I bleed blue
@Say my Name @IhaveawaiteratMSG @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Dude, I'm a sick F. Glad you are on the list of people who appreciate it.
55 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @IhaveawaiteratMSG @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara I have a hockey addiction. My doctor says the only cures? Death. Or hockey. As he was loading the gun I said "As painful as it is, I'll continue to be a Ranger fan. LGR!" and ran out of the office. I cannot wait to pretend to disagree with you on a game-by-game basis. Miss your drunken antics!
1 hour, 6 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Soooooo ... you talk about me when you think I'm not logging in? Bastard.
1 hour, 14 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Torts reminds me a lot of my grandfather. Loud, pugnacious, all about discipline. But it was out of love. He's a breed of old school that is dieing out. It's endearing, no matter what else can be said about him.
1 hour, 15 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Scott from SEC 224 @IhaveawaiteratMSG Fair enough, thanks!
10 hours, 37 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@G Yeah, I never understood the hiring from the get-go
11 hours, 3 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Fricken Torts. I really feel bad for him, except that he is getting paid by two teams not to work (right? A contract is a contract) so if I were him, I'd just be sipping espresso laced with a lot of Sambuca every morning, watch a different sport, and hang out with my kids. Go to shows, go on cruises, and see how I feel in a year.
11 hours, 6 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Ok, I'm in. Where do I send my 5 doll hairs?
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds I found myself staring at a goat once. Until I realized she wasn't going to take her shirt off.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The added advantage to Booth signing with us is the possible nickname of ...
@Bukra! And none of that vegetable lasagna! That's for soccer players. Double meat in mine, please.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@FrankCerbone I think they should move McIlrath actually. Trade bait.
On the one hand, I always hear people say that defensemen can't really be judged by stats, as their job includes a lot of intangables. Yet ... we can judge fourth line grinders by stats? This is ridiculous. An enforcer's role can never properly be critiqued by stats alone.
Two things - teams who fight more have more injuries. Well no shit Sherlock. Of course they do. More fists to the face puts the face in more danger. But riddle me this, stat whore .. what happens in the playground when a bully hits you in the head with a stick and gets away with it with no retaliation? He feels free to do it and other things again. More hits also equals more injuries. But what if he doesn't because he doesn't want to mix it up with someone who has nothing to lose? What happens? Nothing. No fight, and less hitting. Thus, less injuries.
Second thing .. let's say after 6 or 7 embellishments don't get called, and one or two of them lead to penalties? Start calling him a fairy, say that his mom does tricks on the boulevard aggressivley and for free, and bait him into a fight and take him out of the game for 5 minutes. I bet the embellishments stop. Also .. no stats to prove a negative, as the flops would never have happened.
There's a reason that even in the longpass-fast-move-the-puck-and-lets-score-more era that GMs still sign these guys. Mind telling me why EVERY SINGLE TEAM has a guy that can mix it up or at least hit harder than everyone else on the team?
@Say my Name @RangersAndRadio Who are you kidding, Say my Name? "What?! He's 22? Great player ... yeah ... great player. I know!! We'll wait until hes 42!" Is the mood of the room in our upper management. And you know it. How dare you pretend otherwise.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@kevin11 You might be right, then again, Carcillo was allowed a few games. So who the F knows lol.
@Rangers_54 @fs2020 I'd say he was "elite" as far as grinding forwards are concerned with regards to playmaking. I expect less playmaking from our fourth line this year, which is a shame because I really enjoyed the chemistry between Dom Moore and Boyle. But, in the end, the price of a salary cap era is making choices. We chose to address grit and PP QB'ing, two glaring needs. The price was we let a VERY good 4th liner go, and a solid defenseman (Stralman). Only playing the season out will prove whether these were the right choices or not.
@betweentheworlds I agree, with one caveat .. I think this team will respond real-time, not as much as a Torts team, but enough that it will deter. And I agree 100 percent about the power play as the one true deterant. I think it's one reason that teams stopped throwing us around in Dec, when we had a top 10 PP.
@fs2020 I agree, and it's amazing Step only broke his jaw once this season. I remember cheap shots to him all of Oct/Nov, none of which were addressed. The Rangers had a "soft" reputation all through Dec until they got Carcillo, but didn't even use him all that much. With Glass and Carcillo, I think teams will just play the game and just think it's not worth poking the bear.
devil's advocate argument alert ...
One could argue the team has gotten better in two very important ways this off-season. We now have a bona fide puck distributor on the power play whose fading numbers are better than some people's career highs who happen to play D. Welcome to NY, Mr. Boyle.
