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@cb1 @brian2686 at 4.5 with incentives? 4.75 or 5?
5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I have a feeling this won't work out like the Amonte trade. I don't have a huge problem with Sather playing hardball in general, I actually like it, but Zucc already took two separate 1-year deals to help the team and prove himself. Guess what? It helped the team and he's proven himself. Wouldn't you think it's time to repay that? 5.5 mil isn't nuts. Maybe make better deals with the Glass type players and overspend on the higher-end talent?
@nasoov They are even strength numbers. He isn't including the PP/SH numbers
@Say my Name I'm so proud of you. You seem happy with a positive outlook. All it took
was Nash to have a career year and the emergence of Hayes. Wait a
second, are you messing with us? This is a ruse, isn't it!? I'm on to
you dude. Almost had me, Alllllmost.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Where's Aaron Rodgers?R-E-L-A-X
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-lundqvist-out-for-at-least-a-month.html
@andrewstamant29 @brian2686 @IcyCup No, I feel you. I agree. We said it to Neill months ago and he just said "Thanks, but no thanks". I think people volunteered to write for him and he declined. He's doing us a favor just keeping the website up and consistent. So I guess I just wanted to tell you all that because we already went over it. I guess you can keep petitioning Neill but he already responded to us. But yeah, If you already watched the game then the recap is useless for you. So only come if you missed the game to get a good recap.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@4tonynoluck @Billfrom Brookhaven I still remember how mad I was that he caught a cheapshot from Brashear that ended our playoff run and then Slats went and signed him in the offseason. Talk about rough...
@andrewstamant29 @IcyCup As much as you went about it the wrong way, I agree with you. I know Neill has insight we would like to hear and I enjoyed seeing Kevin just copy paste the news and then give his opinion. No reason to re-write the news article, just link it then discuss it.You aren't the first person to tell Neill this and he has responded by saying he is going to keep doing it the way he did it above. He prefers to give a game recap with his insight mixed into it. (I'm paraphrasing) That is exactly what he does.He's not going to change it. From what I remember, he is keeping this going until the end of the season and will make a decision at that point. I think he's probably going to close it down, but that's just my guess.All that is left here is commenting and game recaps. Take it or leave it.
@dsclaw88 Think of it as two #3 lines and you'll feel better. Also, yea it's more important to have wingers on their natural side defensively. The Off-Wing is considered the shooting wing, so most coaches are fine with their top 2 being flexible but prefer the more conservative natural wings on the bottom pairs for cleaner zone exits (aka more defensive focus).
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know a lot of guys have been throwing around the idea of trading Hagelin. I get that he hasn't been the goal scorer we hoped, but do you really trade the fastest player on a team built on speed and skill?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html
@Say my Name Holy shit you just gave Nash a compliment. I'm proud of you man :)
@J_CKfor30 I disagree. Duke is a top6 talent in the NHL, at least a top9 right now. Duclair's obviously a better, more dynamic player, but you underestimate Fast. Jesper is a solid 2-way forward and will only get better on each end of the ice. His best asset is his hockey IQ. I see him make great reads and smart little plays all over the ice. He's one of those players that rarely takes a risk and always makes the safe, responsible play. As he becomes more refined in that role, he will be seriously more effective. Fast is the better option for a bottom 6 role. Now, despite all that Fast-kissing, Duclair is a better player. I have a feeling the coaching staff has taught him all they can at this point. He needs to play to implement whatever he's been taught. I think there is a ceiling for how much you can learn by just practicing. I posted this somewhere else about it being the right call to send him down to juniors:"He already drank his cup of coffee. He played his first game, scored
his first goal and experienced an NHL road-trip and a healthy scratch.
He played top-line minutes and he played 4th line minutes. He spent
about 3 months practicing with NHL Players and NHL coaches. He capped
all of that off with winning the WJC Gold, going 4-4-8 in 7 games.
Pretty fucking sweet year for him.
