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Duclair put up 50 & 99 pts in 55 & 59 games in the QMJHL, 7 points in 18 games in the NHL.

Jonathan Drouin put up 105 & 108 pts in 49 & 46 games in the QMJHL, 26 pts in 54 games in the NHL.


Why do people feel Duclair is a lock to be a top NHL player?  Kevin Hayes has more points than Drouin.  Duclair MAY turn out to be a good player.  Yandle IS an all-star player.  No brainer.

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @DP_Snotty Stop it!! I hate that almost as much as the draft of Huge Specimen.  Actually, that trade probably hurt the franchise more!

14 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@4tonynoluck Sláinte!

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All the talk about AZ and how bright the future is.  I wonder how Shane Doan feels about the fact that he will never sniff a Cup.

I'm loving this trade more and more every day.  Yandle should be a monster with this team! 

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@Chris M Whoclair?

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@Better Call CK If MDZ didn't turn out to be a head case or John Moore progressed AT ALL, they don't make this trade.  This team has not had a legit puck-moving d-man since #2 roamed the blue line.  Now they have one and he's 28.  You can have all the talented forwards in the world, if there's nobody to get them the puck from the D zone they won't score much at all.  Top defenseman scoring the past 6 seasons...Karlsson--Keith--Webber--Yandle...and only Karlsson is younger.  I do that trade in a heartbeat every time for this team.

18 hours, 35 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@dsclaw88 Or they may be the Oilers (Eberle, RNH, Hall, etc.).

18 hours, 42 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name That's racist.

18 hours, 43 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @gravey94 @4tonynoluck Both parents grew up there...but I will neither confirm nor deny that they were involved in that hooliganism!

1 day, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@nasoov No, it means Zucc has a maintenance day so Glass has to skate in his spot.  Sounds like the 3rd line will be kept together and Glass will come out for Sheppard.

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@4tonynoluck Careful, kids pee on it at night to watch the tourists the next day.  Have fun!

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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A possession speed team that made it to the SCF without a true puck-moving D man or a lot of grit.  Now they have 2 of those D-men, and maybe a little grit in Sheppard, in addition to a goal scoring machine in Nash, a growing Stepan, a well rested Hank, and a team that is 5 points away from being the best in the league, while playing 2 fewer games...Sorry for the enthusiasm, but EVERYONE should be very excited right now!!!  All this and the Rangers basically gave up a player with "potential" top 6 skills who the Rangers drafted behind 2 other kids (never mind that the other 29 teams passed on him) and a talented D man that just can't find him game (hmmm, now where have I heard that before).  This is much different than 1994 when they DID mortgage the future (Amonte, Weight, Gartner, Turcotte, Marchant, Patrick) to get bigger for a run THAT year.  VERY exciting times indeed!!!

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G JD always told it like it was.  Keith Hernandez tells it like it is.  I was just wondering if this guy is cut in that mold or the typical homer mold.  I've never heard him or know anything about him.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Better Call CK @gravey94 It's not about stability, it's about the agent being able to exact leverage on the team.  Boras does that by somehow always making it seem that a big market winning team is in the mix to give a giant long-term deal.  Hockey agents NEVER do that.  Perhaps the cap makes it more difficult to do so, but I bet someone like Boras would find a way.  If the agent went to Sather and said "eff off, the Devils or Islanders are more than willing to pay Zucc $5.5 for 7 years, I'll take my chances" do you really think Sather would have good, nice knowing you?  I doubt it.  That would take agent balls, and no NHL agent has them.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Does anyone know anything about the Wolfpack Play by play guy, meaning is he a Rangers' homer or do his opinions really matter?  I've seen a bunch a quotes from him about these guys and others in the AHL and they are pretty flattering.  Just not sure of they are fluff or legit. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Better Call CK Hockey doesn't have a Scott Boras.  If it did, EVERY player would have him as their agent because he never loses at chicken.  Zucc's agent tried to strong arm Sather with a broken shoulder, elbow, and wrist.  If the past is any indication, Stepan's will do the same.  Career path alert...if you are a ballsy agent who's able to convince his clients to stay tough, you can make a fortune in the NHL!!!

2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@the destroyer of worlds I'd say there's no call for that here, but I have no idea what THAT is, so carry on.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JoeyKocur I think the Klingbergs was a failed ABC sitcom.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Bleed_the_freak What exactly is that blonde getting ready to put in her mouth at the bottom of that screen shot?

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@LEGORangerz He fell into a whiskey bottle and Neill took over.  The circumstances are under question however.  The rumor is he was pushed!

