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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.
16 hours, 38 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@RangersAndRadio Jesper Fast take note on your replacement. (I hope)
3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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!
3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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?
3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom @MikeBlue @Say my Name Well. it's a start. Spoken like a true Ranger fan.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
@rangermom @Say my Name Hey, nice to see you're finally coming around!
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!
5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-philadelphia-2.html
If they have reached an impasse, then you have to put him out there to at least see what you can get.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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?
@Zelrio Yes, and we take on about $30 million in salary for the next five and a half years...brilliant.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
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 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
@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 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom @MikeBlue Maybe it's the weather.
@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.
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.
@Gianni74 @MikeBlue @G Agree. Winnik over Glencross, but Winnik is going to cost us more to acquire.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
@NYR44 Let's hope that he returns rested and not "rusted."
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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.
@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!
@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 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rumored-nyr-trade-target-off-the-board.html
@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 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
@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 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-arizona.html
@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.
@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 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@4tonynoluck I've been supporting this all year! Jesper who? If the Rangers trade away J.T. Miller for a Santorelli, or a Vermette, or any other RENTAL player whose contract expires in 3mo. they are out of their minds! Trade that no-nothing Fast.
Waiting for the shoe to drop on the Ranger's backup goalie. I just hope we do not give up any current roster players (we're already down on forwards) or high draft picks ( we don't have many).
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I expect a trade for a rental goalie to happen very soon. Talbot is looking a little shaky, and I cannot see the Rangers giving Skapski a start in goal when they won't even call up a forward from Hartford a chance to play on a 3rd or 4th line role. Of what's out there, Enroth/Buffalo or Gustavsson/Detroit are two of the better choices.,..probably costing us a late round draft choice.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JoeyKocur @MikeBlue Alex Rodriguez lies, George Bush lies, Lance Armstrong lies, the U.S. Gov. lies. You want to crucify a newsman because he was embellishing a story to honor Veterans. I don't think thats right either, but the results hurt no one but himself. And of course, no one here has ever lied.
@Gorangers0525 Since you obviously have all your hockey bubble gum cards in front of you to comprehend this trade, let me break it down in real life. So what if MSL is a future HOF, he is nearing the END of a career with 3mo. left on an expiring contract. He is a RENTAL player, who is not contributing to the Rangers through this stretch. Weise is a sizable RW who can add the grit we lack and having the best yr. of his career, with 1yr. left on his contract. This trade will not happen because Montreal would scoff at the proposal, not NY.
Another game where we dominated in spurts, only to take our foot off the pedal and let an inferior team gain confidence with unearned goals. I'm thinking it was so easy to enter their zone and cycle down low that we just forgot defensive coverage and ended up and down the ice trading chances. NOT the way to give your back-up goalie confidence when he needs it.
A trade that should happen, but never will: St. Louis to Montreal (most likely the only team he would approve a trade to and end his career, for Dale Weise, a former Ranger who would give us some size and grit.
@JoeyKocur Sorry, but I like Brian Williams, and don't forget this whole thing started when he was at a Rangers game ( he's a huge Ranger fan, just one of the things I like about him), and he was trying to bring attention to one of the Veterans he befriended and was at the game.
Here is my take on Tanner Glass. We need Glass on this team more so than Stempniak or Fast. It is not specifically Glass I'm endorsing, but the role he plays. He brings size, physicality, grit, and to some level, neutralizing the act of taking liberties against our smaller or skilled players. To those uninformed, this is a role EVERY team in the NHL needs. Yes, I am aware this role is diminishing, but it still exists TODAY, and Glass is what we have until we get someone better. You want to look for positions to improve, look to Stempniak, who is a very marginal player, or Fast, who is a small forward with no exceptional skills whatsoever. They both play because they are "safe" players who will usually not turn over the puck. This is why we are not a deep team. I would love to see management and AV give Miller a permanent position at LW and bring up Lindberg, who would bring youth, enthusiasm, desire, and hopefully a higher skill level.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@JoeyKocur Nice post. I was actually going to post something similar, but I get too frustrated trying to educate the people on this site who find it easier to jump on the band wagon of bashing Glass rather than understand the necessity of the role he plays on this team. Hopefully, the more hockey they watch, the more they will understand all the parts that make up a successful team.
