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@DPSnotty  Nice doggie.

1 day, 11 hours ago on

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Hank has won more in a Rangers sweater than any goalie in the team's history. And he's not done yet. He doesn't have to prove shit to me.

1 day, 17 hours ago on

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Diaz sits. While it's close to a toss-up, Moore actually has some "toughness" (I've seen him FIGHT!) and can skate his ass off. Klein is a no-brainer.

2 days, 10 hours ago on

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For me (and my son), it all comes down to team identity. It was easy to love the 2011-2012 team because you knew what you were going to get every night, win or lose -- grind-it-out, everybody-in-this-together, do-what-it-takes-to-win, blue-collar hockey. People could relate to that. The 2013-2014 team, while miles ahead in skill and speed, just don't seem to have that cohesive, team ethos. You see it from the coach to the "leaders" -- they're laid back, don't get angry, aren't quick to defend eadh other. Plus, they're inconsistent. Some nights they're incredibly entertaining to watch, then the next night it looks like they're phoning it in. You just never know which team will show up, night after night. Add to that the "suit-ification" of the Garden (and the Rangers lackluster record there) and the entire environment seems to have taken on the personality of the team. It makes it hard to get too emotionally attached. Now, come out with passion, fierceness, confidence and camaraderie in the Flyers series, and the Faithful will get behind them in a big way.

3 days, 15 hours ago on

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Sorry, guys, I was out so no cookies. This one is my fault.

4 days, 4 hours ago on

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They definitely have a better shot than last year. Big reason -- they have 4 lines to roll consistently. How far they go will come down to: 1) Hank coming up big, 2) McD and, to a lesser extent, Kreider coming back, 3) special teams, particularly the PP, 4) puck possession -- starting with winning faceoffs, and 5), of course, clutch goals from expected (Nash, St. Louis, etc.) and unexpected (3rd/4th line) places. Oh yeah, and a healthy dose of puck luck and injury avoidance are needed, as well. A tall order, but hopefully, it will be a fun -- and long-- ride. (Just can't quite get myself to believe in Cup, though. Hope I'm wrong -- and then I'll make cookies for everyone!)

5 days, 15 hours ago on

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But he sucks, right?

6 days, 5 hours ago on

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Cookies for everyone!

6 days, 5 hours ago on

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How about a dozen of each?

6 days, 6 hours ago on

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Time to make the cookies.

6 days, 6 hours ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @EHBIGAPPLE  I agree with you in principal, but Sather has behaved in the exact opposite way that you describe -- he leaked info about the negotiations to make Cally look like a greedy douche. Then at the end when it looked like they would agree on money, he pulls out this "no trade" argument. All to make Cally look bad and make people believe he "had no choice." He did it to deflect blame, not shoulder it. Sather is not a good GM (and certainly not a good person to work for), even if he did make a few good trades...well, McDonagh. 

6 days, 9 hours ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Betweentheworlds  Don't be ridiculous. Sather absolutely had a choice. They were essentially there on the money, but Sather balked at the no-trade request (according to him). Water under the bridge, but please get off this "it was Cally's fault he's not a Ranger" thing. Sather didn't want him in the end. Business decision, but it was his decision. I can't believe you always fall for Sather's PR machine's spin on things. 

6 days, 12 hours ago on

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@bk59  They were playing great before the Olympic break, then had a slump, and are playing better again now. You might be able to say the Callahan trade didn't hurt them (although those first few games without him were bad), but they are NOT a better team without Callahan. 

6 days, 13 hours ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @rangermom  P.S. Cookies for you, Snotty. 

6 days, 13 hours ago on

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @rangermom  I'd say 14 years without a Cup (and not a fantastic post-season record either) is waaaaay past his freshness date. 

6 days, 13 hours ago on

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I hate Sather. I do not, nor will I ever, hate Callahan. 

6 days, 14 hours ago on

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@ATCRyan  I like the guy, but 2 things: 1) he can't stay healthy and 2) he doesn't want to come here.

1 week ago on

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He will never settle for a pay cut. Why should he? So, he will either be signed at what he's making now, a little more, or sayonara. Frankly, I think he goes. Someone will pay him more money as a "glue guy." It's unfortunate, but I think it's realistic. 

1 week ago on

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I just love all the crazy optimism in the comments today, boys. Did y'all get body-snatched or something, 'cuz I don't recognize any of you.

1 week, 1 day ago on

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To all those who say, "well, if we had Neil, we would love him" I say, no thank you. Tough is great. We need more of that. Aggressive is good. We need more of that. Cheap, dirty, dangerous, douchebaggery? Nah, pass on that. 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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HAHAHAHAHAHA. 

1 week, 4 days ago on

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Yeah, well

1 week, 6 days ago on

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Too much cuteness, guys.

