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Tue Mar 31 2015 10:50 pm EST

Next game Thursday @ Minny-soda, who lost just 2 of 14 games in the month of March.. 2 of their victories were by shootout, & 1 in the OT... They picked up Chris Stewart at the deadline, and Dubnyk has been playing insanely well... It's bound to be another tough contest...

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:17 pm EST

This Jets club is a lock for ninth place. The Kings remaining sked is a joke, plus they are three times as good when it counts. I just wish Boston would go away but it looks like they'll be in. Might be better to finish second in the East and get the Caps. Of course you gotta beat whoever you get, so ...

Nick


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:11 pm EST

mf: No...it's an AV thing.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:10 pm EST

RF: Is it a French thing?

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:09 pm EST

Klein has 9g, 17a, 26 points & 4 gwg, some nice offensive numbers... Wouldn't mind if DBoyle hung up the skates or went elsewhere after this season and have the Big Kid come up.. We have no reason to suspect McIlrath is going to do anything to jeopardize his chances of staying on the big squad....... Here's to hope....

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:08 pm EST

I'd say that might be Big Mac's biggest issue. Knowing when to drop the gloves(rarely, and not with goons, with Buff/Lucic always)and exact "clean" revenge, if possible, on an opposing player.

RDW


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:06 pm EST

And oh yeah, I'm with those who are upset about no response to Bufashit rag-dolling MZA. But that's AV's way. I mean surely we all are getting that now. Right?

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:04 pm EST

Boys: Is Shitiletti just plain stupid? He sure comes across that way. It's like he thinks his audience are a bunch of 8 year olds.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:04 pm EST

RF4L - Yeah, I gave up long ago but I still get pissed now and then..But, the POs arean't about a slug like MCILRATH getting revenge, it's one of the other 17 players on the ice saying, fuck that shit, you don't do that to my teamate and do SOMETHING..be it Glass or Krider or Brassard or whoever.it won't prevent but it could help a little.

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:04 pm EST

And it's not that Mac will just go around droppin the gloves. The boy throws a heavy check. We need that dynamic on backend and it is becoming more apparent as the season deepens.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:02 pm EST

Frankly, I'd prefer if both Rosen and Shitaletti were given their walking papers. I'd much rather have Albert and Maloney doing the games. Honestly, I wouldn't mind them bringing Howie Rose to take Sam's spot and replace Dickaletti with a stuffed animal.

RDW


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:01 pm EST

RF: if you actually listen to what Dickaletti is saying you brain might explode. The inane shit he babbles on about is irritating and mind-numbing, both. The guy is a total douchebag icehole fan.

NYStranger


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:59 pm EST

RF4L - The guy indeed blows and why I always try to listen to the other guys despite their bias

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:58 pm EST

pa: Yep. But dream on - AV loves the turn the other cheek mentality.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:57 pm EST

a tip of the hat to JT MILLER...best game i've sen him play considering the physical pounding he took and gave and will need to do every night in the POs for thsi Ranger team...

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:57 pm EST

NHL center ice here - watched the first 2 minutes of the MSG broadcast and OMG Shitiletti's inane rambling and babbling was epic to say the least. The man wouldn't shuttup and all the while had absolutely NOTHING to say. I quickly (and gratefully) found the Jet/TSN broadcast and got to enjoy the game.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:54 pm EST

step.., I can't take it! The JT assault was Dave Brown/Sandstrom like! Screw discipline and the "turn the other cheek" horse-shit! The Rangers have a nuclear deterrent and they refuse to use him, mind boggling!

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:54 pm EST

I don't even think the JETS played all that physical or dirty except for BYFUG..They just used their size when they could and slowed the Rangers down a little..but not enought..Hard to keep the Rangers down most nights...Still, I would have liked someone stand up for a teamate at the end...oh well..Just not in the cards

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:53 pm EST

That stupid penalty by Bufashit is precisely why the Hawks got rid of him and why I'm glad he's not a Ranger. Think about this: You're fighting for a PO spot, 2 points up on the charging Kings, you lost in the final minute last game and you desperately need at least a point and hopefully, 2. So what does that selfish prick do when his team is down 3 to 2 with less than a minute to go? Take a ridiculously undisciplined penalty because he's mad about something MZA did, thereby eliminating any change at either. What a complete idiot. He should be pressboxed for next game. If the Jets finish out of the POs, it'll look good on them for having such a jerk in their lineup.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:53 pm EST

I have no problem with MSL pushing Fast to 4th & Glass on his ass... The 3rd & 4th will both have threats to score...

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:51 pm EST

KLEIN will make a world of Differnce..Oh, I forgot, The Bozo at Blueshirt Bulletin said their is little diffetrence between a Klein and a Hunwick or Kostagoal

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:49 pm EST

League Standings: http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:48 pm EST

Haha... Right on P.A. for Boyle !!

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:48 pm EST

Putting MSL on the Hayes line also balances the lines much better. Plus keeps the two lilliputians apart.

NYStranger


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:48 pm EST

Hardly a great game by the Rangers but resilient for sure, as we've seen plenty of times this year. The King, after that weak goal, in fine form.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:47 pm EST

E - One of the few time I disagree..20 seconds left..BYFUG with a penalty..Game is over...One player already almost had his neck broken..Perfect time for a hit where a penalty wouldn't hurt and could protect a eamate WHEN IT WAS HAPPENING

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:46 pm EST

BIG MAC NOW!!!!!!!!

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:44 pm EST

Rangers did seem to get out of there funk about half way through. Looks like they started to push back against all that cheap shot BS and that got them going. Still much too passive on D and they are looking gassed the last few. Too may bad clearing passes. Too many games crammed in at the end, eh?

NYStranger


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:44 pm EST

STEP exactlywith MSL and HAYES..Hayes needs somebody with skill (notg just jets) on his line..The further vwe get into the POs the less Hayes' pull back curl is going to work, especially without a skilled winger to pass to

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:44 pm EST

I disagree. No face wash, no nothing there. This is one of the few times I don't want to see a reaction. Give the refs no reason to put a nyr in the box. This is no message game where you need to worry about a carryover. It's cross conference. Take the hit, stay disciplined and use the PP to finish off the game and get out of there. 2-points and hasta lasagna.

E


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:43 pm EST

As I predicted...Rangers win, which I love, but would've loved it just a tad more had Kreiders' goal come 3+ minutes later, which would've given the Jets a point more on the Kings, and 2 points for the Rangers. But...a win is a win

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:43 pm EST

E - Thats is one difference between the Rangers and almost every team I; ve seen this year,,The Rangers ALWAYS keep their poise and composure and NEVER let temotion get the best of them...Somwetimes it hurts but most of the time it pays dividends when the other teams can[t do it all game

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:42 pm EST

JT-Step-Kreids line best tonight. Seems any line with JT on it lately has been going well. Keep the top lines the same Thursday. Put MSL with Hayes Hags and slide Fast down to 4th for Glass. Good road win against desperate team.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:40 pm EST

Where the hell is Dickaleeti getting this shit?..Rangers played a bit better tonight but by no means the better team..yet they did enough with a few high octane plays and just enough D to escape with a win against a good physical team.something they needed after the last two non-competitive losses

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:39 pm EST

The Jets look like this year's Columbus. And for all their banging the Jets found themselves in that ever accelerating centrifugal force of conservative play. The New York Rangers start finding lanes and exploiting their speed. Suddenly, the Jets forecheck becomes more conservative as they cannot commit as aggressively. Chris Krieder burns them. WPG opens it wide. MZA breaks out on an odd man, Buff sees the trailer and the curl up by MZA so he puts him to the boards. Penalty drawn, game over.

E


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:37 pm EST

Big Buff is a big asshole. Doubt the league does anything. Maybe a couch change fine. Great goal by Kreider and big win to get off the slide.

NYStranger


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:36 pm EST

Hospo -- I was thinking the same thing...face wash him, push him....do something to help Zuccarello out.

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:36 pm EST

Suck on that Byfuglien

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:34 pm EST

Great goal Kreider but jeezus christ, help your teamate a little..!!!

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:34 pm EST

Bring Deveraux out from the tunnel like the WWE and have him chop Butfugyglin's legs off

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:34 pm EST

Byfuglien is a classless douchebag and stupid to boot!

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:28 pm EST

Damn they needed that..! Great pass..and awesome speed and drive by Kid K

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:28 pm EST

Good to see Yandle protecting the King's Castle (the crease) 2x which is very rare in Rangerland........That alone is what got Girardi juiced up to start throwing the body around to hurt some people.......and ultimately the Rangers picked up the pace and toughness and Kreider scores the potential GWG.

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:26 pm EST

K-Train Holy Rollin, Ride on The K-Train

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:26 pm EST

THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE KREIDERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:05 pm EST

Dickaleti is such a Dick..noting how the Jets aren't hitting the Rangers like they were wailing on the Balck Hawks and praising the Rangers for it..Teams now know they can't go out of the way to hit the Rangers..They need to try and use their size..and positioning along the baords..muddle things up in the offensive and neutral zone and prevent the Rangers transition.and get turnovers

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:56 pm EST

OV scores his 50th, Boston beat FLA, they want PO hockey, Toronto ahead of TBL 3-1 with 2 minutes to go, guess RF4L is sleeping on Maple Leaf linens tonight ;->

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:53 pm EST

In a case like this, I'd like the league to send down the orders that the player should not be allowed to take the ice for the 3rd period pending further review......

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:51 pm EST

JFC - Honestly, I can't stand to listen to either of Dickaletti or Rosen because of how much of a total homer they both are....Then again, that's their job just like any team's announcer...I love listening to the away announcers when the Rangers are doing well..Love their whining and bellyaching and, in the better ones, the true praise..

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:51 pm EST

It was nice to hear Micheletti side with us for a change, NoseN did too

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:47 pm EST

Hospo -- Oh, I'd love for the Rangers to smoke someone in response. I'm talking to the folks who think Micheletti compliments the other team too much. That hit was filthy and dangerous.

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:45 pm EST

Buff should get suspended & fined, that was a fuckin mugging... AND, afaic, whenever the league fines & or suspends a guy for such egregious crap, that player should also have to sit out the next time those teams meet....

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:44 pm EST

How do these guys as men just take this crap ? AV be Damned !! Head hunt Little in his first game back off of injury. Enough !!!!

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:44 pm EST

JFC - Not really..Big deal Michaletti wailed and a few Rangers whined,..Sometimes I just have to put my RF4L hat on and damn do I want the Rangers to smoke a Jet in return

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:41 pm EST

Once again another big team using their size and good positioning in the neutral zone to prevent the Rangers transition and quickness..and the Rangers in turn look all bunch up in their defesnive zone..They goota be quicker and play theri positions correctly,,..But I tell you waht, this JET team is gonna be a nasty opponent for anybody in the POs..

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:37 pm EST

Micheletti ripping into Byfuglien....are we happy now? ;)

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:35 pm EST

WOW, BYFUG with the assualt on MILLER...Guy should be suspended for that chicken shot play..But I have a better idea, maybe one of the Rangers should find the cohones to do it to a Jet..? NAh....

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:35 pm EST

JT was lucky his neck wasn't broken. Should have been a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for attempt to injure.

ges999


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:23 pm EST

OMG, was that really a PPG? Really? I went inside for 2 mins and I missed it????

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:21 pm EST

more like it..Good PP...Good screen by NASH..Let's do it 5 on 5 now

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:20 pm EST

Nash with an excellent screen....

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:20 pm EST

A PP GOAL... Holy mackerel andy

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:19 pm EST

Brass Balls!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:18 pm EST

Stempi from throw away to pp player... Guess Veenknow missed that...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:17 pm EST

STEP - Well, we got three guys that pretty much blow defernsively and our weakest in their own end..So when the otherv eam is able to hem us in, we're in trouble...Kevin KLEIN is soooooo key for this team..

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:10 pm EST

Our D zone coverage Sux !!! Boy do we run around in own end.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:06 pm EST

lazy forwards..and MCD dpong his best Dan BOYLE impersonation whith head firmly inside ass...

Hospo


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:05 pm EST

Ok that was quick...

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:05 pm EST

Christ, another game winner by an ex of ours....here it comes.

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:04 pm EST

Ok, maybe Im trying to see them through rose colored glasses but, I really didn't think we were that god awful. We outhit, we were outshot - 16-9 I believe, but we won about 10 face offs and we didn't have the same amount of turnovers. Don't know who was at fault on the goal the D or Hank but we recovered quickly. Our PK was good, our PP still on a milk carton...but I expected that. LGR

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:59 pm EST

Hank blew it on that goal not hugging the post... RustOleum

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:57 pm EST

Boyle continues to shake his head.... Me too...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:52 pm EST

Man that Boyle, Staal combo sucks. WTF is Boyle doing out there. Chasing guys into the corners even when Staal is already there leaving no man in front? A friggin joke! Still can not believe they did not bring up McIl. Oh and now MSL will be the savior coming back on Thursday? This team better get its sh$t together now or Hank will be auctioning off his helmets from the golf course!

NYStranger


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:47 pm EST

Chris Krieder is engaged. Took a nice one to make a play earlier to beat out an icing and got pinballed trying to dig loose a rebound.

E


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:43 pm EST

it must be a bit of a transition for the NYR players going from Talbot and his stick to Lundqvist and his lack of one.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:39 pm EST

could have iced the puck 20 seconds earlier just as discussed today

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:36 pm EST

Love the way that WPG plays. Just heavy handed. But after the first goal the New York Rangers have started to take over the pace with a good push. Good response. Lundqvist needs a few good scrambles to get his game going. That first goal was inexcusable. Totally on him to make that stop.

E


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:34 pm EST

Is it me or does Kreider look like he is looking to avoid contact?

tlats


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:32 pm EST

Sheppard just seems to compliment Moore so well.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:27 pm EST

Heeee's my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:26 pm EST

ZUC

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:26 pm EST

ZZZUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:17 pm EST

Hunwick in no mans land on first goal

caperanger


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:16 pm EST

Sam and Dickaletti are already creaming their shorts over Winnipeg and heavy attack.

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:14 pm EST

chalk up another minus for Yandle.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:47 pm EST

RHET: No doubt. The only question now is if the Rangers find their game and best hockey in the playoffs.

Vic


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:42 pm EST

ODDS? As Napolean Solo might say........ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ssx_-JH-eA

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:29 pm EST

VIC.... We all kind of expected the Rangers to have a bit of a losing skid before the playoffs, didn't we? They were on a ridiculous pace the couldn't be maintained. Hopefully, their skid is as brief as possible and we pick right back up where we left off ....FRED..... You're my boy Fred, but comparing Yandle to Poti after only 14 games? Really? Even Poti didn't become Poti after 14 games, I know it's hard to be patient with this team(or really any NYR team for that matter), but I am still confident that they have yet to play their best hockey.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:21 pm EST

Bob.... As the great Han Solo once said... "Never tell me the odds."

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:14 pm EST

It would be nice if the Kings didn't make the playoffs, but above all I want the Rangers to win.....so I hope the Rangers win in OT.

jratelle19


Tue Mar 31 2015 4:33 pm EST

Sports book at Mandalay Bay has the Rangers as Stanley Cup favorites at 5:1.

Bob


Tue Mar 31 2015 4:30 pm EST

In the big picture it would be best if the Rangers lost - pushing the Jets further ahead of the Kings, so Im going to say the Rangers will win.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 4:24 pm EST

Ditto: I would much rather the Rangers just ice the puck, stop the play, regroup, get a breather, and have the FO in our zone, than commit these costly turnovers in our end.. I don't care if they ice it half a dozen times until the coverage permits us to break out..

mf


Tue Mar 31 2015 4:07 pm EST

3 to 1 Jets win. I'm not liking how the Rangers look right now. Hopefully they prove me wrong and come back with a strong effort tonight.

Vic


Tue Mar 31 2015 3:32 pm EST

angst

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 3:22 pm EST

Pain

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 2:38 pm EST

Predictions tonight?

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 2:33 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Direct from source: Marty St. Louis says, "Tomorrow with a full practice I think it will allow me to be ready to go I think on Thursday."

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 2:05 pm EST

STEVIE: This system of getting the puck out quick works well against teams that try to skate with the Rangers. It doesn't work well against teams that press the Rangers in their own end. They eliminate the long passing lanes and force the D to try to flip the puck out. That is what creates the problems because the D don't want to put the puck over the boards and take a penalty, nor do they want to ice the puck. They are just trying to flip the puck out of the zone but those end up being the killer turnovers. I'd just like to see a little flexibility in AV's approach so that when they play some of these bigger press teams the Rangers can shift to a puck support style so that they can implement close, quick passing with multiple options. That takes everyone being back and not flying the zone too quickly as they have a habit of doing. I love HAYES' game but one of his warts that annoys me at times is he is extremely quick to fly the zone looking to break. Others on this team do it too. They fall in love with the long pass.

Vic


Tue Mar 31 2015 1:16 pm EST

Vic veenknow calls it execution and some other concepts when they lose or squeak by......he's looking for outlet passes to create speed rather than bring it up on an attack. This d is having a hard time with that concept......this team does get pinned in their own zone a little too much.....or it's my exaggeration......

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 12:25 pm EST

this is not the Nash who scored 35 earlier....whether he's double teamed, intimidated, whatever , he needs to get his head out of his underwear too......this team better be ready to turn it up a few notches for the playoffs, unless they want to go home and cry again......Hank needs to lead the charge, capt mcd parmenter is clueless, and his post game interviews sort of prove that......he better get some more fire in his belly .......

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 11:46 am EST

RANGERLOU: That issue has been my pet peeve all season. To me the Rangers problems with soft clears and turnovers in the defensive zone are far more damaging then their poor faceoff performance and their pitiful PP. The Rangers do more to contribute to the feeding frenzy that teams like LA and Boston feast on in the Rangers end then their opponents do. I can't tell you how many times I've watched the Rangers fight to take possession of the puck in their own end and then flip it to their opponent's defensemen at the blue line. In essence they do the other team's work from them by moving the puck to an open point man who can move in to shoot or pass. I've watched countless times where these seemingly innocent dump-ins by teams like LA turn into marathon shifts of pressure against the Rangers because of multiple careless soft clearing attempts and turnovers. The Rangers need to do a much better job of supporting each other at the point of attack so that they can make a few quick 5 foot passes to get clear. And when they need to clear the puck they need to clear with authority. I don't care about the icing. It is a better outcome then watching 1.5 minute shifts of pressure in their end.

Vic


Tue Mar 31 2015 11:38 am EST

Just a few points while I have a minute or two. We all have our opinions one what is going on with NASH. For me there is no doubt that his game has changed since the punches to the head by BOGOSIAN. It goes back to what I argued when we talked about his play last year. Through all those highlight years in Columbus you could see that the only things that NASH was thinking about was the goal and puck. Last year you could see that he didn't have that same focus. I wouldn't call it an outward fear. It was just that the single-mindedness of trying to score wasn't there. The margins are so slim that it only takes that little flash of self preservation in the back of his mind to turn him from being a dominant player with the puck to being pedestrian. This season it looked like the old NASH was back. He was driving to the net and playing with much more a physical reckless abandon. Since the BOGOSIAN punches he looks like the NASH of last year. More on the perimeter. More comfortable taking a long wrister while leaning away. I don't buy that BS story from the Rangers of neck soreness from sleeping on it wrong. It was either neck soreness from the punches, dizzyness or something related to the abuse. Whatever it was doesn't matter. What does matter is that NASH no longer has that single-minded focus on the goal and puck. I don't doubt he is trying his hardest and trying not to let it effect him but to me the evidence is there. With the increased physicality of the playoffs and the tighter check I don't expect much more from NASH then what we are seeing. That means the Rangers can't rely on him for scoring and it becomes even more important to get STEPAN, KREIDER, BRASSARD, HAGS and MZA playing to their potentials. They will also need to rely on contributions from MILLER, HAYES and FAST. And maybe most of all they are going to need to get a rejuvenated and confident MSL back in the lineup and doing what he used to do on the PP.

Vic


Tue Mar 31 2015 11:19 am EST

RE the Devils and Kovalchoke getting away with no cap penalty. I guarantee you this was back-room negotiations amongst the owners and agreed to in order to get the sale of the Devils to be successful. As you may recall, around that time the owner was bankrupt and rumours were rife that the NHL had taken over ensuring the bills were being paid. Negotiations with the prospective new owner however, were underway. Saddling the team with his contract (or the ongoing huge penalty if they bough him out) would have ended those negotiations immediately. That would have meant the NHL was carrying 2 teams - remember the Coyotes were also seeking new ownership. It's interesting that no investigative sports reporter hasn't dug into this. It would make a fine story I think - the Rangers were one of many teams who were 'allowed' to buy out a front-loaded contract (Brad Richards) that cost them millions, but meant they escaped the massive cap hit. Kovalchoke had such a deal. Yet no buy-out was needed for him. This helped the sale in 2 ways: 1) Freed up something like $11,000,000 from the payroll for a bunch of successive years 2) Avoided a massive one time payment to have the player walk. Without a doubt, a back room deal.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 11:09 am EST

rangerlou: Right on with that post. The games the Rangers make good clean breakouts they win...they have had few losses when they play well in that regard, when they don't do that they lose, and they have had few wins when they do that poorly. That is of course, such simpler sounding than it is to do, especially when things get tighter in the playoffs.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 11:06 am EST

Number one problem with the rangers is puck management. We make or are forced to clear the puck inside our blue line. We are held hostage in our defensive zone. Bad choices of passes in our end. How many times we blindly pass the puck down the middle and create a scoring chance for the opposite teams. That first pass out in our zone has to be brought pass blue line. Our passing has to be better and smarter. We are a team build on speed. Bad passing choices breaks down our speed.

rangerlou


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:57 am EST

As a few others have mentioned, in the long run, it would be more beneficial for us tonight for us to win this in OT. It puts the Kings one point further away from the playoffs and gives us a win for morale.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:21 am EST

The only thing the Rangers accomplish on the power play is taking two minutes off the clock...Great if you are comfortably ahead...Sucks if you are behind...They are more dangerous on the penalty kill...very sad.

RF73


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:18 am EST

If Kovelchoke comes back to,the NHL why should t he go back onto,the Devil's cap hit? This guy is a greedy piece of crap who has more loyalty elsewhere....his loyalty is to money and maybe to the World Championships representing Russia. He couldn't care less about the Stanley Cup or the NHL except for,what it represents in terms of $$$$. What the Devils were allowed to get away with in terms of the cap was pure corruption and if he is no longer "retired" they need to,take on some of his salary onto,their cap.

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 10:13 am EST

I agree with RF4L on the #1 problem with the Rangers is the PP. If our PP was working efficiently and was dependably scoring at a top 10 clip, everything else would pale in comparison and we would be the prohibitive Cup favorites AFAIAC. Used to be a lot of chatter on here about how Torts was unable to get the PP working (I was one of them) but it seems that there's something g in the water at MSG that's causing the problem because AV can't fix it either. We need the PP to be a deterrent and a weapon and it is not. Nash: imthinkmthismguy has figured it all out this year, I really do. I think,what he's going through now is just the calm before the storm. He's going to come out loaded for bear in the POs. Better he be quiet now and turn it on later. I know his PO performances have not been great scoring-wise but with the year he has had and with what he's learned in the past, I think he will score at a much better clip this PO season. He knows what he did wrong in the past and he'll know how to adjust better to the tight checking of the POs. And Ya know what? After scoring 40+ goals and now being scene as a born-again threat by the rest of the league, maybe they'll be so busy trying to stop Nash that more opportunities will exist for,others to,score. It's a team game and the other guys have to do,their part becoming scoring threats somthe other teams won't be able to load up,on Nash.

JFC31


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:59 am EST

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/hockey/power-outage-on-broadway-1.1299333

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:58 am EST

Steve Zipay ✔ @stevezipay Special teams could be factor in The Peg tonight: Jets 11th on PP, NYR 8th on PK. NYR has fallen to 21st on PP (1 for 26), Jets 15th on PK

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:38 am EST

rf4l sather would probably like to get kovaltine ...he's like a kid in a candy store.....but that guy owes lemon lou.....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:32 am EST

RF4L: Sather and many teams have proven you don't need first rounders to get goalies. And really, with Hank in net they kind of neglected that position for a few drafts, not what I would have done, but I get it. The two they have are a good start, and they may be able to land that kid out of Boston. If Sather can pull that off they will be in rather good shape unless all 3 of those kids crash and burn as pros (thats something hard to believe) and I would be SHOCKED if they didn't use a late round pick this year and next at least for a G.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:30 am EST

RF4L: But his mom says he doesn't want to come back to the NHL....LOL...me thinks there is a mommy who wants her kid to stay close to home

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:29 am EST

WIld: I sure hope Buch comes over and gets some games with the Pack this year. Be great to see. Gotta admit as much as I loath Sather's adoration for trading away draft picks, I'm encouraged by the talent that appears to be set to graduate, including: Skeji, Buch, Tambelllini, Walcott and Graves. My concern is that other than the 2 goalies (Halverson and Shesterkin), there's not much else after those players, which isn't surprising given no first round picks for the past 3 drafts. I sure hope Sather uses Talbot to land one this June.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:29 am EST

Canadian Dollar needs to drop to like 77 to make the cap drop below about 72 mil....and there are more and more investment houses forecasting a rise in the value based on what the interest rates in the US and Canada will do....only now big forecast still saying terrible things....I also don't know what date the NHL uses for setting the cap...I can't find anything that says when they set it...so conceivably they could use the higher of 10-15 days of trading for the set amount in order to calculate the revenue.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:24 am EST

Re Russian economy and the KHL - rumours surfaced last week that Kovalchoke is looking at returning to the NHL. Given that greedy bastard's history, it's safe to assume I think, if that's true it's financially related.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:23 am EST

BTW, Canadian dollar dropped another 1/4 cent yesterday and now it's sitting at 78.5 cents US. More downward pressure on next year's salary cap...

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:22 am EST

Wild: Most definitely the Russia economy is having a negative impact on the KHL and yes, the enticement to stay there is lessening rapidly.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:20 am EST

WIOSA: Totally forgot about FOs. Might replace my physicality issue with that...

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:13 am EST

RF4L: I know he said his goal is to play in NA, and he is willing to play in the AHL because he understands that he will need to adjust to the smaller ice and style of play and all that. HOWEVER that MIGHT be his agent talking, and his advisors coaching him to say all the right things, to 1-Force the KHL teams to offer more money 2-Make sure the NA teams don't feel like he is a risk to have the rights to. Now the one BIG thing going on over in the KHL is that the sanctions against the big time money guys in Russia is causing teams to go under (I think 1 already closed down for next season) and paychecks are not at full value with money being deferred so they can keep the lights on. So with that, who cares if the KHL offers big money if you wont see it until your 75 years old. That is forcing some of the displaced NHL/AHL guys to talk about coming back to NA to play since its more stable (they know their team will exist and they know they will get paid on time) that means the skill level of the KHL will be lower, and that might make a young guy less drawn by the KHL than just a year or two ago.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:05 am EST

My top three concerns are 1) THE PP - we cant make teams really "pay" unless this becomes productive. I think one poster on another site said it best "when your PK takes more sog than your PP, you have a problem"....2) Consistent Puck Possession. We are one of the teams leading TOP (I know not a big hockey stat but nonetheless they cant score if you've got the puck.) We are trying to clear the puck when we get caught against the boards, we have to battle it out and carry it. 3) FOs we have to chase when we lose this and with our D going into a funk, this is starting the play off wrong. Im still not a hockey maven and this stat does'nt appear to bother AV, but I don't understand why.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 9:00 am EST

WIld: Any he may decide he doesn't want to come to NA if he thinks he's gotta spend time in the AHL. That's what the KHL offers Russian kids - a well paid (usually) option to play pro hockey (at home) instead of the professional minor leagues in NA. I totally get the allure - especially the fact that they are playing in their nature country.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:52 am EST

RF4L: I think there is something in their contracts as well that says their contracts extend through the worlds if they make that roster. Really a crappy deal for the kid...well maybe, he may WANT to play on the national team, to get higher on the olympics list for the future. GMs tend to lean towards guys who have taken the time for the lesser international tournaments. But that is all based on his mentality and what he wants to do....

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:49 am EST

RF4L: On your 3 concerns. I think Nash is LESS concerning that last year. Last year he wasn't even getting chances, during this drought he has been getting the puck into scoring position and missing, or forcing the Dman to make a good play. He isn't at his best right now, but who goes through the year at their best? WE shall see, but if he continues to make other teams have to worry about him it helps the team, if he was like salt year, teams stopped putting their top D out against him, right now he is still getting the top defensive players against him, if teams don't do that, he is playing well enough I think he would be getting more good loos and thus, more goals.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:48 am EST

Wild: I think I read somewhere that Buch's contract goes to the end of April (could be wrong). I wonder if he'll get an invite for Russian world hockey championship team (tourney starts next month). I'm not sure when that tournament ends.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:47 am EST

Oh and this has probably been posted about, but the Rangers are hard after Skeji now that his team is gone from the collegiate POs. They want him signed ASAP so they can get him some playing time in Hartford, preferably before the AHL POs start.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:46 am EST

RF4L: Someone someplace said that the MHL (Where Buchnevich is playing now) is not that good (seemingly since he has 2 ppg) and that the best MHL team would be one of the worst Canadian Junior teams. So yeah, to me it seems like the people over there are only keeping him around to make as much money off him getting butts in the seats as possible before he comes across the pond.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:43 am EST

Pavel Buchnevich leading whatever league he's in now (not the KHL because his team was eliminated from the POs) in PO scoring. Looks like he's too good for that league. Rumours are the Rangers are looking to bring him over ASAP. If the Pack have a good PO run, he could end up playing for them.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:40 am EST

BTW, Daniel Walcott was named as one of the 3 finalists for the Quebec league's best defenseman. Kudos to him. I've not seen him play - I wonder how legitimate a prospect he is.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:36 am EST

So to rank my current Ranger concerns in order, they are: 1) The inept PP 2) Nash's invisibility 3) Lack of physicality. Are they enough to prevent a deep PO run? Logic, based on experience, says no (because they were all problems last year, too). They will make things way tougher than needed, however, especially considering the first 2 should be solvable with the current squad.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:28 am EST

stevie: I think I posted about this last week. IMO, McD's game without the puck is fine. What we're not seeing is the offensive side of his game. Last year, especially in the POs, we saw plenty of it. This year it seems when he attempts to carry the puck it ends up going nowhere or worse, results in a turn-over. It's been the case the entire year and is making me wonder if last year was a fluke. Remember, he wasn't noted for his offensive prowess in college and in fact, contributed to why the Canadiens soured on him. I believe when he was drafted (12th overall) it was due to the fact he was being viewed as a strong 2-way defenseman with size who could QB a PP. That didn't happen in college.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:16 am EST

STEVE, agree again. Im not sold on this guy being able to 'light a fire' under this team. Everyone has their slumps, but he doesn't seem to be pulling himself or his unit up. Jury is still out on this guy...RF4L, yes, gene_carr is seeing the same thing you are with regard to Nash. Ive got to check this out.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 8:03 am EST

WIOSA the elephant in the room is Capt McD , who has an invisible cloak protector. He needs to remove his head from his underwear......

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:59 am EST

STEVE, exactly. Why was it that he was not double teamed, but twice left all alone to skate right in unmolested, and after adding to his goal tally left without a check? There should be some price to pay - legitimately - for burning us. I think the problem now is our defense, not our offense. We just had 9 goals scored against us in two games. That is just plain ugly. Our D, which is one of the best in the league, has appeared to have gone on spring break.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:58 am EST

gene: Vic and I have been musing about that (Stepan/Brassard and Talbot) to the Oilers for their first rounder. If it's 1 or 2, they won't. If it's below that, they might. I too, like the notion of drafting Dylan Strome. He's as skilled as his Islander brother (if not more so - he won the OHL scoring race this year) but is much bigger and more physical. He's 6'3" and will likely reach 220 when he matures. Imagine him and Hayes as the Rangers top 2 centers for the next decade. Tempting indeed.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:54 am EST

WIOSA: I'm convinced Nash is playing scared and it started after his 'stiff neck' issues. Before then, when he was on his 60 goal pace, when he had the puck coming into the opposition's end, as often as not, he tried to make something happen by going around defensemen (or trying to) as he went to the net. Now every time he's got the same opportunity, once the defenseman closes in on him, he's shooting. Every time. Watch tonight - I'll bet if that situation arises, he'll shoot. That's what he too much of last year. That's why he's scored 1 goal in 9 games. Not good.

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:53 am EST

Gene_carr... I did see him trying everything under the sun to break through that 39 goal trap he was stuck in. I didn't pay attention to the possibility that he was avoiding contact/injury, I felt he was trying "plan B, then ok plan C, oh sh*t, let me try plan D' type of playing. You could be right - now Ive got to go back and rewatch some recent games.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:51 am EST

Can anyone explain/excuse/justify the Rangers continual issue with their PP? When is the last time this team had a good PP that they could realistically rely on, especially when the chips are down and/or the other team is taking liberties with Ranger players. I cannot remember. Why has Sather failed so miserably in this aspect of his build? I know for sure one missing ingredient: A bomb from the point. Seems to me the only 2 that ever slap the puck are Girardi and Staal and they rarely get PP time. Everyone else either wrists it or passes it off. But there's more to the problem than that. How many coaches have been involved (re come and gone)? How many different players? Glen Sather is the only constant in this embarrassing mess...

RF4L


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:50 am EST

WIOSA it would have been better if the nyr targeted overchin, and double teamed him.

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:36 am EST

Wiosa: I have to get this in before my barn chores. When Nash was on he was going to the front of the net. Since the productive drop off he avoids it. Watch how many wrap-arounds he attempts when he could plow through the front. I do not think he has been the same since he was banged up and missed a game.

gene_carr


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:31 am EST

York: Along the lines you laid out my thoughts are that the deal the Rangers would seek is trading Talbot and Stephan to Edmonton if Eichel and Conner are off the board. Edmonton would not pass on them but might for Strome who would be a perfect fit here. If that is wishful thinking then Edmonton's late first rounder for Talbot is a possibility.I totally agree that first round picks are too easily given up by Sather.

gene_carr


Tue Mar 31 2015 7:30 am EST

York well said, we are concentrating on "spoiler teams" and lamenting our lack of 'toughness' vs theirs. I think since we've not lost 2 games in a row in months we also started screaming 'man the lifeboats' a bit prematurely......Steve, is Nash intimidated (he's taken some penalties and doled out quite a few hits lately) and therefore become a target or is he just being naturally double teamed as our leading goal scorer? When you have double the amount of goals as the next in line teammate, not hard for oppositions to figure out who they need to shut down. Not sure...I just don't see him playing scared. I don't actually see any of the Rangers playing scared...more annoyed than anything and stubbornly refusing to have their buttons pushed by a team [s] struggling for a seat on the bus the Rangers are already on. My biggest worry for this team - when Im not panicking over the latest game - is their consistent failures on the PP and FO's. One, the PP, Av seems to be very concerned about, the other FO's doesn't seem to faze him at all, which I find puzzling.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:52 am EST

E I didn't say they are laughable, I think other teams are trash laughing at them. The guy most intimidated right now is Nash, and that's not good. And they are aiming for him. I agree the leaning in on them is the real physical problem. right now I'm concerned about which team is going to show up in the playoffs. They are reverting back to being inconsistent. They need to get on a roll heading into them......it would be nice if Nash stuck up for himself or a teammate did, and it would be nicer if someone on the nyr would do it to the other teams' stars.

stevielegs


Tue Mar 31 2015 6:23 am EST

I think many here including myself at times get carried away with the term toughness etc. This isn't the 80s, 90s, hell this isn't even the early 2000 where fighting was still regular. Today's NHL is different, and I'd like to remind everyone that if the bruins and caps style is so effective why isn't there record better? Why does it not reflect the effectiveness of said style of play, if it works so well shouldn't they be at the top and not fighting for a playoff spot in the final games of the season? Even the so called deadly kings are fighting for life, that comment of they are the best team currently not in the playoffs is laughable so they are the best of the worst? I honestly don't get it we have a dominant team and people are lamenting for styles of teams that are barely above water or drowning. Last year it was we couldn't beat Philly they were too physical, then it was we couldn't beat Pitt too much skill, then it was the Habs who had the combination of both and yet we won. We lost in the cup finals but by a slim margin without our big gun showing up and frankly this team was worn out. The way people talk here you would think the bruins and caps had our winning record over the last 3-4 years they don't. This team is top three in playoff winning in the whole league not bad......going back to Yandle if he can't figure out this system that trade is going to look horrible because moving him will not bring back an equal return. Sather seems to find guys out of college that want to come here his team is very good at replenishing the lost first rounders via that route but giving away first rounders like candy at Halloween isn't good either. Hayes is the blue chip center everyone screamed we needed to draft the jumbo Joe talks are gone now. I have to say I expected more from haggerty after watching him in college his shot isn't translating and his intensity/consistency is lacking I expected a lot more from him at the ahl level. Lindberg could easily be brought up to center the third line next year which asks the question who do you move Stepan or brassard? Either one could end up hurting this team I don't think brass is a number one and step disappears too much to be a number one and Hayes isn't ready to be a number one. If the rangers sign the goalie kid the writing is on the wall talbot is gone maybe to recoup a number one in a package with step who knows. This team was weak at center and goal with prospects last year and now we have Hayes and Lindberg talbot the red baron and maybe o Connor things have changed for the better thats for sure.

