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How many days until the season starts??? I started debating a starting lineup at a BASEBALL game this weekend and it got pretty ugly. The second baseman had NO right being out there, his pivot to first was terrible. Granted, he was 10, but still...unacceptable. In truth though the kid I was arguing with brought up some pretty good points. Then the second baseman started to pick his nose while the pitcher was in his wind-up. I just smiled and the kid walked away from me. We both knew who'd won.
JT Miller? IF he has his head on straight he could be a player. Let him play early and often. His skills are apparent, and will be to everyone in the league. IF his head is not on straight now, given the extraordinarily clear opportunity that has been laid before him and announced by the GM himself, then it likely never will be. THAT will be less visible to other teams and then you can package him for a pretty nifty return.
As for Nash...lol...I loved that BOTH the Rangers and Nash stated that a trade would not happen. The headline really should've been "The Rangers, Nash....and 29 other teams agree that a trade will not happen."
Here's to hoping that Worlds is correct and that he will start playing in the rough areas his second year back from his head injury. Another year of Nash-hole (as in black hole, not asshole) would be rough...
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@BringBackBeukeboom B-cubed! That is damned fortune cookie material! Love it!
@Tanner Glass ...said Sandusky. (WHAT??? STILL too soon???....sheeesh)
Rick Nash is like the kit which makes your Pontiac Fiero look like a Lamborghini. He should be the spokesperson for that damned company. ....or ANY of the ACME products that Wile E. Coyote used. I am just tickled pink that I will have the chance to continue to watch him!
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@TomDundie Holy Crap! HAHA. PLEASE tell me you're drunk! "Crock and pile Dundie". Dude....you think spellchecking is your challenge?? LMAO That's like saying the issue with Fukushima was that they didn't have enough staplers!
Keep at it bro. I actually like the drunk stream of consciousness thing. Keeps me sharp.
PS. We need some fucking hockey so we can start fighting with the other teams!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@EHBIGAPPLE @Gianni74 @Say my Name Nailed it EH! Perfect entry. No splash. Couldn't agree more.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@TomDundie @betweentheworlds You haven't a clue why I write old man. I happen to like to write, and I LOVE to argue and debate. But I wouldn't dare try to even begin a debate with someone as ill-equipped as you; someone whom I need a fucking compass and the Rosetta Stone to understand. Your posts would make more sense if you threw the keyboard in the dryer. That said....they are entertaining.
@Gianni74 @Say my Name So true! LOL Don't get me started on pro athletes. I have ZERO clue why they are adored as they are.
@Gianni74 I'm a huge proponent of tutoring/mentoring....BUT....it has one IMMENSE flaw. No one but the subject can throw the initial switch which allows the process to begin. It can not be coerced, cajoled, teased out, incentivized....nothing. The subject MUST open himself to the experience 100% on his own. When (and often IF) that ever occurs is anybody's guess, but every damned month that goes by makes it increasingly less likely that it will EVER occur...by factors of ten.
I will say this though. Given his history with the Rangers, and the obvious writing on the wall so far as what will be expected of him, if he shows that he hasn't already flipped that switch, then the best move is to showcase him as quickly as possible and trade him....immediately.
@FrankCerbone Frank....the more I read from you the more relieved I am about Glass. I have zero clue about the guy, but KNOW that the Rangers had absolutely ZERO effective grit, ZERO "presence"...of which you had to be concerned. Sure, Carcillo and Dorsett were tough...and I loved them for it. Still...a weasel is tough, but you don't change your day hike because you heard that one was in the area. This guy may not be a bear, but he sure as hell sounds like a mountain lion....and yeah....that changes your day.
@EHBIGAPPLE Dude....I said I was drunk! LOL.
@gravey94 Haha. Yeah...I agree...somewhat. I would've ignored the article as it didn't interest me at all, but he caught me after drinking and pushed the magic buttons of trying to promote opinion as fact...and worse yet by citing one reference which was just drivel, and another which he promoted as causal when it was merely correlation. Look....that kind of shit is the bottom of the barrel for me in ANY type of journalism - EVEN Op-Ed. Still....I recognized the absurdity of carpet-bombing a dude who simply posts to a hockey blog and announced my mea culpas. Plus....I told him it was all in good spirit.
