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Perhaps we might take a deep breath and admit to our deep disappointment, our deep frustration and our aggressive anger. I feel the same way. As I watched the game I began to talk down my excitement and my enthusiasm for a win five minutes into the game. It was apparent that the Rangers did not bring any fire…..any enthusiasm…..any hunger for the puck. There was no will to win and that is all emotional, Emotion is what fuels decision-making,. Emotion is what is what fuels execution. NYR chose not to play with focused emotion and The Islanders chose to play with focused emotion.…..clear and simple.

Focused emotion begins with Team Leadership in the way Team Leadership prepares the team for future performance. A team performance is a reflection of its TEAM Leadership. NYR was not prepared for this Islander game just like they were not prepared for the Islander game at MSG. What many of us here seem to forget is that

(1) NYR had the best W-L record in the NHL over the last 20 games (played w/focused emotion)

(2) NYR have elite Team stats (played w/focused emotion)

(3) NYR reached the SCF last year with pretty much the same team if not a better one this year(played w/focused emotion)

(4) NYR intimidates and wins with quickness, speed, skill, mobile defense and world class goal tending (playing w/focused emotion)

(5) Physical toughness is something that GMs will no longer PAY for…thank you CAP System, which is what GMs wanted anyway!

If AV can conjure up enough focused emotion and prepare his team the right way we will beat the Islanders the next time we meet them. BTW everyone in the NHL agrees the Isles are for real AND everyone in the NHL is wondering how they will handle Playoffs Pressure. Keep in mind 3 teams gave up on Halak before he arrived on the Island.

3 hours, 18 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @EHBIGAPPLE For this game.....for this performance they played with zero passion. On their recent West Coast trip they all played passionate hockey, albeit somewhat fading in their 3rd game. Overall in last year's playoffs they played with great passion most of the games which is why they advanced. Tonite the passion was missing as it was missing at MSG vs The Isles.


I realize they do not have the offensive talent nor can they afford ($) to play an entire season with spurts of passion to finish first. I do believe we can go all the way in "the short season high intensity defensive-focused playoffs" with some minor tweaking....and some puck luck! I know you know that!


I wanted, like so many here, to beat The Islanders for this game.With passion comes embarrassment at being outplayed. I hope AV is embarrassed over this one display of his team's performance....eh?



18 hours, 27 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Passion......Passion.....Passion....where was it? Yo !......AV this is a cut throat rivalry long before you got here.....prepare your team to play with passion! McD take some CONFIDENCE PILLS and "become an on-ice  leader".


The entire team with the exception of Henrik played with the passion of their Head Coach!

19 hours, 25 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds @IcyCup Zucc could start on any 2nd line in the entire NHL and he is worth his weight in GOLD. I WANT HIM TO BE A RANGER FOREVER. Long term, I would keep Zucc over MSL if it ever came to that.


Hags is incredibly disruptive with his speed and can contribute defensively, excellent on the pk and can garner 15-20 goals a year. but he will never be more than that. But if he gets a "B. Boyle-itis" and believes he can play on 2nd line and and on the pp then we should trade him after the season......and I don't want to do that!

3 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinMccarthy @EHBIGAPPLE @Hotfreak A different perspective perhaps......When it comes to trades as an example, I understand that it takes 2 sides to make a trade happen. To consummate a trade both sides have to believe they received win-win value from the ageed upon transaction.

I like the upside of JT and Hayes and I don't want to trade either. I also know we need a center (3rd line) who is above average for faceoffs who must also fit  tightly with AV's speed/defensive requirements and fit in with Slat's Cap requirements. I know that AZ is going to want a low cap center type with good upside to replace Hanzal in the lineup. I don't believe they would accept someone from Hartford as a replacement for Hanzal.

 If I was Maloney I would begin my conversation w/Slats talking about both Hayes and Maloney and see where it all goes.


I am just trying to "see" the trade possibilities from both sides because it takes 2 sides to make a trade.......and there is much I do not know about the thinking of both NYR and AZ.

3 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Hotfreak A couple of days ago i was reviewing AZ's roster and came to the same conclusions. If AZ is willing to send him to us I would guess they would want 2  low Cap starters/players back for him......perhaps some combo of JT, J. Moore and Hayes and they would have to meet Cap requirements....should be very interesting!

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

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Neill,

Thank you for the assessment. Your evaluations always get me thinking and I appreciate your contribution. Players, other than Henrik always play a two- way game. In other words they play offense and defense on every shift. AV publicly puts great importance on how his players play "with the puck" and how they play "away from the puck"......whether they play on the pp and/or the penalty kill etc.