York18


Tue Mar 31 2015 4:34 am EST

Pretty easy to get down on the Rangers after a few suspect outings, especially when two of them are against the Caps and Bruins...but I think things here have swung toward the melodramatic...101 points...seven games remaining...almost have the division locked...could very well end up with the conference locked...may still have the President's trophy...and even if they don't, they absolutely decimated the team that is now in the lead for said trophy. Would it have been nice to watch them pummel the Bruins? Yes. Yes indeed...but before we start lamenting too hard, remember the Bruins don't have a playoff berth yet and were coming off something like six losses. Their fans are basically seeing the twilight of this organization's dominance...and we're talking about whether we can match up with them? The best is that the Rangers have played the way they have without their top goaltender and in recent weeks, a top six forward and a top pairing defenseman...Did the loss against the Craps suck? Hell yeah...but I'd be willing to bet a healthy Rangers beats the Craps nine times out of ten in the playoffs...ditto for the Bruins...different ball game then...and while it would have been nice to watch McILRATH hand LUCIC his front teeth or Tanner GLASS KO BOGOSIAN, I'd much rather take away our current position in the standings...anyone who thinks this is a weak, soft or overrated team hasn't been watching them very much this season...or for that matter, listening to the pundits --especially the ones who never sing the Rangers praises.

tdchi


Tue Mar 31 2015 12:19 am EST

STEVIE: I think you go too far here as I see it. I don't think that the New York Rangers response is laughable. They are not the 70's Flyers but this is also a different era. Stick together and keep it to between the whistles. What concerns me fa more is a team that plays heavy on them. The way to beat the New York Rangers is to pin them in, own the boards and cover the lanes. If they can't get out with the puck on their sticks I haven't been sold on their ability to play with their hard hats on and get the noses bloody. Over these next games that is precisely what we need to see. I'm not worried about "toughness." This New York Rangers team for the most part has gone on long playoff runs, an E. Conference Final, a SCF Final. They know the playoffs. They are one of the most experienced units in the league. They'll handle "intimidation." The question is: are they gonna get mashed to the margins? You tell me? I just don't know...

E


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:45 pm EST

What they should if you are the best regular season record is an automatic second round placement. Wildcard is not enough.

vcp1994


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:42 pm EST

If you go back a bit further, to 1979-80, the record gets even better. In the 33 seasons since then, the best regular season record managed to produce 11 Stanley Cup winners.

vcp1994


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:41 pm EST

https://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/nhl/presidents-trophy#.VRoW1md0ywg The President’s Trophy has been awarded since the 1985-86 season. Since then, 8 of 27 winners have gone on to hoist the Cup.

vcp1994


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:52 pm EST

Rangers just need to go back to the hard work and tenacity in all zones that usually accompanies the speed.and they'll be fine...They don't, as has been the case too often lately, they are up shit's creek without a battle..

Hospo


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:31 pm EST

..."...., it appears as if the Rangers are getting pushed around too often, relying on their skill exclusively to retaliate. Wish that were it so, especially at this time of year. The Rangers not only need to shove back, they need to shove.."....,

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 5:02 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Ranger Rants: Some more info on Chris Summers being re-assigned to Hartford (AHL) with Matt Hunwick ready to return

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 4:55 pm EST

does that mean that Hunwick is back in the lineup or what is happening?

KIS


Mon Mar 30 2015 4:04 pm EST

Yep and roster back at 22. 13 forwards (including injured MSL), 7 d-men (including injured KK) and 2 goalies.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:57 pm EST

Summers returned to wolf pack today.

tlats


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:47 pm EST

Roster max is 23. Summers, because the injured 3 aren't on the reserve list, made it 23.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:22 pm EST

actually...wait...no roster max right now...but there are a limited number of call ups.....and they avoided using one by making an emergency call up. once again, in case you missed it the Rangers have currently 773K in cap space as of today.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:21 pm EST

They are at the ROSTER max. Hunwick, MSL and Klein (for some reason) are not on the IR. Even if Klein was ( and he might be), there is no longer a roster spot. Summers made it 22 "healthy" players and one on IR(Klein if he is) so it is an emergency callup. The Ragners have cap space....700+K worth.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:17 pm EST

I don't understand why it was an emergency call-up. The Rangers aren't at the roster max. They're at a cap max. Was it an emergency call-up when Lindbergh played a couple of games? I'm confused...

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:03 pm EST

wait less than that. 24K was based on 3 days...

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:02 pm EST

The rangers have 771K in cap space (if the roster remains as it is today) and McIlrath would have cost 24K to be called up for the day (based on his 1 day of active time last call up) so they could have easily called him up if it wasn't for the emergency recall rules.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:00 pm EST

and it has NOTHING to do with the cap space the Rangers have or don't have.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 3:00 pm EST

RF4L: I don't know about the long term plans. But I can tell you that there was no way within the NHL rules to have recalled him for the game last night as an emergency call up.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 2:58 pm EST

So I can cling once again to the hope that McI is indeed in the Rangers plans. That McI wasn't passed due to some stupid cap rule (likely related to the fact that the Rangers have no cap room), he couldn't be recalled. That if that hadn't been the case, he would have been recalled. Is that what you're telling me? If so, cling is the right verb....

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 2:36 pm EST

E I said physically. I get the speed fear but they get slowed down by the teams leaning on them and the refs that that look the other way. It would be nice if they had a guy who would do more than glass. Big Mac dancing with chara would have been entertaining on Saturday . Even in scrums my perseption is that the other teams are almost laughing at the nyr....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 2:24 pm EST

Some other notable RFAs qualifying amounts(from how I read it): Lindberg-787.5, Allen 971.25, Fast-945, Miller-874.65, Klingberg if they want to keep him 682.5, Bodie if kept 971.25. Again if I am reading it correctly those would be the the numbers they would have to offer to hang onto them. I can't imagine the Rangers would jettison any of them over those numbers, and I don't believe the players have much choice...other than going overseas, but any of them that the Rangers really want to keep will probably negotiate deals, or one would think.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 2:14 pm EST

and in case anyone is interested...I am fairly certain, that since McIlrath makes over 600K and less than 1 mil base salary, they need to qualify him 5% over his current rate, that means 850,500. Now I imagine they will qualify him of course to keep him, but it wouldn't shock me if they settled on a 2 or 3 year deal worth around 925K each year at the NHL with a good AHL pay, or maybe even a one way contract that with the rate would not count against the cap, but still leave him traceable if that is what they decide to do.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 2:06 pm EST

Stevie: depends on how you view intimidating... Is anyone intimidated by Chicago? Was anybody intimidated by Detroit? Absolutely. One mistake and the puck was in the net. Speed produces respect. Wanna overcommit and rough the New York Rangers defenseman on the boards? Sure you can do that. But again and again they've shown the ability to take it, win the puck, and take off up the ice. And you learn, you cannot overcommit. Intimidation. I think some New York Rangers fans should hear the other teams media. Listen to NHL Network and radio. Come back to this after hearing what they think. The New York Rangers are very worrisome for other teams. They are not being discussed about as your favorable first round matchup. They can be very scary.

E


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:58 pm EST

and McIlraths caps hit is 1.5 with 600+K in bonus money...not 700K

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:57 pm EST

RF4L: I have seen so many games where players respond and it changes nothing...not a thing. You either play like that or you don't. I have seen even more responding to the response than anything. Thats what Avery did, and Prust does. When the other team responds, the kick it up a notch to really get the team their game. If you ignore those guys it takes that part of their game away, and it keeps the other team responding to you and your play.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:54 pm EST

RF4L: Its has nothing to do with amount of cap space. Its a NHL rule, emergency callus need to make under a certain amount. They could have had 1mil in space and it wouldn't have mattered emergency recalls are capped separately than the team cap. The Kings had the same thing last season...i think it was the kings, them or the ducks, can't remember. But anyway, they had to recall some journeyman D because he made 600K over a really good rookie who made like 900K because of the same thing.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:32 pm EST

Chris SUmmer's cap hit is $600,000 and McI's $700,000. If Sather has managed to make the cap so tight $100,000 makes a difference, he should be fired on the spot.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:30 pm EST

Wild: No, but it might help Nash and company feel better about things. I don't know if you play (or played) hockey - I did and when the other team was gooning things up it always (and I mean ALWAYS) lifted the bench when one of our guys noted for that aspect of their game responded back. I always played bigger in those situations. ALWAYS. And yes, sometimes it does serve to make the opposition thing twice before starting something. Sometimes. Not always. Sometimes. And a lot of intimidation is of the bullying kind and when a team like Boston is allowed to cheapshot with zero response, it fires up everyone on that team and they all start doing it. Again, if you can't see that, so be it.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:22 pm EST

Nick: Totally forgot about the max cap hit of an emergency recall.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:20 pm EST

RF4L: what would that response do? In reality...it wont do anything. DO you REALLY think the other teams dirty players will stop being dirty? I have never seen a team stop being dirty because of a response...not once. Some will say it makes the players feel better to know their team mates stand up for them....well what if Nash would rather they not unless its really a dirty play...couple rabbit punches may be nothing for him, and he may not want the team getting off their game because of it. If it was a big two hand slash maybe he would want a response. There are a to of things we do not know....but for one...I say to hell with responding for everything like you seem to call for. If you respond its a signal to the other team that all they have to do is get a little nasty with the top 6 guys in order to change your game. I would rather the Ragners play their game instead of reacting to the other team.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:17 pm EST

Saw this on Carp's blog from a commenter; don't know if it's correct but it says: "The team is allowed to make 4 regular recalls after the deadline. And will only be able to keep 3 of them for the playoffs. McIlrath's cap hit would push them over the cap in that situation. Summers is here on emergency recall because the Rangers have less than 6 healthy D-men. It doesn’t count against the cap, but in that case a recall player should have his cap hit ( bonuses included) at $650K max. McIlrath’s is much higher than that."

Nick


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:15 pm EST

Does anyone think the nyr are physically feared or intimidating, besides wildcard ?

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:14 pm EST

RF4L: Last night 2 or 3 times he didn't that, but 3 caps collapsed on him and he couldn't get a shot...once he did get a shot but it deflected into the corner. I know that he isn't doing it as much or maybe as well, but he did do that last night, the Caps just did a good job on him, and he had less opportunities because the D were not getting the puck out of the Dzone and through the neutral zone. nash can't do it all himself, and I think if he had more opportunities we would have seen more times driving to the net with the puck, but again, its hard to do anything with the puck when it never gets to you.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:11 pm EST

For those interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDzVLI-V6n8

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:11 pm EST

Another thing on Summers that I just thought of. AV may have wanted to get a look before the the playoffs. He knows what he has in Kostaka, Allen, and McIlrath, now he has seen summers. Better to know a little than nothing at all if a couple injuries hit. Not saying that IS what was going on, but it is a plausible reason

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:11 pm EST

....similar plays this weekend...

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:10 pm EST

That clip is interesting in that Nash drives to the net with the puck. First, he actually goes around a defenseman just inside the Sabre blueline, then right to the net he goes, even though Bogosian in the way. I haven't seen him do that since. In fact, I think I saw at least 1/2 dozen similar plays (carrying the puck thru the neutral zone into the opposition's end) in a very similar manner, only every time he shot the puck from way out. There is zero doubt in my mind since that incident (well, the neck injury symptoms that arose a couple of days later), he's gone back to his perimeter prancing ways. That clip and this week only emphasizes that. No wonder he's got but 1 goal in 9 games since.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 1:08 pm EST

TD: You and I have a big difference on 'weak punches' that's for sure. And weak or not, that entire episode was dirty and if you're fine with your top forward getting that treatment with no response, so be it. Not me.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:46 pm EST

E -- JT Miler "starting to channel his inner asshole"!?! I just spit my coffee on my iPad! LOL! Classic!

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:44 pm EST

TD: I agree. I don't think that the New York Rangers have soured on McIlrath whatsoever. But reality is that they don't need to do anything with him. He's under contract, playing in their system, improving. I don't think that guarantees his future with the organization. Frankly, I'm not sure he really has one at the end of the day. But there is no need to do much with him. What will be will be. On the other hand the guy that gets far less press yet has a lot more upside is Skjei who should be here pretty soon. Possibly within weeks. Hard to say. But likely by some point next season. He is definitely gonna be an NHL defenseman from the limited amount of play I've seen and what I've read. He looks like a good one. Prototypical New York Rangers defenseman. Mobile, 2-ways, good passes, has decent size. I'm far more interested in his skill set and ability to play then McIlrath.

E


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:38 pm EST

RF: going back down a bit. I think the odds that Talbot will still be a New York Rangers next opening season at about 40%. I put the odds of the next season after at 0%. I don't think that Sather particularly wants to lose him but if he could sign O'Connor and he could get a backup role next season I'm thinking that Talbot's value will not get much higher.

E


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:35 pm EST

Nick - interesting notion...SUMMERS does cost about $300k less than McILRATH...but I think the decision had more to do with experience and perhaps speed...Remember, Summers was replacing HUNWICK...I think AV was looking for a vet who can skate fast...I agree with the general sentiment here that Mack should have gotten the call...but still don't think it's any indication that the Rangers have soured on him.

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:32 pm EST

AV in Vancouver for most years had a great reputation as a bunch of turtling pests. They didn't fight nearly as much as they worked to get you off of your game. This is where I like to see the New York Rangers. And to be sure the New York Rangers have their tick list of guys that really get under your skin. Chris Krieder is well documented. MZA is a super pain in the ass. It looks more and more like JT Miller is starting to channel his inner asshole. And in his case there is a lot of asshole still being suppressed me thinks. Dom Moore gets overlooked often. Now the New York Rangers don't have a super-pest and I would love to see a little more of that. I put a bigger premium on being an annoying team then I do on being just a tough team. Vancouver for a time was annoying, worked hard to get you off of your game and then delivered the lethal PP for your reaction. I think AV is just playing his hand. Last season he had it dosed up with Carbomb and DD. But Carcillo had discipline issues and that made him a liability. AV several times talked about needing to play right to the edge. Clearly, Carcillo lacked the discipline to pull it back when he needed to. Glass is supposed to give some of that but he is really not that annoying. He'll go after someone but he just seems more cut in the mold of a guy who adheres the "code" more often then not. And that I believe is one of the reasons he has been luke warm to the New York Rangers fans. That, and he isn't a very good hockey player. But you just really need Glass to do more to get the other team off of their game.

E


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:29 pm EST

RF4L - I think the stitches McQUAID ended up with kind of disagree with you...the other thing...you keep bringing up BOGOSIAN on NASH...man, I just re-watched that play and all I'm seeing is Nash drawing a penalty for a couple of weak punches...he was tying up Bogosian, who was trying to clear him from the crease...Bogo got pissed and gave him a couple of gloved punches. And while I'm sure that didn't feel great on Nash's end, there's a big difference between a player whacking you with a glove and getting a bare-fisted knuckle sandwich...retribution is all subjective and I think the tendency here is for fans to think the Rangers are just knuckling under when that's far from the case.

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:24 pm EST

On McIlrath, I think there is some obscure cap reason they can't call him up. Gotta believe that absent that, he would have gotten the call over a Chris Summers. Also a question: why the hell does MSG play "Baba O'Riley" when the NYR hit the ice every game? I mean, what?

Nick


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:09 pm EST

Listen, I never said AV is opposed to fighting. If I did, I don't recall saying so. I did erroneously say the Rangers are pacifists and agreed that was wrong once I was challenged. What I have stated many times is that it's my opinion he wants his team to turn the other cheek when it comes to intimidation tactics. He doesn't want what Downie did the other night. He doesn't want retaliation penalties. The evidence, IMO, is overwhelming, starting with his days in Vancouver. He had some real assholes on that team (Burrows and LaPierre to name 2) but they were sneaky dirty and aren't known for payback tactics. Nor did they fight much (in fact, both are known for turtling, especially Burrows). And all you had to do was watch that Bruin/Canuck final, watch the Bruins manhandle and cheapshot the Canucks (very much like we saw them do to the Rangers on Saturday) to recognize that. If you haven't seen that video of Marchand rabbit punching a Sedin with ZERO response from anyone, you should watch it. It's appalling (and guess what - no penalty for Marchand - surprise surprise). I fear if the Rangers lineup against the Bruins in the upcoming POs we're gonna see something very similar. Over and over. And likely with no response from the Rangers. There's been several glorious opportunities lately for Glass to step up and address a blatant cheapshot and he's not done it. A perfect example is the Bogosian pummelling of Nash. This guy is a allegedly the team's fighter, the guy to help keep in check the other team's crap (can't recall AV's exact words about Glass, but he said something like that just a week or so ago). If that Bogosian act wasn't an example of why a guy like Glass is making $1,500,000 I don't know what is. So why no response, given his history and why he's in the lineup (according to the coach)? Is Glass a coward? Is he stupid and forgets his role? Or has the coach reigned him in? And here's another example: The Rangers didn't respond to the Bruins crap until late in the 3rd period, crap that started early and persisted all game. And Glass did nothing until the final buzzer went. Why? Did he suddenly grow a pair? Did he suddenly remember why he's making $1,500,000 to be a Ranger? Or is it because the game was basically over and it no longer mattered if he took a penalty (meaning he wouldn't be crapped all over by the coach)? I suggest in both instances it's the latter. JMHO. Once again, we can agree to disagree.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 11:45 am EST

OK...so its my OPINON what AV has actually said. And Opinion about what he does with player who fight. And my Opinion about how he has handle fighting in his coaching career. OK got it. Facts are my opinion. I stated facts about AV and his stance on fighting publicly. He has said it more than once. Actually a few times. You choose to ignore that. You choose to ignore his reactions to guys who fight, meaning they lose no ice time and don't get sat for other players. Those are facts, they can be looked at, substantiated...you have opinions that really can't be backed up by anything solid. Even Dorsett had 9 of hits fights last year before by November 30th. That game he injured his wrist, and missed 2 games, he than a week or so later missed 3 games for the wrist, than he broke his arm. He would have had at least 7 more fights last season at the pace he was going, but AV doesn't allow that in your world. Please tell me how those facts are not really facts and Dorsett wasn't playing and fighting. please tell me. Its right there...recorded for all to see. But your opinion is that AV doesn't like that, his teams don't do that...I mean clearly he allows it, or Dorsett would have had that many fights and still been in the lineup.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 11:38 am EST

god or he should be mobbed = good or should be moved

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 11:37 am EST

Wild: What can't you get it? Your stuff is no more factual than mine. The difference is I state that clearly. You come on here calling me crazy and other crap (which I really don't care about - not particularly thin skinned) and worse, post as if you're right because your opinion (and that's what it is) is fact. That's where you are 100% wrong.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 11:34 am EST

RF4L:There yo go again..never said any of those things. Closest was that Zucc wasn't worth even 3.5 mil early this season...and to argue he was is just ignorant. He was playing like crap, wasn't engaged, wasn't scoring, wasn't doing anything other than skating around holding a stick. I said clearly OVER AND OVER AND OVER he had to get back to playing god or he should be mobbed because if he didn't it would start to look like LAST season was the outlier, and after he started playing well i said he was looking better and if he kept it up he would be signed and not moved unless he was asking for crazy money long term. And guess what...he played better and kept it going and got singed because he didn't ask for crazy long term money....but go ahead...make up more fantasy world stuff to fit your argument...and than say "we have to agree to disagree" or some other comment to brush off someone who comes at you with actual facts to oppose your opinion. Because we all know your opinion is more solid than facts.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 11:31 am EST

JFC: RF4L says AV doesn't like fighting...he didn't use those words today, but has argued the point with me many times. Also, I don't think the coach is pissed at him, and no they wont think its stupid, but than again they are old school and stuck in their ways....on the other hand, if he hadn't done that, no one would have cared either...they are not going to be all upset if no one dropped the gloves. Because i think they are smart enough to know, that it really doesn't matter.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:49 am EST

AV is the perfect coach. Sather is the perfect GM. Glass is the perfect agitator. Everyone on the Rangers is perfect. Oh, except for MZA - he kinda sucks.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:43 am EST

And stop with the Straw Man statement of "AV wants no fighting" ...no one is saying that.

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:41 am EST

How many upper echelon people in professional hockey (GMs, coaches) would think that what Downie did was stupid, meaningless and served no purpose whatsoever, Wild? The majority or very few? You think the Pens coach is pissed at Downie? The Pens players think what he did was meaningless? It doesn't get analyses the way you're dojng it. Building a championship team has as much to do with unity, character, loyalty and role playing as it does with talent.

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:37 am EST

I just looked he had 10 fights last year. I thought he had a major or two for boarding or something....must have been another player. So this season he is an a 82 game pace of 3-4 more fight...3-4....yeah he was sure held back in the fight department last year. AV cost his 3-4 fights with his crazy ideas of no fighting.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:33 am EST

JFC: Last year in 51 games he had 10 majors. I think 1 or 2 may have been other types of majors, but that leaves 8-9 fighting majors. That is .15-.17 fighting majors per game...this season he is at .23 fighting majors per game. At the MOST thats 6.5 fights in an 82 games season. Now, I know I'm not a big proponent of fighting (at least the silly stated crap) but 6-7 fights in a full season is not that big of a deal for a guy who's job entails fighting. Also, as I said , He was injured, and for a while played with a hurt hand (thats from him not some speculation, he said his hand was hurt) and coming off of not being at 100% after the clavicle injury, so of course his fighting numbers would be down a tick. If he was still around would he have 17? Probably not....but he would probably have 12-13, and thats nothing to sniff at. VAN fights more...but who cares, the Rangers have more points.....and really, on winning teams there are USUALLY less fights, because they don't have to fight, or want to because they are in the lead and don't want to give energy to the other team....Dorsett last season actually salted away from challengers when they had a 1 goal lead and the momentum...to me a smart choice, teams use fights to get things going as we discussed Prust would do...why let him? But again, its hard to compare Dorestt of this year to that of last, he was banged up a lot. Still would rather have him than Glass, well, if there wasn't a cap toward about...even then, I might want that...cut a little some other place if need be.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:24 am EST

JFC: Yeah so it wasn't "stupid" but it was a waste of time...other than getting Doan off the ice for 5...because guess what...Doan will do it again...even to the Pens. He wont back down because he had to fight. hat is my point. It does nothing. Do you think that next season, when the Pens play against Arizona, that Doan will be timid and afraid to hit Letang or Crosby out of fear of a fight? You know he wont be...so what was the point? TO make the team feel better? They gave up the first goal of the game after that fight, early int he 3rd, and only won becsaue of a couple high sticking penalties that got them PP goals...otherwise they only got 1 goal. Sure they all count, but unless you think they reaction and fighting down made them get their sticks up, the Pens were down 1-0 at one point AFTER they went after Doan. And even better, Doan had an assist on the second goal, al-be-it too late to come all the way back from down 2, still, he was so frightened and so put off by the big nasty fight that he got an assist....it amounted to zilch for the Pens...some feel good stuff, that really probably is more for the fans than the players. Just look at the Rangers....how many fights does Glass have? But the other players talk about how they like him around because he stands up for team mates....really...how often has he dropped the gloves...oh wait, maybe its more than fighting...maybe the players know better what makes them feel protected than the fans....because they say Glass stands up for them...fans say he doesn't....funny how that is.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:23 am EST

Wild -- sorry, I think that's a stretch....the coach sets the tone. The guy has 17 fights....17!! He fought Rousell on Saturday....bigger than Dorsett, excellent fighter....Dorsett beat him and the fight started because Dorsett stirred it up,by crashing the net. Dorsett had plenty of games with the Rangers to show the spark, the feistiness, that he is showing now with Vancouver. It's as simple as a coach saying to a player..."hey, go do,your thing....stir things up, play hard but be smart" or a coach saying, "anyone who gets stupid penalties is gonna sit." No way to,know if that type of conversation was had when Dorsett was a Ranger but just a way of showing how a certain approach by a coach can effect how a player goes about doing what comes "naturally" ...it's what people on the Wall are talking about when they say a guy is "neutered". A coach saying over and over again....whistle to,whistle, whistle to whistle" I mediately intimidates a player who,is a SH!t stirrer.

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:23 am EST

Steve DOWNIE was another I wanted the Rangers to sign...but alas, he's sort of in the CARCILLO mold...the guy takes some real stupid penalties sometimes. The question is, are those stupid penalties worth the handful of times he drops them for a wounded teammate?

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:20 am EST

Wild/JFC - I think DORSETT'S trade was pure cap management. They essentially replaced him with GLASS and shaved a few pennies off. And no doubt Dorsett is going to command a greater salary after this season than his $1.6 million cap hit...I'm not of the belief that AV wants a soft team...and I certainly don't think the Rangers are soft or small...What AV clearly DOESN'T want in his lineup is a knuckle-dragger...Colton ORR or John SCOTT or Brian McGRATTEN would have no roll on this team, IMO...What he doesn't want is players taking stupid penalties, i.e. CARCILLO...and TBH, Dorsett also was prone to a stinker every third game...and I agree with him largely...when you're facing opponents like CROSBY, MALKIN and OV, you've got to play a disciplined game...while as a fan, I want to see retribution...if I were coaching, that kind of business would drive me crazy in a tight game...I'd want guys hitting...I'd want guys playing in the dirty areas...but taking cheap shots that could land them in the box for four minutes...or worse, a game misconduct? Nope.

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:15 am EST

Dorsett`s numbers this year: 72 games, 6 goals, 23 points +4, and 167 PMs, including 17 fights. Tanner Glass`s numbers are: 59 games, 1 goal, 4 points -14 and 91 PMs, including 8 fights. Both players make around the same $$. DD ran out of town by AV in favour of Glass. Nice.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:14 am EST

JFC: He also had a serious injury he war recovering from early on. He had lost a TON of upper body strength and than later on he fractured his hand or something, I know it was a hand injury, i think from a fight. I mean he only played 51 games. I think if he was kept he would have had, maybe not as many fighting majors, but more than we see anyone on the Rangers with. Its hard to compare his season last season to any of his others since he was injured and wasn't able to really get on a roll with the team for a great stretch of games. That would go for any type of player, you only play 51 games and miss the rest due to injury (or most of the rest) and have an injury that stops you from working out much (clavicle injuries do that) and you will see a very bad off year in every regard. Thats not to say I didn't like him or was happy to see him go, I would take him over Glass, But he makes 200K more than Glass, and 200K is 200K in a cap world. I was hoping when I saw they signed Glass that it would have been for 1-1.2 mil to get even more savings over Dorsett, I thought that is why they had moved him, due to his cap number...and that he would want a raise after his deal was up....

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:14 am EST

On Saturday, Shane Foan caught Chris Letang in a vulnerable position and followed through HARD on his check....Letang went down and needed to be carted off. It was a clean, unpenalized check. Guess what Steve Downie did? Came out for a shift, lined up next to Doan and off they went....big fight. It was a clean check. Why fight? Stupid, right? How many "hockey people" would,tell you that it was stupid? How many hockey people would tell you that what Downie did was important to his team and was a smart move? It's Hockey Psychology 101.

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:11 am EST

Wildcard - No doubt, ALLAIRE is very good at what he does...but in TALBOT'S case, he was given a goaltender with very solid fundamentals...a guy who had a pretty good save percentage, but a record/GAA that suffered largely because of the team in front of him...Talbot basically faced a lot of rubber between Alabama and Hartford...he made over 1,000 saves his last year in Huntsville in 33 games(just as a comparison, this kid O'CONNOR faced 889 for BU this season in 33 games)...he went on to make 1,500 saves in 55 games during his first full season starting in Hartford...so really, Allaire was melding a guy who was already a solid netminder.

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:06 am EST

td -- yep, Prust was/is exceptionally good at what he does. However, a guy like Dorsett was known as the same type of player...sh!t stirrer, buzz-saw type who could chip in goals and readily fight....that changed when he was a Ranger and then he was shipped out. Now, he's an effective player with a role on Vancouver and is near the top of the league in fighting majors. Hmmm....

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 10:02 am EST

td: isn't there a younger guy in Vancouver who might fit that mold as well? Regardless, yes, they are hard to find. Its that mix of 4th line goon, with 3rd line PK/shut down winger who can chop in offensively. There are probably 10 drafted every year, but maybe just maybe 1 or 2 make it every 3-5 year period and have a decent career....if its that many.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 9:59 am EST

JFC - In all fairness, players like PRUST aren't exactly a dime a dozen...He's a very good positional player who is tough as nails, isn't fazed by playing on third or fourth line, can hit with the best of them, can fight, doesn't take dumb penalties AND scores goals...I was trying to think of players who could replace him when it was clear he was leaving and the list was very short...I think if AV had the choice of having a guy like Prust or a guy like GLASS, he'd take Prust in a heartbeat...but truth be told, it's tough to get a player like that...the only one who was on the market who comes to mind is CLUTTERBUCK...and the Isles needed to give up a former top-five pick to land him.

tdchi


Mon Mar 30 2015 9:59 am EST

JFC: I agree, but thats not AV. AV has never done anything to show me that he is against that stuff, I mean like I said, Sheppard went after the guy who hit Glass, Glass didn't even have a chance to take care of it himself, and what happened, Sheppard didn't miss a shift. If AV was so against it, he would sit the guy. Its when they go off all stupid and go fight a guy who is just there to fight, and hasn't impacted the game at all that he doesn't like. Its the players and how they choose to play, they also see the wisdom in not going after guys for every nasty hit. 100% of the time when i see a team do that, next shift the player who got "taught a lesson" goes out and tries to put a guy into the 5th row, why...because he is going to want to tell the entire NHL that he isn't going to back down. Action reaction. Same thing happened with Prust. If he went out and tried to stir stuff up, and a player from he other team tried to "teach him" not to do that again, he always seemed to end up int he box for a hit that was not so clean. He was shoving it right back at the other team. Going after a guy isn't always the best option, sometimes ignoring the crap is better, because 1-they realize they will not change the way the Rangers play 2- they press to far and end up in the box. Granted the Rangers PP sucks right now, but still, in the playoffs you don't want to give any team a bunch of PPs, so ignoring the crap will only benefit the Rangers. But if they had a Prust type guy, I have no reason to believe AV would dress him and play him as long as he was responsible, and was not a defensive liability, and if he can control the puck. Those are AVs top priorities. Don't make mistakes with the puck and be in position without it.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 9:35 am EST

Wildcard -- have the Rangers had a player like Brandon Prust on their team since AV became coach? Nope. Prust was beloved by his team mates and by Rangers fans because he was willing and able to intentionally and forcefully go after opposition players who "wronged" his team mates. Getting revenge, avenging....call it whatever you like, but that is what Prust was willing to do and he did it fairly often. He was also a Class A sh!t stirrer...when he sensed the Rangers were listless, had no energy or if the other team was gaining momentum, Prust would go out there like a buzz saw and try to get the other team off their game or to go after him. The only time he got in trouble with Torts was when his zeal caused him to commit a stupid penalty in the offensive or neutral zone. Seen any of that the last 2 years? It is a missing ingredient....anyone who understands the psychology of hockey gets it...it's an important ingredient that we are missing. It's not always needed but when it is needed and you don't have it, it can be the difference between winning and losing....like in a playoff series in which momentum shifts can effect the whole series. You have absolutely no idea what AV thinks, nor do I or anyone else on here. But, pointing out such disparities does help support a POV. If you have a tangible reference that supports your idea that AV might think otherwise, more power to ya. It doesn't make you right and it doesn't make an opposing viewpoint or poster "crazy."

JFC31


Mon Mar 30 2015 9:00 am EST

And the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:56 am EST

RF4L: AV HAS SAID HE IS OK WITH FIGHTING Why do you ignore the man. He has said on MULTIPLE occasion JUST with the Rangers that he is ok with fighting, just not the goon stuff that is set up and has no impact month e game. SO chasing a guy around for half the game because he hit a guy a little dirty is not OK with him. The Shephard fight the other day, well, lets see, guy didn't miss a shift once he was out of the box...yeah AV hates it so much that guys that do it get punished....rrriiiiigggghht. You make up some imaginary reality and peddle it as truth. There is ZERO evidence that AV wants to mandate turning the other cheek. Funny...Torts was that...now AV....maybe its just smart hockey. They are one of the top teams in the NHL a couple years in a row with AV, with Torts they made the ECF and were talked about as a cup contender....but somehow they don't know what they are doing and are soft coaches because they don't get stupid and chase after guys for hitting a team mate. Thats the players, not the coach...and new flash, they are a threat to win the cup. In your fantasy land, if they had dropped the gloves a couple times the last two games, they would have won, because in your other fantasy land guys like Lucic would be scared off and stop playing big. LMFAO. There is no scaring big hard hitting thought dirty players...in fact, I don't think you scare off any player...if you could the little guys like Zucc would never make the NHL....and the average sized guys would never produce. Face it, there is zero evidence that anything you cry about would have any real impact on the games. And AV has never done anything to say that he has a mandate like that....you just make it up as you go along.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:50 am EST

York: I think Summers being recalled is less about McIlrath and more about Summers. Two things, he has over 60 games in the NHL, so maybe AV wanted to use a guy with more NHL time. Second, and also important, they may have wanted to get a closer look at him, decide if they want to keep him at 600K next year or trade him at the draft. 600K is good for the 7th Dman, and the top 6 is kind of set. Makes it hard for McIlrath to break in for sure, but I think if they didn't see him as part of the future they would have traded him at the deadline. Personally I think they just want to leave him in the AHL through the end of their run and not disrupt anything with his development. IT really is his first full season, so I get that. We shall see at the draft though, I doubt highly they will just not qualify him and let him walk, and I think that they still see him as a big nasty stay at home guy. And although fans think AV doesn't like players like that, there is no real evidence of that from anything AV has every done as an NHL coach other than not calling up a rookie Dman to play in a single game over a guy with some experience.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:48 am EST

Wild: Yes I do. It`s my opinion. Just like your point of view. Yet you post like you and AV share pillow talk nightly and you have all the facts. Guess what. You don`t. And I`ll let it go at that because you, I know, will never relinquish a point and for whatever reason, will argue the same point for-phreakin`-ever. So let`s spare the wall the silliness and agree to disagree on this.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:43 am EST

RF4L: You still think AV has a turn the other cheek mandate? LMFAO your crazy. AV does NOT have that. The players understand when to and when not to...and when fans want them to is usually the absolute wrong time to...and the type of thing than doesn't help win games. As for Kreider, to me last night he was engaged, just none got, or maybe could get the puck to him, the Caps had a guy glued to him, and he isn't as good when he is focused on, its like he hasn't learned how to get free from Dmen yet, and thats not a shock, he hasn't had that until recently, other teams didn't worry as much about him, now they do. Last night the Rangers couldn't string 2 passes together, Kreider had plenty of drives towards the net, plenty of times that he started up the ice to use his speed, and the D would turn it over and it never got to him. He is not a play developer, he is a play finisher, he needs someone to get him the puck to be effective, hew doesn't do what Nash does and stickhandle holding guys off, he doesn't lug the puck through traffic, he beats guys outside or drives the net looking for garbage to clean up. So when the entire team is slowed down and isn't making plays he disappears....just the type of player he is. Thats OK, you need guys like him to finish when the D is making good plays with the puck, because he keeps passing lanes open by stretching the other teams D.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:33 am EST

RF4L: In regards to the young net minder the Rangers are trying to sign. They also have another thing they can point to Talbot about, that is, how far he has come. They can point to, and rightly so, one of the top goaltending coaches in the world as part of that reason as to why Talbot has played so well. Hell Talbot himself points to the guy as the reason he has gotten so much better. Not many teams have a goaltending coach that is this good...perhaps the AVS, and it the guys brother (they are brother right) and just as good at his job. In any case, that along with the fact that the Rangers helped Talbot along, and haven't tried to get in his way about wanting to become a starter....the kid coming out of NCAA has two choices. Play for a crap team but have a real shot at being the starter, even if it means being the starter and absorbing all those losses. Or playing to win a backup role with a really good team, and learning how to be an NHL goalie and follow the Talbot route to teams wanting you to start, and actually get to experience playoff hockey and maybe even get his name on the cup. His mentality will dictate his path. IMHO the path with the Rangers (or another good team) is the way to go, get proper training and not just be the guy in net who gets lit up every night and never sees the post season.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:04 am EST

Bobby McKenzie reporting again this AM that the Rangers are in the hunt for Matt O`Connor. Apparently, they are 1 of 6 teams in the front. O`Connor`s season will end this week and he will then visit the teams he`s interested in signing with. Gotta figure Sather and company will hint to his camp that the Prince will be moved in the off-season so the backup spot to the King will be there for him to win. Obviously, he's competition will be Skapski, with the loser manning the number 1 role in Hartford next year. I hope they get him.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:01 am EST

stevie: 100% agree.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 8:00 am EST

rf I get that, but square pegs for a round coach won't get him there......he was dumb enough to trade gaborik because of his former coach .....at some point veenknow has to figure some adjustments to his system, or stop okaying guys coming here that are not good for his system.... he refuses to bring big mac up probably because of that. ....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:49 am EST

stevie: Simple - Sather is desperate to win a cup because time is ticking rapidly on his tenure in NY.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:43 am EST

"Without the dependable top-four righty, the Rangers now are reduced to three defensemen who are reliable — make that, competent — in their own end of the ice. Those would be lettermen Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. Yandle and Dan Boyle have been markedly deficient in their own end, both the critical areas of decision-making and execution. Their issues have caused matchup headaches for the coaching staff that essentially never wants Yandle on against a first line and manages Boyle’s time as carefully as possible. Boyle always had issues in his own end, but they were largely masked throughout what has been an estimable 16-year career, by his dynamic play with the puck on his stick and his ability to beat five men by himself. He was a sight to see. Here, though, Alain Vigneault demands his defensemen move the puck out of the zone with a quick pass, rather than carrying it. The coach wants pace, pace, pace. Boyle has never seemed comfortable in this system. "....so why sign or trade for guys that don't fit this system?......hard to teach it to vets and get them to change their style......pace pace pace makes waste waste waste.......

