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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Funny how that works in hockey. Aggressive play nets goals.
14 hours, 17 minutes 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.
14 hours, 22 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@genetics73 He's lucky I'm not running the Dept of Player Safety.
15 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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!
1 day, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@EHBIGAPPLE @Say my Name You need to hit the "Show Other Comments" button ;-)
2 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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
2 days, 9 hours 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.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/breaking-news-anthony-duclair-only-owns-one-shirt.html
Wait, now Moore's meeting may be in person after all. As Spike said...Do the Right Thang!
2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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...
Not for nothing, but the fact that Moore is going to get no more than 5 games for his hit shows what an absolute farce "discipline" is in this league. They want to eliminate head shots, and rightly so. A guy goes out and throws an elbow at someone's head. 2 games because he was a first time offender and they're late round playoff games. OK fair enough. Same guy goes and does the same thing 20 games and 6 months later, 5 games or less. Unfathomable!! If they are serious about ending the head shots, Moore should have gotten 6-8 games without batting an eye, 10 if they wanted to send a real message. It's just a joke and I'm shocked that the players are not up in arms about it. This puts their livelihood in direct jeopardy!!
You're missing a HUGE piece. Brad Richards wore that exact shirt all last year. Clearly, Duclair took over Richards' locker, found a shirt, and has performed some voodoo-istic rituals to summon young Brad Richards from the remnants of washed up Brad Richards' unwashed Under Armour. If he starts dating Olivia Munn, I fear the universe could collapse upon itself due to the tear in the space-time continuum fabric...or the fabric of the Under Armour shirt, whichever comes first.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/breaking-news-anthony-duclair-only-owns-one-shirt.html
McKenzie says no supplementary discipline expected for Kreider, and rightly so. Can't penalize a guy for being fast and big and playing tough.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name You're talking Gestalt, yet naming specific player replacements...you've gone to a higher plane! Kreider Clydesdale...that's funny! I disagree about Malone. He's pointless, looks slow, and is not really helping the present or future. The organization would be better served calling up McIlrath, playing him for 9 minutes a game and getting him used to the NHL. Malone is not in the future of this organization, McIlrath could be.
@J_CKfor30 Moore hasn't exactly been a stalwart back there. At this point Kostka, Allen, or McIlrath would probably be about that same as Moore, if not better. His brain seems to be melting at the same rate that DelZotto's did!
2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@genetics73 @gravey94 @Billfrom Brookhaven Tell that to Joey Crabb!
@TomDundie Welcome to the funny farm kid. Now get him on the blog and his journey to the dark side will be complete!
What the what? I didn't get to watch much of the game, but was following on Twitter. Sounded like absolutely everything that could go wrong was going wrong. It was 3-0 heading into the 3rd, Rangers were down 2 guys and I was already convincing myself it's still early. I go walk the dog, come home, and it's 3-2. Oooh, there's life, then 4-2 and disgust creeps back. Switched to MNF, did some laundry, come back and it's 5-4 Rangers...WTF? From the highlights. here's what I gathered:
1) Duclair is staying. Too much talent, not at all out of place, the only thing keeping him out of the top 9 would be the coach.
2) This is the Rick Nash we traded Dubi, and Anisimov for. I never liked this trade, but if this is the player we got, I'll learn to like it REAL quick! BTW, combined stats of the players Rangers gave up 3G, 2A. Rick Nash, 9G, 2A
3) Ever since Messier left, this team lacked a leader with fire who could inspire the team. Or at least that's what I thought. The thing of it is, they've had it all along, he just doesn't wear a letter. Hank is every bit that leader. Word is he stood up in the locker room last night between the 2nd and 3rd and gave it to the team. Then he came out, made some HUGE saves, and they stole a win. Leadership...it comes from everywhere!
4) Not going to go nuts as it's 9 games, but this is absolutely one of those games you can look back on in a season for inspiration. Character building game, no doubt.
5) Welcome to the scoresheet Zucc! Now time to earn your next contract!
6) If I were a betting man, I'd say Moore gets 6 games. 2x offender within 6 months, pretty much the same infraction. Not sure how the NHL doesn't come down hard. On the other hand, if Kreider gets so much as a $5 fine, it's a joke. He hit a guy 10 feet away form the boards and the player put himself in that position AND braced himself for the hit. Not reckless, not intent to injure, just a moveable object meeting and unstoppable force!! Since Moore will be out, would be nice to see McIlrath for a spell instead of Kostka.
