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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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Richards has become the Rangers new Del Zotto. Time for him to go.
3 months, 2 weeks 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?
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.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Picaz77 Have no fear, Dean got payback.
4 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*
5 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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan & Girardi Continue Talks With Rangers As Rumor Mill
9 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.
10 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.
10 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." :)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 2, Sabres 0
@Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane We fired Torts cause the players hated him.
10 months, 4 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.
11 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.
1 year ago on Sabres 6, Rangers 5 (Traverse City Game 2)
...obviously the reoccurring hernia isn't from carrying the defense.
1 year, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 months ago on Richards, Asham Out; Haley, Newbury, Hamrlik In
@Josh6 hate to say it, but Zuccarello needs to go away too.
1 year, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
There we go. Whew. I can breath again.
1 year, 4 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!