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@DP_Snotty @KevinMccarthy @brian2686 My point was I expected him to start with Hartford and he was convinced he was a lock for the team. I said he could still be a healthy scratch, we never got into more detail than that. IR isn't active roster but he isn't with the AHL. Still Hyped he made the squad.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I bet someone that Hayes wouldn't make the opening day roster. Does the IR count as the roster? Do I still lose the bet?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog Is Lindberg out? FREE LINDBERG!Seriously, for the bottom 6 slot, he seemed more competent defensively than Hayes or Mueller...I think he outplayed both those guys
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/projecting-the-rangers-opening-night-roster-final-attempt.html
@Josh-CK Is this official? I commented on a post of yours up top and didn't think Hayes made it. I saw Duclair has "been told" he made the team, I didn't hear about Hayes. I'd be (pleasantly) surprised if he makes it though.
@Josh-CK No way Nash is bottom 6. Not to start the year, at least. I get that you are putting him there because of his Duclair chemistry and I agree Duclair probably shouldn't be in the top 6, but I think Nasher gets to start top 6 before the shake up.Also you really think Hayes makes it over Lindberg? He is certainly the better fit later on, with the big body and soft hands, but he just didn't quite have it yet in my opinion. Plus his shoulder is tweaked.I probably put Moore down on the 4th with Lindberg as 3rd. You also don't think Fast earned his spot? Stemp didn't do anything special in my eyes.
I agree with Malone to AHL. Use the flexibility of that two-way deal and keep the roster spot open for a kid. You know what you have with Malone to a degree and they can always call him back up.Haggerty and Hayes both to the AHL. Duclair on a 9 game cup-of-coffee until back to Juniors to get stronger. Now he doesn't have to "prove himself" he can focus on getting ready for next year now that he knows what it takes. If he lights it up for 9 games, Keep him and make a move to fit the contract.Stemp makes team, Lombardi injury is the last question. I think AV keeps 8 D-men, especially with the wide open competition. Hunwick and McIlrath are 7,8.Hayes and Haggerty are not ready defensively and Lindberg and Fast are. When Step comes back, Lindberg gets dropped to AHL and Duclair goes home to Juniors. That's my best "what is AV thinking".
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/projecting-the-rangers-opening-night-roster-attempt-two.html
@TomDundie Good points. I would argue that Fast is ready and should be on the team. He added some offense to his already solid D game. I'd rather Fast over Stemp or Lombardi. The rest probably wont make it, even with a hurt Step.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@EugenePlaksienko I think Hayes is sent to AHL. He is just a step behind out there, he looks a little reluctant. He has the size and tools though. I bet 40 games in the AHL and he will be a different player. I say Linberg as 4th center and Fast on 4th line with Glass and D. Moore. Can Haggerty play 3rd line wing? I say yes. He is the extra man until Step is healthy.
@JoeyKocur His first step and posture, same breed as Pavel. If he has half the finish of Bure then we are in for a fucking treat. Duclair was exciting as fuck to watch.
Fuck yeah! Went to the game last night and it was pretty fun. The 200's were fucking packed.- Duclair looks way faster in person. His first step is a monster, he's at full speed after 2 steps like Kreider. - Tanner Glass made a case for himself on the 4th line, tons of energy. Crowd was pumped after his fight.- Boyle had a quiet game, in a good way- Haggerty's goals were both so casual, he has sneaky speed. One quick fake to the middle and he's outside already. He's not as flat out fast as Duclair but he doesn't lose a step with the puck on his stick.- Flyers team was pretty awful- McIlrath was real strong on the boards last night. In previous games I saw, he was getting spun around on the cycle real easily. Once the cycle was established, he was essentially lost. Swimming for position. Last night he was putting contact to anyone near him. He wasn't crushing them, just a little contact - a shove here, a bump there, quick stick check - but he wasn't out of place at all. He made some smart passes too. He might actually turn out to be a late bloomer.- Dancing Larry STILL has the same lame ass moves. Maybe next year...
@SmellyKisio I dunno man, I feel like one of the main reasons for the deep run was a fresh Hank. Talbot can provide that. He seems fine with another couple years under Hank to prove he's not a fluke before he has to take on starter minutes. I would wait until they know how Skapski and the other guys turn out before moving Talbot.
