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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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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:
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
How about Setoguchi? Or will he be too rich for the Rangers?
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
2 months, 2 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.
@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.
Please tell me you deliberately misspelled dumb.
3 months, 1 week 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!
3 months, 1 week 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.
@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.
Del Zotto, no PP points since joining Nashville either. He's apparently helping their powerplay as much as his being gone has hurt the Rangers. Not at all.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kudos for looking at the big picture here. Too many people have tried to simply compare the point totals of the two players. You mentioned that the Rangers are 10-4-1 while Tampa is 8-2-4. There are differences in the other numbers,too. Prior to the trade the Rangers were averaging 2.61 GPG. Since the trade, the Rangers are averaging 3.07 GPG. Nearly a half goal MORE per game. More impressively, the Rangers goals against dropped from 2.50 before the trade to 1.93 after the trade. Over a half goal per game LESS! Prior to the trade Tampa was averaging 2.90 GPG. Their goals average has increased to 3.29 but, with Steven Stamkos coming back, would you have expected anything else? Prior to the trade, Tampa was giving up 2.53 GPG but since the trade they are giving up an average of 3.21 GPG. These are just numbers and obviously a lot of factors go into making them, but, as you said, the trade seems to have benefited both teams equally, in spite of the fact that Callahan has produced more points that MSL up till now.
Miller's not going anywhere (well, anywhere that isn't Hartford at least). Reports have stated that teams have been including Miller in their requests during many of the trade talks the past two years, to which Sather has said "no way". Like others have said here, the kid is 20 years old. He's an emerging talent and it's wasted if he sits in the press box. Let him get his minutes and play with the future Rangers that will comprise this lineup over the next few years. Many of those guys are down in Hartford right now.
@Betweentheworlds Ahhh, reason and patient, something that generally has escaped Rangers fans for as long as I can remember. You're spot on.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Would have been hilarious if they brought up McIlrath, Bickel and Asham, just for the hell of it. Even if they didn't dress.
@DPSnotty Thanks DP. I'm not sure what's worse, his comment or the fact that another Rangers fan liked it...lol.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Rangerssuck I have no clue what you're talking about, pointing the negative. What an asshole YOU are for having a name like Rangerssuck. By the way, you do a great of being incognito and pretending you're a Rangers fan with a name like that. What an idiot.
Callahan got the game winner last night but was also a -2 and got a slashing penalty in the final minute putting Ottawa on the PP. Lucky for Tampa, they didn't score. This game tonight will tell a lot about this team's psyche. Hopefully they wont come out tentative and sluggish like they did the other night because Columbus won't let them back in the game like Ottawa did. I watched the Columbus game last night and they neutralized Montreal's speed pretty well with their physical play. Rangers need to be high energy tonight. Also, Dubinsky and Anisimov are guys to watch, but that Johansen kid is something else.
@IcyCup Lehner was awfully bad tonight. Finally a back up goalie that played like one.
Somebody had to speak up in that locker room between the first and second periods. They looked like they did against Carolina in that first period. Sluggish, uninspired, unmotivated. Then, they came out strong in the second. St. Louis must have been seething in that locker room watching the sleep walking that was taking place out there in the 1st. I swear they were going to call for another players only meeting if this game fell through. I don't know if was AV or one of the players, but somebody had to have said something.
@NYRBlueBlog Did you really just get on someone else's blog and call it a joke??? First of all, why are you here?? Second, why are criticizing another blog?? Just go back to your own blog. I may happen to agree with some of what you said, but the mere fact that you are here calling this blog "a joke", really casts aspersions on your credibility. Disagreeing is one thing, but disrespecting is something completely different. It would be like going into someone's house and telling them you don't like the decor. Just don't come in if you don't like it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Staal Returns to Practice; Talbot to Start vs. Blackhawks; Possible Callup Coming
@TheNYRBlog @Rachel2886 Girardi was so polite there asking Mr. Carcillo if he'd like an ice pack for his hand.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 7, Maple Leafs 1
@mando24179 IMO, it's not the coach. Last year Vancouver was 7th in the league in fighting majors, the Rangers were 14th! People want to blame AV for the poor defense? Last year, Vancouver gave up 93 goals with Luongo in net, the Rangers, under that defense-first system, with the Vezina candidate in net, gave up 101. Do you remember how we used to complain about how Tortorella didn't want them to fight? (last year, not two years ago). It's not the coach, it's the players. Same players that had no fight last year either.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Talbot to Start vs. Leafs Tonight
@DubiLeetch Spot on!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?
