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@Derek Stepan @J_CKfor30 http://www.capgeek.com/armchair-gm/roster/42696


Kind of a beautiful thing. Even swap MSL and Kreids. I hope Mr. Sather sees this and acts on it.

2 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Derek Stepan @J_CKfor30 Yea it is pretty crazy speculation, but something that would help us. I would rather see Brass/Hags/Mcilrath for Ryan Nugent Hopkins from Edmonton. Edmonton is struggling, and I think they would love this trade, as they would get a blue-chip young d-man, a replacement center in Brassard and a solid winger that plays a two-way game in Hagelin. we get RNH back who is 21 and would immediately become our number one center with the sky as his ceiling.

3 hours, 17 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat I'd pick Girardi. Usually when Girardi plays well the Rangers win. When he doesn't it always results in goals against since he is playing against top-end talent every night and doesn't have the recovery speed Mcdonagh does.


Still need to see Mac get involved offensively.

6 hours, 44 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 @Barry Beck Not to mention Statsny, who is on my fantasy team, is week to week with a shoulder injury that probably won't heal properly all season. His numbers are about the same as Richards, so there is no way the Rangers were making a similar investment in him. Even if it isn't elite, the Rangers center position will probably be locked up once Stepan is signed, as Brass is making top 6 money. Hopefully, Hayes can continue his play and give us a solid 4 centers. Still don't love the Brass signing. 


As for Hags if he asks for 4 million plus, the Rangers may ship him at the deadline for a pick and some depth.

6 hours, 45 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Not excited at all that Kostka might play tomorrow. Hopefully, AV just plays the Staal-Mcdonagh pairing for 30-35 mins.

7 hours, 50 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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and better late than never

23 hours, 32 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 @ATCRyan If Girardi is out for even a day... Please bring up Allen/Mcilrath... no more Kostka!

23 hours, 34 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Still don't like Glass on that 4th line. He is just so bad with the puck every time I see him with it. 

23 hours, 35 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat But what about Zucc or Duclair, based on the first 6 games? Or glass?

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Just want to say, that Hagelin goal is exactly why Miller is in the AHL. No way he shows the extra-effort and goes for that rebound.... He just plays like he is to good for that kind of gritty play. Won't be an NHL-er until he finds that griittiness

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hunwick has been more than suitable. I think he has been a better player than Moore or Klein. Can't believe AV even considered Kostka

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Would imagine Duclair is in for Hags or Zucc if this keeps up on Tuesday

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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There will be a million people that hate me for this comment... but every time we play a big, playoff type team Zucc is a non-factor. Awful start to the season from him.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Simple analysis:


1. Right now the Sharks are a good hockey team and the Rangers are not, but it would be a major feat to steal some points.

2. Now the opposing goalie doesn't even have to cover the puck to get a whistle against us.

3. PLEASE break up the midget line that cannot win one board battle

1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Big game today, need to take advantage of the Sharks early (with them being on a back to back across the country). Also, have to win some face-offs against a really good team down the middle, otherwise they will control the game. LGR!!!

1 day, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Derek Stepan I miss Stepan

2 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JoeyKocur @J_CKfor30 Zucc or Hags would be at the top of the list in terms of wingers.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Ugh the zucc and MSL experiment again... Didn't work last time and won't work this time. Also, while I like the size of the Kreider-Hayes-Nash line, there isn't' really a setup guy there for Nash or Kreider. I think you have to switch one of those wingers.  Also, Duclair not being in the lineup is puzzling to say the least

2 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Rangers have a ton of wingers... trading one of them for a dman or a center could be the move. It would open up cap space and provide us with help at a position we need.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GiveGartneraCup @J_CKfor30 Please... no way I'd include Step for a 29 year old injury prone center with 2 years left on his contract at 8 million+.  Not in a million years

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GiveGartneraCup @J_CKfor30 "Several NHL insiders -- including the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons -- propose the Hurricanesmight be open to trading their captain for the right price. Staal would be willing to waive his no-movement clause for the opportunity to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team with enduring interest in the 29-year-old forward. 


