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As a coach, no I don't miss him in the slightest. As a sound bite, yes I do. Boy, imagine if he was every able to get along with Avery. They would have won an Emmy for post-game pressers! How bout a Real Hockey Guys of NYC reality show with Torts and Avery as business partners. A ratings bonanza!
1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe I think he's roommates with Calla-who.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG I remember before the shot-out was introduced. Games went to OT and it was boring as hell. Neither team wanted to make a mistake so nobody took chances. Something like football would be interesting. Each team, gets a PP. If they are tied after that, then 4 on 4 for 5 min. Still tied, no extra point for either team.
2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Yay, a regulation win!!! Didn't watch much, but I liked what I saw when I did. Even at the end when the goalie was pulled I felt like the Rangers had it under control. They were still clearing lanes in front of Talbot and blocking them up high. Definitely a better effort.
I saw Duclair draw a penalty, did he do much else?
It's real nice to have Stepan back. For all the grief he gets from some, he's got great vision and makes some fantastic plays, you know kinda like a #1 center does.
Kreider seems to be fighting it fir sure. Not sure if it's a confidence thing or he's trying to do too much, but he just needs to stop thinking and start playing.
If you would have told me in Sept that Rick Nash would have more goals than Stamkos, Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, and Perry at this point I would have laughed in your face...at least figuratively. What a turnaround!
Dom Moore, 73% face off percentage. He's gotta be the biggest bargain player on this team. Imagine if he popped in a goal every 5 games or so!
Kevin Klein for Norris!
2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan @Billfrom Brookhaven I didn't see the whole game, but did se a good part of the 3rd. It looked to me like Mason was making some pretty damn good saves on some really good shots. At one point Boyle had a shot on the PP to a wide open net which he one-timed about a foot off the ice. Mason got his leg over at the last second for the save. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the goalie. As far as Talbot, he got the shutout because he saw almost every shot, which means the Rangers did a great job of clearing the lanes and crease. He said as much after the game. He certainly made some real good saves, but it was definitely a team shut-out.
Agree about Stamkos. To me, he's the #1 player in this league. If I'm starting a team, I start with him. It pains me to think that the Rangers were so close to getting him for MDZ. Right now I would give up any 2 Rangers players to get him.
Rangers were 9-9-0 after 18 games last year for 18 points. This year they are 7-7-4 for 18 points. They were basically a .500 team until January, then they turned it up. It would be nice to see them turn it up a bit sooner this season.
Tampa played one of their most complete games of the season last night. The Rangers played one of their least complete games of the past 5 years. That's all. If the Rangers brought their 5-1 Pittsburgh game, this would have been a great game.
I didn't watch a lot of the game, but from the little I did watch Hayes really stood out to me as a guy that's got real talent he 's growing into. Duclair was not really noticeable to me. Everyone else just seemed lost.
Wrap it up, throw it away and onto Weds. Nothin' like a good smackdown of the Flyers to cure all that ails ya!
4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta say Neill, the blog hasn't missed a beat! Sure, we miss Kevin, but it's still great content and still a great place to post with other lunatics. Thanks so much for keeping this together!!
All the talk about Cally coming back. I'm thinking MSL and D-Boyle have 5 points combined tonight.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
I listened to hi whole interview. Real good stuff. I never thought this was a make or break season for McIlrath, but those were definitely Clark's words. He was very high on Skej and Duclair. They sent Graves to get Nieves' head screwed on straight and Clark thinks it worked. Also sounded like they weren't giving up on Kristo.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@leftwingbarbara @dsclaw88 Fast is not so fast tonight. He'll have a seat way up high.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Craptin McDonqvist He's a model 5,000. The 3,000 model was harder to hide.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinMccarthy If they're going to keep the skills competition, then they need to make it that unintentional double hits of a goal still count. If it goes off the post or the goalie, comes back and hits the player or stick and goes in, the goal should still count. A goal like Boyle's should absolutely count since there's no way it was intentional, just a result of the play.
