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@Bring back Langdon @giammarcor Good point, his being a UFA helped his cause there and the tax-free situation in Tampa did get him to where he started.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I mentioned the other day when Zucc said he would take less than market value to stay with the Rangers, that it was a brilliant ploy because he wasn't saying he would less money, he said less the market value. The fan base read that as Zucc would take less money to stay with the team. The big question there was, who sets the market value? Both the player and the team have different opinions of what his market value would be. In any case, we've been through this recently with Lundqvist, Stepan, McDonagh, Girardi and a deal was struck. Only in Callahan's case did it not and we are finding out now that Callahan ultimately overplayed his hand and wound up taking less than the Rangers highest offer.
Maybe with this one, Glass overmatched his opponent, but at least it shows what kind of team mate he is:
I asked a friend of mine today, who is a die hard and very knowledgeable Pens fan, what he thought about Tanner Glass. Actually, what I asked him was whether or not Glass is just Taylor Pyatt 2.0. This is what he answered: "you will like him, Bob...very tough kid. Pens should have played him in the playoffs to protect Crosby." So, I'm going to take his word for it and look forward to seeing the edge this kid will bring to the game.
How about Setoguchi? Or will he be too rich for the Rangers?
Definitely a cap move and I, like a lot of Rangers fans, liked Dorsett. I thought he played his ass off every game. But, for $1.63MM, he's definitely replaceable.
Boyle says he wants on opportunity to score more goals?? Well, if he didn't miss wide open nets this year, he may have doubled his goal output. I agree with you that Boyle will be a tough piece to backfill, but as you said, he's a 4th line player. If he gets more money elsewhere, congrats to him. I'm not sure who expected talks to go good with Stralman. Everyone knew he was going to be looking for a big payday! And Pouliot? One magical season with chemistry from his linemates and now he's worth $3MM? If someone is willing to overpay for him, then, again, congrats to him. I wouldn't be particularly sad if all three of these guys went elsewhere.
I'm an old timer and had been listening to Rangers games on the radio since 1967 (hardly ever got them on TV up here in New England). For years I would huddle with my little transistor radio and listen to Marv Albert do the games through static and fuzz. Flash forward to the night of cup victory. I'm 34 years old and watching the game. Then, with 7:08 left in the game, the electricity goes out on my block and my TV goes off! Frantically, I run around the house and find my 9 year old daughter's radio. I quickly find the game on and find myself huddled up listening to game 7 on a radio, just as I did all those years before. As I'm sitting there, I'm thinking that my Rangers life had come full circle! Fortunately, the power came back on with 1:08 left and I was able to watch them secure the cup.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'd love for him to explain how a guy is supposed to change his direction in about .5 second, traveling at 40mph, while sliding on his backside on a sheet of ice.
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @giammarcor I don't know how that happens either (the Rangers suddenly getting penalized more that is). I'd like to see some numbers with regular season penalties versus playoff penalties, just to see if, in general, more or fewer penalties get called in the playoffs. Are games called tighter in the playoffs or do refs call them looser so as not to impact the game as much? In either case, both Montreal and the Rangers have far different numbers from the regular. Just can't wrap my brain around why that is. Of course, alcohol has killed most of my brain cells over the years, so that may be understandable.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Hotfreak @scrangersfan @giammarcor Yep, I suppose so. But I guess I figured that was his take, not mine, so I let it go.
Got to give some props to Klein, too. I thought he had a great game. Very physical and active joining the rush on several occasions. His contribution often gets overlooked.
@Hotfreak @giammarcor My point is, they are not less prone to penalties than other teams, as shown by their regular season performance, but for some reason they are being called for fewer penalties in the playoffs at a remarkable rate. I don't know the reason why, since it's uncharacteristic of a team that was penalized as much as they were in the regular season. I'm not saying it conspiratorial. I don't believe the conspiracy theories either. I don't know the reason, I was merely asking for opinions. Can a team suddenly change their propensity for taking penalties when the playoffs begin? Or am I simply supposed to look at the numbers and say "well, I guess they can" because that's what the statistics show? Am I not allowed to wonder how a team can suddenly become less prone to infractions?