I had ZERO fucking opinion of Tanner Glass - still don't, so I didn't argue he was wrong about Glass - only laughed and ridiculed him for trying to support his opinion with bulshit and pass it off as something loftier. It is ALL bullshit here...obviously; both the "Yay" votes and the "Nay" votes - mine included!! LOL That said Gravey, you're just piling on those who disagree with Adam in the EXACT manner which you just denounced, but in a more erudite way. So with apologies to Vonnegut....welcome to the monkey house bullshitter ;)
@Herman_NYRBlog @Say my Name really?? HA. ...are you sure? (am I that drunk?) nonetheless...it has ZERO causative credibility. I will read all the new stuff tomorrow. I'm out! LOL
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@Herman_NYRBlog @Say my Name Are you kidding me? I will look at this one tomorrow, but the one posted by your "genius" blogger is a total embarrassment. ...as in complete and utter. ...truly pathetic. LOL I won't even list the UNBELIEVABLY bad elements of it. Why bore everyone here. But feel free to get my email from Kevin and I will entertain you until I pass out.
And the NIH study? A two season analysis (and if I'm not mistaken the seasons were nearly a decade apart?) which CORRELATES fighting and standings IS NOT CAUSATION!!! EVEN FOR THOSE TWO SEASONS!! read that again. Hockey standings??....of over 30 teams??....over 80 games????? With potentially THOUSANDS of variables left undefined, let alone measured???? PLEASE. If you try to reference this as causation I am done....
@Herman_NYRBlog @Say my Name Oh...and BTW....if we were in a bar, I'd be buying you drinks and yelling just like this! It is all in fun. The written word sucks for barroom banter/debate.
I just toured a phenomenal brewery here in Portland ME with my Pops....and then obviously had too much scotch to wash the beer down.
@Herman_NYRBlog @Say my Name A TWO season analysis by the NIH....and how many years ago?...and over the course of how many seasons has the NHL existed?? AND with four inverse relationships but one STRONG in the other direction??? All of that combined makes this have the statistical relevance of dog vomit when dealing with a macro level issue!! Are you fucking kidding me??? Do you think I'm discrediting the NIH??? Fool. No....it is about what you can point to from a given study. Read it again. It is nearly statistically irrelevant to the GLOBAL point you are trying to make. The BULLSHIT call is on you (and deserved) NOT the NIH. And one more thing HERMAN....don't fucking condescend to me you ignorant dipshit!! I'm not the one who referenced a fucking BLOG as a statistically proven study competed by people who "specialize in math and looked heavily into the data". Oh...haha....this is gonna be a fun night :)
@EHBIGAPPLE Dude.....I love you man!!!
Adam....forget about Glass. I don't care one way or another about him. But you throwing around phrases like "statistically proven" is a fucking joke! Either you did not read that which you referenced, OR you have absolutely ZERO fucking clue as to what qualifies as "statistically proven"....or correlation vs. causation, or what constitutes legitimate analysis, or holy fucking etc... Did you even recognize all of the SUBJECTIVE and NON-QUANTIFIABLE references in your first referenced "study" by "people who specialize in math". And that is only the shit that a 10 year old math student would point out after missing 3 consecutive days of Ritalin!!
Look, normally I would let that shit slide, but you caught me on a REALLY bad day of listening to just a host of other bullshitters making preposterous claims and citing equally squalid "studies" to further their own political agendas. This world is fucked up because 95% of the people (yes...LOL...I just did a fucking study, which is as good as the ones you cited) simply cite bullshit on EVERYTHING....and people take it on faith. "Well...he mentioned the words 'study' and 'math' together....yep, yep....must be true....those are good words, very good words."
Look man...I LOVE you bringing us all up to speed on your input on fringe, or minor league players. In fact, I have really leaned on it to understand things I don't even look at. I was actually really eager to look at some excellent statistical analysis on the subject to see if what I BELIEVE to be true has any merit. So....MAYBE...you have that and just cited the wrong "study"...or MAYBE...I just fucking missed it. But...unless you can direct me to something legitimate, perhaps you can soften all that fucking language about "statistically proven" because it serves no one.
