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@Gianni74 It's why the NHL can't generate any fans...there are few "stars" anymore that transcend sports. Now guys like Kane and Toews get paid 10 million for 70 points a season and the only time they are in the papers is one of them is beating on a cab driver for 20 cents. Sure, they have Stanley Cup rings but that was a team effort.
I guess the hard part will be tweaking but not so much as to make it into a joke, which it has come close to in the past. I think the OT shootout is a little "hokey."
17 hours, 40 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
The guy definitely earned it with his play last year. I think someone made a good point below how about if he was a free agent who scored 47 points, it would be a different story. I am hoping that this time around a guy gets amped from his deal instead of going into cruise control. All the tools are there and he has some good guys around him.
It makes me wonder though that there really seems to be a lack of hi-end talent with deals like this and with some of the defensemen, with the Rangers and around the league. The league is definitely changing...I just realized only one player had over 100 points last year. There were over 20 players with 90+ points in 1994.
21 hours, 42 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html
@Picaz77 Fair enough but still weak sauce considering your initial comment.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Picaz77 I get ripped all the time for liking a physical, tough team. I also get ripped all the time for hating Girardi and his bloated salary. My main beef is not with Staal. I respect what he has brought to this team and how he has recovered from some serious injuries. But that salary seems ridiculous, especially with the injury risk. I still haven't seen what your main issue is with my original comment, and I think that is why I replied that way. From your comments already I can tell that you can offer more than what I usually see, such as "But Staal is awesome," and I am curious to hear your side.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds I did like how you included all those "ifs" in there as that is what the case is.
@betweentheworlds Sorry man, I can't help but to think of Erik Karlsson and how he makes 6.5 million and had 74 points last year. That's only a million off from this deal and I am still without a legitmate sniper that I would rather use that money for.
@Picaz77 I can have an opinion man...that's why we have places like this to voice them...please don't throw around terms like "rational" on a message board. We are both irrational because we should have better shit to do than talk about an offseason sport at 1 in the afternoon.
@Bring back Langdon @Purinton
I do agree that Girardi's contract is what soured me to begin with? Size does not mean squat (see: Brian Boyle) and nastiness? Please, if that is nasty, than where does a Brooks Orpik rate on your scale?
I can't buy all of this hype over labeled "solid" defensemen. I see Kevin Klein and feel fine without Staal. I see a guy like Diaz and see a guy that can be groomed into a better Staal. I think his growth may have been shunted by former coaches, as what we are seeing with McDonagh, I was always hoping with Staal...that they let the reigns off and let him play. Instead, it's Jay Bouumeester syndrome - a guy with tons of offensive potential that gets turned into a serviceable, stay-at-home guy. You don't draft defensemen in the first round to stay at home...at least the other 29 teams in the league don't.
As much as I am a fan of pugilism and not a fan of using charts (whoever made that Zone Quality chart I hate you immensely), I wold have much rather used almost that same exact money to sign Brendan Morrow. You get the leadership you lose with Richards, a guy that scored 13 goals last year, and a guy that does not have a problem standing up for his teammates.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
At least what we would get from Thornton would not be a "surprise" - a big, soft game, plenty of secondary assists, and a limper playoff game. This is a guy where all that stat crap just doesn't do any justice...his numbers are good...but its not a guy that I want central on my team. Let's wait a couple of years and get Backes on the cheap.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html
Puck luck? In reference to Rick Nash, I'd turn that "p" to an "f." He is so bad, that I don't even bother noticing it or complaining about it. As much as you want to talk about defensive plays, working hard, and the likes, the guy gets paid to score. And he does not do that nor does he really help any one else do that. And is there a separate definition of effort that applies to Rick Nash, as mentioned by his teammates? When I think of effort, I think of Matty Z's, Dom Moore, Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson...has he reached that level of effort? I really think that the last concussion ruined his career and what we are witnessing is the shell of a player, a player that's afraid to play his game because of the fear of further damage. He is trying to be something he is not, a perimeter player, and it is failing miserably.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
To quote the old Newport cig ads... "Alive with Pleasure!"
I am glad that we are back in that "sweet spot" down 3-1, where somehow the team down has all the momentum and I am loving it! Happy to see the Rangers play another game!