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:38 am EST

Some good news - Adam Tambellini scored the OT goal in Calgary`s 3 2 win against Kooteney yesterday.

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:34 am EST

The Jets, BTW, blew a 3 - 2 lead and lost in the last minute of the game yesterday to the Hawks. If the Rangers play like they did over the weekend, they are going to get pounded. Dunno how much Jet hockey Ranger wallsters have seen this year and while I`m not about to claim I`ve seen hours, I have seen enough to proclaim them as one of the most physical teams in the league. They are hanging on to the last PO spot in the west - only a week or so ago they were in one the top 3 spots. They are desperate and no doubt their pre-scouting will be all about physical forechecking and taking the man hard. Better be ready Rangers!

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:25 am EST

Should we be concerned with the absence of Chris Kreider for both weekend games? IMO, it`s against big teams like the Bruins and the Caps (and the Jets) where he is particularly needed, yet he seemed to shrink in response. This is, obviously disconcerting and needs an explanation. Did he do as most of his mates did (that is, just play crappy overall)? Or is he reluctant to play his game because he fears retaliation that he knows won`t be responded to by his teammates (due to AV`s turn the other cheek mandate)? Both answers are troubling but the latter is at least somewhat understandable...

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:11 am EST

Just for the record - not advocating the trading of Yandaway - just musing about what was given up to get him (a lot). Better win this year or next. And better figure out how to play against big teams with talent who use their size to their advantage. If not, I fear another deep PO run won`t be realized. JMHO...

RF4L


Mon Mar 30 2015 7:09 am EST

What concerns me is teams do have answers for beating the nyr system. Veenknow is not throwing too much confusion their way, but his team gets confused. They need to execute it because he's not varying it. As far as I can tell. This team wakes up when they feel their backs are against the wall.

stevielegs


Mon Mar 30 2015 6:27 am EST

Vcp cally was blocking shots the last game of tge season because we usually needed that game to get in the playoffs......reality check how important is the presidents trophy? No one even touches the damn thing lol. It's meaningless, sure it gives you home ice for the entire playoffs but you can win without that.....Yandle to me it seeks offensive dmen struggle more in this system then stay at home guys. They need longer to adjust, personally I don't agree with any system so complicated that it essentially neuters your team for 1/3 of the season. Bowman won a number of cups in different eras and did so using different systems. I remember at one point when he had some fixed lines he had those lines all playing a different system, you want creative he had federov on defense. They won and they won a lot and their systems were adjusted to quickly. Bottom line is why is av making it harder on his team? Yesterday was tough I'm watching Hayes get killed in front of the net and meanwhile our guys aren't even lifting sticks off the ice which is inexcusable. The caps turned it on in the third kept them pinned in and tired. Just to start the period I couldn't believe how many bad passes the rangers made trying to get out of the zone. Dare anyone say they are missing msl? Summers/Boyle is brutal no other word for it. Wrath got looked over for this guy? Wrath should ask to be traded he deserves better and with av doubt he will get it. Kreider seems to be dr jekyll and mr Hyde you never know who's showing up the beast or the kitten. Hayes is just turning into the steal of the year can we expect 20-25 goals and 40 assists from this kid next year? Back to back losses suck but better to be cold now then in two weeks

York18


Mon Mar 30 2015 12:11 am EST

This is all we need: Originally, when Klein broke his forearm against the Capitals back on March 11, Klein was only supposed to miss 3 to 4 weeks. Now, fast forward to today, and Vigneault is saying Klein is going through of 4 to 6 week process? Also, while it does not say in the tweet above, Vigneault also told reporters that Klein is currently in his 2nd or 3rd week of healing and will not travel with the team over the next two games in Winnipeg and Minnesota. If Klein is out 4 weeks then he should be back right before the start of the playoffs. If he needs 6 weeks to recover than he will most likely miss a considerable amount of the 1st round of the playoffs. This news is not only disconcerting to the Rangers and their fans, but if Klein has to miss the full 6 weeks then the Rangers could be in very serious trouble. With the league being so competitive now-a-days, there is barely any difference between the 8 seeds in each conference, and without Klein the Rangers could easily get picked off in the 1st round and have an extremely disappointing end to this 2014-15 season.

jnyr


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:32 pm EST

Admittedly a bit out of character ... But this is a good club among many so why not, right? It's true there's a way to beat the NYR but there's a way we turn that around also.

Nick


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:07 pm EST

Nick with the optimism..gotta love it...! Indeed, There had to be a stretch of bad games at some point..and we are missing two pretty important players (Fast on a second line? Too much ice time for players like Summer..Boyle)...This team will have as good a chance as any when it gets down to it....But,seeing that there is a way to play the game to beat the Rangers is not a welcome occurence Although I don't think it happens if the Rangers are at their best..

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:00 pm EST

I know YANDLE is struggling with the SYSTEM but there are still individual things that he shouldn't be doing that he is..and also getting outworked far too often....Those are things he can control....And I do not understand all the ice time AV was giving the porous Yandle and the Schlub Summers..They probably thought they were back in AZ playing for the draft pick..It showed in theri play!

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 10:50 pm EST

MELVILLEFRED - Just a joke, you occasioanlly make a reappearance to say how bad things are (right or wrong!).!......Anyway, how is CHENNAI/Madras?...I lived there for a year in the mid-80's..Just curious.....

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 10:35 pm EST

Nick....I think your post really does state the reality of the current situation......

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 29 2015 10:34 pm EST

Rhet....giving him away is not an option....and I never advocated that. I simply asked what the opinion of the WALL was.....for me the Tom Poti comparison is starting to congeal...

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 29 2015 10:12 pm EST

Gotta Love Yandle giving us his best Tom Poti impersonation.......that other stellar Boston Defenseman

jnyr


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:56 pm EST

Come on, gang ... Let's take a breath. The division is in the bag and if the club can't beat the 7-8 seed then they're not as good as advertised. 82-0-0 was never in the cards. Get Klein back, a rested MSL, and Hank back in form and I'll take my chances. There are so many bona fide Cup contenders I won't be surprised if we get bopped in round one or hoist the hardware. We're in; gotta get hot when it matters.

Nick


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:48 pm EST

Jim,Fred.The reason he was brought in is to improve that pitiful PP !!!!!

ilya


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:42 pm EST

Yes, let's get rid a guy who hasn't fully adjusted to AV's system in 14 games. You know, the same system that it took the bulk of the team almost 2/3rd's of a season to get comfortable with. The same guy who has 6 points in those 14 games. He hasn't single-handedly solved the Rangers PP woes and had a bad game? How dare he, release his ass tomorrow!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:19 pm EST

MFred: I didn't like it from the outset, but dislike the MSL deal way more. Yandaway has yet to fit in, save for a single game (the Ducks I think) where he put up 3 assists. Worse, he`s had zero impact on a ridiculous and unacceptable inept PP. Still, it`s early...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:16 pm EST

So everyone OK with the Yandle trade?!

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:16 pm EST

Wheels coming off in Ottawa - they lost their 3 straight tonight. Boston will make the POs almost for certain now. Not surprising to see the Sen fallout - they were playing over their heads and no way could they keep up their play.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 7:35 pm EST

Rangers Report ✔ @rangersreport Chimera had gone 20 games without a goal. Scores two in 2:59.

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:57 pm EST

Bruins won- dang.

puckyou


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:54 pm EST

To a certain extent, it's gotta be hard to avoid a "letdown" once you've achieved the goal of making the POs and then having to face 2 rivals back-to-back who have NOT qualified yet and are in a pair ion where they might not make,themPOs if they lose. Very, very difficult to match that desperation-induced intensity. These 2 games could be a good wake-up call for the Rangers whomare young to need to play well under the circumstance of their #1 goalie coming back and needing find his game. He's not gonna find it if they keep playing sloppy, keep giving the puck away and hanging him out to dry. The back to backhands after clinching was bad timing. Let's hope they take a breath now, the team leaders do their thing and they pull,it back together. This team has shown that it can rise to the occassion. As long as they don't let these losses turn into,a runaway train, they should be able to regroup quickly. This team has character.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:51 pm EST

depressing weekend. I hate losing afternoon games, especially back to back over a weekend. OV seems to take a lot of wide open slap shots. He's good, very good, but for the love of God, don't let him get so open.

nyfans


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:51 pm EST

Coasting is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:43 pm EST

Shitlanders win - division in trouble {reverse jinx attempt}

DREW


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:38 pm EST

JFC, thank you.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:29 pm EST

And BTW, the best way to end up,with injuries is to not match another team's intensity. It has nothing to do,with blocking shots, it has to do with one team playing with desperation and a "do anything to win" attitude while the other team plays like, "these games are relatively meaningless." THAT is how you get injuries

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:26 pm EST

vcp -- enough with the "get a life" crap....people are entitled to their opinions and they're also entitled to want the Rangers to play every game to win and not glide into into playoffs with no momentum. If you think it'll be a good idea for the Rangers to not take the games seriously and relax when The King is in there and trying to get in playoff shape, then you can sit back and relax and not worry about it. Others might think it's a really bad way to approach the end of the season going 3/4 speed and the have to crank, it up.while all their opponents are already in gear.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:06 pm EST

We are thankfully not blocking shots...........AV/players should say "well these games are relatively meaningless no need to go crazy" but they are not allowed to be truth full with the assholes in the NY PRESS

vcp1994


Sun Mar 29 2015 6:04 pm EST

People make me laugh...GET A LIFE...Bring back torts so players like Callahan can block shots on the last regular game of the season. I mean really so we lose 2 meaningless games give me a break. AV knows how useless the presidents trophy is. No I am not saying that we win the CUP because we are resting but yes I am saying don't risk injury or playing crazy for nothing.....A division winner which I think they will do is good enough..

vcp1994


Sun Mar 29 2015 5:20 pm EST

Islanders are up 5-3 and are going to win division...f..k I hate them. We needed one of these wins this weekend - at least a point.

DREW


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:56 pm EST

HOSPO.....not sure what you meant they won't make the Playoffs? This loss takes the pressure off Lundquist. Wednesday becomes a big game for confidence and getting back some momentum.

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:54 pm EST

Hospo" True. And you can say the same thing about the Bruin game. And the King game. On Nash - he's falken back to the perimeter since the Bogisian mugging and his subsequent neck injurym

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:54 pm EST

As for the WINNIPEG game I hope they haven't learned what the other teams have.which is...If you want a chance at beating the Rangers...You don't come out and try and physically mash the RANGERS..They will feed off it and strike back...You need to do what the Kings, Bruins and Caps did this go around..DOn't look for the hit..but just play physical strong and forecheck..try to hem the Rangers in and/or lock up their transition game

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:54 pm EST

nyr are on spring break with a wholly week, and a Passover if they are not careful.....they'll be screaming FORE if they don't wake up.....Hank has 2 jobs, get if form and shake this team up.....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:54 pm EST

Hospo: I was suffering this morning the need for Bloody Marys. I don't think the New York Rangers had enough gas in the tank. I give kudos to Washington because they buried the New York Rangers in their own zone and snuffed them out in the 3rd. they gotta get some momentum back and get healthy. I think Nash is banged up. The loss of Klein is hurting them. We'll know a lot more after the physical Winnipeg team...

E


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:50 pm EST

RF4L - I saw that from almost the entire team today..They wanted the pretty plays and goals..How many scrums or runs at Holby did the Rangers have today?.

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:49 pm EST

MELVILLE FRED - Rangers won't make the POs!..But one thing, the Rangers usually play with more than just speed, they didn't today..

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:49 pm EST

Bob: Re Nash. Oh yeah. Anyone who thinks he's playing offensively like he waswhen he was scoring....well I dunno what they are watching. He is playing like he did last year - shooting from the perimeter way more often than not.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:45 pm EST

30 Hours of travel coming back from Chennai, India to some really disturbing Hockey. 3 Physical Teams 3 losses, LAK, BOSTON, CAPS!!!! Looks like size with some speed trumps speed! The Rangers should have the anti Steven McDonald Award which would be awarded unanimously to Stepan. This guy is totally invisible and certainly not making anybody around him better. And is it just me or anybody else starting to think the Yandle deal could turn out to be the worst all-time?? Well pressure is off Lundquist since we lost with Talbot today.....and no injuries.

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:45 pm EST

And this team really misses KLEIN..and, when yuou have a FAST on the 2nd line, it might also be nice to St. LOUIS back

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:43 pm EST

KIS - Nothing new there..It has been pretty obvious from the King over the last years, and the Bruins twice this season...Caps did their version oif it today.....But all easier said then done..and the Rangers need to play THEIR game BETTER which they have done at times to EASILY beat t the Bruins, Kings and Caps..

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:43 pm EST

Leave Nash home for the Winnipeg trip. That is no team to play when you are scared. he spends most of his time this weekend avoiding contact and avoiding the front of the net.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:41 pm EST

And I sure hope this swoon is because the pressure is off. If so that's cool. Not a fan of a team busting it's tail to finish first overall. Not enough rewards...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:39 pm EST

RELAX FOLKS WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS RELAX FOLKS WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS RELAX FOLKS WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS

vcp1994


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:38 pm EST

One thing, as E alluded to with the Bruins, the CAPS were also not trying to play the Rangers as nasty and physical as the last game..They were not going out of the way to hit...They used their stength/size to try and clog or lock up the Ranger from using their transition..Worked for the most part and is obvioulsy the way you have to play to try and beat the Rangers..Rangers need to work through it better

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:37 pm EST

Rangers are just going through the motions. RELAX another meaningless game....RELAX FOLKS WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS ....possible eastern conference winners.

vcp1994


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:36 pm EST

The Jets will come out pounding the Rangers. Guaranteed.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:35 pm EST

My boy Pa. told me how it would be he said the blue print has been served on how to beat the Rangers. Fuckin AV. Mcilrath needs to be up here or it will be an early exit

KIS


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:34 pm EST

Rangers are just going through the motions. I believe they will be ready for playoff hockey. Yandle better pick his play up or else he will be the Garden whipping boy.

tlats


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:33 pm EST

TROTZ completley reshuffled his lines today while AV had Yandle and SUMMERS on the ice way too much and made poor use of having the change advantage..As for the players, CAPS OUTSKATED and OUTWORKED the Rangers in the 3rd......Time to regroup big time

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:32 pm EST

I'm still wondering who this team was that came out from the NYR dressing room for the 3rd period.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:31 pm EST

Guess they shouldn't have told them they made the playoffs......

caperanger


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:29 pm EST

Really? Pull the goalie with two and a half minutes left? The way this team is playing? Really? Nice coaching AV.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:29 pm EST

Boston had been winless in about 7 games, nice to see we're back to breaking losing streaks for teams again. Grrrrrrr!

WIOSA


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:28 pm EST

Stinker

puckyou


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:27 pm EST

And the Caps have pretty much sucked recently..Rangers not paying the priice as they usually do..well deserved loss for the 2nd day in a row....The Rangers down 2 in the third is a frustrating team to watch because they have nobody with the ability to turn a\ the momentum or game around with physicality or nastiness.....

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:27 pm EST

swoon time...better get their act together with hank over the next 5....need to get on a real roll into the playoffs.....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:26 pm EST

Rangers now 3 wins and 4 losses in their past 7. 4 of those losses are against bigger teams. Disconcerting for sure. Hopefully not a harbinger of things to come...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:25 pm EST

Seriously- bench Yandle while he still has a shred of confidence left. Omg.

puckyou


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:23 pm EST

Missed the 3rd period. Good. Keith Yandaway acquired for a frist a second and a top prospect. Nice. And sure is helping the PP...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:23 pm EST

Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. I think it's safe to say that the Rangers have officially cooled off. Hopefully, the can get their swagger back by playoff time.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:23 pm EST

This is annoying, we're better than this team...we've beaten them before, why are we acting like these games don't matter. I know we don't like Physical teams per se, but we've been hitting in this game. I don't know why we're so sloppy.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:19 pm EST

YANDLE has sucked but the entire team has been beaten by the Caps work this period...Oh yeah, nice effin penalty BOYLE.!

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:19 pm EST

Mentally, the Rangers are NOT playing PO hockey, while BOS and WASHINGTON are. No way the Rangers are gonna match the desperation that those teams are going to show. Remember how we've always bemoaned the fact that the Rangers in the past have wasted so much energy just trying to make the POs and it took a lot out of,them? Well, the same thing could happen to Boston, Washington and all these teams that are playing with the desperation that the Rangers just can't match right now.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:17 pm EST

This Yandle does not impress me one little bit. He's a turnover machine , weak defensively and has done absolutely nothing for the power play. He's a mirror image of Boyle except weave up a lot more to get him than Boyle . Can' t wait until KK gets back ..and who the hell is Chris Summer?

caperanger


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:16 pm EST

I know this has been two physical teams with two good efforts but suffice to say The Return of the KIng hasn't inspired this team..:)

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:14 pm EST

Yandle

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:14 pm EST

Handle needs to,grab some bench...

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:14 pm EST

Hospo; because they fit the system

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:13 pm EST

Hurry back Klein

tlats


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:12 pm EST

At this rate we will be out in the first round! This is playoff hockey and they haven't been able to hang with LA Boston or the caps

rngrsans


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:12 pm EST

why are Summers and Yandle on the ice so much?

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:11 pm EST

Nice pass Summers !

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:08 pm EST

Freakin give-always have killed us the last 2 games. Chimera is allowed to,stand in the crease like that??

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:07 pm EST

Know we know why Yandles +/- was so bad.

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:06 pm EST

Lets hope Yandle wont become the next Bruce Driver mistake after mistake !!!

ilya


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:02 pm EST

..Oops hit spray too fast That attitude confuses me a bit, but he's an excellent coach, so Im sure he knows what he's doing'

WIOSA


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:01 pm EST

PArangerfan...the speculation is that Summers was the "safe" choice, he has experience in the NHL (60 some odd games) and he would play solid defense no gambles no glaring errors. If this is so, not sure why Av wants to play it safe, we're jousting for po position too. Sort of like FO's he doesn't seem to feel theyre a major problem.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:00 pm EST

That PP needs a special practice i dunno , but to go 0 for 5 is ridiculous , the level of play needs to pick up before the playoffs as well as pp needs to get better b4 the po's , cant think that lets wait for the po's and things will come together NO it starts now !!!!

ilya


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:55 pm EST

RF.., full agreement on your last post. Got into it with KIS this morning about it. Makes the McI snub that more upsetting. What is VnYO thinking? I saw the kid a few weeks back in Allentown and he's the real deal. Hell, the Summers kid looks no worse the Hunny, but still no physical presence. Mind boggling.

pa.rangersfan


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:50 pm EST

Yep the Caps watched yesterdays game. It will continue from here on out. Thank god for our "puck moving" D.

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:43 pm EST

Caps doing what all teams who are bigger are doing and will be doing coming PO time: Dirty tactics. Guess what - it`s working. Give aways all over the ice this period, just like yesterday. It`s how to beat the Rangers.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:20 pm EST

Caps in full dirtbag mode.

heston


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:14 pm EST

Haven't said this in a while but great overall play by McDonagh. In both zones.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:09 pm EST

sos holding, interfering, obstructing the nyr is ok....get use to one way playoff reffing.... play thru it.....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:51 pm EST

Hospo: Well he hits and forechecks relentlessly and does have some skill. Miller`s a bigger body - maybe wanted that on the other line....who knows; some of AV`s roster decisions are head scratchers for sure.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:49 pm EST

RF4L - Thanks...I thought they would go back today..missed the first 10 mins...Do not particularly like FAST on the top 2 lines..But if we win, hey..!

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:48 pm EST

KIS: Ahmen to that brother...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:47 pm EST

Hayes is a beast in the making...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:47 pm EST

And man can Brassard shoot the puck. I'm amazed he doesn't flirt with 40 with that shot. I guess he simply doesn't shoot enough and/or get enough chances.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:46 pm EST

Hospo: That switch occurred yesterday, part way thru the game.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:46 pm EST

Great period of hockey. I'd love to see Vigneault try Hagelin-Hayes-Nash, Miller-Brassard-Zuccarello, Kreider-Stepan-Fast, Shep-Moore-Glass and then when St. Louis comes back, but him back on the line with Step and Kreider with Fast joining Shepard and Moore on the 4th.

evets1980


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:44 pm EST

Fast in for MIller? ANy reason? Just defense for the end of the period?

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:44 pm EST

Great play by Zuc, no one saw the pass going back to Brassard the way it did.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:43 pm EST

Great play by Zucc and Brass...!

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:43 pm EST

Brass - yard

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:43 pm EST

BRASS!!! Love those goals at the end of the period.

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:42 pm EST

WOWWWWW..... DERICK BRASSARD!!!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:41 pm EST

yeah I'm at work again. catching some of the game here and there. fucking Bullshit that Mcilratgh can't be part of this team. Ive seen him play now a few times and he is better than some throw in trade fodder. This team needs what he can bring. the Rangers won't win shit because bigger teams kick there ass physically. Jackass AV didn't learn that when he was with Vancouver and not only lost the cup to Boston but Vancouver took an ass whoopin. What a jackass

KIS


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:40 pm EST

HOSPO: You are getting that Hayes jersey aren't you :)

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:40 pm EST

Better than wasting picks .... Sign ufas or trade the picks

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:39 pm EST

Wow, HATES with the JAGrish or NASHish ..hell, let's just call it a HAYESish goal.! Amazing

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:39 pm EST

Sometimes it just pays to be in the right place at the right time.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:39 pm EST

Our best center..... Kevin Hayes.

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:39 pm EST

Gabby purple HAYES

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:38 pm EST

3rd time is the charm for Hayes

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:38 pm EST

KEVIN HAYES...WHAT A STEAL AND A GOAL!!!!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:34 pm EST

New goalie dan Boyle

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:34 pm EST

Dan Boyle with the save.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:30 pm EST

I hope Kevin Hayes just learned something....you hold on to the puck in the NHL and the goalie will stop it. No way he should have waited that long to shoot...better a quick, weak,shot than a delayed, strong shot

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:29 pm EST

Relax Dickaletti: Holby made a save on Tanner Glass, not Bobby Orr.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:28 pm EST

Rhet thank God... Decline the pp it's basically useless as it is being coached....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:23 pm EST

How was that not a penalty on Yandle having his stick held and being knocked down?

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:23 pm EST

If the nyr get a real pp that might score instead of minus 2 minutes ...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:20 pm EST

Brassard wasn't knocked down, he was tackled.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:19 pm EST

2 minutes for 2 penalties? New rule for overchin?

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:17 pm EST

That was a laser beam.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:13 pm EST

JMO, but for as long as Sather has coveted Yandle, He's not going anywhere.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:12 pm EST

RF4L... I get you. I'm guessing the NYR are just not going to put a rookie through the pressure cooker of this time of year (even though I disagree). I guess we wont be seeing Lindberg either :(

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:10 pm EST

vcp.., I'm curious as to what you based your post on?

pa.rangersfan


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:08 pm EST

They need some protection on the backline to insulate them from Yandle's possible departure next season. Maybe they get that from Skjei coming out of Minnesota. Older, more experienced and excellent coaching in college. Perhaps a year or less in Hartford works for him.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:01 pm EST

Rhet: Re Girardi - agreed and I think, given what else he brings to the table, the Rangers are making a huge mistake not seeing if McI can do the same, with time and experience for reasons I've been posting about.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:01 pm EST

rhet0ric- Totally agree. This business about McILRATH is much ado about nothing. In fact, it's kind of funny: People here were saying the same thing about MILLER just a few months ago. Now he seemingly has a full-time spot in the lineup. I think the future is a little cloudy for Mack...but really the choice to grab SUMMERS has more to do with his 60-plus games of experience more than anything else.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 2:00 pm EST

Bob: Haven't you seen that youtube video I've posted a couple of times on here of Marchand rabbit punching one of the Sedin twins during one of the cup final matches? He does it 3 or 4 times with zero response from Sedin (taking it like a child under the gun from a schoolyard bully) and worse, no Canuck steps up. I watched a lot of that final - the Bruins intimidation tactics were in full force. The Canucks buckled under that. I'm not saying that's why they ultimately lost - if one must point at a single failure IMO it's Luongo's continual lousy play in Boston (think he was pulled in each game). But without a doubt, the fact that Boston was permitted to pummel the Canucks with no response contributed to the loss. That's why I find it inexplicable that AV has a similar philosophy in NY. I mean, Glass responding as he did at the game's end was great but why not earlier? I remain convinced because AV reigns him in and would do the same with McI (and a reigned-in McI likely isn't overly effective - McI needs that edge to his game to compensate for some of his skating short comings). And guess what? Yesterday, once again, the Bruins beat down the Rangers. Yes, the Rangers didn't play well but they also got pummelled and a lot of those poor passes were due to a Ranger getting rid of the puck to avoid getting pounded. They are 7-1-2 in their last 10 against the Rangers. Coincidence? I think not.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:54 pm EST

Hospo - Chris SUMMERS, FYI, was Phoenix's first rounder a while back. Not saying I agree with the decision to bring him up...I really don't...but he's not exactly a slug. Another little tidbit: He was a teammate Carl HAGELIN back at UMichgan.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:53 pm EST

Per Dan Rosen.... Rangers clinch home-ice in first round with a win today and an Islanders regulation loss. This is a formality, but it can happen today.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:50 pm EST

York - So skill-wise, there's no difference between Hank and Talbot? That's a rhetorical question. And yes, I did watch Talbot with Bama because...and I know this will be mind-blowing to you...I watch and follow NCAA hockey... Just so happens that Talbot was almost the sole reason Bama, a horrible team that had no business wining anything, got a berth to the regionals, where they lost to Miami in a very tight game. Just so happens that game was televised and wouldn't you know it, Talbot was in net...and that was after being the CHA tourney MVP...and he was the only reason that team wasn't blown out of the water...so no, it came as no surprise to me that A. The Rangers signed him; and B. That he continued that level of performance when he came to the Whale...where I saw him play live on a number of occasions. The funny thing is, I can't remember you talking about him once...but memory works in strange ways...certainly, you don't remember me mentioning him...and frankly, I don't really care.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:47 pm EST

Maybe I'm wrong. but I'm not convinced McIlrath is done with the organization yet. I guess we'll know more this summer. The Rangers just decided to go with a player with more NHL experience ....RF4L.... Yes, Girardi is slow of foot and he will never be a barn burner, but he has terrific instincts, he anticipates well and he knows how to cut down on the angles. This helps him to survive and do well in AV's system. If McIlrath could do that, he'd probably be here right now. Too bad it can't be taught.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:46 pm EST

VCP--Everyone is entitled to their opinion. AV's opinion is paramount. But to say Mac is "not ready"? How exactly do you know? I have heard nothing but compliments on his play, positioning, first pass, and so on. So they should bring up a retread instead in Summers. Interesting that he did not play last night in hartford, which could mean the Hunwick upper body injury is a ruse and they planned on this all along. Whatever the truth is, the scoreboard says that the Mac draft pick was stupid given the players they passed on, and/or on top of that, he has been mishandled by the Rangers. If he is not worthy, if they determined that already he should have been gone at the deadline. If he is not worthy after a few years in the AHL, will he ever be?

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:40 pm EST

Not Sathers fault that Mclrath blew his knee out in a freak collision which has hindered his development. Folks on this board need to get a life!!!!!! Mclrath is not NHL ready even though I would have loved to see him beat the crap out of LUCIC yesterday. If he was ready and could skate well enough he would be here. AV knows talent that is for sure.

vcp1994


Sun Mar 29 2015 1:39 pm EST

So Wrath gets looked over again, no surprise AV does not like him or his style of play. I have no understanding of AV at times he is like most coaches has his favorites and then has his cast offs and it sometimes comes at the cost of the very team they coach.

York18


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:40 pm EST

E - Or, were you agreeing with me?

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:39 pm EST

E - I think you have me confused with somebody elseL...Except for when I mentioned the Bruins won't pass up a chance to hurt, I wasn't focusing on the Bruins physically manhandling and hurting us, i was focusing on how they BEAT us..And they have beat us TWICE already this year, and easily both times..They use a similar MO to the Kings when they are on...Physical disciplined hockey, always taking the biody, tough along the boards and slowing the Rangers down...which is very hard to do..I'm not saying they will prevail in a series, but they do know how to beat the Rangers if they play their best..and their core four, especially Begeron worries me a bit..

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:33 pm EST

Almost no d man excels under this system ... It needs to be taught at peewee to miaybe get it by 25 ...I not a fan of it....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:29 pm EST

Overlooked in favor of Chris Summers. Think about that. A #1 pick that plays prime minutes in Hartford for the entire year, passed over for a guy who has proven for 8 years he is only good enough for the AHL. A throw-in in a huge trade. Who wants to wager that Brady Skjei ends up in the rotation before Mac?

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:26 pm EST

Well, the Canucks always choked under AV and they did not turn the other cheek (Bieksa, Burrows, etc.). Problem is, if the refs don't give the teams power plays in the face of that stuff, no way Montreal beats them last season and no way a smaller, weaker team does this year.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:25 pm EST

Anyways, FU AV for your decision. Let's hope the Rangers are prepared to play today - otherwise another physical beating is in store because if they aren't skating and moving the puck, they end up being targets.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:23 pm EST

E: Here's the thing: McI would bring a little more nasty. McI wouldn't stand around picking his nose like most Ranger players do when crap like we saw continually went down yesterday. Until Sheppard finally stepped up, I saw only 2 players pushing back all game (referring to after the whistle crap the Bruins handed out all game long): Staal (punching Chara back when Chara punched him first) and MZA. The fact that 5'7" MZA is the team's toughest player and most ready to push back is ridiculous. And embarrassing.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:20 pm EST

Bob: McI fared reasonably well in his one game earlier this year. Certainly didn't look out of place and was surprisingly effective in making the first, safe pass out his zone. Yeah once he got caught out of position when he tried for the big hit, but who the hell cares if 1) some of those attempts connect and 2) it's not occurring every shift (occurred once in that game). I mean, what the heck is with AV's adoration of turn the other cheek philosophy anyways? Can't that idiot see that it's one big reason he has no cup ring to boast about? Geeesh...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:20 pm EST

I bet the Rangers players would not have minded if Mac was up with them yesterday. At least there would have been some pushback to the physical abuse they suffered.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:20 pm EST

HOSPO: so I guess the litmus test just swapped. Look, second to dressing a pissed off tiger in a Blueshirt Lucic is gonna do his thing. And frankly, we've seen endless times that he does something, gets a million gloves in his face and he'll just skate away and look for someone else to annoy. He'll fight on his terms and he'll work hard to take you off of your game. Chara has how many fighting majors this season? Campbell and McQuaid get into it more from my perception. Lucic is more of a Matt Barnaby then Shanahan. He's gonna do his thing. The only thing you can really do to these guys is bang them around. Actually with Chara all you need to do is skate. So let the New York Rangers finish their checks on the guy and ignore the rest of his BS. That's all you can do. Would I love to see a little more nasty on the New York Rangers? Sure I would. In philosophy you and I agree about that. Sure I'd love to see them bigger down the middle. But I always love the text book approach to dealing with Chris Neil some years ago in the playoffs. And it was courtesy of the entire bench but the big one was MDZ. Who landed a high and hard blistering check on Chris Neil that left his soul trying to find its way back into his body. The New York Rangers knocked him pillar to post after he had his way with them a game before. No one fought him. They just made him pay. That's how you deal with Lucic. You bash him around. He'll never play the game you want. And kudos to him. Against him you hate him. On your team you love him. New York Rangers fans seethe because they've been on the losing side of the guy. I get it. Don't want the Lucic getting away with stuff? Change the rules. Honestly, that's the world we live in.

E


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:19 pm EST

I feel sorry for the kid, but if he continues to work hard and improve he will get a chance somewhere. He must know that.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:18 pm EST

I'll bet McI's skating is no worse than Dan Girardi's. And Chris Summer's for that matter. I guess Conor Allen should also figure he's not in AV's plans. Idiots.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:17 pm EST

JFC: I truly hope McI gets moved this summer and makes his new NHL club next fall, then comes into New York and pounds Rangers all over the ice. It would look so good on AV (and Sather because his fingers are all over this latest organizational screw-up).

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:16 pm EST

CARP says that the feeling is McIlrath cannot skate well enough to play in AV's system. That might be true. I have not seen him play. Cam Fowler could have played in this system. He will end up in Boston or Philly and beat the piss out of Rangers forwards for the next 10 years. The skating game works when the rules are enforced. if playoff games are called like yesterday's game was, it could mean big trouble for the Rangers.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:15 pm EST

Bob: I'm just pissed at this decision. And extremely disappointed. Plus I feel bad for McI - from what I can discern he's been a consummate player for the organization, accepting demotion after demotion without a word of protests, working on his game as requested, all the while continuing to take on AHL heavyweights (another 2 fights this weekend). Shame on the Rangers for not giving him a few games.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:11 pm EST

York -- to be fair, "you never win it until you win it" applies not just to Talbot but to Lundqvist also. Unless Lundqvist somehow shows that he's just not playing well by the end of the reg. season, I can't see the Rangers having the guts to give the PO starting goalie assignment to Talbot with The King watching from the bench. Even if The King is just "almost there" by the end of the season, I believe the decision will be to take the chance that they win the 1st round with a less than perfect King, who then rounds into form via the 1st round series. I was not aware that the Rangers had announced that Hank would getb5 starts....I was thinking more like 6-7 after today. But, I'll bet the physical injury possibilities for a 6-week idle goalie are part of the decision. Bob -- gotta agree withnyou....McI is a goner. He'll be packaged with Talbot at the draft for a high draft pick, a player or some combo thereof.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:11 pm EST

McI is a pending RFA - if he's smart he'll direct his agent to request a trade. Then he can go onto the NHL elsewhere and then pound the crap out of the Rangers next year. Now that would be funny.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:10 pm EST

E - That's all fine and good, but if he's not seen as more helpful or ready than a piece of AHL/NHL flotsam and jetsum liek Summers, it doesn't say much for how the Rangers view McI NOW..

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:09 pm EST

There is ZERO reason not to call up McI right now, especially given the pummelling the Rangers took yesterday and will take today. Well, there's not zero reason - AV doesn't like McI. AV's an idiot sometimes.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:09 pm EST

E: Chris Summers up over him? shows where he stands within the pecking order. Skjei will be there shortly. That should be the end of Big Mac as a Ranger asset.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:08 pm EST

Rf4l another reason not to worry about picks.... It was nice of capt McD not to be ready to play yesterday as the kick in happened he was in the ozone looking at hank .... He is the guy I'm worried about more for the playoffs than hank .... He has shown not enough at either end....or in the middle... He needs to get his head out of his rear .... He needs to lead not follow up his rear...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:08 pm EST

E: I disagree, too. Did you watch yesterday's game? Yeah, I will concur that the Bruins aren't quite as nasty as they were 2 or 3 years ago, but they are still IMO, the dirtiest most intimidating team in the league. There was all kinds of crap being handed out by them all game long, much of which has been discussed on here. For sure, they are anticipating a 1st round PO match against the Rangers and for sure they know the key to them winning is via intimidating the Rangers and for sure, that was in their game plan yesterday. And guess what? It worked. Again. As it has more often than not lately, save for the year the Rangers had Rupp, Prust and Bickel in their lineup (surprise surprise). Why AV and company cannot see that is beyond me, but as I keep saying AV was the man in charge when he allowed his key player to get punched in the cup final with no response. I like most of what AV has brought to the Rangers but I cannot stand that aspect of his coaching style. I hate the fact that the Rangers accept being pummelled again and again and again. No doubt the Caps will be handing out the same stuff today. And the Jets on Tuesday. And why not? It's the key to beating the Rangers and the NHL lets most of it go. If I was coaching a team with that sort of makeup it would most definitely be part of my pre-game planning.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:07 pm EST

Summer shoots L, Mac shoots R. AV chose Summers despite the fact that it results in 4 L and 2 R defensemen up. Clearly, Mac is done with the Rangers. He plays big minutes, is plus 14 and, based on reports has been the best D man down there for most of the season. Unfortunately for him, the coach does not like him. I bet AV would play Cam Fowler or Vladimir Tarasenko.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:05 pm EST

BOB: why do they have to do anything with McIlrath? By all accounts he continues to improve. Whether that translates to a guy that is gonna play in the NHL I have no idea right now. Whether that means he is gonna be elsewhere I don't know. But he is under contract, he is in Hartford, he doesn't have much in terms of trade value so leave him there and see what happens. Never know... He might just be dressing fairly soon given the lack of depth at that 6-7 spot. I think that it's tempting to scream for the guy. I know New York Rangers fans imagine glory of an ass kicking defenseman to clear the problem of the crease that frankly doesn't exist nearly as much as some think it does. I just don't know if he will develop further or enough to make it to the NHL as much more then a spare part. But I don't think the New York Rangers have to be in a rush to do anything with him. If he was a true bust Sather likely would have punted him for some value while he still could. But I think as of this season he has shown progress in Hartford. His skating, foot speed, decision making, and positional play has to improve to play in the NHL. And that goes for any team he ultimately plays for.

