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

2 days, 11 hours 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

5 days, 11 hours 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 weeks 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day 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. 

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

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

1 month 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. 

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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. 

1 month 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. 

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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. 

1 month, 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. 

1 month, 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. 

1 month, 4 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months 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 months 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 months 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

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

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That Seinfeld clip still cracks me up lol.

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

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

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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. 

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

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

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@rangersfan92 Ha, I wish.

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

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

2 months, 2 weeks 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. 

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

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@KarenMaz Good news. 

2 months, 2 weeks 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 :( )

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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. 

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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?! 

2 months, 3 weeks 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?!

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

3 months 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.

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

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

3 months 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.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html

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