I agree with the comments about Lundqvist probably being a nasty SOB in the locker-room. We've all seen those beady eyes through the mask eyeballing a Rangers defenseman after an accidental deflection for a goal. I bet he even said, "Thanks, bro!" to Girardi after the Brown goal.
It sucks that the new, casual fans that both teams pick up through the playoffs can look at the series through Twitter feeds and morning news coverage and talk about how all of the critics were right...that the west would destroy the east. Rangers have been competitive but less so in Game 3.
I'm usually negative all the time but I had this odd feeling of peace when the Rangers beat the Canadiens. The team had far exceeded my expectations and had proven that they were the best team in the Eastern Conference. I hoped for the best since Game 1 and now I hope to see one Stanley Cup final win. I think the most difficult thing, as a fan, is thinking about doing this all again. I think of all the crap that happened in my life over these three months and its odd to think how long it has been. Does anyone even remember the Flyer series? But, ah, screw that...we'd all do it again! And another cool thought (obviously made better by a Rangers Cup victory) is that the 2014-2015 season isn't all that far away!
No Bickel?!? Wack!
My biggest issue with Prust as a Ranger is that he never knew how to initiate the rough stuff. And he kind of proved it again by getting suspended in an attempt to get stuff going. I guess some may say he did indeed do that but it was an asinine way of going about it. Just leave him alone.
If I was AV, I would have the whole team wear turtlenecks, win the game, and then give them all to Plekanec and Bourque, in a kind of a "Jerseys Off Our Backs" ceremony.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I am tired about reading how the team up
3-1 is never in control and I have even read tons of articles where somehow,
people think the team down is in the “driver’s seat.” I am including the
Pittsburgh series, as even though the writing was in the Rangers’ favor, it
made no sense. Lundqvist did not have a good game and it happens. It’s a weird
feeling clenching up every time the other team goes past the blueline. I want
to be negative like I have been all my life with the Rangers but f-that, f-this
Habs team, f- Plekanac and his turtleneck, and f-those dirty, whiny, crepe-eating
frogs for being the most vile of fans.
"For reasons unknown, the linesman decided to initiate contact with a fired up Carcillo..."
I hope the league looks at it from that perspective as well. Although I can never condone any contact with an official, it was odd to me that the linesman was so physical with a player that was not part of any altercation. In essence, he is bumping and shoving a fired-up, angry player who is doing his best to control himself. Its like those shows when they leave the keys in the car and the door open and arrest someone for stealing it. Sure, its stealing but you sure led the guy down that path. Its jsut a shame when these guys can't shake the labels that have been given to them. Carcillo has had a good run here.
As for the game, the Frogs got all the bounces they were whining about and I thought the Rangers played a solid game, just a notch or two down from the previous two. If Stepan hits like that all year, I will become his biggest fan!
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
That's the stuff and that's the team we know. Man, I know there are a lot of things that went into that win but I am going to go out on a limb and say check finishing was a huge factor. I even watched Stepan bang the crap out of people. Kudos to Crosby - that is the definition of knowing that this is just a game. And, on a more trivial level, kudos to the refs for calling Malkin on that late poke - if you are going to keep calling the response, you have to call the the antecedent. And kudos to Moore, for the left hook of the year!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I am hoping its a big Ranger conspiracy...instill false confidence in the Pens by tanking three games and gain fresh legs in the process, as there has been mostly gliding for the past week. Then the Rangers come out blazing, taking three in a row, faster than Brad Richards can say, "Hey, at least it's not 15th place!"
its funny that after the game Richards gets all uppity about the booing
of Nash but there was not even a second of that game where Richards
took over the game in anger or frustration over it. That's even after
getting blasted by Orpik and looking like a pee-wee fool admiring his
@JoeNYR I think people are miffed that he was singled out when a myriad of players could have been booed. Hell, I've been booing Stepan and Girardi since we signed them!
"We’re not 15th in the league, we’re in the second round of the playoffs."
Richards should have that put on his tombstone. Nothing but wallowing in mediocrity.
