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At the end of AV's presser, someone asks him about Tokarski starting, and AV said they had an inclination that he would start as if they knew last night. I wonder what his source was.


Overall, great game though. After surviving that initial surge we basically prevented any sustained offensive pressure from the Habs, less a few minutes here and there. Now, let's win this next one.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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One of my favorite parts of this game was watching Girardi get physical with the Flyers forwards.  He's a big boy and can use his weight when he needs to, but tonight he was punishing guys to the point he probably could have gotten called once or twice.  I love it, and I hope he brings that to the game on Sunday.

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Why don't we just try and negotiate with Cally in the offseason?  It would be the same thing as if we had traded for a loaner at the deadline for a playoff push. I know we might be leaving value on the table if he ends up leaving, but I bet he'd realize no one is giving him 7yrs @ 6M.     

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Avalanche 1

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black friday fire sale of this team, please

1 year ago on Rangers @ Bruins (Game 26)

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@mjn023 @danblackburn yeah, ill take a lap on that one

1 year ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1

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@DominicSanchez I'm a rangers fan, I've been drawing on my "glass half full" reserves for so long, they are almost empty

1 year ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1

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Anyone catch Kreider going to fight marchand after that hit on zucc?  Literally was on the bench and got back on the ice to give him a shove.  

Kreider is not the physical presence the rangers deserve, but the physical presence the rangers need. (insert James Gordon voice)

1 year ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1

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@NYR44  @danblackburn a few amazing saves, very solid rebound control, and he made a serious difference with handling the puck.  In my book, that's one hell of a game.

1 year ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 21)

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I can't complain about their play tonight, rask was unbelievable

1 year ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 21)

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@NYR44  We need mash to smash those who bash nash... and get cash

Sorry, couldn't help myself

1 year ago on Mashinter Assigned to Hartford

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I might be reading too much into it, but does it feel like everything Hank is doing is indicating that he's tired of this team?  I mean, between his reaction to that goal (rightfully frustrated, but still) to him always pointing out that our offense sucks in postgame interviews, I feel like he's completely disenchanted with this organization.  Maybe I'm just paranoid, but if I were a betting man, I wouldn't put money on him staying.

1 year, 1 month ago on Kings 1, Rangers 0

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"Big physical defenseman who can skate, has the potential to be a shut down guy, and can fight... please don't sign this guy."

-Michael Del Zotto


1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers Intersted in Suellentrop

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Any move we could make for a true enforcer?  I'm talking about a fourth liner who will end any guy who takes a cheap shot at nash once he comes back.  I never thought it'd be necessary for a big man like Nash, but concussions have a cumulative effect (ask Eric Lindros about it), and I want every player in the league to know that if you go at his head, you're going to get a worse punishment than anything Shanaban is going to throw around.  Kreider clearly will stand up for teammates and that will encourage others to do the same, but I would sacrifice a roster spot for a man who's job it is to Ivan Drago v Clubber Lang anyone who goes after our superstar.  

1 year, 1 month ago on Nash Skates Again; Moore Eases Into Contact; No Pyatt

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@CinciMike As I said last night, good for kreider for standing up for a teammate, but I hope upshall doesn't retaliate when they play each other in florida (nov 27)

1 year, 1 month ago on Kreider Stands Up for Stepan With Crosscheck; Won't be Suspended

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I didn't see the kreider crosscheck (if anyone can provide a video, please let me know), so it might not be fair for me to comment, but haven't we been talking and talking about how we need players to stand up for one another on this team?  Yes, it might not be the right time to be doing it, and crosschecking isn't the way to be handling business, but at least he's sending a message to the guys on the other bench.  

1 year, 1 month ago on Final: Rangers 4, Panthers 3

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@sureshore True, but at the same time, I'd pay Emrick to announce my life for a day.  Things would be a lot more exciting.

1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers Romp Penguins 5-1

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@genetics73 @AveryYesBettmanNo I don't think there's anything wrong with saying that Boyle doesn't use his size enough.  A big man like that should be a major concern for goalies when he's crashing to the net and for defenders when they're chasing pucks down in their own zone.  Unfortunately, he hasn't developed that part of his game.  That being said, he does most other things well (besides skate fast) and is definitely a key part of the team's success.  

