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@KevinMccarthy MZA - FTW!!!

1 day, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name @RangersAndRadio Hags is a stalwart PK'er and has a lot of upside, he is poised for a breakout year, I would hate to trade him too early.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 @KevinTheNYRBlog @Bueller You'd have thought it was an option that had higher dividends than signing bad knees brad!

3 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Really enjoyed watching the team play with more confidence! Still concerned by having the munchkin line and really think long term that MSL and Kreider need to flip flop and balance the size out. LGR!!!

3 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Zucca scores today MZA - FTW!!

LGR!!!

4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/we-bleed-blue-coliseum-invasion.html

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I get sitting Duclair against a BIG west coast team - the NHL is enough of an adjustment without adding really big bodies T'ing him up. A break and a view from above could also help. I disagree with Kevin and think Dom has shown some offensive flair, but HATE the top two lines! Unless Nash is refusing to play left wing splitting him up from MSL seems moronic! Hayes is a big bodied playmaking center and showed good chemistry in a limited setting why switch it up? Kreider - Brass - Zucc is last years top line on steroids as Kreider is WAY better than poops! The Zucc - Brass - MSL line didn't work last year too small, too many playmakers and against a big west coast team will get manhandled.

G on the pp is ridiculous - too slow to prevent a breakaway, can't hit the net to save his life, and ZERO playmaking ability!

As Kevin said probably means a dominat win and a couple of pp goals...

LGR!!

5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I much prefer your lines, but hags is more likely to deal well with big bodies banging than Duclair at this stage

5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I don't think it applies any longer

5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Why on earth does AV insist on Putting G on the PP he is awful - way to slow to stop a breakaway, can't hit the net, and can't make plays?!?

5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I was just going to say the same thing Zucc - Brass - MSL is a HORRIBLE choice going into a game against a BIG west cost team. They got manhandled the last time and they're all set up guys.... Sigh, I guess Nash is fighting being on the left? He and Marty have some good chemistry - why break that up?!?

5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Good balanced lines Kevin - I hope AV is paying attention!!

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Big question is who do you trade and for whom? Is it worth risking the possible upside as most of our forwards that are valuable trade pieces are still growing and have good potential and haven't even settled into lines yet. If there were a true odd man out maybe, but even with the possible upside of some of these young players would they really bring a viable return at this stage of the game?!?

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Yes but a 4th line of Haglin - Dom - Malone would be pretty good against faster offensive talents and still has the grind capability. I think in the short term allowing Duclair to watch a game isn't bad and was suggested early on by AV. He's not used to the grind at the NHL level and short term at least provides offensive spark to the top nine even if it's on a rotation with glass. I would like to think he sticks at least until step gets back if not longer.

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Wasn't it attitude that made Duclair slip to the third round?

5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Staal and Stralman were money until slats suffered from rectal cranial inversion!

6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom @Say my Name Maybe we need to tell glass theres a sale on at Felines basement?!?

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@allagash @JMK8363 could be - AV still surprises me at how out of touch he seems with the players in general.  He's successful, but definitely appears hands off as far as the players day to day although that could be pretense for the media or just the youngsters.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 In theory I believe AV prefers to have 2 D and 1 F as spares, but with our cap that isn't likely long term.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Zelrio @JMK8363 @J_CKfor30 No, hes not, but that doesn't mean another stint in the AHL won't wake him up and allow him to become a solid NHL player.  He was slotted to start at C and maybe he's better suited as a winger?  I for one would love to see him step up and be a Dubby style grinder on the 3rd line.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 Look what that step back did for Kreider last year - he came on like a monster when he was recalled and seems to have found the consistency of his BEAST mode this year!!!

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@RangersForte  @Craptin McDonqvist I seem to recall everyone expecting Kreider to make the team out of camp last year - one more stint in the AHL maybe just what the doctor ordered for JT to reach the next level and get it as they say.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog I agree, I would think send Kostka down get him some playing time and a chance to rebuild his confidence, and bring up either Allen and Mcllrath and give them a chance with Hunwick as the 7th D 

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@allagash I wonder how much the exceptional play of a few of the rookies hampered the preseason games... AV was forced to play the entire preseason with a split lineup and shuffling several bubble players around to see where they fit in the system as well as on the team.  It wasn't as bad as last year, but I think it hampered the ability to gel lines!

6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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It never ceases to amaze me how everyone in Rangerland picks on one little thing and spins itself up to hurricane status in seconds.  Duclaire got sat down as an extra winger in the 3rd and OT of ONE game BIG DEAL.  The coaches made their decisions and are certainly more well informed and aware of the situation ANY of us fans no matter how passionate or devoted we may be.  Is this move indicative of a glaring flaw in Duclairs play not necessarily, and it certainly doesn't mean that the coaches have lost trust or he is out of favor.  There are a lot of moving pieces and AV has shown that he is patient and works with players to make sure they perform to their best and are given a fair chance to succeed. We have the luxury of having several very talented predominantly left wingers currently and there may not always be ideal lines to put them all on (this a good thing and shows the depth in talent we have especially in top tier left wings).  Will Duclair stay up I don't know, but I do agree his play has seemed to warrant more time here as long as AV said that he can get top 9 minutes.  He needs to play to continue to progress bottom line.  Things are going to get even more confusing when Step comes back and maybe before if MSL gets switched back to wing (I think Hayes has made a good bid for playing 1C until Step returns).  


