable of scoring but he doesn't need to score 35 goals to be considered a success. He's not an overpaid underachiever like half the roster (and the GM for that matter). Give the guy some frickin' slack!And as always - let me just say "trade Del Zotto"! (or just ditch him somewhere...)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What Would A Trading Deadline With The Rangers As Sellers Look Like?
Can AV sit Stepan and play Miller? Would like to see that greedy underachiever Step take a seat for a game or two and see if it wakes him up. What can it hurt - he doesn't win draws and he isn't putting up points.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Same Lineup vs. Stars
Nice response from the Rangers tonight. This is how we should play against the other weak teams in the league. Beat 'em up on the score board!Carcillo move reminds me of Sather's brilliant signing of Brashear. Yikes....
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Maple Leafs (Game 43)
Every season there's good teams and bad teams. There is no one simple formula for a great team but it does start with upper management, especially in these salary cap years. There is so much more to consider than one dimension of a team - like "we need toughness" or "we need skilled grinders" or "we need guys who can score consistently" - Obvi - everyone does. Unfortunately here in "Rangertown" we
don't have the personnel. not here and not in the minors. we have nothing to offer other teams tradewise really - not without shooting ourselves in the foot. (that does not include MDZ!) So this season's mess will not change. There is no magic wand our wonderfully sh*tty out of touch GM can wave. He and Dolan have backed us into a corner. This will be a lost season.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Penguins 5, Rangers 2 (Dorsett Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Fibula)
great pic - except wildly inaccurate. there are too many peaks.
7 months ago on Allen Could Make Del Zotto Even More Expendable
7 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Being Outworked
Vancouver has been putting up good regular seasons for years. It's a better roster. Let's all stop the romanticizing of the Torts era. Torts was a decent coach but he didn't win squat here and we had the same problems Sather created. No goal scoring. Bad PP. Uneven roster. Bad contracts. Only reason we had any success was because of Hank and Torts having 5 guys collapsing in front of him. There was little to no offensive consistency for years. All we had most nights was endless cycling with no results. It was beyond boring to watch and frustrating to see guys getting injured trying to take pucks for the team. Torts didn't do much adapting other than realizing early on Sather handed him a weak deck offensively - so he had them go into a block pucks at all cost shell and he rode Hank into the ground along with Girardi, Cally and McD - hence the loss to the Devils in the East Finals. Yes there was more fire in the roster it seems, but that's it. Results were the same. Same for Dubi - what did he do here? Put up lame numbers and hold the team hostage for more money every chance he got. Oh and he lost most of the fights he got in. Problems start at top with Sather. AV might not be doing well yet, but it's not even one half a season. Yes they suck now and we're all angry but don't let that make you lose your common sense.let the angry responses begin! I'm going to look for Santa in Brooklyn and ask him for a Christmas Miracle...
I make no claims on Kreider's future - although it would be nice to give him a legit chance.
Biggest point you are missing is that just because you say trade Kreider and a prospect doesn't mean another teams GM is gonna take a crap deal like that. In reality they will want more than that. Kane also will want more money - hurt cap space. Not smart. Come back from fantasy land.
7 months, 1 week ago on Islanders 5, Rangers 3
so we can over pay/trade for Ek and get another guy who won't fix the team and probably have his game go south too? no thanks.
Concussions are tough man.
A f*cking disgrace to lose to terrible Isles team on home ice - not much else you can say. mediocrity continues. they are getting good at it. Maybe there's a strategy to get the higher #1 draft percentage?2 of our goals were lucky bounce flukes and Isles could have had a few more shorties/even strength goals. Could have been a blowout for Isles. This Ranger team has a terrible addiction to pitty pat passing especially at blue line. Kills offense and causes tons of bad giveaways.For the love of God get MDZ off the PP please! No more Richards on the point either. PP units scored 2 /gave up two (and almost few more - thanks post!) that's a bad exchange. Even everyone's fave ZuccarelloBaggins was giving the puck away. Sad.Now i have to hear it from my brother the Islander fan. How bad is that?
What the heck can you get for Pyatt?I'm still confused with Asham's presence here. He is a waste of a roster spot. He's basically just collecting his paycheck. He's on his way out and has almost nothing left to give. maybe McIlrath's hurting after the beating he took? I think all the kids need playing time but maybe tonight is not the right night. maybe they lose badly and his confidence goes south. hell, the whole team is fragile right now.Hopefully Santa comes early and the Rangers win and then we can all just relax for a friggin' night.....
7 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Out; Asham In; Pyatt on the Block?
because despite his troubles this year Girardi is a more solid reliable defenseman. MDZ is SUPPOSED to be an offensive dman but isn't.
