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@Blueshirts Corner I loved Dubi but I think at the time he was still growing as a player/leader. Torts wanted a vet to be an A at the time and I can't say I disagree with that. Richards was quite deserving.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Girardi and Staal aren't losing their letters so fast. Not that a guy like MSL isn't worthy of such an honor but it sounds like it'll be McDonaugh but who knows.
Not my first choice for a solution but if they can figure out a long term deal before the year is up so be it. Obviously the Callahan debacle gives me pause for that but I doubt this team is willing to lose Zucc for nothing.
4 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Holy shit even Henrik's real estate agent sucks. How about putting up a floorplan for a 6mil plus property??
(sorry am disgusted with my apartment search :) )
5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The vets are fine to bring in. They create competition and don't just give the kids a free ride to the NHL. If the rookies are NHL ready they'll find their way into the lineup and the vets will either turn out to be good depth guys and/or trade bait for a lower round draft pick. Win/win.
6 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Great stuff and thank you for attempting to talk everyone off the ledge with regards to McIlrath. Your analysis makes sense - we all want to see this guy pulverize people and be able to take on anyone in the league but for guys like that it takes time. He can't just skate his way out of a mistake the way McDonaugh can so it takes alot of learning to be able to anticipate the speed of the game.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@gravey94 Let's see what happens - they're gonna sign these guys and Brooks has little to write about right now (and we have little to chat about right now really)...I'm sure these will all get done. We're not exactly hearing about a Ryan O'Reilly situation right now.
BTW how stupid it not signing Stepan to a 6 year 4 million a year deal last summer gonna look after this season? I hate the concept of lowballing those who do not need to be lowballed.
Great stuff and great summer hockey geeking!
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'm fine with this...they need some veterans to create competition - the kids can't just think a job is being handed to them (when you were 20 years old did you not need a kick in your ass?)
His cap hit is fine as well, if he doesn't pan out he could be valuable for the AHL kids without damage to the Rangers.
Great work - you probably should be working for the team with that kind of a writeup.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
meh they can have Heatley, not a fan of scorers that are well past their prime who aren't guys that do the little fundamental parts of the game well.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Josh-CK Heh I have a feeling by the end of the year we'd prefer it being Lindberg, Miller, and Fast :)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/the-clear-cut-case-of-tanner-glass-hes-not-good-at-hockey.html
@Herman_NYRBlog @jiBRO22 It is quite mind boggling why they would let Dorsett go (shorter term/better contract/good player to boot) so they could sign Glass to a lousier contract. I would imagine he had some form of "locker room" issue (coach, other players) because the whole thing really doesn't make a lotta sense from the outside looking in.
@Say my Name I mean, the Kings were the top team this season in all "advanced stats" and the Sabres were last (Corsi, etc.) so it is not entirely a subjective analysis. It is an evaluation tool, same as scouting/"the eye test". It's not the only thing but it has merit. It's why Edmonton shelled out a bazillion for Captn Taco and Anton Stralman got paaaayyyd.
I've not watched Tanner Glass play enough to say "this guy sucks" but going on simple shots for/shots against relative to teammate (a fair enough stat to place value in) he's got some 'splainin to do.
PS Enjoy the Scotch
@KevinTheNYRBlog @cb1 I think they're hoping for somewhere in between but more so Dorsett? (If that's the case it's unrealistic - btw Dorsett did start the year killing penalties)...I don't think it is reasonable to compare Glass to Boyle - as we will unfortunately learn, Brian Boyle is a pretty special, somewhat unique hockey player especially when you factor in just how darned good he is in the playoffs.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Appreciate the open minded approach. I would be far happier about Glass being a replacement for Dorsett IF it was on a one year show me deal. A guy with his "unfortunate" stats really didn't earn himself a whole lot more than Daniel Carcillo did (three year deal for a guy who plays his game on the wrong side of 30 seems rather excessive). I dig that he blocks shots and has a ton of hits and plays with a lot of guts, but if the guy can't transition the puck to offense and make solid fundamental plays to keep the puck he's gonna have a hard time helping the team out.
