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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Oh yea, forgot about that! You probably had a Graves crush too...you bastard!
6 hours, 57 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kevin, I hate to say it but I think your man crushes make you more of a Delilah than Olivia Munn! First Mashinter is gone, now Carcillo? Don't crush on Kreider, whatever you do!
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@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 @IcyCup I hope you are right. I would like nothing better.
7 hours, 46 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
@IcyCup @gravey94 True. He is young and they do have some great coaching. Plus the deal ins't awful and if Brassard steps it up a notch, this will be a good deal.
19 hours, 28 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
Not in love with the $5M as he hasn't shown that he can take the next step to the 50+ point club in the past 4 years (Worlds ;-)). I don't mind the length, I just think they overpaid for unrealized potential, especially since past production does not indicate future increases. Still, doesn't look like ti will be a terrible deal and I'm glad they're not effin' up last year's team core too much.
22 hours, 27 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
What? No Nash...LOL!
I think it ends up McDonagh with the C, St. Louis and Staal with the A's. What I'd like to see would be McDonagh with the C, Stepan and Zucc with the A's. Give the leadership responsibilities to the future. St. Louis doesn't lead a letter to lead or be looked at as a leader. I'd give an A back to Staal if he signs long term.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I owe a larger than life apology to this guy! I didn't think he had the stones to stick in the NHL when he first came here. Welp, I'll take my crow with a humble pie chaser! Not only can this dude play, he's got the heart of a lion and the loyalty of an elephant. I see no reason why he doesn't get an A on his sweater next season, except for maybe the fact that he's on a 1 year deal. I love the little shit!
4 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
So let me get this straight, according to Uncle Larry, the arbitrator would award Brassard $4.5M based on production that is right in line with the previous 4 years of his career. Yet Sather is closing in on a deal that will pay him about a million $$ more per year. Does anyone else see flawed logic in that? Yea, I know, Brassard would probably get overpaid if he went to UFA next year, but keep in mind that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the UFA center (Staal, Stamkos, Kopitar, Backes, O'Reilly, Kesler, etc.). Having Derek Brassard as the 3rd line center would be awesome! Having Derek Brassard as the 3rd line center making north of $5M per...not so much.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun @gravey94 Never said Jumbo. I'm not a Brassard hater at all. I like the guy, I like what he brings. I just don't think he brings 2nd line center production on a championship team. As far as who to trade for as a #1 center, I have no idea because I have no idea who would actually be available at a price the Rangers could afford. Sather does have a pulse on those things and normally does well. There are 47 other centers who had more production than Brassard last year, so there are other options.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gianni74 @gravey94 @betweentheworlds We have no idea what centers are available. Hell, maybe Stamkos is available because his contract is up in 2 years and he'll get a TON of money. Brassard was 48th among centers last year in scoring. I'm willing to bet that a good portion of the 47 below him will not be making $5.5M and would be available via trade if the right things happened (e.g., team needs to cut cap space, down year, upcoming cheaper prospect, etc.).
@betweentheworlds The Columbus teams he was on when his plus/minus was bad were god awful teams. Larry Robinson would have been a minus 20 on those teams! I do hope you're right that he's maturing and getting better, but I don't see it. I think he is what he is and that's all that he is.
@betweentheworlds He had the same production in Columbus as he's had in NY. He came into his own 4 years ago. He is what he is, a mid-40's point producer, not terrible in the face-off circle but not great either, and OK defensively but far from solid. On a championship team, he's a 3rd line center who can move up in a pinch. No way is he worth anything close to $5.5M per.
5 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Attaboy! Although it's gonna be tough to sign him and Stamkos at the end of 2016 ;-)
5 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If they sign Brass for $5.5M, then I would expect him to be dealt at some point along with another cap eater (Hags?) for a #1 center. Step is a better player than Brass and moving him to 2nd line center makes this team better. They can't afford to keep a mid-40 point player on the roster at $5.5M. If they could, Cally or Dubi would still be here. Wish more of these guys had the mentality of Zucc, but they all just want to get paid.
@betweentheworlds How did Brassard "come into his own" last season? He didn't have a break-out season, he put up the same production that always has since he became a full time NHLer (36-47-41-29-45). He's a decent 2nd line player, but there is no way he's even close to living up to being a #6 pick.
