Scott From Jersey
I love the Rangers. And beer.
Oh I hear you re: Gomez, but one thing we've all seen is Sathers graduation from that mindset. He has done a good job of erasing some past mistakes (see: turning Gomez into McD) and the Rangers - partially bc of the Torts influence - really started to alter their approach toward building a team. I don't think we've gotten away from that, we just see a lack of effort from the guys capable of "playing the right way", which to me, is on the players themselves or the coaches. Its an organizational thing, but I think backbone players like Cally adn Staal will be the first to tell you they aren't happy with their play this season.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting
We need to unload Del Zotto for a big, bruising, rock-steady defensman. Throw in a couple picks and don't target a guy with too much offensive upside and get it done. We will be much better for it.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Could Bickel Be Recalled Today?
Spazz, did you steal my avatar? I thought I was the only one who knew where to find a NYR Mega Man Sprite....
We have a core of home-grown/well developed talent, a superstar goalie and a superstar scorer. We've developed guys like Chris Krieder into of the most promising young forwards in the league and moved overpaid underperformers like Gaborik and Gomez, while holding onto most of the parts that made this team 2 years ago so effective (Prust and his un-matchable contract aside). I don't love the Richards deal, but 1 year into it and every year prior to that he was a different player than he is today -- and Sather, who isn't to blame for his on ice deterioration, will have a buyout mulligan to make it all better.
My point is, I don't blame the GM when guys are not playing to their potential or playing with heart. That falls on the coaches and the players. This team, with the personnel they have, should be MUCH MUCH better. Like Kevin said: There's more than enough skill in the
locker room to be above a .500 team, which only proves this team lacks
the proper heart and character to get the job done. Disgraceful.
How is Sather to blame for this? He has put a roster together that most people would sign up for in a heartbeat. He gets the guys on the ice, he isn't responsible for motivating them once they are on there.
That is the coaches, and the players themselves -- who somehow have escaped culpability in this. These guys are on cruise control.
1 day, 20 hours ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting
Nash is a stud. Plain and simple. Love the guy.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Nash Took Vigneault's Challenge Personally
Give it up. No productive week let alone productive decade coming from Del Zotto. He logged a ton of minutes last night because he was being scouted, and he showed his true colors. It probably cost us another 2 points to showcase that scrub, just move him and be done with it already. He truly, truly blows.
1 week ago on Senators, Blackhawks & Bruins Scouts Attended Last Night's Game
@Betweentheworlds ...it's just you.
1 week, 1 day ago on Asst. GM Gorton Sits With Scouts During Canucks Game
This team is really starting to put it together after some growing pains early. Skating fast, out hustling and out muscling opponents. We look very good. Rangers fans should be excited right now.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rangers 1, Candiens 0
@Say my Name @Rangers_54 You sir, are correct. Listen, hank has been great, and even the greats allow a bad one every so often...but lets not act like anything here was remotely out of line. Let's be men here, AV has every right to say what he said....and then some!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Lundqvist Has to Make That Save
@Kevin DeLury @KreiderisTheChosenOne Exactly. A few extra games in December and January are not going to be the difference of Hank being fit and ready or breaking down come the Spring.
1 month ago on AV to Stick With 20 Game Workload for Talbot
So true. With Torts back there, we don't score that goal. I think (er...I hope) we'll look back at this game as a major turning point in this season. We have to follow it up with a strong performance in the home opener. And we need to get healthy.
1 month, 1 week ago on Redemption for Zuccarello
@FREE MASHINTER @Scott_from_Jersey @IMPRISON SATHER Agreed, except we're in October right now. Talk to me about post season success when we get there, but AV has had more regular season success than any coach in the league over the last 5 years. I don't want to become an AV supporter on this board, but I really think there is some scapegoating going on. The players need to play better - more of an edge, more goals, better decisions and better passing.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Flyers 2, Rangers 1
@IMPRISON SATHER They won 2 presidents trophies and led the NHL in goals and pp efficiency during that time. They struggled in the playoffs when they had no goaltending, but I dont think 2 presidents trophies is long-term under-achievement. I don't love AV, but you cant call his time in Vancouver luck, he was the head coach of those teams...
I thought Krieder had a strong game. The rest I agree with. We blow right now.
@ChrisP This season? The guy can't play. He's a joke and when he leaves the Rangers will never stick with another team...
Great article Kev. Couldn't agree more with this. What we're seeing is the growing pains associated with a new system. Its an adjustment for these guys, but it will improve.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on So, Why Are the Rangers Defensemen Struggling?
This whole clusterfuck with Messier just won't die. Its painful to watch one of my all time favorite athletes act like such a whiny, entitled, bitch.
Hey, Messier: YOU HAVE NO COACHING EXPERIENCE!
YOU DON'T GET TO COACH IN THE NHL WITHOUT HAVING EXPERIENCE! GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK CANADIAN SKULL AND STOP BURNING BRIDGES AND LYING TO US LIKE WE'RE NOT CAPABLE OF SEEING THROUGH YOUR BULLSHIT.
2 months ago on Messier Joins Oilers Organization
@cb1 @Free Lindberg Silvferberg for MDZ would be a dream. Doubt they would do that. Maybe if we kicked in a pick (which I would happily do for that)
2 months, 1 week ago on Video: AV, Rangers React to 4-1 Loss to Yotes
@TheNYRBlog @sarahlovesnyr He is. I don't think people realize that 1 richards injury and our franchise is crippled for 6 years. Do people know that?
2 months, 1 week ago on Lundqvist Done With Negotiations; Callahan to Attract Big Offers