@Gianni74 @gravey94 Right. Last year Ovi was 2-16, Kane was 1-11, Tavares was 1-8, St. Louis was 1-4. Datsyuk was also 25%, so St. Louis is FAR from worst in the league. Dunno, game on the line, I'm putting in my best. Stempniak may be marginally better in the last 5 years, but it's not like he has a ridiculous percentage like Christensen or Wolski did. He was excellent earlier in his career, now he's less than 30%.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 "Fire in the belly" doesn't have to present itself in public. You mention guys like Parcells, Patton, Lombardi. What about others like Landry, Torre, Wooden, Jackson, even Bowman? None of those guys were overtly fiery guys. They coached with much the same demeanor as AV. The common denominator is that we also have no clue what they did behind the scenes to motivate their players either, yet they are 5 of the most successful coaches of all time for 5 of the most iconic teams in sports. If AV had 1 successful year, then you'd have an argument. 8 years with the successes he's had means he is able to motivate. Thing is, you don't win championships unless you have the horses. If he had Lundqvist in Vancouver, he would have probably won multiple Cups. Conversely, if he had 2014 Nash in the Spring, there stands a good chance that he'd have one in NY. Getting to the SCFs twice in 4 years with 2 different teams in a 30 team league is no small feat.
Parcells had a .569 winning percentage. After he lost his defensive horses from the Giants and the guy that was responsible for those defensive schemes of the Giants SuperBowls (who, by the way, went on to win 3 of his own SuperBowls and lost 2 others), he was average, at best. Belichick is another non-fiery coach with a ton of success.
@rangermom It's so anti-climactic!
@J_CKfor30 Cause he changed his name to "Fast" and the Rangers like speed?
@EHBIGAPPLE Wow, deja vu. Is it November 2013, because that's EXACTLY what everyone was saying this time last year too. I don't get the vitriol against AV. In the past 8 years of his head coaching duties, he missed the playoffs 1 year. He made it to the Finals 2x, and in 3 of the other years he lost in the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion. He also won a Jack Adams and has a winning percentage of .640% in that time. Scotty Bowman's was .657% for his 30 year career (AV overall is .588%, good for about 25th all-time). Sorry, you don't win nearly 2/3 of your games and make it to the SCF 2x in 4 years if you are not inspiring your team to get there. No doubt MSL's mother passing was a rallying event for the Pens series and helped turn it around. But it was over and done for the Canadiens series and the Finals. Besides, the Rangers were one of the best teams in the league in the 2nd half...you know, after AV rallied them to buy into his system. The guy is an excellent coach. He took a Rangers team that was unceremoniously bounced in the 2nd round of the playoffs in 2012-2013 to the SCF in 2013-2014. I think he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt 16 games into a season where he's been missing his #1 center and 2/3 of his defense corps, and some key players from the previous team.
John Moore lead all Rangers in ice time. I had to read that 3 or 4 times before it sunk in. Not sure if that's an indictment of how the other D played or shows how well Moore played, likely the latter.
Nice to see Stepan hit the back of the net. That shoot-out goal was an absolute snipe! 4 points in 4 games coming back from a broken leg. Detractors can whine all they want, he's an absolute #1 center in this league!
Zucc has more moves than a bowl of Jell-O in an earthquake, yet he keeps choosing the no move move. Stop already. Deke the goalie out of his pants and just score dammit!
Rick Nash is not Jaromir Jagr in the shoot-out. He should NEVER not be in the 1st 3 shooters. And Lee Stempniak should NEVER be in the top 3, unless the Rangers only have 3 people available to shoot, especially not with the game on the line and MSL, Nash, and Brassard on the bench. Seriously???
Let's be real here. Colorado is having an awful start to their season, but they are far from a bad team. They will make the playoffs by season's end. Yes, it was a bad loss by the Rangers in a game they should have won. But Colorado is not Buffalo, Florida, or Edmonton. They're a pretty good team in a bad slump.
Interesting to see what happens Sat. Have to assume Duclair is in and either Glass or Fast are sitting.
Hayes looks like he could be worth all the summer hype. Definitely makes softens the blow of trading away picks for other players. If he keeps developing at the current pace, suddenly the Rangers have a pretty damn good center corps! Damn, how did that happen??
