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@gravey94 @KevinMccarthy AMEN Gravey!
I haven't even come close to spending a fraction of the amount of time that some people have spent watch Duclair play. But from what I did see (Ranger games, this years WJC), I don't think this is the "leveraging the future" or "all in" move that everyone is saying.
Was he good? Yes, of course. But like you said, if he was that good, he would have stuck. He also plummeted in the draft due to off-ice, personality/work ethic/attitude issues. We may never know, but maybe he rubbed AV the wrong way. I totally believ that JT Miller showing up to camp early, in shape, and ready to do whatever is the reason he continues to get second chances under AV. Maybe the Duke had the opposite going for him. Who knows. I think 5 years from now we'll certainly wonder, "what if", but I don't think the Rangers will regret this deal.
3 hours, 42 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not trying to be a glass-half-empty type, but: Obviously all these aggressive moves signal that Lundqvist is progressing well and should be back on the ice for the playoffs. Talbot is playing well enough that there is no need to rush back. But, at what point does the concern switch from Lundqvists health to his ability to not be rusty in the playoffs? He is routinely average for the first month or two of every season, then finds his groove and is humming come April. I'd think he needs a solid month of Regular Season matches back under his belt to be at 100% for Round 1. Thoughts?
Also, if coming in from the golf course, putting in a solid 12 hours of work, including 3 trades and a contract resigning, and then taking a nap, isn't the most Glen Sather move, I don't know what is.
And finally, this should get interesting with Boyle down the stretch here. To go get a new PP QB at the deadline really shows the faith they have in him. Larry Brooks outlined the struggles the Rangers will have with their D pairings and matchups, as Staal typically take the opponents top line on the road, which means his partner will have to be Yandle or Boyle, because no one in their right mind would pair Staal and Klein and then put Boyle and Yandle together. Could the wrong match up in the playoffs require AV to dress Hunwick over Boyle for defensive stability, especially on the road?
5 hours, 7 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JoeyKocur It should be interesting to see if Shepperd immediately goes in for Stemp, if AV let's Fast try first, or if (god willing) Glass finds himself in the press box and we've got a 4th line of Fast-Moore-Shep.
5 hours, 53 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Talbot is lucky this wasn't 5-2 or worse. Let's not forget the two pucks that got behind him but didn't go in, due again to a combination of bad positioning and terrible d support (where was cam going on the Couturier break-n???
You'd think if these guys were so concerned with losing Zucc, they'd want to go out and prove that the roster that's in place is fine as is. But I guess psychology isn't that simple.
Bottom line is the first 2 lines were no-shows. I hate to give them credit, but the Flyers game planned us well, took away our speed and frustrated our best players.
I hope that goal for JT and the big hit on Simmonds don't stamp his ticket out of town as part of a trade...
1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Also another CBJ guy....which is great, because when all these guys were there, that team was AMAZING...
I recently attended my first game at MSG since the remodel last Thursday against the Canucks, even shelled out for Bridge seats just to see what it was like. I was very impressed. As someone in engineering/construction, the bridges are a pretty cool accomplishment, even if it is to just cram more seats in. But the improvements in concourses, bigger areas, more bars and bathrooms, much nicer finishes, really brings MSG back up to par with other arenas in the country.
As for the game, another great win. Really would have hoped for more of a blowout against the Coyotes, but the resiliency is nice to see. Seemed harder for these guys to come from behind earlier in the year. And I was hard on Hayes a few months ago, but he's really coming around. Maybe it was the haircut. Who knows. Who cares.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Pro's and Con's from last night:
Pro - These guys finally protected a lead. Nice to see them not give one up late to force OT. I don't know what the change was (or maybe it was just Calgary), but that was the best defense we've played in a few weeks.
Con - JT Miller should beg for a trade, bc I don't think he'll ever click under AV. He can't buy a goal, he tries to play physical and no one cares. I pull for him every time he's on the ice, I'd love for him to succeed, but I'm running out of hope.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Any chance someone can stuff Johnny Gaudreau in a closet at MSG after tonights game and we can make an All-BC Aumni Line? Or would that be too many 5'6" guys on one roster?
6 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-calgary.html
Too hectic of a game to comment on. Glad we got the win, but god help us if they played more games like that. Tri-State Area hospitals would see in up-tick in heart related issues. I'll just post this instead:
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Move Miller to the right of CK and Step?