 I believe AV asses the true value of each player based on how much total value each player brings to the team. I think perhaps "a value-based" assessment of each player (with and away from the puck)  would shed more light on just how valuable each player's contribution truly is. I also think  "a value-based assessment" would shed more  light on "the thinking " behind management personnel decisions.......What do you think?

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

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@TomDundie @JoeyKocur No argument about Glass' value to the team. If we look at how AV uses him, it becomes apparent his value only plays out against physical/ North South teams. If we look at the trends in the NHL those kinds of teams are slowly disappearing from the NHL. In fact those kind of teams are non-existent in the playoffs.


In time both Boll and Glass will no longer have jobs just ask Thornton from Boston (his next stop?), Orr, Parros etc......we are all clearly transitioning to a very fast,skilled, up-tempo-mobile defense first NHL. We are creating a new definition of STUD.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Great signing by both sides. I pulled down the Bruin feed for last night's game and their Media team said NYR had the top 5 D-men in the entire league. Many on this site do not understand that In this day and age Cup winners are built from the net out with more importance given to puck controlling D-men and super star goaltenders.  Look at the goal scoring per game. It is trending downward. Look at the proliferation of close games.Gretzky said last week, "Goal tending has improved considerably from when he played."

I thank Staal for his signature because there are teams out there who would give him a Million more per. I thank Slats and the coaching staff for creating a culture/team that Staal wants to continue to be a part of.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html

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@scrangersfan @J_CKfor30 Perhaps if we expand our view of Zucc's performance instead of just judging the obvious we would then appreciate that Zucc is tied w/MSL as the most productive offensive 5 on 5 player on the team with the 2nd highest (+ - ) among forwards. Now, we can appreciate why  the man is so valuable and we haven't even touched upon his creative sense of comedy that he portrays in commercials!


Pound for pound he might be one of the  most valuable NYR 5 on 5??

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

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Thanks for the work here, Neill. Stats always have many  stories behind them. I believe stats need to be looked at from many different perspectives and with a mind free of any preconceived notions.It is only when we know the stories the stats are telling us  AND NOT TELLING US about each players performance do they really bring value.


For example...... take a closer look at Zucc's "offensive stats" and ask ourselves how are they trending this year compared to the same time last year? How much pp time, 5 0n 5 time did Zucc have this year than last year? How does  his line mates affect his goal production, ie when you play w/Nash you probably won't get a return pass (no crtique here!) and how often is Zucc in a position to pass to Nash?


A hockey player's performance should also be evaluated from the defensive side of the game. How does he play in his own zone? How does he play in the neutral zone? How often is he part of a poor line change to name a few? There are more questions to be raised if one thinks. The more you think about the game the more GM and Coaches' decisions become at least understandable.

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@Say my Name @EHBIGAPPLE @brian2686 No question....I agree but Fast (the person) and Miller must develop in all 3 zones if Hagelin leaves. Me thinks acquiring top talent in a trade or in FA....those days are gone. Be well, I look forward to all your posts!

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html

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@Say my Name @brian2686 The negativity is unbelievable. Here is a suggestion since Hagelin's goal scoring is being submitted:


1) count up Hagelin's even strength goals

2) count up the even strength goals of each of the following St. Louis, Brassard, Stepan, Kreider

3) Compare Haglin's even strength goals to the even strength goals of those 4 Rangers

4) Take note of the even strength ice time of ALL players

5) What did we (and I include myself) learn about our 3rd liner called Hagelin?


SMN...put down the Chivas....add some more rocks. Now, please! O.K. You are witty as always. We will have "a problem" w/Hagelin when he becomes a FA.....too many teams would drool to have a 3rd liner who plays 5 on 5, plays the last crucial minutes of games NYR is winning, makes a great presentation in commercials and kills penalties like he does and I know you know that!

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html

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When we travel through 3 time zones......West to East only, we experience significant and extended waves of fatigue that hit us on three consecutive days beginning the following day after we arrive home......guaranteed. That is why Lombardi coined the phrase, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all."

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-islanders.html

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @EHBIGAPPLE @award Yo! Bill......you are a STUD DAD!. I am impressed.....great school......great daughter......great sport! I have found my 3 to be my greatest teachers and they totally agree!.....Ha!

