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1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@BobDunne @KevinTheNYRBlog @Saymyname the Kings are touted as the Game 7 Mavens, but Lundqvist is not chopped liver - in six career Game 7s, Lundqvist is 5-1 with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .965 save percentage and one shutout...by the way does everybody know that should a Game 7 be necessary, it will be played on June 18 - Marty St. Louis' 39th birthday.
Did anyone consider that (1) all this took place on Twitter (2) Boomer's daughter is dating Matt Martin - an Islander, and (3) possible she hacked his account and is just screwing with Ranger fans? early April Fools Day?
5 months ago on Boomer Esiason Hints At Potentially Imminent Trade ; Let's Speculate
@Wallace1 I'd take a flier on Yakupov, but it would take more than MDZ
8 months, 1 week ago on Del Zotto Trade a Possibility?
FYI - “a sum in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limit” is only language establishing their legal entitlement to sufficient damages to bring the suit in the court they chose - don't kid yourself - they are looking for big $$$. As far as a valid argument on the failure to supervise - you need to prove a legal duty before you can prove negligence...more relevant is the fact that he was sneaking around on his own brother - what's the family's culpability if they knew about his problem?
1 year, 2 months ago on Family of Derek Boogaard File Wrongful Death Suit Against NHL
@KevinDeLury @smoothyv @Jbianco Not new by any means...I have complained about the whining to the point that it is Crosby-esque...how'd you like the defensive battle tonight?
1 year, 2 months ago on Another Game 7 For The Rangers
@Lordstanleybroadway OK, I will give you Sator, bad reference, but: Roger Nielsen: President's Trophy in '92, Messier, Graves, Leetch, Amonte, VanBiesbrouck (recognize any of those?)...Tom Renney: 164-117-46 regular season, 11-13 post season - if you want to call guys that were 8th (Jagr), 23rd (Nylander), and 42nd(Straka) in scoring in 2006-07 washed up, and point out the contributions of the 7th defenseman, maybe it is you that needs a clue
@Jbianco No Joe, sorry if it was disrespectful but I'm tired of hearing all the whining from a NYR fan - nothing comes easy, but I guess these guys have all the answers - having never played or coached hockey on any level above deck hockey in high school. Yes, honesty vcan be tough.
Oh my God, the whining! "What did we do to deserve this?" "Torts' game plan?" Here are some names for you: Ted Sator. Roger Neilson. Tom Renney. Guys that led better teams to NOWHERE! Maybe you should switch to politics, because you don't seem to have the stomach for hockey...btw, in general, the playoffs are "low scoring defensive battles every game." The plan is that you are the better team and wear down the weaker team, so that the better team generally wins - its called playoff hockey...these teams are so evenly matched, any outcome is not surprising..."a long series"!?!? 7 games is not a long series, its what you want when you don't think you're opponent has the stomach for it, and you sir, do not seem to have the stomach for it. STOP THE F***CKING WHINING AND UINDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE TEAM, AND BACK IT!
Cloutier comes in at about 65 mph and beats down Salo, then challenges Islander bench.
1 year, 3 months ago on Islander Hate, Part I
@AE61 How are you whining? Complaining about Cooke and Neal and the Pens - the question is "was it dirty" - not, are the Pens dirty and do they deserve it? Honestly, not sure what you are watching if you don't see that Neal was straightening up when he got caught with an elbow...but I guess you're right, Neal intentionally bent down and slammed his face into Del Zotto's elbow so that his hit on Hamonic (btw, when did you start caring about what happens to the Islanders) would not look so bad. A good hit? No, it was an elbow (and interference, for that matter), no matter how you look at it, and it happens, so accept it. Stop trying to justify it and move on, because believe it or not, justifying it is whining - lets leave that to the Pens. LGR.
1 year, 3 months ago on Was Del Zotto's Elbow Dirty?
