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@J_CKfor30 @Purinton He is pretty scrotal when you think about it...
15 hours, 30 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Purinton And forget about my Corsi Behind...
15 hours, 31 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe It's "snarktastic!"
15 hours, 51 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Who is Hagelin supposed to be? Captain Stabbin'? (And if you get that reference, you are probably browsing in "Private Mode.")
15 hours, 54 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I wanted to be a Corsi for Halloween but was unable to find a giant scrotum costume.
17 hours, 34 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I thought Kostka would be a defenseman for Halloween.
18 hours, 59 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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 days, 12 hours 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...
3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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!
5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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...
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @KevinMccarthy How was this missed before draft day?
1 week, 3 days 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!
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I think people end up going on a "Sentimental Journey" when thinking about Staal. I have not been a fan of him and have been lambasted for calling him our version of Jay Bouwmeester (big kid with original offensive upside becomes standard D man). It hard to not think about the injury risk for the future and also that Erik Karlsson makes $6.5 million this year and his 74 points last year would have been #1 on the team. It's amazing how the Ranger management has been bullied by these guys; Girardi has become our modern version of Dustin Penner and he has ruined the negotiating space for defensemen. I'd take Boychuk every day and night over Staal; there are people out there - I just don't think anyone is looking. Not sure exactly about the status of these guys (but for the sake of discussion): Henrik Tallinder, Derek Morris, Mike Komisarek, Francis Bouillon, Joe Corvo, Sami Salo, Paul Ranger (c'mon?!?), and Andrew Alberts. My point with these guys is not that they are a replacement for Staal...but that there has to be someway to patchwork something for the time being until the right guy comes along for less than 6 million. For 6 million dollars plus, I'll take a #1 power play defenseman.
I can't say I agree with the assessment of Kostka. Its not like people were blowing by him, stickhandling around him, or pushing him around, or, in other words, making him look like the broom ball player he is. Those were plays where the puck should have been sent to the boards so I question his basic "D" sensibilities. Can my "How can McIlrath be any worse?" policy go into effect?
I am still not worried. The team looks so "assy" its easy to tell things are well off and will be corrected with time. As I said last game, the third period was ripe for a hit, fight, goalie-smash, etc. Without that reversal of energy, Ranger fans can turn off the game once the team goes down 2+ goals. Malone proved he should be in the lineup and isn't it head-scratching that a guy that was benched ends up on your first power play?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html
@Gianni74 It's odd how he often gets a pass along with other guys like Orpik for often crossing that tough play/penalty line. Phanuef will only drop the gloves with a guy he thinks he can handle. Sometimes, you just can't give him that option. See Colton Orr vs. Mike Weber in the preseason after Weber hit Tallinder from behind.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 That's impossible! I watched Buffalo play Anaheim yesterday and that team is very, very, very sad. Almost so sad, they should talk about folding in with Florida to make one "okay" team. But I get your drift...
Why is no one talking about Mike Sauer? What happened to him? Is he in witness protection? If he is dead, I'd like to have a vigil...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Too bad J.T. Miller's significant other didn't have a kid...I would have liked to see him exit after the 1st...I still haven't seen anything from this guy but a bad attitude and careless hockey.
Let's give Mike Kostka a shot! He's the awesomest!
I'm not that worried about the team. But I would have liked to see some physical play after the game was out of reach or at least getting there...A giant hit on one of their young kids, a late poke at the goalie, or God forbid, a fight?!?
@IcyCup @KevinMccarthy @McPhee37 @betweentheworlds With that in mind, it's amazing that Stepan is able to keep up. Going with our toughness theme, I'd like Backes instead of Stepan. But it goes with your point that the toughness has to fit into a system that is firmly in place.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IcyCup @McPhee37 I think it's hard for some people (myself included) to watch the Ranger team move in a soft-serve direction. But as you said, there is obvious merit in AV's system - it's just not the type of hockey we like to watch.
@Scott from SEC 224 Understood man but I am still curious why your suggestions have not occurred already. If this guy was as raw as it seems, we could have drafted any skating hillbilly from Medicine Hat. There just seems like there is a lot of review of things guys should know how to do, like "skating" and "turning."
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@BrendyJohnson @KevinTheNYRBlog Thanks...Mr. Candy was one of my favorite comedians. His stuff in SCTV is my favorite, especially the Johnnie LaRue character.
Can Joey Crabbs play defense? Man, Mike Kostka...I am 100% behind McIlrath (i.e. not thinking he's a bust) but that move has to put some thoughts in his head...
There's a plan in place alright...AHL 4 Life! It's a shame because it would have been nice to see him pound the crap out of a guy like Reaves but shout out to the commenter on another post for noticing Glass' and the overall team's job at keeping a lid on Reaves last night. If you look at the big picture, I guess bringing up a puck moving defenseman to replace Boyle makes sense. However, the Rangers only have puck moving defensemen, and thus will be McIlrath's doom.
Is Big Lee in the lineup because of injury or position? I can't really say he "wowed" me more than Malone plus Malone brings a lot more to the table. If Lee Stemp brought a pizza, Malone would bring a pizza, wings, chips, and a two liter of soda.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Yes...Joey Crabb is finally here!
@DP_Snotty @betweentheworlds Dylan "Gernander" McIlrath. Yeah, he's 22 and hated by the Rangers
coaching staff. Sorry, he's better than than Hunwick, Kostka, and the other dick
with the K name. Unless he gets some NHL playing time, he will never learn the game.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If we keep saying that McIlrath needs more seasoning in the AHL, he going to be as well seasoned as Ken Gernander. Its hard to say that Kampfer and Kostka are any better, even if we take that "half empty view." I'd like to have McIlrath around and he has shown drastic improvement from last preseason.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds I was going to make a seemingly wise comment by saying, "A player over 6'4" with hands...Getzlaf should have been a lock..." But then I realized I described Jessiman. That being said...I don't have any words to describe that Ranger draft. It's almost as sad as when Taco Bell took the bacon cheeseburger burrito off the menu.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@dave1865 @Purinton Misread the highlights...see reply above...
@Medvjed004 @Purinton I thought the highlighted players meant guys we should have picked...and therein lies the joke...
How come Brian Boyle wasn't highlighted?
And I like Callahan over Montoya in 2004...oh wait...
@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."
3 months 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.
@Picaz77 Fair enough but still weak sauce considering your initial comment.
3 months, 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.
@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.
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
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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/