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I hope Staal excels in his new found money role, much in the same way Brassard has this year after his nice contract. I've read a lot of good arguments and comments below so nothing to add...although I do disagree with references to Staal as an "impact" player. He is good at being a defensemen and that's about it. Dustin Byfuglien makes around the same amount as Staal now, and that is an impact player. It odd...when you look at the contract "internally," (i.e. The Ranger World), it makes sense. But when you start to make comparisons to the contracts of other defensemen in the NHL, it does not make much sense.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Doubling this year's stats...that's about $430,000 per point...a steal! I know, I know...it's all the little things..."Solid D 4 Life!"
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
Hey..I've thrown in the towel and realized the NHL will be the equivalent of the Swedish Elite League in another year or two. So, it is head-scratching to me that AV wouldn't just dress a fully-flaccid lineup. So, yes I am agreeing with those who get a bulge in their sweats from hearing things like, "puck possession" and "defensive-minded." There is no reason though to spend multiple paragraphs bashing the guy. I am all for a tough 4th line, not two bums and a middle-weight. As much as we focus on others being lost on a 4th line, imagine being the only guy on your team with a set. I have found a way for me to deal with the soft but semi-successful Rangers....RADIO!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@supermaz I am pretty sure I know how good Staal is. If the Rangers had any sort of development of younger players, I may not have disagreed. I think Staal was mishandled and should have been groomed to be an offensive defensemen, producing 30 to 40 points a year.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I don't think the Rangers need another softee in Taylor Hall. I think we are good in that department. And I could not care less for which defensemen would get traded for him...one of the main issues has been that we have never replaced Brian Leetch. I'm not saying that is easy but an offensive dynamo on the blueline has been sorely missed for years. Giordano, Brodie, and Wideman have 80 points combined for the Flames and although they have leveled out a bit, its a testament to the importance of defensemen who get points and the difference that it can make for a team.
@Skate31 Ya know what I miss man? Rivalry-type games...all checks being finished, scrums at every whistle, big checks, goalie-crashing, trash-talking, jamming-away at the goalie-type goals, fights, nasty post-game interviews...Now, its no different that watching some Division III college game. But maybe things come full circle...we all sat through the Nedved-Hlavac-Mike York years and that team stunk too...the Rangers are winning, no doubt, but I am referring more to the entertainment value. And again, I know that for many, 2 on 1 goals, great passes, and awesome shots are entertaining...its just not my thing. I think "Winning" is everybody's "thing" but how it gets done is a different story.
@J_CKfor30 @Purinton I'm not denying that at all and my comparison was not direct with the trap Devils teams...there is just not an intensity, that "thing" that makes hockey different from other sports. But I may have to learn that in this new NHL, AV has a good recipe. However, I enjoy more watching the Blues, Jets, and other West teams. Its all personal preference.
I moved and have not been able to see the games for the past week. I am happy to "read" about wins but it doesn't look like I have missed much in terms of hockey. This is probably how the Devils' fans of the mid to late -90s felt and I can only hope a Cup comes along with this. This Ranger-AV style combined with the overall sterilization of the league makes these games tough to watch. There have got to be some people out there that agree that this hockey is boring as all hell and its draining my overall love for the game.
@Say my Name @PacNYR44 @stevmore It is true...Kreider really needs to be "coached..." he does not seem bright enough to be the type of player that you can say, "Just go out there and play." I have said I think he needs a mentor. He has all the tools to be a power forward but there is no one around that can help him here. One might say Nash, but his offense will never get there and will have to rely on more physical, nasty play to be more effective.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1211-is-jt-miller-being-showcased.html
Another Ranger snooze-fest. I think Miller should be the first star for his hit. You have to admit, most of the time this team is hard to watch. Too much of the same player cruising around. If we are going to have a fourth line like that, then I need to see some points. If not, go see if Zenon Konopka is available so he can win facelifts, kill penalties, and get some energy going.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Did I just read Al Martinez, Cup hero, got $4 million a year? I like that quite a bit...More than Girardi and Staal...
I was hoping for some momentum from those Flyers games but then I realized the Flyers are awful and won't make the playoffs. I think we have too many players taking off for too long and there never seems to be a time when most of the team is firing on all cylinders. It would be nice to somehow get Kreider a role model, as he needs to be physical in order to be effective and he just doesn't know how...and he looks to his teammates and realizes he plays on the Fannypack Guild and no one plays a physical game.He seems similar to Okposo...when they are big and nasty, their offense picks up. I can guarantee if Kreider is on the Blues, Jets, Kings, or Ducks, he is the player we all want him to be.
Don't forget another clip for Staal's 6 million dollar contract highlight reel...what was he taking a knee in a huddle on that one?
