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"He who whereth the C Haveth the power to destroyeth the team"
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I'd be more concerned with who's the right man for the job rather than who's been here longer. Just saying
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@Dante8496 : excellent comment. Totally agree
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Kevin, you and I are in the minority here but I couldn't agree more. When I posted this sentiment a couple weeks ago I also stated that the Rangers won't agree and will name McD, and rumors or not I'll be very surprised if that doesn't happen. I'm not a play it safe guy, I believe taking appropriate risks is the way to succeed in Hockey - in life but my conventional wisdom says give Mac another year or 2 to get groomed while St.L fills that roll. though new to the team bleeds Rangers Blue and captaincy is a matter if experience. There are subtleties to this job and league a young player won't get like a savvy seasoned veteran- and St. L is one cagey motherfucker but you know at the end of the day they know more than me and how critical is a C anyway. We seemed to fair OK last yeAr without one.
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Haha. Yeah for Hank please keep the trapezoid the same. I actually get the shoot-out changes. Some of these moves the players use at times are too slow and a shoot out/penalty shot should be bang bang IMO. Maybe they could modify that one as a forward momentum rule rather than spins or something like that.
Looks like video challenges are coming in 15/16. What do you guys think about that?
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I personally have never touched drugs liquor or women. I am so deeply offended!!!!!!
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As long as he hasn't been hanging with Kevin Stevens I'm OK with it. It sounds like there's nothing to lose.
He can't. RFA
4 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-re-sign-john-moore.html
Woops- missed on that one. Glad they got it done on the cheap. Great opportunity for John to step up to the next level and get a nice deal after next season.
To add Gravey opiate weening is to be done at rehab. Not in between punches. Call me a secular thinker or whatever I can't help thinking our staff dropped the ball on this kid.
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Gravey: Your are correct here sir, especially about the family etc. Still I would expect more from an NHL med staff. It's their job to put player safety first. Here 's a response I posted to another reader.
I'm not a doctor but if someone is on opiates all it takes is one look into their pinned pupil eyes and I know. Mandated rehab followed by non- opiate pain management is the only acceptable form of treatment I am aware of. If the med staff did prescribe opiates knowing of his condition they are culpable regardless of outside activity. As a top sports trainer it's your job to know if a player is on drugs. It reeks of a cover up to me.
Yeah Hart and Johnson were inappropriate but I believe they are just the fall guys for this tragedy. RIP Boogeyman
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Hey there sunshine! Welcome back!!!
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Nah, he's been whoring it up all summer. Good to go, and besides Richey's legs went bad during the playoffs ;)
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Good observation! That didn't really happen until the playoffs and he was in front of the net as well at times especially on PP. Most of the year from returning in Nov. though he was on the perimeter except to drive with the puck and avoided body contact. Not completely of course and Nash is not a hard player but it was stark in comparison. His willingness to play more dangerous in the playoffs was a good sign. Now 2 more things need to happen. Get the scoring confidence and then the heart. That is the biggest question mark for me and so far his career odds don't favor it but everyone has heart. Some have to dig deep to find it but it's always there so will Mr. Nash find his? If all this comes together he's a very dangerous player. Big ifs!
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@Say my Name @betweentheworlds @BobDunne @pkh33 @IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe @KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyItsANewSeason @EHBIGAPPLE part 2 of response to SMN
4. The psychological implications can be worse than the physical symptoms?
That of course is fact as well. Whether Nash is making $1 or 7.8M he is a human being. Your head is your LIFE. Hockey is a kids game. The wisdom of nature makes you protect your head beyond all other things. It takes super-human conditioning to overcome that basic survival instinct. When he's on the ice his subconsciious mind is on one thing only - the fact that one more hit, I may never play hockey again. Or die. Can we give this guy a break? It's not scoring that winning goal that matters - it's basic survival instinct (which is actually detrimental to the athlete because what you fear internally you often create - but no channeling Ernest Holmes on this thread) That is why he is a "black hole" as you say. I ask you is that really his fault? It may not be conscious but what results is he stops driving hard, avoids checks and takes himself out of the game because of that (those "little things" you mentioned he did later in the year, though nothing any pro-hockey player would not or should not do I took as a really good sign because it may have indicated general improvement in his condition. If you love the Rangers lets hope so). He did not suck in Columbus btw and had a pretty good 1st year here. Not elite but not suck. Then there's the confidence problems of not being able to perform to your level because your brain is damaged - and the results? Double overtime open net against the Kings tells it all. But anyway this is too long as it is so sticking to original point he was innefective due to his brain not firing properly yes but even more because he's out there protecting his head, not playing the game. the fact he had flashes of brilliance? Great! It shows that he has what it takes to be an elite 50 goal scorer. Does he have the heart to do so? Even if he never got concussed? From what I've seen I'd have to say No. I think the best we can hope for is that he'll get his healing behind him and become an active contributor again and give up on the idea of him being a game breaker, then if he does somehow find his inner champion then we'll all be pleasantly shocked. In the end it all comes down to heart. How bad does he want it!! All the tools are there - you know another thought than I'm done - promise, and we all come down on Sid because he's a whiny infant but this is a man with the heart of a champion. He had a worse conscussion than Nash - paid his dues, sucked for a year and look at him now. The best in the league (unless you get under his infantile skin of course lol). Anyway that is the key. If I was a GM I'm looking for the champion's heart, not who has more SOG, Corsi/Fenwick fancy BS stats etc. I look for the players with heart and out of that sample size then choose the ones with the best stats. Willing to bet that's how the Yankees, Red Wings and all the teams that seem to be at the top of the food chain year after year do it. Sadly not the Rangers though. Unless the paradigm changes enjoy these next couple years cause it may not last.
