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It's probably gonna be Boston and Montreal. That rivalry is too good to pass up on a national television showcase.

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

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@Derek Stepan The thing that frustrates me most is that we saw how good Staal can be defensively in the playoffs last year. This year he just makes mistake after mistake and it makes me wonder if something else is going on. Staal, when playing like he did during the playoffs, is worth 4.5-5 mil per. No more. Right now he isn't worth more than 3 mil.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1211-is-jt-miller-being-showcased.html

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@JMK8363 @ATCRyan @DHizzy Nothing. What do you think would happen to a bad ref?

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

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@ATCRyan @DHizzy @GiveGartneraCup Who knows, G may want out like Gabby did. I actually think he would be an excellent 2nd pair d-man. If we could get a top-2 return for Staal (a top-2 who needs a change of scenery), we should be set. Sekera is an interesting top-4 piece and the Rangers could probably ask for him and a low pick in exchange for Staal.

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

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@GiveGartneraCup @ATCRyan I think MSL contributed in many ways during the SCF run. I don't think we would've made it without him. G can still be traded. So can Staal. On most other teams they would be top 2 defenders.

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

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@ATCRyan @DHizzy 3 goals. Literally 3 more goals for us and we win the cup.

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

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@ATCRyan And when we complained, we were met with the response: THE KINGS ARE JUST SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY.

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

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@NYRblogneill Not trying to be funny, but Pitt seems to have a serious problem with it's players getting blood clots. First it was Vokun, then Letang had a stroke (when blood can't get to the brian, usually result of a clot), and now Dupuis. Are they grinding McDonalds into their smoothies or something?

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

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@McPhee37 AV did a great job turning things around last season. That SCF team played with guts. I think he will turn it around again this year.

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

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It's annoying that they sent down Mueller. Mueller-Moore-Stems would be a decent, energy generating fourth line that could score. Damn Glass.

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

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@KevinMccarthy Call up Connor Allen for a game and let him see some ice time. He's 100000000 times better defensively than Kostka. We can't afford to shit away another game.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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My thoughts on the Kreider-Hayes-Nash line: 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I haven't been over here in a while. What have I missed?

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G @KevinTheNYRBlog Kristo to Montreal for ALLZ THEIR DRAFT PICKZ FOR 10 YRZ! lol. 

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

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@Josh-CK @GiveGartneraCup Trotz may have the Craps finally playing defense so they could be dangerous. Also CBJ is still developing and getting better. I think it will be Pitt/NYR in first or second with CBJ and Wash taking the 3rd and wildcard spots. 

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

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Isles got some good defensive pieces today. Only uncertainty for them is in net. Halak is okay, but not great and Johnson is, well, Johnson. Still, Leddy and Boychuk  make them a team capable of making the playoffs. They are also pretty speedy with guys like Grabner and Grabo. 

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

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Brassard has stepped up admirably during the playoffs and at certain points during the regular season over the past 2 years. There's no reason to think he can't handle the top line role for a few weeks.

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

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@KevinMccarthy @DHizzy I don't think Tambellini, Fogarty or Iverson are NHL ready. I forgot about Mueller though. 

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

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@Josh-CK @DHizzy Brassard and Miller are pretty skilled. I think that Brassard especially can adjust to being a first liner for a month and a half. 

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

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Considering how many options we have at center, and how he will be back likely in early November, this doesn't worry me. The team may get off to a slow start but they will adjust and when Step gets back they will be fine. 

Our current center depth chart:

Brassard

Miller

Hayes

D. Moore

Lombardi

Lindberg

Borque (hope it never comes to this)

As you can see, we have a decent top 4 group. Replacing Step's production will have to be done by committee but there is no reason to believe that that center group will crumble. Lombardi will play on the wing most likely and be a substitute center and Lindberg may make the team as 13th forward.

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

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@Say my Name This is getting annoying. The guy has worked his ass off to be here and try to save his career. He knows he made a mistake and is doing everything he can to right that wrong. Give it a break.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/pre-season-game-one-rangers-vs-devils.html

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Glass can actually skate well. Like a bigger Dorsett. 

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/pre-season-game-one-rangers-vs-devils.html

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@Josh-CK It wouldn't be Rangers hockey without stupid reffing.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/pre-season-game-one-rangers-vs-devils.html

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The debbies always play the majority of their roster in the preseason. They put 45 year old NHL guys out against AHLers and win games. It's okay, its the only chance they get to win.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/pre-season-game-one-rangers-vs-devils.html

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Wow, Buchs' first goal was Malkin-esque. Quite impressive.

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

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The lines today for the Rangers are

Anthony Duclair, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Haggerty
Logan Nelson, Adam Tambellini, Chris McCarthy
Josh Nicholls, Bryan Moore, Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux, Nickolas Latta, Keegan Iverson

Matt Bodie, Sam Noreau
Ryan Mantha, Dallas Valentine
Daniel Walcott, Troy Donnay

Mackenzie Skapski starts in goal

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

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Kristo can be a decent 3rd liner but we have so many of those in the system right now that he just gets lost in the shuffle. 

