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@TruBluEsp Touche to all of that.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 @SmellyKisio I think it just comes down to a numbers games too. IF you move MSL back to wing then either Haglin, Zucc or Stemp need to be moved to the 4th line or hayes if you move him to wing which i wouldn't do a t this point. But once steph comes back, you going to have an odd man out type scenario. Now this is assuming Glass would stay in the lineup, but then you have a top 9 odd man out.
So to me Duke really needed to stand out these first 9 games in order to stay for awhile.. I have been okay with his play but to me he hasn't stood out as a "Yes we need to keep this kid around" and I think thats what he needed to do to stay for the whole season.
With the emergence of Hayes and his ability to play center once steph comes back it seems like its either Duke or Hayes and I think Hayes wins that one just simply because he can play center and very well may be our 3rd line center.
So if unless you bumping stemp or Hags down to the 4th line there is no room for Duke.. I think both Hags and Stemp need top 9 minutes (as of now).. I think it really just comes down to a numbers game.
@dylonergan It was crapping out on MSG all through the first and part of the second periods. It was MSG feed that was the problem
There is really one simple solution and thats everyone needs to play up to the potential they have. If everyone plays better and up to the ceiling we will be fine. even if 5 out of the 6 defense men play better we will be fine.
As for Staal I think Sather has shown he won't fold and hopefully he does the same here altho the play of the entire defense isn't helping the situation.
I think if Staal holds out for a bigger contract than Girardi he will find himself in a different uniform come the trade deadline. Its a simple as that.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Hotfreak @ktc990 damn it lol
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html
Hey guys so Del Zotto was my idol coming to the Rangers.. I wanted to be just like him.. So I decided to wear #4 just like him and make plays just like him as well. I mean everyone talks about him so much here so I want to get talked about just as much. Hope I am on my way to being the next Del Zotto!!!
P.S. AV told me not to worry about it and shake it off and I will be in the lineup tomorrow night to get a chance to redeem myself.. Boy I love his calmness and no reason to panic attitude because if I was playing for Torts I would have ridden in the storage underneath the bus and then driven to the Hudson River and thrown into it never to be seen again!
@NYR 2014 The whole Malone comment about "doesn't know where he fits in" was just up-hauling to say the least... I mean I thought it was very obvious that he should have started given what he brings to the table and he is veteran.. And then AV came out and said that and i was like wow, either he knows something we don't or he stiffed AV on a drug deal. But the guy had an awesome camp and was doing something every shift he had. I mean what more could you want from the guy... AV definitely went a notch down after that comment. Not saying i am going to i am going to question every decision obviously but that comment was utterly baffling to say the least.
Was listening to a podcast about the Rangers and the guy went offfff on AV after that comment about Malone. His comment was something like "doesn't know where he fits in.... You put him in front of the net on the PP and just have him stand there.. Thats where he fits in" and what do you know last night he did that and the PP was alot better than it had been..... I mean that whole situation really made me question AV.. I thought that was the most obvious thing out of camp is having him on the 4th line and on the PP.. But hey what do I know...
@gravey94 What a terrible article... At least he says it is a small sample size but the Rangers basically didn't play well for almost 2 months last year and went to the Finals... If its Xmas and they are ten games under .500 then I will be worried. Yes has Ludquivst given up a bunch of goals but this is also the goalie that did that last year. WE just have to get into the dance and be hitting our stride in the middle of April.. I mean he is praising the Fishsticks like they are 20 games above .500 and the Rangers are 20 games below lol.
I think its safe to say you have seen Kostka's last game in a Ranger Uniform.
