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I still think Boyle is a center, and not a winger.....as good as he played last season on the LW.....so it ultimately came down to Boyle vs D Moore......Boyle wanted a bigger role and $3M and Moore was happy to not move on to his 10th team.....and 1.5M........Wished we could have kept both, but Boyle obviously felt he can contribute more than he had offensively...I don't see it.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Just remember back when we signed Stralman, Pouliot, Zucc, etc......certainly was not at the time considered great moves to get us to the Finals.....of course, those moves were made along with Taylor Pyatt, Justin Falk, etc....so not all of them were great. Hard to tell sometimes until later what moves will help us........


I do like the idea of adding Tanner Glass. He can skate, he can protect his teammates and he can penalty kill. We could do worse than a 4th line of Glass, Moore and Carcillo.......



3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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They eat 1.7 for the next 5 years....towards the cap


3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Regular buyout--not compliance buyout


3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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To me dealing Dorsett tells me we are going to go bigger on our 4th line....I hope


3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I like Mike Richards..I think he will be bought out by the Kings...can't pay Mike the money he is making to center their 4th line and he has something ridiculous like a 12 year contract from the Flyers....which makes his reasoning for buyout the same as Brad Richards. We saw firsthand what he can do, and I think he would be the replacement leader in the dressing room as well. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Wonder what Tortorella thinks about Richards being on the 4th line at this time. Is there a bit of I told you so? I think Richards is really laboring, but not sure if anyone else felt like the moves to shift the lines last night were not all that effective. Stepan, Kreider and St Louis should be together.....and Richards, Hagelin and Nash should be together.....our 4th line is way too impactful to bring it down a notch with "Skateinplace" Richards......and the Zucc/Brass/Pouliot line should never be touched.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/lundqvist-gets-broadway-hat-forgets-how-to-place-stanley-cup-sticker.html

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Since it is a slow day in Rangerland.....have to think about this piece for 2015 and beyond. When we win the Cup.....we still have to make the hard decisions including about Brad Richards.....cannot have a 6 million + guy playing 3rd line minutes.....who is on the wrong side of 30 and has a billion years left on his deal. 


My thought is I like the guy who we are playing against as his replacement. Same name too. I expect MIKE Richards to be bought out for similar reasons by LA. A modest deal for $3-4 million....I think he would be a great add ahead of Brassard and behind Stepan.....I don't think Stasny is the answer...would give us 3 centers very much alike in size and style. I think MIKE Richards plays a hard game, kills penalties, can play PP, he's a good passer....


Thoughts?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Could not agree more....if you keep your stick on the ice, many of these calls don't happen.....Kreider's play at the beginning of the last game was without a doubt, careless......not sure that is a play he needs to make in that situation.....many of the crappy penalties the Rangers have taken have been in the offensive zone too...that cannot happen. Dorsett is going to need to be in control of his emotions tonight too. He never gets the benefit of the doubt because he is Dorsett...and all of the refs know his shtick. He cannot let a non-call like the slew foot or a cross check late get him to react....that is what they want


4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@readjunk One of the best movies of all time----thank you for that----stressed this morning and that just brought a smile to my face. The one thing I would say with all of this anxiety going around is this team all season has proved us wrong. Every time we think they are dead (Cali trip, Nash concussion, End of Regular season, Philly Game 6, Pitt Games 2,3,4,) they always have risen to the occasion.


My prediction is tonight Benoit Pouliot and Zucc will carry us...they have done next to nothing this entire series and they will redeem themselves tonight!

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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One of the best effing lines of the season, Kevin....


…luckily, the Bruins/Canadiens series is still going because with the way the Rangers have been screwed by the schedule makers this postseason, Game 1 of the Conference Finals would have probably been tomorrow afternoon.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Perfect start to this game.....within the first 2 minutes, St. Louis feeds Nash.....who shanks the puck on the shot but due to the terrible psyche of Fleury the puck goes in for a 1-0 Rangers lead. Finally allows Nash to relax, St. Louis continues to be the lightning rod of emotion.....and the Rangers win Game 7 (3-1).....

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SmellyKisio  I will give you another example. Lucic! Is there a team in the NHL who would not want him...? He is borderline dirty.....definitely cocky as hell, but welcomes all challengers....and the scary part is aside from maybe McGrattan, he is one of the best heavyweights out there as a fighter as well--there is no one to police him. Pretty scary combo with his hockey skills and everything. And the point is you never hear anyone complain about his antics at all.....

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Just to clarify----all hate responses should go to Lance BRENNAN!! LOL


He is giving the few Lance's around here a bad name...

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I have to ask---despite our best players playing like crap, why are we still rolling 4 lines in the last 10 minutes of the game when we need to score goals? I admire Boyle, Carcillo and Moore's energy, but at that point in the game I want to see Zucc, Pouliot and Brassard on every other shift....I want to see Kreider and Hagelin who were both on last night---on the ice.....


