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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @rangermom He does have elite flow.

10 hours, 54 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds @Gianni74 @Say my Name @MikeBlue Yeah, but who needs a fast car that crashes into the garage door all the time?

10 hours, 56 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@leftwingbarbara Right on, Barbara. As for Kostka, I hope "adequate" is the adjective we can use for him after tomorrow night. 

11 hours, 27 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name @betweentheworlds Could all the gifs/images we post in-game have anything to do with it? (I can never post when I'm actually at the game.)

11 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Barry Beck @The Black Aces What do you mean? Kreider is a GOALIE KILLING MACHINE. 

12 hours, 22 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@MikeBlue Yes, I still think Fast is better long term than Glass. Sorry, Mikey. Glass, as I have said a number of times, is very frustrating. He does a few good things a game -- and I'd put yesterday's altercation in that category, since he didn't get an extra penalty for it -- but the rest of the time is very meh. He cannot handle the puck. He rarely forechecks effectively (where our team ends up with the puck). He made at least two bad clearing attempts that went directly to a Shark. Thank God they were exhausted and really off with their passing/shots, or it would have been a different outcome. He's fine to have around for certain games, and he will make contributions, but he's more of a liability than an asset overall. 


Malone, on the other hand, has much more to offer. 

13 hours, 44 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Cookies for everyone!

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

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Who is this? Has your body been taken over by some sort of zombie alien?

1 day, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@DP_Snotty @KevinMccarthy He's not small. He's just not manly strong yet. 

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

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@DP_Snotty @KevinMccarthy Yeah, and we have 2 of them on the same line tomorrow.

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

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@AnnoyingJoe @Herman_NYRBlog @BringBackBeukeboom  Hey boys. It's really nice outside. Stop arguing and go outside to play.

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

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@Hotfreak @Herman_NYRBlog @BringBackBeukeboom Or no information, whatsoever. Ignorance is bliss, bitches!

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

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@KevinMccarthy You could be right.  He definitely needs more man muscles. 

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

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@Say my Name @gravey94 Mmmmm, Thin Mints.

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

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@leftwingbarbara @DP_Snotty I think Barbara has a point. His time will come. 

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

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It's a tough call. I'd like him to stay for all the reasons mentioned below. But there's a log-jam on wing. AV said he has to be in the top 9. Who would you guys sit/move down? Hags? Stemp? Both of those guys are better 2-way players than Le Duc right now (albeit Hags has struggled); and let's face it, we need all the defense we can muster at this point. There's an argument for keeping him and platooning him, as well as one for sending him to juniors for one more year of seasoning/growing. Good problem to have, and I'd be okay either way. (Jeez, he's only 19!)


Oh, and to Gravey's point, below --  So glad to see Hayes step right in. THIS is super exciting (except for Miller, of course, but he's younger than Hayes). I also find it very interesting that AV is developing both Hayes and Miller as centers. I like it.

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

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@Hotfreak @BringBackBeukeboom I like you when you're arrogant, Freak.

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

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@JMK8363 That, and injuries. I usually don't put much stock in the "attitude" complaints about youngsters (and, funny, seems like  a high proportion of the black players get stuck with this label....hmm). With JT, it's something that has swirled around him for some time. But again, I don't think that's the problem -- it's what he's doing (or not doing) on the ice. 

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

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @rangermom You're right. Carcillo won't ever shake his reputation. AV, Sather & Co. knew that. Hence, the search for the new Carcillo. 


And I hope I'm wrong about Glass. He actually seems like a nice guy -- he gives pucks to kids every time he comes off the ice. Just that his track record and play so far haven't been encouraging.

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

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Thank you for that. And I do agree with you that we need more team toughness. Zucc has it. Need more of that.

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

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@Say my Name @DP_Snotty @fs2020 It's hard not to conjecture. It seems his "attitude" has always been mentioned as an issue, since back in juniors. 


But in the end, a bad attitude doesn't mean squat if you deliver. JT hasn't (yet). 

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

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat He's an upgrade over Dorsett, I'll give you that. But I'll take Carcillo any day (can't believe I said that). 

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

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@betweentheworlds @rangermom I did read your comment. I don't agree with it. I find it hard to believe that AV -- who by all reports WANTED Glass and wanted him specifically for his "toughness" -- would all of a sudden tell Glass (or Carcillo, or Dorsett, or Malone) not to hit people. I do think he tells them not to take stupid penalties, which might inhibit them from throwing their bodies around indiscriminantly. I just don't think they're good enough for today's game (with the exception of Malone -- I think he can be a key role player). These guys aren't stupid. They realize that their careers will be shortened if they don't contribute more than facepunching. The days of being just "tough" and not "good" are coming to an end. You need to be both.

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

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@KevinMccarthy @rangermom @MikeBlue  2 losers fighting. In a pre-season game. How does this prove that Glass is more effective than Fast?

3 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@KSRAGER44 But it hasn't been fun. 

