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@FREE LINDBERG That would be awesome....The final of the 96 World Cup in which the Americans beat the Canadiens was one of the best games I have ever seen. The intensity in the last 10-minutes was like a Game-7 in the Cup Finals. Richter was unbelievable & should make the Hall of Fame on that game alone. A tournament of that nature will be great.
Also as much as you have hyped Lindberg you must be pumped about Lindberg's play in the Traverse City Tournament? I know I am...What I liked the best was seeing him getting his nose dirty by being around the net. He went into the hard areas & scored some goals. You usually don't see Swedes go into those areas. Between Traverse & some Youtube highlights he seems more like a young Tomas Holmstrom or this guy is before your time but Ulf Dahlen who played for the Rangers in the 80's & was traded Mike Gartner. Ahysical guy who uses his strength & hangs around the net.
6 months ago on Stepan to LIkely Miss Start of Camp
@scrangersfan @Melissa (blknblueshirts) I expect a bounce back season as well. I don't think Richards is going to win the Conn Smythe however he does have the nickname Big Game Brad for a reason.
7 months, 1 week ago on Stepan Signing Will Likely Leave Deserving Players Off Roster
Portzlines story is a typical small town paper trying to pump up the fan base crap. Its allso about low expectations, they COMPETED for a playyoff spot so they had a poistive year...big deal.The bottom line is as Kevin stated "it's not like Dubinsky and Anisimov aren't replaceable".
Exactly they are very replaceable. Especially Dubinsky making 4-m a year & scoring what 3-Goals last year? Please here is the other bottom line...despite having a Vezina winning trophy they missed the playoffs.
As for Nash's supposed bad attitude. It is hard for any athlete to perform at his best & keep a poistive attitude after 10-years with a franchise that is as inept at CBJ was. How can u continue to be poitive when you miss the playoffs year after year. I don't care who you are thats an impossible task. Meanwhile I know everyone thinks CBJ is on the rise & all that, who knows maybe they are but if by some miracle they become a Cup winner its not because Dubinsky & Anisimov are driving the bus, they will be support players. Instead it will be because out of all their high picks they had developed several players like Nash or Toews or Chara or superstars.Though I doubt it will ever happen.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on A Year Later Nash Trade Not So Lopsided
I always love the Devs fans who have a persecution complex. For all their success they just can't get past still being #-2 in this area. Instead of basking in their glory they instead focus on what they done't have, which is the number 1-team in the market.
Now Jason Mr. Devils fan since u brought Cups into it, lets have that discussion. Rangers-4 Devils-3. Now I know ur response that was 50 yrs ago blah blah blah. However it's still a fact. It's not our fault u guys were inept for most of your history. The fact are the facts Rangers 4-Cups Devils-3. Here is another fact 25-years from now if the Devs r still here & have not moved when u r arguing about who is better w-say a Jets fan are u going to say we won 3-Cups or are u going to say well we haven't won a Cup in 35 years so they don't count. Don't bother answering cause its rhetorical we both know the answer.
One more fact for ya. The Devs haven't won in 10-years & won't win again for a long long time. The unwritten story is Lamoriello bought those Cups. He also conspired w-the league to get Scott Stevens in that ridiculous arbitration case. The league conspired w-it's favorite son Lamoriello to punish the Blues & if u don't think so then U don't know how corrupt Eagelson was as Union director back then but I digress. He used very few homegrown players. He went out & bought players from other teams just like the Rangers did. Stevens Richer Lemieux Broten Chambers Arnott Malakhov & many more. The difference between the Rangers & Devs is this.....we didn't bankrupt our organization to do it. In the Cap era u have not won a Cup & won't. Lou even tried to cheat a Cap he whined the league needed to win a Cup but in the end that backfired on him.....cause Karma got him.
Now the last think I will say is its over for you guys. Zero Cups in the Cap era & financial disarray. Lou sold his soul to the financial Devil to get those Cups & now it's over & u will be lucky to keep the team in NJ!!!!!
8 months ago on Kovalchuk Retires
The other story here is thatnk god we don't have a strong Russian presence on our team cause these guys are going to start staying in the KHL. They can get paid & be at home.
@shoot_the_goalie @ThrSage You are right but in the Capp era he hasn't put together great team. last years run too finals was a fluke & he had to violate the Cap to do it & they have closed the loopholes. I predict he will be "retired" by the new owners. He is done!!!!
@ifleming @KevinDeLury @johnnyb3910 Remember something under the new Cap teams can offer their players more then any other team. The days of building thru FA is over. In fact no one ever has done it anyway so i am not worried about the Devs signing a bunch of FA'S & re-loading
@mlsranger @dave062069 Jagr is playing cause he needs money!!!!! He has a gambling Jones & has lost a fortune over the years
Mark it down I said it here. Its over for Lou Lamoriello. Don't be surprised if Lamoriello is next to retire. If it doesn't happen soon it will definetly happen in the next year.There are already rumblings. He has financially run that organization into the ground. Because of that Vanderbeeks partners want him out. The only reason he has survived is Vanderbeek is too much of a pussy to fire him & face the fan backlash. Lou runs that organization as if its his own. He spends money they don't have. He has family members in jobs they are not qualified for & used to employ his girlfriend. He quietly got rid of her to appease Vanderbeek but I am telling you he is not long for the Devils organization its coming.....YOU WATCH
@shoot_the_goalie Its different now. The untold story of the Devs is how the supposed small market Devils have spent there way to winning. Pre-Cap they always had one of the highest payrolls. Think how many stars they traded for. The "Lou is frugal" is a myth. He got that rep cause he has traded away some guys. He ttraded not cause of money but cause they violated the one rule u can't violate w-Lou...Publicly criticize HIM!!!! Think about it....They have not won a Cup in the Cap era. Their last was in 2003. Yes they made a run to the Finals in 2011 but they lost & , they circumvented the Cap to sign Kovi & to build that team.