1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers Romp Penguins 5-1

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@shoot_the_goalie @Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane What about Nash and a third round pick?  This might be a complete moonshot, but it would open up cap room even after you give him a pay raise.

1 year, 1 month ago on Injury Update: Hagelin Hopes to Play Tmrw; Cally Skates Again; No News on Nash

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@johnnyb3910 @Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane @Jercooks845 those first couple games last year gave me so much hope, too.  I mean he wasn't lighting it up, but he was such a presence on the ice.  Whenever he decided he was taking it to the net, he got there.  It just wasn't the same after the Lucic hit.  Just less battling in the corners, didn't really cut to the center of the ice as much, he just looked like a guy with good hands and not much else.  With his frame and hands, he needs to be driving to the net whenever he's one on one, but I'm not sure if he's capable of that anymore.

1 year, 1 month ago on Injury Update: Hagelin Hopes to Play Tmrw; Cally Skates Again; No News on Nash

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What do you think Cally's salary is if he has a solid, not stellar season from a points perspective.  For the sake of argument saying they don't make the finals, as key players always get more money after a cup win or finals appearance.  So if he has a 60-70 point season, and does the stuff he always does (blocks shots, leads the club, etc), what kind of price tag is on him?  

1 year, 4 months ago on Callahan Says Shoulder Recovery Could Dip Into Season; No Extension Talk

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That was a really pleasant interview, and I agree that Torts is generally a good guy, but I feel like they went easy on him with the questions.  They should have taken him to task on the powerplay, talked more about how he sees his style of hockey in a faster NHL, and discussed the Hagelin comments in the playoffs.  I dont just want Torts flipping out in the interview, I just would love to hear him answer some tough questions.

1 year, 5 months ago on Audio: Torts on Clashing With Sather; Relationship With Hank & More

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@mdspwt Totally agree with the big slapshots. Maybe it's because we lost so many games to teams with big shots on the point, but it's a glaring hole in our offense.

Hadn't really thought about Marty B, and I think you make a decent point.  However, I don't think it falls into the "most pressing issues" category.  I think it would be a worthwhile move if you could get someone better at the same price we're paying him or someone equal at a lower price.  If Hank resigns (the scariest "if" out there) he is going to be eating up major cap space.  That's my only concern about upgrading at the backup position, but if the numbers work, I agree.

1 year, 6 months ago on Who Are The Initial Candidates To Replace John Tortorella?

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Found a pretty in-depth article on Dallas Eakins from a Canucks blog.  Someone might have posted it already, but I'm not reading through 199 comments to check (sorry).  

http://canucksarmy.com/2013/5/28/coaching-candidate-profiles-dallas-eakins

Sounds like a solid candidate, though it's concerning that his team has struggled on the powerplay.  However, it also mentioned that he relies on his assistants, and if they brought in a powerplay specialist with him, it could be an solid combination.

My bet is Sather will go with an established name.  He'll take a stab at Tippet, though I don't think it will work.  Vigneault or Ruff will probably get the job.  With Hank talking as if he's on the fence, they probably want to bring in a guy with a proven track record rather than take a risk on a young talent.

Personally, I'd rather see a guy like Eakins get the job.  It sounds like his players enjoy playing for him, and he's got a reputation for developing young talent.  I'd say try to snag him as an assistant, but from the sounds of it, he's going to get a head coaching job next year.

1 year, 6 months ago on Who Are The Initial Candidates To Replace John Tortorella?

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@Wallace1 Here's my issue with trading Del Zotto.  I have two concerns:

1) Who's going to take him?  Is it just Rangers fans that think he sucks?

2) Are we going to trade him away and suddenly watch him become real threat?

Regardless, I'm fine letting him go if we can get some value for him.