3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 @DP_Snotty Yes, except that the Islanders upgraded both D and, especially, Goal. I still don't think they're top tier, but they are much better. 

3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds  Glass' poor play has NOTHING to do with AV. He's bad. As for Malone, not sure he's up for the task. We'll see. 

3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@J_CKfor30 @GiveGartneraCup You lost me at Steve Simmons.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I could kiss you, Adam. Thank you for this. I have been arguing this point all week (especially on that Tanner Glass hit on Clarkson where he takes out his own man. God, he is bad). Nice to see the "evidence" that there are good hits -- and bad ones, no matter how "entertaining" they may be.


Oh man, I miss those glorious hip checks by Stralman. That's my favorite check -- so hard to do, but when done well, it is spectacular.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name Except that our 4th line doesn't play "heavy." I've seen more forechecking in Victoria's Secret when there's a sale going on.

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

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@KSRAGER44 Me neither. Obviously, this means MSL can go back to wing (but not until after he teaches Hayes how to win a faceoff). However, I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Glass gets to stay and Fast goes down. Well, as Snotty said, at least he'll get playing time in Hartford. Looks like Hayes has officially passed Miller on the depth chart, at least until Step returns (but I wouldn't be surprised if he sticks as a winger if he keeps playing like he has). Will we see Miller in a trade at some point?



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

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Not a great game. But, the Big Boy came to play. Hayes is improving every game (his board/corner play is outstanding). Hank was Hank. Was glad to see Glass stapled to the bench in the 3rd. Duclair did good things, but not enough for AV to say, "Man, I need him out there" when the bench got shortened. Brass starting to pick it up. Zucc still looks hurt, but coming along. (Keep him with Brass.)


Other than that, it was meh. 

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

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@I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen @rangermom He'll be fine on the 3rd line. Just can't really move up. 

5 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen @rangermom It's not the end-all and be-all, but it is helpful as an indicator of how well a player drives puck possession (or doesn't). To me, it helps to confirm what my eyes are telling me. 

5 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen He's never been very good. We were just so happy to get rid of Del Zotto, and he WAS ok in the playoffs. His Corsi has always been below 50%. He's okay on the 3rd pair, but he has no upside, as we're seeing now that Boyle is out.  Signing Girardi and 39-y/o Boyle as our top 2 RH shots, with Klein as #3 is...yikes. 

5 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@IhateGaborik @TruBluEsp @rangermom I think we're in agreement here. My point is that it's a pleasant surprise that Hayes is having a positive impact SO SOON. I don't think any of the hockey pundits would have predicted him as lock to make the team right out of the gate -- as a center.

5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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@MikeBlue @rangermom I don't think Glass scares anyone either. But what do I know? I'm just someone who doesn't understand the intricacies of hockey. (Just kidding. Love you, Mike.)

5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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Yup. Lots of first round picks hanging round the minors/shifting from team to team.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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@IhateGaborik @rangermom Not all first round picks can step right out of college into the pros. He's older, but he's jumped ahead of other top prospects, both in the NYC system and across the league. I'd put that on my surprise list.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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Right on, James. A couple of additions: Hayes had been a pleasant surprise, as well. Still a lot of work to do,but holding his own (and at center, too!). And who knew that Marty St. Louis would be as good as he's been at center? Not where I'd want him ideally, but showing real leadership.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html

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@Herman_NYRBlog @Hotfreak Oops, correction. The goal I was thinking of wasn't the second Kostka turnover, it was the goal after that (making it 4-2) where there was no backchecker in sight. The first Kostka turnover made me mad b/c Glass looked lazy trying to stop Tavares (who, granted, is pretty damn good). On the second one, I can't fault the forward. My bad, boys. Carry on.

5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@MikeBlue @rangermom LOL. You crack me up. (Not you, EH.) Glass is not effective at any of the things you mention. Makes Carcillo look like frickin' Gretzky. 

5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Herman_NYRBlog @rangermom @Hotfreak Everyone knows he's not the best D man, and both times he was pretty damn close to Hank. I'd at least want my Fs to keep an eye out for someone flying into the slot, yes. 

5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@Hotfreak @rangermom Not taking the blame away from Kostka. But the slot was so open, I could have scored (and I don't have the right equipment).

5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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Oh, and while it was MEGASTUPID to play Kostka in the first place, and his turnovers were unbelievably horrendous, "Those were two turnovers to an Islander waiting in the slot." And why was this? Because our forwards missed their defensive assignments. Tanner Glass (this is what I hate about him) and Anthony Duclair (I give him a pass -- rookie mistake) were not taking care of business on those two goals, letting the Islanders have free rein in front of Hank. I am in favor of keeping Malone on the 4th line, but I'd like to see Glass go. Jesper Fast is a much better defensive player. 

5 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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Why is AV toying with our emotions?

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @scrangersfan I like Malone in, but I'd rather see Fast on the 4th line ahead of Glass. 

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

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