There is a point of every game where AV has to shorten the bench and give his team the best chance to play offensively.......I just don't get it.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @cb1  I think Dorsett also has the reputation for embellishing....he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt much....agree with CB1.....thought it was a fair call.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Like the new format for sure! Great job. Agree--less crashes, less pop-ups, and I can write in the comments area without it taking 20 minutes to get through the glitches in typing a response. Would be awesome if you had a fight counter in the top right corner....that never changes from zero after every game...reminding us all how our roster has been changed to what it is now. I worry about a perimeter, speed team in the playoffs if we get there...didn't work for Habs, Red Wings, Sharks, and Canucks over the past 10 years......Blackhawks have skill, but they have the grit element too....or did with guys like Bolland, Bickell, Saad, Shaw.....we have to find a happy medium between fast/skating, perimeter team...and the Black/Blue of 2011

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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So with this addition to our NHL roster, do we need to send someone down or release someone to make room?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Sign College Free Agent Ryan Haggerty

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Is Carcillo under orders NOT to fight since that Philly game? He went in between 1st and 2nd periods in that game and came out without the faceshield on. He knew he was fighting someone....there have been more late hits, questionable hits on our core players lately, and still no retribution of any kind. Sad when Kreider is the guy who has to stick his nose in there to stand up for teammates. Say what you will about Carcillo vs Dorsett....All I know is Sestito challenged the Rangers bench and Dorsett answered the bell. He loses his fair share of scraps, but his willingness to defend his teammates can't be denied. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dorsett In For Carcillo; Lundqvist Starts

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@TomDundie @LanceGold1  Still would like to see Rangers take a shot at Stewart in Buffalo via St Louis. Fits that middleweight category well and can score a little.  


if not, how about Peluso from WIN 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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Still would like to see the Rangers get tougher. If they are building for a run this April, they will have to survive against the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers.....just don't think that Boyle, Carcillo and Dorsett are the right guys to protect the St. Louis' and Nash's......I realize to play in AV's system, can't have a slug out there, but maybe a middleweight at the very least who can stick up for us when Lucic does what Lucic does.


7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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@Kevin DeLury @Snot-Bubbler


 St Louis has Edmonton's 2nd rounder---maybe that pick and another 2nd rounder plus stewart

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Gathering Intel on Stewart

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@Kevin DeLury@Chris M

Agree 6 years is alot, but that is the going rate for UFA's. Question is if we don't spend the money on Girardi, Callahan and Richards....who are we spending it on? Vanek is not coming to the Rangers....Cammaleri is not a fit in my opinion.....there aren't a ton of attractive FA's out there. The other part is losing Prust, Rupp, Duby already has shown damage to the Rangers....what would losing the true BlackNBlue Ranger in Callahan do to the mild physical team we already have? He is better than Clowe and Clarkson and both got 5 million plus for crazy years. IT IS THE GOING RATE! 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Make Two Offers to Girardi; Interested in McGinn

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@Kevin DeLury@LanceGold1

From all reports, this year's draft is one of the worst in 10 years. I am expecting prospects, not picks for either or both. Kids who are not far from being NHL ready. Many on this site have mentioned some of the kids in Anaheim. Sounds like an ideal match.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Callahan/Girardi Seeking 7-Year Contracts as Sather Gauges Interest

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With Girardi being 30 and Callahan 29, they don't want to be in their mid 30's trying to find another deal. I get it..but the Rangers cannot put themselves in another Richards buyout situation where you are paying for what they have done and not what they will do. I don't think either are perfect fits for AV's system either, so as hard as this is, I think both might be gone by the deadline. 5 years should be MAX. $5 Mil for Girardi......4.5 for Callahan. I realize neither are realistic 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Callahan/Girardi Seeking 7-Year Contracts as Sather Gauges Interest

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Best line and most awkward line of that clip---from the Stars broadcast....."Feed each other the meat candy"

9 months ago on So Who is Kevin Klein?

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@johnAMIRANTESrug@LanceGold1

Can we keep going with all of Philly's mistakes...trading Sharp for scraps, trading Richards and Carter away for Couterier and Simmonds

9 months ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein

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@Kevin DeLury@johnAMIRANTESrug

And traded a Vezina award winner away to keep Bryzgalov

9 months ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein

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@NYRBlueBlog

Never said he was a fighter. Nor did anyone else that I saw. Gritty is what I said. He dropped the gloves with Engelland a few years back. Name one Ranger right now that would do that other than Carcillo? Sometimes just being willing is enough (for everyone not named Boyle. That is just painful to watch 

9 months ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein

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Check out Klein go with Roussel a few nights back. Highest rated fight on hockeyfights.com in well over a year. The guy can throw...and it allows Moore to be moved to his natural left side. He is not going to back down from anyone.....tough kid--not a tough guy enforcer type, but gritty.

