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@Betweentheworlds Two notches!

17 hours, 34 minutes ago on

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@Brukie_ Just great to watch. Dubi showed great leadership in all 3 zones!

17 hours, 38 minutes ago on

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@Betweentheworlds Love the way you think! We have to look at the context of Richards' success last night. Two of Richards 3 points came off of a power play. He needs plenty of ice to be effective. He is an excellent passer and an excellent shooter when he has plenty of ice space.

I believe Zucc could play the point more effectively than Richards can. He brings the puck into the offensive zone with far more confidence to pass or carry in order to set up the pp unit than Richards does.  Could you imagine with Zucc on the point and Kreider down low for next year's power play??....and how much $ will they make?


We are all seeing Richards at his best in a very very specific context. When we look at the overall value Richards brings to the team relative to the dollars he is paid.......time to go, Brad.

1 day, 23 hours ago on

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@Say my Name YOUR REPLY JUST ZOOMED TO NO.1 ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST....MASTERFUL!

2 days, 4 hours ago on

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Great coverage here, kevin. THANK YOU!

2 days, 4 hours ago on

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@Rangerfan99 @GiveGartneraCupSo....so on the money! You have discovered WHY the likes of JD and Mess have never become part of the senior management fabric of the NYR. Very honestly I try not to think about it because I find myself opening a bottle of Jack at breakfast!

2 days, 23 hours ago on

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@Say my Name Now tell me again why the NY Hockey press is revered around the league.....tell me again why they can't get exclusive interviews with any players or with mgmt.......tell me again how they "are wired into the upper echelons of the NHL.......tell me again why they can't get any national TV gigs. What Torts and AV share is a disdain for "the hockey acumen" of the NY Hockey press though they express their feelings quite differently.

3 days, 4 hours ago on

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@Dznpicksformoulsonnow Hope now many on this site will be a little more enlightened re: Statsny. The AVs have 4 very good centers and they think less of Statsny to let him go to FA and develop the other 3. Just like Dallas let go of Richards because they did not think enough of him to re-extend him. Some on this site will say "Oh, they offered Richards a contract." They only did that "as a favor" to help create  a market for Richards services which Sather jumped all over. In the words of Michael's Dad, "they never offered him a contract that he couldn't refuse!"


In addition your comments on Statsny make us realize why CBJ wanted to get rid of Nash.......he too had limitations to the value he brings to a team for the money he is paid.......always about Return on Investment/equity....always.

3 days, 4 hours ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @EMoney2413that he doesn't make the offensive turnovers and the defensive gaffes that Miller makes.

4 days, 17 hours ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name@gravey94Kevin....do you apply those same high standards to your own performance (in any capacity?) as you apply them to Henrik? If you do then I stand corrected, but I don't thinkl you do...do you?


Only "players" who have never played in Teddy Roosevelt's arena would ask such a question of Hank.  It is all about respect and appreciation!

5 days, 3 hours ago on

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@Wallace1 @EHBIGAPPLE@Say my NameGood point on Moore....the reason why CBJ was willing to give him away. I question Richards' ability to take a hit without being intimidated....hope I am wrong.

6 days, 17 hours ago on

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@Say my Name Like you I would be very surprised if there was any "goonery". Bettman and the NHL does not want to see it while they are attempting "to grow the sport in US." I think the refs will "be spoken to." before the series.


Every NYR has to be expected "to take and give a check" throughout the entire series and we all know there has not been consistency in that area. If the entire team is willing to do that we stand an excellent chance in five or six.


We must show discipline in any fighting situation....rub your glove in their face but don't drop your gloves. (watch Zucc....very very smart!) That kind of discipline will remove any intimidation strategy that the Flyers might employ. It will also encourage them to take stupid penalties.


The key to our success lies with team defense (where we play hard with a three zone commitment)....with pp effectiveness........ and with our King between the pipes. What he stops will deflate the Flyers. What he lets in will deflate us.

6 days, 19 hours ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @JoeyKocur@JMK8363Richards is effective on the PP when it is already set up in the offensive zone. At that point in time he has plenty of open ice especially if he is not challenged. But he is often challenged because most of the time no one is in front of the net to draw a defender away from Richards. Challenge Richards directly and he will wilt along with any confidence.


If the other team immediately challenges our pp as we exit our zone Richards will again lose all confidence and most often fail to set up in the offensive zone. On the other hand Zucc has the confidence to carry the puck into the offensive zone or to draw two defenders to him and pass to set up the pp. Too bad Zucc's unit can't play all 2 minutes.