Malone was great and that is what i envisioned him doing so well on the 4th line. Its not about what Fast was doing bad but about what Malone CAN bring that Fast simply can't bring because he isn't that type of player/doesn't have the physical makeup to do what Malone does. I said this before, we had too many of the same player.. MSL Zucc Haglein, Fast... At some point you have to mix in some size and grit. Its just that simple. How many times did we get scoring chances because MALONE WAS IN FRONT OF THE NET... WOWW imagine that... Going to the net and standing there waiting for a rebound and clearing the crease to try and get that garbage goal... Its not rocket science here. You can't have ALL speed.. Its only going to get you so far. @Say my Name said it in his comment... How much more open ice was there when you have guys out there that will take care of business
As for defense.. Bring up Allen or The Undertaker and live with it.. Trade deadline comes we address it and make sure we have the necessary depth like the Diaz deal last year. Guys will be available.
Hayes looked awesome. If he keeps playing like that he will be a mainstay in the lineup. Duke looked fine. The MSL Nash combo is deadly.
Something to ponder is when Steph comes back, and no one else gets hurt, and Duke and Hayes keep playing the way they are, and Malone plays and is a presence in front of the net like he was last night who do you take out of the lineup.. Only time will tell.
Move on, Thursday night can't come soon enough
@JoeyKocur Malone looked awesome. Presence in front of the net, noticeable on every chift, several scoring chances with the 4th line, on the PP he is posted right in front of the net and the PP looked the best it has all season. He should be in there full time IMO
@J_CKfor30 My take would be because he is hopefully trying to get the chemistry between MSL and Malone and see if they can generate something. Malone is a very good garbage clean up the shots and put them in guy. So i am assuming its because he wants him with MSL.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
From A Gross
#NYR morning skate lines:
Really would love for this to work out as I love the mixture of veterans, grit, talent, big bodies, and speed.
This is just about the lines and opening day lineup I would have put out there.
Giving Duke best talent around him. Kirds is the body and scorer brass needs. Probably would have left Zucc on the second but Stemp has been playing too well not to try him there.
And then the 4th line is the grinding big body line with a chance to put the puck in the net and will provide that energy we need.
Lets put it like this.... Rather have this kind of start and play now than in April-June. Assuming they get it out of there system now we should be good. If they don't, well then... Lets not even think about that.
I give it two-three more games with the same lineup, if nothing changes I would go with this
Get Fast out of there. If Fast isn't scoring he brings far less to the table then Malone would (no not that stuff to the table Malone). Malone has the size, grit, willingness to get to the net, big body on the powerplay, veteran presence etc. etc.
I think the biggest thing to remember is opening day lineup last year at least a 1/3 of it wasn't in tact for our playoff run. I expect the same thing this year.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinNYR @ktc990 Okay. How do I contact you wihtout you giving personal information out on here lol
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I like yours Kevin alot more than what AV has.
Having said that I think were going to see alot of shuffling of the lines until Steph gets back. Youi have to assume Hayes and Malone are going to get shots playing in the early on especially if some lines aren't producing.
Having said that to me if Duclair is here you should be giving him the best possible chance to succeed. Him on the third line is not giving him that possible chance. It would be with MSL and Nash on that top line. I think we will see him on that top line at some point in the early on unless he is really clicking with stemp and miller
Like I said though I expect alot of shuffling for the first month based on the unknowns of alot of the youngsters and simply just trying to get guys in the lineup.
@KLorNYR Thanks to both of you guys. I appreciate it!! @johnnyb3910
So any season ticket holders looking to sell a game. I am looking to go to any of these games (2,3, or 4 tickets)
Sat Nov. 29th
Sunday Dec 21st
Tuesday Dec 23rd
Sat Dec. 27th
Sat Jan 3rd
Looking to go with my brother who is home from college then. I figured I would give it a whirl on here. Or if anyone else has any advice where to get tickets besides stubhub or ticketmaster that would be great.
So if anyone is looking to make somewhat of a profit but not charge a couple die hard rangers fans up the ass that would be great. We have never been to a game before because our parents could never afford to take us and now that we are older we really want to go especially after last year. Any help would be greatly appreicated.
Thanks guys LGR!!
