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Pretty tough to be fair in a comparison after that wild run. My biggest concern is a lack of size upfront. They lost two of their four heavy forwards in Boyle and Pouliot (krieder and Nash being the other two). That said this lineup should be lightning fast next year so they should be pretty tough regardless.
I do agree with Kevin. Other than the Glass signing Slats did the best he could given the reality of their cap space (tho I wonder if they couldn't have found a way to keep Stralman)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
That pk shift was Callahan level impressive. Let's hope this signing turns out to be sneaky good
They're creating competition. The kids are understanding that they have to earn a regular lineup spot. It won't just be handed to them. If they are good enough to play they will. Like the slogan said "earn it"
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Seriously. For a guy that never reached his potential he had one heckuva career
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta be a cap based move - perhaps they figure they can keep Carcillo for half the price? #jobopening
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Josh-CK doubt it for the money he is gonna get
@Josh-CK McDonaugh's deal is a steal under any salary cap...4 mil a year for him is ridiculous RFA deal or not.
Pouliot of course wants a multi year deal. He is sick and tired of hopping from city to city every year and the guy just had a baby. He kicked ass this year and wants some fiscal love for it. I'm sure he doesn't want to move again but he has every right to ask for a multi year deal of at least 3 years. On the Rangers end they really need his size (not to mention his speed). He was the guy who did the dirty work to let the two slick passers make their awesome plays. Let's hope they find a way to keep him!
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnAMIRANTESrug I find it interesting McIlrath gets trolled so much around here. How many of us have actually seen him play more than the 2 games he got limited ice time with the Rangers this year?
@IcyCup @Wallace1 @DominickAndreula In fairness Gabby is 3 years older and getting paid until he is 39...
ehhh Stralman is not THAT replaceable. Aside from passing the eye test and being solid and reliable his advanced stats numbers are basically thru the roof. It all sums up to allowing Staal's tandem to take a lot of burden off McD and Girardi's pair. Klein MAYYYYBE could step in but there's a reason why Stralman was playing the 2nd pair and Klein the third pair.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG maybe maybe not, give the kid a chance
@Say my Name A utopian ideal you speak of no? Heck even the perfect, flawless LA Kings just gave 32 year old Marian Gaborik a SEVEN year deal (oh and there's that Mike Richards contract). While the cap hit is VERY agreeable for a man of his abilities that's still going against what you suggest. Not that what you suggest is ridiculous per se, but that what you suggest is VERY hard to achieve for even the best teams because top end, or even top 6 forward, top 4 d men guys are just so very hard to obtain (see Blackhawks with Hossa for further reference).
Cold hard facts are that the Rangers PROBABLY made the right decision here in terms of dollars and point production for those dollars and salary flexibility down the road and that a guy who plays like callahan in theory will "break down" within the next few years.
As a fan I still hate it, finals or not. Being a fan is being emotional. If it were up to me they'd still have Dubinsky, Prust, give Brian Boyle whatever he wants, etc. That's not always the right way to do things admittedly...
An interesting one when you factor in their surprising depth at the position. Re: McIllrath or Connor Allen, those guys are both big IF's. You want to believe you have solid young talent at that position but their cups of coffee havent been long enough yet. Ideally, you sign Stralman and assume one of those two will have an extended opportunity when someone in the top 6 gets hurt because hockey players get hurt. If all of a sudden one of em has proved they belong it gives you the ability to move one of the existing top 6.
Such an interesting (and scary) offseason with so many moving parts. I could see them not resigning some of the key guys to take a run at Stastny tho I don't know if that is necessarily the smartest move. They need to focus on keeping the D strong and keeping speed and skill upfront and trying to add size (which is why losing Boyle and Pouliot would be tough as we're already the Smurfs as it is)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/retain-or-release-anton-stralman.html
He is such an obnoxious man. It is enjoyable when he makes an ass out of himself
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-12-best-questions-mike-francesa-asked-about-soccer.html
What Henrik Sedin said is exactly what the Rangers used to say about Tortorella. Duh. Torts is a good coach. Always was. Just real lousy at being nice to the media.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on H. Sedin: Torts Interaction Is How You Want It To Be
Henrik likely has a groin/hammy/calf etc muscle strain issue. Assuming it's minor they're best served not pushing him and hoping Talbot can get them thru a game. Missing 1 game for Hank = several more days to rest whatever his ailment is.
Food for thought: If this team can find a way to turn things around and get thru this stupid amount of adversity it will serve them well in a long run. IF, and big IF, this Ranger team can tread water and get to .500 within the next 10-12 games they can be alot tougher than any of us can picture right now (I'm sure what we picture right now is pretty bleak).
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Lundqvist Day-to-Day With Minor Issue
I mean, there are always some nice players out there but what prospects is Slats planning on giving up? At the end of the day that's really what's gonna make a deal like this happen with a team that's deciding to punt the season. For everyone that wants to trade Del Zotto - we have no one who comes close to being capable of playing regular minutes on D after that top 6 (not Falk, not McIlrath, not Allen, not Aaron Johnson) unless someone wants to see if Steve Eminger wants to come back from Russia. Also remember, the kid's had some great moments in his career. This is a real young season and trading him when is value is at its lowest isn't the best business.
As far as Ott (who's snarl this team could use) I imagine Pyatt/Zuccarello/Pouliots contract(s) would be unloaded but they'd have to give up a nice pick along with whoever they send.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Exploring A Trade?
Would love to see Fast get a shot playing a bit more of an offensive role...the kid plays with enough pace and physicality to earn that shot.
11 months ago on Kreider on Top Line; Lundqvist Maintenance Day; Nothing New on Nash
The kid can fight no question...and he's been able to score at a nice level for a tough guy at the AHL level. Let's hope he can get involved and play a consistent physical game on the NHL level...last year he didn't, but like AV says, clean slate, grab it!
11 months ago on What Mashinter Brings to the Table