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Normally, If I disagree with a writers opinion on this blog, I scroll down and see it was written by Adam.

Guess what? That was an awesome write-up. It's obvious you're getting better at this. I'll probably still disagree with you, but I will certainly respectfully disagree.

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

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Sather is just mad old school. He loves to have a fighter. Sandy McCarthy. Colton Orr. Boogard. Brashear. He will always have a fighter, lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight. Doesn't matter.

Ockham's Razor bro

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html

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"Hey SJ Superfan Joe, what did the Rangers get when they signed Dan Boyle?":

I honestly have no idea. He started the year off fine (granted, the Sharks started off the year ridiculously), but was so, so bad by the end of the year that I would say he was one of the primary reasons for SJ's collapse. He is small, so he's not going to give you shut down or PK minutes anymore at this point in his career. I would say he's probably a very upscale PP specialist who won't be a complete liability with the puck.


That said, two things could mean a renaissance year for Boyle: One, his season was derailed by a really nasty hit from behind by Lapierre. He left the ice on a stretcher, was concussed, missed 12 games, and then returned. Too early, in hindsight, by his own admission. Two, the Eastern Conference is a lot kinder to aging skill players than the West is. He won't take nearly the amount of physical punishment, and his skating won't be as much of an issue. He's still a very nifty skater, but he's lost a step and he can no longer skate the puck out of trouble. He'll need to adjust the way he moves the puck (with his hands rather than his feet) if he's going to be a viable power play option for the Rangers.

This fits into Kev's analysis. If Dan Boyle is going to help the Rangers, he needs to be a PP specialist and get less regular minutes in a bottom 4 role.

We'll see.

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

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@_Jack @johnAMIRANTESrug dying art. Gonna miss those Swede checks...

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

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@MikeBlue Step is solid defensively with a great hockey IQ. If he can get a bit faster and get a quicker release, he will develop more. A 1# center is so hard to get and there are probably only 10-15 in the league. All the bottom teams 1# center would be a #2 on the top teams. Step is CERTAINLY a #2 and can make the push to be a true top center.

Brassard on the 2/3 brink as well. The Rangers made a decision a few years ago to go with speed and skill. This isn't conjecture, Gordie and Gorton said that verbatim in the recent interviews with Jim Cerny.

I'm guessing you disagree with Skill/Speed over Toughness/Size. We'll NYR went to the cup. So it can't be all bad

I read above you've been a fan since the 60s. Awesome dude. You were a fan for 20 years before I was born. But guess what? The league is moving towards speed/skill and has been for the past decade. Sure, the ideal situation is a team full of 6'4 tough guys who can skate fast and score 40 goals, but that doesn't exist. There are only a few players like that in the league.

You make some good points but you just seem annoyed with the team. You have problems with everything. It's not like they finished last man... Add some optimism to your NYR fandom... You'll drink less and live longer

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

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@GiveGartneraCup @Brukie_ @brian2686 Yeah, that's my point. I'm not saying Girardi is bad and I agree he was obviously gassed, but Stralman vs Girardi... My brain says take stralsy but my heart says Girardi

My heart is pretty dumb though...

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

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@thwacker @brian2686 Despite McIIrath looking shaky and slow, Gordie Clark said he really only played 1 season (100 games) in two years. Then he says "Plus he didn't play much for 30 of those games because he had to fight every tough guy in the AHL. And he beat them all up already." Hopefully Gordie is right (he usually is) and McIIrath is ready to take the next step. Because I've labeled him bust, especially since Cam Fowler was available at the time.

I think you might be right about Girardi, but he's going to get the same minutes this coming season too. Hopefully J.Moore/Klein can take some minutes from the top pair. I think they are ready

Love Miller, Love Fast... don't know Lindberg... Let's try the young guys baby!

Didn't Gorton say they expected Miller to be up? Sather said he'd have played more in the playoffs if he didn't separate his shoulder... so that's nice.

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

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@Say my Name I spent a lot of time defending Nash this year (despite being against getting him both times, the dead-line trade and the offseason move when we got him) and some of it I think was rationally done.

With that said, I agree that Nash was a huge disappointment. I do still disagree about his effort level. (I think that's been your main point about him, lack of effort and grit) I think he gave everything he could and came up short... Which might be more alarming than him just floating and underachieving by choice.

With that said, Nash could still turn it around. This is probably the first time this guy has experienced the success/adversity that losing in the SCF brings. He was either on teams that just sucked or he was on Gold Medal teams that won rather easily. Now he knows what it's like to play on a winning team, work hard, battle through some bullshit and STILL LOSE. Hopefully he gets pissed off and comes back with a fresh attitude.

