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Because the guys who make those ranking are the same guys caravaning around Canada, ranking these prospects that we don't take because we trade away our first round picks. We don't have the flashy, first round names. We have undeveloped prospects with lots of upside, but no one knows who they are, so were 28th.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I feel like baby sabres ARE the adult sabres...
2 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Josh-CK Definitely possible, although I'm pretty sure Miller isn't on the Traverse City Roster, is he? So it's not like Hayes jumped him, just means thats where Hayes slots in after he was added late.
Although it obviously could imply that management wants to see how he does at center rather than wing.
Either way, competition in camp is a good thing. A few months ago we weren't too sure there'd be much.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not totally surprised by the 24/7 news. Last season was real watered down. Teams and coaches are more and more aware of how they are viewed by the public, and that really killed it last year. Lets be honest, not every team has the personality required to carry a show like that, although I think following Patrick Kane around uncensored probably would have been pretty entertaining.
The new partner will be the NHL Network, and the show will blow. But I for one am happy that we'll get to be one of the few fan bases that got a real good 24/7 series. And even the Rangers season probably wasn't that intriguing for fans that didn't follow either team. I do still with that HBO would sell the series on DVD/Blu-Ray with extended footage/deleted scenes.
As for the rules, I get it. They all come down to either "more offense" or "less bullshit/criticism of the league". Not a big fan of #57, though. If you get the puck first you should be fine. McD has made tons of game-saving plays chasing down guys from behind.
@AnnoyingJoe This is going to sound cold to say, but players on LTIR don't count against the cap. If your fear were a drop off in production due to age or diminishing skill, thats one thing. But considering the amount of money the Rangers have spent buying out big contracts and burying guys in the minors (when it was allowed), they can't honestly sit there and be worried that they'll still be paying Staal if he spends time on LTIR.
And new contracts don't count against the cap if a player retires, the way old carry-over contracts do. Based on Staal situation, you pay him for what he brings on the ice, not what he could cost James Dolan off if it.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name just please don't sink to the buzzfeed strategy of roping in readers..."Anton Stralman talks to Tampa Media, But You'll Never Believe What He Says about NYRs..."
"Derek Stepan Was At Practice Today. Click Here to See Why That's Not Good News..."
5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@gravey94 Well said, @gravey94 !! I remember reading that article and thinking the same thing "If this was his only path to the NHL, why did NO ONE step in and say 'why dont you try a different career path'!?!" getting physically beaten on a daily or weekly basis simply to keep a dream alive that, quite frankly you dont have the pure skill to obtain, was a dangerous path to go down.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 As a doctor, youre responsible to treat your patients needs. Granted this is skewed because its sports, and the doctors also feel pressure to get the player back in the game. But known addict or not, this is why the league has a substance abuse policy. If a doctor prescibes you a healhty, managebale dose of a medicine/prescriptions, and then that individual chooses to obtain additional medication illegally to take 3, 4, or 10 times to dosage, that's not the doctor's fault. If the doctors had not prescribed the first pill, Boogaard would have simply bought more, and most likely met the same ending.
You could say the Rangers and the League should have treated him better, aided him better, put his well being above the needs of the team, but you can't pick 1 prescription and 1 doctor and say he's the straw that broke the camels back, when the abuser bought over 3,000 pills in 2 year illegally.
I dont want to get in to it, but this is whats wrong with our society and why health care costs are sky high. Lawyers sue everyone as if theyre the only ones responsible in hopes that one set of charges stick.
Not defending the Rangers Medical Staff, but as a doctor, you can't be expected to know what medications/drugs your patient is taking illegally if they don't tell you. If the Rangers' staff was over prescribing on the dosage or writing multiple prescriptions that left Boogaard with a stash of pain killers, then I'd agree, they share some responsibility. But if the Rangers doctors prescribed and supplied (i know nothing about medicine, these are arbitrary numbers) 1 pill a day, and he was taking 5 and buying the other 4 illegally, then I'd think the doctors wouldn't be held responsible. Additionally, if there was a reaction between the properly prescribed Ambien and an illegal drug that Boogaard was choosing the take on his own, I'd say the doctors aren't responsible for that, either.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
AG - keep an eye on eBay. You have to weed thru the knockoffs, but good options pop up here and there. I was searching for a Cally jersey last season, but with the contract stuff I ended up with a brand new Adam Graves jersey, new reebok style, all sewn on numbers and letters, for $70.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
2 people arrested in connection with Derek Boogard's death, a physicians assistant from Utah, and Jordan Hart, son of former Islander Gerry Hart. Apparently Jordan was put in contact with Boogaard by a fellow Ranger player.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Was a little surprised the with the NHL and NBC being in cahoots that Hank stopped by Letterman instead of Fallon. Although maybe the Rangers were afraid Jimmy would want to play some game where they fire random objects and Hank.
