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Also, don't forget to vote for DIFFERENT, UNPOPULAR, LESS-TALENTED players on your ballot each time you for vote for Dom. Per NHL.com:
"...with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game. The full roster of players will be determined by the National Hockey League."
To get him in to the top 3 forwards, it will be important to not be padding other "Popular" players votes every day, which will only make it harder to crack the top 3. For example, if you vote for Dom, Rick Nash and MSL 10 times every day, then its almost guaranteed that Dom won't finish ahead of the other two, as lots of other people will vote for Nash and MSL but NOT Dom. So be sure to throw your other votes at the Tanner Glass's and John Scott's of the NHL, and spread the votes around every day.
2 hours, 40 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ATCRyan @johnnyb3910 In the past week, 7 games were won in OT, 9 more were settled in a Shootouts. So thats a potential for 18 ties, depending on how you restructure. You've also got teams that know they can win a Shootout or know they just need 1 point, so they just play not to lose.Yes there are ties in football, but it's like 1 or 2 a season. A 3 point system is the way to go, giving motivation to teams to try to win in regulation.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Have you ever paid hard earned money for a hockey game that ended in a 0-0 tie? To "hardcore" fans, thats ok, they see the battles and the work that goes in to it. But when you're trying to grow your fan base, turn football and basketball fans in to hockey fans, ties don't work. Soccer has ties, and Gary Bettman probably has a plaque on his wall that says "Be Less Like Soccer". That's pretty much the gist.
I agree its run its course. It's not as exciting as it used to be. It waters down the standings, it keeps mediocre teams in the hunt, and it drags down teams that aren't overflowing with individual skill. But it keeps people watching, it keeps people interested. They may tweak it, they may go to 3 pts, they may come up with something else, but I think its pretty certain to say the NHL, as long as Gary Bettman is in charge, will never go back to having ties.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
These 3 games in a 11 days against the Flyers in the 2nd half of the month may be exactly what the Rangers need. I'm not guaranteeing 3 wins, but its a lesser opponent skill wise, and the bad blood should give our boys a little extra jump in their step. Just thinking the timing might be perfect if the Rangers can "right the ship" in the next 10 days, have strong outings against the Canadiens and Lighting next week, and go into December with with a little more confidence and swagger.
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@gravey94 @scrangersfan @Billfrom Brookhaven Mason played a real strong game. Could have easily been 4 or 5 scored. Only had a few highlight type saves, just managed to be very solid with good positioning despite the sahky guys in front of him. It's no surprise their PK has been horrendous, Mason got left out to dry on Nash's goal
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@TomDundie i understand about 60% of this, but I agree with that 60% 100%! Time to go back to juniors. He needs ice time. 3rd/4th line rotation, in and out of the line-up, that's not what he needs.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Bishop has certainly had our number in the past, but he had nothing to do with last night. I didn't catch the whole game, but he certainly wasn't standing on his head preventing us from getting back in the game. He mostly just got in the way of weak shots from bad angles.
I think that photo of Stralman and Cally says everything you need to know. 3 guys on that team had last night circled on their calendar, and the rest of the team fed off of that. It should be noted the Lightning don't have designated Alternate Captains. Cally and Boyle were given the A's last night because they were coming back. Probably not the only time Cally will get an A this season, but quite possibly Boyle's only night. They played for a purpose. Meanwhile most of the guys in blue looked uninterested halfway through the first period.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I don't know, I'm still not seeing it with Duclair. Kid needs about 15 more lbs in my opinion. Pushed off the puck too easily
3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
How embarrassing, someone offer him 6.5/year...
I need to hear about an injury sustained from a flying goalie stick in the morning if I'm to have any faith in this team.
Stopping would have required them to start at some point
So I'm pretty sure Rick Nash is about to enter a slump. Should we do a pool for the next time he scores? I'm thinking December, at least...
@DP_Snotty Didn't read the whole thing, but will be sure to tonight before the game. Breezed through it though, and will just add my two cents.
First, I completely agree with @Hotfreak that you don't need to hit if you have the puck, and that A LOT of this depends on your teams system and how well you implement it. I'm not surprised to see that bottom feeder teams are routinely near the top of the hits categories because (1) they're probably not controlling play, (2) they're probably playing from behind, and often times in games that are un-winnable, and (3) they probably don't have a good grasp on what their "system" is, so defensemen and 3rd and 4th liners just go out there and hit people. It all makes total sense.
