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My spell-check changed "Asham" to "Ashamed."
8 hours, 49 minutes ago on Why Are The Rangers Swimming in Mediocrity?
"Island of Misfit Toys" is perefect analogy. I'm not quite ready to agree fully on your characterization of Nash, but it is trending that way.
9 hours, 15 minutes ago on Why Are The Rangers Swimming in Mediocrity?
This move is a joke. What's Asham going to do -- go out and get his ass kicked? That's been the result of most of his fights. And he does little else.
If this is the best move Sather & Co. have to make, get ready for an abysmal rest of season.
That is all.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Rangers Recall Arron Asham; Miller Sent To Wolfpack
Who would be dumb enough to give up a player like that for MDZ?
1 day, 5 hours ago on Could Bickel Be Recalled Today?
I really want to know what happened to the Cally we all love. Someone else has inhabited his jersey this year and is almost completely invisible. He used to be that energy/sandpaper guy -- who would also add some offense. Where did he go?
So...does Cally get signed?
5 days, 12 hours ago on Rangers/Islanders Talk Del Zotto?
Agree completely. Love these guys and what they have done for this franchise, but locking them into long-term deals could be crippling.
While Lunqvist has not been himself, I can see how some goals will sneak by. But I am baffled by Callahan's invisibility. He has always been an energy player. I was at the game last night, and have watched on TV or in person almost every game this year, and he is just not a factor -- or at least not the noticeable factor he has been up until this year.
1 week ago on Nothing Going On With Callahan Extension
Agree. This team has too many problems to fix with a trade or two. Puck-moving defensemen, scorers and guys like Ott and Chris Neil (who play with snarl and offense) are hard to find. We need all of that. Won't happen easily or quickly. This is a .500 team. Get used to it.
1 week, 3 days ago on Bruins 3, Rangers 2
Keep Falk. Finally a defenseman with real size, and he does not look like a liability out there.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Nash Could Return Tomorrow Night; Coaches Haven't Given Up on Del Zotto
Great game...Kevin, I absolutely love this blog, but the pop-up ads are killing it.
1 month ago on Rangers Romp Penguins 5-1
Was anyone else at the Garden and unimpressed with its "transformation"? I was in the 200 section and the corridor outside betweeb periods was absurdly packed with people -- way too narrow and, God forbid, a fire hazard if people needed to get out quickly.
The scoreboard didn't work correctly (I know it will be fixed). The Chase Bridge was not that noticeable. Overall, disappointed compared to all the publicity.
Apart from the physical structure, the crowd was d-e-a-d. Maybe that's to be expected with a losing start, but it was crazy quiet -- especially for an opening night and a tight game. I was at last season's opener against the Penguins, and (until the Rangers let up quick goals), the crowd was way more into it. If this team doesn't turn it around soon, the Garden is going to continue to be a morgue.
1 month, 1 week ago on Canadiens 2, Rangers 0
Dump and change!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Torts Fired?!?!?!?!
This is going to be a different team next year...can't wait....
Kevin -- looks like your break from the blog is over...we have Torts news!!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on A Much Deserved Thank You
Maybe Torts also bore some blame for bringing in Richards and saddling the franchise with that contract.
Love the blog. Can't wait to read it after games. Enjoy the summer -- then let's get back to hockey.
If Rangers continue to only give him a couple goals a game next season on offense, I think it is a sure bet that Hank walks -- and I would not blame him.
As for Staal, I wish him luck in that recovery. There have been serious facial injuries this year, it seems, than in the past and to higher profile players (Sid, Staal). I'm not saying it will happen soon, but I do think we will see a player use a full cage/shield in the not-too-distant future.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Breakup Day News, Notes & Quotes
Lack of defensive talent and depth glaringly apparent this series. Lack of offense has been apparent for at least 3 seasons. Inconsistent effort -- including in elimination games like today -- mind-boggling and reflects poorly on players and coaches.
I don't see how all of these problems get addressed in offseason. I think Torts will be back, though I would rather see him go. But please, please, if nothing else is changed, change this: get rid of Del Zotto. I just can't watch him sliding on his ass in the defensive zone or standing behind his own net with the puck waiting for BOTH teams to get ready any longer.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 1, Bruins 3