BTW SMN word on the street is you rock climb? I use to live 10 minutes from the Gunks (now I'm 45 or so). If you ever get up Woodstock way give me a shout ;).
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@Say my Name @betweentheworlds @BobDunne @pkh33 @IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe @KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyItsANewSeason @EHBIGAPPLE SMN!!! - I knew I brought you in the conversation for a reason. I must be psyychic lol:(welcome BIGAPPLE)
Your argumaents make sense but show that you don't quite get this post -PCS thing (post -PCS meaning the period after your active PCS have dissapeared and your brain is healing from the trama). I wouldn't either if I didn't have personal experience with it so let me play a little game of "fact or crap" with you.. when I get done you may even take this as something to strengthen your resolve. I don't claim to know anything about what is going on with Chubaca really but here it is:
1. Post-PCS effects your athletic performance or energy level in sports?
That's crap. Once you are cleared to play you're energy, endurance etc. is dependant upon your physical conditioning like any other athlete. though the mind and body are connected they also function separately and energy/stamina is a matter of blood ratio, lung capacity, CO2 conversion, muscle mass etc. and has nothing to do with a scrambled mind. It's called innate body intellegence. To put it in a reverse context one of the cruel things of ALS is that as the body deteriorates the mind is left completely uneffected. You're familiar with physicist Steven Hawkins?
2. The will to win (ie. drive to the net, snakebiting Columbus that one game etc.) or what we might call "heart" is effected when recovering from PCS?
that too is crap - but that is obvious and I'm not here to insult anyone's intelligence.
3: Post PCS can ebb and flow - you'll have good days and bad days?
Now that is fact, but not in the context you are saying. When a player is cleared to play it is because his neuro signs have restored to a level that the docs think is safe to compete. the active symptoms are over with and the athlete feels like himself again, but the healing process is far from done and the complex network of brain functions take quite long to fully regulate. Things that are effected that would concern a hockey player, sometimes for years are balance, timing, split decisions making, depth perception, eye-hand co-ordination etc. . This is what ebbs and flows. Not his energy (normal bio-rythm patterns withstanding). In Nash's case he's losing edges and falling more than he ever did since he was in pee-wees. Shanking more shots - swan diving his patented spin moves, missing one-timers (that is when he bothers to attempt one) etc. and losing confidence with his own abilities as a result because the intellegence doesn't relate to what is happening to his skill level. This is a lightning fast game hinged upon reflexes, timing, split decisions and following a tiny blazing puck and those neurons just don't fire on queue every night because concussion is a brain bruise that takes a very long time to heal.
@BobDunne @Say my Name @betweentheworlds @pkh33 @IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe @KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyItsANewSeason @TomDundie He's a pin ball wizard there has to be a twist a pinball wizard has such a supple wrist -- uhh wait - we're not going there
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lol Nash regaining his scoring touch hanging with Tanner. Good one :). I'd like to see more experience at C with someone who's been there while grooming McD as his heir apprentice. Makes to much sense - but we're in the minority Kevin. Looks like Mac is the man. If they feel he's ready who am I to say not. If Malone beats all the kids I won't take it as a statement against them, it's all good and they'll get injury call ups. Thanks for the updates as always.
