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@DP_Snotty @johnnyb3910 AHH! Trade Hank! Trade Kreider! We need to rebuild!
7 hours, 31 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-330-four-thoughts.html
I don't think its going too far to say these past two losses exposed some of things we all knew were there, but the Rangers were managing better within their game. But with Boston fighting to get in to the playoffs and us safely a top the Metro division, it tough to sit here and say "we're not playing the right way". Obviously if you're speed game is working well, as it has been for the past two months, you can beat anyone. The cause for concern is just the "what-ifs".
"What if" the offense dries up and we need to win close games? Well, we did that too, recently, but it wil require solid D and goaltending, which means Hank has to lose the rust, and Boyle and Yandle need to stop thinking they are forwards.
"What if" we meet a physical team in the playoffs? Well, if the offense is working its not a problem, we dictate the style of play by taking the lead. But Kreider and Nash and MSL and so on will need to get on top of their games at the same time. We beat the Flyers, Penguins, and Canadiens, but lost to the Kings last year. IMO, all 4 of those teams were more physical than us, and we bested 3 out of 4.
But you know what folks, "what ifs" is why you play the games. Thats why there's the President Trophy, and then there's the Stanley Cup. Thats why they have playoffs. #1 seeds have won it, #8 seeds have won it. Vezina winners, and kid-coming-out-of-nowheres. Teams have battled back from 3-1 defecits, against all odds (and stats). If teams just lined up before the game, stated their corsi ratings, and then called it a day, the results would be different. And it wouldn't be a sport.
A little adversity this time of year is a good thing. Don't want to go into the playoffs thinking this stuff is easy.
8 hours, 16 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-330-four-thoughts.html
@Better Call CK The Game Plan of aggressively PK with Hagelin, Hayes, Nash, Stepan, then immediately follow up the next 5 on 5 shift with Glass/Sheppard/Moore is definately questionable at best.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@petergoode He;s making Boyle look better with every shift.
At least if this result holds up we won't have to hear from the Ride-Talbot-Trade-Hank folks in the post game thread...
Thanks to My Verizon package not carrying NHLN, I was spared this one. From the Twitter reaction throughout the game though, I was happy to have missed it. Every team has it duds, we beat Anaheim 7-2, but you certainly would have like to see the Ranger rally around Hank return, rather than forget how to play defense like we're back in November. And if there's one team you don't want to play against when the refs decide to swallow the whistles, it's Boston. They're lacking the depth and skill they had a few years ago, but if the refs let them play Marchand-style hockey, they know how to control the game. I'd like to think we'd get better officiating in the playoffs, but I wouldn't want to play them in the first round.
2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Just looking at the last 2 games in a bubble, it's hard to believe that Anaheim is battling for 1st in the West while the Kings aren't even in a Wild Card spot right now. Every team has their off nights (as we proved very well last night), but LA looked deeper and hungrier (which I'm sure they were), while anaheim seemed to have 1 line and 2 less than stellar goalies.
Just goes to show you can't jump to conclusion based on one night i guess.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Think we can move Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti for Doc Emrick?
6 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm at that game right now. Big boost to the lightning, guys responded and scored 2 with stank is in the box. Wasn't much of a fight, but stamkos stepped right up for his teammate. Crowd loved it too. Ballsy move by their captain.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
True, but keep in mind that It was essentially Duclair for Yandle, the pick was in exchange for the Yotes keeping half his salary.
He'll come around. It took MSL a while, it took Nash a while. Yandle racked up mostly assists in Arizona, mostly on the power play. It's tough to get assists when your team is only scoring 1 or 2 a game, and it's not his fault our PP units are made up of 9 other guys who also like to pass. Maybe try putting brass or miller on their off wing for one timers. McDonagh is literally the only guy we have who's first thought is "shoot"
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-3-carolina-2-so-2.html
Absolutely loved yandles reaction on Fasts goal! Maybe he's not racking up the points like some hoped, but it looks like he's starting to get comfortable in the room, which can be a big part of finding your game in a new city and a new market
Can't really feel too beat up, had a feeling coming into this one that it had "close loss written on it".
That being said: Glass keeps finding himself on the ice for GAs, and Kreider, Stepan, and Brass would be my pick for guys who need to find their games in the next 3 weeks.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Or how about, "and the former New York Ranger comes away with games biggest goal..."?
@Gorangers0525 I feel like the fact that the refs call that "Goalie Interference" is part of the problem with goalie interference. It's just become such a coverall. If video review is going to be implemented to better police actaul goalie interference (ie. a player impeding a goalies ability to make a stop) then plays like this should be called for what they are, that should either be roughing, boarding, hit from behind, something that you would call if that had been Stralman instead of Bishop. There still needs to be delineation where if a goalie leaves his crease, he essentially is a player and not a goalie. I'm not going to say he becomes "fair game", but if you call that "boarding" it will help to more clearly define actual goalie interference.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@60sPsychJukebox Just bought seats off of chargedfm.com, but start with seatgeek.com. They pull together seats from all secondary websites (stubhub, acetickets, ebay, ticketmast exchange, and a few others that I hadn't heard of, then the give them a score of 0-100 based on quality and comparison to nearby seat prices, so basically "bang for your buck".
