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Still checking around all the rumor sites to see what's out there. Wow, there is just nothing that excites me. Everyone wants to get rid of their overpaid, crappy players and want premium prospects, draft picks in return. Rangers are looking for a depth, 3rd line center w/ size who can take face-offs. They may have to forego the size element and settle for Santorelli/Leafs or Letestu/BlueJackets. I would also like to see them add size/grit to replace Stempniak and Glass if he remains benched. Zack Kassian would do nicely. Other than this, I see the Rangers standing pat and waiting until the summer for any major trades - depending on the outcome of this year.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 I can guarantee you they both will not fulfill the terms of that contract with Chicago. You can't have 2 players accounting for almost 1/3 of the payroll. Look for one of them to go likely the end of next yr. or certainly the following yr.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Well, that was quick and precise. As everyone here knows by now, my only complaint w/Lundqvist was the bloated contract he signed. Could have been a bit more "team friendly" with a cap space in place. I love his work ethic and determination to win the Cup.
Talbot has become the perfect back-up and although he only signed a one year extension, you can't begrudge him an opportunity to become a no.1 somewhere else. Should become a valuable trade chip in'16.
If the Rangers trade for Santorelli from the Leafs and Fast becomes part of the deal, I will personally volunteer to drive Jesper Fast to the airport, (and I'd be coming from Upstate NY to do so!).
4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom @MikeBlue @Say my Name @IhaveawaiteratMSG
I know where you live, we've come to this conclusion earlier in the season. Don't worry, I'm not a stalker, but if you want to meet for some cookies and milk...
@Say my Name @IhaveawaiteratMSG Nice. You guys get to hang out and drink while I'm stuck in a city whose only other poster on this site makes cookies.
Not only that, but to be honest, I don't think those cookies where real...they looked too perfect!
4 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@wherewasi Sather was a huge part of that failing system of signing high-priced, older free agents. If you ever get some time, you should take a look at his free agent and trade signings history - you'd be amazed how he ever kept his job!
As for the Mets...you're partially right. They should have a decent year with those young arms about to blossom. Trouble is, they're in a tough division, and they really need to open the wallet and spend a little more to field a better team behind the good young pitching.
@Binary Beer I watched the game on TSN also, much better announcers w/ "Chicken Parm".
Erik Karlsson is one of my favorite players in the NHL. Would love to see him on the Rangers, but that's a total pipe dream!
4 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This is one of the best times of the year, before the trade deadline, when there's lots of activity w/ the rumor mill.
Jagr will definetly be dealt, and I'm reading where one of the teams now in play is....the NY Rangers! MEH...Not sure how I feel about this, as a better fit would be Santorelli / Leafs who could play C or RW and brings more speed than Jagr's game. Also still hoping for Zack Kassian who would bring much needed size and grit.
@NickScragg @MikeBlue @IhateGaborik @IcyCup "Nonsensical?"
Just wait a few years when all of these long term - albatross contracts come back to haunt the teams. The league will have to impose another "one time only" buy-out session, only this time with many more participants. Rick D'Pietro, Wade Redden and Brad Richards all say hi.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhateGaborik @MikeBlue @IcyCup We could have signed Lundqvist for much less (certainly in yrs.) than what he got. Does anyone really think Lundqvist would have left N.Y.? He has everything here... the big city that most fits his lifestyle, most endorsement opportunities, great goaltending coach, one of the best chances of a Stanley Cup, going into Hall of Fame/w original team that drafted him and gave him the opportunity. These are all factors that add value to playing in NY. I believe he would have signed for less if Sather played a little hardball with him, but Sather never did, and with a ceiling cap in the NHL, Lundqvist cares more about his own good, than the good of the team.
