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One good thing about this is that the Rangers organization has an excuse to send him down to Hartford if they want/need to. He deserves a shot from the way he has played but there really isn't a whole lot of room in the lineup. And he could very well do better with some more time (though this sentiment would be more true if he could play in Hartford). 

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

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Haggerty seems to be making a great case to make the opening night lineup as well. Especially if you look at where they will fit in the lineup (e.g. top 9 offensive role or fourth line defensive/possession). Haggerty would fit better than Fast in a 3rd line role; Fast would be better in the fourth line role.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/projecting-the-rangers-opening-night-roster-attempt-one.html

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Just read this article while listening to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjFtT5R5W6o. SOOOOOOOO PUMPED!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @weregnalose But also greater injury risk / lower floor. I think this is the safer signing.

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

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@johnAMIRANTESrug That 3rd line would be quick (act as checking line essentially) and I stuck Miller in for Glass, but in reality, I think that Glass is in and Miller left out of the lineup. Unless Miller beats out Lombardi for the 3rd line job, in which case Lindberg is the odd man out

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

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@johnAMIRANTESrug Zucc Stepan Nash

Kreider Brassard St. Louis

Hagelin Lombardi Stempniak

Miller Moore Lindberg


McD Girardi

Staal Boyle

Moore Klein

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

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@DanielDHizzyHizgilov @Wallace1 Dam, would never have guessed that Powe went to Princeton. 

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

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@DanielDHizzyHizgilov @Wallace1 And/or are defensively responsible 4th liners ;)

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

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@IhateGaborik @DanielDHizzyHizgilov @Wallace1 Nah, there is still a good amount of talent. I just graduated from Cornell and had season tix, so saw them all play. ECAC is still a strong league, even without BC/BU etc. Union came out of the ECAC's and won the Frozen Four this year...And 1 to 2 Ivy League teams on average make it to the Frozen Four each year.


Here is a list of active Ivy League players in the league: http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/sports/mice/2011-12/releases/Ivies_NHL


Ironically, my favorite players from this list, Moulson and Greening went to Cornell (of course, ignoring the fact that they came out of Cornell).

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

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Lets hope the justification behind his signing becomes as clear as "Glass" during this season or I am going to be pissed we did not use that money in a signing like Booth

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

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@G Zherdev

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

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Wow, but Derey Roy and Mike Ribeiro BOTH signed 1 yr/ $1mil deals with Nashville. Save for them not wanting to play in NY (which I feel both would rather play in NY rather than Nashville), the Rangers could not afford either of these deals?

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

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Remember that today was just the deadline for them to file. These players are just maintaining their right to arbitration while waiting to negotiate with Sather. Their arbitration hearings will not be for a while.

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

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And D'Agostini as the last 4th liner

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

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I said this yesterday, but what about Penner or Setoguchi, guys who can add size, skill, and points to the team, have had good possession stats in the past, and whose previous cap hits werr $3 and $2 million respectively

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

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@IhateGaborik @rangersfan92 Man can dream right?

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

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@IhateGaborik @rangersfan92 Whoops, forgot about him. Hope that Ryan Johansen talks go south with CBJ and package Hags with Miller + prospect + pick for his rights

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

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Penner / Stepan / Nash

Kreider / Brassard / St. Louis

Setoguchi / Miller / Zucc

Glass / Moore / D'Agostini

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

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Here's who I would not mind targeting for the wings: Devin Steoguchi and Dustin Penner. And as 4th liners / depth signings: Nikolai Kulemin (if he can be had at say 2 million for 1-2 yrs) or Matt D'Agostini (can be had for cheap, e.g. <= $1 mil, good possession stats).


Setoguchi and Penner are skilled players I think would do well playing alongside Brassard/Zucc and would infuse some much needed size to the lineup. Also, I dont believe they would command more than 2-3 mill per for 2-3 yrs; last year cap hits were $3 mil and $2 mil per year.

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

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Any way we can fleece the blackhawks, flyers, or bruins for the players we need due to their cap situation?

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

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In other news, the Rangers just sent Ryan Johansen an offer sheet. Thanks Zucc!

