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AAAAAAHHH!!!!! WHY CAN'T THIS START TONIGHT?!?!??!
17 hours, 14 minutes ago on
The Rangers have shown glimpses this season of how they have to play in the playoffs. The game against CBJ was one, the game against Montreal was another. Smart and disciplined, but passionate, take advantage of our speed and go past and through the Flyers when they're busy trying to take the body. We can be physical without being fist smashing bufoons. But I do think that being involved after the whistle is important. While I don't want to see any injuries, I think we have a distinct advantage if the Flyers get pre-occupied with trying to be overly physical.
Another note, watching a few Flyers games down the stretch as I rooted for losses, the Flyers are AWFUL coming out of their own zone. The Rangers need to establish the forecheck, not just banging bodies but swarming and pressuring. Forcing rushed decisions and bad passes. I don't have an stats, but the Flyers seemed to routinely turn the puck over at their own blueline as they tried to exit the zone, usually an awful pass from a defender to a winger while the other two forwards were taking off down the ice resulted in an odd-man advantage for the opponent.
20 hours, 4 minutes ago on
When even the Flyer's Coach/GM have to use words like "Decent" and "OK" to describe their goalie, you know it's not good. Where does that really put Mason on an overall scale? Like a 2 or 3 out of 10?
1 day, 15 hours ago on
Not afraid to call out Hank for struggling, can pick out areas where Hank has upped his game this season = future captain.
1 day, 17 hours ago on
Amazing that the Captain of the NCAA Champion went undrafted, but I guess at 24 years old, he's past the age of being scouted and drafted based on skill alone.
Although I always wondered why more kids don't go this route. Sure, being 17 or 18 and belonging to a team is good for your development and probably opens doors through development camps and such, but the "better" you're perceived to be, the higher you'll go in the draft and therefore probably end up on a crumby team. Where as the free agent route allows kids like Krug, Allen, and now Bodie, to step in with more top-tier teams, and basically chose where they go.
1 day, 19 hours ago on
@SmellyKisio @mando24179 Not sure if its what you're implying, but the Rangers can't resign Richards for less money after they buy him out. Not allowed in the CBA, has to sign with one of the other 29 teams.
Realize this is a moot point, but I still dont understand why the CBA didn't include a window for renegotiating with current players. I guess the NHLPA didnt want to give up any promised money, but I'd think a guy like Richards would rather renogiate his deal with the Rangers if he were told the alternate is he gets bought out.
1 week ago on
@DPSnotty Hope Torts is cleaning up his resume. Only a matter of time til they hire a new GM who wants to pick his own coach, and I'd say its 99% that it won't be Torts.
1 week, 1 day ago on
@GeeJohn I'd almost rather play CBJ! Considering it's the only time we've seen Nash find that "next level", maybe it would be a good starting point for him for a playoff run.
@Chris M @johnnyb3910 @IcyCup @Say my Name Probably get ripped for this, but I guess hockey blood just runs the deepest. Was never really into baseball growing up (or most sports for that matter), but spent most of my winter nights watching Ranger games. Ended up living in Boston for 10 years between college and late 20s and just paid more attention to the Red Sox because thats what my friends were into and I could see Fenway out of my dorm window. i grew up in NJ, so never got overly exposed to the Boston/NY hatred the way other people were. Also have a lot of friends and family in/from Connecticut, who's allegiances seem to be all over the place (Red Sox / Giants, Bruins / Yankees, Patriot / Yankees).
There are a lot of parallels, too. Iconic, Long Running, Storied Franchises with great history but long championship droughts. And I think once you get hooked on a team like that, its tough to walk away. You feel like you should stick around because you're invested, because you're owed, you should be there because when they finally break the streak it will be epic. It's not like being a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays or the Carolina Panthers or the Columbus Blue Jackets, where you move and you just go with your local team. Even if you didn't witness most of it, you feel like you own part of that history. I had moments, especially in the early 2000s where I really thought about finding a new hockey team, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I think the Rangers have just secured a place in who I am as a sports fan. Listening to Sam and JD on my couch. Going to the Garden as a kid with my dad in the 90s, riding NJT into Penn Station, taking the escalators up to the street level, going in to Gerry Cosby's through the revolving door to buy a souvenir. A lot of childhood memories have faded for me, but those ones have stuck.