@IcyCup @MikeBlue The 5/6 hundred thousand more is in reference to the average amount (approx. $1million) that a role player such as Glass gets. I know that Glass is $1.45M, which is 5 or 600,000. more (or the "bloated" reference referred here). By all means, he should be signed for < $1m on a 1yr. term. This "bloated" contract should not even be an issue of discussion in a $72M salary cap. You want to argue bad contracts that handcuffs a team, start with Lundqvist.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nice job with the grades, as I find them mostly spot -on. I especially liked the assessment of Fast as a "poor man's Fedotenko" - you nailed it there. BTW, I wouldn't exactly call Glass's contract bloated, 5 or 6 hundred thousand more is not going to effect a $72 million payroll. Now Lundqvist, Girardi, and Brassard on the other hand...
5 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@dsclaw88 Every GM buzzard is circling the Maple Leafs right now. JVR is one of the few players that Toronto wants to hang onto. There is no one on this team I would move assets for, except maybe Santorelli as an upgrade over Fast, but he's a RFA at the end of the season.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Craptin McDonqvist In about 2 or 3 yrs. you're going to be wishing they still want to.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@sportsjourn This year and next yr. should be fine, with Boyle and his salary coming off the books after next yr. What happens in 2016/2017 season and beyond could be frightful as both Girardi and Staal will have slowed down considerably and nothing down the pipeline except Skjei as something promising, thanks to Sather's lack of any eye to the future for this team.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@G Check out HockeyBuzz.com/cap-central or NHLnmbers.com. Both have salary cap numbers, although not set up as nice as capgeek was.
Just read that Zack Kassian / Canucks is on the trade block. He would be a perfect fit for us on the third line w/ Hayes at center and Miller on the LW. Makes us bigger and a little tougher. Wonder AV's assessment of him since he had him in Vancouver.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JoeyKocur @MikeBlue @nasoov For a short guy, he's getting a little long in the tooth.
@rangermom @MikeBlue @nasoov What would be appropriate, is for St.Louis to sign a very friendly team contract (1yr/3.5M) and then agree to a trade to Montreal (probably the only other team he would play for) so we may recoup some value (draft pick or prospect). We did him a huge favor and gave up quite a bit to accommodate his trade demand from Tampa.
@nasoov I would much rather have Zuccarello than St.Louis next yr. Marty's play has been on a steady decline, and to be honest, I hope he retires to open up his salary cap space to help resign Zuccarello, Stephan, and Miller.
@J_CKfor30 @Say my Name
@Say my Name Nice post, although I don't agree with Fast being a physical player. He may hit, but the results are ineffective. Hagelin was doing a lot of hitting, but c'mon, how much could that hurt? Add in St.Louis and Zuccarello and you're suddenly playing a mites team. We need some big boys who can skate and take the body (and get the puck out of our zone, and maybe win a face-off), problem is, we have little cap space and nothing ( Staal ! ) to valuable to trade (except more future draft picks).
My discontent with this signing is that we are paying top dollar for players on the wrong side of their careers. Staal (like Girardi last year) would have brought us a huge return in prospects/draft picks to keep the team young and talented going forward. My only hope is that there is a short term NTM attached to this contract.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html
Would not be surprised to see a Staal for Sekera trade coming in Feb. as Sekera would be cheaper to resign, and trading Staal to Carolina (non-playoff team) we would not have to face him.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Last nights game vs. Islanders emphasized what most of us already know. The Rangers desperately need a competent face-off player, and need to get bigger/more physical without sacrificing their speed game. This, all while remaining up against the cap. Good luck there! If there is no place for Tanner Glass on this team, I would hope they are exploring trade options ( I would include Jesper Fast, as I do not see him as a productive piece to a successful run for the Cup). I remember hearing during the Dallas game that they were interested in signing Glass before the Rangers inked him. I'd start there.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rangers are rolling, and I can see this team make another run for the cup with just a few minor tweaks, - get someone who can win face-offs, and replace Glass/Fast with a physical presence who can contribute on the scoresheet. Talk about a conundrum... Do we keep Staal, who would be hard to replace and a better chance of the Cup, or trade him at the deadline for valuable assets to keep us competitive for the future. I don't believe he will be a Ranger next yr. and be making $6M+ somewhere else.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name @AnnoyingJoe Glass plays and is built for NHL hockey (physical contact), and Fast plays and is built for European hockey (non-contact).
