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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Your words say it all: " if watching a guy get off the mat to come back and redeem himself doesn't appeal to you, you're missing a big part of the drama that makes sports worthwhile."....RIGHT ON TARGET!

13 hours, 11 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 Dinner at The Palm with Dave!

15 hours, 31 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 @betweentheworlds @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie

Dundie 

For the NYR..............they will be playing in a weak Conference with a full  5+ months to "qualify" for a place in the playoffs. They are also armed with best goalie in the East and probably the best Team Defense in the East and yet so many believe that the Rangers see DuClair as such a risk to their success that he might be sent down to Juniors (to hone his game playing against teenagers) because of his hockey deficiencies????

All of you know the game of Hockey and I RESPECT that but perhaps you may want to gain some insight into the Context.....THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT IN WHICH HOCKEY (NYR HOCKEY) IS PLAYED.......because the organizational context will have a big impact on  HOCKEY decisions that are made. 

No one to my knowledge (from Coaching or from management) has pointed out major  deficiencies in The Duke's game other than his age......unlike Kreider's early experiences and Miller's and Fast's continuous experience. He has not been on the ice for one goal against which means he has never committed a giveaway that led to a goal.....not bad and particularly impressive during a time when the NYR were giving up a lot of goals?...and that small sample size is the same sample size for everyone else....is it not?

Someone has to have sponsored The Duke's invitation to camp for Sather to "allow" him to attend and compete. I do not know who that person or persons are. I also don't know how much leverage/influence The Duke's sponsor has on Sather. The leverage of Duke's sponsor on Sather will be THE DECIDING FACTOR on The Duke's short term future. Does Duke's sponsor have more leverage than  the sponsors of the other new players???

This kid is a KEEPER right now from a pure Hockey NYR perspective. What ever decision that will be made  will be (1) driven/motivated by the Emotional factor of leverage and (2) the decision will then be followed by the pure Rationalization/Presentation of all the Hockey data and Hockey opinions to justify/support the Emotional decision to keep him or send him down......watch!

 

1 day, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE @JoeyKocur @Vkinc74 Appreciate that Tom..thank you!

2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JoeyKocur @EHBIGAPPLE @Vkinc74 There is nothing subjective about sales,kind sir. You either win or lose the business and in my case my sales results and the results of my Sales Organization were made public weekly by national accounting firms world wide. Those results were available to any critic to pass judgment on and that would include even you JoeyKocur. That kind of pressure was the reason why most people don't go into sales, especially sales with that kind of public scrutiny.

I was trying to point out to you how we are all human and all of us are driven by self interest when we make decisions in life including Hockey Life. Yes....even "the nice guys" on this Blog are, no matter how much they deny it!

Any group/team/organization to be effective has to have total alignment between the self interests of each member and the interests of the organization. When alignment breaks down (which it will inevitably) conflict occurs and the performance of the group suffers.....all in the natural order of things......nothing to do with paranoia.


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

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@Vkinc74 Check the stats on Duke and then check the stats of any new Ranger that is presently under contract. What you will find is that the Duke has outscored (points) everyone of those newly contracted players except for Stempniak (by one) and offensively his moves on the ice has put all those newly contracted players to shame. In addition The Duke is a + 4. Only MSL has a higher plus rating. Only Boyle is a plus 1 of all the newbies and we all know we won't see him any time soon.


What the 19 year old Duke has done is created a good but very embarrassing situation for the NYR Management by playing significantly better than all the newly signed players........ PLAYERS ALL PUBLICLY RECOMMENDED AND SIGNED BY MANAGEMENT. Management never in" their infinite wisdom of recognizing talent" expected The Duke to perform any where close to  this well. The Duke is in the press box because management is trying to cover their asses in the hopes that those contracted newbies will start to play better and hopefully provide justification for their contracts.


The media is clueless to any of this. So how do I know?.......because I have led major corporations and I know the egos of Senior management. All very predictable.

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

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@IcyCup When you stop and think how many of these "new" players arrived via "from above" and when you read the meaningless comments made by AV in justifying his choices the answer to your question is obvious. What I don't know is who is making these decisions and what management rationale is driving those decisions.


