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Does anyone know how good a skater this kid is?  Watching him in the beginning of that video (especially around the 27 sec and on) he not only doesn't look fluid, but looks like a big, stiff, lumbering doofus.  Then you see Kreider and Zucc move and it looks like they...well...like they know how to skate.  

I understand that it is a short clip and a small sample size, but someone in the knowing please allay my fears that the Rangers just signed Lurch.  

4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I already do all that....why am I not a professional hockey player??  Is it the drinking along with it?  The endless whoring?  The doing lines of crystal meth off of the shaved stomachs of any barnyard animal which bears the resemblance to Nancy Kerrigan?  I have to know!   #perplexed.  

4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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So...a Hollywood film mogul wants to start a team in Las Vegas.  I can't see how anything could go wrong with this.    What team names are they bandying about?  The Silicone Bombers?  The Hair Plugs?  The Slot Sluts?   Oh...and I can't wait for the charity events:

With every goal the Las Vegas Speculums will donate 100 dollars to a teenage methadone mom!  

Every shot on net will yield a shot for Annete, (or whatever name she is going by tonight) our local sex worker who is battling Hepatitis A, B, AND C.  Hope you're watching tonight Annette!  You look great...less yellow every day!  

And speaking of clearing the crease, please remember to wipe down between clients everyone.  Let's keep Las Vegas glimmering!   So...back to the action...the Speculums are doing a good job tonight of forcing it in deep which is really opening up things in front...


(I. Can't. Wait.)



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@IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe no way....he would trip over a syllable and let a two on one go the other direction.  "Bozhe Moi!"

5 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SmellyKisio Yeah...with no games I have no choice but to look at the real world.  It makes me actually long to watch Rick Nash play again...(sigh)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 Dude....that sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Cliff Clavin on Cheers!  I love it.  I have no idea if any of that is true, but damn if I am not sold on it 100%.  LOL...if you need your hook, line, or sinker back...you know where to find 'em.  

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hey...if this guy was in trouble with the law we better get him out on the ice where he is safe.  I don't want any of our players choked out and killed for selling loose cigarettes, or shot for walking in the middle of the street.  Say....come to think of it, why don't the Rangers just get some cops to play on the team.  Talk about adding toughness and enforcers.  HA! It would be a perpetual power play with the other team dropping like flies.  "Whaaatttt???? He went for his water bottle and I swear it looked like a gun, so I shot him....57 times."


Oh...right....damn it...we can't do that.  They would shoot Nash for loitering.  

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK @Say my Name @ObviouslyItsANewSeason I totally agree....but still...Nash has to be on the committee.  So far it seems he hasn't gotten the memo.  He has to score AND do the little things. He can't just coast around like he did during the regular season.  

6 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyItsANewSeason @Josh-CK I agree.  Weird to say it but 30 regular season goals can be misleading....if you suck the energy out of a line, and a team night after night with large effortless rink turns nowhere near the net.


6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK BTW...I don't think simply copying the article for those who can't read will help.  I mean...they can't read.  What good is showing them what they can't read?  Are you just trying to rub it in??  I never knew you were so cruel.  Illiteracy is a terrible thing.  I'm sending Dexter Manley after you.  I just sent him directions to your house.   ...oh...wait....you're probably safe then....

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK Nash has nowhere to go but up.  Not too much soothsaying going on there.  

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Great article.  I'm not even sweating this year.  The Rangers have got this.  (seriously....it's a done deal)  They are stronger, faster, and younger. (and tougher).  Done.  Basta.  Fini.    

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@EHBIGAPPLE @genetics73 @DP_Snotty amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant...the Rangers.  (Yeah...super useful language. I run into Romans every day.)  

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty Mine started this week.  I started with Pale Ale's and am already up tp a blended Scotch.  I've also been pounding my head against the wall and have broken out the thesaurus to find new words for "stupidcrazymotherfucker" so that I'm ready for a few of the more obstinate and unsavory regulars.  Game on!

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Dude...WTH??  There is just no need for that kind of talk.  The last thing we Rangers fans need is perspective, or some big picture analysis...WAY too depressing.  When you sign up for a "death by a thousand cuts" the last thing you want is somebody counting like the god damned owl in the Tootsie Pop commercial.  It's hard enough to stay in denial without looking at articles like this....let alone at 9AM.... 

