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9 months, 1 week ago on Dare I Say The Rangers Are Showing Resiliency
That would be too embarrassing for the NYR brass. They will not fire him and hope he rights the ship to prove they didn't make a colossal mistake.
Soo frustrating.. Seriously, what's up with AV? Why can't he get in there and motivate? It's not his style, I get that, but when your team is as flat as the Rangers have been, doesn't it piss him off? Can't he just say "listen, get your shit together or you won't be on this roster"? he seems so resistant of that from the outside looking in. Great points, by the way. I think they built their identity last time by being resilient. Maybe it can creep back in.
This is an excellent article. Really well written and spot on. I love your Hank analogy but I can't get on your boat about how he should not be paid the way he is because he can't use his stick like Smith or Brodeur. I agree it's an issue and one he's paid for but still.. Sather has made some amazing trades, but one thing about him I hate: He will pay the sun and the moon for a FA but play hard ball with those in this organization. Not that he wants to be unfair, he just needs to save money after blowing it on UFAs. I don't know, maybe they need to get worse before they realize they aren't the team that went to the ECF's.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Are The Rangers Swimming in Mediocrity?
I disagree, in 3 -5 years, 8.5 million isn't going to carry the weight it does today. I think Lundqvist is one of the few things on Sather's resume with the Rangers that is without question a home run. I think you need your anchor and if anything, this is going to have a crosby effect where you don't even have to think about your best player for the rest of his career. A lot of money, but I didn't see how this could go any other way. I still believe he will have at least 6 more elite years and knock on wood, he stays relatively durable.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per
Yeah, it's strange. In trying to sort out my Lundqvist feelings I took the temperature of the Ranger fans I know and I was very interested to see fans not fully enthralled in their love affair with Hank. Part has to do with his lack of contract. I think a lot of us feel on the edge with Hank because why back him through thick and thin if he doesn't want to stay with the Rangers. I think the second a contract gets signed, the fan base starts to back him whole heartedly again. It's not that he doesn't deserve a mountain of cash and in my opinion he should get max contract, it's that it's clear he's looking at this as business first, heart second, and if nothing is done by trade deadline I think he's gone. The uncertainty of his future here makes everyone uncomfortable.. throw in his sub-par play and it's easy to make him an enemy.
10 months ago on Miller Sent to Hartford; Girardi Replaces Stepan on 1st PP Unit; Lundqvist Starts Again
All this about chris Niel is true, and I seem to remember him giving the rangers fits in the playoffs 2 years ago. I'd love to see him on this team and if it was a 1 for 1 it wouldn't bother me. I'd trade DZ for a Neil-like player any day. The perception of playing this team would change so drastically.
10 months ago on Five or Six Teams Have Inquired About Del Zotto
@Hotfreak It's a fair point, but how many guys can you name on this team that have the assets he has? I'll take him even if he can't stick handle like malkin. Hagelin is not nearly as big and Boyle mine as well run on the ice with sneakers on and he'll get to the puck faster. I think where he has value we are very much in need of.
11 months ago on Kreider Needs to Relax
Was just thinking that same thought Kevin.. I hope Richards really takes him under his wing. And can you blame Kreids for over thinking everything? One mistake in his tenure with the team and he was promptly stapled to the bench followed by being sent back down. I hope AV gives his guy the encouragement he needs and the breathing room to make mistakes so he doesn't feel like his career is in Jeopardy every time he makes a mistake. I want him to succeed if not for the fact that it would be so disheartening to see another 1st round pick just crumble. Also, is it conceivable that Slats wants him in the lineup as trade bait? I think it's a possibility.
Keep in mind too, it's all about contrast to what you had prior. I bet the rangers players are saying the same thing about how this is how they want a coach to be. If this is true, than maybe we need to re evaluate how much "time" is needed for this team to get back on track especially with Cally out of the lineup.
