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For you Tanner Kevin has a "hard-off"
1 day, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
For 900k - duh. Ya think?
1 day, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nash missed significant time with multiple concussions and PCS. A brain injury changes everything. Everything and it takes a very long time to heal. Years in some cases. Considering his tools and skills his performance last year was embarrassing. I can't think of anything else that would explain it.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I love all the line suggestions here. Very entertaining. My question for you Josh is why you have both Nash and Zucc on their off wings? I know they have in the past but just wondering. Also I hope they do try the midget line. If anyone messes with them they'll have to face the icy stare of the hobbit. Seriously though I think they can develop chemistry together while a Step-Kreid -Nash line would provide a very different look with similar scoring deft. Yeah the midgets would be at a physical deficit but not insurmountable and Hags deserves a top 6 roll but it's a good problem to have 5 wingers who should be in the top 6. In the end AV will move guys around for a couple months and the chemistry that develops will decide who plays with who.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name. I'm reserving judgment on Step for now. After his slow start due to the hold out he brought his production to nearly a point a game. He's 24 and I don't think his hand speed is as terrible as you stated. What he does have is good vision of the game, low mistake percentage and smart low risk style play. It kind of grounds the AV system which can lean toward high risk, high reward. If you look at Step as a player, not overly impressive but as a part of the whole of this team his value is high IMO. Of course that does not mean we get complacent and stop investigating upgrades at our center position as you aptly state. I think Slats was pretty crafty with the Brass signing. I noticed Mr. Tight Wad did not blink and signed him on the high end of the compromise so he has a reason for locking him up long term rather than risking loss to free agency. I'd say this can work both ways. Lock in a younger 2nd tier center who seems to be improving while also having a trade chip if the right deal comes up. If he did not make Brass the offer his 1 year arbitration would make his trade value shit. As I understand it there is a limited NMC which I think means he has the right to list some teams he could be traded to. My guess is the intention is to keep him at least for now but as a GM it's nice to have that chip.
3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I wouldn't say blind optimism - perhaps near sightedness but I'm a fan so I'm allowed. It's more an age thing with Step and he shot himself in the foot last season by holding out and playing behind the 8 ball most season. One season older and better in my opinion and the team is now in sync with the coach. Season prior his hallmart was he made his wingers better. I agree a proven number 1 center would be better but where? Staal? How much do you want to change the chemistry of this team that came so close for a proven #1 center. Brass was our #2 center. Richey #3. He had good games and clutch goals but the wheels weren't there and at the end of the day he brought down his line mates. Young blood in the 3 hole will be an upgrade I think. All conjecture and chemistry is King and character trumps. Slats isn't done yet. We'll see
3 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Haha. What color are Tanner's eyes?
He was 2nd line center ( for the most consistent line on the team) for a team that fell only 3 games short of winning the cup.
Hayes yes, Thornton uh, I hope not. He's been less productive than Step and is 34. Unless you're looking for more strength up the middle don't see why you'd want him?
Car-bomb unlikely due to friction with AV. Too bad. He proved he can play. Big deal still coming? Personally not too worried if we stand pat with only minor changes. Step is young and though unimpressive at the end of the day puts up nice numbers. I think he'll have a good season. Brass will be better too. Character of this club is enough to overcome the lesser weaknesses I believe. This is a good hockey club.
Honestly a little higher than I expected. I predicted a 4.7 per cap hit for 5 years. Still happy they got this done. Unless he got a NMC or NTC he could get moved as part of a big trade. He earned my respect last playoffs especially the Pittsburgh series, prior I was still a bit skeptical and even though the numbers may not show it I thought he broke out and came into his own last season (Gravey :) ) and helped Zucc out, and vice versa. His years in the NHL is the only reason he's a higher value than Zucc though Zucc is the better player (IMO) for those wondering why he's getting paid much more + the fact he would be eligeable for UFA next season wherea Zucc wouldn't be.
4 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
A "C" on the Jersey can weigh down a young player. I prefer to wait till a guy's game has fully matured before giving him that added responsibility. That's why I think MSL would be perfect. We know it would only be for 2 years, 3 tops and Then a more seasoned McD will come in. Just my general rule of thumb thought here. Every player handles added responsibility differently.
5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
What? You're advocating shared captaincy? That will never work.... Oh wait, we made it to the finals. How dare you think outside the box on this blog!!! :)
They may have had prior commitments or valid reasons for not being there. I wouldn't place too much judgment on that.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm thinking they settle on 4.7 per or there abouts. In today's market I would consider that fair. Let's not forget about his playoff performance and the masterful job he did frustrating Sid up front while McD and Co. Shut him down down low. It's fair IMHO. I hope Slats opens his purse a bit more and pays for this skilled 2nd tier center.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hey BApple. Great minds do think alike. I posted quickly below for MSL and why. It seems to me like the obvious choice despite some of the objections of his lack of longevity here but we'll see what management has to say. I'd be joining the debate but I'm at Lily Dale now with my son (a place in Western NY I teach, take classes and offer spiritual service) and am quite busy. Nice posts tough from you and lots of my brother and sister Rangers tribe. Rock on!
5 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Captainship is about experience. You want the guy who's been there and done that, who knows the ins and outs of this league and who's already hoisted a cup. You've got to give it to St.Louis even if it's only a one season stint. Then when he's ready to hang 'em up after a year or 2 McD or Zucc will be ready depending upon which of these young leaders shows more ability to serve in that role.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
That's my dog!!
