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@johnnyb3910 I asked Zipay this question on twitter yesterday, he seemed to think they were coming back to NY for a few days and then flying back to Phoenix.

1 year ago on Hagelin Back to NY; Seven Defensemen; Cap Determining Line-up

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Ugh. Wasn't Torts asked specifically about Hagelin on the power play? And then gave his honest, no bull shit assesment as to why Hagelin wasn't being used. Now its being blown out of proportion when guys like Pierre are taking the next step and saying Torts would rather throw players under the bus than own up to coaching failures.

1 year, 4 months ago on Keep An Eye on Torts/McGuire Interview Tonight

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I can totally see where most of you are coming from in diluting the "novelty" of the Jan 1st Winter Classic game, but from my understanding this is merely part of a Winter Classic series if you will, maybe not using "Winter Classic" name in the secondary games but a series nonetheless.

 

From a league standpoint I just don't see how it minimizes the Jan 1st game initially.  By revenue? I doubt it. Hype? Maybe, but if the revenue and TV ratings are there who cares? This will be a huge cash bonus for the league, not to mention mainstream exposure. But if this is something that continues year after year its hard not to see the Jan 1st game as just another game.  But maybe that's ok if that's the direction the league wants to go in.  Have one big game and then smaller outdoor games in different venues each year.

 

One important thing to remember is that the NHL hasn't come close to its full potential in TV deals.  The Winter Classics have killed it in TV ratings, and the outdoor games are sure to do well also.  This is all about exposure and growing the brand.  All they want to do here is expand into markets that haven't experienced an outdoor game yet so they can suck out some untapped revenue streams from fans to sponsors to TV deals. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers Will Play Two Outdoor Games Next Season

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Maybe with Zucc sitting tonight we'll see some fire from guys like Boyle, Pyatt, and Newbury out of fear of being scratched on Saturday.

1 year, 6 months ago on Zuccarello Out; Same Line-up vs. Senators

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 @gravey94  @johnnyb3910

 yep, just like Del Zotto, although I hope they can sign all 3 without any issues...

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers to "Stand Pat" at Deadline?

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Damn, I was really hoping for another John Scott or something.

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers to "Stand Pat" at Deadline?

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I want to believe that the Rangers value his long term health above all else, but this really makes me scratch my head.  I know we really need the points right now but Lundqvist also really needs a rest.  I'm all for having Biron start tomorrow night. Need a healthy Hank down the stretch.

1 year, 6 months ago on Is Lundqvist Playing With a Concussion?

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 @moebag  @Dminches

 I agree with you on the consistency issue. Its a broken system.  But you honestly can't comapre the Kaleta/Richards incident to this hit. Apples and Oranges. Look up the video of the Swedish player being paralyzed by a hit into the boards and you'll see where I'm coming from.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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 @smoothyv

 I disagree that this was worse.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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 @moebag  @Dminches

 I'm not disputing what the video shows. If you want my thoughts on the hit scroll down the comments section.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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 @moebag  @Dminches

 Call it what you will, but his head was lowered as a result of him taking the shot.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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I'm surprised there wasn't at least a hearing.  For a league that's really trying to "protect its players" there certainly isn't much consistency; conistency brings legitimacy, and people wonder why we think the Departmet of Player Safety doesn't have any.  I only thought there wold be a fine, so I guess I can't say I'm THAT surprised.  But still, another fail by the NHL and its Department of Player Safety.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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First time I saw this I though wow, that's a definite suspension.  But the more I watched it and thought about it I'm not so sure its as bad as it looks.  Obviously I'm biased here but hear me out.  Was Nash frustrated? Probably. I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but a few minutes prior to this play Nash found himself being groped by a few Panthers in front of the net, second time in a few minutes it happened to him.  So I can understand his frustration in wanting to lay a hit.

 

But unfortunately for Nash it was a terrible effort at a hit.  It looked to me like he wanted to surprise Kopecky to a hit in the chest but didn't realize Kopecky was going to shoot and lower his head.  I actually see Nash leaving his feet as a sub par effort to get out of the way while incidentally hitting Kopecky in the head. 

 

I'm not defending what Nash did here because he should know that this is a reckless and dangerous hit, but I just don't think the intent to target the head was there.  I'd be surprised if he got more than a game. I actually think he'll just be fined.  There have been many more egregious hits that have warranted less than 2 game suspensions.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit

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No surprise here, but there becomes a point in which Dolan will really start to price out the majority of the die hard fan base that has been lining his pockets for so many years.  Have you seen what a home game is like at the Air Canada Center in Toronto? Talk about pricing out your fan base, that place can be as quiet as a library.

1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers Season Tickets to Increase Next Year

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 @CareyBrandsdorfer an independent arbitrator can be called in for an appeal process if the suspension is more than 6 games, so in this case it could have worked to the NHL's disadvantage if they suspend him more than 5 games, as it could have been overturned to a penalty of a lesser extent. 

