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It is now "let's freak out over every possible rumor" time among Ranger fans. I so hate this time of the year because so many Ranger fans overreact to every possible thought of bad news. What is next Henrik Lundqvist demands that the Ranger bring Sean Avery out of retirement or next year he will sign with the Islanders?
8 months ago on Could Not Buying Out Richards Cause Rangers to Lose McDonagh?
This is a good deep draft which the Rangers can take advantage of as there is a good mix of players who yes need work on their game/body/skating but the Rangers have shown they can invest time in these kinds of players. I like among the goalies a Shane Starett who played with Boo Nieves at Kent or a Eamon McAdam who is heading to Penn State. On Defense there is a Spencer Jensen of Medicine Hat a 6'4 shutdown defender who has improved a lot over the last 2 years. Forward there are way too many 5'8-5'11 guys in the 3rd round area to like in North America so I think the Rangers might again look to Europe for help
8 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Looking For Defensive Depth & Future No. 1 Goaltender in Draft
Good read Adam but to me the biggest problem in the NHL is recycling coaches. I just don't understand how Sather can hire yet another guy who has issues playing his younger players? Sorry AV is a mistake of a train wreck when paired with Sather who isn't going to give AV much say in the roster after listening to Tortorella the last few years.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sather Blames Lack Of Offense And Puck Possession On Tortorella, Not Himself
If Sather rushes through the process of hiring a new coach then he gets trashed for not doing his homework. If Sather does what he is doing then he gets trashed for taking his time. There is also the 3rd option which could mean Sather is stalling in order to get permission to talk to coaches who would not be available until July 1 because of their contract status. I for one have no problem if Sather is wanting to wait until a Dave Tippett is free and clear from the Coyos or even a soon to be former coach of the Penguins. But what I don't want is a recycle of John Tortorella
9 months ago on Eakins Headed to OIlers While Sather Continues to Sit on Hands
@BulldogLine Really AV? And what exactly has he done as of late? I mean besides 2 straight seasons where Vancouver choked in the first round or was it choking in the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins? or maybe it was failing to earn more than just 1 appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals despite having a ton of talent?
The Rangers just fired their coach because he wasn't moving the team forward and you want to hire a guy who was fired for the same reason. That makes no sense at all.
9 months ago on Giving Some Love for Guy Boucher as Next Rangers Coach
Do people seriously think Glen Sather Mr Western Canada would actually hire someone who is a French Canadian? Glen Sather who avoids using first round picks on players from the QMJHL (go look for yourself over his career). Glen Sather who would rather have a totally inexperienced Brian Trottier over a guy who coached the Montreal Canadians? Stop looking at what the coaches have and look at what Sather will accept to find the next Ranger coach
9 months ago on Eakins Not A Systems Guy; Vigneault Has Experience With Media Scrutiny
Lets be serious here OK? The Rangers beat a team that was just 1 point better than they were in the standings. It is not like they knocked off Pittsburgh or Montreal. Give credit to Henrik Lundqvist who saved this franchise from a 1st round exit. Henrik doesn't stand on his head in game 6 and we are sitting here taking turns burning the Garden down over a major disappointment.Now they play Boston who is bigger and much more physical than the Rangers are. Tortorella's refusal to carry an enforcer just might come back to haunt them. How about we wait until we see how far this team goes before giving Tortorella a lifetime pass?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on You Still Want Torts Fired?
The answer to your question is yes the Rangers drafted McIlrath because he is a lot like Beuk was when he was the same age. McIlrath has a measured wingspan of 84 inches (7 ft), he has the typical big man skating issues and the dislocated knee cap kept him from getting to work with the same lady who fixed Boyle's skating this past summer.
He plays a very physical brand of hockey, uses his size and strength to turn the crease into a "no-man's land." He needs work on his offensive game but he has a nasty heavy shot that hurts those who try to block it.
Nobody messes with any of his teammates when he is on the ice either. He was taught how to fight by Cam Barker's dad who was a former cop/boxer.
His nickname is the Truck from his Moose Jaw days
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Oh. My. McIlrath.
@rangersfan @shishya100 Fast suffered his injuries as a result of making/attempting plays. He plays an active attack style so use of "pussy" is very bad choice.
11 months ago on Fast Banged Up
Sorry it wasn't a good move because of the price tag. At best for a guy who hasn't scored a goal in almost a year and about to become a UFA Sather overpaid.