@Better Call CK i was hoping he'd steamroll halal...but I'll take that
...and suddenly Brad Richards is the only useful player still hanging around from the '04 Lightning...
5 bucks says the Sharks have a long playoff run this season without that dead weight Boyle on their blue line...
@Craptin McDonqvist Years ago someone (CCM I think) had the skates with the holes, like 5 circles back to back. Not sure about the science behind it, but I'm sure it was poo-poo'd by players because you wouldn't draw penalties
@Bueller @johnnyb3910 The head does kinda look a little big for the body...
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Where on earth did you find that picture of Boyle playing defense??? At least the panicked look on his face is accurate...
I dont think the shots at the Medical Staff are really warranted on this one. Sure they have a bad track record, but if you've ever bruised anything, which hockey players do on a nightly basis, swelling, soreness and pain are par for the course. If it takes 3 days for the swelling to go down and the signs of a larger problem to expose itself, there's really no one to point the finger at. These guys are competitors, and I'm sure its not easy asking a player to express a desire to not want to play and rest instead.
That being said, I give Lundqvist full marks for coming forward about this. True leadership if you ask me. He's the face of the franchise and the backbone of team. If they had tried to be coy about this, every press conference, post game interview, pre-game interview, in-game interview, etc would have included a question about his status, and would have distracted the coaching staff and the players, which isn't something they need right now.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@SmellyKisio Dan St. Richards? Honestly, I think its time for everyone still left over from the '04 Cup team to call it a career and stop trying to fool everyone...
So to get off of Tanner Glass for a second, what do we all make of Lundqvist forcing the Rangers to come clean about his injury? I'm not going to bash the training staff just yet. Its very possible that there was more of a noticeable injury after the swelling went down, and Lundqvist told them he could play through it. What does the fact that they wanted to stay mum on the injury and he made them make a statement say?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@MikeBlue I'm not going to go as far as to endorse Tanner Glass, but I agree that Fast and Stempniak are both "safe" plays at this point. Stempniak came out of the gates looking like a great pick up, but has really been useless as of late.
@KevinMccarthy @johnnyb3910 Yep, just did a little reading up on my understanding of LTIR. Was thinking that his salary got to come "off the books" for the time period, but really it just allows the team to fill the vacancy. Also a player needs to miss 24 calendar days and 10 NHL games if placed on LTIR, so doubtful the Rangers will go that route.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-lundqvist-out-for-at-least-a-month.html
And Ryan McDonagh's captaincy continues to get off to a rocky start. Injuries, questionable decisions on the ice most nights. Now his stick is responsible for Hank being out a month. What else can go wrong?
OK, positive spin: If the Rangers put Hanks $8.5 Mil on LTIR for the next month, doesn't that increase our flexibility at the deadline to make a move??
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-lundqvist-out-for-at-least-a-month.html
Not surprised to see the PA come out against this. I can definitely understand the angle that it will create more burden on the big stars and goalies to play extra minutes, play longer shifts, and be that much more exposed to injury. I get that 3 on 3 would allow more games to be decided by "hockey plays", as opposed to the gimmick of a shootout, but I have to ask, for anyone who's seen on of the AHL games, is it really that much different? Is the "gimmick" of a penalty shot that much different than the "gimmick" of 2-on-1 after 2-on-1? While it may be more exciting because its new, as a Ranger Fan, I'd argue that a critical piece of our team named Henrik Lundqvist is going to be more subject to potential injury to have to cover plays from side to side, more traffic in front of the net, defenders sliding through the crease trying to block shots, etc, etc.
I've been a big proponent of the 3 point system, but how about this: No more loser point. In fact, no more consilation prizes. If you win playing hockey, you get 2 points, if you win in a shootout you get 1. If you lose, you lose. 0.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Unfortunately I think boychuk and leddy were both trades, and we all know we don't have much to put on the table, even draft pick wise.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I think Boyle is serviceable, but he needs a partner who is more of a stay at home guy to cover for his excessive pinches and aggressive offense. Maybe pair him with Klein, or put him back with Staal. Putting him with McD or Moore, two guys who the coaches expect to play aggressive in the attacking zone is asking for trouble.