Lucia getting popped with that stupid mustache makes it that much sweeter
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'd like to have Chris Stewart, as I had read Buffalo was shopping him. But then I saw his contract...
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@RangersForte @J_CKfor30 I think a loss to Buffalo is exactly what this team needs. It would be the equivalent of losing to an outdoor dek hockey team.
I'd apply that Pedro quote to the whole team. Maloney kept making reference to "filing this game away" as one to forget but that's what you do when you completely shit the bed. Last night's game was just a thorough beatdown by a much more skilled team. I wouldn't be so quick to file it away. Its going to take a lot of good coaching to figure out how to beat that team, as they may be the team to beat in the East.
Another perfect game for a fight to swing momentum. But alas, the Rangers had their Mister Softee third jerseys on and went out like lambs. "We'll get 'em next time!?!"
Any game with a fight is a win for me!
@fs2020 @Purinton He does finish checks...I have noticed that. If he can get his nose into more places, he can be a valuable guy. I am hoping that he is more than one dimensional.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Talk about being "taken down a notch." Glad we were the team to knock these guys from their dirty perch with a thorough beatdown. 1/4 of this effort would have beaten the Oilers.
Fast will be Jan Erixon at best and I am glad not to read comments about he is the jumpstart the team needed for the win. Can anyone chime in on why that Kristo kid never is in the conversation? (No sarcasm here - I am really looking for an answer). He also seems the most impressive in the preseason of all the guys but is never discussed when personnel is needed.
@McPhee37 Does that Tom guy really know what he is saying?
No fighting...fine, I get it.
But throw a check, please. This Rangers team is guilty of more "turnaways" than the Asian Buffet during $1.99 King Crab Leg night. Hit someone, please.
And for the Hayes/Duclair being slowed down by Glass, maybe there should be some thought on moving those two up and playing for some of our players that have been cruising this weekend. And I still believe if Glass does not fight, he is useless. If we are going to be all soft, then let's go all in!
Does anyone have the .gif of Pouliot faking Staal out of jock on that goal? That's another clip for the $6 million meeting.
Man, that officiating was rough...the Hagelin non-call on the high stick seems like a joke and letting the Franzen head-shot/hit from behind go because the officials felt they "owed" them one is bush league stuff. Welcome to the new NHL, friends...Swede on Swede violence!
A good game to watch and feel bad for their goalie Gusto...that's the old pulled-pork groin....
I read about Babcock spouting off in the news...funny how a team that has pillaged the league for years on the PP now has the tables titled a bit and it's cause for an uproar.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@johnAMIRANTESrug Maybe they'll give him a block of cheddar to grind on in his between-the-benches nest to keep his mind off it...
I don't think it should be overlooked that Lee Stempniak is doing his normal routine...playing hard enough to earn a spot, leeching on to a team for a year, and then getting dropped. I think his play has steadily declined and it does not help that he wears nut-snug Lee jeans under his equipment.
@IhateGaborik @J_CKfor30 Some people like to see the goods before they purchase.
@IhateGaborik @johnAMIRANTESrug Its amazing St. Louis got Schwartz and Tarasenko in this round...two guys that might end up with monster points this year. I'd like to have Tinordi, especially if he plays like his father.
@Say my Name @NYRblogneill If Glass is not going to be a physical presence, he is a waste. I would have rather spent the money on Brendan Morrow - there you have a pest, a good locker room guy, penalty killer, etc.
@Craptin McDonqvist Michael Nylander?
Thanks man for a great blog that garnered a non-elitist, knowledgeable group of commenters. I started posting at another site but I by the time I had unzipped my pants, I was always shooed out of the circle jerk. If you didn't have witty sayings underneath each post and "saluted" the regulars, you never could get a conversation going. Not here...just a bunch of intelligent people with varying views but willing to at least hear your side. And the conversations always began with a well-written article. Best of luck with future endeavors!
I used to write reviews for a much-hated, semi-famous in the scene, defunct death metal website so I would be willing to chip in the future to help out. It may an article on why Dale Purinton's number should be retired or why mandatory Jofa helmets would eliminate concussions, but it would be good filler during the summer.
@MikeBlue Rangers are always a trend behind...Remember the Lindros/Holik years...right when Detroit and Colorado are skating circles around everyone.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/jets-1-rangers-0-shootout.html
I am so disappointed by these Saturday night snooze-fests so far. Kane's hit was clean and punishing and as I would have loved a beat down, the Rangers should be taking notes. There is no reason why these guys should not be finishing every damn check every shift. I know this team will not fight and prefers to turn the other cheek. Then that's fine...just finish all your checks and win the game. If you are going to turn the other cheek, make sure people aren't jamming things in between them.
@J_CKfor30 @Purinton He is pretty scrotal when you think about it...
