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@Wallace1 I'd take a flier on Yakupov, but it would take more than MDZ
2 weeks, 6 days 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?
6 months, 3 weeks 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?
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months, 3 weeks 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.
8 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.
8 months ago on A Second Chance For Derick Brassard
@nick__i BTW, yesterday Lupul got 2 for a shoulder hit...this was worse.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Now Rangers Are Interested O'Reilly