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Seems like a simple, smart move to save money & get rid of some redundancies. I hope Dorsett does well in VAN. To be honest, I never really formed much of an opinion on him either way until the playoffs this year. He was fine but never really did anything to win me over before that. Then this post-season, it seemed like he was winning every single race down the ice, winning battles along the boards, and just doing a lot of the little things to perfection. A lot of stuff that would have fit right in with "The Right Way" mantra from a few years back (outside of the whole headbutting thing anyway...). Hard not to appreciate that level of effort & competitiveness. 

Sucks that he's a cap causality, but there are a lot of guys on this team that I'm much more attached to so bring on the signings!




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

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@leftwingbarbara I mean I guess I get what you're going for in an "everyone contributes" sense but Boyle/Moore/Dorsett are most definitely NYR 4th line. Ice time in game 1 - Boyle: 12:14, Moore: 13:28, Dorsett: 8:35.

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

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@SanjayPatel1 @NYRuminations @BringBackBeukeboom Like I said, he needs to start scoring, there's no disagreeing with that. I realize that's why they brought him in & that's what they're paying him to do.


That said - if you look at any one game on it's own, there aren't going to be many where you can say he didn't play well. He's still helping the team win (they're in the Stanley Cup Final last I checked), so my point was it's a little ridiculous to be pissed that a guy isn't living up to his top 10 moments of his career every night. 

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

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@BringBackBeukeboom Not for nothing but of those 10 highlights, 2 were shootouts & 1 was an all-star game where nobody plays defense. The rest were a lot things that he still does today, they just haven't worked out to be the best 7 shots of his career to make it into a highlight real. And he's still playing solid 2-way & now facing the top teams in the NHL in the playoffs. 

I agree that he ABSOLUTELY needs to start burying the puck more, but this Nash guy that shows up every night is still helping the team win by doing a lot of good stuff.


Then again I can't tell how sarcastic you're being..so either way...let's go rangers!

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

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Some (not-so) quick thoughts:


--The crowd in LA is just sad. Quiet from the get--go & at times almost eerily silent despite their team coming back form 2-0 & taking the lead. Fatigue from needing to cheer the max amount of games until now? NYR need to take advantage of that lack of home-ice advantage.

-- NYR have had a great PK for a few years but Hags has elevated it from "reliable" to "dangerous" lately.

-- A lot of extra passes tonight instead of shooting which NYR have been guilty of all season. But I wonder if it was part of game plan this time around against a goalie who winds up out of position very often.

-- Nash didn't just not produce a scoring attempt on that 3 on 1, he passed up a clear shot from the circle which (outside of his assfirst drives to the net) is his bread & butter. That said, I liked his game a lot tonight - seemed to be playing harder than I've seen him in the last few games.

-- While Diaz didn't directly cost NYR any major damage, he was quietly brutal tonight. Happy to be getting Johnny Moore back for Game 2.

-- While it's accurate & definitely a positive, the way people are saying that "NYR played well for 40 mins" as encouragement just doesn't sound encouraging.

-- Still feel good about this game. At the end of the day they took a period off & were still 2 (fairly) uncharacteristic turnovers away from winning in regulation.

-- At the end of the day, we weren't going to sweep LA and tonight was just getting 1 of 2 losses out of the way to win the cup at MSG in game six.


And lastly... gotta sit back and appreciate that goal by Doughty. Just gorgeous stuff there.


Let's Go Rangers! Take Saturday's game and build from there.

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

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UNBELIEVABLE. Loved the team tonight and loved the crowd. What a celebration. Here's the crowd gathered outside MSG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Cv9ugKFNY

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

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Looks like Subban was right...Hank has had a Lil Bit of Luck afterall

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

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@Lordstanleybroadway  Yeah, that definitely would have been a fantastic gesture and probably a real savvy PR move for the NHL. But it's biz first...they're just looking at ratings & $$ and as much as you want to hate them for it, that's their job.


If they were going to play Saturday either way, I actually think it works out better for the funeral to be the next day. That's a lot to go through & then have to get your mind straight to play a game.

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

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@DP_Snotty Moving one 3 hour block to a different 3 hour block actually is a big deal, it affects a lot. The NHL & NBC need to do what's best for the NHL & NBC and no one player is above that. It's a crap situation for sure, but you have to understand the nature of the business. Otherwise where's the line for what can move a game & what can't?