It's a real handy site, and give you some idea of whether or not your getting completely gouged or not.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not sure which is less of a deterrent to the Caps reckless play at this point: the Rangers useless PP or Tanner Glass.
Next PP unit needs to be Hayes Hagelin miller with handle and Klein...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
just got home. no stream links? scrolled down but didn't see anything
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@wherewasi @IcyCup @johnnyb3910 I dont want to bash the kid, I barely even want to talk about because he's not our business anymore, but work ethic and effort were the same reasons he plummeted in the draft.
That being said, if you know you can compete at the NHL level, I'm sure its hard to go back to the grind that is juniors.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Duclair a healthy scratch for tonight's Ramparts game. Coaches apparent citing a "lack of effort" (according to Twitter)
@JordanLeGrand Just voted from Florida
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@dylonergan @I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen If Florida manages to unseen the bruins, I'd say theyre, by far, the easiest out. Pittsburgh is probably second based on Fleury along.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Wallace1 @Better Call CK AMEN! I'll take Fleury as the opposing goalie in a playoff series any day!
Follow them on Twitter or Instagram, someone may post a photo during setup during the day. Follow the Blackhawks too, they'll wear white if the Rangers are wearing the throw backs, and may post sooner/earlier.
@MikeBlue Nothing happens at MSG that doesnt raise money for the Garden of Dreams. The fact that MSG let Hank have is own charity is almost surprising in its own right. Which between the two is where these proceed will go.
A better spin could have been to let the guest celebrity pick their own charity and split the proceeds. That would keep with the MSG/GoD/Hank Charity, and allowed involvement for other notable charities like the ones you mentioned.
They're hoping that these celebrities (with the exception of Tiesto) expand the market of who will bid money from their overstuffed pockets on these masks. That's what MSG/Dolan want to make a TV show about.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@MikeBlue @I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen @Say my Name Carrie Underwood? Elisha Cuthbert?
@scrangersfan @johnnyb3910 @gravey94 @soccerbuff2001 Exactly. Which come to think of it, is an interesting scenario to think about. I wonder how that works amongst the refs. Do they actually say to each other "keep your eyes open, really need to make up for that last one", or does one guy think to himself "Joe over there made a weak call on Team A, I'm going to go look for something on Team B.
Would just be curious to know how, within the group of 2 refs and 2 linesman, what is spoken and unspoken, and what is a group effort versus one guy reacting to one of the other refs.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@gravey94 @soccerbuff2001 True, but the Rangers were gifted 2 minutes before on the Brassard penalty. That could have easily just been a slash on Brassard. That hooking call on detroit to negate the slash was a bit of a gift.
I think last night was one of Talbot's best performances of his career. To this point he always played with good positioning and gave the Rangers a chance to win, but last night was Lundqvist-esque. Stopping shots that were labeled for the top shelf, swallowing up shots the traffic, and even making stops of caroms off of his own guys. Also against a solid Red Wings team, I think Cam just opened a lot of eyes for a future in the league.
Unfortunately for him, it will probably be somewhere like Edmonton or Arizona...
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @johnnyb3910 got it. scrolled down once, but missed the load more comments button
Anyone have a link for streaming? No NBCSN on my cable package
@Better Call CK @johnnyb3910 Those are both valid points, and i agree with your angle, but I'd just say reaching the pinnacle changes everything. MSL had a very emotional spring. If he capped if off with a cup win, after losing his mom, maybe he feels its time to be more of dad to his sons. And you're probably right, Staal has no intentions of going to Carolina, but if he had a ring, maybe the opportunity to play with his brothers moves up on his priority list.
It's all "what if"s. But you never know.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Better Call CK Doubt it. If we won last year, Sather would probably be retired right now, someone with more stake in the Duclair pick and with more of an eye to the future is probably in charge right now.
Also, the difference between winning and losing the cup is huge when it comes to UFAs, our ability to attract new ones, and our ability to retain old ones. It also affects the decisions that different players may make. Marc Staal has talked a lot in the past few weeks about the core guys having "unfinished business". If we had won, maybe he decides he wants to sign his next contract in Carolina, so maybe he's the pending FA that gets moved. Maybe MSL decides to retire on a high note, and that leads to Dan Boyle signing somewhere else. Lots of variables would be different if we were the reigning cup champs.
@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.
4 weeks 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?
@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.
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...
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
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?
1 month 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 month, 1 week 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...
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
@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...