With that assumption:

Nash - Hayes - MSL becomes your top line (hopefully Hayes is working on faceoffs!)


Now you have to decide Kreider, Duclair, or Hags for the 2nd line?!?


Based on size and physicality i see the 2nd line as: 

Kreider - Brass - Zucc


3rd line IF you're keeping Duclair up becomes something like this

Duclair - Dom - Stemp


4th line likely something like this:

Hags - Linberg - Malone  (Linberg is supposed to be better defensively and at the dot than JT)


Glass becomes the 13th forward (unfortunately since AV has such an apparent crush it may be more likely that Malone sits)


Once step comes back based on current information Hayes drops to 3C and Dom back to 4C.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 @BringBackBeukeboom Hopefully the only way Ritchie comes back is as an asst. coach or maybe a towel boy - already demoted to 3rd line in chicago and still not producing...

6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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It looked more like odd man out because of MSL going back to wing and only having 3 centers. Also appeared that even AV doesn't trust glass in a tight game?!?

6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I got Game Center this year vs center ice on Fios because I was tired of not getting the Rangers feed but acceding via itv it's had a solid minute plus delay and craps out several times during the game.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Wow 9am and still no recap - Kevin on a JD induced bender last night?!?

6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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That's a VERY low bar!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I hear strawberry is in attendence tonight think he shares dealers or is he Malone's hookup?!?

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Uleash the Zucca! 


LGR - MZA - FTW!!!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 @JMK8363 Hows that Linberg fascination going?  Oh wait now its Kreider, oh no its Duclair.  All good players but its comical how you bounce around with your favorites (boy crushes) and crucify other players off hand.  How about all the Zucc's too small can't play NHL comments last off season?  As always everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I enjoy the back and forth discussions and humor on this blog.  


Duclair staying all season is still a HUGE question mark!  Zucc is a proven commodity and is unlikely to be going anywhere anytime soon (not saying it can't happen, but I think its highly unlikely).  


Also what does Duclair being in the mix have to do with how many points Zucc gets?!?  Zucc lead the team in points last year playing on the 3rd line - not sure why he can't do similar and likely better this year?!?

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangersfan @scrangersfan Why trade now?!?  If you have to trade, you trade assets that have peaked not those that still are showing growth.  Why not trade Klein etc. package a few guys that open up roster space and cap to allow for a bigger name player.  The problem is when you go for a big name it comes at a huge price!  The goal is don't panic and bring in another Hamerlik, Redden, Gomez, et al.  The easy fix isn't always successful and is often very costly!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@scrangersfan @JMK8363 @ktc990 Oh I think you have to sign Staal for 6-6.5, but avoid the term and the NTC clauses if at all possible and pray the cap goes up!!!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@TomDundie @JMK8363 @scrangersfan @ktc990 Lets hope he starts playing like one... hard to forget his SCF play!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 I disagree on both counts Hags has been a solid PK'er and still opens up space on offense.  Hopefully he will breakout offensively this year as many predict.  Zucc has done everything but score so far: he is an energy guy, has stuck up for the team, and created numerous scoring chances.  He is solid defensively (don't kid yourself about his +/-), but he is a setup guy NOT a sniper and he hasn't had a lot to work with so far this season (all 3 games he's played).  The Poops - Brass - Zucc line took a while to gel consistently - Zucc will produce!  Now do I think he and Hags should be on the same line NO.  Ideally his line this year will be Kreider - Brass - Zucc and watch out!  I still predict north of 70pts this year!!!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@scrangersfan @rangersfan Zucc has also show he is  a team first player and will undoubtedly take a team favorable contract.


MZA - FTW!!!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@scrangersfan @ktc990 True but remember G is OVER paid!!!

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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The offense needs to gell still - there are new faces on every line and it will take time for chemistry etc, but its a PROcess... the defense is arguably the more disconcerting as ALL have looked VERY shaky at times. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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@IcyCup Timeouts - what are those???

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Maybe MSL can give step some lessons at the dot?!?

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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Great so slats needs to get another hammerlick... I'd rather see one of the youngsters! Klein or Moore needs to be able to step up and if they can't they need to be moved. We have some good prospects and need room in the near future even if they aren't completely ready now.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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You are correct sir - notice the debacle of a 3rd period = NO physical pushback nothing to fire the team up not that they should need it, but something to shake things up would have been nice!

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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Malone also showed the presence of mind NOT to scrap when he shouldn't. I've said all along he has shown he deserves to be playing.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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I think I threw up in my mouth

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Aka Chester the child molester?

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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A squirrel with a little excess snow on its nose?!?

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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