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

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@Say my Name @KevinMccarthy @betweentheworlds @J_CKfor30 It is all about Mindset......mindset comes first before behavior. Torre has the same mindset as AV. They are both very skillful in engaging with others and will avoid conflict under just about all situations.....The movie Straw Dogs was all about this phenomena.

Obama is very much like the personality/mindset of Torre and AV except Obama does not possess the exceptional relationship building skills of Torre and of AV. Obama avoids conflict by being aloof from the conflict...rather play Golf.etc.

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

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @EHBIGAPPLE @award Bill, I look, no actually search for your comments on a daily basis. You are one of the few who approach and appreciate the NYR/Hockey from a broader, big picture perspective. On a daily basis I look to you and others to learn new ideas and new slants on our great game.

Perhaps there was some confusion about who wrote what in the prior posts. I never mentioned any names. Rather I was simply reiterating what I know you know about the origins of Hockey IQ and indicating that it also applies to Women's hockey.....meant no disrespect.

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

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @EHBIGAPPLE @award Bill, I am confused by your response?
........"Your telling me Kreider is a better all around  more experienced hockey player than Dominic Moore  or  Kevin Klein...Thats absolutely assinine, You needed Cammi Granato to know what a Hockey IQ is?." I don't understand how this applies to anything I wrote. I do not understand,, please explain?

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

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @award "The more a player learns and plays 3 zone Hockey (Big Picture Hockey) the higher his/her Hockey IQ"                   

-Cammi Granato


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@rangermom Like your assessment here. AV has a number of players competing in all 3 zones at levels never before seen in their limited NHL careers......Fast, Miller. AV has also  taken Nash to a new level never before seen. Kreider continues to improve with limited pp time. Hayes' development has been incredibly rapid, even though his fatigue factor was noticeable in last 2 periods. SUPER KUDOS TO AV!


I know the way to be better at faceoffs is to have concerted intense face off practice sessions and face off performance will improve......just ask St. Louis how he developed his shot or ask Pete Rose how he became a great hitter. Is AV providing those sessions?

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

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@rangermom @7homas Hey "Mom" did you hear a definitive explanation on why that was not a goal? I saw both the MSG feed and the SJ feed and neither gave a clear definitive explanation. 

The Judges in Toronto (a very conservative city) are very very conservative when it comes to rule interpretation in a very conservative sport. Unlike our US constitution where our Judicial Branch can have "a loose interpretation" (liberal interpretation) or "a strict interpretation" (conservative interpretation) Toronto Judges, as you point out,would not dare apply their "own common sense" to rule interpretation.....has anyone heard anything?

Now can I have a cookie??.....please??

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

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@betweentheworlds Zucc and Nash, among others, were Beasts in the NY R's defensive zone.....absolutely entertaining!

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@TomDundie @Say my Name @gravey94 @EHBIGAPPLE Hey Guys, Gartner was and will always be a great player statistically (as is Kessel now) What each lacked does not show up in their statistics but shows up in their mental attitude that becomes very apparent to Coaches and General Managers.....players on the other hand will never say anything negative about another player.


Both of them were/is loved by their fan base. So, you have to ask yourself why in a non cap era (in Gartner's situation) was he traded so often? Is the answer only because the GMs and Coaches responsible are stupid?? 

Gartner and Amonte (another favorite) were both good players who assumed leadership roles on NYR because of their obvious production. Both were traded away because of their poor attitude towards defensive (playoff style) hockey. They were having a negative affect on the team.


Most fans never measure nor do they notice attitude and its affect on other players. All they see are the great plays and I understand that. We all can learn a little more if we are willing to expand the way we look at the game and our team. The invitation here is to also appreciate a team and its players from the perspective of a Coach and a GM (the bigger picture). When you do that the "why" behind a team's decision-making becomes more apparent.


I spent some time in Edmonton on business just before Weight left (btw he signed and gave me one his Oiler sweaters) Weight's poor attitude permeated the team and their spouses....it wasn't pretty. Enough said!


Does anybody have any question on what ails the Leafs? Listen to Kessel's (un-tradeable contract) comments! ....add Pheaneuf to that mix (another bad contract) Shanahan would love to dump both...wouldn't he? Both have poor attitudes.....just ask their former Coaches.

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@fs2020 @jnyfive Can we get some face off help.....just a little?

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@Say my Name @AnnoyingJoe Classical education, perhaps?

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@gravey94 @Say my Name Gartner and Weight were traded for the same reasons why Thornton, Kessel and Seguin were traded by the Bruins. All five lack the mental makeup (attitude + will power) to play 3 Zone Team Hockey that wins Cups.