@Hotfreak @giammarcor Umm, statistics is all I put there. I didn't make any reference to conspiracy theories. I asked a question. Is Montreal less prone to penalties than every other team? Considering during the season, they were the 7th most penalized team in the league, I'd have to say no, they are not less prone to penalties. Before you try to psycho analyze me and my statements, perhaps you should read the lines and not try to read what you perceive to be "in between" the lines.
Montreal has played 15 games and have been short handed a total of 40 times (2.67 per game). The next closest team remaining in the playoffs is Chicago, 15 games, 55 times short handed (3.67 per game). For the record, the Rangers average 3.22 per game. So, is Montreal really that much less prone to penalties than every other team?
Does anyone remember this and the way Therrien practically cried to the press afterwards? This hit was just as illegal as Prust's, except Stepan didn't bleed. In fact, one could argue that the hit was cleaner than Prust's since Eller was playing the puck. Yet another NHL team for me to hate.
Excellent article. I love the numbers aspect.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm not sure why anyone ever had an issue with that trade. Anytime you have an opportunity to bring in a player with, not only the skill of St. Louis, but also, the overwhelming respect of the league, you have to jump on it. Especially when the guy who is your captain is pricing himself out of town.
I think that it's extremely irresponsible of Therrien to be suggesting that Kreider's play was deliberate. Yes, I know he's not coming right out and saying it but he's also not saying it wasn't. Saying stuff like that is going to incite the fans in Montreal and it could potentially get really ugly there tonight. I seriously question the safety of the Rangers team if the game gets out of hand tonight. With that said, he also opens his team up to same kind of treatment when they come here. He would have been better off saying that he thought it was accidental and leave the finger pointing to the players. But of course, when you're team is so totally outplayed and have no answer for the opposition's speed and puck cycling, I suppose you have to try to do something in hopes that the opponent loses focus. Nonetheless, very irresponsible for any professional sports coach to suggest that opposing players are deliberately trying to injure another player.
@Josh-CK I have to respectfully disagree with you on Nash. Not everyone is a big rah-rah type of person. He's a low key personality and like Kevin mentioned, they didn't go overboard with the celebration. That goal, although a big one in the game, is just a tiny piece of the big picture. Conserve your emotions and get back to work, that's what will take this team deep. Big celebrations is not everyone's cup of tea. Sort of like when everybody was getting on AV during the season for not getting overly emotional on the bench when the team was faltering. I read so many people calling him a gum chewing do nothing coach. People were saying that the team was mimicking the coach's lack of intensity. People wanted a Tortorella like demonstration on the bench or it apparently meant the coach didn't care. Well we see now how that calm demeanor has worked for the team in the most trying of times. Same goes for Nash. His not showing much emotion is more his personality than it is his desire to succeed.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/lundqvist-presents-broadway-hat-to-st-louis.html
I'm no doctor, but I would assume the way the trainer was vigorously rubbing his shoulder, that there wouldn't have been any structural damage. I can't imagine a situation where a trainer would be that rough with a guy with a separated shoulder. He took a shot and was twisted when he was hit. I'm thinking a deep bruise/contusion. Some TENS therapy a few ice baths and he'll be good to go.
Gallagher's another little pain in the ass. He's like the poor man's Marchand. Keep an eye on him as well.
Very cleverly written. It's not easy to do an entire tongue-in-cheek article. Have you sent this to The Hockey News? I hear they are very big on hiring satirical writers.
Personally, I hate those 8pm starts. That extra hour seems like an eternity!