....and @johnnyb3910 your reply was just damned hurtful...banging the drum to Kevin's whips  ;) 

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

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...smh....women.   ...bunch of animals  ;)


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

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That suit that Hank is wearing above is tragic;  slim shouldered, narrow waisted, narrow arms and WIDE flair at the hips.  (or are those just Hank's natural child-bearing hips?) WTF???   It looks like the ill-gotten progeny of one of the Stray Cats after being raped by a Scottish tartan.  Hank....dude....bubby....just because you can, doesn't mean you should....

If he gets off to a slow start this year I am blaming that suit.  (And let's not even start with the tie...)

Zucc wins this thing in a landslide.

(Damn, I need hockey this much?? ...that I'm interested AND posting on perhaps the dumbest offseason article yet??  Can I schedule my own intervention?  Is that poor form?)

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

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I'm psyched!  Things are looking great!  The Jets have already lost their secondary, but fortunately start the season against a few QB's whose passing measures easier in miles rather than yards; surf is still great; climbing season is about to hit its peak; we are already talking about Ranger lines!....and I notice that even our resident troll is making an appearance here!  

Here's hoping that both Nash and the troll have better seasons.  Both were absolutely pathetic last year and completely undeserving of being associated with anything New York.  Truly stRanger your game is SO bad that you actually make Nash's game look good by comparison.  I really hope you found SOME sort of game in the off season.  If you can't handle being our resident troll, please refer us to someone who is up to the task.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DHizzy @Say my Name Agree completely.  I am not saying the team approach should change, just that Stepan can disappear far too often, and that both he and Nash have shown us what they can do when they CHOOSE not to.  With a 1st line performance the likes of which likely cost the Rangers a cup it is hard to argue that improvement in this area is not necessary.  

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

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@rangermom @Say my Name You are partially right.  It has nothing to do with the coach though, otherwise you would have seen them behave differently under Torts.  You are right when you change your position  and then say that it won't change with this personnel, which of course puts the locus right where it belongs...on the player(s).  

Still, to go further, it is NOT they have to play with fire....rather that they have to play with impact.  Brian Leetch was all business too....but he brought his impact EVERY shift.  As did Nemchinov and Larmer, and even Ulf Samuelson.  The fact is that "impact" can be seen in plenty of different ways but its common denominator is always energy and intensity and Step doesn't bring it NEARLY enough, and Nash...never.  The other fact is that it is absolutely essential in the game of hockey.  Had the first line had it they would have likely won the Cup.  

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Yes, I would like Step to have a better shot, a quicker release and be a faster skater.  But you can't fault him for that.  The thing that bugs me about Stepan is what bugs me about Nash.  Other than that game when he had his jaw broken he is just like Nash in that he really never imposes his will on a shift, let alone a game.  Yes...he can take advantage of seams and mistakes; cash in on advantages  (unlike Nash..lol).   But we have all seen what these guys can do when they want to put their mark on a shift.  Stepan played great after he was hit.  He moved fast, hit, and damned near took over the ice.  Again...AFTER he broke his jaw.  Where is this type of play at literally ANY other time?  Even if you want to argue that playing like that every shift is impossible, where is it for AANNNYY other shift, during any other critical juncture of a game?  In fairness, it is not just him.  How come the words "playing like a man possessed, are so seldom heard over the airwaves when watching a Ranger game? 

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I am not a huge fan of Stepan, but I am not a huge detractor either.  Still,  I have to laugh when I see even his supporters put in the disclaimers "he isn't a great skater, doesn't have a good shot, isn't a magician with the puck" before stating "BUT...he is a number one center."   LOL.  Well...in fairness, he actually IS a number one center, in that he is playing that role for the NYR.  So it is what it is.  The question is, is he a good enough number one center for a team to win a cup.  

I think he is serviceable, and that a team CAN win a cup with him.  As always it is a matter of the bigger picture.  If you have a just serviceable 1st line center, then you had better have some other players who fall a standard deviation or two away from the mean in the positive direction in other areas.  It is just like contracts (some good, some bad), and everything else....where does the entire package bring you?

