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Bad goal by Hank for sure. But last I checked, you usually have to score at least 1 goal to win a game. Besides, the overturned goal was most likely a goal so that "softie" was just karma balancing itself out. Way too many missed chances by the Blueshirts. They were not outplayed last night. If MSL's shot is 2 inches lower, it's a completely different game. I didn't get to watch more than the 3rd period, but one thing I saw that bothered me was a play where the puck went behind the Montreal goal line, Subban retrieved, Kreider was bearing down on him, and went for a stick check of the puck instead of pasting Subban into the boards. I don't know if there's something in his head about penalties, or he has too much respect for the stars in the league, but he needs to step it up physically especially when he's not doing so offensively. I love Kreider, but he really needs to start taking strides towards consistently being NHL hockey player. Still, no reason to panic. This team is good and will correct itself.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
No more piling on the All-Star game for me. On another note, did anyone see the GoPro camera promo with NHL players. The stick handling is just ridiculous and makes you appreciate just how friggin' good these players are!!
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@Barry Beck @gravey94 Newsflash "pal"...I've been posting here from the second they drafted McIlrath about how excited I was to finally have some snarl on the blue line, and I've been a huge supporter of his...still am because I don't think he's done. But one thing I know as a cold hard fact is that all the names I listed above have more hockey knowledge and insight into what it takes to make it in the NHL than all the people who ever have or ever will post on this blog, including you and the guy who's article you quoted. I dunno, maybe they feel like giving the kid a full season of success in the AHL is better than watching him get lit up by NHL players as a 6/7 defenseman (see John Moore who actually does have a lot of speed). Seems to me like they're giving him his best chance to prove he can play here when September comes instead of watching him flame out into AHL oblivion. Like it or not, this team is built on speed, not size and not a bruising style. They don't have Kopitar, Carter, Richards, and Stoll, and never will. If McIlrath or anyone else can slot in and not cramp that style, they will be a fit. If not, they're just left in the dust.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name Come on man, that was a helluva wrap-around! The goalie even knew it was coming and he still scored!! This guy should immediately be promoted to play top 6 LW minutes!
@Barry Beck So because Adam Herman decides Dylan McIlrath is a prospect that should at least be tried in the NHL, the Rangers should do it? Personally, I think Beuk, Gernander, AV, Arniel, Clark, and Sather have a better idea of whether or not McIlrath is ready for the NHL now
Good signing for a top 4 d-man. They don't grow on trees you know. Get our legit #1 center signed in Stepan and we've got the all important core that you need to win Cups!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
You may as well point out that those 13 missed are also over 5 years. Just sayin'
You're absolutely right, I didn't take the fancy stats into account. So let's see, Marc Staal ranks 69th in iCorsi and 76th in iFenwick (both better than Chara and Johnson, BTW). There are 30 teams each with a set of top 4 defenseman. 30 x 4 = 120 (check my math I'm not a numbers guy). Last I checked, 69 and 76 were less than 120. So that would mean Marc Staal is in the group of top 4 dmen in the league. Look at that, you were absolutely right, numbers don't lie!!!
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
This isn't a fantasy league. When you have a top 4 D-man, you keep him, period, end of story. They don't grow on trees. Where exactly would everyone get a player comparable to Marc Staal, cheaper than $6M per year? Regardless of whether or not you agree with the contract G got, signing Staal has no bearing on that. He's a top 4 D-man. You don't throw that away because someone else has a big contract. And the Rangers don't exactly have a plethora of young D-men chomping at the bit. Defense first. Signing Staal is the right move. Bringi him to 36 sucks, but it's the nature of contracts today.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
I'd actually bump Brassard up to an A. 33 pts in 38 games from a 2nd line center is pretty damn good. 21st in the league for Centers, no bad at all!! I'd say Zucc and Kreider are suffering from the same inconsistency, so I'd put them both at B-. Other than that, I'm right with you. Nice work and thanks for doing it!!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @gravey94 @Yasgard It's actually an adult clinic: 1/2 hour of drills followed by an hour game with goalies and ref. Send me an email and I'll give you all the details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @gravey94 @Yasgard Twin Oaks in Morristown.