AV does not have a confrontative personality (watch how "forcefully" he argues with the refs....he is almost apologetic) and he would never disagree with Sather or anyone else above him and possibly put his position as coach in any kind of jeopardy.

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

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@ATCRyan @wherewasi There is a lot of "management ego" that will come into play regarding Duke's decision. He obviously comes to the NYR as a big surprise which is really a poor commentary on how aware management was about his existence.

Management made upfront financial decisions on who they believe would make the team (big ego's involved) long before training camp and they don't want to look bad by some unknown 19 year old "beating out" their already chosen players.


From a pure hockey standpoint, as so many have pointed out The Duke is ready to play at this level. He is more responsible defensively as any 19 year old I have ever seen in a NYR uniform. He, of course will make mistakes and learn from them. And he will contribute far more than his defensive liabilities.


The decision to keep or return will be very political and the media (of course) will rationalize or defend it on statistics because to them that is all they have access to.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@JMK8363 @gravey94 @BringBackBeukeboom And who by the way is at all surprised at Richards quick  demise in Chicago?? The media all around the NHL continually refers to "veteran leadership" when players no longer are capable of contributing any other value to a team other than their age.........and so many fans buy into the ignorance of the media....amazing!



4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name Priceless, man, Priceless! How does your brain work? I wanna know. I wanna know! I wanna see what you see!

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

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@IcyCup Not dumb at all. Myself, a big detractor last year, totally appreciate his effort this year. AV no longer wants him to camp in front of the net AND MSL, playing center, is able to set him up for "closer in" shots.....and that is all good. Tonight I saw him stripped of the puck and then take 2 strides and with great vengeance recapture the puck....never before done in a Ranger uniform........kudos to you Mr. Nash.

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

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@betweentheworlds The entire team is predicated on The King's confidence and on The King's "outstanding play." As he gets sharper and controls the play more NYR will surge accordingly.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Say my Name @TomDundie @GetTheKingACup "And yet, at the end we cheered, and still long for something to take it's place - knowing it will never come." ..........Gotta checkout "The L Word" it is part Canadian, but sans Brazilian influence!

6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@MikeBlue @rangermom rangermom, I will always respect your cookies....not to worry! The key regarding Kostka's turnovers is we (Kostka and the entire team) were in total control of the puck and the entire team and the Islanders were looking for us to quickly move up ice.....and that includes Hank. Hotfreak said it well!


There are two things I know you know well.....hockey and of course, your cookies!

6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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NYR's present challenge is not about scoring it is about team defense. Any younger player who barely made the team and who might get sent down....well it is because of their defensive shortcomings. NYR's offense is predicated on a fast effective play that begins in their own zone or in the neutral zone.


Goal scoring on the Wolf Pack is meaningless if those goal scorers are not responsible defensively first!


NYR will noticeably improve when the King gets his timing up to his speed.We have never made a strong run (playoffs - regular season) without Henrik leading the way. He is the real leader on  the team.

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

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@JoshKaye @gravey94 In a small sample size, no doubt, MSL is sporting a 50% faceoff win pace.........one of the leaders in offensive points and a + 5 defenively. He eventually might be the answer as a first or second line center when Stef returns especially with the emergence of the Duke as a potential top 6 forward.


Granted we need a larger sample size but remember we are dealing with a future HOF who has a 614 assists to his storyline and he did volunteer to take this assignment (real act of leadership).....stay tune.


When all is said and done "everything happens for a reason" including Step's injury!

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

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@Say my Name  Michelangelo's favorite....no doubt?

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

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @Craptin McDonqvist  YESSSS SSSSSSIR and that would be a movie starring Samuel L....perhaps?

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

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@Bleed_the_freak They start at the same pace The King starts!

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

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@McPhee37 @EHBIGAPPLE @IcyCup @Hotfreak Instead you might try asking her to help you understand what I never could understand with my my ex  while we were together............... "Honey, I’ll never understand why once a month, women go completely crazy for 30 days!"

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

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@Gorangers0525 Well said....I would add that a player also has to learn to "read/see the ice." in today's game. He has to be able to read where all players are positioned on the ice in a milla second. I do not think that is taught much in Juniors but it might be taught more at the Collegiate level....I don't know for sure?
 It appears College level players have developed "these Hockey smarts" faster than players from Juniors.

