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Would be nice to insert Ryan Malone into the lineup also. He may bring some animosity into the game.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I will try one last time.
I have been involved in hockey my whole life, playing, coaching, raising two boys who played, but nothing involving the NHL (I have one son who worked in the front office of an NHL team for 4 yrs.) Here is what does matter: I also have two good friends who played a number of yrs. in the NHL and they both tell me about the "intimidation factor" that exists in the NHL. Teams love to play in NY because there is no fear there. They feel free to impose the intimidation. The Rangers are a smallish team based on speed and rapid puck movement. The problem is, players with size are getting faster, and we are losing the battle for the pucks.
I am not hailing Tanner Glass as our answer for an "enforcer", but he is all that we have, and UNTIL FIGHTING IS NO LONGER ALLOWED, we need SOMEONE on the bench to protect our players. Glen Sather has an awful history of signing these type of role players (and today, you need to find one or two with some skill sets).
I am not so much advocating the player as I am the position. I have been watching the Rangers get pounded for about 50 yrs. now, and I have to read how you pacifists want Zucarello to fight our battles. This is hockey, a contact sport. Until that changes, go watch figure skating if you can't figure out the physics of it.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@kevin11 When will all of you hockey "fans" get it?
Until they take fighting out of hockey, Tanner Gass has a role that no one else on the roster provides.
He is a deterrent to other teams taking liberties against our "smallish" team. Not an easy job, when you consider that if he instigates, he may draw a penalty to himself. If he initiates fights, he takes his team away from 5 on 5 play. Who the hell would you like to step up when we are getting pushed around and intimidated... Zucarello, Fast, St. Louis, (I could name the ENTIRE team here).
I shutter to think what would happen without him in the lineup. Replace him with Fast or Linberg? We'd have 4 pussy lines! Hockey is a CONTACT sport. We are smallish and not very physical or highly skilled to provide a devastating power play as a deterrent.
An NHL sweater is the most sacred, honored, and revered uniform of any sport. If a corporate sponsor were to degrade the sweater with an advertisement, I would hope the fandom of hockey would rise up and boycott that corporation to the point it would scare the hell out of them to ever consider it again.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Do the Rangers have a team optometrist? I have never seen a team miss so many open nets as the Rangers.
I have been beating this drum for a few years now...as long as hockey remains a contact sport, the law of physics will always apply... big always wins vs. small in opposing forces. Hagelin. St.Louis, Zuccarello, Brassard, Hunwick, Kostka, Duclair, Mueller, ... you can't have a team full of smurfs and lightweights when the rest of the NHL is getting bigger and stronger fighting for the puck. We got lucky last year, this year... we're going to get crushed before the playoffs even begin.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/jets-1-rangers-0-shootout.html
I am a fan of both of these guys, but I also want what I believe is best for the Rangers going forward, and that is not signing ANY defenseman to a long term contract on the downside of his career. And as for Zucarello, he better waken to reality that his current salary is just about right, and he is not a 4 or 5 million / year player.
Giving Girardi and Brassard those ridiculous contracts now has everyone reaching for the stars.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm still on the fence regarding AV. No doubt he is heads above Torts, but most coaches are. Probably my biggest gripe about him is his too calm demeanor behind the bench - not with the players, but the referees. When an obvious call (ex. goalie interference) goes against the Rangers, he never argues the call. He needs to show a little fire in his belly.
Lets also not forget that he has coached two teams to the Stanley Cup finals, only to come up short (yes, pun intended) against bigger constructed teams (Van.vs. Boston, and L.A. vs. NYR).
His style of play - speed and rapid puck movement is fine, but the grueling schedule of playing 84 games along with advancement into the playoffs and conversion of playoff style hockey (limited open ice) plays much more favorably to larger, physical players. Exactly why Bos. and L.A. have won those Cups, and I am always imploring the Rangers to get bigger.
@gravey94 I've been saying this for two years now, and there's no better time than now. With Staal entering his final year on his contract, and hopefully, the Rangers not interested in resigning him to another Girardi-like deal, we should send him to Carolina for their no.1.
@rangermom @MikeBlue I love the fact that you're a hockey fan, and a Ranger fan at that.
But, believe me, until they change the rules of hockey, it remains a contact sport, and INTIMIDATION plays such a big part of that. Not just my opinion, but the experience from two good friends of mine who just happen to be former NHL players.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Purinton It's the NHL, not the nhl.
The Rangers beat the Sharks yesterday because short of recalling McIlrath, they started the biggest players they could put out there. I never thought AV would have the confidence to put Hayes on the first line between Kreider and Nash, but now that he has, let's hope this becomes NY's dominating line.