7 months, 1 week ago on Avalanche Could Offer Forward for Del Zotto
Not much of a trend yet - not halfway through the season but OK I hear you. I'm not saying AV is perfect but lets not take everything in print as gospel. We don't know everything that's going on in the locker room.
7 months, 1 week ago on AV Expects Players To Figure It Out
Uh....I didn't say anything about not having discussions, but you write what ever you want.
Wow....one "quote" from an "unnamed player" and we know all that goes on behind the scenes in Rangertown and all that AV does or doesn't do....amazing! Maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions? Maybe this mish mash of a roster is just not performing well because it can't. Let's see how the season plays out and judge AV at the end.
Yeah - I forgot to mention Pouliot's move. Forget Forsberg, he stole that from EA NHL 14!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on McIlrath Punches The Biggest Guy In The Room
yes McIlrath has got guts. yes the fight was pretty much pointless. yes he was a punching bag. yes McGratton was glad the kid didn't bleed on him too much. Whatevs....we finally won a home game! How many peeps were thinking we couldn't win after Hank kept getting beat in the shoot out? C'mon...be honest...D. Moore to the rescue in a shoot out? It's a Christmas miracle!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Miller, Kristo Continue to Roll in Pack Loss
yeah that makes sense so I guess we should be happy if he becomes a punching bag like Boyle that sends a great message
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Recall McIlrath
An AHL Goon. Why is everyone automatically thinking McIlrath can win all his fights at NHL level? I hope he can, but it's jumping the gun isn't it?Lotta knee jerk reactions and bizarre logic on the blog lately. Understandable given the current state of the team and the entertainment value of the games, but c'mon...relax. This roster probably isn'y going to be much better this year no matter who is on the AHL shuttle bus. Screaming for trades won't help cause we have little to offer and not much cap room. The roster is mediocre hence the mediocre record. Should they be performing better and with more passion?....HELL YES, but in no way is this current bunch anywhere near a playoff run. That's just crazy talk. Let's just relax and wait this sh*t storm out.Like I always say - you can win the Cup with the Rangers on EA NHL14! (just turn the settings to rookie for this years roster so you can score)
but look....we have a pretty, shiny, new scoreboard....and crosswalks! Don't look down at what's on the ice...look up here at the sparkly new stuff....(repeat at Knicks games without the word ice)
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Time for Henrik Lundqvist to Carry Rangers Out of Mediocrity
Meh...can't win 'em all - especially when your mediocre team plays a good team. How come Tampa Bay doesn't miss the net all the time or shoot right into the goalie's chest? Isn't that what your offense is supposed to do?
8 months ago on Rangers @ Lightning (Game 24)
A good solid win. scary that it could have been tied in the last 3 mins when Preds hit back to back post shots. We need more goals - but give credit to Preds goalie he made some great saves.
Hey Hey Ho Ho MDZ has got to go! At least off the PP. Entirely. He is lazy. Those two giveaways were ridiculous. Any other defender we have should be out there instead. What happened to Stralman on the PP? He was decent there last year. MDZ also made a few real bad "homerun" passes during 5on5 that turned to icings immediately. Sorry for complaining after a win but MDZ doesn't belong in the lineup if he can't learn from his YEARS of mistakes. Man that kid makes me soooo mad! Totes.
Tampa Bay will be a test. Let's go boys!
8 months, 1 week ago on Rangers 2, Predators 0
@Beckfan5 @AveryYesBettmanNo Nash is the number one forward on this team. He and Lundqvist are the franchise players. period. Will Nash play like that now that he's had 2 concussions...who knows? He's got to be given the chance. That's why he's here. However, that wasn't my point. My point was it's still early enough to tinker with the lineups. It's not a punishment for Zucc or any other forward to be moved around. it might help to better balance the team in the long run. Wait and see.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Zuccarello to be Bumped Out of Top Six Upon Nash Return
Whoa - peeps need to relax a bit. (even excitable hockey fans)
first off - why hate on Brooks for stating his opinion - isn't that what all of us do here? You kidz might not remember the time before the interwebs but Brooks has been keeping hockey in the sports pages interesting for a long time. The Post was always the best hockey coverage - the Daily News and Newsday never gave it as much attention. Anyway...
We're 18 games into the season with a 9-9 record. Nothing is written in stone. Line ups change constantly and will continue to over the whole season. Let's see what they do. Nash can be a goal scoring stud. He has got to get back into the line up and help bury some of these chances that other Rangers forwards miss. I am concerned that he will be vulnerable to another concussion after one big hit - scary. The best place for him won't be known until AV gets him out there. Let's wait and see instead of knee jerk negative reactions.
Yes we've played better recently. Yes he's made some great passes, but can we hold off on putting Zucc in the hall of fame just yet? If he's as amazing as everyone seems to think here then he'll be fine on any of the top 3 lines. Also - why would Boyle play wing....do we not need him more for his centering/faceoff role?