@gravey94 Well said. The other guys didn't have a rookie banging on their door to take their lineup spot. Moore, while he's shown plenty so far, does have two kids that appear to have promising futures in the not too distant future
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The only thing that irritates me is shipping out Dorsett (a good 4th liner) for a THREE YEAR DEAL for Tanner Glass (who according to his numbers should think about another line of work). There just doesn't seem to be a lot of sense behind this move especially when they have cap issues. It's not like Glass is gonna beat up Milan Lucic or anything so it's pretty frustrating.
Otherwise, I am merely saddened to lose Boyle, etc. I really enjoyed rooting for these guys (they all blossomed as NYRs). But I understand the whys of things.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Sounds good - but at this point it still seems like the most likely rookies to make the team and possibly play are Miller, Fast, Lindberg, Allen, and McIlrath.
@nickdesposito @nyrangers123 Agree - it's a useful tool but not the only tool. The most annoying hockey fans are those who do believe it is the only thing and take the attitude that everyone else is a moron for disagreeing (Ryan Lambert from Puck Daddy is very representative of this)
@Bring back Langdon journeyman type...another Aaron Johnson type for organization depth
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/free-agency-tracker-7114.html
The way it's looking we'd better hope Miller/Fast/Lindberg/Kristo etc can play consistently in the NHL next year...our forward group just took a major depth hit (not to mention size)
@Gorangers0525 Brian Burke still thinks it's the 70's?
@EquusBiz @johnAMIRANTESrug doubtful unless Dan Boyle grows a half a foot:)
Zuccarrello only has 1 year left as an RFA yes? That deal would be a STEAL for what he'll get on the open market
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@TruBluEsp @kevin11 Sorry disagree...Glass's possession stats were in the toilet...he's a placeholder at best. Really don't understand why they traded Dorsett to sign him unless Dorsett just didn't blend well in the room
Remember from Callahan the Tax Laws in Tampa - even with a match the Rangers would be offering significantly less.
ech Tanner Glass...there's always gotta be one signing I hate (Boogaard, Asham, Pyatt)
Suppose it makes sense but the age/tread on the tires is worrisome
Boyle for 2 years 9 mil
I love Benny but WOW. I can't believe I'm quoting Larry Brooks but he really should give some of that money to AV. And probably even more of it to Zuccarrello and Brassard
@Say my Name Fair enough - I too would like them to exercise some intelligence today. To me Pouliot at 3 mil a year for 3 years IF he plays the way he did last year is not ridiculous compared to what other guys are getting. Dom Moore at mid-high 1's for a coupla years is rational enough.
Tanner Glass at the league minimum?...just no. Resign Carcillo to fight Simmonds.
I'm not looking forward to today...officially losing about 25% of a Finals team sucks. Seems like the Rangers MO, make a great run, lose half the team :(
Re: all these proposed guys - the team is SOOOO small right now...if you lose your size (Boyle, Poos) please get some guys who can play who are over 200 pounds to replace them. Thank you.
Yea I don't love the fit of a more "numbersy" alternative to Pouliot. Rangers have enough guys like Raymond, they really do need the grit and size Pouliot gave them last year (can't believe I'm saying that).
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If he cuts into 3 years of free agency NO WAY he only signs on for 3 million a year. He'll be north of 4 mil a year easily at that term and would be a bargain if he keeps playing the way he did this year.
Size, speed, 15 goals, physical play who can play the PP...better believe Pouliot is gonna get 3 million and I think that's low with the thin market out there. Boyle's gonna get the same amount somewhere else to be slotted as a third liner, you gotta sign someone so why not Benny?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I'd sign him to that Desharnais contract in a heartbeat...heck I'd even give him another year/million or two. Yes it has only been one year of this phenomenal level of play but during this year he consistently passed the eye test. Those assists he was making were often of the highest quality. He consistently competed, became a penalty killer. Plays with an edge. In short he was arguably their best forward all season.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The kid is a beast who is an absolute disaster to defend against. This season he definitely had ups and downs...from what I understand this is a guy who so very badly wants to do well he has likely done a bit of "overthinking" in the early stages of his career.