I know its not popular. The mentality in both cities is that there's a clear cut divide running between the two cities. I've had a lot of NY Fans give me crap for it, and a lot of Boston fans, too. Always felt like I was floating out on my own, so it was nice to hear one or two other people express similar rooting interests.
@IcyCup @Say my Name Interesting to see all the Sox/Ranger fans on here, and you can add me to the list.
Definitely something more satisfying about proving yourself through the playoffs. Just like knocking off the Devils in 94 or Russia in 1980, there's nothing like overcoming a rival to get to the prize. When you can't tell which round of the playoffs was the best, you know you witnessed something special!
@pkh33 @Say my Name 7 game series against good teams are to be expected. The Rangers problem has always been dispatching lesser teams in less that 7, like Ottawa and Washington. I wouldn't expect us to beat the Bruins or Sharks in less than 6 or 7. But in the first round against the Flyers, finishing up in 5 would help get ready for the next round.
With the new playoff format, you go into the first round knowing your second round opponent is 1 of 2 teams. So proper preparation (and time to prepare) for your second round opponent may play a greater role in success.
@xxscaxx Miller should hate this, and I think thats half of the point. AV seemed to imply that he moved beyond understanding his role as "the next call-up" and started taking it for granted.
1 week, 2 days ago on
Really, we finally call up a righty and he's NOT paired with MSL??? That makes sense...
Granted I agree with getting Hagelin off the top line, but its some weird puzzle pieces we have to work with. I almost agree that it seems inevitable to break up the Brass line to sort everything else out. Maybe something like
Nash / Brass / Zucc
Fast / Step / MSL
Pouliot / Richards / Hagelin
It's not Callahan specifically that I miss, although if MSL's 1 goal is worth 5.5 mil, it's tough to argue that 6.25 for Cally wouldn't have been a complete waste if AV maximied his use. It's the style that I miss. I lost count last night of the number of times a Senator let a pass go with a Ranger in the area, and the Ranger just turned and skated away. A few big hits to start the 3rd could have helped our momentum, but no one in our top 9 throws the body around, and our 4 th line was stapled to the bench because removing Boyle made them utterly ineffective.
I don't know if maybe someone can put some stickers on the inside of Nash's sheild so he thinks we're playing the Blule Jackets every night, but that was the only game this current group has shown any level of physicality, and they're going to need it in about a week.
1 week, 3 days ago on
First, The Neil retaliation is exactly what I was afraid of, as it plays right into AVs passive approach. We finally stuck up for a teammate and gave the other team a PP. I bet the locker room heard more about those 30 second than the 60 minute game of crap they played. At the end of the day Carcillo wants to play, Dorsett wants to play, Klein wants to play and J Moore doesn't want another concussion. Why would they willingly punch their ticket to the press box?
Second, the summer can't come fast enough for the Brad Richards buy out. Lost doesn't even begin to describe his play recently. Aloof, slow, useless come to mind amongst other words. He's horrendous in his own zone, a liability in the faceoff circle most nights, and hasn't made a signature BR set up pass all season. If they won't scratch him, he at least needs to get the hell off the PP.
Speaking of the PP, loved the info graphic last night, something like "Rangers PP first 50 games - 8th in the league, last 25 games: Dead Last"
And finally, my collection of passes for MSL is nearly empty. Don't give me all this bad line mates, new city, new team crap. He was with the Lightning for 14 seasons. They've had Stamkos for 6. for at least half of those 14 seasons the lightning were an awful team, and he was on the first line, playing against shut down lines, putting up plenty of points. Now he's here on our 3rd line and he's invisible, even against some of the worst teams in the league. I'm starting to wonder if AV really liked Cally at all, or if he wanted him gone. Too blue collar, too many finished checks for AV. Everything he's doing in Tampa now he could have done here if they let him on the PP. I can't remember the last time a Ranger finished a check, and I miss it.
Are there ANY righties down in Hartford available?