Richards is also a liability right after a failed NYR PP (happens 80%) Here he is deflated again and is now on the ice facing "the high energy line" of the opposition.....ugh!....a recipe for diseaster!


Now order up some more sushi.

1 week ago on

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@rangermom Dear God! You are the first woman I have ever encountered (through the internet, of course) that watches NYR through a prism of wisdom. You speak like an "Old Soul" and I am not talking about physical age. I am impressed!

1 week ago on

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Kevin, I agree our defense is playing superbly. Perhaps you might also take note that if our forwards do not play a strong game in ALL 3 ZONES our defense would never be able to play the way they do......no matter how much talent they have. Most not all fans on this site never really acknowledge the critical importance of team defense.......It wins Cups. Team defense is what wins cups.


If we play the way we played last night we can beat anyone anywhere FOR ONE GAME. The key to a playoff run is whether Richards, Nash, Brassard (has to get a little smarter) Haglen and a few others will be WILLING to play 3 zone hockey all the way to the Cup. Playing hard in all three zones is always...always....always an act of the will........Will I do it when I'm tired?.........Will I do it when I get hit hard? Will I do it when I hit someone else Hard? ...........Will I drive to the net?.......Will I try and execute after my initial shot etc. Will I do it when I am slightly winded? Will I do it when my check has the puck and has a step on me?.......Will I compete xtra hard in the last minute of every period......ACTS OF THE WILL.....EVERYONE OF THOSE DECISIONS!


KUDOS to AV for taking the NYR to the playoffs during "a transition tenure" Major contribution to the PP ................opened up the offensive capabilities of our defense.....outstanding development of Zucc and Pouillet and other young players.....while maintaining great goal tending and a further devel of Talbot. Excellent job!

1 week ago on

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG Perhaps a glance at the complete W-L record will illustrate that of all 16 playoff bound teams WE have accumulated the lowest  home point total. Count up points for wins and ties. Hopefully we can turn that into a true "home ice" advantage.

1 week ago on

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@JesseHauser @BobDunne@JoeyKocur

Scotty Bowman was hated by the Montreal Press. He was accused of being a poor comunicator with his players all throughout his career. When Steve Shutt was asked what was it like to play for Bowman. He responded, "364 days of pure hatred and then on the last day you collected your ring."


At some point after my High school years I realized how public statements made (by people in power) to the press and public statements made in press conferences are not about telling or revealing the truth but about covering one's butt.........It doesn't matter who is in power in the White House.........does it? The White House Press Conferences put forth the same strategy no matter whether it is by a Donkey or an Elephant

Have you ever listened to a hockey interview of any kind? They are all the same. The same catch phrases are used over and over and over again.......all made "to cover my ass" or to cover my teammates or to cover for my organization. Hockey is no different than the rest of our society.......you don't truly understand what really went on until those in power are no longer in power and do not want to be in power again.


Of course we are all entitled to our opinions and that is fine. Torts can be, as u point out correctly.....A PR nightmare. I would encourage you along with your criticism to appreciate the good that He accomplished for us....... I cringe when my Republican friends passionately say FDR was a horrible President. I also cringe when my Democratic friends think Ronald Reagan was a total jerk...along with Steve Jobs, of course.

1 week ago on

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@Betweentheworlds Yo, brother. I can't locate where you posted an apology for your views and insights because someone claimed they were "made up."....my message to you is never. ever...ever apologize to anyone for your ideas and views. Believe in yourself which is always your responsibility and don't give a rat's ass what anybody else thinks about you. What they don't realize is that their judgment of you reveals the way they judge themselves!

1 week, 1 day ago on

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@DPSnotty You are a good DAD....great support for your daughter. Kudos to both of you. Your daughter will not always remember the things you did for her  but she will always remember how you made her feel with your support!

1 week, 1 day ago on

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@_Jack @EHBIGAPPLE Jagr's case is different. He wanted to get out of Pitts and establish himself as his own man.....get out from Mario's shadow.

 I'm talking about(1) players who have good but decliniing stats (Richards) and somehow fans here have great expectations where GMs around the League realize he comes with significant limitations (2) on the other hand Nash has had consistently good #s and was awarded all that money to help bring in fans and build a fan base in Columbus, OH. Management there now wants to turn towards the playoff and look to build a Cup winner and they see Nash as not the guy to help them do that. If he was viewed as a"leader to the Cup." he would still be on the CBJ.

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@_Jack @EHBIGAPPLEI am not a fan of Av and I will give him all the kudos he deserves. Pouliot is enjoying an outstanding season....simply outstanding especially when you check his stats of this year against what he did for his previous employers (5 teams??)