My favorite two plays of the game: 1) Carcillo's giant check with a few minutes left in the first that set off a chain of massive hits and 2) Kreider's face-rake of Crosby. I know these guys are limited but show me that you still care. I wish the playoffs were the gauge of a player's worth as Stepan, Nash, Girardi, and others have shown they are average regular season players who can't turn it up in the playoffs. The Rangers' "bore you to death - take a beating and don't respond" ethic has backfired as other teams are just too amped by the playoffs to be smothered. I am just tired of being here, right now, typing another bitter end of the season rant. I had an awesome, gritty team in 2012 and it was mysteriously disbanded, because they flirted with greatness when no one expected them too. No building for us...just keep us as just good enough to lose. Do players get paid in the playoffs? It doesn't seem like it.
That's awesome! The nickname "Villain" for Staal is sticking for me!
@Say my Name Always a joy to read your posts. The Ranger brainwash runs deep and so many players are overhyped, its hard to get mad now when they play like they are supposed to. The brainwash also can be seen on comments on fatigue ("Damn NBC" "most playoffs games played in 11 nights, boo hoo!"), injuries ("McDonagh has to be hurt," "Stepan is injured...that's why he is so slow"), and work ethic ("I really liked Nash's game...he took a lot of shots).
That looked like a game in early January rather than a playoff game. It is still hard to believe that these guys don't realize they need to play at 125% to be effective. If they don't, they are the shitty players other teams threw away. I think the team needs a real captain to take charge. That game last night was so puzzling; none of the shots they got off were of any quality and there was little effort. This is a bizarre theory but it popped into my mind...what if the team was a bit miffed by the lineup changes? Benching, and therefore, blaming Carcillo, Dorsett, and Moore for Sunday's loss was the message that was sent. I might have made headlines and sat Nash and threw the towel in for game 3...hoping for a radical change for the rest of the series.
I am glad Kreider is able to handle his stick again and do some soft shooting. At least we know everything is still in working order.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nash needs to do what Simmonds did...quiet all the critics by taking over a game. If he does nothing tonight, I know now for sure this guy is all about picking up a check. I will never buy into a team with a soft game but I admire their efforts all year; most of these guys played way above their levels. I think the scary thing for all of us is when we ask, "What if Pouliot plays like the real Pouliot?" and the same question for other guys like Brassard, Richards and the likes. What if they play like the players we've hated at various points?
Now, I'm at a flaccid "Let's Go Rangers...I guess" point. This team wears you down.
In light of the "Wakey Wakey" incident between Keith and Backes, I knew there had to be a microphone down there. I may be wrong but I could swear that on the MSG feed you can hear Carcillo say, "Yeah, f-you buddy" to the guy with the double birds. Let me know if anyone else agrees.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/the-faces-of-carcillos-devastation.html
I think its always left out that Carcillo has some offensive skill and what we've seen so far from Fast and Miller is plenty of that good ol' Ranger potential but nothing on the score sheet. At least Carcillo provides some energy when he is not scoring and can negate Flyer dicks. Imagine if for a whole game Carcillo keeps getting sent off the ice with Hartnell and Simmonds. Those are great trade-offs. Then let your top guys worry about the scoring.
I think AV's criticisms for Miller are a bit harsh but the potential really is there. But there is no drive. I almost envision him as having the potential to become Gallagher on the Canadiens. Man, that kid is fun to watch...he hits, is always making a beeline to the net, and never lets his size make a difference.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It's hard watching the NHL playoffs, when everyone becomes a tough guy but no one wants to drop the gloves. At certain points, I felt the refs just felt that they could not make any more calls against the Flyers with the fear of the power plays becoming much more lopsided, thus your 4 on 4s and embellishment penalties. The key to this series will be the powerplay and how the Rangers can get calls by ruffling the feathers of these clowns with clean hits, trash talk, and well placed cross checks. The Flyers can't help themselves with that after-the-whistle stuff. This is why I think that Carcillo should be playing, just for the agitation factor, as he has proved, along with Dorsett, that they know how to walk that line. No offense to Fast, who has been in the trenches and proved he can be in the mix.
You know what I would like to change? The times and stations of the broadcast. 12 pm on a Sunday for playoff hockey? I wish the NHL and NBC would just give up...everyone who likes hockey is watching it already. Give me a Saturday night playoff game, please, with Sam and Joe.