1 week, 4 days ago on
I understand the premise, but it's still flawed. The NHL realized, like baseball, that "rivalries" breed the most interest, so their system is trying to ensure that the first 2 rounds are familiar opponents to increase interest. They can play up different story lines from the season to draw the interest of both casual fans and/or get fans of one team to watch other matchups.
The other flaw though, is that because they couldn't do math and make even divisions, they had to instate the wild card to level the playing field, but bc the wild cards are seeded by points, you could now have a team like the Blue Jackets or Red Wing, as shown above, move through the first two rounds of the playoffs against teams outside their division, which isn't quite as easy to sell. Although I will say an original six series against the Red Wings would be petty cool.
Correct. Our second round opponent is the winner of the Pitt series, regardless of what happens with the other two matchups, and regardless of if the penguins get upset by the wild card team they play.
The site that hosts his little blog should tell you all you need to know about where his opinion ranks amongst those important to hockey. If someone would put Stewart and Millbury on an island, the sport would immediately be in a better place.
1 week, 5 days ago on
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 @Say my Name Let's not even begin to discuss the whole "mass consumption of alcohol by unruly sports fans", but youre right, the pedestal some people put sports on is scary. I mean, I get fired up about Rangers games, and I've probably yelled something things at my TV that shouldnt be said in public, but at least I have the wherewithal to realize I shouldn't say them in public.
I witnessed enough Yankee Fan/Sox Fan fist-fights in 10 years in Boston to realize the obscene level to which some people place sports in their lives.
1 week, 6 days ago on
To echo @Say my Name below, its scary, but its the level that sports has reached in our society. Just like (hate to bring this up, but) Boomer saying the Met's 2nd baseman's wife should have had a c-section to avoid missing 2 games. ESPN having multiple channels 24/7, people eat, sleep, and breath sports, and more often than not it shows. It's just a game, folks. Don't threaten families. Don't freak out over missing 2 games for a major life milestone. Take a deep breath, enjoy life a little more.
It also speaks to the dangers of Twitter. Much like how celebrities and athletes get caught speaking before they think, the access that players allow themselves to be subjected to is worrisome, too.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) @NYRblogneill @KevinTheNYRBlog While maybe historically they haven't spent to the top of the cap, I'd disgaree that they won't going forward. They've got one of the most dynamic to play the game on their team, and their basically the only sports franchise in Florida that can fill an arena on a nightly basis. If they can put the right players around him to be succesful (which they are right now), I don't see why they wouldn't spend as much as they could).
Their owner isn't going to throw money around like Dolan, but he isn't afraid to make an investment.
Its also important to at least have defensive depth when the extent of your offensive depth is 1 ALHer who the coach doesn't trust to play, and would rather play one of his four 4th liner in a top 9 role....
So like I said yesterday, he's out until they need him back. It's all semantics, but essentially, he's day to day, or a safer bet would be to say "0 to 2 weeks". Each day they'll check the risk/reward on him playing vs resting.
Wait a minute. Didn't the team say the they found the Broadway Hat on a bus they were riding in in Sweden? Now the truth comes out that Richards bought it off some chick at a nightclub? Guess they were covering their tracks, didn't want Munn to know he was tearing up the Swedish nightlife and paying women for various things...
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 @johnnyb3910 fine...for how long? Indefinitely???
2 weeks ago on
@Josh-CK @johnnyb3910 Not saying its apples and apples, not even close. Simply saying if the Blackhawks were in a battle to make the playoffs right now, there's a good chance Toews would be pushing it to get back in sooner. But they've clinched, and really the only thing they can do now is flip flop with Colorado for home-ice, so theres no sense in risking it. You set a timetable for return with a definite return.
Although not the same margin, the Rangers are in a pretty similar spot. Pretty much a lock for the 2/3 seed, just battling for home ice with Philly. So if you approach as a risk management issue, then you let McD rest until you're in danger. Maybe we drop the next 2 and Philly keeps winning ,so you bring him back. Maybe we win the next two and Philly loses, in which case he can take the rest of the season off.
The thought process is you rest him as long as you possibly can and analyze the risk versus reward each day.