I got on here as soon as I got into work just waiting for this article
Counldn't sleep last night thinking about the game tonight!!!
Duclair was the worst thing to happen to Hayes lol.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Scott from SEC 224 HE can't play for 7 days
@KevinTheNYRBlog @KevinMccarthy Here is my take...... Hartford doesn't play a game until the 18th?? So that is after the 7 days would be up. I am assuming they are being extra careful with him. So why send him down just to call him back up when he is healthy. Hartford doesn't even have a game. So thats my take. Being extra careful. Want him to practice with the big club because he is going to play with them and Hartford doesn't have a game until the 18th.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@omnishambles 2 Home A's and 2 Road A's... Did the same thing in '94.. Love the move
Opening Night Lineup Last Year......
McDonagh-GirardiStaal-Del ZottoJ. Moore-Stralman
No Pouliot, Del Zotto........ Miller starting on Wing, Richards 1st line...Cally injured, Hags injured That whole third line didn't finish in tact at all.
Things will change boys throughout the season but one thing is for sure, I think on paper we are a far better team going into the season then last year with alot more depth.
I mean Pyatt as our 3rd line LW................. Reallyyyyyy..... LOL....
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
So with AV's comment about MSL at center if i was the coach i would put this out there
Hags-Miller-Hayes (assuming he is healthy)
Stemp Fast 13th 14th
I am just not a huge Fast fan. I get the attraction and I think he is a good player however I think he brings too much of a same game with what we already have in the lineup. I rather have the higher ceiling Hayes playing (again if he is healthy). If Hayes is here he should be here to play and not sit out.
I would love to have stemp in there but I rather have the big body, grit and Malone in there. I think he is perfect for the 4th line with moore and glass. I think he brings what Stemp brings but more with the big body and grit.
Just what I would do..... Again these things have their way of working themselves out
@Barry Beck Yea i mean there just isn't a spot for him. Would you rather him sit in the press box or go and get better. As stated before by others if someone gets hurt its not necessarily the 7th defensemen that will get the time. The 7th defensemen is just there to fill in if needed but on an extended absence Mclrath could be called up to play everyday. He needs to play though and not sit out every game. What good is that doing for him?
@gravey94 Interesting to see once Hayes isn't hurt whos spot he will take. Is it Fasts spot on the 4th line or is it Stemps on the 3rd with him moving to the 4th and still having Fast come out??
I sure hope he is in the same boat as Duke, if your here your playing.
@DP_Snotty I wonder if this means MSL is going to be tried at center. If he is semi successful the way the lines would shake out, it does make the most sense putting him at center for now.
Or a combo thereof. Idk, I guess that seems a little more stable down the middle. I wouldn't love the move though by any means.
@HobbitLover78 Wouldn't be surprised. He hasn't lite the world on fire but would have been a solid third liner if it wasn't for our youth depth that has emerged and malone being added late
@TomDundie @KevinTheNYRBlog Unless your trading someone with a significant cap hit your not getting anyone major. Theres no cap room.
My take is if the young guys are staying, Hayes mainly, he better be playing and hopefully not playing on the 4th line. I am just personally not a fan of young guys, who are suppose to potentially project as high end NHLers be used on the 4th line with talent that is far less that what they are suppose to be. I also have the feeling you play up to the guys around you.
So if indeed Hayes is making the team i would like to see him in there playing at least on the 3rd line.
Like I have said, Duke is staying based on common sense. If he disappears after first 10 games, send him down. Its as simple as that. He has earned that at least.
I really think our opening lineup will not be what we finish the season with so I think it will all work itself out even if its not what we want to begin with.
And once steph comes back it will change all over again. By then tho we should have a better idea of if Duke is staying and how hayes has been playing and if JT truly is the real deal.
So to me until steph comes back, it will be a tryout type to see who actually sticks for the rest of the season.
I would play Moore on the 4th line to start developing chemistry with those two because that is where he is going to be once Steph comes back (assuming JT works out).
