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@Say my Name Agreed, been saying that about 20 games. He's is not the same player he was earlier in the season. He's skating slower, his reactions are slower, he's generating nothing and not doing much with what's given to him. He looks a lot like last year: responsible in all three zones but completely predictable. I really think he's injured or tentative because of an earlier injury. Maybe the "spasms" he sat out for? Hope it's not PCS...
3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@RangersinTokyo Why are you scared shitless of adding a seasoned veteran scorer and an all-world goalie to this team? It's not that bad. MSL and Henrik will be ready when the real season starts. And we'll have an abundance of depth at nearly every position.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
"As Glass tries to play.." Smartest thing Emrick has said all day.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Had to be Richards who scored.
I love how they always talk about Olczyk as a Cup winner with NY. His most valuable contribution was the "heave-ho, here we go" cheer he led from the stands.
Yeah. Looking better than he has in the last 10-15 games.
Poor Hags couldn't hit water if he was in a boat.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I don't know if it's age. Wonder if he's hurt. His shot is weak and all over the place. He's not the type to admit he's hurt.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Everyone is deferring too much to Yandle now, like "here, you fix it!" On the radio, Maloney was saying they never practice the PP. THATS ASTONSIHING.
Agreed. Something is up with Marty. He can barely handle the puck.
+1000 likes if I could
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Haha, was thinking the same thing. Devs fans always rag on Rangers for milking '94. I guess now they've learned how to be sentimental after a few losing seasons.
Haha, that's true about the weight. Hope I'm wrong about his play.
I hear you on ebbs and flows, didn't expect him to keep 60 goal pace. But the knock on Nash has always been that as the checking gets tighter, he fades. He needs to raise his game to the level of competition. Until I see that, I'm worried.
Last 15 games or so, Nash doesn't seem to have the explosiveness he had early in the season. Looks a lot slower, like the Nash from last season, ok positionally but unable to generate offense and beat guys. Doesn't make a lot moves, looks tired. A little worried he's reverting back to marshmallow mode.
@Say my Name I would've picked Zucc over Stepan, but this is a good group.
Also, Staal and Zucc are both FA's at the end of the season. I bet if one leaves, the other gets the A...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Did Maloney make a gynecologist joke?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
"…to me Hagelin is on the verge of exploding this season. That was an absolute goal scorers goal. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit 25 goals this season."
I've always thought Hags has top 6 potential for 20-25 goals. He looked top 6 in the playoffs last year. He seems to be finding confidence with his ability to finish. Really fun guy to watch.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @JamesU I love that little man. I don't know how he skates with such short legs and such huge balls. Just one more challenge he's managed to overcome.
"...i think I’ve seen Nash drive to the net with the puck more in the last two preseason games than all of last postseason combined."
Yeah. He still can't buy a f*cking goal, though.
@RangersAndRadio @KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name I dunno, SMN, that kind of energy might have been helpful in game 5 of the SCF. It is a hell of a drug...
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Hockey guy Having so many players up for contract next summer isn't necessarily bad. It makes all of them decent trade bait at the end of this season and guarantees flexibility to free up space should someone talented and expensive become available.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Bring back Langdon @JamesU I honestly didn't realize how feisty Dan Boyle is... I like the signing even more now.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I like the signing. Short and not terribly expensive. If he is able to improve the PP by 2-3% while maintaining decent corsi, then it's worth it.
Some nice highlights of Boyle, including him beating the piss out of Derek Brassard around 1:08.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VhUiY0ssB8
@AnnoyingJoe 100 times like.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm gonna bring you to Sue's place so you can bitch slap super fan #99 in his K car.
The Kings are a bitch team.
@Say my Name I'm with you, tie him up long term! I've loved Zucc since the beginning. I think he could've had a breakout season earlier if Torts gave him better starts and a longer leash like AV did.
@Josh-CK what else is new...
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html
@ivanricov @JamesU Eh... we can squat and gobble all we want in the hotel room. Was hoping for a little hockey to round out the activities.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/stanley-cup-trailer.html
Hmmm... Maybe try the Sharks blog. There must be some ornery teal diehards drowning their sorrows and rooting against LA this week.
My gf and I are traveling in San Francisco this week. Anyone in this town watching the game tomorrow? Suggest a bar? We packed our jerseys and will be wondering around the mission looking for the game!
@Bring back Langdon Gabby was streaky, but he wasn't soft. That soft label was BS, mostly the result of a coach who didn't understand how to properly utilize his skills. He'd be killing it under AV right now. He was mostly a sniper, but he was also a good playmaker and forechecker who scored some garbage goals and played through a dislocated shoulder. He was pretty clutch, scored some big goals for us (OT winner against Caps comes to mind)--that's a lot more than a certain other "first line power forward" has delivered over the last 2 seasons. I'm happy to see him thrive in LA, though I sure hope he doesn't thrive against us.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @TomDundie His soul has problems with grammar.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Josh-CK @Bleed_the_freak Not really a good comparison. They are not the same species. Lucic is not a homo sapien.
