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I read the blog all the time but hardly ever jump in and comment BUT Rick Nash deserves this award. Aside from the goals and the things that show up on the stat sheet, he's been a pheonominal all around player. He's worked hard every game and every shift and is playing both sides of the puck. Just look at some of the outstanding defensive plays he's made last night.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@kevin11 Brooks just said that NYR are done
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
At Florida? Tickets there are always cheap!
Don't forget J Moore was also part of the deal.
I'm hearing the Zuc signing is official. Anyone see any credible reports?
You're an idiot. Without Hank, this team doesn't even escape the first round.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
That is awesome. She looks pretty cute though. All beauty and no brains I guess. Taking to the ice in heels - probably not a good idea.
Get a life you fucken troll.
Thank you Kevin for this great blog. I don't post often but I'm an avid reader of the blog and you guys do an awesome job with it....
This really hurts right now. Once Boyle scored that goal I really thought we would win this game. Obviously we let the leads slip away in the last 2 in their building but this time LA scored first and the Rangers battled back - so to me it just felt different. It felt like a game we were going to win. I thought it would finally go our way. I don't want to sound like a baby whinnying about calls but there really were like 3 bad calls at the most pivotal moments in this series that had a huge impact and the call on Zuccarelo was one of them - leading to Gabby's game tying goal tonight. Other that, the obvious ones are game 2 - the non-call on LA's 3rd goal which allowed it to stand when Henrik had no chance to play the puck - and when they scored their game winner in that overtime - we should've been on the PP (puck was shot directly over the glass!). At the end of the day though, despite some of the calls not going our way - LA was the better team. My heart is breaking right now for Henrik Lundqvist. He was incredible. He is a remarkable athlete, leader and a classy human being. I just wish someone could have scored that big goal for him. As far as Nash, I for one do not feel bad for him. I now have a newfound resentment of him. I can't wait till opening night at the garden to start a Rick Nash sucks chant. Yes, he's played well defensively and used his big body to throw some nice body checks BUT the guy gets paid to score goals and he didn't get the job done. I also happen to have felt the same way as Kevin - that if the Rangers somehow pulled this win out, that we'd win game 6 at home and have a good chance of winning it in game 7 (which I was planning on flying to LA for!). It's just such a shame. I don't feel like they can make it back here again next year. I hope I'm wrong but it's a really long hard road just to get to the final. I'll end off my long post on this note: Dave Maloney said it right on the post game - he said for all of those who say Henrik Lundqvist needs to win a cup to cement his legacy - you can now throw that out the window because he was pheonominal and put the team on his back and carried them as far as one man could possibly carry a team. Did I mention this hurts?
You're an ass. I called it. It's a fax #. I'd give that guy a piece of my mind. No death threats or anything - that would be way overboard but I'd certainly let him know what incompetent mother f****** he is.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It's always tough when you come back from missing that many games... His timing should be a little off and hopefully the forwards can take full advantage.
I actually had friends over to watch game 5.... That was a really really really bad night! Like I said, I was only 8 but it meant so much to me. I will never forget it.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I remember when they won the cup, it was the night before my last day of school. I was only 8 years old (almost 9) but I was already a huge Ranger fan and I was so emotional about the game. The next day when I walked into school there was a line to shake my hand as if I was part of the team. It was like I was the GM! It was hysterical. LET'S GO RANGERS!!! 2014.
By the way.... If there is a game 7 - I'm definitely go
Just heard about this - CRAZY. How did Stepan finish the game with a broken jaw? Shouldnt this change how the league rules on Prusts hit?
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@iwantgaborik I wish... I am very worried about playing at the Bell Center. I think the first game is enormous. We need to know that we can win in the bell center.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
When I saw the headline - I was wondering how you would justify it. Unfortunately for us Montreal is the 2nd winningest franchise in all of sports behind the NY Yankees....
After reading it, this was hilarious and brilliant!