The unwritten story is how Lou in trying to win has bankrupted the franchise TWICE!!!!! He has gotten away with it by 1-buying off certain media members (Brooks) & cause he has won 3-Cups. When u win in this city & kiss the media ass (ie; Brian Cashman) u get away w-anything.
Mark it down I said it here. its over for the Devils & I predict within the next 2-years Lamoriello will be out as team President...YOU WATCH
Kevin, There is nothing shady about this. Lou wanted him back & tried to talk him into coming back. in fact Kovalchuk wanted to retire last year & Lou talked him out of it.
I have told u guys this many times. My friend on the Devs told me & I posted it here that the Russian players see a run to the Finals as a burden. They want to get home as soon as possible. He was speaking of Kovalchuk in particular when he said that. Kovalchuk is real unpopular in that room cause of it. They don't think he is as commitede to winning as they are. I told u guys this before. Now that he is staying in Russia do u guys believe me now?
@KevinDeLury @ifleming @dave062069 You guys are nuts/. They are not offer sheeting Stepan. They don't have their 1st round pick & wouldn't even if they did.
I think the Devils run as a top team is over. They will not make the playoffs this year & u will see a downward spiral. They have lost their 2-top players in Parise & Kovalchuk in the past 2-years. Due to a series of bad drafts they have very little coming thru the farms over the next few years in terms of big time players. They have financial problems. They will struggle for at least a few years. Even their house organ Larry Brooks said BEFORE Kovalchuk retired they were looking like a bottom 5 team next year. Oh & they don't have that 1st round pick cause they lost it in the Kovi signing & stupidly kept their 29th last year & then traded their 9th pick for Schneider.
When u think of what they agve up for Kovi & what they lost cause of the penalties this is bad for them.
I have mentioned before I have a friend who plays for the Devs & from what he has told me in the past its not so stunning. I mentioned this in posts in the past as well. Russian players don't like long playoff runs cause it makes their summers at home shorter. Kovalchuk acted like it was a "burden" on him when the made the run to the Finals cause he wanted to get home. He really irritated alot of his teamates during the Finals cause they saw his lack of production as lack of caring. My friend who never ever criticizes teamates or OPPONENTS (Torts) being the exception to that rule was critical of him. Note Lamoriello's coment that he has had discussions with him for the past year. He wanted to retire last year but Lamoriello laid a guilt trip on him & he came back. Basically every year its a struggle for Kovalchuk to come back from Russia. He really hates leaving. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back in a few months or a year after he misses the game.
8 months ago on MSG Bridges Will Cause Obstructed Views of Scoreboard
@FREE LINDBERG Nervous over what? They signed 2 of the 3 main guys. Stepan is next.
To play out your "worries" What r u worried about? Him getting an offer sheet is not happening. Even he does the Rangers will match but no one will.
However your worry is as baseless as Hank leaving for the Pens.
8 months ago on Rangers Re-Sign Hagelin
@FREE LINDBERG Dude you worry too much. Step will be done soon. He has no leverage no one is gooing to give him an offer sheet the comp is too much 2-1st 2-2nd & a 3rd
@FREE LINDBERG I already explained yesterday that would cost 2-1st rd 2-2nd & 3rd so no one is going to pay that comp.
That back and forth was awesome!!!!
Higher then I thought as well. As for Zuccs I think the Kristo trade makes Zucc a luxury. According to a story at Hockey Buzz we absolutely stole Kristo. The belief among scouts is Kristo is a much better prospect then Thomas. Much more talented the only question mark on him was maturity . Apparently his bout w-frostbite scared him. He almost lost his toes & his career. Also his friendshipw-Ranger players makes him a better fit in Ranger locker room. So Im thinking they r gonna let Zuccs go
Hapy Bday...Kevin!!!! 40? 37? who cares ur still a baby to my 45...lol
As for all of us speculating & expecting a trade keep this in mind. AV has been quoted that & I may have my numbers wrong but something along the lines of 77% of all PP goals are scored w-2 Right handed shots on the ice. We have exactly 2-Right handed Shots in our core right now Cally & Step. Neither has a big shot or is adept at one-timers. 77% is a pretty compelling number. I had no idea what the percentage was but having watched Hockey for almost 40-years I am certain of 1-thing....One of the best PP designs is having a Right Handed shot to the Goalies right. Its sets up for one time shots, cross ice passes, playmaking. Even more so then a Lefty on the Left side. Plus having a Right handed shot on the point allows for crisper movement. 77% of the time is is hard to ignore...So I am sure a trade is coming.
8 months ago on The NY Rangers Blog: An Open Thread