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 Yes, Fast is such an offensive powerhouse!
Are you fucking ( I just could not think of another word to express my feeling here) kidding me!
If anyone here thinks the Rangers are winning because of Jesper Fast, you are all hockey I.Q. illiterate.
He plays because he is somewhat defensively responsible. That is his greatest asset. He is an OFFENSIVE player, but he plays because he is less likely to make a mistake than Glass. What does that say about the contribution he brings to this team? I'll tell you...EASILY REPLACEABLE!
@pconrad3 This caught everyone by surprise. This site was one of my favorites along with many hockey writers and hockey industry. It was very well put together and I can only hope that it will resurface again soon.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This upcoming road trip should measure the Rangers chances of competing for the cup against the western conference. If the lack of physical play and size exposes us, then these issues must be addressed. Taylor Hall is a no.1 draft pick with incredible talent, and if available, should be explored by the Rangers. How rare would it be for the Rangers to have a no.1 pick on their team... I've been a fan for 50yrs. and this would be the first for me.
@J_CKfor30 Actually, the Rangers were looking to draft a d-man, and Cam Fowler was the next best available in that draft. When the Rangers picked McIlrath, the Ducks were ecstatic and proceeded to pick Fowler.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@fs2020 Fast had 5 hits? Really? I'd bet that each one hurt him more than the opposition. He's like the Pillsbury dough-boy on skates. Soft. He is the biggest waste of a lineup spot than anyone else in the organization. Please...name ONE bit of talent he has that would justify playing him? Speed?-no, great vision to dish the puck?-no, big snapshot?-no, great wrist-shot?-no, physical presence (banger, fighter)-no. He has nothing. But I don't blame him, I blame the idiot coach, who refuses to give J.T. Miller a regular spot.
@Picaz77 This is certain to become a controversial issue. Keep him for a run for the cup and he walks at the end of the year, or trade him at the deadline and get valuable assets in return. The Rangers do not have the cap space to resign him as he will want at least McDonagh if not Girardi money. Staal will garner that on the open market.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Barry Beck One thing to remember when comprising a trade proposal is that the money has to work for each team. The Rangers are right up against the cap space, and project to need 5-6M more to cover the expected raises of their impending RFAs. This does not even include Staal's resigning, let alone the additional salary of Hall's contract ($6M). A significant contract from NY would have to go the other way, (Brassard?) along with the resigning of Staal and St.Louis being very iffy. Look for Staal to be dealt at the trade deadline regardless, and St.Louis to take a pay cut if he wants another year in NY.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
O.K., one more post for the need of Glass in the lineup, and I'll be done with it.
Why do you think Prust was given such an exorbitant contract by Montreal? It was because Montreal comprised of a smallish, fast skating team with no physical presence, much like the Rangers would be without Tanner Glass. They met up with their rival the Boston Bruins one game and received one of the most one-sided, bloodiest beat-downs I have ever seen in a hockey game. It was embarrassing, and took the life out of that team for the rest of the year. The following year, Montreal signed Prust. I never want to see this happen to the Rangers, and they are only one player away from this happening...Glass. Every fan here should accept Glass as a necessity, until we get someone better to fill that role. And don't anyone here give me that crap that we don't need that role anymore in today's game. Bullshit. Players are still sent out to bang, intimidate, and fight to create energy, change momentum, and dictate a game. I'll take two Tanner Glasses over a Fast and Stempniak.
@Say my Name Or quite simply, who would you rather have your back... Tanner Glass or Jesper Fast?
@SmellyKisio I keep waiting for that day!
@Say my Name @J_CKfor30 Agreed. And I will say it again, and again, and again.... Glass is in the lineup for his PRESENCE. When the opposing team sees that they can take liberties, intimidate, and dictate the game, they will venture to that advantage. Glass is all we have to counter that type of play. I don't mind seeing the Rangers lose a game in which we have a little push back. I CRINGE watching the Rangers lose if we have no physical presence and manhandled. It's embarrassing.
