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Can St Louis play the lest side? I'd love to see a hobbit line. He's wasted with Richey. My concerns about grit are coming to life now. Slats for some inexplicable reason didn't balance out the roster so these guys have to find it from within. Grinding and toughness will open up the speed game. These rinks are small. Legs won't always be there. Passing won't always be pinpoint therefor the AV game won't always be effective without some sandpaper thrown into the mix, KGR
40 minutes ago on Carolina 3, Rangers 1
Having skill up front on the PK is always a good strategy if they can do the job as it prevents the other team from cheating plus a short hander takes the wind out of their sails. Only argument against would be that an effective PK involves blocking the point shot. Ouch! Don't like to see either of those guys take a Charo Bomb in between the padding
22 hours ago on Penalty Kill Leading the Way for Rangers
Damn this Livfyre or whatever it's called. I think I lost that whole response so I'll try a short edition on my phone. Firstly don't you know that using logic is only going to make me mad? :) - assuming you are right about no help at center Step needs to find his game as teams without a top center seldom win. Secondly when the legs aren't there, the passing isn't crisp and that outlet pass isn't working AV's system breaks down and we have to go to plan B, which is to grind it out. Teams will clutch, bang bodies and cross check wear our less physical team down etc. we will not always be able to win with speed in these small NHL rinks. Hope you're right but I just don't see the balance in this roster to withstand the grind of late and post season hockey and we've built a soft but skilled team but I'm beating a dead horse and repeating myself. To offer something positive I did mean and stand by the opinion that we are very close to being a true contender and though my comments may seemed contradictory being one good center and 2 or 3 tough role players away is close IMO when you have the skill, the speed, the D and the goaltending this team has. If the boys can step up the toughness who knows? I want to be proven wrong.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
@TomDundie @Betweentheworldsactually I was reading some of the progs and we would have to dig a bit deeper in our pockets than 6M/yr. to land Statsny - if we buy out Richey and shed a bit more deadwood still doable
1 day, 9 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
@TomDundie @Betweentheworldsactually for the point I was making Chelios is the perfect example. Purpose being to demonstrate that not all athletes decline at the same rate and Chelios is a guy who's already proven that playing solid 30 minute games up until age 42 is a possibility if you are an exceptionaly gifted athlete and work hard at maintaining your game shape. Girardi may very well be in that same class of "super athletes" but obviously has not proven that yet at age 29. BTW I really like Girardi and I am glad they signed him. I think his faults have been overstated by many and his solid albeit less mobile style of play gives the players a sense of stability and character. Fleury was a nut job - sorry to say but I think it was all the drinking. Damn good player though at only 5'6" - my height.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
@TomDundie @BobDunneWe just need a "Beukeboom" to pair him with
@TomDundie @BetweentheworldsI remember the Statsny brothers. they were awesome, always near the top of the scoring charts. There were 3 of them right? Or just 2? So Statsny Jr is available as far as we know? I must have read something wrong then. Yeah, he'll command 6M/yr. or so which is doable with a Richey buyout. Like you implied a bit risky but what other options do we have?
Strahlmen probably gets signed at 3-3.2. Staal probably gets traded to Carolina for either Skinner (wishful thinking?) or prospects/picks. Don't know where that leaves Diaz but it leaves us needing 2 Dmen who can clear the crease and punish guys. We are so close to being a cup contender now IMO but need more muscle at both ends of the ice and a true 1st line center. We'll see how deep we can go with this roster and hopefully Slats will do the right thing in giving us a good chance next year. I think it will be revealed that we are not physical enough, even in a speed/skill first system. The need for a leader on the blue line/QB on PP and offense seems to be getting resolved from within - thanks MacTruck!
1 day, 14 hours ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
Those were Jags best days. Like having 2 Michael Jordons on your team. I still think Lemieux would have matched the great one's numbers if not for the cancer and back issues. He was the prototype hockey player. Big, strong, great reach and top notch skills. What a beast. Jagr was just a scoring machine but did not have the all around game as Mario IMO
1 day, 16 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
I'm expecting a bashing from that one as well but I'm not seeing much in the Free Agent market and Statsny may not be available. If he is that would be a good option but you know I don't have time to watch all the games and there could be a qualified center available that I'm not aware of.
Staal is still a tough grinder if not a thunderous checker. I love the epic battles with Sid and Ovi. Guy can be stellar and won't back down. I hope I'm wrong but am not expecting to see him in a Rangers uniform next season, and if so it will likely be his last.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
No. Cally's gone. I believe so as well. Why would he want to come back after the apparent devaluing by Slats. That was my pre season prediction all along as was the Dan G. Signing so we're doing pretty good here. Upcoming Predictions for our D corps would be Strahlman stays. Staal gets dealt this summer. Too bad but it would be best for him and the NHL if brothers Staal were all on the same team. Personally I would hate it but if we got Skinner in return you might catch me saying Marc who? Come next year.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
A couple thoughts here. It would have been picks or prospects to get this trade done. Picks, even early round ones develop into solid talent maybe 10-20% of the time, so better option then trading Kristo or Fast. Cally is a lame duck contract wise so you could not expect a one on one deal. MSL wanted to come here and we picked their pocket by dealin 2 draft picks and a UFA for last years top scorer. Good job Slats! 2nd MSL is not an average 38 yr old. He's tough but doesn't play a punishing style and he keeps himself in tip top shape. Every now and then an athlete comes along who defies the odds. A "super athlete" and I believe MSL is one of those. Chris Chelios would be a good model of this who was logging 30+ quality minutes at age 41. Stick around buddy, I think you're going to like this move.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
Did Starsny resign with the AVs? I thought I heard that but maybe not. Not a perfect solution but probably our best option if available. Would be an upgrade from Richey
Are you still in Key West buddy? I'd be fucking with the TB fans right about now lol - that is if there are any :). Of course Nash is paid big bucks to score goals and when he's not doing that people will get on him but fans often get too unilateral in their thinking so I figured I'd offer some rebuttal as we're still a better team with him on the ice than not.
Good points Tom, I still would debate the relativity to my original comments but valid. Jagr could get away with being one dimensional, predictable. Nash can't. I liked Jagr here too when Nylander was with him. Jags is very hard to play with and they had amazing chemistry. So what does our brilliant GM do? Let him walk in favor of the most over rated player on hockey at the time, and the predictable disaster ensued, but probably what pissed me off the most was Jagr not trying for a large stretch of that season. He's a big baby but no one can deny that he was one of the few who would get keyed on every game and still net 50
1 day, 18 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
@TomDundie @Say my Name@Betweentheworldsgood points - now can we please get Nash and Krieds a center?
2 days, 9 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0
@AL55S @BetweentheworldsYup, what's it going to take to get this club a power center who can dish
@Say my Name @BetweentheworldsYou're one of the most intelligent bloggers here and I always read what you have to say but comparing the interactive synergistic sport of hockey where 6 guys must play like a unit to succeed to a baseball batter who steps up to the plate while the rest of the team plays with themselves in the dug-out? come on. You know better than that! Yeah, I hear you on the price and production ratio not being quite in sync with Nashty but this is a team sport and if one player's raw talent and presence are creating more scoring chances for the team then otherwise than that should be acknowledged. I'm hoping with MSL on the team that other teams can't just cue up on Nash. He's a great player but he's not Jagr, who (in his day) could get double teamed every game and still score 50. .
2 days, 10 hours ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 0