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I loved Torts, and I really think that turned when I watched that HBO special. The way he cared about the Rangers, his players, the fans was great. What got me most was the stuff you never saw like that bond he had with that kid Liam. That was amazing and the kind of stuff that makes me love this sport even more. I saw that kid coming out of a game, where they beat the Devils 4-0 mind you, and I said "Hey you're that famous kid who's friends with Coach!" and the smile on that kids face could light up Times Square. That's the kind of shit that the media doesn't cover cause it really doesn't sell papers.
And speaking of the media, I loved the way he handled the press. I think we all know of his bond with Larry Brooks and saw that video of him crushing Larry's face and ego, and you know what, Larry deserved it. He's been a bully in this town from time to time and talked all sorts of crap and he got what was coming to him.
Rangers had a good run under Torts and it was a fun team to watch but all things come to an end. Anyway, when's camp start?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Eh, these things happen. I complained about Boyle about as much as I praised him. Grinder, good faceoff guy, chip in a few goals, replaceable.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangers7389 I agree man. The comments this morning are tough to read. One loss and people are questioning Hank's contract? I think I've had enough Internet for the morning.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @DPSnottyIt was a really good movie. I wouldn't miss a Rangers game for it but the movie is very well acted and has a good story.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/chris-kreider-out-indefinitely-after-hand-surgery.html
What a cheap shot by Simmonds at the end of the game. Slashing with his stick and not just a slash, he took a good couple of whacks. That's why you can't eliminate fighting in the game. Players have to be kept accountable for their actions and if they are going to use their stick as a weapon, someone's getting a beating for it.
@Rangerssuck Well, you can't argue with your sound logic. I'm going to completely change my opinion and loyalty as a fan of a local sports team that I choose to root for based off of your well written prose and just give up on watching Rangers hockey altogether.
Now I'm questioning all my life decisions. When you get a moment, from what seems to be a well balanced and stable stream of conscious thought, would you mind telling me what else I"m doing wrong with my life? Have you ever considered being a life coach? If not, maybe you could just babysit my kid unsupervised?
If you want me to pass along any pearls of wisdom to my mom just let me know. That is, if you can find time to stop doing her. Stud.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
@Bleed_the_freak Boo him for wanting to maximize his paycheck? While I disagree with you sir, I'll defend your right to speak your mind.
6 months ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
@NYrangers79I was just about to write something under the same sentiment. Why is everyone shitting on someone trying to earn more money? Player
pay agents not because they need a talking head but because these guys
are professional negotiators just like GM's. OI can't stand the "he's
greedy" line of crap. If someone had a chance to earn more money, you'd
hold out for it too. Yeah it sucks when you are on the verge of losing a fan favorite and a very good hockey player but this isn't just about today. This is about paying someone $6million+ for 6 years and possibly handcuffing the franchise for years.
6 months ago on Rangers Decline Callahan's Six-Year, $6.3 Million Per Year Proposal
When can we expect the trade to go through?
6 months, 1 week ago on Boomer Esiason Hints At Potentially Imminent Trade ; Let's Speculate
@BrendyJohnson @johnnyb3910Yeah and use keyboard shortcuts for quick movement between tabs. Command + 1 = first tab, Command + 2 = second and so on for Mac. Control +1 for PC.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on USA vs. Slovakia/Nash vs. Zuccarello Open Thread
I know this has nothing to do with it but every time I see Cam Fowler's name I get a douche chill up my spine. He was sitting right there for the Rangers - a gift from the hockey gods and they passed. Not a slight against McIlrath but man, a large mistake.
Does this mean they consider trading #5 now?
7 months, 1 week ago on So Who is Kevin Klein?
I'm sure this may be a tired subject but I still think the Rangers made a big mistake taking McIlrath over Cam Fowler in 2010. Maybe time proves me wrong but I knew this would bite them in the ass.
8 months ago on Allen Could Make Del Zotto Even More Expendable
I, for one, think that the cap is partially unfair and let me explain my reasoning. Depending on what state you are in, taxes are different. In Texas there are no state taxes but there are in NYC. My point is, when it comes down to dollars and cents the markets that have no state taxes have an advantage because they can sign a player for less money saving cap room under the idea that they will pay no taxes. So $10 million in one state can be $7 million in another. Also, the cost of living in NYC is so much higher than say Tampa Bay. I wish the NHL would structure the cap in terms of the market and state taxes.
