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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.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinMccarthy @DHizzy I don't think Tambellini, Fogarty or Iverson are NHL ready. I forgot about Mueller though.
@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.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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:
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.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @DHizzy @Say my Name No, I think you know that cliché means overused.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/pre-season-game-one-rangers-vs-devils.html
@AnnoyingJoe @DHizzy @Say my Name I get the drug jokes. They're cliché.
@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.
Glass can actually skate well. Like a bigger Dorsett.
@Josh-CK It wouldn't be Rangers hockey without stupid reffing.
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.
Wow, Buchs' first goal was Malkin-esque. Quite impressive.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The lines today for the Rangers are
Anthony Duclair, Kevin Hayes, Ryan HaggertyLogan Nelson, Adam Tambellini, Chris McCarthyJosh Nicholls, Bryan Moore, Michael KantorPaxton Leroux, Nickolas Latta, Keegan Iverson
Matt Bodie, Sam NoreauRyan Mantha, Dallas ValentineDaniel Walcott, Troy Donnay
Mackenzie Skapski starts in goal
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/danny-kristos-future-with-the-rangers-is-in-doubt.html
@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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-kevin-hayes-has-signed-with-the-new-york-rangers.html
@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.
@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, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Josh-CK @G A Kreider Miller Hayes line would be ...
@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.
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.
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, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Zucc can't beat Hank. He could beat Elijah Wood at a "Best Dressed Frodo Baggins" contest though.
@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.
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.
@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.
@GregQuinn Another day on patrol for the mighty Canadian air force...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html
@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, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Ugh. Zucc signed for 1 year at 3.5 mil. No good. Needed to lock him up long-term.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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...
The 2014-15 season couldn't start any sooner...
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.
@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.
@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.
@Gorangers0525 @AG_Blue Budaj*
@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, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
@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.
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, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
That Seinfeld clip still cracks me up lol.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Whoa! I thought he was looking in the ballpark of 3.5 aav!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Ducks don't qualify Perrault. Any good? Don't know much about him other than that he played for the Crapitals.
@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.
@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.
@rangersfan92 Ha, I wish.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @DanielDHizzyHizgilov @KarenMaz We better start going hard after Mason Raymond then.
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.
@KarenMaz Good news.
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 :( )
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.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/59th-overall-rangers-select-brandon-halverson-goaltender.html
Look's like he could become our version of Bryan Bickel a few years down the road.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/85th-overall-rangers-select-forward-keegan-iverson.html
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.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/104th-overall-pick-rangers-select-defenseman-ryan-mantha.html