I bleed blue
@DP_Snotty @Gorangers0525 @Bleed_the_freak Dude, you're burying the lead. The fight had nothing to do with hockey. Before the game, Martin Brodeur said unicorns and griffins were the toughest of all the animals. Shocked, Torts and the Ranger team felt the need to assert the superiority of squirrels. To drive the point home that squirrels are, first of all, real, and secondly, tougher than characters that are more suited to children's shows, the Rangers felt the need to kick some ass.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gorangers0525 @FireSather I think he would be good for a team like Edmonton. Lot of young, inexperienced prima donnas that rack-a-disaprin. You get some grinders in the off season, a veteran or two, and hire Torts. They'll be a playoff team immediately, then get tired of him and hire a player coach, but the youngins will develop in the meantime.
I guess he's just a stop-gap coach.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I miss Torts and those years in a sentimental kind of way. Liked the battle level of those teams, and it was the last gasp of the Rangers/Devils rivalry. He helped develop really good D-men and two-way forwards. But he's a dinosaur, and that will become more evident as time goes by. It's like when grandpa finally gives up the family business and everyone is nostalgic at first ("they don't make 'em like that anymore!" and "well now what are we gonna do?") But when the dust settles you see what can be rather than what was. AV was the best coach to get fired in the last 5 years in the NHL. Sather knew it. It would have been stupid not to grab him ASAP.
The press conferences, however, will never be topped.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The one-two punch of grit and hard work last year of Moore/Boyle was something of beauty. They even had offensive upside! Now Moore is by himself (basically) on that fourth line, but he pitches in on other lines well when he has to, he can move the puck, makes great decisions, and since returning to the 4th line, it looks way better. He even makes the fancy stat people happy. He's the consensus candidate!
Why is it gospel that ties hurt the sport?
10 min overtime, 2 points to the victor, otherwise you both get 0? Just spitballin' here. Would suck though, not getting any points. Maybe half a point?
I don't know why, I just don't like the idea of 3 points. It's getting silly.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinMccarthy @ATCRyan Overtime after overtime wears down the players, increases injuries.
Tanner Glass scoring would indeed cause the blogosphere to implode. For the sake of the very fiber of our universe, he is left goalless.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom @brian2686 I like your style. I used to coach, and did something similar. The headline was "lowest scoring team in the league". Next game, offensive output doubled.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gorangers0525 I can't really disagree with that. I had google alerts all summer for Carcillo. I was shocked they didn't re-sign him. I think sometimes these guys sitting in team offices are so smart they're stupid.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 I'm torn. On the one hand, our D plays tighter in front of Talbot sometimes, and Hank has looked somewhat shaky (not entirely his fault). But .. you almost want to give Hank a chance to fight out of a slump too. I don't know what the right call is, honestly.
@Gorangers0525 @IhaveawaiteratMSG I know we won't get anyone back from the lightning, but I thought I'd have a little fun.
Yano, funny enough ... Glass is marketable to the right coach. You could ship him off to a defensive "old time hockey" coach that thinks he needs muscle, like Queneville in Chicago. So you're on to something there. As for his contract, I'll leave it to Sather's magic. He somehow got rid of Del Zotto. I think he can handle Glass if need be. That being said I don't think it's Glass that's the problem, but if we could get players or trade picks, I'm not averse to moving him.
@Gorangers0525 Just one of many scary developments. But if last year is any indication, he'll get his bite back.
@Purinton @RangersForte @J_CKfor30 I have purchased double my weekly allotment of liquor in preperation for exactly that.
@Gorangers0525 @IhateGaborik @J_CKfor30 Agreed, although Zucc looks better when he is with Brass, he still has been good. Kreider is playing scared of developing a rep as a goon, I think.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm worried about this team. Without the defensive depth we had last year (sorry, Hunwick ain't Stralman) and without the grit (no more Boyle, Carcillo, or Dorsett) we have become a team that can skate a whole lot. Problem is we are burning all our energy on D, and playing on our heels. Seeing Boyle in a Lightening jersey plowing ahead and fighting for pucks reminded us how important all those little things are.
