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@gravey94 Agree 1000%
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
@EHBIGAPPLE Competely 100% agree.. For some reason many don't get how good Staal actually is and many think there is something so much better out there. At some point you have to sign some significant players and in this day and age your going to over pay. Whether its on the FA market or signing your own. I always going to be for one more year and 1 milllion more than they are actually worth
This deal says to me one thing.. The Rangers have no confidence in any of their D prospects. However, we can afford to lose a Hags and Stemp and maybe even a Zucc, altho I rather not, next year with Duke, Buch etc. all coming in with entry level contracts. Look what we found in Stemp on a one year 700k?? or 900k? contract. there are always depth forwards in this league. There are not always defense men who can play against the top players in the league. So to sit here and say the Rangers shouldn't have signed Staal because they need money for a Hags etc. is just silly
The fact of the matter is Staal is a great defensemen. Is he injury prone? Probably more than others but i wouldn't say he is different than any other player. Every player is one hit away from a concussion or one slap shot away from a puck in the eye. Thats the nature of the game.
To me if you would have the other 31 teams lining up for this guy or would say we undoubtedly would want this guy on my team, then you have to keep him. You can't say the same for Hags, Zucc etc so to me i want a player that the other teams would be lining up to get even if i means paying a little more.
At some point everyone always thinks there is something better out there. Another player that could do what staal does that is cheaper or younger etc etc.. At some point you have to say what we have is actually really good and every other team would probably love to have staal on their team.
Everyone is also acting like he is 33 or something.. Hes 28.. So in 6 years he will be 34... To me that is fine.. Its not like the King when his contract ends he will be 38 or 39 or whatever.
We are a win now team. Everyone wants the cup this year... Well if your trading staal at the deadline you not getting anything close to him back. If Slats wasn't able to get Marty back for Cally i guarantee you Cally would have been signed.
Every team over pays a bit to keep their players they want. Solid D men don't come around very often. Staal was very good in the playoffs last year and is in his prime.
Now is it maybe 500k too much and a year or too longer than most people want. Sure. i would have loved to see a 4 or 5 year deal
Sometimes you need to stop thinking something is better out there and having change for change sakes and actually look whats in front of you and say wow i have a solid defensemen who can defend against the top players.
Everyone always posts these hypothetical trades out there etc etc. There are so many variables that go into trades.. Its not just that simple to go and make a trade.. The Rangers took the sure thing and have not hurt there chances for the Cup this year.
I want the Cup this year or at least a chance at it for the next 3-5 years and I think the Rangers have ensured themselves that chance.
I went and looked at the standings and was like how the hell are they still behind all these teams.. I knew they had a couple games in hand but I thought they would be higher. Then i realized how many games they do have in hand. They have an astounding FIVE from Tampa and FOUR around most of the other teams in front of them. I thought it was 2 or 3 at most.
That is why this next stretch is crucial because they end up making ground up in that department with most teams. LGR!!!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rangers have won 15 of their last 19 games dating back to Nov. 19th against the one and only Flyers lol. Amazing run and have 8 games in the next 13 days I believe which will be just a crucial if not more crucial then the last/current run.
Nash Brass Zucs
Kreider Step MSLDuke Hayes MillerHags Moore Stemp/Fast
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @ktc990 @MikeBlue Haha totally agree. Ovi i hate because he is so good and plays with that edge that i wish everyone in hockey had. Always said i wish Krids would start to become that player and play with a little more of an edge.
I just think he gains so much attention because it really is such a head scratching move night after night. Like you said if it was once every 5 games when we needed toughness i dont think anyone would really have a problem.
But the whole trading dorsett, not signing carbomb, then giving him a 3 year contract for the same money as dorsett practically then both of them doing a way better job than Glass is has reached a level where everyone sees the writing on the wall except AV. Then sitting Miller over Glass i think just put it over the top. Thats why its getting so much attention i think.
I mean if Miller was a -12 and let the most shots on the PK you think he would be around?
Favorites is little league shit and shouldn't even be in the convo when talking about a coach in the NHL.. To me that is unprofessional. ANd should not be tolerated. And its pretty clear he is a favorite and he was behind the whole move bringing Glass in and he needs to admit he was wrong by sitting glass most nights.
@Say my Name @MikeBlue I don't disagree with you at all. I think what people are saying is they want him to play hockey as well.
What is making matters worse is we traded Dorsett who was fine and was getting 1.665 mill (i believe) and passed on carbomb for 500k who both did the job that glass is getting paid to do for 1.45 mill and is here for the next 2 years after this one.
I love the rough stuff. I am actually sad its starting to going away in hockey. Its what got me to love the game. The passion and antics all made it entertaining. I was actually in favor of having glass in the lineup at the beginning of the year. I was williing to give him a chance. He has blown that chance.