After all, isn't it called the department of player safety? Everyone's talking about the spear to Moore's nuts but that slew foot was downright dangerous and dirty. There was clear intent to injure an unsuspecting player away from the puck.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Thats true Kevin but that speaks to how valuable he is. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but as I said and backed up with examples, an elite goaltender can play at an elite level into their late 30's and win championships.
1 year, 3 months ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per
This goes to show that an elite goaltender can play at an elite level through their late 30's. As I've said before, I'd have no problem signing Hank to 6 year deal.
1 year, 3 months ago on Nothing Going On With Callahan Extension
Sorry to repeat one of my previous posts but history doesnt support yiur assumption that Lundqvist's play will decline:
Patrick Roy - 2001 age 36 wins cup and conn smythe with Avs. Dominik Hasek - 2002 age 37 wins cup with Redwings going 16-7 with six shutouts and a 1.86 goals-against average!Tim Thomas didn't make the NHL till he was 28 and didn't solidify his position as the Bruins starter till he was 32. He won the Vezina twice, once at age 35 and again at age 37 when he won the Stanley cup and the conn smythe.
According to the votes of the NHL GM's Hank has been one of the top 3 goaltenders for 5 out of the 8 years he's played in the league.
Say my name, that was in response to my post and I stand by everything I said. The only way we should trade Hank is if there's no chance of getting a deal done. As I previously stated, I understand your line of thought but don't agree. "The team can't possibly improve with $8MM committed to the King over the next 6-8 years." So if we lock up Hank, there's no chance we can improve the team around him?? Sorry but I don't agree at all. We have some expiring contracts coming up this season, good prospects and other players to trade away but not Hank. Not unless he is going to walk in free agency. As for the age thing, I think I've already made my point on that issue. Lundqvist is not over the hill for a goaltender.
Ha that's great! but would not stand up in court.
I don't agree that he is past his prime. See my other post with some of the best goalies who've won accolades and cups in their 30s. Lundqvist is a very valuable veteran goaltender with good years still ahead of him. I would have absolutely no problem with signing Hank for another 6 years until he's 38.
No I get it and that's fine. I may not agree but can at least understand the thought process. What I can't stand for though, are the few posters who have tried to diminish how good a competitor, goalie and athlete Lundqvist actually is. I sit in section 114 (now 113) corner behind the goal and I remember how much the Rangers sucked in 2005 but I remember watching Hank when he was this no name goalie and at a time that watching the team play was almost unbearable I remember watching him and being entertained and amazed before anyone really knew who he was in this league. So I hate when people are unwilling to acknowledge how good he is and has been for us.
1 year, 3 months ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2
On another note, aside from his goal last night, Callahan has not been good and there's no denying that.
As for Hanks age and the thinking that his best years are behind him, I don't agree:
Patrick Roy - 2001 age 36 wins cup and conn smythe with Avs.
Dominik Hasek - 2002 age 37 wins cup with Redwings going 16-7 with six shutouts and a 1.86 goals-against average!
Tim Thomas didn't make the NHL till he was 28 and didn't solidify his position as the Bruins starter till he was 32. He won the Vezina twice, once at age 35 and again at age 37 when he won the Stanley cup and the conn smythe.
Now, for all of you wanting to run Hank out of town, pleae finally shut up and go away! AV is an idiot. I wouldn't mind running him out of town right now. I can't stand all of the bullshit already. I don't think I've seen anyone question the fact that Hank's been the most consistent goalie in the NHL since entering the league in 2005. All of the hockey writers agree with that fact and its ubdeniable. He's been nominated for the vezina 5 times. Having said all of that, the only way he gets traded is if the Rangers just can't get the deal done with him and I'm not saying they should give him everything he wants but everyone who's so willing and even eager to part with him so quickly in anticipation of what he will bring back - needs to go away and shut up at this point. Hank has been the whole fucken team and the Rangers had no business even making the playoffs without him.
Gravey94 Thank you for being a voice of reason. The rest of you people have all lost your minds.
1 year, 3 months ago on Lundqvist Contract Talks Have Not Progressed
Here you go again. You are an idiot. Go away.
