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@EHBIGAPPLE Honestly, I am pretty sure there aren't any left. I think now that "Bad knees" brad is gone (although that one year deal has me thinking there might be a reunion next year), Sasquatch has become enemy #1 until he produces.

4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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CK, Man of Steel

4 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I bash Nash as much as the next guy... But it's not even September and you're complaining about him not being on the ice... Come on

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

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@Herman_NYRBlog @Josh-CK Okay, well adding 4 teams is non-sense. Especially in a small market like Quebec City and a second team in Toronto (wtf?). Seattle is a home-run in my opinion. It is a huge area and will definitely draw more business than a team like Phoenix or Florida. Vegas is smaller, but also will probably do well because it is the only game in town there. I just hope they even out the conferences thereby making each team have an equal chance to make the playoffs.

5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty @Josh-CK That was for all 4 teams though. It would make sense to add two (Seattle and Vegas) to even out the conferences ASAP.

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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What year will this happen in? Are we talking next year? Because if thats the case can you imagine a new team walking in and getting the first pick (i.e. the Mcdavid lottery ticket). Teams like (Buffalo, Calgary, etc.) would be so pissed. Although it would be a great way to get a new team off the ground.

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Either way I am confident AV will find the right group of guys

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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NHL adding 4 teams in 2017. Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto. Yep two teams in Toronto. 34 teams total. This is strictly all about the money at this point and I am not much of a fan of this.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Although it was fun watching this team get dismantled on the west coast road trip at the beginning of last season, I am glad we will not have to go through it again.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @ObviouslyItsANewSeason @Josh-CK I disagree about Nash needing to perform as a Superstar. The way our team is built I would rather have depth similar to last year, where someone different is producing the big play every game, then solely relying on one guy. We did that in 2011-2012 and when Gaborik tore his labrum our team went to shit offensively. I know its corny but I would rather score by committee.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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"Trending down: Martin St. Louis, FEntering his 16th NHL season, it's difficult to see Martin St. Louis increasing his scoring output.

Last season: 16.0 GVT
VUKOTA projection: 8.8 GVT

While the future Hall of Fame winger did not jell right away with the Rangers -- scoring one goal in 19 games after being traded from Tampa Bay -- he stepped up in the playoffs, potting eight goals during their run to the Cup finals.

Overall, St. Louis finished with 69 points in 81 games -- impressive for any player, but even more so for a 38-year-old. However, his points per game went down from 1.25 to 0.85 from the previous season. At his age (he turned 39 on June 18), you never expect scoring to increase, but St. Louis has made a career of proving people wrong.


Key Rangers stat: Nine players with 30-plus points

If the Rangers want to return to the Cup finals, they will have to get scoring production from top to bottom. Last season, nine players put up more than 30 points. Lacking one elite scorer, New York will need depth scoring again to succeed." (ESPN.com)

6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11406400/how-new-york-rangers-get-back-stanley-cup-finals-2014-15-nhl


For those that cannot read the article. 


"Trending up: Rick Nash, F

Last season: 8.4 GVT
VUKOTA projection: 8.7 GVT

The highest-paid Ranger did not produce like it this past season, combining for 49 points in 90 games, which included the playoffs; his 10 points in 25 playoff games was a particular disappointment. While it does look fluky that he took 83 shots on goal and scored only three times, Nash's career playoff total of five goals in 41 games suggests he has been a ghost when the lights are the brightest.

Nevertheless, the $7.8 million winger is bound to see an offensive bounce back this season. At 29, he is still in his prime and should have a little more luck in the assist category. Nash's on-ice shooting percentage (the shooting percentage of all five Rangers while he was on the ice) went from 9.7 percent in 2012-13 to 7.2 percent in 2013-14, meaning it is likely his linemates will put in a few more passes of his this time around." (ESPN.com)


6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Heard Nash fell when doing his patented spin move at open hockey the other night.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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It's kind of sad it took this long. With Henrik Lundqvist in net we should be every year.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Could be a nice motivator before training camp though. Just ask derek stepan

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IcyCup surely not the Rangers' doctors :P But in all seriousness in the playoffs last season he was lights out. I am 100 percent confident in his ability still.

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

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@johnAMIRANTESrug If he shuts down Cindy and gets in his face all series en route to the ECF this year he could have 5 points for all I care.

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

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@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun Add in Skjei and Mcilrath (I am sure we will be able to get a pick or prospect back for Klein) and that looks like a tough top 6.

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

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Might not have the numbers, but no questions asked losing Marc Staal would be a much worse loss than Stralman. He is key in every post-season run we have, and the one's that he has not been there his absence has been notable (Bruins series in 2013).  He does everything defensively that you need... EVERYTHING. 6 years 6 million is probably in the vicinity of what it `will take based on Girardi's contract. With Stepan also in that neighborhood and Hags around 4 it will be an extremely tight fit.