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Purinton And forget about my Corsi Behind...
@AnnoyingJoe It's "snarktastic!"
Who is Hagelin supposed to be? Captain Stabbin'? (And if you get that reference, you are probably browsing in "Private Mode.")
I wanted to be a Corsi for Halloween but was unable to find a giant scrotum costume.
I thought Kostka would be a defenseman for Halloween.
Geez, everything John Moore does is just dumb. I can't think of any more ways a guy can scream, "I don't want this job anymore." No reason not to nail the guy clean on the shoulder. Maybe Christian Backman (my all-time favorite Ranger defensemen) can be pried away from Fromunda. Dylan McIlrath.needs a shot here...
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gianni74 @Purinton I also think Stepan is a problem and that most consider him a #1 center. He is soft, avoids traffic areas, and is always going to be a 50 point guy. Some people have said that I need to adjust to the lower standards of the new NHL, but my #1 center scoring 17 goals is just no good. Brassard does look good compared to him and in the whole Rangers scheme. Just not compared to the rest of the NHL. I should mentioned that I hope Brassard proves me wrong...Christ, I hope he becomes better than Stepan...
@Gianni74 @Purinton Its not about being pissed at anyone, its just about being "pissed." If Brassard's 3 40-point performances in 6 years warrants that much, I can give a little more love to Zucc. This guy plays the game like no one else...I can find a Brassard in any NHL wastebin.
I know if I was Zucc, I'd still be pissed about Brassard getting a long term deal at $5 million per when the guy has never eclipsed the 50 point mark. First-round, soft underachieving centers are a dime a dozen (are Pierre Marc Bouchard and Patrik Stefan still available?) but a guy like Zucc is a keeper.
They should save this tape for Staal's contract negotiations..."There's a six million dollar play...and another...and another...hahahaha!"
Those Ranger defensemen were hitting those guys in front of the net pretty hard with their fannypacks. I am so surprised no one got knocked down!
AV's methods can be seen as selective by some, as I think there were times that many players could have used a seat or a poke but his dealing with Nash made me think that he knows more than us and what is appropriate. When Nash came out and said he was playing perimeter hockey because of his soft cap, it makes AV's handling of it all that much better. If Rick Nash wore a Jofa helmet, we might be defending Cup champions this year. Suck it, Petr Klima...
I went to read the Post article to see what all this Olivia Munn chatter is about and ended up reading, "Ex-Gym Teacher Busted for Student Sex Romps"...damn Post and their greasy titles....Interestingly, its not what you think (fat, sweaty 55 year old male with super-tight elastic sweatpants) but an attractive, 24 year old female. I was going to come up with something witty like "jock on the other crotch" instead of "shoe on the other foot" but could not bring it home.
On a Ranger note, finally got to see some of the Rangers-Devils game and it was good to see some energy. There is something about that goalie Schneider that is just as smug as Brodeur. Too bad for him it was close but no Zdeno Ciger.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @KevinMccarthy How was this missed before draft day?
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It's the "Feel Good Story of the Year..." - the blossoming of Mike Kostka through the gentle nurturing of Alain and his staff...
I am glad his Corsi numbers are good though. I know if I was on the ice with him, I'd be like, "I'm going to keep shooting on net from anywhere just to keep it away from that asshat."
@Gianni74 @Say my Name @MikeBlue
Not me, man! I like to stuff Corsi stats in a sack and then
punch the crap out of it! Toughness Advocate Minority for life!
Joy! A fight...I will have to learn to treasure them like Christmas dinners or back in the day when the Spice Channel would unscramble for ten seconds...
I really figured Hayes as a replacement for Boyle but there has been nothing but increasingly better play from the kid each game. With Kreider - Hayes - Nash, we finally have that big line and we are finally doing our homework from our "What Did We Learn from Our Loss to the Kings" lesson. Big Is In!
It's nice to see Nash play like the guy that many would marvel at in Columbus. I could be wrong, but this stretch could be the first time that I have seen the actual Rick Nash. Quick on the DL, scary body positioning, and posting up like Shaquille between the circles. When the guy is on. he is a cool dude to watch play hockey.
As for the game, I wish I kept it on my DVR for when I can't sleep in the future. I will take a win any day but man...they need to generate some energy on a more consistent basis. Carolina had an AHL roster out there last night and the overall play was mind-numbing. I guess I missed what Tony D did wrong that was worthy of a benching, as I can clearly remember Mike Kostka being out on his next shift after winning the "Asshat of the Year" award twice.
@Say my Name @Rangers_54 The Ranger management has such a 4 hours plus, time to head to hospital, Viagra-induced boner for "puck moving" defensemen...too bad they forgot to tell Kostka where to move the puck to.