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

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@IcyCup @McPhee37 @Hotfreak Hats off to you guys for your commitment to learning. Most of the world's population is the direct opposite of you. As SmN always said,
'There is nothing better than a NYR fan who thinks." Well O.K. he did say that there were "a few things" better than that.

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

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@gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Perhaps but I saw the Flyers, Pens, Canadians and L.A. have a far far more of a defensive focus against Kreider, rather than Nash. All those teams were concerned about K's speed, shot and his mental toughness.

I believe over the past 2 yrs Nash has taught the rest of the NHL how to defend against him so he mentally disappears at crunch time and all that is talked about is his "defensive prowess."

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds Like your ideas here...with two questions has Hags (he should really change his name?) developed the hands enough to be a real scorer?..... and does he have the will to control or contribute to the forecheck like Pouillet did?

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara @gravey94 I am learning in this Cap Age how AV thinks. Your comment about "1st line" is spot on. He doesn't think that way and he does not coach that way. I believe he thinks our 1st line can be what ever line Brass and MSL are centering. Then when Step returns our 1st line will be rotated through our top 3 lines.

In addition I believe AV, rather then focusing on finishing 1st in our division will focus on honing NYR into the hottest and healthiest team going into the playoffs.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name No worries here. Checked down in Rio and they all corroborate "the real you!"

Great Health to you and your son and the rest of your family!

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

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@betweentheworlds I see it the same way as "youse guys"  Media, 99% of the time will praise offensive hockey only when it comes to prospects.

99% of the time coaches and GMs will be sensitive to the "defensive learning curve" of all offensive prospects. AV and Sather are no exceptions.


Complete opposite is true if a franchise is struggling to put "butts in seats."

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

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@ObviouslyItsAPROcess Credit Sather's judgment and decision-making here also!

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

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@betweentheworlds From my limited perspective out here it also looks like "The Duke" possesses great strength and balance for someone his size.....similar to Zucc and dissimilar ( is that a word?) to Thornton's friend.

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

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@ObviouslyItsAPROcess @TomDundie @Josh-CK I remember as a kid going to MSG when the crowd was incredibly demonstrative. Blue collar fans (Yesssssss!) would in unison demand and I mean demand, "We want some thing else!" or "-------must go!". They helped to create change. Now, Jimmy D. would be mortified if that ever happened with Nash.

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

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@betweentheworlds In addition Step is far more responsible defensively than either Stasny or Nash's friend. And in addition to that Step demonstrated incredible mental toughness in the playoffs that I did not think he possessed.

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

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@Billfrom Brookhaven Caught the feed from Toronto and the analysts were gushing about Malone's soft hands and how his goal was a "goal scorer's goal".....he will make a noticeable contribution to NYR!

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

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@Josh-CK With Nash's mental outlook....... any line he plays on he will DRAIN the performance of his line mates!

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

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@ObviouslyItsAPROcess @RangersAndRadio Yes sir,,,a "change of scenery" only works if it is accompanied by  "a change in mind."

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

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@RangersAndRadio ..........same reason why Tex won;t go the other way to take away the shift.....everything begins in the mind first or "the problem" is never the problem. The way we think about the problem is the real problem

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

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Kevin.

Check the hawks roster?

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

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I am super impressed with MSL stepping up and "volunteering" to take the center spot. At his age and with his Hall of Fame career he is still willing to take on personal/professional risks for the team and "potentially" tarnish his high performance record of accomplishment. His stepping up and his willingness to play a new position and have the hockey world publicly evaluate his performance from a totally new hockey perspective speaks volumes about his self-confidence and and his strong sense of loyalty to his coach, to his team and to the NYR organization.....how many of us would do that? MSL is a Big Big Man!


Is this a captain in the making?

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

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@erlavoie I like your lineup offensively. Question marks defensively is Tony Duke and his defensive capabilities, MSL and his defensive capabilities as a center and how effective defensively will Nash be on that line. Me thinks that line will often draw the top line of competing teams.....could be very telling.


I don't know about Miller's defensive focus as a center.....could be very telling.