I'll say this in response, as someone who, at times, misses that we don't have a Callahan-like player on our roster. First, I'm not sure what exactly the NHL stats team deems as a "hit". I've watched a lot of Ranger games recently where we're ahead in "hits" on the stat sheet, but I'm one of the people screaming that "We're not hitting enough!". Saturday night we outhit Pittsburgh 44 to 31. But the only hit I remember is Malkin knocking Girardi out for 10-15 minutes. Similarly, the Winnipeg Jet's only outhit us 27-25, but I don't recall any of their players limping to the bench or missing a few weeks due to seperated shoulders.
My point is, i think, when fans yell "We need to hit more" they're generalizing "physical" hockey. They're not talking about stats, they're talking about "want". This current team, too often, seems to be chasing players around waving sticks at them, not willing to engage in a physical battle. Whether the statistician gives you a hit or not, go win a battle. When Winnipeg comes to town, I don't think they're all that afraid of our speed, but we'll be afraid of them busting up our captain again. The only thing I can point to in this article to back me up though, is the 2011 Bruins. 21st in Hits? Maybe statistically, but that was by no means a pretty, skill oriented team. They wore you down, they ran you over. They repeatedly punched you in the mouth while you tried to draw a penalty. Games against them that year were some of the most grueling, hard fought battles. But the naysayers will tell you AV's club pushed them to 7 games, and almost beat them, so maybe I'm way off...
3 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
Hopefully Dan Boyle and MSL can rally some of the same emotions of facing their old team, because I'm worried about the energy the 3 ex-Rangers will bring to the table tonight.
Living near Tampa, I can tell you that the Lightning really are becoming the Rangers of 3-5 years ago, plus Stamkos. They play fast, and they play hard, the way blue-collar fans want to watch. If you want to root for a blue-collar team, they're an easy choice. Should be a good test tonight. Hope our boys are up for it.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Sounds to me like the Penguins coaching staff knows that the Rangers are particularly vulnerable in the "Heart" department right now. Probably assigned a couple of their beat writers and bloggers to make this a topic leading up the game. Try to distract the Rangers, try to fire up the Pens.
Considering Saturday/Sunday, I wouldn't be surprised if it works. Hopefully J Moore's return allows AV to more evenly distribute minutes amongst D-Men tonight, and match up against Crosby the way he wants to.
Either way, I'm expecting an improved performance from the Rangers tonight, but i doubt they'll suddenly resemble the team we all want to watch. But maybe a little bad blood will help wake these guys up.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Please note: 13 hours later and that comment still has zero "likes" in the other thread. That is all.
@ktc990 I'd take Carcillo over Glass in heartbeat right now. Would have gotten him at half the price, too...
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@SmellyKisio @johnnyb3910 Unfortunately for Kredier he takes more penalties than he draws when he drives to the net. There's also rarely a pass across the slot becuase he's so much faster than his linemates. Time to figure out a new plan of attack there. His best option may be to fake the shot and carry it behind, try to draw the D out of position, and give his linemates time to get in closer to the net.
@SmellyKisio Same goes for Kreider in my opinion. His little streak down the left side play; it either goes in, or goes around the boards and out. It never seems to lead to any sustained pressure.
@TomDundie @Rangerfan99 @johnnyb3910 I'll rephrase my sentence "Another HITTER comes to NYR and thinks he suddenly doesn't have to hit to be effective".
@TomDundie @johnnyb3910 Look, i know fighting is becoming less and less a part of this game, and I'm OK with that. And sure, he can't just jump out there and start asking guys to fight, no one is going to take the bait, or he's going to get hit with an instigator.
But you know what he could do? He could HIT SOMEONE! He's a 4th line grinder and in 10 minutes of ice time last night he registered ONE HIT!!! @DP_Snotty nailed it above. When Zuc is your leading hitter, you've got problems.
Last night's hit numbers from our Defense: Klein, Allen, Staal - 1 a piece; Girardi, Kostka, Hunwick - ZERO! You want to know why Edmonton was able to generate chance after chance fron in close last night? Look at Staal in the picture above!! What is this, a beer league?
They don't clear the crease, they don't win battles along the boards, and they don't maintain possession because only a handful of them are interested in playing physical. Until they find a spark to give them some jump, they will continue to lose to unimpressive teams that come to MSG and WANT to win. It's that simple.