E


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:02 pm EST

McI passed over again? More evidence that he's not in the Rangers plans. And yet another blown high draft pick courtesy of Glen Sather. He sucks.

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 12:01 pm EST

Wow, a waste of flesh like SUMMERS? And against a physical team like the CAPS.? Gotta be the R-L thang, right?

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:58 am EST

E - Kinda Disagree..I guess I saw/see the Flyers like you see the Bruins...To me, the Flys were not and are not a physical or big team, nor very talented, that shipped has sailed..All they had last year were a few dirty players and that series was closer than it should have been......As for the Bruins, yes, they aren't the Big bad Bruins that pulverize everybody but, when going right, they play a physical and disciplined game highlighted by Bergeron, Chara and Lucic that can give a skating team like the Rangers fits and they will never pass up a chance to physically hurt..They have used this MO twice already this year...playng their AA game against the Rangers...But they are aslo a streaky team, who , when not doing everything right, are way too slow for too may teams in the game,, and why other times teh Rangers handled them easily......

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:48 am EST

Hunwick out so we see Chris Summers today. Big Mac has to be done with this organization. Bet he is dealt at the draft or over the Summer.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:41 am EST

I think it's important to see Boston in perspective. They are not the big, bad Bruins of old. They do have a couple of tough players. But the vast majority of their lineup is no tougher then any other team. I would argue that instead of focusing on perceived "toughness" we look more towards how the New York Rangers handled a more physical team in Philly last season. At no time were they intimidated in that series. And at almost no time would they really engage post whistle. Instead, they just got in faces and refused to move. They drove Philly insane. I think we've seen something obvious. MZA, Chris Krieder, Miller, Hayes, Sheppard, Klein blah... Blah... Blahs... These guys don't get intimidated. They just don't. They've never shown it before. I see no reason to think they will now. They simply didn't lose the game yesterday because they were intimidated. They lost the game because they had no momentum. They came out of the gate slow, they had a blatant kick goal cause them to seethe at the refs. Every single whistle for a few after that saw a New York Rangers player going over to the refs. And when the puck was dropped they were out of position, missing passes, blowing assignments. Not to mention Lundqvist whiffed a shot that he should've stopped. And then everything caved in. They didn't get their legs under them until a little bit over halfway into the second. Until that point they were on the ropes. By the third it was over. It is just a game that needs to be courtesy flushed as a nasty failure. The New York Rangers have shown a resilience to bounce back after bad games, and lately they've been doing it without a top-6 forward and without the all-world goalie. I'm gonna hold some alarmist judgement and rhetoric until I see a tangible trend that I think will prevent them from contention. This is arguably the best team in the NHL. They aren't perfect, they have some warts but they have been building to this squad for a while. I'll panic when I don't see the bounce back after a bad game and the season starts to slip in a way that the NYI are falling off. There is reason to be concerned there and they are plenty tough.

E


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:26 am EST

TD I agree with one thing bouncing goalies is not a winning formula, AV said Hank will get five starts not me, not the schedule, AV said it so you're wrong again. It seems AV is leaving this in the hands of his staff on deciding if Hank gets the green light. Now each one was a special circumstance they are all special circumstances that's why guys like those go on to careers as starters and don't go back to being a backup, just like Talbot is proving he isn't just a back up either. Let's see where you're wrong again since you do this often, Hank has won at every level? Remind me when he won a cup in the NHL I seem to have missed that great win. As for AV losing his job, he seems to be willing to lose it depending on how Hank comes around according to todays comments. Here is something you don't seem to understand the best goalie is the goalie currently playing best not historically if that was the case lets dress Giacomon for the playoff run, or Dryden since we are talking who's been better historically. Will Hank be better in 5 games? I hope so, but if he isn't then you need to play your BEST goalie at the current time, oh and stop you weren't watching him in bama and you weren't the first to talk about him just like you weren't the first to talk about Zucc, I know in your little world you talk about everyone first, but in reality it isn't the case. I'm done with this nonsense because you don't understand the difference between the best goalie, because the best goalie is the goalie currently playing the best and you don't seem to get that.

York18


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:18 am EST

Just watched the game.You guys covered it quite completley..No use piling on the individuals but it kinda highlighted some of he weaknesses the Rangers have (Boyle on D, FOs-everywhere, lines still not together)..A bit of a surprise that the Rangers played THAT bad, but not really..The Bruins already did it to them earlier in the year and, IMWO, are one of the few teams that have the ability to make the Rangers not play their game(or force their game on the Rangers) multiple times. They are the one team I want nothing to do with in the Eastern POs..Yes, the Rangers are the better team and the bruins have zero chance of winning the CUp, but with Raask, Chara, Lucic and their nastiness, and especially BERGERON (22-8 in FOs?????) this team has the ability to play really good games and perhaps a really good physically draining series against the Rangers. Give me the Islanders, WIngs, Penns Habs etcs, I'll sleep like a baby (except maybe with the Bolts)...Glad there's a game this aftenoon, Rangers can wipe yesterday's debavcle away real quick if they want to...

Hospo


Sun Mar 29 2015 11:09 am EST

JFC - I'd argue that the Rangers going into the playoffs with the idea of bouncing between TABLOT and LUNDQVIST will spell the doom for this team's playoff aspirations...And regarding those historical references...each is a different case...For instance...the year Chris OSGOOD won the cup, he played 50 games for a Wings team that had more than a half-dozen future Hall of Famers on the roster...BRODEUR played 17 games in the playoffs and took the Devils to the conference finals before he won the cup...he also played 40 games during the strike-shortened season...and in ROY'S case, who else were they going to start? Steve Penny? The HEXTALL situation is probably the closest, because Philly had two other really solid goaltenders...but in that case too, he went into the playoffs the established Flyers goalie...And Resch was on the downside of his career...and Froese, if I'm not mistaken, had burned his bridge with Keenan...either way, the team didn't win the cup, so I don't know what that matters...Look, as good as Talbot has been during this stretch...and let's remember he didn't start out looking that good...he's still no Hank Lundqvist, a goalie who has performed --and won --at every level of the game. You have the best goaltender on the planet...you don't sit him just because his backup got hot during the regular season. No coach in his right mind would do it...if AV did, and the Rangers lost...he'd probably be out of a job.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 10:02 am EST

If the NHL referees had been doing their jobs, the butt end ending never happens. Hooking is now a stick at the hands.....the full wrap around hooking is no longer being called. Boarding? Not anymore. Elbowing? Nope. High sticking? Uh uh. Interference? Fuggedaboutit.

Bob


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:53 am EST

And shame on me for thinking this, but good for you, Tanner Glass....Imloved that butt end to McQuaid's face....it was just desserts. During the game, I had called for,someone to slew foot him or,do,some,other senseless act of violence, but I'll take Glass's butt end and be satisfied. You simply can't let "bullies" get away with bullying.....it just encourages them to keep doing it. If we face thenBruins and our PP is not clicking, I guarantee that their game plan will be to mug us into submission and if that's the case we need someone like "Butt End" Glass to be the guy who,will do something really stupid and injure one of,those guys if they pull that crap. If he gets suspended, so be it.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:44 am EST

TD/York -- i posted a couple of weeks ago that my biggest fear was Hank being a slow starter at the start of seasons and how that might translate to the POs after he comes back. I'm sure thenRangers brass is concerned aboutbthatntoo and will attempt to get him the last 7 games before the POs to,try to get him get in a groove. If he does, we will see it....it just happens and you can see when he's found "it". We'll know. York's point about hot goalies is a legitimate one and his historic references back it up. The question is largely, do,the Rangers have the GUTS to try and ride Talbot or even to,try a 2-goalie system until one goalie proves to be the answer. I say' no," because their thinking will be this: Hank is so set in his ways at this pointbthat he will not be a capable "backup" if something happens to Talbot. On the other hand, Talbot has shown that he is able to sit for a while and come back and play at a very high level....not "lights out" level, but probably a level better than a cold, rusty Hank. Also, don't underestimate what talbot's lights out performances of late have done to his own psyche and confidence level so,that if he has to sit and then come in, he won't be coming in the same way the "old" Talbot came in....he'll hopefully be coming in with ATTITUDES and a deep seated, real confidence and that mental/emotional component is more I portent than just about anything for a goalie who a.readynhasmthe tools and the traiining. So the best plan would be to try and get Hank ready the rest of the way. If the Rangers go into the playoffs with an announced 2 goalie tandem, it means Allaire doesn't think Hank is at his best.

JFC31


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:42 am EST

Bob - Here's your answer: nypost.com/2015/03/29/rangers-aiming-to-sign-2012-first-round-pick-asap-sources. I was thinking he'd return for his senior year...but the Gophers are losing a fair number of players this year...should be interesting to see where he falls into the Rangers' game plan. Don't think he's going to need long in the minors.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:37 am EST

Look i am not going to take too much out of Hank's performance yesterday. Yes he looked rusty but the whole team in front of him never showed up. Plus, that kicked in goal really set the tone of the game. And the Rangers could not buy a call, again. Had they played better in front of him and he still stunk it up, then I Might be concerned. This whole team needs to wake up and play solid 60 minutes of hockey. This 'find a way' crap will not work in the playoffs. Playing solid hockey wins games.

NYStranger


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:23 am EST

schneidw - Nope, not at all. Hank needs to be up to playoff speed, not AHL speed. If the Rangers were in the hunt for a playoff spot, I'd say maybe...because then if Hank really is as rusty as some pundits here suggest, then AV would need to seriously consider riding the hot hand...but the fact remains the last eight games of the season are essentially meaningless, save for giving the Rangers some influence over their first round opponent...all against tough teams. The Rangers need to adjust their game as a team to play in front of their top goaltender.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:17 am EST

York - frankly, I think scouts discover players, not semi-anonymous people posting on a fan site...but whether you care to acknowledge it or not I was talking about TALBOT longer than anyone else here...I don't care to argue about that though...what I will say is that you're wrong on all counts. Five starts? Rangers have eight games left, not five. Even if Talbot starts today, there's plenty of time for Hank to get back into the groove. And you're proposal is to have a goalie who has exactly two games of playoff experience...neither starting? Hank settled in and looked fine after a shaky first in which the Rangers really didn't show up to play and that's enough to hand their playoff futures over to an untested playoff goalie? Glad you're not head coach.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 9:05 am EST

Bob McKenzie reported again that the Rangers are in on Matt O'Connor....

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 8:26 am EST

The Skapster stopped 27 of 29 shots to help the Pack win 3 - 2 last night. Fabulous return so far to the AHL. This kid could be the real deal...

RF4L


Sun Mar 29 2015 8:23 am EST

“I’ve been part of (a two-goalie system),” Lundqvist said. “Sometimes that works, sometimes not. I prefer to play more, get into a rhythm.”.... Allaire will pretty much decide who the goalie should be in the playoffs . Now at least Veenknow has a real option if he needs one . I hope he doesn't . If talbot didn't do such a good job , he'd be under the bus....then someone might be pushing for slap happy to win the playoffs . He looks hot with those flames on top...all hopefully hail The King...he's the dance partner you took there and have to bring home....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 29 2015 7:25 am EST

LUNDQUVIST: I only saw some 'lowlights' on NHL network... not the actual game.. but on the BOS goals, wouldn't it be prudent for the NYRs to have Lundquvist play 2 to 3 games in Hartford? He has been out a lONG time...

schneidw


Sun Mar 29 2015 5:43 am EST

TD maybe you're confusing this sport with baseball I don't know, but three weeks of hockey means 5 stars for Hank as stated by AV. Not a lot of time for the rust to get out. Again the best goalie does not always win in case you haven't noticed and now you're were singing his praises while he was in Alabama? ROFLMAO oh my god give me a break no one was singing his praises and don't start telling me you were watching a lot of Alabama games now too please. I know you like to act like you have seen everyone first your discovery of Zucc but please stop the BS I wish rabid was here right now for this one, back to our regularly scheduled program. So Hank has 5 games to find himself or this teams fortunes of a cup are gone for this season, as for their relationship guys lose their starting jobs it happens how do you think Hank became the starter despite being the backup to start the season? Hank is not a god, he has won nothing here in 10 years, and I don't want to hear about loyalty because look where that got this team with Messier. If Hank doesn't find his game in the next 5 he needs to sit, the hot goalie is the BETTER goalie at that current time not the goalie with more talent. That is fact.

York18


Sun Mar 29 2015 4:14 am EST

And not to belie the work TALBOT has done...He's been lights-out...and incredible goalie...but we're seeing more and more how teams are changing their game plan to accommodate lesser goalies...We have three cases of it in the NHL this year alone...where ECHL or AHL-lifer goalies have come in and suddenly looked like number-one tenders...Scott DARLING of the Hawks...This guy couldn't even get a job in the AHL a few years ago...he signs a contract with Rockford and boom...suddenly he's lights out for the Hawks...guy has a 1.84 GAA and a .938 save percentage...Andrew "The Hamburgler" Hammond of the Sens...He couldn't stop a beach ball in the AHL and probably wouldn't have ever gotten the call in the NHL had they not lost ANDERSON and LEHNER...but lo and behold, Hammy has a 1.92 GAA and a .934 save percentage even after getting beat like a gong by the Rangers...Michael HUTCHINSON of the Jets...though he comes from a higher caliber pedigree --drafted in the third round by the Bruins --this guy couldn't even beat out Nik SVEDBERG for the P-Bruins starting position...and yet he's looking like a Vezina candidate with the Jets? Teams are adjusting their game to accommodate lesser talent between the pipes. The irony here is that they're doing a lot of what the Rangers did as Hank rose to prominence...this collapsing in around the net, fearlessly blocking shots...forcing everything to the outside...Yeah, you have guys like Teabag THOMAS who come out of nowhere to become a force in the NHL...and maybe Talbot is one of those guys...I've always been a huge supporter of his and was one of, if not the first guy here to sing praises for his ability dating back to when he was in Alabama...always said all the guy needed in front of him was a defense that could take SOME of the burden off his shoulders...but let's temper our expectations here.

tdchi


Sun Mar 29 2015 3:57 am EST

Are you guys SERIOUS with this goaltending "controversy" BS?!? Love TALBOT, but LUNDQVIST is the Rangers' starter and the better goaltender. I could give a toss who's hot right now and who's rusty because the playoffs are still three weeks away. Ride the hot goalie? What? What happens when that hot goalie goes cold? Then what? Ride the rusty goalie and the no-longer-hot backup? No. You ride the $hit out of the more talented goalie and make sure he's up to speed for the long 25-game battle that is three weeks away...Unless there's some really questionable coaching, you ride Lundqvist as heavy and as often as possible. There's no easy team to face in the first round, so whatever position the Rangers finish will do...wins aren't nearly as crucial as making sure the team is on the same page together. They're in the playoffs. Now it's a matter of fine-tuning the team for that battle. Talbot has done incredible and is a great goalie, but he's the Rangers' backup --plain and simple. And until the day Hank or Talbot leave this team, that is the way this relationship will remain. These are two very good goalies, but one is lights-out hands-down better than the other. Sorry, but there's no other way to see it.

tdchi


Sat Mar 28 2015 11:58 pm EST

JFC If the Rangers decide to just ride in with Hank and they get ousted in the first round after looking stellar before his return then what? Does hank get moved, is he to blame? No goalie is proven till they are proven Broduer won a cup his first full season as a starter, Det had their backup win a cup for them the very next time after winning one with Vernon, Tim Thomas won a cup after being considered fodder as an NHL goalie, Funny how you never win till you win and that's the case sure Talbot has never won, but that can be said about any goalie till they won, Roy came in as a Rookie and won, Hextall came in as a rookie and went to the finals, sometimes you ride the hot goalie, not saying this is that time, just saying it might be.

York18


Sat Mar 28 2015 11:49 pm EST

"There are eight games to go for the Blueshirts, beginning with Sunday afternoon’s Garden match against the Capitals for which Cam Talbot will be in nets. Lundqvist is likely to get five more starts."

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 11:45 pm EST

"Tanner Glass has been fined $3,897.85, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for butt-ending Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid as time expired. McQuaid ran several Rangers, including Glass and Keith Yandle, throughout the match but was penalized. If Glass is suspended, the Blueshirts would have to recall a forward from Hartford for Sunday afternoon’s Garden match against the Capitals. They have been carrying just 12 healthy forwards since Martin St. Louis went down with a knee injury on March 15. James Sheppard had fought Matt Bartkowski at 14:36 of the third after the Bruins defenseman engaged Glass. The Rangers were not awarded a power play for the second straight game. The Blueshirts have gone 147:53 since being awarded their last man-advantage at 12:07 of the second period against the Kings on Tuesday. The club has had only 21 total power plays over its last 11 matches. Coach Alain Vigneault moved Nash back to the left side of Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello in the third, elevating Jesper Fast to the right with Kreider and Derek Stepan while shifting J.T. Miller back to the right with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin. "

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:50 pm EST

Ottawa lost to the Leafs tonight in OT.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:37 pm EST

When Talbot vame up 2 years ago, it was very clear that Benoit Allaire had done his job....he had imprinted his style on Cam Talbot and the results were obvious. I thought he was an NHL calibre goalie very early on....he had the physical talent, he had learned the Allaire style and, most importantly, he had the mental/emotional makeup to be a golaie as shown by his ability to focus and play well despite long strtches of inactivity. When Hank went down this year, I said there was no need to go geta backup vet and waste cap space....that Talbot was avery good goaltender who could carry the load on his own with Skapski getting a start or 2 against weaker teams. THe kid has now shown that he can handle long stretches of playing time without breaking down mentally or physically and AFAIAC he has shown once and for all he can be an NHL starter. Howver, the Rangers have no choice but to sit him down and give Hank the vast majority of starts from here until the playoffs. Yes, Talbot should start tomorrow...that is obvious too....you can't start a guy who has sat for 6 weeks for 2 straight games....that is a recipe for disaster. His muscles and ligaments and conditioning got pushed hard today and he needs to rest his body. But after this, are we to believe that the Rangers are supposed to ride a "hot" Talbot at the expense of trying all possible means to get Hank ready for the POs?? Talbot has no playoff track record. Yes, it seems like he has the goods to get the Rangers alot of wins based on a regular season stratch that looks quite impressive on paper. It took Talbot a good 10 games though before he got to the poiunt where he stopped giving up bad golas and making all the ordinary saves to the point where he looked like a "lights out" goalie. THe Rangers are suppoosed to take a chance that he can do that troughout an intense PO stretch while they have a world-class goalie who has won a gold medal at the Olympics and made it all the way to the Finals lastyear, largely BECAUSE of his play in goal? Sit a proven commodity for an unproven one? Does nyne think at this point that Henrick Lundqvist is incapable of winning a Stanley Cup just becaus eh hasn't done it yet, but Cam Talbot can? What are the odds that Talbot can but Lundqvist can't? The RAngers are supposed to let Talbot play at the expense of doing everything possible to get The King ready for the POs? THey would be the LAUGHING STOCK of the NHL if they went with Talbot and he didnt get the job done. They are one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup. If they don't win and have Talbot in the net, they will be absolutely look like fools. Who thinks they are gonna take that chgance? Go with an unproven PO goalie in Talbot while you have a gold medal winning, Stanley Cup finalsit, $8.5 million goalie who is universally regarded as one of the best in the world, sitting on the bench watching it all unfold. Really?? If you do that and Talbot spits the bit or gets injured or you just have a hot team that has the Rangers on the brink and we need a drastic change, now you have an ICE COLD Henrick Lundqvist as your FALL BACK position?? The thought is laughable. It's just not gonna happen....I guarantee it's gonna be balls to the wall, get The King ready time from here on out. The RAnters are between a rock and a hard place. If you ride Talbot, you can't get Lundqvist enough time to get sharp. TAlbot is gonna sit after tomorrow. The RAngers are gonna hope they can get through the first round or 2 witha less than perfect Lundqvist and hope he hits his stride after that. if they're lucky, he gets sharp before the playoffs start....the only way that has any possibility of happening is if he plays and play A LOT.

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:27 pm EST

There is no goalie controversy .... Yet.... It was hanks first game back without the team being with him....and he has a ntc nmc , he's going nowhere.... But I didn't say never.... Panicking is reserved after the last game of the season....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:19 pm EST

thanks E

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:11 pm EST

KIS: AV didn't game the same puck possession style of play that he has with the New York Rangers. His defense wasn't as mobile and while not a "brawling" team they played in your face. Kesler-Bieksa etc... The closest line to playing the possession game was the Sedins. The New York Rangers are much more dynamic and that affords them the opportunity to hold on to the puck and less of the board grinding that Vancouver did. I don't really see that many comparisons to those two squads. I think to AV's credit he isn't married to any orthodoxy per se. He has shown he will scheme the team with what he has. With the Montreal Canadians it was trap city.

E


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:43 pm EST

first yorkie I do think Quick is the better goalie. You know I don't think you need Hank in net for this team to win the cup. I have said that for years. people always thought I was crazy. I do think Hank is better than talbot. he didn't show it today. I hope he shows it soon. I understand your logic. If you play Talbot and you win the cup why would or why should the rangers keep hank? too many issues to try and communicate through writing on a board. And yes you ave been talking up Talbot for a couple years. Dont get your panties in a bunch, you know I respect your shit. No way am I lumping your thoughts with the many on here..

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:35 pm EST

KIS you're either confusing me with someone else, or projecting things on me to seem right. I have no fear of any team in this league and said as much over and over again. I said for weeks bring on the Bruins and still say it today, bring on the Kings this BS of we will get beat up is just that BS to me. So saying I'm one of the people fearful is bullshite and not even close to the truth which makes your argument from the start weak at best. They beat Buff big whoop Talbot wasn't in net for either win not sure how that comes into the argument with talbot. So Hank is the better and goalie and you and I both know it, so is Quick better then Hank if we go with that logic since Quick has beaten Hank for a cup and has another under his belt? You don't need the best goalie in the world to win a cup as evident by the fact that we haven't won one with arguably the best goalie in the world in net. Then you end it if this team losses with Hank he needs to go? What kind of stupid logic is that, first he's better then Talbot, but if he losses then he isn't and needs to go? If they lose with him, they lose he;s still the better goalie according to you. I don't believe you need the best goalie in the world to win a cup, you need the best team for 16 wins and you need the best goalie during that 16 win run nothing more nothing less.

York18


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:35 pm EST

Was at the game this afternoon. Don't know how bad it looked on tv but it was an embarrassment to witness it live. Rangers were visibly intimidated by the Bruins. Yandle, Boyle, Hunwick played scared. Nash despite his goal was floating all game and showed no desire to engage physically. Ditto Kreider. McD is fighting the simplest of plays. Zucc, Moore, Miller gave good efforts. Boyle is gonna be a problem come playoffs. His positioning is erratic and soft as can be. Bruins aren't as physical as reputation. Alot of their crap is post whistle. Unbelievable the cheap shots they get away with. Why Wrath isn't playing over Hunwick is a joke. This team and particularly the Defense need a physical presence !!

stepunmytoe


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:31 pm EST

That I agree with Yorkie. Let Talbot start tomorrow against the caps. I say let Hank start two other games If he sucks run with Talbot and in the off season try to move he and Nash oops did I let that out. Not for now lol

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:28 pm EST

could it be this is Vancouver East with AV at the helm. while AV was steering Vancouver they were fast and won during the regular season all the time but got an ass whooping in the playoffs. boston intimidated and smacked the Canucks into a Boston SC win

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:28 pm EST

I love Hank and I think Ola and I were the only two guys talking about Hank before he even came over, I think he and I were the only two guys here to actually watch him play often enough to know what he was going to look like. Hanks first season both Ola and I said he would be the starter sooner then later and rightfully so, he was the better goalie for the team at that time and for the future. The thing is right now is Hank the best goalie for this team? I don't know, he is going to be rusty and the question is can this team stand to wait for him to get hot and how long will that take? Ever since watching Talbot play his rookie year in the AHL I have said he would be an NHL goalie, he's come along fast and he has rightfully earned to be this teams starter for right now, he has earned the right to continue to backstop this team into the playoffs IMO. I don't think Hank should get the next start, maybe the one after and if he looks as bad as today then you ride Talbot into the playoffs. JMO

York18


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:24 pm EST

yorkie I think you are panicking like Pa/EZ. you can taste the team winning the cup. You are not being rational. hahaha. you and many other people are fearful of the fact the Rangers dont beat big physical teams. during this time with Talbot, the Rangers didn't beat a tough physical team. they lost to Phila. they lost to boston twice. they lost to La. During Talbots time, they didn't play nor beat Tampa. They didn't beat Montreal. They beat up on a bunch of shit. OOh they beat calgary who was hot. ooh they beat ottawa. both teams fighting for a playoff spot.. shit they beat buffalo with a third string goalie. You Know as well as I do, Hank is better than talbot.. ? I think? shit this boston team hasnt won in 7 games. they were 0-3-3. this isn't about Hank being rusty this is about you and many Ranger fans knowing this team doesn't beat a strong fast physical team. Thats trouble. I still think Mcilrath should be up here. If hank plays and this team loses quickly. Hank needs to go. end of controversy. It frees up money

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:02 pm EST

Uh-oh The Alibi Police are out in full bloom tonight. One Game back and nothing is Hank's fault. I agree with York, he looked rusty as hell.It is to be expected and he just needs to work it off. Personally, I'd spilt duties between two goalies, Ease Hank back into heavy work load while still keeping Talbot sharp. Probably wont happen though.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 28 2015 9:02 pm EST

Here is hoping that NOT putting the nail in the LA or Boston coffin does not come back to bite us in the ass in May / June

jnyr


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:53 pm EST

There is not and will not be a goalie controversy. Henrik will get his work in and be ready for the playoffs. He was fine by the second half of that debacle today or it would have been 8-1.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:39 pm EST

Do we really want a goalie controversy dividing the bench/team NOW??? NOW????? We played one game and from what I can tell, Hank let in a softie. The defense was AWOL - just like they were in LA (which we did NOT yank Cam for - and rightfully so). We cant have a goalie controversy now, this is just not a good thing IMHO.

WIOSA


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:16 pm EST

KIS sorry there is no face of the franchise there is the logo of the franchise, no one player is more important then the cup. You say Hank won this and that etc, guess what? He got his starting job by the guy in front of him getting hurt and keeping the spot. I don't care if he won 10 Vezina trophies in a row right now today Talbot is the better goalie and I don't wait till the playoffs to find out if Hank can get his groove back, because then you have two cold goalies heading into the playoffs and I don't care what Hank gets paid that is no reason to start him. He's cold and this team can ill afford to start losing at the wrong time of year, this team was on a tear and Hank didn't look comfortable and with all the game sevens this team plays home ice advantage is important.

York18


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:57 pm EST

sjw.........that's actually not the worst officiated game of the year....it's just their regular contributon to our wonderfull game.

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:54 pm EST

York18..........."spot on"....... on Lunquist..........you are correct as usual.

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:21 pm EST

Much of this team losing constantly to Boston is a mind game. the rangers need to put on their big boy pants. they dont have to be more physical but they cant be pansies. they need to think and skat move the puck quickly and attack and defend with numbers. Use their quickness. No way Lucic and chara and Macquaid should be so effective

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:18 pm EST

yorkie, reaqlly ? you of all people should realize this was one game. who is the better goalie. when both goalies are playing at there best who do you pick. this is why you pay and have a goalie like Hank. You don't need him when the team is a brderline playoff team. You need him because he can make a difference. This guy has beaten all the best. He is a vezina winer and finalist. He is a gold medal winner . Let him play a few games and get his way back. If by the end of the regular season Hank isn't the king, well you are shit out of luck but he is the face of this team He deserves the chance now.

KIS


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:07 pm EST

So two straight games without one penalty called on the opposing team, that has to be some kind of record. Hank looked rusty honestly he shouldnt get the next start Talbot is the hot goalie you stay with who is winning this isn't a pity party.

York18


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:05 pm EST

"- The Rangers did not have a power play against the Bruins, as was the case in Thursday’s 5-1 win at Ottawa. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time since at least 1987-88 that the Rangers have gone two straight games without a man advantage. Also per Elias, the Rangers are the first team with just one power play chance over three games since the Blue Jackets from Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2008. "

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:05 pm EST

Nope. Fine only.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 7:01 pm EST

Is glass suspended for tomorrow's game?

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 6:50 pm EST

NEW YORK – New York Rangers forward Tanner Glass has been fined $3,897.85, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for butt-ending Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 1116 in Boston on Saturday, March 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. Glass was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for butt-ending. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 6:30 pm EST

However, the Bruins sure are good at playing the victim when they play the dirty game they do. That always amazes me.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 6:29 pm EST

Well believe it or not, I just had a Twitter chat with Jack Edwards. Seems that McQuaid has a mouth full of stitches and Boston is upset that all Glass got was a fine for a "premeditated attack" after the final horn. Of course, I agree with him that the DPS is incompetent.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 5:59 pm EST

VCP: Hockey is all momentum. You've seen what time off has done to Lundqvist. He doesn't have his legs under him yet. Same is true of everybody. If you're hurt the paradigm might be different as you take a "maintenance day." other then that? Every game 100% No slow down, no stop. Momentum, momentum, momentum. Only way to remain sharp and in sync is to play every game together. There is no off/on switch. So much is instinct. Its hard to explain but if you play you'll feel me on this. When you are playing a lot with your line mates you just get super cohesive. Just knowing where they're gonna be like a 6th sense. Its like lightning in a bottle. 1-2 games apart and you lose it and have to work to get it back. In another way, its like lifting weights. You get on a roll and keep increasing and getting stronger. You're on a roll. You go on vacation. When you go back to the gym you've lost it all and have to start again. Chemistry is like that. No sir, throttles to the stops and they stay there until its over.

E


Sat Mar 28 2015 5:05 pm EST

Sorry vcp, you don't take your foot off the pedal when the guy you're depending on to get you a Cup is in goal,after missing 6 weeks. The Rangers have to play every game to win with Hank in the net....they have to give him support and a cushion now and then so he can get his game in order ASAP. It should be understood that no matter how much practicing he's done, Hank is going to be more vulnerable to injuries like groin/hamstring pulls for,the near future. They need to keep from having him make 35-40 saves per game so early and go out there and score goals and play TIGHT D so he can relax a bit and not have to overextend himself.

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 4:50 pm EST

So now that MN is out, what is the deal with Brady Sheij?

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 4:23 pm EST

I think Glass is playing with a bad hand and that is why Sheppard jumped in. Given a full array of tools he does not hesitate to drop them .He is not the reason we lost. Hank was flopping all over the place. He gave up rebounds that Talbot was holding and that altered the control of the pace in Boston's favor. The passing was horrid and just about everyone was semi-alert and a half step or more behind.

gene_carr


Sat Mar 28 2015 4:15 pm EST

No worries a meaningless game with horrific home town refereeing. I was actually pleased to see the foot off of the gas pedal. AV and team can never admit that. We need to stay healthy maybe play 500 hockey the rest of the way. Winning the division is enough. Presidents trophy useless. Boston won it last year.

vcp1994


Sat Mar 28 2015 4:06 pm EST

That's 2 games in a row with no man advantages for the Rangers . That is crazy, I watched both games , well not all of the stinker today , but there were certainly infractions that weren't called . The boarding on Glass comes to mind ( not to mention the kicked in goal) . Just have to wonder....

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 3:59 pm EST

The referees did not miss anything. they chose to allow Fast to be abused in front of the Boston net by Seidenberg and Svedberg, let McQuaid board and interfere with Yandle, let McD get smacked in the face and let Glass be boarded. The NHL has to know that calling a game a certain way will favor one team over the other. I am not worried about the Rangers not beating Boston in the playoffs, but the way they play and the discretion the NHL gives them really hacks me off. I hope they miss the playoffs.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 3:17 pm EST

That is what we call a Stinker!!!!!! And not a ordinary stinker either. A hot humid summer day at the fulton fish market STINKER!!!!!!On the plus side. Isles and Caps lose. And Pens take over 2nd place. Lets all pray to the hockey gods we show up for The Craps tomorrow. LGR!!!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Sat Mar 28 2015 3:07 pm EST

Played poorly, Lundqvist rusty .. but the worst officiated game of the season

sjw


Sat Mar 28 2015 3:02 pm EST

Rask had cramps or craps ? Dehydrated ? How? no nyr made him sweat ....one of the bigger stinkers this season... Thanks to Toronto bs call to start the slant ....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:51 pm EST

Glass will probably get nhl spanking for fist butt ending ... Refs again missing blatant fouls which lead to glass growing a set after the buzzer...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:48 pm EST

Kudos to Sheppard - he should be given the broadway hat (or perhaps they don't hand those out when they lose).

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:40 pm EST

Bruin announcers just said that Boston, after this game, is 7-1-2 against the Rangers over the last 10 games. Yeah, I am not liking the idea of these 2 teams facing each other in the POs.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:39 pm EST

McQuaid throws a punch at Glass and he backs away. Wow....

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:38 pm EST

Amazing to me how you can watch Zuccarello skatingnhard all game, taking the body HARD all game and not follow suit. I just don't understand it. He's 5'7" and he's throwing hard hits and his team mates don't do jack shit.

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:35 pm EST

Yeah , that really should have been called

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:34 pm EST

good one cape..!

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:34 pm EST

No boarding wafj

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:33 pm EST

Our new enforcer James Sheppard protecting our goal scorer ....

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:31 pm EST

FINALLY A RESPONSE! Good job, SHEP!!

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:29 pm EST

carp is being stubborn...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:27 pm EST

Moore gets manhandled , Glass just stands there , but I forgot , he's a goal scorer now

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:26 pm EST

Paging ms glass

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:21 pm EST

Over on the Carp board, he insists the NYR would rather meet Boston than Pitt, NYI, MTL, Caps, TB, DET. I like the guy but come on. There's not much to pick between opponents but again: no Boston.

Nick


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:20 pm EST

JFC: Yep. My mantra over and over and over again. McI should have been dressed today.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:19 pm EST

Hey we could be Pitt: 1-6 in their last seven, 9 goals scored, losing in the third today at home to Arizona.

Nick


Sat Mar 28 2015 2:01 pm EST

McQuaid hits Nash high after the whistle, then smashes Yandle up high.....welcome to the future if we play these assholes in the playoffs. No response = more abuse....and with a lousy PP why should,the Bruins care of they get a couple of penalties? Someone needs to send a message and slew foot McQuaid or Lucia or whoever....let them know you're alive!

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:57 pm EST

Something tells me Glass is held in check by the turn-the-other-cheek coach. Remember, he was the man behind the bench when one of his key players - a highly skilled non-physical player who ran his offense - was repeatedly rabbit punched in the head by Brad Marchand and NO CANUCK RESPONDED. This despite the team having the likes of Alex Burrows and LaPierre dressed, not to mention Kevin Bieksa and Andrew Alberts. That's likely why McI doesn't get the call - AV embraces the turn the other cheek philosophy. It's maddening.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:46 pm EST

Man, Glass is one hell of a deterrent.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:44 pm EST

Glass must now think he's needed for his scoring... He lets abuse go on unanswered . Abuse a b-ruin do your job....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:40 pm EST

Some pressure off of Nash and Hank seems to be warming up. I'll take small victories at this point.

nyfans


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:39 pm EST

FINALLY! Now build on it...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:39 pm EST

Well, that's a bonus!

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:39 pm EST

There is 40

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:39 pm EST

Nash 40 finally

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:36 pm EST

McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath! McIlrath!

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:33 pm EST

Yesh, this is horrible. We look like an AHL team playing the SC Champs....Hank, as feared is in beginning season form, kind of slow to react and letting in soft goals, the rest of the team is pathetic....except Zucc. We're supposed to be a Defensive powerhouse, this is inexcusable. I hope this game ends soon, don't even try to score...just stop the bleeding.

