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Step 1) Whatever job you have now working 40-50 hour weeks, QUIT
Step 2) Making working out and lifting weights you job
Step 3) Make eating nothing but salads, protein and protein shakes your hobby
4 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I know this doesn't belong here, but photos from first informal skate-around at MSG practice facility:
I think it's a good sign that JT Miller is on the ice. Not sure there's any direct correlation, but its a good for a kid with "questionable dedication" to be there early.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm interested to see, in this day and age, how trying to drop a second team in a city like Toronto will play out. In the Metro area, you at least have geographical dividers where people in Jersey, NYC, and Long Island are proud that their from one and not the other. To just drop another team in a city like Toronto where the fan base is so far reaching into the surrounding geography, I'm just not sure it will work.
I don't know, maybe I'm way off, but if, say, the Islanders stayed in Uniondale and a new team pulled in to town to play at the Barclay's Center, who would drop their allegiance to pull for a new team? Hockey is a sport deeply rooted in tradation and die-hard fans. These aren't the on-again off-again NBA fans with the jersey for 6 different teams and 14 different hats in their closet.
I heard Sather is going to trade to get Richard's back, convince Fedetenko to unretire, and offer Torts a job with the Equipment Team...Rumor also has it Dave Andrechuk has been skating at a facility in New Jersey..."The Quack-Attack is back, Jack!" And by "quack", i mean 2004 Lightning...
5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@gravey94 @IcyCup My comment wasn't meant to be a scathing critique of Hayes. He's very talented, has a lot of potential, and certainly has shown to have the makings of a quality NHL player. At the same time, I agree, that Kristo may be getting close to "past his prime", he hasn't blossomed the way others have by the age of 24. I would remind everyone, however, that Matt Gilroy was a Hobey Baker winner who tore up Hockey East with better career numbers than Hayes as a defenseman, but he crashed and burned in the NHL, and now can barely hold down a roster spot. Even Kreider, who seems primed to be a great NHL player for years to come, took almost 2 years to seem comfortable at this level (blame Torts all you want for that).
Believe me, I'm pumped that Hayes chose to sign with us, and I'm certainly hoping for the best. My criticism was more that a lot of people seem to be jumping to the conclusion that Hayes and Kristo somehow have intertwined destinies. Sure if one gets a roster spot, thats one less spot for the other, but I don't think its as black and white as "Hayes is here, get ready for Kristo to be moved". The Rangers are sorely lacking depth. Both of these guys could potentially slide right into AV's system, and if they don't, they'll be quality players on the Wolfpack. As Adam pointed out a few weeks ago, having a competitive, profession AHL affiliate has a lot of effect on how prospects develop.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Boy we really are bored. We trade every early round draft pick away, so management targets free agent college players. We sign ONE guy who had ONE good season at BC (pretty sure I read he scored 27 of his 44 goals in one season) and suddenly the Wolfpacks leading goal scorer from 13/14 is on his way out?!?! Right, if certainly hate to have some depth come mid-season.
Hayes has "potential bust" written all over him. He's been hyped by the media and his camp. Let's not go writing off a talented Kristo who has chemistry with a number of players expected to be in the NHL opening night quite yet...
Chicago is expected to get a compensatory draft pick in 2015 probably in the second round. Pretty sure we just gave our 2015 2nd Rounder to Tampa Bay because Callahan resigned and the 1st became a 2nd. How will that work?
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DHizzy Based on their depth chart and cap hits, he'd have to play well enough to convince management to trade Kris Versteeg or send him to the minors, which is highly unlikely.
Like @Josh-CK said, the kid wants to walk in to camp this summer with a team thats got a top-6, or alteast a top-9 spot up for grabs. Thats not the case in Chicago.
Found this link on PuckDaddy, profile on recent Ranger signing Chris McCarthy. Probably not the same level "prospect" as some of the others, but still a good read for those going through hockey withdrawls:
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I pull up those 2003 draft results every once in a while and suffer through reading it, almost like a form of self-inflicted punishment for my choice of being a Ranger fan. That list continues into a second round that includes Loui Erikkson, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Corey Crawford, Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Jimmy Howard, to go with our pick of Ivan Baranka. And it really is a pandora's box situation, as our inability to develop a dangerous scoring forward from within the organization has forced our hand into signing guys like Richards, Gomez, Drury, etc for way too much money, and trading away valuable assets for guys like Nash, MSL, Clowe, etc.
You're right, most drafts beyond a top 5 selection can be a crap shoot, but it turns out missing in 2003 was like striking out at slow pitch softball.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Not to beat a dead horse, but it's also amazing how often we can tie the Rangers problems with Center Depth, and therefore cap space, and therefore the rest of the roster, to the dreaded Hugh Jessiman draft selection. Half of the league (that's a guess, not a stat, could be more or less) currently has a #1, or at least a #2 line that is being anchored by a player from the 2003 draft that was still available when we selected Hugh... If we had selected a player who stuck, we could have saved the trouble and the cap space of going after guys like Ricahrds, Gomez (although that yielded McD), Drury, etc.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name I'd add that we also had one of the most consistent fourth lines down the stretch as well, that chipped in timely goals, we're more than just one dimensional (most or all playing a role as part of great PK), and were rarely a liability on the ice.
Agreed, our first line was far from the brightest bright spot last season.
@tgrace5 @johnnyb3910 @Herman_NYRBlog How often do you see Rick Nash enter the zone and then lose the puck, and how often do a Ranger forward or defender take a shot "just misses the net". Stepan's responsibility as a center is also to be the first forward back on D. When you've got Rick Nash practically helping the other team out of the zone, being along the boards for clearances or floating back near the blueline to play D is part of the territory. It's tough to be overly aggressive when no one fears your biggest threat anymore.
@Herman_NYRBlog People who don't think he's a #1 are looking at the fact that on their respective depth charts, Bergeron, Carter and O'Reilly don't take regular shifts on their team's top lines. They expect a #1 center to put up Crosby/Giroux/Sequin/Backstrom/Taveres type numbers, but what they miss is that those guys play on one-dimensional teams where the top line is stacked because they rest of the line-up is questionable.
I agree with Kevin, Stepan is #1A. He's perfectly capable, he's a well rounded and can contribute in different ways. He's not flashy, it's not always highlight reel stuff, but we've got bigger things to worry about than how #1 our #1 center is.
The truth is he'd put up top 10 stats if he wasn't anchored down by the enigma that is Rick Nash. I think a lot of fans feel a #1 center should be able to "ignite" Rick Nash. But honestly, the only person who can fix Rick Nash at this point is Rick Nash. I'd put money on Stepan having a career year if he plays next season with MSL on his right instead.
We'll yeah, when you drop a couple unneeded N bombs in a post, it is bound to come out racist...
There are better ways to get the same point across...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html
Yawn...hockey players...so down to earth...so dull. I wish some of these NFL and NBA players would rub off on them. We could use a good club shooting, DUI, or domestic disturbance right about now...
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/uncategorized/heres-a-really-stupid-ron-duguay-story-from-the-new-york-post.html
I guess that $8 Mil signing bonus was put to good use...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@WeBleedBlueNYC needs to make an "In AV we Trust" shirt...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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...
1 month 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.
@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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
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.
@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.
@ATCRyan @G Also reportedly has a no move and no trade clause.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
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.
@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.
2 months 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.
@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.
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...
2 months 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?
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.