1 year, 2 months ago on Lundqvist, RFA Talks This Weekend; Clowe Willing to Take Paycut
Wait. Staal's status in doubt? As in it's doubtful he'll play next year? Me no get. Help small mind.
1 year, 2 months ago on Whitney, Hainsey or Zidlicky Could Hold Some Appeal for Rangers
@PenaltySh0t While I don't really disagree here there's gotta be something said about Messier. From what I read, he changed the way that the team went about representing themselves and the organization. Spending all that time playing and being a captain he's had to have learned what it takes to coach. Believing in your leadership makes players better just like in business. Work for an crappy boss and the work suffers. That being said, if he does get the job and they don't win immediately then there's a risk that The King leaves but that's a risk with not winning anyway.
1 year, 3 months ago on Eakins Ready for Leap to NHL; Vigneault A Good Fit for Rangers
Pay zero attention to any of Raissman's articles. The guy is the gossip queen of NY sports. His old, tired antics are there just to try and get people to click on his articles. Seriously fart joke reporting.
1 year, 3 months ago on Keep An Eye on Torts/McGuire Interview Tonight
I never pay attention to the lines because they will be changed w/in 3 shifts. HA! Let's go Rangers!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 4)
If anyone forgets how great of a guy Torts is, go watch the HBO special from last year. The guy is a class act and although he give off a crappy persona through the NY media, he really cares about Rangers hockey and the fans. I go crazy with his line changes and his tight offensive scheme but that's his style. The personnel changes with the kids I'm sure come from not only Torts but his staff. The kids will be fine.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Torts Fist Pump!
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Thanks Melissa. What a shame. Years of earning a very good living down the drain. Hopefully he comes out of it, it took Crosby a while too.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers Offended By Maple Leafs Showing Sauer Concussion Video to Pump Up Crowd
Is Sauer done? Any news on this guy?
I think this trade had to be done for all the right reasons. For one, the Rangers need cap space for next year to sign all of our core guys. This team is being built around the kids, Nash and The King. Stating the obvious. From what I read about Clowe, he's a solid player that will fill the areas not on a stat sheet and we'll need room to sign him.
I really like Gabby, he carried this franchise for a few years and after watching the HBO special I thought he was a pretty good teammate. I'm sure he'll score a ton of goals against the Rangers but this is more about a full season and what needs to be done to make this team great with this core. I think the Rangers are on the cusp of the Yankees run when the Core Four starter their magic in '96. Girardi, McD, Staal, MDZ, Stepan, Hags, Kreider, Miller, Cally, Clowe, Brassard, Moore, McIlrath(?) and the King. Not too shabby.
I don't think anyone would be surprised if Richards gets bought out through amnesty but if he can be Richards of old then it only helps this team.
Love this blog, love Rangers hockey. Go get 'em boys!
1 year, 5 months ago on Marian Gaborik Will Be Missed
Steve Zipay @stevezipay
Breaking: Rick Nash out of lineup tonight, team says. Both Kreider, Mashinter in. Lundqvist in goal
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 15)
Nash out of the lineup. Ugh.
@KevinDeLury That's what I love about this game. It's about respect, honor and the players keeping things in check. It's not about trying to seriously hurt someone and ruin their career.
1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers 2, Flyers 1
@Beckfan5 Completely agree and I'm usually on board with getting big time players but it's just not about Kreider. It's about long term plans and signing the players we have now who will be FA's. As Ranger fans we've waited a long time to see this plan come to fruition and giving up cap space will kill all that's been built. I guess I see getting Nash now and riding Hank for the next 3 - 5 year before he starts to decline but I'd like to see how far we can go with Step, MDZ, McD, Hags and guys like Kreider and Erixson.
2 years, 6 months ago on Trading for Nash Means No Parise | February
There is no way the Rangers get Parise. It's just not going to happen - he'll stay a Devil. Trade rumors sell papers and lead to web clicks which leads to ad revenue and sales. It's as simple as that. I do not believe that the Rangers will make a move for Nash and they will stay the course with youth surrounded by a veteran presence and role players. We could have a Parise/Nash player in Kreider at a cheaper cost for a long period of time. Don't believe the hype it's a sequel.