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Florida gets a lot of bad rep... but solidly building a ton of talent for their team. If they land Mcdavid this year they will Have Barkov, Mcdavid, and Bjugstad down the middle, Along with Ekblad and Kulikov on defense. They could be a very good team in a couple years. Just something I wanted to point out.
9 hours, 10 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JMK8363 I honestly think zucc is going to be on the 3rd line. I don't think AV will break-up Kreider-Stepan-Nash... and MSL and Hags had really good chemistry in may and june.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@MidwestNYR Thinking Zucc and Brass get top 6 mins this year I would love to see these lines:
*It will be interesting to see what the lines are. I thought Hags and MSL had some chemistry with their speed in the postseason, but if zucc gets his deserved top 6 mins it would push hags out. I also don't see zucc being on the same line as MSL as the size deficiency showed them to be ineffective when together last year. So with 7 top 6 guys, it will be interesting to see who gets pushed out.
At the end of the day what it comes down to is the Rangers centers. Each one of them needs to prove something this year. For Stepan he needs to prove he is a top line center (and is worth of the big bucks next season). Brassard needs to prove he is a second line center and put up 55 plus points. Finally, Miller or Lindberg need to prove they can be consistent at the NHL level and play a third line center role. It all comes down to the middle for the Rangers this year.... If each of them can achieve this, the Rangers are a very dangerous team with their defense/goaltending.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@GregQuinn @Josh-CK Stepan is the only top 6 center in the organization currently, so I would very much hope he is not shown the door.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
Derek stepan is licking his chops right now. I don't even know if 6.5 would get him signed. I mean he had more points in the shortened season than brassard has ever had in a full season in his career... And he's younger
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
Rangers just signed Brassard. 5 years 25 million. Not the worst contract in the world and have him for his entire prime... The bad thing is Stepan is absolutely getting 6.5+ next season
3 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I might be nuts but I actually think slats so far has done a masterful job (glass signing aside lol). In my opinion, Boyle is an upgrade over stralman for our team. He brings offense to that pairing with Staal, and can't be worse than Richards on the point. I think Miller is a better player (or has the ability to be) than Richards 5 on 5. Richards was slow, and couldn't win a Faceoff. Stempniak and pouliot to me are a wash. I don't like losing size, but for 3.1 million less a year and 4 less years we are getting similar production. Lombardi was a good depth signing that should create some competition in camp.
Either way I think this season is all about our three centers. All of them are at points in their careers where they need to take a step forward. Step needs to prove he is a first line center, brass has to be a top 6 forward, and miller has to be consistent at the nhl level. Should be fun!
4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Said it once and I'll say it again. If you pay Brassard north of 5 million a year, it means you are valuing Stepan, who is an average first line center that is no where near elite, at around 6.75-7 million a year. The reason our center position is so weak is because we overpay old guys, and are now stuck in a situation where both Brassard and Stepan have all the leverage. I mean without those two we have nothing close to a top 6 center, and I would argue Brassard is not even top 6 as he hasn't proved it once in his career.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kevin do I have to keep posting videos of you playing goalie????
5 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Are we really still pouring over a guy that scored one goal one season? Let's move on, and personally I would love to see his teeth knocked in
5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Mcdonagh gets the C, MSL and Staal get the A's. Absolutely 0 percent chance they take a letter off Staals jersey. How long has he had one 4 years now, and maybe the best 4 years, 94 aside, in this organizations history.
@Bring back Langdon @chrisD what good resume? He has never put up 50 points in a season. Don't see how that entitles him to 5.6 million a year.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If brassard gets 5.6 a year for long teen it's an absolute joke. That would put stepans value at north of 7 a year. The guy is a third liner.... I just cannot believe this madness
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Bring back Langdon Look... a trade is definitely on the table. Everyone says we are strapped for cash, but suddenly we have 7.2 (when people get demoted) just sitting there. We have big guys coming up for contracts next year, but the Rangers aren't the kind of team that doesn't spend money and just wait to pay their guys. They are going to do whatever it takes to get better.