Glass and Malone need to become regulars also, as SIZE DOES MATTER! Does anyone really think we can compete with Fast in place of one of these guys (yes, I'm talking to you, Rangermom).
@Say my Name Nash is not going anywhere. He has a NTC and carries a hefty contract in today's salary cap conscience environment. On the other hand.... we have Hagelin, who would be an attractive piece to teams struggling offensively. Hagelin and Klein to Florida for Gudbranson and Petrovic would be an awesome trade and give us both a big R/defenseman and L/defenseman.
@rangermom @MikeBlue Carsillo doesn't scare anyone in any capacity he may somehow envision himself to provide to be on the ice. He is no more than an agitator.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/islanders-6-rangers-3.html
@rangermom Well, I used to respect your opinion, but if you honestly would rather have Fast on the ice instead of Glass, it tells me you don't know anything about the intricacies of hockey.
Yes, they are two different types of players, but what Glass brings to the table (intimidation, space for other players to perform, respect to taking liberties, and the occasional offense) is far more valuable than what Fast brings... which is ... ? Fast is certainly not an offensive presence in any characteristic. He is not a scorer, elite passer, or banging checker. What is his most notable asset, that he's defensively responsible? That's not good enough to occupy an NHL roster spot. Send him back to the AHL or the Swiss league where he belongs!
And Kevin Hayes is listed as 6'2. Do you really believe that Hayes is only an inch taller than Brassard and just 2 inches taller than Fast?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
And the bigger players, contact hockey got the L.A. Kings the Stanley Cup two of the last three years.
Once again, my biggest complaint about this team is it's lack of size. SIZE DOES MATTER! The NY Rangers are the smallest team in the NHL. St. Louis, Zuccarello, Haggelin, Brassard, Fast, Nash (who plays like he's 5'8).
We have more players under 6' than over 6'.
I know Vigneault dreams of having a fast, up-tempo team that moves the puck quickly, but today's big players are becoming just as fast as the smaller ones, and we are getting knocked off the puck to easily.
I want a team that hits, checks, clears the crease, not a team that plays no-contact hockey!
I know it's early in the season to pull off a major trade, but this team is finding out you need depth to go the full season and then some. Instead of scrambling through the bargain bin, we need to use what assets we have to acquire quality defensemen. Carl Hagelin is the enigma on our team. Fast, but small winger, hard to find a place for him on our team, carries a reasonable contract, and is a proven NHL player. He would be more valuable to a team lacking offense and depth in defense. Nashville would be a good trade partner, with a return of Mattias Ekholm & Jonathan Diaby, or Florida with Erik Gudbranson & Alex Petrovic (all are big, mobile defensemen).
@scrangersfan @Copadavis Like how? Fast is nor will ever be an impact player.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The youth and talent in the Rangers system has now evolved to the level where a few spots can be overtaken by some of these players. If, into a third of the season, and with a healthy roster, management would be wise to look into trading some of our assets (Staal, Brassard,) for draft picks in next yr.'s deep draft and to open much needed cap space. I know many here will not agree with me on Brassard, but as likable as he is, the reality is that he's a third line center signed to 5M/yr. Let some desperate team for offense pay for that. Staal, must absolutely not be resigned, and preferably, traded to Carolina for a high pick.
Nice to see most of the posters here finally seeing the light. We can't keep resigning our players to exorbitant contracts on the downside of their careers. Time to cash him in while his value is still there.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Marc Staal needs to be traded, not resigned. For everyone who now agrees that the resigning of Girardi is now regrettable, we are only compounding that mistake with Staal. I am sure we could maximize his value with a trade to Carolina, taking back a player with comparable salary + a draft pick for next year. We should actually add another player to equal brother Eric's contract and trade for him.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This all starts with us lacking a true no.1 center. Believe me, Stepan isn't a no.1, and Brassard isn't a no.2. If we ever get that no. 1, whoever he may be, then Stepan can be properly slotted as our no. 2, and Brassard goes down to no. 3, along with his ridiculous salary expectations.
Oh, and don't stimulate the salary cap increase quagmire. The salary cap in the NHL cannot keep rising every year without consequences down the road. Someone (the fans) will be paying for these increases, and the NHL would be very nearsighted if they believe they can keep raising the prices on a sport which looks to be maxed out on potential growth.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@genetics73 @MikeBlue @Josh-CK @JMK8363 I usually will not bother with a poster who is not well informed in hockey as you have just exposed yourself to be. Allow me to break down your post. First,... We should trade our "two very good young players" because Marc Staal is entering his free-agency year and will not garner us a better value than now. He also has a history of concussion and an eye injury that will always deem a risk factor. Carolina would find him attractive due to their lack of size on defense, and their Staal brothers connection. As for Brassard, who is asking $5-6M/yr. you do not want to pay that amount for a 3rd line center. Finally, trading St.Louis for Eric straight up is ridiculous, as St.Louis has a NTC and only will play in NY, not to mention he does not fit Carolina's framework.
