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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...
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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...
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?
2 months, 2 weeks 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...
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 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.
2 months, 4 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.
3 months ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2
@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V @Purinton Good point.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch
That's for Pyatt? That's a shame.
"AV explained the decision by citing the Rangers strong offensive game against Boston..."
Indeed! An offensive explosion! Man, friends and family say I'm such a pessimist when it comes to the Rangers but it gets tiresome reading this crap sometimes. When will there be some accountability...will I ever read in a paper, "Yes, so and so just plain sucks."
By the way, if Pyatt is skating again, who sits when he comes back?
Those Mister Softee third jerseys done yet? This team is a joke in that and although the team has won recently, it has been tedious watching either a) how excessively boring the games are or b) how each game gets ever so closer to that point where the team is about to get steamrolled. This Boston game may be that game.
I am all about team toughness, now that the NHL is making us move away from goons (although I am loving still watching McGrattan "keepin' it real this year) but we don't have that personnel. Notice how Stepan fades in tough games (did you hear his name in that Kings game?) Its a lost cause. We need to replace wasted space (Pouliot, Pyatt, Boyle, with players like Ott, Konopka, Martin, and the likes. All can produce the same lame offensive numbers, kill penalties, win face-offs, but they offer toughness as a side dish.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on It's Time for the Blueshirts to Start Stickin Up for Nash
@GiveGartneraCup @Kevin DeLury @AnnoyingJoe Nailed it, man! If Alain wants to play a team this soft, let Nash come back against Dallas. This is just ripe for another skull blast from the plethora of physical players the Bruins carry. Sometimes I really hate rooting for this Rangers team...they are so damn soft!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Mashinter Assigned to Hartford
Are we done with the Pouliot experiment yet? Horrendous offensive zone penalties, bad passing, bad decisions, lackluster play, and now he will waste a spot playing five minutes on my fourth line? Where is Haley? I am glad the team is playing so well but this team is not built for the playoffs at all and with Zuccs and Kreider having the balls on this team, we need some guys that will be able to back them up. The fourth line has to stop being a dumping ground for the leftovers and has to be the line that smashes and crashes. Our 4th line hits people with their fanny packs.
By the way, our coach should implement a finishing check clause for the whole team. I am tired of watching most players shy away from taking the body.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Nash in Contact Jersey; Del Zotto Out, Talbot, Falk In vs, Canadiens
You can keep those two, as they both need tons of support to be successful. And that's not going to happen here.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Exploring A Trade?
@GetTheKingACup Nailed it, man! St. Louis is a powerhouse and now Columbus isn't that far behind.