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@dsclaw88 @gravey94 @Bleed_the_freak Glass and Stamkos are a wash on the money, aren't they?

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@Bleed_the_freak  @gravey94 Too much.  Those 1st round picks are guaranteed superstars...you know nothing about hockey.

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@Better Call CK Can't wait to see him on the PP!

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@johnnyb3910 @gravey94 @KevinMccarthy Agreed.  Speaking of Miller, I think it speaks volumes that it was Duclair and not Miller going the other way.  Maloney wanted a top 6 player.  I'd bet they would have accepted Miller, but Sather and AV didn't include him.  I think he may finally be getting his shot!

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@AnnoyingJoe So is that container on his head now just a giant cigar instead of needing one on his mouth all the time?

2 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name Our savior!!

2 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@dcmullets1 @NH_NYR_88 He retired.  Neill took over the blog just to keep it running.  There's not as much content posted, but still a bunch of chatter.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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BTW, Proteau at the Hockey News thinks Sather mortgaged the future to get Yandle.  So that pretty much confirms this was an awesome trade and that the Rangers will now be a dynasty!

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@betweentheworlds Gotta think the $5.5M rumor was his agent doing his job.  Zucc probably felt $4.5M was fair (as it is) and told his agent "if you trade me, first I will destroy and humiliate you physically, then I will fire your ass and not give you a cent!"  A Ranger for 4 years earning $18M with legit shots at bringing Lord Stanley's chalice to a place it's never seen?  He would take over the throne of Asgard if he brings the Cup to Norway.  Who wouldn't want that!

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@KevinMccarthy Domi and Duke were pretty special in the WJCs.  Maloney's probably banking on that translating to the NHL.  But, as Edmonton shows, it's not always about talent.  I honestly don't know that Sather trades Duke if he's as good as everyone on this blog thinks.  Something tells me there's a fatal flaw in his game that none of us know anything about.  If he was the 2nd coming of #99 or even the cry baby, no way Sather trades him.  The NHL highway is filled with carcasses of "cant miss" prospects or "NHL-ready" prospects.  If Duke was so NHL-ready, he would not have played in the WJCs, he would be at MSG.  7 points in 18 games doesn't scream superstar to me.  An offensive D-man who is top 10 4 of the past 5 years...yes please.

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@Better Call CK @gravey94 Probably, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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Sharks and Oilers have goalie issues.  I wonder if Sather would try to pawn off Glass and one of the young goalies to recoup some of the picks he traded?  Just a thought. 

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Petry to MTL.  Looks like Eastern Conference contenders are all trying to shore up their D.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@NH_NYR_88 Twitter is faster for that anyway!  Kevin had to put down his scotch to type

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@Better Call CK Reports are that's a bogus rumor.

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@johnnyb3910 Missing a month and a half is a lot different than having off and being on vacation for 3 months.  Hank may be a bit rusty for the first few games, but he'll find his groove more quickly than he does at the start of the season.

On the D, they have 4 defensemen that can play D and 2 that are offensive minded.  If they wanted to keep Staal and Klein together, they could split G and McDonagh.  I doubt they do that.  My guess is they try something like McDonagh-Girardi, Staal-Yandle, Klein-Boyle.  Then on the PP, I could see Yandle and Boyle together at the point. Should be pretty potent! 

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@Medvjed004 No news, but there's no way Sather trades for Yandle if he doesn't KNOW that Hank is close.  He's not going to risk an all-out Cup run with Talbot in net.

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@joksekim80 I think it means if the Rangers missed the playoffs this year, AZ would not get their 1st rounder this year because the Rangers pick would then be a lottery pick and nobody's willing to take that chance with MacDavid and Eichel.  So AZ would get the Rangers' 1st in 2016 instead.

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Hey Yankees, you can take you trophies and shove them up your ass!

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@kevin11 Buchnevich, Skjei, Graves, Tambellini, Miller, Hayes, Haggerty, Skapski, Halverson, Shesterskin.  Far from the bottom.

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@supermaz AZ is picking up 1/2 the tab.

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@Hotfreak @Say my Name He better be Coffey, because we apparently traded the next Gretzky.

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@Say my Name Free Yandle!

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@dylonergan @gravey94 @Hotfreak Can you take over Capgeek?  I miss it.

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@Hotfreak No.  Capgeek retired.  I don't even think the NHL keeps track of the numbers anymore.

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@Bleed_the_freak  @gravey94 Those picks were "Philler"

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