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The team needs to wake up from this mini-swoon. Stralman hs been a turn-over machine the last couple of games and John Moore, where were those flashes of brilliance you showed last year? Just not enough consistency this year.
STOP playing with JT Miller's head. The kid was one of our best forwards since the break. He helped win the game against the Blackhawks and scored against the Bruins. His reward? Gets sent down again so a stiff like Dorsett can do nothing for us. Oh, except take a penalty against the Flyers that turned into the game winner. Bring the kid up and keep him in the line up, we need a few more sand-paper types without Cally wearing the Blueshirt.
Stepan is an anchor on that first line. He's taking Nash down with him. No speed, limited creativity, he opens up no skating room for 61. This may be radical, but Dominic Moore can skate; see that burst against the Leafs? Demote Stepan to the PK and 4th line where he may have enough skill to make an impact. Moore will bang in the corners more for the puck and may create some better chances for Nash. RIght now BTW, the Nash trade is tilting west in favor of Columbus. Artie and Dubie have size and aren't afraid to use it. Stepan is a non-entity right now, please don't let him ruin Nash.
Lastly, King the Olympics are OVER, you lost to Canada. Make a big save every now and then. You've been mediocre to poor without Torts' system in front of you. See the puck, stop the puck. Right now you're playing like JD. I'm not talking about JD back in '79, I'm talking like you're playing like JD is in the net at his current age. Wake up and get your head on right.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Lundqvist to Start vs. Canes; Zuccarello a Game-Time Decision
Which is why that GM is no longer the GM in Montreal.
8 months ago on Rangers With Just $11.1 Million Under Cap
Yeah, Winnipeg's GM would have to be smoking crack to agree to that. Love how we assume GM's in other towns aren't watching or scouting our players. We know MDZ is flaming out and Boyle plays hard once every two weeks, yet professionals whose livelihood is partly based on making these evaluations doesn't know that? Kane and Bylf are two studs. Come on get real.
Does Sather realize the Blue Jackets of the past few years were not exactly the 1979 Montreal Canadiens? You build a winner by trading or drafting proven winners. We are morphing into an team with too much mediocre talent.
8 months ago on Asham, Powe Placed on Waivers
Rangers need to re-sign Dave Balon and Billy Fairbairn first before dipping into the market.
8 months ago on NHL Free Agency Tracker
Nothing like blind allegiance to Slats and Dolan. I must have missed it someplace that since those 2 took over there have been multiple parades down the Canyon of Heroes. Accepting mediocre results over their reign of error does not excuse the relative success if making it to the second round these past 2 years. You're the one that's wailing away, WAAAH, weave my Wangers awone. Critical analysis requires objective thinking; calling yourself a singular devoted fan has caused you to lose that persoective
8 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Obtain Falk
The Rangers should only trade Hank if they can get back Darrelle Revis.
8 months, 1 week ago on Lundqvist Extension Talks Begin; Richards Decision Coming Shortly; No Commitment on Clowe
@HadEnough1 You forgot Chris Kostopoulous
8 months, 1 week ago on Messier Says Sather Asked Him to Coach
Not interested in Briere. Have you been paying attention to what wins Cups? It's goaltending- we can check that off and next it's depth and bruising forwards who can finish. Look at last years Kings, and both the Bruins and Hawks this year. The Rangers are loaded with small forwards that just get plastered into the boards. See: Zucc, Hags, Stepan, Brassard, yes, even Cally. They need the rare combo of guys with snarl that can finish. Oddly enough, even with their small size they are not a particularly fast team.
Last component is a punishing D with one of those guys hopefully possessing a bomb on the point for the PP.
Until we add those elements we are not going anywhere. Get bigger, faster, tougher first.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on So What Happens to Messier?