Maxine Nightingale is quickly becoming one of my favorite all time performers. She belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Okay, not really, but that song has a Pavlovian on me as it makes me smile every time I hear it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/lundqvist-gets-broadway-hat-addresses-team.html
@LanceBrennan Oh wait, I get it now! Staal hit the Penguin on Crosby's jersey in the face!! Now I understand. Strange though, how a shot to the chest will make a man's head jerk back like that. I don't quite understand the physics behind that.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I think Brassard said it best and is speaking to where this team's collective mind is right now. "We're feeling no pressure"..."the pressure is all on them"...."we've played great on the road all year"...."why not us?". That's exactly the kind of thinking you want to have on a team going into a Game 7. Pittsburgh will give them one big push to open up that game. If we can hold that back and better still, score that first goal, things could unravel quickly for the Cindy and the Penqueens.
Perhaps our expectations were too high to begin with and we all overvalued him in the first place. Clearly, he's no Malkin and we probably shouldn't have expected him to be. At this point, he's not even a Pouliot. Big decisions coming up during the off season.
@gravey94 He seems like a stand up kind of guy. I didn't see his post game interview but I'm not surprised he owned up to his bad game. I just wish I could understand what happened. I never saw that coming. If anything, I thought we'd see a bounce back game from him last night.
In addition to Nash's problems, what the hell happened to Martin St. Louis last night?? He certainly played his worst game as a Ranger and possibly the worst game of his long and illustrious career! His passing was atrocious in all three zones. The puck seemed to slide off of his stick every time he touched. His brain lapse defensively cost us the 4th goal. It's one thing to not be scoring, but it reaches a whole new level when you become a liability. I'm just at a loss for words about how bad he played last night.
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat But isn't it possible, that a Pittsburgh team that won 51 games and had 109 points, that a finished with a +42 goal differential and, perhaps more importantly, has gotten back one of it's key players (Letang) could in fact be playing like that division winning team? Don't get me wrong, the Rangers could and probably should be up 3-0 right now. There inability to score goals is maddening. But my beef is with the people who seem to think they are playing poorly. They are playing against a team that was a conference finalist last year, had 108 points two years and won a cup in 2009. They have arguably two of the best players in the league (including a Hart trophy candidate) yet some fans think the Rangers should be dominating this team. I understand it's an emotional time, but I don't feel people are giving the team enough credit for what they have accomplished up to this point. Somehow, without their top line producing and their top defenseman banged up, they are battling in a series against a team that finished 13 points ahead of them. Anyway, it's all just my opinion. Thanks for listening and responding.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/bruinshabs-blackhawkswild-game-3-open-thred.html
Why is it with Rangers fans, that when the Rangers lose it's all on them but when other teams lose, it's because their opponents are playing better? Boston is in the same spot as the Rangers (actually worse since they have not yet won on the road), but everyone is complimenting Montreal. Noone is saying Boston has played terrible or with no heart, or no intensity. Minnesota is in the same situation as the Rangers, yet everyone is gushing over how they played last night. Noone is saying how they sucked the first two games. Of course Anaheim is in a category by themselves, losing the first two games at home! They are horrible! They should make some huge changes during the off season! That team needs to be blown up! No wait, it's not the Rangers, so therefore, it must simply be because Los Angeles is playing great.
Outstanding. Send this whole link to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. That clown needs to see this.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Betweentheworlds I totally agree. It's great to see reasonable remarks among some Rangers fans.
@allagash Well said. More often than not, this team gets a win playing the way they did last night. Stepan was, imo, the only player that really put in a disappointing effort last night. He had no wheels and his brain was a second behind everyone else on the ice. Otherwise, the team put in a solid effort. Three out of the 8 teams that advanced to the 2nd round were behind 2-1 in their first round series, no need for panic.
The Rangers looked like a team that bought into the "take one of the first two on the road to steal home ice" axiom. Everybody said they could potentially be tired (and they played tired), everybody said Pittsburgh would be more desperate because they couldn't fall behind 2-0 (and they played more desperately and with great urgency). The Rangers looked like they pretty much mailed it in from the opening faceoff and were almost disappointed that they got those early PP opportunities because it meant they would have to work. It just looked to me like they felt they did their job in Game 1 and now were looking ahead to getting back home. They lost every corner battle, they were a half step behind on every pass play. Hopefully, they come back like they did in Game 7 against Philadelphia.