@McPhee37 @gravey94 That's the point. You say Duclair is sittin' because he ain't hittin', but then you say AV doesn't hold his players accountable for the physical side. Can't be both, either he's sitting because AV is holding him accountable, or he's sitting for another reason. My guess would be it's not because he's not hitting. AV has already said he's not going to play every game.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 Except for Buffalo and Columbus, no team is more than 5 pts from a playoff spot. That's exactly what the NHL wants because it keeps fans engaged. If teams were out of the race in November, say bye bye to revenues for those franchises.
@AnnoyingJoe DJ Spinderella never got the love she deserved!
@NYRblogneill Lotsa teams looking for defensive help. You think anyone would claim him?
@McPhee37 "The lack of physicality will hurt this squad in the long run.....and the blame will fall on AV.....because he does not hold his players accountable for the physical part of the game."
Why would Duclair be sitting if AV doesn't care about the physical side.
I would bet he's sitting because 1) AV did not want to expose him to the high flying Pens and watch him potentially get lit up on the defensive side, and 2) AV rarely changes the line-up after a big win unless someone really screwed the pooch or a regular is coming back.
@IcyCup @gravey94 Agree. Either that or just swap him and Fast, but I'm not sure what he gets playing on the 4th line. Moving Stempniak to the 4th seems to be the best move.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@flukefishing That's really the only option unless you sit Fast, move Stempniak to the 4th line and Duclair to the 3rd.
@me295 Very true. At this point, him playing 40 or 50 NHL games and practicing with pros would do a helluva lot more for his development than going to Juniors. Pity the AHL is not an option.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG Wow, you went there. Appropriate for the band of lunatics here, but still wow.
@Craptin McDonqvist Are you sure it wasn't Bill Cosby in one of his Cosby show sweaters?
Boy, the way he's played this season, I really didn't see myself looking forward to seeing John Moore in the line-up, but I'm very happy he's back. Lotsa teams are looking for D because of injuries/lack of depth. Like it or not, Staal is going to get north of $6M, unless he decides he will play for less to stay in NY. Solid D is almost as much of a premium as top notch goaltending.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know a lot of people are pissed that Duclair is a scratch, but sending him back to Juniors is not the answer. He had 50 goals and 99 points in 59 games last season for a team that got bounced in the 1st round. Playing another year of Juniors vs. NHL games will do nothing for his improvement. Even if he plays 40 NHL games, it's better than him playing 50 or 60 in Juniors. So he won't win rookie of the year, I'll bet he's learning a ton about the pace of the game and what it takes to play at this level against men who have been doing it for a long time! Scratching him against the high flying Pens is certainly not the worst idea in the world.
@McPhee37 Seriously? Leaving the blog because of some comments?? Wow, grow a pair dude! Did the CHL require you leave your balls when you retired?? You call AV a soft coach and you run away with your tail between you legs because Tom typed "freak show"?? Hell, I've been on this blog for longer than I can remember and have posted almost 3,500 times. I've gotten into more than a few scuffles, but I never ran because everything I type is either fact or my opinion, and neither one of those can be wrong. And guess what, most of those I've had issues with no longer post here. Maybe you're older now and can't walk the walk like you used to, but unless you have arthritis in your fingers I'm sure you can still type the talk. If you want to leave because you just don't like the discourse anymore, then that's one thing. If you are leaving because someone hurt your feelings, then all that tough guy talk is just that...talk. Now man up and deliver a smack down, or don't, but don't just whimper away.
@betweentheworlds The book was much better than the movie. I saw his/her show by mistake when I was in Savannah. Thought it was a comedy show, didn't realize it was a combination comedy/Cher impersonation show ;-)
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Tough spot with the cap. That Girardi contract is looking more and more like a mistake over trading him for an asset or 2. I'm not sure they can afford to pay 2 defensemen $6M per if they are not named McDonagh. Also have to worry about Hags, Stepan, Allen, and Moore as RFAs. Tough decisions coming for sure and no Brad Richards to buy out. Sather will have to get creative if uncle Larry is anything close to right about the cap.
@omnishambles @gravey94 @NYRblogneill Well, it's not throwing kaka, but lightsabers are definitely the next best thing. Well done sir!