11 months ago on H. Sedin: Torts Interaction Is How You Want It To Be
I like Pouliot and I like the Brass, Pouliot, Zucc line. Pouliot I think can find those spots in front of the net and battle for positioning and when you have two play makers around him and one that has the ability to thread a puck through a couple skates and sticks in Brass, Pouliot will find his name on the scoresheet. When I look at this lineup I'd love to see Krieder in for Pyatt and MIller in for Asham for good but I think I'm preaching to the choir.. Let these two work out their kinks on this level. I think they've proven they have the ability to dominate and a lower level. Also, Miller seems like a bit of a dick. Who says he can't have an agitation aspect to game or eventually be that Prust-type player that stands up for his team mates? More talented than prust and avery but he does seem like he has that sandpaper side to him. I'd love for him to use it.
11 months, 1 week ago on Vigneault Beginning to Put His Stamp on Rangers
@JustinRP37 @SA24 I loved watching them against LA. AV brings a fluid game with strong forechecking. If you look at his teams, they all move the puck fast and create open space. It doesn't take the Sedins to make his system and style dangerous. Other than the LA game where we saw the Rangers in rare form, I haven't seen anything great about AV as a rangers coach. I'm basing my comment off of what I've seen from him before. And you gotta be patient. It's not easy but I can see us in February with a team that's clicking saying "hey remember when we sucked earlier this year". Let's just see how this goes.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Ducks 6, Rangers 0
It's so unexplainable and uncharacteristic of this team to lose this way that it doesn't hurt that bad yet. It seems surreal. I think we have a team full of last year's brad richards. Not confident in the system = over thinking. I honestly feel they are tripping over their own heads. Hank... Can't explain Hank. And I love AV and what he can bring but it would great to get just a little more passion out of him. I'd like him to be pissed. Torts always made me feel better because I knew if I was pissed he was 10x more pissed. That said, AV will still be great for this team it is some seriously bad growing pains.
That said, I think it would be very nice of him to take a 6 yr deal and just keep doing 1-2 yr extensions a la Brodeur. Stay a Ranger but if you're not in your prime, take less. But that's not how things work now.
1 year ago on Terms, Not Money Could Be Hang-up In Lundqvist Extension Talks
Right now 8 mil seems like a lot but in 3 or 4 years when the cap goes up at least 20 Mil which is the projection, It's really fair. A max contract would not bother me in the least bit. Especially when you see young up and coming D-men signing for 5 Mil. right now. In fact, I say just go for it and get this over with. We'll have money to spend. I don't know, i don't think it's as easy as saying "I'd Rather have the Sedin twins than Lundqvist". Sedin twins had Lungo/Schneider behind them. They don't even sniff success without their goalies playing world class (save for some games in the cup.. but look, they lost and Tim Thomas won) We need Lundqvist. Also, say we trade him and look to sign a top FA goalie. How much is that goalie going to cost? 5 Mil? I don't know.. I don't think this is as complicated as it seems with Hank.
Winter Classic tix were way more expensive. I went and had poor sight lines but the experience was great. My advice, shell out the cash for the best sight lines. It may seem like a waste (and maybe it is) but if you're going to go, pay the extra cash or it will be money wasted.
1 year, 1 month ago on Get Ready to Sell a Kidney, Yankee Stadium Game Ticket Prices Announced
I went to Leetch jersey retirement game, as well as Graves. Had purchased tix from someone to Messier but I got robbed... either they were never sent or someone realized what they were and were stolen in the mail.
Not one game, but I had tickets to each home game in the 07 playoffs against Buf. Up until the ECF run 2 seasons ago, I can't really remember a time I was that proud of the Rangers in recent memory
Off the wall memorable game... I was at the Malik shootout winner against the caps. the 15 rounder or whatever. That entire shootout, I was convinced the NHL had predetermined who would win these and it was all a show because no one knew what kind of moves to do. It was the first year of the shootouts if I remember correctly. Then Malik.. Damn.
1 year, 2 months ago on 'Memorable Moments' Open Thread: 7/17/13
But Sather's time is up.. Winning cures all woes, so if we win a cup this year he is a genius for all his off season moves.. but I'm still tired of him. We have barely sniffed the cup under his reign.
1 year, 2 months ago on Could Not Buying Out Richards Cause Rangers to Lose McDonagh?