WIOSA


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:33 pm EST

Wow, this ain't even close right now.

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:33 pm EST

OMG, Rangers REALLY SUCK.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:32 pm EST

Bruin announcers happy as pigs in shit.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:30 pm EST

Fast mugged in the Bruin crease; Bruin announcers laughing and cheering. Refs watching and thinking about Rask crapping in the can.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:29 pm EST

Just started watching this massacre, 3 good saves by Lundquist and a goal post , otherwise this could be a 7-0 game . Wow, LA all over again. . Which team will show up tomorrow?

caperanger


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:28 pm EST

All well and good that the little guys have big nuts, this Club needs some bigger, physical guys. Talk about the beaten, dead horse. And those players also need to be of the younger variety. Broken Glass is too easily swept away.

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:27 pm EST

Don't Go Trading Talbot so fast

mf


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:25 pm EST

AV needs to do something to wake his team up.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:22 pm EST

tlats: Agreed - only Fast and MZA look physically engaged. Everyone else doing their best to avoid any Bruin. It's disgusting. But not unexpected.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:22 pm EST

Hate to say it but they have come out since the opening puck drop like they want NOTHING to do with this game this afternoon.

jratelle19


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:21 pm EST

4 nyr standing next to hank watching the goal ... Disgraceful

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:21 pm EST

Hate to say it but pussies on ice! Except for little jasper fast and zuccarello.

tlats


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:19 pm EST

Rangers suck.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:18 pm EST

Long shot Nash...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:16 pm EST

Yet ANOTHER blatant Boyle hand away.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:14 pm EST

JFC: Yes, Lord knows no Ranger will do it (save for MZA)...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:14 pm EST

Spellcheck ... Rf4l lol

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:13 pm EST

What a weak call...NHL sucks..

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:13 pm EST

Next Bruin who hacks at or,hits The King needs to be cross checked in the jaw

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:13 pm EST

Ed needles pins lok

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:12 pm EST

Rask went to take a dump... Nyr playing like a dump...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:12 pm EST

Rask have to take a crap??

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:06 pm EST

Whatever happens this year the Rangers need to get some snarl in their game. Would love to see Mcil go after Chara. He's loosing a step now and think he needs a slap down.

barto


Sat Mar 28 2015 1:02 pm EST

1. words cannot describe my hatred for the bruins 2. words cannot describe my hatred of lucic and marchand 3. what is the purpose of the refs if their decision (which they made from 2 feet away from the play) is to be overturned by ranger-hating asses in toronto 4. punching a player it the face (chara on stall) is not a penalty anymore? 5. words cannot describe how much i hate boston's announcers rant over

Topovski


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:58 pm EST

They outmuscle the nyr like la does ... Need a great comeback win today ... Hank better speak up and act up like a #1 goalie should ... They played a bad period ... What say you capt fan McD parmenter? ... Fugowi...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:56 pm EST

Yeah that kicked in goal sucked. The way the Rangers played the period sucked more.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:55 pm EST

BTW, I hate Chara. HATE him. Biggest suckhole bully in the league. Hope he's concussed into oblivion to end his career. Now that would be wonderful.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:55 pm EST

So you can direct it not kick it . Wtf is kicking a skate off the ice? Wafj... He kicked it in ...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:54 pm EST

NYRanger: Yes, it would be nice. Rangers need to come out strong to start the 2nd.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:52 pm EST

Said it yesterday - perfect time to bring up McI with Girardi not 100% and the Bruins, Caps and Jets up. AV missed the boat on this one, IMO.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:52 pm EST

Boy it is going to be sweet when we come back and beat these F$cks!

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:52 pm EST

I don't care how badly Boston is struggling ... I want no part of this club in the POs. Cup 2011, finals 2013, Prez Trophy last year ... yeah not the same team but close enough. Ottawa or Caps ... a five-game tuneup.

Nick


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:51 pm EST

Time for glass to step in ... They are rag dolling the nyr

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:51 pm EST

Zucc makes me proud, knocking that phucker over who's hacking at the King.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:51 pm EST

Honest to Christ, I would rather listen to a carful of kids continuously asking "Are we there yet?" than to Dickaletti and his idea of analysis.

jratelle19


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:50 pm EST

Now 5 of 6 d-men with turn-overs. McD just joined that dubious club.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:49 pm EST

Wrist shots from the point....great stuff

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:49 pm EST

Someone has to get in front on those point shots. Please.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:46 pm EST

Having The King back on his throne might very well cost us the President's Trophy. After missing 6 weeks, he's basically starting all over again....and he's been a notoriously slow starter at the beginning of the season....and for him, this is like the beginning of a new season

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:46 pm EST

My whipping boy captain fantastic McD parmenter didn't even see lucic come in to kick in ... Great leadership...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:45 pm EST

Long shot Nash at it again...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:45 pm EST

Girardi yet to complete a pass. If that's because he's hurt he SHOULD NOT be playing.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:43 pm EST

Welcome back Hank...you are expected to do it all yourself.

RF73


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:42 pm EST

Don't forget Capt. McD on the first goal...had his back to Lucic...

RF73


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:42 pm EST

Veenknow needs to make the call... Looks like a preseason game ... And they are playing real bad... Should be calling a timeout...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:41 pm EST

I've seen, so far, hand-aways by 4 of the 6 d-men (Hunwick, Yandle, Boyle and Girardi). Terrible.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:41 pm EST

Throw the sheets in the wash! The bed has been shitted!

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:41 pm EST

Yup, this team for a while now has looked like a team avoiding contact. Tonight and the LA game especially.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:40 pm EST

Man oh man alive...........we are so much better than the Bruins this year and..................the man you hate the most, Lucic scores two and Hank is gonna get pulled in his first start back..........GEEZ !

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:40 pm EST

This is embarrassing. They have a chance to put a nail in the coffin of the Bruins playoff hopes. Do they want to possibly play the first series against this team and get pounded. WTF

barto


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:40 pm EST

This is exactly the kind of game you need a shit stirrer to wake their asses up. Someone needs to punch Marchand in the face or hip check someone HARD. Wake the hell up....Lundqvist must be PISSED...and rightfully so. They're hanging him out to dry!

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:38 pm EST

The Rangers are afraid, especially in their own end. I concur - I don't want the Rangers facing this team in the opening PO round.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:38 pm EST

Rangers should be ashamed of themselves.....leaving The King on his own....disgusting

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:38 pm EST

Wow, just playing like crap.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:38 pm EST

Giveaway City today

RF73


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:38 pm EST

Oh geesh. Hand-aways due to fear of getting hit. Bring up McI...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:37 pm EST

In their own end the Rangers are treating the puck like a hand grenade.

jratelle19


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:37 pm EST

Pull him

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:37 pm EST

Nice pass by hunwick

nyfans


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:35 pm EST

Hank getting hamburglar treatment

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:35 pm EST

Boyle looks horrible. Running into his own man too high up in the Ranger end as he chased a Bruin around. Then Yandle with a ridiculous cough-up.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:35 pm EST

mf.., gotta disagree my friend. This Boston club presents a big problem for the good guys. Too physical, they have some speed, very solid goaltender, and a hatred of the Rangers. Not a good match-up if you ask me. I also got into it with my boy KIS in regards to the king. Prince should stay #1 for the rest of the way. King has missed alot of time.

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:35 pm EST

Without saying a word, my wife's body language just said " we're staying in the house on a Saturday afternoon for this crap?

nyfans


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:32 pm EST

JFC, good teams get over bad calls. The second goal was a legitimate goal. We have 3 sog and they have two goals. THAT is the problem. IMHO

WIOSA


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:32 pm EST

And WTF was Boyle doing on that 2nd goal? Geeesh..

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:32 pm EST

Welcome back hank, your teammates giving you no help ...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:31 pm EST

RF4L: right now they do look afraid

tlats


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:31 pm EST

Just wondering if they realize it was a one o'clock start?

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:30 pm EST

I'm just disgusted....don't even feel like watching at this point. Toronto idiots can go to hell...blatant incompetence....distinct use of the skate tomditect the puck towards the goal. I don't give a shit about the wording of there,e...they know dam well what happened there! The King is very rusty and the Rangers can't even muster an inspired start to honor and help their goalie

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:29 pm EST

3 SOGs, 2 of which I saw and were softies. Are the Rangers afraid of the Bruins?

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:27 pm EST

Okay, this loser is making me cry

WIOSA


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:27 pm EST

Bring on the Prince...

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:27 pm EST

Terrible start. Again.

RF4L


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:27 pm EST

Quote:'This time, that is a legitimate goal' unbelievable.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:26 pm EST

Thats a softie hank

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:25 pm EST

The sad thing for the NHL is a bad call like that could potentially change a play off series....oh wait, that already happened! Bullshite

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:25 pm EST

I forgot to mention Toronto and their bs deciding goals and games... Pathetic and clueless ... Try making a distinct kicking motion by their definition if they really have one.... It's not a soccer game ...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:25 pm EST

I just finished saying that Kreider should have a good game, he's native Mass, and that the only player I really hate on the Bruins is Lucic, and BAM, look who "scores" a goal, and who was on ice when it happened. I was wondering if we were planning on taking any sog? Just for the helluv it.... On FO's my pet peeve, I thought we might've turned the corner, but nooooo, the Sens were just worse than we were on them. Let's go Rangers....

WIOSA


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:25 pm EST

Just showed Lucic's reaction going to commercial, he was grinning ear to ear. What a shit-show!

pa.rangersfan


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:23 pm EST

Lets go Rangers, destiny is in your hands.....

mf


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:19 pm EST

I'm still in shock with the call on the LUCIA goal. They can not be serious?!?!

hipcheck


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:18 pm EST

Well the fix is in! Last three teams are borderline teams that te NHL would like to be in the playoffs. They get a ton of PP and calls. NY Rangers get zip. Too bad for the NHL that the Rangers are that much better.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:16 pm EST

It was a distinct positioning of the skate, I hate that call. He did not need to kick since it had the velocity.

nyfans


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:15 pm EST

RI FUCKIN DICULOUS.... FUCK this nhl

TradeStar28


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:14 pm EST

LOL,LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO! Assholes!!! You can't make,this shit up....even lucic thought he had no chance

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:14 pm EST

Horseshit call.

jratelle19


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:13 pm EST

Hunwick has been on my shitlist all season for his wilting under a heavy forecheck and while he's filled in well for Klein these last few games, against Ottawa he coughed up the puck at least 3 times along the boards. I fear the Bruins will eat him up.

LeoS


Sat Mar 28 2015 12:13 pm EST

The King is understandably rusty...

JFC31


Sat Mar 28 2015 11:57 am EST

Now is the time the nyr need good luck to all get healthy and stay healthy. They did pretty good last year and this year even with all the injuries. I want to see a completely healthy team in the playoffs. No excuses , take no prisoners, and no blind refs.... Asking too much? ....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 28 2015 11:09 am EST

My #1,2 and 3 concern for today...........no injuries. The cheapness of Boston added to desperation causes me this concern.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:58 am EST

Boston as a first round matchup should be fine.. It would be great if we disposed of them in 5.... Just read in the Boston Herald that Kreji just came back from knee surgery, he's playing wing, and that The Bruins could not score 5 on 5 against Anaheim this past Thursday, Boston had 2 PP goals in an OT loss... These NYR's should be schooling this Beantown Bunch of Bumbling Bums......

mf


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:33 am EST

Garcia: I think you should have more respect for Lucic. He is a very good presence in front and he is productive on top of being a rough and tumble guy. He is in many ways still the essence of Boston's attitude. Perhaps more then even Bergeron and definitely more then Chara at this stage. As a matchup on paper I don't think Boston matches up well to the New York Rangers. But, this maybe your opening playoff matchup and I believe that they could take the New York Rangers to 6-7 games

E


Sat Mar 28 2015 10:18 am EST

The good news....the game is on NHL Network today and I won't have to listen to Micheletti. The bad news: I will have to listen to Andy Brickley.

Bob


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:59 am EST

BD=DB

Jerry_Garcia


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:58 am EST

Than God Hayes is not like Lucic, who is done in this league, has hands of bricks and is too slow. This BD reminds me of Momesso.

Jerry_Garcia


Sat Mar 28 2015 8:32 am EST

In the Baron's first start back in the AHL he stops 27 shots in a Pak 5 - 0 win over Providence. Now that's taking what you learned during your NHL stint and applying it well!

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:06 pm EST

York - Man I hope you're right. That's a freaky injury if that's the case. I was thinking it was a blunt-force wound. And if that's the case, McILRATH better be ready.

tdchi


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:05 pm EST

RF4L - I've been watching the HAYES brothers for a several years now and I can tell you this: If you're waiting for one or the other to start playing like LUCIC, you're gonna be waiting a long time...they're big kids...they're not timid kids...but rather they use their size in ways that will get them closer to the net...JIMMY is more of a crash-the-goal type player...KEVIN has finesse...he's like a poor man's JAGR...he just uses his size to shield the puck...once he's got it on his stick, you're not going to get it away from him without running yourself ragged. But like Jagr, if you're expecting him to get nasty, you're going to be majorly disappointed...and frankly, that's OK with me...there are plenty of other players out there to tar and feather the opponent...what the Hayes brothers do is abuse you on the scoreboard. Wish Jimmy was on the team too...but having Kevin here is a goddamn pleasure.

tdchi


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:42 pm EST

You state facts Nick, facts I cannot deny. However, Sather's best moves in his tenure were 1. Getting rid of Tortorella and 2. McDonagh for Gomez and 3. Signing Kevin Hayes. This team is good and is actually like-able. THAT is an amazing accomplishment.

Bob


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:27 pm EST

Playoffs in 9 of 10 years, the only miss in a last-game shootout in 2010. Contrast that with the dark ages of 1997-2005. The 2005 missed season and lockout were the best thing that ever happened to this club ... it forced management to make hockey decisions rather than simply write the biggest checks. Not that they all panned out but again -- what a difference from pre-lockout. And since the 2012 club we've had actual Cup possibilities. Let's get the POs rolling ASAP!

Nick


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:43 pm EST

I wanna say I feel we have an elite coach on our hands. Aside from his playing Kostka over Mac earlier this year, AV has been masterful. As mentioned, the Sens broadcast kept referring to the well oiled machine. Well AV has created this system and atmosphere in which if we lose a cog no matter how important, you replace that part and the machine keeps running. It resembles highly successful teams in any sport. The Patriots in football, Giants in baseball ect. I mean if this guy gets us to the cup 2 years in a row..... It will really change the dynamic of how the club operates moving forward, with regard to overpaying players, bringing up youngsters. It will become even more of a desired destination for other players, and for all the right reasons. Thank you AV !!

stepunmytoe


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:42 pm EST

the nyr hope is the other teams don't take a penalty unless they have the lead and want the -2 minute pp to eat up the clock......veenknow doesn't worry too much about the physical abuse. why should he?. he's not out there......and his answer is tan-her gl- ass.... and never tough enough glen.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:23 pm EST

oops...no issues crashing the net...

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:23 pm EST

rangerlou: The Jets are equally big and nasty - they have issues crashing the net. In other words, the next 3 Rangers foes are physical teams. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers fare in all 3, especially considering the biggest concern expressed by Ranger fans going into the POs is matching up against such a team, led of course, by the Bruins. This will be a good test I suspect. IMO, if Girardi is hurting, given these 3 upcoming games and the fact that the team is a great spot standings wise, I think this is a perfect time to take a little gander at McI's NHL readiness. I cannot think of a better time (save for earlier in the year when Kostagoal inexplicably got all those starts).

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:19 pm EST

rangerlou: Sometimes even keel is a good thing! ;^)

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:16 pm EST

AGrossRecord Rangers say both Marty St. Louis and Henrik Lindqvist skating today. Second straight day on the ice for St. Louis (sprained right MCL).

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:16 pm EST

As far as Lundqvist goes. Keep him out till the Winnipeg game. Boston and Washington are huge and mean. They have no problen on crashing the net. Or bumpimg our goalie.Plus the Winnipeg game is away. Less pressure at a away game???

rangerlou


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:13 pm EST

razorblade or bong ?.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 3:07 pm EST

RF4L You should be our resident psychologist and keep eveyone on a even keel here. ROTFLMAO!!! LGR!!!!!

rangerlou


Fri Mar 27 2015 2:39 pm EST

I wonder what Hayes ceiling is. Imagine if he manages to add a degree of nasty to his game? I am not convinced he will - his brother is bigger and more experienced and doesn't have that edge to his game. I recall seeing their father interviewed (think it was during the Dads visit period when the Rangers were in FLA) - he's a HUGE man (big and to be honest quite overweight I think) and came across to me as extremely soft spoken and...well...gentle.

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 2:14 pm EST

RF4L: I completely agree and couldn't have said it any better. A big part of his success without a doubt is his mental makeup. He has confidence in his ability. He is willing and able to learn quickly and he apparently works hard at it as the coaching staff has been nothing but thrilled with his work ethic from day one. When he makes mistakes you can see that he is pissed at himself but he lets it go. He doesn't dwell on it and he doesn't let it change his play or approach. I think it was STEPONMYTOE that pointed it out the other night that he also just "gets it". In the LA game he scored but didn't celebrate at all. The Rangers were getting drubbed. I'm sure he was happy he scored but he got the context and situation. That shows real leadership potential in my book. HOSPO: I agree as well and I'm willing to live with the warts. I've said that all year because his upside is so damn high. And now he is quietly piling up points and is a +16 on the year. I also have noticed that his skating has improved dramatically since the start of the year. I can't wait to see what he looks like after an off-season where he works on his power skating, conditioning and strength. If he is smart and pours himself into it in the off-season he can become a real beast as early as next year. Right now I just hope he continues to contribute and help carry the Rangers are far as they can go.

Vic


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:45 pm EST

to beat an old history horse, gaborik and Nash were both supposed to be here.....and they were until he was traded at the deadline .....for whatever the real reason is......can't rewrite history.... it's water under the bridge......talkerella, enough said......

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:38 pm EST

VIC - He' great offensively, passes are a thing of beauty at times, and better defesnively, but I'm still afraid he's going to hold onto the puck a little to long (and lose it or make a bad pass) in some tight games..But, hey, I guess I gotta take the occasional bad with the often very good!

Hospo


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:35 pm EST

Vic: Yep, Hayes has really been remarkable when you consider 1) his age 2) his lack of experience 3) he's learning a new position 4) he's on a team with cup aspirations 5) he must have known the position he was asking to assume was considered, a season's start, the biggest Ranger gap (on their current roster). He's overachieved big time - no one expected this from him this early I'm sure. And equally importantly, he's getting better lately. In reviewing his season to date, we can literally point out evidence of the periods growth he's experienced. And the slow points. The latter, however, don't seem to last long and then are followed by evidence of more growth. Fabulous to watch and one reason why I'm also championing youth: It's crucial of course to an organization's success, especially in the cap era, and damn exciting to watch as a fan.

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:34 pm EST

MF - The strategic maintenence days should be from practice not from games..If he's (Girardi or whoever) able to play, he plays, at least until the top spot is wrapped up.IMWO, of course..

Hospo


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:21 pm EST

One other note about HAYES from NHL.com......"He started slowly with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) through his first 43 games, but Hayes said it was because he focusing on the defensive principles of his game. As he got comfortable, he started to push the pace and look to make more plays. His production followed. Hayes has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in his past 27 games, giving him 38 points in 70 games this season."

Vic


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:16 pm EST

Article about MILLER on NHL.com.........(http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=38348&navid=DL|NHL|home)

Vic


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:14 pm EST

THE Kreider; the statement "Nice to see you smiling on the bench" was meant to really be: Hey it's great to now have a coach who can smile on the bench when the Rangers score or play great hockey, like last night. In contrast, looking back at the nazi Tortorella, he would never give the guys any reason to want to play for him. Thanks AV for enabling the Rangers.

Jerry_Garcia


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:14 pm EST

From NHL.com......."Earlier in the season, the No. 3 center spot in the Rangers lineup was a big question mark. Is it possible Kevin Hayes is the best No. 3 center in the Eastern Conference right now? He has four goals and a team-leading 11 points in the past 15 games. During that time his points per 60 minutes is better than any East center except for Pavel Datsyuk, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Take away power-play time (because Hayes doesn't see a whole lot of it) and he's second to Malkin."

Vic


Fri Mar 27 2015 12:01 pm EST

Thought we were focusing on strategic maintenance days, in this case GIRARDI, as opposed to throwing Big Mac a bone..... Anyone know Kleins ETA? ..... York18, sounds like good Friday came a week early this year... :->

mf


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:49 am EST

You play a 7th game in ANY PO series, you want that at home.....The Rangers should and will do everything to win the Presdident's trophy....After that, they can throw a bone to Lindberger or McI or whoever

Hospo


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:31 am EST

Vcp make up your mind first making the playoffs mean nothing now being the best team means nothing well the wings and all their cups would probably beg to differ I would say the jabs and all their cups would also beg to differ. Being the best all season means you're doing something right but the playoffs are a fresh start for everyone every team starts at zero so take that for what it is.

York18


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:30 am EST

veenknow wants to get home ice, and they have no spares yet to rest anyone.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:29 am EST

And the best thing about last night's game was AV hiding his face, suppressing his chuckles, but letting out a smile for Glass's goal...And also how the team loved that goal so much also...Good stuff.. .....This team is doing well but damn if a re-energized St. Louis couldn't make them even better....perhaps burying some slick passes from Hayes...Eh, we'll see, there will be injuries

Hospo


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:26 am EST

TD pucks are hard as you know but at the pro levels they freeze those pucks to reduce bouncing and they aren't the shite pucks you play pick up hockey with or get at the store those edges can be very sharp on a fresh puck sometimes and with it spinning it's like a little saw. It's something that happens rarely but happens just hits the right spot. Years ago saw a guy catch a puck fired into the stands and it cut his hand open.

York18


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:24 am EST

As a skating team, didn't expect the Sens to hang with the Rangers..You need a big disciplined team or a buzz-saw non-stop forechecking team that can control the play in their o-zone and slow down the Rangers...Not many teams out there that can do that for an entire game (since the kinks were ironed out, I only remember two "heavy" games from the King and Bruins and 1 or 2 "forechecking " games from the Isles) let alone a series..Then again, that's how upsets happen...And if the Rangers lose in the POs, it will be an upset...They ARE the best team right now..

Hospo


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:19 am EST

RE: VS the Kings, AV placed had KidK on a line with Glass & Sheppard probably as a wake up call, however, I liked that look because as many here stated, the Kings play a "heavy" game.. That line combo may be a good look to throw at the Kings every once in a while & then double shift Kreider, or have him out there two shifts later after a short rest... AV has options out the ying-yang with our squad........ GIRARDI: In after game interview AV stated he was cut by the puck, agree that there has to be a contusion under that and give the guy a maintenance day, especially since we play a B2B with Boston Saturday afternoon & then Sunday vs the Craps.. Endorse the idea of bringing Big Mac up for both games.. the timing is perfect, we're firing on all cylinders, both teams are playing for their playoff lives, we've clinched, rest some of the horses.... back to work boyz... later

mf


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:13 am EST

York18 best team in regular season means nothing. Make the playoffs and go from there. The fishsticks never won a presidents trophy just 4 cups...I hope we make it that far.....I HOPE PLAYERS ARE RESTED!!!!!!

vcp1994


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:13 am EST

can they call up big mac as an emergency? has to be hard to play with stiches on your arm ..... Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Per Rangers, magic number for clinching Metropolitan Division is 7 points.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:10 am EST

TD: thanks for that follow up on the AHL player.. I caught the tail end of the footage and saw the guy who won the fight start waiving for the trainers.. Maybe if all the players wore face-sheilds, the league can get the fighting out of the game.. Surprised the NHLPA doesn't have a pow-wow with the players about eliminating this crap..

mf


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:03 am EST

TD: This member of the CJC thinks that it's no coincidence that glass has been playing consistently better when accompanied by Sheppard... Perhaps some self inflicted weight has been lifted..

mf


Fri Mar 27 2015 11:02 am EST

glass should sit, shemp is the better alternative. the playpens sat glass last year in the playoffs.....but they also lost, not that he would have changed that......highly doubtful....nice guy, a blacknblue ace......that should be his role asap... which is when msl comes back......

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 10:43 am EST

Mr. Hayes, the real deal. This guy is killing it! What a complete game last night. It's great to see teams who try to skate with the Rangers. Speed Kills! ABTW tampa is lucky they played the Rangers early on this season. Who's next!

Jerry_Garcia


Fri Mar 27 2015 9:15 am EST

Man...if all we have to do to get KREIDER going is bitch about him on the wall...ditto with BOYLE...maybe it's time to dial up the noise on NASH. Great game all around...was a little disappointed that MSG 'blamed' the Rangers' victory on HAMMOND suffering some sort of discomfort...and then kept panning to the guy as he rolled his head...Yeah...discomfort...it's called five goals less than two periods discomfort...was expecting much more from the Sens...the team really went belly-up after the first three goals...and yet Dickaletti went into the third period saying "you gotta watch these guys --they're a heck of a third-period team." Man, I don't think the Rangers will get respect until they hoist the cup...STEPAN...talk about busting out of a slump...incredible game by him...HAYES too...actually, there wasn't a forward I can name who had a bad game...GLASS took that bad penalty, but totally redeemed himself...I'm a little concerned about GIRARDI...Really, the Rangers should be calling up McILRATH for Saturday's game and let Girardi rest...not sure how a puck can open up a wound that needs stitching without causing some sort of greater damage below...and if the wound was that bad, his arm is going to be twice its size this weekend...and besides...I'd LOVE to see Mack go up against LUCIC...Bruins, despite their recent troubles, are going to be a VERY tough team...gonna be playing for the playoffs...Rangers have to be ready for this game Saturday.

tdchi


Fri Mar 27 2015 9:05 am EST

Re: SHEPPARD - He's EXACTLY the type of player this team needs going into the playoffs...hard-nosed, physical, and not afraid to crash the net. I think he kind of gets the short shrift here, just because the Rangers' third line is so talented and really, that's where he belongs...but in limited ice time --the lowest on the team --he seems to be playing very well. Unfortunately, so are all the other Ranger forwards...AV seems to like what GLASS brings and there's just no way I'd take FAST or MILLER out...so I think Shep will end up getting scratched again when MSL comes back...but it won't be for his ability...the guy has been a great addition...I do think he's an upgrade from STEMPNIAK. Probably the same skill level, only he's faster and hits.

tdchi


Fri Mar 27 2015 9:00 am EST

Agreed that most teams would not be excited facing the Rangers with the possible exception of Tampa, seeing as they handled the Rangers easily in all 3 games. However, that was before the Rangers got their act together and raced up the standings. There will be no easy matches...

RF4L


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:54 am EST

mf - Was the Turner Elson-Bobby Shea fight Wednesday during the Adirondack Flames-Hamilton Bulldogs game. Was an honest fight, but Elson lost his helmet early on and when he took a couple of good whacks from Shea, it appears as though his head either bounced off the boards or the ice...or both. He got wheeled out on a stretcher, but is apparently OK. Elson is kind of a dolt for getting in that fight. Not a great prospect, but a solid AHLer who could have a future...those fights are the reason why the NHL wants to penalize guys for taking their helmets off...the problem is, everyone in the AHL wears a shield, which really bangs up the knuckles something fierce...NTM the broken bones one's prone to suffer throwing haymakers into plastic designed to absorb shock. Remarkably, Elson's expected to possibly come back at some point during the remainder of the season. Here's a clip of the scrap: www.hockeyfights.com/fights/129126

tdchi


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:40 am EST

Ok peeps.....Here are the 1st Round matchups that i predict...........Rangers vs Bruins (or Ottawa) TB vs Islanders, Washington vs Pitt, Montreal vs Detroit

TradeStar28


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:16 am EST

gene_carr....with the exception of the Kings, which is why for the first time I can ever recall, I was rooting with all my heart for the Isles to win last night...of course they didn't.

WIOSA


Fri Mar 27 2015 8:02 am EST

I damn near busted a vocal cord early in the first period when the Senators waltzed right to Talbot's crease.. After that though, we owned them... Any one here willing to critique SHEPPARD? I'm impressed with this guy and feel he solidifies the foundation that is the 4th line.. Think his upside talent is better than 4th, but for now, just what the Dr. ordered..... LGR

mf


Fri Mar 27 2015 7:41 am EST

York: I watched the Sens broadcast of last nights game (can't stand Micheletti) and they consistently referred to the Rangers as a machine--their positioning and transition game nearly perfect. Although anything is possible, I agree that it is the rest of the league that does not want to face the Rangers and not the other way around.

gene_carr


Fri Mar 27 2015 7:13 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/27/lundqvist-hard-to-say-no-to-playing-saturday-vs-bruins/

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:49 am EST

According to Wikipedia, Villemure was a professional harness racehorse driver during the off season. I could see Zuch doing that - and doing well.

ges999


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:44 am EST

So la is now the best team in the league? Give me a break when we are fighting for a playoff spot we aren't very good and probably will get beat in round one etc. The kings on the other hand are the best in the league when they do it. Meanwhile we are the best team in the league and let me remind some of you the best in the league despite losing Stepan Boyle Klein msl and Hank for huge stretches. The kings aren't the best team with their starting goalie we are the best with our backup. Like someone said they thought talbot could hold the fort not blow it up and build a new one. This team is for real Boston isles kings IDGAF bring them all on this team has been one of the best the last four years and getting better for a reason the time is here.

York18


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:40 am EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Richter and Beezer in 91-92 was the last time Rangers had two goalies with 20 wins each. Giacomin/Villemure did it three times.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:38 am EST

E agree 100% about the playoffs but disagree 100% on Nash gabby. Nash disappears for long stretches and only last year found his defensive game. The problem is he's not a two way checker and his lack of offense when it mattered most killed a cup win. His defense didn't win one, gabby was huge in the kings winning tge cup and his supposed defensive was didn't stop them either. I'll also call some bs gabby was blocking shots here even broadcasters were saying a player like him shouldn't be doing that. He played to the conference finals on one shoulder and gave 100%. As for inconsistent who has more 40 goal seasons and who has a cup win? Always loved Nash said from day one love watching him play just not for us because he disappears in the big games when he is needed most he doesn't crave for that puck to be On his stick and goes hard to the net and pays the price he is not intense its obvious and that's why he suffers when the games are tight. Gabby proved last year he could be not only counted on but stepped up when the team needed him had Nash done the same dare I saw we would have been the ones going to the cup parade.

York18


Fri Mar 27 2015 6:13 am EST

Any word on Gerardi. Also to me fuck it. It's fine if LA is in the playoffs. Beat the champs to be champ

KIS


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:30 pm EST

9-10 with no cup is useless? You should go thru the archives here circa 2000 and remember how it was during the dark years. All hockey season for me is a journey of Ho-hum. I live for the playoffs. Yeah I want a cup but losing deep in the playoffs is never comparable to not making the playoffs at all and watching other teams fight it out. Nope. You gotta be in it. And that's never useless.

E


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:07 pm EST

Zibanajed (sp?) is a pretty awesome kid... RHS, wins many a FO... wish he was with us

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:16 pm EST

There are some talented young forwards on Ottawa. Rangers did a nice job handling them tonight. And Kreider was a beast.

Bob


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:06 pm EST

One G.A. tonight..... very impressive......

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:03 pm EST

Great win - not much to not like about this game all around, save for the continued goal scoring funk of Rick Nash. Once again, no close in chances, in part because he's not driving the net. He was good without the puck though!

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:46 pm EST

KINGS still the best team.....LETS HOPE THEY DONT MAKE IT IN.

vcp1994


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:44 pm EST

9 of 10 years in the playoffs useless without CUP......

vcp1994


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:43 pm EST

PLEASE REST PLAYERS....PRESIDENTS TROPHY USELESS....VERY FEW TEAMS WIN PRESIDENTS AND CUP........CALL UP FROM HARTFORD AND REST MOORE, MCD, GIRARDI,NASH, STEPHAN, ETC...ETC......

vcp1994


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:30 pm EST

NY Rangers rank 2nd in GA avg p/g at 2.23 (Montreal 1st at 2.15 does not include their game tonight, 9 minutes from losing 4-1 whoohoo) NY Rangers rank 3rd in the league in GF avg p/g with 3.01 (TBL in 1st place at 3.23, followed by Dallas 3.08, then NYR 3.01, then NYI at 2.95) ............ We Lead the League in GF / GA differential at .78........ TBL is in 2nd with .71.... We basically traded places with them this past week...... Yeah Baby !!! ;-)

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:19 pm EST

9 of 10 years in the playoffs ... Time to win 16 playoff games...

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:19 pm EST

Here it is Ranger-Fans.... http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:19 pm EST

The one time I wanted the fish sticks to win , they lose..oh well ,all the more reason to hate them more

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:16 pm EST

NHL.com conference standings the New York Rangers the only team with an X next to their name.

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:14 pm EST

Another nice win. Great all around game. 6 penalties against and No power plays? Come on, can the Rangers buy a call lately? Is Girardi OK? It seemed like he said he was OK when the team was high fiving him going into the locker room. Hate to say it but Nash looks like he is avoiding being hit. Much like last year. What is up?

NYStranger


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:13 pm EST

JFC - You don't skate with the Rangers! ...MF - Hey, I can't be right all the time! :)

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:09 pm EST

Will Rick Nash ever score again?

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:08 pm EST

So, did we just clinch a playoff spot?

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:08 pm EST

Nash with two, tonight.... ;-)

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:08 pm EST

101 pts ! And we're in !

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:06 pm EST

Takes some balls to try and out skate the Rangers....guess they dropped the balls!

JFC31


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:05 pm EST

CONGRATULATIONS RANGERS / WALLSTERS

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:04 pm EST

Hello playoffs!!

JFC31


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:02 pm EST

Even when I want them to win that Stupid team in Nassau Cty - soon to be Brooklyn, wont cooperate. Boston lost also

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:00 pm EST

Nashville 4 minutes away from beating TBL......

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:58 pm EST

Winnipeg smacking Montreal around. Montreal can't lose enough. I'm still mad about that Serge Savard to winner in the 79 finals at MSG.

heston


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:54 pm EST

Sure is nice clinching a playoff spot in March for a change.

Bob


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:47 pm EST

Ottawa (TSN) crew giving the New York Rangers serious props. Basically the normal props. Speed, defense etc... And of course they pointed out that Lundqvist isn't playing and Marty St. Louis either. Called this a measuring stick game for The Sens. Still got a ways to go. I just think the Sens tried to use their speed early on and the New York Rangers counterattack was underestimated. So the New York Rangers are top-5 in both GA/GF. TSN pointed out that every cup winner as of late was similar. They think the New York Rangers are for real if not the favorite.

E


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:47 pm EST

Hope Girardi is alright

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:42 pm EST

BUFF-ARIZONA....they keep shooting on their own net

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:37 pm EST

if all the scores hold, the East is going be very interesting in the morning. NYI, PITTS and WASH will be separated by three points. BOS will leapfrog OTT, 4 points behind WASH. NYI, PITTS, WASH, BOS, OTT and FLA are all possible Wildcard teams right now. Two of those teams will be out. Oh, and hte NYR will have the clear-cut most points in the league.

pete


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:22 pm EST

Some kid in the AHL got badly hurt in a fight (Husky's) .... someone post it please...

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:22 pm EST

End of 2nd - NYR 5, OTT 1 SOG: NYR 28; OTT 15 after 2nd Goals by (NYR) M Zuccarello (14), T Glass (1) Blueshirts Mobile Alert

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:16 pm EST

Arizona leading Buffalo 3-2 midway thru the 3rd in the "Battle for the Basement"

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:14 pm EST

Im loving it. Back to back penalties by Nash, think he's getting frustrated? I was ready to scream when Tanner took a slashing penalty...but then he scored that goal, so alls forgiven....The Isles are tied with LAK, hope they go ahead. Boston and Washington are winning, the Habs are losing.

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:13 pm EST

Anyone here a Minnesota Vikings fan?http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/vikings-sign-absolute-behemoth-polish-tackle-from-german-football-league-205443041.html

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:13 pm EST

Mood man Popeyes is on the wall behind the goal

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:12 pm EST

May I have a Hamburger Today for which I will gladly pay you Tuesday? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ6xBaZ92uA

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:11 pm EST

There go the burger sales.... Eat the ones in your pockets

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:07 pm EST

Glass says, "heh Nasher, that is how you score a goal."

E


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

Maybe the real Hamburglar has taken Hammond's spot tonight.

pete


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

Said it before. I think Hayes is the teams best set up center. I would like to see him with Nash and preferably Kreider as the other wing. Good for Glass.

stepunmytoe


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

Vigneault suppressing a laugh is priceless!!

jratelle19


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:04 pm EST

Is there a blue moon tonight?

JFC31


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:03 pm EST

Good for Glass! Grear Pass! Av's smile a gas!

