What does the lockout have to do with anything? He played against the same competition as all the other Centers on the team.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Stepan Trying Not to Get Frustrated
His numbers have improved steadily every season. He made some plays last season that were the kind star players make and he started shooting more. This year he's hurting from the holdout. Timing isn't there. What makes him a solid player is the way he sees the ice and his patience with the puck
3 months ago on Mashinter Traded to Chicago for Beach
@Say my Name You're a fool. The Rangers couldn't let Hank leave if they wanted to. Do you know what a PR dissaster is? That's when Hank is playing for the Flyers.
3 months ago on Janssen's Goal; Hit on Staal; Unpenalized Trip on Miller
@NYR44 I couldn't agree more. Every time the Nuks were beaten in the playoffs. It was because the other team got physical with them and they imploded like the Pens do. Shea Weber and Nashville did it the following season after the Boston series in the SCF. Then the AV led Canucks had a blueprint for defeat and other teams just followed it since 2010. Now the same will go for the Rangers. We had Mashinter but AV doesn't want a bruiser. He wants skilled players that can't stick up for themselves. The Rangers need a big guy on D and one for the 4th line. Maybe McIlrath will get a look sooner than later.
@Kevin DeLury Man some fans are crazy! I hate the call too and there's the Galchenyuk play MSG opener. There needs to be some consistency with the calls from Toronto. Even the announcer Micheletti thought that one was gonna be disallowed. Still got a point
This isn't a team the Rangers beat before they walk onto the ice. They lost to a strong defensive Devils team and in OT so they got a point. They also tied the game up late to get it to OT so there is a silver lining here. The Devils scored a fluke goal because that was the only way they were getting their first goal. They didn't just simply get beaten in OT either. It was a bad play by Callahan and the Devils would have had a PP for the entire OT period. Jeez be a fan or don't. The loss hurts but they got a point by being tough and scoring a late goal.
No Del Zotto has a higher ceiling but Moore is a better skater and just competes. He isn't affraid to shoot the puck. Del Zotto was supposed to be a top 4 defenseman when drafted and PP QB
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moore Headed to Press Box?
What is their record in the last 3 games?
The 2nd one was bad but you're going to get from him. He plays on the edge. DZ is going to light it up on the blue line if he plays.
Of corse Boyle is only a checking line forward but he kills penalties. Wins big defensive zone draws and hits everything in sight. He's also one of the teams only big men. Miller has 1 goal on the year and can't make any of the degensive plays Boyle makes. He isn't really a checking line center man. He is better off playing top mins in Hartford. We need Boyle. His job is to be a shutdown forward. Not to shoot, pass or score. Just D.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rumor: NYR Interest in Martin Havlat?
The Rangers don't really need a forward. They need an offensive type defenseman. Someone with a hard shot that can bring the puck up ice. DZ is supposed to be that guy but he isn't getting it done but since he's been scratched, what's the Rangers record? If Mickalek is in shape and the knee injury is behind him then so be it. To me this team is in a win now mode but they won't do that unless they have a Dman that can make the opposition watch where he is. Creates time & space for the forwards to peal apart the defensive coverage.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Five or Six Teams Have Inquired About Del Zotto
I get that but they need that type of defenseman on the blue line. The guy that when he has the puck at the point. Everyone's head is up looking at him. It gives the forwards more scoring chances by giving them more time and space to grab rebounds or get tips in front. Sather tried but it looks like they're moving on from DZ. Maybe they're trying one last ditch effort to work with him. Build him and his confidence up but I don't know. He's the only guy with a respectable slap shot on the blue line. That's the one thing this team needs. Not a forward. They can get by with what they have up front.
The Sens can have him. If he were cheap, then it might be a good veteran signing but at 5 mil per. The Rangers would have to maneuver money around to make that work. No thanks if I'm GM. The Rangers need a Dan Boyle or a younger defenseman like that. A booming shot from the point. They are a little thin on righties overall but they don't need a 32 year old with a 5 mil cap hit.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rumor: NYR Interest in Martin Havlat?
As much as I liked Torts and his kind of hockey, it was time to move on. The team obviously didn't want to play for him anymore. I thought he should have been allowed a full season with this group of players but anyway this team will need that skilled defenseman if they feel it is cup worthy. If they can put that player or get DZ to do it, this is a good hockey team. Capable of beating any team in the league when healthy. Might even be why DZ is sitting right now. They want to take a week or so to work with him. Give him their full attention. Maybe it works whatever they're doing works and the kid comes back swinging. They don't want to give up on him.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Willing to Deal Del Zotto?
Miller just played his 40th and 41st games. Meaning the clock starts on his 7 years of NHL service and he can become a UFA. They just made it a tougher decision to send him down. The AHL is where he belongs. He needs to hone his craft a bit. He's fearless but young still. The coaches in Hartford have done a wonderful job developing players. Kreider has been a revelation so far. Let Miller go the same rout. At least a month or 2. Pouliot can be a scratch any night.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Nash Could Return Tomorrow Night; Coaches Haven't Given Up on Del Zotto
Bro, nothing would make me happier than to see MacIlrath in a NYR jersey. I just don't know that while he has improved his skating, it's good enough for the NHL. He can & will skate well enough some day but I'm not sure it's this year. Honestly I think Allen might just be ahead of him in his development. The Rangers need a righty shot.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on McIlrath Takes It On the Chin Twice vs. Baby Islanders
I don't pay attention to win/lose records in Hockey fights. You have to have a guy willing to stick up for teammates and police the game. If you have a guy like McIlrath in your lineup, teams will test him at first but then it's known if you get too bold with our guys he's coming for blood. No one is going to man handle everyone he fights. Not in North American pro hockey. No matter how tough you are, there's someone tougher. Simple as that. McIlrath needs to work on his skating more than anything. In the preseason with the Rangers, he had trouble skating backwards. Mostly pivoting from forwards to skating backwards. Even the best skaters in the NHL have trouble keeping up with the speedy forwards. I don't thing he's going to be ready until at least next season. Aaron Johnson would be the first call up this season if need be. Also why the Rangers should be careful about trading Del Zotto. There's Falk to step in but after that, who steps in for an injured defenseman? Who plays when one needs a night off? Need to have reinforcements in this league. The deeper team wins. Especially in the playoffs.
He and Girardi are on different sides of the depth chart. Staal on the left and Girardi on the right. Girardi & Strahlman are the only 2 righties on the team.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on No Progress in Contract Talks for Lundqvist, Cally or Girardi
I wouldn't mind if Girardi was let go in the summer or traded but there's the point of handed ness. The Rangers only have 2 righties and there's just not many righties out there. How can you allow a righty defenseman to walk when you already need another one with him on the team? He's (Girardi) still on the top pairing and plays his butt off blocking shots. It's possible he's not resigned but then the Rangers would be looking for 2 righties or they'd be playing with 5 lefties. That makes it hard for defenseman to clear the zone from their off side. Their stick is facing the middle of the ice instead of the boards on the off side. Ie lefty on the right side.