@Josh-CK @JMK8363 Actually, a trade of Marc Staal & Brassard for Eric Staal would cover Eric's salary. We can then trade Hagelin ( whom I consider somewhat of an enigma ) to replace Marc's defensive position ( Mattias Ekholm - Nashville?)
To say Rick Nash will not be traded is exactly the kind of narrow thinking I do not want Sather to effect.
It is because Sather has hamstrung this organization with mid to late round draft choices, and limited cap space that he MUST get creative and employ every option he has to improve this team. Nash will waive his NMC if the issue becomes a public relations nightmare for him. Who wants to play in a place you are not wanted and ridiculed?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan Sure...we're gonna trade $64M in salary for an entry level contract...right!
Life is good when you make $8.5 million a year. Did anyone think Hank would leave N.Y. if Sather held firm at a million less? Same goes for Girardi.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Still waiting for Carter to be signed. I'd be very disappointed if he goes to another team. Steve Ott, Mike Santorelli would be good signs also.
If only he can convince management to bring in his buddy Girardi in exchange for some of Tampa's good young prospects, he would do us all a favor.
The problem here lies with the fact that if any of these recent signings had any NHL potential, they wouldn't have become available. They mostly fill the niche of emergency call-ups rather than developing talent. Our system goes back to years of middling draft picks hoping to strike lighting in a bottle. Great management means capitalizing on your players and trading them off as soon as their downside appears. A good example of this is Dan Girardi. We had an opportunity last trade deadline to trade him (specifically to the Ducks) for highly rated prospects or draft picks. Instead, we sign him to a NMC, 6yr. $33M contract. It now looks like we will not even see year one of value in that contract. And yet, Glen Sather is heralded as a great GM by many here. I admit that he pulled a couple of rabbits out of his hat, but if you look at his history, his misses far outnumber his hits, and he knows nothing about building an organization of strength.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-boost-hartford-wolf-pack-with-flurry-of-signings.html
@Say my Name @MikeBlue I always look forward to your posts. You certainly have a flair for writing, which is always entertaining if nothing else. Don't be hesitant to indulge a little deeper into NHL players and their organizations. Hockey is the best sport in the world, and I'm glad we both share that same passion, only through different perspectives.
And hey, Breaking Bad was awesome, was't it?
@upstate tom I have hope for Lindburg and Miller, but don't see anything else in the pipeline to help us in the near future. I was hoping Sather would grab Adam Cracknell, who excelled in the A.H.L. playoffs, but L.A. Kings got him. They seem to be making all the right moves these days.
I knew I was going to take some flak with my earlier post and observation of the Rangers moves so far.
Let me expound.
First off, there is probably no bigger fan here than myself. I have been a dedicated Ranger fan since day 1, and that was before most of you were even born. (how about the early sixties, when hockey was as popular as outdoor bowling). Nobody wants to see the Rangers succeed more than me. I have earned that right. I am not a 'fanboy' who thinks that whoever wears a Rangers jersey is great. There are people posting here who don't even know who Tanner Glass is and who believe that we have a system of young players who can capably fill our roster to compete for a Stanley Cup (we don't). I don't expect everyone here to be a hockey guru, and if you're just starting out as a hockey (Ranger) fan, then great. But if you are a hockey fan, you have great access today called the internet, so do some homework, put thought (and hopefully facts) into your posts so we can all learn and take perspective. We all want the Rangers to be better, and sometimes that means taking off your rose-colered glasses and objectionably looking at players talent and assets without their Ranger sweater on.
Seriously? Stepan is questionable as a no. 2 center, and he's our no.1? Same with Brassard, who can pass as a no.3 center, but cannot fill the shoes as a no. 2. While other teams are getting bigger down the middle, we are smallish and weak. Nash has become offensively useless, as in he cannot score nor assist well. Our second line wingers are both small and better at dishing off the puck than shooting. Great, they can just keep passing each other the puck. I don't know what to make of our third line. And of course, we put the burden of toughness and enforcement on one singular player, (please don't give me Carcillo, who is more of an agitator than enforcer).
Or defense is all about puck moving, which is great as long as we have the puck. When other teams (you know, with big centers and wingers) gain our zone, we will spend time and energy trying to gain possession. We still have no punishing, crease-clearing d-men for balance. And of course, we have an elite goalie, who's earnest in greed will hamstring our roster for years and be the demise of his own quest, a Stanley Cup.