I'm not disagreeing but onestly if Nash needs a better center than what we have in our team now to break out he ain't worth his upper echelon salary. Chemistry is everything in this game yes but this guy has the skills, size and tools to break 40 goals with my grandma centering him, and granny.... God rest her soul (lol). Gabby netted 41 with Artie as his pivot, much of his goals deflection and garbage from the dirty areas but as soon as he had shoulder surgery and production dropped he was dubbed "perimeter player" and trade his ass now.. Jeez, some fans make my head spin. Nash also coming off injury can break out with slow but steady Step and the speedster bulldog Kreids creating space and opportunity. His brain hopefully healed. Timing restored, confidence and determination on his side, all up to his heart. Oh wait, this thread is about Brass and Carcillo. Nevermind...
Brass can get his 5.2 and find himself traded or take a shorter deal at maybe 4.8 and test the market later . IDK, I just hope they get it done. He had a good season here with Zucc. Carcillo and AV butt heads. That's we we got broken glass. Would be great to have him back but don't think so.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Perhaps I'm mistaken then if you're sure of that stat. So we're talking about a big 8 points then. I actually agree with you Greg but in this market today his asking price is within 500K if his value I would estimate. Kane is 22 btw so that is a poor comparison. Anyway given the cap and the fact his numbers are less than spectacular im hoping he'll settle for something under 5 per.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
You and me both 2020, I must say I wasted way too many hours arguing with the naysayers here who insisted he would disappear in more physical contest. Truth is people only remember goals and forget all the setups his teammates missed because they had never seen passes like that before. I knew his heart and guile would overcome the physical disadvantage of size and he'd figure out this league. Now let's hope we're both right and he finds that elite level he appears to be approaching.
In circa 2014 - NHL. I don't like it or agree but it is what it is
Didn't get on so well with AV. I doubt it.
That is what MSL makes so I don't see the impact in signing the RFAs this season. Next year though is a different story when he either takes a pay cut or retires
I like the midget line with the creative brass and Zucc and the scoring touch of MSL. Nash is a whole different type of scorer who theoretically should find his groove with the speedster bulldog Kreider creating the space for his type of game and the steady 2 way Step
He had 55 pts. Or something like that a few years ago with CBJ
Well you got me there Gravey, still you can have a decent +\_ on a horrid team but yeah, point taken. Sometimes it's hard to validate impressions on players with stats but he seems more responsible and mature as a player from what I remember, especially in the playoffs and hopefully they'll keep him at a fair price.
Please explain Genetics how a 30 year old is "aging" and how that compares with the 39 yr. old MSL? Also there are subtleties in big trades like for example MStaal is entering into the last year of his contract en route to being a UFA and that effects his value over someone say of equal measure but has 3 years left on his. Personally in spite of the need for a dominating center I'd be leery about making a deal for Staal depending upon if course the asking price.
Sadly that's not out if bounds in today's market. Is he worth it? Most would say no but it is what it is
Zucc has both more talent and heart than Brassard - sorry to disagree with you skilmartin but that seems glaringly obvious to me and in fact Zucc's skills can be argued into " world class". Having said that both Brassard's heart and skills are none too shabby and he showed me something in the Puttsburgh series and shut me up when I yelled at the TV "what the hell is he doing playing against the Crosby line
His plus minus was horrendous in Columbys and most of his production was on the PP. Though the numbers are similar his game has matured in NY and has come into his own as a complete player and asset but I would agree that he's not worth 5.5
2.4 for 2 years for Kreids was the latest Worlds prediction. Phew. They made me sweat that one out.
Because Mr. Gravey he was under whelming in his years in Columbus despite being a hot prospect and put together a solid season here, not just offensively but in the defensive end as well. If you don't believe that just ask Mr. Crosby
I would agree with that.
Brass has come into his own here and has shown why he was considered a top prospect and plays a solid 2 way game. 5.5 is too high and I hope this figure is just his negotiating tool and we can settle this at under 5
Hey Hockey Guy. You know something the rest of us don't? From my understanding cap increase will be determined after next post season depending on revenue. Anyway no we're not going to be able to keep all those players. It will be interesting to see how the GM handles it all.
To quote Brett Denning "That's my Dog" that was actually my prediction money wise though thought it would be a 2 year. Anyhoo he wants to be a Ranger. He's shown willingness to work with Slats. I have no doubt they'll get it done.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
They can't just settle on 2.4 when Zucc signed for 3.5? Are they fucking kidding me?
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Just amount of time in the big leagues is my guess
What are they worth?
Only $600,000 difference. Got to love it - wish I made only $600 000 this year. Gonna settle at 3.4 before hearing, probably 2 years. Here's another one I wish we could get in contract for a long time.
One ticket if you don't want to get altitude sickness
Anyone still think he disappears in physical games and playoffs :). I though not. Really need to lock him in for many years. Freakin cap!
If you can consistently shut down the top scorers in the league and put up at least average numbers, both if which which Staal can do if he can avoid further injury and returns to 100% he can command 6.5 per. I get that these are big ifs and 5.5-6 would be more realistic I suppose unless as I said he can bring his game to what we all hoped he would be.
@Purinton (Mouth open. Vacant expression on face)
Staal could command 6.5 per come FA time if he's 100% next year.