"Boyle admitted his struggles in adapting to the Rangers system". Which system is that, the one where the 6 defenseman play defense? I mean I know this is kinda what we signed up for, and offensive defenseman, but it seems like at least once a game, if not 2 or 3 times he ends up looking like a forward on the back check because he feels the need to go hang out in the other teams slot...
I feel like I have the same opinion after every one of these losses, but I can't recall the last time the Rangers "grinded out" a win. WIth the exception of the come-from-behind win in LA, I can't think of a game where the opponent took control of the game and the Rangers went out and took it back. There are plenty of analogies or cute sayings, but the straightforward truth is, it's easy to beat teams 5-2 or 4-1, whether its the Panthers or Penguins, when everything is clicking and you're getting the bounces.
IMO, the Rangers biggest problem all year is still their biggest problem: The 3rd and 4th line are an undefined mash-up of 6-7 players. It's not just about fighting or hitting, it's about gaining back momentum. I won't even bother with Glass at this point. I'm really not sold on Kevin Hayes yet, and think a better 3rd line center would make a world of difference if Sather can trade for one. The Hayes/Hagelin/(insert someone here) line has some good possesion numbers, but I don't think they create enough quality chances. Hayes seems to get bumped off the puck way too easily. Jesper Fast seems to be a hard worker and a surprisingly good hitter, but I don't feel like he's developed chemistry with anyone.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JoeyKocur I think McDonagh is more than capable of being the captain of this team. He has plenty of support from guys like MSL, Boyle, Nash, Hank, Staal, etc. Keep in mind the kid is only 25. I think these struggles are simply him raising his expectations of himself. I don't think anyone in the room is putting added pressure on him or expecting more of him, I think it's all between the ears, and its something he has to learn as he goes. I think you can see, like in games last night, he tries to do too much sometimes, get overly involved, try to create a spark. Essentially that is his job now, but not at the expense of being a solid defenseman.
AV needs to mix up the 3rd and 4th Lines, Hayes is having a terrible night...
@Say my Name @johnnyb3910 Yeah, probably right. I just feel like they "want" these wins more than their opponents, especially against the Rangers, the way the 11-12 Rangers used to go up against teams like Boston and Pitt.
@Say my Name The 13-14 Islanders are the 11-12 Rangers, with a tad more skill. Just 20 guys running at a brick wall and banging out points...
I miss rooting for a team with a 4th line that's actually a threat to score...
Am I the only one completely disoriented by this camera angle? I guess I don't go to enough games, way too dependent on watching from center ice...
It was really sad to watch. I had it on as backround noise as I did other stuff. While it was cool to see some pairings, and some great individual effort, the truth is the whole thing is a joke. Quite frankly, I'm glad Hank wasn't picked as an back-up goalie. I'd much rather he rest his body and mind and get ready for the playoffs, than spend a weekend getting lit up with no defense in front of him.
While I'm sure it was an amazing weekend for the players and the fans in Columbus, I could help but laugh at the end. Pierre is with Ryan Johansen, and goes "In your wildest dreams, did you ever think you'd be the All Start Game MVP?", and I really wanted Johansen something like "no, I was dreaming about better things" because you could kind of tell that's what he was thinking.
That was better than every other attempt combined in Columbus last night...
@JoeyKocur I texted a friend of mine who's a Bruins fan sunday afternoon after Fleury got yanked, told him I hoped Fleury has a long, injury-free career for the Penguins! He agreed.
Pittsburgh could be unstoppable with a reliable goalie. Why they resigned him is beyond me, but he's what gives every other team in the EC a fighting chance.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta say, the article is well written, pretty insightful, and at the end of the day....useless. Really, your suggestion is to bank $96/night so you have an extra $160k at the end of your career? Pretty sure you could make that just investing your NHL earnings if you played your cards right.
I completely agree with the premise, these young guys can make bad decisions. I've done the same math for people before that he does. 5.5 years * $2.4 mil = 13.2 earned, minus taxes, agent fees, etc. I will say I had no clue what the agents skim off the top, and I didn't know what the escrow percentages were either, so thats the insughtful part for me.
Maybe I'm jaded, but if you spend 5-6 years living like the millionaire you thought you were, but really aren't, $160k isnt going to last you very long.