LOL...or, I could have another fucking scotch and recognize that this is just a fucking hockey blog, not the Algonquin round table and direct my anger at the fucking Supreme Court where it belongs!
HAHA...yeah...I'd say the later is probably the best choice. I'm a fucking drunk idiot. Cite away! Cite her BLUE!! Sorry about the rant. I'll leave it so everyone can laugh at my wasted Scottish ass! Love your stuff!
@RangersAndRadio Welcome R&R.. Glad to have you aboard! I LOVE the idea. Twenty-two...tough, fast and skill?? Slats should make the trade after this cup run. The Rangers players value will NEVER be higher.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hey...let's reserve judgement until we see how he can work the boards up in the press box. Those buffet tables can get rough. I think he could clear out some room so some of the more talented players up there can move in and score some easy bruschetta, or maybe even a stuffed clam.
seriously....from the videos I've seen he is a much better skater than Boyle. This is the 4th line we're talking about! Yes, it's important, but made doubly so because the Rangers had almost ZERO grit anywhere else in the lineup. That should change a bit with Miller (coming up) and Kreider (more comfortable every year) offering a more traditional well-rounded type of play, that actually has some spine. Maybe the Rangers will eventually get to the place (where they SHOULD be) where they don't have to depend on their 4th line for character, rather only for an extra jolt.
@JoeyKocur lol...I think that was a different suffix
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
pffft....who hasn't grabbed a cop's ass? TMI? LOL
Seriously, I think that is so damned funny. Hey...I am NOT anti-cop, but if you aren't aware of the fact that the number of complete fuck-puddles who are cops is on the upswing then you're not paying attention. I can only imagine dealing with one of those fuckers who was being a prick and just continually grabbing his ass until I was arrested. Then the cop has to actually explain that to a judge??
"He wouldn't stop grabbing me me your honor."
"Where was he grabbing you?"
".......he was grabbing my butt your honor."
LOL....that is priceless. Is this court open to the public?? First Flyer I have cheered in a long time. If you know the details of this and they don't jibe with my imagination, don't let me know. I like it as it plays out in my head.
@RobertChiarello @gravey94 I remember other player's accounts that Jeffries acted like a petulant child. Kovalev was never that. Plus.... I think Kovalev's talent was in the all-world category...Jeffries....not so much.
@grublets on ice GRUBLETS!!! (Awesome) Welcome! Sorry that I'm the first to welcome you here, you deserve better, but it's random and I was up...LOL.
If Zucc can't get Nash going, then not even a car battery to his testicles has a chance. I'm for it.
I say you could probably sell Hags for more than he is worth right now. I'd hate to see him go, but it is all about getting more back, right? I will not be sad if he is still here though. he stepped up BIG in the playoffs.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hey..hey....I'm the first to admit that Tom can be difficult to understand, but he is one of our own here, and we are a motley crew at best!
I like to imagine different reasons behind his Jackson Pollock approach to writing. My latest is that he is an air traffic controller who is trying to post here while landing planes and simultaneously trying to kill a fly in the control tower by chasing it around with one of his shoes.
Go get 'em, Tom!
I read Snots, Joe's and Freaks posts with a tissue bc they crack me up. I read Bueller's with a valium. I read Tom's with a fucking compass and the Rosetta stone! Love all of them though!
(Yeah...yeah,,,I know...you all read mine with an airsickness bag. Screw you all!! :)
@TomDundie Nerves? Over hockey? Hardly..lol. I've wanted a bruiser forever on this team (since they lost Prust). I heard the guy was a total bust on the ice though. The video shows that at least he can skate. That is 75% of NOT being a bust as a fighter. The rest can be coached up. After seeing that, it is not looking as bad to me as it did yesterday.
@TomDundie Nice Good, Bad & Ugly reference! Loved that movie!
....bit late though, isn't it? He died over a week ago. Are you on a time delay in case you say something bad? No need...we rarely understand you anyway ;)
Just looked at one of the videos of Glass fighting Nystrom. I feel a LOT better, and not because of the fight, which I heard he does well, rather the skating to make that check. The guy is NOT a slow plodder, he has some speed. At least he won't be a pylon. fingers crossed
@TomDundie @Say my Name haha...nope, I don't cook. I throw everything into a Vitamix and just chug it while holding my nose.