@AE61 watch the tape - Neal cuts inside, and Del Zotto stops and tries to cut off Neal - that's the "line" Neal was taking, and there is no need to figure it out, its areaction - next time your on skates with your buddies, try it, you'll see...and what are you talking about "slouch down to zuks size" - Neal was coming up when he got hit. Really, I did not say Del Zotto intended to smack him in the puss, and what I said about the whining you just proved, Sidney.
How can you guys really say that MDZ was not looking? - he saw the line Neal was taking and threw out his elbow - intentionally...same as if he had stuck out his leg or stick, but you know that there is very low tolerance, even for borderline calls, when the head is the initial point of contact.. We can argue about whether he "intended" to hit him in the head/face, but anyone that says that MDZ was not trying to hit him needs to take off the red, white, and blue glasses... forget about all the other hits and what Cooke and the Pens do - its sounds like Crosby whining. Just hope he does not get suspended, which I don't think he should or will (but then again, I thought Nash would get the chair).
@Herman_NYRBlog @greggray24 generally, I am not a doomsayer and support Torts most of the time...however, this situation has the potential to either work out great or go very badly. We all read about how the new guys had no time to acclimate and just went on instinct (i.e., not Torts' "system") in their first game, and it could not have gone better...now, if there is a steady drop-off in production, you know that it will be made into an indictment of Torts and his system...I'm starting to think that with 12 games left, it may be better to just "wing it" and let the boys play - loosen the reins and take a shot. That doesn't mean to forsake all defense and responsibility, but maybe open things up a little more and ease up on punishing mistakes. Not sure Torts can do it, but it worked for Tom Coughlin.
1 year, 3 months ago on A Second Chance For Derick Brassard
@nick__i BTW, yesterday Lupul got 2 for a shoulder hit...this was worse.
1 year, 4 months ago on Nash to Likely Hear from League After High Hit
@nick__i Sorry, but I have to disagree, if you look at it again, Kopecky didn't lower his head - if anything, he was straightening up after the shot...as for Nash leaving his feet to avoid contact, go to the 42 second mark in the video and watch again. He turns toward Kopecky and drives through him, and Kopecky's chest was never in play - maybe a hit from the side, but by the time Nash hit him, he got him in the back. Just a bad play, I think Nash knows he screwed up and will take his lumps. i don't think there is any way he gets off with a fine - if Kopecky was hurt worse and had left the game and not returned, I think he'd be looking at 3-5 games, but with no past history, I think 2 is a fair number. Could be a blessing in disguise if the rest of the team steps up, but we've been saying that all season.
@slapshot13j @smoothyv I went back and looked at the Hagelin hit and have to say that I was wrong on that one. But, my point is that I think we can cut Nash a little slack. I used to play, and on a play like that, when you have time to line a guy up, for some reason the extra time doesn't always help you think about keeping the check clean, the anticipation just builds and you try to deliver the biggest hit possible, and you just do it. I don't think it was premeditated, in fact, the way he stood around while Kopecky was down makes me think that he couldn't believe what he just did. Just saying I didn't lose any respect for him, it was a mistake. Lets see if his teammates take his back and step up in his absence.
Just curious about the comment on Shanny screwing the NYR - is it because he isn't harsh enough on players that take liberties with the NYR? or is it about Hagelin? My memory may not be as fresh, but I don't recall him putting it to them. I think Nash gets at least 2 - he left his feet and delivered the elbow. When I saw it the first time, I hoped that Kopecky had ducked into the elbow, but he didn't.
Wow. While I agree that the hit certainly merits a suspension (my guess is 2 or 3 games), there are a couple of pretty harsh reactions here. I don't think Nash has shown any propensity to blow up and hurt the team - he plays with passion, which is more than I can say for many others. Of course he wasn't thinking, but I don't think he deserves the treatment he's getting here. Where were these comments last year when Prust elbowed Volchenkov, or when Hagelin nailed Alfreddson? He made a big mistake - his first - lets cut him some slack. Funny how some people talk about how the NYR need a clown like Sean Avery, but Nash loses respect for one bad decision. I'll chalk it up to frustration - both the hit and the comments.