@Say my Name @rangermom Because someone bigger hits us?
@Yasgard Yea, I actually saw THE Islander fan's hat hanging in my locker room last night before my game. I didn't know they travelled off the island to NJ! 2 things hit me about it...1) the logo has an actual graphic of Long Island in it. I'm guess that has to go, which means yet ANOTHER new logo, and 2) Fishstick fans FINALLY get a team worth watching, and they move to Brooklyn...LMFAO!!!! Priceless!
Hell, it sucks to lose the Islanders period. But losses happen and it's what teams do after a loss that matters. Rolling out a turd on Thursday would more disappointing than last night, and how the Rangers respond next time they play the fishsticks will be more telling. They were flat out out played last night. Maybe it would have been a different game if Nash, Brassard, or Zucc don't hit those posts, but they just seemed off. The biggest concern I have is whether or not Step is OK. If he's seriously hurt, it would be a HUGE blow to this team. Well, time to start another streak on Thursday. I'll take a series of 3 or 4 game winning streaks any day!
Nash definitely needs to be in the conversation for MVP, but he is by no means a runaway, at least by the definition of MVP, which frequently gets overlooked by voters in every sport. Most Valuable Player is different than Most Bestest Player. Where would the Preds be without Rinne? I'm guessing they wouldn't be leading the league in wins. Where would the Rangers be without Nash? Hard to say. He's been on fire since the beginning of the season, but the team didn't catch until the defense and Hank found their games. He could definitely still be considered the MVP, but it's not a slam dunk. However, hockey is kinda like baseball. Since goalies have their own awards, writers don't vote them for MVP unless there is no clear cut skater. Since Seguin, Voracek, and Giroux are on teams going nowhere fast, it will come down to the overachieving teams or the top echelon for the MVP choices.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name I'd say it's pretty astonishing the way Sather has been able to craft an elite defense from trades (McDonagh, Klein, Moore), signings (Girardi, Boyle), and drafting (Staal).
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kudos Neill for putting together an opinion thread...we love that shit!!
Overall I like your grades. Tough to give mid-season grades because it's really been a stark difference quarter to quarter. I'm not sure any of the D would have been above a C for the first 20 games of the season. The next 20 though, I'd say McDonagh and Klein would be solid A's, Boyle would be a B+, Staal a B, Hunwick a B-, and Moore a C (but improving).
@Say my Name Really??? Come on SMN, the day you have to attribute that quote is the day this blog needs to shut down! Extra points for the Super Friends and Thunder Cats though! Next time try to work in Keyop, a wave motion gun, and Electra Woman, THAT would be truly amazing!
@Say my Name @J_CKfor30 SMN, I get what you are saying, but how exactly do you know when you're going to need Glass? Anaheim and San Jose are both in the top 10 in major penalties and Anaheim and L.A. are both in the top 10 in PIM. Yet they beat all 3 without needing a deterrent. How do you know when a team is going to take liberties. Rangers have a top 10 Power Play (can't believe I just typed that!!!). Could it be that a 21% chance of a Power Play goal is a bigger deterrent than Tanner Glass?
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 @Say my Name Um yea, Weight won a Cup with Carolina putting up 16 points in 23 games, so there's that. And to even mention Gartner in the same breadth as the others is ridiculous. It's like saying Ted Williams didn't have the mental make up to win just like guys like Andre Dawson or Don Mattingly. Players like Gartner and Teddy ballgame are all-time greats who didn't win because the teams they were on sucked. Gartner is the 7th all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the NHL and Ovechkin is probably the only active player that might get within 100 goals of him, IF he continue at a high level.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Iron Mike You don't need to be at MSG to represent. Do us proud!
