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1 day, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Cally11 Really? Cos I'm getting tired of reading and responding to posters who obviously are not that knowledgable about hockey and jump on the Tanner Glass bandwagon as a reason to post. 

Glass didn't counter to Lapierre's antics because A.V. specifically stated that he wants the Rangers to play "whistle to whistle" and not get pulled into the Penguins game of fights and scrums. Glass wasn't on the ice late in the game because Haglin was the better choice for his quickness to the puck.

The Rangers locker room loves Glass, and that goes a long way in the chemistry needed to fulfill all the aspects of a winning team. And btw... if you want to "grind these losers into the ground" Glass is the better option than Fast. You condemn Glass in the beginning of your post and end your post with wanting to "grind" the opponent, the very thing Glass best provides. Can't have it both ways Jr.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Big mistake putting in Fast over Sheppard. It's the playoffs, where teams try to intimidate, open ice becomes less available, and SIZE and physicality can make the difference.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @MikeBlue Love a woman with a sense of humor. 

                                You are kidding, aren't you?

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html

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@rangermom I'm curious. What do you do in place of a playoff beard going?

6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html

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@Gorangers0525 It would be nice if we can package both Ryan and Chris and trade them to Boston.


1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 No, I prefer the Rangers have a team that's well balanced with speed, skill, and toughness. 

As long as the players keep getting bigger and stronger with the ice dimensions remaining the same and the officials doing a poor job of officiating, physical play will be a huge part of hockey. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @Say my Name I agree. Players have outgrown the NHL surface. But eliminate seating to increase the ice surface... will never happen according to the "almighty dollar"!

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Earlier in this blog, a video was posted when Dave Brown crosschecked Tomas Sandstrom. The Rangers had no one on their team to counter the abuse the Flyers imposed on the Rangers. Everyone was surprised when little George McPhee stepped up to Brown and went toe to toe with him in a fight. To this day, that is one of my favorite memories as a Ranger fan as I felt the redemption.

My point is, this Byfuglien incident is the reason fighting must remain in hockey. You cannot rely on the officials to correctly call a game. Players must police themselves to deter the dirty play that occurs. As such, I am very disappointed in the Rangers lack of retribution. I am disappointed in A.V., Glass, Kreider, and pretty much, the rest of the team for not stepping up. These are moments which define you as to how great of a teammate you really are.

Did anyone else notice the look and shock on Zuccarello's face when after being roughed up by Byfuglien, there was no one to be found to come to his aid, when he is always one of the first to skate in and at least glove face-wash a few players?

 Hunwick, Fast, St.Louis ( and now, I'm beginning to think Glass!) offer nothing and no special skills to this team. This team desperately needs some size and players with some balls.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Derek Stepan It has really gotten to the point where it makes you wonder if the league manipulates games in favor of certain teams.  Rangers - only two power-play opportunities for the last SIX games? 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Big J.T.Miller fan. I've felt the frustration of A.V. benching him early in the year. I had to sweat out the trade deadline, and when he did get playing time, A.V. always played him on the right wing. WTF? He's a good size LH shot who needs to work the boards to advance the puck. Hagelin can use his speed to move the puck. How is this hard to figure out? Anyway, it's nice to see him excel in the exact spot he needs to be - LW on the 3rd line!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I'm guessing they don't keep stats on this, but I would imagine we lead the league in goals disallowed due to a quick whistle.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name What gets me is that if Glass went after every questionable hit/check against his teammates, everyone would be on his ass for always being in the box, and jeopardizing the Rangers ability to win games. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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1. As I've been writing on this forum since the slide of M.St.Louis has become clearly obvious, I don't care how little he intends to sign for next year with incentives attached, he better start earning his position now. 

2. I think Rick Nash will be fine into the playoffs and carry a desire to atone for his previous "short-comings" as a highly paid Ranger.

3. All year, I have been of the belief of not necessarily Tanner Glass, but keeping the role he has on this team, thus the disdain for Jesper Fast, who, I believe offers nothing more than "puck possession." I hope we do not see the day when we need someone on the bench to retaliate. Maybe we can promote McIlrath for the playoffs as "insurance".  I like Sheppard and Moore, is it too late to inject Fast with steroids?

