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@gravey94 Gravey you are one of the consistent voices of reason on this blog but I respectfully disagree. Nash tends to score no matter who is his center. I'd love to see him with Brassard and see if he can get the best out of his longtime teammate. Plus easing him back into the lineup in a slightly "lower pressure" slot isn't a horrible thing either. So I'd go here:
Kreider - Step - Zucc
Hags - Richards - Cally
Boyle/Pouliot - Brass - Nash
Boyle/Pouliot - Moore - Dorsett
To be clear - calling that Brassard line the "3rd line" is a technicality if Brass gets to where he was last season with the team. If they have 3 top 2 lines it makes them incredibly difficult to defend and very hard to play against.
3 weeks ago on Zuccarello to be Bumped Out of Top Six Upon Nash Return
It's a good thing Larry Brooks isn't the coach and remains the speculative reporter. Logically, you don't break up your BEST line just because you have what is defined as a TOP 6 forward coming back. I'd also argue that breaking up Richards, Callahan, and Hagelin is a bad idea.
The most logical solution to this good problem is put Nash with Brassard (a talented center who could benefit from a scoring winger) and put the two of em with Boyle (or Pouliot, etc.). If that worked you would have THREE top 6 type lines and it would make them incredibly difficult to defend because opposing teams couldn't zero in their top pair on any one line.
His Shots on Goal are WAY down from his career norms...I don't think it has anything to do with his linemates (they are the same ones he had in NY ironically) but he's either A) lost his confidence or B) His body is slowing down just a bit...with the way he plays, that might be a big deal for him.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Gaborik Struggling in Columbus, Could Be Moved at the Trade Deadline
This is stupid. Larry Brooks was bored when he wrote this. He misses Torts.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Lundqvist: Blame Should Go For All of Us
Mashinter is also much older than Miller. In theory he's had his development time. Miller isn't old enough to drink at a bar where the bouncer is a Devils fan.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Is St. Croix Demotion to ECHL a Prelude to Ranger Moves?
Interested to see how AV handles the lines once Nash comes back. I personally would love to see him not force what's working right now (top 2 lines) and instead put Nash with Brassard and either Boyle, Pouliot, Miller, or whoever is most deserving (likely Boyle who will be a good guy to take the open shots Nash/Brass would create and clean up those rebounds).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Nash, Moore Practice; Callahan, Stralman Take Maintenance Days
@Kevin DeLury @gravey94 Who knows, it is getting to sound like Miller can use some more time in the AHL to learn the defensive side of the game better.
@Kevin DeLury @jasonshyer Absolutely. Friggin Ryan Carter is this team's cryponite. I wonder if Devils fans appreciate that guy as being a great depth center or if they troll on him like many Rangers fans do Boyle?
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Lundqvist Has to Make That Save
The goal was a lousy job by Hank (he'll admit it) and a lousy job by Hagelin on the backcheck (Hagelin had another bad moment on the penalty he took where he stopped moving his feet - would have liked Joe to point that out).
You know what, they're both great players and will make up for these mistakes in spades. Let's get over it and move on.
Del Zotto and Moore might both benefit from being paired with more "reliable" type defensemen. They both have the ability and speed to join and lead a rush up ice. Both should in theory benefit from being with a guy who can let them use their skills more knowing that they are better suited to handle a mistake.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Vigneault Losing Patience With Pouliot?
Agreed on all but unfair to Tyutin. That guy's not a dirty player...it was his shoulder pad that hit him. He was just trying to make a solid check
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2
THANK YOU for someone finally showing some appreciation for Brian Boyle. You can also add: plays physically, stands up for teammates when needed, plays strong defensively, and shows up bigtime in the playoffs.
And loving that Zucc is getting some love. Aside from his amazing hands that are finally getting a chance to flourish he's shown a surprising amount of willingness to both hit and stand up for himself.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on How About That Pass From Zuccarello?
The best thing I can say about this hit vs the Sauer hit is that the Sauer hit was alot more impactful than this one was (head hitting the dasher on a much heavier hit).
As far as "being out for the season". Concussions are always "no update" until the player is officially on the road to playing again (i.e. he'll play later this week). I'm not saying this isn't a bad situation but it also does not guarantee it is season/career threatening either. Let's hope for his sake he gets better soon.
1 month ago on "Status Quo" on Nash
Lol I think expecting a lot from Mashinter has a higher percentage chance of disappoibtment than Krieder...I know we all want to see the guy get in there and bang people but I don't know if he is capable of playing that kind of high passion game that Prust does
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mashinter Recalled!!!!! Oh Yeah, Kreider Also
This team has had just about everything go wrong that can go wrong to start the season (injuries, travel, stepan holdout, guys not stepping up). The problem is that while Vigneault is a good coach, he doesn't know this team yet like Torts did. Torts is a good coach and for whatever reason always got an unfair judgement from this fanbase (and likely his owner and gm)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Only Three Rangers Fowards Have Scored Goals This Season
What's this? A positive upbeat comment from someone on this blog?? Pretty sure I just looked out my window and saw a pig flying with angel wings
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pyatt to First Line; Kreider Coming Soon?
Totally agree. There has to be an immediate response of SOME KIND. Even if the guy really didn't mean to do it (probably more likely than we want to think) there needs to be a hard response. Go up to the guy and shove him at least for crying out loud - body check the guy...SOMETHING. This team needs to get more snarly and nastier. At this rate I'm pretty sure we'll find 2.5 million reasons this season, next year, and the year after that why Brandon Prust should have gotten paid by the Rangers. (and if you subtract Dorsett's 1.633,333 million then you only need less than 900k reasons per season - another fine job by Sather!)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Don't Come to the Aid of a Fallen Teammate Again
No immediate retaliation on Brouwer was concerning...right now this team isn't nasty enough.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on FINAL: Rangers 2, Capitals 0
Great recap...is about time they've at least made the D system more of a tweener type of thing between last year and what Vigneault ultimately wants. With the injuries up front/the kids not yet contributing offensively (or in the lineup) this team needs to play sound Defense first and grind out wins...
The Youuuuuneeeeverse needs to be on one of those "small market" teams where the media won't eat him alive...A New York team is NOT that.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bryzgalov An Option for the Rangers?