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@IhateGaborik I agree. I wouldn't say he's nothing without the two of them, but they definitely made him better. I wouldn't mind seeing Zucc and Brass with either Hagelin or St Louis.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Richards has become the Rangers new Del Zotto. Time for him to go.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I actually thought we outplayed the Kings the entire game, especially in the 3rd. I thought we had more energy then the Kings and more chances. Kings played a more sound defensive game, but really didn't impress me. Difference is the Kings were able to bury the few chances they had, got ALL the puck luck, and Lundqvist had an off game.
While Quick was good I don't think he was great. All year we have had difficulty burying opportunities. It's why we always make the opposition's goalie look like a superstar. While Kings shooters know how to put the puck where Lundqvist can't get it or has to make a legitimate save for it, our players have some uncanny ability to hit ANYTHING that is between the puck and the open net. I counted 4 shots that we put right into Quick's outstretched paddle or somehow off the knob of his stick.
Richards *HAS* to be bought out in the offseason. It's one thing to not play well, but he consistently turns the puck over/can't make anything happen because he looks like he's 100 years old and can't keep up. I'd also strongly consider trading Nash for a few big bodies or some players with scoring touches.
On a side note....I coulda sworn I heard the announcers say "Great back check by Gaborik on that play." When the F did Gaborik start back checking?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta stop using the no-call as an excuse. Time to put on the big boy pants and start playing like they want to win this game!
Prust just went from one of my favorite ex-Rangers to a f*cking scumbag with one hit. Now I hope someone beats his ass. Suban too.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Picaz77 Have no fear, Dean got payback.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
1) It's seriously time to get over the "No retaliation" crap you bring up every game. The team is winning so you're theory of requiring an enforcer is nonsense. Teams are gonna take runs at your best players whether you have an enforcer or not/whether you retaliate or not. This team doesn't need to be goons to win.
2) It's absolutely amazing to me that the reason we will make the playoffs, in my opinion, will be because of the 4th line. They are phenomenal at giving 200% effort, doing all the dirty work, and are gelling into a finely tuned line.
3) I get that we need St. Louis going, and hopefully that goal gets him started, but Nash tried way to hard on that play to get him the puck. He was all alone with the goalie and made an awful pass just to get the puck to St. Louis. Maybe now that he has the goal people can stop trying so hard to get him the puck, he can start scoring, and we'll go on a historic run. *fingers crossed*
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Being from VA, I've listened to all my Caps friends do nothing but bash Green for being a "revolving door". While I'd like a good defenseman for the PP, I really don't want Green.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan & Girardi Continue Talks With Rangers As Rumor Mill
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Janssen's Goal; Hit on Staal; Unpenalized Trip on Miller
@rangersfan92 I still say that assist to Hagelin at the 1:47 mark is one of the sickest things I've ever seen.
8 months ago on Dirty, Filthy, Nashty
I don't know who the hell this team is that's standing in front of Bobrovsky or actually scoring on the PP, but I'm liking it.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers @ Blue Jackets (Game 16)
Pretty good game. They seemed to take their feet completely off the gas in the third but a great 1 and a half periods. I can't wait till Cally returns and Pyatt finds himself the odd man out. Should make for a better offensive team at that point.
Also, you should've said...."Stepan couldn't score in a whorehouse with a pocket full of hundreds." :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 2, Sabres 0
@Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane We fired Torts cause the players hated him.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 10)
@DubiLeetch Has nothing to do with the fight itself. It's the fact he is sticking up for a teammate....which none of the players on this team do. Not to mention he slammed the player to the ice.
9 months ago on What Mashinter Brings to the Table
@JMK8363 He's 6'0 187lbs. So he's the same size as Callahan. He also has some room to put on some weight if he needs to. Not sure how aggressive he is, but I don't believe size will be an issue for him.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Sabres 6, Rangers 5 (Traverse City Game 2)
...obviously the reoccurring hernia isn't from carrying the defense.
1 year, 1 month ago on Del Zotto Had Surgery Today.