These guys need accountants or financial planners. League employed, like @IhaveawaiteratMSG mentioned might be a little dicey, just because personal finances aren't really their responsibility, and it could be spun that not only is there escrow, now the league is advising these guys how to manage their money. But NHLPA would make sense. Assign one to each team, hire someone in the each team's city, pay them a retainer and basically say "if you want to get your own, or not use one, thats your choice, but here: this is guy is free." That would be a good start.
@4tonynoluck I agree. Last years 4th line was a threat to score on most nights, largely due to D Moore centering two capable players, playing the correct amount of minutes. I think shifting him up to the 3rd has really taken the punch out of both lines.
The Boyle-Moore-Carcillo/Dorsett line had some big moments in the post season last year (obviously), including a few GWGs and Game 7 goals. AV needs to find that 4th line in the next few months.
@Say my Name The OT point system is defiantely screwed up, I wont even get in to that, but atleast in the Metro Division there's a large gap between the 4 and 5 seeds.
According to http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html, the Flyers currently have a 1.6% chance, so the odds are highly unlikely that Philly or the teams behind them will be nipping at our heals come April. We really just need to stay ahead of Washington to guarantee a playoff spot.
I read this article today, and have to say, I don't agree with a chunk of it, mostly the parts revolving around #fancystats. I'll get to that in a second. While I agree to an extent that it's tough to swallow paying top money for what is essentially the 3rd guy on our depth chart, the truth is it would have cost us an extra mil to replace him with an equal piece this summer. Brooks Orpik got freaking 5.5, and he's questionably a top 6 on some teams. That, and we have no depth at the position. This move basically says that Skeji is still 2+ years out, Conor Allen could be a 6/7, and McIllrath should be looking for a really nice house in Hartford because he'll be there for a while. If the Rangers have any chance of capitalizing on having the best goalie in the league for the next 3-4 years, they're smart to shore up their top 4 D, too. Or did we want to give that spot to Mike Kostka or John Moore?
As for fancy stats, I just don't buy it. Yes, possession matters in this league, and it can be a good way to put 2 players side by side and compare, or judge a teams performance over a period of time. But this isn't baseball. This isn't 1 pitcher, 9 batter, rinse and repeat. Hockey is about synergy, flow, teamwork, and cohesiveness. There isn't a stat for that. If a player is a key part of a successful team then impso-facto he's an important player, and you need to weighing paying him a little extra versus him being on the other team against your rookie prospect who is just getting his feet wet. And not to mention that defensive defenseman routinely have the ice tilted against them. Last time I checked the only stat that counts are "W"s, and we've had a lot more of those since this core got together.
On a side note, I love that this article claims the Rangers put a premium on grit and toughness. Meanwhile half of us are over here calling this team soft. Which is it??
Lastly, every player in this league is 1 hit or 1 puck to the eye away from never playing again. You pay for what you get on the ice. Contracts signed after the last lockout go away for LTIR or retirement.
So if my Math is right, call Staal's new number 5.8, we'll have 33.4 Mil tied up in 5 defensemen and 2 goalies, and then another 22 Mil for 6 forwards. 55.4 Million for 13 of the 20 players we need to form a roster.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
@rangermom @Say my Name ...and hagelin.
And in the other column, MSL and Boyle (and Hank to some extent) are driving up our average age.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
What's the famous Mike Tyson quote? "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth"?
Well the Islanders are the first of 3 teams we're playing in a row here that like to punch people in the mouths. Tampa is another one, and we have fared too well against them. I'd still take the Rangers in a Best of 7 with Hank against any of these teams, but if we struggle against Boston's Taxi Squad and/or the BJ's, watch out, because there will be a lot of people questioning if the Rangers have what it takes to win when they don't get to play their wide-open, speed oriented style.
I'm not panicing, or concerned just yet, but I'd feel more comfortable if the Rangers could play a few more games here like the one in LA, where they get off to a slow start, maybe fall behind, but find a way to tip the scales back in their favor and grind out a win. That's the kind of quality they'll need for another playoff run.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html
I know its not often that they change TV Schedules, but I'm a little surprised to see the NHL not pushing this game onto NBCSN instead of the currently slated Penguins/Wild matchup.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-islanders.html
Didn't stay up for the game, only caught the highlights, but as Neill pointed out above, the Rangers did a great job creating traffic, and it seems like it was a coaching point, either about LA's defense or Quick's style, because on 3 of the goal you can almost see the shooter hanging on to the puck for an extra split second and moving across the slot to let the traffic develop. Great patience by all 3 shooter on all 3 goals.