I'm pretty sure all of the other team's scouts and GMs know exactly what DZ's misgivings are. So, AV is pretty much just stating the obvious. He falls into the category of a player with unfulfilled potential (like many other players). The real question is, does another team want to take a chance that he will raise his game to the level of his potential? If they do, we have a deal. If not, he's ours to keep and hope he gets his game together.
8 months ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor
Looks like the same person may have designed those God-awful Team USA Olympic jerseys.
8 months ago on Do Rangers Stadium Series Shirts Give Insight Into Jersey Design?
Who was talking to Hags behind the bench after the goal? It looked like he was trying to tell him something and Hags gave it that "yeah, but I scored, right?" look. Sort of like when a guy runs past the stop sign at third but scores anyway.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2
Not sure why Edmonton would want to be messing around with MDZ when they don't have a quality goalie that cover up for the defensive mistakes he makes. Word out of Toronto is they are working on a deal for Reimer. I see that one flying before the MDZ, Miller deal.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Kreider for Yakupov?....LOL!!!!!!!!!
@capncally1978 @shishya100 More likely that Pyatt and Sather are an item. Tortorella never sat him either.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Richter, Neely Star in NHL Thanksgiving Commercial
Regarding the Powerplay. To put this stat in perspective. Last year's PP was on pace to get 41 PP goals if the season was a full one. In 2012, the team got 44 PP goals. This year's team is on pace to get 55! That would have been good for the 7th highest total in the last full season! Is Mike Sulivan far enough away in Vancouver?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 2, Sabres 0
I must admit, it was a little awkward reading about how you had a little extra juice watching Mashinter's insertion Kevin. :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Mashinter Takes on Heavyweight McCormick
I want some of what Trautwig was drinking before that interview. First, he almost turned it over to himself, then he goes on this what's your momma do for you line of questioning. At one point Zucc gave him a WTF look, it was hysterical.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Zuccarello Talks About His Mom Making Meatloaf & Putting Out His Clothes
It looked like they were on a power play for most of the first two periods! Got to give some credit to Boyle, too. The big guy is using his long reach and big body really good these days. A real test coming next week with Anaheim and Pittsburgh on the schedule. It would be awesome to take those two games. That would really show that the new Rangers have arrived. But for now, I'm loving what's out there.
A 5 1/2 minute post game presser? Like the power play goals, I don't think Torts had that much time all last season combined. Although I don't know if AV should be commenting on paying Hank the big dollars without the contract signed yet...lol
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I thought the same thing. We couldn't see Richards' face when he said that. Sounds like there might have been a bit of a smile when he said it. Because the reality is, AV hasn't won at all! So, once is actually better.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Maybe Vigneault Is What The Rangers Need
I wish I had an explanation as to why Pyatt is still there. It's one of life's great mysteries.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Night For Top Rangers Prospects In Wolfpack Win
This roster has developed a culture of losing. As mentioned, all the Columbus players plus the home growns who have won nothing. Add D. Moore, Pouliot?? These guys haven't won a thing in their careers. Richards is the only guy with a winning history and that was 10 years ago! They should have brought in a Frolik or Bickell, for no other reason than they have been on a winner. Someone..anyone...who has won something recently! Noone on this team knows how to win.
9 months ago on Rangers Scouts Attend Avalanche/Sabres Game Last Night; Shopping Kreider?
I don't see his comments as being negative or unwarranted. He basically said that Lundqvist needs to be better and that he expects that he will. He said he works hard and is a true professional and will turn it around. All sounds pretty factual and tame to me. Lundqvist basically said the same about himself. He's not lying when he says the team gave up 8 scoring chances and that's about as low as you're going to see in an NHL game. I think we're making more of these comments than what they really are. Bottom line is the personnel on the team is not right for this style of hockey. Most of these guys aren't smart enough or skilled enough to handle it. Tortorella dumbed down the game for them and they thrived, but his style punished them too often. We need personnel changes and quickly.
9 months ago on Vigneault: Lundqvist Needs to Be Better
@shoot_the_goalie I totally agree on all points. We need to opine on the what are's and forget the what ifs.
9 months ago on Devils 4, Rangers 0
It's so depressing. Fortunately, the NHL Ice Girls Power Rankings are located just at the bottom of this page.
