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Surprised Crabb got the mumps and not chlamydia...sorry, too obvious to let go!


Nice to see #61 lighting it up.  He has without a doubt been the Rangers' MVP for the first 3rd of this season. Not sure about the league with the way Tarasenko's been playing, but he's definitely in the conversation.  My beef with the Nash trade from the start was that I just didn't think he was a NY player.  He's taking steps to erase my perception of that, but it's all gonna come down to doing when it matters most.  If he keeps up his regular season prowess and performs in the playoffs, then I will gladly eat crow.  Until then, I still see him in an A-Rod mold...Hall of Fame regular season, Hall of Shame post-season.  Come on big guy, keep it going we all want you to do it!!

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@DP_Snotty I think that may go to whomever doesn't get the mumps.

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Way to chase that money Kovalchoke.  Would be nice to see Buchnevich in camp come September. 

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@J_CKfor30 What it might say about Lindberg is that they want him to be here to stay, not for a week or 2 until Brassard is back.  Plus, neither him, Hayes, or Moore are a #top 6 player at this point, so why put them there.

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@johnnyb3910 8 points playing on the top line on a bad team.  He should probably fire his agent.  Not sure why anyone would willingly go to Edmonton, unless they were getting zero playing time where they were and it was on a short term deal.  I wouldn't be surprised to see Edmonton move him when their purge begins, but they have plenty of cap space so maybe not.  From important piece on a Stanley Cup Finalist to irrelevancy.  He should be the poster child for all future free agents.

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@PharmerBern You should change your moniker to Stretch Armstrong, cause that was a major reach!

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Was thinking the same thing.  Either Miller has "figured it out" and is now playing up to his potential, hence the top line and PP minutes, or he's still the same and is being given those minutes by AV as a way to heighten his trade value.  Talbot and Miller are 2 potential components of a pretty decent package for a top 4 D or top 6 player.  Also make you wonder if Miller is being given a shot because someone else may be on the block that Miller would replace (Zucc, Hags, Kreider).  I think that's a long shot, but you never know with Sather.  Hard to believe he would gut a Stanley Cup contender, but salary cap world is strange, especially when it's unstable!

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@scrangersfan @J_CKfor30 Right, cause he did noting last spring except being a team that hadn't sniffed the Cup finals in 20 years to a few bounces/bad calls away from hoisting the Cup, saving 93% of the shots he faced and allowing 2 goal per game along the way.  $8.5M is legit for a top goaltender.

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@J_CKfor30 He's a deterrent. Look at the way he's fought off the measles!

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@J_CKfor30 Hank's fighting it a bit, this will probably light his fire to improve quickly.  Not surprising.

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@KevinMccarthy Based on past NY Rangers' rumors, it would have to be Hemsky, no?


Staal, Miller, and Talbot for Benn.  Git er' done!

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@J_CKfor30 Gonna take more than 2 free agents to get Eberle, especially if they don't look like they would sign.  Can't imagine Staal and Zucc want to go from a Cup contender to a rebuild.  Talbot might because he would become their starter, but then you would have to include some youth as well.  Edmonton wants a center and goaltender.

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The lack of a legit top-end, NHL-ready prospect in the Rangers' system makes Staal Immensely more irreplaceable than Callahan.  Unless Sather can get a top 4 D from someone, Staal goes nowhere and gets big dollaz!  If Boyle wasn't so snakebitten this year and Moore didn't turn into MDZ II, you cold argue the Rangers could get by with McD, G, Boyle, and Klein as their top 4 with Moore and Hunwick/Allen/McIlrath/Bodie as the bottom pair.  That would still be a formidable D and you could then bolster other areas with the trade of Staal.  But alas, Boyle is fragile (he must be italian) and Moore is just not good right now.  Can't trade a top 4 when you only have 2 of the 4 to fill it out.


Anyone else see this:  "Brodeur said he's getting more comfortable wearing the Blues logo. Said it would be easier, though, if team got him a jersey that fit."  The jokes write themselves ladies and gentlemen!


So Duke siting again.  WJCs here he comes!