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@BobDunne @pkh33 @IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe @Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyItsANewSeason Hey Bob - glad your bro is doing OK. He's lucky. Car accidents can turn out a lot worse. My bro didn't survive his unfortunately. I've had PCS twice myself so I can speak on this as well - it's brutal and you never think it will end. Everyone responds differently though there are "classic symptoms" my wife said I would turn ghost white and she knew another bout of depression was coming - time to turm the TV off, lights etc. I'm not making excuses for Nash since I don't know how or if PCS is effecting his performance but was your bro playing the fastest game on earth while recovering from PCS at the highest level on earth? has he had to maintain perfect balance traveling 20+ mph on skates, turning on a dime making split decisions in milli-seconds, following a small black puck traveling up to 100 mph? while mindful that one more head blow could be the end of his career, or maybe even his cognitive functioning for life? If not there is no comparison beatween Nash palying NHL hockey with his brain scrambled to your brother coaching sports, mountain climbing and holding a job. I don't know but I conjecture that Nash's PCS has hampered his perfoemance last season just based upon the length of time it's taken other players to regain 100% (for those who did that is unlike Lindros) - Crosby needed one full season. boyle needed a full season and a half - there's plenty of others for a sample size. And when physically they reach 100% what about the psychological implications? Whether Nash is capable of being what we all hoped under any circumstances is highly questionable but he should be past the long healing process that multiple concussions and missed time from PCS often causes. We shall see. Keeping positive Kev lol
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@RangersAndRadio @KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name Really? I followed that 86 team, and I saw 2 guys lose they're edge quickly by '87, Doc and Darryl and I knew they were using. I've known too many coke heads, I know what it does - you lose your edge quicklyespecially if you're an elite athlete. I saw it in both of them and knew before the press did that they were uxing coke. I know you guys are just fucking around but just saying. It sucks because Doc could have been the greatest pitcher since Sandy Kofax
More Ryans. We need more Ryans
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Last Nash sighting was down New Orleans way in "The House of the Rising Sun". Seriously I'm suspending judgment till the puck drops. As for Malone - I like it- if for nothing else it gets these kids motivated. More competition the better. Doubt any offer is made till Moore is secured.
I don't think we're looking for a comeback kid here, just a big strong body to help out for a couple years so I don't have a problem with #34 but I do like #750,000
It will be interesting to see how he develops and I liked him the 1st game he donned a blue shirt and actually thought he may wind up as the real steal of the deal. Similar to McD? Wow, I'm not seeing that yet but I hope you're right.
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Really good feeling about this kid. Rankings should be used as a loose yardstick only. What round was Lunqvist drafted? Development after the draft is unpredictable but a kid with this attitude and strong mind certainly tilt the odds. NHL 2-3 years.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/daniel-walcotts-unlikely-path-to-becoming-a-new-york-rangers-draft-pick.html
I think he signs Thurs. Or Fri. IDK but they may work a 2 yr. at around 1.1. No facts to speak of but I get this feeling somehow a bit more cap space opens up soon and another roll player gets signed. Maybe just a trade or something involving a player sent to minors.
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It's a tough job freak but someone's got to do it. Yes, he tends to come to camp in great shape and I don't think work ethic is the problem. Wish it was, that's easier to fix.
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Shite! Well you got to endear yourself to your coach. We did great last year undermanned in the toughness dept. Almost lost to inferior Phi. Avoided the Bruins. This could create an illusion we don't need the extra mustard. It would be good to have Carbomb for sure but if you can't check your emotions you won't play for AV. Sucks because we lost our mini-me toughster and our biggest player. Even if Glass thrives we need more backbone for this speed finesse team to fly. We'll see if Hayes, youngsters or trades will give us some of that. Damn, why did it have to be Shittsburgh!!!
I enjoy your rants SMN - no need to change. I agree, I enjoy the people here at least as much as the game and you're voice is a big part of that. And I get very into these games btw and have followed the Rangers over 40 years , I yell at the TV when someone fucks up. Make sure the kitchen utensils are out of reach whenever Nash steps onto the ice and all but once the final buzzer sounds it's over I'm done. Win or lose thanks for the entertainment guys...
LMFAO! Are they freakin kidding me? Just this year Mr. Fleury? Really? The comments are priceless! Much better than the blog "Fleury you tool" Cybil needs a bit more than sports psychology I think. Maybe Lithium and shock therapy would do it.
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Yeah, I'm sure I'm gonna catch some heat for that one but I'm not sexist and couldn't resist ;)
Well you know what they say BigApple - you are what you eat :-o
Ah yes Walton , the Mark Fidrych of the hard court. Vegetarian. Deadhead and one heck of a player. My kind of guy. I'll tell you I was a tennis fanatic in high school. Pretty good for a physically smaller guy, but nothing to write home about . Then I caught this thing on TV called the Zen of Tennis and I was fascinated beyond words and applied it and my game
Improved vastly. Not that I developed a booming serve or ground stroke but my consistency and anticipation went through the roof. Next summer I made it to the singles finals in fact in some NYC tournament for under 18s. I lost 6-1, 6-0 to this guy, I think his name was Larry Godfreid or something like that. I was totally outclassed but the next year he turned pro and ranked somewhere in the low 100s in the world. This launched me into Martial Arts where we worked with the mind through meditation as an integral part of the training and I can tell you, in the rink, in life using this stuff has allowed me to overcome and beat the odds and perform beyond what others thought were possible. I know this shit works and it keeps working. In the end your own mind becomes " the final frontier", that being the egoic mind primarily where these fears and traumas lurk beneath the surface that fuck up your performance in life and when you defeat that you can virtually do anything.