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

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@Snot-Bubbler No. But I am satisfied in giving two first round picks, one which was valued at 28 overall and the second of which is TBD (hopefully no earlier than 18) for Martin St. Louis. The guy that was just one of the key components to our run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Throw Hayes into that and I seriously think Sather has come out way ahead over two To be determined players who best case scenario will not step on the ice in the NHL for 3 or 4 years.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@Snot-Bubbler That didn't help us in 2003.... draft picks (where we usually pick) are of unknown worth. Hayes is more of a known commodity.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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Contract isn't as great as we thought btw. With his bonuses his cap-hit could be over 3 million for us next season. That won't help with the Stepan/Staal/Hagelin situation.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@Hotfreak Its amazing that people think we are going to miss the playoffs because of a glass signing, and are a contender when we sign this kid. He may be very good and a great piece don't get me wrong, but like always this team will go as far as our Defense and especially our goaltender carries us. Either way with Hank back there, I cant see how we don't contend. LGR!

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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Can we start the Nash hating yet, or is it still too soon? I heard he just missed a breakaway at open hockey.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@IhateGaborik @Josh-CK I think Nash should go back to the left side this year, he may find his game again on his natural side. Would love to see him on a line with Brassard and Zucc. Both guys can set the sniper up.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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Just curious though. What are the similarities and differences between these two from someone that hasn't seen much of Hayes? If he can also play center it seems like these two guys may be competing against each other.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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I would say in the playoffs last year Kreider showed us what his potential is.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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If what weekes said is true having a 6'4" 220 pound center would be an unbelievable addition. There is going to be a lot of competition in training camp and preseason this year.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@JMK8363 @Josh-CK Size and speed can make up for a lot of lapses.  I really think Kreider is our second best offensive threat after MSL, so he could easily be switched with Hagelin in these lines.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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This is a great get.


I hope the lines this year are: 

Nash-Brassard-Zucc

Hagelin-Stepan-MSL

Kreider-Miller-Hayes

Glass-Moore-Stempniak 

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@DHizzy @GiveGartneraCup I don't think he is going to play center in the NHL. If that was the case he wouldn't even be considering Colorado (Mackinnon, duchene, O'reily). He is a right winger, and by adding him it would give us the flexibility to move Nash back to the left side (his natural wing) which is something I have heard thrown around this offseason.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hearing it's down to us and the Avalanche. Safe to say that picking up Hayes would replace our first round pick in 2015 and even more so because he is essentially a known commodity (or more so than a 15th or later pick in the first round this year).

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Hotfreak size is size... in the playoffs you are seeing more recently that age is not as much of a factor. Look at what Kreider has done for us, and for the Kings those kids like Toffoli and others.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G Rangers are one of a few (if any teams) that are a legitimate contender but also have a top 9 spot (or even two) available for competition. To a guy like Hayes, there is not much more you could want.  He sees an opportunity to get ice time on a top team in the biggest market in the world. Like I said earlier, a Kreider-Miller-Hayes line would be something...

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty Honestly, and I am not saying I am for moving Kreider off the top line because I think MSL aside he is our most effective offensive player. If you wanted to keep MSL and Hags together on  a line with Stepan because of their chemistry in the playoffs, then play Nash with Brassard and Zucc.  That would leave a third line of Kreider-Miller-Hayes. Talk about a fast forechecking line that could come at you with speed for years... All of those guys are extremely young.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Gorton is pulling the strings. 

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

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Send CK to convince him. Can you imagine a line with him and CK. Two huge power forwards in the future would be great!

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

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In case anyone did not see. On Corey Pronman's top 100 prospects, he has Pavel Buchnevich ranked as 25th, and says "Eighteen points in 40 games may not seem that great, but Buchnevich had the third-most-productive under-19 season in the history of the KHL. He was a top forward for Russia at the WJC as well. Buchnevich has a dynamic skill level, on top of good offensive instincts and a great wrist shot. Should he ever transfer to North America, the Rangers will have a legit high-end talent."

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Hotfreak man of steel

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

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CK man of Steel

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

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Remember how valuable Girardi was at the trade deadline? A team that needs defense and is competing will be willing to give up a boatload for him. For instance Anaheim might give up a first and two prospects. However, if the Rangers are in contention it will be tough to let him go.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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No better mentor for Mcdonagh in the world

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@MidwestNYR Thinking Zucc and Brass get top 6 mins this year I would love to see these lines:


Kreider-Stepan-MSL

Nash-Brassard-Zucc

Hags-Miller-Stempniak

Glass-Dom Moore-Lindberg/Lombardi


Mcdonagh-Girardi

Staal-Boyle

Moore-Klein

Hunwick


*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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html

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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

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html

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