This game, especially in the playoffs is about far more than goals and assists. It is also about the "will to win" and taking "the will to win" away from from your competition.......that is all about a ferocious attitude on BOTH sides of the puck and those 5 don't have that.

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@Billfrom Brookhaven @cb1 Perhaps....Cardinal Hayes??????

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@JoeyKocur  Perhaps adding Hayes to the Kudos list might make additional sense. Hayes makes hockey decisions (in all 3 zones) well beyond his age and his NHL experience.......now sign him up at FOU .....that's Face Off University, of course!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-4-washington-2.html

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@gravey94 Great analysis. As you intimate NYR do not need more offense. Look at their team stats.....they are near the top of the entire league in goals scored. What the team needs is a center that can win offensive and defensive faceoffs...............and more confidence in carrying the puck into the offensive zone during the pp.


Does anybody actually think any team would give any value for Staal when the guy is going to walk from "his new team" in 6 months? No offense but have you ever been to Edmonton??......have you ever wondered why Messier spends so much time away from Edmonton?? If NYR would ever trade Staal (highly unlikely) we can kiss The Duke good bye because the other team would demand the kid be part of the trade.


If Taylor Hall is traded the best Edmonton will get in return is another disappointing under-achieving player! Edmonton's problem starts with its Leadership (Lowe and Mactavish) who are  still back incarcarated in the ideas and beliefs that worked in the 80s. 

Notice what the Leadership in Calgary has done to improve itself with Hartley and Treliving leading the team. Edmonton could eventually do the same thing and get the same results if their Leadership would choose to make the kind of decisions as their competitors in Calgary.................would you bet that the present leadership in Edmonton has the courage to change their beliefs about winning? 


When dealing with "problems." The problem is never the problem. The problem is really how we think about the problem. The problem is really about the beliefs and ideas and attitudes we hold about the problem. If Edmonton's Leadership can change the way they think about the problem, solving it becomes easy. Changing one's thinking is the difficult part.


Woody Johnson are you listening?

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

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@BulldogLine There were End Balcony and Side Balcony seats in the Old Garden (49th Street and 8th Ave) according to my Dad. I love fast hockey and intense physical hockey-watch Western Conference games. The games are fast and physically intense.....they still have not received AVs memo.

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

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@Purinton Try a dose of Western Conference games between any combination of Blues-Sharks-Kings-Preds-Hawks-Ducks. You will actually enjoy them and feel that you were entertained for your time. Back in the day my Dad told me that Balcony fans would chant loud and clear "We want something else" when ever NYR provided boring entertainment.....You think AV is boring????

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@Mike Burns1 When I was in the TV ad business met with Schultz at a party in Philly....also went deep sea fishing in Cancun with 3 enforcers from different teams all from the WHL (a tough league to begin with) .. All enforcers are very much team players. inspiring types who were leaders in the locker room and very big with community charities. They all pretty much bond together starting from Juniors and help each other to get to the NHL....a breed unto themselves. Learned to really respect the role they play even though it is rapidly disappearing from The Big Show!

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

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@Mike Burns1 Hey Mike........spent time with Domi in a NYC restaurant talking Hockey ( bought him a bottle of DOM no pun intended). Met him again on a flight to Toronto when he was with the Leafs......knowledgeable guy and like most enforcers humble, appreciative and very clear on his limitations......Good Dude!

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

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@BrinaGu3 @Bleed_the_freak 100% correct here. Carcillo is too emotional and too confrontational and  makes AV uncomfortable on and off the ice. That is why Carcillo is gone. Ryan Kesler was the same way with AV in Vancouver but he was so good he had a no-trade clause from Senior Mgmt. Kesler's relationship with AV is the reason why Kesler is not playing 2nd line center for us today. 

Nice guys like AV don't like conflict or confrontation.....they don't even want to be around it. Notice how AV never gets angry and is always nice to refs.....always. AV, as a leader does not yet understand that sometimes conflict can be a very effective strategy in winning.

AV gets even with those he is uncomfortable with by ambushing them when they least expect it. Case in point his comments about Carcillo (when he was on AV's team) saying publicly that Carcillo might never play again in the NHL after he "pushed" the ref in the playoffs......how's that for protecting your players???Way to go AV....Way to Go!!

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

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Perhaps I can offer some insights and some learning for all the Ranger Fans (including myself) .

