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@Say my Name Excellent points and you have made them before and I believe from a negotiating stand point Sather said to himself a long time ago that Cally does not "fit" with the present system of the NYRs team.
And as you have pointed out I agree (with you and Sather...ugh is for Sather!) that Cally would bring more value to a more defense oriented tougher team who presently lacks a hard-nosed 2nd liner right wing.
That is the "FA risk" that Cally and his agent runs now. Find a team that plays that defensive style....has that kind of on-ice need and has the available cap space to boot. A lot of variables will come into play, indeed.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Rangers 4, Rangers 2
@KreiderisTheChosenOne You will never get the answer from the NYPress on this one because they all watch the game from an offensive position only, as many do on this blog. CK has defensive lapses because he is still learning that part of the game. Tonight was a game of defensive lapses for CK. Ck never had to play any kind of defense nor did he have to go hard to the net in college.
His limited ice time was AV's wake-up call for sharper defense and "drive to the net." His learning curve will probably cost him "Rookie of the year."
2 days, 4 hours ago on Rangers 4, Rangers 2
@AL55S @EHBIGAPPLE@IhaveawaiteratMSGGood point.....why didn't I think of that?
2 days, 9 hours ago on Zuccarello to Likely Return; AV Says Defense Needs to Be Better; Callahan Hangover
@JoeyKocur @KevinTheNYRBlog@AL55SYou all live in a City that has experiened all sorts of tragedies and hardships and YET have survived and prospered. The team has obviously experienced trauma to whatever degree only the players know that. It has hit the team hard........The easiest thing in the world is to say "come on guys suck it up and get back to work."....and you would be right and you would be giving the proper advice and directoion.
It takes Real Leadership to say that to a group of traumatized, hurting athletes in such a way that the athletes get that you recognize their pain and then they are willing to play their hearts out for you.....THAT IS REAL LEADERSHIP.....REAL LEADERSHIP!
2 days, 12 hours ago on Zuccarello to Likely Return; AV Says Defense Needs to Be Better; Callahan Hangover
@AL55S @IhaveawaiteratMSG There is going to be "a mourning period" just like when you lost your best girl....remember! This messy NYR situation speaks loudly to the lack of leadership on the team right now, both from the players and from the coaching staff. Perhaps all those of us who thought woosie Richards was/is a leader are finding out he is not and never was one.
AV can not rally the troops together not with his lack of passion. Perhaps he can offer each player a stick of gum.
There is nothihg like finding "a new girl" to help you get over the loss of your old girl. The Ranger locker room does not have anybody to do that! It can't be MSL because leadership/respect must be earned first!
I believe possibly The King could provide that kind of leadership to pull the team together. He has to first return to his old self before that can happen!
@Betweentheworlds"wouldn't be surprised if I picked up on this being Slats' intentions all along." We both know this is true......EH?....as they say North of the border.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Thank You Captain Cally
@Betweentheworlds Well said. Rumblings from
Canada (not from the NYR press) indicate that Sather never wanted to
re-sign Cally and he was making long term plans months ago for his
I have been involved in high end salary negotiations from
both sides of the table. One thing that becomes obvious in salary negotiations
is a deal can always and easily be made if both sides want to do just
that. Sather as is his right, wanted to go in a direction that would fit
it with AVs hockey strategy not with a Sutter/Torts defensive style
strategy that Cally flourished in. Sather knew months ago that he
wanted to replace Cally with more offensive value and that is what he
I am not a Sather fan at all but I think, as is
pointed by betweenthentheworlds Sather made a great great short term
move w/MSL. The tremendous work ethic that MSL has on and off the ice
could bring the NYR some highly productive years (with a re-signing) That is a risk that Sather willingly took as is his prerogative.
thing I learned in salary negotiations is always to keep them private.
The press will only mislead the fans and it will always be "against the
player who they think only wants the money." Cally wanted to stay here
and there is no doubt in my mind. Cally could have offered Sather a
salary cut and it still would not work simply because Sather (for the
money/value/ROI) wanted a better fit with AVs strategy.
some of us may want to think of all the ways that Cally contributed to
the growth of the NYR over the years and be thankful for all that he
gave us!....Thank you for this, Kevin!
2 days, 16 hours ago on Thank You Captain Cally
@Bring back Langdon @fs2020I think you are raising a big issue here that could turn into a major acquisition for NYR. MSL has a great reputation for staying in unusually great physical shape over the course of a season and continues his dedication through the off season. That, as you point out, could allow him to play 3-5 more years at a very productive level indeed.. Combine that with an inner fiesty self belief/self-respect in his own capabilities (regardless of his age) and Sather may have also made a great long term deal.
As far as a Cup goes we need centers who are strong on the puck in both ends. We don't have any. Sather has to go out and get them because they are not on the farm and Lundquist must be Vezina-like or we are doomed and that means stopping penalty shots, stealing games and bringing the NYR a big return on his big contract.
We have too many forwards who make one play and disappear.......they have zero tenacity about puck possession (I do not include Zucc or Krieder or MSL) They don't ever seem to be upset if the puck is taken away from them..........leads to poor fore checking and non-existent center ice play......which leads to an early exit.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT
@KevinTheNYRBlog Kevin.....a great job feeding us all this data I super appreciate your efforts here....THANK YOU!
