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He's taken a lot of shit this season, particularly on the internets. While I still think they are a better team with him watching, these facts cannot be denied:
-- He scored a goal for the 1st time in 85 games, which piled on to a team already down, and he acted like it was just any other play. Pretty classy and good sportsmanship in my book.
-- Kreider had 3 points, multiple guys had 2, Talbot gave up 1 goal, and Glass got the hat. He obviously means a lot in that locker room and last night was the team's way of publicly showing that. I'm guessing that's why he gets played over players that play better.
And more importantly, when did the blog start having meet-ups? I feel like a computer geek that didn't get invited to the popular kid's party...or is it the popular kids that didn't get invited to the geek party?
1 day, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@TheKing @RangersAndRadio How is it that the Rangers losing to the Kings 4-2 makes them "ball less" an "embarrassment" and means they got "destroyed"...yet the Rangers beat the Ducks 7-2 and it's because the Ducks had a "really bad game"? Sounds like a double standard to me.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds I thought he retired from basketball?
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Desperate Kings team, over confident Rangers team after thumping the best team in the NHL (at the time), and some euphoria over seeing the King practice...this had all the makings of a stinker. If they play the same tomorrow against a white hot Senators team, there will be some reason for concern. I fully expect a complete turnaround tomorrow, which hopefully translates into points!
3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@4tonynoluck If they go on a losing streak, we're sending you back to Europe!
@Say my Name But you also have some athletes who come back more determined than they were before they got hurt...see Matt Harvey. Unfortunately, the chance of Nash getting another concussion after he came back were probably fairly high. The chances of Hank getting whiplash and risking a stroke are no higher now than they were when he got hurt, which is probably very low. Given Hank's overall work ethic and determination, I don't think the injury will be on his mind. Perhaps doubting he has his timing back, but not the injury. I think Hank is cut from the same mold as those tough as nails athletes like Harvey, Brees, Schilling, Jack Youngblood, Bobby Baun, Niki Lauda, Lemieux, and Clint Malarchuk, to name a few.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Most dead on comment today! Brassard hugging hank after he stopped a high shot speaks volumes, as does Zucc scoring and taunting him. They very much appreciate the yeoman's job Talbot has done, but their Cup chances sit squarely upon Hank's shoulders.
@Blackshirt Blueshirt He did play poorly. His teammates picked him up. Then he found a groove in the last 8 or so games.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Billfrom Brookhaven @gravey94 @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Did your funny bone removal surgery go well?
4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Dante8496 Hank's not going anywhere. No chance he gets traded unless we get Steven Stamkos in return. I'm not even convince Talbot gets traded. He's worth more as a back-up for a year than a 2nd round draft pick at best. 50/50 goalies rarely, if ever, win the Cup. Gotta have that "go to" guy. You could argue Crawford and Emery in 2012-2013, but Crawford played 60% of the regular season games and all of their 23 playoff games. He was the clear "go to" goalie.
@JoeyKocur Speak for yourself. He's proved to me what he is for the past 10 years. He may struggle, but he'll be there when it matter most. Talbot's been great, but a 10 game stretch doesn't prove to me he can handle the pressure of the playoffs.
So how does it work with LTIR, can Lundqvist still practice with the team while on LTIR or does he come off as soon as he steps on the ice? Then I guess Skapski has to go back to the AHL too, correct? Very excited to have Hank back. Talbot has done an outstanding job, but going into the final stretch and playoffs, I take Hank in a heartbeat!
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Scott Gomez has 7 goals, I think he's primed for 50 next season. McDonagh straight up for Gomez, but we may have to sweeten with Talbot.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name Agreed on not trading him. The only way it happens is IF they win it all or they get blown away by a package. No need to risk it.
Completely disagree that he's a proven NHL commodity. He's on a nice 7-game run. The history of the NHL is littered with Goalies that got hot for a stretch. I do hope he can continue, but there's not a GM in this league that's going to give up a wealth of riches for a 7-game run by a goalie. Keep in mind, before this 7-game stretch, he also had a 15-game stretch where he was barely over .900 save % and close to a 3.00 GAA.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
IMO, Talbot only gets traded before July if A) the Rangers win it all, or B) they get a #1 pick or a top 6 player in return. $1.4M for a more than capable back-up for a team that is primed to win is a helluva lot more valuable than a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.
Hank is not Luongo. There is no controversy when he comes back.
Cancer sucks. Condolences to Matt's family and friends. His site was ridiculously useful for all us armchair GMs!