John Moore coming back should help the blue line to an extent, but he needs to come back and play like a man possessed, who realizes he's running out of chances. As for Boyle, I'm less optimistic. It was only one game, but in our first game when he broke his hand, I wasn't that impressed with his defensive abilities. I fully expect him to make the same kind of mental mistakes for a few weeks that Allen or Kostka are currently making.
As far as the forwards are concerned, it looks to me like we're witnessing the Stepan Return 2.0. Still looks a few steps slow, still making mistakes. It's going to be a few weeks.
Tanner Glass needs to fight or get lost. Last night, down 2-1, at home, in snoozer of a game. That when he should be challenging a guy like Hendricks. Wake these guys up! But as usual, another fighter come to NYR and thinks he's suddenly a hockey player.
Lastly, I'm sorry, but I don't see it with Duclair. Endmonton has a slew of 19-25 year olds who were noticable last night. Maybe I'm too hard on him, but I don't see him making a difference on the ice. He's not using his size and strength, he's not grinding, he's not aggresive in the D Zone. He's trying to be cute, like this is NHL 15, but he has yet to score on anything other than a basic wrister. He reminds me of Nash when he's in one of his scoring slumps.
Remember when the Rangers had some 100+ game streak going of "Earning at least a point when leading after 2 periods"? Something like 95-0-8? Now I know we didn't go in to the 3rd with a lead lsat night, but there is a strange correlation between the coaching regime and this sudden inability to protect a friggin lead. We blew lots of them in playoffs last year, we've blown quite a few already this season.
I know our D is depleted right now, but to me the biggest issue is our forwards. Between brutal coverage mistakes and exiting the zone before we actually have possession, I think AV needs to find the Torts switch and teach this group how to buckle down with a lead and play defense.
Please don't misconstrue this as "I want Torts back", but AV/Slats have one by one let the blue collar, defensive specializing, sell out to protect a lead, guys walk, and now we're left with a bunch of guys who skate really fast...quickly away from playing defense. Not to mention that a big, strong team like Winnipeg literally comes in to town and beats the crap out of us.
So while I won't go as far to say this team is too soft, or we need an enforcer, or anything like that, I will agree with the sentiment on here that Duclair and Hayes on the 4th line with Glass are a waste. That's not a 4th line. That's a group of 3 bench warmers. If they can't handle 12-15 minutes and actually create chances, then should be in Hartford. We need a hard working, defense zone shut down, penalty drawing 4th line centered by D Moore.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@NYRwegiian New to this so I'll have be extra accurate to catch up!
4-3 Rangers, first goal by Hagelin
Keep up the good work, Neill! No need to over do it, we do a perfectly good job of being stupid and inappropriate, while also keeping up to date on News in the comments section. Do as much as you can handle, as long as we have a place to hang out!
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@omnishambles @MikeBlue If women will go to Raven's game is Ray Rice jerseys, then no one is going to boycott the 3 or 4 companies that manage to get their logos on to hockey jerseys. People just don't care that much.
It's inevitable, but i hope they find ways to do it subtly. First of all, I'd rather see them sneak more ads on to the boards, glass, and even the ice surface before they touch the uniforms. DKNY already has their logo on the NYR practice jerseys, which is strange in its own right because I wouldn't align the people who pay attention to Rangers practices with DKNY target customer, but who knows. But when it eventually happens, I hope it will be stickers on helmets, maybe patches on sleeves or pants or the backs of the uniforms. No team should have to redesign the front of their sweater to insert an ad.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta say the Talbot start versus Toronto is somewhat puzzling to me. Toronto has more fire power, and has done some damage to us in recent contests. Meanwhile the Oilers are a cluster****, close to the bottom of the league in both goals for and goal against. Sounds tailor made for a back-up. Plus being at home, AV could do a better job dictating matchups.
@ATCRyan Trying to learn about the rules and strategies from MDZ = Mistake #1.
...or in her case, maybe mistake #1,345,230
Although I would be interested to know about how she "shamed him in front of the Rangers"?
@Craptin McDonqvist Still not sure why some GIFs embed and others stay as links...
Never tried Fantasy Hockey, but I'm game.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Bleed_the_freak Long change...can't hear Lundqvist cursing from the far bench...
@IhateGaborik @johnnyb3910 @johnAMIRANTESrug The 2003 draft was loaded, no doubt. Picking Jessiman was like striking out in tee ball.
But give it a few more years. A few more guys McIlrath's class could become mainstays in the league.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhateGaborik @johnAMIRANTESrug The longer he struggles while these other guys shine, the more he is Hugh Jessiman 2.0
I haven't been too active this season, mostly due to bloguin and ios8 on my iPad not getting along, but I wanted to say my peace before this entry faded into the distance.
