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@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.

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

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@Bring back Langdon @JamesU I honestly didn't realize how feisty Dan Boyle is... I like the signing even more now.

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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@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.

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

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/stanley-cup-trailer.html

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http://youtu.be/yzOR_Fal_SY

Hmmm... Maybe try the Sharks blog. There must be some ornery teal diehards drowning their sorrows and rooting against LA this week.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/stanley-cup-trailer.html

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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!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/stanley-cup-trailer.html

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@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.

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

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@AnnoyingJoe @TomDundie His soul has problems with grammar.

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

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@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.

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

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/can-lundqvist-conquer-his-greatest-challenge.html

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat  Agreed. Hank's been great, truly amazing last night, but stealing the EC Semis ain't the same as winning the cup.

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

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Totally agree. He is proving doubters (including me) wrong. Unreal tonight.

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

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A pp goal wouldn't hurt either.

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

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@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. 

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

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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.

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

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"…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.

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

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@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.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog  People might have an easier time recognizing him from this more recent picture...

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

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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.

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

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A million times "like"

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

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Wayne Simmonds is everything they told us Nash would be: a true power forward. Nash is useless.

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

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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.

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

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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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DPMohr64  sarcasm |ˈsärˌkazəm| noun :  the use of irony to mock or convey contempt: as a joke hardened by sarcasm, he named Pyatt as a contender for MVP.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/mcdonagh-earns-team-mvp-players-player-award.html

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He's a college kid, he could've been 180 9 months ago. 180 as a sophomore could easily be 200 by senior year.

4 months, 1 week ago on Stralman Has Maintenance Day; Haggerty Joins Team; St. Louis Faces Music

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The Diaz acquisition makes a little more sense in light of this. He's a similar fancy stats player. Gives the Rangers a little more leverage and a cheap plan B in the event he walks and McIlrath/Allen aren't ready.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer

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2 shifts and Zucc already looks like the Rangers' best forward again. I love that little man.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Zuccarello to Likely Return; AV Says Defense Needs to Be Better; Callahan Hangover

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@MikeBlue Oh Mike: I always find it funny when people confuse being an asshole with winning an argument. Thanks for the laugh.


In your world, draft picks are a “huge commodity” but young prospects are worthless. In the real world, smart people know value in hand is better than value out of sight. You really think the Rangers can do better than Kristo and Fast with a late 1st rounder in a weak draft and late second rounder in a decent draft? I think you’re fooling yourself. Furthermore, the statistical reality is that, most likely, neither of those draft picks will turn out to be as impactful as MSL—even if he plays for only 2 years. Sure, they might hit a home run with one of those picks, but the numbers are not in their favor. 


Also, this notion that Yzerman HAD to trade MSL is ridiculous. He should’ve told him to STFU and play hockey. Instead, Sather leveraged the counter offer he had from SJ, and used that to convince Stevie Y to take just enough to give up on MSL, but not so much that anyone in TB is happy.


To be clear: I never said we should congratulate Sather on a job well done. That was an assumption you made because your reading comprehension is erratic and you’re anger is working against your clarity of thought. It’s OK, it happens often to people who aren’t that bright. 


I simply said Sather is wily and knows how to get what he wants. Now, I will happily concede that what Sather wants has very often not been good for the franchise (i.e. Holik, Kamensky, Gomez, Quintale, and many others). There’s no debate, he’s made some terrible moves. But he has wanted MSL since as far back as 2009 (research it, get informed or get off). That he managed to turn a contentious contract squabble with his captain into a player he’s wanted for a long time anyway is further evidence of his ability to use his leverage and get what he wants out of just about every situation.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @JamesU Dave, that's exactly my point: he traded him not to a contender--not even to a semi-contender--but to a team where he would probably be least welcome. A team where adding him is arguably a step backwards for the franchise.


Snotty, as for the leverage afforded Sather by MSL's demands, I'm just commenting on how effectively (and ruthlessly) Sather used that leverage--and also how effectively he seems to acquire such leverage. Say what you will about Sather, but the guy does not blink in a negotiation and somehow manages to get leverage where there seems to be none. Rewind 9 mos ago: you think Callahan expected Sather to pull the "yeah I can trade you for a Hart trophy winner almost straight up" card. Did anyone think he'd be able to swing that? That's a wily old man, right there.