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

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@GregQuinn @Ironpeddler I agree with you. But if that freed cap space can be used to re-sign more of our top 9 forward free agents / replacement for Stralman's D spot, I would argue is of higher priority to the team's future success than keeping Dorsett on our 4th line. 


Additionally, the success of the 4th line was due to anchors that were Boyle and Moore this season, not Dorsett; AV demonstrated this through his use of Carcillo/Dorsett interchangeably. I am confident that we can sign a free agent and/or bring up a farm prospect to fill that role.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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For D, I know we've all been speculating about Stralman and Dan Boyle. But what about some of the other UFAs on the market, including Meszaros, Niskanen, Orpik, Kyle Quincey, Pitkanen. A lot of these guys will command similar cap hits to what Stralman is demanding; in case of people like Quincey, may actually take a discount for a longer-term deal. But I believe they have more upside / skill / provide greater physical presence in crease

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I don't get why people are so down on Staal. Is it his impending free agency? I honestly think that Staal made Stralman look better in the postseason, similar to how McDonagh made Girardi look better

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhateGaborik That just means we have to score on the other chances we create (I agree, finishing was a problem, but the plays were there)

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

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Tough break. I just hope Girardi can recover emotionally and have a good game saturday. 

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

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Sorry, don't feel bad for cally because if that trade doesnt happen, we're not in the STANLEY CUP FINALS!!!!

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

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Lets Go Rangers! LETS FINISH IT UP! RAISE THE CUP!

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

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I do have a feeling the first time Prust is on the ice, he gets lined up for a hit. Hope it is hard, but clean.

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

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This is going to be a series of adjustments. The team that can make the best adjustments game-to-game, period-to-period will win the series. Canadiens tasked with the first adjustment 

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

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Not to mention that NBC is basic cable; not everyone has NBCSports - enables bigger viewership for their weekend games. 

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

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I love how many lucky bounces / puck stops / puck off sticks to opposing team happen to the rangers. I swear half to 3/4 of the flyer goals against the rangers were lucky bounces off of rangers defenseman / sticks that went directly to the opposing team or just stopped in plain sight in front of the goal (like one of the Pitt goals the other night)

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

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Fuck this shit. 

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

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we suck

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

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@supermaz  Have to roll 4 full F lines. Team is too tired for anyone to double-shift/play on 2 lines.

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

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How about that cross-check on St. Louis? Definitely hurt him, at least temporarily (i doubt his body is as resilient at that age, probably some lasting aches). At least Nash somewhat defended him, albeit with a pussy-looking cross-check.


I never thought it could be true, but I say Pitt played dirtier last game (1st and 2nd period for sure) than the Flyers did in any game. If they are not going to retaliate physically to cheapshots, they have to do it on the PP. Otherwise they will keep coming at us and our skilled players will get hurt.

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

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I would really love to see this lineup tonight:

Hagelin-Stepan-Nash

Zucc-Brassard-Pouliot

St Louis-Richards-Miller

Moore-Boyle-Carcillo


Keep the D how they are because I really dont see Diaz being that much of a gamechanger on the PP. 

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

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Really dont see diaz helping the powerplay that much. Biggest problem is zone entry (after losing the offensive zone faceoff) - Diaz cant help there. Second biggest problem is shots from the point getting blocked --> partly caused by girardi / mcdonagh metal errors --> maybe Diaz can help there.


Futhermore, there is an inability of our forwards down low to find space (and more than that, open space to which the puck carrier can pass the puck to them). The puck carriers at the point have trouble handling bad passes/are too slow with their sticks to move the puck before the pressing penalty killer is in their face; the point men then either have their shot/pass blocked out of the zone, or they freeze and throw the puck around the boards only to end up losing it behind the net.


I think they should put Nash at the point in place of Richards / one of the D. Nash at least he may have the vision to get the puck through the first defenseman and actually get on goal or skate with the puck out of danger and/or into an open lane to pass/shoot if the penalty killer is pressing. Also, if we can't get one of our best players the puck due to poor point play, but him on the point!


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

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@Josh-CK @Bleed_the_freak  I would switch Miller and Hagelin. Try to capitalize on the previous chemistry Hagelin had with Nash-Stepan line. And AV will always try to protect the Richards line, no matter who is on it.

