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Absolutely agree.Staal was the Ranger's best defenceman before the injury, and he has always had Ovi's number.It would be huge for the Rangers if he returned for the Washington series and the playoffs.With Marc playing well, NY Rangers could do a hell of a lot of damage in the SC playoffs,
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Rangers Should Be Worried About Losing Staal to Canes
Seems funny the way they perceive their own prospects. Anismov took years to bring into the club, he was good, they knew it. Dubi was also from their system and good.
.Yet they figured they could make up for the loss(.Not to mention Prust, Feds and Mitchell).They don't seem to realize the quality of the Rangers prospects and the work they have put into them.Hope this result changes the way they think about their home grown players-they're pretty good compared to other teams.A lot of development that shows.Hopefully they can develop John Moore and Derek Dorsett in the same way.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Torts: This Year Was a Sideway Step; Almost Stepan for Nash
@scrangersfan Yeah Richie has really played like he was out of shape or something.But lately he has been good, Zuccarello has helped him find his game.But he really was a heavy duty signing for a player over 30 years old.It looks like age is starting to have an effect on him.He is not a goal scorer with the devasting shot ,like Teemu or JJ so I think if his legs go, his playmaking will go too.Looks like youre right and he is going to be bought out eventually.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2
My beef with Torts is not his incompetence, though there are some who say he is that.My problem with him is personality things, like not taking responsibility when he makes a mistake, blaming his players, sometimes openly.Its blatent bad management and it makes me question his other decisions and take other opinions regarding his poor hockey decisions quite seriously.I have doubts Torts can take this team or any team to a Stanley Cup.Maybe he did once,but I don't think it would be him if the Rangers somehow won the Cup, it would be entirely the players.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2
Did Torts take any responsibility at all for the EN goal, which was the game winner , or pass the blame for the loss onto his players? Telling. In any event, the Rangers had to be better, get to the net as Zuccarello noted.By the way,Zuccarello played well,as we all saw. I concluded he should be resigned from watching him in this game.
I think Stepan is on a par with Henrik Sedin or John Tavares.He's a major first line center, sees the ice, quick soft hands, pretty good shot, smart playmaking.80 points is going to be the average for this dude.He and Nash will be a deadly duo, and if they add a Mike Richards level player to that line-watch out!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Derek Stepan A First Line Center?
It would be great if Oscar Lindberg could play in the playoffs this year for the Rangers.Other players have gone direct from the SEL to NHL w/o a problem and he could be possibly helpful on face-offs. According to http://www.hockeyligan.se/blog/5/ He was a key all around player for the Swedish champs, creative and skilled, scoring goals and creating opportunities.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Lindberg Named SEL Playoff MVP
Brassard, Zuccs Moore have all been showing up for the games.They showed up again last night.Richards showed up last night too and that is good.Hope he got the spark he needs so desperately.Man, did Moore ever give a beatin' on Skille!Brassard has to keep shooting the puck and not slip into the pass first mode.He is on his game and should be on it for a long stretch now if he isn't messed with.He has to keep shooting tho.Happy for Zuccs.What a weird vampire stare he has when he was ready to fight that Panther.Krieder seemed to play more intensely in his last shifts after sittin on the bench for so long-maybe he is starting to grasp he has to do something every shift with Torts.Overall, Rangers showed why they are a superior team but they have to play much better or they will be on the losing end against higher quality teams.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 6, Panthers 1
Tonight we face a weak team that has beat the Rangers once this year.Its a must win and Rangers should make a statement game, score a lot of goals and hand the Panthers their ass.We'll see what transpires.I bet the same players show up that showed up before and the rest.like Clowe...well.., I hope they wake up tonight.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Whatever Happened to That Clowe Guy the Rangers Traded For?
The team appears lost.Anyways its too late to do anything but hope they can get into the playoffs and keep everyone healthy.I don't know how players like Clowe can start off big and then after exposure to Torts ,join the rest of the lost..Zuccs seems to be the exception but he knows what Tortorella is like.I agree they are a bad passing team, not bad passers individually but as a team they have problems tape to tape.Brassard and Moore are playing well as are a couple of others,but if the team plays more games like last night it isn't going to hoist the cup this year.Its Torts, Its Sullivan Its Sather its the system.FIre Torts and get the players a good system.Don't have to wait for next year, he's had enough time and that should be it.if they exit first round or worse then Torts is out the door.It looks rather obvious now, that he's the problem-hire someone with a clue.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Flyers 4, Rangers 2
J.T.Miller is going to be a top level NHL player.Just hope he steps up his game this year and starts to be the dangerous player that he is.You can see his talent and his ability, its clearly evident at only 19.He gives good depth skill and scoring at the middle lines right now.After we lost AA and Dubi, that helps a lot.