9 months, 1 week ago on Sather Didn't Think It Would Be This Bad; Biron to Start Saturday
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I agree. They got what they wanted, a coach that allows them some creative freedom. Now they must accountable. You can count on one hand the players that really seem affected by this. There are an awful lot of followers on this team, looking for someone to lead them. Cally has tried to lead by example but that hasn't worked.
9 months, 1 week ago on Girardi Apparently Wants Rangers To Play Torts Hockey Again
@FREE MASHINTER They made plenty of the same defensive zone mistakes last year with this personnel. Tortorella used to complain about puck possession in the defensive zone all the time. The difference is they were able to camouflage many of those mistakes by getting in the shooting lanes to block shots. Now, the mistakes are glaring because of lack of intensity on the back line and the uncertainty from the back checking forwards.
He also went on to say that their puck management has been horrible and that it seems like the other team always has an extra guy in front of the net. They know what the problems are, they just either don't have the talent to execute or intelligence to know how to.
Also scary when your Captain basically admits that there are guys on the team not giving the effort. I'm not exactly sure who's not giving the effort versus who's just not smart enough to play this style. Most of these guys spent years just throwing their bodies in front of pucks and getting into the shooting lanes. There's a little more to think about now. Tortorella kept them all on a short leash, now they have to be accountable for their own play and virtually all are failing at that.
9 months, 1 week ago on Video: AV, Players React to 6-0 Loss to Ducks
It's not just you feeling it Kevin. I mentioned in one of your previous posts, that I was very concerned about that. He talks as if it's some other team or if he was just brought in yesterday. You are spot on saying he should have had plenty of opportunity to get to know his leaders on the team. I think Lundqvist should be involved as well, since by most accounts he was one of the players pushing the coaching change.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Vigneault Giving The Rangers Too Much Freedom?
Kind of scares me that he still says he doesn't know this team real well. It's like he's talking about another team. I'll bet if given his druthers, he'd make some moves to bring in players better suited to his style of play.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Have Closed Door Meeting; Off Today
AV has a long time relationship with Pyatt, so that's probably one of the reasons he's not gone. I think we are going to see a very different team by the end of November. It wouldn't surprise me to see three or four guys up here that are currently in Hartford. Assuming of course, that they play well enough in Hartford.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Send Down J.T. Miller
Maybe I'm reading this wrong but the 2.18MM includes Stepan's 875K tender, right? So, with that being said, isn't there actually $4.95MM in available space (when you include Asham and Powe)? Not that this is a lot, but do you think they can get a deal done with just under $5MM? I agree with you that they will work on some type of bridge deal though.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Stepan Signing Will Likely Leave Deserving Players Off Roster
I'm also going to scream if I hear any of the losers in Chopped say they are going to win in memory of a deceased loved one! It's a contest where things are judged by other people, you have no control over how they are going to vote. Don't be disrespecting your loved one's memory by leaving the decision in someone else's hands. Go run a marathon if you want to honor a deceased loved one, at least you have control over whether or not you finish. Also, (yes, I've watched this show for years), I hate it when people say "sure I lost, but I know my parents (kids, wife, etc) will still be proud of me". Did you really need to go on a competition and have to cook oxen's tongue to confirm your loved one's faith in you?? I'm done. It may not have been the best post on the blog, but I know my wife if proud of me for writing it.
12 months ago on Zuccarello Speaks... Again: Open Thread 7/22/2013
Looks like Pyatt is staying. With Mashinter given a tender, we might see him and Pyatt on the 4th line this year as our grinding line. Still woefully undermanned. I still think we will see MDZ peddled somewhere.
1 year ago on Asham, Powe Placed on Waivers
Uh oh, could this mean that Brassard is being shopped around?? I hope to God, not, but with Sather and company, you just never know.
1 year ago on RUMOR: Scott Arniel To Be Named Assistant Coach
He's been my number one candidate since day 1. I feel if you can't pry Tippett loose, then Boucher is the best "available" candidate.
1 year, 1 month ago on Giving Some Love for Guy Boucher as Next Rangers Coach
@MutantCity What the hell are you talking about?? The word Lightning is only used once in the article and it's spelled the same way you spelled it. Great job, MoronCity..