Yes you are. The B's have been the better team. If not for Rask letting in a freebie, this series is over already. I wish I was wrong, but Bruins will close it out.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Kreider Given Maintenance Day; McD on Power Play; Same Line-up Likely
It's clear that the Rangers are getting pushed around this series. Hags, Brassard, Zucc, Stepan, and even Cally are too small collectively. MDZ and Eminger are a liability. The most amazing stat is that even when the Bruins get no PP's, they turn the Rangers lack of success on their PP into momentum. Lundqvist can't do it alone, although he did put up a valiant effort last night. In the offseason, they need a banger and crease clearer as the #1 priority. How many goals have been screens from the point? Seems like since Beukeboom they haven't had a monster back there. Although they miss Staal, he wouldn't have been a difference maker. Dump Richards and see if you can pry Weber from the Preds (yes, I know he has a huge contract), but they need to get tougher and play with more snarl. This squad is relatively small but the trade-off usually is in goal scoring and talent; this team manages to be both small and lacking finishers.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Stralman Likely Out for Game 4; Clowe Skates; Powe Clower
Hard to hear those comments directed at a guy who brings hustle and heart to every game. What possible benefit could there be in doing this? Torts and Sullivan have 'orchestrated' this pathetic outfit for years now. Maybe time to look in the mirror before throwing one of your own under the bus. Disappointing to see a coach do this in the middle of a series. Love to see Hags pop in a couple today; of course Torts will take credit for lighting a fire.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Torts, Rangers Ready for Game 2
MDZ has been a liability every time he's on the ice. You can see he's making wrong decisions, gets caught out of position, absolutely no consistency to his game right now. Stralman on the other hand has been fabulous. He made a play late that negated a 2 on 1 that could have saved the game. Takes the body well along the boards. Moore has definitely supplanted him as the rushing, power play specialist. I realize Emminger overplayed the puck that lead to the 2nd goal, but MDZ was slip-sliding all over the ice. Should have benched MDZ after that. The shame of it is we were building a great young D, but the injuries to Sauer and this set-back to Staal have put that on hold. Imagine a group of Girardi, McDonough, Sauer, Moore, Staal, and Stralman? Pretty damn good. Unfortunately don't think we'll ever see it.
10 months ago on Staal Pulled Himself From The Line-up
The funny thing is when Nash came here they were saying he'll finally be playing with a world class center. Who knew that his former teammate and current teammate may always have been the better option.
10 months ago on I Think Brassard Enjoys Playing in New York
Watch for Dorsett tonight, we need him to bring the edge Prust brought us last year. Funny thought about the PP. They never looked better than they did on the trade deadline day when they popped in 3 versus the Pens with no practice time together. Just shows that they may be over-coached on the PP. When the team played with more instinct they were off the charts. Torts has to re-evaluate the way the PP is set up, something is getting lost in translation.
10 months ago on Torts: I Think We're Close
The OT may not be the worst thing, if they win tmw they really are putting heat on the Isles, open up a 3 pt lead on the Jets and because it was not a regulation win could likely win a tie breaker against the Isles due to their better record against them. If the Jets had won, they would have snuck into 8th tmw if the Rangers lose tmw; this way they are guaranteed 8th for at least another day. It'll all play out. The bigger crime was the Rangers losing to the Panthers a couple of weeks ago. If they miss the playoffs THAT'S the game they'll point to.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Maintenance Day for Moore; X-rays for Dorsett & Tinted Visor for Staal
Nightmare scenario is it comes down to the last game of the season and the Devils are in a position to have us knocked out. They'll play desperate hockey- the Rangers are the LAST team they'll lay down for. Need to win tonite, the Sabres are coming on too, they are always tough up there.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Sabres (Game 44)
Funny thing about the Power Play. The best they've looked was on the trade deadline day. What does that tell you? The players instincts are better than the "system" they are forcing on them. That night they played with ingenuity and creativity. Since then presumably the coaching has taken that out of their game. One other comment, I understand puck possession but their offensive plays always seem to be sending 3 guys behind the net to cycle and swing it back along the wall. That is a losing style of play. Let the players play with some freedom. No way we should be a bottom feeder in goals scored this year.
11 months ago on Rangers 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO
Solid game, the team is finally forging an IDENTITY. Tough on the forecheck, banging in the corners, hard to the net. Let's see some consistency tonight in Carolina.
11 months ago on Rangers 1, Penguins 2 (SO)
We can sure use the toughness but for a team that is desperate for goals, getting a guy with a goose-egg in that category is not promising. We could be getting a guy on his way down. Yet another 'admission' by Sather that letting Prust and Mitchell go was a mistake. The two of them would have come close to equaling Clowe's deal. GM's always forget that you can't buy heart and Prust bled Ranger blue baby.
11 months, 1 week ago on Rangers acquire Ryane Clowe