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

1 week, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 4 days 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. 

2 weeks, 5 days 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.'

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

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Um, no, no he's not. 

2 weeks, 6 days 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. 

3 weeks, 1 day 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).

3 weeks, 1 day 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. 

1 month 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. 

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

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Love that little guy.

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

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That is my favorite gif of the playoffs.

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

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Me likey. Cookies for Lee.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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? 

1 month, 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.

2 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.

2 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. 

2 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.

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

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@NYR 2014 And Marc Edouard "Pickles" Vlasic.

2 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. 

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

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

2 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.

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

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

2 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. 

2 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.

2 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.

2 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. 

2 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).

2 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.

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

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Guys, no worries. I just heard that Slats purchased a Time Machine where we can stuff MSL and Dan Boyle (heck, even Dan Girardi, whose body must be like, 85 years old by now) and turn back the clock so they can be their 27 year old selves again.

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

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@G Can't afford him.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom @Gianni74 I believe you are. A lot of TBL fans are not happy about the deal. And they still hate Marty and blame him for all of it. 

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom @Gianni74 What pressure? They could have just offered him a good but not ridiculous deal and let him walk for bigger bucks in Buffalo or elswhere. How does that lose face for them? They still get 2 #1 picks and got a good player at the deadline for someone who put them in a tight bind. "It's all Marty's fault" is their out -- and it's what their fan base truly believes. 

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Gianni74 The guys are smart down there. I don't think they did anything to "save face."

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

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@IhateGaborik @rangermom Not greedy. Smart.

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

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A) Tampa isn't a "big loser." They have Steven Stamkos surrounded by a young, very talented team (and Drouin plus 2 #1 picks from us this year and next), and a vet in Cally that the coach adores and will use to help teach the youngsters how to play "the right way." They did fine, especially given that they really HAD to trade MSL so their leverage was limited. B) Cally isn't a greedy bastard in my book. He did what any of us would do to secure the future for himself and his family, and he signed with a team that has a legitimate shot at winning over the next several years. And, he did get very close to what he was asking for from NYR. $5.8 over 6 years with a partial NTC in a market with 0% personal income tax and 6% sales tax is essentially the same (maybe better when you factor in living costs) as what the endpoint was here. Plus he gets some sort of NTC, which Sather refused to give him here. 


Of course, we did great in this deal. We got the mighty St. Louis, at least for another year, who doesn't seem to have slowed down. We also avoided an albatross of a contract for a great guy but one not worth the amount we'd have to spend to keep him. (I'm not counting the second round pick, because anything past the top 10 or so is a crap shoot.)


Both teams did okay. 


Good luck, Cally. I, for one, will never boo you. Unless you bite somebody. Or squirt them with a water bottle.



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

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@Sniper Turcotte Kesler is more injury prone than Cally. 


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

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That Girardi deal is really biting us in the ass. Can we make life miserable for DG so he waives his no-trade (e.g. tell him we don't love him like Philly did to Hartnell)? Can BFF Cally recruit him to wherever he lands (where we can get some picks/prospects or a decent stay-at-home NHLer)? Because, really, we need to lose this guy to open up some space to sign Stralman and/or pick up another capable Dman. I love Dan, but he's been struggling all year (and McD is suffering for it), not just the playoffs. He doesn't really fit into the AV system and his skills are declining from all the wear and tear on his body.


That said, I wouldn't want to overpay Stralman to keep him. While Stralsy is a possession monster, great passer and oh, those hip checks -- he can't hit the broad side of a barn with his shot, much less the net. $4 million seems rich for NYR and I wouldn't go a penny over (ideally under), but I'm sure others will go way over that. So, I think this whole conversation is moot. Stralman will test free agency and someone will give him more than we're willing -- or should -- spend. 


We should still work on the Girardi thing, though. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/retain-or-release-anton-stralman.html

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Meh. If he can be had on the cheap for a short term deal (1 year), he'd be worth keeping around. Good 4th liner, good energy. A little too close to snapping, as we've seen. 

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

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Release. He's expendable. I think we can do better. (I like Jussi as a replacement.) But if we can get him cheap, I'm ok with that, too.

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

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Two words: Sidney Crosby. I think he had a more disappointing playoffs over the last two years than either of these guys.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-buy-out-brad-richards.html

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Ok. One question answered.

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

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All I can say is, thank God I'm not a Mets fan. 


I stayed away from the break up day and Kings' celly stuff, too. The international futbol tournament has been kind of fun, but honestly, I'm over the 2013-2014 season at this point. Nothing but great memories to me. I'm totally into "what's next" mode, as draft day and free agent day are almost here. Why isn't Richie bought out yet? Which free agents are we going after? Who is coming back, and who will we let walk? Will Slats trade any of our young core for an aging centerman? Come on in, Kev; the water's fine. Glad to hear you'll be back on Monday. We've missed you!


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

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Pay the man. Tie him up for many years.

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

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Nope, don't see this is happening. Jumbo's age doesn't bother me so much, but I don't like the price we'd have to pay to get him. We just don't have the assets to spare.  I'd rather stand pat. Buy out Richie, bring up one or more of the kids. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html

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