Fantastic blog. Always up-to-date news and awesome insight from all four of you guys. Can't wait for the offseason changes(maybe) and next year to make our run for Lord Stanley!
1 year, 1 month ago on A Much Deserved Thank You
Random honest question for anybody with some knowledge.
Besides Kreider...How close do you think our prospects are to being ready for a callup?
Miller, Fasth, Lindberg, McIlrath, Skjei, Thomas, etc?
1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers 1, Bruins 3
1) Moore is showing his "rookie mistakes" in this series, especially this past game. Trying to make plays with the puck is well and good, but know when to dump it...you're a defenseman. That being said, he's made some nifty first moves and I'm excited about his future.
2) Kreider is so much better with Nash and Brassard. Outside of his goal, he seemed to be learning as the game went on. Knowing where to be positioned, when to help and when not to, etc.
3) The energy alone of the new 4th line is beautiful to me. They intimidated whoever they were on the ice against and while they didn't forecheck for long periods of time they were all over the Bruins and kept them rattled.
4) The most telling sign that this team gains confidence is when players are carrying the puck over the blue line and making offensive moves. All it takes is one little move and it can create some havoc in their offensive zone. I saw Zucc, Brassard, Stepan, Cally and even Nash do this quite a few times in the 3rd. When I see non-stop dump and chases I get really worried.
5) It may be 1 in a million, but there's still a chance. LGR!
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 4, Bruins 3, OT
@SpazzBrown @greggray24 If you get Kreider more playing time with two skill players like Brassard and Nash, he will pick up the team aspect much quicker. Having him on a 4th line with Asham and Powe does NOTHING to help him learn. As the game went on, especially in the 3rd, I noticed him starting to get to the right positions along the boards/open ice which helped that line's forecheck tremendously.
On a side note....Moore still needs alot of work.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 4)
@Dminches Because MDZ is the second coming of Leetch, duh.
Maybe that lucky one will spark something.
Does anybody else feel like the Rangers are gonna not only get shutout, but lose at least 4-0?
@cb1 We can only hope he's paired with MDZ then. :)
1 year, 2 months ago on Richards, Asham Out; Haley, Newbury, Hamrlik In
@Josh6 hate to say it, but Zuccarello needs to go away too.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers vs. Bruins (Game 3)
Game. Series. See ya next year.
I'm curious. If Torts thinks Hagelin stinks on the PP....does he think Richards and DZ are actually good?? He does realize the purpose of a PP is to score and not pass the puck back and forth, right?
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers @ Bruins (Game 2)
Hard to set up a powerplay when this team can't even gain the offensive zone. That, I think, is the most frustrating part of all of it. If they were at least getting multiple shots on goal...like the 7 shots Boston had on us..it wouldn't be AS bad. In our case, however, one person would cross the line with no teammates anywhere near him, get rushed by all four defenders and give the puck up OR they would dump it in and Boston would easily take it away and clear it. The one or two times we did manage to gain the zone, two players would pass back and forth from within 5 feet of each other under Boston swarmed and caused a mistake.
1 year, 2 months ago on 2 For Eff'n 31
@tygalpin While I agree he would normally save the 2nd shot. The first shot from Chara had some movement on it and when it got to him the puck was vertical on top of being a hard shot and slipped between his arm and body. It was just a freak shot that was much harder to save than it looked on TV.
1 year, 2 months ago on Lundqvist: I Can't Score in OT
This was one of those "Shoot themselves in the foot" efforts McDonagh was talking about. That freakishly long stick of Chara negated what would have been a few breakaways...not saying we would have scored on any of them...but we would have had some good chances.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 2, Bruins 3 (OT)
Looks as if Torts is switching up the lines. Maybe it'll spark some life into this team.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers @ Bruins (Game 1)
Worst. Powerplay. Ever.