Um yea, I'm guessing young kids with markers and crayons wouldn't fit too well in an all white $6M+ apartment. Clearly Hank was FORCED to sell. He can't have anything nice with those kids!
6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Excellent write-ups! Great information for those of us that crave news on the Rangers' future but don't have the ability to see it first hand! Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing 2 or 3 of the kids make the roster to see what they've got!
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If Brassard is looking for $5.5M per season, then don't let the door hit you on the way out. I like the guy, I think he can be a solid center for the Rangers, but last year is exactly what he'e been his entire career...a mid-40pt player who can chip in goals here and there, and also disappears at times. No way on God's green earth is he worth anywhere close to $5.5M per season. Highest I would go for him would be $4.25M, and even that's a stretch!
Zucc, on the other hand, has shown steady improvement since he got to the NHL. Locking him in at $4.5M for 4 years now, will be a steal in a year or 2. I wasn't convinced of him when he first got here, but the dude's got game!. I'd love to see them lock up Kreider for McDonagh type year at maybe $3.5M, but I think they'll go lower with the bridge deal because they just don't have the cap.
The obvious move is to trade Staal, but it seems like Sather rarely does the obvious. There could be something out of the blue to free up space.
@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun Stop with all the damn logic already, it has no place on this blog!! So when are we getting Stamkos?
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
We Want The Cup!!
Tough luck for Nicholls, he would have done no worse than 35 if Mashinter was still here! Excellent write up!!
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@GregQuinn @KevinTheNYRBlog Yes. No trade means he can't be traded but can be waived and/or sent to the minors. Bridge deal is a deal that that's shorter and pays less to a player in their RFA years, rather than giving them a long term deal up front and having them be a bust.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 @FrankCerbone Apple, to me the biggest factor in success of picks and not is that the organizations picking them have no control over their development until they hit the AHL. Baseball has 3 levels of minor leagues under the umbrella of the big club. Football has practice squads for their rookies and expanded rosters. Hockey teams pick 7+ players every year who are either in junior leagues, overseas, in college, etc. It's definitely not the norm for players to hit the AHL right out of the draft. Which means there are a ton of other coaches/philosophies that they go through before ever getting to the program of the team that drafts them. So a once promising player can suddenly "lose it" and vice versa.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 @FrankCerbone Well, considering there has not been a dynasty since the Oilers of the 80s, I don't think any one organization has some type of secret sauce that others don't. You can look at the Red Wings making the playoffs 23 straight seasons, making it to the Finals 6 times and winning 4 Cups as a model I guess, but they also had some pretty stacked teams with some pretty good top 10 picks and other free agent signings and trades. The biggest issue facing the Rangers for the past 20 years has been the lack of chances at multiple top 10 picks. Their best shot was 2005 when they had no worse than a 4th pick and got screwed in the lottery moving them to 12th. Chicago was bad for years and got to build with Toews and Kane. Pittsburgh same thing with Malkin and Crosby. Same for the Devils in their heyday (Shanny, Niedermeyer, Guerin). Kings (Doughty, Schenn, Kopitar). And the list goes on. You need a good young core to consistently win. I think they may have some semblance of that now with McDonagh, Stepan, Kreider, Zucc, and maybe guys like Brass and Hags. Only time will tell. They did make it to the Finals after all.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@FrankCerbone @gravey94 Wow, way to piss on a dead guy. Cherapanov died of a heart issue, but the exact cause is not known for sure. The "blood doping" was a ridiculous claim that was later found to be caused by the shitty way the medical staff tried to treat him when he collapsed. The were all suspended for trying to play doctor.
So Rockstrom discovered Fast, that's nice. I really hope he ends up being a Hope diamond in the rough, but he hasn't shown a whole lot yet.
Hedberg was head European scout starting in 2007. Rockstrom had plenty of time before that to be the Super Scout. And during that time where Hedberg was head scout, Rockstrom was Director of Player Personnel in Europe, so it's not like he was out of the loop.