Yepper....I sure did know about the Jaws anniversary. One of my favorites (shared by many men it seems). I don't think there is a line you could start in that movie without me abel to finish it. Fun stuff!
Hey...I liked Boyle a lot....but let's not get too weepy here, he was not THAT good. Yes he did try to use his body, but we cheered it even louder because it stood in stark comparison to most of the rest of the team. He wasn't exactly crashing the boards, and that is primarily because of the second point. He is SLLOOOWWW. You can't hit 'em if you can't catch 'em.
Will the Rangers miss him on face-offs? I sure as hell hope not!! Yes he was good, but again it stood out because everyone else was just so damned bad!! If the Rangers brass (or coaches) don't address that then I'm not going to point to Boyle's absence. This is a fundamental part of the damned game, not some esoteric, or fringe skill. Shame on the Rangers if they are dependent on a 3rd or 4th line player to win all the important draws.
I will miss Boyle because he didn't shrink in big games and that is always fun to root for, but his skill set SHOULD BE replaceable to any competent management team. And again....if the Rangers "NEEDED" him so much bc he didn't wilt in big games then they have a bigger problem trying to solve why other players they have invested in did. Showing up in big games should be the norm....NOT something for which you have to pay extra.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DP_Snotty @Say my Name He's probably a better actual hockey player than Glass, DEFINITELY a better fighter...and could've been had at pennies on the dollar. Plus....aren't those guys ALL cement heads? Carcillo?? Really??
Here's to hoping I'm wrong.
The more I read about Glass the more pissed I become. I am ALL for toughness, BUT it is useless if you can't put it on the ice without incurring a huge liability!! Why not Thornton from the Bruins??? @ 600K???? WTF Sather?? The guy was a decent 4th liner and has offers a HUGE intimidation factor.
OR.....if it between the two, why not Boyle over Glass. Again, Glass's only positive over Boyle is that he can actually fight...but as far as I know you can't do that from the press box!!!
This one looks like a bad move....
@Bring back Langdon That quote about someone being worth what someone is willing to pay IS technical correct, but it doesn't speak to value. I think most believe that Strals value was considerably less....and for the Rangers it may be less still given the fact that they have a strong D with a lot of good and cheap youth in the pipeline whose pathways to the pros they may not want to impede by too many contracts in front of them. Personally....I would have taken Strals over Girardi though....but that ship has sailed.
@brian2686 @Say my Name You are right that if this is not a "by choice" issue that the Rangers Nash problem is lot bigger. I don't know, though. What leads me to believe it IS an effort thing is that we have all seen him turn it on and drive to the net and really work hard in tight....if only for a minute every week.
In the final analysis though it doesn't really matter, does it? Whether it is effort or talent....the final product is not worth the money as presently defined.
Here's hoping the situation improves, or is resolved in any other manner.
@petergoode @MikeBlue @Say my Name Haha! So true! ...nah...it won't get removed. This is a really laid back blog - and self-regulating.
Dude....I'm a little envious that you are still not done with the series. You have so much fun in store! Enjoy!!
@MikeBlue @Say my Name Thanks for the kind words!! ...and YES...Breaking Bad was probably the best entertainment I have seen in a long time - simply epic. They have set the bar high.
As for the analysis, I have been looking a little bit deeper, inspired by a few on this blog...Herman does a great job digging in to that as well, so I am grateful. Still...I leave it mostly on you guys to give me the info.
"A man has got to know his limitations." lol...remember where THAT came from??
"Upgrading" on Richards was done by removing him. His impact on games was horrible. His ledger sheet was red. Any goals he scored were outweighed by the vacuum of a hole he left on the game for the 99% of the time he was out there NOT scoring. One could easily argue that even his HUGE goals may have not been even necessary were it not for the negative impact he had by virtue of his tragically slow skating and lost ability to make his own play. A slow-footed sniper, who can't create his own play, and who has a negative effect on the game unless he is scoring, is a luxury the Rangers could not afford, ESPECIALLY since they had TWO OF THEM!!
In short don't worry about the "hole" Richards left. It was half-way filled simply by him leaving.