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:03 pm EST

Wooo hoooo....wtg

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:03 pm EST

Nice try Crystal Balls

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:03 pm EST

So did Hell just freeze over with that Tanner Glass goal

DOUBLEN


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:02 pm EST

on his way to his number retired -T.Glass!

jim9k26


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:02 pm EST

TANNER GLASSSSSSSS !!!!!! MY HERO !!!!!

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:59 pm EST

I said NASH with 2 tonight...I meant penalties not goals!,,,Missed the offensive explosion but have like the defensive work, especially by the Ranger forwards,,,

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:58 pm EST

We really didn't need that second penalty.

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:52 pm EST

1/2 way thru

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:48 pm EST

I hope they find those 20 guys who stole the Ranger jerseys Tuesday night

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:43 pm EST

Looking good tonight.

Bob


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:42 pm EST

Yankle's pass to Haze didn't suck either

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:39 pm EST

As amazing as that goal was by Zucc the pass by Hayes was even more amazing ....wow , love his ice vision

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:39 pm EST

Cape, ah s&#$! For once I want that miserable team to win....

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:38 pm EST

Yeah Baby....

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:37 pm EST

Bazookerella

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:32 pm EST

Dare I say that Stepan's pass was Gretsky'esque, perfect off the boards?

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:31 pm EST

K-Train !

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:30 pm EST

Hamburglar, schmamburglar. I really want Ottawa in the first round. A five game tuneup.

Nick


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:22 pm EST

Kreider is a beast.

Bob


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:19 pm EST

WIOSA.....LA tied it up , I'm like you , actually rooting for the Isles for once ....someone slap me

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:18 pm EST

Or a White Castle with the holes in them

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:17 pm EST

Looks like Swiss cheese burger

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:16 pm EST

Ha burglar looked like a hotdog on that goal

caperanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:15 pm EST

Kid k ii

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:13 pm EST

We need Win-a-pig to beat Les Frogs tonight... Let's go RANGERS, Jets, Islanders, Nashville, Carolina, and in the ""Battle for the Basement"" Arizona / Buffalo, PICK-EM!

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:09 pm EST

Ok, youre probably never gonna see me type this again, but Yahooo! The Islanders are winning.

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:08 pm EST

Pretty nice having a RHS on the LW once in a while......

mf


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:07 pm EST

"Hamburglar" looks human so far

heston


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:07 pm EST

Yandle lost the handle... Nash to boyle r

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:06 pm EST

Lazy D by Yandle

stepunmytoe


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:05 pm EST

Well that was fast....

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 7:03 pm EST

KID K

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 6:45 pm EST

Buddy?

PJ


Thu Mar 26 2015 5:08 pm EST

I see BUFF continues their Tanking tonight by starting some schmuck by the name of Hackett in Goal..Should have all chance of drafting #1 removed......I also see that the HAWKS signed the College FA from Colgate---Braun..They should have held onto Hayes!

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 5:02 pm EST

Hospo...well done......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 5:01 pm EST

TDCHI - Nah, I'll take Non-Fiction over Fantasy any day..especially which should be 2-3 hours of exciting non-fiction tonight...Burn the Hamburgler! Hopefully all twelve forwards will be back to giving a crap about defense and not just dreaming about offensive headlines..

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 4:49 pm EST

stevielegs - That goes double for Hank and Quick. Quick has two cups. Hank has zilch. But in that matchup, I'd take Hank every day and twice on Sunday. Can't totally absolve Hank of fault in not bringing a cup to New York...but the fact remains he hasn't and some of that burden rests on his shoulders. Hopefully that changes for both Nash and Lundqvist this year.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 4:47 pm EST

On a related note though...it's interesting to think how everything would have gone down had GABORIK not been traded...which can follow two logic paths...that the Rangers would have traded for NASH anyway and simply kept the two...or given that the Nash deal inevitably forced the Gaborik deal, what the Rangers would have looked like WITHOUT Nash...No Gaborik deal means no BRASSARD...but no Nash deal means DUBINSKY and ANISIMOV in the lineup...and Kerby RYCHEL in the minors...So going to the playoffs last year...and assuming the Callahan deal still happens, the lines would have looked something like MSL-Step-Gaborik, Kreider-Dubinsky-Zucc, Hagelin-Richards-Anisimov, Pouilot-Moore-Boyle...Erixon slips into the spot John Moore had...Most importantly, though, the Kings lose 14 goals and probably don't even advance to the finals...even more interesting would be what the Rangers would look like this year...So the top lines stay the same, but you insert Hayes as the new center of third line and then throw Fast and Miller with Moore...Gotta say, I think the Rangers would have been a tougher team...but of course, this is all pure speculation.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 4:32 pm EST

unfortunately same could be said of many including quick and hank....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 4:28 pm EST

Here's all you need to know about GABORIK v. NASH. One was an integral part of a Stanley Cup championship --so much that his team probably wouldn't have the cup otherwise...the other one was such an integral missing piece of the cup run --so much that his team doesn't have one. Enough said.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 3:58 pm EST

I gotta go with Gaborik, not that it matters. Playoffs GP, G, A, PTS: 80-32-25- 57. Last year 26-14-8-22. Nash: 41-5-13-18. Last year 25-3-7-10.

Nick


Thu Mar 26 2015 2:47 pm EST

Nash > Gaborik all day long. Gaborik gets nicked up goes into a slump and floats all over the ice looking to get himself back in position. Then he'll go on a multi game tear. That's when he's great. But then comes the injury and reset. Nash clearly goes into slumps but when he's slumping he's damn effective in all 3-zones. I don't think he gets near enough credit for how good he is off of the puck. But He does get paid to score. But I'll take the consistency of his game knowing that even when it ain't going well with production he makes players around him better and is almost never the liability that Gaborik was.

E


Thu Mar 26 2015 2:38 pm EST

Hospo: Yes I recall that play. And I thought the LA game was one his more engaged efforts since the Bogosian mugging. Hope he scores 3 tonight!

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 1:45 pm EST

RF4L - The thing is, I don't see the caution you are talking about.Hell, the other night he took a rare run at somebody and flattened the guy....Eh, no matter what the reason is, I know we all agree that we need him to turn it around..

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 1:35 pm EST

Just for the record: I don't believe Nash is playing hurt. However, I do believe he his neck issue was a result of the Bogosian mugging, an issue he's no longer experiencing symptoms with. What I suspect it did accomplish, however, is to starkly remind Nash of the concussions he experienced as a result of the cheap shots he took 2 years ago in Boston and then at the start of last year in SJ (and like the Bogosian incident with zero response from the Rangers). That, in turn, I think, has resulted in him playing with a little more caution. Yes, the checking is tighter, but it didn't suddenly get tighter 2 days after his neck problems occurred. Perhaps potting a couple of goals (hopefully as soon as tonight as Hospo is proclaiming) will be enough to eradicate that concern because as many on here are predicting, a POs like last year will likely = elimination for the Rangers.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 1:25 pm EST

Nash like Zuc just need to shoot like they are trying to put the puck through the net. LGR.....

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Mar 26 2015 1:10 pm EST

“I’ve seen it on the sports highlights — what’s he, 14-0-1?” asked Rick Nash after Wednesday’s practice in Westchester. “I think you have to fire everything on net from every angle, try to outwork him. He’s obviously hot. In saying that, you try to do that with every goalie. So it’s kind of the happy medium of doing what you always do, but making sure you try to outwork him because you know he’s on a roll.”

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 1:09 pm EST

it's called lack of confidence......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:44 pm EST

Bogosian Schmogosian..Nash is going to break out with two goals tonight! Gonna be a rip roaring game with the Sens.........People make different valid points on whats ailing NASH, who knows?...To me, I see too many times where he is physically strong and active and comes close to scoring to believe it is injury related...A mental issue as things start tightening and the need for his goals is more important sound more like it to me..But, again, like everybody else on here, JAWO,.

Hospo


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:28 pm EST

Gabby is injury prone ....doesn't play defense ...I take NASH any day...too bad he got forearm in the head by LUCIC and there was no call 2 years ago in the playoffs.

vcp1994


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:22 pm EST

Yorkie, come on man you know the Rangers kept the wrong sniper. Nash hasn't even hit 40 didn't gabby do it 3 times. I know at least twice. Gabby was and still is the real deal. If Nash doesn't do it this year he needs to be moved. I'm still hoping things will change when he goes back to the Brassard and Zucc line.

KIS


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:14 pm EST

Vigneault said he “hopes” Martin St. Louis will be on the ice Thursday morning to take shots on Henrik Lundqvist while the rest of the team has the morning off.

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:51 am EST

TD: Re McD - we are saying the same thing I think, albeit more elegantly on my part. ;^)

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:49 am EST

Regarding McD: What I find disconcerting about his play isn't the occasion defensive nightmare he's guilty of - watch any d-man in this league long enough and you'll see similar mistakes from time to time. Instead, it's his lack of offensive prowess. Last year, especially in the latter 1/3 and then the POs, we saw many instances where he generated chances, sometimes with eye-opening moves. We've seen precious few of those this year. I'm not how to interpret that. Was it an anomaly and offensively, what we're seeing now is what he's more about? Looking at his numbers prior to turning pro would suggest that. If so, it's tough to criticize him too loudly. I mean you are who you are, which for McD is a solid number 1 pairing d-man, especially defensively. And at the salary he's got, that's more than reasonable IMO. Those making $6,000,000+ should be on the number 1 pairing AND doing something offensively. Then again, he's not yet 25 and only in his 5th professional season - there's still plenty of time for that aspect of his game to fully develop. In short, perhaps we are being too hard on him in that regard?

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:46 am EST

re: McDONAGH - Is he having the same season he did last year? No. Are the Rangers one of the best defensive teams in the league? Yes. Is he leading the team's defensive corps? Yes. Hard to really complain there. Agree, it'd be nice to see a return of McDonagh-pre-Burrows hit last year...but realize he's also being put in a more defensive role this year. I haven't gone to the stats, but I'd be willing to bet with BOYLE and now YANDLE, his PP time has dropped. I suppose you could follow a similar logic in discussing the season NASH is having and I wouldn't disagree. They guy has had one HELL of a season...I think the difference between the two is that McD continues to be a shut-down defender while Nash has had a real dry spell...and when Nash isn't scoring, the Rangers' offense isn't nearly as potent...but the fact is, the Rangers are among the top three teams in the NHL right now, so it's really sort of wrong to be pointing any finger at Nash or McD...whatever they're doing is working...And I tell you what: That philosophy carries over for me if Nash puts up goose eggs in the playoffs BUT the Rangers still win the cup...the end justifies the means...OTOH...I think the guy on the hotseat this post season is, in fact, Nash. No doubt in my mind the Rangers would have won the cup had Nash potted goals at the same pace he has this season...the finals were too close...10 goals over four games came between the Rangers and the cup...six between them getting eliminated in five games and them prolonging the series...Nash could have been the difference maker...and if the Rangers are lucky enough to make it back to the finals, they need him to score...they won't win without him.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:42 am EST

York: I do concur that some of this is what you say (Nash isn't intense and therefore, tends to shrink in stature as the games intensify). I still believe the Bogosian crap started it - up until then he was a machine. Of course, it's debatable. I do concur with the sentiment that if he fails to contribute in this year's POs it's time to consider dealing him because 1) there will be no reason to anticipate anything different for next year's POs 2) they could use the good pick/solid prospect he'd likely fetch and 3) eliminating his salary would mean fitting in Stepan and keeping Brassard isn't an issue. Would Sather, however, have the gonads to deal Nash (if he's useless again in the POs)? I suspect not.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:24 am EST

So the games become tighter checking games and it's starting to look like playoff hockey like it always does this time of year and it's a phantom injury plaguing Nash? This is his MO he disappears when the games become tight. I really doubt it's coincidence that his play has gone back to looking like it always does when the season becomes more intense. This guy is not an intense guy look at his first year here he thought he had a good pkayoffs! He sucked and he thought he played good that alone tells me how intense he is or how bad he wants it. I hope he wakes up and turns it up come playoffs because this team can't win a cup with him as a passenger. He needs to be a threat every shift or this team will not win a cup. I said it before I'll say it again he disappears this year he needs to go. Gabby played his heart out here injured shoulder into the conference finals and still played hard and he won a cup last year if Nash disappears again we clearly invested in the wrong sniper.

York18


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:18 am EST

Stevie I agree with you about the Captain. the goal Muzin scored I thought was shit. Kopitar went around MCD and the net and out the other side with not even a bump. MCD should have squeezed Anze and pushed him into the boards. Make the guy give up the puck. His skating isn't as good as before. IDK

KIS


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:15 am EST

Ahhh we Ranger fans have to find something to pick about. we are never content. Yes Nash is having some trouble scoring. It pisses me off when he goes into funks like this. I don't care what the announcers say. Oh he is doing so many things well. Guess what he is paid well to SCORE goals. I will give him a break until MSL comes back. He isn't playing with Zucc and Brassard. Zucc creates many things including space for Nash. Look at Miller since he has been placed on that line. Everybody is happy with the kid. The on'y thing I can say is Yorkie might be right again. ( i know you guys love when I say that hahaha). As far as K kid. exactlly. He is just a kid. Its on'y his 2 full season. He has spurts of greatness and he hits ruts. One thing I noticed is when he has a rough game the The defense-men playing against him usually can skate very well. Look at LA. Doughty was on him just about every time he went on the ice and negated his speed. K kid has to learn when to use his speed vary the speed and when just to be a bull in the china shop and crunch people with his size. He has it all physically. Just needs to get the experience.

KIS


Thu Mar 26 2015 11:10 am EST

does anyone think the captain is playing anywhere near to how he played last season? ....is it taboo to talk about his disappearance?......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:43 am EST

stevie: I think he is. Right now, it's not as bad as last year because he has stretches where he's controlling things. They aren't nearly as frequent or profound as they were when he was piling on the goals. A great example occurred a few games ago (and I posted about it, too) when he made a fabulous play stealing the puck from a defender outside the opposition's blueline and carried the puck into the zone but instead of going to the net (via driving outside the single defender) as he was doing when he was scoring, he shot the puck from 25 feet out. It was easily stopped by the goalie. That to me stood out as a prime example of how his game had taken a step backwards (to resemble more of what we saw too much of last year).

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:35 am EST

rf that means he's playing scared....time for a shrink.....or another baby.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:33 am EST

TD: Re O'Connor - perhaps, but I've not seen him play so I can only go by what I read. To my knowledge, there wasn't a bunch of noise about Malcolm when he became available. Usually, where there is smoke, there is fire. Usually being the operative word of course - for every collegiate UFA who becomes a decent NHLer, there are 4 or 5 who never get a sniff.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:31 am EST

stevie: IMO the falling down syndrome is all about avoiding direct physical contact. For sure, it was a problem last year and you're right, he's back to doing it again.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:28 am EST

the question is Nash falling down too much....that was his mo last year.......RF73 almost no one says a discouraging word on captain fantastic mcd parmenter, the illustrious half invisible leader....anyone else, under the bus, trade them..... he's the new Teflon don.........

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 10:03 am EST

TDCHI: I agree with you on Nash, he is getting his chances just like before. Against the Ducks for example he had an open net, almost an automatic goal but his shot hit a stick or something; earlier those shots were going in. But I don’t think Nash is broken, and if it’s not broken…. How about trying a PP unit of Nash, Purple Hayse and Kreider, with Stephan and McDonagh on the points. Also move Girardi off the PP altogether.

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:55 am EST

RF4L - Here's why I temper any expectation for O'CONNOR --or notion that he's closer to NHL-ready than a guy like HALVERSON: Jeff MALCOLM. He backstopped Yale to an NCAA championship and, from what I saw, was lights-out. I remember even thinking(maybe even posting here) the kid could be a future backup for the Rangers...but alas, once he was exposed to the pro game, we got a look at how pedestrian he can be...Though strong in the ECHL, he's been an absolute train wreck for Hartford. Mind you, this was a kid who had ONE good season...that's it...and really benefited from commanding his team to a championship...And that team was a VERY good team...sort of like O'Connor's BU team...one of the best out there...he put up VERY average numbers before this season...didn't hear anyone talking about him then...In short, if the Rangers are banking on this kid being in the mix to challenge Skapski, they're really riding by the seat of their pants.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:47 am EST

TD: Re Nash - I hope you're right but I fear you're not. I don't believe Nash was concussed, but he was hurt. And watch the video - Bogosian knocked Nash to his knees with 2 hard gloved punches to the head. It was nasty. I find it reprehensible that the response from the Rangers to that incident equaled a big fat ZERO. It reminded me of Vancouver's non-response to Marchand punching one of the Sedins in the head during the cup final a few years back. Inexcusable in my book.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:41 am EST

TD: I speculated a few weeks ago about why O'Connor might be interested in the Rangers and that did not include the presence of Allaire, which is a valid point IMO. What I mused about was the fact that it appears the Prince will be gone (and since I first posted about O'Connor, Talbot's play has only increased the likelihood of him being traded this summer) and the 2 goalies drafted last June are both at least 2 and perhaps even 5 or 6 years away from truly challenging for an NHL job. That means O'Connor's only true competition currently would be Skapski. Based on the 2 NHL games the Baron played in it appears it's legitimate competition. However, if O'Connor is the real deal, it's reasonable to envision him beating out Skapski next fall for the right to play < 20 games as the King's backup. Regarding the 50 contracts, does it really matter? There are several in there that don't have a snowball's chance in hell in making the Rangers. Ever.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:38 am EST

RF4L/NCRanger - I'm just not sold on the NASH-neck injury theory...and really, if that's the case, then the Rangers have a serious problem on their hands...if Nash is as glass-jawed as that sort of speculation suggests, then it's gonna be pretty easy to take the Rangers out of the mix...just rub Nash hard on the boards and they're offense is done...What I personally think is that the game has gotten a lot tighter and Nash simply can't find open ice to get his legs moving anymore. We see the same problems with KREIDER. Teams are playing too tight defensively...there are less breakaways...there's less time for the homerun pass...there's less time to set up plays...the fact that Kreider still does on occasion get those charging breakaways up the boards is a testament to his speed...As a major critic of Nash, I don't see him playing a soft game...he's in the mix...he's doing much of what he did at the beginning of the season, IMO..It's just not producing the same results...I would, however, try switching things up a bit...what would be the harm of trying him on a line with HAYES...actually, I'd be interested to see what both he and Kreider would do...that's a lot of size for a line.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:20 am EST

RF4L - Though many had speculated the BAUN 'sweepstakes' --I say this parenthetically because I'm not convinced he's that good --would end on Wednesday, the latest reports are that he may not even go pro this season...though I can't understand why he wouldn't...his stock will only go down from here...Are the Rangers out? I don't think anyone is out. It's Baun's choice...just like it was HAYES' choice last year...He's a Canadian boy, so a lot of pundits have him going to a Canadian team...the ones mentioned among the mix --the Jets, Oilers and Flames --also happen to the the few where he could conceivably play in the NHL this and/or next season...Re: O'CONNER - I'm probably reading the same rumors you are, but for the life of me I can't understand why he'd want to come to the Rangers, unless it's the hope of working with the great Benoit Allaire...Or why the Rangers would be interested in burning one of their 50 contracts on a kid who has almost no chance of ever pulling on a jersey...SKAPSKI is the heir apparent...no doubt there...and he's young...HALVERSON, who improved this season and is another year out, is number two...and SHESTERKIN, who I see as a not-so-distant fourth, could come over as early as next season...O'Connor simply isn't a good match if the kid ever hopes to play in the NHL...Rangers DID miss out on signing Dan CIAMPINI, IMO...Union's leading goal scorer and a member of their championship team landed with Worcester on an AHL tryout...would have been a good zero-risk player for the Pack to take...and I maintain the REAL gem in this year's NCAA free agent pool is BU's OKSANEN. The forward-turned-defenseman-turned forward starred on EICHEL's line this year. Kid is billed as having one of the best one-timers in college hockey...can play anyway...and is a UFA.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 9:05 am EST

RF4L - I couldn't agree more w/ your take on the recent disappearance of Nash. It most definitely coincides w/ the Bogosian mugging he took against Buff. Then he mysteriously disappears from the line up almost right after with a "stiff neck" for a couple of games, b/c he's kept on it the wrong way?? I mean is anybody really buying this BS? He has been much more timid and less aggressive without going into the slot as much, since returning from his.....cough, cough,.. "stiff neck." This is not mere coincidence IMO. No way. His bell was rung a little during that incident and he has stopped doing some of the things that made him successful during the earlier parts of the season. How long has he been stuck on 39 goals? At this point, I wonder if he hits 40 with his current mentality. I hope he comes back around, but given his health history and MO in the playoffs, I wouldn't hold out high expectations for Nasher in the post season. I agree with TDCHI and some others.....if he fails to produce any offense again this post season, you have to try and trade him and get back a 1st rounder at a minimum if possible. Let's hope we can get back on track in Ott. tonight. LGR!

NCRanger


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:46 am EST

I think it's great that a bunch of players are suing the NHL over the concussion problem, but once again, I remain baffled that the NHLPA isn't facing any heat. Time and time again, they escape any criticism pressure for the violence that existed and still exists (albeit to a lesser extent) in the game. The ridiculously lax penalties that continue to exist when it comes to acts of violence is a result of the owners and the players to the point where these penalties are negotiated and included as part of each CBA. I guess the players are afraid of doing so lest it appear as if they are actually suing themselves, which I suppose in a roundabout way, they would be.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:34 am EST

BTW, hearing Rangers are not in on the Kyle Baun sweepstakes but are among the frontrunners for goalie Matt O'Connor. If the latter's true, IMO it's more evidence that the Prince's Ranger playing days are numbered.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:25 am EST

RF4L...Too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence...At the time I/we spoke about that and how no one defended him...Stevie -- Why the free pass for Capt. Parmenter?..Looks like he's spent most of the season with the Fugawi.

RF73


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:13 am EST

stevie: Agreed on the Nash part - time to break out of the funk, lest it become his MO for the rest of the season (POs included). I remain convinced the fact that the funk began after that Bogosian mugging isn't coincidental. It's pure conjecture I realize (and so is arguing that it is a coincidence), meaning it JMHO.

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:11 am EST

Pretty interesting story on Tanner Glass. I still don't get the hate many Ranger fans have for this guy. I do get the frustration at times when he doesn't play well, but he remains the only Ranger willing to drop his gloves. And he's not a thug - he brings more to the game than the traditional, now antiquated thug. My only beef about him is at times, is his tardiness in (or worse, no response at all to) addressing intimidation tactics initiated by the opposition. For me the perfect example is Bogosian's mugging of Nash. Glass should have gone after that guy as soon as they were on the ice together after the incident. That said, it could be because AV held him back, worried about giving the Sabres a PP. For me, those are penalties the team should embrace killing. Anywho, not trying to stir up that argument/debate again - those who've opposed me previously know where I stand (and me them) - just thought the article is worth reading. http://xnsports.com/2015/03/25/fighters-life-one-one-rangers-winger-tanner-glass/

RF4L


Thu Mar 26 2015 8:03 am EST

McD better score on this hamburger.....he needs to lead.....and Nash better follow.....it's now and has been basically playoff hockey ....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 26 2015 5:16 am EST

Interested to see Ottawa's "Hamburglar" character tonight.

hipcheck


Thu Mar 26 2015 4:13 am EST

I cannot believe that I am going to be rooting for that other NY team tonight. Yech!

WIOSA


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:42 am EST

E - I guess. The thing that irks me about KREIDER is that he can be such a beast out there when he is engaged...I wouldn't say he was invisible last night...I mean, he was credited with three hits and, after he was shifted down to fourth, he had a nice classic-Kreider-burst-of-speed shot on net in the third...but actually, it was that play that left me wondering where that Kreider was the whole game...when he goes into beast mode, there aren't many guys that can or will get in his way. Just makes me wonder what's going on with him.

tdchi


Thu Mar 26 2015 12:34 am EST

Re: MOSES - Highly doubt he signs with the Rangers. Aside from the fact that they already got a real good look at him with Hartford and decided not to sign him to an AHL contract, the Rangers already have two midgets on the team, plus a few down in Hartford. He'll sign somewhere and probably already has a contract awaiting his signature since he bailed on Jokerit. Just I wouldn't expect it to be with the Rangers.

tdchi


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:22 pm EST

schneid: Here's a link to an article last month by Bobby Mac on Moses: http://www.tsn.ca/moses-attracting-interest-across-the-pond-1.208420

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:20 pm EST

schneid: There should always be some interest when it comes to an UFA who can generate offense. However, this guy is a smurf....

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 8:16 pm EST

UFA, former NYR tryout player.... any interest????? http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/khl-goal-scoring-king-steve-moses-leaves-jokerit-is-the-nhl-next/

schneidw


Wed Mar 25 2015 7:25 pm EST

NYRs have been playing a TON of games lately... sure hope they conserve some legs for the playoffs...

schneidw


Wed Mar 25 2015 6:17 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/retired-nhl-players-concussion-lawsuit-takes-another-step-in-u-s-court-whats-next-for-both-sides/

mf


Wed Mar 25 2015 5:16 pm EST

still waiting for veenknow to figure out Nash scored most of his goals this year with brassard and zucchini.....msl goes down, no reason to change Nash.....left right left right.......

stevielegs


Wed Mar 25 2015 5:15 pm EST

I really didn't see AV get outcoached last spring nor last night. I don't think the New York Rangers were behind much during that series. That Los Angeles Kings team had something special about them. Just every series these tying goals 2-minutes left in the game and OT wins. They play their game. I saw some matchup issues. Certainly, Carter and Kopitar had their way with the New York Rangers pivots. Outside of that? I didn't see anything. Last night the Kings were just better. They were controlling the tempo and pace, we saw Cambot let in a softee and it just looked like the Kings wanted it more. It's adversity and the New York Rangers were also due. I also draw reference to the fact that Anaheim was another elite team that was due for a bad night. If we wanna talk coaching, it was clear that AV was looking to matchup that worked.

E


Wed Mar 25 2015 4:45 pm EST

Thought AV was outcoached by Sutter last year in the SCF's and perhaps last night too... Jmon

mf


Wed Mar 25 2015 4:30 pm EST

RF4L, I personally think the Rangers were underwhelming. I just think they had a lousy game. I think Cam had a couple of bad moves, and I think we did hit - but not effectively and we passed way too much. We spent a lot of time clearing the puck, and not always -obviously - successfully. I'm going to hope this was just a bad day and we can move on.

WIOSA


Wed Mar 25 2015 2:45 pm EST

Bottom line is that it's really a tough call. Did the Rangers underwhelm last night or were they overwhelmed? Similarly, on Sunday did the Ducks underwhelm or did the Rangers overwhelm? A combination of both in both games is probably the best answer. The league has achieved parity, at least to a point like never before and anyone can look good or bad on any given night. Analyzing/guessing who dictated what we can do forever. Hopefully, next game the Rangers will overwhelm!

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 2:42 pm EST

E: Good point about the Ducks goaltending. Wasn't strong last night, either. That will be their undoing come PO time I suspect.

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:30 pm EST

E/RF4L - If Kid K Keeps this crap constant (OK, just going for the alliteration), when MSL is ready we just might see Nash-Step-MSL and Kreider-Moore-Shep

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:24 pm EST

RF4L/E - I think against the Ducks, the Rangers were VERY good and and the Ducks weren't bad at the start, but just couldn't handle the Rangers A game the longer it went and then imploded...Last night was similar but in a less dramatic fashiion...Part of the reason the Rangers were not so good was because of the way the Kings played (Very well) and then they were unable or unwilling to fight through the Kings heavy body work in the o-zone and their defesnive discipline..

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:14 pm EST

RF: the Ducks just sucked. But not to diminish the New York Rangers. They dictated the tempo and pace. When the Ducks seemed to get their legs under them their goaltending faulted. The New York Rangers are very, very good. Things go bad against them and you can watch the implosion.

E


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:11 pm EST

TD: I see where you are coming via Chris Krieder and AK27. I think there is a fundamental difference. AK was almost invisible when he slumped. He just wasnt engaged. Kinda cheating, over handling the puck. Lots of issues positionally. Chris Krieder isn't scoring but he is engaged. He is hawking pucks, finishing checks and shooting. Hes just like that. I Think we are starting to see that trend of hot/cold with him. It's just when he is cold it's ice cold. He has yet to find that consistency. But then again has Nash? There is some serious funking going on with the top-6 right now. I was hoping that the Anaheim game wouldve cleared out the bowels. Doesn't look like it at least right now. And here comes a very hungry Ottawa team playing some good hockey right now. Gotta clean it up and flush the LA debacle and watch it circle the drain.

E


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:11 pm EST

Or did the Ducks just plain suck? Therein lays the dilemma. Ottawa is on a role - how the Rangers come out tomorrow may help us figure out which game was more realistic - Ducks or Kings. I say that because prior to the Duck game, the Rangers had played several like they did last night, except the opposition wasn't as strong and basically, they got away with it.

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 12:35 pm EST

Steve Zipay...... Henrik Lundqvist backs up Cam Talbot tomorrow in Ottawa. AV decides Friday about goalies Sat in Boston, Sun vs Caps #NYR

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 12:28 pm EST

Per Alex Nunn.......&#8207; Kuptsov rips a one-timer past Artamkin on the PP. Third helper for Buchnevich today. #NYR

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 12:27 pm EST

Per the New York Rangers.... AV says that Lundqvist will take shots in the morning tomorrow in Ottawa "Hopefully from Marty (St. Louis)"

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:49 am EST

TDCHI - It was a bit of both, but they are related...There were two teams on the ice...The KINGS played a a complete game and imposed their style on the Rangers who could not handle them in the defensive zone...Was some of it because all four sets of forwards didn't put in the needed effort in that zone? Definitely,because last night they wanted to score instead of putting in the effort beating the Kings (not the Canes) required, a task they haven't faced much this year because few teams have played that well

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:41 am EST

Rhet0ric - Yeah...KREIDER is starting to remind me a little of KOVALEV...there's just so much he has to give...but you just never know which Kreider is going to show up...tough to bench a guy like that, because his speed can mean the difference between a quick goal and zippo...but I don't blame AV for demoting him one bit...Kreider could be our version of LUCIC...but what he is now is basically an enigma. He's got basically the same line of stats form last year during a season where many, including myself, thought he'd have a breakout year...I was thinking he could end up reaching the 30-goal mark...but games like last night have me shaking my head. Still very young, but he's at the age now where the coaching staff has to pull him aside and show him two paths...one leads to a lucrative contract and acclaim...the other leads to floundering for another season and being moved. With a kid like HAYES just two points shy of his total...and kids like FAST and MILLER starting to put up totals...not too much longer can the Rangers keep his inconsistent performances on the team's top line, IMO.

tdchi


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:34 am EST

E/Hospo - Hmm...I don't know if I'd agree...I think the Rangers were/have been switching back to this sort of run-and-gun offense...versus Anahiem, their defense was putrid. They kept leaving TALBOT out to dry...ditto versus the Kings...not so much against the Canes..the Canes game was more of the same that they've been playing since about a week after Talbot took over...this Renney-esque hockey...last night, they all but abandoned that...Was LA good? Well, they weren't bad. But the Rangers didn't pressure them for 50 minutes of the game...they kept making fancy passes instead of driving to the net...Sure, there was a lot to go through to get to the net, but the Rangers didn't even BOTHER crashing Quick. Not until the game was basically over. There powerplay was a joke. They basically tried to gain the zone with these cute chip passes that left one guy with the puck facing two penalty killers and with no pass...Worse yet, they left Talbot out to dry just like they did game in and game out with Lundqvist. Anyone gushing over the Kings last night should really take a closer look at that game...if you want to say the game against Anaheim showed the Ducks' in free fall...well, this was less about the Kings rising and more about the Rangers sucking. Listless hockey for 50 minutes. And then they poured it on. Had they played the first 30 like they did the last 10, that would have been a much different outcome. LA would have lost that game probably by a couple goals...But instead, they backed off after the first goal and then let a tired team coast for 80 percent of the game...that game was lost by EFFORT...nothing else.

tdchi


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:29 am EST

Andrew Gross..... Rangers confirm maintenance day for Marc Staal.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:06 am EST

Rhet: Cap reasons primarly. Not advocating such a move - suggesting it's an inevitability.

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 11:02 am EST

Alex Nunn..... Buchnevich still playing at C, by the way. #NYR

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:57 am EST

Per Alex Nunn.... Almaz absolutely dominating top-seed Loko early here. Buchnevich picks up an assist after stickhandling through his own teammate. #NYR

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:53 am EST

Some day I'll proof read. Nah, who am I kidding? ......it's official.... The New York Rangers have returned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:52 am EST

RHET - Bang on about Kid K..This has been going on for weeks....It's like he sees the other guys doing some of the fancy stuff and feels he has to show that he can do it also..THis E_W crap has gotta stop..He's just about the most lethal combo of speed and power in the league..Just skate, bang and shoot..KISK...

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:49 am EST

RF4L.... It does not make sense to me to trade Stepan or Brassard BEFORE we know if Hayes can handle top six duties. Maybe he struggles a bit like many players in their sophomore season do. What would we do then? IMO, Centers are a premium around the league, A year or two down the road makes more sense to me. Even at $6 plus million per season, we'd have no problem trading Stepan. Centers are at a premium. Now if we package some players together to get a younger cheaper alternative at the draft, that's a completely different story.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:48 am EST

E - I think I agree with all of that..Like the Ranger forwards on defense last night, my eyes took a little vacation after it got too heavy..:) ..Nah, I think we agree 100%..I remember the Bruins doing it to them one game this year, but that's about it.....As for this line or that line showing up last night, none of them did defensively and that's why they lost..If any of these lines begin thinking like Dan Boyle that it's going to be a goalapalooza, we will get in trouble...AV's job to make sure that defense and getting the puck out of the zone is the priority..

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:35 am EST

BTW, CHL POs start this week - be interesting to watch a trio of Ranger prospects: Ryan Graves (Quebec), Adam Tambellini (Calgary) and Brandon Halverson (SSM)...

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:30 am EST

Per Brooks.... Lundqvist will dress (if not play?) Thursday night in Ottawa. Skapski returning to AHL today. Recall up front a possibility next few days.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:26 am EST

Vic: Re the cap and the discussion - I know where you stand and will continue to fight the good fight in your absence! ;^) On Hayes - yes, his ability to stay relevant for most of the year has been the most impressive aspect of his season, save for, of course, some of the offensive skills he's exhibited. What his upside is remains to be seen, but for sure it's exciting and most definitely top 6. IMO, he'll need to add a physical aspect to his game because if he continues to trend upward and in doing so become a more integral piece of the Rangers offensive machine, he'll attract more attention. Remember that with Stepan and Brassard ahead of him and both of them centering more dangerous scorers, he's not very often drawing the opposition's top checkers. If we are correct and one of Stepan/ Brassard gets moved this summer, it likely means he'll be centering one of the top 2 lines next year - that alone will mean more attention is placed on him. I'm not overly worried, however. His upside is tremendous.

RF4L


Wed Mar 25 2015 10:05 am EST

Just hearing that HANK will be dressed for Thursday's game against the Sens. Starter not named yet.

Vic


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:49 am EST

TD.... I don't get Kreider either. You never know which version is going to show up. It's like he's taken a page out of Brian Boyle's book (not showing up for the most part in the regular season). Disconcerting.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:48 am EST

HOSPO: you sir get the prize. You just saw the New York Rangers kryptonite. Now mind you, very few teams in the NHL can do what the Los Angeles Kings just did against the New York Rangers but they are a recent 2x SC winner because of it. They play heavy. They get in on the forecheck and take the play to the boards. It negates the New York Rangers breakout and renders their speed a non-factor. And when you do break out they have an fee ae that's skilled and talented enough to just prevent you from entering the zone with the puck the way the New York Rangers want to since so much of what the New York Rangers do is predicated on scoring off of the rush and with puck movement to spring players that can dart into the holes perhaps collectively better then any team in the NHL (sans TB who I think is even faster as a squad.) When you are on top of your game and rounding into post season form. Or as Dave Maloney stated to the effect of, "the Los Angeles Kings may be the best out of playoff team in the NHL." But they look like they are beginning to peak at the right time again. I do believe they'll make the playoffs and I do believe that they'll be a formidable foe. And I do think you might very well be looking at another roads to the SC pass thru the Staples Center. But for as good as the Los Angeles Kings were last night (and let's face it, the New York Rangers did not have their best stuff) they were able to show what speed can do if you force the play off of the glass and get it into the New York Rangers comfort zone against anaheim. And while the New York Rangers played awful Anaheim played putrid. But here is where I am concerned. The New York Rangers are not the team that tacked 7 on Anaheim. They are the team that couldn't muster more then 1 in regular time vs. Carolina, Chicago, going back a little less then a month ago. Defensively, they are getting a chance to win nightly. Was it the Marty St. Louis "effect?" Not sure because he wasn't playing very effective hockey production-wise. But anywho we see the the most consistent and skilled offensive threats are completely stone cold right now. Stepan, Nash, Chris Krieder, to a lesser extent MZA are all having trouble burying shots. The New York Rangers are winning on the back of Hayes, Miller and the other pluggers. They are not the torrid offensive force that they were previously. I understand that they are nicked up. Klein hurts. Marty St. Louis apparently seems to hurt more then I thought it would but they are not exactly peaking at the right time. At least, not as a dominant force. On too many nights they have been on the razors edge. Earlier? They fell the right way. Lately? The other side where something gets pulled out of the ass in order to make it happen. Just a little ranting.