The Glass think, pffft. I doubt it's true, but even if it is, so what. It's OK to anonymously boo him and tell him he sucks from the stands or on hockey boards, but you're not allowed to turn away from him to get the autograph of someone you admire more? Personally, I'd prefer people act that way. At least then you know where you stand with them. Talking shit about him and then getting his autograph...those are the two-faced people who can't walk their talk. I once had an NHL player come into my team's locker room before a championship game because he was friends with one of our players. He played for the Devils and I treated him the same way I would have if he was on the ice. No personal insults, but definitely no sucking up. He got revenge by sending game 7 to OT
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gianni74 @gravey94 He played well last night and that should give him a boost of confidence.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Some positivity here...Jonathan Toews came into this game with 9 points in his last 6 games. It's now 9 points in his last 7 games, 2 of which were against the Rangers. He took a TON of shit all season about the "weight of the C" on his sweater, but how about some shout outs to McDonagh to shutting down Toews twice in the span of a couple of weeks. McDonagh has become very noticeable offensively and has made sure the top players on the other teams have not been noticeable. The rest of the team will soon follow. Stepan, in particular, is primed for a break-out.
@IhaveanLCDscreenatMSG Here's what I don't get. There are 4 guys skating around in striped shirts, et only 2 of them can call penalties and goals and such, and only 2 can call offsides and such. Why can't all 4 of them be full ref/linesman people. Then you have 2 on each side of the ice and 2 in each half of the ice. Baseball and football allow their refs to confer and overrule if necessary, why is hockey so stubborn!
@Gorangers0525 So if Prust did that to Hank or Talbot and the Rangers had the same response, the blog would have to be shut down because of all the bitching about no response, no toughness, blah, blah, blah. Yet here it happens with 4 bolts as the first players over to Prust and not so much as 1 punch is thrown, including our former "leave it on the ice" captain. Why is that? Coincidence that the Lighting are one of the better teams in the league too...hmmmm.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ATCRyan Losing MSL and gaining Glass is an upgrade?
@Say my Name He might have actually won something if he played like that when he was younger. He does get frustrated when he doesn't score and then seems to pout. He has also been fairly durable in his career. The fact that he's 2 seasons away from 500 goals and possibly 1,000 points is astounding.
@rangermom We Want the Chalice...or some cookies.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
2 points is 2 points...PERIOD. Was the game ugly, of course, yet the Blueshirts came out on top. Was the Red Wings game ugly for the Pens? Yup, different result. How bout the Isles, they don't seem to be "finding ways to win" do they? Enjoy this for what it is people, this is an excellent team fighting through a scoring slump. 22 goals scored in 10 games, yet they're 8-1-1 in those games...ridiculous! The law of averages seems to say that the top 6 guys will start to find the back of the net again. There's nothing not to like about this team. They are poised for greatness.
@GiveGartneraCup Between the incessant Glass rants and the overuse of analytics (mostly to fuel the incessant Glass rants) him and that Joe Fortunato guy have been un-readable!!
@RangersAndRadio @gravey94 @EquusBiz Schneider was traded before the 2013 draft, which was the shortened season. Vancouver finished 3rd in the Western Conf, but was swept by San Jose in the 1st round. Very odd situation.
Edmonton is possible given the past trade history with the Rangers, but I'd say it's more likely to be a team like Dallas or San Jose since they are desperate for goaltending and there's very little in the UFA market
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-3-washington-1.html
@RangersAndRadio @EquusBiz Schneider went for a 1st round pick. That's probably the highest possible return we could even dream about for Talbot. My guess would be a lower round pick or 2, or maybe a pick and a prospect from a team like Dallas.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-3-washington-1.html
@Say my Name @gravey94 Um, yea, you kinda can. That's the whole basis behind stats. To be fair, you would then also have to take out his 5 worst games. They would all be considered outliers. You're making a judgement saying 11 games is not that big a deal, but when that 11 is almost 1/2 of what he's already played, it is a big deal...stats-wise. Point is, you can't compare the 2 because the sample size is too small and fluctuations have a BIG impact. 5 games brought Talbot from a clear back-up to now comparable to Hank. Does that make ANY sense...5 games.
@Say my Name I guess it was a "Sophie's Choice" as to which one they MRI'd.
@Say my Name @gravey94 Well, since those 11 games are not exactly a huge difference, take out Cam's last 5 games (even less of a huge difference) and his season stats are 2.51 GAA and .914 SV%. Very nice for a back-up...definitely not Hank. This last 5 games are astounding, but his small sample size means they're 20% of his total. Way too much swing to say it would be the norm. But you are definitely right, he's opening eyes and likely trade options for the draft.
@Say my Name @gravey94 Never hurts to be optimistic...until reality hits ;-)
Great win!! Hard to fathom that this team is now tops in the league WITHOUT Hank in net. The possibilities are exciting indeed.