@RangersForte @J_CKfor30 I guess you know more than the line of GMs that will form if Edmonton does put him out there. Hall is a no.1 draft pick signed to reasonable money for the next 5yrs. Do you think the Rangers will see a no.1 pick or be able to sign one less than 6mil. within the next 5yrs? When opportunity knocks, you open the door!
Staal is going to want at least Girardi money and terms. Do you want to now pay 5.5 mil for two d-men on the wrong side of their careers? Not to mention Staal has a history of medical issues.
If Sather is smart, he expands the trade to include Klefbom, citing that we need a replacement for Staal ( we can add Fast (in my dreams).
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@J_CKfor30 That would drop Hagelin down to the fourth line. I'm for anything that would nudge Fast out of the lineup.
@IcyCup @MikeBlue Good one! You're exposing your immaturity, and your IQ.
Or to respond on your level..."I know you are, but what am I?"
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
To reiterate, I am not a big Tanner Glass fan, but until they eliminate fighting altogether, we need someone who will somewhat not allow other teams to run our more talented players. How I wish we could have kept Prust, or at least sign a player with grit who can chip in the occassional goal, but unfortunately, Glass is what we have.
As far as Fast goes, someone please tell me one phase this player excels at. He's a small player with no special skill set.
For what it's worth, that #fancystat boat anchor on the opposite side of Jasper Fast was the guy who two-punched Lance Bouma to submission after Bouma was starting to run some of the Ranger players on the ice. When are you so-called hockey fans going to realize that Tanner Glass is not on this team to score 20, 10, or even 5 goals. He fills a role that needs to be filled. Jasper Fast is the waste of a player spot. What talent does he actually have? I can only think of about a hundred other players in the NHL who I would rather see on our fourth line than Fast, not to mention about 10 players down in Hartford.
@Say my Name @MikeBlue I've been a lurker on this site for about 5 yrs. and was finally invited to join this past yr. You would not believe how analytical the posters are on baseball. They post stats and graphs and projections on every phase of the game. Way above my baseball I.Q. but there is a lot of good humor injected throughout.
@Say my Name @MikeBlue Something I picked up from the "Sons of Sam Horn," my Red Sox forum I follow.
Kevin Hayes does continue to impress with each outing. I have had my eye on his brother Jimmy (Panthers) for a couple of years now and he's become my binky to be a near future Ranger (RFA next yr.). Would love to see these two brothers + a Nash or Kreider on a line together. BIG!
Gary Bettman is an idiot. He insists on putting a franchise in Las Vegas that is doomed to fail. Why doesn't he put one in Disneyland too? There are too many entertainment distractions in Las Vegas for people to support hockey, and no place for youth to develop and embrace it. Don't put one in Quebec, or add another in Toronto where they live and breathe hockey. And don't tell the hockey world that all the current franchises are healthy while I tune in to a Florida Panthers game and see less than 2000 fans in the seats. This clown has got to go before he ruins the NHL forever.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1210-board-of-governors-meeting-wrap-up-kreider-skating.html
This is a .500 team, so a trade is inevitable if improvement is coming. The problem is that as long as teams are playing well, they are less likely to shake things up. Our trade options become diminished. I am thinking we will have to tread water until the trade deadline in March approaches.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name This has been my mantra since the day Lundqvist signed this new contract. N.Y. could have offered him a more reasonable 4yr/$7M contract and he would have taken that then play anywhere else. Sather never pushed back (the guy is a dinosaur of a GM and does not think or care about the future). He followed that up with Girardi and Brassard - both excessive in dollars and length. This is a .500 team with no cap space to make any moves until a trade is made, and with the NTC attached to every new contract, our assets our limited.
It must begin with Staal, and would probably have to include a Zuccarello/Hagelin/or Duclair deal also to bring back any kind of difference maker.