7) Speaking of Moore, I think we see now why Sather held firm to give him less than $1M and a 1 year deal. The kid is quickly becoming replaceable.
@AnnoyingJoe Yea, not sure how you can board someone who is 10 feet away from the boards AND leaning back into you.
@Billfrom Brookhaven Always good to know your STDs, they can be a very dangerous consequence of one night stands! They killed Al Capone after all!
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
My brain hurts now. Good write-up, however, much like the ridiculous over-reactions of fans, stats over 7 games are pretty much meaningless, either good or bad. Let's see where he is after 15 games or so, then we can give a good prediction of where he should end up.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-rise-of-mats-zuccarello-is-inevitable.html
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 Yea, unfortunately Sather's hard-on for Boyle was the death knell for Stralman's Rangers tenure. In the long run, I don't think it will matter much as the Rangers have guys that will be as good and probably better than Stralman, but with all the issues going on now, his loss is really inflated. I still think Staal is a much better D and Stralman, just not now and not north of $6M per season.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Excellent work! I love these updates, keep em' coming!
3 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat The 3 years Leetch was captain he projected to average about 52 points per season and was top 10 in defenseman scoring, except the 2nd year when he got hurt. In other words he was simply just a top defenseman instead of THE top defenseman. Kinda splitting hairs saying that he suffered by being captain.
Trade em' both to Tampa for Stralman, Boyle, and that other guy that used to be on the Rangers, done.
Seriously though, take a look at the standings in the league. That alone should be enough to take EVERYTHING right now with trailer full of salt. Nothing makes sense! You can't read into anything until at least Thanksgiving.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Add Hags and McIlrath and send them to Nashville for Weber.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
What the over/under on Kreider taking out Price? I'm thinking the 30 second mark of the first.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom Cute, you almost had us fooled...ALMOST! We're on to you lady! AV can say whatever he wants to the media, but we all know the real motivation tactic. You're in cahoots with him and you're baking cookies for all the players who need a certain type of "motivation!!" ADMIT IT!!! Come one, you're caught. It's OK, we're not angry. We're just a little jealous. Clearly you like the Rangers better than this little blog troglodyte community, and who can blame you really? As long as you keep feedin' em' cookies and they keep producing, we all win!
6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Thanks for ending your maintenance day Kevin and posting this. It could be the last thing I read. See I walked past the subway yesterday and thought about bowling on the weekend, so I've likely contracted Ebola because of Benghazi and Obamacare. It's been nice knowing you.
Oh and I've realized that days off from Rangers hockey suck. It would be be a real nice thing to do if Dolan would put the Wolfpack on MSG II or something. I feel like Professor Ellis D. Trails!
6 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @gravey94 Wish I could, but I have 2 soccer games to coach. Pour one our for me in memory of my youth!
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name I used to "rock climb" in New Paltz many moons ago. Of course there was no equipment involved. Just some Vasque hiking boots, a backpack full of energy bars and some type of liquid beverage, and a whole lot of stupidity. Ever see The Good Son with McAuley Calkin and Elija Wood? There's a scene where Calkin is holding Wood with one hand dangling over a bridge and says "if I let you go, do you think you could fly?" That sums up every weekend I spent in New Paltz. The beers at the top were amazing though and it was a fun town! Now I just pass through for Grimaldi's on my way home from skiing with the family. Ahh, me-mor-ies!
@Gorangers0525 @KevinTheNYRBlog @BrendyJohnson One of them has to be Kuato!
Connor McDavid...holy crap!! If I'm Buffalo, Carolina, and Edmonton, there's no way in hell I try to win more than 20 games this season. Might be a good time for some teams like the Rangers to fleece the bottom dwellers for needs.
