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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 days, 12 hours 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.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Talbot Gets Second Straight Start Tonight
@Kevin DeLury @boogiepicker Agreed, and NOT putting G on the PP. Not sure where that's coming from.
1 week, 1 day 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
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Pyatt Joins Team in Tampa; Will Miller Be Assigned to Hartford?
sorry. Stu Bickel joke. Didn't even see it coming.
Still funny. Sorry.
How is that relevant at all? Assclown
@johnnyb3910 It looks like Hank has been practicing. I have never seen Hank make a pass like that. Even just handling pucks behind the net, I don't shiver so much anymore. He's gotten much better.
1 week, 6 days ago on Dirty, Filthy, Nashty
@MiddleSwine @Kevin DeLury @fin_fang_foom Still wasted
1 week, 6 days ago on Rangers 3, Stars 2
@MiddleSwine Sober up before you post kid. Not everyone can handle it.
@AnnoyingJoe @Kevin DeLury @Say my Name better off
2 weeks ago on Rangers @ Stars (Game 21)
@Kevin DeLury @1NYN8V @Purinton Seems like the only method of 'accountability' that some fans will accept is public flogging.
2 weeks ago on Del Zotto In; Falk Out; Miller Remains Healthy Scratch
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I doubt there is anything there that AV has said that teams around the league don't know. Even if he didn't say anything, the fact that he was a healthy scratch for 3 games may have been a hint.
2 weeks ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor
@Centerman21 Just like he usually does......oh wait....
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Moore Headed to Press Box?