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@Paulie_NYR94 I think Dubinsky was a bit of a whipping boy---but more for the fact he was a 4 million dollar player, and we all expected him to score more....which really is not his game. He is a 20 goal a year max guy. In today's NHL though, hard to have 4 million dollar heart and soul guys.....
3 hours, 11 minutes ago on Capitals 4, Rangers 1
.I think we need to bring back the "Black and Blue" Rangers.....I think the reality is AV has to adapt. Example....Rob Ryan comes to the Saints and wants to employ 3-4 defense but based on who is in the locker room and injuries knows they have to play 4-3 D and make it work. It has. AV might want to play up-tempo and a skilled game but it does not fit the profile of players we have. Bring up Kantor, Asham and Bickel...release Pouliot, Pyatt. I think all teams know the Rangers are soft. That hit on Kreider should never have happened. I think Torts deserves some blame for not opening things up when we had Gaborik and Nash....but AV does not have those cards to choose from. He has to see that and maybe in the offseason we can bring in guys who more comfortable fit in his system.
3 hours, 13 minutes ago on Capitals 4, Rangers 1
Matt Martin would be a perfect fit. He is the type of 4th line winger who can bang--has led the league in hits or has been near the top in hits every year....and can handle middleweights and some heavies....also like some of their young heavies in the minors....gallant comes to mind
4 days, 19 hours ago on Rangers/Islanders Talk Del Zotto?
Money level is in line with where I thought he would be, but wished the final 3 years of the deal were mutual options......especially if the old CBA laws are as harsh on retiring/injury issues over the age of 35......I believe he would count against the cap even if he retires or gets injured in those final years of that contract. 5 years, 40 million and then even 9 million a year options for the final 3 would have been good
5 days, 1 hour ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per
I think Alain is trying to find his landing spot as well. I think he is in adjustment mode too. He is figuring out what works with this group and what doesn't and that does take time. I always thought good leaders adapt, and can cater their style per person they are leading. Not everyone can be led the same way. With that said, I think it would be wise for AV not to do things publicly.....as I know that would not motivate in any way, shape or form.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Vigneault Getting Frustrated?
@DaveFL Could not agree more---reality is the cap is the reason we did not keep Prust and more than likely the reason Dubinsky had to go in the Nash deal. We have not replaced either of them in my opinion. Soul players, team camaraderie guys--Dorsett tries to be that, but he is simply outmuscled in most circumstances. Not fair to Dorsett...in Columbus he had Boll and Prout as backup.
If we took out Pouliot, D Moore and replaced them with more heart and soul guys......would be a big boost for us. Zack Smith would fit that spot well.....from Ottawa. Steve Ott is not the right guy for what we need....too small. Dalton Prout with the Blue Jackets or Boll would be a good fit too.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2
@Purinton Falk cannot fight--has never been known as a fighter either coming up. How many guys can the Rangers have over 6' 4" who cannot fight? Nash, Staal, Falk, Boyle.......and the one guy with all of the heart and moxy is Dorsett at five foot nothing....
Peluso is EXACTLY the type of guy we need to have....I get the no heavyweight concept in today's NHL, but you have to have a guy who can keep a Lucic, Sestito, Orr, Carkner type in check.....and that should not fall on Dorsett's shoulders.
There are other Peluso's out there...but he happens to be one of the good ones. He just broke his hand last season in a fight and missed almost the entire season afterwards.
6 days, 3 hours ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2
@DubiLeetch @LanceGold1 I understand your take.....we need to score...but I know what I saw when Prust, Dubinsky, Rupp, and others were on the ice for the Rangers......a better rounded team. I also know I saw the Rangers become a more effective team once Clowe arrived last season....changed the entire dynamic of the team. I just think the creative skill guys play different knowing they are going to have space and time. I just think we have gotten too far away from that with the current stock of Pyatt, Pouliot, D Moore, etc....those guys don't add anything from the physical side or the scoring side.....we are set up like the Detroit Red Wings without the offensive skill guys to pull it off.