Here's my full response. I hate posting from phones
Haha! I was waiting for you to chime in SMN. Great stuff as always! All fan support can do is lend a boost. That's it so why not? It's all on Nash from there of course. Boos and jeers can motivate an athlete too and in some cases get an athlete over a hump but Mr. Nash is way beyond that now and in the long haul positivity always wins out over negativity. Always. Anyway most of us are approaching this jovially and I wouldn't take this shit too seriously. Either Nash answers the bell or he won't. If he does, which may involve a whole character overhaul - not an easy task to accomplish we have a much better shot at winning. If not he's probably history after the year.
Haha! I was waiting for you to chime in SMN. Great stuff as always!
Idk Bobby - there was a fecitious undercurrent no doubt but I took Kevin's blog as a sincere call to fan fueled positive energy for the beleaguered big boy. Maybe I'm gullible? Whatever, I'm a fan and he's a Ranger so I keep the kitchen utensils out of reach and cheer him on.
Hmm, well I'm reserving judgment on the big guy till the puck is dropped. I'm still I-I-I uuhhhh In! But at least another Ranger who should have been a 50 goal man, who also frustrated the shit out of me every season past '94 was there. Thank God!!!
And sorry to disagree with you Ronny boy but MDZ hates getting hit and avoids checks like the plague. Your reasoning is sound and the talent is there but until he addresses that glaring weakness he's a minor leaguer at best.
I do agree with much you have written td but I think you are missing Kevin's point here big time and taking an angry or defensive stance instead. But no criticism - I get it. We're all frustrated because as long time fans we see we've got a guy here with all the tools to score 50 a season and be a true game breaker but something's fucked up in the old noggin and the long arduous process of healing from PCS will be waning as an excuse this season. As loyal fans we need to stay positive and cheer this guy on as he is a huge variable who's success greatly improves our chances of hoisting a cup. I praise Kevin for his call for positivity. Ultimately only Rick can control his own destiny but fan support can certainly lend a boost.
Your comments BigApple demonstrate why meditation should be a part of every athletes training and I suspect it is amongst the most successful ones. Every study validates it improves performance. Phil Jackson knows this ( hello). You cannot just switch your mind on and off or say, I'm going to now choose to be confident, or successful or whatever because the problems exist beneath the conscious mind. You have to go deeper to the "control panels" and change your thinking and indeed your energy patterns from the inside out and meditation is the tool to get you there. When will sports get out if the Stone Age? The players will be better. The competition more exciting for the fans. Win-win here. Mr. Nash? Meet "Swami Worlds" :)
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Haha. I did a similar parade of Dr. Kubler-Ross's work of the 5 stages Kev would go through after the trade of Mashinger
Accept. Your assessment of Mr. Nash is spot pn and you read enough of our comments to know this is exactly the attitude I've been preaching to my fellow fans all of last season though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated as well. That lack of confidence, leading to that micro hesitation of getting his wide open net shot blocked and ultimately losing to the Kings in double overtime told the story of his season. We create our reality through the power of intention and belief and confidence is everything . Go Rick!!!!!!!
@ObviouslyItsANewSeason @Hotfreak Oh no. It's a sad day in the hockey world. On a happier note happy Labor Day everyone. amazing how most of us here can hold a job - well i couldn't so I became self employed lol
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Sounds reasonable Freak, it just seems from flashes that some superior skills are there along with size and decent hands. He'll never be the most graceful skater but when he's going and gets that powerful stride toward the net goalies use to shit in their pants - so maybe the expectations were reasonable IDK. His timing did look off last season along with his balance so maybe the time between concussions will help. I hope so so that he'll build some confidence and maybe even, you know, score in the playoffs.
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Since I'm one of the fools who was on the supportive side of the Nash debate I'm curious about how hard he is working and what he's doing this off-season ,,, uh you know, to make me look good/// oh yeah, I guess it wouldn't hurt if he worked hard this offseason to help the team win as well.
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@Josh-CK He's just bored :) - no big deal
I can't believe you mentioned crystal meth barnyard animals and Nancy Kerrigan all in the same sentence! Man you're good!! Now if you had managed to work Tara Lipinski and Tony Orlando and Dawn into that same sentence I would have had to start a SMN cult and find you thousands of followers.