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I don't think Torts did nearly as much to change the team as Renney did. Renney completely turned around the mindset. Torts was pretty much just an extension of Renney with a more brash demeanor, and PP worse then the one that got Renney fired.
1 week, 1 day ago on A Thank You To John Tortorella
When you're using the Iggy deal to figure Cammalleri's price, keep in mind that Iggy had a full NMC. Cammalleri has a limited NTC. If I remember correctly, the Flames got a better offer from the Bruins then the Pens, but Iggy would only take the Pens deal.
1 week, 4 days ago on Rangers Could Make Trade Deadline Push for Cammalleri; Rangers Talk Del Zotto With Leafs
Who's Fatso to talk. You don't see Hank calling him out for playing with extra chins.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Brodeur Criticizes Lundqvist for Extra Padding
If Brassard keeps playing like he did last night, Slats offers to Step are gonna start going down. The kid needs to save as much face as he can, gets signed and start working on making us forget about this mess.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers/Stepan Harden Stances
@queensbee It's not about the money from Slats end, it's about the Cap hit. $500k at the start of the season adds up to alot more at the deadline. Also, Step is the one with nowhere else to go. The Rangers have plenty of depth at center right now. All Step can do is hold out, which means he doesn't get paid and doesn't get any closer to arbitration. He's the one who should be asking if all that is worth it for $500K per year.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Stepan/Rangers About $1 Million Apart
@rangersfan The team would have to be willing to part with a 1st and 3rd round pick, and all the teams with the cap room to do that would be giving up a top 10 pick.
@FREE LINDBERG The Sedin's and AV have stumbled out of the playoffs early so many times, why would you EVER want to put them back together?
3 months ago on Did the Blackhawks & Crawford Just Eff the Rangers?
@KevinDeLury @BuckarooClub I didn't think was the case, and that recapture was more of a penalty for deals that were signed on the old CBA. Under the new CBA you're limited to how much you can "cheat" the hit, since it can't fall by more then half the highest year, and can't drop too much in any given season.
If you check cap geek, the only contracts that pop up on the recapture calculator are old deals. Rask's deal should apply, because it goes as high as $7.5 and as low as $6.5, but it's not there.
The worst part about all the recent goaltender deals is that not only are they getting big money, they're getting big money for a bunch of RFA deals. None of these recent contracts are straight UFA deals, which is what Hank's will be.
As far as giving him 8 years, I think that's they way to go. I'm not worried about how he'll look on the end of the deal, because I don't think he's the type of guy who's gonna hang around just to cash a check. Hank is too much of a competitor. If he can't play at a high level, I think he walks away. If he still wants to play, perhaps he retires to Frolunda and plays a bit more.
The other plus to handing him the 8 years is we can use the extra years to control his cap. Give the guy 2 seasons at $10 upfront, let him be the first NHL player to hit $10 mil per, because he deserves it more then anyone else in the league. Under the new CBA, contracts can still drop by half their value, so put two years at $5 per on the end. If he's still playing at this point (and that's a pretty good if) he's chasing Cups and history, not paying his bills. $5 mil per shouldn't be a problem, and keeps his cap hit for those 4 seasons at a VERY reasonable $7.5 per. Fill in the middle 4 years with some progression going from $9 per to $6 per and we've got a deal that works for everyone.
I still think the biggest obstacle for getting him back is showing him we can get him a Cup. We need to show him we can give him some support if we want him to stick around.
@KevinDeLury @DanW To be clear, NCAA guys COULD play, but if they wanted to, they would have to pay for everything themselves.
Not pointing it out be a stickler, pointing it out because I think it's one more example of how STUPID the NCAA's are. They wouldn't take away a chance for a cello student to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, or an engineering student the chance to intern at Google, but they won't allow athletes the same opportunity.
3 months ago on Rangers Release Traverse City Roster
Even if BR retired at the end of this season, we'd still have a $10 mil recapture penalty. It would be spread out between next season and 2019-20, costing us about $1.5 per season
6 months, 2 weeks ago on You Can Kiss Tortorella's Ass
Ok, so it seems that Jeff Gorton's story has morphed from a resume to a tall tale somewhere along the way here. Jeff Gorton was the assistant GM under Mike O'Connell. O'Connell was fired on March 25th 2006. Peter Chiarelli came over from the Senators, where he was their assistant GM, on May 26th 2006.
The 2006 NHL Draft was held in Vancouver, June 24-25. And that's where the Rask trade happened.
Everything that we love to credit Gorton with happened with Chiarelli in the room, and Chiarelli, the guy who built the Bruins Cup team, canned Gorton within a year of showing up in Boston. I've got no problem giving credit where it's do, but these Gorton stories are really starting to depart from reality.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Jeff Gorton, Bruins Give Hope For The Future
Here's the thing to remember when we talk about Torts "taking" this team to the ECF's last season - Since the lockout, no team who lost in the ECF's has made it made it past the ECF's with the same coach. I believe Laviolette, in Philly, is the only ECF losing coach who still has his job. Losing the ECF's isn't a stepping stone, according to the numbers. It's the end of road for most coach's. Keeping a coach because the team went to the ECF's is only putting off the inevitable.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Torts Gone If Rangers Eliminated By Bruins?
@dsclaw88 Torts has been firm that he wants only himself and Sully coaching the team. Another assistant coach isn't going to happen.
Making games like last night the rule, rather then the exception, is what Torts needs to do if he wants to keep this job, or any NHL job. You can't let one game wash away all the other problems. We need someone who can adjust and get the best out of our players night in and night out. The fact that they won when he "just go out there and play" says a lot about what he's bringing (or not bringing) to the table for us.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on You Still Want Torts Fired?
Or, at least he cares about keeping his job. If this team missed the playoffs with, so many chances to seal their own fate, his seat would be hotter then ever this summer.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Torts Fist Pump!
@KevinDeLury @Melissa (blknblueshirts) Those venues aren't the same. If the league wanted that, we could have hosted this thing years ago. They wanted Yankee Stadium. It's the gem.
I kind of like the idea that they're bending all the rules for us. It's like when Springsteen tours. He plays a couple nights all over the world, and then like 15 straight days in NY/NJ. The way I see it, the Rangers are SUCH a big thing, they have no choice but to give us multiple games. We're just that much bigger then everyone else.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Will Play Two Outdoor Games Next Season
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I wouldn't be shocked to find out that the Rangers ASKED to not these count as home games. They will draw at Garden for 41 home games and fill the stadium with fans for 2 more this way.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) It was always going to be a while until we got a Winter Classic. "The Pinstripe Bowl" is booked at Yankee Stadium.
@queensbee Your original point was that we have Torts to give "an interesting presser". As much as Torts claims he doesn't like the media, he goes out of his way to feed it with his nonsense and antics, often under the guise that he's protecting the players.
My point is, having someone who wants to be the lighting rod isn't a bad thing. I think Slats, or Brian Burke, have both shown they can handle that role very well, allowing the people doing the heavy lifting to stay in the shadows, and do their jobs. I think JD, who you suggested, can do this for a team too.
Torts on the other hand, wants to be the lightning rod, and the everything else. He's not getting you to watch the right hand, so you don't see what he's doing with the left, he needs to be both hands, and make sure there are no other appendages on the body.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Brian Burke Linked to Rangers