Anaheim & L.A. on consecutive nights & 4 regulation points! Well, I think it's officially time to stop saying "this will be a good test for the Rangers against stiff competition" and start realizing that it's actually a test for the "stiff competition" against the Rangers. Right now, this team is playing the best hockey in the league, and it's not a fluke, it's how they are built. I remember posting here 2 years ago about how I was so impressed with how the King D moves the puck out of the zone with quick little passes and then the same when Chicago won. Well, guess what, the Rangers are now doing that exact thing only at 3x the speed!! They beat a well-rested Stanley Cup champ, who's goalie made some absolutely spectacular saves. If not for quick, the Rangers would have easily had 2 or 3 more goals. This was a signature win. As long as they play their game and keep up the speed, they are definitely one of the top teams in the league. Very exciting time to be watching. The drafting of speed, hiring of an offensive system coach, and patience in youth is paying off big time!!! Not an easy schedule coming up, but I have the mindset now that I expect them to win every game, because they are just THAT good.
@Say my Name I still hate the Gartner trade. Yes, it brought in Anderson, but you can't tell me a guy who is #7 on the all-time goal scoring list that didn't play with Wayne Gretzky couldn't have chipped in 3 goals and 3 assists in 23 playoff games. Hell, if Garts was on the team, The Cup might have been won in 19 or 20 games I I wouldn't have had to buy stock in Zantac! I don't blame anyone for the trade, but I don't have to like it.
@GiveGartneraCup Pfft, L.A. fans. If the Laker were any good, that place would be empty, even despite the 2 Cups!
@AnnoyingJoe @gravey94 When he's played 2nd pair, he gets exposed a bit because the forwards are tougher. He's not bad, but he's much more effective in the 3rd pair role, IMO. And yes, the trade was a coup! Hell, Sather got Klein and McDonagh for Scott Gomez and DelZotto...that's gotta be in the HOF somewhere.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Tanner Glass Noooooo, don't start them!! Nothing to see here, move on!
@Craptin McDonqvist Brooks was here.
@MikeBlue @Say my Name @AnnoyingJoe Fast isn't big, but he definitely goes into the dirty areas to make plays. He's a lot like Hags and Zucc in that respect. He'll never bowl over someone, but he can certainly disrupt plays and has great speed to cover defensively. Glass is there as a deterrent for rough stuff, but he's also a deterrent for the speed game the Rangers are designed to play.
I'm guessing Anaheim didn't have their complete "A" game, but they certainly had it in spurts. The most encouraging thing to me is that the Rangers were able to withstand those spurts and then counter with their own. THAT is the sign of a champion caliber team. Very tough test tonight from a well rested Kings team. It will be interesting to see how the boys respond and what kind of payback mentality they have going back to L.A. for the 1st time.
Nash is ridiculous this season. I wasn't an avid basher of him last season, but I've never been a real fan because I didn't think he had what it took to make it in NY. He's proving me wrong BIG TIME!
Kreider was not on the scoresheet, but I thought he was very noticeable. Same with Moore, he played a solid smart game.
Anyone wondering about the importance of Staal, last night was a good example. G did not have a great game, yet having top pair D on the 2nd pair mitigates it. Also, a 2nd pair of Staal and Boyle means Klein can be one of the best 3rd pair D in the league rather than an OK 2nd pair.
9 points, +11 in the last 14 games for the Truck. Looks like someone may be getting used carrying that "C" around with them.
@GiveGartneraCup @gravey94 Hell, Patrick Kane looks like a lazy player most of the time, but he's done pretty OK. I personally haven't seen enough of Duke to give him that lazy label. I'm sure he's well aware of where he could have been drafted and I hope he has a huge chip on his shoulder to try to prove everyone wrong.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@GiveGartneraCup If I remember, the "lackadaisical" label was given to him prior to the draft, which is why he fell so much. Let's hope he gets through any of that and works his butt off.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Disappointing, but I assume they know a little more about the kid than I do. He did seem to be a little weak on the puck with the big boys, so maybe he can bulk up or get stronger in the corners for the next 5 months. Hopefully he comes back in September with a chip on his shoulder. But he'll be a welcome addition for the Finals ;-)
@J_CKfor30 @johnnyb3910 Alexandre Daigle was the next Gretzky, so were countless others. The only fact is that these kids are NOTHING until they lace em' up against men in the NHL. Until that day, he's just a good prospect, nothing more.
