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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.
2 days, 10 hours 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.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@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?)
5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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?
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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)?
@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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
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.
1 month, 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...
1 month, 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.
Wow! Pretty evident that the first two issues needed to be addressed when this is over is the Richards/Nash debacle. Who can they trade, who has to be bought out. They both must go. Meanwhile, I can live with Nash's contributions on the defensive side of the puck, where as Richards is a detriment, so why not just bench Richards altogether for the rest of the series to ensure his health and go with J.T. Miller at center, or move Boyle to center and add Carsillo?
@Gianni74 I've been saying this all year. He's like a scarecrow on skates... arms and legs flailing about, not thinking the game, skating all over the place. Please get rid of this guy.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If the Rangers re-sign Pouliot next year I may just pull the hair out of my head. Please don't anyone give me that "chemistry" crap regarding the line he plays on. Anyone (ok, maybe not Fast) would be better than him. He just reminds me of a scarecrow on skates the way he plays and thinks the game recklessly. He is more harm than good.
@Josh-CK @MikeBlue @ATCRyan Not the way he was playing in the beginning of the year during contract negotiations, - there was doubt, or have you forgotten?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ATCRyan Oh, and Lundqvist isn't/wasn't greedy? There was no 'home-town' discount on his end in negotiations. Just sayin'.
It does not bode well when the smallest player on your team is the biggest hitter. This team cannot take the physicality of a series with the Flyers, move on to a possible series with the Penguins, Bruins, and then a physical team from the West for the cup.
And what was up with Nash? The guy finally turns it on with 2min. to play? TRADE HIM!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Regarding last night's game: The game had its usual number of controversy calls going against NY.( and we have a coach who favors a passive roster and style of play), but how FRUSTRATING is it when an obvious call (P.K. Subban crosschecking down on Dorsett faced down on the ice, is not passionately argued by this coach? He does not have the back of his players in any way or form. The Rangers should get all of their undersized players and "locker-box" the crap out of this guy! -- I don't care if he IS the coach! Somewhere, Somewhere.... show some passion, concern, and manhood for your team!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/sunday-41314-headlines.html
@Brukie_ This series against Phil. should determine a lot. If he continues to 'turtle', the Rangers should seriously explore his worth going forward.
Oh great! We need J. KickAss, not J. Fast. Another small player for opposing teams to beat up on. Where's my puke bucket? I'm starting to hate this coach more than I hate Sather and Dolan.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
McDonagh is without a doubt the most important player on the Rangers. He logs huge minutes, is a Norris Trophy candidate, and is now just beginning to emerge as an offensive threat as well. With the Rangers lack of an enforcer, we can all look forward to McDonagh having a big target on his sweater. Take him out, and you eliminate the Rangers. Philadelphia is known for this kind of hockey.
@Picaz77 The Rangers have an entire team that likes to keep their gloves on and 'cat paw' at the opposition when confronted. Pitiful.
@SmellyKisio @gravey94 Kreider? His gloves haven't come off yet! He has size and speed, but don't expect to see any ambition to fight, it's not in him.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
If you think that Sather initiated this trade, then you're an idiot too. Gotta call it what it is.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends
It would be nice if people add intelligent thoughts instead of fairy-tales in their heads.
WTF? What world do you live in? Sather did not seek out Yzerman for this trade, it was a trade Yzerman was forced to make with NY. Dude, get informed or get off
Well, he's never going to get a cup, so what does that mean?
Yzerman had no choice but to trade MSL to Rangers. If you're giving props to Sather, you are an idiot. Sather gave away one of the two draft picks. He could have replaced one with one of our crappy prospects (who will never make it in the NHL like Fast, or Kristo) and then trade Callahan to SJ or Columbus for other assets..Draft picks are a huge commodity right now because of the talent thats available and cap space compliancy. So while everyone is reluctant to trade these away, our GM is clueless regarding building for the future. Next time we need help and we're up against the cap space with no one in our system to recall, thank Sather.
Flyers have won seven of last eight, and in second place. I'd say thats a top team.
It's a small, small, small, small world. No, I'm not referring to Disney on ice, I'm referring to the Rangers on ice. ANYONE who believes we will be competing for a Stanley Cup does not know anything about hockey. For God's sake, look at the elite teams in the NHL - Ducks, Blues, Kings, Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers, Penguins, - they all are constructed of mostly BIG players. How foolish to think we can plow through any of these teams when we are one of if not the smallest and softest team in the NHL. St. Louis is a great player but a waste on our team. And who else did we trade for, - a small defenseman! Glen Sather is one terrible GM. He was the only GM yesterday to trade away a no1 draft choice, and he had Yzerman in a corner! He also caved in on Lundqvist's contract - overpaid, overextended, and a NTC! All you Ranger fans who are dreaming of a Cup, we SUCK, and will suck until Sather is gone! Sorry for you (and me)!
Sather better not think he's done for the day. We have a SMALL, SOFT team.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
I have a feeling that Marty St.Louis makes Tampa trade him to NY. Should be something like Callahan or Brassard + Fast + 1st round
4 months, 3 weeks ago on TheNYRBlog Trade Deadline Tracker (3/4/14)