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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.
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@IhaveawaiteratMSG Aw, leave them alone. They're made of lipstick, plastic and paint, a touch of sable in their eyes.
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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Ah got it. Thanks,
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@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?
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@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.
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@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!
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@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.
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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.
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@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!
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@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.
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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!
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16 years ago today, MSL scored his first goal. I feel old.
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@betweentheworlds @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie Sather's best move...promoting Gordie Clark to head of Player Personnel!
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@Say my Name @gravey94 @RangersAndRadio No, I absolutely agree if you can get a top d-man or #1 center with Hags in a package, you absolutely take it. He's not easily replaceable though, especially since the thinking seems to be trade Hags to make room for Duclair. So you're taking out an effective PK an forecheck 3rd liner that wears down the D so the top 6 have an easier time scoring later in the game, in theory. It's a tough choice. I just don't think you need to try to force Duclair on the team if there is no legitimate room.
Oh, and the Kings were 10th last season, Rangers were 12th. No, they weren't top 6, but none of the top 6 made it past the 2nd round. So there's that...LOL!
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Anyone else think Malone's helmet looks to be 1 size too small for his head?
@betweentheworlds @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie It's our impatience for a legit star that's the tough part. If he goes to Juniors for 1 more year with 10 NHL games under his belt, he should be dynamic next year. Then you have him, Buchnevich, Hayes, Haggerty, Miller(?), and Lindberg potentially making it to the team? Wow. When was the lat time the Rangers could boast that???
@betweentheworlds @gravey94 @Say my Name Yup. But he was a big guy with skill and speed. So was Petr Nedved, and John Ogrodnick. It's a crapshoot with any of them.
@Say my Name Keep in mind, Hayes, Haggerty, and Miller are all able to drink legally. Duclair is barely eligible to vote. They'll get their shots, but you don't mess with a SCF team too much, just because you have some talented yoots, unless there's room for them.
@RangersAndRadio There's a LOT of underestimating going on here with Hags. No he's not a great goalscorer. No, he's not gonna set up a ton of goals. What he is, is a dynamic forecheck machine. He doesn't have the size, but wen he uses that speed to forecheck and pressure defenses, he wreaks havoc and causes mistakes. I'm not saying he's indispensable, but for years we've been bitching and moaning about no forecheck in the playoffs. Hags gave us that last year and it was pretty damned important to that run. Championship teams need guys like Hags.
@betweentheworlds @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie IF he goes down to Juniors, it's because Hayes has been his equal in terms of "proving he belongs" but at a much more critical position. I don't think there would be a doubt that he would stay if there was room. But I just don't see a spot with him unless there's a trade looming. The only think i could POSSIBLY see is that they would keep him, send Hayes down, and work on a trade that included one of the top 9 guys (likely Hags or Zucc since they are in contract years). Then they could bring Hayes back up to fill the spot. That's a lot of upheaval though just to keep a 19 year old kid with 3 assists.
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@Say my Name Like Hugh Jessiman?
@IhateGaborik @genetics73 @KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 No, but someone else could move down. It's the spot that's not clear right now.
@shoream Nah, he'd shoot it wide.
@Say my Name NOW you post this???? Well tanks fer nuttin' Danny!
@Say my Name @Bueller Was once told a story by former Bruins beat writer in a Boston bar (don't remember who it was). Bruins player shot a puck and the puck actually split in half. Half went into the net half went over the glass. Ruling was no goal because the entire puck did not cross the line. Looks like the same in this case.
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @gravey94 Cool, thanks!
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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 You are the chosen one!
Kevin, you absolutely need to criticize line combinations and AV decisions for the rest of the season. You really do have a reverse psychology effect, it's uncanny and frankly a little scary! I love it when the blog roller coaster gets going! 2 days ago AV sucked and didn't know how to put together good lines, and Hagelin should have been traded or sent down. Today, AV looks like a genius and Hags was 1st star. Ah passion, you are the heroin of life!
Kreider - Hayes - Nash, speed, size, and scoring...oh my.
Definitely too early to make any proclamations, but I wonder if slow starts from Zucc will be his thing?
I didn't watch, but did Mueller play well besides the face-off circle.
I'm still not convinced that Duclair is heading back to juniors because he can still take the spot of Glass or Malone regularly, but the emergence of Hayes has certainly not helped him.
When Stepan and Boyle come back, this team will be in exciting shape!
Impressive win all around against the big bad Sharks! Not for nothing, but it must be pretty embarrassing for Thornton to be skating around with an A instead of a C. That's pretty soft!
Explain again why the 9-game threshold is there for Duclair? The # contracts is no longer an issue and he's already burned the 1st year of his entry level deal. Is it a cap thing now?
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@Say my Name @gravey94 Dammit! I have a 10-year supply of Samoas!! I guess I'm covered for the Bubonic plague though!!
So a 19-year old potential scoring machine may get sent down to juniors for 1 more year, which most agree would benefit him, and THAT'S the talk of the town??? He has 3 assists, has played decently, and doesn't look lost most of the time. All in all nothing spectacular...either good or bad.
