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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...
2 days, 2 hours 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.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
5 days, 2 hours 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.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
6 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ATCRyan @G Also reportedly has a no move and no trade clause.
2 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
@Bring back Langdon on a side note for us in the Tampa area, very bummed that the Rangers only play one game down here and its the night before Thanksgiving. Might not get to see our boys in blue this season...
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
@Bring back Langdon Do Stralman and Cally share an agent?
TBL has been very busy this week. But there will always be a desire to jump on the same ice as a guy like Stamkos. Too bad Nash doesn't have that effect on people...
@Bring back Langdon @johnnyb3910 @cb1 @dsclaw88 probably depends on how low he's willing to go. Would have to take less than $1 mil, otherwise it would be cheaper to play someone on an EL contract.
@Bring back Langdon @cb1 @dsclaw88 Tanner Glass = Dorsett + $200k cap savings + can actually win fights
D Moore, 2 years @ $1.5 each. Not bad at all
there goes carbomb...
Slats gets D Moore and Tanner Glass
I have a soft spot for Joe Vitale, went to Northeastern at the same time as him. Would have liked to see the Rangers get him. Good young(er) energy guy for the 4th line. Oh well...
Kostka = this season's justin falk?
I wonder if any Ottawa fans had momentary heart attacks when they saw "Karlsson" with Speeza in the trade to Dallas?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
I don't think the Flyers or Islanders will do anything smart, but I am concerned with the flexibility NJ has to quickly become relevant again.
@_Jack He won't be signed any time soon, but someone will pick him up. Suggestions were Nashville and Detroit.
He'll end up on a younger team that needs some leadership. Someone will take a chance on him, but he'll be like the 30th domino to fall.
re: removing players from our website stats: is it concerning that there are people being paid by MSG and these are the kinds of decisions they're paid to be making this morning? Like did Sather spend 30 minutes with some web lackey on site updates?
@_Jack Is he going to make a habit of signing with last year's cup loser?
@Chris M @MikeBlue Our entire fourth line is up for grabs, and with the excpetion of D Moore, no one else should be making more than $1 Mil. that ill leave space for other signings.
And like MikeBlue said, if we sign/trade for a center, then Brassard or Stepan become movable.
If the Rangers find a way to land a center, it will be interesting to see who is dealt, considering they haven't resigned Brassard yet. I think strictly by the cap numbers, JT Miller has to be our 3rd line center next season. He can't be on the 4th line, he needs more minutes to be effective.
I'd be really intrigued by the idea of finding a big-bodied center to slot in between Kreider and Nash, then dropping Step onto a 2nd line with MSL, so I guess my vote is for Brassard, but again, at this point youre only trading his rights, which seems unlikely.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
"...loaded with bonuses that can be deffered against the cap until 2015-2016..."
Classic Sather, we'll worry about next year when it's too late.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 Right. I knew as I mentioned arbitration that I was missing something.
But still, you can't argue with the fact that he just became Sather's #1 target to take advantage of.
I'm pumped he feels that way, but he should have kept that between him and his agent. Us fans didn't need any more of a reason to love the guy.
Dumbest thing he could have said. Put it in the books right now, he will miss some portion of camp while he tries to negotiate a contract. He just dropped himself to the bottom of Sather's priority list. Sather will sign everyone else, build a team with 19 forwards, and then try to play the "This is all I have left, Mats" angle.
He should have saved that attitude for the middle of August when Sather threw one last offer at him hours before his arbitration hearing.
I'm nervous about this team next season. Not that I want Sather overpaying for guys with inflated values, but there are just too many open spots for him to try to play hard ball with everyone. Other teams are wheeling and dealing, building a foundation for next season, Sather is golfing. He probably won't know tomorrow is July 1st until his assistant calls to tell him Paul Statsny's agent is on Line 2. I can see coming out and making comments about Boyle and Stralman, but did he really need to take public shots at our RFA's this weekend?
I don't want to start a whole "should college athletes be paid" debate on here, but if having to pay their own way to prospect camps stems from the same rules that prevents college athletes from going out to dinner with a friends parents, then chalk this up as another stupid NCAA rule....
@IhateGaborik @johnnyb3910 @DP_Snotty True. But Avery's issues and antics were very public. He would be a PR nightmare to anyone who signed him.
I don't recall every hearing specific issue with Ribeiro. If its just work ethic, professionalism, behavior towards team staff or something, he'll get another shot.
@IhateGaborik @DP_Snotty if murderers and criminals can keep getting NFL contracts, someone will sign him. Professional Sports are ripe with coaches and managers that think they can fix any player's off field/ice issues.
And he's getting his money from PHX, so he can sign with the best team that offers for low dollars.
@BringBackBeukeboom yeah, but your plan requires snipers...so there's that...