6 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@G If my understanding is correct the limit is 23 Active NHL Players, 50 acive contracts, and 90 maximum reserve list. According to CapGeek the Rangers have 22 NHL Contracts and 28 non-roster players. That does not include John Moore.
As the talk is for Malone to sign a two-way deal, but guess is he'd fall under the non-roster players until opening day, and if he were to make the team, someone like Jesper Fast, Chris Mueller, Lombardi or Glass would be assigned to the AHL.
As far as the 50 goes, I don't completely follow it, maybe someone else does, but it looks like players under the sage of 20 who are returned to their junior clubs dont count against the 50, so of those 28 non-roster guys, some may fall off that list after training camp.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm imagining 2 PP units: Malone in front of the net on one, Kreider in front on the other. MSL/Step and Zucc/Brass on the wings. Boyle and McD QB'ing the points. Maybe John Moore ripping some slap shots.
Oh no, where's Rick Nash??? Oh well...
6 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It could be a semantics thing on Sather's behalf, not one to ever do things the easy or logical way. Or it could be a request from Malone. If I'm reading the internet right, a PTO contract only guarantees a player the ability to play 25 AHL games. If they're going to crack the NHL roster, they'll need a new contract to cover this. In Carcillo's case, he probably knows that if he doesn't make it on to the Pens, there's a chance another team will pick him up later in the season, similar to how the Rangers found themselves needing his services.
In Malone's case, a guy trying to right the ship after lots of legal trouble, he's probably low on funds, and more interested in a contract that is going to guarantee him a year-long job, and a full season's salary. He doesnt strike me as the kind of guy that a team will call in January to offer a contract to if he's been sitting on his couch for 4 months.
Edit: Although, after reading what i just posted, he just got bought out by TBL for his previous contract, so you wouldn't think money would be a huge issue at the moment.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@greggray24 It's definitely IP address. I travel home to visit family in NJ, and have been in upstate NY for work and had problems. The VPN might work, never thought to try that. Youd probably also have a hard time finding an area where NHL Network isn't some option somehow in some package.
NBCSports will be a bigger pain than NHLNetwork. The only NHLN games I can think of from last season are when they broadcast HNIC on Saturday night against MTL or Toronto. But the Rangers will always end up with a 10+/- games on NBCSN.
The other option that someone else on here might be able to comment on (that i have considered but never looked in to) is going with directv, who lists MSG as a channel option in their sports package, regardless of where you are. Not sure how that works out-of-market. Plus then you get Sunday Ticket if youre out of the region for your football team, too.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JMK8363 GameCenter through NHL.com has been fantastic for me. I've had it for a few years now. All games are in HD, available on your AppleTV, and you can always select the feed, home vs away, and you can pause and rewind. Its obviously contingent on your internet connection and speed. If you've got a ton of stuff running on your network at home, your apple tv connection may be slow, just like streaming anything else. You can also watch on your phone or tablet anywhere with a decent signal. $160 per season the past few years, which I believe is the same price as CenterIce.
The only small challenge, depending on where you live, is blackouts. Not sure how this works with CenterIce. If your cable provider offers the channel that the game is on (MSG/NHLNetwork/NBC Sports, etc.), even if its as part of a sports package that you don't have, it will be blacked-out on GameCenter. Same goes if you get the channel but its airing a differnt game (ie. MSG in the Buffalo area). If you live it DC that's probably not a problem very often.
Every year I check the free week of CenterIce, but completely agree with you, the lack of HD and the away feed kills me. Plus the mobility is unquestionable. If I'm on the road for work, or traveling with family, I can still catch the game on my ipad or phone.
Any questions, let me know.
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Step 1) Whatever job you have now working 40-50 hour weeks, QUIT
Step 2) Making working out and lifting weights you job
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2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know this doesn't belong here, but photos from first informal skate-around at MSG practice facility:
I think it's a good sign that JT Miller is on the ice. Not sure there's any direct correlation, but its a good for a kid with "questionable dedication" to be there early.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm interested to see, in this day and age, how trying to drop a second team in a city like Toronto will play out. In the Metro area, you at least have geographical dividers where people in Jersey, NYC, and Long Island are proud that their from one and not the other. To just drop another team in a city like Toronto where the fan base is so far reaching into the surrounding geography, I'm just not sure it will work.