As for Cooper and the TBL tweet: Anyone who says TBL is better than they were pre-trade is either lying or just plain stupid. My guess is Cooper is lying a little to make things easier on the team. They still have a good chance in the east, but I'd say not as good as they had a few days ago.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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Captain of Original 6 in largest market to MSL's replacement in TBL. Ouch.


Gotta say: Sather is for real with these negotiations. Cally got owned. Not only did Sather not blink on the offer, but he traded Cally for another team's best player and fan favorite. Callahan has a hell of a lot to live up to as MSL's replacement in Tampa, really not an enviable position. I mean, it's one thing to get traded to SJ for couple of picks, maybe end up as the piece that puts the Sharks over the top in a cup run. But Tampa? For Pearson/Ross/Hart winner MSL? That's rough.


My uncle is a TBL fan. They are HATING this trade right now.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@xxscaxx No worries. Just thought it was worth pointing out that Brassard's quote isn't really an outright declaration that the locker room was unhappy. It sounds to me more like he's saying the polite thing because his teammate was traded, like "yeah, it's tough to see him go." It may be that the locker doesn't like the move, but it's not obvious to me from Brassard's quote alone.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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RE: "the atmosphere was not good in the locker room when it became known that Ryan Callahan was traded."


That's not really a very accurate translation. Brassard said "l'atmosphère était pas facile" which translates literally as "the atmosphere wasn't easy" (facile means "easy" as in "travail facile=easy work") Conversationally, that's more like saying "it was tough to hear," but not really the same as "not good."

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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Hemsky played pretty well at the Olympics. He's not in a great situation in EDM, he's probably better than his number indicate. EMD blog seems to like him (http://www.coppernblue.com/2014/2/27/5454038/ales-hemsky-trade-oilers). I wouldn't be apposed to having him as a cheap rental for scoring depth--another skilled right hander might be nice for the PP. Not exactly sure where he fits in the top 9 forwards, though.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan Softening on Contract Demands?; Rangers Talk Hemsky

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@DubiLeetch @josh930

Your precious Cally just blew his coverage of the point man in the dzone. Canada up 1-0. :-)

5 months ago on Sather Committed to Trading Callahan/Girardi If Not Signed By Trade Deadline

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@DubiLeetch @JamesU@josh930@mando24179I've always advocated Brown as the best comparison for Cally, way before Olympics. As for the scoring comparison over the last 45 games, it's not enough to justify giving Cally +$1million per year over Brown for the next 7 years. Zucc has outscored Brown over the last 45 games too. Should we give him $6.8 million per for 7 too? If Cally wants to go UFA for more money, it's his right. But I'm not sure he'll get the contract he's asking for. Plus, does he really want to walk away from being captain of a competitive, original 6 team that's a few pieces away from contention? I think he'd be making a mistake. It's a really fair deal he's been offered, but I'd take a few picks/prospects for him if he's more interested in dollars.

5 months ago on Sather Committed to Trading Callahan/Girardi If Not Signed By Trade Deadline

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@DubiLeetch @josh930@mando24179 . "there is no exact callahan comparison thats why he's hard to value..."

There’s no exact comparison for ANY player, but there are plenty of players who are close to Cally. IMO, none more so than Dustin Brown. Both US Olympians. Both Captains in a huge market. But Cally hasn’t won shit yet and Brown has a cup. Cally hasn’t cracked the 30 goal plateau, Brown has once and came close 4 other times. They are essentially the same player statistically, but Brown is bigger, has better offensive numbers, is more durable, and has a ring. Brown makes 5.8 per over 7 years. How can anyone say Cally is worth 6+ over 7? In my mind, if Cally gets the exact same contract as Brown, he’s still overpaid because he hasn’t delivered as much. I love Cally and would love to see him stay as a Ranger, but I think he’s asking too much. And I think just about every GM in the league agrees.