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@BrinaGu3 @gravey94 Deboer has to coach the Devils...that's enough of a punishment, the league is not cruel!

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@scrangersfan @gravey94 @J_CKfor30 Yes, I was being sarcastic.

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@J_CKfor30 Sarcasm doesn't come through in type :-)  Actually, I've been one of the biggest Stepan supporters from day 1.  I advocated giving him the C in 2010 instead of Callahan or Dubinsky.  And I've always said he IS a #1 center, maybe not a superstar like Stamkos or Crosby, but definitely a top center.  He'll get well over $6M in the summer, and rightly so.   

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You know, I never want to see any player hurt because it's bad for the game.  But just once, I want to see Crosby laid out with one of these exact plays and see what happens to the player that does it.  Torts was dead on about the Penguins organization.  There's still a little part of me that somehow thinks they're going to end up with Connor McDavid in the draft.  It's disgusting how biased the league is towards them.  I can't think of ANY other sport where that occurs.  In fact, most sports are the exact opposite.  Team like the Yankees, Cowboys, Lakers, etc. are great for marketing the sport, but the league puts them under an even more magnified microscope than other team, just to specifically avoid the bias the other way.  Someone should investigate Bettman.  I have no doubt he has some type of agreement with Lemiuex.


Not sure what the CBA says about fines, but when a team breaks an agreement, doesn't that mean they also break the underlying one?  You're absolutely right, they should have rescinded the cap relief.  But can't have your "dynasty" missing the playoffs over domestic violence now can we.  See rant above!


Fatty on the Blues, by choice.  Just sad.  At least Borque did it to have 1 shot at a Cup.  Fatty's got 3 and every record in the books.  Why tarnish his legacy?

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@J_CKfor30 This team will go nowhere until they get a #1 center.

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The captaincy didn't affect Leetch's game, the lack of talent around him and crappy coaches did.  Sure, he had Gretz for 2 of the 3 years he was captain, but that's it!  He had lotsa big names, but all well past their primes, and he had to play under Colin Campbell and John friggin' Muckler.  Ryan McDonagh...I dunno, it's just a hunch on my part, but maybe just maybe he's a it off because he missed a month, needs to get the feel for the rhythm of the game, and fells a ton of pressure to perform at the top of his game immediately because the Rangers don't have anyone or any combinaton of D that can replace what he brings.  The pressure of an unsteady D corps is getting to McDonagh, not the C...IMO.


But yes, the top players need to play better and will.  That friggin' Nash guy took all their mojo!

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@Say my Name What, no Glass reference?

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@Say my Name My uncle called me a fargin' bastige once...once.

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@scrangersfan @gravey94 Bad play for sure, but he was put in that spot by the worse play that Moore made.  Moore had a chance to clear the puck out of the zone, but he makes a move towards his net and floats a pass to McDonagh, who has his back to the blue line and 2 Lightning players and a Ranger behind him.  That one is on Moore in my book.  The 5th goal was on McDonagh and the bad pass he made behind the net.

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No brainer.  Free Duclair!!  He'll get top 6 minutes with some of the best young talent coming into the league and he'll also get to play against the best of the best fro other countries.  It should be a good primer for him to come back for a Cup run!

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Didn't watch the whole thing, but from what I saw, the Ranger played a very good game against a top team, except for a 2 minute stretch in the 3rd.  The love tap "slash" on St. Louis and the bonehead non-icing by Moore were killers.  They didn't look like the same team after they killed the 5 on 3, only to be scored upon because they couldn't clear the zone.  Lotsa people talking about Hank, and Kreider needing to step up, and Glass and Stempniak's roles, etc.  What about Zucc???  He was the team's top scorer last year.  This year he's got 10 points in 22 games.  He's not exactly playing his way into a lucrative deal with the Rangers.  On top of not scoring, it seems like he takes at least 1 bonehead penalty every game.  WTF Zucc????  On the flip side, Derek Stepan has 13 points in 12 games.  In case you don't have your calculator, that's close to a 90 point season.  Yes Virginia, Derek Stepan IS a #1 center and he will make it rain come July!!  Hopefully, his reign will be on Broadway!