If I'm the star of a team who went to the 'Ship and lost, and I flat out didn't score, I would spend all offseason working on getting it back.

Here's to hoping the Big Fella figures it out, because there is no replacing him or dumping his contract in the near future...

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

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@SmellyKisio It's no surprise that we keep cycling players through our PK and it's still good every year. It's not like it's the coach or some magic philosophy.... We just have an incredible goalie... Too bad goalies can't score

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

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@GiveGartneraCup Are you saying you'd prefer to keep Stralman and not re-sign Girardi? If so, I agree with you. In my opinion, Girardi is an awesome defenseman but I felt his lack of speed was exposed in the SCF this year. Great instincts, great positioning and timing, tough as fuck... Just slow.

Who knows what other factors went into the decision for a Girardi extension...

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

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@thwacker Stralman was good his entire tenure with NYR. I still see your point and I agree, but Stralman was better and more consistent than Boyle (in their respective roles). Either way, don't mind either exit because the price just wasn't right for NYR.

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

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@Wallace1 Yeah, same. I understand Boyle and Dorse, but Moore should be staying.

I'm excited for the young guys tho

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Wallace1 Boyle is gonna walk. He wants to get paid and wants a bigger role. I don't think the Rangers want to do either, but they are likely more willing to overpay him slightly than to increase his role, he's a 4th line PK/Faceoff guy for us. He's awesome at it and I think he's only going to get better now that he's embraced his bottom 6 role, but you can't keep everyone.

D. Moore is going to stay. He's going to get paid and he's gonna be a Ranger. We don't need to talk to him because we know he's going to stay. Someone would have to MURDER NYR's offer and NYR would have to low-ball him for him to bounce. You talk to your low priority guys last... usually.

The real question is Stralsy. Are we ready to let him go? Maybe. I personally don't think so but I can't deny some arguments for John Moore, Kevin Klein and Connor Allen as 4,5,6 D-men. I'm just afraid of injuries. NYR barely survived with a banged up McD and that's with a mostly healthy run to the finals. Other teams had way more injury problems.

I think the game plan is to take a risk on the young guys. We only need to fill a few holes and probably have enough depth to let a few D get tryouts sometime in the first 40 games. After that we'll know if Gordie and Glen fucked up or not. If Connor Allen, Calle Anderson or Dylan McIlrath stick around... we'll make a few more deep runs. If these kids all flop, hopefully we can trade for some MOTHER FUCKING FIRST ROUND PICKS GLENNNN... JEFFFFF... HELP A GORDIE OUT

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/nhl-draft-open-thread.html

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@scrangersfan @KevinTheNYRBlog @Gianni74 It was about getting something for nothing. Trade Cally for some kind of asset and a potential cup run (we made a hell of a run) or let him walk and test free agency anyway.

Cally forced Sather's hand by not caving on the NTC or Money. So Sather got something from an inevitable nothing. Marty gave us a spark this year and he will certainly help out next season. In two years Marty wont be a Ranger because his contract will be up next year.

Plus, it's worth noting that MSL didnt play a full NHL season until he was 26. That's 5 years after most NHL players. You could say (MSL has said) that the delay has helped him stay durable. He's 39 but career wise, he's 34.

To give you perspective, MDZ is starting his 6th season and he's 24 years old. He'll be on his 8th before MSL would've even had his first NHL season.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Bueller @Say my Name @DP_Snotty I think Sather was willing to give Cally 6yrs/6.5 million. He was willing to give him a full No Trade Clause, but he wasn't willing to do BOTH. That is the official reason he didn't sign Cally. Whether you believe Slats or not, that's what he said.

Sather has gone on the record about hating any form of a NTC. He feels like the players hold the team/GM hostage and rightfully so.

Basically he says "I'll pay you a lot of money or i'll give you long term security, but I don't do both." If he really wanted to stay in NY, he should've taken the discount with a NTC. If he really wanted the money, take a risk that you will be healthy and productive for around 6 years.

Cally balked at the NTC clause and Sather shipped his ass to Tampa for a hungry guy that wanted to prove people (Yzerman) wrong.


The money wasn't the main issue, it was the handcuffing of the NTC. Sather the Wizard don't play that shit!


Sorry to Hijack the conversation... Well, Sorry I'm not sorry...

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SpazzBrown @KevinTheNYRBlog Still a prospect. He was high risk, high reward when we got him. He's got all the talent, he's gotta get his head right. I think he has commitment issues and is a bit of a head case. That's what I remember about him. I'm sure you could look up an old Herman blog that has all the details and stats.

prospectpark?

