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Bah - I don't want them to trade Cally. While he hasn't shown up on the
scoresheet as much as we would've liked, I don't think his leadership
and the tone he sets for the team should be discounted. I also have the
feeling that if this team makes the playoffs, his role is going to
increase again significantly. We will be wishing for him and his
physical presence when the going gets tough and Alain Vigneault's
regular season style of play loses its effectiveness.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rangers Gathering Intel on Stewart
agree - sounds like a good problem!
1 month, 1 week ago on Dorsett On Schedule to Return After Olympics
I like the idea of a healthy scratch. If nothing else it let's him reset mentally. I'd even go so far as to give him the weekend off - sat & sun, and call up and slot in JT Miller.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why Not Jump Start Stepan With A Healthy Scratch?
@BrianMineola @KevinDeLury Yeah too bad miller couldn't score a goal to save his life
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3
"It's time for a change. A shakeup. Anything."
That was my feeling exactly after the game. Something has to give, and I hope its not just a silly peripheral move like sending someone down or calling up someone to play 5 min a game.
I still keep holding out hope that the team just needs time to gel. That coupled with the injuries isn't allowing for any chemistry to build up. Biron in net on Thursday? He deserves another shot.
1 year, 1 month ago on Devils 3, Rangers 1
@Fleisch Maybe it's my economics degree and my understanding of labor law, but I just don't get bent out of shape about labor negotiations. It's part of doing business in a market.
Yeah, the owners and the players in this market are arguing over numbers that are hard for you and me to comprehend, however, it's still "negotiations" and its 2 parties that need to come to a compromise to sort it out. I know it feels like there should be more loyalty to fans, but plain and simple, it's a business. Like charmin toilet paper, or General Motors, nhl players and owners enter the market to maximize their value and to make money. Charmin doesn't make delicately soft toilet tissue to make you feel good, they do it to make money. The same way the New York Rangers and the NHL don't exist for public good, they exist to make money.
Also keep in mind that there is loyalty - the players and the NHL do a ton of work for charity. Just because it's on a grander scale in terms of dollars shouldn't cloud it too much. I'm on the side of labor in this case, but I understand that negotiations are tough. I don't think the league or players hate their fans, but they are looking for their interests first, just as you or I would if we were in a market trying to maximize our value.
1 year, 6 months ago on We're Screwed | August
@Fleisch I love how people take it so personally. If GM locked out its employees would you never buy a GM car again? Doubtful? You probably wouldn't even take notice. It's just business.
Take the summer off and come back. I love your commentary and style, as I find it insightful, accurate, and without filler. Also, you can tell that you truly love the sport and the Rangers and the fan perspective shines through all the time.
1 year, 9 months ago on TheNYRBlog Taking a Break...Maybe for Good
The Dan Patrick show is discussing this, this morning. They are saying that Torts is providing a service to his fan base, by answering the questions that fans wan to know about the team. To that I say, fans: watch the game. That game told me everything that I needed to know. I don't need media exaggeration or spin to tell me that the rangers were outplayed, and that there were some big mistakes, and a post here and a post there shaped the outcome. I wholeheartedly stand behind Torts. Yeah, it's to protect the players, and it's him exhibiting his "TEAM" ideals. FANS should respect that. A coach actually practicing what he preaches to his players.
1 year, 9 months ago on In Case You Missed Torts' Presser
I also love how emphatically Tortorella dismissed Stan Fischler's question about being tired. This team is not tired - they have a month left of hockey to play! I LOVE IT!
Also, big negative marks to NBC Sports for always cutting out before the 3 stars. What the hell is up with that? Who produces this mess?
1 year, 9 months ago on Rangers 3, Devils 0
@cb1 That was hysterical...what the hell was that reporter even talking about. Man where do they get these people in the media? Why do they feel the need to tell their own story with silly long-winded questions. Just ask quick and to the point questions and Torts will answer them or he wont.
I felt like Richards had one of his weakest games of the postseason. He made a few bad decisions with the puck that were uncharacteristic of him as of late. I hope Torts doesn't put Kreider in the doghouse - it was an over-aggressive play YEA - but the benefits that he provides greatly outweigh the negatives. This team is good enough to kill a penalty here or there, and Kreider will learn from that play. Hank is amazing and playing with a ton of confidence. Game 2 is huge. Let's see if the 3rd time is a charm.
What a way to get psyched up for tonight's game! I feel the goosebumps!!!!!
1 year, 10 months ago on MSG Crowd Sort of Went Nuts Monday Night | May
I agree with everything you've said there except for the bit on Prust. I felt like he had a few gritty shifts and was hard on the puck. He only got about 8 1/2 minutes and he was noticeable in that time as can be expected. Such a BS game though.
1 year, 10 months ago on Capitals 3, Rangers 2 | May
Yeah - this seems out of character and off point for Torts to be discussing such matters. I guess there's no real person this statement could alienate though...
1 year, 10 months ago on Torts Named Callahan Captain, Not Team | May
@KevinDeLury @mprestop Ahh, thankfully I've blocked out failures from seasons' past out of my mind. I still think that chant was cool, whereas the OVI sucks chant is unoriginal and quite childish. I hated when Ottawa did that, and I think Rangers fans should be a bit more dignified then stooping to that level...but oh well if people like it
1 year, 10 months ago on "Ovi Sucks" Chant Succeeds Where "Can You Hear Us" Failed
Why was the "Can You hear Us" chant a debacle? Since they lost the series? Pardon my ignorance.