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/danny-kristos-future-with-the-rangers-is-in-doubt.html

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@Steven Marlin Actually his point production only increased by .19 points per game when paired with Gaudreau and Arnold. He was already producing before he started playing with them. It was his production that convinced Jerry York that he was ready for the 1st line role.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@scrangersfan Different scenario here. Hayes is a forward who plays a natural power forward game. Gilroy was an offensive d-man which usually means d-man who can play defense (Delzaster anyone?). Offensive d-men are really risky investments and rarely pan out. Power forwards come with less risk because of their adaptable role. 

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html

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@GiveGartneraCup He can play both. He's a natural winger though. Now that I think about it, that "sweet deal" that the Rangers gave him might actually be a potential role as a top 6 center; something that neither Colorado (glut of high end centers) nor Boston (Bergeron and Krejci) could offer. 

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

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@Josh-CK @G A Kreider Miller Hayes line would be ... 

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

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@G No leverage here at all. He's not after money cause each team can only give him a 3 yr 925K deal. He's choosing solely based on where he wants to play and where he has the greatest chance of success. 

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

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I'm hearing its between NYR, Colorado and Boston now. Why exactly did he leave Chicago then? Seems like he wants to play on a strong team.

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

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We have the appeal of former teammate + likely playoff experience. Florida is if he wants to play with his brother and Calgary is if he wants to reunite with his line mates but not achieve anything.

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

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Zucc can't beat Hank. He could beat Elijah Wood at a "Best Dressed Frodo Baggins" contest though. 

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

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@Say my Name @DHizzy Stepan is still very young. As he gets more confident in his role on the team, he will become more aggressive. Nash has just gotten far more passive since the head injuries. Hopefully he sees a good psychologist during the offseason and talks through it. Seems like he's fearful of getting another concussion and I don't blame him. If he can work through whatever emotional barrier is causing his passiveness he will probably be fine. Watching him in Columbus some years ago, he was usually pretty voracious on the puck. Kreider has shown some serious spunk this past season and I think if he stays on that first line and continues developing, he can help in that department as well as on the scoreboard. 

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

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Stepan still hasn't hit his prime as a player yet and has a ton of room to grown. He's not an elite center and won't ever be but he can still be a very good number one. Producing in the high 50 - 60 point range on a consistent basis is enough to be a #1 on most NHL teams. He still hasn't reached his ceiling and could definitely hit the 70 pt mark in the next year or two making him a very good #1. He's only 24. We'll see where he is in 4 years before we start passing judgement on him.

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

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@Say my Name Reflecting on this season's accomplishment, is it really that important? They made it to the cup final with their emotionless and level-headed play. It works for this team and if the team makes another deep run this year, I see no reason for them to stop playing this way. Yeah it's not as exiting but it generates wins and consistency. Apart from the bad start, AV's Rangers were a consistent team and rarely hit rough patches. Tort's teams would win 4,5,6 games and then loose 3 or 4 because they let their emotions get the better of them as a group. A little more "jam" might have helped us beat the Kings, but we got to the cup final by keeping cool. Look at what happened to Montreal and Philly. They both tried to get under our skin and couldn't. Philly was annoying and Montreal tried to create a soap opera and AV's calm style helped keep the team above the garbage. 

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

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@Hoserhey Skjei is consistent enough as a defensive player to be an NHL player if his development keeps up. A lot of the more dynamic college d-men never make it because their games are all over the place. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Ugh. Zucc signed for 1 year at 3.5 mil. No good. Needed to lock him up long-term. 

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Among all the bantering over free agency, contract extensions, and potential trades, I decided to do a little video as tribute to the 2013-14 Rangers which carved a special place in our hearts with their run to the Cup Finals. I spent a good chunk of my day making this video so please enjoy and share. The best is yet to come...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCwL-c9jCXs


The 2014-15 season couldn't start any sooner...

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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And so began the hypothetical story of the suburban Hank, who overpaid for a house in a good school district and pays through the nose taxes so that his little daughter will eventually get to go to one of the best high schools in the country, and hopefully one of the elite colleges but instead wastes her time bumming around and going shopping, completely detached from the real world in her smartphone when she's 14. When you first move out here, you think it will be fun to maintain a house and have your own yard, until you realize you have to maintain it rain or shine, sleet or snow. Gardening and handyman websites on the internet will become that "friend" that you never wanted who met you at a supermarket and is so socially inept that he thinks by saying "hello" to you he is your new friend. Don't move to the suburbs Hank. You will regret it once you start having to compete with Joe Shmoe next-door who bought a new BMW and thinks it's nicer than your Maserati and brags at every block party about how great his car is. Privacy goes out the door here. Everyone needs to know what you do and there are annoying gossip rings run by neighborhood dads too. The suburbs are really annoying lol. Save yourself.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GregB1919 I think trading Staal for a cheaper, young 2nd pair d-man on a longer term contract would be a nice idea. Should be done at trade deadline though. Let Staal play and up his value. He normally should be a top pair defender.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Wallace1 Lol. I find it weird that some of the most annoying face punchers in the league are Ivy educated. Glass, Parros, Westgarth, Craig Adams. A lot of the ivy guys end up as gritty fourth liners.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @DanielDHizzyHizgilov @Josh-CK Huh, I didn't bother to dig that deep into it. He was excellent in Switzerland though. Leading any league is no easy task so I think he could be a pleasant surprise for us this season. We'll see.

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

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@JustinRP37 Nash scores enough during the regular season. He just flops in the playoffs. Some of it is horrible luck and the rest is just flopping.

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

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