We will continue to either dazzle our opponents with speed, or crumble under sustained pressure, since we no longer have the depth to grind out a tight win. And last year's team certainly was no grinder-type team, but when it had to it played perfect defensive games (Game 6 of the ECF comes to mind, even Montreal Coach "divin'" Therrien said it was perfect) We are no longer that team.
How to solve? Make Chicago an offer it can't refuse to get Carcillo back, kidnap Stralman, shave his head and beard and call him Staalman (and threaten that if he tells anyone we will suffocate his pets), and have Steve Yzerman make Boyle wear an LA Kings jersey to taunt him into asking for a trade.
In the even none of my suggestions work, I suggest we brace ourselves for one effed up season.
Classy thing ya did there re: Gordie Howe.
@JMK8363 I agree with you on the lines. Two couples should never be broken up...Brass and Zucc, and MSL and Nash. They consistently have shown they can read each other's minds. It's a thing of beauty to hear them skate without even having to yell, because they always know where the other will be. Step centers line 1, with Nash and St. Louis. Brass gets line 2 with Zucc and Kreids. 3rd and 4th you can play a little, but not much. I like your combos, but I think Hags and Stemp are interchangeable, depending on which team you're up against.
As for the D, we really need to find our bearings. Sometimes we get surprise contributions (Hunwick) other times we look like peewee hockey. I really don't want to see this keep happening every year.
Final note on D ... last year trading for Klein finally solved our D problems. What will have to be done this year? We have no magic rabbits to pull out of Sather's hat. Scary.
@Chris M I hate to agree, but I agree. Adding the Ranger depth that they have has rounded out their attack.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan Yeah but look at what happened to Marv Albert
Maloney was indeed honest. Let's hope he wasn't so honest that he gets fired. Let's remember the gag order imposed by Dolan.
Gutless effort. Disgusting. Later gang, I have a date with a bottle of scotch.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
Ok, I have a theory. The Rangers are actually taking the night off. What's on the ice now is actually hockey robots. That explains the lack of emotion.
@Say my Name Now that Adam is gone, it could just be that he melded with his one shirt. But, since Adam was the one on the case, we may never know.
5 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
@leftwingbarbara Those crazy ECHL ers lol
@Say my Name Horrible effort on our part, it's pathetic. But hey, at least we know we haven't entered an alternate reality. Since when do we not get slapped by former teammates the first time they come back. At least Marty scored one on them. And as an eternal optimist, I'll just keep throwing vibes out there that this isn't Tampa, its actually San Jose.
@Hotfreak @IhaveawaiteratMSG @Gorangers0525 You know shit is weird when Hotfreak is the voice of reason :) Good to see ya still posting. And yeah, your point is taken.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IcyCup @IhaveawaiteratMSG point taken, Icy.
@blueshirt21 Fantastic idea! My first post will be "The world according to blueshirt21"! subtitle: "How shit doesn't stink..a blueshirt21 guide to alternative reality"! My second one will be "How to properly suck a dick, by blueshirt21" And since when does a blog not include highlight reels that are on GASP!...youtube. Fuck you dipshit. Go to hell.
@Gorangers0525 @IhaveawaiteratMSG I am entitled to my opinion, and I expressed it. However, the manner in which you expressed your disapproval of my honestly-held opinion actually makes you a dick. And Neil is not doing us a favor, he's doing a job. It serves him no good if we all just blindly say all his posts are spectacular. If my comments make you upset, I suggest you not read them.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This article was phoned in, huh Neil? No youtube clips, no stats, just a barf on a page saying the obvious.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This game was AWESOME. I haven't seen a beating like that since Rodney King.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@McPhee37 We need to utilize Glass's hitting while still have the posession machine we had last year. A good team knows how to balance these demands, even in a salary cap era.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Open thread? And no squirells?
Are we dead?
As is tradition, when I go to games I give my view, having not heard any Rosen, Michelletti, Maloney or any other commentary before I formed my opinion:
I almost changed my name here to GetKostkaofftheice. He is NEVER in position, NEVER covers his man, and looks lost most of the time. The Kostka that cleared up the middle TWICE and earned our scorn for it, is the real Kostka. There is no upside. There is no improvement. He cannot play the position, it's time for him to go.
