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I know we'd all like to see the Rangers go hard after Orpik, but I think Niskanen would be a really good pick up. 27 years old, currently making around 2 mil, 6'0", 210 lbs, unfortunately he's having a nice contract year (9 g, 28 a, +31). Sounds like a good fit for AVs system. With Letangs salary ballooning next season, I can't imagine Pitt can afford to keep both, although with those numbers, maybe Orpik is more realistic...
19 hours, 33 minutes ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
Tons of UFA options in the $1-$3 mil range capable of scoring 1 goal per season. Use the cash to sign one UFA, extend Staal, I agree Allen is ready, then you've got G, McD, and Klein. Keep J Moore and maybe Diaz and there are your 7, possibly 8. Good luck somewhere else, Stralsy!
19 hours, 45 minutes ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
@KevinTheNYRBlog @johnnyb3910 @JamesU Right like John Cooper was going to come out in front of his players and go: "We traded who? I knew something was different at practice...Geez....i dunno...our captain and top scorer...this is going to be rough..."
3 days, 12 hours ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends
@Ranger Dave @gravey94 Unless this post is a week old, you missed Girardi signing an extension. If Dorsett / Boyle / Carcillo is our 4th line, we're in trouble. That could be one of the most useless groups ever. I resign Dom Moore before I think about keeping Boyle. It's been a long time since we had a steady 4th liner chip in more than 3 goals per season. And to me, you move Dorsett or Carcillo to get some picks back, even if its 4th or 5th rounders. They're redundant. Low skill, high energy, and some grit under a coach who doesn't seem to want grit or the energy that comes with it.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends
Ironic or coincidental that Callahan's first game with the Lighting will be against the Sabres??
@JamesU Going to the Tampa/Boston game on Saturday. Interested to see how he is received. Saw Tampa play the Rangers when they honored MSL for his 1,000th game, and that fan base LOVED him.
Even in the presser, Yzerman couldn't honestly say that his team was better. Just that he liked the player they were getting. He's got big shoes to fill, but TBL is already doing damage control, making it clear its by no means a 1-for-1 swap, that Calahan is different kind of player.
@DaveFL Was a little surprised to not see Dorsett or Boyle moved for picks at the deadline. Maybe Dorsett this offseason. Might want the extra guy for depth in the playoffs. But there's a lot of redundancy between Carcillo, Boyle, and Dorsett. You really only need 1 or 2 of them in your lineup, not all 3. ESPECIALLY when your coach expects them to play 12 minutes, not be overly physical, and not be pests.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT
@Betweentheworlds Toughness is the issue to us because we want to see it, but toughness is not something Sather and AV care about. Their approach is to have a high-flying, high-scoring team that gets up early and forces the bigger, stronger teams to play our style to catch back up. It's how we've won games against Pitt, Boston, and Chicago in the past, but the problem is our inability to finish has us at 1-1 after 1 period instead of 2-0 or 3-0 most of the time.AV's Canucks had some swagger and style, but it was bc they could put up 4 or 5 a night, not because they were actually tough. It was more of a "I dare you to take a dumb penalty becaause our PP will destroy you". Thats how they tried to win, and thats what he's trying to do here. Like it or not, thats our coach, and out GM fired Torts because he agreed.
@shoot_the_goalie @Ranger Dave @Bring back Langdon @johnnyb3910 Sign Statsny for waht he commands or trade for Kesler are pretty much your only two options. Hope the relationship between Kesler and Vancouver erodes over the next few months and that lowers their asking price, maybe a deal is made at the draft (not that we have a ton left). Trading for Kesler would obviously be more cap friendly now $5 mil for the next 2 years I believe, but would take a decent package to go back, therefore. But if the goal with a 33 year old Hank and one year left with MSL is to go all-in, then I'd expect Sather to re-offer the Step/prospect/pick. Hopefully on the side he can make some smaller moves for picks to restock as we're running low. Even a few more 2nd and 3rd rounders would be nice.
@Ranger Dave I'd take Statsny, but I'm concerned with what he'll comand salary wise. If we buy out Richards, it's worth considering, but if he stayts on the books I don't know how we'd make it work.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT
Rough start to the Marty St Louis mini-era. Despite the scoring struggles, the most alarming thing is all the defensive lapses the last 3 games. McDonagh, Staal and Girardi all seem to be off their game.I'm really struggling to understand Boyle, Carcillo, and Dorsett in the same line-up (understand that Zucc will be back for one of them soon). But if AV is going to coach to speed and skill, why do we have 3 slow, unproductive players in our line-up. With the exception of Boyle's penalty killing, those 3 are non-factors on a nightly basis. Get it over with and bring up Miller and Kristo. D Moore has finally given us a 4th liner who can score. Give him some skill to play with.
3 days, 20 hours ago on Thursday (3/6/14) Headlines
@ATCRyan @AnnoyingJoe @Wallace1 CASIO!!! surprised he's so overdressed, must be really cold in those tunnels.
Excited to see the yellow sticks in full force tonight. No looking back now! LGR!! I'm hoping for a Brassard-like/Clowe-like Debut. Hopefully the rest of the boys aren't too downtrodden tonight.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Rangers Obtain Diaz from Canucks; Send Miller to Hartford
@KevinTheNYRBlog Does Bartlett represent any other current Rangers? If so they should look for new representation. What a hack!
4 days, 14 hours ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
@GiveGartneraCup NBD, we were just going to pick the next Hugh Jessiman anyway....
4 days, 15 hours ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
@Bring back Langdon "Since Ryan Callahan broke into the #NHL on 12/1/2006, he has 254 points. During that time, Marty St. Louis has 622 points. #NYR"
@jasonshyer @johnnyb3910 I'm not blaming him, his salary was justified and Cally's request was not, but this is where he needs to earn that extra as a leader and the face of the franchise.
Lundqvist needs to really step in. Getting paid $1+ mil more than anyone else at your position makes you the guy that needs to tow the company line. He could have taken less and made the Cally and Girardi negotations a little easier.Granted Cally didnt deserve close to what he was asking, but still.
@KevinTheNYRBlog You realize its the NHL store, right. The Rangers aren't the only money grabbers. Will have to wait and see how easy it is to get an MSL jersey inside MSG tonight.
@KevinTheNYRBlog Has to be for salary reasons, right? Making sure they hit the league minimum?
5 days, 12 hours ago on Rangers, Callahan Inching Towards Contract Agreement
@shoot_the_goalie @johnnyb3910 @NYRBlueBlog Completely agree that that's Dolans mentality. Team doesn't have to win the big prize, just needs to stay relavent. If nothing else, hopefully the last few years of making the playoffs have shown him that putting a real team together can be even more profitable than just big names.
My point was simply that any pre-lockout comparison is a stretch, no matter what you're try to prove. It's completely different economics now.