E


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:35 am EST

Some notes: MILLER-BRASSARD-ZUCC was the only line that did anything last night...they were the only ones who showed up to play...The PBP announcers were trying to decide whether KREIDER got demoted or if AV simply wanted to 'beef up' a line...well...I don't know what game they were watching, but if that was a strategic move, then AV as a real sense of humor...Kreider could be an all-star if he could ever maintain his intensity. The guy is a beast...he's weighing in now as something like 230 pounds and has almost unequaled lower body strength...when he plays a physical game, the Rangers win...when he plays the listless purse-swinging game like he did yesterday, their chance of losing increases monumentally...factor in the disappearing NASH...I don't think Nash played an awful game, but he again played in a manner not fitting for the Rangers' top line and it's something AV needs to address ASAP. If he's going to be a perimeter player, then he should play on third or fourth line and be used almost exclusively for special teams...I would have moved FAST or HAYES into his spot after the first...Hell, even HAGELIN...Dan BOYLE was absolutely horrific...I don't know what the Rangers can do with this guy, but he's regularly the worst defenseman out on the ice...and his offense? Where is that? Zilch. At this point, I'd recall McILRATH and give Boyle 'a maintenance day' in the stands to rest his old ass so at least maybe he can channel some of his offensive ability...Rangers better unpuff their chests and go into the Sens' game with a modicum of humility or they could end up in a slide heading into the playoffs.

tdchi


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:10 am EST

RF4L: I haven't been able to join in on the conversations about next year's cap situation and who may or may not be here. You know that we are on the same page regarding the cap and the future of either STEPAN/BRASSARD on this team moving forward. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Also way back in November when you and I were discussing HAYES you didn't think he was going to produce enough to hold down the 3rd line Center spot. You thought he needed to put up 40 points to really be a contributor in that spot. I thought he could do it and with 10 games left he has 36 points. Given the way he has played in the offensive zone I think he ends up with about 43 points this season. Hopefully he will be a force for the Rangers in the playoffs. I don't expect that in his first year and first playoffs but he has the talent and has trended up (with the normal ups and downs) all year.

Vic


Wed Mar 25 2015 9:08 am EST

Agreed last night is one game...no need to look at it too deeply...here's the way I see it: That first goal the Rangers got really changed the tone of their game for the worse...They came on strong and then it was like they set into cruise mode from 19:00 in the first until about a third of the way through the third...It was like the team collectively thought it was playing against an inferior opponent...and they were...Kind of reminds me a little of the game against Carolina...they should have blown the Canes out of the water like they did Anaheim. Yet there was this lack of urgency...We want to talk about the turnovers...the lack of people crashing the net...all indicative of a team that's cruising...Sam and Dickaletti both mentioned how LA was playing like a team on the verge of missing the playoffs...well...the Rangers were playing like a team that has already won the President's Trophy.

tdchi


Wed Mar 25 2015 8:04 am EST

Jnyr: way to come out of the "Shadows of Lurking" with a full press body slam of a post.... Now I'll go read your chronicles... :-)

mf


Wed Mar 25 2015 8:04 am EST

VIC - Exactly. A battle of styles. battle of who can impose their game on the other..Nothing has changed since the Cup finals in that respect..Earlier this year, the Rangers were too quick (skating and mostly puck movement) in all aspects of the game for the off KIngs..Last night, the KIngs were able to control the o-zone and smother the transition with their size and positioning against a somewhat off Ranger team where the forwards were not doing the jobs defensivelty ..

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 7:52 am EST

Look, LAK really pwns us when it comes to the battles infront of both nets, and not only us more like most teams in the NHL. But this is problematic. When they put a puck on our net, they have 3 guys hammering away on Talbot. Natrually that upsets us and we want to pay back. I counted the times this year, we manage to get in on the net like that twice, LA just short of 20. When we do, out guys are *****. Think Doughty laying on top of Fast for example. I remember G1 during the SCFs, like 15 minutes in Norstrom who worked the game for Swedish TV said something like NYR will have no chance to win this series if they cannot push away more to keep the LA players outside the crease. And just as importantly, we are not able to get to the net on the other side. It's like skating into a meat sheild. We can talk about giveaways, BUT it's a huge misstake to do so. Huge misstake. The big difference between us and LA is that the later can creat offense against us by just putting the puck deep and going after us, while we have to play really really well against their outstanding defense. We will make misstakes, they won't -- because of that. Turnovers is a symptom not the problem.

Ola


Wed Mar 25 2015 7:43 am EST

JNYR: Great read. Brought a tear to my eyes actually as I thought of the years I spent with my son and baseball..........HOSPO: I totally agree. What is funny though is that I think the Rangers are built to beat the Kings. When the Rangers are on their game and playing their best they absolutely smothered the Kings. When they weren't the Kings did the same to them. That was what the Finals were last year. Just a back and forth of one team imposing its will on the other. In the end the Rangers lost that series because of a few bad bounces, a few posts/crossbars and some bad calls at bad times. Even though the Kings won the series in 5 games those games were all close and could have gone either way with maybe the exception of one game. The Rangers were the better team more then the Kings were IMHO but the Kings got some breaks and made some plays when it counted. Those two double overtime games and the other single overtime game the Rangers were the better team for a greater percentage of the game. They just didn't win. That goes to having all of the things fall into place to win. Last night the Kings were firing on all cylinders and playing with desperation. The Rangers weren't and haven't been for the last few weeks. They won some games they probably shouldn't have but they are clearly not playing their best now. That is ok. I'd rather have this happen now then in the next month or two. The key is that they need to find their game by the end of the season and go into the playoffs with that same confidence they played with through most of February.

Vic


Wed Mar 25 2015 6:43 am EST

Are many here under the illusion that we are going to win every game? Last night's game means nothing we won one they won one. the playoffs are a series for reason. What has me worried is as the games are tighter more like playoff hockey the more nash is mia. I hope this slump ends soon the rangers do not win a cup with him as a passenger. They need him to be a threat and our big gun to win. Gernander is not the problem in Hartford look at how many guys had time with him that weren't nhl ready but became more then just ready when thr y got here

York18


Wed Mar 25 2015 5:42 am EST

This is why we love this sport.....Pretty cool: Former Harvard captain Ryan Grimshaw says goodbye to the game: Dear Hockey, This is said with a heavy heart, but it is time to say goodbye. No, I won't be out of your life; I just won't be around as much anymore. This little kid that dreamt of playing at your highest level is turning the page and moving on to the next chapter of his life, and for the first time in my twenty-five years on this earth, you will not be my number one focus. It's sad, scary, and exciting. I was only two when I first met you, and it wasn't long until I was head-over-heels in love. I couldn't get enough of you. During the winter months, when practicing all afternoon wasn't enough, bright spotlights would illuminate my backyard ice rink at night. When summer came around, and most people thought we should take a break, there were endless 2-on-2 games in the driveway with my three brothers. When fall practices began in middle school, and they weren't supposed to start until 7:30AM, I was on that ice every single day before 6:00AM. Do you remember those 6AM skates? They are some of my favorite memories of us. There is something so pure about stepping on a new sheet of ice with no one else in the arena. I can still feel it now; the crunch of my skates as I carved those first few strides, the tears that welled up in my eyes as that blast of cold air hit my face on my first lap, and the thunderous crack of my stick as I let that first shot go. Like a painter staring at a blank canvas, the possibilities were endless. I had no rhyme or reason for the things I would do during those skates. There was no structure to my drills, no specific skill I was working on. I wasn't out there early because I needed to get better; I was out there early because I didn't know better. All I knew at the time was that I would rather spend an extra hour and a half with you than spend it doing anything else. What I learned though, was the harder I worked for you, the more you gave back. Those endless days and nights placed me on some of the best youth teams growing up. By the time I was 12, you had taken me to more states and countries than 99% of the kids my age. Those 6AM skates would end up taking me away from home at the age of 14. My sophomore year I found myself in Connecticut wearing crimson for the number one prep school team in the country, The Salisbury School. One year and one New England Championship later, I was off to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play for the US National Team. For the next two years I'd be sporting the red, white, and blue while representing my country in tournaments at home and across the world. Then colleges came a calling, and I would soon find myself throwing on a familiar shade of crimson. Without you, I imagine my name would have never crossed Harvard University's directory. But there I was, after 18 years of devotion to you, I was attending one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, lacing up the skates for one of the most storied programs in college hockey, and my senior year, captaining this same team. By the end of my senior season, it had been eight years since I first left home for you. I left family and friends and missed countless holidays, and I only returned to Rochester, New York for the summer months. For eight years, I hadn't played a single game at home. However, being the poet that you are, you gave me an opportunity I will never forget. From the ages of 6 to 12, I played for one youth team, The Rochester Americans. We got our name from our hometown's professional American Hockey League team with the same name. I grew up going to their games and cheering on the "Amerks". These were the first professional hockey games I got to watch and I could only dream of what it would be like to play at the same level. When my final season at Harvard concluded, I got the call of my lifetime. My hometown’s Rochester Americans were on the other line. I was going to be heading back home, and for the first time in eight years, I was going to be playing in a competitive game there. Remember how I said there’s something special about skating alone in an empty rink? Well, there’s also something about playing in front of a packed arena. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to play in front of some impressive crowds and in some historic arenas. There were the 15,000 screaming Russian fans at the Under-18 World Championships. There were the rowdy Boston locals that packed Boston’s TD Garden for the annual Beanpot games against BC, BU, and Northeastern. There were even fans that hated my team so much that they threw fish at us (Cornell). However, none of these can ever compare to the feeling I had of finally coming back home and stepping on the ice for my first shift as a Rochester American. Yes, my story with you had finally come full circle. But what really excited me was that nearly all of my family was in the crowd for that game. I felt like I was seven years old again, skating around and just scanning the bleachers for the familiar face of my parents or grandparents. The announcers introduced me over the loudspeaker as I prepared for the faceoff, welcoming me back home, and the crowd erupted. I knew that somewhere in the crowd, my parents, brothers, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and I’m sure several friends cheered along with them. I held back tears waiting for that puck to drop. I could’ve walked away from you that day and forever been satisfied. But for three more years I gave you my life, jumping at every opportunity, in hopes that one-day, just maybe, I’d get a chance at the big times. I never did make the NHL, but you sure took me for an exciting ride. I bet you laughed at me along the way as I tried to make plans. I never knew where you would be taking me next, but I am happy the way things turned out. From Toronto to Germany and then South Carolina to Scotland, you sure had a funny way of showing me around. So as I lace up my skates here for my last game, albeit in the capital of Scotland, I want to thank you for the places we’ve gone together. I also want to thank you for all the friends you have made me. Sure, they started out as teammates, but as I’m sure you have witnessed, time and time again, these teammates somehow always turn into brothers. Remember all those holidays away from home? It was those teammates that filled that void. We would spend more than four hours together at the arena, only to leave the rink and willingly decided to spend the rest of the day with these same teammates. That’s crazy! I have made lifelong friends through you. I want you to know that my family sends their best as well. I know they’ll definitely miss seeing us together, that’s for sure. They were there from the beginning, and if it wasn’t for them, I can guarantee you I wouldn’t be in this position today. They were there for every high and every low along the way. Every time I wanted to spend more time with you, my parents made sure I got that opportunity. The countless games and practices they took me to, those 6AM skates, without them, there is no us. And to think, they did this all just to see me move away from them at an early age. Yet, they continued to come and watch me. I don’t even want to think about how many miles they have put on their cars or the number of sleepless nights spent driving to catch one of my games. So as I take those first few strides in warm-ups today, I’ll remember all those early morning skates and how I went from that little kid who couldn’t make it lap around the ice without falling to the player I am today. When I line up for my first faceoff, I’ll imagine the roaring crowd of my family from that first game back in Rochester. When we get that first goal, and I celebrate with my team, I’ll remember the hundreds of brothers I’ve met over the years. And when that final buzzer ends on my career, I will smile and shed a few tears as I say goodbye to you. I’m not afraid to move on. I am excited for the future. I know that everything you have taught me will allow me to succeed. There will still be early mornings and endless nights, new adventures and new friends, and I can only hope that I embrace them with the same love and passion as I did for you. Thanks again for everything, old friend. Ryan

jnyr


Wed Mar 25 2015 1:06 am EST

And I think it was RHET who mentioned the other night how awkward it was to have NBC announcers praising the Rangers...Thank god we only had to wait one game until hearing the King sucking drivel of that sawed off little pip squeak Mcguire

Hospo


Wed Mar 25 2015 12:38 am EST

Just fininshed watching the game..OK, yes, some of the Ranger forwards were a little fancy and very lazy and cruising and sloppy in their own zone,maybe a result of thinking too much offense after the 7 Goals against Anaheiim,.and we need KLEIN agasint a team this big instead of Boyle....but the main reason the Rangers lost is because the KINGS played a great game..they made the Rangers look off..They showed exactly how you beat the Rangers...not by physically running them..but by using thier size, discipline and boardwork to contol the Puck in the o-zone, and slow and muddle most Ranger breakouts.....The thing is, it's not an easy thing to do to the Rangers, has happened only a few times all year....and their are only a few teams equipped to do this.. but the Kings are one and they did it tonight, like they did it in the Cup finals, but weren't able to do earlier in the year...Such a battle of styles between these two teams,...If the Kings are clicking on all cylinders like they were tonight, the Rangers need to be also..It's as simple as that..They weren't, perhaps a bit too full of themselves and not focused enough on the small and dirty things...Hopefully a lesson learned if we play them in the Finals, which just might happen

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:27 pm EST

Ong the nyr lost .... Say it ain't so....la has their number....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:25 pm EST

RF4L, you know, you're right. I was so busy willing Nash to score, I have to give Nash props for 1 and 3 (the Rangers disappeared totally in 2) he was giving it all he could, had some sog. I totally didn't see anything from Step, Im not sure what is ailing this team...Only good news is the Isles lost, Ducks lost, Detroit lost, Pittsburgh lost, and Florida Lost. Montreal is tied.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:06 pm EST

C'mon Predator's, beat those Frogs

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:03 pm EST

And the Nash funk continues...

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:50 pm EST

So I guess there's zero chance the Prince doesn't start against the Sens?

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:48 pm EST

BTW, the team the Rangers rolled over Sunday is losing again tonight. Against the BJs....

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:46 pm EST

Got to play 60 minutes and they haven't done that for awhile. Bad habits and ones that will cost them in the first round regardless of where they end up....

rngrsans


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:44 pm EST

Why get a center in shemp and hardly let him take face-offs, while your team is losing 90% of them in the 3rd?

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:44 pm EST

Kreider one of AV's two whipping boys.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:43 pm EST

caperanger: IMO, there''s been several games lately where they didn't show up. Or at least for 2/3s or more of the game. Against inferior opponents you can get away with it. Against the cup champs? Not so much.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:43 pm EST

Kreider banished to the forbidden zone, on a line with Glass and Sheppard.Ouch.

heston


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:33 pm EST

Love Hayes' look after scoring the goal...says a lot about him...all good.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:32 pm EST

This might be a reality check for them . After hammering The Ducks and moving to the top of the league , along with the Presidents Cup chatter, I think they thought they could win just by showing up

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:32 pm EST

mailed.it.in.

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:28 pm EST

They better right the ship ASAP. They look uninspired

rngrsans


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:22 pm EST

Cap not to play 6-5 ... Let slap happy play

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:22 pm EST

WIOSA: Pretty funny all the gushing about Stepan after his game against the Ducks. I watched 2 periods and I swear I never noticed him. Again.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:21 pm EST

Oh yeah, that PP was so horrible it was comical.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:20 pm EST

Thought the drought was broken with the Ducks game. No I didn't think we were going to score 7 goals each game, but this one or two goals a game is pure garbage. And we obviously are not playing a good defensive game. I don't understand what is happening to our offense, and ONE player is not the problem.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:19 pm EST

Stevie..cause they can' t score with a man advantage

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:17 pm EST

Why not pull the prince t-bot?

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:16 pm EST

Damn , was hoping to throw a wrench in L.A.'s playoff chances . Don' want see these guys in the finals

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:14 pm EST

JFC: Yep. I hate the Kings - that possum shit is just all wrong. Let's hope they end up out of the POs. I say this not because I don't want to face them in the finals, either - I dislike the notion of competing just enough to make the POs and then going on a tear. I think it's the opposite of team building/spirit/etc. Like phuck them. Of course it would have been nice to see the Rangers remind them of that, but they have been owned almost from the drop of the puck. Not good.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:13 pm EST

Fugly sutter out coaches Veenknow

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:12 pm EST

Kings have taken 3 SOG and scored two goals, We have taken 1 SOG, and got a penalty. This is sad, it's our own building.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:11 pm EST

Absolutely OWNED

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:11 pm EST

Put slap happy in wtfu

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:10 pm EST

Lord, now I know how the ducks felt

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:09 pm EST

If this result stands, this game will be very scary to me....and I don't think that's on overreaction. Talk about a "message" game....LA is sending one loud and clear...we're not afraid of you, we beat you last year and if we play you this year, we'll beat you again. They have OWNED us this game and that is scary.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:09 pm EST

Dickaletti gushes over every opponent and over sam ...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:08 pm EST

stevie: The entire team looked lost - endless giveaways and zero desire to compete. Given their track record, it's an anomaly. Next 3 games are all tough so we'll see soon enough.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:07 pm EST

Not sure what's worse: The Rangers being schooled and shown why they won but a single game in last year's final or condom-face gushing endlessly about the Kings. Both got my pressure up so when that 3rd goal went it, that was it for me.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:02 pm EST

Well hopefully that doesn't say anything about the team

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:59 pm EST

This period is going to say something about our team

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:59 pm EST

Better Nash have his slump now and hopefully he's on the way up,when the POs hit. My biggest concern is the PP...now to me that is what could be the difference between winning the Cup and not. The NY Rangers with a lethal PP would be very hard to beat....they'd be doing themselves a big favor if they figured it out. If not, anything could happen and prevent them from succeeding....they need tomgameto advantage of,the PP advantage and score goals....that puts immense pressure on the opposition and will make them more wary of hooking, holding and obstructing us.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:57 pm EST

FAST is a pretty smart & poised hockey player.... specific play in the 2nd, he saw he couldn't go around the defender and behind the net, so he stops along the boards and maintains possession and doesn't give up the puck... wish more of our guys catch on

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:55 pm EST

Jitters looks lost in the d zone or he thinks he's the center.... This team is schizoid

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:55 pm EST

Cape, I agree we need scoring and Nash is our top scorer, that said, we have four lines - and ONE little goal scored 51 seconds into the game. and we only have 21 sog to their 31, It is more than Nash.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:55 pm EST

JFC: the east west stuff is bound to be contagious and the kid is still on his learning curve.. as much as it may pain us, we're gonna need a little patience with the kid, he just got promoted, jmo

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:53 pm EST

Talbot stay in the net

rngrsans


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:51 pm EST

I know it's been awhile since they looked this flat and I guess you can' t win them all , but my big concern is the lack of production from Rick Nash and that could be the difference come playoff time . If Nash would have played in the finals last year like he has the first half of this year I believe we would have won the cup . With the playoffs looming and all games promising to be very tight , a hot Nash could be the difference between the cup or golfing early

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:39 pm EST

JT Miller is starting to try to play like Brass and Zucc with these thread the needle, cross-zone passes and he needs to STOP IT! He needs to play north-south, play the boards and get to the net and let the other 2 do the fancy stuff. That line already passes too much....we don't need Miller doing it too.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:37 pm EST

We're starting to win some races to the puck now....LA might be wearing down a bit.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:35 pm EST

Cape not one SOG during that pp

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:33 pm EST

Nash is playing Ike he did post concussion last year. He step and kid k have no chemistry

rngrsans


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:32 pm EST

That power play sucked!!

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:28 pm EST

sog 30-17, are we for real? We're supposed to be the best team in the league.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:22 pm EST

Entire 2nd period played in our end so far....ridiculous!

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:20 pm EST

How is the score only 2-1? We're being outshot and outskated something awful.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:19 pm EST

Creepy Pierre between the benches for NBC.......I think he has the hots for some of the Kings

caperanger


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:15 pm EST

Pretty ugly. Oh well. Can't win em all. We might perk up but LA is in their usual March mode, and playing like they mean it. They also look huge out there but not slow.

Nick


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:15 pm EST

This game is really making me angry....I don't like looking at the guys who beat us last year having 25 shots on goal in less than 1/2 the game....it's disgusting. Then Talbot gives the puck away. We're sloppy as hell in our own zone and letting a team that is hanging on by a PO thread and who played last night skate all over us. NO EXCUSES! They need to play better , send a message to this team and help they OUT of the playoffs.

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:15 pm EST

This bites! LA is the faster team

rngrsans


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:12 pm EST

@#$%!

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:00 pm EST

Is NASH dressed for tonight's game?

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:37 pm EST

Now would be a great time for Nash to step up to the plate...not that he hasn't tried

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:17 pm EST

That was one hell of a play by Miller. Nice finish by Zucc but Miller was a beast on the wall....he could be ascending just at the right time heading into the POs

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:13 pm EST

ZUKE!!! AV..please do not break up this line.

DOUBLEN


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:18 pm EST

I'm pretty sure that, even if Boyle retires, the Rangers are still on the hook for his salary because it's an over 35 contract.

evets1980


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:16 pm EST

IF the Rangers win the cup...maybe..just maybe I could see BOYLE hanging 'em up...regardless of the outcome, I could see the Rangers moving Boyle and eating some of his salary. I don't think Boyle will be on the roster next season, JMHO.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:11 pm EST

TradeStar28 - Definitely agree on DORSETT...And on the surface with STRALMAN too...but the problem there is that Strals is signed through 2019...I'm just not sure if he was worth that length of a contract...but versus BOYLE'S two year contract? Man, that Stralman deal looks pretty good. Boyle looks rough these days.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:06 pm EST

Ola - All depends on where you're looking. For instance, the Phantoms moved to Lehigh this year and into a 8,000-seat state-of-the-art arena...contrast this with Glens Falls, where the locker room wasn't/isn't big enough...the stadium seats only 4,000 and the training room is so small that guys need to ride stationary bikes out in the hallway...I know this about Xcel center is about to/just got rehabbed for UConn's hockey teams...and also heard that the renovations didn't include much for the Wolfpack. Now is that alone going to sway a veteran player from signing with a team? Probably not...but couple a bad stadium with a bad city and an NHL team that doesn't really care if their minor league affiliate is in first or last...And like I said...I had a long convo with a guy from the Phantoms organization about the future of the AHL and why a team simply wouldn't stay in Glens Falls...one of the reasons HE cited was that vet players simply didn't like the facility in part for the reasons I listed above...Is that the problem in Hartford? I don't know...I know that stadium, though, is/was in rough shape...Hell, just before the economic collapse they were talking about building a new one...had funding lining up too...the idea was going to be to build it, demo the Xcel Center and then try to get an NHL team...Are you implying that GERNANDER is the problem? I don't agree with that...but each to their own.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 4:33 pm EST

moofman need to buy a cap?

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 4:29 pm EST

E: care to guess on whether Boyle hangs up the skates after this season? I'm hunting for Cap dollars.

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 4:13 pm EST

If LUNDQVIST gets the nod for the home game on Sunday, I would expect a very loud, emotional ovation, and Hen-rik chant from the MSG crowd.

hipcheck


Tue Mar 24 2015 4:11 pm EST

7 or so years I watched Boyle play. He's always been an adventure in the d-zone but it was offset by an electrifying attack where he didn't curl back like a Leetch but went straight to the net. Great vision etc... You gave him more of a free pass because he was productive. On a PP he was lethal. But all of that eroded down. But he hasn't become a better defenseman. He's the same adventure. It's just that he doesn't score anymore. So it's a liability that's all risk and no reward. I understood that teams were offering more and likely he is here because he thinks he has one last chance to get another cup. I'm just not seeing where this gets better. And I think that is primarily why Yandle is here. We'll see. But I didn't think he had anything much left in terms of his skillset and he's done nothing to prove me wrong since.

E


Tue Mar 24 2015 4:08 pm EST

Zucc is my favorite player. He brings a lot more to the team than he shows on ice....

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:50 pm EST

Beware of underestimating the impact of Brass & Zucc being such a good fit together and how that fact can influence whether or not a trade gets made. Just as I thought it was a long shot that Zucc would gets traded because losing him would,detrimentally effect Brass, so too the visa versa factor could be a worry for AV and Sather. Truth be told, I believe Brass gains more from having Zucc around than visa versa, but it is something that has t o be a concern for the Rangers brass. Now, if we win the Cup, all bets are off because then Sather would be playing with house money and might be more willing to take the risk

JFC31


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:36 pm EST

E/Stevie - With Boyle, it's almost like he has lost all defensive responsibility/Discipline and is trying to do way too much offensively..It's all he seems to care about....and he puts too much pressure on himself so he can't score any way....It may be stomachable when KLEIN comes back and Boyle gets less ES play but alot of the time it is scary

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:30 pm EST

E supposedly other teams offered him more....or sather was had....I thought he would be the ppqb, but he panics.....maybe he'll be a playoff hero.....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:27 pm EST

Marty St. Louis will be judged on his post season performance. Given how he has been playing me thinks it's very iffy right now. I wish the New York Rangers never signed Boyle but they are hamstrung on that one for another year. I couldn't believe that they signed him at the number they did based on what I've seen over the past seasons. SJ tossed him on the heap with no adequate force on the blueline and the New York Rangers considered him an asset.

E


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:04 pm EST

RF4L: Was going to say the same thing about the Center situation. If they think Hayes is ready for top 2, and Lindberg is ready for 3rd, we could see a center (probably Brass, I agree there) be traded to make room, and to help the cap to improve on wing...

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 3:04 pm EST

RHET/RF4L - Exactly regarding the C position, and alot will be determined by how they fare in the POs this year...Do they have the winning mix or does it need to be slightly altered? .If they win the Cup, you obviously don't fix what isn't broken ....if they lose because of something lacking to the forward lines, MAYBE a change is made..We'll know in a few months..

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 2:49 pm EST

Rhet: Depends what the organization thinks of Hayes. Is he ready for top 2 center minutes? Lately, he's been showing he is. I do concur, however, that you'll still need to find a center, but it would be a 3rd line center. I wonder what the organization thinks of Oscar Lindberg...

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 2:17 pm EST

FYI, Bettman said the cap was likely going to be in the $71.7 - $73M range ...Hip..... The only way I see Stepan or Brassard being dealt is if one get's moved in a deal for another center. Quite honestly, IMO you move Hagelin before you move either top 6 center.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 24 2015 2:08 pm EST

Great read on the wall today. -- I predict MSL will end up playing in Brooklyn with the Islanders next season. -- I believe in NASH. He will have a few epic moments to remember in this year's deep Cup run. -- Intrigued about the return we could get by trading Brassard at the draft?

hipcheck


Tue Mar 24 2015 1:44 pm EST

TRADE....... Purely my guess, but I think Hank does play backup on Saturday. He would also need to come off LTIR and that means Mac Skapski would need to be sent down to accommodate Hanks cap hit.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 24 2015 1:24 pm EST

mf: Saves you $7,000,000 next year. The King is at $8,500,000 and the Prince $1,500,000. Let's you easily sign Stepan and keep Brassard. Ain't gonna happen tho!

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 1:23 pm EST

It was mentioned that Henrik will play one of the games this weekend. Rangers play @ Boston Saturday, 1pm and home vs Washington on Sunday, 3pm. My guess is that the King will play against Boston on Saturday.

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 24 2015 1:08 pm EST

TDCHI....thanx for the 2014 & 2015 comparison. I agree with you wholeheartedly. The only thing i wish Sather did differently was to keep Stralman and not sign D. Boyle.......and keep Dorsett and not sign Tanner Glass..........

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 24 2015 12:30 pm EST

Prince

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 12:29 pm EST

Trading the King & keeping the Price will save you $5 million.............. ;-)

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 12:26 pm EST

something to be said for retiring as a champion, especially at 38-39 yrs of age and in the twilight of a career...............

mf


Tue Mar 24 2015 11:46 am EST

Yep and that leaves the Rangers will $12,000,000 to sign 6 players, 1 of who will be seeking, potentially, 1/2 of that figure. And doesn't account for the much needed cap space to allow for trade deadline acquisitions next March. Tough spot. It will be interesting to watch how it plays out - might not be decided until training camp. Or beyond.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 11:32 am EST

BTW: The CDN dollar is worth right now .793 against the US Dollar...so about 72 mil for a cap ...just under if it were to be set right now.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 11:31 am EST

OK...so 71.7 million would be the cap WITH the 5% kicker if the Canadian Dollar is at 80 cents adjacent the US dollar. It it goes up, the cap will go up 72.2 at 82 cents and 73 at 88 cents. So lets all hope and pray for a Canadian Dollar rebound. Actually, if OPEC cuts production thats likely what we will see, because Oil futures will increase, and that will help drive the Canadian dollar up, falling oil prices are a big reason why it is down right now.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 11:13 am EST

Ola: How is that even possible. The NHL says the cap will to go down based on the Canadian dollar due to the TV deal money coming in (originally they thought that would up the cap near 6 mil so a BIG dive from that of course) so even if the cap stayed the same from the NHL side, the NHLPA kicker would bring it to 72+ for next season. I don't get the math with 71 million, that means the cap would go down without the kicker, and the NHL keeps saying that will NOT happen.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 11:09 am EST

minor (well not so minor) mistake...I used 5% for the bonus cushion amount, I think its 3% so my original numbers would be a 200-400K too high overall. But workable with the right moves and signings.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:56 am EST

Wild the 71m figure includes the bumper.

Ola


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:55 am EST

RF4L- We can keep both Step and a Brass, no probs. Might loose Hags or MSL though.

Ola


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:54 am EST

Tdchi- Ok so you are telling me that all other AHL teams have much better conditions than HFD that you claim is carried by Gernander. Care to elaborate on that? Kenny G has the biggest salary budget in the AHL, or has had at least. It's always up there when we see numbers. Sounds kinda odd that our AHL would have a much harder time than all other teams down there.

Ola


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:54 am EST

We'll see.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:52 am EST

hank says he wants to play this weekend.....I'm guessing Sunday at msg.....wonder if he'll be backup on Saturday....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:51 am EST

Wild: Well before LB I was musing that Stepan might ask for $6,000,000+, especially considering how he went for the big ticket during the last contract negotiation and lost because he had no leverage. He does this time around with arbitration and as LB says, if it does get to that, a 2 year deal at that figure followed by UFA isn't what Sather and company will want I suspect. A Ranger discount on Stepan's part isn't unreasonable to anticipate, but that could still end up being a contract in excess of $5,500,000.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:43 am EST

hospo- because they have high testosterone levels

docjay


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:40 am EST

More importantly, why do so many hockey players go bald early?

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:39 am EST

So, right now the Rangers have 62.369 mil tied up next season. Lets use 72 mil as the cap. Signings: Step 5.5, Hags 3 (3 yr 9mil), Fast 1 mil, Miller 1 mil (last 2 RFAs with no Arb, bridge deals) MSL 1 mil base 2 mil bonus. TRADE: D.Moore out, Lindberg at 1 mil in. Talbot out and a vet backup in at 900K-1mil. This saves about 1 mil. Add that to the bonus cushion and if the two players, Hayes and MSL, hit all their bonuses they would carry approximately 3.85 of a cap hit going into the season after next. Thats if you can't move Glass, and don't move Boyle(or can't move him) These numbers are all +/- of course. For instance, Lindberg just needs to be qualified at like 790K, Miller at 875K, Fast at 945K. If they decide to do that, one year deals on qualifying offers and the players are good with that (Lindberg I think will be, Miller should be happy to have a spot, and Fast will probably be OK with it as well) than they all take up a few hundred K less in cap....its not undoable, and not out of the question that it happens that way.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:36 am EST

Of course, likely that every single player will be back or want to be back to DEFEND the CUP! But, you never know!

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:34 am EST

But if NASH chokes and gets traded, you have money for everybody..Or if Step chokes? or Brassard chokes? Or, if The King never comes back and goes on LTIR...Or if Boyle and MSL retire if we win the CUp? And what if Sather signs two more CFA ala Hayes?.And what the Hell is the Cap anyway?,,,Makes little sense to be making these projections now with so many things up in the air... IMWO

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:31 am EST

Wild - agreed. He sort of looks for the worst in every player, IMO...not to discount his knowledge entirely...but I think Brooksie sometimes finds himself short on copy, especially around now when there's really not much to talk about...they're winning...they're top in the NHL...they're months away from the UFA/draft period...he relies on this kind of crap to fill column inches that's all.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:29 am EST

Onto the cap situation...MILLER and FAST are going to get qualified and I highly doubt either entertains a hold-out...You're likely looking at both SHEPPARD and GLASS being moved/let go...MSL, if he signs, you're looking at like a million per. STEP signs a three-year, six million contract, he fits under the cap quite nicely. HAGELIN - Maybe a $1 million increase...There's also a real chance BOYLE doesn't return, IMO...or that he's moved...And don't start with the 'what-ifs' of 2016-2017...man, lord knows what happens then. It's going to be tight, sure. But do you really think the Rangers are prepared to dismantle themselves from the middle out? Look, it all depends on what happens in the post season. Rangers win the cup and they may be forced to dismantle like the Hawks did several years ago...or maybe they end up with guys who sign cap-friendly contracts like the Kings had...or conversely, if the Rangers FAIL this season and the scapgoating starts...well, I think the focus WILL be on NASH and his $7.7 million contract...for that money, you simply can't vanish for three consecutive playoffs and expect to have a job...There are just so many variables here that I think it's really kind of ridiculous that you're making proclamations like 'the Rangers can't keep Stepan AND Brassard.' That's just senseless fearmongering IMO.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:20 am EST

td: Brooks also has no grasp on the character of the Rangers players themselves. He clearly sees each and every one as money hungry, all for me, nothing for the team types....or else why would he assume every single guy is going for absolute top dollar on every contract.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 10:17 am EST

RF4L - Sure you can listen to whoever you want. But if you're listening to Brooks, you're listening to a guy who's been wrong pretty much all year long when it comes to contracts...and by wrong, I mean DEAD wrong. He was saying the Rangers will have to move STAAL...he was saying ZUCC was gone at the deadline...the guy certainly has insight and I don't discount his point of view...but when it comes to capology and getting the pulse of Sather's decision making, he's been about as accurate as Eklund. Maybe less.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:50 am EST

also don't forget, 2.85 mil of Hayes number is bonuses, it can go towards the next seasons cap. Not the best option, but that is 2.85 mil in "extra" cap space for next season. That doesn't include what they may do bonus wise with MSL if they keep him. He may be at 1 mil with 2-3 mil in bonuses. His cap number would be 3-4 mil, but bonus cushion could come into play. There are many ways to play with the cap.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:48 am EST

RF4L: Listening to someone who is wrong close to 95% of the time is not smart. Yes the cap situation isn't great. 71-72 mil from what I can fin is BEFORE the 5% NHLPA kicker...could be wrong on that, but if not it turn into 74-75 really quick. I know that still leaves a less than to be desired cap space amount. But starting with numbers like 6 mil for Stepan because Brooks says thats the bottom number is just not the smart way to go about looking at next seasons cap numbers

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:43 am EST

Wild: Yes, that's possible, but that still leaves less than $7,000,000 to sign 5 players. Not enough IMO, especially considering Hagelin will be seeking a (deserved) raise over his current salary of $2,250,000. There's much love on here for Stepan and if that's the way the club feels too, then it's Brassard who's likely to get dealt. I remain convinced one will be moved.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:39 am EST

RF4L: I think Stepan will sign for something around 5.25 per say 6 years 30-32 mil total....How many Rangers in the "core" group need to sign for below market value before we are not expecting one of those guys to go for the biggest contract they can get. IF Stepan hit the open market he would be getting offers of 6-6.5 per for sure, but he will NOT be on the open market, and an Arbitrator would not be much over regardless of what examples were used, the Rangers would come in with 5 mil per, Steps people would come in with 6.5 and the arb would probably meet in the middle, 5.75. Thats if it gets that far. I think Step will take playing with this team, for the next 5-6 years at a slightly reduced rate. Again, suddenly we are right back to the same place as with Zucc, Staal, McD, and Hank, they will be signing for their max possible open market deal.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:38 am EST

BTW, trading the Prince and keeping the Baron would save the club $800,000...