4. When you go into the playoffs, you don't hope for match ups. You have to have the confidence to take on all comers to go all the way. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@I Am Sean's Ruptured Spleen @MikeBlue @Say my Name Wow, you have high standards. I was just trying to stay with the hockey theme.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I don't know who picked these "personalities" to collaborate with for "the Mask" series, but it would have been so much better if they went the route of working with three of the many needy charitable organizations ( Wounded Warrior, a children's hospital, wildlife conservation, etc.) Those masks turned out terrible. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name A mask? C'mon, we're not that dumb. I believe man asked for and received...Paulina Gretzky!!!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Is it me, or does anyone else see the inevitable ebb of Marty St.Louis playing out before our eyes. I really hope he just plays out his contract and retires at the end of the year, regardless of how far the Rangers go. He would be taking up a valuable spot next year at the expense of one or two (Lindberg, Buchnevich) of our prospects who could be ready for prime time, along with much needed cap space. St.Louis was an integral part last year bringing some game and inspiration, but that has all seemed to fade this year. I don't know if there's anything left in the gas tank.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@RangersAndRadio Jesper Fast take note on your replacement. (I hope)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gorangers0525 If the contracts of Horton, Clarkson, and possibly Phaneuf, can be moved, so can Girardi's. Hopefully, the Ducks, who were interested in Girardi last year and are short of RH defensemen will bite this offseason when I believe some restrictions come off of Girardi's NTC.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Note to Glen Sather - You're missing your opportunity to rectify the signing that was Dan Boyle. RH defensemen are the hot commodity, with Detroit desperate for one. Convince Boyle to waive his NTC, trade him to the Wings for draft picks and then go get Gryba from Ottawa. Opens more cap space also!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@TomDundie Do you not know that Boyle was on SJ last year and they could have kept him, but did not want to resign him? 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @MikeBlue @Say my Name Well. it's a start. Spoken like a true Ranger fan.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 Boyle was pretty bad. Before the empty-netter, Philly's last two goals were scored because Boyle tried to stick-check and got burned.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @Say my Name Hey, nice to see you're finally coming around!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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BOYLE...BRUTAL! Without a doubt, our weakest link right now. He tried to stick check and got burned on two of Flyer's goals. I can't imagine going into the playoffs, let alone another year of $4.5 million / NTC with this guy! 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-philadelphia-2.html

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If they have reached an impasse, then you have to put him out there to at least see what you can get.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hopefully, Sather will not make any moves to upset the applecart that is this team. There seems to be good chemistry both on the ice and I imagine in the locker room, and the results of everyone playing together for the entire year have provided familiarity towards success. We also have great versatility in overcoming any injuries with a few forwards able to play C or Wing, and a dependable backup goaltender. We do not have much depth on D, especially on the right side, but I don't see any available "rental" player who would be an upgrade over what we have now. 


1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Zelrio @dylonergan @MikeBlue The more you post, the more you expose your ignorance. The cap hit is NOT completely off the books  You have to be as close to the cap ceiling as possible with Horton on the books before you can LTIR him and be able to go over. LTIR means New York would have to spend back within $5mil of the cap, and only then can the dollars move off the cap. If they are short of the cap, by whatever amount, that amount remains against their cap. It also means that over the next 5 years there will still be some limitations in signings, and potential moves needed to maximize the cap dollars which would limit moves in the off season, restricting potential signings.

 So...would you care for a rebuttal?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Zelrio Yes, and we take on about $30 million in salary for the next five and a half years...brilliant.


1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I keep thinking how Brandon Mashinter (remember him?) would have been a nice fit LW on the 4th line over Glass. 

He skated well, offered a little more scoring, and is about equal in toughness to Glass. He's still in Chicago's minor league system - let's get him back.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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It's looking more and more like this is the team that we are going to roll into the playoffs. Talbot in goal until Lundqvist returns, Zuccarello going unsigned, but not traded as an integral part of the playoff roster, and most likely, no depth acquisitions due to our limited cap space and organizational depth to trade from, and the price of any worthwhile rental player steadily rising. Maybe we'll catch lightning in a bottle (as we did with Kreider) with a call-up of Duclair or Lindberg. I'm O.K. with this, but mindful that any injuries going forward would be devastating.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinMccarthy Someone inquired on a previous thread, and I responded with this: Glencross is pretty much redundant of Stempniak, only a LW. He would probably cost us the least of any of the forwards available, but I just don't see any spot he would take. Certainly not going to take Glass's role as someone who will drop the gloves when needed.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@4tonynoluck If you are lacking size in the NHL, you at least better have speed or a huge heart with determination. Fortunately, are undersized players excel in those departments. Hagelin and Kreider's speed puts tremendous pressure on the opposition's defense, and leads to breakdowns in the neutral and attacking zones.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@rangermom @MikeBlue Maybe it's the weather.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @MikeBlue Sorry to to all the naysayers, but Skapski did not look good to me and I'm not a star-struck Ranger fan, as most on this forum seem to be. Doug Soetaert, Jussi Markkanen, Johan Holmquist, the road is paved with hopeful NY Ranger goalies who have failed to pan out.. Few succeed. Without a doubt, the hardest position to excel in if only because there are the fewest positions available. As I mentioned, I was hoping this kid would be good, why wouldn't I, I'm a Ranger fan. I'm glad he got an opportunity, and at the very least, it made us tighten up our defense more, which was beginning to play loosely. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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About the only good thing I can say about Skapski is that he faired better than Malcom Subban. Ya, I know it was his first game, blah, blah, blah, but show me something... poise, athleticism, great lateral movement, good glove hand. There was nothing. And there was nothing I wanted more than to see this kid come out and steal the night with a great performance. Instead, he was floping around like a fish out of water, and as nervous as a chicken in a fox hole. Not exactly good characteristics to build on. Maybe it was the big stage of NY that got to him, but isn't a calm demeanor and confidence some of the qualities you look for in a goalie?