1 week, 6 days ago on

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HAHAHA. So much for the kinder, gentler coach-who-isn't-Tortorella. Like I said, this guy is very quick to throw players under the bus and do so in a pretty brutal way.  And, you're right, he was never known as a "development" guy in VC. Talk about messing up a kid's head. Well, maybe this will wake up JT (who seemed to have a chip on his shoulder from the beginning). But, I think (as I have for awhile) that he will be trade bait come the summer. AV never really liked him. Then watch him blossom into a stud somewhere else. 

1 week, 6 days ago on

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@tidus_37  You are my favorite Bolts fan. 

1 week, 6 days ago on

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We're dead.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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I didn't like the way McD'a head hit the ice.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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Guys, I'm not apologizing for Torts, and I like AV just fine -- but just to remind you: AV is just as notorious as Torts (if not more so) for calling out individuals in the media when things aren't going well. He did that earlier this year when we were on the ropes. And he sits players in game who he is upset with (um, JT Miller anyone?). He just does it with no emotion vs busting blood vessels. The Canucks were just as happy to see him go as most here were to see Torts get the boot. Heck, Ryan Kesler won't even consider coming here because AV is the coach. My point is, AV is not quite the guy you're painting in your last paragraph, Kevin. That's a bit of revisionist history. All coaches have their strengths and weaknesses, and all have a "past due" date. AV is right for the team as constructed today; while Torts was the guy for the lunchpail team of 2011-2012. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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Cookies for Cammy!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on

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Just saw Nash come out with no shirt on behind Talbot getting interviewed by John G. #manboobs

2 weeks, 3 days ago on

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He is never going to score for the Rangers.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on

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His mom is pretty cute, though.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on

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Oh this first line is just stupid. (Ok boys, prove me wrong.)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on

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I wouldn't put too much significance on this. Players wanna play. (See Gabby, Cally, Hags and Bergeron.) And while it's the right decision, please spare me any kudos for Sather. Sather didn't do this out of the kindness of his heart or because he's thinking about the team. He did it to protect his investment.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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No cookies, boys. Mom is disappointed.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@DPSnotty  Priceless. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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Two douches, fighting it out. Avery DID embarrass himself. (If I were his PR person I would have strongly advised against ever appearing on DWTS, unless he wanted to perpetuate his rep as hockey's Bad Boy to an already established audience.) I mean, just look at those clips you posted. Ew. That said, Marty is pretty, pretty dumb to open his yap like that. Amusing? I guess, but I'd rather have both of these jokers fade into the sunset than continue to give them the attention their immature beings crave. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@fushone @rangermom @Gino77  Talking about the forwards, not the D. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@Betweentheworlds @Bueller  Sorry, but our guys play much woosier than girls. (See Canada vs. U.S. Olympic hockey). 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@Say my Name @DPSnotty  I was with you until you called Giroux a girl. Babies come out of our vaginas, dude. I don't think any guy I know would be able to deal with that kind of pain, even hockey players.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@Gino77  I, for one, do not want players who blatantly and repeatedly attempt to injure other players on my team. I have zero problem with sticking up for one another and being aggressive on the forecheck -- in fact, I'm with all those who are crying that we need some of that on this team. But outright intent to injure is not what I want to see on my team. Keep your Simmonds', Neils and Neals. 


Oh, and I agree that this is on AV. He should know better. That's 2 mistakes in 2 nights (first being letting Step and Marty play sick). We're extremely fortunate his brain farts didn't bite us in the ass.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@johnnyb3910  Um, no. That kind of player I do NOT want on the Rangers. Trying to deliberately hurt another player is despicable. I feel the same way about James Neal. Don't get me wrong, toughness and a willingness to mix it up is fine in my books. But the kind of crap that Simmonds displayed last night shows he's a not a character guy. Don't want him in my locker room or wearing my colors.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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Always is.

3 weeks ago on

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Yup, I wore my new McDonagh heritage jersey to the game tonight. You're welcome, again.


P.S. Cookies for everybody.

3 weeks ago on

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Asking (or expecting) someone to take a pay cut is unreasonable. Therefore, I think Boyle is let go this summer, which will be too bad, but that's biz.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on

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P.S. I wore my new McDonagh Heritage jersey to the game tonight. You're welcome.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on

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Cookies for everyone!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on

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Kevin (and the rest of you), like you said last week, we have been re-built into a "skill" team, not a "physical" team. I do not expect them to "bring it" every night. It's not in their DNA. The thing that will kill us come playoff time is what's killed us all year (and in the last couple of years) -- not enough skill down the middle. (Oh, and a D man with a bomb from the point would help, too -- besides MacD, that is.) They may say they want to win and will do anything to get there, but I just don't think it's reasonable to believe they've suddenly transformed themselves into this hard forechecking, take-no-prisoners, stand up for my teammates type of team. Hope I'm wrong.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on

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Ok, but Diaz is adorable.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on

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But he did save a sure goal. I'll make that trade off.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on

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