If you dont want both hayes and Duke on the same line because of too much youth I would go with
Either way it will all work itself out sooner or later. Either Duke dissappears, Hayes proves he isnt ready, Mueller is awful or someone gets hurt. It will all workout
Can't wait for Thursday.. LGR!!
Stastny 25G 35A 60Pts
Stephan 17G 40A 57 Pts
So if everyone is considering Stastny a number 1 center then Stephan should be considered the same.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan @betweentheworlds Yea this is what I have said the last 3 days. He will be on the roster and playing. Because he cannot be recalled there is ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE the Rangers will send him down before the season. he is making the team.
The Rangers cannot take that risk of having the team fall flat on their face the first ten games while Duke just put in 5 goals in 7 games in Juniors and cannot be with them until next year.
He is making the team just on common sense.
@TomDundie To me the answer is simple. Once you send him down he isn't coming back this year. SO you at least have to give him a shot. He has earned that. If he doesn't succeed then send him down and at least we all KNOW he couldn't cut it.
But send him down now, and if the rangers start out 3-7 or whatever and Duclair has 5 goals in 7 games at Juniors then what? We wouldn't be able to bring him back and now how silly to the Rangers look??
And for that reason alone I say he gets 10 or 20 or until Stephan comes back to prove himself. You can always send him down but you can't always bring him up. Let him determine his fate. That's why i think he makes the team.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds Yea that is my take. The Rangers either have to be against him playing on the big club and recognize he can they just don't want him to or at some point in the season say he isn't performing up to potential and therefore we are sending him back to Juniors.
To me he has shown if you put him with talent that is above him he plays up to that talent.
To me you at least have to give him a shot and after X amount of games if he looks overmatched send him down,
To me after finding that out, if you give him a shot and it doesn't work out you KNOWW he wasn't ready. If send him down right away the UNKNOWN of what he could have done will haunt all of us and the Rangers.
For these reasons alone i think the Rangers have no choice but to keep him ESPECIALLY if they start out terrible without him. If they start out terrible there is no call up Duclair, he is gone.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
So here is something to think about which I think we are all overlooking or at least I overlooked:
I looked into whether Duclair can be recalled if sent down. And the answer (correct me if I am wrong) is that once he is sent to Juniors, you cannot recall a player from there (unless emergency). Here was the quote from Pat Leonard in the daily news:
1. Duclair is 19 years old so he is not eligible to play in the AHL this season. If he is kept on the NHL roster, he cannot be sent back down to the Hartford Wolf Pack. He can only be sent back to his junior team. If he is sent to his junior team, whether during the preseason or the regular season, he most likely stays there for the rest of the season, because recalls from juniors are much more difficult – they may only be allowed to occur on an emergency basis, I believe.
So to me the Rangers must be absolutely 100% sure they don't want Duclair on the team for the remainder of the season. There is no second shot with him.
To me this almost works in Duclairs favor because who is going to sit here and say that Duclair has no shot at helping the Rangers this season. So unless the Rangers are completely against him playing in the NHL this season and want him to continue to develop (which I don't think is the case especially with the Stephan injury), I think the Rangers have no choice but to keep him until they are certain that he is better served in Juniors.
@FrankCerbone Valid Point
@TomDundie I don't disagree completely. I would like to shelter the kids a bite too. However you are going to have Lombadi who has played one game, looked rusty and is now injured and hasn't even gotten back on the ice yet start as our 4th line center. Where as you have duclair, who is arguably been our best player PERIOD in the preseason and your not even going to give him a shot??
I dont know, I just think you can't ignore what he has done and at let him play it out until he starts falling off the scoring wagon.
I just like my chances alot better with Duclair than Lombardi. Like I said I think these lines make alot of sense
The bottom line is Lombardi is a depth player and Duke is a scorer. With Malone and Glass in the lineup to look out for them i think its a good fit.