Almost 35 years ago to the day, the NYR Fan Club (I was among them) ventured into the Montreal Forum to see what was expected to be a beat-down by the dynastic Habs - Montreal was in the midst of an NHL record 28 game unbeaten streak...however, the pajama-clad Rangers, led by call-up goaltender Hardy Astrom, shocked Les Habitants and won the game 6-3, dropping Montreal to 42-8-9 on the season...maybe the NYR should break out those "vintage" uniforms tonight. Link below to some highlights with Jim Gordon and The Big Whistle.
1 year, 5 months ago on Prust May Miss Tonight's Game
Something struck me last night about the power play, nothing earth-shattering, but a fundamental perspective: it seems like the philosophy is "OK, we have 2 minutes to make something happen," and they set up and try to make something pretty. Maybe the coaches should emphasize some urgency - rev things up and try to capitalize on the man advantage ASAP as if the clock was always running out...isn't speed one of the team's strengths? Funny, but the PP goals they have scored recently fit that mold...letting the other team set up their D and making our fast guys stationary sacrifices the strengths of the team's best players - speed and creativity.
1 year, 5 months ago on Video: Torts, Players Talk 3-1 Loss to Habs
Duh. Sather will not part with NHL players or "ready" prospects for a guy that is at best a second line center on this team. I'm starting to dislike this whole "Yankee attitude" I sense (let's get this guy an that guy and that guy and that guy....), especially when there are so many complaints about how last year's "mix" was disturbed by all the perosnnel changes that have occurred. Even if you do not like Del Zotto (21 YEARS OLD!), he is much more valuable than O'Reilly - who you will have to pay $4million+ per year to do what Stepan has done, if he's lucky - oh, yeah, I forgot, Stepan sucks and is done and washed up, and Richards may be too...as it was said yesterday on here, unless Slats fleeces the Avs (just for ROR's rights - no sign-and-trade allowed in NHL!), or just signs ROR to an offer sheet, not going to happen.
1 year, 5 months ago on Del Zotto for O'Reilly?
Unless i missed something and the rules were drastically changed by the new CBA, if the NYR sign O'Reilly to an offer sheet, the only thing they lose is draft picks...a player cannot be traded after he signs an offer sheet - he either goes to the offering team or returns to his old team if they match - and he cannot be traded if they match (remember Shea Weber?) So, the only trade would be for the rights to O'Reilly, and I would say little or no chance of that happening. Only way NYR get him is if they sign him to an offer sheet and the Avs decline to match.
1 year, 5 months ago on Now Rangers Are Interested O'Reilly
@johnnyb3910 its on TSN, broken into 4 parts, here are the links:
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/2/0/860319/clip/400 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860321/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860325/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860330/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
1 year, 5 months ago on Avery Unplugged Tonight at 5pm
"...easily responsible for coming to the rescue of three Rangers seasons during his career." - did his agent hack the blog? And can we let this season progress a little before we deem it necessary of "rescue?" I loved Avery, but he filled a need on teams that were not quite on the tier that this team reached last season - regardless of all the "chicken littles" out there screaming for Torts' head, he is not the answer...let the Kings or the Red Wings have him - are they in any better shape than the NYR? I know you were not completely serious about an Avery reprise, so I'll give you that, but I think we need to let the team play and ride it out. In a short season, at some point you stop looking at the dealer for new cards and push all your chips to the middle of the table and see what you're made of - I have confidence that this team will be in the mix come April, May, and June.
@MichaelArdi Jumbo Joe and Nash have a history, and the Sharks probably would like to get out from under a $7 million cap hit next year, when the cap goes down...probably start with Stepan and Del Zotto, maybe more considering how hot Thornton started.