They shouldn't be very fatigued tonight as they exerted very little energy last night. If anything, Pittsburgh should be exhausted with all the skating, hitting and shooting that they did. Maybe that was the Rangers plan. Conserve some energy for Game 3 and let Pittsburgh punch themselves out...just kidding.
Post game interview on HNIC, Hank gives all the credit to the team's success to the patience of the coaching staff (and rightly so). AV has taken this team and has helped elevate the play of every player on the roster. Seriously, when you look at the team, you'd be hard pressed to find one player that hasn't improved his play over last season. His patience and calm demeanor have rubbed off on the team and manifested as confidence. In years past, if this blew a 2 goal lead, panic would set in and you just knew it was going to end ugly. But with this team, even a two goal deficit doesn't feel like the end of the world. AV and his coaching staff (especially what Ulfie has done with the D core) should get major props for the work they've done this season.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Please tell me you deliberately misspelled dumb.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-recall-miller-for-playoffs.html
I love the last line. Imagine, those were our choices last year! Not to mention, Del Z was a fixture!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe I think what you mention about the PP is the key. If you make them pay by taking bad penalties, you essentially take their aggressiveness away. If they get penalties and you don't hurt them on the PP, then you're playing into their hands. PP is going to be key in this series.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Great analysis.
I think one of the reasons why people have been apprehensive about embracing this team is simply because of the new parts in place. That 2011-2012 team had some mainstays that were around for several years, including the coaching staff. But also many of the pieces were around, so their identity developed through familiarity. You can see that from the occasional nostalgic pleas for the return of Dubinsky, Prust, Anisimov, Gaborik and others. You never hear anyone say, I wish we had John Mitchell back or Fedotenko back, because those guys weren't part of that coming of age group. This years team has a lot of new faces from Nash (yes, he was here last year, but realistically, this is his first full season) to Zucc and Kreider (also here before, but not regulars until this year), Brassard/Dorsett/J. Moore (all late season acquisitions last year), Carcillo, Klein, MSL, even Talbot is new this year. Personally, I think this team is extremely likable in a lot of ways and I prefer them over the 2011-2012 team. They battle every game and frankly are never out of a game. Remember 2011-2012, if the Rangers got down by 2 goals, it was pretty much game over. This years team has the ability to overcome any lead and that leaves you engaged in the game till the very end.
Might just be to give MSL a chance to detach from the game a bit before the playoffs. The guy came over and has been in a pressure cooker from the moment he stepped on the ice. Maybe having him sit and watch for a game will give him a chance to get a better "big picture" view of the team without being on film. He can concentrate more on what his teammates do with and without the puck rather than watching the opposition or reviewing what he was doing on the ice. I actually like the move.
@LGR8 Philly's magic number is 4. So, CBS would need to win out and Philly lose a game. That would give CBS the 3 seed. If CBS loses a game, Philly would need to lose both. If they both win out, Philly holds ROW tie breaker.
Was Messier doing a ventriloquist act in that pic? Look, he can say "what you talkin' bout Willis" without moving his lips! The Rangers absolutely have a legit shot this year. In addition to playing among the best in the league since late December, they have also played remarkably well in their home games recently going 12-6-2 in their last 20 at MSG. I agree with what others have said, as well. You can't beat Boston at their grinding game. They are too deep and too defensively stout. You have to beat them with speed and puck possession. Easier said than done, but certainly doable. Good analysis Kevin. It's going to be a fun ride!
First Clowe, now Callahan? Where's Avery with his sloppy seconds comment when you need him?
@Bueller Will likely have to go through Pittsburgh to get out of the Metro and into the ECF. I don't know, I just see Pittsburgh as a wounded team right now with a goalie just waiting to have his playoff confidence shattered. Wouldn't surprise me to see them get knocked off by Detroit in the first round.
Call me crazy but would it be the worst thing in the world if the Rangers were to play Pittsburgh in the first round? With all their injuries and an enigmatic playoff goaltender, I like their chances against them. My guess is, they clinch tomorrow night, but I don't think it would be so awful to finish 7th.