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Should have read "good STAT lines" not "star lines"
1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers Not Giving Stepan A Long Term Contract; Teams Asking About Boyle; Staal Fully Recoved
The only people who seem to not like Boyle staying seem to be those who think only players with good star lines are good players. They fail to see the little things Boyle does, and those things he keeps improving on. Also the fact that in consecutive years he stepped it up in the playoffs. Rangers fans will never cease to amaze and befuddle me.
@KevinDeLury @Rangerfan41 But neither will Jagr or even Horton really throw the body. Thornton might be bigger than Ashem, but they cancel, and Ashem has the edge with speed and agility. McQuaide and Hamilton are both tall (6'4" and 6'5") but both under or right near 200 pounds...MDZ is bigger than both when you take height and weight. And meanwhile they have just as many guys under 6 foot or right at 6 foot tall and under 200... they are not bigger than the Rangers as a whole...they have a couple guys who are bigger, and one really just plays bigger in Lucic...but do you really think that Lucic is that much stronger than OV? I mean, if McD and Giradi can shut down OV, Lucic who has much less skill and has less weight behind his moves can be shut down as well. The bruins are not a bigger team, they just have a few bigger players...and of those bigger players only like 2 or 3 actually play big...Jagr doesn't play big, and is 36, Horton doesn't use his size nearly as much as he should (like Boyle), and don't forget Kreider, who is over 200...I know now a few places say 201, but that would be a big weight loss from last year....maybe he did lose that much. Still, the Rangers and Bruins are matched up well size wise. except for that manster Chara...yes manster.
1 year, 10 months ago on Previews, Previews & More Rangers/Bruins Previews
Uummmm...the Bruins are not a bigger team that the Rangers. They have a single D who is bigger but any amount in Chara, the rest while some are a little heavier, or a little taller, are all right around the Rangers D size. As for forwards, they have Lucic, who plays even bigger than he is, but if he has to go up against Boyle all the time, well, he will have to go pound for pound, inch for inch. Lucic is by FAR their biggest forward, and the Rangers have 3 or 4 guys who have near the same height and weight, otherwise, the rangers forwards and bruins forwards are all very close to the same size.
@KevinDeLury @gravey94 He will get MORE than 3-4 min of ice. he will get the PP and get double shifted IF that's even where he plays. Ashem may be in, and Gabby may be out all together...or the idea that he MIGHT get benched/4th line duty may get him focused and playing hard...and he might replace Zucc if Zucc isn't doing well...or Pyatt could move down. We dont know whats up...but Gabby has played like a 4th liner...so let him be on the 4th line. having him on a top line doesn't improve scoring so far this year...so whats it to gripe about?
1 year, 12 months ago on Zucc on Richards Line; Gabby to 4th Line; Biron to Start in Montreal
@slapshot13j @Rangerfan41 my bad...for some reason I thought Pyatt was getting PK time. As for the SEL, I don't hate on it at all...I feel its the 2nd or 3rd best league in the world. Its the adjustment to ice size... just about every player has said that it took time to adjust, and they do most of that adjusting during camp...I am not saying he should be banished to never be called up (and he may be going back to play in the worlds anyway) but that the Rangers don't need a guy adjusting while they are hanging onto a playoff spot. If he played hard and does well in CT than by all means, call him up. But its better to see if he struggles at all there rather than the NHL.
1 year, 12 months ago on Zuccarello to Meet Rangers in Ottawa
@slapshot13j Like i said above....Fast has never played in North America...he will need time to adjust and it should not be done at the NHL level. Zucc has played and has been effective at the NHL level and in N/A so he is the logical addition right now. You want Pyatt and Powe both out...well you better hope everyone else steps up on the PK...both get that duty, and both are good at it...Powe was out last night and it didn't hurt, I would site Pyatt as well, but only a slight edge over Newbury because he won a lot of draws....but that is the only reason.
I agree that Fast should go directly to the Whale. he has never played at the level of the NHL and never even in North America, so he needs to learn the N/A game. The staff in CT can help him adjust and if he does well he can be recalled if there is an injury. If not he can play down there as long as possible and be in a better position, understanding what he needs to do come camp next year. As for MZA, I agree that he shouldn't be on the 4th line, But at the same time, the reason that one line worked was partly due to Boyle's size. I think it gives Kreider the confidence to go and play with a little edge like he did last night. If not Boyle you need a bigger guy who has dropped them on D....I am not sure if Kreider players as hard if he has to be the biggest guy on the ice.
@johnnyb3910 you can bury the first 900K...he makes 700K so he will not count against the cap.
2 years ago on Halpern Placed on Waivers
I like those lines. The "1st" line has worked before, the "2nd" line has real potential, and the "3rd" line could have good or bad games...but if they are looked at as a threat than one of the other lines gets a lesser defensive presence to play against...or that "3rd" line gets the lesser guys, good either way. and the 4th is well...a 4th line.
You might see Cally on that top line once its clear he is playing well. Also, Pyatt will not be there for his offense, he will be the defensive player and the size for that line...Cally can do one, but you cant teach size. I don't think it will be bad.
2 years, 1 month ago on Cally Back; Eminger In: Boyle, Bickel, Girardi Out
@gravey94 agree!! Even if it was a 100% buy out. meaning, if a player is injured and you want to buy him out you need to give him full contract value instead of 2/3 or whatever it is.
2 years, 2 months ago on If Redden Gets Injured Rangers Can't Buy Him Out
But that info eventually is traced to a European media source...and I am sorry, but they are notorious for getting things wrong, or leaving out really important information about what players say. So Nash could have said that it COULD last all year, and he reported it as he THINKS it will last all year. I would not put it past the sports people over there.
2 years, 6 months ago on No Europe Decisions, Deals Made for Hagelin | September
i think that maybe he is connecting "without the puck" to the skating....meaning, perhaps they don't see the same explosiveness and quickness when he is with out the puck defensively, and not his skating ability so much as using it all the time when he is supposed to. That or he is smoking some good stuff or trying to get headlines.
2 years, 6 months ago on Rangers Concerned About Kreider's Skating & Play Without The Puck | September
To me that's actually a good thing. If the NHLPA thought this was a totally bad offer they wouldn't take more than a couple hours to get back to the meetings an say its not good enough. The fact that they are taking time with it means they are trying to come up with a response that will HOPEFULLY bring about more common ground.
2 years, 6 months ago on NHL, NHLPA Not Meeting Today, Maybe Tomorrow | August
Yeah, except miller can go to the AHL and I don't see the Rangers sending back to Junior if he is at all close. I don't think they are worried about the 1 year of the deal like other teams are...they proved that with Kreider.
2 years, 7 months ago on Another Look at Possible Ranger Lines Next Season | August