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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.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Four More Rangers Headed to Olympics

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@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... :)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3, SO

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@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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Talking Contract With Girardi; Not So Much With Callahan & Stralman

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FACT CHECK:  He missed SEVENTEEN games, not seven.  :)

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

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Mashinter Traded to Chicago for Beach

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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??

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Mashinter Traded to Chicago for Beach

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per

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@DubiLeetch He's probably beating himself on the head with that rock right now....this had to send him over the edge.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per

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@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.  :)

11 months ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?

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@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.


11 months ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?

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@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I also heard that the players did not go on the golf outing.

11 months ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0

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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.  

11 months ago on Pyatt Joins Team in Tampa; Will Miller Be Assigned to Hartford?

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@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V @Purinton Exactly!  I think I was just focusing on the word "sucks", but that's being used in Vancouver now.  :P

11 months ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch

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@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.  :)

11 months ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch

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@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!!  :)

11 months ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch

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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). 

11 months ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch

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@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

11 months, 1 week ago on Mashinter Assigned to Hartford

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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?  :)

11 months, 1 week ago on Mashinter Assigned to Hartford

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@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.  :)

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Zuccarello Does His Best Avery Impression

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Fall Late to Devils 3-2

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Oh I know. Been there, done that. Twice. Headaches were on and off for quite a while. Still suffer from light sensitivity, but that I can deal with.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rick Nash at Practice

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If this was last season, I would say they were being secretive, but this season outside of Hank's mysterious ailment, they've been pretty up front.

Remember this is a head injury. Until he is symptom free for a period of time, there really is no change. Now he has been, is skating, and we wait to see how he responds. Hopefully it's all good. He seemed really upbeat in the video, so you got to believe even he sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rick Nash at Practice

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In the video he said he had good days and bad days. Sounds like headaches were often, but I didn't take it as every day. He also said that was the only symptom so that is encouraging.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rick Nash at Practice

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To see how he responds and if symptoms return after the physical activity. It's the first step towards doing more.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rick Nash at Practice

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@johnnyb3910 @1NYN8V @Say my Name True.  I was just replying to the narrow statement that he was one hit to crippling the Rangers for years, which isn't really true.  LTIR or a career ending injury leading to retirement would not do that.

Given his recent penchant for concussions, can't think of anyone willing to trade and take the risk on him at such a high price or the Rangers using the last compliance buyout on anyone but Richards since BR's contract is far more crippling in the long-term.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

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@Say my Name "He is one hit from crippling the Rangers for years.  Let someone else take the risk."

That's not true.  He does not have a "Richards" contract that would cripple the teams cap.  This from Andrew Gross:

Assuming Nash's healthy after this season, using the team's final compliance buyout on him makes little sense since, despite his $7.8 million annual salary cap hit, the cap recapture penalty in case he retires is only $200,000. Rather, the Rangers would have to put him on long-term injured reserve to avoid the cap hit.

See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/228722261_Gross__Rangers__silence_on_Rick_Nash_speaks_volumes.html?page=all#sthash.XsBuGV0R.dVPu2N75.dpuf

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne @eric1940 The major problem is the length of the contract (until 2020 when he is 40 years old) and if he retires before that, the cap recapture penalty will kill us.  

I love the guy, but I don't see how the organization can responsibly keep him even if the cap rises every year until 2020.  Of course, if he gets injured and goes on LTIR until the end of the contact, it would not be as devastating to our cap, but he's not an injury prone type of player and that's certainly not something you ever want to count on.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

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@shoot_the_goalie They did have a Nash tribute prepared, but scrapped it for obvious reasons.  I bet that's why there were so many empty seats too.  Remember seeing a lot on Twitter early in the pre-season of people proclaiming they got their tickets for Nash's return and it seems they ditched when it was certain he wouldn't be able to play.  

I imagine the others would have been thrown into said tribute as well though.  Dorsett wore an "A" so it would seem disrespectful to not honor the others in some way in addition to Nash.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

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@jasonshyer Seems that we had "no update" last season too and when he did come back he said he had already been skating for a week on his own.  

I'm going to be a "glass half full" person for now and believe that one day before the end of this year we will check news from practice and find out he's on the ice and has already been skating for a couple weeks on his own before joining the team.