Now whether the Maple Leafs would be willing to part with the hefty asking price for Staal -- rumored to be a package including forward Nazem Kadri, defenseman Jake Gardinerand a first-round draft pick -- is a whole other bunch of bananas. 

However, the potential fantasy ramifications of such a deal are quite interesting. In Toronto, Staal would conceivably center the Leafs’ second scoring line, if not the top unit with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, in place of Tyler Bozak. A role with the top power-play unit would likely also be in the cards, which suggests the former fantasy heavyweight might have a shot at reclaiming that departed fantasy glory. Even though Staal isn’t the has-been some disgruntled fans would have you believe, his most recent numbers haven’t been stellar, either (61 points and a minus-13 in 79 games in 2013-14). 

Odds are that the Hurricanes hold onto their captain for the duration of the season. But a trade -- involving the Leafs or another contender -- can’t be ruled out altogether. Stay tuned. " (ESPN.com)

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GiveGartneraCup @J_CKfor30 It says in the article that Staal would waive his NTC to go to Toronto... doesn't even mention New York because I just don't think it can work with all the pieces we have to consider. Still have to resign Staal, Stepan,etc. Also, no one is trading for Jordan Staal with that contract and his current injury.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JMK8363 @Zelrio @J_CKfor30 JT Miller is NOTHING like Dubi. From day one Dubinsky was all heart, Miller is the opposite.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GiveGartneraCup @J_CKfor30 Yes. Unfortunately it is for the Maple Leafs. They would offer a package of Kadri, Gardiner and more. Rangers don't have the space/players/picks to compete with an offer like that. Best we could probably offer is Hagelin/Zucc, Moore, Miller, and a second. We really can't afford to lose any defensive depth either.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JMK8363 @J_CKfor30 I really can't stand when people make that comparison. Kreider made an impact IMMEDIATELY on being brought up straight out of college. He put up stats and was able to play as soon as he got up to the big leagues, the only reason he was sent down was because of his lack of hockey knowledge/defensive capabilities. I am not sure how many games Miller has played (has to be 50 by now) and has he even scored 3 goals? JT Miller is not in the same time-zone as Kreider. And while he is still only 21, it may be time to start realizing that he isn't as talented as we first anticipated. AV is not Tortorella, and him not having faith in Miller shows a lot about what he thinks of him as a player. 


He had every opportunity this year with us losing Richards and Stepan getting hurt, and it seems he has already blown it. Hopefully Mueller will succeed in the role, although Hayes has looked great he just needs to win some faceoffs

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty Every year at the beginning of the season. most of the time the defensively focused teams will struggle as their system gets put into place and all the chemistry works itself out. For offensively focused teams (San Jose, NYI, Tampa Bay even) they are built on scoring goals and are loaded with talent, which is easier to come by. As the season drags on the defense -first teams will get better and teams like the Isles will fold as their defense and goaltending become exposed.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Big step back for Miller... kid hasn't looked the same since the first pre-season game. Wouldn't be surprised if he is used as a trade-chip as he has just not been able to find his footing in NY. AV doesn't seem to like what he brings to the table either.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SmellyKisio There are so many choices to pick from, but I will go with the one still embedded in my head. Game 5 2OT about 20 seconds before they won the Cup. Rick Nash had a wide open net to send the series back to MSG. He hits the defenseman's stick shaft it deflects high and LA takes it the other way and wins. I walked out the second he missed that empty net because I knew the series was over.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @gravey94 I agree, but I also think that Kreider-Brass-Zucc line had their moments last night. On that goal, they worked the boards well, and got to the front of the net.  I just think the Rangers played poorly last night, and the only reason they got away with it is because they were playing an AHL-caliber team that just lost to the Buffalo Sabres

3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Forgiven? With 6 goals in 5 regular season games? He could score 60 goals this year, all that matters is what happens in the postseason... simple as that. He essentially cost us the Stanley Cup with his performance... so no a solid 5 regular season games doesn't heal the wounds.


Also, how about Oates helping our powerplay out too?

3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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So any reason why Duclair was benched? Or just tight game and didn't trust him (although Hayes was out there, but that could have been out of necessity with MSL going back to wing.)?  Also, Hayes has really impressed me with the way he uses his size, and has deceptive speed... kid has a bright future

3 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@dsclaw88 ahl caliber team...