1 week, 6 days ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0
I know this is sacrilege on this site, but I don't think Mashinter is the toughness factor we need. He plays a very passive game although he is pretty talented once the gloves are dropped. We need someone who plays with an edge (basically a bigger Dorsett).....and I am not sure we have that in the Hartford either from a forward perspective....Haley is the same as Dorsett. Bickel can't play forward, Asham is not happening.....that guy in Hartford right now plays D in Mcilrath. Double game misconduct in the last game......if we can deal Del Zotto for a Zack Smith or Neil and replace Del Zotto with McIlrath, we get bigger and tougher to play against.
I know this would be a reach...but Steve Macintyre is on waivers-----legit heavyweight for sure. If we are going to have someone scratched per game, would rather it be a 30+ heavyweight than JT Miller. Waive Pyatt or Pouliot......bring in Macintyre....suit him up against the teams who tend to run us like the Bruins, Leafs, etc....and then put in someone else against the Red Wings type teams. Miller should be in the minors getting 20 plus minutes a game.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rangers 3, Stars 2
@PenaltySh0t I think Zack Smith is the type of player we need--a little sandpaper, but decent skills.....Ottawa is the opposite of the Rangers....way too many sandpaper type guys, and not enough skill....on any given night they dress Neil, Smith, Kassian.....
This would also allow us to use Boyle as a wing as Smith is a center....I would be game for Smith for Del Zotto without all of the rest of the baggage....maybe a pick or 2 coming with him back.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Five or Six Teams Have Inquired About Del Zotto
To me Pouliot is the guy who gets benched moving forward when Nash is back. I also think Callahan would give us a stronger third line than if we put Zucc there....but I know he played with Brassard before and did OK...maybe he gets Brassard going.
Anyone but Pyatt-Moore-Dorsett
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Zuccarello to be Bumped Out of Top Six Upon Nash Return
Right before this meleee, Conor Allen got clocked in a fight and the Wolfpack players were not very happy...at least that is what the video showed. In fact, I think that is Bickel skating by the Bruins penalty box.....and then all of this happened. Earlier in that game as well, Haley got knocked around pretty good--took a solid right to the eye socket....
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Line Brawl With Goalies for Wolfpack
@Kevin DeLury Just a mention---there was a goalie fight and multiple guys fighting in the Hartford game over the weekend. Footage is up on hockeyfights.com
4 weeks ago on Kreider Stands Up for Stepan With Crosscheck; Won't be Suspended
Loved the effort, and excited about the win--but I still say we have to have players back each other up and stick up for each other. Where was the pushback when Tyutin took that headshot? Go watch the Blues highlights. Tim Jackman takes a run at a Blues player, and Barrett Jackman drops his mitts. That he won the fight is irrelevant....just his willingness to drop the mitts to protect a teammate brings that team closer together. I count 5 headshots without retribution already. Nash, Stepan x 3, Pyatt,
1 month ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2
Check out this article about Hemsky and Yakupov. Boy, I could see both!! Yakupov reminds me alot of Kovalev.........and I know that was a subject on the site a few days ago.
1 month ago on Ducks 2, Rangers 1
@brian2686 I love it!! Completely agree--if we put him on the first line, he can get in the offensive zone to take penalties with more regularity. Why do it with 3rd line minutes----?? I commented on this last week---this has to tie into his relationship with AV and the need for him to reinforce the message from AV in the locker room....only explanation I can accept at this point, because he brings literally NOTHING to the table.
1 month ago on Callahan Returns Tonight vs. Ducks; Miller Scratched
So many positives, there is no question---but Michael Del Zotto is still horrendous, and pairing him with Moore makes it worse. That play he tried making at his own blue line in the game last night (which Joe commented on) was awful----Del Zotto simply lacks hockey sense.....does not know time and place for what he does...has to change...he is going to cost us games.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rangers 2, Sabres 0
@shoot_the_goalie @LanceGold1 All of that would fly with me but he continues to take offensive zone penalties---of the hooking, holding, tripping variety....so he is basically the Armando Benitez of relief pitchers right now..he has to do those kinds of things because everyone beats him down the ice the other way.
1 month, 1 week ago on Big Night For Top Rangers Prospects In Wolfpack Win
@shoot_the_goalie @LanceGold1 I think you are 100% right but we might not hear him say anything----and risk losing a big pay day he has coming up in free agency in 2015 I think. His play though absolutely says you are right though.