But yeah, Kreider is amazing.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hank stole the last game of the Pens series, and he was excellent in the games 5 & 6. That doesn't completely silence all criticism. He's a damn good goalie, possibly the best goalie in NYR history, but let's not put the cart before the horse. He needs to win a cup to be one of the true greats of his generation. No exceptions. Will he be remembered as a good goalie, like Mika Kiprusoff or The Beezer? Or a great goalie, mentioned in the same breath with guys like Belfour, Marty, and Roy? The difference is championships.
What if he implodes in MTL? What if he makes it to the finals and is badly outplayed by Quick? Then the questions start again. If he wins the cup this year, he's probably also going to win the Smythe. At that point, we can start all the talk of how he's an all-time great. Until then, stop it with all the "silenced critics" talk. I want to see it as bad as every other Rangers fan, but not so much that I'm willing to believe without him earning it.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/can-lundqvist-conquer-his-greatest-challenge.html
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Agreed. Hank's been great, truly amazing last night, but stealing the EC Semis ain't the same as winning the cup.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Totally agree. He is proving doubters (including me) wrong. Unreal tonight.
A pp goal wouldn't hurt either.
@scrangersfan @SmellyKisio The Rangers make opposing goaltenders look like Vezina candidates because 25 of every 30 shots are put right into the damn logo. Fleury did not make that many hard saves last night--and he still gave up plenty of rebounds right out in front. There just weren’t any Rangers forwards strong enough to get to them (except Nash, but he’s a fluff ball who keeps his considerable strength to himself most of the time).
The Rangers seem to get into this cycle where they (1) score a few pretty goals (2) start overpassing as a result, so then (3) don't get enough pucks to the net, so (4) they stop scoring before they just (5) start shooting randomly from anywhere on the ice, usually wide of the hashmarks or near the blue line, shots that invariably get saved, thereby leading to (6) the opposing goalie looking like an all-star and our Rangers getting demoralized.
Every team goes through this, but these cycles are prolonged and repetitive for the Rangers because they just don't have enough gamebreakers to make a difference during the inevitable statistical slumps. Very few of the Rangers forwards "create" offense, most of their offense is "collected” from the system (which fancy-stats-loving AV has implemented pretty well). They’re kinda the hockey equivalent of a Mike D’Antoni team (and Zucc is our Jeremy Lin).
IMO, this current slump started as a result of the early Flyers games. They scored a few sweet goals, got a little cocky, started shooting blanks, and are now overcompensating by throwing low percentage shots on net. Sure, defenses adjust, but our forwards rarely do. The Rangers goals are usually off the rush and remarkably similar. Really good teams can score in different ways, whether it’s grinding it out, off the rush, cycling deep, on the PP. Not the Rangers. When the rush game is squashed, there’s little else left. It would help if the big guys (ie NASH) started playing stronger in the middle of the ice in front of the goalie, forcing their way in for garbage goals. The Rangers need the hockey equivalent of Jim Brown right now, someone who can play a strong, ugly ground game and push the puck in dirty. Many of us thought Nash would be that guy. He's not and never will be.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
No doubt Crosby gets special treatment, and the comparison of good guy Staal to professional hitman Cooke is crazy, but that's a pretty careless, potentially very dangerous play by Staal. If one of the Pens threw an unpenalized cross check at Nash's head like that (whose oft-concussed brain is at least as fragile as Cindy's) we'd all be screaming bloody murder. But I agree with the overall sentiment that those types of plays show an awful lot of disrespect to your fellow player. Fortunately, this is not characteristic of Staal or any other Ranger.
"…i never thought that this was a good mix. A disciplinarian going to an established veteran team. It was doomed from the start."
Never works, not counting minor exception of Mike Keenan and the 1994 Rangers.
11 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ivanricov Please. Hank didn't have to do anything tonight. He still let in a bad angle shot when he was square to the shooter. He was better than he was last night, but that ain't saying much.
@KevinTheNYRBlog People might have an easier time recognizing him from this more recent picture...
Hank is to blame as much as anyone and everyone else. He gets $8.5mill to make the big saves and he hasn't done that. All season long, when they win, it's because the transition game is working and he doesn't see any rubber. When the transition game breaks down, he has not been able to make up the difference. This series is a microcosm of the season.
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Wayne Simmonds is everything they told us Nash would be: a true power forward. Nash is useless.
I'm more worried about Henrik's contract than Richards. He's not making a difference and is not the same goalie he was 3-4 seasons ago. And he can't be bought out.
Nothing happened to Rick Nash. This is what he is. I said it a bunch of times this season: Nash is a no show in tight games.
Sure, he can dipsy doodle with the best of them in December and score a few pretty goals, but he's a net zero player over a season and is worthless in the playoffs. NO PASSION. I'd trade him for Duby straight up right now.
It's no secret what turned the Columbus franchise around: the Nash trade. We got suckered. That last shift wasn't impressive, it was disgusting. It just proves that he was half-assing it the rest of the game--actually the series (not that we needed any more proof). He should be doing that all game long, every game. He never will.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/