"... the Rangers will counter, not with fists, but by establishing their speed game as well as puck possession." I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth when I read this. But, such is life, and the Rangers have made a living out of doing that this year. That being said, I don't agree with Fast being inserted over Carcillo. The last game against Montreal was a good indicator of what the playoffs are like. I think Fast has a time and a place, just like Miller, but that time is not in the playoffs. I think Carcillo has just as much of a hcance of scoring as Fast plus I would rather have him on the bench.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@gravey94 "But like James said, you had Girardi, out there with St. Louis and Zucc." - that is what the problem was. There is no reason to have them out there just like Nash and Stepan should not have been out there at the end of the Philly game. Its ignorant and idiotic. We are talking about a potential Norris candidate not Mike Sauer (and even they didn't stick up for him - is that guy in witness protection now?) on the ice at the end of an out of reach game against a team hurtling out of the playoffs with an angry coach...you don't have to be Emil Francis to see the potential for danger in that situation.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
"Do you really want the other defensive anchor of the first pairing out for a game because of an instigator penalty?" - I would, especially at the point in the game. This is the motto that Girardi lives by, now that the Rangers have inflated him to a point where he believes he needs to be on the ice all the time. I would have liked for him to not have been on the ice last night after that soft clearing attempt (ironic right? He can't even clear the puck with any gusto).
"It came within a split second, late in a game they were already winning." True, in a game that was out of reach...so why have McDonagh out there when Torts had a few dicks on the ice that had been running us all game. Why is Marty St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello out there at that point of the game? Why not Boyle and Dorsett? That's bad coaching...that's not evaluating and predicting what may happen. You saw this against Philadelphia. AV could not predict that Simmonds and Hartnell were going to be bitter at the end of the game? Its just plain dumb.
Burrows and Kesler needed to be dealt with much earlier in
the game. They both ran freely over Lundquist and most of our star players.
What you witnessed was a preview of the playoffs…sure the Rangers can shake off
getting blasted one game at a time by different teams but what happens when
this is day in and day out, done by a hungrier, bigger, and rougher team? I don’t know man…
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hartnell and Simmonds are notorious sore losers and do this often at the ends of games when the game is out of reach, like two kids that keep losing at Candy Land. If you think Simmonds didn't know his glove was off, you don't know what a notorious cheap ass the guy is. Why were Nash and Stepan on the ice at that time? Wouldn't Dorsett and Boyle be a better play, especially since the pulled goalie made it similar to a power-play situation? Ah...AV...you are so damn soft!
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/simmonds-slash-on-mcdonagh.html
completely agree about the need to shake up some of the lines and put some
pressure on the regulars by bringing up some AHL guys. Pouliot freaked when
they dumped Pyatt and now that he feels secure again, he’s been his regular old
self (he may have been milked enough). He benefited from that “scare” and most
of these guys need that. Its way too damn comfortable.
the only one who thinks that most Rangers’ games are boring, even when
win? They have a very "mechanical" way of playing games (but they have
had some success so maybe that is what works). I am a big fan of
toughness and I have had to look elsewhere. As you stated, these games were begging for a fight or some rough stuff
the game around. Carcillo could have had a chance against Brodziak. Its looks like AV has mellowed both Carcillo and Dorsett. And now that they are mellow, they are fairly useless.
Man, I love watching Calgary…Westgarth and McGrattan on the
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Wild 2, Rangers 1
A huge fan of this guy. The true power forward is a dying breed and while everyone suckles on Lucic's teat, I don't think Stewart is that far behind. These types of guys are a diamond in the rough but so is Callahan. A tough call on who to move for him...
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Gathering Intel on Stewart
I know that I am well into the minority with this...but these contracts are absurd. "Core player?" "Shutdown defenseman?" I just don't see it. I see him as another guy that the Rangers over-hyped and will move. If the rationale that a defenseman who logs 30+ minutes is worth 5.5 million a year, than maybe the NHL needs to think about dropping some teams from the league. Christ, for another million, now your at Ottawa's Karlsson's salary. Klein will be fine. Move Girardi and get another power-play guy.