Just wish these games were at 7 or 8 EST...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@GiveGartneraCup That's ok. Melrose making prediction in January on ESPN is like the old "If a tree falls in the woods..." question.
Can't be a jinx if no one is around to hear him...
@J_CKfor30 @johnnyb3910 No doubt the kid has talent. Its just funny to see a kid (Duclair) who looks small amongst NHLers, stand next to a fellow Junior Player and look huge.
I'm sure one day I'll recognize McDavid. I just hope for the sake of variety he doesn't end up in Edmonton. Or in NJ for that matter...
I wouldnt recognize Conor McDavid without a jersey one, but apparently he's one of the other 3 guys in this photo with Duclair. So Duclair has 2 things going for him: 1) He may be small, but he's a hell of a lot bigger than McDavid. And 2) his bare ass isn't all over the internet
@ThomasRitter The PA would never go for the Stanley Cup Champ being forced to play one more game than every other team, or play in an 83rd game, and the team wouldn't like it either. And expecting a team structured under the cap with a real 4th line and developing players to stand a change against an All Star team would be ridiculous. And any changes to the game structure would be hard to accept in a game thats worth the same two points as every other game.
And unless your pick a location thats equi-distant between the two teams playing (Like Pens vs Flyers at Penn State), the city does matter, because the NHL needs to fill anywhere from 40,000-100,000 seats. There aren't 40,000 people in Kansas City that are dying to see two random teams play hockey. And you're going to have a hard time making quality ice in Las Vegas and Atlanta, which is why the last time there was a game in vegas, it was preseason, so it didnt count.
On the other hand, if the NHL thought they had enough of a fan base to just hold the All Star Game itself at an outdoor rink, they could really hearken back to pond hockey. Imagine they make two jerseys for every player, then, just like the draft they've been doing, the guys just go out on the ice, two captains pick their teams, and they go at it!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/
Some good ideas on here. I've written the same thing in a lot of locations, but here are the problems the NHL faces, and why we keep seeing repetitive teams:
1) As stated, ticket sales and merchandise are the big revenue producers. Therefore, the NHL turns the biggest profit when the game is between two fan bases who can easily get to the game. The Winter Classic requires 3+ times the number of fans to attend than your average hockey game if its in a baseball stadium, more if its in a football stadium. So while "Neutral Territory" is cool in theory, it won't sell enough tickets. "Stanley Cup Rematch: Kings vs Rangers in Minnesota" or Kansas City, or anywhere in Canada will not attract the crowd that the NHL needs (well, maybe Canada...).
2) Bettman is trying to bring hockey to warm weather cities, but you can't make ice in warm climates. It's pretty straightforward, but it is what it is.
3) Tying something to it (Home Ice for Playoffs, Hosting Next Year's Classic) won't draw casual fans to the game. That's what this is ultimately all about. Find a time slot with no competition, make a "spectacle" that will attract viewers to throw this on their TV, and try to drum up interest among fans who haven't watched hockey this season, but are looking for something now that football is winding down. Other sports provide an incentive to the All Star Game because the PLAYERS don't care otherwise, in theory. In the Winter Classic, the players already care. Adding incentive won't change anything.
Once again the NHL made the mistake of thinking they were one of the Big 3. Theyre not. It's OK. There are a dozen teams with cold climates that could accommodate ice. Step 1 is to get rid of Stadium Series. Its overkill and it waters it down. Have the Winter Classic in New England, New York, DC, Chicago, or Minnesota. Have 1 game between 2 "local" teams, then let 2 warm weather teams come play each other the following weekend and drastically cheaper ticket prices. The NHL has already spent the money to build the rink, give casual fans, families, and fans from far away, the opportunity to afford to go to one of these games. Open up less sections, cut back on merchadise and vendors, and make it affordable. In Boston, even in years where they don't host the classic, they build a rink at Fenway, and local HS and College Teams come and play, they have open skates, and people show up. It pays for itself without one over-the-top, over-priced production.
Do the same thing in Canada with the Heritage Classic (Home Team vs Rival in Primetime slot, followed by two warm weather teams the next weekend.