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Timothy Leary's dead. No, no, no. He's on the outside, looking in.

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Leadership runs in the family. Amidst all the silly/sweet Halloween photos of NHL players flying around the web, here's Joel Lundqvist's Frolunda Indians dressing up as Boardwalk Empire era gangsters to promote their support of Movember. Love those Lundqvist boys.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Not at all surprising. Elite player and elite leader.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 @rangermom Again, it doesn"t really matter what you or I think. DPS obviously thinks it's serious enough to call Moore in about it. And if someone else did the same thing to one of our guys, i don't think we'd be parsing this video and speculating about "intent." We'd want the guy who did it to get the book thrown at him. 


I don't have any problem with what will eventually be handed down. 

1 day, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name That's probably why the DPS didn't suspend him. Too much LSD while watching the vid in a loop to determine best course of action.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 Interesting how two views can differ so much. Because, in watching the entire video, I see a player barreling in, looking straight at his target who is in the act of shooting the puck on goal, and hits him high from the blind side, with a flagrant elbow flair after the shot. 


I will not make excuses for this hit. It was dirty and dangerous, and Moore should be suspended.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 Looks to me like he got him on or just below the chin. But it doesn't matter -- Haula was blindsided and was injured on the play. Moore is a repeat offender. 6 games.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Purinton Agree, except that I don't think Dylan McIrath is any better in the smarts department when it comes to things like this.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@nasoov @Gorangers0525 Exactly. That's what is going to get him suspended, and deservedly so. Dumb and dangerous.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name I think Slats' turnaround in recent years coincides with the arrivals of Jeff Gorton and Gordie Clark -- Jeff on the overall trade and draft-management front and Clark on the talent prospecting. While Mr. Stogie is most likely still the Decider and Chief Contract Negotiator, I think more and more of the moves in the last couple of years have been the brainchild of Gorton and sidekick Clark. And I ain't complaining one little bit.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 Can't disagree with anything you said. 

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 Love it when Big Boy uses his booty like that. 

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

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@AnnoyingJoe I'm not going to defend Kreider. He's reckless, and it needs to stop. Playing with an edge is great, but you have to know where the line is. He didn't have to make the hit like that. The right call was made.

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

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@betweentheworlds It took the Nash Wrecking Machine to get them going.

2 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 @rangermom @DP_Snotty Yup. Game totally changed when Nash got moved to Zucc's line.

2 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 @rangermom @DP_Snotty Duc with a goal. I just love the Frenchie word for goal -- "le but"

2 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty @rangermom Cannot describe it. Garden went from total morgue (I think the people in the last row could hear the players talking to each other on the ice) to complete and utter delirium. So much good and so much bad:


Le Duc avec le but -- he is SOOOOOO staying. 


Zucc gets the monkey off his back. (I just turned to the guy next to me and said that Zucc must be sad and feelng unloved because everyone was yelling "DUUUUUUC" and then BOOM.)


Rick. Fucking. Nash. One man demolition machine.


John Moore just kissed his NYR career goodbye.


Mac needs to take Kreider out to the woodshed and beat his ass.


D still looked horrid -- but Kuemper completely Fleury'd in that last period.


Everything else was a blur. 


Oh, McPhee -- Glass says "hi,"



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

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THE MOST CRAZY ASS GAME I HAVE EVER WITNESSED.

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

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Yup. Cookie time, boys.

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

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I...I got nothin'.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I'm off to the Garden, boys. Keep your sticks down, your heads up and stay out of the penalty box. Catch you in the wrap up (because Livefyre is completely useless on mobile). 

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@McPhee37 @rangermom @DP_Snotty @Say my Name Kings have guys who can play. I'm not into fighting, but I accept that it happens.

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

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I just want to say I LOVE YOU GUYS. You are so much fun to play with. (Ok. I had 3/4 of a bottle of a really outstanding Rioja, but I really, really mean it!)

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

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Just one more thing. I was never a Carcillo fan. But I will always have a soft spot for him after he scored the winning goal against the Islanders in the Stadium Series game and his tour de force performance in Game 3 of the Philly series. He brought the "Carcillo effect" at big moments. I can only hope we'll see some of that from Glass and you guys can make me eat my words.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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To me, they are the same guy, but Glass is more expensive.

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

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@Say my Name @DP_Snotty @McPhee37 @rangermom Glass is not as crazy as Carcillo. That's about the only improvement I can see so far. 


I believe that if you check the career stats (or at least the last few years), you'll see that Carcillo is actually a better player than Glass.  I may be wrong. 


Oh, and he's a lot more expensive than Carcillo. I think that's the thing that really gets me.

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

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@DP_Snotty @McPhee37 @Say my Name @rangermom I actually agree with you completely, Snotty. 


I  LIKE physical hockey. I love watching LA and Columbus play (except against us, of course). We don't have those kind of players up and down the line up, so I understand why management brought Glass in. His lack of skill has been well documented. My point is that I don't even see his value as an enforcer yet (except for that one altercation in the San Jose game -- that was a good job). He hits, sure, but most of his hits don't really do anything -- I don't see the other teams running scared because Glass is in the line up. The PK? Well, that's not exactly been on fire. I don't fault him for it; I just don't think he's been especially good at it. 


Glass seems like a really nice guy, actually. I hope AV can work his magic and make him a better player. But his past record sure doesn't seem promising. 

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

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Love you, McPhee.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@McPhee37 @rangermom Hey, I'm dopey! What can I say? I'm just a girl who's never played hockey. What could I possibly know? 


Dude -- I understand and appreciate physical hockey. To me, that means hard forechecking by everyone on the ice. Sticking up for teammates when it's warranted. Being a tough SOB in front of the net. But I don't appreciate a so-called "enforcer" who can't contribute. 