That being said, I don't see how we trade for a winger right now. If a trade is made, it most definitely has to be for a center, and I do not think Winnipeg or Montreal has that kind of player. We will see though.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Derek stepan is easily the best center on the team
@Bring back Langdon @Josh-CK @JMK8363 Nah I was thinking a sign and trade with Brassard, Mcilrath and maybe another prospect. They are trying to rebuild so I would think they want all the young guys they can get.
@JMK8363 That is where it looks like its heading... If he gets a long term deal over one of these two guys its a joke. He has been a third line center his whole career. Slats cannot pay him like a top 6 guy...
We do have about 7.26 million left right now once some of these guys are demoted. A trade for Eric Staal is still not impossible
CK the Man of Steel!
5-7 at most. And that's probably extreme. Realistically it will go up 4.5
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
So zucc, stepan, Staal and hags all next year.... That is going to be so ugly. Stepan, with a big season, could be looking at 6.5 plus. Zucc 5+. Hagelin 4+, and Staal 5.5 +. Would have liked to seen more years on this deal. Next summer is going to be brutal.
I completely disagree with that. Brassard has risen his game in the playoffs, but his resume has been a below average hockey player. And definitely a worse player than. The previous contract he was on. I like brassard, but he hasn't proven anything yet.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Btw contracts are so backwards. How is brass getting more money than zucc? Is it just because he was a first round pick 5 or so years ago? I mean zucc is a better hockey player in every area, and probably would be on faceoffs to if he was a center.
Ughhh... Wish they'd sign him for 5 years. 3.3 million would look like a steal next season for 4 more years. Too bad we can't because of the situation we are in with brassard demanding an absurd amount of money for a third line center. He is taking advantage of us since we have no other option because he is not worth anywhere near 5+ million.
@Derek Stepan @Josh-CK It all depends when you trade him. If you wait til after this season and just trade his rights, maybe a second round pick. If you move him before the deadline to a contender, you could probably get a top forward prospect (hopefully a center) and a first round pick. One possibility, Tampa is short on left-handed dmen, they may want him to pair back with Stralman and you could get our first back and maybe a high-end offensive prospect. Thats just pure speculation, but one possible example.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@supermaz Should have extended Staal before signing Girardi in my opinion... The thing is I believe Brady Skjei may have given some guys in the front office a belief that he is their future second line left side, and Marc Staal is expendable for assets (forwards)
Next season is going to be rough, and we need a huge bump in the salary cap. Staal is probably looking at 6 years for 6 million. If Stepan has a 60-75 point season, which I could definitely see from him he is also looking at 6 million per at least. Finally, there is Carl Hagelin. This is a huge year for him, and if he plays like he did in the playoffs this year he will be seeing 4.5+ per year. I think a tough decision is going to have to be made, but having said that the one player we cannot afford to lose is Stepan due to our lack of depth down the middle.
@IhateGaborik @EHBIGAPPLE @betweentheworlds I really thought Hags and MSL started to click in the playoffs last season. I don't think there is any reason to break that up. With that in mind I also don't see Kreider and Nash being separated from Stepan since they have had a lot of chemisty in the past. My projections:
The "/" mean in my opinion there will be a battle in training camp for that position. I see Miller winning the 3rd line center battle because of his previous nhl experience and his pedigree. The 4th line is where it gets interesting. My gut tells me the Rangers will go with the experience and versatility that Lombardi brings with his skating ability (speed) and penalty killing. However, Lindberg provides a much higher upside and he is strong on faceoffs as well. We will see, but I can't wait for October.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DominickAndreula Zucc (4.15), Brass (4.3), Kreider (2.25)
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Josh-CK My argument for that is that this is clearly a "prove it contract" and sometimes with a guy like Crosby you take your foot off the gas. If zucc can set carcillo up... he can definitely set Stempniak up
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Josh-CK If we are looking at the situation from afar. Either of those players will be better than Richards 5 on 5. Also, think that 15 and 17 for Stempniak are a low estimate. If he is on a line with Zucc I could see him netting 18 or 19, and having 23-25 assists.
Great signing. The team is coming together, and it looks like JT and OL are going to battle it out for third line center. Competition breeds success.