It still took me a minute when i read the headline, thinking what this cruel joke could be, like that time Kevin claimed that the Islanders offered him a job in their Social Media department, only to quickly realize it was April Fool's Day.
It's sad to see you go, @KevinTheNYRBlog , but i have the utmost respect for anyone who can look at the situation they are in, realize they want something better or different, and has the balls to go through with it. Life is short, you should never do something just for the sake of the crowd. So for that, and all your hard work, I applaud you. And if we can keep this blog alive, even in a scaled down version, i hope you drop by the comments section once in a while.
This has quickly become the best source for NYR and NHL News, and there is no other better collection of die-hard fans then the fine ladies and gentlemen in the comments section. Thanks for creating a spot for all of us to share our fandom, Kevin, both near and far.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @shoream I'd think that he would completely whif, the puck would magically stop on the goal line, but Girardi's momentum from whiffing makes him topple into a heap and he knocks it in with his skate.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Was semi accurate too (with regards to miller). Must be sober or something...
Lots of typos in there (thanks ios8...)
Should say "with MSL on the wing" and that I wish Duclair could play in the AHL.
No typos on the Girardi thing, that was correct...
I'm going to disagree with a lot of stuff here...
First, I don't mind the lines. The only reason we have the 3 shortest forwards on one line is because we're the home team. You'd never see these lines on the road. But AV can get the match ups he wants. The first line has size which we'll need against SJ, and at the moment, Nash and MSL are really the only forwards who are firing on all cylinders, so it's early enough to try to spread that around to 2 different lines and wake up some players who have 77 more games to play.
As for Duclair, I don't know. I'd love for him to be the "next big thing", but with MSL off the wing, he isn't a top six winger yet. It's amazing he's in the organization, and I wish he could play in the NHL because he needs to keep climbing the ladder. But being in and out, shielding him from situations doesn't help us. If AV isn't going to play every night, send him back to juniors. He's too young and too raw. Guys will leave next off season and he can be a regular. But he's not there yet. Yeah, hes +4 with 3 assists. His line mate leads THE LEAGUE in scoring. It's not easy to get those stats, but it's not that hard based on how AV is playing him.
I do agree that Girardi on the PP is asinine, so there's that...
@ShreddyMercury @Say my Name I'm confused by a few people talking about "not keeping Klein". Adam referred to not moving him the other day, and a few people have mentioned "keeping" him in the comments.
We trade Del Zaster for defensive defensman who was seen as a 2nd-to-3rd pair guy, making $2.9 mil, who still had 4.5 years left on a 5 year deal when we got him. Half of the motivation was to unload our give-away machine and get a guy who in years 3, 4, and 5 would be seen as a bargain. Granted his play has probably been below par to-date, he's still better than Del Zotto. But either way, we didn't resign him this offseason, we didn't give him an extension. Unless there was a trade rumor I missed, I don't understand where people are getting this notion that we CHOSE Klein OVER Stralman or OVER Diaz.
OK, I'm going to do it, I'm going to try to defend Kostka here for a second:
(First off, I learned from Mighty Ducks 3 that you never give the Varisty team the satisfaction of getting under your skin, and you never clear the puck up the middle, especially if youre Charlie Conway...)
On both plays Kostka makes terrible passes from below the goal line, up the middle of the ice rather than around the boards. That's obvious.
On the first GIF the puck jumps over his stick. Bad break. Welcome to MSG. He's trying to move it to Staal, who for some reason thinks he's a forward and is over on the half wall. The pass should have gone up the boards. Bad bounce. It happens. If Nash does a better job of tying up #86, he cant intercept the pass with his foot and feed the eventual goal scorer in the slot.
On the second, goal, I'm not sure who it is streaking up the middle there, but I'd say that's as much the forwards fault as the defenseman for asking for that pass. Again, Kostka flubs it, should have gone up the wall and played it safe.
Ok, so i didn't do a good job of defending Kostka. An 8th defenseman shouldn't try to be Brian Leetch. Just put it up the boards. That being said, we had the same problems early last year with our forwards. Like Brassard said, its a 5 man unit predecated on exiting the zone with good passes to the right guy. The defensemen need to make good decisions about who they're moving the puck to, but the forward need to be ready to receive and go. We've already seen it a lot this season. Forward get the pass and cough it up, or lose a battle along the boards, or D men fire it up the boards and no ones there to get it. We've got a lot of new forward this year, which makes it that much harder for our D to execute our exits.