And I hate hate hate that I'm about to write this and I mean absolutely no insensitivity by it - but just focusing on logistics, it's easier to reschedule the funeral than it would be to reschedule the game, and that's what the business of the NHL has to be concerned with.

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

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It's definitely shitty, but there's no way they would move their entire schedule around for one player. I'm really surprised people are so outraged about it. 

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

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I also thought Hank was real strong in the opening minutes if the game when Pittsburgh had some good pressure in our zone. If he doesn't keep the puck out there, the game has a totally different energy from the get-go & we don't get the early 2-0 lead. Another unsung moment from the NYR backbone.

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

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@scrangersfan @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreatAnd I don't know who this dude is at the end of the video, but he makes Marty look like Chara!

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

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When Fleury only has to make 13 saves, it doesn't even matter if he has his usual playoff meltdown. Unreal that they can't get more shots on a guy who's allergic to the puck.

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

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So many old curmudgeons on the blog today. Get a real job! Get off my lawn!


NYR are up 1-0. Be happier.

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

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@carylev  Interesting take on things. It's not a case of siding with owner vs player but in siding on what's best for the team. You have major stars like Tom Brady (ugh)  taking pay cuts/restructuring contracts to help improve the team around them and then you have Cally asking for a shockingly high amount and not accepting a MORE than reasonable offer to stay with the team he wore the C for. It's not hard to see why this rubbed NYR fans the wrong way.


That said, I 1000000% agree that he shouldn't be booed regardless of who he winds up playing for. He did so much for this team & that's what we should remember....however as much as I love the man, the selfishness he showed in his contract demands will definitely taint the legacy he left with NYR for me.

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

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@Chris M  You would have rather wasted the opportunity to immediately acquire a guy who had 10 more goals than anyone else on the NYR team at that point?  When NYR's biggest issue was (as always) offense? 


I love me some Cally and will cheer him in his returns to the Garden no matter what colors he is wearing but I love NYR more and see no reason Sather shouldn't have made the move he made.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @JoshKaye Perfect. I can just see it tonight - Nash finally getting dirty in front of the net all game and then BOOM one of our own guys hits him with a slapper. And icing on the cake when Marty tweaks something celebrating his 1st goal.

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

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... while I appreciate Stepan and St. Louis sucking it up tonight, they had no business being on the ice. Could have easily cost them.

With the way St. Louis left TB and his lack of goals so far he had to give it a go tonight. Sitting out a big game with those things fresh in people's minds might get him a reputation of being soft with the home town crowd. Not how you want to start in a new city, especially after replacing Cally who is the grittiest mf'er we know.


And if MSL went, you know Step had to be out there!

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

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Not a chance in hell he gets booed. Thankfully most Ranger fans are more intelligent than that & can separate the crap business side of the sport from the years of blood, sweat & tears he spilled for NYR.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Lack of Florida Taxes Could Mean Callahan Signing for Less in Tampa

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@GiveGartneraCup    

 Marty is (was) obviously talented as hell and the best to ever do the job, nobody can argue that. But he has a well-earned reputation as a cry baby who lacks the grace & class of the other greats to play the game. Way too often he blames conditions, other players etc rather than shoulder the blame for poor performances himself. Add in the way he flops around on the ice any time an opponent comes near him and it’s like watching all the fake injuries in a soccer game – it’s disgusting. Hockey players are known for having class and sportsmanship in a way that most other pro sports athletes don’t, and you expect even more from the best in the game. Sadly Marty comes up wildly short in that category.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Brodeur Cries About Ice After Being Pulled at Yankee Stadium

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Oh fun, another useless logo variation. 

Interesting to see the Devils' version is a throw back to their red/green color scheme though. Maybe to tie into the holidays? Too bad they didn't use a throwback Mighty Ducks logo too!


1 year ago on Yankee Stadium Tickets Go on Sale Nov. 21st

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@PharmerBern I get what you're saying, but at some point you need to balance quality of the game over just creating scoring opportunities. From my perspective, a 5 on 3 created by an over the glass delay of game on the PK is a cheap reason to trade in quality hockey for more scoring.

1 year, 5 months ago on Visors to be Grandfathered in Next Season, Other Rule Changes Proposed

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I've never loved the over the glass delay of game, but I don't hate it either. The one thing I've said since the day they put it into place though is that it should be waived off when on the PK like icing. There's nothing worse than a 5 on 3 resulting because somebody tried to clear it down the ice & shot it over the boards.

