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Is Claude Giroux playing in this game? 

2 hours, 49 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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All the Flyers in the box.

2 hours, 58 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Love that kid. Double order of cookies for him.

3 hours, 10 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Well, Cammy is getting a good workout. #LookAtThePositives

3 hours, 35 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Reality, boys. These are kids.  But the future looks pretty bright. 

3 hours, 40 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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First preseason game with you mooks. I see you all have been honing your games in the off season. Nice.

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

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAgelin!

4 hours, 52 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Now what? Now, we make cookies for everyone. 

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

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@Say my Name Yay! He's back! @stRangers fan reminds me of that L'il Abner character, Joe Btfsplk. Always that little black cloud over his head. 

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

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All I want to know is: Where was Kreider when Step went down?

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

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@Gorangers0525 @rangermom I'm not worried (too much) about the top 6, or even the 7th (Connor Allen should be ready). I'm worried about after that, if we get bit by the injury bug.

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

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The good: Miller, Kreider, Hagelin, Marty, Fast, Malone (but he is slow), Kristo's offense (but D needs work), Staal and Moore on D (but wow, was Johnny Boy challenged playing with Kostka). Miller and Fast make the team, if they continue to play as they did in this game.


The bad: Kostka and all the other new Dmen. Worried about lack of depth here.


The ugly: see "the bad" above (plus Talbot's brain fart on the 5th goal -- but I ain't worried about that)


The okay: Bourque (liked his energy, just didn't see enough skill there to break through), Boyle (looked lost at first, got better, looked comfortable on the PP, but he was slow to get back several times. Worse than avoiding the block on Gelinas' shot was that he let Ryder get behind him on the 3rd goal. Hoping these are aberrations caused by rust.)


The meh: Lombardi (nice speed but rusty), Hayes (did some good things but needs seasoning in the AHL), Glass (did ok on the PK, but floated around for most of the game until that nice pass to Fast to tie the game late -- sorry Kev, I'm not a fan yet), everybody else.


Goalies looked like they mailed it in -- but I have no worries there. Oh, one thing -- Hank looked better handling the puck last night. Would like to see that continue.


On the Devil's end -- Ryder and Boucher looked very good.

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

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Been doing some hard training over the summer, boys. Perfecting my cookie recipes. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@EHBIGAPPLE Not gonna happen.

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

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Book it.

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

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@AnnoyingJoe @rangermom Going shopping for the Toll House morsels this weekend.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-re-sign-john-moore.html

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Great. It works financially and we get a kid with something to prove this year. Nice combination.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-re-sign-john-moore.html

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Ew. Face it, Sean. Hockey has moved on. So should you.

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

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@ObviouslyWeHadAGoodRun One word, boys -- SUPERMODELS. That should be the NYR recruiting campaign for the young uns.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Just saw that Marty Biron nominated Hank for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Paul Bissonnette has set a high bar with the helicopter thing. http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/8/12/5994843/paul-bissonnette-ice-bucket-challenge-helicopter-glacier-water.


Only one thing to do to prove you're the King, Henrik. Take if off. Take it all off. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name Whatever you want to call it, wishing we had it and complaining that we don't won't make it so is all I'm sayin.'

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Um, no, no he's not. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name As you must know by now, this is not a "storm the battlements/take no prisoners" team. They are a refection of their coach -- calm, emotionless, all business, same expression whether they win or lose. It's just not in their nature to be the fiery beasts that you want them to be, night-in, night-out. They can do it on occasion, but that's an anomaly; it's not their general way of behaving. With the exception of Zucc, there is no one else who "plays with passion" every night. There's no use ranting about it -- it won't change unless/until the personnel changes. If you want to see that kind of hockey, you'll have to follow another team. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I hope his "development" includes winning more face-offs. Because when your fourth line centers are out-winning you consistently by 8-9% (which I'm glad they do, because they play so often in the defensive zone), you're going to have a problem with puck possession and, of course, scoring. Heck, every other center on the team last year had a better face-off percentage than Stepan, in both the regular season and the playoffs. Yes, he takes more faceoffs than just about anyone in the league and plays against the best competition by virtue of his being on the first line, but you gotta expect more than a 45% f/o % from your top center. I love the guy, but that part of his game just KILLS me (and kills the momentum of the first line, as well).