@LanceGold1 just saw that too. Nothing like a team that's already broke throwing money at a player theyre getting rid of...
@LanceGold1 Or cheaper...
Coyotes just bought out Ribiero. Didn't they just sign him last summer? Aren't compliance buyouts for pre-lockout contracts only?
@Say my Name @johnnyb3910 Well, as always we need to separate what a rational person would do versus Sather. Sather won't trade Hank, it's his only shot at a cup before he retires. But youre right, for the right price you have to listen.
Talbot is a good point, too, I should have listed him. Proven he's capable, a team with extra picks may be willing to trade for him, or a prospect that the Rangers covet for one reason or another.
I think GMs are afraid of Zucc. He's said on multiple occasions he only want to play for the Rangers. When he wasn't playing under Torts, he left the NHL. I don't think he can be won over with money. He wants to wear red white and blue and he wants to win. If Sather traded his rights, as the other GM in the deal, I'd be afraid of him bolting.
As for Kreider, he's the only legit first round player that we've selected and developed in house. You could argue he should be better, or he should have been here sooner, and you can compare him to whoever you want. But the truth is he's the future of this team along with McDonagh.
@Say my Name It's a good point, the only problem is the players who seemed to overachieve the most are about to be UFA's, so obviously that doesn't help.
The only other players I could see this working with would be Hagelin, Stepan or Dorsett. With Richards being bought out, D Moore and Boyle being UFAs, you could try to trade Brassard rights as a RFA, but that could leave us with a big hole down the middle. Same with Stralman and Diaz possibly being gone, trying to trade John Moore's rights could cost of defensive depth.
I totally agree with the idea, but it would have been easier to execute if we already had more guys under contract into next year. Guys like Boyle and Stralman would have been ripe for a good trade right now.
When I read these quote from Boyle a few weeks ago, I didn't think much of it, but the more i read them now, the more I'm a little taken back.
He's basically saying "I know I'm important to this team when the games matter most, but I want better stats." I get that it's fun to score goals, but this isn't a pick-up game! You just got through playing in one of the biggest markets on an original 6 team, battling for the Stanley Cup, but you would rather go make $4 mil on a team like the Panthers or the Stars and be a 2nd/3rd line so you can score more goals???
With that attitude, let him go. He was overpaid at $1.7 mil because he scored 20 goals once. Someone is going to pay him $3-$4 mil and be kicking themselves in 10 months when he's back to being a 4th line penalty killer.
NYP this morning saying Cally got a partial NTC in his deal wth the Lighting....which really he didn't need because I can't imagine anyone trading for that contract 3-4 years down the road anyway...
One year below $2Mil or two years for $3-$3.5 would be fine by me. He worked through the rust for the first few months but really started to come on at the end of the season and into the playoffs. I don't think 2 years would be the end of the world, I think he'd do just fine.
@kevin11 Nash, Hank, McD, Girardi and Klein all have 4-6 years left.
MSL, Stepan, Hagelin, Staal, Dorsett and Fast are the only players with contracts ending after 14/15. MSL and Dorsett will probably be gone, and their money will go to resigning Stel, Staal, Hagelin and Dorsett.
Right now no one under contract thats ends in 15/16.
If the Rangers can't afford to give Kreider money now, they're not going to be able to do it at the end of a 1 year aribitration deal or a 2 year bridge deal, either. They'd be better off signing him NOW to a longer contract with a friendlier cap hit like McD then letting his value increase over the next 2 years and then not being able to afford what the free market is willing to give him when he can become a UFA.
@upstate tom I agree, I think Miller has potential to contribute next season, he just hasnt gotten a fair shake yet. He's always been a call up to plug a hole; different line, different position, never really given a chance to settle in to a role. It to MSL almost 2 months to get comfortable and he's a seasoned pro. Thankfully Miller is only 20. If he can crack the line-up next season and play steady minutes, he has plenty of time to develop in an NHL caliber player.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 Forgot about Allen. He definitely has potential. Also not sure where Haggerty could fit in. And I definitely think Moore and/or Klein can and will handle bigger roles in Stralman walks. Moore also has the potential to be a solid PP QB.
As for Miller, I think he basically HAS to be the 3rd line center next season. The only way we have the money for Statsny or trade for another center is if Step or Brassard are part of the deal. We'll have a hole in the middle and Miller will be called upon.
Just an overall frustration, I guess, despite having lots of prospects, we don't seem to ripe with guys becoming NHL ready every offseason, a la the bruins with guys like Krug and Hamilton. 9 out of 10 of our minor league call ups just fill a hole, are protected from harm, and then quickly go back down. It's like we've got solid depth if there were ever an issue in Hartford, but not necessarily in NY.