 

I think he deserves more than a 5 game suspension, but I will be happy if the NHL gives him the maximum of 5 games since this is a phone hearing; it gives Kaleta the harshest penalty without the possibility of a third party arbitrator to lessen the penalty.  But if they don't, I'll be shaking my head in disbelief, this is another perfect opportunity for the NHL to show how much they value player safety.

1 year, 7 months ago on Did Kaleta Hit Finally Turn Rangers Into a 'Team'?

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 @Melissa (blknblueshirts)

 I agree the playoff format is less than ideal.  There has to be another option they can explore.

1 year, 7 months ago on NHL Realignment Becoming a Reality

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 @Scott_from_Jersey  @KevinDeLury

 I understand your points but I disagree.  I don't believe the ratings problem is network related at all, and NBC has TV rights to the NHL until 2021 so nothing is changing on that front anytime soon. 

 

As for your point about ratings for a Boston vs Montreal game in other states, or a national audience so to speak, isn't really the main point the NHL is going after here in regards to a realignment.  The main purpose is to bolster ratings in regional markets in an effort to secure big local TV contracts (think NESN, MSG, etc.)

 

The NHL always needed to realign, and it was really expeditied because of the Thrashers move up to Winnipeg that created a whole bunch of problems.  Not to mention the constant complaints of teams like Columbus who have been asking to move to the East for a long time.

1 year, 7 months ago on NHL Realignment Becoming a Reality

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I like it. And we need to keep in mind this is being done with future league expansion in mind. While it not only makes sense logistically for the league (more 7pm games for teams in the central and west, also means higher tv ratings) it creates the opportunity for huge jumps in revenue. 5 of the original 6 teams in the same conference is a huge marketing tool, especially for the rekindling of old rivalries amongst the original 6. I think this is great for the league.

1 year, 7 months ago on NHL Realignment Becoming a Reality

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Maybe Boyle can find his offensive spark tonight like he did in round 1 last year.

1 year, 7 months ago on Will Neil Catch Del Zotto With His Head Down Tonight?

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 @NlordYstanleyR  @KevinDeLury   good point, and I guess the latest Hossa hit is a perfect example of that.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Nash Injury Timeline

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 @KevinDeLury that would be the definition of a dirty hit

1 year, 7 months ago on The Nash Injury Timeline

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The Rangers medical staff would absolutely know at this point whether its a concussion or not, the severity not so much, but they would definitely know.  As to why the Rangers are being as tight lipped as the military on this is something I'm scratching my head at.  What are the disadvantages of disclosing information on Nash?

1 year, 7 months ago on The Nash Injury Timeline

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 @slapshot13j  @jtf1218 He played all 82 games last year, 25 goals, 41 assists, and 66 points. I'd say thats a pretty damn good year. And in the playoffs he showed he was worth every dollar of that contract.

1 year, 7 months ago on Del Zotto: We Didn't Exploit Them Down Low

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 @jtf1218 I think its purely a conditioning thing with him. Its easy to get on his case now, and rightfully so, but I really do believe he'll find his game soon enough. We too often forget all of the clutch plays and goals he made last year.  I'm confident he'll be playing much better down the stretch.

1 year, 7 months ago on Del Zotto: We Didn't Exploit Them Down Low

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 @RyanMC Well its hard to blame Prust for leaving for all that $$, but I agree with you that there really isn't an enforcer right now.  I mean, if that bottom forward is only going to get 4 minutes a night, why not just dress Bickel so he can throw some punches?

1 year, 7 months ago on Del Zotto: We Didn't Exploit Them Down Low

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Maybe the Rangers were better off not knowing the Habs wee on the tail end of a back to back. Maybe the Rangers, knowing that, didn't push on the gas hard enough.  It seems like this team really lacks the accountability that made them so successful last year.  They need to start feeding off of one another.  I know Boyle is struggling but at least he's showing some life out there by hitting everything that moves.  I wish guys would buy into that right now and really show some grit.  Hags was getting tossed around so much in that first period and not one guy took exception.

 

Nothing seems to be able to spark this team during a game right now, and to me that is extremely worrisome.  We may have lost some of the heart and soul guys from last year, and I agree with you Kev, looking back to last years team is getting tiresome, but the blueprint for success is there for these guys, its just a matter of execution at this point, and they haven't executed consistently. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Del Zotto: We Didn't Exploit Them Down Low

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 @gravey94 The Tampa Bay and St. Louis power play is right around 33%...sounds like the Rangers should watch some of that film and try to emulate what works for them.

1 year, 7 months ago on 3-for-35?!?!?!?!?!

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Rangers PP unit were the Devils best penalty killers last night

1 year, 7 months ago on 3-for-35?!?!?!?!?!

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Agreed.  What do they have to lose by giving him a shot?