I'm gonna keep things positive here...so I won't say a thing about the weekend games.
I have to say, coming back from vacation and seeing the blog still up and running makes me very happy. I got to WDW only to find out that Kevin decided to go out almost on top (no Cup), that James guy was put into the Witness Protection Program, and the stats geek defected. It was like a bad CBS spy drama was unfolding! Then Neill came to the rescue for this island of misfit fans. From the heart Neill, I say thank you...a week late, but still heartfelt. The blog hasn't seemed to miss a beat, but I assume we bid adieu to the man crushes...a small price to pay indeed! Thanks Neill!
@scrangersfan I think you posted the same thing about this time last year too.
@omnishambles @NYRblogneill You can't throw out a chimp reference and not have .gif to back it up. Come on man, there are rules here!
WTF??? I go in vacation and all hell breaks loose!!!! Kevin, you can't leave, all the plants will die! And then depression set in!
If this is truly it, then thanks from the bottom of my heart fo all the memories. This wa BY FAR the best source of Rangers news and the people on here were amazing. I hope we can all gather either here if James or Neil will take it over or in some other site. Otherwise I may have to check into a mental institution to get even close to this level of greatness. Best of luck Kevin, you will be sorely missed. Thank you!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Funny how that works in hockey. Aggressive play nets goals.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I like the fancy schmancy staty stuff you're going for. But as is the case with all stats, they only tell a story when taken as a group, not individually. Look at his regular season last year, it clearly shows a pretty substantial portion of shots in the slot between the face-off dots. The distance does suggest that he's driving to the net more, but look at his distribution this year. About 1/3 of his shots are outside the slot or from the perimeter, consistent with the playoffs and last regular season. So that suggests that he's still on the outside 1/3 of the time. The thing I'd be interested in seeing, that would probably bolster your argument more than distance, is how many of his shots are rebound-type shots or shots gathered from a dump in or other player's missed shot. He seems to be getting those a LOT more than he was last year, which comes from driving the play, not necessarily the net. There's no doubt he's way more involved in play on the ice than he was last year. That goal he scored off the face-off earlier this year is proof positive of that. No way that happens last year or in the playoffs.
@genetics73 He's lucky I'm not running the Dept of Player Safety.
IMO, Moore should be sending a fruit basket to the Department of Player Safety, because he could have and should have gotten a LOT more games. Not so much because the hit was brutal and violent, but because it's his 2nd offense for the same exact dangerous play. If the league was actually serious about cutting down on dangerous head shots, he should have gotten a minimum of 10 games. 5 does and says nothing for this. Vastly different offenses, I know, but when you drink and drive, you are punished exponentially because of what the offense COULD cause, not what it actually did cause. If the league doesn't get serious about head hunting, then something REALLY bad is going to happen eventually. I don't give a crap if the intent wasn't there by Moore, or anyone else that does this. He could have just as easily bent over 4 inches and this never happens, or the Wild player could have bent over 2 inches and broken his neck. Big hits are and need to be part of the game. Dangerous ones do not.
Didn't AV give Luongo the C in Vancouver? I do think McDonagh will excel in this role and, dare I say, turn out to be one of the (if not THE) best captain in Rangers history. But right now, Hank is the heart, soul, head, toes, and everything in between for this club!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@EHBIGAPPLE @Say my Name You need to hit the "Show Other Comments" button ;-)
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@Gianni74 @gravey94 I know, as was comparing the stats of those 3 players to a guy who had a concussion. But it didn't stop anyone from doing it last year. Sarcasm doesn't come through well in print.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 @allagash
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/breaking-news-anthony-duclair-only-owns-one-shirt.html
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 I'm beginning to think this is somehow Sean Avery's fault!
@allagash And yet you came here, read the story, and felt compelled to comment further on it. I believe that is the intent of all stories on the blog, so mission accomplished for Adam.
Wait, now Moore's meeting may be in person after all. As Spike said...Do the Right Thang!
@Say my Name @SmellyKisio F-Troop...Thanks. Now THAT song will be in my head all day. The end of the Civil War was near when quite acc-i-dent-ally...