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Rangers_54 At this point in time, today, Evander Kane is a better hockey player than Kreider. That can change, but Kane is better right now.


Do I want to trade Kreider for Kane? No, I don't. I love Evander Kane though and it would be awesome if he was a Ranger.

Also, are you racist? What the fuck man.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog I came here to post this and I'm glad you did. Fuck Jumbo Joe. "Here's a guy who hasn't won squat in this league".

I feel the same about Jumbo as I do about Spezza, I'll take either of them on the cheap. If Sather can really use his leverage and get Thornton or Spezza for a steal, I'm happy to add them.

If any of these teams are hoping to recoup anything close to the original value of these players or contracts, take a fucking walk.


My buddy is a huge SJ fan, I'm about to get the SJ perspective, stay tuned.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html

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@Derek Stepan Keep him. It's no coincidence that Hank made it to the final the first year he had a great backup. Biron was ok, but also spotty and they still rode hank down the stretch. Talbot allows Hank have enough in the tank to take NYR to the finals

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyPlayingInTheStanleyCupFinalsIsGreat @iSeeAcup See: Paul Kariya gets knocked out and comes back into the game to score a goal.

Awesome story

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@iSeeAcup This is whats great about the story not being over. You can score no goals all playoffs and score 1 or 2 key goals and be a hero forever.

Shit, even Rupp scored the Stanley cup winner in his rookie year. It was his first career playoff goal and it's the only time someone has done that to win the cup.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@allagash @KevinTheNYRBlog Sorry Kevin, gotta agree with Allagash here.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @iSeeAcup Logic and Rationale.... Ahhhhh

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hey Guys, Nash has no fucking confidence. I get that NHL players are paid to handle pressure and it's not a good excuse, but MAN has everyone been so hard on him.

Take a look at the Philly Phenomenon. Why have they always had Goalie problems since Ron Hextall left? It's partly because the media is so hard on goalies. Bryz is the most recent example of a perfectly fine goalie who was just fucking RUINED by the dumbass Philly media. When no one bothered him, he was an ANIMAL in Phoenix. Then he came to philly, a city notoriously hard on their goalies, and he became a total headcase. Criticism was sometimes justified, but other times totally off base and irrational. But now they have an established culture of just HATING their goalies and feeling sorry for themselves. It's their own achilles heel and it's mostly self inflicted.

Look at SJ and their endless narrative of choking in the playoffs. Everyone talks about it, fans and media. You don't think the players see that? They go up 3-0 in the first round and then drop game 4. Here comes the choke talk. Now the players have to answer those dumbass questions from the media "Hey, you guys choke all the time, are you going to do it again this year?", etc. Now it's in their minds. It seeped in. The team tries to get past it, but that's it, it's in everyone's head.

I just don't want the New York Rangers fan base to do the same thing. We're not there yet, but we're getting closer.

Is Nash the offensive beast we thought he was? Nope, not at all. But he is playing his ass off and adjusting to do EVERYTHING else he can to contribute. You think he doesn't know he isn't scoring? But let's remind him every fucking day he gets paid 7.8million to score goals.

It just bothers me that if a guy is mediocre but plays his ass off, people give him a pass. But if a guy is a great player and plays his ass off, but still doesn't get the result, people jump all over him (sometimes justified, I just don't think it is here. At least not to this degree).


Is it the New York Rangers' fans and NYR Media's fault that Rick Nash can't score and has no confidence? Not at all. But we sure as shit aren't helping him get it back and could possibly be ADDING to the pressure he puts on himself, which is already probably immense for a two time goal medalist, former Stud in the NHL.

Say what you want, but I'm not defending Nash so much as I'm calling out the people piling on him.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@aTeamof20Zuccs Terrible analogy. In real life, Rudy was a horrible football player. Zucc is an incredible hockey player.

You just summed up NYR Ranger fans in one sentence. They love "Rudy" above all else. They don't like anyone who makes things look easy.

This is a generalization. If you disagree personally, obviously it doesn't apply to you.

Even Chris Kreider said it about Nash (I'm inferring that he is implying Nash here)

http://nypost.com/2014/05/15/serbys-qa-with-chris-kreider/

Question Number 2.

He also said this at the end about Nash directly:

And last but definitely not least, is Rick [Nash], who is probably the most skilled player I’ve ever played with. I think he’s worked for every single skill set he has, which is awesome to see because he does work so so hard, and I think people need to appreciate that more. He’s a tireless worker. He’s so easy to talk to, and he’s so easy to play with. He’s kind of introverted, but so humble and down-to-earth for as talented and as skilled and as successful as he’s been.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 Yeah, he's our slowest D-man so I feel like he is the worst at pinching. That said, the Rangers have been caught with only 1 man back the most against the Kings. I don't think the Rangers have done anything differently, it's just that the Kings have a sick transition game and Sutter is the man at adjustments.