Yes, he was a scout with Detroit and he and Smith (who headed their scouting) discovered Lidstrom. He was 1 of 5 Europeans taken in the 1st 3 rounds. Different world back then. Smith gets as much credit as Rockstrom (probably more) for having the guts to take a Swede with a 3rd round pick. And Federov? Come on. He played on a line with Bure and Mogilny. That's not exactly a "discovery". They got him to defect, which was a credit to them.
@FrankCerbone From 1993 - 2010 the Rangers picked a European/Russian 17 times in the 1st 3 rounds, including 4 first rounders. Of those 17, 1 player (Fedor Tyutin) has had an OK career worthy of their pick number. Picking those 17 also resulted in passing up on such no name European/Russians as Koivu, Timonen, Hedjuk, Alfredsson, Vokun, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kaberle, Havlat, Edler, Rinne, and Streit. Yes, Hank was "found" in Round 7. Of course that was after picking such household names as Filip Novak (2nd round), Premsyl Duben (4th round), and Sven Helfstein (6th round). Rangers picked 70 or so European/Russian players during Rockstrom's time. Besides Lundqvist, the most notable names were Tyutin, Anisimov, Zidlicky, Sundstrom, Hagelin, and Fast (although I don't know if he was involved in this since he was fired weeks later). He had 9 picks in the 1st 3 rounds during Sather's tenure, including 2 first rounders. Sorry, he's definitely not a "super scout" in my book, and it's not because Sather and Clark handcuffed him. He was pretty pedestrian at it even before Sather joined the Rangers.
@johnnyb3910 But we don't know if he tries to work with the impending UFAs during the season. All reports were that he approach Cally last summer but his salary demands were ridiculous. Hank was signed mid-season. Boyle & Stralman, who knows, maybe he did try to speak with them but they wanted too much or wanted to test free agency. And maybe he plans to trade Staal. For RFAs, I doubt Sather would ever try to negotiate a deal during the season because he has all the leverage, particularly since nobody puts out offer sheets. As far as other teams "building their franchises for the next 5 years", I would argue that Chicago has done the opposite. 5 years from now they will be a team with 2 great forwards, a good but aging forward, an OK goalie, a great offensive defenseman, and another good defenseman nearing the end of a cap-friendly deal, eating up 60% of their cap space. Chicago did it right after they won their first Cup. This will come back to bite them in the next couple of years.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@tygalpin @bk59 But Glass has a better Farsi quotient.
I always thought the Blackhawks were the model franchise for how to win. Welp, scratch that. They'll be good for the next 1-2 years, but when it comes to re-signing guys like Sharp, Bickell, Shaw, Saad, and Seabrook, they're gonna be in a world of trouble. They'll have 60% of their cap space tied up in long term contracts to 6 players. They must REALLY thin they have a fantastic farm system because there's no way they're gonna be able to stock high end talent via free agency or trade.
As far as the Rangers, they should have enough to sign all those guys and then fill the other 2 spots with some kids, unless they can find a cheap bargain in the market for a potential 3rd line scorer, or make a trade.
@NYRblogneill @bk59 Hodor...that's funny!
112 comments on an article about a 4th line player that has yet to even sniff the ice at MSG in a Rangers' sweater. Well done indeed Adam! Lotsa people throwing ridiculous insults Adam's way. I got news for you, this is basically an OpEd piece, meaning it's an opinion. Perhaps it's not yours, and that's fine. But calling him wrong is just asenine. Seriously! If you like walnuts ans someone else doesn't does that mean they are wrong and should be attacked for it? I think it's pretty clear a lot of people here do like walnuts because that's clearly what they have between their ears. A mid-summer opinion piece and you're treating it like he wrote that Prohibition should be re-instated! Come on people!
