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I feel like this is bizzaro blog. Everyone is ::twitch:: psyched. This is unsettling. ::twitch:: .. feeling a ::twitch:: little ::twitch:: like my terrets might come out .....

"This team lacks touchness!"

Whew. Much better. LGR!! Here's hoping we go all the way. We won't know until we play the games, so let's get it started!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Sniper Turcotte I'd give credit to Renney for the better scouting and helping to change the philosophy of looking to the future. I think Torts may have stunted the growth in some ways, although he thought of himself as looking to the younger players too.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name Your sarcasm gives me a platonic thrill

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I've always found sociopaths highly entertaining. Well done, Mr. Avery.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Let's really be Machiavellian here ... start him in the NHL, feed him the puck to score. If he scores, great. If not, talk about all the "intangibles" and "maturity" and how he "sees the ice" after every game ... wait 5 games, then trade him for a younger prospect. BOOM! Then call up Hayes, or JT.

I'm sinister, I know.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/danny-kristos-future-with-the-rangers-is-in-doubt.html

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@JoeyKocur Heard a lot during the finals about how the Rangers are fast, but the Kings were big AND fast. Ultimately willed us off the puck for long stretches. With a player like this, we help address that deficiency.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@Tanner Glass @Ahockeyguy2 Drink your muscle milk, Tanner. Without Carcillo, there's no back-up. YOU'RE the back-up.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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For the record, though .. I'd take Carcillo back in a red hot second. This signing makes that harder, but I get it. Future prospect, rather than a one year banger contract.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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Ok, my two cents:

This revamps the prospect pool by adding a Kreider-quality player (different player but same level of promise, I think) who can contribute by late this year, or earlier, worst case next year. If the kid slots in as a winger on the third line, and has some success, it could bump either Stempniak or Lombardi to the bottom line, which would mean we have a playmaker on the 4th line, which means the 4th line would be a possession machine again. That would replace one thing that Boyle did well (he actually was a very talented 4th liner, but an insufficient third line center, IMHO) and keep our fourth line VERY dangerous. It would have grit (Glass) and talent, in that case.

Another scenario is that Lombardi get's bumped down and tutors our AHL prospects, which isn't so far off. He hasn't played in the NHL in a while, and his stats may only look good because he played overseas. Who knows how he'll readjust to an NHL sized rink, with harder hits, given his injury history?

In any case, this was a great signing.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@Josh-CK @Snot-Bubbler Dude, I want to agree with you, but I just don't want the team to get into the habit of throwing away picks either. I think this Hayes thing helps solve the problem short term, hopefully the other NCAA guys we snatched up also fill holes.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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I'm surprised our mileage wasn't more. I guess they didn't consider how many extra miles were put in because of Del Zotto not being able to stop the puck at the blue line =)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds Damn Canadians, with their flapping heads! Blame Canada! The reason Edmonton doesn't log the most miles is because it's measured by gasoline, and as we all are aware, Canadian teams use maple syrup as fuel.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I actually agree with your lines. You are a gentleman and a scholar. I just hope to the hockey gods that they resign Carcillo so that the line can be a puck possession monster again. Oh yeah, and because he can throw a punch.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I know an excellent fourth line option. CARCILLO!!! I get nervous every day he isn't signed.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a foot, so I'm pretty sure you're not giving yourself enough credit, kind sir.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @King For Cup Richards numbers can be described using the Seinfeld episode about "shrinkage"

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@johnnyb3910 This is where I expect someone to put a picture of a dead horse .. calling @DP_Snotty

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name I tend to be of the opinion that Stepan is a serviceable center, and will improve his numbers. That being said, I agree he doesn't dazzle, but I'm ok with it. His performance doesn't irk me. Nash's does. I think Nash should be on his own line .. in that I'd put him on the third or fourth line and let him be a beast. Let him do his back-ins, and puck craziness on an unsuspecting line and a second or third defense pairing. Putting him on the first line is folly. His type of game doesn't improve anyone else. He either backs in, and shoots, or he doesn't, and then the other team gets the puck and we start over. This is acceptable on any line other than the first.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @rangermom In other words, "this team lacks toughness"

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @grosselk Considering how bad Zel Zotto is, I'd take them both out on the ice and make them stand at the blue line. I'd then pass them the puck. Whoever actually could stop it, rather than letting it leave the zone? Is worth the fricken 1.3mm.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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This ... this right here is the saddest news I've heard since they ran out of fried calamari at my local pizzeria. I don't know how I'm going to cope.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Bring back Langdon @KevinTheNYRBlog Damn right-wingers, with their God. and their Bibles...CRAP! wrong blog ...

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Additionally, I'd like to point out that my man-crush on Carcillo is just as strong as yours. Does that make us Eskimo bros?

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Dude, I really hated that first part of your article. But after you said the 900K part .. we're still bros.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @IhaveawaiteratMSG @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Dude, I'm a sick F. Glad you are on the list of people who appreciate it.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @leftwingbarbara Soooooo ... you talk about me when you think I'm not logging in? Bastard.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G Yeah, I never understood the hiring from the get-go

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Ok, I'm in. Where do I send my 5 doll hairs?

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds I found myself staring at a goat once. Until I realized she wasn't going to take her shirt off.

OOh!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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The added advantage to Booth signing with us is the possible nickname of ...

Poop.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Bukra! And none of that vegetable lasagna! That's for soccer players. Double meat in mine, please.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html

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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?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@kevin11 You might be right, then again, Carcillo was allowed a few games. So who the F knows lol.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Let's hope there's some diamonds in the rough here more than just Brady Skjei. We'll need the forwards to step up.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@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.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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@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

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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@Bring back Langdon @IhaveawaiteratMSG Which is like saying he died twice. Least he won't be hungry. 4 mill per? God bless

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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**Here lies jokes about Poops. May ye rest in peace**

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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