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@Say my Name You are gonna like this: Growing up as a kid in NYC my Dad, an avid Yankees fan taught me how to hit a baseball. He used Ted Williams as a hitting model of excellence. As you know "the thumper" not only was, I believe, the world's greatest pure hitter.but he was incredibly articulate about the "Hows" and "Whys" of hitting a baseball. His writings on hitting are just amazing!....making him a great thought leader.


Through that and many other examples my Dad taught me to respect the greatness that lies within all of us, even your enemies. He said "wanting to learn, wanting to grow and improve should always trump being right."


It is like being a "die-hard Democrat or a die-hard Republican vs a person who thinks for himself....a rare breed indeed! "Smallness" comes in many sizes. It is always a good thing to uplift  one self and lift up others through respect and appreciation! Thank you for your ideas!

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Perhaps some kudos....perhaps a lot of kudos should go to our play WITHOUT THE PUCK, You know when the Pens had the puck?? Outstanding team defense kept the Pens to the outside for a significant amount of time when the Pens had the puck.......I think that accounts for something Corsi fans.

It also reveals how flawed Corsi is when we do more analysis  to a team/player"s average Corsi time. Corsi is an average which reveals very little about performance......I invite one to analyze/break down the Corsi further by asking , for example, how many "real scoring chances" are produced and how many of those real scoring chances turn into goals?

All the stat geeks realize that  understanding what creates performance is never ever "an average compilation. But to understand performance (of any kind)  what is needed, is a  continuous analysis that will ultimately reveal the very small % of causes that produce a much larger % of the desired results.


A good Italian (word is he was a "goodfellow") named Pareto,discovered how the 80/20 rule applies to all analysis. He said 80% of the desired results are produced by 20% of the causes. If one further breaks down the 20% of those important causes you would find that another 20% of the 20% will produce 80% of the 80%.

Performance is not driven by averages but rather driven by exceptions or extremes! One needs an inquisitive mind that continually asks why did this happen? Of course when we learn the answer we then are in a position to repeat the performance that produces  the same desired result. Some in society call this concept "profiling" With profiling (applying the 80/20 rule) we significantly increase the probability of achieving what we want to achieve.......whew!

1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@RangersAndRadio And if The Republican Party could finally accept your words of wisdom.....and that is exactly what they are, we then would eventually have true leadership in the White House!

2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 @dsclaw88 @betweentheworlds  Enlightening comments indeed! People watch/experience NYR Hockey games the way they watch/experience other aspects of their life. While they watch each game they either are asking themselves one of two questions:


(1) What am I learning about this game that I don't know or that I don't realize.......OR


(2) What am I experiencing about this game that confirms what I already know to be true?


The first question focuses on.....new appreciation for a fabulous game.


The second question focuses on  being right no matter what......which is the killer of all progress!


For hockey it comes down to have you experienced/watched

1000 games each for the first time or have you watched the same game 1000 times over?


Thank you for your comments!

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

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@Say my Name Die-hard Yankees fan here and I really enjoy pulling in Red Sox games. As you indicate they are true professionals.....very knowledgeable and openly critical of both teams from the perspective of enriching the learning of their TV audiences. Found Bruins announcers to be the same kind of professionals and ditto for "most" media teams across Canada,

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@genetics73 @Skate31 Please put a good word to Henry II for me also. McGuire is also a self-centered.....self-aggrandizing analyst continually letting us know about all the people he "knows" that have zero to do with the enjoyment/value of watching this game, right here, right now!......very unprofessional and a very poor self-concept that screams out "see who I know!'....."see what I know!" Now am I good enough?"

 I don't know if any other sport has an analyst that does that??

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

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@Better Call CK @Say my Name @13 Wins Needed Crosby and Malkin have more power and influence over the other players......more power and influence than the coaches. They refuse absolutely refuse to play a 200 foot game in the playoffs AND they have an owner who played the same way.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @Better Call CK @tygalpin  Never saw films of his play but they say No. 9 of The Habs was even more awesome?....hard to imagine!

4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@BobDunne He showed some leadership by example....Noticed the same thing!

