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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.
2 days, 3 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months, 4 weeks 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Vigneault Is the Guy