I'm just not quite ready to call him done for the season. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on "Status Quo" on Nash

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I saw on Twitter from someone who was there that Hagelin started waving to the crowd as the announcer started saying "number 61". Hags thought he was going to say 62, forgetting about Nash. Hags jumping the gun prompted the laughter between him and Mashinter.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Nash Not At Home Opener Ceremony

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@shoot_the_goalie @1NYN8V When he started throwing punches I was jumping up and down...my husband was looking at me like "WTF?  The game is over."  I was like, "But Richey's throwing the smackdown on Clutterbuck!  I may never see the like again!"  :)

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Islanders 2

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Love, love, love angry Brad Richards. That is all. :)

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Islanders 2

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@BrianAuty Unfortunately, with concussion symptoms, that means little.  One day you can be fine, the next, you're in a dark room.  That's why you have to be symptom free for a certain amount of time before you can even think about training and skating again.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Nash Not At Home Opener Ceremony

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If I recall he missed the subscriber event last season because of the previous concussion (it was rumored he had light sensitivity issues after the Lucic hit).  Seems that's just the way he reacts with a concussion while others may have other symptoms.  It's concerning, but I am not sure I would really read anything into it...yet.  He did recover from the last, this one may just take more time because of the last one being so recent.  

Am kinda surprised he hasn't been placed on LTIR yet, but maybe that's just because it's not needed.  Is there a time limit for when you can place a player on LTIR retroactively?

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Nash Not At Home Opener Ceremony

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@nyrfan747 And not one single home game yet in either preseason or the regular season.  No, it's not an excuse, but it can't be totally discounted.

When they score, all they hear from the crowd is boos and funeral music in the arena's they've played.  No positive energy at all.  I know they are professionals, but there is some validity to playing off of a home crowd's energy.  Instead, all they get is negative, negative, negative from their fans across the internet and in the comments of their own site.  Trade this guy, bench that guy, fire AV.  It's relentless.

NYR fans are tough, I get that, but this was going to be a tough stretch, we knew that going in, and without Nash, Cally and Hags, and now Hank, the stretch got even tougher.  Throw in a whole group of new coaches and it gets worse.

Now, talk to me after the 20 out 30 home games between December and the Olympic break, if they haven't improved...then I'll be there too dishing some negativity.  Until then, I'll have patience....LGR! :)

12 months ago on Flyers 2, Rangers 1

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@shoot_the_goalie @1NYN8V Not going to argue with you there, but I'm thinking they are more looking at it as it wasn't even supposed to be a hit.  I saw him coming off the ice towards the bench and from where I was sitting he was definitely looking down ice.  He never saw Stepan until it was too late.  Definitely accidental.  Of course, it could be, and probably should be, argued that if you have to be in control of your stick, you need to be in control of your body too.  

1 year ago on Rangers Don't Come to the Aid of a Fallen Teammate Again

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@gravey94 @1NYN8V LOL!  Honestly, I would not have heard half of what was going on between the bench, the players and the officials without her there. I'd never attended a game with her before, but tickets were super cheap here in DC so we went at the last minute.  Bet she'd be thrilled to commentate on a game based on sound alone. She'd put Pierre to shame.  Of course, that's more a statement that Pierre just likes the sound of his own voice no matter what ridiculousness comes out of it.  :p

1 year ago on Rangers Don't Come to the Aid of a Fallen Teammate Again

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Have to agree to disagree.  I'm kinda getting tired of this sentiment.  The bench was incensed (I was there right above the Rangers bench) and let Brouwer know it (although from my angle, he wasn't looking Stepan's way and I can honestly say, he didn't see him).  

AV was yelling at the officials when they said they wouldn't call it because it was accidental, but even then AV pointed out there were too many men on the ice as well and they missed that call.  Everyone was livid and it wasn't lost on the guys on the ice, but because it happened behind the play they had no idea what had happened.  I'm sorry, but I don't subscribe to going after an opponent when you don't know exactly what happened.  Stepan could have tripped and hit the ice all on his own and they wouldn't have known it.

After that, AV calmed everyone down (including himself) because, let's face it, we can't afford to go on a penalty kill and the officials warned AV against a bench penalty if our guys kept stick tapping and AV didn't stop complaining.  We were in the game and playing hard.  Taking a penalty then would have been stupid.

I think as fans, we can sometimes miss the fact that they do stand up for each other, but in more subtle ways than we want to see or than is obvious on TV.  It may not be your brand of hockey, but I can't diminish it because sometimes it's more prudent to speak with the scoreboard and not instigator penalties.  