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers 1, Bruins 3

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So what's on everyone's summer wish lists?  I'm talking what you want, not what you want to see go.  Personally, I'd love to see a real offensive defenseman, an older and inexpensive 3rd/4th line center, and a true enforcer.  I really don't want much more else.  The last thing I want is for Sather to go into free agency trying to make a splash.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers 1, Bruins 3

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@garhowe45 Some of it is on the players, too, but I think it's time to see this teams ability under a different system.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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I dont always sign players to retarded contracts

(Insert most interesting man here)

But when I do, I'm forced to buy out those contracts a few years later.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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@NYRfanInNC @danblackburn Good point, he would probably have a press conference about it and tell no one what is wrong with beating your dog. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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@NYRfanInNC Torts would be pissed.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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the only thing I can say is that the Kings/Sharks is a lot more fun to watch.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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That was depressing.  Wish I had something better to say.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)

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I love that you include the link to the opponent blog.  It makes me appreciate this site even more.  Let's go Rangers!

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers @ Capitals (Game 5)

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@ThrSage @danblackburn I do agree with you and @KevinDeLury that the Rangers have had a lot of career ending injuries to young, potential impact players.  However, none of them were guaranteed to pan out.  As my handle on this site would suggest, I was a big Dan Blackburn fan and hated seeing his career cut short, and there's a lot of players I would have loved to see playing in the big show. 

I'm sure having a few of the players we've lost would be beneficial, but we've also had some pleasant surprises along the way.  Our captain is a 4th round draft pick.  Hagelin's a sixth rounder and he's been key to the last two wins.  Henrik, the backbone of this team was drafted in the seventh.  Girardi was undrafted. 

So I think the question is have these loses left the Rangers unable to compete?  I don't think so.  It helps when your GM will go shopping for big talent, but the core of the Rangers which came up through the system is solid.  Obviously, I might be singing a different tune if they lose this series, but I don't think they will.  If the players we have available start clicking, and Torts trusts the whole team, I think they could make a run.   

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Out for Game 5, Maybe Series

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@ThrSage @gravey94 @danblackburnYou're not going to see him playing well until Torts gives him some playing time.  14 minutes in game two is respectable, but it's hard for a defensman to prove himself in 9 minutes like he had in game one.  I'm not saying Eminger should be pulling 20+ minutes, but I think he would perform better with regular shifts.

Maybe I get a little caught up in the "minutes equates to performance" mantra, but giving support players more playing time should benefit their performance, and it gives our better players a little more rest.  This series is going at least six games, and I hope we have a lot more hockey to play after.  If that's the case, we need fresh legs, and playing a full roster is key to that.    

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Out for Game 5, Maybe Series

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I'd rather Staal sit this playoffs out than cause more injury to his eye or another concussion.  We just have to accept the fact that he's not playing and work with what we have.  Steve Eminger can play if he's not pulled from the game after his first mistake.  Try going out and playing well when you know that your first error will be your last.  

The way Torts wants his teams to play is going to lead to injuries, so we need a roster of players that can go out and handle playoff hockey.  That's never going to be the case if Torts keeps benching players after one mistake.  

As for being jinxed, every team has injuries and players not panning out.  Cherepanov died almost five years ago.  That one you have to let go.   

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Out for Game 5, Maybe Series

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@Betweentheworlds @danblackburnIt amazes me he didn't make any adjustments after the first Caps powerplay.  I was jumping with joy when I saw Washington consistently going to Ribiero with Ovi frozen on the opposite side possession after possession.  I'd love to see more of it, but you couldn't watch that game tape and not realize the Rangers have that look figured out.

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Doesn't Practice; Clowe Skates; Kreider, Newbury to Travel to DC?

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@DPSnotty @ThrSage @Josh6Well said.  Torts has to give these guys a chance to play because exhausted starters aren't going to hold up through the playoffs.  Eminger is a solid defenseman, but as all defensmen do, he's going to make the wrong read here and there.  It's just unfortunate that he had to make the wrong read on the same play Del Zotto decided to "revolutionize" 2 on 1 coverage.

On top of Del Zotto deserving flack on the play that put Eminger on the pine, Richards should hear about it.  Del Zotto gets beat, but he gets beat leaving Ward with no angle and a relatively easy save for Henrik.  If Richards does what Del Zotto called for him to do and stays on Perrault, there's probably not a goal there.

