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Must admit i was wrong about Pouliot. His points per game the last 50 games has been very good. I
think he could stand to have better puck control but all in all he is scoring and this team needs it. Hope he does not disappear against Philly.
2 days, 4 hours ago on
@Carbomb Time @Josh-CKThis is true. Chicago can stick up for themselves. Many of us have been calling for toughness for the Rangers and i still do. What is not being said is that the Rangers don't need 3 and 4 tough guys like the Bruins..just someone (1) bigger player that will stick up for the other guys. Backas and Bickel do it for their teams..Once again Staal takes a late hit from Neil. That guy has been running the Rangers for 2 + seasons with very little backlash. Staal did not after him but that is not the same as have a deterrent. You just wont win consistently with all smaller players.
1 week, 1 day ago on
It is great to have defensive depth. But i don't see it as replacing a top 2 dman with another top 2. A bit of a stretch there.. BTW. Another night (Colorado) where team plays pretty well and tough guys from other teams taking liberties..and they all seem to be taking some shots at the Ranger's Dmen
1 week, 5 days ago on
@Chris M It does no use to rant, although i will too. This is MSG and its all about spin. Almost as bad as trying to get the Mets to spend money or the Jets to get a free agent. In this case though the majority of fans on this blog are correct . Need to be more aggressive especially when the score is on your side.
2 weeks ago on
@gravey94 Understand your point and having Graves and Lucic types would be a deterrent and make a huge difference. But the overall point is that the Rangers do not scare anyone.. Even with Lucic the Bruins still have Chara and Thornton while Marchand goes around sticking everyone. This has been going on for too long now that there is no one to stick up for the all stars or smaller players on the Rangers.
@JoeyKocur You are sooo correct. This team needs to start fighting back and soon
@Purinton You are correct, but there are always the do-gooders who scream about retaliation etc. The Rangers took enough crap from Ottawa, Washington and Boston over the last few years in the playoffs and it has worn them down. Sather needs to occasionally focus on dishing it out a bit with guys a little bigger than Dorsett and Carcillo.
@mlsranger Look even Bobby Orr has said on more than one occasion that you need to have a tough guy or 2 to make sure things do not get out of hand. Many Ranger fans just want the deterrent out there. Not necessarily to start things but to end them. What good does it do the Rangers to have Burrows suspended? In fact in could hurt them if Canucks had to play one of the Rangers rivals. it is Ok and necessary to have suspensions and the league needs to worry about safety..but if the league is going to go full in and play the euro style they may have to develop many new millions of fans. Bottom line is that a little old time hockey with 40 seconds to play was completely called for then.. and guys like Dave Maloney would have been praising it had it happened.
Why is the author baffled? When have the Rangers really dropped the gloves all year? It was a major event when Nash dropped them two weeks ago. This team has played well but soft for most of the year. You Cannot Cannot have your all star dman take a hit like that with no retaliation. The game was over. If not then, when to retaliate? Next year? This is all on Sather and AV. Sather does not get any size and I'm sure that AV would not use that size. I know that the Rangers are now effectively rolling 4 lines but there will be no hope with injuries to key people and the Flyers, Canucks and lately other teams have been targeting MCD. Look at the slash at the end of the flyers game. You can bet that if Giroux or Crosby or Bergeron took that hit there would be retribution. Girardi elbowed burrow to the back of the neck and that was that as the refs moved in. But if you really wanted to retaliate it only takes 3 seconds and the refs would have no chance to get in there.
@scrangersfan @JMK8363 To add to what i just wrote. I do like that Dave M understands that players have to play it tough though..Others shy away from that talk.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on
@scrangersfan @JMK8363 Respect your opinion but As much as I like Dave, he does not appear as if he prepares or communicates that well. Problem with Joe is that he is vanilla. At least we knew where we stood with the Big Whistle..