As far as Adam's opinion article is concerned, my thought is that we need to take Sather at his word. He wants a team of players that know their roles. Tanner Glass was brought in to clearly fill a certain role. At this point, the only 3 people who have any clue as to what that role is are Sather, AV, and Glass. We can speculate or opine all we want. Until Glass gives an interview detailing his expected role or suits up for a game, we know nothing! We know Boyle wanted a different role, perhaps Dorsett wanted the same, hence they are gone.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
My head hurts. Is there any of Glass' lasagna left over?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 @Bring back Langdon @Gianni74 Oh don't get me wrong, that Savard deal is absolutely the measuring stick for Moore. My point is that Savard got an 83% raise for putting up 5 goals, 10 assists, and 28 PIM. He should be shaking everyone's hand in Columbus and doing cartwheels down Main Street. Same goes for Moore. If he gets anywhere close to a million $$ he should be satisfied, especially on a bridge deal because that's his chance to put up numbers and get the big bucks & minutes in a few years. Or he could try to milk the organization now and end up like MDZ.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Bring back Langdon @Gianni74 The only offer that would be an insult would be if it were below his salary from last year. He really hasn't done much of anything to date to warrant a multi-year contract with a big raise, so any raise he gets he should consider himself fortunate!
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 @Picaz77 True, but I don't see it as a make or break season...yet.
@Picaz77 He turned 22 in April! Defensemen are notorious for being late bloomers, particularly the defensive defensemen. The kid has to either not make the club or not perform when he does for the next 2 years for me to think about giving up. He really hasn't had his shot yet. This season he was a 21 year old kid coming off a season where he missed most of it from an injury. Patience.
Big difference between Stepan/Dubinsky/MDZ and Moore. The 3 previous ones were considered top players on this team, while Moore is nowhere near the top 4 in defense. He's not even solidly entrenched in that bottom pair either. If he decides to hold out and someone line McIlrath or Allen or one of the guys they signed shows up to camp and plays well, he could find himself in a heap of trouble. If they are going to use that Nikitin contract, then the Rangers will no doubt counter with the McDonagh contract. I like Moore and I think he can be a good defenseman for this team, but he needs to look at what happened to Stepan (the team's #1 center) last season, where he actually got less money by holding out and still no long term deal. Sorry Johnny, sign the 2 year bridge deal show steady growth and consistency, and you'll get paid in 2016. Now is not your time.
Giroux's nickname from henceforth absolutely needs to be Lt. Dangle...it works on sooo many levels!
Thanks to Kovy, he was definitely enigmatic but man did he have talent! As a Mets fan, I don't think you can compare him to Straw and Doc. They snorted their potential up their noses. Kovalev's issues were all in his brain. I'd say he was more like Greg Jeffries...a ton of potential never realized, but he ended up have an OK career.
Bummer about Skjei, but another year at the college level ain't the worst thing to have happen. I'm excited to see Duclair and hope he can stay healthy. A groin injury in a training camp though is kinda expected at some point.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I disagree. I actually think they are better than they were before yesterday.
Pouliot...put up a whopping 36 points playing on a line with 2 of the team's top 4 scorers and was outscored by 2 guys that missed 16+ games during the season. I'd be shocked if whomever else they put on that line can't at least replicate Pouliot's offensive production, but hopefully not his affinity for dumb-ass penalties. They will be improved here.
Stralman...played a good defensive defenseman role. But sorry, he's not a $4.5M per year defenseman on this team. They gave the same money to Boyle, for 3 less years, more offensive production, and a top pair defenseman from one of the top teams in the west to play 2nd pair (presumably) on the Rangers. Plus it's a guy that wanted to come here to win! This is a wash, at worst, but I think the Rangers got better here.
Boyle...yep I really liked him this year. But he didn't. He fancies himself a scorer, which he is not and never will be again. Nothing you can do about it, but signing Moore is the same as having Boyle and then adding one of the kids (Borque is supposed to be a fantastic PKer) should more than make up for it. They'll be better here.
Glass...I don't know anything about him. Sounds like a typical 4th liner to bring some snarl to the team that they didn't have with Dorsett. Whatever. If he is or isn't as good as Dorsett it really has no bearing on how this team improved because if Tanner Glass ends up being the player that made this team worse then there are much bigger fish to fry. Wash.
Richards...This is the one that's tough. Had to be done, of course, but replacing 51 points from the 3rd line is not so easy. Now a full year of St. Louis, a Nash recovery (fingers crossed), and further development from the other top 6 should at least mitigate the loss of Richards, but it is a big blow to production. Then again, 19 of those points came on the PP and I think having Boyle there will make up for that. So they're probably not better from a 3rd line perspective, but it does give kids like Miller, Lindberg, and Fast a shot to show what they can do. Worse at first, but better in the long run (meaning by end of season and beyond).