Wow. Unbelievable game that SHOULDN'T have been so close. I have never seen a more inept PP in my freaking life. Thank the hockey GODS for Lundqvist
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 6)
@BrianMineola I actually thought they were outstanding the first period. Although it did seem like the Caps weren't pinching their D in through the first. Part way into the 2nd the Caps picked up the pressure and began winning all the board battles though.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
There we go. Whew. I can breath again.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 4)
@AnnoyingJoe @Hotfreak @ThrSage stone etchings?
@AnnoyingJoe @Hotfreak Sugar Glider
@Josh6 @JustinRP37 If Moore had some more ice time he could very well be just as good as Brassard.
Wait....was that...FROM THE POINT?!
@Josh6 so close
@dsclaw88 @cb1 Close. That Chimera one was a bit weaker.
WTF that was offsides!
Bad shift. Need to pick up the hitting and intensity again.
There you go Hagelin! And once again a beautiful pass from Brassard
Seriously. Who's on the Fing PP again?
nice hit eminger!
omg McD. You gotta shoot that.
@Josh6 @GraigGiuliani If it makes you feel any better, Josh. I completely picked up the sarcasm :)
@Josh6 They have him too low if you ask me. He should be closer to the faceoff dot
Get the freaking puck to Nash FFS
@MannySanghera May not have been a headshot but he was certainly trying for one. He's looking at Stepan's head as he comes across.
I can already hear the "high stick non call" nonsense from caps fans.
@Josh6 I like it. Arguments could be made to switch it in a number of ways due to players earning a spot on a higher line(ie Boyle and Asham), but I think there is a good mix of skill/speed/grind on all four lines with the way you have it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Clowe Goes Through Contract Drills; Nash, Powe Not on Ice
@ThrSage Him or Asham were going to be replaced by Clowe when he returns anyway. Considering how good Asham looked last night I think Powe was the odd man out anyways.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 3)
@MannySanghera Not that it'll help but it's only 1:54 lol
Wow Brassard. Almost ruined all the good play this game.
Now don't play the prevent defense crap! Keep it going, Torts!
it's about freakin time!
can't get it through the damn neutral zone.
Nash loses the puck. Whatta ya know.
@Hotfreak Everytime I see that little smirk on Fehr's face I want someone to knock his teeth out.
@McPhee37 Brassard is definitely a skilled guy.
Beautiful board work. Beautiful pinch by Moore. Beautiful pass by Brassard.
THERE YA GO!
@PenaltySh0t @ChristopherHart It's either a single player or a single line.
@McPhee37 @ChristopherHart Agreed. By the time we manage to get the puck off our own boards the forwards look so tired they can't do anything resembling offense.
@PenaltySh0t I would say there are more players that look abysmal than good right now. In fact, outside of Brassard and Boyle it's hard to say anybody hasn't looked pretty abysmal.
@McPhee37 Have been all series. Yay for the collapse around the net Defense.
Why can't we pass like the Caps do? Are guys just not in the right positions? Do we really have zero skill? WTF is the problem?
@KevinDeLury @BrendyJohnson The ONLY thing better then a glass of beer....is tea with Ms McGill....
1 year, 2 months ago on #38
@McPhee37 @Dminches I wouldn't say "plenty" of skilled players. We have a couple, imo, Nash, Zucc, and possibly Brassard and Callahan. These players are the only ones who seem to create plays while the rest just grind it out until an opportunity arises. Then it's hit or miss whether they capitalize on those opportunities.
1 year, 2 months ago on Here's Why the Rangers Can't Score
It makes me sick watching the Pitt/NYI game. They both look so much more skilled than us it's sickening. People scoring on PP. Great passing. Proper board cycling. Shooting from the point, etc. Why the F can't we do that stuff?
So all the "season starts now" talk for the Rangers is pretty well dead on. They are back to playing exactly how they did at the beginning of the season, no hustle, no speed, and NO SCORING. Bravo Torts, hope you enjoy your last year in NY next year.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers @ Capitals (Game 2)
@NYR44 @GiveGartneraCup I would definitely take Newbury over Asham any day of the week...especially with Dorsett already there. Powe is great on the PK, but I don't think he's a big as he wants to play and gets thrown around alot.