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

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@betweentheworlds Like your assessment here. He has developed his offensive talents to a point where he can play in the NHL offensively. I like your psychographic assessment also. I don't know if he is ready to play defensively for the NYR. I have not seen him play enough without the puck. I am not at any of the practices to see how he responds to "defensive coaching"....so I just don't know.


Also he is competing against newly contracted players (NHL veterans to different degrees) and that tells me that the egos of senior management might dictate "opportunity to play for the NYR First goes to the guys we picked before you got here."


If "Tony Duke" (French Canada calls him that and the name reminds me of "family" friends) was the property of Calgary, Edmonton, Carolina etc he would be playing in the NHL and would be a fan favorite.

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

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@BringBackBeukeboom Very interesting post...raising great questions indeed! NHL all the way down the Junior circuit is not known for innovative behavior, much less innovative thinking. The highest levels of college hockey are eons ahead of the NHL in experimenting, risk taking and innovation. All one has to do is look at the continuous regurgitation of the same names in Scouting, Coaching and GM circles.....of course there have been innovators like a Brooks, Roger Neilsen and the slow emergence of analytics, but essentially the NHL has "a Resistive culture"


I believe without any first hand experience that skating is critical for a D-man, more so than for a forward. Skating laterally and skating backwards takes a tremendous amount of highly focused practice as does a D-man's ability to quickly see all the ice in front of him so as to make a successful initial outlet pass. He has to calmly read where both his own team and where the opposing team is positioned on the ice....often in a millisecond much like a QB (watch Geno Smith's struggles in doing just that at the NFL level)


What I do know from my own experience in coaching the performance of others it takes anyone at least 8 to 10000 hours of focused practice to master anything at an elite level. I also know that if a performer does not believe he can master something then all the practice in the world will not produce the desired result.


As far as your question....an excellent one....I would wonder if anyone on the NYR staff is asking it? My dad used to mention how some NHL players were able to play both forward and D at All-Star levels....some might remember who they were?

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

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@betweentheworlds Appreciate your thoughts!

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

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@betweentheworlds I am a little concerned how easily both found injuries in their quest for "a second chance" Does it reflect their level of commitment??

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

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@gravey94 @AdamSchneberg Spot on about "brain development" which has only to do with the willful  decisions made by any individual relative to his/her performance in any arena.

All decisions we make are a reflection of how we answer this question. "Do  I think I can or do I I think I can't".( a reflection of one's confidence) Will and confidence comes before any brain development......comes before any improvement in performance. 

Some here will remember a 17 year old from Mass who had incredible "brain development" because he willfully developed his talent at a very early age and took the NHL by storm (no. 4). At a very early age Orr continued to answer that question with "I think I can" and his brain developed at very quick rate as did his performance.


As you indicate mental toughness (confidence) is the key to how we answer the question "Do I think I can or do I think I can't" I just don't know about DuClaire's defensive game and I don't know about Miller's defensive game. I don't know because I have not seen them play.......their defensive game will be the key for AV.....count on  that! Both have to be defensively developed enough to stick with NYR....just ask Kreider.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @EHBIGAPPLE @Say my Name Like any good meal it is always a matter of taste....eh?

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

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@Say my Name @EHBIGAPPLE Thank you, Sir. You have no idea how much better I feel!

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

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@Say my Name You are so good at this stuff so please help me out. Kevin said, "Basically, it’s like your wife catching you in an affair before you had sex with the other woman. You might was well participate in coitus since you’re already in trouble."????????

SmN.....How can you be in an"affair" without getting laid???????and one more "coitus"...yeah "coitus" I vaguely remember at bed time my grandma reading something about that in her secret copy of Masters and Johnson's study????????......help me to learn....please!

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

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@betweentheworlds Hey my friend have been looking for you. What do you make of Step's vibration???????

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

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@Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @Lats Hey guys I think we all have lived long enough in this world to know that Step's situation is yet another example of "those in power" not holding themselves accountable for a gross mistake!

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

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@Say my Name Like what you are saying here.It is relatively easy to get into the playoffs as an Eastern Conference team, with the kind of defense we have. My only concern is how long it will take Stephan to truly get up to speed when he is finally healthy, especially when you consider he will miss the entire camp preparation.

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