So when was the last time the Rangers had ANY prospects that generated interest in ANY non-NHL games? Leetch in the '88 Olympics? Nice to have some actual talent in the prospect pool to get excited about!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Craptin McDonqvist The USSR is so out of date that the Rangers' last Cup win is more recent ;-)
@IcyCup Who knows for sure, but I'd say it's pretty likely that he would need to at least start in the AHL, unless he just has a dominant camp. I'm not even sure it's a given that he's here in Sept. Too many definites thrown around without any real substance to them.
@IcyCup @4tonynoluck It's Happy New Year. In this country we say Happy New Year! Please forgive me for my English which stinks.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name Queue whistle...I believe Potvin is reprehensible. Is that the chant?
@NYRblogneill Is Giroux at it again?
@Say my Name That corndog you just ate was created from a pig, which eats slop, which is created from various toss aways including vegetables, which are grown in the ground, which are fertilized to grow, and the fertilizer is manure...hence, a useful piece of shit!
@Say my Name @gravey94 Phew, I thought you found the hooker!
@Say my Name @gravey94 Connection to what? What were we talking about? Who are you?
@Say my Name @gravey94 Yes, he can skate and he does hit. The problem is he's not so good at the actual hockey concepts. Hitting and disrupting a play...good. Hitting and taking yourself out of the play while the other team has an odd man rush...bad. Glass is good at the latter, which is not so good for the Rangers. Hindsight is 20/20. That Prust deal looks like a bargain now.
@Say my Name @gravey94 Was the parachute guy televised, cause I saw the Rangers...LOL! Evil Knievel broke every bone in his body at least twice, didn't stop him. Point is, we have no idea what it does to them. Maybe they use it as inspiration saying yea you can intimidate me now, but I'll be the one hoisting the Cup. It's not like these guys are bullying them on the ice and then stealing their girlfriends. The guys getting bullied typically get paid a pretty hefty sum, and get a ton more glory than the bullies. Hell, you can't even remember the guy's name who called them out, but you sure as hell know who Rick Nash is.
@Say my Name Weigh on their psyche all the way to the Finals?
@Say my Name @gravey94 I'd rather a rugged player that can play. Players who just fight are dinosaurs. It pains me to say, but Matt Martin is probably the prototype for what teams need now. Granted he was 35, but Parros retired for a reason. He saw the days of the true enforcer were over. Glass is more towards the true enforcer role than he is the Matt Martin role. But he's all we got right now, which is up to Sather and or Clark to fix.
@Say my Name @J_CKfor30 Everyone knows it's the catcher's fault...he called the pitches that the set up and closer threw!
Fire AV...Trade Kreider...Bring up Skapski...Nash sucks...JT Miller for Hart. Guess that about covers it.
Not a great game by any stretch, but as Connie Mack said "You can't win em' all" Still, while they didn't bring their A game, they were almost able to steal it. Should they have beaten Dallas...sure. Should Pittsburgh have beaten NJ last night...sure. It happens. The next 10 will be telling as there are some good teams and some awful ones.
While not on the scoresheet, Kreider and Nash looked like beasts last night from the little I saw. Also, while I didn't see a lot of the game, Miller didn't look to be much of a factor beyond the PPG, but maybe I just didn't see enough. J. Moore did seem like he played better. On to the next winning streak.
Oh, and my 2 cents on the Glass argument...It's no longer the 1980's or 1990's. The game is different now. To win, you NEED to be able to roll 4 lines consistently and trust that the players on those lines are going to produce. Guys like Prust and Dorsett fill that need. Hell, even Malone MIGHT fill that need, but he's probably too slow. Glass is a 1 dimensional guy. He can fight. His hits, while big, normally take him out of a play, and yes, he kills penalties, but the success comes form the other 3 on the ice because he's not very good at it. The contract to him was baffling for sure, but what's done is done. I think they can do better via a trade, but I'm not sure who. He's playing for a reason though. Who knows, maybe Nash said he feels a lot more comfortable having Glass in the line up because he know he won't get cheap shotted. I just don't know. I'd love to have a guy like Prust back for that role, but that ship has long since sailed. None of the top teams in the NHL have "enforcers". Enforcers vs. rugged guys that can play is no contest. Winning teams have the latter.