The guy plays hard in all 3 zones, sees the ice very well (better than ever) and is playing with the kind of confidence he had in junior. All the credit goes to AV and his staff for developing him. I also credit Pouliot in believing in himself enough that he was WILLING to take the risks necessary to experience such outstanding development. All talent development is an act of the will.


Even though it really has not been said publicly I think Zucc is the kind of linemate who makes those around him better......unlike Richards and Nash as an example. I think MCD has similar impact. It appears guys "want" to learn from McD and Zucc. I have no proof just a feeling and I have learned to trust that.

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@Betweentheworlds I absolutey agree with you but the big question for a few key Rangers (not named Zucc) will they WILLFULLY CHOOSE TO PLAY THAT WAY FOR AN ENTIRE SERIES?

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@Bring back Langdon What u saw of Stewart's game last night was the reason why The Blues dumped him. Many on this site over value new players the Rangers acquire via trade or via free agency. Many on this site never ask the question........"Why did teams give up on them?.....why did their former teams not re-sign them?" 

I think it is pretty clear to all why Dallas never made an offer to Richards that he could and would accept. I think it is clear to all why Nash's contract with CBJ was highly over valued. I think CBJ was clearly aware of Nash's many limitations (no matter what was said publicly).................and who won the NYR MVP award and how much does he make?

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@rangermom @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat@EHBIGAPPLE

E  I agree with everything you said re:Sather. Sather "leaked all that crap" as a set up to not re-sign Cally, as u pointed out. If Sather had any class he could have positioned Cally in a far more respectful and appreciative terms.

I never supported Sather due to his way of handling people and his obvious strategy of not wanting to win the Cup, but rather wanting to bring  in marquee players. It is not a coincidence that Mess is no where to be found. Sather would be intimidated by such a hire.

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @EHBIGAPPLEAppreciate your clarity....thank you!.....well said!

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@Bring back Langdon I have been involved in countless high end-high performance contract negotiations. When two sides want the same thing everything and anything  can be ironed out.....always. It is called "getting to "YES." I think 99% of us here know that Cally wanted to stay.


From my experience in such negotiating situations it is crystal clear that Sather did not want Cally next year and did everything he could do to make sure that he would be gone and if he could swing it get as much value for Cally as he possibly could.


That is Sather's GM negotiating strategy.....and he has every right to do that. No one got "fucked"....no one was "greedy".....no one was "a jerk!"

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @EHBIGAPPLEO. K. you seem to have it all down to exact predictability....predictability on how a GM will behave......predictability on what motivates a GM and predictability on how fans will eventually respond to a GM.


Now what about fans who see the big picture of a team?????......any room for them......any room for appreciation for the good things that happened during a GM or a player's  tenure? 

I want Sather removed, fired, canned AND I appreciate the good things that he accomplished during his tenure.....why is that so difficult to grasp. 

What I find "a little sad" is that 20K people (and I agree with you here) will look at a player or a GM and eventually dismiss both as worthless....worthless without an oz of appreciation for their contributions.


A lack of appreciation of others reveals a lack of self-appreciation for oneself (to be a tad redundant)

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @rangermomYeah....I forgot how JD is bad mouthed in every place he has worked and I also forgot how Rocky Wirtz is hated in Chicago. Thanks for the reminder.

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @EHBIGAPPLE@BetweentheworldsWhen Cally's agent said , "Glen never got back to us for a final go-around as he (Glen) promised." Both Cally and agent were very surprised when they found out they were traded to Tampa Bay without a courtesy heads up from Sather as they were promised.

You can deny this all you want! Understand that Sather never disputed what Cally's agent said he was promised.....never. In addition ask yourself if Sather ever acted in this kind of way before?? if you are not sure ask Brian Leetch...was he ever a captain??....was he ever homegrown??

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @BetweentheworldsKevin....how can you believe in such dribble. "Callahan left him with no choice."  They were 300K apart and Sather made a decision to do something else which is his prerogative as GM. If Sather wanted him he would be signed and that 300k gap would have been rectified to the satisfaction of both parties..............There are many here who don't like "the business' aspect of the sport and "the business aspect" of the NYR. If people would try to understand how the business aspect  works many would truly appreciate the tremendous contribution that Cally has made to the growth of the NYR over the years (perhaps second to The King)


I am a big Cally fan and do not like Sather BUT I believe Sather made a great short term and long term deal to get MSL. I believe it will help the NYR and I would still love to have JD or someone very much like him to run The NYR

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@mando24179 Like your ideas. I only get to see NYR on the tube from all over the country. It appears to me that Step for a 2nd line center is smarter and more defensively responsible than Brassard. I think Zucc makes Brassard look better than he really is. I keep asking myself why it takes both Brassard and Step so long to start producing during the season?