1 year, 5 months ago on Are the Sharks Interested in Making a Trade With Rangers
@thenyrblogneill @TheWrage Today is January 29...the trade deadline is April 3...guys like Iginla and Perry may be available, and the NYR play 30 games between now and then...can we let the team play and not sign on for trades 64 days away. BTW, I fully expect the Rangers to get held up in any trade, so if you want to part with Miller, Thomas, McIlrath, and/or Skjei, I'm sure all our friends around the league will be anxious to accommodate us.
1 year, 5 months ago on Now that Arnott Signing Blewup, Who's Available?
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG @AG_Blue @KevinDeLury you took the words right out of my mouth...gotta stop thinking about guys that will not do what it takes to EARN ice time! Torts has built up some equity and my guess is that, while he does not have veto power over acquisitions, his voice counts a lot, so no slackers need apply here.
Sometimes you cannot just look at the numbers and get an accurate picture...I remember last year's team valiantly fending off a late charge from the Penguins for best record in the conference, so while the numbers say that they did not exactly light it up, the record does not really reflect a team that won 4 in a row down the stretch to lock up the top spot and then dropped a few meaningless games to end the season.
These next 2 games are important (gee, that sounds familiar) because the Rangers have already spotted Pitt & Philly 2 points each...points are hard to make up in a short season, especially when you only play teams a limited number of times...would be really nice to jump on the Flyers, who had a Jekyll & Hyde trip to the Sunshine State this past weekend...even taking into account the Devils fast start, the hierarchy of the Atlantic has yet to be defined, good time to step up and send a message.
1 year, 6 months ago on 56 Points Should Secure Playoff Spot
@KevinDeLury @thenyrblogneill Holy crap, Batman - you guys really need to relax...Dom Moore, Sykora, really? I would take Gomez back first! If we never even knew about the possibility of the Arnott signing, there would be none of this talk...continue to flounder? trade deadline? How about we get out of January first. Sheeesh.
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers sign Jason Arnott
Hey, if we are going to lament the guys that left and their "2 goals," we need to acknowledge their replacements, especially Pyatt, who provides the intangibles and, lo and behold, has 2 goals of his own and has managed to keep his face out of the way of speeding rubber.
1 year, 6 months ago on Sending a Challenge to This Rangers Team
I think that, in a season that will probably full of "big" games, this one may turn out to be significant...no panic yet, but the team has faced tough competition and the Leafs, despite their anticipated revival, are not on the same tier as the Penguins, Bruins, and Flyers...nevertheless, the Leafs came to the Garden twice last year and beat the Blueshirts, and that situation needs to be addressed...the fact that the Leafs got swamped by you-know-who on Thursday after taking a 3-1 lead increases the tension to get this done at home against a team that the Rangers should beat.
1 year, 6 months ago on Kreider Has Bone Chip/Bruise
@cb1 go back and look at Kevin's post a few days ago regarding the trade...here's a link to some information that may be helpful:
My Mom was a hockey fan when I was growing up...my Dad used to get tickets from someone that were right behind the net in the old Garden - first row next to the goal judge...one of my greatest hockey thrills as a kid was opening an issue of Hockey Illustrated magazine and seeing a picture of Gerry Cheevers in net against the Rangers, and you could see my Mom clearly with her nose pressed up against the glass screaming something at her nemesis - a real hockey fan.
1 year, 6 months ago on Female Fan Responds to 'Girls' Guide' Fiasco as Rangers Apologize
@AnnoyingJoe @smoothyv @JMK8363 @KevinDeLury just wanted to be sure! I love them both but looking at the big picture, neither is the answer...like hooking up with an old girlfriend - great until you are reminded why it didn't work out in the first place.
1 year, 6 months ago on Newbury Reassigned to Whale
And now we see the reasoning behind the Ferriero-Kolarik trade; Kolarik was trapped in Hartford - he would have struggled in Torts system with the big team and did not stand a real chance of being called up unless in extreme circumstances...we all know Torts and his requirements, and how anyone is subject to the bench at any given time (see Gaborik, Marian)...this all might be something to snap Kreider out of his funk - like a football coach bringing in another placekicker for a look-see when the starter hits a rough patch... personally, I think Ferriero may provide a spark, maybe a reunion with Boyle will be beneficial for both - Boyle has really been a ghost for the first 4 games, a fact which has gone unnoticed.