Overall, it was a mental lapse by the Rangers and Torts decided someone needed to be punished.  Unfortunately, decisions like that hurts the whole team as everyone else has to eat Eminger's minutes.

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Doesn't Practice; Clowe Skates; Kreider, Newbury to Travel to DC?

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I'm curious to see what Washington does on their powerplay next game.  You have to assume Oates is going to change things up after last game.  Clearly Ribeiro quarterbacking from the sideboards is not working, and I think Torts deserves credit for that adjustment.  

Ovi was basically taken out of the equation on the powerplay and Mike Green was having trouble getting pucks around Boyle.  I think they'll start trying to start the puck with Ovi, bring someone into the crease, and have Ribeiro and Green moving around trying to create space.  

I loved what the Rangers did on the kill the past two games, but they are going to have to be ready for an adjustment by the Caps in game five.  A good coach, which I think Oates is, won't let his best player be taken out of the equation on a man advantage.

Also, maybe I'm oversimplifying it, but does Ovi just suck at the Garden?  It's like all the taunting and jeering gets to him and he floats around the ice all game.  Step's goal is exhibit A, and I love that Gif of the play.    

1 year, 7 months ago on Staal Doesn't Practice; Clowe Skates; Kreider, Newbury to Travel to DC?

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As for Nash, I think some credit has to be given to Washington for playing him well.  Any time it has looked like he might be creating some room to work, the Caps have been getting another defender on him and shutting him down.  

Oates hasn't given him the level of match up treatment Torts has put on Ovi, but I think the attention he has garnered from Washington is a big part of the reason he hasn't been dominant.

Regardless, we need more from him to make a playoff run. He has to shake some defenders, get the puck in open ice, and drive to the net like no one but Rick Nash can.  The assist he had on Step's goal in game three was nice, but that's not enough for a player of his caliber.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3

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It's hard to criticize Hank for anything, but I think it's generally accepted that if you're going to beat the King, you're going to beat him with traffic.  He's plays the angles on point shots conservatively which gives him a better chance on rebounds, but it also means if you find a corner and he doesn't have time to track it down, you can sneak one in.  It's one of the reasons I haven't loved Torts strategy of collapsing the wingers and letting these Caps defensemen rip shots: giving up the fluke-prone point shot takes away the advantage you have with a Vezina winner in net.  

That being said, Henrik Lundqvist is the reason this team made the playoffs and will be the reason they make a run if they do.  If he can see the puck coming, he's not getting beat; and he's not weak off the screen, he's just not strongest there.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3

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This whole one-liner response to questions Torts doesn't like is so old.  When your team is struggling like it is, you should be answering questions that the media and the fans want answered.  

There's nothing to hide. everyone knows Tort's system and clearly he's not changing it.  When you're making the kind of money an NHL coach is making, part of the deal is you deal with the media. You don't need to give away the game plan to respectfully respond to the questions he's being asked.

This isn't as important as what goes on during the game, but the disdain with which he carries these press-conferences is obnoxious.  Obviously, this isn't a problem if your team is playing like champions, but right now the Rangers are not and some questions should be answered.

1 year, 7 months ago on Torts: Rangers Power Play Was Paralyzed

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I'm trying to imagine Ryan Clowe as this shining knight who comes in and turns things around for the Rangers, but I am having trouble seeing it.  Some grit from our forwards would be nice, but he can't be out there every shift.  Sorry, the way Torts is running his lines he might just be out there every shift. 

If you want to see the bottom lines have an impact, they're going to have to play double digit minutes.  It might not show up on the stat sheet, but two extra minutes is two shifts of rest for our top players which could make a difference in the third period.  

And I want to say put Kreider in the lineup, but Torts would play him for five minutes and wonder why he didn't score (for those playing the home game, it's because Torts plays him five minutes a game).

1 year, 7 months ago on Clowe Practices in Regular Jersey

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@Betweentheworlds @danblackburnPersonally, I thought Gryba threw a clean hit.  He put his shoulder down, and caught Eller in the chest.  Now, the argument could be made that he caught Eller in the head, but I think Player Safety was reaching when they determined Eller's head to be "the principal point of contact."  

