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@genetics73  Wow....this is impressive. Says a great deal about her as an independent woman fostering self reliance, personal accountability and a Zamboni load of FUN! to boot......also says a lot about you as her Dad......way to go! KUDOS to both of you!......Here's to the two of them uniting The Republican Party and winning the White House so we can have real leadership at The Executive Branch.

6 hours, 14 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SmellyKisio You most definitely are entitled to your viewpoint. The Nash I watched in Columbus is the same Nash that CBJ's senior mgmt sent packing. Many people believe that Nash wanted out of there. Senior mgmt wanted to build a SC kind of team w/o Nash and that is why they traded him. 

At Columbus Nash was the kind of player that does not make the players around him play better. He was too expensive to carry in Columbus because he did not make others better. All you have to do is watch the way CBJ has played the past 2 years and It becomes obvious that Nash could never (based on the way he played in Columbus) fit into the way the Blue Jackets play now.


 Although Nash put up excellent numbers in Columbus he never played the way he is playing now........and that won't show up in statistics but it is something that every coach and GM understands.

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@BleedingBlue @EHBIGAPPLE Since the beginning of time it has been said,:The problem is never the problem...the way we think about the problem is the problem." So if Nash decided to think differently about the concussion......and his new thinking motivated him to play differently.......then that could very well be "the Core Reason." no argument there at all.


I see Nash consistently playing with a passion....with a new enthusiasm that he never consistently displayed over a period of time in his career. He is truly a force out there both offensively and defensively, like he never was before.

My experience suggests that a life changing event inspired him to elevate his complete play as an elite player. I don't know the core reason. My personal assessment is just that I don't coach him. Your assessment could very well be it!

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

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As a Nash detractor last year I want to give a 100% acknowledgement to Nash's success this year. Stats (measured results) will only tell you the new results that Nash is producing. Those very same stats will never reveal "the core reason" why  Nash is producing at the rate he is producing this year. To get at "the core reason" for his success we have to look within the man himself.....we have to look within the man to understand how he willfully lite "his inner fire"........the stats will never ever reveal that and whatever that is within Nash........Nash has made an incredible difference this year.


An Elite Coach/Leader/Teacher etc. will know what lites "the inner fire" of each of his/her players and they will INSPIRE their players by addressing each player's inner fire and players will become MOTIVATED to improve their performance. I do not know who or what inspired Nash to finally and willfully (Nash willfully, actively and consciously chose....Nash consciously motivated himself) to do the things that we all knew would make him more successful. Super Kudos to you, Mr. Nash.


If I may borrow a little from betweentheworlds. Something life changing occurs for a man when he, for the first time has "a little man looking up to him". Most new Dad's feel a renewed sense of accountability.....a renewed sense of responsibility when their son is born. It is like The Torch is now lit....lit with purpose and meaning! Of course I don't know how the birth of MacLaren impacted him but I think most of the Moms and Dads here might see it that way, too!.....good going Rick Nash!

1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 Very interesting observations about McD. It indicates an early pattern of non-involvement....non-engagement....non-confrontational (and I don't mean yelling and screaming here) on the part of our Captain when it comes to verbally influencing others....referees in this case.

 I would wonder outloud if it is a typical pattern of communication that McD uses in situations of potential conflict and disagreement?? I would wonder out loud if he uses this same pattern on non-engagement non-confrontation when he doesn't like the performance of another NYR player (including his own play??). If he does it does not make for an effective off-ice leader.


We have one pro-golf non-confrontive....non-engagement...non involved type leader in the White House we don't need another in MSG.

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

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@gravey94 Love your enthusiasm for McD! I think you and I would agree that Mess is the greatest NYR captain of all time. A great Captain provides  leadership on and off the ice.

 Leadership involves taking a risk....expanding and growing yourself......passionately standing up for what you believe in and having the ability to inspire others to join you as you go forward. The KING is this way on and off the ice. He leads by example and leads by his ability to inspire others with his words (which is very rare in any walk of life.)