I don't think the keeping richards is connected to this simply because as you stated, Sather will probably match anything up to 6 Mil and get rid of someone else (prob zuc). But the bigger question is, is McD worth a higher cap hit than Richards at his best and equal to hank and nash? I think sather would walk from 7 mil regardless of the space and in turn do whatever he can to make that GM's life miserable. McD is one of our best players PERIOD but given his age/experience, he donesn't command that kind of cash.If you need more perspective, Duncan Keith has a cap hit of 5.5 mil this season. A comparable would be Doughty whi has a cap hit of 7Mil but he was a top 3 pick...and got overpaid.
I love this decision. We need a guy that is assimilated with this team that has his experience and leadership. New coach, fresh start. This is good for the team right now. And all the naysayers who are just chalking up the fact that we can buy him out next yr, don't get your heart set on that. Richards is going to need to know how good good enough is to keep him. And there needs to be a line. Because If you think a player is goin to come back motivated to be the superstar he once was (like we're hoping) when he hasn't been told that if he plays well enough he won't get bought out next year, your wrong. He isn't going to dig deep for a team that will most likely buy him out. What I'm saying is those hoping he will get bought out next year are essentially hoping he has another bad year. So lets understand this is Sather holding on to his commitment to Richards and essentially making Richards feel that if he plays as well as we know he can, he has a spot on this team through next year.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers Not Buying Out Richards
@ChrisRowan I hate to say it, but the Brodeur example is really good. There's a guy who without a doubt could be a wealthier goalie right now had he played super hardball. There are differences though in that Brodeur won a cup within his first 5 years with the club and saw a very different team in front of him than hank does. Hank feels way more pressure to win (personally) than Marty. Point being, had the devils not won the cup in 95, I wonder if the Marty story would be different. Great point though he loves his devils as much as we would hope Hank loves his rangers.
1 year, 2 months ago on Lundqvist Extension Talks Begin; Richards Decision Coming Shortly; No Commitment on Clowe
@Josh6 Trade G? and Miller? and another first? I would rather have all of them than Phaneuf. I don't know very much about McIlrath and I'm not saying he can step onto this team and contribute what Phaneuf can but I'd rather see McIlrath. I've never been a Phaneuf fan. He's big and brings something we need for sure, but he's slow and expensive and often seems to me like he is disinterested. This would be such a NYR trade that it scares me.
1 year, 3 months ago on More Sloppy Seconds for Phaneuf?
I love this hire. And I'm not concerned about his "lack of success". He led VAN to play a dominant game. They were a dangerous team even at their worst under him. Their lack of playoff success has to do with the character in their locker room I believe and many feel they need a kick in the pants right about now (enter tortorella) but I think he is going to bring a strategy to our team that really plays more on the speed and skill we have (still missing gaborik. I'm a broken record, shhh). Would love to see Mess or leetchy as an assitant. Preferably Mess. Leetch is more cerebral and so is Vigneault. Mess would be a nice contrast, bring a ton of respect, and help Callahan with his transition. Has it's drawbacks but I can see that combo working real well but I don't expect that to be announced soon.
1 year, 3 months ago on Vigneault Is the Guy
If he is available, I'd love to see him as the Rangers bench boss. I loved what I saw on 24/7. Much more personality than I expected. And I think he would be great for this team. He won the Jack Adams 2(?) years ago because of his coaching job WITHOUT his superstars. Shows me he knows how to get the most out of his players. The Pens playoff failure I don't think falls on his shoulders squarely. I think they have attitude issues and it's pretty clear Crosby is not as level headed and mature as most people want to think he is, since he is compared to ovi so often. He should feel some responsibility the way Torts was partly responsible but I'd welcome him with open arms. I think he's as good, if not better, than Vigneault.
1 year, 3 months ago on Penguins Spent All Day Talking About Dan Bylsma's Future
@queensbee @SA24 @pkh33 Hah, well we are pretty much swapping teams as it is. We need to stop dealing with them for a little while especially since they will be in our conference next year!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Players Are Reason For Torts Firing; Richards Healthy Scratch An Organizational Decision
@pkh33 @SA24 Wow, if he pulled that move off and somehow got Dubi back, He should walk into the hall of fame.