@scrangersfan @BroadwayBlueZ He needs skating work, where is Barbara Underhill? He seemed fine when they got the play out quickly, once the cycle was on, he was so exposed. He's strong on his skates when he keeps up with the play, the problem is he was chasing the play most the game.If I remember right, he was being rotated with a different partner all night. I don't know if the AHL can help him, he needs to learn to match the speed of the NHL game. I hope they keep him as a 7 or 8th d-man to practice with the Pros. Gordie Clark still likes him though... and he's the expert.Plus he's still only 22. He has time to improve his skating. 6'5 220lb according to Wiki, that's worth waiting a few more years.
@Say my Name @brian2686 haha that timeout. The OC should've discount doublechecked the rulebook.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @brian2686 I just googled the copy+pasted Lombardi quotes because you said you were old school about leadership. He's as old school as sports leaders go in my mind. The captain was so obviously gonna be McD, he's the best dman and was a beast last playoff run. They actually just named him Captain. Now you said you don't care? Now I'm confused.Maybe I just misunderstood you, but it seems like you actually give a shit about all this. In my opinion, you are the one hand-wringing and over speculating. You literally said McD failed at something over a benign media quote. Now you said it's just bullshit? If you're just trolling, you got me, so congrats. At least we can agree that hockey needs to start tomorrow. I need hockey to fill the void that football can't seem to fill.
@Say my Name @brian2686 “A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group,
even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the
group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails,
production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can
demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the community.”
“Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many
qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed
talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to
make him a leader.”
“No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.”
@Say my Name You might just be the biggest hater on the planet. McD is gonna be the captain as he should be. Sorry if that bothers you.
low risk move. Malone gets his contract and rangers get a solid forward. Maybe he spends all year in Hartford as a stop gap for a rookie who makes the squad. Maybe he plays great and beats out lombardi or stemp. Maybe he's a call up mid season or a big body for playoff depth.
Rangers fans always calling for big body forwards. Sure he's 34 and got popped for coke, but you'd be surprised how many pros party hard during the summer but clean up and play hard during the season.
This is a good move from every angle. If a young 20 can't out play Malone, then they aren't ready for the show yet.
Hey, does anyone here hate Nash? It's hard to tell sometimes, just wanted to check in
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Bueller I came here to say this and you beat me to it. I'm the franchise player and we talkin bout practice
I literally played this challenge for the entire last season and post season. I bet you can look at my post history and see this. A guy with a picture of heisenberg almost always replied and disagreed with anything positive about Nash.What do I win? Season tickets? A free lifetime subscription to the NYRBlog?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@genetics73 Who are these two guys?
Picture 17/30 - Dark Blue Helmet?
Picture 29/30 - Helmet with a cage? Only guy not wearing Rangers practice gear...http://blueshirtsunited.com/photos/6535/photos-from-the-rangers-informal-skate#.U_9q42ORi_h
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
You the the white on the insides of the pad are there intentionally? Like a trick to blend in with the ice to make shooters think there is an opening? Similar to this: http://www.goalieflage.com/#!about/ccjb
@Willc22 @Herman_NYRBlog I don't understand how an article about a bubble prospect who has an expiring contract reflects poorly upon Rangers fans.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/danny-kristos-future-with-the-rangers-is-in-doubt.html
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
"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
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@_Jack @johnAMIRANTESrug dying art. Gonna miss those Swede checks...
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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 badI 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
@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 GirardiMy heart is pretty dumb though...
@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 readyLove 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.
@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...
@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
@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...
@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.
@Wallace1 Yeah, same. I understand Boyle and Dorse, but Moore should be staying. I'm excited for the young guys tho
@IhateGaborik @readjunk Did they draft Mike Milbury?
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/nhl-draft-open-thread.html
@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
@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.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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...
@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?
@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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html
@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
@ObviouslyPlayingInTheStanleyCupFinalsIsGreat @iSeeAcup See: Paul Kariya gets knocked out and comes back into the game to score a goal.Awesome story
@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.
@allagash @KevinTheNYRBlog Sorry Kevin, gotta agree with Allagash here.
@rangermom @iSeeAcup Logic and Rationale.... Ahhhhh
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.
@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.
@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