1 year, 4 months ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?
Thank you Kevin for accurately pointing out that the customers drive the market value of the tickets and not greed.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers Are 2nd Most Valuable Team in NHL
Still can't win games with zero goals
1 year, 4 months ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0
Now you can say Hank had a bad game! I've been one of his staunchest supporters on this blog and still will be but I have to admit, he obviously had a tough night but anyone that's ready to run him out of town and create " a goalie controversy" is just plain stupid.
Go watch golf or something you idiot. Like I've said many times on here, Hank has been the Rangers best player and the most consistent goaltender in the NHL since entering the league.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 3, Stars 2
In all seriousness, without Hank this team would have have missed the playoffs every year since 2005. Since he entered the league, he's 1,000% been the most consistent Ranger and I think I could probably say he's been the most consistent goalie in the NHL.
What do you mean, you guys can't fault Hank for last nights performance? Hello, he let in 2 goals! He's gotta react to those double deflections in front and do a better job of tracking the puck.
Kevin, I completely agree with you. And Thornton cannot be allowed to shoot from that area of the ice completely undefended. Are we the only ones who are sober on here? I mean, all of these guys blaming Hank have to be drunk, stoned or something!
1 year, 4 months ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Yes previous accolades mean nothing but Hank has been the most consistently solid goaltender since he's entered the NHL. You guys all need to get off that crack pipe you've been smoking. I know I said this a few times already, but Thornton's shot was a good shot from a dangerous area of the ice that needs to be defended. It's that simple. This is not one you can blame on Hank.
He got deked on a breakaway. You guys are all nuts. Hank wasn't the problem last night. The team has to find away to score more than one goal. And for god sakes, we haven't scored an even strength goal in 3 or 4 games! Anyone blaming Hank is way off base.
Thorntons shot was a good shot from point blank range. No one should be allowed a clean shot from that area of the ice. Anyone blaming Lundqvist for this one doesn't understand the game of hockey.
Um, I'm curious, which one was the weak goal? The shot that Thornton roofed while he was completely unchecked and in perfect scoring position? Or the short handed breakaway the Rangers gave up? To blame Hank on either of those goals is completely assanine. And I gotta say, there were 2 things that really pissed me off last night:1. Fans boo Rick Nash in his first game back when he doesn't score on his breakaway2. I could swear that I heard sarcastic cheers when Hank stopped a long dump in that was on goal. It was after Paille's short handed goal -does anyone really think that goal was Hank's fault? Listen, maybe he could have made the save but it was a short handed breakaway that never should have happened and Paille came in with a lot of speed. Regardless, I was disgusted with what I heard from the fans.
If you watch the replay (Kreids Penalty Shot) it was a very good shot and almost snuck in under Rasks arm but he got enough of it to deflect it wide. Great shot, great save.
From my vantage point, Zuc was trying to force too many passes tonight that were just too difficult and resulted in turnovers. Also, I thought Girardi was brutal tonight with a few real bad plays - the giveaway to Krejci while the Rangers were on the PP, with minutes left and the Bruins completely gased after an icing and a big face off win by Step, Girardi shot the puck right into Boston players skates 2 feet in front of him.
How long could the flight have possibly been? It's a 40 minute plane ride from Montreal.
1 year, 4 months ago on Kings 1, Rangers 0
Yeah, I didn't make it to the Hudson Station. Got to the game just in time and late in the 3rd we got the call that the kids woke up so went straight home after the game.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers v. Kings (Game 20)
The Garden has been awfully quiet. I went last week too, but in fairness they didn't give us much to cheer about tonight. After they blew 4 consecutive power plays, what would anyone expect?
Yes I tried a few times tonight but it is awkward when no one joins in after I yell 2 or 3 times.
Nice!! I was deciding whether or not to go tonight - a free beer before and after is the clincher for me.
That's why I rarely post even though I'd like to more often
1 year, 4 months ago on Callahan Practices in Contact Jersey