I don't get the Chris Mueller and Matt Hunwick signings today. These guys are a priority? Sather could have waited till next week and these two guys would still be available.
If we don't end up with a big center, then I guess we have to look at the bright side...we'll be in the running to draft Conner McDavid next year! (or did we trade away that draft pick too)?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@blueshirtscorner Sorry, but I really don't want a player on the Rangers who's smaller than Zuccarello.
People, don't go throwing names out there without thought. We can't even resign our marginal 3rd and 4th line players. How can we go after players like Moulson, Iginla, and other wingers (and not even a position of need). We should sign Fayne first and foremost as his stock will rise as the day goes on. Don't be surprised if our frontline center comes via trade to offset the salary.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
@KevinTheNYRBlog @MikeBlue I don't know. I wouldn't dis this so fast. I think Sather is going to pull off something. He just can't go dumpster diving to fill out this team.
Just read where Sather is inquiring on Eric Staal. Carolina is looking to create cap space and would probably have to retain some salary along with a center coming back... Stepan or Brassard...plus, about the only other contract w/ value we could move would be....his brother Marc. Eric Staal and Carolina's no. 1 pick next yr. for Marc Staal and Stepan/ or Brassard?
I would love to have Sather float out the availability of Nash just to see what his value is, if any. Who knows, you might get a few bites from teams that need to reach the cap floor, and he may agree to a change of scenery.
WTF! Does Sather not know Keith Yandle is available? We can trade Brassard to Arizona to off-set his salary even more and think Yandle will produce as many points as Brassard would.
I could live with Carter and Fayne. Some other 4th line possibilities are Tanner Glass and Shawn Thornton. We need to get bigger to keep up with the trend of other teams. We already have Zuccarello, Hagelin, St. Louis, Brassard, and Stephan (who doesn't play 'big'). The thought of a fourth line with the likes of Lindberg, Fast, and Bourque would make me burn all my Ranger memorabilia. Please tell me you were joking.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This draft has little significance for the Rangers this year and most likely into the future. I'm still waiting for some transactions regarding our next season. I now see Keith Yandle is available. He would slot in perfectly behind McDonagh and into our system. Brassard for Yandle would benefit both teams. We can then trade Staal to Carolina.
No thanks on Pouliot. In fact, if he signs with another team, I'd be happy to drive him to the airport.
On another note, Sather better start getting creative in acquiring some talent for this team. I have read where Evander Kane is in play. How about a three way... Staal to Carolina, Skinner to Winnipeg, and Kane to the Rangers. Works for me! Anyone have Sather's e-mail?
I seem to have an issue with Callahan being a labeled a "greedy bastard." If this is what you believe, then you must include Girardi and Lundqvist in this category. Those are two contracts paying players on the downside of their careers with no regard to the Ranger organization's payroll constraints.
This is what really bothers me about Sather. To be a successful GM, you have to balance out the roster for success of a competitive team today as well as the future. Sather has no regard for the future. This organization will become a model of the Yankees, no farm system and relying on signing and overpaying for stars that are on the wrong side of their careers, and filling in with marginal players. There are so many talented young players entering the NHL these days and we will never see any of them play for the Rangers until they become has-beens.
My first choice would be to buy out Richards and if possible trade Nash. If we become stuck with Nash, then actually trading for Thornton is not a bad move. S.J. would need to subsidize his salary somewhat, and by sending Brassard (his salary) and a prospect (Fast or Kristo), the cost would be manageable. A line of Kreider - Thornton- Nash would be big and might prove formidable. We need a number 1 center, and although O'Reilly and Stastney are my first two choices, Thornton would be my third.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/report-joe-thornton-only-wants-to-go-to-the-rangers.html
Kevin - thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. You have been insightful, on top of the news, present a professional journalistic style of writing that is worthy of a paid columnist, and present an opportunity for all of us here to share our thoughts, rant, rave, and play GM. You have my respect, admiration, and gratitude.
Now, about Nash and Richards...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I've never liked Girardi's new contract and think it's a joke he's earning more than McDonagh, and now being outplayed by Stralman. I keep thinking back to the trade deadline when the Ducks where high on him and would have netted us a nice return of a high prospect or two. Regardless, he's another Ranger I would try to convince to waive his no-trade clause. If Tampa resigns Callahan (Girardi's best friend) maybe we can trade him there, as they have a young team now with plenty of cap space and an opening for a D mentor. His wear and tear is beginning to show, and it will only get worse.