I don't know, maybe I'm way off, but if, say, the Islanders stayed in Uniondale and a new team pulled in to town to play at the Barclay's Center, who would drop their allegiance to pull for a new team? Hockey is a sport deeply rooted in tradation and die-hard fans. These aren't the on-again off-again NBA fans with the jersey for 6 different teams and 14 different hats in their closet.
I heard Sather is going to trade to get Richard's back, convince Fedetenko to unretire, and offer Torts a job with the Equipment Team...Rumor also has it Dave Andrechuk has been skating at a facility in New Jersey..."The Quack-Attack is back, Jack!" And by "quack", i mean 2004 Lightning...
@gravey94 @IcyCup My comment wasn't meant to be a scathing critique of Hayes. He's very talented, has a lot of potential, and certainly has shown to have the makings of a quality NHL player. At the same time, I agree, that Kristo may be getting close to "past his prime", he hasn't blossomed the way others have by the age of 24. I would remind everyone, however, that Matt Gilroy was a Hobey Baker winner who tore up Hockey East with better career numbers than Hayes as a defenseman, but he crashed and burned in the NHL, and now can barely hold down a roster spot. Even Kreider, who seems primed to be a great NHL player for years to come, took almost 2 years to seem comfortable at this level (blame Torts all you want for that).
Believe me, I'm pumped that Hayes chose to sign with us, and I'm certainly hoping for the best. My criticism was more that a lot of people seem to be jumping to the conclusion that Hayes and Kristo somehow have intertwined destinies. Sure if one gets a roster spot, thats one less spot for the other, but I don't think its as black and white as "Hayes is here, get ready for Kristo to be moved". The Rangers are sorely lacking depth. Both of these guys could potentially slide right into AV's system, and if they don't, they'll be quality players on the Wolfpack. As Adam pointed out a few weeks ago, having a competitive, profession AHL affiliate has a lot of effect on how prospects develop.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Boy we really are bored. We trade every early round draft pick away, so management targets free agent college players. We sign ONE guy who had ONE good season at BC (pretty sure I read he scored 27 of his 44 goals in one season) and suddenly the Wolfpacks leading goal scorer from 13/14 is on his way out?!?! Right, if certainly hate to have some depth come mid-season.
Hayes has "potential bust" written all over him. He's been hyped by the media and his camp. Let's not go writing off a talented Kristo who has chemistry with a number of players expected to be in the NHL opening night quite yet...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Chicago is expected to get a compensatory draft pick in 2015 probably in the second round. Pretty sure we just gave our 2015 2nd Rounder to Tampa Bay because Callahan resigned and the 1st became a 2nd. How will that work?
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DHizzy Based on their depth chart and cap hits, he'd have to play well enough to convince management to trade Kris Versteeg or send him to the minors, which is highly unlikely.
Like @Josh-CK said, the kid wants to walk in to camp this summer with a team thats got a top-6, or alteast a top-9 spot up for grabs. Thats not the case in Chicago.
Found this link on PuckDaddy, profile on recent Ranger signing Chris McCarthy. Probably not the same level "prospect" as some of the others, but still a good read for those going through hockey withdrawls:
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I pull up those 2003 draft results every once in a while and suffer through reading it, almost like a form of self-inflicted punishment for my choice of being a Ranger fan. That list continues into a second round that includes Loui Erikkson, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Corey Crawford, Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Jimmy Howard, to go with our pick of Ivan Baranka. And it really is a pandora's box situation, as our inability to develop a dangerous scoring forward from within the organization has forced our hand into signing guys like Richards, Gomez, Drury, etc for way too much money, and trading away valuable assets for guys like Nash, MSL, Clowe, etc.
You're right, most drafts beyond a top 5 selection can be a crap shoot, but it turns out missing in 2003 was like striking out at slow pitch softball.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not to beat a dead horse, but it's also amazing how often we can tie the Rangers problems with Center Depth, and therefore cap space, and therefore the rest of the roster, to the dreaded Hugh Jessiman draft selection. Half of the league (that's a guess, not a stat, could be more or less) currently has a #1, or at least a #2 line that is being anchored by a player from the 2003 draft that was still available when we selected Hugh... If we had selected a player who stuck, we could have saved the trouble and the cap space of going after guys like Ricahrds, Gomez (although that yielded McD), Drury, etc.