The stats don't lie and at this point if its either Duke or Glass in the lineup when he gets back, i am going with Duke.
You have to play hockey too and Glass can't do that. If dorrsett or carbomb with their stats they have this year were in Glass's position and people were screaming for either of those two to be out of the lineup i would want dorsett or carbomb in and be on their side.
But Glass just isn't doing his job plain and simple. Hes not intimating anyone and is trying to be more than a big hitter/fighter and is not succeeding
@Say my Name @fs2020 Agree on that issue. I would love a 4th line that is a gritty line hard on the puck and that can ALL drop the gloves when necessary.. Imagine if you had an intimidating/agitating 4th line that can score and stir the pot every night. Someone like avery/carcillo. Just like Boston had back a few years back.
WIth that being said they have to be able to play hockey. Goon days are gone. And if they can't the days where you couldn't survive with out one are over. So for example the days when Glass had a spot no matter what cause he is our fighter are over.
In the playoffs is the same thing. It is even more unnecessary. Want him on the team but in the box almost everynight.
Avery is the perfect example. Could play and agitate but could put 10 goals in the net. Even Boyle from last year. Yes he couldn't fight but wasn't afraid to mix it up in scrums. Thats what you hope your 4th line is but if you don't have the players or are sitting a Duke in favor of a guy who can fight but is a minus 12.. Really really questionable at best
@4tonynoluck I have one answer to that.. Look at this lineup with duke in and glass out
Nash-Brassard-ZuccarelloKreider-Stepan-St.LouisDuke- Hayes-MillerHagelin-D. Moore-Stempniak/Fast
Look how deep that lineup is.. And how much better that 4th line gets
Thats what this lineup should be and if AV can't see that then honestly I have some serious problems with him as our coach because he is not putting the best lineup on the ice night after night and that is the 1st job of a coach
@scrangersfan @ktc990 i totally agree and why i think making Hags a 4th liner will miller on the third is the way to go moving forward if he is here. Your thiird and 4th should be
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know we are in the middle of the season and a 8 game winning streak but always curious to look forward. One thing is where do all these players fit particually Duke, Buch, miller etc. IF you resign zuc and Hags an d st louis your top lines are basically how they stand now with Moore centering the 4th line and stemp probably gone. So between buch and duke suppose you drop Miller to the 4th line (which i don't know if I feel comfortable with) you would have something like this probably??
Kreider-Stepan-St.LouisBuch- Hayes-DukeHags- Moore-Miller
They are on a 6 game winning streak and have won 10 of their last 13... Finding ways to win when your not playing your best is a quality you want in a team. Idont care how they are gettting these points as long as they are.. This is the strreak we needed to get us on the right path..
And what do you know its right around the same time they have done it last year.. I don't know why we can't play in October and November
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I would be trading Fast before Miller.. Obviously it depends what someone is asking and the quality of player coming back. Miller to me has so much more upside if given 30 games to play and grow. See Kevin Hayes for a example.. At some point the kid needs a legit shot other than 3 games. I agree he needs to be moved to wing and stay there.
But like Neil said, any move the rangers make will need a high salary player leaving if we want to bring back anyone significant or with a hit more than a million a year
Its really plain and simple. Unless a guy like Staal or Zuc or Hags is leaving, we won't be making any moves for a player with a significant hit.. There is just no room.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1211-is-jt-miller-being-showcased.html
@JMK8363 For real lol
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
So in all seriousness, besides trade, how can we rid ourselves of this Glass contract, can we simply put him through waivers and we would just be paying him his contact in the AHL? Would that then still count against the cap?
The more i see Carbomb doing Carbomb things i just hate how we didn't sign him. He would have been the next avery in new york. He is your perfect 4th line guy.
Having said that, JT and Fast if they can produce consistently give me that over Glass obviously anyday.
Bottom line make JT a winger. You got yourselves set up the middle for the next 5 years with Brass Steph and Hayes. Make him the winger and stop with this center crap.
Would like to see more out of Duke. He is doing good things but not GREAT things. He is a third line player right now and to me you need 10-15 goals out of each player there which he is well below that. I think he is fine would just like to see him progressing a little faster.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gorangers0525 @DP_Snotty @Bleed_the_freak It was surveyed 200 players in the NHL and 199 said fighting should remain. Obviously they think it serves a purpose.
I personally love it. Gets the blood flowing, emotions higher just the intensity level rises to a whole other level
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
God Bless America.. Only took AV this long to form this lineup which should be the lineup everynight. Why did it take this long to put Duke on the third with Hayes and Hags and bump Stemp down to the fourth.
Week one day one stuff here... Hopefully this works now.