@JMK8363 @KevinDeLury I hope that last comment was a joke...
@KevinDeLury @Melissa (angelzeyes2521) you guys keep forgetting that he does not fit the mold of a player that Torts will play. AHL stats are fool's gold.
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers Trade Kolarik to Penguins
@bioinsegnante with all due respect to fans of the Whale, its not about the Whale, and as long as they are in the AHL, it never will be...time for other players to step up and develop...it may be tough to stomach, but that's what its about, developing talent for the big team.
Here are some telling quotes from Hockey's Future website, which assesses and projects talent:
"Ferriero is a tenacious, fiercely competitive forward who plays equally well at both ends of the ice."
"Kolarik needs to develop more of a two-way game."
The only other thing you need to know is that John Tortorella is the Ranger coach. But, it is interesting to note that Ferriero has put up fairly impressive numbers at every level, and played with Brian Boyle at B.C. for 2 years. Ferriero also scored an OT winner against the Red Wings in his first NHL playoff game, so he has some experience in big spots.I disagree that Kolarik has better offensive potential than Ferriero, especially on this team where Kolarik would never see the ice with his defensive liabilities. I like the deal - Ferriero has a better chance to contribute on the NHL level.
Money aside, I think Redden showed a lot of character by not taking cheap shots at the organization - he admitted that the pressure of the big contract affected his play and made him a liability...note to Yankee fans - if you don't complain about Kei Igawa and his contract on a regular basis, you lose the right to complain about Redden's.
1 year, 6 months ago on Redden Talks What Went Wrong in New York
OK, that ass-move by Nash was filthy...not sure you can stop that - a little Jagr-esque...
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers @ Bruins (Game 1)
Cannot believe that its 6:34 and Villanova-Providence is still on both MSG and MSG2 - come on guys! haven't we waited long enough - at least switch over on MSG2!
Not sure I'm on board with Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, and Ingmar Bergman on a hockey mask...I'll trust Hank on this one, but I hope this does not signal him "going Hollywood" - save the acting for after hockey.
1 year, 6 months ago on Lundqvist Describes New Mask
Check out this video I found on YouTube - excellent! props to @ajcastigliaa
1 year, 6 months ago on Henrik Lundqvist in This Is Sportscenter
That should be "CBJ lineup" ...he probably would be a top 4 Dman on the CNN hockey team, as long as Anderson Cooper moves up to forward...
1 year, 6 months ago on Erixon Cut By Columbus; Redden Clears Waivers
@KevinDeLury @johnnyb3910 even if he was available, he would be no better than third on the depth chart of Dmen other than the 8 with the big club, and with his questionable work-ethic/attitude and his inability to crack the CNN lineup, turn the page and remember to give Slats some credit.
@TheWrage Some further analysis:
only 10 times do they have more than one day off between games (never more than 2 days) and that happens only once in March and once in April...they get FLA, TOR, TB, WAS & WPG twice in the Garden, and BOS, MTL, BUFF, OTT & CAR twice on the road. Strap yourself in, looks like quite a ride.
1 year, 6 months ago on Memorandum of Understanding Signed, NHL Lockout Officially Over
@TheWrage funny how we get 5 against the Penguins and the Flyers, but only 4 against the Isles and Devils...a little different than the 7 games against divisional foes that was reported toward the end of negotiations...league probably worried about one or two strong teams in a weak division beating up on the patsies while the evenly balanced divisions beat each other up.
i count six back-to-backs:
what's worse, is that none are home-home (1 away-away, 5 home-away or away-home) which means travel for each back-to-back...that's a quarter of the schedule...