What I do notice is that the apologists for Nash and Stepan tend to be the same people, and they often cite each player as the reason why the other is underachieving.  "Well, if Nash had a better center he would blah, blah, solve the Gaza Strip issue, blah."   "If Stepan had someone better than Nash he would blah, blah, cure HIV, blah."   It is pretty comical when you see the same people on separate threads using these lines of logic.

The immutable fact is that the NYR first line more often than not performs below expectations on a night in night out basis; far too often having little impact on the ice for long stretches of time.  I would dare anyone to peer up from any stats that may say otherwise and deny that this was the case last year.  The Rangers defense, spectacular goaltending, and above average 2nd and third lines carried the Rangers to the finals.  

If the Rangers want to get there again, and without the breaks in fortune that they had, their first line will have to be markedly better - all of them.

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@tgrace5 Dude...or dudette!!!....LOL!!!  Excellent post!  Spot on...and funny!  Can't ask for more than that.  

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I don't know this guy from Sarah Jessica Parker, but I don't give a rat's ass about size...especially on offense.  It is about heart and stones.  SURE....I would love it if it came in a Kreider-sized body every time, but it's not essential.  If you can muck it up and aren't afraid to go to the net, or get dirty on the boards, then you can play on my team.  Besides, there are plenty of ways to be effective on the boards without being huge.  Tough and quick, with a strong base can be super successful in traffic and along the boards.  

PLUS....and I've said this before.  I think the game now actually favors some of those smaller players who play that way, so far as longevity goes.  When a guy who is 5'8" is skating it is virtually impossible to get that devastating shoulder to chest hit which causes the head to whiplash in space (or into the boards!).  I sure used to remember thinking that when I was chasing down little guys like that.  (Just the hit part - not the intent to cause injury) Guys can't aim for their heads anymore either.  It is usually guys 5'10" and above who are knocked out by crushing hits.  (Someone far less lazy than me should do a correlation study on that) 

So while small, I'm not opposed to giving this guy a chance if he brings that kind of game.  

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@TheKing So you thought that might come out racist, huh?  hmmmm....pretty sure that qualifier was unnecessary.  WOW!  I can only....WOW.....lol...

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@DP_Snotty @Say my Name OCD won't allow it.  It would keep me up nights.  Thanks!  See you next month.  I need hockey.  The Jets are already out of it.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html

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Duguay???  Really???  How old were these women....eighty???  Duguay looks like a Coach bag which was left in a microwave.....in Chernobyl.  Seriously...the women who were "swooning" near him probably just got up too fast and had a reaction to their blood pressure medication.  The only thing I can see being attracted to Duguay are bees....because of his shirts.  Hmmm....maybe that's where all the bees have been disappearing to.  Has anyone checked Ron's closet?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html

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@DP_Snotty @Say my Name Aww...crap Snots....I'm on vacation...  Now eye half to deleet it end due it awl over.  

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html

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What??  Nooooo!  He should've bought in Oslo, Norway!  What the hell is he thinking??  Man....this is going to be terrible!  I can't friggin' believe it!   (.....er...nope.....just can't even conjure up the "give a shits"...need actual hockey)

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@gravey94 @Say my Name haha....I love your passion man!  If I ever have to go to a visiting arena, I'm bringing you!

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@gravey94 Yeah, I get it a bit, but I tip my hat to him.  I think he could've taken more money to stay, but wanted to play more.  I see absolutely nothing  wrong with taking all the money and have zero problem with people who do, but this isn't the case here.  He chose something over money.  Going to Tampa with a bunch of friends and a talented team?....hell...you can visit NY!  

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@TomDundie I think most here LOVE Girardi for what he did in the past, LIKE what he offers as a steady defenseman, and HATE the contract for him given that he is clearly regressing...and the (non-offensive) stats bear it to be true.  

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@(Blank) McDonqvist Hahahaha....THAT is just epically funny Dude!!!  The "Nipple" at the end was perfect....total spit take for me.  AWESOME!  Thank you!