A question for you and anyone else out there....is there any history that Sather could draw on that might indicate to us that Sather made "an agreement with Cally" to resign him after the season?? What do you think?
4 days, 16 hours ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
@Bueller I know The Wild really wanted to rent our boy, Marty. Was the Devils asking price too high?........anybody know?
5 days, 13 hours ago on Rangers Decline Callahan's Six-Year, $6.3 Million Per Year Proposal
@DPSnotty @KevinTheNYRBlogSimple they have one of the best GMs in the business. Their GM (Mr. Shero, to us....had a fabulous Dad)) wants to win the Cup every year and acts accordingly from the top of the organization right down to their "draft teams."
We have a GM who only wants to acquire outside Marquee players and acts accordingly. Why is it so difficult to understand that Sather and Dolan do not want to achieve what 99% of all NYR fans want to achieve!?????? We have different goals than NYR senior management.
@gravey94 Like your assessment here...spot on! Would add that Defense is team Defense.....not just for D-men (and I know you know that!) Bottom line to this team is that they are going no where if The King plays games like he did last night. All the negatives that happened last night will happen again for the remainder of the season. King must....absolutely must bail them out night after night simply because that is what his contract demands of him!
Kevin....."an unprovoked attack on Staal"...what a woosie comment!
Kevin....would love to have you comment on Richards' defensive game and how he glides around his defensive zone.....like Brassard does.......like Step does half the time. Watch both sides of the puck and you will notice zero mental toughness on defense!
Defensive observations is something the famed NYR press never comments on?
6 days, 17 hours ago on Bruins 6, Rangers 3
HizzyHizgilov It is precisely your explanation that has separated you from those "who pull trades out of their ass." When you explain I learn so thank you!
Me thinks that after watching Step come out of his holdout together with his non-existent play in Sochi his desirability has plummeted. Not refuting your points on the Coyotes and Bickell at all.
As I've said on this sight I want to learn more about the NYR and the great game of the NHL. When people explain "the why" behind their opinions (as you just did) I learn a new perspective. Thank you again, MikeBlue.
1 week ago on If Rangers Can't Re-sign Callahan By Trade Deadline They May Not Deal Him
@mando24179 Good points....Add to that the fact that Hank is good looking....fashion conscious.....and extremely articulate relative to other hockey players.....and has gotten national attention for things other than hockey (further forwarding the NYR brand)...... and is a consummate Manhattan-ite NYer who could be a future spokesperson for the entire organization after his playing days are over.
@MikeBlue @DanielDHizzyHizgilovDo you guys realize that it takes 2 to make a trade? Do you realize that the other party must want what you don't want?
@Say my Name Keep your comments coming you are one of few voices who understand the game as it is played AND also understand the game from a business perspective. Many of the comments about getting a Kesler or a MSL for picks and prospects are really absurd and display a shallow understanding of the total picture of today's game.
The basic issue is that you and I and many others here want to win a Cup.....win a Cup.....win a Cup!.........Dolan and Sather want something different. They want as many marquee players in A Ranger uniform as possible under present Cap restrictions. There are no Senior Management Cup aspirations here. ....none.....zero....nada. Dolan and Sather just want to keep MSG very profitable......and that has absolutely nothing to do with winning a Cup!
As so many have pointed out here MSG is no longer a "blue collar" venue.(And I mean that in the best sense of "blue collar.") MSG instead appeals in its pricing structure to a business crowd and to catering to business interests. The business crowd in any venue is always is attracted to Marque names. The business crowd never speaks of a Stanley Cup Championship....never. They only talk about the latest and greatest super star.
Sadly, the same is true for The Knicks and their Senior management!
1 week, 1 day ago on Flyers 4, Rangers 2
@Betweentheworlds Help me to understand (1)how Cally has any significant trade value as a six week rental? (2) And why Cally would sign with anybody without testing FA? (3) Trading the likes of MSL and a Kesler is a big big deal and usually takes a significant period of time to iron-out? Trades like that are not done in a week's time.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rangers Interested in Kesler; Girardi Wants to Stay
Yes.....they won and that is good. A non-existent forecheck plus non-existent neutral zone play is a recipe for playoff diseaster v.s Pens, Bruins and any Western Club! Every period in the playoffs will be like Chicago's 3rd period against us last night.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rangers 2, Blackhawks 1
@PacNYR44 @TheNYRBlog Dustin Brown has different senior mgmt. He along with other strong players beleived that L. A.'s senior mgmt and their coaching staff was/is committed to winning the Cup. Show me one shred of evidence that Cally is in the same situation. Everybody on this site is sick and tired of Dolan/Sather's lack of commitment for a cup. Show me one shred of evidence that Dolan or Sather want the CUP.
PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION!
1 week, 4 days ago on REPORT: St. Louis Still Demanding Trade, And Only To Rangers
@johnAMIRANTESrug I bet you both of Richards girls look like his Mother!
1 week, 4 days ago on Richards Getting Engaged Is Munnderful News for Rangers Fans