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=743020&navid=nhl:topheads

Great ideas on the following:

Building off of last year’s successes

Team believing in each other

Choosing a Captain

What Team and Captain Leadership is all about

Coaching-High Expectations-Excellence and Intensity at practice

The need for a Coach to master the X’s and O’s but also be a salesman (one who inspires customers)

 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-4-penguins-3-ot.html

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Perhaps I can offer some insights and some learning for all the Ranger Fans(myself included)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=743020&navid=nhl:topheads

Great ideas on the following:

Building off of last year’s successes

Team believing in each other

Choosing a Captain

What Team and Captain Leadership is all about

Coaching-High Expectations-Excellence and Intensity at practice

The need for a Coach to master the X’s and O’s but also be a salesman (one who inspires customers)

 

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

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@Hotfreak Great post here...truly appreciate what you wrote especially about lamentation and wisdom. Victimization seeks comfort with other victims.

 Few seek wisdom.....most seek  reassurance. Priceless comment on one's well-being and the performance results of one's team, though I will admit that I have to consciously shift on "to feeling good" after recent NYR games without the short term aid of alcohol because alcohol is a long term depressant and she won't stand for that!


I learned that talent is an act of the will that comes alive through "focused inspired practice" which works every time. Most people think you are born with talent. ....not true. Tiger Woods started swinging a golf club before he could walk. Kenya's great marathon runners ran ten miles to school when the were 5 years old.

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

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@rangermom @Say my Name Some thoughts for your consideration........In the Cap era when allocating financial resources  any NHL team  has  to FIRST figure out what positions (not players) are absolutely100% essential for Stanley Cup success......what positions are 50% essential for success....what positions are 25% essential for success.

 All GMs would agree that they first need  a world class goalie, or as close as possible to that. Included in that 100% mix is an excellent top four defensive unit and game changing forwards if possible.........20-25 goal scorers are essential but less important...........and 4th liners are important but the least important. Each year at signing mgmt then ask themselves how close is each player to each essential category relative to what we have now.....relative to what we have on the farm ....and relative to what we can get in a trade with a willing trading partner? Henrik (world class goalie) and Staal (top 4 d-man) are viewed by GMs in the 100% categories relative to their positions Each would garner a ton of money on the free agent market.

Hometown Discounts: Perhaps a glance at the L.A. Kings incredible success over the last 3 yrs and the "Winning Family Friendly Culture" that they have created speaks to what all GMs and Coaches know but few can execute on. A "Winning Family Friendly Culture." is what most NHL players will give home grown discounts to. When Free Agency comes around most players are in a family way or close to it.


BTW it takes a whole lot for a team/organization to develop "a winning family friendly culture" that will warrant Hometown discounts. I am able to pull down out of town teams and also witness their "between periods" shows, interviews etc. The "tight family/ tight team like culture" exists in L.A., Chicago, Detroit and is developing in Tampa (thank you, Stevie Y who came from Detroit) That kind of culture becomes very attractive to hockey players who are beginning to start families. 

NYR has a "big name" culture but not a winning culture. Keenan and Torts (like them or not!) built a winning culture. AV does not have the leadership ability to build a winning culture.....Nice Guys don't build they coordinate and cooperate (Joe Torre as an example) AV could have done that kind of culture-building off the incredible success of NYR last year but obviously did not.....and so far we have a team that is riddled with a lack of confidence and a lack of team belief and a lack of team unity.

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

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@gravey94 Take note of who and how much L.A. Kings paid to Martinez and Muzzin. They are setting the market for Staal who will get Girardi's $+ from somebody.

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

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@BrinaGu3 @gravey94 The NHL would have acted very differently if Crosby did that in Montreal or in Toronto. Crosby is the whiney-ass  poster boy for the American segment of the NHL (the one that NBC as so much invested in!). He is hated and despised in Canada....just ask Don Cherry who is an icon, a living legend up there!

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

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@GregQuinn Most of the time I am only able to pull down hockey feeds from Pitts.....you are so on target with your comments here. The city of Pittsburgh has a tradition of great franchises and great fans in football and baseball. Hockey is a completely different story. Their on-air team is a total embarrassment to the true sports fans of a great, strong and resilient city......and it all began with Hockey's biggest victim.....right Mario?

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

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Perhaps this might be another way of looking at the NYR's poor TEAM performance:


(1) Return to their excellent performance in last year's playoffs and note WHAT all players were doing as a team. WHAT strategies were they all using in the 3 separate zones on the ice that contributed to their incredible success.....pretty easy to figure out...is it not?......it is also not very difficult to teach these strategies at any level. Guaranteed all players on the team today  know exactly what those strategies are step by step.