Hank was in mid-season form. Too bad his teamates aren't.
Staal is not making the case for a big contract.
Girardi must have some great painkillers, he plays the same way every night. Good to see him able to improve his game when the team needed him the most.
John Moore is sorely needed. His skating is better than Kostka, and he makes fewer mistakes. Then again, a blind, concussed triple amputee would be more effective than Kostka. Look for Connor Allen's play to improve once Moore is back.
Our fourth line is shit. We miss Boyle and Carcillo, even Dorsett was better at possession. Keep Glass and D. Moore on there, but we need someone who can skate to offset Glass' possession weaknesses #shouldhaveresignedCarcillo.
Let's see how things are when Boyle and McD are back and we figure out our lines.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
My previous comment had to be on it's own, and stand sadly in the crowd. It doesn't mean I didn't like this write-up, or appreciate Neil's effort, I was just off for a few days, so it hit me all at once. I really only started writing last season, so just as I get used to being a part of this dysfunctional family, it's taken away from me.
Wah. Sobbing over.
Glass was a beast, Nash was a beast, and St. Louis was a beast.
Brassard ... let's do this "I'm going to score in overtime to beat Detroit" thing every year! Let's make sure the NHL always plans Detroit games during the time of year when everyone wears purple or pink. Call me superstitious, but the same thing happened last year so clearly it's a trend. That means the team is getting it's footing. Yay.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I miss Kevin
@McPhee37 @ChrisB13 I agree with you guys but would make one minor distinction. Carcillo was more willing to fight and do dirty work, but AV held him back. Carcillo can also actually play hockey. In my mind, Glass is an upgrade over Dorsett, but I would have kept Carcillo around to be a pest, and do various other things. Unfortunately, AV soured on him. And I actually blame Dorse for that ... when Prust head-hunted Stepan in retaliation for Kreider's run on Price, Dorse interrupted Carcillo's retaliation. He had just charged him into the boards. He should have been left alone to draw Prust into a fight. Win or lose, Stepan had to be avenged. Instead, he fought Prust, and Carcillo got a career-changing suspension when he didn't know when to back off.
In any case, my only point is don't be so hard on Carcillo lol. He would have been a good player for us on a line with Glass and Dom Moore, and probably would have potted a few goals for us too, and could have served as a backup for Glass who will inevitably get injured or banged up at some point.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DP_Snotty @IhaveawaiteratMSG 5 and a match penalty. I'm confused though ... if Zucc wanted to dress like an ugly creature that dives why didn't he just dress like Cindy Crosby?
@ATCRyan He's our designated middleweight. Same reason Dorse was in the lineup. Granted, Dorse was a better possession player, but Glass kills penalties. Not sure if its related, but I'm noticing a lot fewer cheap shots and scrums after the whistle now that our team is bigger. That fourth line still needs to sort itself out though ... maybe when Moore takes it over we'll see some better stuff.
The only thing scarier than Zucc's costume is how shitty NHL referees are.
@Purinton @AnnoyingJoe Hamster of the NYR blog said it was "Probably the greatest toilet read in a decade"
@DP_Snotty @J_CKfor30 I'd cotton her tail anyday
@Hotfreak @genetics73 Politics shmolitics. The only left wing or right wing there should be is on the ice ;)
Given that I'm a hamster, I am seriously considering dressing as a human for Halloween.
@Purinton My Fenwick never fits into my corsi costume.
@DP_Snotty One of my coworkers is fat and bald, so for Halloween, he just says he's Rush Limbaugh and that he's "been working on my costume for years!"
@Gorangers0525 @IhaveawaiteratMSG Will Smith and Carlton Banks
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Never EVER seperate Zucc and Brass. They're gold together. They are like all the great duos of history. Starsky and Hutch. Laurel and Hardy. Abbot and Costello. Tom Dundie and Bob Dunne .. I mean the list goes on and on.
@AnnoyingJoe Make sure your league includes the kidney shots/ shots on goal stat, as well as the "making weird faces in the crease to make your opponent genuinely wonder whether you are totally crazy" stat. You won't even need to draft other players.
@AnnoyingJoe Like with all his endeavors in life, SMN uses a careful balance of skill and grit. And crack.