1 year, 5 months ago on Visors to be Grandfathered in Next Season, Other Rule Changes Proposed

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@Josh6 Hopefully that number goes up to 10 after this series!

1 year, 6 months ago on Kreider Given Maintenance Day; McD on Power Play; Same Line-up Likely

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Glad to see them avoid the sweep but definitely not entertaining any thoughts of them stealing the series. B's barely showed up tonight and we still needed OT to pull off the win. Would be total Ranger style to win on Saturday though - suck everyone right back in and then lose in heart-breaking fashion in game 6. Masochists - every one of us!

Need to disagree with your Richards in for Zuccarello point though @KevinDeLury. I'm actually dumbfounded that you'd even suggest it. Zuc may not be putting up points but he's given 1000% effort. Up in Chara's face (with a step stool) regularly and just giving it his all every shift. Richards looks like he gave up on the season in March. Disgraceful. Right now I'd trade Richards for a Malik, Poti, Rozsival package (and soon to be Del Zotto....). Zuc is at least trying to spark the team with his play, not drag them down with his uselessness.

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers 4, Bruins 3, OT

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I love Hags watching the game on the scoreboard instead of the ice. Too funny.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Torts Fist Pump!

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Sucks big time, but not surprising. And at the end of the day, for most of the actual die-hards who are in the upper level, it'll only work out to a few extra bucks per ticket. That adds up across multiple tickets for multiple games, but with what you're already paying it's really just a drop in the bucket.

 

If you sign up to get kicked in the junk, can't be too mad when they wear steel-toed boots... 

1 year, 8 months ago on Rangers Season Tickets to Increase Next Year

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 @hank4president I believe it's the difference of his six game streak being 6 consecutive Rangers games, but the 10 point streak being for 10 consecutive games that he's actually played in. So the 10 game streak was broken by his missing 4 games with injury.

1 year, 8 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 1

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 @slapshot13j  @KevinDeLury  @AnnoyingJoe He's a little banged up

1 year, 8 months ago on Staal Not Taken to Hospital After Puck to Eye Area

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Having a game (or a few) without Richards actually makes me happy. I obviously hate that's it's under these circumstances and he has played better the past two games, but as we all know, he hasn't brought much to the table this year. Hopefully this is nothing serious and he'll only sit for a game or two and if so I think it would be beneficial for him to just sit back and observe. Maybe that will finally cure him of his uncertainty with the puck, turnovers at the point & blind centering passes to the other team...

1 year, 8 months ago on Zuccarello's KHL Season Ends

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There were a TON of fights last night. Very weird for a non-rivalry game on a Tuesday night... There was some trash Devils fan a few rows in front of me who wound up trying to fight 2 rows of section 213... couldn't get the camera out fast enough for the fight but got his classy exit from the arena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj1dC-bXSQE&feature=youtu.be

1 year, 8 months ago on Gotten So Bad at MSG, Rangers Fans Beating Each Other Up for Entertainment

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It was hard to get excited at any point during the Habs game. The product on the ice was boring as hell and tough to sit through. Energy is a cycle...the team needs to give the crowd at least something to buzz about and as the buzz grows, the team feeds off it, which gets the crowd more excited, etc. There was just nothing there on Tuesday.

 

 @RyanMC is absolutely right about the suits. From my seats at the tippy top of 213, my lady & I laugh every game at the sea of "other" blue shirts that sit in the first section behind the glass across the ice from us. The button down business shirts that disappear for the first 5 minutes of every period as they hang out in their underground suites. Just awful.

 

Tuesday was also surprisingly full of the obnoxious drunk "Ranger fans" that make coming to games increasingly more frustrating. We had a group behind us that distracted me for the entire game - the type of frat-boy dbags that think drunk, loud & obnoxious = funny. With the Garden so quiet I just had those guys in my ears the whole game which ruined any enjoyment I could have gotten out of the game.

1 year, 9 months ago on Video: Torts, Rangers Talk Getting Better for Senators

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I totally buy the "trying too hard" thinking. Although I think it's more a case of "thinking too much." I said this after the last Tampa game as well, but Richards has just been holding onto pucks too long and passing up open shot/passing lanes because of it. He always seems to skip an opportunity to do something good with the puck and then a defender gets on top of him, he panics and it forces him to make a poor decision. Lately that's been resulting in a turnover or just pulling himself or a teammate out of position. Obviously especially noticeable on the powerplay. 