1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers May Not Pursue Ruff; Tippett Not Available
Brassard played for Boucher in juniors and couldnt say enough good things about how he helped with his development. I think Boucher should be looked at, although, I haven't heard his name mentioned by the press as a serious candidate. For some reason, he's being overlooked.
I read that as it's not so much on the ice, it's in their heads and in their hearts. I think he's thinking some guys aren't giving everything they got.
1 year, 2 months ago on No Staal; Moore Loses Teeth; Off Ice Adjustments Needed; Redden Game Time Decision
@SpazzBrown @Fish9876 Agreed, I read it the same way. Sounds like he wants to add Hags to the PP and it's about damn time.
He brings jam to the game but hopefully Torts won't bench him for getting a roughing penalty.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers acquire Ryane Clowe
Never should have called Kreider back up. Haley should have stayed and added some toughness to the lineup. Hell, whatever happened to Ben Ferreiro? He came in, played a couple of decent games and then was unceremoniously ushered out the door. This lineup needs toughness and some intimidation to it. Not another speedster.
1 year, 3 months ago on Torts Worried About Miller & Kreider
All this talk about who should the Rangers trade for at the deadline. I have to wonder if they should be selling and not buying. To give up a young talent like a Christian Thomas to get a guy that's only going to help us get into the playoffs this season would be a shame. We should be looking to build our young talent for next season and beyond.
1 year, 3 months ago on Jason Pominville Anyone?
Definitely not ready from a truly fundamentally sound hockey perspective. But, can he really hurt the team any more than Hamrlik has?? Plus, he's a beast physically.
1 year, 3 months ago on Staal May Be Done for the Season
Most definitely, I mentioned it in the last article. Cut Pyatt and Hamrlik. Bring back Haley and bring up McIlraith. That would give this team some edginess to go with the defense. They need to send a message that teams can't abuse their skill players the rest of the way and get away with it.
Admit they made mistakes, cut Pyatt and Hamrlik. Bring back Haley and bring up McIraith. Can it really get any worse than it is?
1 year, 3 months ago on Is Clowe on His Way to New York?
I agree 100%. Conceptually, this should happen. But, who in this lineup is willing to give it up for his team mate? No Asham in the lineup, so that leaves Newbury as the only guy willing and/or capable of doing this.
1 year, 3 months ago on Revenge on Pacioretty?
He stopped himself from saying what he really wanted to say a couple of times. I can only imagine what the uncensored version in his head was saying.
1 year, 3 months ago on This Video of Lundqvist Pretty Much Says It All
6 homes games and 11 on the road, it's either going to be a complete disaster or a great primer for the playoffs.
1 year, 3 months ago on Video: Rangers Talk Big Game in Philly
Dodged a bullet there.
1 year, 4 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit
I'm in total agreement with the comment about the crease allergy. When Florida scored their second goal last night there were 4 bodies poking at the puck in front of Hank. You never see that with the Rangers. They take everything wide and their forwards hang out on the boards all game. I don't know if that's Torts system or if they just don't have the personnel that's willing to do that.
1 year, 4 months ago on Lundqvist is Beyond Frustrated With Lack of Offense
Definitely frustration. Unfortunately, without a true enforcer on this team, our stars, including Nash are open to as much punishment as the opponents are willing to dish out. Nash has had to come to his own defense a number of times this season and I can only imagine how frustrating that must be. He lost his mind there but you could see it coming for the most of the game.
Agreed 100%. The parts for success are here. We need some glue to use in between those parts. Next year we could see McIraith added to the lineup for backend toughness as well. That would be a welcome addition.
1 year, 4 months ago on Torts Doesn't Have the Answers
Ummm, Yogi Berra isnt a God-like Ranger icon...you might have chosen Rod Gilbert or Eddie G. But I have to ask you, what questions can be asked that wouldn't considered obvious and stupid?? Is he supposed to ask whether or not Del Zotto was out of position on the Vanek goal? I've heard those questions asked before and the answer is always the same. "I have to review the tape to see". Again, it had nothing to do with the questions Rosen was asking. It was his saying "you must have a question Sam".
1 year, 4 months ago on No Need for Torts to Disrespect Sam
I'll never forget on Mark Messier day, Mess looked up at the press box and gave props to Sam for all the years of dedication. That's how iconic Sam Rosen is. People say he asked a dumb question? It had nothing to do with Rosen's question. Torts looked right at him and said "I'm sure you have another question Sam". That was the greatest show of disrespect, treating him like a nuisance.