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@genetics73 @Say my Name Oh!, kind sir, please indulge me?  if I may add a few words to your quote....."No matter how much you wiggle, shake and dance the last drop always falls into your pants." Now I am officially an undergrad again! Wait I can't resist one more         "He who writes upon these walls

                              does his shit in little balls.

                               He who reads these words of wit

                                eats those little balls of shit!"


LGR!

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

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What is up w/Hunwick's minutes?

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@Better Call CK @betweentheworlds  On the money....Nash the Offensive Beast lives in a 10 ft perimeter around Fleury...anybody see him?

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@KevinMccarthy Thanks for this, Kevin. I like the diplomatic but firm way AV positioned his perspective to the the officials. He insinuates respect for the officials which then creates an immediate "opening" to be heard by them. I am impressed!

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@fs2020 @BobDunne @LFredrikJonsson Perhaps......a "winning culture" that AV so skillfully built upon!

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@ObviouslyItsNotTheTrophyWeWant  This is really some bad stuff here. Stoll is both a sports celebrity and a Entertainment celebrity (check his history) For him to be caught "possessing coke" in a party environment like Las Vegas in a down economy where Vegas is dying for customers to come and spend money..........this will have consequences that far exceed Voynov!

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@MikeBlue @Cally11 If all the "bash-Glassers" would stop asking the question ......"Why do they even F*****n dress him?" and start asking the question......."what does AV, the President's Trophy winning Coach see and appreciate that I AM TOTALLY BLIND TO?.....the hockey I Q of the bash-Glassers" would soar!

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@Stepan Your Mom @KevinMccarthy @rangermom @NYR44 And so under appreciated by many on this blog AND totally appreciated by management, coaching staff and HIS TEAM MATES!

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@4tonynoluck @His Name Was Kevin Delury  Did you play Jimmytwotimes in Goodfellas???? "I was a 3 sport star...a 3 sport star."

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html

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@Gianni74 Rarely is a GM/President given kudos for NOT making a deal. Thank you, Mr. Sather!

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html

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Not a fan of Larry Brooks but a very interesting assessment of NYR and the rest of the playoff teams!


http://nypost.com/2015/04/14/why-the-rangers-stand-out-as-stanley-cup-favorites/

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/full-season-grades-goaltending.html

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@Say my Name @award  @genetics73 Deep and Odd and always RELEVANT!

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Thirty years ago "hockey writers" evaluated players using the same hackneyed  narrowly-focused criteria as this evaluation uses. Perhaps if one uses a VALUE-based criteria Zucc's grade would change considerably...would it not?????


Zucc, as an example, his 5-5 play compared to other Rangers?......how well he executes in transition to offense?........how well he executes in transition to defense? (when he is on offense).......what other facets of the game does Zucc bring Value?.....PK as example?.....can he pass in tight spots......how well he plays in center ice........what impact does he have on his line mates...........What impact does he have on the other team?.........how often does he get the puck into the offensive zone on entry in the PP? etc.


There are many reasons why we won The President's Trophy. perhaps as fans we may want to look at each player and ask what is their Total Value and how did their Value contribute to the best regular season performance of 2014-'15 in the entire NHL?????????????????????

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/full-season-grades-offense.html

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@fs2020 @ObviouslyItsNotTheTrophyWeWant  When Sather signed AV I was not a happy camper and said so. AV has done a masterful masterful job of leading this team to the President's Trophy with maximum coaching and with a minimum amount of negativity and stress. His leadership/coaching process started  slowly and it culminated in inspiring the entire team to be playing at such a high level at the right time going into the second season.....the only one that truly counts.


I realize that Hockey might just be the most grueling sport in the world due to its intensity and its duration. That is the context in which AV executed his leadership. That is the context in which he established a relationship with each player to help each player perform at this incredible level........JUST AWESOME!

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

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@BobDunne @EHBIGAPPLE @4tonynoluck In your travels ever go to       ....great place for models and actresses only after 12?


I am on the wall in Palm II two times....they say I am the only one.

Best steak in the world at Peter Lugers in Bklyn, not the one on the North Shore!  I miss NYC's energy....the greatest in the world.


