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Nash's international experience (two Olympics and two stints overseas during the lockouts) really saved him on this one. Feel bad for Staal, but I don't think it was a huge surprise for him that he didn't get selected with all Team Canada had to choose from. That last concussion probably sealed the deal on that one.On a non-NYR note....really, really feel bad for St. Louis as this was basically his last shot to make an Olympic team.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Four More Rangers Headed to Olympics
@Kevin DeLury@LGR8 As was Zucc and Hank. They all failed. Not fair to take away a good game (for once) by Nash because of the shootout. Baby steps... :)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3, SO
@gravey94THANK YOU! I've stopped reading many of these blogs just for the simple fact it's so disheartening to watch armchair GMs tear down, then put together a team they created in their fantasy leagues that has no hope of winning anything. There is no doubt a change here and there could be made to help, but nothing good ever came from completely stripping your core.
2 months ago on Rangers Talking Contract With Girardi; Not So Much With Callahan & Stralman
FACT CHECK: He missed SEVENTEEN games, not seven. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Will The Real Rick Nash Please Stand Up
@papas1175 Actually, it's more like they'll have that "pesky gnat" (words of the Sabres broadcaster last night) 5'7" Zucc handling the tough guy action.
3 months ago on Mashinter Traded to Chicago for Beach
Team Stream popped this up on my phone and I had a total Home Alone, "KEVIN!" moment. So sorry for your loss Kevin. :( Now, of course, with that out of the way, while I don't put much weight on this move, I do have the distinct feeling that being a Rangers fan equals living on the Island of Misfit Toys and hey, everything worked out for them right? Right??
@dylonergan @johnnyb3910 I think Richie pretty much knew going into this season that it would be his last as an NYR. None of these upcoming UFA and RFA negotiations were going to effect that. The cap recapture penalties if he retired before contact end are just too high a price.
I am not discouraged by his play this year and am thankful that we kept him. He kept us in it with Nash, Hagelin and Cally out and he's still playing fairly well. I don't see any of the slowness from last year. The whole team has fallen off of late so I'm not going to bash him completely for the inconsistency.
3 months ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per
@DubiLeetch He's probably beating himself on the head with that rock right now....this had to send him over the edge.
@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V Which is better than waiting five years and finally coming to the realization that he should have adapted five years ago.
Seriously though, I've always seen coaching in any sport as a CONTINUOUS process of adapting to what you have and then adjusting again when what you have either gets better or worse or the player dynamic is changed through trades or demotions.
He said "maybe" when mentioning a change, which means he's thinking of what can be done to generate more offense with the players he's got and how they are playing right now. Doesn't mean he will actually do it or make major changes (the way I see it, that would be counterproductive to how far they've come so far).
What I see it meaning is small tweaks. Being a bit more conservative to get points now. It's nothing to get scared about. At least he's adaptable to know he has to coach to the talent he's got and not the talent he wishes he had. :)
3 months, 1 week ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?
@Kevin DeLury I don't see it as abandoning anything. He's adapting. If he doesn't adapt, we lose more games, which, at this point, we can't afford to do. If we start winning on a more consistent basis, I see him opening things up again. Get some points on the board and some space between the other teams in the division first, then move onto his original game plan.
Seriously, that's what coaches are supposed to do right? Wasn't it a constant complaint that Torts would not adapt? Now a coach adapts and you criticize him for doing so? Not only that, you get "scared" about it? Sorry, I just don't get it.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I also heard that the players did not go on the golf outing.
3 months, 1 week ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0
Doubt we'll see him in tonight. Bet he just joined the team in Tampa so 1) he could skate with the team a bit and 2) see his brother Tom (who plays for Tampa but has not as mesmerizing eyes...).
When he does get back in the lineup (and let's not kid ourselves, he will be back in the lineup when he's ready), I vote for him to replace Pouliot.
3 months, 1 week ago on Pyatt Joins Team in Tampa; Will Miller Be Assigned to Hartford?
@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V @Purinton Exactly! I think I was just focusing on the word "sucks", but that's being used in Vancouver now. :P
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch
@Purinton "When will there be some accountability...will I ever read in a paper, "Yes, so and so just plain sucks." In all fairness, they had that and the players responded by tuning out the coach. Not exactly the tact to take right now, all things considered. :)
@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V I don't think it's so much an emergency forward in AV's mind so much as a matchup forward depending on the opponent. At least that's the impression I've gotten from him on some of the decisions he's made.
And how did I know Mashinter's name would show up in response?? It's uncanny that crystal ball I have!! :)
If they weren't on the road, Miller would probably be in Hartford. With this road trip, it seems like AV wanted to keep his options open. Once they get back up in the Northeast (before Bruin game), wouldn't be surprised if he does go down to Hartford then.
Not the best situation for Miller, but we are talking four games for the NYR here, where he could play at some point and he still practices with the team. Hartford only has two games in that same timespan (I'm not counting the 11/29 WolfPack game).
@queensbee @1NYN8V LOL! Very true, although I may need more help than that since I tend to latch onto players (even if they aren't Rangers) for years at a time. It's maddening! :p
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Mashinter Assigned to Hartford
My condolences. I'm a Nash-a-holic (exceeded only by unnatural 10 year Brad Richards obsession...so, see, we all have our demons), so I can't be too sad about this, but still...is there a support group out there for times like this? :)
@Kevin DeLury @KreiderisTheChosenOne I seem to recall Zucc standing up to Chara last year and not backing down. He's not going to change his current play just because it's Boston or LA. :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Zuccarello Does His Best Avery Impression
@Say my Name @Ciffy02 That's what it comes down to....if you let him go...either through trade or free agency (as Say my Name is constantly advocating)...who are you going to replace him with? Is there another top 5 goalie out there to get the job done?
No we shouldn't pay him max money with an 8+ year contract at his age. If that's what he wants and stands firm on that, then we have no choice but to let him go, but I think in the end, they will find a way to keep him and the organization happy. He's still one of the top 5 goalies in the league and I, for one, like having someone of his caliber on my team.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Fall Late to Devils 3-2