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

3 days, 19 hours 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 days, 19 hours 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 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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

3 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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

3 days, 19 hours 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 days, 19 hours 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

4 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G Zherdev

6 days, 3 hours 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?

1 week, 1 day 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.

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

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And D'Agostini as the last 4th liner

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 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 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 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 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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)

1 month, 2 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. 

1 month, 2 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!!!!

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

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

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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 

2 months 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. 

2 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)

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

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Fuck this shit. 

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

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we suck

2 months, 2 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.

2 months, 2 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.

2 months, 2 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. 

2 months, 2 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!


2 months, 2 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.

2 months, 2 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

2 months, 2 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.

2 months, 2 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

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

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

4 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?

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

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

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

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

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@Say my Name  Tough to build through the draft when we are perennially a bubble team (this being accomplished by our free agent signings / trades), always the underdog for a Stanley Cup run, but always with an opportunity to gain more revenue with playoff games at MSG.

Also, there is the fact that many of our free agents hold no value after essentially tanking/declining on Broadway - lucky to get a prospect for them in a trade (lucking out with McDonagh most recently).

Can you argue that Sather should be more conservative about trading away 1st / 2nd round picks? Probably yes. Given our placement in drafts, will these picks have panned out into anything? Odds are no.

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

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On the theme of acquiring talent through signing from the NCAAs and getting big guys, I have been watching a kid named Christian Hilbrich since he joined Cornell last year. Mammouth of a guy (6' 6", 216 lb), gives big crushing hits; teams shy away from him whenever he's on the ice. And I've been amazed by the skill with the puck hes ammassed this year, skating on our 2nd line. 

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

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Can we please bench hagelin

4 months, 1 week ago on Rangers @ Wild (Game 67)

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@JustinRP37

Apparently he is a better skater all the same, which should enable him to play well in AV's system

6 months ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein

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 all created by zucc and his half-look pass

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Lightning (Game 40)

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that was sick

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Lightning (Game 40)

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ohhhhh my god

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Lightning (Game 40)

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@Wallace1 Would have loved to see him truly lay that guy out. Pity he missed the hit

7 months, 1 week ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

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@shoot_the_goalie@Paulie Gualtieri

Actually wouldn't say "overachieved." They earned their place with hardwork, albeit with a style of hockey (a.k.a. smart hockey) that personally was hard to watch on a regular basis.  

7 months, 1 week ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

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@shoot_the_goalie@Paulie Gualtieri Right on all points. As soon as they started trying to play a more skilled game, pinching in more on defense for example, they failed

7 months, 1 week ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

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And apologies in advance about grammar / sounding rantish. Finals week, ergo little sleep. Rangers' play overall has not been helping my mood.

7 months, 1 week ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

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Way I see it, we don't have offense. Only reason we had some offense at one point was because we were able to trap the other team - dump, trap, take the puck away and get a scoring opportunity. Problem now is teams are entering their midseason stride and can actually clear the puck from their own zone. We looked "fast" for a stretch because teams were not fast enough with the puck after a dump; they improved, and we have not adjusted.

 Now, we are playing reactionary hockey, not taking control of the play ourselves (giving up all momentum by dumping the puck in from center ice a la Torts era). Difference now compared to when Torts was around is that when we lose the puck, we no longer have the defensive prowess to take it back in our zone and regain momentum.

Also, there is a general lack of cohesiveness in play between players. That is why you see people like Hagelin enter the zone and freeze up along the boards - he doesn't know what to do with the puck and/or have anyone to pass to. Everyone on this board gives Nash such crap for not skating through two/three defensemen every game; while he has the skill to do this on occasion, that is a next to impossible feat for most (e.g. a low statistical play). You need two, three players entering the zone to beat defenses on a consistent basis - can't remember the last time I have seen that happen (maybe the pretty Pouliot - Hagelin goal at the beginning of the season)