Guys like Clowe who have made their career as physical forces in the crease and elsewhere tend to have drastic drops in their skill set that come out of nowhere. (See Adam Graves)
By the way of those 11 assists do you know how many were primary assists, secondary assists or off goals scored because of a play by the goal scorer? In some ways assists are as misleading as plus/minus. Now had Sather waited a day or let someone else take Clowe off the Shark's hand then he could have used those same draft picks, maybe even less to squeeze Mason Raymond away from the Canucks. Who is Mason Raymond? Well if he isn't in a Shark's uniform tomorrow it is because that is who the Canucks were supposedly willing to send for Ryan Clowe. He is having a pretty solid season 9-9-18 and became expendable because the Canucks signed Chris Higgins to an extension. He is only 27 and still has an upside. But here is the other problem which is giving away a 2nd rd pick and Florida's 3rd which is a 2nd with their record. The Rangers are going to be shut out of one of the better entry drafts in years. Oh and the other reason not to make this deal is unless someone takes on Boyle. Asham, Powe or by some miracle Gaborik's contract the Rangers are at their 50 contract limit. No more moves for the Rangers .
11 months, 1 week ago on Making Sense of the Ryane Clowe Trade
If Ryan Callahan or any other Ranger had NOT spoken up about Avery's comments then the silence would have thrown more gasoline on the original statement. Tortorella keeps his job as long as Henrik Lundqvist really says so. No matter what the Rangers say to the world; just like Messier if Lundqvist says he is not happy over the direction of the Rangers then so long Tortorella.Rangers can replace the coach but they don't have any way to replace Lundqvist
11 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Stand By Torts After Avery Tweet
KevinThis is all your fault, you are fired
11 months, 1 week ago on Senators 3, Rangers 0
@rangersfan St. Croix is the same height as Hagelin and Callahan and just a tad shorter than Stepan and Richards. I can tell you why I am excited and that is 20-24-44 which are his numbers on the power play. I am also excited because St. Croix has this uncanny knack of scoring that "dagger" goal that puts a game on ice which is why I call him the Predator.. He has had some excellent coaching in Edmonton to turn him into a more polished player. Is he going to save the world? No and I don't expect him to carry the Rangers. What I do expect him to do is improve the power play for starters and bring a mentality where he goes for the kill rather than sit on a lead
11 months, 2 weeks ago on St. Croix Starts WHL Playoffs With a Bang
What Ranger fans may not realize is the Swedish Hockey Federation is doing what the Rangers would do if the situations are reversed. Sweden is looking not only at this years World Championships but also the next Winter Olympics as seedings is based on performance in international events like the WCs. In North America the World Championships don't matter because of the Stanley Cup but in Europe they are huge.
And let's not be in a rush to burn a year off another prospect's Entry Level Contract. It could just come back and bite the Rangers down the road.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Could The Swedish Ice Hockey Association Prevent Fast From Coming To New York?
You folks do know that when Hamrlik was claimed on waivers that only part of his salary is a salary cap hit. You also realize that the Rangers are only on the hook for a pro-rated amount of his salary?>$1,873,737 is what his cap would if he finishes the season with the Rangers/Whale base it is half his salary from being claimed on waivers. Second seriously who actually thinks MZA would resign with the Rangers after Tortorella wouldn't play him because Torts didn't think he could handle the playing in traffic? The Rangers are more likely willing to let him sign in the Western Conference and recoup a draft pick for him.Sometimes Ranger fans read way too much into "what ifs" and over react to them.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Asham With Team; Hamrlik Not Sent to Whale; Same Line-up
Give the credit on this one to Adam Graves as Gravy was out there working with Shane McColgan (Nicholls linemate) . I am telling you if Graves ever decided to work full time with the Rangers he would make an excellent GM
12 months ago on Nicholls Lights It Up After Signing With Rangers
AS someone who has watched Sather since his Edmonton days; there isn't a coach who can tell Sather who to sign or not. Sather will listen to people but in the end Glen Sather decides what Glen Sather will do. Torts is in many ways the coaching version of Sean Avery because he knows exactly how to control the media. When the Rangers play horribly it is Torts who will get people talking about how he treats the media or whether he is a bully. But if it diverts the attention from the crappy power play or the effort by the players then Torts has gotten what he wanted.
1 year ago on Miscommunication Inside Rangers Organization Ended Arnott Signing?
Not taking Kaleta's side here but odds are he was advised by team and NHLPA not to make a statement regarding Richards until he talks to the NHL.
Does it stink? Of course it does but if he says anything about Richards then odds are given the way the NHL works it would be a sign of guilt. If he waits until after he finds out his punishment then it won't affect his "sentence."
If you want to get mad get mad at the NHL for not having a clear standard regarding plays like this.
1 year ago on Richards Doesn't Practice as Kaleta Feels Like Garbage for Hurting Team Not Richards
@gravey94 Thank you
1 year, 1 month ago on Mashinter Watch: Scores In Whale Loss Last Night
Would say Kevin had it right with the lost in the translation. The Rangers by making Zucs a qualifying offer kept his rights as a RFA. Unless both coach and GM leave doubt Zucs will even consider a NYR return
1 year, 1 month ago on Zuccarello: It's Rangers or No One