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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AV is on fire with these coaching decisions... team didn't look tired at all those last 6 minutes having skated 9 forwards for the last period...

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Regardless of the outcome this is an embarrassment. Watching this game there is clearly one team that want's it more, and if not for that team being of AHL-caliber in terms of talent, this game wouldn't even be close. Rangers better find their compete level soon. And is Mike Sullivan back because their Powerplay blows

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JMK8363 @J_CKfor30 If you think Zucc is having 70 points this year, especially with Duclair in the mix, pass me what you're smoking. When Stepan comes back, Zucc doesn't have a spot in the Top 6. Plain and simple. You have left wingers in Kreider and Duclair. You have right wingers in Nash and St. Louis. Zucc is not pushing one of those two out of the right wing slot, no matter what chemistry he has with Brassard, and he hasn't ever played the left, plus I would rather Duclair there anyway. I still love Zucc and 50-55 points isn't out of the question, but the Rangers do not have space for both he and Hags next year... Cap-wise Staal and Stepan are getting significant raises, which means we will need guys like Buchnevich, Duclair, Miller, Hayes all to play on their ELC's

4 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Also, with one of zucc or Hagelin likely on their way out either at the trade deadline or end of the year... neither one has done much to prove themselves through the first 4 games

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Here is a solution... The Toronto Maple Leafs (Randy Carlyle being the awful coach he is) continue to scratch Jake Gardiner. He would be perfect for us on defense. His cap hit may be around 4, but if you can move Klein back to them, and maybe another small piece and prospect there would be enough room. 

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Rangers_54 No... it's four games and he has started slow... his partner hasn't helped him out any by playing even worse (the Girardi thing is a whole different topic). Mcdonagh will find his game soon, and I don't think it has anything to do with the C

5 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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I agree with all these positive notes. The sad thing is that coming into the season the most important player not named Henrik Lundqvist, was Derek Stepan (not Rick Nash). We had no center depth, and while our wings were great... in hockey it all starts down the middle. Unfortunately he got hurt and here we are. The first 15 games (as we can already see) are going to be tough without him, especially since his rehab and time to get back into it make it probably 20 or so games. He may not be the elite offensive talent down the middle, but his two-way game has become first-line worthy, and without it we need people to step up.  Thursday is a big one.


Also, right now Stempniak is a second line player because his game is miles ahead of where Zucc's and Hags' should be

5 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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I just wanted to say I think is also awful magaement on the bench that Nash is averaging 15 minutes a night... He and the entire first line should at worst be playing 18 minutes a night. I know we roll 4 lines, but that just seems insanely low to me for players on our first line

5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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I don't think Stemp should be moved anywhere. Thought he was the best Ranger tonight.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@ATCRyan @J_CKfor30 @Wallace1 If we don't find a way to beat Carolina at home, could be looking at a 1-6 record at least. Need to win Thursday.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@ATCRyan @J_CKfor30 @Wallace1 And now you know why we are struggling. Defense gets the blame, but when your centers consist of a 3rd liner, a 4th liner, a small winger, and an unproven rookie, they aren't going to be a big help defensively and offensively.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@ATCRyan Kaberle thrown out by the devils... so was stralman. Lightning in a bottle twice?

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Wallace1 @J_CKfor30 $5 million dollar 3rd line center? I doubt that is what they paid him for. And lets not act like Stepan is walking in and taking over the first line role November 3rd. He can't skate with a broken leg, so there is going to be rehab, and like we saw last year with him... probably a slow start.

5 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Herman_NYRBlog @J_CKfor30 No question, I just didn't know if you were pointing the finger at AV or just management as a whole. Because it was his decision to start him in the 3rd period, which hours later still just boggles my mind when you have Ryan Mcdonagh on the bench.

5 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Derek Stepan The same Mcilrath that was a -2 and got hammered in a fight in the opening wolf pack game? I really don't understand why everyone is so anti-hunwick. I thought he was solid against Toronto.

5 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Wallace1 Yea, well paying Brassard 5 million a year means that is what he is there for...

5 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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