Bio not provided
@dave56dj There's more than one context for "sulk." I don't mean that he didn't care. He was clearly not up to par physically, but he has even said himself that he wasn't in the right place mentally. Last season every bad break was shattering his confidence. This season he has a short memory. That's all there is to what I said.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Final: Rangers 4, Panthers 3
Really love how McIlrath has been progressing in Hartford. The three goals come as no surprise to me because he's always had an underrated shooting ability, but still nice to see. His whole game has improved dramatically but I still don't think he should be anywhere near the NHL roster right now. If he was brought in for a game or two to fill in for an injury then I think he'd hold his own, but otherwise he should remain in Hartford and polish his game. He still makes the occasional poor decision and is still somewhat raw. I think next season he'll really challenge for an NHL spot.
1 month ago on McIlrath Scores Third of the Season in Wolfpack Lose
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I knew Talbot would be getting a start sometime soon but was projecting it to be one of the next few games. The Lundqvist news happened quickly so I had to really work hard last night and this morning to get it done in time for today. I think it was worth it. Glad you liked it!
1 month, 1 week ago on Cam Talbot's Path To The NHL Was Unconventional, But Well Earned
Only one game so we don't want to get carried away, but the depth our prospect pool was very pronounced. Kreider and Miller were all over the place while Kristo made things happen in the offensive zone., McIlrath made some mistakes, but also some very good plays. Last year a big problem for the Rangers was finding someone to call up who could make a difference. This season the "problem" is going to be picking one or two from a wealth of options.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Wolfpack 4, Devils 3
Vigneault also said about Powe that he hopes Powe clears waivers "for selfish reasons." If he does, then expect him to be first call-up should a depth forward go down.
2 months ago on Vigneault Explains Roster Decisions
@FREE LINDBERG @Herman_NYRBlog @shishya100 You're comparing 36 year old Chara to 21 year old McIlrath. When Chara was McIlrath's age he was trying to prove he belonged at the NHL level, much like Dylan is now. Will he reach Chara' level? Probably not. Chara is going to be remembered as one of the best of this generation. You're selling him short on his potential, though.
2 months, 1 week ago on Kristo, McIlrath highlight Third Round Of Cuts
@shishya100 I fail to see how it showed us that. Zdeno Chara was not an NHL regular until he was 24. Big, physical defensemen take a long time to develop. McIilrath has plenty of time.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I'm always hesitant with these kinds of reports because you need to consider the potential source. This could very well be accurate information Dreger received by happenstance. Or, it could be fed to him by someone in Stepan's camp in an attempt to pressure the Rangers into conceding more money.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Projecting The Rangers Opening Night Roster
@shoot_the_goalie @gravey94 I understand the point you're trying to make but comparing McIlrath to Leetch is a lost cause beyond simply trying to reach Leetch's level; they're completely different defensemen. You could make the same observations about Beukeboom in comparison to Leetch. Of course, that wasn't Beukeboom's game. McIlrath has a very good slapshot and decent vision, so he's capable of putting up points, but being an abusive, defensive defenseman will be his bread and butter. He needs to be physically and mentally capable of keeping up with the speed of the game, but only to the levels that similar defensemen like Beukeboom, Chara, and Orpik had/have to. Some more time in Hartford will do him good.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Hedberg Headlines Second Round Of Cuts
@FREE LINDBERG Who said he didn't offer Stepan a gap deal right away? What was he supposed to do, not sign McDonagh until Stepan's gap deal got done first?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Sather: Stepan's Agent Being Unrealistic
Waste of time trying to make grand-scale observations from one highlight package from a crappy angle of apre-season prospect game. That being said, get used to those kind of passes from St. Croix. That wasn't a fluke. He does that at least once every game. Kristo's speed and overall offensive prowess is obvious.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3 (Traverse City Game 1)
@JoshKayeI'm interested in just about every player on the roster. However, I tried to identify the five (six) guys who really have a chance at making their mark this tournament. Regardless of how Skapski performs he's going to be spending the next two seasons in the WHL. Malcolm's role for the upcoming season is very much in the air.
3 months ago on Five Players To Watch For At Traverse City
@Nina Papillo Beukeboom Jr. got an invite to the prospect camp largely as a courtesy. He's currently playing for one of the schools in Canada and hopes to continue his professional career after getting his degree.
@brian2686 It's called an "Open Thread" for a reason.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lundqvist Makes News With No News: Open Thread 8/20/2013
@gravey94 The true mark of masculinity is the willingness to acknowledge one's love for boybands.
@TheWrage You have to admit it's very well done. And the puppets are iconic.
"... has also been in contact with Hartford Assistant Coach Jeff Beukeboom to learn about the up and coming defense prospects in the organization."So McIlrath and.... McIlrath. Nobody else in Connecticut from last season has even a remote chance of becoming an NHL regular. We really need to see something out of Noreau and Allen this season or else we could be in a bit of a jam prospect-wise. Skjei isn't going to be turning pro for a while.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Coaching Staff Already Prepping For Season
They said the same thing about Redden despite him very clearly not having any shot of making the roster. Gorton is going to be diplomatic but the realities of the salary cap means that a player or two is going to be sacrificed. They are the most likely.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Asham, Powe Will Be Given Chance to Make Roster
@CareyBrandsdorfer I never claimed to LIKE Zakarian. But whether it's Gandhi or Pol Pot judging your dish... if you want his vote then you serve him something that he wants. My other favorite is when a contestant who was chopped states that the judges "made the wrong decision." Did you taste the other guy's dish? How the hell do you know who deserved to be chopped? Just saying that tells me that the judges made the right decision to chop you.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Zuccarello Speaks... Again: Open Thread 7/22/2013
@TheWrage But I can totally ask Kelly to give her input if that's what it will take.