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@BobDunne @4tonynoluck Hey Bob what about Maxwell Plum's and the Italian Deli....Lempore Bros.and Friday's on 63rd

and Ist. Frequent the after hours club (run by cops) next to Il Vagabondo?


What about St. Joe's gym and Rhinelander's hoops? Glaser's bakery greatest crumb cake in the Universe......Schaller and Webers?..........Catch A Rising Star????? Namath had an active apartment on 77th and 2nd as did Greschner and Dugay.

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@Gianni74 @Wallace1 Goal production was down significantly in the 2nd half....Kopitar, Gaborik, Carter, Brown, Doughty under achieved, lost steam and created too many losing streaks. 

They like us are built from the Net out (without our speed of course) and they lost 2 of their top four D-men which is where their offense begins. They never were able to replace Voynov and Mitchell.Mitchell provided real leadership to that team. It is easy to see why  Willie is Captain of the Panthers in his first year!


I have great respect for their entire organization and would have loved to beat them in the Finals clinching at MSG!.....WOW!

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@Gianni74 Nicely said. There is always a story behind stats. Stats heve no meaning in and of themselves unless one looks to the story behind the stat.....THANK YOU!

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

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@ATCRyan  @DP_Snotty Anti USA and Anti NYC is all about a real inferiority complex about themselves relative to us. Have done a lot of work in Canada in all provinces and all I had to do was display a note of appreciation for their game of hockey and they could not buy me enough drinks after business hours. In Quebec I also had to demonstrate appreciation for their language!!

I have found former NHL players who play a role in Canadian Hockey Media don't have this kind of bias.They truly appreciate NY and the USA especially when there was such a value discrepancy in the finances of the two countries.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-new-jersey-2.html

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Hey thanks for this......shows great 'big picture" leadership of AV. To have your reports describe AV as a leader the way Sam and Arniel described him is great praise indeed. It is clear to me that under AV everyone grows (both players and coaches) and that is a great contribution (intent) of AV. Without growth Winning can never be maximized.....in any walk of life!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-new-jersey-2.html

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @TomDundie Hey guys....do you know his deal for next year????and how ready will Skjei be?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-new-jersey-2.html

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Was able to catch a number of the other "must win" games around the NHL last night. Watching teams battle and compete at incredibly high levels reminded me that when HOCKEY is played at that level in that way it is truly the absolutely, the most exciting and inspiring team sport in the entire Universe. THANK YOU HOCKEY GODS!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-new-jersey-2.html

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@Skate31 @Say my Name They say Shakespeare started like this, too. He was posting on some Middle English blog. Brilliant perception......brilliant expression!


Definitely material for Columbia's School of Journalism.....the graduate school of course!

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @EHBIGAPPLE @IcyCup  Like attracts Like, Bill. Your words say a great deal about who you are as a Father and who you attracted into the lives of your children. Good Stuff, sir!

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-6-devils-1.html

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@IcyCup Right you are! Where I come free no one ever disrespects a team mate in public and never ever in the heat of battle. Crosby disrespecting Bylsma (a Cup winning Coach in Pitts....I believe in '09) and Malkin disrespecting Comeau are typical patterns of behavior as opposed to one time events. That just tells me a whole lot about the "team culture" and the leadership of the Pens team.


There are reasons why the "best" coaching hire was someone who had zero NHL coaching experience!

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-6-devils-1.html

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@Matteau Matteau You are right on target. What you have pointed out here is indicative of an "entitlement" culture created by Lemieux and fostered and perpetuated by Cosby, Malkin and NBC......no leadership from the top down!....Cosby and Malkin can do no wrong!


I wonder, and I will never know, if Barry Trotz was offered the head coaching job and turned it down. What he has done in Washington is what is needed in Pitts and I bet Lemieux would not have supported such "a defense first team."


Malkin and Comeau were fighting the same way Crosby disrespected his coach on National TV when NYR took them out!

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-6-devils-1.html

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@Say my Name Absolutely....super kudos to Sather for re-inventing himself and assembling a great young organization. Super kudos to AV and his coaching staff for teaching, mentoring, coaching and developing all this talent!