We got lucky with that late round pick of Lundqvist. Skapski looks to be more of the norm of a 7th round goalie pick... not anything I would get excited about.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 @MikeBlue @G Agree. Winnik over Glencross, but Winnik is going to cost us more to acquire.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@G He's a gritty two-way winger, much in the same mold as Winnik (Toronto), although Winnik may offer more in versatility, as he can also play center. Both are a tick above Stempniak, but neither is going to take the role of Glass as far as toughness.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@NYR44 Let's hope that he returns rested and not "rusted."

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@GiveGartneraCup What don't you understand about the laws of physics, and the fact that they play an enormous role in a game that involves contact? Let me put this in a hockey scenario : are you going to be more fearful of a Jesper Fast or Nathan Gerbe coming at you, or a Milan Lucic or Dustin Byfuglien?

You don't understand how hockey needs to police itself to protect the skilled players. So size DOES matter in many ways in the game of CONTACT hockey as every NHL player will tell you. If you prefer hockey without the physicality, may I suggest you follow the Ice Capades or Disney on Ice.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Gianni74 The bar is set low because most everyone on this site thinks it's the cool thing to blog about. I keep pointing out that Tanner Glass is what he is. A fourth line player that will check, throw is body around and to the best of his ability, protect his teammates. That is his role and I'm fine with it because I know that it's a role that we need on this team and he is all we have. I am so sick of people pointing out his missed assignments or scoring opportunities. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME! Do you even watch a Ranger game? If I were to point out every missed assignment, every whiff of a scoring opportunity by every Ranger throughout a game, there wouldn't be enough bandwidth on this site.

What's hilarious is the lack of basic hockey knowledge to provide some insightful comments here!

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Better Call CK If LA becomes eliminated, and a Justin Williams or Jarret Stoll is added as a rental, than yes I make that trade if they going all in for a run for the cup this year. 

Why do most fans think that just because a prospect wears a Ranger jersey, he will blossom into a superstar? Neither one of us has seen Duclair play enough NHL games to make an evaluation on his career. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rumored-nyr-trade-target-off-the-board.html

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@KevinMccarthy Good. The longer Fast is out, the more games Miller plays and has a chance to assert himself a position on the 3rd line. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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What's frustrating is that most teams are of the mindset that they are contenders for a playoff spot and reluctant to be sellers, while those that are officially eliminated don't have much available talent to choose from. 

NY might have to go the route of making a hockey trade and not a rental trade. That might constitute trading one of our few promising prospects (Duclair, or Buchnevich) but the return would be someone who will fill a position with a future on our team. A good example would be Jared Nolan (Kings) who would be a great 4th line player on the Rangers.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rumored-nyr-trade-target-off-the-board.html

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@rangermom @JMK8363 Not that I'm in favor of trading for Kaleta, but we did we do have a history of signing players who have cheap-shotted us... Carcillo, Brashear, Pilon, are a few off the top of my head.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-arizona.html

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@Better Call CK @JMK8363  Florida has no need for Tanner Glass. They have Thornton, who already sits out a lot of games due to his lack of contribution. If Bergenheim is a problem for Florida, then a low level prospect in Hartford and a low draft choice should be enough. Bergenheim is a LW, so we would still need to find a RW on the 4th line with some size and grit than Fast.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-arizona.html

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@gravey94 @Say my Name Would love McQuaid, but Boyle would have to be moved and he has a NTC and one more yr on his contract.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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