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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??
8 months ago on Lundqvist Back at Practice With Pinstriped Pads; Will Start Tonight & Both Yankee Stadium Games
8 months 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.
8 months ago on Gretzky As Next Rangers GM?
8 months, 2 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan, McDonagh & Stepan All Named to U.S. Olympic Team
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Staal to Return Tomorrow; Stralman Uncertain; Del Zotto or Falk to be Scratched
Yeah cuz no one gets hurt in the NHL....
9 months 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.
9 months, 1 week 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
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks 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
9 months, 4 weeks 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.
9 months, 4 weeks 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.
10 months ago on Dirty, Filthy, Nashty
@MiddleSwine @Kevin DeLury @fin_fang_foom Still wasted
10 months 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
10 months 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.
10 months 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.
10 months ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor
@Centerman21 Just like he usually does......oh wait....
10 months ago on Moore Headed to Press Box?
@supermaz It was a breakaway opportunity for an NHL player. Give it up with this executing Hank crap.
10 months ago on Kreider Doing It All But Scoring
@KreiderisTheChosenOne @boogiepicker Hahaha I keep saying the exact same thing, I would LOOOOOOVE to seen Kreids and Nash on the same line.
10 months, 1 week ago on Zuccarello to be Bumped Out of Top Six Upon Nash Return
In all likelihood, Miller will be replaced by Pouliot. But those lines are what I want to see. Also, interchange Richie and Brass however you'd like.
Here are the lines I'm hoping for the first game Nash comes back:
Kreids - Step - ZuccHags - Brass - NashMiller - Richie - Cally*** - Boyler - Dorsett*** = ANYONE BUT POULIOT
Opinions on Brooksie aside (he's swine), this is his opinion and nothing more. Granted he's a bit more plugged in than we are but I doubt AV has tipped his hand about line combinations. Nash obviously is and should be a top 6 forward. But maybe for the first game or two, slot him in with Brass and Pouliot/Miller/etc. etc., whoever is gonna be there. Give him a game or two to get back on his feet, maybe help spark Brass a little bit too. And then go from there. I agree with Kev, I think I would rather see Hags moved than Zucc. To me that Run DMC line should be untouchable for a while. And I know putting Nasher on what would be our "third line" seems insane, but 1) he has missed a month 2) we're playing well right now.
The frustrating part is there's really no way to reverse this. You can get into the deeper societal trends but that's not worth it. The die-hard fan is being priced out, and unfortunately it pretty much never reverses.
10 months, 1 week ago on Death of Madison Square Garden?
@James Attard Sorry bud, entitled to your own opinions of course, but that's garbage. NY did not make him what he is now. He made himself what he is now. This is the same old argument that fans love to use when it comes to re-signing players. How can a player betray loyalty and not take a pay cut when his contract expires? And when a great player deteriorates with age, as Hank will, we're so fast to forget how quickly GMs, good GMs anyway, would NEVER say hey, let me OVERPAY this fella because he's been so loyal to us. See Brian Leetch. See Derek Jeter. The notion that the NYR made Henrik Lundqvist is garbage. The guy is an all-world goalie, and we were LUCKY to have plucked him up when we did. Someone would have. And he would've won a Vezina anyway. Hell, he may have even won a Cup by now. Do not expect him to resign out of "respect", that notion is nonsense. The guy wants, and deserves, a cup. He'll go where he thinks he has the best chance of winning one.
10 months, 1 week ago on Sather to Talk Extension With Lundqvist Agent This Week
Be warned, it's not pretty....
10 months, 1 week ago on Nash Skates Again; Moore Eases Into Contact; No Pyatt
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Haha agreed, it was a sick play all around. But that Mac toe drag was filthy. The kid's got a ton of offensive upside.
10 months, 1 week ago on It Doesn't Get Better Than This Play
@johnnyb3910 I totally agree. I LOVE the fact that Kreids stuck up for Step. But that seriously is a crazy, dangerous hit. I don't think Kreids meant for Upshall to fall like that but still. Again, not criticizing him for sticking up for his mates. I love that he did. I don't mind him taking a penalty for it either. What I don't like is the nature of that particular hit.
The charging call, in my opinion, was a good call. He jumped and came off his feet; got some pretty good air, too. He didn't take strides toward the Florida player, and he actually glided in. But he definitely launched himself.
10 months, 1 week ago on Kreider Stands Up for Stepan With Crosscheck; Won't be Suspended
@shoot_the_goalie @Kevin DeLury @gravey94 Also 11-5-2 in arguably the best division in the league.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Dubinsky, Gaborik Surprised With Drastic Changes After Rangers 2011-12 Run
Run DMC line
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Final: Rangers 5, Hurricanes 1
@DubiLeetch Missing the point here buddy
11 months ago on Flyers 2, Rangers 1
@jvr Did he see another shift after that? I didn't see him much. Strong message by AV....
11 months ago on Rangers @ Flyers (Game 8)
@Dennis Cronin That's the point, there is NO indication that the Rangers are considering. Zero. None. This is literally Pierre LeBrun trying to meet his article quota for the week.
11 months, 1 week ago on Bryzgalov An Option for the Rangers?
@Dennis Cronin What? This is speculation by LeBrun at ESPN with ZERO indication that the Rangers are actually interested in Bryz. The article was about possible suitable locations for Bryz and Ryan Miller. At least read the article.
@KevinDeLury @boogiepicker Let me clarify, haha. I love this blog. I love the work you guys do. It's awesome, and it's why I keep coming back. The community used to be a place for reasonable discussions plus the necessary venting that comes with being a NY Rangers fan. And there are people here who have been here a long time, longer than me, who continue to keep up awesome, rational hockey discussions. But there's a wave of insanity that has swept through the boards like a tsunami and it's getting out of hand.
I need to be clear about this, the blog is awesome and I really appreciate and respect what you guys do.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Vigneault, Rangers Already Making Excuses
Hahahaha these boards are getting ridiculous man. We hate Torts, get him ou....Wait NO NO bring him back! We love Torts, we had one bad game under a brand new coach with a brand new system omg omg where's Torts!" The boards here are getting worse than Bleacher Report.
@Adam J. Bernstein Delusion
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Send Down J.T. Miller
@johnnyb3910 @boogiepicker That's a really good point, first 4 games are against teams in the West. The Blues (game 5) play a more Eastern Conf. game than most Western teams. Gonna be very interesting to see how AV adapts to this.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Will Nash's Actions Inspire Team?
Gotta admit, I hit the panic button pretty hard last night after the loss. Vintage Ranger fan, I know. I've pulled myself back now, and I don't feel as bad about this team as I did 16 hours ago. But the lack of toughness really, really worries me. Maybe I'm nostalgic and I miss the team we had w/ Pruster, Rupp, and Dubie. We were a hell of a lot tougher and pretty much scored the same amount of goals (as last year, not this year.....yet). We're obviously going to play a MUCH different style of hockey than we're used to. It will be more finesse than toughness. And I do believe we will score more with the new system in place. That being said, this is not a physically imposing team and you can bet your balls that teams like Boston and Philly are gonna run us over. We may beat them but they will physically beat the crap out of us with our current roster. I don't know how to fix this situation to be honest but it is something that has me really worried about the season.