To me this is a very deep lineup with scoring threats on each line.. If Glass can play up to his potential everynight then we might have something here.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
@rangermom @ktc990 AV sometimes just sends me spinning with these personal decisions.... Like they seem no brainers and he makes it so hard..
Stemp and D moore had great chemistry on the third line a few weeks ago.. Idk i just dont get it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I mean does anybody else think that a 4th line of Glass/Fast-D moore- Stemp is out of line? Then put duclair in on the third line.... (I am assuming AV's mancrush of Glass continues and is in the lineup)
I mean what is so hard about this.. I guess Hags and Duke are both listed as Left WIngers so that might be the issue??
But does anyone think stemp absolutely 100% belongs on the third line and not the fourth??
If anyone gets injured everyone knows Duke is the best option to fill in... So i think that is the main reason for keeping him around not to mention he belongs here
I feel like we are in the exact same position we were in llast year when we need a little sandpaper in the lineup... like why haven't we learned from this????? Baffling to say the least.. Why car bomb wasn't resigned is beyond me..
Like why didn't we learn from last year?? Were literally literally in theexact same position.. .500 team looking for a spark everynight...
@J_CKfor30 Not only that but he puts duke and Hayes with him... How is that doing them any good??
To me having an agitator is part of the game.. Not an enforcer per say but an agitator.. To me they are two different things. This is exactly what we are missing... You get the other team so off their game they are just concerned with you. We have nothing like this right now.
It gets everyone else fired up and involved and ready to play.. That is the job of the agitator and to me it is a very important role.
I smell a "jumpstart" trade for an energy player.. Carbomb, avery.. We need to find a 4th line that works. Obviously that is not our only problem by any means but we are going to need someone that can stir things up and play (obviously easier said than done).
There is just no one in this lineup that stirs things up at all/jumpstart a team on a slow night.
And for god sake AV, Hayes and Duke should be on the 3rd line with hags and put D. Moore and Stemp on the 4th.. I love D. Moore and everything but he doesn't score, plain and simple... So are you really telling me that your 3rd line center who is going to score under 10 goals probably and your okay with that?? D. Moore is a 4th line center and is good at it.
AV is not putting these guys in places to succeed.. Duke and Hayes are NOT being put in a place to do the best they can and I have a major problem with that. D Moore was your anchor on the 4th line last year so why are you trying to make him a 3rd line center. Hayes has so much upside as does Duke so play them with a player that also has a proven upside.
Idk we just need to shake things up here so if I was Sather i would be looking for that "7th round" for carbomb type trade.
The biggest problem last year was when the Rangers were losing they were losing in Regulation. This year, past two games lost in OT while getting a point in each game and tonight winning in OT.. IF were going to lose, lets lose in OT..
Hunwick might be the next Stralman find with a more offensive side.. Could be a good find.
Think we just found our next 4th line with D.Moore and Stemp and if we must Glass.... Would just rather have Malone in that position instead of Glass but whatda going to do.
Really hope Nash keeps going and St. Louis
Think the lineup should be
Excellent jog Neill!!!! Honestly alot more than I expected. Really appreciate your effort and opinions. Thank you for everything
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Neil look, this isn't your full time job. We all get that.. Even understand that you have a personal life too. Kevin was amazing. From his lengthy recaps to his notes and stats that were in the game thread were amazing. Was so impressed by how much he would include in both.
My 2 cents is you have a family, and time to do all that plus a fmaily is time consuming. Even just a quick opening of game thread with the starting lineups and maybe a few quick notes (for me) would suffice. I don't think anyone can blame you if you can't keep up with the pace of everything if you have work family etc.
I just think everyone wants to keep this FAMILY that shares a common passion together. We don't want to go anywhere else. No one will understand us. No one will get us.
So in closing I just think that as long as you can keep us together on here is really all (at least I am) looking for. I am a long time reader but recently last year started to comment and jumping into the fun. SO as long as you keep us together in some way shape or form I think is all we care about. You saw last night about how people were talking about the game under the most recent thread.. So even if you don't get a chance to make a new thread we can just talk under the most recent one. No big deal. We just want to keep sharing the passion of the rangers with this FAMILY we have created.
Good luck and I hope this works out. LGR!!!
P.S. Wouldn't mind paying a membership in the least. Saw that was getting thrown around yesterday as well
@HockeyinGa This literally just made me burst out laughing in the middle of work hahaha.. Thank Neil and I think the GIF's alone down here show you what kind of following and atmosphere encompasses this blog.
@bauer235 Did you read the post above lol... Kevin is taking a permanent vacation
@TruBluEsp Touche to all of that.
5 months, 1 week 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.
@Hotfreak @ktc990 damn it lol
5 months, 1 week 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
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html
@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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
@KevinNYR @ktc990 Okay. How do I contact you wihtout you giving personal information out on here lol
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.
@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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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