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@KevinTheNYRBlog @KevinMccarthy How was this missed before draft day?

1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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."

1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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!

2 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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!

2 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

6 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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?

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@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. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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...

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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...


1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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?!?

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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."

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@BrendyJohnson @KevinTheNYRBlog Thanks...Mr. Candy was one of my favorite comedians. His stuff in SCTV is my favorite, especially the Johnnie LaRue character. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Yes...Joey Crabb is finally here!

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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. 


2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@dave1865 @Purinton Misread the highlights...see reply above...

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Medvjed004 @Purinton I thought the highlighted players meant guys we should have picked...and therein lies the joke...

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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How come Brian Boyle wasn't highlighted? 


And I like Callahan over Montoya in 2004...oh wait...

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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." 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-sign-brassard-to-five-year-deal.html

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@Picaz77 Fair enough but still weak sauce considering your initial comment.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds I did like how you included all those "ifs" in there as that is what the case is. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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? 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html

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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 ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html

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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, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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"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!

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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!"

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@PacNYR44 Yeah, 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 pass.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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"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.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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That's awesome! The nickname "Villain" for Staal is sticking for me!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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