@duncfair @johnnyb3910 Leddy, maybe, but Boychuk wouldn't have made much sense. A few less dollar, a few years older, same expiring contract situation. And Boston was trying to shed dollars, not gain a defenseman who makes an extra $600k. The Islanders gave up A LOT of draft picks for a guy who's probably going to walk at the end of this year anyway (In typical Garth Snow fashion).
If Sather's smart he'll make a play for Boychuk this summer. Could be a very solid 3rd pair guy at the right price.
@MichaelDeSorbo @johnnyb3910 I have no clue, I'm not a scout, but according to cap geek there are 40+ defensemen about to become UFAs this summer, and the majority of them make less than $3.5.
Now obviously some are going to get raises, others are going to get pay cuts. Some are old, some are young. Some will want short deals, others will want long-term. I'm not suggesting particular players, I'm just doing math here. Everyone says the cap will go up a lot, and then it goes up a little. If you have to pay a 2nd-pair defender 1st-pair, while its nice to have that depth on your roster, it's going to cost you elsewhere.
You can also find a team that believes Staal could be their first pair anchor, and is willing to part with 2nd or 3rd pair guys to get him at the trade deadline this year and sign him before he hits the open market.
I see your point about needing to hold on to Staal, but couldn't the opposite be argued as well? I know its early, but try to follow me here:
Our top pair costs us over $10 mil between Girardi at $5.5 and McD at $4.7. Dan Boyle is slotted in making $4.5 mil (although thats only for 1 more year), and if Kevin Klein can pull his head out of his ass, could go back to being relative bargain at $2.9. Thats $17.6 mil for 4 defenseman. 3 of those 4 are signed through the 2017-2018 seasonLast Thursday in St Louis, our intended Top 6 D set-up cost $22.5 mil.
So let's say the self imposed budget for our top 6 D next season is $23-24 mil, leaving $5.5-6.5 mil to spend on the two spots that are not locked in yet. If you give Staal 5.5-6, that basically forces the 6th D-man to either be a kid on an ELC or a John Moore-esque player on a low salary year-to-year deal.
Couldn't you argue that the money would be better spent on two defenders on more even salaries in the $2.5-$3.5 range to fill our top 6?
With a record of 1-3, lundqvist with a 5+ GAA, and Nash leading the league in scoring, we are now officially the 2005-2010 Columbus Blue Jackets...
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I seem to remember the "benefit of the doubt" line being used early last season, too. Shortly thereafter, Biron was retired, Asham, Powe and Fast were sent to the minors, and Kreider and Talbot came up from Hartford. J Moore, Fast, and Miller better wake up. The lower you are on the depth chart, the less "benefit" you get.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @scrangersfan Sitting the box is probably as much of a test for Miller as playing is at this point. I don't think its far fetched to say last season his time in the box was probably spent eating pretzels, drinking cokes, and playing games on his phone.
The coaches want maturity, they want focus, and they want growth. His first 2 games werent bad, but they need to be better if he wants to stay with the big boys. If he spends tonight in the press box told to pay attention to 3-5 things on the ice, his ability to do that will play a huge part in whether or not he's on the next bus to Hartford.
@BringBackBeukeboom Just watched the highlights. Stralman's kick save and Callahan's goal pretty much summarize all the things the Rangers aren't doing correct at the moment.
Complete speculation here, but I wonder if it would have been beneficial to name McD as Captain earlier in training camp? I'm sure by week 3 or 4 it won't even matter, but he's obviously off to rough start. Can't help but wonder if its just the whirlwind of the past 8-10 days. Maybe if he had gotten named earlier in camp, he would have had a little more time to acclimate to the duties before the games started counting.
Clearly the Rangers have bigger fish to fry (pun intended), but just an observation.
@J_CKfor30 Agreed on Miller. For all the talk about being more ready for camp this year, you'd expect him to stand out from the guys playing in their first NHL games. I said the same thing on Fast, he's responsible and isn't a liability, but he doesnt seem suited for the 4th line. Not enough of a grinder. Malone or Haggerty would seem to make more sense.
Also wasn't to thrilled with Hayes last night. I know his style is a bit deceptive, but I think Kreider needs to take him aside and discuss "finishing checks" and "keeping your legs moving", seemed to be coasting and avoiding contact from what I saw. You'd think a kid in his first NHL game, at MSG would have a little more get-up.