Man.. Would love to see Gaborik back in NY with a different coach. But I'm a broken record. Just a shame he gets fired months after we send gaborik away. I hope Richards stays.
On Sirius XM's Hockey Night In Canada Radio, they mentioned Tony Granato as someone who could be considered given his ties to the Rangers and he's spent the last couple of years as an assistant to Bylsma in Pitt. No weight to this but not a bad thought.
1 year, 3 months ago on Torts Fired?!?!?!?!
@jazzgirl1414 I would like to see what Vignault could do with our lineup.
Shocked.. I hope Sullivan goes too. I'm reading Schonefeld may be a front runner but it's interesting that they did it so fast. What does this mean for Richards? Did he lose his supporter in Torts or do they want to keep Richards and felt their relationship was too strained? I'm glad they did it so fast though... it may in fact mean they know who they want to replace him with and want to do it fast.
@gravey94 @SA24 @ThrSage Gotcha, but if the Rangers ever low balled him, Man... Sather (or Gorton) should hire a body guard because there would be a lot of pissed off fans.
1 year, 3 months ago on Breakup Day News, Notes & Quotes
@gravey94 @SA24 @ThrSage But you make mention to the fact that you would be pissed at him because he doesn't love this team enough if he leaves to go to a contender, but it's okay in your eyes to leave for money. To me, you turn the money down to stay with your team if you really care about winning with them. Not turn the team down for money. I would be more upset if he left for money.. but at the end of the day, he's upset and rightfully so and I think that is where his comments came from. I think he should retire a ranger and have his number hung next to Richter but my point is simply, I can't watch this team rely on him and watch him get so frustrated and not expect him to consider playing elsewhere. Hank is going to get his money, he is not guaranteed a cup, and that's what he wants. I think for what it's worth, he stays a ranger and after moving on from this season he realizes he wants to win here. No one wants to lose him and I think we're all a bit freaked he actually showed some honesty about how frustrated he is with his team.. which he usually doesn't do.
@ThrSage @gravey94 I 100% disagree with you. Every NHLer wants to win a cup (think Bourque and Iginla) and they may be controversial, how many times have you looked at Hank's play and thought that this guy is doing everything on his own. He is in the prime of his goaltending career, and is valued as one of the best goalies in the world. Why would he stay with a team that continues to force him to do it all himself. And to you, it somehow makes sense that he would leave for money?? that would be okay in your eyes?? Make no mistake, Every pro athlete wants a championship, and I have no doubts that hank wants one in NY, but this will likely be the last contract he negotiates in his prime and I would blame Sather before I blamed Hank for leaving this team.
If we had anyone who could finish in this series, Zucc would have 3 or 4 points by now. He has been one of the only bright spots of our forecheck and he has made some excellent passes from behind the goal line to open men in the slot but the finish hasn't been there. Tough call to make, kind of glad I don't have to be the one to do it.
1 year, 4 months ago on You Can Kiss Tortorella's Ass
Also heard rumblings that Sullivan is a top choice by BU (or is it BC?) for their open head coaching job. Apologies if that was on this blog and I don't remember. Could leave an opening for a PP specialist.
1 year, 4 months ago on Torts Gone If Rangers Eliminated By Bruins?
I said if he missed the playoffs, he'd be on thin ice for next season but advancing to the 2nd round has him as a lock for about 20ish games ( abot 1/4 of the season). After that, if they are still underachieving, I think he goes. It's still enough time left in the season to salvage it but I think there's no chance he is fired prior to that given their playoff "success".
I wonder though, would Sather consider hiring another assistant coach in the off season to take over the PP? Someone who is a specialist in that area. I know it would bruise Torts' ego big time but maybe he/we need that? I don't recall it being done really so I don't know how realistic that is.
@YinzerinCT Problem is, awards are voted for before the playoffs. No clue who wins the MVP though i'd love to see Johnny T win it just because he's not crosby or ovi.