So yes, I do think they improved, as long as they get the RFAs signed.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It's pronounced Eye-gore!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/118th-overall-rangers-select-goaltender-igor-shestyorkin.html
This is the model for success nowadays. Chicago got rid of guys like Frolik and Bolland (or let them walk) after winning their last Cup and replaced them from within. Rangers look to have some decent depth forwards with potential to move up to top 6, gotta give them a chance somewhere. Dorsett is easily replaced, Boyle wants more than a 4th line role (which some other team will overpay to realize he is a good 4th liner, noting else), and Moore is still up in the air, but can be replaced. Richards opens up a spot on the 3rd line, but unless they don't sign Pouliot, there's no room for the kids. I realize they just went to the Finals and don't really advocate making wholesale changes, but they gotta give the kids a chance to show what they have. I like the way they are managing this, as long as they don't get ridiculous and go after Stasny. They could sign a guy like Bolland and supplement the rest with kids internally.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Unless they trade for a 1st rounder with a crappy team (like Bruins did with Kessel), their picks will always be crap shoots. Depending upon the draft, top 3-5 players are game changer-potential players, 5-10 are solid NHL potential players, and everyone else is sheer luck with some educated guessing. So the draft is really all about filling the role players for the Rangers, while hoping to catch lightning in a bottle in the later rounds, like they did with Hank.
I hope Skapski goes. Would be the first time Rangers had a decent goalie prospect at the tourney!
Gotta say, when I don't have access to a TV I "watch" Rangers' games on Twitter and your Tweets are just awesome. Hats off for being THE Hat and I hope the team keeps it going even with Richards gone. And while I didn't know her, your tribute to Andrea was touching. Big stick tap for someone that sounds like she was an extraordinary person!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-broadway-hats-thoughts-on-the-2013-14-season.html
So wait, cutting my hair is not going to make it grow darker and thicker while at the same time stimulate my brain so I can use up to 20% of it and make me more buoyant so I can swim right after eating? Damn!!!
At this point, I really don't think Carcillo's biggest asset is fighting. He's more of an agitator with the potential to snap at any given moment. Plus, after his incident with the linesman, my guess is he won't have many suitors in the market. I could see Sather signing him below what he made this year, but only after all the other pieces are done. He's a decent depth forward to have for the 4th line. Plus, if Sather can trade Dorsett he could pretty easily slide into that role. The guy's got a bit of skill for sure. If he gets signed, I would guess it would be someone in September either right before or during camp. Maybe even at the beginning of the season so the Rangers could see how someone like Borque might be able to fill that role. One thing though, while I'm not a proponent of the traditional "enforcer" role, if they trade Dorsett, don't sign Carcillo, and McIlrath doesn't make the team, that's a pretty sizable deficiency in grit that would need to be replaced somewhere.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If they can pay him as a 3rd line forward, then I'd say keep him. If not, bye bye. If I'm Pouliot, I'd think long and hard about moving to yet ANOTHER team when he kinda made a bit of a mark for himself here. At 28, I'd be thinking about really cementing a spot in the line-up rather than having to prove myself all over again.
Thanks Brad, you gave us some good memories and good luck wherever you land.
This whole buy-out thing just boggles my mind in general. How could a player's union and league owners come to an agreement that teams would get punished for staying within the rules of a previous CBA, because really it ends up punishing the players. To me, it would have made a helluva lot more sens to give teams to the start of the 2013 season to either re-negotiate a deal with these players under the new CBA rules and cap, and if they couldn't then compliance buy them out before the season began. Seems like that would have been a lot more fair to players and better for the game. Shit like this would never be approved by the MLB union.
Anyway, I'm glad the Rangers have close to $7M more in cap space, but it's definitely not ideal to see the team's 3rd leading scorer and top PP producer leave for nothing. Yea, it will be nice to see one of the kids get a shot, but the rest of these guys will need to step up their own production to make up for Richards' 51 points.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-buy-out-brad-richards.html
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 I hear that! I'm not sure if doctors have come up with a name for people who are Rangers AND Mets fans. Whatever it is, it's something WAYYYY beyond being a glutton for punishment!!
"I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." –Michael Jordan.
Our day is coming!