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

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@Josh-CK @KevinTheNYRBlog  I'd bet $100 McDonagh gets surgery in the offseason for something or the other

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

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Game 3 tomorrow, already time to move on. Lets just hope their inability to win 50/50 pucks was attributed more to their characteristic inconsistent battle level and not as much due to fatigue. Otherwise, we are likely in for a long game tomorrow.

That being said, at least we got the first game.

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

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@Dznpicksformoulsonnow  Looking at impending UFAs, people that could theoretically fill that role as a poor man's #1 Center (I am not sold on Statsny in terms of skill and price) are Derek Roy, Grabovski. and even David Legwand. Though you can't consider them a true #1 center, the theme of these guys are players who have skill and I think can be attained at a good value.


Derek Roy would be a hail mary - he's been hampered by injuries the last couple of years, and has had trouble cracking the top 6 on a very talented Blues team this year, but when healthy and in a featured role, he has put up good numbers. Because of his numbers this year, his contract demands may not be too exorbitant.


Legwand would add some of that size that we are looking for and with Nash and Kreider, would provide a very strong, gritty, and skilled first line that could break down defenses while still putting up points.


I think Grabovski would be a steal if he received the same $3M/yr, though he will likely be looking for years on his next contract

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

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And are Brassard, Zucc, and J. Moore still RFAs?

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

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Regardless of how the season ends, this is going to be a scary offseason. I just hope that Sather's strong-arming of Cally sends the message to all of these free agents that anyone is tradeable/expendable (even if they aren't) and that he is willing to walk away from exorbitant contract demands. My thought is at least a couple of these players holdout, esp. if they have an insane (knock-on-wood) playoff performance.

Just a question, who is still eligible for arbitration?

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

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We do call him "Kill-brich" if that counts for anything

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

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@EHBIGAPPLE @rangersfan92 @Say my Name  It is based on the organization's commitment to fielding a team that is competitive, with marquee "talent," and with a chance to make the playoffs any given year that keeps fans coming to the arena. That is the teams number one priority. 


And since Gordie was thrust towards the top of the organization, we have efficiently targeted talent in the drafts given our picks. Looking at the first round, the only true "misses" I think we have had since the lockout are Cam Fowler/Tarasenko in 2010 (though the vote is not out yet for McIlrath) and Claude Giroux instead of Sanguinetti in 2006. These misses are because our draft strategy was to target defensemen in the first round as opposed to forward talent. In 2007, we drafted Cherepanov, may he RIP (hopefully Peverley can recover). And with regards to Del Zotto, we received two serviceable years from him, and now have Klein at a very manageable contract in return.

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

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@Say my Name @rangersfan92  I am not saying difficult. I am saying virtually unheard of for a team to acquire the Crosbys and Malkins, the Halls and Seguins of the world without having a top 5 (maybe a lucky top 10) draft pick.  And even that varies from year to year. So when the Rangers typically have a top 20 draft pick (unless they have traded that pick, which they usually do), they are not going to get much more than a 3rd liner / hardworking 2nd liner.


And as I said before, the Rangers don't have the trade bait / the ability to trade away key talent without pulling from Playoff races to acquire better draft picks.

Frankly, in recent years, the Rangers have made the most of their draft picks. Unlucky blow to Sauer. JT Miller will be a great 3rd line center, unless we trade him. Our defensive prospects, while not ready yet (and ergo are not a top draft pick) are growing to be great talents. And Kreider is the closest thing to a home-grown scoring threat that we have had in many years


We have screwed up a few drafts, particularly in 2003 and 2004 where we missed a lot of key guys. We were unlucky in a couple of other drafts (honestly its like rolling the dice in some cases). I could give you a year by year analysis, but I would rather not. And since Gordie became director of player personnel in 2007, we have done fine in the drafts IMHO.

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

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If they can pull out the next two wins, I'll be more convinced.

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

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@SpazzBrown @rangersfan92  Yea, no one has signed his rights. Still a little raw in some areas, e.g. skating. And he makes these surprisingly beautiful moves with the puck in front of the net, but can never seem to finish. Our season is over after a disappointing loss to Union (no clue why we play our semifinal match on Olympic ice...Miracle rink my ass) but really looking forward to seeing him develop more next year.

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

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