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McIlrath may be slow and have some defensive liabilities but if you are going to have one sub-par defenseman in the line-up every game why not at least have a guy who can clear the front of the net,intimidate opponents and stick up for his teammates. There doesnt seem to be any other defenseman doing that on a regular basis.Let loose the Undertaker!
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html
I guess since Oshie didn't have that Enterprise Rental car fairy to pick on he decided to pick a fight with the Hobbit. He's a real man for sure.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know its all about "chemistry" but Hagelin deserves to play on one of the first two lines over a 19 year old who has never played a regular season game. Many on this blog think this could be a break-out year for Hags offensively and I agree--but thats not gonna happen with Miller and Stempniak.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
IMO Miller will shine playing with the teams top forwards
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This kid shows some chutzpah....they need to let him go and attack on offense, even on PP.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-re-sign-john-moore.html
Difference between Glass and Dorsett is that Glass is not a punching bag. He can take care of business. Dorsett was all heart but was certainly feared by no one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not having a first round pick is nothing to fret about .Except for Krieder and Staal (jury still out on Miller and McIlrath) Sathers firsters have ranged from complete bombs (Jessiman,Sanguitti, DelZotto,) to nothing special (Blackburn, Korpikoski,Montoya). Also, do we really need another 5'10 185 lb. "power" forward?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@MikeBlue Agree and disagree. The "farm system" is certainly not deep and there is no doubt the majority of No.1 picks have been bombs during Sathers reign. But the present team is still fairly young (yes it will change with free agency) and 11 current roster players were Ranger draft picks (I did not include D. Moore) so there is some balance on the team. What concerns me is the lack of physical players in the system--yes, McIlrath is a big, tough kid but guys like Duclair, Kristo and Bourque (as talented as they may be) lack any physical presence....there just arent that many smaller guys like Zuccarello who can withstand the kind of non-stop pounding that teams like the Kings, Ducks dish out. Have a good summer..
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The pros on BR--Good hands, excellent passer, good leadership qualities, solid community guy. Cons--He skates slower than most of the league, he is barely average on face-offs and he avoids physical contact at all costs. Its no coincidence that the guys who are willing to dish out/take physical pounding in the post season are the best players on the ice--Richards is just not one of them (neither was Nash until the last couple games). Yet through it all, I kind of like the guy--I think he cares about his team and his community which is more than can be said for many athletes these days.I dont feel sorry for him, he is well compensated, but I wish him the best.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-buy-out-brad-richards.html
I hope they buyout BR. He plays the game at 33RPM while the rest of the league (or at least most of it) is playing at 45. Hes only going to get slower and less physical (if thats possible). At least Nash can still produce decently during the regular season and if he can get hot before the trade deadline, someone might take him off our hands in exchange for a decent player or two.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @freebie23 FuckPuddles is a late scratch
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I didnt see this mentioned here yet but we have a California horse trying to win the Triple Crown in New York at the same time NYR plays Kings.......Time to bury the West....and make some money betting against Chrome!
@johnpnj I disagree. There are plenty of great 4th line players who arent mental cases--this guy gets tossed around the league because teams dont want to put up with his antics...you just cant shove refs and skate around spearing guys and not be held accountable
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Hoserhey @_Jack "Short righties" is an understatement. Out of 12 forwards, we have 2 (stepan and dorsett) right hand shots--wasnt including Fast. Always felt that was the main reason PP was never up to par--teams could defend more aggressively to the left side knowing there was no right shot to deal with (except Callahan, who is not really the type of RH sniper I am talking about). Also not against giving Fast a shot
My MVP last night was Boyle. He may not have made the box score but he left his guts out on the ice--hits, blocked shots, great positional play, face-offs (actually the whole 4th line played well). Also cant say enough positive things about Dominic Moore, who I thought just kind of "cruised" through regular season but has stepped up huge in the playoffs.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
While I agree Nash is trying he is just plain scared to be hit when he has the puck--just once i'd like to see him do what Kreider did last night --use his size and speed and skate right to the net, pay the price, get creamed and get a shot on goal--he did it often in his first few years in the league--opposing teams D feared him--now it seems he's the one who is scared.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Definitely liked the energy in the building in Columbus. Kind of reminds me of the way the Garden used to be when it was raucous and not a snooze trap . If Blueshirts get knocked out I'll be pulling for J.D's Jackets!