9 months ago on JT Miller Passes to Himself
Rangers have a lot of big players now -everyone 6 foot plus or five eleven- and can afford a smaller player or two like Zucc and Christian Thomas on the roster, if they can help the club.Scoring depth is a good thing.
9 months, 1 week ago on Sather Talks to Zuccarello's Agent About Rangers Return
JT Miller quietly becoming a dominant player, wouldn't be surprised if he keeps on improving and the points start to build up.Remember -he quietly tied for leading scorer in WJC As for Ryan Callahan I just had to laugh, what a mensch of a player.Rangers are turning the corner hopefully and getting ready for a good stretch run.Thursday, Rangers have to keep the afterburners on, cause the Islanders are going to be playing sky high after their win.
9 months, 1 week ago on Rangers 4, Flyers 2
I don't think trading Gabby is a very good move, even with him being eventually UFA.He is bringing the points, which the Rangers need, and they aren't going to find those points or scoring growing on trees.Its a simple as that.He's a productive player, who we don't want to or need to trade.In fact, even though he'll be 32 when his contract finishes we should try to sign him if he hasn't lost a step, cause he sure won't lose his hands. Anyways unless we get a better player or scorer for him, then its not happening.Scorers are lasting longer in the league these days- Teemu, Jags.Gabs is not in a different sphere than them.
9 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Trying to Move Gaborik? LOL!!!!!!!!
@slapshot13j @farlands2012 I think that Nash is going to reveal another HOF skill with the Rangers: That is :he is just as great playing with teammates -if they are highly skilled-as he is on his own.He was truly extraordinary in his gold medal games, and I think that with the Rangers he will demonstrate that level again once the Rangers get really going consistently.I think he will be awesome-Jagr or Crosby level ,hopefully.we'll see.
9 months, 1 week ago on Sweeter Goal: Nash or Hagelin?
The thing about Hags is there are still fans who think he is no more than a 3rd liner playing above himself, when actually it has been evident from day one that there was more than just speed there.Truly amazing.Hags is top six player, by himself, without line support -first or second line -no question.If you think he's a third liner I would seriously doubt your ability to perceive what is happening on the ice.Had to get that off my chest and for that reason voted Hags.He's always been underrated and has a decent shot.As for Nash- well he doesn't need my vote -I already see naysayers doubting his top five level.So I will vouch for him too and go out on a limb:with excellent line support Rick Nash is one of the best forwards in the game today- in the entire world.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Sweeter Goal: Nash or Hagelin?
I haven's seen McIlrath on the Whale this year but I saw some NHL preseason games last year.He looked basic, actually not bad and he was a real good skater then so he is probably better now.From the limited amount I have seen he definitely sticks up for his teammates, virtually every time,so if he did join the Rangers say, for the playoff run or post season, he would likely give a lot of confidence to the team.Any opponent who messes with McIlraths' teammates is probably going to get some kind of notification by him, quickly and roughly.
In my opinion, If he can hold his own defensively in the NHL, he would help this current Rangers team.But like I said, haven't seen him play this year on the Whale.I mean the thing is, right now he's likely better than Bickel defensively and has a higher hockey IQ.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Biron: We WERE Hard To Play Against
I think that 19 year old J.T.Miller has as much upside as ROR. And Krieder is also expected to be real good despite his struggles. Thats just from watching their games at the NHL level.So we are talking about a big risk, a lot of risk in trading either of these players. MDZ - I think everyone can see his play-good and bad- and that he has not hit his ceiling.So one on one with Colorado throwing in a pick- would be Sather's call. I'll leave it to the experts on that one. MDZ is a good player, whether or not he has haters.He is still a regular roster NHL offensive dman. Thats important enough.not to be dismissed.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Avs May Have Asked for Miller or Kreider Along With Del Zotto for O'Reilly
Trade away Gabby or a solid Ranger player now would be blowing up the SC chance this team has carefully worked years for.Crazy. As for the other trades for a good center- we really don't want to trade away Stepan or Miller-they will both be stars-they're really good and will succeed eventually at a higher level-big time, imo..So That leaves MDZ- we have McIlrath on the way, so we could have another quality dman ready in a while, but we would need some more offence back there-have to replace the lost offence from the d if they trade MDZ.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Now Rangers Are Interested O'Reilly
Rangers have all the skill now and all the players are good enough.All that is lacking is ALL of them playing up to their skill level -not just some of them,I think this will come with more games.Some tinkering, some crappy games and some good games are on the way -no doubt.But after that- I could see this team stringing wins together regularly-the components are there now.Just too much skill now not to win a lot.But its not automatic of course-It's NHL-Its tough.But its possible to be positive now.
10 months ago on Tortorella Considered Benching Gaborik Last Night