And secondly, the "this team lacks toughness" crowd should be ecstatic over the Tanner Glass signing. He is Dorsett's replacement, with a PK ability in addition. He is a step-up from Dorsett in grit, and in PK, and a minor step back in possession (Dorsett actually had flashes of forechecking brilliance that I doubt Glass will show). If we re-sign Carcillo, this 4th line will be different, for sure .. but it will probably dominate anyway, just with a slightly different style. Teams are unlikely to take liberties on our youngsters or cheap shots on Stepan, Nash, etc if they know that Carbomb and Broken Glass will come knocking.
Let's hope there's some diamonds in the rough here more than just Brady Skjei. We'll need the forwards to step up.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun That's correct, Glass is an upgrade over Dorsett, and if we keep Carcillo, pretty sure we successfully address the grit issue, and can focus on replacing Pouliot. Then again, we probably can already replace Pouliot with J.T. Miller, no? So there's that. And we re-signed Moore and handed D Boyle a uniform. Sounds good to me. Stanley Cup, here we come again.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
@Say my Name His leaving left me feeling a bit pinched
@Medvjed004 @IhaveawaiteratMSG @Bring back Langdon How much you wanna bet he'll suck and get traded a buncha times. Pretty sure it was zucc and the great coaching that finally let him thrive
@Bring back Langdon @IhaveawaiteratMSG Which is like saying he died twice. Least he won't be hungry. 4 mill per? God bless
**Here lies jokes about Poops. May ye rest in peace**
@Nyrangers again, not saying we should, just the structure of how something like that would work, i would try and keep him, but the same could apply to a poops or brassard-like player
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Nyrangers His stock is high right now, ship him to a sabres or edmonton-like team with talent but no direction.
@Say my Name We need better draft picks. We are doing better than before, but still not good enough. Once we graduate them, we tend to do a good job with bridge contracts and what not. Trick is not to rely on the trade so much, methinks
@KevinTheNYRBlog @IhaveawaiteratMSG Step 1--Clone MacTruck 6 times, and then sign them to the league minimum but give them free hamburgers (I'm relying on cloned humans being less intelligent, admittedly) and then fill in the roster with our free agents by re-signing all of them.
But seriously? Well, if we want younger prospects, or younger players with proven upside we'd have to trade for them. I'm not saying we should, but sign someone like a Dom Moore to a long term deal, then trade him for a draft pick and a prospect, or two prospects, etc. Would be a minor rebuild, for sure.
The other thing I could see happening is we sign everyone we can now that we have some cap space, and then try and trade for a number one center, or rely on Stepan to bounce back and sign bargain players like Pouliot and Moore were last year. Let's pray our scouts have been paying attention.
@SpazzBrown Beach? He sucks.
As I always say when Cally is brought up, I wish him the best. Loved having him around.
To be clear .. McIllrath will never be NHL ready, and of all the guys you mentioned, only the gritty JT Miller and the Lindberg kid has a chance at being relevant. Unfortunately, our farm team is lacking, so this is all we got. That would be more than just a "bold" strategy, it would be a fatal one.
@gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog It's called masochism
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Wait...the Rangers lost? I've been blacked out since the first overtime. Fuck.
Hank is a quiet, classy guy in public. But with his fire and competitive instincts, I can imagine that when he talks, people listen in that locker room.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Cmon boys! Bring it home, then slaughter them in theirs! Onward, upward, above and beyond!!!!
@Gianni74 @IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name Dubinsky-type player would be nice to have. But not Dubinsky. He couldn't buy a goal when he was on our team, he's an arrogant prick and a cancer in the lockeroom. But the Nash of two years ago? Was a good trade to make. Post-concussion Nash? Effective player but way too expensive for fourth line checking duties that he seems to do so well.
@StandnHere @IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name There's always an idiot on the other side of a Sather trade, I'm not worried.
@leftwingbarbara HA! Thanks. "Yes ... you can also TEXT" (said with disdain lol)
@Josh-CK Totally agree, just also saying i hate that they seem to think its what is gonna save them.
@Josh-CK It exists, but it should supplement, not entirely configure your offensive strategy
@Say my Name Might be a good business decision to trade Nash for depth secondary scoring with a touch of snarl. A Wayne Simmonds (only duh, not Wayne fricken Simmonds)and a draft pick
@PacNYR44 @kevshockey McIlrath, I mean
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-signed-czech-defenseman-petr-zamorsky.html
@PacNYR44 @kevshockey Trade him to the Bruins for some prospects. They might bite.
Maybe all the adversity this team has been through since 1940, (with the one exception of 1994), was all so that they could be the only other team since 1941 to win a series after being down 3-0! We have a world class spirit about this team. Win four for the ages guys, we all put some money aside to buy the commemorative DVD!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/positive-karma-time.html
@ivanricov @IhaveawaiteratMSG Thanks so much, guys. you all rock.