Now it's time to see how/if he incorporates all this new information
into his game and it doesn't happen overnight. He has an NHL skill set
and knows it. It's all between the ears now for Duke. If he can get
about 10lbs bigger and improve where the coaches asked him, he could be a
fucking beast for NHL next year.
Without a top-6/top-9(+PP) spot for him, it was ultimately a numbers game. He is a starter for buffalo or edmonton."
@fs2020 I'm with you. The early injuries forced NYR depth to step up. Now that the team is healthy, everyone has mostly maintained that elevated play. If the Rangers stay mostly healthy then should make the playoffs. After that, you're right, anything can happen. This team can make a run just like last year.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
News flash guys. Stepan is a number one center, Jesper Fast is better than you think and the NYR would be stupid to trade Zucc and not resign him. This team is awesome, please stop trying to picking it apart.
@J_CKfor30 @RangersForte It's not about just how good Hall is as a player, it's about what removing Staal does for the Rangers. No one can fill his role. McD, Girardi, Klein, Boyle, Moore, Hunwick is a good top 6, but 1 injury crushes that. If McIlrath wasn't a bust, if the Rangers had Cam Fowler, or if they had just resigned Stralman like they planned then they could easily do a deal like this a be comfortable.Also he is another LW, and the Rangers need a center. If this was for a stud center, it would more appealing
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 I just heard the rumor and it's certainly interesting, but the team feels balanced right now. If they trade Staal, who fills in on defensive depth? I know that J.Moore and Hunwick have been rotating that bottom slot, so I don't know how comfortable AV and staff is with them both being starters. Straight up Staal for Hall is a good deal, especially considering Staal needs to be resigned, but that would never happen since it essentially makes him a rental. Hall helps the Rangers for sure, but after (stupidly) letting Stralman walk, Marc Staal is that much more valuable to the Rangers.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom @IhaveawaiteratMSG I just don't like that 3rd extra point being generated. I do agree with getting 0 points for losing in OT though.My example is this: A team that loses every game in OT or shootout gets as many points as a team who goes 41-41 with every game decided in regulation time. I don't think that makes sense. They should've went to a 3 point system when they added a shootout. I actually hate the idea, it just makes more sense. 3 points for a regulation or overtime win and 2-1 for a shootout result. It rewards teams that win on the ice and still gives a consolation prize to the team that lost a silly skill competition. It also doesn't create a 3rd point from a game that is otherwise only worth 2. You should be able to add up the total team points at the end of the season and have it always be the same number. In other words, there are always the same amount of points up for grabs. Years that have more OT games have higher point totals... it's just weird.I wish they would just go back to 2 points for any win and 1 point each for a tie... Except you extend overtime and scale down the players like they recently proposed: 4v4 for 5min and 3v3 for 5min. Then it's a tie. If they are trying to avoid shootouts by manipulating ice conditions, why not just totally avoid it? Either it's for the fans and it's fun and fuck the game or do what makes sense and get rid of the shootout. Experiment failed, most the Players and GMs hate it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Anyone see the hit Kreider took? If he dishes out that hit, its a penalty... non-call for him. I don't mind which way they call the penalty, I would just prefer if it was consistent. Just a little bump at the wrong time and you eat the boards, he's been called like 3 times this year already. It's frustrating.
@Barry Beck It's hard as a player to always fight when your teammate gets wrecked. When it's a bad hit or obvious dirty play, it's so much easier. You rage immediately. But when your buddy gets blown up by a big, clean hit, you can't always respond by having a brawl. That's hockey man. If i get hit pretty hard, I usually say "oh shit, good hit" and keep it moving. I try to remember and pay him back if I can (with a clean hit). And this is just college intramural and men's league though, so it is different. That Malkin hit was clean. I hate the ugly fucker, but it was as clean as it gets. That is the type of hit you respond with ANOTHER huge hit. Fuck, maybe now you take a run at someone and take a bad penalty (not smart) but you meant for a clean hit and emotions took over.