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-6-devils-1.html

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@Rangers_54 @Bleed_the_freak Had a similar "gut reaction" watching the game out here. Giving AV the benefit of the doubt (that he has so richly earned and deserves) the only thing I came up with is that at that point in time those two were on the ice because in addition to being rested, the Coach believed both had the puck handling abilities and experience to softly clear the puck out of our zone without icing it and consequently avoiding a defensive zone face off 6 on 5.....I believe The Wild had a big advantage in face offs.

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@Say my Name @EHBIGAPPLE Your family tree has deep roots and yet it still allows plenty of space for innovative branches....super kudos to Mom and Dad for passing it on!

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@Say my Name I love reading your stuff because you are open to learning. When we look at the world and our relationships in the world through the prism of "right and wrong" all learning stops. When we continually question our assumptions  (in this case hockey) about life we begin to experience more of our creative power as human beings. You, sir, are an example to us all.


One of the many contributions of Neill is that he creates a forum for the exchange of ideas about our great game, our great team in the greatest city in the world. To you and THE OTHERS like you on this blog..........THANK YOU!...YOU TEACH ME!

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@leftwingbarbara  Your heart is in the right place. Unfortunately The only factor that will force the NHL or any other Pro League to change their acdtions  is if "the incident" will affect their revenues and only a class action lawsuit or a work stoppage can make that happen!.........think of all the concussions in the NHL and NFL over the years, for example.

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@betweentheworlds @Zelrio Those questions have been raised all through out his career.....the answers convinced The Hawks to let him walk as a FA days after they won their first cup (in a while)......very interesting??????

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@betweentheworlds @rangermom @Craptin McDonqvist Oh! do you speak the truth.....definitely! Have experienced that all over the country.  always accepted it as the ultimate compliment and reminded all that one of the greatest pleasures in being a native New Yorker is that we simply do not give a shit about what anyone thinks of us!.......YESSSSSSSSSSSS!

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@_Jack @IcyCup  Hey Jack is there such accountability metrics that officials are held accontable for? I am clueless about this? It frustrates me to no end how the NHL still stops play when a referee looses sight of the puck............definition of a kicking motion etc. In a game as fast and as physical as Hockey it it is incredibly dumb not to use technology (and the other referee,linesmen perhaps?) of some sort to remove/eliminate/diffuse referees' blunders. They should refer to it as "the referee failed to follow the puck."

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@Say my Name I know when a Ranger does that via a team mate it ticks you off as it used to do w/me. Actually I think it shows maturity on CK's part to leave Byfuglien alone. If CK went after him it t would have put Jets into an advantageous position in a game that was very important for The King to get his mojo/confidence back. I painfully respect how CK handled the situation, especially when we all know NYR will get similar treatment from certain teams in the playoffs AND OF COURSE I WANTED TO PERSONALLY TAKE BYFUGLIEN'S HEAD OFF MYSELF.................Now will you let me back in your foxhole...please??

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@IcyCup Hayes' raw talent and his ability to learns and apply on the ice is absolutely mind boggling.....great choice by Slats and a great coaching/developing job by AV!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-330-four-thoughts.html

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@dsclaw88 @60sPsychJukebox If accountability was ever important you would have to ask what EXACTLY did NYR scouts see that lead them to believe he could play at the NHL level?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-330-four-thoughts.html

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@KevinMccarthy Was only able to pick up the Ottawa feed from TSN....thanks for this!

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Moma Glass went to Lourdes last night!

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@scrangersfan @4tonynoluck scrangersfan......For a guy who takes and gives a lot of poops on here.......nice touch! and to you 4Tonynoluck from Joey Boombats welcome back to the greatest city in the world!

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@rangermom @Say my Name @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Hey Mom it appears that you were at the game so you most definitely can see more ice than I can see from my living room in the desert.


From my limited vantage point it appeared that any D-mix of Boyle, Yandle and Huntwick trapped us in our own zone by the fore-check of stronger and equally fast Ducks....what do you think?


It appears that opposing clubs wait to get their best fore-checking lines against those 3 dudes and AV wisely tries to "start' those 3  for our offensive zone faceoffs.as much as possible......really miss Klein...eh?

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