6 months ago on Rangers Make Two Offers to Girardi; Interested in McGinn
I never really saw the big deal about Girardi but 95% of Rangers fans I speak to believe that he is a Godsend. I think Klein replaces him easily and I think there are many others that can do the same job for less than he is going to ask. Don't be surprised if he wears his All-Star jersey to all contract negotiations, just so that no one forgets.
6 months ago on Rangers Still Not Making Girardi Available
I just never mentioned anything about
"sucking." My point is that he is not the type of guy you build a team around.
6 months, 1 week ago on Callahan & Girardi Not Made Available...Yet; Rangers Scout Maple Leafs/Sabres
New core including Stepan...gross. I would rather have Bobby Ryan or Kyle Okposo...oh wait, that's the Olympics...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Callahan & Girardi Not Made Available...Yet; Rangers Scout Maple Leafs/Sabres
Night before an Islander game send down McIlrath and Asham? Good call! Hope the Islanders pound the shit out of us physically but its all about the win right?!? And what happens when we lose and get roughed up?
7 months, 1 week ago on Possible Roster Moves Coming; AV Talks Kristo
@mando24179 Nice to see other people notice this. Take Girardi down from his pedestal. The guy blows in a system where D is not the priority, where he can be exposed for the undrafted player he is. Why he was laying down on that goal is beyond my comprehension...
7 months, 1 week ago on Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
Nothing could be more confusing than getting the Broadway hat and then being shown a seat next game. Although I do like Falk's game, I think both of them should be playing. Hopefully, we will see McIlrath on Friday...after another late game debacle, the Islanders look like a powder keg ready to explode and playing the Rangers may give them the spark they need.
Happy holidays Pyatt! AV had to be the only guy rooting for him, since he had him for three years in Vancouver. Now that he seems disgruntled, I think its safe to say he is done.
7 months, 1 week ago on McIlrath Out; Asham In; Pyatt on the Block?
My other beef is that no one is doing what they should...I was mildly excited to see Asham back in the lineup, mostly because I would like to see someone win a fight this year. However, that fourth line (albeit short lived) should have been engaging Hendricks, Clune, and Gaustad all night and had them focused on going after each other. It could have been because of line matching by AV but I cant really say for sure.
The day when Dorsett doesn't even want to bother fighting for this team will be the day when it is officially over. It just annoys me that no one ever "loses it" ...ya know what I mean? Take 27 minutes in penalties in the third when the game is lost just because you are so damn pissed about how shitty your team is playing. A few weeks ago I watched David Backes attack the Sedin twins and Ryan Kessler after Vancouver scored on a PP after a questionable call in overtime. Emotion, friends. Its not here. Everyone still gets a check. I say bring in a merit pay system. Most of these guys would have earned about $5,400 by now.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on AV Already Trying to Save Face
Watching games like the past two makes me want to believe those conspiracy theory people who believe that the upper-upper management is fine with having an 8th place team that struggles every year to get into the playoffs. The fanbase will always be loyal - the money will still be good. Why set the bar too high? I just had a first place team two years ago and it was mysteriously gutted. Now we are left with these losers and watching Hagelin speed around the net, spin around, and throw another blind pass in front.
It could be we have crap guys and all those optimists will finally see the light. By the way, Stepan blows and always will. His floating wrist shot and unwillingness to get involved during physical games make him a waste of time. It sickens me to have to root for a team that thinks this guy is actually going to pan out into something. His is the essence with all that is wrong with this team.
Really well written piece man. This year's Ranger team has forced me to buy the tv hockey package so I don't forget what real hockey is like. Most Ranger games are so damn boring, even when they win. I am not sure who to question anymore but I really hope there are some changes made. How the hell can a line of Pyatt-Boyle-Pouliot be rationalized? Until that shit goal last night, Cam Janssen had as many goals as that line combined. How long do we need to say that grit and toughness is the answer? Clean out the roster fillers and get some guys that play with a purpose. Let's see if a change in role players has an effect before more is added for offense.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting
I was actually worried for Falk's health. Peluso is an underrated fighter. He has not fought all that much in the NHL but had dominated Barch and Volpatti, two guys who are pretty decent when it comes to fighting. I give Falk credit for dropping the gloves...he was better off going with Thorburn when he had the chance.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2