1 year, 2 months ago on Clowe Skates in Non-Contact Jersey, Not Ruling Out Game 2
@Richie50 I'm starting to think he's not lost, he just wants to get in to the action so bad he's a bit jumpy. I think if you put him on a better line that brings more of a scoring threat he would regain confidence and play better.
Am I the only one who would rather see Asham and Pyatt sit instead of Kreider and Newbury? In their short amount of ice time I thought Kreider and Newbury brought some great energy. Asham, to me, is pointless once Dorsett returns, and Pyatt is just a lumbering oaf who does nothing but good boardwork(which Newbury/Kreider can make up for).
I wouldn't mind seeing 3rd/4th lines as:
Kreider, Brassard, Boyle
Dorsett, Powe, Newbury
Then when Clowe comes back I would totally rearrange to:
Nash, Stepan, Callahan
Clowe, Richards, Zuccarello
Kreider, Brassard, Hagelin
Dorsett, Powe, Boyle
@NYR44 More like Lundqvist outplayed by Holtby.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers @ Capitals (Game 1)
@dsclaw88 They have but it doesn't show the far right side of the goal enough to see anything.
There you go, Kreider. Keep hitting and shooting
@PenaltySh0t 1) 4 penalties lead to a PP goal. 2) Defensive breakdown. 3) Really soft goal let in by Lundqvist.
@IcyCup The Chimera goal(3rd) was super weak.
What a horrible, frustrating 2nd period. It's like the Hurricanes have been on a PP since the Gilroy penalty(which was a bad call imo).
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers @ Hurricanes (Game 47)
Very nice work on that goal by everyone.
Their PP really makes me cry tho. It's so bad lol.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers vs. Devils (Game 45)
Sorry, but Richards needs to be the 3rd or 4th line center and removed from the PP. He can't win a faceoff to save his life. He's slower than molasses. He regularly turns the puck over or makes an absolutely horrendous pass that gets intercepted. Half the time I notice him it is because he loses the puck and goes diving after the opposing player to knock the puck away.
Besides him, the dump and chase was full-on awful last night. Philly out-hustled NY to the corners after the dumps and then completely manhandled us along the boards. On top of that it seemed like 3/4 of the team dunked their sticks in butter cause they would easily lose control of the puck or make terrible passes.
Lastly, wtf is up with our players seemingly passing to Philly's defense when in our own zone? We would fight for a minute along the boards, dig the puck out, and lighly toss it up the boards to their defensive player. Talk about frustrating all around.
1 year, 3 months ago on Flyers 4, Rangers 2
Glad to see this team show up for an important game. Guess it's time for bed.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers @ Flyers (Game 42)
@ATCRyan @Josh6 Solid for Rosehill maybe. Asham got handled.
Poor Lundqvist. He deserves a shutout so badly.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers @ Hurricanes (Game 38)
@NYR44 We should just call them the Columbus Whale cause they're like our minor league team.
@ivanricov I'd give him Pyatt's spot. Asham is good for fighting and he doesn't look like he's skating in molasses like Pyatt.
Seriously. Who the F is this team in white.....Scoring on power plays? Really?
@KevinDeLury You can say that again!
So close! very nice passing
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers @ Penguins (Game 37)
TAKE THAT F-HOLES
I've never been more disgusted by officiating in my life.
@rangersfan A big thing I noticed about him, besides the nice passes and goal, he was ALWAYS in front of the net(his goal and assist to Clowe were because of him being in front). Seems to me he is more than willing to grind and get physical to make things happen.
1 year, 3 months ago on A Second Chance For Derick Brassard
@KevinDeLury Looked like his shoulder dislocated immediately and he had given up. Not saying he would have won the fight, but it's pretty obvious why he was beaten so badly.
The biggest thing that got me excited despite the goals, hits, etc. was the number of bodies in front of Fleury. Brassard, Clowe, Boyle did fantastic jobs of actually getting in front of him and parking.