(2) Now go back to their same level of performance in last years playoffs and ask yourself HOW were all of the NYR executing on their strategies and HOW refers to their willful emotional commitment to and focus on those strategies......their willful emotional commitment to and focus on a high compete level.....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on a high intensity level....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on supporting one another.....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on "owning the puck with a vengeance" in all 3 zones.


(No.2....well, Say My Name speaks to this below by referring to a comment that an Islander player made about HOW Coach Capuano coaches. I would suggest you reread what SMN posted because it is very revealing about the HOW. Don't discount where it is coming from and who said it. Anyone who is truly committed to the high performance of their team would always approach their competition with an eye towards learning from them, in addition to wanting to annihilate them)


The real performance issue here is..... that AV and his staff has not figured out HOW to support, uplift and inspire TEAM performance to at least 90% of  NYR's playoff performance......keep in mind that is what AV was hired to do......that is what will get AV a substantial raise and that is what will enhance AV's career or that will get him fired! BTW (2) coming up with the HOW is by far the greatest challenge of any Coach, any teacher, any manager, any parent or any other Team Performance Leader in any arena.

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

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@Say my Name Yo!.....you know better than this "Tikkanen was just think big (6'1" 210) stocky, gritty, agitating, clutch, ADORED TEAMMATE" Interesting and valued idea but not according to this present coach....just ask Kesler and Carcillo? Anybody know why Kesler did not want to play in NY....anybody?

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

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A clear lack of enthusiasm, passion and compete-level between the blue lines and in our own zone by the entire team. The King has yet to dominate this year his GAA is embarrassing  for the Value the organization is giving him.....he looks like he is in another world. His poor performance was the biggest De-motivating factor for the entire team. We gotta develop a sense of pride. It is too easy and too acceptable for the team to play this kind of uninspired Hockey on home ice....is it not?

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to your families, too.


Just remember in any high performing team/organization the Coach is 500% responsible for the belief system of the team......for the team trust level..........for the team focus.......for the team identity........for the way the team talent is developed..........for the compete level of the team and ultimately for the way the team performs and ultimately for the win-results the team produces. That is the world of high performance!


That is why Coaches are hired, fired and paid very well. Anybody ever recall a coach staying and his team being fired?

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

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@betweentheworlds @Say my Name You said it all!.....back at you! Appreciation is everything!

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@Say my Name Right back to you, my man.......life is excitingly uncertain....YESSSSSS!

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE 

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11931106/nhl-pat-quinn-remembered-undeniable-impact-hockey-people

apropos to my comments on the power of an Inspiring Coach. Link is about how former players felt playing for Pat Quinn and also the inspiring impact Quinn had on other coaches.

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@rangermom @JoeyKocur @J_CKfor30 I am with you Mom. You can tell "they" stole his lunch money and took his homework when he was in school and he still hates himself for letting that happen.

 If Brooks had the audacity to taste one of your cookies he would immediately  find something wrong with them.....ugh! And I know.....I know....I knowwwwwwww you would never let him near your cookies! Would you??!!

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE Tom all that odds reflect is a prediction of future performance based on a measured  rational assessment of past performance. It is a valid way of looking at future performance but in no way does it reflect what could happen in the future based on man's/team's willful and inspired (read that emotion) application of his talent....like "Miracle on Ice"......Namath's Super Bowl win......the climb to MT. Everest........Kings recent playoff journey or any time a betting man says, "holy poops, I never saw that coming."

The "power of being on fire can change worlds. That kind of Team Power is fueled by the emotions of "team identity," mutual respect, commitment to clearly set goals, shared team vision, commitment to clearly assigned roles, disciplined execution and synergy......all missing right now in the NYR team. 

So my concerns:


Can AV supply or provide these things to win the Cup???? He had a more talented team than the Bruins and lost THE CUP because of missing some of the "on-fire ingredients" mentioned above......that is a concern for me.


Ryan Kesler never had a good relationship with AV and Kesler is far more about "the power of being on fire" than AV. We could use that guy at center and he simply did want to play for AV......what that says about both Kesler and AV concerns me.


The fact that Kreider has not yet learned how to channel and harness his over-the-top physical/skilled talent concerns me? What does that say about his teacher? What does that say about the student?


P. S. Staal clears the crease in the playoffs when it counts the most....ask Sidney and everything that spells "Pen fans." Is that enough for a big new contract? Can he get that contract somewhere else?...stay tuned.



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