Girardi is getting exposed. He's never been fast or pretty, he's solid with positioning and timing and he is physical.

The Kings are abusing him with speed and lateral movement. Just gotta play through it and hope he hangs in there.

Maybe he needs to spend the offseason with Barb Underhill

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhateGaborik that's so awesome. Hank isn't the pretty boy everyone thinks he is. Love that shit

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/game-4-video-montage.html

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@Picaz77 Thats the goal line high-speed camera shutter going off

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/game-4-video-montage.html

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@Gianni74 @Bring back Langdon I'd take Spezza on the cheap, only way. If Sather the wizard can whip something up, sure. Otherwise, fuck that noise. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GetTheKingACup Wait for the series to end you maniac, REVERSE SWEEP

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhateGaborik for shame bro, for shame. wait until the series is over you barbarian

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@stRangers fan @brian2686 Quick is fucking up there man, he was a beast for USA too. I saw that dude play at UMASS, he was the man there too

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK @brian2686 @GetTheKingACup Bro its the NY Rangers. You don't think they would win in like 4 or 5 games, did you?

Hardest route possible.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GetTheKingACup The reverse sweep against the kings after they did it to SJ would make a crazy fucking ESPN 30 for 30, thats for sure

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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That fucking sucked. Kings are fucking good. Quick made a ton of crazy saves. Rangers had a hard time scoring but Quick was locked in tonight.


Gotta win game 4 at least.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @Betweenthecups Hey, do you like Nash? I couldn't tell...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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gut check time. Game 2 most important game of the series (5 is also important)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I LOVE EVERY ONE! 

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

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OLD TIME HOCKEY COACH!

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

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@Josh-CK @ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Gabby also doesn't have to be "The Guy" in LA, that's already Kopitar. Add him to the already great supporting cast and nothing but good things.

He was a world class talent when he was here, NYR fans just don't really respect softer or injury prone players.

Kreider had an awesome interview in the post where he said that NYR fans value hard work, so they love the guys that are working their ass off, especially guys look the part too. When a player makes things look easy or effortless, fans suspect him of not giving maximum effort. He doesn't say this, he kinda infers it, so you should read it yourself. But, it might explain why the team loves Nash but he has a love/hate relationship with fans over appearing laid-back and disinterested sometimes.

http://nypost.com/2014/05/15/serbys-qa-with-chris-kreider/

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/blackhawkskings-game-5-open-thread.html

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@KevinTheNYRBlog Don't be so sure. He's gotta get 3 games. They have to make the canadians feel it. 1 game isn't enough

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

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@KarenMaz Can you link it Karen? I'd like to read it

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

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10 games is a mother fucking joke. I still cant believe he got a full game misconduct. If Prust doesn't get 3 games I'm fucking pissed.

That shit was actually "accidentally on purpose" or "purposely on purpose" as JR said. Avery got suspended for saying words

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

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Dudes a winner. Broke into the league with tons of hype, along with Vinny, and won a cup early. Won at multiple levels. Has false teeth that look and sound a little weird when he's talking.

Sounds like a hockey player to me

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

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Why does Montreal even have home ice? They were the 3rd seed and Rangers were the 2nd... I know they had 100 points and the Rangers had 96, but since when have they used points for that? They changed the whole system and kept this? I get it, in the old format, MTL wouldv'e been the lower seed already based on the fact neither team won their division and they had 4 more points... But this is the new format and Rangers were #2.

I thought they would only use the points if it was the same seed playing for ECF...

They need to just move to a new fucking point system, enough with this shit. 3 points for a win, 2 for OT Win and 1 for OT loss.




2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/can-lundqvist-conquer-his-greatest-challenge.html

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@BuckarooClub Yeah I remember thinking that Rangers had a chance to sign him the next year anyway. He had that connection with Step from Wisconsin hockey and they both grew up in MN. It was just icing on the cake to dump the gomez contract. We did give up Valentenko who was supposed to be good at the time too. It turned out to be a robbery, but at the time it was only a slight head-scratcher for Habs. Why trade higgins for gomez? Both sucked. Why swap 2 good D prospects? The big thing at the time for NYR was dumping Gomez contract. I felt like NYR were gonna sign McD anyway, so from Montreal perspective, why not make a move to get SOMETHING for a guy who is gonna leave and might even stay in college for his last year? (McD did 3 years and I felt like he and Step both decided to not finish together, Step only played 2 years)

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

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@LanceBrennan @pkh33 When that happen? Show me a clip

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