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@cwgatti McD was the "throw-in" in that trade. The main guy they wanted was Higgins. Your genius GM is far from that lofty perch many put him on. He has had 14 years FOURTEEN YEARS to produce a winner and has not even had a team in the finals. Look at the big picture--if he were a CEO he would be long gone. Too bad the Dolans wear rose colored glasses.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know its not my blog but this is gossip-type BS not hockey--kindergarten stuff
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Like we all do I am hoping for the best for this team--but can anyone in their right mind believe they wont be totally manhandled and thrown around by the more physical teams (Boston, Philly, Pitt) that attack the net and dish out physical punishment knowing there is no one pushing back? In the 80's the Rangers had the Smurfs and they totally dominated the much bigger, stronger Flyers in the playoffs because the Flyers were just not quick and could not compensate for the Rangers speed. The problem today is those bigger,stronger guys are also quick. We had better hope Lundquist stands on his head every night to overcome the lack of size on this team.
@Bring back Langdon Sorry Sather IS the poor schmuck GM. Has been for 14 yrs. Biggest mistake in Ranger history (besides Middleton for Hodge) was Sather instead of J.D.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Decline Callahan's Six-Year, $6.3 Million Per Year Proposal
@shoot_the_goalie @freebie23According to" reports," at least two teams are willing to fork over more than the Rangers have offered when he becomes a UFA.
Ryan Callahan has seen Gomez, Redden, Nash and Richards all get paid more money than he has ever made yet not one of those guys has an all-around game as good as Callahan--I dont blame him for wanting to be in that neighborhood (he's not asking for the same boatload they gave Richards) and he's seen too many underachieving, lazy-ass fat cats go through and he wants to get paid. If every one that complains how selfish he is was in the same shoes they'd want to get paid too. The guy breaks his balls day in and day out and watches a guy like Richards avoid contact playing hockey and coast when he doesn't feel like playing. He sees 6'4" Rick Nash avoid going to the front of the net...sorry but I'd rather have 12 forwards like Callahan than 12 like Nash or Richards. If the Rangers dont want to pay him, so be it--it's not his fault they overspent on the marquee names who don't play physical. playoff hockey.
@nasoov @BuellerJersey sales?? Cmon ..hockey skills--lets see--he plays on PK, PP, chips in on score sheet, blocks shots, hits guys twice his size regularly and stickhandles pretty well. Does any other Ranger forward do all that?? I also agree with the economics point and its not his fault the team doesnt have the cap space to afford his market value. He didnt make them overspend on Redden, Nash , Richards, ....
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan Softening on Contract Demands?; Rangers Talk Hemsky
Maybe Callahan doesn't have the stats of a Nash or Richards but if Im forking out several hundred to sit and watch rangers hockey I know hes the one guy not likely to take the night off. I've seen a "no-show" plenty of times from Richards and Nash.
Many comments here support keeping Callahan through this season even though he likely walks, getting nothing in return. I love the guy, but doing that is just plain stupid. You cant let a player of his caliber walk without getting something in return while you can.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Callahan/Rangers Still Not Closer To Deal After Both Sides Talk
@shoot_the_goalieThe big mistake was not hiring JD 14 years ago.....
9 months ago on Blues 2, Rangers 1
The time to make deals IS when the team is rolling and I would most definitely make changes on the blueline. My wish list--a guy with some snarl who can move opponents out of the crease and a right hander with a nasty slap shot.
9 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Scouting, Being Scouted
Aside from Staal and Krieder, Sather hasnt done well with first round picks...