Leader types are usually outspoken, expressive types who crave added responsibility of leading others and are also very comfortable in being in the spot light. When you look at McD he has in the past demonstrated tremendous on-ice ability to lead and inspire with his play the last few years but not much inspiration with his words. Unless he goes through a massive personality change (and that is definitely possible) he will only be a good leader by example as was Jeter.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @JMK8363 @Craptin McDonqvist Hey Kevin......AV, you know the guy you call  "A Master Motivator".....well AV says the same thing about his wife!


BTW a "Master Motivator" is someone like  Parcells a guy who people want to play for over and over again. AV is a good coach but definitely not "a Master Motivator."

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

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@gravey94 @EHBIGAPPLE @Say my Name "Ever since Messier left, this team lacked a leader with fire who could inspire the team.  Or at least that's what I thought.  The thing of it is, they've had it all along, he just doesn't wear a letter.  Hank is every bit that leader.  Word is he stood up in the locker room last night between the 2nd and 3rd and gave it to the team.  Then he came out, made some HUGE saves, and they stole a win.  Leadership...it comes from everywhere!."

Yo gravey94 great minds think alike. Glad you not only caught that but also commented on it before I even woke up!.....THANK YOU!

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

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@Say my Name "I am talking Gestalt here, Gestalt muthafukka!". exactly my sentiments!

Fritz says, "I love iT."


No one mentioned, either in the original post nor in the comments, that The King verbally kicked some ass in the locker room after the 2nd period.(only reported in Canadian outlets!) The King may not be the Captain but he is our real on-ice and off-ice leader...........McD still has not recovered from the weight of being awarded  "The C."

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@DP_Snotty @rangermom Could not resist:


The sinners are much more fun...
You know that only the good die young!
Oh woe woe baby bay!
I tell ya only the good die young!
Only the good die young...

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

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@Hotfreak  "The Quiet Storm!"

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat You have encapsulated the wisdom of Elite Leadership....well said. An elite leader will always change the way he or she teaches/coaches/inspires his team as his team develops competencies and gains more success.. There are very very few elite leaders in any context of life because it takes a tremendous amount of self confidence and courage on the part of any leader to choose to become flexible in their leadership style.


Two recent hockey examples of Elite Leaders are Hitchcock and Sutter. Both are clearly aware of how they had to change and grow as coaches....lessons that Torts is unwilling to embrace but will  if he ever wants to coach again in the NHL


A  clear and present example of a leader who will not change himself  FROM "a nice guy"...."hands off"..."let them figure it out themselves" kind of leader TO "a take charge"........ "meet confrontations head on".....  "fully engage with threats"....."I am accountable and I will step up first on behalf of my people" is our "leader" in the White House.

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

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@RangersAndRadio @leftwingbarbara I like your thinking here. Unfortunately it will come down to who has more leverage with Sather.......the sponsors of The Duke OR the sponsors of the other new guys.

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

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@rangermom @EHBIGAPPLE Young Lady (ohhh doesn't that sound nice..eh?) you really deserve more credit. A Happy Mom creates the climate at home...one way or the other. And I can tell there are no "cookie monsters" in your home.....Super Respect to You!

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

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@JoeyKocur Great comments on "the colorless culture" of the NJD and I was forced to watch/listen to the game via The Devils feed.....incredibly boring commentary!

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

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Yo Kevin!


Great comment on Nash, "i still can’t get over the quickness from Nash this early season. His first two years on Broadway he would lumber around the ice, now he’s forcing defender’s into bad decisions because he’s instantly on the puck."..........birth of McLaren....rebirth of Dad....Right rangermom??!!

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

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

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

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@gravey94 Dinner at The Palm with Dave!

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@gravey94 @betweentheworlds @KevinTheNYRBlog @TomDundie

Dundie 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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


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

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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