P.S. There are plenty of others who don't appreciate Glass' game on this site. Why is it that you seem to pick only on me?

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Love these, Adam. Keep 'em coming!

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Oh, and I agree that, right now, Montreal is the better team. Price was excellent last night-- he is great at that first save (especially on the glove side-- why do we always shoot there?). But if the MTL D made it as easy for us in front of the net as our guys did for them, I think it would be a different story. Anyway, after an 82 game season, I suspect their goalie and their 1 spectacular D man will be pretty burnt out, so I'm not awfully worried about them.


I'm also not worried (yet) about Zucc and Marty. I think they'll get going soon, although I'm not sure they'll be playing together. 

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Good write up, as usual, Kevin. A couple of additional thoughts:


Staal is not better than Dan Girardi. He should grab the offer on the table and thank Jesus. To be fair, the kid has overcome some pretty devastating injuries, and adjusting to someone not named Stralman was always going to be tough. But he's just good, not great (and it pains me to say it, because I'm really pulling for him). 


Tanner Glass earned my "Little Muscle" nickname last night. We know how bad he is at hockey, and last night he didn't even earn his keep as our resident enforcer. Very little muscle, indeed. The sooner he's off the fourth line, the better. We don't need him.


Corsi doesn't work when you give up a 2 on 0 breakaway and you can't clear the front of your own net. 


Not sure I understood what AV was trying to do with the line shuffling. Granted, I was listening to most of the game in the car, so I didn't see what was happening, but why did he break up the one line that seemed to be good at keeping the puck in the O zone last night? 


The entire team should be made to practice face-offs until they drop. Plus, maybe AV should come up with a strategy for how to win the puck back after you lose the face-off, because this issue is a killer, especially on the PP, as you point out. 

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

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@DP_Snotty This girl needs better parenting. 

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

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@Craptin McDonqvist @rangermom I don't know. I was drunk when I made them.

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

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Consolation cookies. 

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

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So glad we have Girardi for the next 50 years.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Craptin McDonqvist @leftwingbarbara Or blow the D coverage. 

4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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And Staal just seeing that big paycheck say bye bye. 

4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Okay, I'm here for the third, boys. Let's go!

4 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I won't be with you tonight, boys. Driving down to NJ, listening on the radio. Hope to make it home by cookie time. Behave yourselves. (Hahahahaha. Right.)

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

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The best.

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

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You are awesome, Worlds.

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

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@KevinTheNYRBlog I like your stats, Kev. 


For what it's worth, I've read a number of articles (here's one: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2014/09/03/marc-staal-will-struggle-without-anton-stralman-in-2014-15-for-new-york-rangers/) that shows that, stats-wise, Marc Staal's effectiveness over the last few years has really been because of Stralman and that, without him, he'd only be okay. I'm sure Slats & co. know this. Could be why they're sticking to their guns on Staal. We need him because our depth is suspect and he is a pretty good Dman. But he doesn't seem to be worth the big bucks over the long term.

4 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinMccarthy @McPhee37 First, this is a ridiculously small sample size. Look at the long term averages if you want a better picture (Nash is 51.5% career Corsi/54% in last 3 years, Glass is 41.5% career/41% in last 2 years. They will both regress to their means.)


Second, I don't think anyone is arguing Corsi is the end-all, be-all. But it is helpful to understanding success on the ice -- case in point. Of the top 20 Corsi leaders over the last 4 years -- 5 are LA Kings (the most of any one team): Jake Muzzin, Justin Williams, Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Alec Martinez. Coincidence? I think not. 


Third, Tanner Glass is bad at hockey. He might be good at fighting (a stretch), and I completely understand the motivation for him in the lineup in certain situations (he's all we have against the goon-ish teams). But he is a long-term liability. He will not last long on this team.


Fourth, I'm not getting into the argument about fighting and enforcers. I've been deemed unqualified on this subject. 

5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinMccarthy @rangermom And Kreids is now "Elephant Man."

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

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"Little Muscle." My new nick name for Glass.

5 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Kevin's headline if this were about our former coach: 


John Tortorella: Master Baiter 



5 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Obviously you are right on with this comment. I've worked for CEOs with completely different styles -- one like Torts and one like AV -- and both were just right for the times in which they led. 

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@AnnoyingJoe @Hotfreak @KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom Ok, but I assume you still want me to iron them to get those nice creases, right?

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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You guys just crack me up. When things are going well, it's "OMG, we have the bestest coach in the entire world! I want to marry him. I hope he stayz FOREVER!" When things don't go well (and you can count on that happening at some point over the next few years), it will be "OMG. Fire AV NOW! I HATES him. I can't believe I ever went out with him. He's the reason we suck." 


Don't get me wrong. AV has proven to be a good coach. I like him a lot, especially for his calmness in the heat of battle and the entertaining system he has employed. But I sure don't believe he's somehow a magician in seeing into the psyches of his players and finding just the right way to motivate them to greatness. Lets give the players more credit here. They are adults. They are professionals. They KNOW when they suck. The coaching staff plays an important role in helping them get better, by showing them videos, working on specific aspects of each player's game, practice, line-shifting, etc. But I think the motivation comes from within -- within the player and within the locker room -- not because of what the head coach says. I don't think McD and Staal are playing better because AV called them out. And I sure don't think Rick Nash came back all beast mode because of how AV treated him in the playoffs.


I'm sure the team would rather play for a coach like AV -- tough, but fair and more laid back/hands off -- than a coach like Torts -- bat-shit crazy bully. Who wouldn't? (Ok, maybe JT Miller isn't a fan.) But l, for one, am not going to get carried away and anoint AV the second coming of Knute Frickin' Rockne. Well, maybe when we win the Stanley Cup. But not before.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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