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I think the Rangers should offer to pay half his salary to keep him in their division.  They could look at it as investing in 20-25 turnovers and/or odd-man rushes going their way every year.  Great ROI.

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I remember that summer with Hank!  Queue soft melody and dulcet tones of a genderless voice.  Slow pan in to Henry's contemplative face as he looks up from penning a love sonnet and wistfully considers new ways to express his love for you.  Cut to Henry walking back from the dock in slow motion, shirtless...for no reason whatsoever.  He has his choice of any woman alive, but he will take none...he longs for Say My Name....the sexiest man alive.  (Sorry to have ruined him ladies, I was drunk...okay...I wasn't...but he IS prettier than some women I have dated)  If he could handle the puck he would've been the perfect man!  I had to move on...)

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@TomDundie @Say my Name Hey Crock-o-pile Dundie, could you perhaps invest in some English lessons.  I would love to debate you but I really have zero fucking clue as to what you are saying.  Subject, verb, predicate....it really ain't that difficult.  If you're going to take the time to write a wall of fucking text, PLEASE take the time to make it more intelligible than what shoots out of the ass of a goose struggling with dysentery!  Dude....it was funny for a while, but c'mon...get a grip! LMAO

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@potvinsuks @GiveGartneraCup I think he meant Stralman over Girardi.  

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@GiveGartneraCup WTF??  It is not like it was difficult to see.  Does Sather even watch the games....or does he nod off?  LOL

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The Rangers hooked their wagon to the wrong horse in Girardi; a move I was wildly opposed to from the start.  That contract is terrible.  Do you think even the Rangers brass is crazy about that decision now - with all of the fancy stats (and more importantly the "eye test") pointing to Girardi being on the decline?  Had they traded him what might the return have been?  Would've been nice.  Even if they had simply not extended him and let him play out the season they would be in position of looking at choosing between Staal and Girardi in terms of who gets that huge contract.  And after the season played out they would have seen that the concerns with Staals health were diminished AND that he is the more effective player!  PLUS....he is younger.  

FLEXIBILITY is key as a GM and should be hoarded more than anything else.  Sather has shown SOME improvement in this area, but not nearly enough.    

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@DP_Snotty Haha...so true.  I remember Leetch's first few games and thinking hmmm...this "KID" looks like he could be special.  WTFDTTG????

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Leetch coaching the PP, Ulf/Beuke coaching the PK??  I would almost take them on the ice right now over who the Rangers had out there last year.  A real QB for the power play and defensemen who actually clear the crease?  So far as those particular skill sets go I can almost guarantee that those old guys would do a better job.  They should wear full gear, just in case.    

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In all fairness he is much closer to the ball than everyone else....

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Ha....IRONY:  being a fan of a team which so rarely delivers and working for FedEx.

I suppose we should be grateful that Brown couldn't square the bat on THAT softball.  

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@Bueller @Say my Name hey....look....I didn't invite you to post your little snarky comment  on my comment, but I sure as shit can't let your ineptitude slide when  you do so.  It's not my nature.  As for any contradiction you think you may have spotted, as usual...you are wrong, but fuck it...who am I to teach you about nuance or context.  Ferris, I think I'm just gonna create an algorithm to answer to your nonsense.  You are the conversational equivalent of a Malaysia Air flight.  (There you like that?  I'll give you a simile.  You're not even worth the FUCKING metaphor!)  lol....fucking Ferris.  

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara yeah...I'd say your safe (and appreciated) in this crowd.  Still...we have a pretty low standard here. Hey....I'm here....pfffft....nuff said.

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Hey!  I only drink when the Rangers play...or when the Sox are losing...or the Jets are losing...or when I'm waiting for the hockey season to begin....(crap...this might be a problem.)  Meh...cheers!    

BTW...that is some funny shit you just wrote!  LOL

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara DUDE!!  LOL....miss you bro!    When does the f*cking season start????

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@BobDunne @Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara He was an effective tool for a certain job....but still a tool!  LOL  The term Pyrrhic victory comes to mind...   I don't miss either him or Callahan on the Rangers...but definitely miss Torts antics.  Most on this blog are more like Torts than they would care to admit.  Emotional...kneejerk...ready, fire..aim types.  LOL

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