I also am not close enough to assess which of the two has more upside to develop and which of the two has a more "coachable' attitude? What say You? (for example Pouillet demonstrated greal learning ability as did Kreider under AV's coaching!)

1 week, 4 days ago on

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@TomDundie I have found in playing roles as parent,lover, teacher,coach, sales pro,sales mgmt and performance consultant that if I wanted to communicate with others I had to be responsible for What I say (communicating in a clear concise way) and I also had to be responsible for "the listening" of the person or persons I was talking with ( I had to make sure that they clearly heard and understood what I said) That was my world and I was accountable for both sides of the communication equation.


I flat out admit and I flat out own my lack of understanding of most of what you write. I accept total accountability for my lack of understanding.......I RESPECTFULLY ask you .....when you communicate on here do you have any interest in making sure that others like me understand what you are saying? Or perhaps you communicate simply to speak your words with zero interest in being understood.....Please answer my simple question.

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@mando24179 "There's no big brother for them," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said of his inexperienced players. "They have to sink or swim, and certain games like this, it's going to catch up to us."

I know you like Nolan as a couple of more do on here. They were his words when Reinaldo clocked one of his players into a concussion. You have a head coach speaking publicly about what many have said here.

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@mando24179 I am with you, Mando.  The only difference between NYR and The Bruins is different GMs. Any organization.....like any fish stinks from the head down!

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@mando24179 include The Blues while Colorado and SJ are moving in your direction.

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@Bring back Langdon I would like to see Carol Alt instead!

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@gravey94 Well said, sir! Esposito used to say that when Brooks went to school the "bad guys" took his lunch money and confiscated his homework!

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@BobDunne @AnnoyingJoe@Josh-CK@SmellyKisio@SAYMYNAME@TomDundieI am definitely not a Ritchie fan. When there is open ice available (on the pp) he is a great passer and a very intelligent player. We simply do not have anyone better.


I see the problem with our pp is that our first unit does not position itself in front of the net. Nash makes a conscious choice not to go there (never went there for Columbus) and when he does have the puck everyone in the building knows that he will shoot it and not pass it. Kreider, I believe is the key to our pp because everyone knows he will go in front of the net......remain in an upright position and draw one or two opposing players to him. (All Canadian broadcasters point this out about the Rangers PP)


Ritchie kills our pp when his confidence begins to waver (which occurs against physical teams that don't fear Lady Byngers) and he doesn't believe in himself enough to carry the puck over the offensive blueline. Zucc is just the opposite, as we all know. 


Please don't ask AV to sit Ritchie down (anywhere) because they both will pee in their paints.

1 week, 5 days ago on

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@Brukie_ I wonder if you might be possibly correct. I have not seen much of him but my limited view questions his skating ability and questions how good he is in making the first outlet pass. I wonder if all of that can be further developed (I hope so) and I wonder if he has the mindset to do just that.


What makes you say what you say?

1 week, 6 days ago on

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@BobDunne @EHBIGAPPLE@DPSnotty@Say my Name@KevinTheNYRBlog@JMK8363@AnnoyingJoePleading to the NHL is A VICTIM STANCE! I know you meant well but NYR has to protect NYR by any means necessary, within the confines of the NHL. 


A strong leader goes to the well for his team over and over again. He is a living breathing example of how he wants his team to play and how he wants his team to win. A leader is always...always.....always..... an example to his/her team. He models 24/7 how he wants his team to be. The NHL is a tough arena to perform in. The Cup is the most difficult award in the world to win. NYR deserves great leadership!

Now take another look at Dolan/Sather/AV?????????????

 



1 week, 6 days ago on

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@McPhee37 Yo! brother well said and well written. I just keep scratching my head that many (not all) will read what you wrote and not Learn a thing about HOW the game is played and WHY things happen the way they do......Many people here can site stats.......stats.......stats and are clueless about what the stats mean. They are clueless about what the stats reveal behind the stats.


We are not respected around the NHL because we do not respect ourselves. Our self-deprecating attitude invites the disrespect that is heaped on us by opposing teams.


We come from the greatest city in the the world.....we should play like we do!

1 week, 6 days ago on

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Kevin,

Has Ranger management appealed in any way shape or form to the NHL regarding any of these hits beginning with Simmonds' infraction? If so what was the result? If not why don't you organize an appeal to Sather and Dolan?

If there has not been any comment from Ranger mgmt. then all these comments on your blog are victims feeling sorry for other victims. 

