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Miller in theory has more upside than Fast but I didn't think the kid did anything so wrong yesterday, maybe he just didn't be noticeable enough offensively.  If he goes with Miller he'd better feel comfortable with the kid defensively.


Carcillo might make sense. I do feel that 4th line will still function well with Boyle centering Dorsett and Carcillo.  The question is can Dominic Moore generate enough offensively to justify playing with Richards and Hagelin?  Although in this instance you're altering 2 lines (one which has been very consistent) instead of the one.

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@ATCRyan Mason Raymond over Hagelin?  Really?  First of all if you want to break down stats Hagelin has 17 even strength goals vs Raymond's 13 in 15 less games.  Second of all Hagelin will still be an RFA meaning he is a good buy.  Also he is a MAJOR plus when it comes to puck possession (his speed makes him incredibly difficult to play against).  Hagelin at even strength and PK is a fabulous player.  If he ever figured out how to play the PP he would be a regular 50 pts plus player.


As for Stastny - I doubt the guy's going anywhere.

5 days, 21 hours ago on

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Love that nickname.  UFA off the 3/4 of a year he's had?  You're dreaming if you think he takes less than 3 mil a year in the modern NHL.  Guys get paid 4 million for scoring 12 goals and taking a dump at center ice these days.  I DO think they can still get something of a bargain on him because there is NO WAY he wants to go somewhere else AGAIN and start anew AGAIN.  He wants to stay right here and play w the same two guys and for the same coach that have pumped life into his career.  That said, no one plays for free.

1 week, 4 days ago on

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I do not think Boyle gets or takes a pay cut.  Take a look at some of the other respected grinders in the league (Hendricks, Boyd Gordon, Paul Gaustaad).  Those guys make plenty more than Boyle.  I don't think it is realistic to expect him to take less money when the cap is expanding and when his peers are making plenty more than his current deal.


That said i REALLY hope the Rangers find a way to sign him.  He's such an underrated guy it's silly.  If they can't there will be a line around the corner for his services.

1 week, 6 days ago on

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PS I still cannot forgive Slats for trading Callahan but yeaaaa, he did a nice job with the team's defensive depth this year

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@FireSather You therefore might have to change your handle name :)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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Kevin did you just say Sather did something good!??

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@JoeyKocur What forward are you going to replace to put what amounts to a useless player in the lineup?  The 4th line is excellent, you add Luke Gadzic and boom, you're a 3 line team.


In summary you'd better hope Dylan McIlrath learns how to be an NHLer quickly.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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Burrows is such a dirty little sh$t...his reputation precedes itself.  I'm surprised he didn't try to bite McDonaugh's leg after he cheap shotted him.


As far as going after someone on Vancouver the following shift...why?  You are going to "get" his teammate who did nothing in this instance?  They're not playing them again all year so any message sending would be pointless in this instance.  


PS they did try to get after Burrows but then the scrum ensued.  Half the time out there they don't know what's happened for the first second or two.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Medvjed004It's not insane, look around the league at what other "premium" role players get. If Boyle only wants to maximize his dollars and doesn't care where he goes if wants 3 million a year he's got a good shot at it.  He is VERY respected around the league.

4 weeks ago on

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I have no idea what the definition of OVERPAID might be for Brian Boyle.  I do know that he offers alot of intangible value - alot more than most players do. But let's take a look a similar players:

Paul Gaustaad makes 3.25 million a year for similar numbers, similar role, style etc (maybe Gaustaad is a better figher?).  I think most GMs would agree Gaustaad is overpaid no matter what so other than him I don't know who is a great comparison. 

But then hey Boyd Gordon got 3 mil a year last offseason and Mat Hendricks gets close to 2 mil a year.  It's probably fair to say Boyle is a better player than those two.  

Danius Zubrus gets 3 mil from the Devils but generally plays 3rd line minutes (what Boyle would prefer).  

On the more economical end those Bruins 4th liners get around 1.5 give or take - i imagine that's where Sather's head is at moreso than the other deals which do seem somewhat excessive.


So to answer the question Brian Boyle might be able to make ALOT more on the open market than Sather who hates beloved players more than anything ever will pay him.  Meaning another of my favorite heart and soul players won't be around. *grumble* still pissed about Callahan *grumble* he'll get a ridiculous contract from Buffalo *grumble*.

4 weeks ago on

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lol they've also "been through it before".  It's fun that the Tortisms stick around.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on

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PS Carolina ain't trading Skinner.  That kid's gonna be a stud.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on

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@gravey94 It has to be explored obviously if this were to become a real thing.  However, from Carolina's point of view I'd be looking to get away from those Semin and Ward contracts first and foremost.  Eric Staal would be the last one of those guys I would be looking to move from their perspective because he is worth his deal.  If I were them I'd even be looking to move Jordan Staal and his contract first (think Callahan was asking for ridiculous money go take a look at Jordan Staal's deal - wow).


From the Rangers perspective - IF Eric Staal was available I'd want them to explore trading Marty St. Louis for him (don't know how his NMC would or would not effect this).  They might be interested given his user friendly cap hit and his offensive productivity being similar to Eric's.  The problem is we do not have draft picks to offer and I doubt they'd take Brad Richards' contract.  Do you give them JT Miller and Jesper Fast/Oscar Lindberg etc. for him as well?  Perhaps but much like the Nash and St. Louis deals this really begins to smell like the late 90's all over again and we all know just how well that worked out.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on

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@Say my Name @stevmorehe's actually not teensy and thus doesn't represent the toy smurf sitting on my desk. Over 200 pounds and 6 feet tall.  That said no clue HOW he plays.

1 month ago on Could Sather Retire At End of Season?

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@GiveGartneraCup probably not likely but I very spiritually agree

1 month ago on Could Sather Retire At End of Season?

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Fully agree with your comment on how much they turned over the 2011-12 team.  You don't annihilate one of the best 4 teams in the league - you augment it.  With their mistakes and losses of the core of that team they've been chasing the ghosts of those players for 2 years now.  Not finding a way to get a deal done with your CAPTAIN was the latest of those failures.  Slats can pull of some great deals but his management of his own team leaves something to be desired.


I don't know what Gorton's (or anyone elses) philosophy would be, but I imagine he could only be more loyal to his most valued assets, not less.

1 month ago on Could Sather Retire At End of Season?

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