However I think as we saw in the playoffs those days are likely gone and what we have here is a full on, fire breathing, thoroughbred who has a heckuva career in front of him who has a rare skillset. He is only going to get better and I would tend to disagree that Kane has a bigger upside than him.
Or look at it this way: In the playoffs how badly did you want Rick Nash to just start playing like Chris Kreider?
@Herman_NYRBlog @Josh-CK Thus is the reaping of trading away the first pick 3 years in a row. Not having a first rounder in 2015 is pretty rough but it is clear they are in win now mode.
I would also say another big problem with our forward prospect pool is the lack of size. Other than Nieves and to some extent Miller & Haggerty they are all quite smallish. For a team that needs to get heavier that looks like it will lose Brian Boyle this is a bit of an issue.
That said let's keep in mind we managed to trade for Ryan McDonaugh and pull Hank outta a magician's hat. So just because one does not obtain a first rounder does not mean you are necessarily screwed.
@johnnyb3910 @gravey94 question tho: would Boyle take that big contract with a lousy team? Because the really good teams in this league would likely slot him in exactly as the Rangers did.
@Say my Name Thornton's numbers/how well he played were also in the toilet this year. I feel what you want but I just don't think he's the right guy at this point of his career.
@Sniper Turcotte Prust's actual contract is 4 years at 2.5 per. We don't really know what their final offer to him was but it was likely at least 1 year less and probably a half a million a year or so less.
@Herman_NYRBlog @mando24179 The only "heavyweight" I would be happy with on next year's team is Dylan McIlrath...IF he's finally ready for primetime (that's a big if - at this point he's gotta beat out Connor Allen). Having a guy who punches people for a living plays no part in rolling 4 lines. They do need to get bigger but not at the expense of being better.
@rangermom Thornton?? ECH! No! Aging, past his prime goon who no longer plays a good possession game...no thank you.
Again a very well written summary - one thing I think that should be stressed if Boyle is lost is the loss of his size on an already small team. I hate the idea of losing him as he's kinda become my favorite Ranger (especially since Callahan departed) BUT if Boyle wants to go somewhere where he can have more of an opportunity to play a bigger offensive role then sadly he will (I think that actually might be more of the sticking point than the dollars which might be very high (Paul Gaustaad gets 3 mil a year as well).
If he does leave I'd prefer looking to the kids to replace him rather than the less than inspiring UFA's out there.
Thank you for the brainy summary and thank you for not doing the standard New York sports fan "HE SUCKS" based analysis. Richards has given everything he possibly could to this team but for the logical reasons stated above the Rangers have to make the very hard business decision of buying out his contract (don't weep for him the guy will still be paid). The decision of "do you replace" him with a UFA is an interesting one, and it may not entirely be tied to Richards alone. Perhaps if they lose a Pouliot as well they might be more inclined to go for a fancy center and let Miller/Lindberg etc have the possibility of hopping in as a winger...
btw with the loss of Richards' leadership it even more so places a premium on finding a way to keep Brian Boyle who never gets his proper credit in that regard.
Keep him for the 4. something million they will need to pay him with. He has great chemistry with Zucc and I think he might have a bit more upside in terms of consistency. He plays fast and is more physical than he gets credit for and brings alot of energy (and was a key member of the team's "best" line). I don't think he is so replaceable and as a RFA is still a "bargain" compared to any UFA's you'd have to replace him with.
@gravey94 It is a rather unique situation to have a 2nd year player, not to mention a goaltender becoming a UFA so I don't know exactly what value he would provide for a team. Ultimately he's gonna want to go somewhere where he could start but how much will any team offer for a guy that will be a UFA at the end of the year?
yea don't hate on the Kings for doing this...it's on the refs for blatantly not attempting to enforce the rule by tossing em outta the circle
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Sniper Turcotte EHY EDZO, DOMONIC MOORE REALLY SOLD OUT ON THAT SHOT BLOCK! BACK WHEN HE PLAYED COLLEGE HOCKEY IN HARVARD, HE WOULD SELL OUT HIS USED HOCKEY EQUIPMENT TO A HOBO NAMED JIM. GAVE HIM A GREAT RATE. REALLY SHOWS THE KINDA OF CHARACTER GUY HE IS!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/