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @jasonshyer It's not "his" team. He hasn't played 1 day for them. It's the team who happened to pick him and will be his overseer for the next several years of his career if he signs. He has every right to manage his own career from the get-go. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Methinks that Jeff Gorton has taken over the RFA negotiation duties from Slats, 'cuz these deals make way too much sense. Of course, Jeff screwed up and let Glen do the Glass transaction. Only possible explanation. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Love that little guy.

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

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That is my favorite gif of the playoffs.

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

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Me likey. Cookies for Lee.

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

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Yes on everything except #5 and 7 (and 9 is a non-starter). I hate the Glass contract (dying to be proven wrong). Ok with $4 mill for Zucc, but not for 4 years. No way Kreider has earned that yet (and he will wait to make more). And, yes, the Girardi contract is a ball and chain. He wasn't just bad in the playoffs. He struggled all year.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@johnnyb3910 I really feel that Sather is more interested in winning the deal vs. winning, you know, the Cup.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Nicely done, Adam. I especially like the part where you point out that FIGHTING DOESN'T WIN HOCKEY GAMES. It might entertain us and make us feel better, but it's not productive.


I'd be curious, though, to compare outcomes when star players fight vs. "enforcers." Do the stats show the same results? 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html

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P.S. Glass is a total waste of money that we could have used elsewhere.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Hotfreak Lotta "ifs" there. I hope he works out. The fact that he's always wanted to come here will help, but I don't know if the legs are still there.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Yeah, I hear what you're saying, and I'm not panicking, but what I worry about is replacing Richards' production. Do you really think we have a 20-goal/50 point guy hanging around the AHL to replace him, or that we can get one on the cheap (anything less than $5 million)? The rest -- replacements for Pouliot and Boyle, questions about D. Boyle's ability to produce and not be a defensive liability at 38 -- is not overly concerning. (I do wish we could have gotten Vrabata, but he's gone and was too expensive anyway.) Think we gotta make a trade, cuz I don't see any remaining FA to slot into Richie's place. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I agree, Kevin. I think we did okay, given the circumstances. We did not overpay for replaceable pieces, or make a crazy trade. We kept a key bottom 6 guy, and we got a right-handed Dman who, while certainly past his prime, actually knows how to score from the blueline. The open spots can be filled with kids or one of the guys you mentioned. Personally, I like Vrabata (an upgrade from Pouliot) or Santorelli, who I didn't know was available. I watched both play last year and they can help this team. Are we better, or worse? We won't know that until the season starts and see how the new chess pieces mesh or don't mesh with the remaining core. The worst part is that these next couple of months are going to be boring as hell.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@NYR 2014 And Marc Edouard "Pickles" Vlasic.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty @rangermom Nice gig. I think they took him for his most awesome playoff beard. Will take some of the pressure off Kaner. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty @rangermom Ha, no way. But who cares? He's in heaven. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Richards, man, wow. Landed in a sweet spot. And he gets paid Ranger dough on top of that. Plus he can still commute on weekends to the Hamptons.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK He can still get to the Hamptons on the weekend.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Well, at least we got a guy who can shoot the puck from the point and actually, you know, hit the net. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-address-defense-with-signings-of-dan-boyle-mike-kostka.html

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On the other hand, I'm not on board with the Tanner Glass deal. Mom is not impressed.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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Oh yay for Dom. Glad we came to terms that are good for us and him.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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@Bring back Langdon @rangermom Nope. He got equal or more money (got to factor in taxes and living expenses), same yrs and full NTC for first 4 yrs, with a partial for remaining 2 (Slats didn't want to give him any NTC). And he's on a team with a legitimate shot at winning sooner rather than later (which is probably why he didn't wait to go with Buffalo). But I do think that the negotiation process and surprise trade left a bad taste in his mouth in the end here. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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@Bring back Langdon Besides the fact that he got what he wanted in term, $$ and NTC, I get the distinct feeling that he was blown away by the way he was welcomed by the GM, coach and the whole team and, conversely, felt the cold shoulder in NY from Slats (dating back to arbitration days).

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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Hey, Slats, Alfie is still available. WE NEED MORE OLDS.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html

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