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What? So it's Hank's fault that AV is starting him for both games? Frankly, after carrying the load for the past 7 years, he absolutely deserves it. What professional player in their right mind would GIVE UP an opportunity to start any game??
1 month, 1 week ago on Lundqvist Back at Practice With Pinstriped Pads; Will Start Tonight & Both Yankee Stadium Games
@mando24179 You're absolutely entitled to your own opinion. But you're not watching the same games that I am. Girardi may be slow and he may be struggling this year (although he's played better recently) but to say he has no heart either makes you an idiot or desperate for someone to fit the role in your shitty analogy. The dude plays his heart out every night. He's been much more mistake-prone this year, no doubt. But he plays his balls off and his heart out every night. Stop stretching to try to make the joke work.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Telling Teams They're Not Moving Girardi; Callahan Could Be Traded
This is something we, as fans of a NYC sports team, will have to deal with for as long as James Dolan is the owner of this franchise: the glitz and glamour will always beat out the smart, logical choice. Dolan is a twit, and he doesn't know anything about hockey. And that CAN work as an owner, if you admit that hockey is not your strong suit and you hire a qualified staff under you. However, Dolan thinks he knows about hockey. To come out and call Glen Sather "one of the best, if not the best" in the business is one of the craziest things I have ever heard. Glen has a knack for making some spectacular trades, that's for sure. But the facts are facts, and the fact is we haven't won anything under Glen. The anti-Sather attitude has calmed because we're playing well, but he should not be let off the hook for how brutal he's been the past 14 years. Only ONCE during his tenure have we made it past the second round of the playoffs. ONE time in 14 years. That is not success. But still, Dolan has his back. And I find it very hard to believe that Glen will step down on his own any time soon. And when he does, I have zero faith in Dolan to make a smart decision, i.e. Clark or Gorton. I fully expect a marketing move like Gretz.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Gretzky As Next Rangers GM?
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Kid was a monster at the WJCs
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Prospect Update: Tambellini Shines in WHL Debut ; More Duclair Success
@gravey94People love to use that phrase, "past their prime", when a player struggles for any amount of time. I don't think they know what that phrase means.
2 months ago on Rangers Talking Contract With Girardi; Not So Much With Callahan & Stralman
@PATR2014@TheNYRBlogShattenkirk didn't deserve? He has 28 pts in 38 games, 5th overall for D-men. He's a +9, and is one of the most positionally sound defensemen in the league.
2 months ago on Callahan, McDonagh & Stepan All Named to U.S. Olympic Team
Great story. Compelling, and rich.
2 months, 1 week ago on Staal to Return Tomorrow; Stralman Uncertain; Del Zotto or Falk to be Scratched
Yeah cuz no one gets hurt in the NHL....
2 months, 2 weeks ago on McIlrath Injures Knee
@rangers28 @TheNYRBlog Number 11, Number 9, Number 2, Number 31, who's behind the bench does not matter. It's the personnel on the ice.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on AV Already Trying to Save Face
On whether Vigneault told him personally he’s still the No. 1 goalie:
“Yup. This game is not what about you did last year or last eight years or last month. It’s about now. And right now this is probably, or is the best decision for the team. I stand behind that. I just have to see it as a challenge for me to really reach my top level. I’m not satisfied with being OK. Yeah I played a solid game. I want to be great and if I’m not, I’m not satisfied. I just need to push myself even hard.”
Hank is gonna be fine
3 months ago on Talbot Gets Second Straight Start Tonight
@IcyCup Plus he dealt with Vancouver for 8 years, one of the few media markets that is more boisterous than NY.
Don't think it's a full blown "goalie controversy" yet. But things could get tricky. If Cam shuts down Winnipeg tonight, does he get the start against the Sabres on Thursday? I mean, following AV's logic of playing the hot hand, how could he not? Will be an interesting to see how this plays out.
@Kevin DeLury @boogiepicker Agreed, and NOT putting G on the PP. Not sure where that's coming from.
3 months, 1 week ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?
@Kevin DeLury @boogiepicker What I'm saying is I don't think we're going to see a complete re-haul of the system. For now, if we have to be more conservative in certain aspects of our game, like placing an electric dog fence at the blue line and having DZ wear a collar to keep him from pinching, then I'm okay with that, until we start scoring. I feel like this is more of an argument about semantics than anything. I can't see AV trying to have this team adapt to a new style again. In my opinion, I think he was talking about making small adjustments rather than huge, wholesale changes. But I guess we'll have to wait and see.
@Kevin DeLury @boogiepicker "Maybe we’ve got to play even tighter to the vest than we are and go into games with that mentality of (trying to win) 2-1.”
This sounds like someone wrapping up an answer to a media response, not someone who's thinking of going and overhauling his entire system. You can't take that quote and extrapolate it to mean he's upending all the work he has done. I don't equate "playing tighter to the vest" to automatically mean 'abandon the transition game, keep the defensemen from pinching, grind, grind grind etc.' I just don't think one small line in an interview question can be broadened to a complete overhaul in the system.
@MiddleSwine Don't forget Jim Ramsey. Guy's been around forever, bringing everyone down in the locker room. Or Sam, he hasn't had success since '94. Then there's that Dolan guy. Oh and that Sather guy who may have something to do with it. But yeah no you're right, the Vezina winning goalie who's won 30 games every single year of his career (except the lockout) is probably definitely to blame. Because of the mindset of the players in front of him, who are obviously all really concerned about what Hank thinks about them.
@MiddleSwine you're an idiot
So let's see. Torts gets his ass chewed off for not adapting to the Nash / Brassard, etc. acquisitions, aka more skilled players over the grinding line-up we used to have. One of the biggest complaints about Torts here on this blog was how he never adapted. Well, AV is trying to implement his system. But he sees the limitations. And now, I don't know, maybe he's......adapting? What's amazing is how a quote that is SO inconsequential, that in reality was nothing but a sound byte, has turned into this. And Kevin, man, you're a great writer. But what is this crap? I don't know if you're trying to bring in more juiceheads to the blog or what but you're stirring crap up like crazy. This is nonsense. This doesn't mean AV is going to completely re-haul his system. He's ADAPTING to what he has to work with / how his players are currently playing, something everyone seemed to lambaste Torts for being unable to do.
Definitely gonna check this place out
3 months, 1 week ago on Welcome Hudson Station!
Got the fights wrong. Carter broke Dubie's nose. Then Carter and Bickel fought as part of the line brawl with Prust and Rupp vs the Devs. Bicke actually bloodied Carter up. But he's definitely not an NHL player. I can't believe this is even a discussion.
3 months, 1 week ago on Pyatt Joins Team in Tampa; Will Miller Be Assigned to Hartford?