I was with a friend last night who is legally blind.  She can't see much but shadows but loves sports and enjoys them in her own way.  She may not be able to see the actual play, but she can pick up every word said between the players on the ice, and while words may not be enough for you, they were being said out there in defense of Stepan and others after every hit or tough play. 

1 year ago on Rangers Don't Come to the Aid of a Fallen Teammate Again

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@YimYames18  If he only misses 7-10 days, that's a max of 3 games (Anaheim, St. Louis and Caps), so in this case, the suspension would match the time missed by Nash.  Of course, it's tough to put a time frame on head injuries so it could be more.

1 year ago on Nash Likely Out a Week; Stuart Suspended Three Games

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Beware the Baby-faced Bulldozer.  Kid's got some grit.  :)

1 year ago on Man, This Moore Guy Can Fight

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@gravey94 @1NYN8V Next best was Super Bowl XXV.  Giants vs. Bills in Tampa.  That was the season I was young, single and had expendable income.  Went to every Giants game - home and away.  Went to the Super Bowl with my next door neighbor, a Bills fan.  He had a LONGGGG flight home.  I let him mourn in peace.  :)

1 year, 3 months ago on 'Memorable Moments' Open Thread: 7/17/13

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Miracle On Ice - 1980 Olympic USA vs. USSR hockey game in Lake Placid.  It was my 13th birthday and what a birthday it was.  Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it and the energy that was in that building. Two days later, I was there for the gold medal round against Finland.  I will never, ever forget those two games.  So lucky to have been there.  

Could watch the movie over and over again. In fact, before game 7 of NYR vs. Caps this year, my oldest daughter and I watched it because it was just there on cable.  Now living in the Washington, DC area, we didn't want to watch Crapital pregame stuff.  I said, look, the USA sweaters look like Rangers sweaters...look, the USSR look like Cap sweaters....look, we win....must be a sign.  :)  NYR 5, Caps 0!

Being from upstate NY, we summered in Lake Placid.  That was actually the first time I was ever there in the winter.  This summer, we are taking my kids there for the first time.  Can't wait to go back.

1 year, 3 months ago on 'Memorable Moments' Open Thread: 7/17/13

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@mlsranger @shoot_the_goalie They can buy him out, he can play somewhere else for a year, and can come back next year....not that they would ever do that, but anything can happen.

1 year, 4 months ago on Richards Hasn't Been Informed of Buyout Decision Yet

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@KevinDeLury @greggray24 It's already been thought of and I saw that the NHL already warned teams against this very thing since it's against the spirit of the amnesty buyouts.  Yes, it's a loophole, but would be a huge headache with the league if any teams attempted to try it.

1 year, 4 months ago on Richards Hasn't Been Informed of Buyout Decision Yet

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@KevinDeLury Don't think they have a choice but to buy Richards out at this point, even though it kills me to say that because I love the guy.  His contract is just too much of a risk for the team.  Doubt Torts would have fought that either, it just makes too much sense to use the amnesty.

I too thought Torts would get another year, but when I heard Hank say "we'll see", I knew things were going to change and change quickly.


1 year, 4 months ago on Torts Fired?!?!?!?!

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@GiveGartneraCup Yep and the funny thing is, she herself wrote way back when the Rangers exercised the option that it would count against their two:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/8847030/nhl-nhlpa-agree-terms-compliance-buyouts-source-says

"When the CBA was ratified last week, each team was allowed two compliance buyouts, although they were not to be used until this offseason and next. If a team chooses to use an accelerated compliance buyout now, that will count against the two allotted in the CBA." - Katie Strang

1 year, 5 months ago on Richards, Asham Out; Haley, Newbury, Hamrlik In

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@greggray24 @1NYN8V @GiveGartneraCup I can't disagree with you there.

1 year, 5 months ago on Richards, Asham Out; Haley, Newbury, Hamrlik In

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@GiveGartneraCup Oh and the reason it was done this way was for the player's sake.  The Rangers were prepared to take the cap hit and tell Redden to stay home for the season so he wouldn't get hurt and they could buy him out at the end of the season.  They couldn't risk even playing him in the AHL because of the injury stipulation on the amnesty buyouts.

To allow him to play somewhere else, the NHL/NHLPA allowed for this accelerated buyout so the player wouldn't lose a year of playing.

1 year, 5 months ago on Richards, Asham Out; Haley, Newbury, Hamrlik In

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