@MikeBlue Here here. I'm all for taking off the blue-tinted glasses! I've been a fan since shortly after you, but guilty as charged. I do precious little in terms of homework. Don't care to either. I have VERY little idea about other players in the NHL who are not prominent...and ZERO idea about players in the minors. Fortunately, there are plenty here who do though. This is why I stick with macro level comments for most topics except the current roster of the Rangers, which I love to analyze down to the atomic level.
Me, I don't mind when people spew out ill-informed, or uninformed analysis....have at it, do it all day. If they are respectful, who cares. Trouble is that some are disrespectful and that just blows, but hey, most here will run those fuckers off pretty quickly...unless they have an appetite for being called out on their bullshit.
The others are those who like to debate, but don't have the chops to do so. Still, they can be mildly amusing to kick around for a bit, if just out of boredom.
Overall, I think this blog kicks ass (though we have really inadequate trolls). This gang pretty much rocks.
@Bring back Langdon @Say my Name Yeah.... I forgot to mention how much I like the Rangers commitment to defensive depth. It is a great idea to keep investing in youth there. They have shown (no surprise) that a great goalie and great def depth can take you FAR! Hell....even when Hank wasn't playing great their defense was carrying them. With what they have in the pipeline, they could continue that for years.
The Rangers are about the same on the ice, but more important they are better off in terms of flexibility.
It seems to me that creating a winning hockey franchise involves three major things:
1. A predominance of young players
2. A handful of veterans on team friendly contracts (either years, or money...doesn't have to be both) who add leadership and experience.
3. One, or AT MOST two superb players who may have to be overpaid, or at least often do have large and cumbersome contracts.
I didn't add talent, because it is a given that talent must be laced throughout any winning club.
It looks like the Rangers are playing it that way and are going to ask their rookies to take places in the lineup. Good! Their trouble is they still overpay too often. You want to make an argument for Hank being that superb player. Sure. He certainly qualifies. But Nash was a miss and definitely hurts the team, as does Girardi. There simply isn't enough flexibility in a cap system to have misses like that without being in the position they are now, i.e. trying to have 15 million pay for 4 RFA that they would like to keep.
I know we would all like for them to just wave a magic wand and get a great center, or a wing that can score, but there are REAL budget restraints here. Fans are a lot like the voting public who bitch about taxes but still want their garbage taken out, a police force, lights on their streets, food to be inspected, building codes to be followed, etc...
Seems Sather did a decent job here. Hopefully he can correct the Nash mistake this year (or Nash suddenly becomes worth his contract) and then move forward responsibly.
I like this AV guy. Seems his system is a good one. I think the Rangers are okay. (Though I completely agree with the post that says BOTH Stepan and Brass are playing a line above their talent. But hey....that had nothing to do with this FA period.)
@rangermom @NYR 2014 Rangermom to the party!! Nice...and YES....we need a pickles!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Sorry to report that I've taken an offer from another blog which has given me a no trade clause as well as the promise of a larger role.
@DP_Snotty @Say my Name knew I could count on you Snots! Awesome. Wingles to Junkman to Wiggler.....goal!!!!
@NYR 2014 dammit..."you're" .....SEE???
@NYR 2014 LOL! here here (clink) ....your obviously drinking too
Okay, I'll say it. We need some better names. No...not better players. Pffft....we cover that aspect too much here. I want better names. Why can't WE get a "Legwand"??? Okay...we have a Zuccarello....and a dude named after a city, which is awesome, but I want some more. Go out and hunt around Glen! Find us a "Troy Pringledash", or a "Stoner Junkman"! Get on this now! I think that kind of thing yields championships!
Again...pay for a set of skills. Aside from stats, Zucc has shown he has exceptional vision, which he can act upon effectively at the NHL level. That will not change, irrespective of stats....or line mates. How rare is that in the NHL? How easy is it to replace that? What value can you ascribe to it due to it's rarity? IMNSHO (lol).....I'd say you pay the man and keep him.....and I've been saying to let everyone go all day.
(other than Moore, who I am just so damned glad came back at a discount.)
@Bring back Langdon oh..oh..oH OHOHOH!!!! PLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEE!
@EquusBiz @AnnoyingJoe agreed
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
@AnnoyingJoe He is just NOT worth that contract. You have to make sure you get what you pay for. Good decision to let him go REGARDLESS of how the Rangers do.