@Say my Name I'd add that we also had one of the most consistent fourth lines down the stretch as well, that chipped in timely goals, we're more than just one dimensional (most or all playing a role as part of great PK), and were rarely a liability on the ice.
Agreed, our first line was far from the brightest bright spot last season.
@tgrace5 @johnnyb3910 @Herman_NYRBlog How often do you see Rick Nash enter the zone and then lose the puck, and how often do a Ranger forward or defender take a shot "just misses the net". Stepan's responsibility as a center is also to be the first forward back on D. When you've got Rick Nash practically helping the other team out of the zone, being along the boards for clearances or floating back near the blueline to play D is part of the territory. It's tough to be overly aggressive when no one fears your biggest threat anymore.
@Herman_NYRBlog People who don't think he's a #1 are looking at the fact that on their respective depth charts, Bergeron, Carter and O'Reilly don't take regular shifts on their team's top lines. They expect a #1 center to put up Crosby/Giroux/Sequin/Backstrom/Taveres type numbers, but what they miss is that those guys play on one-dimensional teams where the top line is stacked because they rest of the line-up is questionable.
I agree with Kevin, Stepan is #1A. He's perfectly capable, he's a well rounded and can contribute in different ways. He's not flashy, it's not always highlight reel stuff, but we've got bigger things to worry about than how #1 our #1 center is.
The truth is he'd put up top 10 stats if he wasn't anchored down by the enigma that is Rick Nash. I think a lot of fans feel a #1 center should be able to "ignite" Rick Nash. But honestly, the only person who can fix Rick Nash at this point is Rick Nash. I'd put money on Stepan having a career year if he plays next season with MSL on his right instead.
We'll yeah, when you drop a couple unneeded N bombs in a post, it is bound to come out racist...
There are better ways to get the same point across...
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html
Yawn...hockey players...so down to earth...so dull. I wish some of these NFL and NBA players would rub off on them. We could use a good club shooting, DUI, or domestic disturbance right about now...
I guess that $8 Mil signing bonus was put to good use...
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@WeBleedBlueNYC needs to make an "In AV we Trust" shirt...
From Dom Moore's Smashfest Fundraiser. Good to see Klein, Brass and Talbot make an appearance.
Could MDZ be more tan? Looks like a guy who hasn't seen a hockey rink in months. oh wait...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @JMK8363 It may just be trust in bigger situations, but I have to believe AV knows something we don't. The history with AV has to be what tipped the scales to justify dealing Dorsett and letting Carcillo walk, and paying their replacement more.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 HAHA! I almost forgot about that game. They really did f***ing suck!
And Yes, that's what I mean. And it's why Cally was the first one over to him and why Richards guided him off the ice.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The one thing working against Zucc is his passion level. It's too high to be a captain. The same probably goes for Lundqvist. Sure, they'll give great speeches in the locker room, which is important, but anyone can do that when the time comes, you don't need a letter. The main difference between wearing the C and every other leader on the team is you talk to the refs. And we all know there's a sort of complex to being a ref. Just like Torts vs AV, refs need to be coddled, a little butt kissing, a little politicking, so that when the time and place comes to blow up up at them, you've earned some brownie points. The guy with the "C" needs to be level headed. He needs to be able to skate away from a line brawl and have a collected conversation with the officials, bc when penalties start aimlessly flying around, it becomes more about who the refs want to make an example of than who actually deserves it.
Love the list, and agree on all fronts. I think ultimately McD gets the "C" just so we don't have to go through this again next summer, and Marty mentors him and the team. Clearly from last season's run, you don't need a letter to be a leader. I dont see AV taking a letter of of both Girardi and Staal, and seeing as Girardi was more by default, I think Staal will keep an "A".
That being said, also keep in mind that in addition to naming Luongo the captain in Vancouver, AV also made the somewhat unconventional move of naming FOUR Alternate captains in 2010 when Henrik Sedin was named captain. So technically everyone on this list could be given a title and a rotating (I assume) letter on their sweater.
@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun True, but keep in mind that MSL is making $5.6 this coming season, so its really a wash for this round of negotiations.