However, I would NOT play Duke on the third line. Top 6 or send him down. He should be playing with top talent to maximize his potential.
Opening Lineup: Really think this is how it shakes out
Regulars on D and in Goal
I think Hayes makes it because he has more upside and has been just as good as Mueller/Lindburg. But wouldn't be surprised if any three were there. Only thing is if AV plans to move Moore up to the third line center then i think Mueller/lindburg win the job.
I think as long as Malone comes back and has a solid 2 games I think he is in because of the power play previous chemistry and size and grit he brings.
@Wallace1 Seriously. Its basically all our prospects against the Flyers Starting Lineup Day 1. So i guess you could say our AHL Team.
Hags Moore and Stemp I think are the only NHLers playing tonight. Klein only NHL Defensmen.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It was a good one. Loved Glass kind of toying with him with the smile
@BringBackBeukeboom Only problem is you have D Moore who is lets be honest a defensive minded center in between two offensive young guys. To me if they are on the team they need to be playing with an full offensive minded centermen/linemmates.
Lets try and put this in prospective and do a little math: Stay with me here Folks
Top 6/guys who will make the team: Nash, Krids, MSL, Brass, Zuc, JT(I am putting him there because I feel he is our 2nd line center until Steph gets back)
So assuming Nash is on the right and everyone is on the top 2 lines your looking at (or combo of this):
Now for the bottom 6:
are the only two "guaranteed" to start every night.
You figure Glass will probably be in the lineup due to his grit and hasn't been that bad, but most of all AV loves him.
So that leaves one center position and ONLY TWO wing positions.
So your centers options are
Hayes (If you want to put him there which I think he should go to right wing)
Lombardi (which i think he is out with all the youth showing promise)
So from that you get Oscar L.and Mueller and Hayes
Mind you that is all until Steph gets back and JT moves down (or if he shits the bed then obviously one stays and he goes down).
Now for TWO WIngs:
So my question is WHERE DO ANY OF THE KIDS FIT IN ESP. DUKE??????
Duke is a natural Left Winger. But you have hags on that third line. So do you really put him on the 4th line? Do you play him or Hags on his off wing??
For arguments sake say you keep Hags on his natural wing
Hags--Center TBD-- Stemp/Haggerty/Fast/Hayes
Those are the natural Right Wingers.
So that leaves you with last Wing job on the 4th line.
So point is unless someone moves to their off wing (which is entirely possible) or you switch Krids with Duke and move hags over to the right (which leaves all mentioned above now down to the 4th line) i don't know where your going to put everyone.
I say Duke stays and he finds a way to fit him in and haggerty Fast and Hayes (since they can all go to the AHL) all going down. He keeps Stemp and Malone as 13th/4th liners.
I think your biggest question is can these guys sustain this for an entire season? And thats the deciding factor I believe. If AV's answer is Yes then he finds a way to get as many youth guys in the lineup as possible
But I think it comes down to a numbers game.
I wrote this quickly so there might be a few errors as far as peoples positions. I did this off the top of my head.
@JMK8363 @ktc990 You are correct sir!! I knew i was. Yea I think at the end of the day the kids will be a product of a numbers game.
If only Duke/haggerty were a center and then they would almost guarentee themselves the 3rd line job for now. AV might have no choice but to send them all packing. I would be opposed to having any of the higher end talented kids on the 4th line.
Yea I am not sure where AV goes from here. Good problem to have obviously. Impressed with Glass and honestly we are going to need that in the lineup if Duke and other kids are running around out there.
I mean your locks are Krieder, MSL, Nash, Zuc, Brass
then hags and D. Moore on third line and fourth lines.
From there we have options:
I mean am I forgetting someone?? It seems like every time I turn around we have someone new making an impact.
I honestly would really love for the Malone-D. Moore-Glass line to work out and be put together. Glass is doing well and between him and Malone they can watch out for the kids and generate offense. Also Malone can be a big part of the PP i believe with his big body.
