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Miller is still younger than almost any player in the league, so we don't know what he can become. Heatley should be in prison, can't stand him and he was a 4th line player by playoff time this year. Shouldn't overpay for Sharp, he's like Nash and needs a good center to get him goals. Still hearing they are waiting to see how PITT shapes up & fills their holes, then will inquire about Malkin. THAT would be exactly what they need.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Yasgard Heatley should be playing for the Prison All-stars.
@GregB1919 @EugenePlaksienko @G Heard the offer was Talbot, Staal or Girardi, Stepan and Miller for Malkin.
Would have stuck and been worth the money if he could put the puck in the net once in a while. Had plenty of chances but can't finish and is only a light heavyweight. Will be interesting to see if he can survive in the West at his size, even after having played there with CBJ.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Herman_NYRBlog @sb24 PITT isn't going anywhere but down as they are set up now, and new GM/Coach will want to change things. Never said it was likely, but neither were any of the other deals I cited until they happened. And the needs match up, so do the assets. Losing Orpik leaves them with Martin, Letang (health a ???) and younger d-men. Fleury may never win in the playoffs again, and they need depth (maybe have to replace Dupuis as well) up front. Sutter (or Brassard) steps into #2 Center role. CBJ traded Nash (another untouchable - ouch) to fill similar needs and depth, also after management changes. As I said, it's worth a call, what if Rutherford says he'd think it over? Leave Hank, McD off the table and don't give away the farm.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html
I posted this elsewhere and though it's a longshot, both teams have needs in areas that match up with the other. New management in PITT, 5+ years of early KOs with current roster and Orpik on the way out as UFA. Rutherford has no history/loyalty to players there now and was not shy about trading away or trading for big-name players.. They need a goalie, top 3 D-man and young forwards. NYR has Talbot, Girardi or Staal, and Miller/Fast/Brassard/(other??). PITT has Malkin. Make a phone call, see how "untouchable" #71 is. Remember, Sather is the guy who traded "untouchables" Gretzky, Messier, NY traded Park, Ratelle, Leetch, BOS traded Espo, PITT/WAS traded Jagr, Chelios was traded twice, plenty of other superstars traded in their prime. PITT needs a new cast for Crybaby, NYR needs a #1 center who ISN'T over 30. Make the call now, also ask for negotiating rights to Orpik ( contingency draft pick) and both teams get a makeover. Richards buyout + d-man salary offsets Malkin cap hit, still leaves $$$$ to deal with NYR free agents. As for those who say PITT would never trade within division, see NYR/BOS Espo trade, EDM/LA Gretzky deal. IF the deal is right, both teams benefit and doesn't matter, NY ups their offense, PITT gets D/G help and depth.
I made this suggestion elsewhere, and if all trade possibilities are on the table, here's a longshot. PITT has new management, GM, coach, and 5+ years of getting KO'd early with the current lineup. They need help in net, on D and could use some depth at wing. NY needs a #1 center. Offer Talbot, Stall or Girardi, Miller and/or another young forward and ask about getting Malkin. 87 & 71 aren't getting PITT anywhere, neither is Fleury, so using an asset to fill needs is what trades are all about. I've heard back that Rutherford would never trade Malkin, not to a division rival. Yeah, and EDM would never trade Gretzky or Messier, NY would never trade Park/Ratelle, BOS would never trade Espo, etc. NY wouldn't trade Hank or McD,, PITT will never trade Crybaby, but the rest should all be on the table. Not saying it would happen, but it would shake up and help both teams. With the Richards buyout and some creative cap work, both teams can make it fit.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nash is trying to do too much on his own, carrying the puck into the zone all the time and drawing double coverage. He needs the others on his line to gain the zone, and hit him in stride at the top of the circle. Then he can go one-on-one with the D or get his shot off.
1 year, 2 months ago on Stralman OK, Status Uncertain for Sunday
These are the kind of games Lundqvist used to be able to steal for them. But honestly, he hasn't been the same this year and last overall, his play down the stretch last year being the exception.
There are different types of "trying", and I'm not saying there is a lack of effort overall. When I coached kids hockey teams, I told them that when they didn't have the puck they could either be "dog walkers" or "prison breakers". Dog walkers keep one hand on the stick, stretched out with little leverage, trying to break up passes and deflect the puck, looking like you are walking a small dog. Prison breakers have both hands on the stick, leaning in and forward, like they are digging a tunnel to bust out of jail. THOSE are the guys that win the battles for loose pucks, don't let anything stop them. The Rangers need more Prison Breakers and less Dog Walkers.
1 year, 2 months ago on It's Time To Apologize To John Tortorella
You really can't think that Silverspoon A**Hole Dolan, a guy who never made a penny in a competitive business in his life would have a clue about hockey. He is dumber than a rock and lower than worm piss, so don't expect any change to come from his empty skull.
True that his approach to the players and constant berating and personality were starting to be tuned out by the players. My main gripes with Torts were his forecheck strategy which sent 3 guys behind the other goal line, leaving NOBODY in the slot to shoot, and his complete lack of ability to fix the PP. Vancouver has 3 elite players on offense, the Sedins and Kessler to the Rangers' one in Nash, and until the underlying softness of the NYR players is addressed, the problems with the up-and-down play will continue. This team is NOT hard on the puck, not hard when skating into opponents and gets bumped off and knocked down most of the time. Nobody skates THROUGH the opponent, like a Lucic or a Malkin does. It is always 'try to arrive first and get out' which isn't working most nights. The opponents know this and go right at the Rangers, willing to battle because there is little price to be paid. And I don't mean fear of fighting, because Asham and Dorsett will go at any time: I mean constantly being beaten physically in battles for the puck, wearing a team down and banging them around. Nobody is worried about taking hits when they play NYR, so they can break out and dump in without looking over the shoulder. And that is on Sather.
I won't set foot in the place until Silverspoon Dolan is gone, hopefully dead and buried. I will make sure to practice a few moves and drink plenty of fluids so that I can dance and piss on that human slug's grave. That crooked scumbag and his dirtbag father should be skinned alive and boiled in vinegar. They have never ever succeeded in a competitive business and use their constant ripping off of the customers to spend on ridiculous "improvements" that only help themselves. They are just part of the aristocrazation of sports, and their catering to the upper crust and the thieves that run big business have driven real fans to their couches. Just like all the empty field level seats at Yankee Stadium that are merely business writeoffs, so nobody bothers to go, cretins like Dolan only understand and cater to other ripoff artists that populate the boardrooms of America. He can't die a miserable enough death soon enough for me.
1 year, 3 months ago on Death of Madison Square Garden?
@BleedBlueNYR Considering the lineup they'll have this year, and not making the playoffs last year, if you and your friends bring sticks and skates you can probably sit on the NJ bench during the game.
1 year, 7 months ago on Herman Rants Open Thread: 7/20/2013