5 months ago on Sather Committed to Trading Callahan/Girardi If Not Signed By Trade Deadline

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@DubiLeetch @JamesU 

My name is not Jack. I have never played fantasy hockey.


By only comparing their performance this season, you are neglecting their past performance—and past performance is a huge part of contract negotiation. By acknowledging Nash has only scored 40 goals once since he signed his current contract, you are proving that point.


In the last full NHL season (2011-12), 4 players scored 40 or more goals. If each team had an active roster of 23 players, then that’s 4 of 690 players in the league, about .06% (not including extra players called up because of injuries, etc). .06% is a low percentage, which is generally associated with scarcity. 


There is a higher percentage of active players who have scored at least 40 once. They are still scarce compared to guys like Callahan, who have only scored 20 or more at least once (Cally, 3 times). 

Callahan certainly contributes more than offense, but most would agree players comparable to him are compensated for about $5-6million, not $6-7 like he’s seeking.


You mentioned that we traded another former 40 goal scorer. That information has no effect on how unusual 40 goal scorers are. It also has nothing to do with Callahan, Nash, and their respective contracts. 


Everyone acknowledges Nash is on fire now, he’s scored a bunch of goals in a short time in the recent past, so there’s some press coverage about that. But many in the press criticized him earlier in the season—as did many on this board, including me. Cally, to my knowledge, has not received much negative press coverage about his play as he’s been injured much of the season. Not sure why you think the press is manipulating facts there.


I’m sure you’ll have a lovely, aggressive, frequently capitalized response with yet more bluster and tirade. I have to go back to work, though, and won’t be able to explain things to you any further, Jack.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Cally Doesn't Want to Talk Contract; AV Expects Him in Lineup Tuesday

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@DubiLeetch

Media is misleading? Um, no. No conspiracy here. I love Cally and have criticized Nash, but their numbers are not that similar. 


Nash has 616 points in 757 career games, good for just over .81ppg. In 11 seasons, he's had 30+ goals 7 times, and 40+ goals twice. 


Cally has 250 points in 444 career games, good for just over .56ppg. He has never cracked 30 goals in his 8 seasons.


Defense may win championships, but goals help too. Dynamic 40 goal scorers are more scarce than defensively aware 20 goal guys, hence they get paid more. That's just economics.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Cally Doesn't Want to Talk Contract; AV Expects Him in Lineup Tuesday

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@johnnyb3910 Pouliot is our potentially enigmatic CANADIAN winger ready to disappear at a moments notice. Erat would fill the EUROPEAN slot. (Canada is not in Europe)

6 months ago on Rangers Interested in Erat?

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This is the real Rick Nash. This is what he always has been: a good but *not elite* first line forward who does not elevate his team. I was fooled into thinking he could become an elite player when he came to NY because he has the physical tools. But he just isn't that creative offensively--he doesn't consistently generate offense out of thin air like elite players do. To be blunt, he doesn't have a great hockey brain.

7 months ago on Will The Real Rick Nash Please Stand Up

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"There's more than enough skill in the locker room to be above a .500 team..." Really? I'm not so sure. Nash is overrated. He's a good first line forward, but not a franchise guy. Otherwise, I see a top 6 that would need an awful lot of luck and favorable ice time to crack 15-20 goals. On D, other than McD on some nights, the defense has is pretty average in every facet--size, speed, and skill. This team isn't under-achieving. It overachieved for one season. With all the parity in the league, maybe they'll get lucky with a move or two and contend soon, but not right now.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting

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Eh, I wish Nash would score more regular goals. Yeah great, tonight he scored a beauty by skating wide around a weak D and dangling across the crease. Try that in Boston and he'll receive another concussion. I swear, If he has 30 goals this season, 28 will be showstoppers against bottom feeders.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Sabres 1

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Petr Nedved?

8 months, 1 week ago on Rumor: NYR Interest in Martin Havlat?

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When you're barely 20 yrs old and still getting bigger.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Intersted in Suellentrop

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I think you mean objective. It is objectionable, however, that you're only sorry he's hurt because you can't trade him.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

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