There is just something childish to me about jumping a guy for a huge, clean hit. It's like that's the fucking point of hockey, why are you even playing if you can't hit and get hit without crying every time? Obviously there are exceptions and your point about lack of grit still stands anyway, but it's more a lack of repaying that huge hit and escalating the tone of the game than it is sucker punching a guy. I don't want the Todd Bertuzzi retaliation, I want another huge hit. That's why Glass has a spot, no other Rangers forward really does that. Not consistently at least. That's why the Rangers are holding out hopes that McIlrath becomes at least a 3rd pair NHL player. At least he can destroy some people with a clean hit.
@rangermom Wow that was not an intelligent article. What about the fact that the only reason Boyle and Stralman are there is because of the Cally-MSL trade? Cally openly coaxed those two players to the TBL after they couldn't be resigned by the Rangers. Without those 3 players, they aren't so deep. When MSL came to NYR, Boyle and Stralman were Rangers and TBL got knocked out in the first round. The only real mistake was letting Stralman go... Boyle and Cally had to go based on contract constraints. For him not to mention that at all is just lazy writing. I hope they use that click-bait.
@gravey94 Yeah man, Gordie knows that he's really only had 1 year worth of pro development (injuries) despite it being over 2 calendar years. So this is really his 2nd pro year... Gotta figure it out soon. Interesting for him to say that McIlrath wanted to develop his size naturally and not get too big from just lifting... that certainly takes longer. Plus the Langley story is cool. It's like "Hey Bro, you're a big tough stay-at-home defenseman. Get rid of the puck when you get it" love the honesty. Sucks to hear that Skjei was ready but wanted to finish school. Obviously good for him getting his eduction, but from a Rangers defensive depth perspective, Brady would've certainly helped out this year and got a TON of playing time.
@EHBIGAPPLE @ChrisB13 Don't be ridiculous. Gordie along with other player development guys in the league have always said that you can't know if a kid is truly ready until he literally plays a game in the NHL.Also, the interviewer said "Are you surprised?" and Gordie said "Yeah I guess". It's not like Gordie opened with it, the question lead him down that path. And the context of it is based on the fact Gordie wanted to see his playoff run as a final test of his readiness and he couldn't because Duke was injured.
"I can't say it's a big surprise since we did see him doing it [also at the world championships]. But yeah, surprised at the fact right now, at 19, he's with the Rangers"So Gordie wasn't surprised that he would make the NHL, just that it happened this soon. It's a good thing that he made the squad a year earlier than projected. IN GORDIE WE TRUST
@scrangersfan @johnnyb3910 @TomDundie I remember reading something at the beginning of the season that the Rangers told his JR team that he isn't returning and they didn't hold a roster spot for Duclair.He's a Ranger now and it's a good thing. Let him struggle with the Pros. Sending him back down will do nothing but allow his bad habits to continue. He'll figure it out at this level... or he'll watch from the pressbox all year. Still not a big deal for a 19 year old. I don't think getting 25 mins a night in Juniors would help him be a better Pro. Maybe AHL, but that's a moot point.
@TomDundie Where do you find a true #1 center? They are like the rarest thing in the league. You have to give up more than they are worth to get them because of how rare they are. Once teams get them, they lock them up. I understand that the Rangers need a #1 center, but you act like they aren't trying. I'd argue every team in the league is always looking for a #1 center. The Rangers try to get a top center every offseason and every trade deadline. They just can't get a deal done. The Rangers have the players they need, Brass and Step will be fine holding down the top 6 duties. They have been struggling with serious injuries all season. I don't think they have played a healthy game with their full roster yet this year. The problem is currently just depth and execution.
@EHBIGAPPLE @Gianni74 At this point I would think sending Duclair back to Juniors would not be beneficial. I doubt it HURTS his development, but he has an NHL skillset and belongs with the big club. I say let him figure it out up here and learn the right reads and good habits at an NHL pace.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
4 months, 4 weeks 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?
@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
5 months 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".
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
5 months, 3 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
@Bueller I came here to say this and you beat me to it. I'm the franchise player and we talkin bout practice
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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?
@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
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/