I thin at this point you let Duke stick as long as he is producing and then go from there. I see no reason to send him down. Let him play up and hopefully raise his game as other raise it around him.
I have never been a big Fast fan but if he keeps putting the puck in the net it would be hard not to put him in the mix.
Should be very interesting to how everything shakes out. Most important is we have options. Good problems to have
" It is believed this injury is related to an initial injury suffered blocking a shot during an informal skate on Sept. 9. Today’s break is in the same spot as where the puck hit his leg blocking that shot on Sept. 9."
Why not a little
Kreider - Hayes - MSL
Nash - Brass - MZA
Hags - Lindburg-JT OR Hags- JT- Stemp
Malone - Dom - Stemp OR Malone- D Moore- Glass/Fast
Let Hayes see if he can redevelop some chemistry with Kreider and the playmaking of St. Louis. Idk why you would break up Brass and MZA. I would look in a totally different direction before doing that. Don't fix what isn't broken.
I would not be moving D. Moore up either. I don't think he has enough offensive output for a 2nd line position. Maybe third, but again dont fix what isnt broken.
I think between Lindburg, Hayes, JT, Brass, D. Moore, lombardi, Mueller we have plenty of options up the middle for the two spots with the wealth of wingers we have such as kristo, fast, haggerty, duclair etc.
Also the season isn't until 2-3 weeks away so even if he is out for a month and half i am pretty sure we will be able to piece it together for a month of regular season time. Its not like the start of the regular season is tomorrow.
Injuries are going to happen so the best thing is it happened now and not in April.
Point is there are 5 open spaces instead of 4 now. And we have a good 10 guys who i would be okay with in the those 5 spots and one of those players who could fill in for the month of October.
Remember the Rangers didn't even find their game until December last year so not having Stephan for the month of October is by far not the end of the world.
Probably deepest team/collection of players I have seen the Rangers have in a very long time. Will not be worried if someone goes down who will fill the spot (hopefully no one does but that's wishful thinking) because we have lots of options.
With a good mixture of speed, size, grit, veterans and youth I would love to see:
Nash - Step - MSL
Kreider - Brass - MZA
Hags - Hayes - JT
Malone - Dom - Stemp
Glass has to be on the roster because of his contract and no 2 way (perfect guy to be sitting in the box as a 13th forward). So that leaves lombardi as odd man out waiting in the wings until someone gets hurt (which we all know will happen). Also have countless other young guys waiting as well (Haggerty, fast etc).
I really hope none of the young guys are on the 4th line and rather just be sent down. I like the fourth line as a gritty checking do the hard work line. They will get there goals but you need a line that can go out there and do the dirty work compared to an offensive minded line. I think malone dom and stemp/glass are perfect for that line. If you place guys like JT, Hayes, Haggerty etc on that line I think they are getting the wrong idea of how to play and are playing with much less talented players around them. To me it hurts their development not to play with equal or greater talented players on an offensive minded line. So hopefully AV avoids that.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Couldn't you say he is probably a better Brian Boyle. Can actually fight, will stick up for teammates, seems to already have good chemistry with the guys, uses his size to his advantage, he has the POTENTIAL, and dare i say will probably put up more points than Boyle, good two way player, has experience playing deep into the playoffs.
I think we just upgraded from Boyle without really realizing it. Put him on the 4th line with D Moore and someone else that shows chemistry with these two and we just repalced/upgraded our deadly 4th line from last year.
I don't see a down side to this move.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
To give you guys some perspective, I was 4 years old in day care. Now I am going to be 24 in September have a full time job and just purchased a house. I don't remember '94 in the least but now sitting there with my faather and brother who is 20 and was just 1, literally a baby enjoying this ride.
There are some of us who don't even remember '94 who sure as hell who love to remember '14.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Where is the nearest brick wall so I can go run through it. LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/