Hey guys, with the potential Stempniak signing I really do not have a problem with this roster... http://www.capgeek.com/armchair-gm/roster/37387
I personally think JT is an upgrade for Richards at 5 on 5 (at this point in their respective careers). Sather's plan was always to upgrade Brassard and give him a chance at a second line role this season. Stempniak, by the numbers, is a more effective point producer than Pouliot (also way cheaper) and is also able to play on the penalty kill. I would love to see what he is capable on a line with Zucc. The 4th line is what it is. Sometimes it's not about the names down there, but the chemistry they build throughout the season.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Also, where would kevin Hayes fall if we did end up signing him? Top 5?
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Only complaint I have on your entire list is oscar Lindberg. Id argue he is the most (or if not second most behind miller) nhl ready player in our system. Also think he has more talent and upside than mcilrath. Other than that really enjoyed reading these quick hits for each prospect. Thanks!
Just wondering. If talbot ends up looking for money and play time elsewhere after this season, is it conceivable that skapiski will be an nhl backup by that time? Or is it more likely the rangers would look at a proven veteran?
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
When he face washes Dubinsky everyone will love him.
And pouliot was a lazy unintelligent player before , and 15 games into this season. Remember how AV changed Carcillo's game this year? He was a totally different player. Lombardi could have better possesion stats in a better system, especially with his speed. Also should be great on the PK.
Didn't play in AV's system though that is completely based around that trait. And in his last full season he was about 50 percent on faceoffs, which is something we could use also.
The rangers probably consider Nash, MSL, stepan, kreider, zucc, hagelin and brassard better than third line players
Adam has gone corsi crazy. Don't get me wrong it is a great statistic. But there are good hockey players that don't put up great corsi numbers.
I am actually a fan of this signing. The one thing that Lombardi has is that he is insanely fast. O what is that our system is predicated totally on speed? He should fit right in. Stop looking at the negatives of every signing. There was one point last year where people on this blog would have killed for a guy that played as physical as tanner glass. I could definitely see Lombardi being our third line center, or a call up. Just for those of you that don't know he was one of the fastest players in the league 4 years ago, and I don't think he forgot how to skate.
@gravey94 or Taylor Glass... o wait
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Thank you for including that ovi gif. Makes me laugh every time. While miller will get the biggest shot, and I think he will succeed, don't be surprised if Lindberg becomes a key player. I see him being a penalty killer by the end of the season, he also is very solid on faceoffs, plays a physical game, and has talent both playmaking and finishing. I look for him to be the third line center unless we bring in Riberio.
Love Evander Kane, but guys offense starts from the center position. Look at who just beat us LA. Best centers in the league. It doesn't matter how many great wingers you have they usually they are only as good as their centers (there are obviously cases that don't follow this). Gaborik is a perfect example this postseason. We need to start building center depth, and it is scary to think Stepan could get 7 million a season next year from someone else and we are left with Brassard, Miller, Lindberg, Moore? All bottom 6 players at this point. We need big centers. One under the radar guy I would love. Nik Bjugstad from Florida.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If Heatly plays with Getzlaf and perry he might have 35 or 40. Pretty easy to play with guys like that, smart move by him.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe cannot wait... hope you are already at work. I am excited for Chris Mueller beginnings.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
Yea Adam... and dorsett was the next Gretzky. Get over it. I am so pumped to see who will be on the ice in October. If it is Lindberg, Miller, Fast, and Glass so be it. The system works we have a great defense/goaltender. It will be fun.
P.S. Crosby got wrist surgery today, so it could be worse
Also, when he has 5 goals 12 assists 200 hits and 60 blocked shots he will be the one laughing.
If you think Tanner Glass vs. Dorsett is the difference between a Stanley Cup contender and a non-playoff team, you all have been hitting the bottle too hard. Again the reason we are a great team is our defense and goaltending, and in my opinion we got an upgrade on defense with Dan Boyle.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Dan Boyle has always been the primary guy on his team... might just be me but I think he will thrive in a secondary role 5 on 5 and on a Powerplay with Chris Kreider in front of the net.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/