For what it's worth, Lindberg has 3 goals and an assist in 4 games. Haggerty and Kristo, 4 points each. Miller, 2 points in 3 games. Fast 0 in 3 games. Bodie 3 in 4. Sounds like the call-up pecking order may be changing a bit.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhaveawaiteratMSG Aw, leave them alone. They're made of lipstick, plastic and paint, a touch of sable in their eyes.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Ah got it. Thanks,
@Dminches @gravey94 Willie Mays made THE most iconic catch in MLB history in the WS to preserve a tie and then scored the winning run to win the WS. Doesn't matter what he did in other playoff series', his legacy was cemented. Kershaw is dominant in the regular season and has tanked in the post season. If that trend continues, I guarantee his legacy will be one of a guy who can't win the big game. Winning is everything in sports, always has been always will be. Derek Jeter had a decent, not spectacular, regular season in 2001. He made an iconic play that year in the playoffs to help the Yankees to a title. His stats that postseason were not good, but he contributed in a big way to a championship. That's what is remembered.
Didn't watch, but was very happy to see the 2 points in the standings and from McDonagh! Him finding his game is HUGE! Rangers won 3 in a row last year at the end of October and went on to take 10 of the next 15. Here's to a nice little streak early in the season! Tough game coming up, Montreal's on a tear.
On the Duclair front, he's already burned the first year on his EL contract, so why does the 10 game threshold still apply? Can't they keep him and send him back to Juniors at any point they feel he's not ready for NHL?
@Dminches Playoffs absolutely trump regular season success. It's one thing to not win a championship. Guys like Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Ted Williams, Marcel Dione, Mike Gartner never really had a shot to win, and if they did make it to the championship game they typically performed admirably. Then there's guys that are excellent regular season performers and tank in the playoffs (Mark Teixeira, Vlad Guerrero, the Sedins, etc.). The Yankees are a microcosm of this. Pettite is a legend because of his playoff success. Regular season, we was mostly average. A-Rod was a regular season stud who was going to break the all-time HR record. Until he proved to be a choker in the playoffs. Nash had 1 bad run. If it happens again, it will become a major stain on his legacy. If he performs this season, all is forgotten. That's just the way it is.
@RangersAndRadio @KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 But the knee-jerk reactions are the yin to logic's yang. Gotta climb the track before enjoying the drop on the other side of the Blog Coaster. Knee-jerk reactions are welcomed and essential!
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Ciffy02 You misunderstood, that was his KorSI...with a "K". That's actually the "Kostka or a Siamese Imp". His rating means there's a 67% chance that you're better off with him than the imp.
G is in, we can all come off the Kostka ledge. Also, AV said Duclair can't be recalled if sent back, so he's staying for now. That sounds like they'll keep him, but who knows. Again, we can all come in off the Duclair ledge too!
@LennoxHillMarketing @gravey94 @Cally11 Breakout passing is not about the home run. Those get the glory, but making a pass to clear the zone, while maintaining possession is a successful breakout pass. McDonagh, Staal, Klein, and Moore do those well. Girardi is probably neck and neck with Moore at this point, but Moore has more potential to improve.
@LennoxHillMarketing @Cally11 I'm not a Girardi hater, but "best breakout passer on the team"??? Unless you count chipping the puck with one hand off the boards and having a forward come to the face-off dot to gather the puck, I's say he's probably 4th or 5th best...at best.
So I'm guessing he has a 3 point night and beats the crap out of Henrique then.
Arizona, seriously? They been scoring a ton, but they are the worst team in the league for goals given up. THAT's a pretty impressive stat considering this league has the likes of Buffalo, Florida, and Edmonton! We need defense, so unless they're talking about Yandle again, I'd bet Maloney was here to se if there were any job openings!
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 @betweentheworlds @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie I don't think there are many who think he will be sent down due to playing deficiencies. IF he is sent to juniors, it would be due to a numbers game. Right now, there's one kid in the line-up and he's excelling at a position that has nothing to do with Duclair and is an organizational weakness. They already said they're not going to keep him unless he can break the top 9. Nash, Kreider, MSL Zucc, Hagelin, Stepniak...I don't see any of them being demoted to the 4th line and I doubt any get traded in the next 2 weeks, but stranger things have happened. If there were room, he'd be here for the duration, but there's just no space for him right now and the thinking is probably that he'd be better served playing top minutes with his Juniors team than sitting in the pressbox. I dunno, would 40 games at the NHL level spread out over months be better than a nearly full season in Juniors? That's above my pay grade. The Wolfpack would have been ideal, but C'est la vie. The kid looks like he could be a star, it just may have to wait a year.
Just saw a stat...Rick Nash has more goals than the Panthers and is tied with the Sabres. I find that hysterical on so many levels!
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
16 years ago today, MSL scored his first goal. I feel old.