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@betweentheworlds It's not Callahan, it's that other guy playing center.  you could put Scott Gomez on that line and he's score 40!  3 guys on Stamkos, dare the other 4 guys to beat em'!

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@leftwingbarbara @gravey94 Wait, what!!  Get your mind out of the gutter!!  I was trying to have a hockey conversation and you turned it into smut!  You should be ashamed!...Well played though

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@_Jack Captain my Captain!

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@leftwingbarbara @gravey94 I would have no idea, that's a personal preference for him :-)

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@leftwingbarbara Beating the Bishop is usually more effective going north-south ;-)

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@scrangersfan You are entitled to your opinion.

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If the team that played Montreal shows up, they will win.  This team beat the top 2 teams in the each by a combined score of 10-0.  They can play with anyone...when they play.  Those Bishop numbers are ridiculous against the Rangers.  I wonder how much of it has to do with the fact that a Rangers-Lightning game is rarely an intense one.  Coming off a pretty good whippin' by the Lightning and MSL's return, I would expect this one to be ratcheted up a bit.  Will be interesting to see if Bishop can still excel if the Rangers have their game going.

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@JoeyKocur Yes it would.  Imagine...we make the playoffs...we get to the finals...and we win the Cup because the #4 defenseman we got in the trade for Talbot blocked 5 shots and scored the Cup winning goal...wouldn't that rock!

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@betweentheworlds @gravey94 @johnnyb3910 @KevinMccarthy @scrangersfan If there was any chance at all that he could potentially take over for Hank in 2-3-4 years, then maybe, maybe he would consider it.  The kid put in his dues, bucked all the odds by making from a non-hockey school, and has played really well where he would be a lock as a starter on probably half the teams in the league.  AND, he's also proved himself under the bright lights of NYC (I guess not so bright if you're Tim Thomas).  Now he gets the chance to go from making $562,000 per year to probably north of $4M per season and a multi-year deal at the age of 28.  And his only options are not Buffalo and Edmonton.  San Jose is said to possibly be parting with Niemi over contract issues, Dallas may want to upgrade over Lehtonen, Calgary's got a good young core, etc.  There's always a chance that he will choose to stay in the comfort zone he's in, but I'd bet the farm that he'll take the shot as a starter, it may be his only one!

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@betweentheworlds Would be nice, but it would take more than Talbot and a prospect for sure.

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@JoeyKocur Lack of leadership, lack of D, lack of goaltending.  Other that that, they're stacked!

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@johnnyb3910 @gravey94 I don't see any way Talbot doesn't leave.  Too many teams need goaltenders, and the possibility to be a starter AND cash in for probably his one and only chance at big money, is too much to pass up.  I think it's a foregone conclusion that he's gone.


No way they would make Skapski the back-up. Most likely they would find a capable back-up in a trade for a young kid or low level pick.  There are a ton of decent not great goalies out there.  Hell, they could even give Harding a shot since it looks like nobody else will.


It's just tempting to see what might be available with Edmonton, given their wealth of young guns.

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 Not sure what they would get, but I could see Sather getting creative to try to pry away either one of the core guys or someone like Ference.  Rangers have a lot of UFAs and RFAs this off-season.  I'd hate to see any go, but if you can get one of those young guns from Edmonton, it would have to be listened to.

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Since this is an open thread, Edmonton is rumored to be in the market for a Center and starting goalie.  They have some definite intriguing pieces up there.  Not that I'm advocating a trade now or at an point this season, but what do you all think Edmonton would part with for Talbot... since he's a FA at the end of the season, is too good to not start on a lot of other teams, and given that the Rangers' goalie prospects are looking like keepers?

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Awesome win!  Have to assume THAT'S who the Rangers are.  Now they need to find a way to consistently be that  All 12 forwards with points, that's pretty incredible.  That fight with Prust alone means the Rangers won the MDZ trade.

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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!

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@AnnoyingJoe I think he's roommates with Calla-who.

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@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.

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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!

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@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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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@leftwingbarbara @dsclaw88 Fast is not so fast tonight.  He'll have a seat way up high.

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Calla-Who? 

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