9 months ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein

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...And JT Miller is waiting in the wings to backfill Hagelin

9 months ago on Rangers Scouting, Being Scouted

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Would like to see the rangers get tougher at center......stepan, brassard, richards, moore.....eesh......Zack Smith with Ottawa has 9 goals right now and can hold his own.....would be a good add.....and Hagelin could go the other way to help Ottawa generate some offense....a Carcillo, Smith, Dorsett crash line that can still create a bit of O would be great.

9 months ago on Rangers Scouting, Being Scouted

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How did Duby not get a 2 for instigating and 5 for fighting?? He threw punches 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Questionable Boarding Call On Kreider

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I honestly believe either Rick Nash is playing hurt or playing not to get hurt. Perimeter game only, not going into the trenches or corners or anywhere accept to the blue line and then out of the zone. He is not skating hard on the backcheck, isn't finishing checks---and he never really did those things throughout his career--but he was a beast in the offensive zone, and unfortunately we are not seeing that for long stretches. He was a beast in 3 games this season. At the Kings, at the Stars and at the Bruins. He has been invisible at home.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Playing With An Edge Helping Kreider's Game

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@scrangersfan@LanceGold1@JoeyKocur 

Sounds like Burke had him on his final list, but was overruled by committee including Poile. They study these guys and the consensus was he was not the right pick. Agree or disagree it was thought out 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Miller To Be Scratched With Callahan Return

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@JoeyKocur@LanceGold1

Agree, too easy to play against. Brian Burke gets Westgarth to add to Mcgrattan. We have nobody to protect our skill guys

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Miller To Be Scratched With Callahan Return

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LOL--should have read further down---not exactly breaking news on here. 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Miller To Be Scratched With Callahan Return

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No go on Konopka---claimed by the Sabres who would have had first shot at him due to record....

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Miller To Be Scratched With Callahan Return

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Would be great to hook McIlrath up with the same power skating teacher Boyle went to when he first got to the Rangers. Boyle has become a very good skater, borderline even a tad bit fast. I think skating ability is absolutely the biggest negative I saw from his time up with the Rangers. He had trouble keeping players from getting wide on him.

10 months ago on McIlrath Has MRI on Knee

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Thank you, Kevin!! I have been thinking the same thing!! Couple of things I wonder...
The last few weeks he looks tired and sluggish--almost hurt----wonder if he is keeping something from the training staff and coaches
Why is Nash not in front of the net on the power play? He is 6' 5" with the best hands of any player in a NYR sweater...a puck comes lose, he should be able to plug in rebounds
I absolutely think that Stepan's rough start has been a factor. When Stepan is on his game, his passes are crisp and his touch and go's are excellent. Far too little from Stepan in that regard as well. 
Finally, it is apparent, Richards and Nash have ZERO chemistry---no matter where Richards plays on the line....they don't mesh well and really both wind up watching the play instead of initiating it. I think Hagelin is absolutely the guy who needs to be put with Nash to initiate below the circle...

10 months, 1 week ago on Will The Real Rick Nash Please Stand Up

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Heard Pyatt is going to use the opportunity of not playing hockey soon to train for the February Olympics. He will an alternate on the US Speed Skating team....

10 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Out; Asham In; Pyatt on the Block?

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@gravey94 Can there be a waste of space all Rangers team. Jessiman and busts who never made it cannot make the team though. Has to be players who actually played, and blew out loud for the Rangers....

C Bernie Nichols?? Scott Gomez (although he did return McD)LW Donald Brashear?? Pyatt?RW Drury?D Marek Malik---never has someone been less physical and that tallD Wade Redden
G This one might be hard...we have been good for so long there

10 months, 1 week ago on The Ultimate Rangers

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@Copadavis Engelland is tough, but he is suspended--out for at least 6 games for a cheap shot on Abelkader of the Red Wings. 

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10 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Punches The Biggest Guy In The Room

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Have to give you the dig, Kevin....on your creative spelling....Two times trying to spell McGrattan and 2 times a fail.....LOL

10 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Punches The Biggest Guy In The Room

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@Kevin DeLury@KreiderisTheChosenOne

That pass Del Zotto tried to make in the 3rd period up the middle from his own back line was one of the worst plays of the season

10 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Punches The Biggest Guy In The Room

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I remember a few years ago when Pujols went to Anaheim. After 10 years of hitting .330 and 30 homers, he signed the big contract.....choked his bat so tight, struggled terribly in April....like .120 and no homers bad. Felt the pressure of living up to enormous expectations. Took him awhile to get going but eventually he did. Finished with his normal numbers. Let's hope for Hank he finds his game as well. **Not going to even mention Pujols from this season....the body breakdown has officially begun**....hoping Hank is years away from that part. 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Lundqvist, Rangers Need to Start Having Fun Again

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Not sure it is a culture thing----and that AV is doing anything positively or negatively. Feels like it really just comes down to confidence....all the way around. Not a confident bunch right now and no matter the amount of money they receive, doesn't help play better when you don't feel like you are playing well. Maybe it becomes even harder because you feel like you have to live up to expectations and previous performances and that makes it even harder

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Lundqvist, Rangers Need to Start Having Fun Again

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