On the other hand, a highly sought after college free agent seems to be quickly turning into a legitimate NHL center...so much so that he is now going to be centering a line with the league's top goal-scorer and a young gun expected to perennially hit 30+ goals per year. Yet all the talk is about Duclair not making it past 10 games??? Talk about misplaced focus! We should be jumping for joy that Hayes has earned this much confidence from AV, not downing bottles of TUMS because of what our gypsy fortune tellers see in their crystal balls about AV's decisions over the next 2 weeks.
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@DP_Snotty @Say my Name I see what you did they're.
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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 I don't know, I thought they had to keep it at 23, but maybe not.
If they sent 2 down, don't they need to bring 2 up? Maybe a D on the way? Everyone keep talking about McIlrath being a bust, but Miller is quickly climbing that ladder. I do feel bad for Fast. He's kinda like Borque, he does all that's he's supposed to, but he just doesn't stand out. Miller better get his coconut straight or he'll be an ex-Ranger in no time.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 @BringBackBeukeboom What joke? Actually, in fairness, it's more likely all Torts' fault. He tried to make MDZ into a defensive defenseman first and totally blew his gasket. If he never did that, MDZ might be a top offensive defenseman now. Or if he did it sooner, the MDZ bust would have been evident sooner and we'd have Cam Fowler instead of Boyle, and probably Stralman too. Effin' Torts!
@AnnoyingJoe @gravey94 He's a neanderthal on skates. For all the love he gets from the toughness crowd, it's really not all that surprising that he's been a healthy scratch on more than a few occasions. He could be absolutely dominant if he wasn't such an idiot.
@Say my Name @gravey94 @KevinMccarthy Careful guy in the orange suit, David Dunn is on his way over! Better call Mr. Glass to help!
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@BringBackBeukeboom Boyle wanted top 6 minutes. He's not a top 6 or even 9 player when he's most effective. Pouliot had a career year at a whopping 36 points, and got 5 years $20M...5 effin' years and $20 effin' million!!! Richards...no brainer. Would not be surprised to see him want to come back next season. Stralman...head scratcher, but it's mostly due to Sather's woody for Boyle that's been his Viagara for at least 3 years now, ever since MDZ started to flop. So essentially, this is all Del Zotto's fault!!!
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@AnnoyingJoe Anyone see Emelin's on Lucic? Nice to see that oaf get some of his own medicine!
@RangersAndRadio He sat for a period in a game the Rangers could not afford to lose. It's not about results, it's about sheltering him and the coach's confidence. If he plays in the 3rd and makes a bad defensive play leading to a goal, you can bet the farm that ALL the talk today would be about how he's not ready. As is, this is just a blip.
@Say my Name @gravey94 @KevinMccarthy That's my philosophy too, but Scarlett Johansson is still not in my bedroom, so I'm beginning to doubt it's effectiveness as a plan of action.
I'd give him, Duclair, and Stepan in a heartbeat for Stamkos. To me, he's the top player in the league!
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@J_CKfor30 @SmellyKisio Look, that play kills me to this day. They were 1 1/2 inches from going back to MSG. But there is NO WAY that Nash cost us the Cup with that. It's like saying every time a puck goes off a goalie's shaft that they made a great save. It was dumb effin' luck. Kings got the break, Rangers did not. Period.
@Say my Name @KevinMccarthy Trades of one star player for another are very rare. The last one I can think of is the Nicholls - Messier deal. In order for it to happen, there has to be a compelling reason from one side (i.e., impending UFA, bad blood, down year, etc.). I don't think there are any stud D that are in that position now.
@SmellyKisio I think AV said he was trying to find a combo of 9 guys with some chemistry and he just lost track of him a bit. Didn't seem like there was any real dog house stuff. Sounds like he needs to make himself stand out more.
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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 Cool, thanks for the scouting report!
What, no drunken recap, not alcohol fueled rage, no wild mood swings??? I'm not sure I like sober Kevin.
2 points is 2 points. It ain't pretty, but they still count the same. That Nash move in the SO was ridiculous, even more so considering he went in there planning to shoot, didn't see the shot, and made that up on the fly. Dude's on a mission!
Maloney said the NHL is a man's game and Duclair is a kid. He thinks he'll be sent back. Not sure I agree, but definitely seeds of doubt now. He needs to gain his coach's confidence and be more noticeable.
Maloney also said Kreider's speed gets ahead of this skill and thought. I totally agree with that. His speed instincts are incredible. Once he has space, he's gone. His hockey instincts haven't caught up yet so he misses passes, loses the puck, gets a bit lost at times, etc. AV said he was fighting it a bit. I'm guessing that's what he meant.
I didn't watch most of the game, but was Malone a factor at all? I wouldn't be surprised to see Miller back Sunday, especially with MSL back to wing.
If the face-offs continue to be atrocious, I wonder if they would consider freeing Lindberg?
Hank's save in the shoot-out on Semin reminded me a bit of Richter on Bure. Difference being Richter's was in the SCF and he was in a flat out stretch. I still think that's one of the most amazing saves I've ever seen!
Big test Sunday!
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Was that a Dirty Sanchez?
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