Talbot is like Bonds on steroids right now, he's unbeatable!
That break by Kreider was amazing. You're not supposed to be THAT fast THAT quick, and the pass to MSL when the entire arena thought he was shooting was a thing of beauty.
Hags is really padding his future bank account with his play, he's always involved on the ice. If he had any scoring touch, he'd be a top 10 player because he gets numerous chances per game.
I'd trade all those #1 picks in the past for what Hayes is giving right now, he's going to be a special player.
I said it years ago when the Blackhawks won, their mode of keeping the core and building through draft and key FA signings is the blueprint. Sather has taken it to heart and we're now seeing the fruits!
@Say my Name His last 5 games are unreal: .966 SV%, .993 GAA 4-0-1 with a shut out. For comparison sake, Carey Price is at .937 SV% and 1.87 GAA on the season. Enjoy this stretch by Talbot and be thankful it comes now. We should all appreciate it for what it is...a goalie who is absolutely locked in. It will end someday, but hopefully not until Hank is ready to return.
@SmellyKisio True dat!
@denelor Hayes did respond. He bounced up like nothing happened, stuck his tongue out in a Gene Simmons manner, and proceeded to celebrate his goal. Best response there could have been.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-2-islanders-1-2.html
@4tonynoluck I was in Roscommon in 94' trying to catch a glimpse of the scores from Games 6 & 7 against the Devils. No internets back then, I had to rely on some SkyNet sports service or something like that. It was pure torture!! I'm also a big fan of Guinness and Murphy's, they helped me get through that tough time. Bonus points for Colonel Potter reference!
@denelor Double bonus fact: they play 2 top 10 teams the rest of the way. It's in their hands.
Fun fact, Sather scored the 1st Rangers goal in the Mausoleum in a exhibition game in 1972. The circle is complete.
A win tonight and the Rangers are atop the league...WITH games in hand. Let that sink in.
Talbot has been great, no doubt, but the prospect of getting one of the top goalies for the stretch run in unbelievable!!! Very excited!!!!
@the destroyer of worlds So is this where you drop the mic or get gunned down in a drive by...I can never remember?
@Craptin McDonqvist I hope they don't commit a lot of ISIS...that is the plural for icing right? Black out...wake up..Craptin, Say my Name what are you guys doing here, and why are we all hanging upside down next to car batteries?
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @gravey94 True, but the rise has not been all Talbot. The team itself has risen to the occasion. You could argue for a number of things. I think Hayes is the most interesting. Going into the season, center depth was a HUGE concern. The emergence of Hayes not only took that off the table for the trade deadline, but allowed them to pick up another glaring need instead. All because Hayes has exceeded expectations for a rookie. Again, not against Talbot, but I don't know that the award should go to someone who plays 1/4 of the season.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Why is Talbot such a consensus pick? He has been better than expected for sure, especially the last 3 games, but in February the Rangers scored 3+ goals in 7 of the 8 wins and his SV% was .906. So he should get this award for a 15 or 20 game stretch? Just curious to people's thinking. I would think guys like Moore, Nash, Hags, and even Hayes would be better candidates.
@Better Call CK Every time AV makes a call that people don't like he's an idiot. Rangers have a legit shot at taking the Eastern crown and the President's Trophy. Maybe, just maybe, AV has a better feel for what's best for the team than any of us.
I don't mind Talbot. But on a team that has Tanner Glass skating on the 4th line and a very poor face-off percentage, I think a guy like Dom Moore (8th in the league in Defensive Zone FOs) would be a pretty good candidate as well.
So lotsa people were bitching (and continue to do so) about Duclair being included in the Yandle deal. NHL network televised a Remparts game on Friday. I didn't see all of it, but I did see the Remparts were down by 2 late in the 3rd and Duclair looked like he was coasting like they had a 4 goal lead. Graves, on the other hand, was extremely noticeable. I think we'll be lauding this trade in the coming years as a clear win for the Rangers. Granted, it was 1 game, but still.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinMccarthy Players can't be dealt and be eligible for the playoffs this year. It would have to be in the off-season.
@JoeyKocur Never tell me the odds!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan TNT just released The Paint, a series that follows the Handy Manny Paint crew as they paint various basements, sheds, and crawl spaces. You're welcome.
@Picaz77 It's absolutely fair. A blogger or commenter is one thing. If you're a publication dedicated to a sport and you have the balls to rank the top prospects in that sport with an "expert" opinion, you should absolutely be held to those picks. I wish this would happen more because there is ZERO accountability for anyone making any kind of ludicrous prediction, and we just accept it!