The difference is that when Zucc signs an extension that starts in 15-16, MSL contract won't be there, where as Callahan's would have. Same goes for negotiations with Staal.
@ATCRyan @G Also reportedly has a no move and no trade clause.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Wait...Other GMs are signing potential UFA's to extensions the summer BEFORE their free agency hits instead of waiting until the last minute, playing hardball, and building animosity between the fans, management, and players?? You can do that???? (sarcasm)
Here's one more area where Sather's knack for throwing a blank check at other teams free agents while playing hardball with our own is migrane-inducing. His constant need to try to use "the clock" as leverage means that while other teams are building their franchises for the next 5 years, Glen is still working on forming a roster for the upcoming training camp.
I'm not saying decisions are right or wrong, contracts are good or bad, etc etc, but it would be nice to see him sign one or two more depth forwards in the next week or so (ones with actual hockey skills, preferably), get theses RFA's dealth with before arbitration, and then spend August working with Staal's agent on a team friendly deal.
The one element Glen doesnt seem to grasp is that on July 1st, when the doors option for 1,000 other options for him they also open for his exiting players. We may not need B Boyle, Stralman, or Pouliot (or even Callahan) but Sather's need to "see what else is out there" has prevented this organization for keeping solid players here on friendly contracts. He passed on the opportunity to resign all 3 (or 4) of those guys mid-season, and now he has to spend the summer filling vacant spots rather than improving what we already have.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It will be interesting to see how/if AV adjusts his pairs with Boyle in the mix, as well as being the obvious PP QB. Last season, Richards averaged 3:40 of PP Time per game. Last season Stralman was 4th on the team in avg TOI (19:24), behind the 3 mentioned above (McD 24:49, G 23:07, Staal 20:31) Stralman averaged 17:30 even stregnth, 1:37 shorthanded, and 16 second of PP time. If Boyle ends up paired with Staal and essentially takes Stralman's 17-18 even streght minutes plus Richards' 3:40 of PP time, he's still going to fall in the 21-22 minute per night range, and thats assuming no PK time, which a guy like Klein might need to step up and take (averages 38 seconds/game last season. The alternative would be to drop Boyle down into more for of a 3rd pair role to limit his even strength time.
@scrangersfan @johnnyb3910 @grublets on ice I'm looking past rank/depth and worrying about chemistry. Remember when some AHL kid from Hartford named Dubinsky was the only guy who could play with Jagr while Drury and Gomez we're making $7 mil to play on the 2nd and 3rd lines?
Stranger things have happened.
In a perfect world, Sather finds a way to get a real 1st line center, Stepan or Brassard play on the 2nd line and the other gets traded, Miller takes the 3rd line spot. Thats the only way we stay affordable down the middle. Bottom line is we're paying Rick Nash $7.8 mil a year, and Stepan isn't getting the most out of him. I'm not saying its Stepan fault. It may never work, Nash may never live up to his full potential, but I agree they have to at least TRY some other combinations.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@grublets on ice Ive been saying the same for a while. Need a new center for Nash so Step can play with MSL.
There were some glimpses of chemistry between Miller and Kreider. Wonder if AV would give JT a shot between Kreider and Nash, or create another line with that tandem.
@Bring back Langdon @King For Cup I was thinking the same thing, but hadn't seen any rumors. Hopefully its someone more credible than Eklund...
I agree with basically everything on here. I don't prefer that Sather made moves that were pro-active rather than reactive, but at the end of the day, it had to be done.
Could we be better on paper right now? Sure. We could have overpaid for Statsny or traded for Spezza or a dozen other things. But at the end of the day, Sather made moves that left us with some flexibility. Nothing wrong with that. We could also be a hell of a lot worse.
I'm fine with the Dan Boyle signing. Not crazy money, only 2 years, at which point hopefully some of this defensive depth will turn into consistent players, and we may FINALLY have a QB for our PP. He can also spend the next two seasons tutoring McD.
I will say one thing in support of Tanner Glass: If his two season with the Canucks under AV give AV more confidence in our 4th line, and more of an opportunity to play the physical style that this team lacked at times, then I'm all for it.
Haha, right the first time! Well done DP
I'm on the fence about today's moves. Everything Sather did filled the right vacated holes, but other than Pouliot, I don't feel like the other who left got grossly overpaid, and the guys we brought in are basically an even wash.
Boyle is obviously an upgrade on the power play point, but beyond that I just see the usual MSG turnovers. No major upgrades over who has left so far.