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Do you really believe both of those diving calls were phantom calls? The one on Zuccarello was but Dorsett embellished the crap out of that "check". I wasn't happy it was called but watching it, that one was right call. The one on Zuccarello though was horrible. I wonder if they called them both because of McDonagh's reaction to the slash in the first....

3 days, 14 hours ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @upstate tomOf course it isn't working. Doesn't mean they aren't trying. Maybe Berube is dumber than I give him credit for but I just don't see why the Flyers would change their entire game plan to hunt a defenseman with a bad shoulder. That's dumb even for them!

6 days, 15 hours ago on

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Let's see what happens in the game. Right now, I see this as talk to try and get into McDonagh and the Rangers heads. If they actually do it, will be another story. (They might but I won't believe it until I see it. Something doesn't pass the smell test on this with me.)

6 days, 16 hours ago on

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@Herman_NYRBlog FYI he's kinda important... ;-)

1 week, 2 days ago on

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Just curious - where is Girardi on that chart of relevant defensemen? lol

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog Okay. I'm not saying I'm opposed to it. Was just curious if you thought that's what they planned to do.

2 weeks ago on

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I think this is a little different than Prust as the family part doesn't come into play - sure he would love to go to Boston but I can't see Boston making a play for him since they have guys who fill his role. In Prust's case, I guarantee Montreal used the "you can be closer to your girlfriend" angle. I also think he loves the city more than Prust did. Not saying Prust didn't, but Boyle really seems to love being a Ranger. So then it comes down to money...and there I have no clue.


Btw, you mention DMoore and Carcillo both coming back so you think the Rangers keep four guys for that line? Cause Dorsett is already signed and rumor was they refused to trade him at deadline. In my eyes, he hasn't done anything to cause them to change that thinking.

2 weeks ago on

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"…22 points (7g, 15a) in the last 21 games for Stepan. Maybe he is a #1 center?"


Please let this mean everyone will stop trying to trade him again this summer!!!! (By everyone, I actually mean everyone; not implying you as don't remember where you stood with him lol.)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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I'm curious what the Rangers power play numbers were on March 5th. Yes I realize there weren't a lot of games in February but I think that's when the change happened. Which to be honest does amuse me because when that trade was made we figured it would help the PP and our PK would suffer. I think I've finally given up trying to figure out this team.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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@johnnyb3910 @NYRblogneill@KevinTheNYRBlog Makes complete sense to me and I honestly have no idea what their plan is. I was just saying that we don't know how much they are willing to spend.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@NYRblogneill @KevinTheNYRBlog His agent has said he might. But how much less? You think he takes $5.5 cause of that? (Not sure math on what number would equal same in NY without taxes so maybe he would.)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@NYRblogneill @KevinTheNYRBlogThey have the money, no question. I just don't know how much of it they plan to spend. Tampa isn't known as one of the teams to be near the upper part of the cap lol. 

Let's put it this way - Stamkos is making 7.5 and Filppula is at 5. Where do they see Cally fitting in? Is he worth a million more than Filppula to them? Maybe he is, I'm just not sure.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog Absolutely. But I would be shocked if Tampa gives him the 6/36 contract he's looking for. Honestly think Yzerman saying he wants to keep him is him keeping the PR hit in mind. Then when Cally leaves, he can say "we wanted him but he didn't want to stay".

I hope he stays because I've spoken to a bunch of fans down there and they really do love him. I just don't see it happening. Hopefully for Tampa's sake, I'm wrong.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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Just because Yzerman says he wants to re-sign him, doesn't mean he will be. Of course Yzerman wants him. He wouldn't have traded for him if he didn't and he's the type of player they need down there. But we'll see how much Yzerman really wants him when Bartlett starts throwing numbers out there. As well as this is going for both Tampa and Cally, I would honestly be surprised if he stays.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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I've interacted with him twice - seeing him at a STH event and then speaking with him at Casino Night - and I honestly don't think there is a more humble hockey player in the NHL. The guy always has a smile on his face and is just plain happy to be doing what he loves to do. Absolutely deserved and I agree he has a great chance of winning (although I always wonder if that's a good thing or bad).


Side note, and I hate to do this, Moore only has 18 points not 22. Unless you are predicting for him to have a 4-point night tonight ;-) 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on

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I've thought for years the Rangers medical staff was bad but this almost takes it to a whole new level. Surprised Sather hasn't stepped in on a few others who probably shouldn't be playing....

3 weeks, 4 days ago on

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I made the exact same comment about Miller when I realized he was benched, especially after noticing he was on for the 3rd Flames goal (which I don't blame him for). I heard AV's response but that looked just like a Torts move.


As for Stepan missing, look at one of his linemates. I feel like besides not scoring himself, St. Louis somehow prevents his linemates from scoring as well. (Although tonight it was more they all kept trying to get him a goal rather than shooting the damn puck themselves.)


Speaking of which - you compared Diaz to Stralman? I know why but how about mentioned Diaz has more goals as a Ranger than MSL lol

3 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@Hotfreak I'm not ready to judge him yet as I fully admit to knowing not a thing about him before he got here but can't argue with your thoughts on him. My guess is he'll end up a typical Rangers 5th/6th defenseman - capable of doing the job but will be far from perfect most nights.

4 weeks ago on

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Diaz probably took a step back because he was on his off side. (I know good players need to be able to play both but some can't...or aren't good players.) Amazing that at start of the season, we were willing to bring in anyone to be a RD. Now we need LD.

4 weeks ago on

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Getting Eric Staal, in my opinion, would start (START) with giving up Stepan and probably Miller or defenseman (maybe John Moore?). I would love a Staal reunion on Broadway but giving up the whole team to get it isn't worth it to me. Plus that cap hit right now is worse than any we have and that's saying something. (Not that he isn't worth it but it's just really high.)


As for Skinner, I would think that would cost Marc Staal so guessing he isn't coming to Broadway either if the plan is to keep Marc. That said, if Marc wants to go to Carolina, I wouldn't mind looking into a Staal for Skinner swap. (I've kind of always assumed if we trade Marc to Carolina, we would be getting Skinner in return.)

1 month ago on

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@IcyCup who picks it then? the players? no way. that comes from coaching staff.

1 month ago on

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@dave062069 Exactly my thoughts. If McDonagh was leading candidate for C, then he would've gotten Cally's A. (Especially since he's never had a letter in the NHL.) So either Nash is clueless or AV is being an idiot once again. Sadly, either could be right....

1 month ago on

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On the Cally comments, they ran with it cause anything on Callahan gets them page hits right now. (Come on, you should know by now they work the same way you do!) It's the reason I didn't read a single one of the articles mentioning it ;-)


I'm not going to even touch his comments on Sather other than to say maybe this will be one of those situations where someone is shown full support and then shown the door a couple of weeks later. (Wishful thinking, I know.)

1 month ago on

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@IcyCup A few months ago I would've agreed with you. But I saw him play back to the standards we expect of him after the injuries so now I'm not sure. But something is obviously wrong right now. I'm almost expecting to hear about some new crazy injury once the season is over just because it's always something with him. Not sure what the plan is for him but I could see his negotiations going worse than Callahan's did if it gets to that.

1 month ago on

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I'm pretty sure you plan to call out St. Louis next to get him scoring but can you call out Staal and Stralman instead? (More so then you have been...I mean a full post on how bad they've been.) If you don't think it will work on a pairing then just Staal. I miss the old Marc Staal. The one that finally looked healthy earlier in the season.

1 month ago on

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