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

1 week, 3 days 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...

1 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 5 days 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.

1 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 1 day 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.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Josh-CK The guy played for Calgary, Phoenix, and Toronto during the majority of his NHL stint. Those teams were some of the weakest teams in the NHL. They were constantly being waltzed around by better teams and were in the NHL's cellar for a good chunk of 2000-2010. He simply wasn't given much of a chance to possess the puck and even then he managed to generate some offense. The Rangers as a team control the puck because of their system and that gets everyone involved. 

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

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I think he's finally going to garner some serious Norris consideration next season. I think we have a superstar defenseman on our hands. Not only that but it's still refreshing to see that he gladly accepted that 6 year deal at 4.7 per. He knows he is a great player and I guess he felt the money wasn't the most important thing. Guys like Subban are begging for 8 mil per now after their bridge deals expire. Best contract that Sather has ever doled out.

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

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@Josh-CK Oh god no. Makes us older and gives us less cap space to work with unless SJ retains 20-30 % of his contract.

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

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That Seinfeld clip still cracks me up lol.

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

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Whoa! I thought he was looking in the ballpark of 3.5 aav!

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

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Ducks don't qualify Perrault. Any good? Don't know much about him other than that he played for the Crapitals.

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

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@MikeBlue I would rather not trade away Brass as then we would have a mortal wound at center. Yandle is a great idea but trading away Brass should not be an option. He was a key cog of our most important line this season with Zucc and Pou. 

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

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@kjetiaha He will almost certainly get a 4 year deal at about 3-3.5 mil depending on how high he asks. Either way it will likely be a good deal for both sides.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @DanielDHizzyHizgilov @KarenMaz We better start going hard after Mason Raymond then.

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

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If Poo is asking for 3 mil or over, sign Raymond. Raymond knows AV very well and AV was the guy who helped kickstart his career in Vancouver. I like the idea of bringing in a player who is perfect for the 3rd line and knows the coach very well. While the idea of signing Ehrhoff to replace Stralsy would be nice, Ehrhoff would probably get 4-5 mil from a team like Philly or Edmonton and unless he was willing to take a pay cut to get back together with AV, he will probably be priced out of our range. Also, he's a lefty shot and we need to fill that spot with a righty. Dan Boyle is a good option but is expensive. I don't see how you can make everyone else fit if you sign him for 5 mil a season. Fayne wont be an upgrade but will be an adequate replacement for 2-3 mil and that would work salary wise. 

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

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First Ranger that I have seen in a long time say that they care about the team and not themselves and are willing to take a hometown discount. Nice to see that the bright lights of NYC don't corrupt every athlete. (They even got Cally :( )

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

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This was a fine pick but he better realize that he won't see NHL ice for a good 3-4 years down the road and then only as a backup to Hank.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/59th-overall-rangers-select-brandon-halverson-goaltender.html

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Look's like he could become our version of Bryan Bickel a few years down the road.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/85th-overall-rangers-select-forward-keegan-iverson.html

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I wouldn't be surprised if he out develops and out performs McIlrath in a year or two. McIlrath has not been developing much and I don't see anything other than a big fighter in him. He's not mobile enough to be part of AV's system either. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/104th-overall-pick-rangers-select-defenseman-ryan-mantha.html

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@G I don't think we should pay him more than 3 mil for 2 years. He was pretty much invisible in Buffalo. Also, lefty shot. We need that balance but loosing Stralsy means we need a righty. Fayne is a decent option and will be in the 2-3 mil range but won't be an upgrade, just an adequate replacement. Boyle is a good replacement but will be very expensive and wants 3 years.

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

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@betweentheworlds I'm just pissed that our role players demand huge raises when star players around the league take pay cuts to help build a winner. WTF?! 

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

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Gaby took a considerable pay cut to sign a 5 mil per 7 year deal with LA. Why don't our players do that?!

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

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@gravey94 Hopefully not Bolland because he's asking for 5 MIL PER SEASON!! We don't need to become the Leafs all of a sudden. Maybe Legwand is a good option as he's cheaper than that and more effective.

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

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@JosephCosolito He was doing everything a player possibly could do to score and pucks just wouldn't hit the back of the net. He became a more rounded out player too which I think will do wonders for his game next season. He will be a much more complete player after these playoffs and I think they will help him reinvent his game so that he can be a force on both sides of the rink.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-buy-out-brad-richards.html

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On the offseason trade front, whispers going around that the Sharks may be looking to trade Pavelski for an impact player. They have excellent center depth (Thornton, Coture, Hertl, Wingels, Desjardins) and are probably looking for a top six scoring winger. Nash for Pavelski would be in both sides best interests. Nash gets to play with Joe Thornton who he has some decent chemistry with, Rangers get that 1A/1B center combo of Pavelski and Stepan, Rangers open a bit extra in cap space as Pavelski’s contract runs at $6 million per season till 2018-19 and he is still pretty young, Sharks get a strong, scoring power forward who they were pursuing a few years ago at a much cheaper price than what Columbus wanted (Coture + roster player, prospect, and pick), and Rangers now have room (if all RFA and UFA’s can be signed as done in cap geek.com listed below) to sign an impact winger like Iginla for around 6-7 million per season for a few years. Rangers get more skill and grit, Sharks get bigger and more skilled on the top line, both teams win. What do you guys think?


Capgeek Worked out roster: dhizzy’s 2014-15 Rangers Concept Roster


P.S. Pouliot can be replaced with Mason Raymond if finances don’t work and Brian Boyle/Manny Malhotra swap doesn’t need to happen if Boyle accepts contract at around 2 mil per year and a few 100K are shifted around from the other UFA/RFA contracts.

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

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Brass is very important for this team. He absolutely needs to stay.

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

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Sheesh. Slow down. The season just ended. Get some rest and safe the roster move stuff for tmrw. It was a wonderful season full of memories and it was tough to see it go like this, but now we have a team that can go the distance. They are a contender. Hank will get his cup.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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@Emadk94 Don't say that. Hope for the best.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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STOP MISSING KREIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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Ranger's goal is close. They can smell blood.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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@Josh-CK Trying to get some spark I guess.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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SCORE NOW RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!! 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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