Blackhawks have announced that Toews will be out for the remainder of the regular season but is expected to play in the Playoffs. Wonder if this whole "indefinite" status is a similar approach. With the Rangers magic number at 3, if they can clinch a spot without him, might as well let him get healthy instead of rushing him back. Soft tissue damage and/or a bone bruise can be played through, but the more you rest it, the less likely it is to get reinjured. So you hold him out and watch how we progress. If we start dropping games you put him back in sooner, if we clinch and end up with a few throw away games to end the season, then you let him rest. We've got some relatively sub-par opponents coming up that we should be able to survive without him.
It wasn't particularly viscous, but it was a blind-side hit, and it was late. I'd have to think, similar to the 3rd man in on fight, once you're engaged with a first player in a hit, having a second guy come in and ram you just as youre regaining your footing is beyond dangerous and worthy of a suspension. Burrows had plenty of opportunity to realize someone else was in the process of hitting McDonagh and play the puck but he chose to hit him anyway. Not sure his history, but that should be worth a game or 2.
The Carcillo / AV interaction is all you need to know about this team. It's not just most of the players, its the coach's style too, and you have to play by his rules. His approach, if this were an important game with more time left, would have been to use the 5 min PP to run up the score. Carcillo knows he's not guaranteed a spot in the line-up. If the coach says "No", he's not going to go out there anyway and write his own ticket to the press box.
Any reports of bite marks?
I think much like the "Nash is never going to be a power forward" we need to stop expecting Girardi to drop the gloves. In all honesty, he did more than I would have expected. He went after Burrows right away, and then again after the whistle (I use the term "went after" very loosely, obviously). And in Girardi's defense, he's out there with the midget line, not exactly the group you want to instigate a brawl. So he grabbed Burrows, but as soon as he was double teamed he pulled back.
The unfortunate part is this happened so late in the game, so no opportunity for Carcillo or Dorsett to make a point of it later in the game.
I agree with a lot of what you said, Kevin. I loved Torts passion and fire, but I think as our team grew/grows and guys like McDonagh are "coming of age" this coaching change happened at the right time. It started rough, but we're seeing a lot of players develop in more ways that just on the ice under AV. I don't know if he'll get us to the promise land, but as far as the progression of this organization back into relevance, he is a good follow-up.
A friend and I were recently discussing Torts and his antics, and we wondered if he'd be better suited to go back to coaching college hockey. Lets all agree, he's a one trick pony. and his trick is to get middle of the pack teams, with a large contingent of mostly mediocre players, to exceed expectations all together. That's really the trick to being a surprise in the NHL, like the Kings did a few years ago. Everyone has their ceiling, some players can reach it and stay there, others reach it but burn out quickly, and still others never quite get there. Torts found a way in Tampa, and he found a way in 2011-2012, to get everyone to their collective ceilings together. With a college team, although you may have a handful of players with the potential to go pro, a good chunk will play their 4 years and be done. It could be their one shot to do something meaningful, like win a division tourney, a Beantpot, or even the Frozen Four, so that desire to go "all out" for your coach may be more prevelant. Additionally, for Torts own health, the NCAA restrictions on practice hours and player/coaching interaction may allow him to get his blood pressure under countrol, while also preventing the "burnout" that some players in NYR and now Vancouver have when you're with the guy basically 24/7.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on
@gravey94 From some of the other comments Torts made in this same presser about recent texts between him and Marty, it doesn't sound like there's any smoke there, unfortunately...
He also agreed with a lot of us, that while he understands the business and commended the Rangers for making a solid trade in Cally for MSL, he said when they played in Tampa recently, Cally in the Lightning sweater just didn't feel right.
great write up. I think any extrapolation over his career is going to yield similar results. The term "streaky" isn't randomly slapped on him, its self diagnosed, he says it all the time.
Here's another way to look at it: An above average NHL player in the league today is going to be in the 30-40 goal range. With the exception of Ovechkin, you've only got 4 or 5 players likely to reach 40, and maybe 30 players likely to top 30. So if you say above average performance is 30 goals a season, that's basically a goal every 3 games. So would you rather your best players score onc every 3 games, or 3 in a row and take the next 6 off. God for bid they should score 2 or 3 in a game and really throw off the production rate.