9 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Telling Teams They're Not Moving Girardi; Callahan Could Be Traded
Id rather see Haley instead of Dorsett. Haley is bigger, stronger on the puck and can actually win a scrap. Offensively, I think they are the same player..I like that 4th line idea...D. Moore has done nothing special to impress me either
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Kristo Scores, Miller Pointless In Wolfpack Loss
@mando24179My original point was that DS and DB are underachieving badly. If you cant see that we arent watching the same game
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Stars 2 (Miller Sent Back to Hartford)
@mando24179I panned Stepan, too..You cant rely completely on PP...Ranger centers have a total of 20 even strength goals in 46 games...that sucks!!
Brassard may have the "magic" on the PP but 5 on 5 he has been dreadful..Two even strength goals in 45 games! He and Stepan have 7 even strength goals between them!! Why not let Miller play a bit and sit these two underachievers (they are too comfortable!)...maybe they get their heads out of their asses
Boyle raises his game and plays big when the ice gets small (playoffs)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Boyle Proving His Worth
Of all the choices given here Franson is the best one. He's got an above-average slap from the point, QB's the PP and he's a right hand shot, something the team needs on D (as was pointed out)...he is also a little better defensively than Gardiner, at least in the games I have seen..
10 months, 1 week ago on RUMOR: Rangers Still Shopping Del Zotto ; Leafs and Senators Interested
The problem with getting draft picks is having the same nitwit making those picks!!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Staal Doing Well, Still No Timetable
JD please come home!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Blue Jackets (Game 33)
I live in a different part of the country and need NHL package to watch nyr. When I can't get MSG feed and listen to Sam (I don't care much for michelitti ) I mute it.
JD said he'd go in for third period so the Rangers would have a slight chance to score ( just for Sam)
Loved the big whistle!
C'mon that's silly.
I don't have a big opinion on AV yet---30 games is not enough for me-- but the fact that this team is CONSISTENTLY unprepared at the start of each game ( no energy, lack of effort) makes me think he is incapable of motivating this group.
You forgot to mention the the guy just called up playing in his first NHL game tonight scoring a pair....
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Staal Has Concussion; Dorsett, Asham In; Pyatt, Pouliot Out; Lundqvist Starts
Ok. Didnt know that...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Could Bickel Be Recalled Today?
While toughness on D is important and we certainly lack it, a tough winger who can play (Clowe could have been that guy??) has got to be top priority...if they stay in-house give Haley another shot--he may not score much but he hits, has good energy, skates decent and doesnt take any crap.
To me the bottom line is this team will play well against the softer, less physical teams and struggle against the big, tough teams (bruins, kings, ducks) Until they get bigger and nastier they can't win. period. . It's really that simple... Unfortunately, the management has NEVER realized this. Sather and his staff continue to underperform for the fan base ......13 years of his nonsense... No toughness. Wasted money on BAD free agents . No PP QB with a powerful shot. when does the revolt begin???
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Canucks 2
Brian Leetch was the last D-man to effectively QB the PP on this team. Management has had almost 10 years to find a productive, PP QB with a hard accurate shot and above average passing skills. We are still waiting. How Sather has survived this long is mind boggling! I dont think any GM in any sport in the past 40-50 years has kept his job after 13 years of not producing a winner (at least I cant think of one) and personally I've had enough of him and his staff....
11 months ago on Miller Sent to Hartford; Girardi Replaces Stepan on 1st PP Unit; Lundqvist Starts Again
Agree that they were awful on face-offs and that hurt, but I really dont think they took the "night off". Play was pretty even throughout with no huge edge either way. PP tried too hard to make the perfect play instead of taking shots and scrambling for rebounds.The one thing this team BADLY needs is a defenseman with a cannon shot (seems as if every team we play has one) who can QB the PP (sorry as good as McD is he is not that guy). PP will wallow in mediocrity without a PP captain with a cannon.....
11 months, 1 week ago on Kings 1, Rangers 0
@cranford93 @freebie23 My complaint was not about the goalie...every goalie gives up BAD goals..it was about the bloggers and responders who see him through rose colored glasses as if he could do no wrong..
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Fall Late to Devils 3-2
Lundquist is always treated with kid gloves. Lets call a spade a spade. Bad angle, short side goal=BAD goal, on him no one else..Now move on....