7 months, 1 week ago on Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

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Way I see it, only reason we had some offense at one point was because we were able to trap the other team - dump, trap, take the puck away and get a scoring opportunity. Problem now is teams are entering their midseason stride and its not working anymore. 
We looked fast before because we were always on top of the other team because the other team was not necessarily able to clear the zone textbook style. Now, we are playing reactionary hockey, not taking control of the play ourselves (giving up all momentum by dumping the puck in from center ice a la Torts era). Difference now is that when we lose the puck, we no longer have the defensive prowess to take the puck back in our zone and regain momentum.
Also, there is a general lack of cohesiveness in play between players. That is why you see people like Hagelin enter the zone and freeze up along the boards - he doesn't know what to do with the puck and/or have anyone to pass to. Everyone on this board gives Nash such crap for not skating through three defensemen and the goalie every game; while he has the skill to do this on occasion, that is a next to impossible feat for most (e.g. a low statistical play). You need two, three players entering the zone - can't remember the last time I have seen that happen (maybe the pretty Pouliot - Hagelin goal at the beginning of the season)

7 months, 1 week ago on Rangers vs. Blue Jackets (Game 33)

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@teemuNYR @RangerGuy99 I am more pissed when he says another great save by the opposing goaltender when the shot goes straight at him 

7 months, 1 week ago on Del Zotto/Vigneault Still Not on Same Page

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dorsett has got the best moves on the team

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Predators (Game 32)

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hagelin sucks

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Predators (Game 32)

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne @rangersfan92 who was the one that was trying to get back to Clune. He had half the ice to catch him and couldnt do it

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Predators (Game 32)

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who got beat on that last goal?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Predators (Game 32)

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne @SpazzBrown That was a team of 3 superstars plus Steve Downie

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Devils, 4 Rangers 3 (OT)

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne Ever since that friggin shootout miss. One of the most disappointing moments, missing the playoffs by that much.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2

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@barondon Haven't double checked, but the increase in GF is probably more a result of the kinds of teams that Talbot starts against vs. Lundqvist. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Talbot Gets Second Straight Start Tonight

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@mlsranger I'm pretty sure @_Jack was being facetious

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Canucks 2

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any chance some of these fluky goals are due to the change in pads? I feel like many of these goals are small holes that lundqvist is leaving when he goes down to face a shot from the dots

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Panthers 2

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@Kevin DeLury @ktc990 If its going to happen, it will happen after this season with the number of free agents there will be.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?

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isnt that an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for richards?

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Panthers (Game 17)

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@Say my Name @JBianco Honestly, you are judging Nash post Lucic-knock into boards. Before that he was tearing it up on the grand stage, cutting across the ice with the puck holding off defenders and then ripping off a snipe. I remember a span of like 3-5 games where he did that repeatedly last season. Then he got hurt and never was the same when he came back, both in the regular season as well as the playoffs. Unfortunately, he was did in by his injury last season, and I am afraid what is going to happen to him when he comes back this season; hopefully a full season will give him enough time to get back to full form. But I do not agree that you can call him overrated; he was exactly the type of power forward scorer we needed at the time with Torts (I think Gaborik would have thrived here with AV). 

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

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@Betweentheworlds @gravey94 very true about richards. I am a fan and believe that he will do well this season (I really feel he had a fluke bad last season). However, from a cap perspective, we could have paid stepan a similar contract to mcdonagh (probably a little less as projected earlier in the summer) and then still had enough to afford someone like grabovski, young talened center, just went for 1 yr $3 mil

11 months ago on Rangers Not Giving Stepan A Long Term Contract; Teams Asking About Boyle; Staal Fully Recoved

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@AG_Blue @cb1 They are different players, but when it comes to Brassard vs Dubi, Brassard brings a skill with the puck that the Rangers sorely lack whereas Dubi was one of many hardworking, gritty players on the team. Thus, while I love Dubinsky, from that respect, Brassard > Dubi. 

1 year ago on A Year Later Nash Trade Not So Lopsided

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Because, let's face it. If the Rangers do not make it to the Finals next year, Lundqvist is walking.

1 year, 1 month ago on Is Messier a Serious Candidate to Coach This Team?

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This is not something I want to happen, but if the Rangers underperform and are not looking good to secure a top 5 Playoff spot (e.g. they come out flat to start the season and have a losing record after 20 games), would it not make sense to trade Lundqvist? Any team, particularly skilled teams vying for the Cup, would kill for a goalie like Lundqvist. Sell high on Lundqvist and get the skilled players that coaches like Vigneault who employ an open-style of hockey need to be successful.

1 year, 1 month ago on Is Messier a Serious Candidate to Coach This Team?

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