The other thing to consider, espeically with Nash, and what drives me nuts more than his goalless streaks, is not being involved in the play. MSL right now's has the worst shooting percentage possible, but he's in the play and his creating chances. I'd rather my best players be 1-for-8 than 0-for-1, or a better example, 2-for-15 instead of 1-for -2. So there's some risk to analyzing by shooting percentage. Basically, I'd rather my best players being taking lots of shots, even if it means not scoring.
I think another thing to analyze is a teams wins when a player scores. Wins with a Nash goal versus wins without. There's nothing wrong with being streaky if the rest of your team in on a different streak to balance it all out.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on
Any word out there on Talbot getting a start on this road trip? Looking at the remaining schedule, these next 3 games and the one against Buffalo are the "easiest". I know you can't take anyone lightly, young guys fighting for spots next year, guys trying to earn contracts, coaches (cough cough) trying to not get fired, etc.
But I'd think they'd want to give Hank a little rest down the stretch. We're basically playing a game every other night for the next 2 weeks, and then that pace will continue once the playoffs begin.
Wouldnt be surprised if AV is all over the standings and the elimination numbers, maybe if we win the next 2 and Philly struggles, he starts Cam if there's a cushion?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on
@IcyCup @johnnyb3910 Probably the same place Mrs. Callahan would prefer. too...Sunshine and palm trees, baby. Just cause your husband makes his millions on the ice doesn't mean you have to live in it...
@KevinTheNYRBlog @HobbitLover78 I thought you just said we didn't have a 4th in 2012??
@gravey94 The second part to that is just making the cap work. If you scroll through Cap Geek, most teams, even good teams, have a handful of guys on entry level deals making six figures to balance out paying the "stars". Once Kreider signs an extension, we don't have many other entry-level guys projected to make the team next season. Maybe Miller? That's about all at this point. So when you look at other teams paying $800k to 3 guys vs us, if we keep Moore and Boyle at maybe $1.25, Dorsett is already getting $1.6, so that would be $4.1 mil for our 4th line versus other teams spending closer to $2.5-$3.
Boston's 4th line that @HobbitLover78 mentioned cost then $4.0 for Paille, Campbell and Thorton. I'd argue they're probably the measuring stick of a solid 4th line that plays minutes and chips in goals. So if we think our 4th stacks up against theirs, then maybe $4.1 is fine, but I don't know that we're quite up to snuff with them yet.
I don't know how to really verify this because the lines changed so much under Torts, but I feel like D Moore's 6 goals this year is already more than our entire 4th line has produced the past few season. Just going back through the team stats, seems like guys who played on our 4th line finished every year with 0,1, or 2 goals.
It's amazing what a 4th line that is trusted with ice time and can chip in a goal every other night can do to a teams success.
@rangersfan @BobDunne @mikey1829 @KevinTheNYRBlog The companies that care about that stuff are the companies with competition. Airlines care because you'll fly with someone else, Restaurants care because you'll take your family to another restaurant. Do you think the NHL gives two craps? Think they're afraid you're going to watch more NBA, or become a fan of the KHL? Answer: Nope. They could care less. And the last thing they'd want to do is set the precedent that in enough people on Twitter get mad, they'll do something about it.
I'm all for getting a #suspendsimmonds trending, but I wouldn't expect anything to come from it, other than maybe some flyers trash talk.
Its infuriating to watch the GIF, I don't disagree, but there was no penalty on the play, its tough to prove intent to injure, everything looks worse in slow-mo. Not defending Simmonds in any way but all he has to say was "oh, i thought he was closer, I was just battling for position" case closed. The NHL doesn't have the time or desire to start reviewing every slash and every elbow and doling out suspensions over them.
@Bring back Langdon @johnnyb3910 Small world, I live in Sarasota. You're right, its not a full 10% for regular folks like me, but on $6 mil contract, thats an extra $600k, and depending on the tax bracket he was in in NYC making $4+, it could be more than that. Things like trash pick up and HOA Fees won't negate that. And if he tries to buy on the water, it probably won't be much cheaper than Westchester.