1 week, 6 days ago on

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@BobDunne @Say my Name@KevinTheNYRBlog @betweentheworlds.....  Anything is possible if you make a commitment to get it done and hold those people accountable for making that kind of selection.


You simply draw up A Profile of (1) the physical characteristics that you want in your scouting selection and(2) then you draw up the psychological or psychograhic characteristics (that determine heart, character, mental toughness)........all easily measurable if you know what you are doing. Then you look to find that talent selection or as close to that kind of talent selection.....talent selection that meets your  2 levels of criteria.


Under this system Boyle would meet the physical characteristics  and totally not meet the psychological requirements and consequently not be chosen.

Zucc on the other hand would create some doubt about meeting the physical characteristics but would be off the charts in meeting the psychological (heart requirements). Zucc is the kind of recruit that His scout would bet his job on! as betweentheworlds has pointed out very early on.


This is done every day in senior levels in business and in big money sales. The NHL as a group (with some exceptions,i.e. JD.K. Dryden) are incredibly backward in these areas. The NHL is still as a rule, "a good old boys' club' that shies away from any innovative idea that would improve performance.sales.




2 weeks ago on

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@scrangersfan @ATCRyanInteresting idea, but Ovie is there (in D.C.) simply to put butts in seats not to win the CUP. If Ovie was not there they would close The Cap Center. Why do you think Dale Hunter only coached One playoff series and almost beat us and then "returned to his family.' He was told by the owner that he had to allow -30 to be the Ovie that we all now and love. Hunter was told if he limits Ovie's ice team he, Hunter, will be gone...so he left.


CBJ used Nash the very same way to put a Franchise on the map. When Senior Mgmt in Columbus switched strategies from survival to competing for the Cup Nash was traded to MSG. We simply received what Columbus no longer valued!

2 weeks ago on

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@JoeyKocur Neil is on record saying he never would play for the NYR.....wonder why he feels that way?

2 weeks ago on

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@Say my Name @EHBIGAPPLE Excellent point.....the Coach/team leader has to develop the kind of relationship with ownership that prevents your point from happening. Perceived contractual value truly has an impact on other players on the team. I was freely given "the power of the purse" with my teams and with my organizations. It was one of my conditions of employment.


On the other hand few NHL Coaches have any real role in the selection of team talent and they have a zero role in the dispensing of contracts......your point here makes me now realize how the contracting and talent selection control I had was an important influence on team performance and so under appreciated by myself.....whew??!!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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@TomDundie @Say my Name " i cant think of one example where toughness waiting prevented a gutless act."  How in God's name  or in anyone's name would we recognize when "a gutless act" did not happen because of toughness waiting....WTF?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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@EHBIGAPPLE"
@LGRplayer As a leader I was always judged on the results my team produced and I was also judged on the way (the kind of behavior used by my team) when they produced those results. I was held 100% accountable for every thing that my team said.....everything that they did....and everything they produced. Owners of the company fostered that accountability on me and I totally and willingly accepted it.


Everyone on this site knows what happened in Vancouver has happened many times before over the season. Where I come from ownership would never entertain any excuses. If the owners did not like what they saw with their own eyes I would be given a short window to change the behavior of my players and consequently change the results produced or I would be removed.


That is what happens in my world of 100% accountability a world no doubt different from yours (and that is O.K.) AND A WORLD VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR DOLAN OWNERSHIP.



2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLENow that is pretty perceptive!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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There is a far bigger problem here then what meets the eye. AV as the leader and coach does not have the NYR believing that it is critically important to "stick together and to stick up for each other." He does not coach that value as part of the "identity" and "the culture" of the NYR. This and only this is what I find unacceptable about him.


I have been involved in exceedingly high pressured , high performance big money situations as a leader responsible for the performance of my team. I have learned that actively caring about the brothers and sisters on your team raises the confidence levels of team members who bring some self-hesitation....some self-doubt (as most of us humans do) to their game especially under high pressure situations. Knowing that your teammates have your back simply elevates everybody's game. It was always an exhilarating experience to witness their performance.....nothing made me prouder.


There are a good number of players on the NYR who are soft and can effectively impact the outcome of the game. Their performance would be definetly elevated if they knew they would be Protected.I had some clients in Edmonton who played Junior with Messier and they always said that was what made Messier such a great leader. They said Messier's attitude made them want to go through walls for him.


All this talk here is well-intented. Understand that the Rangers CAN Protect each other and have that kind of team identity within the confines of the rules of the NHL. It simply takes leadership to create that kind of identity....that kind of culture.  It simply is not important to AV........and the Rangers will pay a price for that.............stay tune while our soft players disappear in the playoffs.....again.


2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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