Another thing I noticed, which I also noticed in the Philly game, when guys were getting the pucks against the boards they weren't immediately dumping it behind the net. They were looking for an open man in the middle of the ice(Richards to McDonagh for one) and making crisp passes and creating chances. It gets tiring seeing them do nothing but cycle the puck behind the net over and over so that is refreshing.
1 year, 3 months ago on New Kids on the Block
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I was just thinking that. Also wondering wtf is wrong with Nash, he has looked confused and out of position all game.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers vs. Penguins (Game 36)
@NYR44 @AnnoyingJoe clower play goal?
Alright. Who the &*(% is this team in blue and what did they do with my beloved Rangers?! lol
Completely agree about the GNR line. It's like none of them are true playmakers, they are snipers. They have no idea how to set each other up. They dump the puck in and one of the three inevitably turns it over(usually Richards).
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 3, Devils 2
@slapshot13j We get one all the time. We just happen to lose it within a minute of getting it. lol
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers @ Devils (Game 29)
@slapshot13j What bugs me more than just 5 shots was hearing "..and Ellis gloves it easily." after every one of them.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers vs. Hurricanes (Game 28)
@slapshot13j Faster. Stronger. More skilled. Passes are really crisp. Being completely outplayed.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers @ Penguins (Game 27)
@slapshot13j @cb1 No way the Whale could possibly look any worse than whatever that is on the ice now.
I would say Torts should just bench the whole team, but I'm not sure any of them every left the locker room.
You mean Detroit or Columbus? Chicago is still in the West.
1 year, 4 months ago on Realignment Approved
I thought the passion from Gabs and Richards picked up big time in that third period about halfway through. Seemed like both of them said "Screw it" and started playing without thinking and it did them both well. Hopefully they built some confidence from it and can carry it forward.
Boyle, I don't think has ever had an issue with passion. He seems to be out there trying to get a huge hit to get the team going. He just doesn't have the offensive skill to be of much worth in that regard. If the top two or three lines can start scoring then Boyle can be looked at as the bruiser he truly is and not a goal scorer.
1 year, 4 months ago on Ryan Callahan Is An Absolute Eff'n Beast
Maybe it was my eyes, but didn't the first Kane goal go off our defenseman's leg(Stralman I believe) and bounce over Lundqvist....very similar to what happened to Biron last game. I was watching the game online with horrendous quality so I'm not 100% sure.
1 year, 4 months ago on Jets 4, Rangers 3
@slapshot13j I never said it was a good game. :) Just said they have good energy. My calling Gabs and Richards worthless was my shot at the lack of scoring.
This team is shaping up to be a bigger disappointment than the Giants were.
1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers @ Canadiens (Game 17)
I like the energy. Better than I've seen in a while. Two fluke goals against so far. Gaborik and Richards are full-on worthless so far this season....seems all they can do is get it into the offensive zone then hand it to the other team.
While everybody keeps talking about Nash, Hagelin, etc. I didn't notice anybody mention how badass Cally has been. He is nonstop and his penalty killing/forcing turnovers ability is scary good. If it wasn't for Holtby's ridicdulous play, Cally would be all we were talking about today cause he was robbed of at least 1 goal and an assist to Gaborik. He is well earning his "C".
1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers 2, Capitals 1
He might be great on the ice but Kreider is a super boring interview rofl.
1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers vs. Islanders (Game 10)
Wow. They look pathetically bad so far. As is typical, no energy, no passion, just sad.
1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers at Devils (Game 9)
I'm super glad you are back, Kevin.
I played hockey for 8 years between high school and college. Quit playing despite my love of the game for various reasons. Lost my attachment to hockey and never really watched it over the past 10 years or so(outside of checking scores). The Rangers playoff run this last season peaked my interest a bit, but it was this blog that completely recaptured my attention and brought my love of hockey back. I already have plans to go to numerous games next year and can't wait for the season to start.
Thanks for your hard work, dedication, and helping me find a long lost love!
1 year, 11 months ago on Why The New York Rangers Blog Is Back | August