But the lifestyle is nice, and may be appealing to his family now that he's here and seen it, when his alternate option is to move back to Upstate NY for an extra million or two.
@Bring back Langdon If he signs in Tampa for 5 years, $6 mil, I don't think he'll regret a single thing. They're a good, young team with a lot of upside, a great fan base, and a nice arena. I'd argue the odds of them winning a cup in the next 5 years is about even with the Rangers, as currently built. Plus $5 or 6 million in Florida is like $7 in NYC or any other big city. Between the lack of state income tax and how much further a dollar can go for buying a home in Florida, it wouldn't shock me to see Callahan sign with Tampa for less than $6.
They do have quite a few RFAs to sign this offseason, so money may be tight. But i'd bet money he'd stay in Tampa for $5-$6 before he went to Buffalo for the $7-$8 he was apparently looking for.
I'll withhold judgement until we see where Callahan signs on 7/1. If he signs with Tampa and St Louis continues to struggle, then maybe you can say Tampa won the deal, but like you said, in years 4,5 and 6, we'll see how well Cally is earning his money. I dont think anyone expected to him to struggle elsewhere, but he's also playing for money now. Sather's stance was that he was a 3rd line PKer. He's down in Tampa doing what he should be doing: Proving to the rest of the league he can put up points if he's given the chance. These next few months are contract defining for him, so you know he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
I'm hoping that this road trip helps St Louis settle in. A week on the road, just like any other road trip, time on the plane and in the hotel to get to know the guys better should do wonders.
Ladies and Gentleman, HE'S STILL GOT IT! He might not be able to dance, but he can sure talk shit. F'ing Fatso, so little hockey to talk about in Newark, this is what actually has to get published to get traffic...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on
Any idea what Hartnell was bitching and moaning about for the last 5 minutes of the game?
He and Simmonds were invisible all night, then (probably at the direction of their thug of a coach) went out and just stirred the pot.
We hate them for being Flyers, but lets be serious, we'd stll take Simmonds on the Rangers, and if the shoe were on the other foot, if we were down 3-1 with second to go and one of our guys started mixing it up in the paint, we'd love it, and be on here praising the "take no shit, never say die" mentality.
PS. Can we get a GIF of Giroux cowering like a little bitch as McD skates by him to score?
Should have said "I hope Pierre is right about MSL and that this next week..."
This didn't make this week's headlines? Fatso coverage of DWTS? Must be tough being a beat-writer for the Swamp Rats these days. Basically articles on favorite TV Shows and planning the next family vacation in late April.
Not mentioned on here, but Brassard despite not scoring, had a strong 2-way game. Seems to slowly be getting a lot more responsible defensively.
I'm really starting to get the sense with Miller that he's "ready". I understand the up and down, back and forth, to give him the most exposure and the most time on ice, but you watch his shifts and for the most part he's doing everything right. At the times where maybe he makes one too many moves, or doesn't time a pass quite right, its clearly because the AHL isn't exposing him to the speed and strength of the NHL, and every time he gets called up for what could be as little as 1 game, he's trying too hard. I think if he can earn a spot out of camp next season, and know that he's the 3rd line center and he doesn't have to look over his shoulder, that he'll be just fine for us.
Also agree with some other comments on here, Nash had a real solid game. Hard to be effective when you keep entering the zone by yourself. I hope Pierre is right that this next week on the road will help him settle in to the team a little more. I'm not giving up on him, but he hasn't even come close to being the difference maker that everyone thought we were getting.
@Hotfreak @Bueller Anonymous??? I would recognize you any day of the week if I saw you on the street from your photo @Hotfreak ...
3 weeks ago on
@Betweentheworlds He probably said at one point he wasn't here to replace Callahan, but Cally had some huge games against Philly. Would be a nice night for St Louis to show up.
If Nash can keep his angry streak going, it might open up some space for St Louis. His regular season stats against Philly aren't bad either. Only 1 goal in 2 games this season, but 15 goals and 43 points in 45 regular season games.