Doesn't look like a game we're gonna come out on top of, so to me, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to bring up Lindberg and see what we got here.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nice win, but... I could not believe how many times the Rangers missed an open net at the end of the game. I had to go back and rewind to believe it. Brassard, Hagelin, and Fast twice! This team never makes it easy.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I believe most fans here, along with myself love what Zuccarello brings to this team. Good on- ice vision, passing skills, decent shot, shoot-out skills, and most of all, grit in a small package with a BIG heart. The guy's a character who fans cannot help but adhere too. It's not that we don't want him, it's that we are so limited to options on improving this team for the stretch run and the future. It's basically a decision between the two UFAs, St.Louis and Zuc. and with so many minions on this team, we could use some size and physicality. If Zuc is looking for a contract north of 4-4.5M, he is writing his ticket out of NY.
Personally, I prefer Zuccarello over St. Louis, who I believe whose playing days are numbered. I also believe management will not move St.Louis because it would devalue the trade made to get him and the failure of that management transaction.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@robM68 @MikeBlue Hey, it's all a part of buying into the program. Or you could go play for Buffalo, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, ...
Once again, say thank you to Sather for painting this team into a corner. Keep signing players on the wrong side of their careers to over-valued extended contracts with no regard to the future. But what does he care, he won't be around to see the bad end of these contracts anyway. With a salary cap limit in today's NHL, a good GM needs to sell to his players the concept of sacrificing some salary for the benifit of composing a winning team. As we are seeing now, every little bit helps. What if Lundqvist, Girardi, Brassard, and Staal all signed for just 1/2 to 1 Million less. what a difference that would be. Kudos to McDonagh for a very reasonable signing. There are many benefits to playing in NY, Original six team, endorsements, easy travel schedule, a fair opportunity to win a Cup. These matter, and we need a smart enough GM to sell them, compose a cap-friendly winning roster with an eye to the future.
The NY Rangers need to have a serious discussion on this team going forward. They have 2 UFAs ( St.Louis & Zuccarello, while Stempniak has no trade value) and if they are not part of the future, they need to be traded for whatever value we can extract from them NOW. Ditto for McIlrath, and any other prospects who are wasting away in the minors with no hope in this organization. This team trades away draft picks, extends players on the wrong side of their careers, and then must rely on the hopes of finding an acorn amongst the few unsigned college player pool for their development system. This is called "no hope for the future."
Last night Anaheim got their butts kicked by the Sharks. Everyone knows that the Ducks are all in for a run for the cup this year, are looking for defensive help, and play out west where rosters are built on size and toughness. So, NY, if you are never going to promote McIlrath (and I doubt you will with Girardi, Boyle, and Klein ahead of him) pick up the phone, and offer him to the Ducks for someone (or draft picks) we can USE. Get Palmieri, who has only one yr. left on his contract and grew up a Ranger fan. Get Smith-Pelly, or Etem, or anyone!
@TomDundie I like your enthusiasm, but c'mon, you move players around with no regard to their strengths, weaknesses, whether they shoot right or left, their salary, ( trading for a player with a much higher contract that will not fit in our salary cap space). But what the hell, if it helps alleviate your frustration, I hear ya.
@scrangersfan @Rangerfan99 @SmellyKisio Get real!
@NJRangers81 @MikeBlue It's time for fans to look at this team with their heads and not their hearts ( I know that's hard to do).
@rangermom @Vkinc74 I hope not. I like what Moore brings to this team (size, grit, and a great skating defenseman) much more than Hunwick.