1 year, 8 months ago on Rangers Meeting With Redden to Discuss Future

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I'll try and get to a few games but I will only get tickets on the secondary market like stub hub, not from the NYR site directly.  Nor will I purchase any concessions while at the games.  Extra drinks on the train will have to suffice.  I'm just too happy hockey will be back on the ice and not in the board room to even think about not attending a few games.

 

While I would love for NHL Center Ice to be free of charge this year the possibility of that is virtually 0%.  As someone pointed out to me earlier, the NHL isn't the one calling the shots on the service.  A company called iN DEMAND manages the Center Ice package for the NHL and other pro sports and they would need the support of virually every tv provider to make the service free or discounted, so don't hold your breath on that one.  However, NHL GameCenter Live is under the NHL's control, so while I don't think they would just offer it for free, I think a heavily discounted price would be a good gesture. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Now that the NHL is Back, Are You?

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Del Zotto's back! pun intended. maybe he doesn't want to aggrevate a minor inury because he knows he'll be on garden ice soon? I only hope.  Stepan with flu like symptoms in 3...2...1..

1 year, 9 months ago on Del Zotto Leaving Swiss Team

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The NHLPA hasn't even sumbitted a counter proposal yet.  Until then we have no clue how far off both side are.  But once that happens I think things start to move at a faster pace.

2 years, 1 month ago on Kings' NHLPA Rep Kevin Westgarth Believes Lockout is "Foreseeable" | August

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Such a dirty move by Snider.  I don't usually agree with Proteau, but his points in this article here are hard to disagree with.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/shea-weber-magnifies-disparity-nhl-190000988--nhl.html

2 years, 2 months ago on Doan Doesn't Rull Out Rangers; Preds May Not Match Weber Offer Sheet from Flyers | July

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Nashville is getting royally screwed here.

2 years, 2 months ago on Doan Doesn't Rull Out Rangers; Preds May Not Match Weber Offer Sheet from Flyers | July

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 @tikk10  @KevinDeLury  @AG_Blue

 But Ovi did seem to buy into Dale Hunter's philosophy, given it was only for half a season.  I just feel that for all that Semin has to offer, the risks outweigh the reward.

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency: Doan, Semin & Kane Updates | July

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 @Dudeinski

 I wouldn't go in panic mode yet.  Both sides know what another lockout would mean for the sport.  The proposed players revenue drop from 57% to 46% is absurd but lets remember the median there is 51.5%, hardly an unreasonable number.  The NHL just inked a huge tv extension with NBC, so there will be some outside pressure on Bettman there to get negotiations completed asap.

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency Rumors: Nash to Holdout; Doan Like Sharks & Weber Deadline Extended | July

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 @ATCRyan  @KevinDeLury

 I don't even think Semin should be talked about anymore.  The guy gives us a headache and he's not even on the team.  He'd do more harm than good.  If the Rangers need depth they have a lot of young talent in the system that can be given a chance to thrive. 

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency Rumors: Nash to Holdout; Doan Like Sharks & Weber Deadline Extended | July

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 @brianiof

 we can thank Sather for the youth on this team that thrived this past season...not sure what you're getting at.

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency Rumors: Nash to Holdout; Doan Like Sharks & Weber Deadline Extended | July

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 @Dudeinski

 God I hope Dolan is staying far, far away from operations in Sather's office.

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency Rumors: Nash to Holdout; Doan Like Sharks & Weber Deadline Extended | July

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I wouldn't count the Rangers out just yet in regards to a trade.  Maybe in won't be a huge Nash or Ryan trade that we're eagerly waiting for, but perhaps for a player that hasn't had his name thrown around all that much.  But whatever Slats decides to do, I don't believe he's done.  Its mid July and there is a lot of summer left, and with many teams finishing up their own camps in addition to the uncertainty regarding the new CBA, there are numerous factors as to why we haven't seen a big splash from anyone.

2 years, 2 months ago on NHL Free Agency Rumors: Nash to Holdout; Doan Like Sharks & Weber Deadline Extended | July

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@TheWrage @KevinDeLury that certainly changes things, thanks for the info.

2 years, 2 months ago on Shane Doan Offered 4 Years, $30 Million by a Team in the East? | July

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Not too familiar with John Gambadoro and I don't feel like scrolling through his twitter feed to see what kind of contacts he has, but unitl I see a bigger name report this same info I'm going to be very skeptical

2 years, 2 months ago on Shane Doan Offered 4 Years, $30 Million by a Team in the East? | July

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 @KevinDeLury  @Iron Mike the centerpiece of ANY Rangers trade unforunately has to be youth

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Would You Include Dan Girardi in a Trade for Shea Weber? | July

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 @Iron Mike

 his value is pretty low right now, and he comes with a sizeable cap hit.

2 years, 2 months ago on Would You Include Dan Girardi in a Trade for Shea Weber? | July

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