Hank wins vezina ONLY because Bob didn't make the playoffs.. I think voters will recognize that.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0
You know what though, the Bruins have played very uninspired hockey this past series... they found some pride in the last minute of last night's game but they aren't anything to fear right now.. Have to respect them and their physicality.. Lucic is going to drive me up the walls, but if we stay firm and agressive, we can do this in 6. Not going to say 5 though!
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers/Bruins Eastern Conference Semifinals Schedule
SO PUMPED!! That win was amazing and I think we match up great against Boston. I feel more confident our team game head to head with their team game is one that we can win. I feel good about our odds returning to the ECF if we play like we did last night.
And not to make any excuses.. but in '11 with the B's won the cup, they had the WORST power play record of any team to make the cup finals and if I'm not mistaken, which I may be, they didn't have a single PP goal in the finals... just saying it can be done and maybe the rangers have a little of that magic in them.
*Any goal is his fault.. is what I meant.
1 year, 4 months ago on Staal Pulled Himself From The Line-up
I call for DZ's head all the time. It's a joke between a few of us that regardless of if he is on the ice, it's his fault... simply because so often it actually does have to do with a mistake he made. That said, I'm a big believer in his upside but I think they are handling him wrong. He is not ready to be the PP QB or a top 4 D-man and hopefully with Staal eventually getting healthy and Moore continuing to play well, he and Moore can have some friendly compentition. Either that or we trade him while other teams still think he's great (?). Right now, he is just not mentally ready. If he has around 10-12 mins of ice time, I think we all love him again. But what has he been getting pre-John Moore breakout? 18-20? Just not using him properly.
@McPhee37 Counter Intuitive, McPhee. Penalties will kill us.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Rangers Need to Stay Out of the Box
Actually, let me make one amendment: to my comment... Hit the crap out of Mike Green. He's made of glass and has been missing a ton of time these past few years to injury. We can't let him feel comfortable. And Ovi loves the physical game, which is why Staal owns him. To play Ovi, you need to skate with him and play him with the stick, not the body. No one does that better than Staal... except for maybe Mac Truck.
You said it here. It's simple. Special teams winner, is the series winner. Not sure if this makes a TON of sense, but I wouldn't mind seeing the rangers tone back their hitting a tad if it means taking less penalties. It sounds counter intuitive but I think all year, this caps team was not a playoff team until the PP started going. That's their Achilles heal. 5 on 5.
Lundqvist is just getting hot. Keep him in! He can handle it without a doubt!
1 year, 5 months ago on Lundqvist Starts Again; Cally Maintenance Day; Sather & Boyle In Florida
Great win. I have so much more confidence in this team when Richards is on his game. If we have our top guys playing well we are going to be very dangerous. I will be interested to see if Nash has the extra gear in the playoffs since he has only had to dig to find it once in his career. Would be so nice not to have the season come to the last game. Let's hope we can clinch on Tuesday. Let's get it done boys.
1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers 4, Devils 1
@Bollard8 @Jbianco I hear you both about not panicking but even if we make the playoffs, this team doesn't look like a team that has their stride and will be 1 and done. And after last year, that's just not good enough. We're not the Isles.
1 year, 5 months ago on Boyle Wearing Knee Brace, to Be Examined Today
I care a lot about this team. Too much.. actually. But this year has been nothing to be proud of and it's just too damn bad that 1 year after making it to the ECF, we are back to the team battling for 8th. Just not good enough. Call up whoever you want, we are a mediocre team right now that somehow found a way to lose it's way in 1 off season. I sort of can't wait for this season to be over and start fresh. Does everyone still really think it was a good idea to trade gaborik? I never did and I still don't see how we're a better team now. Looking at you coach. I think most of us are.
Great recap and a lot of good points. Does it bother anyone else that we basically negated the Nash trade? We are single handedly making the blue jackets a contender. Send depth guys for a super star last year so we can send a different star to te SAME team for different depth players. High risk high reward is right. I think if this doesn't work, it's for sure the end of sather in the next couple of years (not this year of course). Well see. REALLY bummed about losing gab. I'm a huge supporter and well be regretting this next year when he puts 5 past hank again. Well see. Lets go rangers, get it together!
1 year, 5 months ago on Reflecting On The 2013 Trading Deadline