Not a horrible game, but CAN WE BEAT THE FRICKIN' DEVILS PLEASE! A good team has to stomp on the weaker ones in the standings. Almost losing to Florida and then losing to the Devils again.... depressing.
You can't win them all, but you probably won't win games with sloppy defense. Not gonna get too angry cause we just rolled off a bunch of wins. It's clear though that we still have a ways to go and the team needs to learn how to play smart D under AV's system. More than a few times a game you'll see guys getting lost on coverage and leaving men wide open. Hopefully it will come so we can get above .500 and stay there.
It's silly to blame the refs - real silly. Calls don't always go your way. That's hockey. We get away with stuff too - every team does. What would you say to other teams fans who blamed all Ranger wins on bad calls? Zucc deserved his penalty for slashing at Marty, but Uncle Daddy should have got one too - instead they let him slide and call roughing on a Devil player whose name my brain doesn't care to recall.
A couple of things:
Seems like Hags has cooled off a little huh?
Girardi still looking unlike his old self. It's tough watching him make frequent mistakes with the puck. He looks tentative and nervous sometimes.
I really hate the Devils but I gotta admit I like watching Jagr still doing his thing. I'd root for him to do well on any team.
Forget about this one and move on to the next! (jelly donuts help)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Fall Late to Devils 3-2
@gmen9892 I find the opposite to your 2) point. Usually its the 30 - 50 yr olds who drink and don't care about sh*t that are really loud and sometimes obnoxious. Younger crowds are too busy tweeting....
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Death of Madison Square Garden?
@IhaveawaiteratMSG don't forget to scream/chant "uncle daddy"
Let's not be naive peeps. This is nothing new. This is a trend in sports for many decades. Speaking as someone who has been a NY sports fan since i was a kid in the 1970s (hundreds of years ago) I have seen this happen in all the sports I love and try to attend. Ticket prices/cable prices will NEVER go down. Owners will never care about fans as much as profits - it's sports business 101. They exist to make money - period. They know people will always come back or watch on TV. They never have to worry about that. 3 lockouts since '95, including one that cancelled an entire season! We still comeback. It might be easier quitting heroin than walking away from a sport you love. The Rangers (and hockey) are a serious addiction.
Modern sports teams want the corporate and casual fan in the seats spending the big bucks. It's not cool, but it's inevitable in most cities. The suits will pay premium ticket prices and eat and drink everything up and charge it on a work card. Families from the burbs will park in the lots and buy tons of merchandise. It makes business sense that those are the fans they want. Every team does it. It used to be that they sold/reserved a small percentage of seats - usually the best ones - for the corporate suits. Nice seats are a big bonus for companies that do business with Penn Plaza or advertise at MSG. New York just has so many companies here - Ad agencies, financial companies, banks etc... they get a higher percentage of the tix and over the years that percentage has increased big time. For many years the real fans have been priced out and relegated to the blues/400 sec - those are the best sections for fan experience but lets be honest the sight lines aren't the best. I was lucky enough to have a good friend who would sell me tickets every year for section 411. It was awesome. Then she had to give em up cause the season ticket prices got way too high. What can you do? I just watch all the games at home on cable. I only go to one or two games a year if I can get tix that aren't going to make me miss a mortgage payment on my overpriced Brooklyn apt. Remember when the 300s were affordable?
If you haven't fallen asleep reading this here's the last part: A lot of things are contributing to the Garden not being as raucous a place to see a game. Most (not all) of the suits are just enjoying a perk - or conducting business. The casual fan just doesn't care as much. (although it is nice to look at all the models and/or actual/pseudo celebs walking around or waiting for their PR department arranged shot on the jumbo-tron.) Not to sound ancient but most people can't look away from their phones now anyway. It's awkward to be the only person shouting/cheering loudly when no one else in your section is. As the Garden gets sanitized liked this it makes sense that it's quieter. It sucks. Cursing isn't the only way to cheer but I used to have a lot of fun hearing and screaming crazy things or joining in on hard core hockey chants. If you have't done it, starting an "A-S-S-H-O-L-E" chant in MSG is probably the greatest feeling in the world. There is no denying the arena is nicer (unless you have an obstructed view now) - the food is nicer, the beer is better, the bathrooms are cleaner (in the first period), the monitors and scoreboards are pretty but there is just no replacing the passion the "average fan" has for the teams they love. It means more to us - for good or bad. It's a bigger part of your life so you cheer or scream and laugh or cry more. If we aren't there - who's gonna make the noise? Hell no one even cheers when they put up the noise monitor on the scoreboard thingy!!!
sorry - too much time on my hands today. I don't even think I said half of what I wanted to. Anyway... in conclusion we all need to win the lottery and buy back our seats at the garden so we can bring back the original flavor. Peace!