The process is to determine if the hit was illegal, then to consider injury.  I think Player Safety flipped the process around on this one.

I hope hits such as the one on Eller don't happen, but I don't think you could remove them from hockey without drastically changing the game for the worse.  Slamming a guy into the boards from behind, on the other hand, has no place in hockey, and should warrant a suspension.

1 year, 7 months ago on This Is Why Tortorella Hates the Press

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@craig_atherton Completely agree with your thoughts here.  It was mentioned earlier on this blog how the support players aren't scoring.  When they're getting less than 10 minutes of ice time a game, it's going to be hard for them to do that.  

It's a self-fulfilling prophecy by Torts: Torts doesn't think they can play so he limits their ice time, they know Torts doesn't trust them so they don't want to make a mistake, they play tight trying not to make any mistakes, they under perform, Torts is confirmed in his belief that they cannot play.

See I would love to see players like Asham, Pyatt, and Powe lining up against Ovi.  Just grind that line down, put the body on the Cap's better players, and if you can get a goal with them, it's going to rally the whole team.  Asham might be a grinder, but he has also shown here and there that he has a wicked shot.

And of course, I would much rather have a fresh Rick Nash in the third period than an exhausted one because Torts rotated his first two lines the whole game. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Why Was McDonagh's Fateful Final Shift 3 Minutes & 4 Seconds Long?

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Is it just me or should more people be talking about Erat's hit on Zuccarello in the second period?  Those are the kind of dangerous hits that get players paralyzed.  Erat clearly saw the numbers, continued, and sent Zucs flying headfirst into the boards.  However, Zucs got up and only a two minute penalty is called.  Of course, no further action.  Who cares! Zuccarello is fine, right?  

On the other hand, Eric Gryba makes a hard, clean hit in the open ice and gets a two game suspension because the result was less aesthetically pleasing.  We don't want the fans seeing that, do we Gary?  He should be punished because Lars Eller's teammate gave him a buddy pass through the middle of the zone.   

If the NHL is serious about player safety, the benchmark for suspension shouldn't be if the guy is carried off on a stretcher.  A hit like the one on Zucs last night could have much worse lasting effects than a hard open ice hit in the middle.  Fortunately it did not, but it's just a matter of time before one of the league's stars is rolling around in a wheelchair because plays like that are ignored. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Forget About Ovechkin, Someone Get a Body on Chimera

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Is it just me or should more people be talking about Erat's hit on Zuccarello in the second period?  Those are the kind of dangerous hits that get players paralyzed.  Erat clearly saw the numbers, continued, and sent Zucs flying headfirst into the boards.  However, Zucs got up and only a two minute penalty is called.  Of course, no further action.  Who cares! Zuccarello is fine, right?  

On the other hand, Eric Gryba makes a hard, clean hit in the open ice and gets a two game suspension because the result was less aesthetically pleasing.  We don't want the fans seeing that, do we Gary?  He should be punished because Lars Eller's teammate gave him a buddy pass through the middle of the zone.   

If the NHL is serious about player safety, the benchmark for suspension shouldn't be if the guy is carried off on a stretcher.  A hit like the one on Zucs last night could have much worse lasting effects than a hard open ice hit in the middle.  Fortunately it did not, but it's just a matter of time before one of the league's stars is rolling around in a wheelchair because plays like that are ignored. 

1 year, 7 months ago on This Is Why Tortorella Hates the Press

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I hate this so much.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers to Win Cup According to EA Sports

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 @greggray24  @GiveGartneraCup  @AG_Blue  @Dudeinski Also, I hope habs/toronto happens.  Habs play some boring hockey, but I'd pay good money to experience the insanity that is the bell center against toronto in the playoffs.  Plus I think Toronto might just pull it off.  I have no reason to think that, I just do.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers 4, Devils 0

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 @HJB91 Glad we're not playing the habs.  They play some boring hockey.  Effective, but boring.  Reminds me of the Devils in the early-2000's.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers 4, Devils 0

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