 

I think he's good enough that he'll come back around soon but for now it's just painful to watch and has cost us a LOT of good opportunities. If he plays like this again on Sunday, I'd honestly love to see him scratched against the Habs. It'll never happen but I think he's been hurting us more than helping so far.

1 year, 9 months ago on So What's Up With Richards?

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A few comments based on what I saw tonight and a little reaction to other posts today:

 

Eminger: I've always liked him and was happy to see him in the lineup tonight, but he was awful. Couple big giveaways that easily could have turned into bad news

 

Nash: Nuts to suggest he's not strong on his skates. He's tried the same move one too many times and teams are catching on (kinda like the Rangers' long tip pass from behind their own net that worked through the first few games...), but the dude is manhandling opponents by simply out-muscling them  on his skates

 

Lundqvist: Made some huge saves tonight, always good to see him back in true Hank form but for the love of god would someone please teach this guy how to handle the puck or to just leave it alone?? It's never been his strength but it came real close to costing the Rangers 3 or 4 different times tonight.

 

Halpern & Stralman: LOVING these guys right now. Stralman did nothing for me last year & I knew nothing about Halpern coming into the season but to me they look like they're giving the blue-collar, bust your ass effort that Prust & Boyle (the real Boyle, not this year's version) used to contribute that helped give the team an identity. Still too early to tell with Powe but I like what I've seen so far, especially on the SH pressure tonight. And seeing the number 8 back out there is nice too...

 

Richards: I know he had a decent game tonight and was a big part of the big o-zone pressure shift that led to Gabby's goal, but he's killing me this year. Almost seems like he's not playing with enough confidence or something. I think he's passed up more open shots than anyone on the team (and that's saying a lot on this team), and he seems to get himself into "panic" situations where he holds the puck too long and leaves himself with nowhere to go with it. Just fire them in dude, rebounds and dirty goals are what the team needs to start getting on the board.

 

 

1 year, 9 months ago on Rangers 4, Islanders 1

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 @slapshot13j 100% agree. He's been passing up open shots left & right and making a lot of questionable decisions with the puck, especially on the PP. Very frustrating to watch lately.

1 year, 9 months ago on Torts: Kreider & Miller Going to Take Some People's Jobs

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He may have a lot of offensive talent but if he doesn't learn how to keep the damn puck in at the blue line this year then I'm done with him. I've never seen a guy lose so many offensive pressure situations by letting the puck slip past him...it's unbelievable.

1 year, 10 months ago on Redden to Be Asked to Stay Home; Del Zotto Trade Rumors Not True

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Ughh... I specifically scheduled my wedding for July to make sure I DIDN'T miss a cup run. Can we stick with the shortened season? Please??

2 years, 1 month ago on NHL Makes 50/50 Offer

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Now 12 hours a day of poker on the other hand....

2 years, 6 months ago on ESPN exec says hockey "doesn't transfer to a national discussion" | May

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I love the "Hagelin Toss" they've been utilizing. Just loft it up the ice and let him beat the opponents to the puck every time. Awesome to watch. It was pretty surprising that Sam & Joe only mentioned it recently when the Rangers have been doing it for a while now.

2 years, 8 months ago on Hagelin Putting Himself in Calder Contention | March

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Total scumbag. Love the "Payback!" sign the fan holds up around 30 secs in.... not this time Philly, maybe next year.

2 years, 9 months ago on Bickel Sets Sestito Straight | February

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You take that back! Nobody that has starred in "Three Matthew McConaugheys and a Baby" is a failed actress! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1601397/

3 years ago on Rangers Undefeated Since Richards Started Dating Munn | November

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For me, the following homestand will be the defining stretch (as defining as any October/November games can be anyway). If they do well out West, the 6 games at the Garden will give them a chance to solidify their winning ways. If they have a rough road trip it will give them the chance to bounce back on home ice as the insane start to the season is finally behind them.

3 years, 1 month ago on Video: Upcoming Trip Could Define Rangers Season | October

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Pretty sure that's a league mandate for all teams this year, right?

3 years, 1 month ago on Numbers on Front of Rangers Helmet? | October

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