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:37 am EST

WIld: First I can listen to whoever I please so please stop telling me what to do. Second, the Rangers have over $60,000,000 accounted for next year and the cap is projected to be about $72,000,000. Even if that's not exact, the best we can hope for is a couple of million more. That still means there's simply not enough $$ to fill 6 spots when one of them eats up a large chunk of it. Sather put himself in a poor spot this year by being at the top, to the point where he had to cough up more future in order to get his trading partner to eat some of salary of the player the Rangers acquired. A repeat of that foolishness would be most unwise.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:33 am EST

BTW, Sather needs to consider not just next season, but the one after that seeing as Kreider and Yandle will both be seeking new deals and already $46,000,000+ is accounted for but consumed by only 9 players.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:31 am EST

RF4L: Sttp listening to Brooks when it comes to contract numbers. He is teflon when it comes to being wrong just about every single time. Hank was going to get more than 9 mil and closer to 10 and perhaps over 10 are all things Larry said, he is at 8.5...Zucc was going to demand and get 5+ mil per, and could seek and get upwards of 6 mil because thats what teams would pay for him...suuuurrreee. Steal was going to get 6+ mil, he was CLOSE on that one since steal got 5.7 per. But do you notice a trend here? Also his cap predictions...he was the loudest by far talking about the cap going DOWN, he is an alarmist, plain and simple. He BADLY wants to see the rangers fail...that way he can write the "I TOLD YOU SO...I KNEW IT ALL ALONG" article. but everyone just ignores how often he gets it wrong, or FLAT OUT LIES. He LIED about the cap space the Rangers had going into the deadline, he wrote one day that they could only take on a player with a full year of less than 1 million. He than stepped back from that a day or two later, but never said he was wrong, just spun it to make it sound like they could add a guy making more than that by adding up total year contracts of players they could move. He is a clueless jackass who seems to be adrift now a days, no longer really an insider like he used to be.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:29 am EST

TD: Please explain how the Rangers will fit Stepan at $6,000,000 under their cap while keeping Brassard when they'll have about $12,000,000 to sign: Stepan, MSL, Hagelin, Miller, Fast, a 13th forward (currently Sheppard) and a 7th defenseman (currently Hunwick). Giving Stepan his $6,000,000 and keeping Brassard means you have about $6,000,000 to sign 6 players. Hagelin will likely eat about nearly half of that so now you're down to $3,000,000 to sign 5 players. And this surely means no more MSL, meaning you now have a top 6 forward spot to fill. I shall await your mathematical response...

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:24 am EST

WIOSA: OTT can only knock the Rangers to 8th, the Bruins or Panthers would have to finish with more points than the Rangers to much them out.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 9:16 am EST

TDCHI - Personally, I think the MSL and Step/Brass issues will be unrelated....If MSL stays it will only be at a severe discount but, more than likely, both the Rangers and him realize it's time to retire.....Step/Brass? Well, what if they choke in the POs? Or is NASH the only one this applies to? If theycdon't, I'm sure the Rangers will do everything to keep both, CAP WILLING..can't say I know what type of cuts, if any, will have to be made

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:57 am EST

RF4L - Totally disagree. Absent the aforementioned trade for EICHEL or one of that magnitude, no way do either of those centers get moved. Step will sign for slightly more than Brass...I think $6 million-and-change is a reasonable expectation...But realize Step is a critical, crucial part of this team. Only way he's traded is if he starts looking for $7 million-plus. The guy who is going to need to make a tough decision is MSL, 'cause Step is going to get a good chunk of his salary...Marty will have the option of returning for a swan song at a discounted rate...much like Mark RECCHI did with the Bruins...and if he doesn't, then his other option is to find some NE team that will overpay him...but it's my belief that he forced that trade to retire here...and ultimately, that'll mean him skating in New York at a massive discount...the same discount guys like Step and Zucc took over these past two years.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:50 am EST

stevielegs - That's sort of a loaded question...Who's going to replace the 39 goals Nash scored? Well, the first part of the answer would have to be who the Rangers get back in return for Nash...There's nothing really on the UFA market...but what if the return for Nash ends up being a kid like EICHEL? Trading Nash also opens up $7.7 million in cap space that could be used to get a younger...could also open up a roster spot for BUCHENVICH...and a top-two spot for HAYES or MILLER...would the sum total equal 39 goals? Probably not...but if Nash is putting up goose eggs in the POs, then what's the sense in having him on the roster? With or without Nash, the Rangers make the playoffs. If he can't perform during them, then what's the sense in having him?

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:47 am EST

Hospo: They're both important.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:47 am EST

Hospo/Steve...I have always felt (baseball, hockey or football) not every player is a clinch player. Some of them get us to the big dance and then it's up to the clinch players to do the rest. I personally don't think Nash's post season stats are so god awful, but they don't match is mid season stats. NO BiG DEAL, we aren't at the dance without his midseason play. Im not sure why there is such vitriol against players who are clearly giving it their all and are team players (Yandle is another one). If it's a "star" player who is too good to contribute in any other way, then hell yeah, Ill rip them when theyre not performing, but Nash is a team player, he cant bury the puck then he makes sure he gets it to a player who can. I like that about him. Just MHO

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:46 am EST

RF4L - Hasn't been that counter productive for the Rangers the last few years or more..I think the teaching of the organizational way and game is more important than the winning..

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:44 am EST

SO, one of Brass or Step goes, no big deal as long as Sather gets decent value in return..... be it futures or players for next year ..First things first, let's hope both players have great POs and increase their trade value as we win the cup.....

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:44 am EST

A key to winning in the AHL is having proven veterans who can score and with Chris Bourque the Rangers have one of those. I've said it numerous times that an important part of developing youth is placing them in a winning environment - it's only logical to realize that winning breeds confidence and there's nothing like a long PO run to do that. It's counter-productive in that regard to ice a losing team over and over and over.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:40 am EST

...I mean Ottawa has 85, not 95

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:40 am EST

Re LB's article on Stepan and musing about his salary expectations (of $6,000,000+): Exactly what I've been saying and simply put (as I've been saying) the Rangers cannot afford that contract along with Brassard's, so one will have to go in the off-season. Unless of course, Sather accomplishes the unspeakable and trades the King.

RF4L


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:39 am EST

Wild, I think the Rangers need 106 points to clinch, regardless of what anyone else does. Right now, Ottawa, with 95 points in the 8th spot has 10 games left. If they win all 10 (and lord they are on a mission!) that will make them 105, I think they win a draw with us, so we need to be one better. The Bruins are in the 9th Spot (wildcard) and they have 84 points with 9 games left. If they win all their remaining games (unlikely) that would give them 102. The way I see it, if all those two teams win all their remaining games, the Rangers must win 4 of their remaining 11 games to clinch. But...I do get confused with all this stuff...does that sound right to you?

WIOSA


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:38 am EST

STEVIE - Who on here has questioned whether or not NASH has had a great regular season that has significantly helped the Rangers be the number 1 team in the EAST? Don't see anybody saying differently...To wonder or be suspicious about his potential PO production is totally within reason based on his past performances.

Hospo


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:37 am EST

Trade - Very good question...In BOYLE v. STRALMAN, I think 2014 has the edge. Rangers are weaker. Boyle isn't nearly the defensive player Strals was. I don't think it's a huge edge, but an edge nonetheless...but with YANDLE v. MOORE, the 2015 Rangers have a HUGE advantage...Moore proved to be a very serviceable and mobile blueliner, but isn't even in the same solar system as Yandle when it comes to ability. Yandle is a huge upgrade, IMO...SHEPPARD v. BRIAN BOYLE is a push, IMO. I think Shep is the more talented player, but Boyle was a warrior in the playoffs...Shep was second in playoff scoring for the Sharks last year, but I think more of a body of work needs to be seen before his advantage in skill is taken into consideration...GLASS v. CARCILLO gives an imperceptible edge to 2014...Say what you will about how Glass has performed as late, Car Bomb could score goals...and that's something Glass hasn't shown he can do...HUNWICK v. DIAZ is an easy win for 2015. Diaz was a serviceable seventh defender, but I would have CRINGED had we a situation in the playoffs where he needed to fill in for KLEIN. Hunwick has played magnificently considering the shoes he's had to fill. He's also a defenseman that very much gets AV's system...and I'm not so sure the same could be said for Diaz...Now onto some tougher ones...MILLER v. POULIOT...I pick this comparison simply because of where Mills is in the lineup...Gotta give a slight edge to 2014, though I think we need a greater body of work from Miller to really make that call...they bring a lot of the same game...similar talent levels...similarly aggressive...I think Pouliot, however, really helped that line carry the Rangers' offense...HAYES v. RICHARDS goes to 2015...by a pretty solid margin. I never thought Richards played bad in the POs last year, but he was clearly tired and never really fit the third-line center mold...he couldn't bring the offense that line needed and ultimately didn't do much with special teams...Hayes will have his first taste of the playoffs. Yet if he can build on his performance this season, he'll be a coup for us in the playoffs...Even though the guy should probably be playing top-line minutes, he's buttoned up the third-line center's position in ways that I never thought he could...he's faster, bigger and brings a new element of skill that makes the third line every bit as deadly as the top two...FAST v. DORSETT is another real tough call, IMO...but I think the edge goes to 2015. The truth now is that Dorsett didn't really bolster the fourth line's offensive ability and, though he brought toughness to the team, he really didn't do much with 23 games in the playoffs...FAST is only limited by the ability of his linemates. This kid has a lot of offense to bring and, despite his small frame, never shies away from taking or giving a hit...great add to the team that has played VERY well for fourth line...SOOOO...in summation, I think the 2015 Rangers have a slight edge over 2014...younger and faster...better suited for the roles they're playing...still won't amount to a hill of beans if NASH vanishes again...but they've got the better squad going to battle.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 8:19 am EST

The Bruins (one point out of the wildcard spot now) can only get if they win out 102 points. So with 4 points gained by the Rangers and lost by the Bruins I think the Rangers can clinch. And the Panthers can get just 100 points by winning out. So 2 points gained by the Rangers or lost by FLA and they can't pass the Rangers. A win tonight and the Rangers only have one team NOT in the playoffs that can catch them, the Bruins. The Next game the Bruins play is against the Ducks...so if the Rangers win tonight there is a chance they can clinch Thursday against the Sens, and even if they don't win tonight they still could if the ducks beat the Bruins. I think at least...unless I am totally missing something.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:56 am EST

Ola - Couple of things...first is that before this year, I don't think the Rangers made much of an effort to sign players that would HELP the Pack win. The organization took more of the approach that winning didn't really matter down there opposed to a team like Hersey, where there was an effort to sign UFA players they had no intention of ever promoting to the NHL...the other huge thing is that Hartford isn't exactly a draw for career AHLers...the city is nasty and, up until recently, the facility hadn't been updated since the Whalers left nearly two decades ago...I knew the play-by-play guy for the Phantoms and he was saying a HUGE deterrent for players coming into Adirondack was the facility...they loved the city, loved the fans, but hated the rink because it was such a goddamn mess...Also, if you're a guy making $100K riding buses all around the northeast, at least you can pick a city like Norfolk or Providence, rather than Hartford, which isn't exactly a draw of a city...And on a final note that I personally don't agree with...there has been a rumble of criticism for Ken GERNANDER, kind of pinning the Pack's woes on him...it's not too loud, because he's basically the team's identity...but I've heard people question him as a coach...I think quite the opposite is true --that the Pack would be a true train wreck were it not for Gernander. I can't even imagine being a coach of a team where the minute you turn a lump of coal into a diamond, it's plucked from your roster.

tdchi


Tue Mar 24 2015 7:09 am EST

lb's opinion.."If Derek Stepan’s postseason contract negotiations require arbitration to settle the matter, then a third party will establish the (still only) 24-year-old center’s annual value to the Rangers at a seven-figure price that would start with a “6” and go from there."...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:21 am EST

Does anyone have a replacement for Nash and his 39 goals? I'm assuming he disappears in the post season because teams will key on him and he might not be a money player. And no matter what he does short of a hat trick per game some will say he sucks. Trade him .....But I'd like to get a real response without the bully bs. Name calling. And attempts at put downs . That doesn't make anyone correct except in their ego. This is an opinion based wall. ....Has his 39 goals help to get them into the playoffs? I Wonder if any playpen fans want crybaby gone for his playoff performance ?

stevielegs


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:09 am EST

Would

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 24 2015 6:09 am EST

Ola; I don't think the D pairing 2 old matter. Hayes between Kreids and Nash would work. Would love to see AV try it

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:11 am EST

I wonder if a D pairing of Yandle-Boyle could make a line of Kreider-Hayes-Nash line work...

Ola


Tue Mar 24 2015 5:09 am EST

Hartford had a helluva roster to start the year, and even if it's weaker now it's still a very deep team. I think we wanted to ice a dominating team down there this season. Don't know what the problem is though, HFD hasn't played well for like a handful of years. It's never pretty when you watch them play, and it seems like many players don't want to play there...

Ola


Mon Mar 23 2015 11:35 pm EST

MF.... I said two years ago that we should have signed Stepan long term. We could've had him signed for Brassard money. Based on current comp's , he's due for more than $6 Mil per season. Even with the biggest slump of his career, he's still the highest point producing center per game on the team. He's only two goals and 8 points behind Brassard who's played 12 more games than him. I would not be surprised to see him close to a point per game average by the end of the season. Of course it would help if Nash starts scoring again :)

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 23 2015 11:30 pm EST

Only if he doesn't go all Claude Rains on us during the POs like he did every year until last year..Just like NASH, it's all about the POs...

Hospo


Mon Mar 23 2015 11:12 pm EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/23/derek-stepan-is-worth-every-penny-of-the-big-deal-hes-due/

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:50 pm EST

Which NYR playoff team is better? 2014 or 2015? Brian Boyle, Stralman, D. Dorsett, D. Carcillo, J. Moore, B. Pouliot and Brad Richards, R Diaz...........OR ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Hayes, Jesper Fast, JT Miller, Dan Boyle , Keith Yandle, Tanner Glass, James Sheppard, Hunwick

TradeStar28


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:04 pm EST

Let's Go Jets, Flames and Senators!!! F the Kings and Double F the Bruins!!

TradeStar28


Mon Mar 23 2015 7:51 pm EST

MF; Completely agree with your lines upon MSL return. However if Stepan reverts to his recent crappie play I'd like to see Hayes with Kreids and Nash. Call me crazy but I feel he is our best setup center. Two snipers on his wing would be interesting. That's if Stepan disappears of course.

stepunmytoe


Mon Mar 23 2015 6:13 pm EST

RE: MSL's return. Was mentioned earlier & perhaps yesterday too.... Anywho, Like to see MSL on 3rd line with Hags & Hayes.....Move Fast to 4th with Sheppy / DMoore, Glass back to the pine.. In the meantime, I'm digging the Glass/Moore/Sheppard line as a 4th, someone here had posted that Sheppy seemed to calm that line down, (agreed) ...Next: Hopefully JTMiller settles in nicely with Brass / Zucc, sure looks promising there, I'm psyched........ Stepan: A well placed unsubstantiated source claims his agent called to remind him he's playing for a contract. Welcome back) But perhaps a little too little & too late. $5.25mill-$5.75mill max, Welcome to The Capple! ...... Klein: any word on his broken wing & return date? Y18 agree Hunwick is filling the vacancy admirably..... RE: NASH: Didn't really need a goal from him yesterday, however, sure would be nice for him to start scoring against Smell-A on the route to another Ranger Victory tomorrow....... Need Kreider to skate like a locomotive.... and on that note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJkmHQ2q--I

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 5:21 pm EST

Hospo: PSU went to Leafs.

gene_carr


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:31 pm EST

Given what Kevin Hayes has done this season, it can only help our cause(when pursuing College FA's). Being that the NYR have a few power forwards ahead of Baun, I think it would give him pause when considering us ......Per Puck Daddy....Ilya Kovalchuk eyeing NHL return in 2016-17 season: Report ...http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/ilya-kovalchuk-eyeing-nhl-return-in-2016-17-season--report-144816069.html

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:28 pm EST

Did the kid from PSU or the goalie from BU (who I heard the angers were interested in) sign yet?

Hospo


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:15 pm EST

Covered = coveted

JFC31


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:15 pm EST

td -- Rangers could be doing themselves a big favor regarding potential free agent signing by being one of the top teams in the league.Although these kids will possibly look at how/when they are gonna be able to crack a lineup, most of them will find the idea of being covered by one of the best teams in the NHL very attractive....especially if the money (and promises) is good.

JFC31


Mon Mar 23 2015 3:55 pm EST

Given Sather's penchant for dealing away top picks, it should come as no surprise the Rangers are apparently in on the Kyle BAUN 'sweepstakes.' Baun, the grandson of former Leaf Bobby Baun, is built in the power forward mold and has seen his stock rise considerably with the success of Colgate...Apparently, a scout from the Rangers was in Lake Placid to watch Baun, who is expected to choose from something like 18 offers on Friday. I'm not so high on this guy, but apparently the NHL is...still hoping the Rangers grab the Finnish defenseman OKSANEN from BU. He'd be a great addition...Baun, if he lives up to the hype, would also be a score.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 1:33 pm EST

RF4L: Keep in mind the quality of the AHL in general. The WolfPack are 11th overall in points, and 12th (tied) in number of wins. They are MUSH closer to the top of the AHL point wise than the bottom. So in comparison, they are an above average team...not tat it means they can go deep in the post season, but I think its hard to really evaluate an AHL team.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 23 2015 1:21 pm EST

RF4L - I've long been a fan of KLINGBERG ever since I saw him in the WJCS a few years back...He's fast and plays a big game...has no problem crashing the net...and is a physical player...He's played really well with the Pack so far and he's seemed to mesh with LINDBERG very well...actually, they play a similar game...I've heard his hockey IQ is pedestrian and that's why he hasn't make the NHL for much more than a couple of games...and at 24, it's hard to consider him much of a prospect any more...but I could see him filling in on fourth line in a pinch...and quite frankly, I'd rather him there than someone like GLASS...but all that said, I think he's a UFA at the end of the season and will probably sign with a team that can at least promise him a chance at the NHL...Forward spots for the Rangers will be at a premium next year.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:58 pm EST

BTW, what do you know about Klingberg, if anything? He's big and appears to have some offensive upside. Imagine if both he and Lindberg made it next fall? That would be 4 Swedes taking up a third of the forward unit!

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:56 pm EST

ooops...35 of 36 shots...

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:55 pm EST

TD: Re the Pack - I hope you're right but goaltending had little to do with 2 games this week where they were outshot 2 to 1. There's little offense there. That said, I do concur that the Polish Prince could be a huge factor in helping them make the POs and win a few rounds (and I posted about that last week). It would do wonders for Skapski and many of the young players themselves, especially those that have toiled with the Pack for a few years because in the past 8 seasons, they've made the POs 5 times, advancing past the first round but once. This dubious achievement includes no PO appearance for the past 2 seasons and 3 of the past 5. Precisely what you don't want when it comes to submerging kids into a winning culture. At the conclusion of their games 2 weekends ago, the Pack were sitting outside the POs. Last weekend they won all 3 and moved back into the POs. This weekend 2 out of 3 losses, although one was a SO loss (where Denis stopped 35 of 26 shots and the Pack mustered by 16 shots on the opposition's net), which has them still in the POs. They are clinging tenuously to a PO spot right now. Hopefully, Skapski will help but he won't aid them where it sure looks like they are weak: Generating offense. The best news (for me anyways) is Lindberg's play - he's got a 5 game goal-scoring streak going and as you cited, seems to have really picked things up since Klingberg came aboard.

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:47 pm EST

Last night was no Fluke, it was, "DUCK SOUP" ........ "et's Go Rangers"

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:08 pm EST

RF4L - Don't be so sure about that...The Pack are NOT a bad team...frankly, I'm not sure why you like bagging on them so much...Actually, as far as AHL teams go, they're pretty good...They've got a good blend of journeyman and youth...plus they've got Chris BOURQUE, who is pretty much one of the top offensive threats in the AHL...We've already touched on McILRATH'S play of late...KLINGBERG and LINBERG are hitting it off together...real good complementary players...Hartford has one of the best teams they've had for at least three or four years...their real problem/weakness has been and continues to be goaltending...Jeff MALCOLM simply isn't a good goalie...neither is Yann DENIS...And those are the guys back-ending the Pack...Remember: Within a week SKAPSKI is going to be back down in Hartford and it was his play that largely got Hartford where they are in the standings...NTM...Hartford could end up having TAMBELLINI and/or BUCHNEVICH in the lineup at some point this spring...also a slim chance SKJEI turns pro. Ryan GRAVES is another who I think is eligible to play once his junior season ends...Tough to really tell a good AHL team from a bad one, since players you'd ordinarily associate as on the bubble of being NHLers can be allstars down there....I have no doubt the Pack will make the playoffs...and if the standings are what they are now, they'd face the Syracuse Crunch, which has permanently lost its number-one goalie to the Bolts. With Skaper in net, there's a very good chance they move to round 2. From there, it's anyone's guess about their success.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 11:05 am EST

VCP - I hear ya, but this is also a time when the practices get less and less and except for a three day trip to WIN/MIN, every game is close by...THey should be OK...

Hospo


Mon Mar 23 2015 11:01 am EST

Just do not want BURN OUT!!!!!!

vcp1994


Mon Mar 23 2015 10:49 am EST

If the AHL season ended now, the Pack would be in the POs, meaning unless more injuries hit, it's doubtful any Pack player will be recalled. However, from all accounts, the Pack are not a very good team (lost 2 of 3 this weekend and outshot badly in both losses) and it's reasonable to assume if they do end up making the POs, they'll be bounced quickly. They simply cannot generate enough offense. Gotta figure the likes of Kristo (1 goal and 2 points the month of March so far), Hrivek (1 goal this month to date) will be jettisoned in the off-season (rightly so IMO).

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 10:32 am EST

VCP - THey may not say it, but I think all these teams that have a shot will do all they can to win their conference and the President's trophy..In a year when things seem to be close, that home 7th game could come in handy more than once....Unless the Rangers play every game like they did last night!...Keep the team as is and only bring up Pack players for injuries..Hell, there' only about two players worthy of a call up anyway,,,

Hospo


Mon Mar 23 2015 10:02 am EST

thanks td, I will keep that in mind for next year...

pete


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:53 am EST

vcp1994 - Check below for Rhet0ric's post about AHL promotions. Just relying on that, I can't imagine the Rangers will start giving guys the night off until maybe the last three games...NTM...seems like AV really wants to work with what he's had all season long...an given the difficulty guys have adjusting to his system, I guess I understand why...Man, it's tough to think the Rangers whipped up on the Ducks as bad as they did missing a top-line forward, their starting goalie and one of their top-four defensemen...regarding the President's Trophy...I think the key for the Rangers is to get the weakest matchup they possibly can for the first round. Think the weakest link could be the Pens, scary as that may be...the Bruins are probably weaker...but I fear Boston in the post season...and that's a series I could see going to seven games and leaving whatever team faces them battered...Wouldn't mind facing the Craps...think their slow-footed D would have trouble with us...and OV...well...I just don't think he plays a team game that would elevate the rest of those guys...Ottawa would be interesting...not a very deep team...riding a hot goaltender...Detroit would be my nightmare. Isles would be the runner up for worst matchup.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:49 am EST

Didn't write that well....Boston can of course pass the Rangers, but not if they get to 106 points...in fact if the Rangers get to 107 Boston can't pass them. Thats what I was trying to say about Boston there.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:31 am EST

VCP: I think the Rangers need to get to 106 points...OTT can get to 105 but would have the tie breaker, so 106. Or of course if the Sens lose a point that comes down. The Rangers need just 2 points to keep Florida from being able to catch them. So really, the magic number is 7 due to OTT. But they need to gain many less than that, because there is no way OTT will win out, even Boston would need to get all but 1 point to pass the Rangers, and they will not do that, so its basically in the bag, now its all about seeding.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:14 am EST

I sleep so much better when the Rangers win. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the Flyers suck. Life is good.

nyfans


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:11 am EST

pete - It IS somehow legit, but it's based in Canada.I was real hesitant to do it at first, but I'm now in year three and have never had an issue with them. The only thing that routinely catches me off-guard is when I resubscribe, I always forget I'm paying a foreign company, so when the charge shows up on my card, I routinely freak out...but that's just because I'm a forgetful jackass, not the fault of the company itself ;)

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:11 am EST

I wonder what is the magic number is to clinch playoff birth. it has to be close already. Regular season presidents trophy teams are rarely CUP WINNERS. clinch a birth and call up the Hartford Wolf Pack

vcp1994


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:02 am EST

Wild: Not to mention all the squandered picks the BJs are guilty of over the years. Another lousy season this year, meaning another high pick to enjoy. Wonder if they'll blow that one, too?

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 9:02 am EST

One thing about this team I was concerned with was answered last night...and in a good way. I was worried that once the refs stopped calling the games like the regular season, that the other teams D would be able to slow down the Rangers by doing things that all season are called penalties, but down the stretch and in the playoffs are ignored. It seems that there was a stretch of games that the Rangers kind of stutter-started on offense, and I think it was due to the refs letting things go. But the last 2-3 games they have looked quicker and have gotten more chances, last night they were able to bury those chances and looked even quicker. I think they had to adjust a little bit, and hopefully now they have. If they can keep that type of game going int he playoffs teams will be exhausted by the time game 3 rolls around. The speed the Rangers bring is even hard to deal with for teams known as faster teams....it is a special kind of speed, and I can't remember seeing a team like this before, with so much team speed, I mean even the slower Rangers players seem to be a little faster than the average player on the other team at times.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 23 2015 8:56 am EST

I feel bad for CBJ, they get to see the Ducks next, and I imagine the Ducks are going to want to prove to themselves and others that the game last night was a fluke....could be ugly for the Jackets.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 23 2015 8:00 am EST

ges: Yeah and the icing on the cake was the fact that the Bolts won the game. I will be very pleased when Marchand finally gets his and he will, sooner or later.

RF4L


Mon Mar 23 2015 7:59 am EST

tdchi/drew...is hockeystreams a legitimate service in the US? I'm wondering why I never heard of it. I get my dad gamecenter for the winter becuase he goes to Florida but he doesnt have the NHL network so he misses those games.

pete


Mon Mar 23 2015 7:45 am EST

In non Ranger news I loved how Stamkos went after Marchand last night.

ges999


Mon Mar 23 2015 7:06 am EST

York you're right.....then comes rule #2.....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 23 2015 6:52 am EST

Vic - sorry so late on this but my deepest condolences, my friend. LeoS - as per tdchi's recommendation, I have been a subscriber to hockeystreams and I can also attest that it is a superior product to gamecenter. No blackout rules and you could choose the broadcast you wish.

DREW


Mon Mar 23 2015 6:23 am EST

Stevie stick to politics even though you're out of your mind there as well. It's not Nash and his regular season production that's the problem it's his disappearing at in the playoffs thats the problem. Maybe you just don't understand that, maybe you haven't watched him in the playoffs because those are the only two answers that make any sense for your stupid response concerning Nash. I stated last year Nash would have a huge year scoring 50 goals I said as much last summer what he does or should I say doesn't do during the playoffs is the problem. I don't want to hear how great hrs back checking we have fast and linberg for that style game he needs to score goals end of story. Your second comment is actually worse because this team is proving they can not only win but dominate the league without Hank. Talbot has proven to be more then capable in the regular season playoffs on the other hand are a different story Hank is money there and the statement was we win a cup with talbot you trade Hank. Stick to posting news links you're good at that...........domination damn the ducks looked like they didn't know what hit them, even when they had give me goals talbot seemed to just appear out of no where. You could see the frustration building. The speed was also too much, you could see in the second half of the game the ducks getting beat to pucks due to lack of speed. Yandle had a huge game but I don't think he's out of the tunnel yet. Fast looking like the fast I saw in Hartford. Talbot had IMO one of his most impressive games yet. Wish Nash could have scored but he looked good. Miller on the wing looks better he's got the talent to be a top line winger if he just gets the other two zones together. Stepan has got to shoot more end of story. The simple fact is knowing he passed makes him easier to defend. Hunwick has settled in just fine and replaced Klein very well. Hayes looks like the steal of the century for sather trades away a first and still gets a legit blue chipper on board immediately he's playing like a top three pick.

York18


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:46 am EST

Vic - Agreed. There are some matchups I really wouldn't like to draw in the first round...the two I really loath would be the Islanders and Detroit...but also the Lightning...and hell...even Montreal...those are four teams that seem to have the Rangers' number...I will say, however, that if the Rangers can get out of the east, I don't see a team in the west that will beat them in a seven-game series. Maybe Chicago. The rest they've beaten rather handily.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:44 am EST

GREAT game last night, aside from the gut-jerking first period. Duck simply didn't have an answer to the Rangers' four lines...three adding offense and the fourth threatening..,Great that STEPAN got the monkey off his back...Agree, the kid needs to shoot more. He's a great all-around player and I know he likes to distribute...but man was that first goal a laser...On JT MILLER - Really glad he's getting a chance to showcase his skills on a top line...it's really where he belongs, IMO. And it's interesting the talk about him being the replacement on the BRASS-ZUCC line for POULIOT...never really thought of it that way, but it really makes sense. Pouliot and Miller aren't dissimilar players..both play the boards real well...both have a lot of talent. I'm hoping that Miller isn't as much of an enigma...but...that said, I can't see AV keeping him there once MSL comes back...FAST is also coming into his own...glad he finally is getting some time with some more offensive minded players...and man, did YANDLE have a nice game...hopefully this is momentum the team can ride into the LA game...nothing would make me more happy than to see the Kings get their asses handed to them.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 4:14 am EST

LeoS - with HockeyStreams, you can watch pretty much whenever you want. Even if a game has already started, you can hit the beginning. The view screen also has FF in 2 minute intervals, so you can pretty much zip through commercials with the click of a button. I'm sure there's a slight delay from the regular broadcast. Not sure how much...probably just a few seconds...but it's nothing I've ever noticed. I know I'm sounding like an advertisement here, but it's so worth the cost...especially if you can't watch the games live. Used to connect my laptop to the big screen via an HDMI cable, but just got Google Chrome the other day and it works perfectly. Hear it also works with Roku and Apple TV too.

tdchi


Mon Mar 23 2015 1:07 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/crushed-ice-miller-scores-teamed-brassard-zuccarello-blog-entry-1.2158511

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 1:02 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-burst-goals-win-anaheim-ducks-article-1.2158958

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 1:00 am EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/sports/hockey/rangers-deliver-a-bold-statement-in-a-showdown-of-nhl-powerhouses.html?ref=hockey

mf


Mon Mar 23 2015 12:53 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/22/how-much-time-will-lundqvist-need-to-be-game-ready/

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:26 pm EST

We lead the league in GF/GA differential with .78...... Our GFpg avg is 3, (3rd best) and our GApg avg is 2.22 (2nd best) ..... TBL comes in 2nd with a .72 differential due to an 3.23 GFpg avg, which is tops in the league..They're in 12th place in GA @ 2.51pg

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:19 pm EST

Thanks again everyone. GES, we named them Charlie and Cali. They are brother and sister German Shepard and Australian Shepherd mixes. They are hilarious and amazing already but are quite the handful....... Fantastic win tonight. It was very important to get STEPAN and all four lines going. We've said it since January that this team cam beat any team out there. They are as good or better then everyone else. But, it takes a lot of things falling into place to win a Cup. They could just as easily lose in the first round. Nobody here expects that to happen but it could.

Vic


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:19 pm EST

Jim Thorpe silly......

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:10 pm EST

Damn, the WALL jut took a left turn for some unknown reason

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 10:39 pm EST

Can't wait to see who the nyr are going to get to fill those 39+ goals next season and those 30 + wins every year ...and all those other guys that need to go...and the new gm and his new coach....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:54 pm EST

stevie: LOL....

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:48 pm EST

Rf4l there are guys competing to fill those 2 spots....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

RF4L - Just wanna keep you on your toes! And you had to remind me about that stuff? :)

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:44 pm EST

DUCK SOUP! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsw9jYU_rJI

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:37 pm EST

Hospo: Why are you always disagreeing with me lately? Missing 2 banned posters perhaps? ;^)

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:33 pm EST

No hank no Klien no MSL and they keep on rolling... Any other team the prince might be named the new number 1 goalie... I hope Veenknow remembers to use him like Keenan used richter and Healy ....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

RF4L - What disintetrested play lately? There was last night and that's it..Otherwise they have been playing and mostly beating good teams

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:31 pm EST

STEVIE/RHET - It does suck hearing the love for the Rangers from NBC, but all it will take will be the Rangers to play the Pens in the POs and they will be all over MALKIN, Crybaby and Fleury and urging them on to win

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:28 pm EST

Yowza....a statement game IMO, given the disinterested play we've seen lately all too often. A whole bunch of players to commend, starting with Stepan.

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:28 pm EST

sjw - I really don't think people on here have been calling them tests for awhile...The Rangers proved awhile ago they could beat fast teams and physical teams...Does that mean they will win every series they play? Not really..But, in the least, they might be the best all around regular season team....But you are right that the Rangers quickness should be seen as tests for other teams, BOUDREAU said as much about the Ducks playing the Rangers..

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:27 pm EST

That nash showed his character when he passed to stepan instead of shooting trying to help him get a hat trick ...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:25 pm EST

The nbc curse of death ... Give it back to skidmark and the playpens...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:22 pm EST

Perhaps we can finally stop saying games like tonight's are a"test" for the Rangers.. rather they're a test for our opponents.. Ducks failed miserably...

sjw


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:20 pm EST

I'll sleep well tonight...very satisfying win!

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:19 pm EST

http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:19 pm EST

KIS: Still like your Rangers? ;-)

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:17 pm EST

WOW. NBC showing the NYR's love is really creeping me out. Stop it NBC, STOP IT!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:15 pm EST

Nice win! Back on top of the standings. The Ducks fell apart after the wrap around goal and didn't get it back until too late. Loved the way the Rangers weathered the storm in the beginning of the third then, bam, broke the Ducks back.

NYStranger


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:15 pm EST

Ducks couldn't even hit them in the 3rd. and/or their will to hit them was taken away...

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:14 pm EST

Two games with the best team in the West, two games where they were just too damn quick..Not bad at all

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:14 pm EST

That was a statement win.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:13 pm EST

Talk about a smackdown....on one of the top teams in the league...on the second of a back to back...WOW!

jratelle19


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:12 pm EST

That'll do Rangers That will do

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:11 pm EST

Im lovin that win

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

I think Hunwick has played very well the past 3 games also

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

Talbot is legit. Going to miss that guy.

Shaggy


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:02 pm EST

Per New York Rangers &#8207;@NYRangers....... The seven goals are also the most goals scored against the Ducks in one game in franchise history

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:57 pm EST

Stevie... They need to get Nash the puck the entire rest of the way. Let's get everyone off the Schneid tonight.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:57 pm EST

RHET - Well, we only played 20 mins last night..:)...But, you are right..Too quick for the quacks even on the 2nd of b2b

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:55 pm EST

You would not think we were playing the second game of a back to backer tonight.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:55 pm EST

Rhet that's where nash got most of his goals this year playing whinny the pooh

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

What a maroon!

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

Wow - the Ducks' "compete level" there was non-existent.

Nick


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

no penalties 2nd or 3rd ? Interesting. Cam has been excellent again, he's faced a lot of Sog.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

Maroon will be black blue and purple

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

it's better than even having Poo back on that line tonight. Great job by Miller.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

Wow, just Wow..Need a Nash goal!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

Golden slumbers fill your net

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

OMG, we are making up for all that lack of offense!

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

Seven heaven

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:50 pm EST

BRASS!!!!!!! ZUC IS ON FIRE!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:50 pm EST

Anaheims 2-headed goalie may be a problem come playoff time.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:49 pm EST

Fast no longer has to play with that schlub Glass.

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:48 pm EST

Are you kidding me? The RANGERS continue to find new ways to win.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:48 pm EST

The flood gates have opened for Quickie!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:47 pm EST

QUICKIE!!

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:45 pm EST

You know what, GIRARDI has been damn good...but getting KLEIN back will be nice also!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:44 pm EST

Rangers starting to get fatigued...

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:42 pm EST

E - He might..but if the top two lines are smoking as is (long way to go) I think AV is smart enough not to mess it up and team chemistry at the beginninbg of the POs..But he will find a spot for him on the top 3 lines..where to put him will probably take care of itself depending on injury and who and what line is playing well come APril 15th..

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:39 pm EST

Great block by Yandle

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:37 pm EST

Let's just start the playoffs ...

Nick


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:33 pm EST

I think Marty St. Louis is gonna take his spot right back. I realize that he hasn't been overly productive but I think as the playoffs come he is the kind of guy who isn't gonna get too many more shots at the show and he'll find another gear.

E


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:31 pm EST

RHET - Honestly, similar thinking here..Will be a good roster problem to have! More than likely there will be another injury down the line als and things will shake out..

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:29 pm EST

Hospo...... MSL could be very good for Hayes. He's needs a talented winger. I would also like to see MSL get his minutes reduced a bit to keep him fresher for the playoffs. His injury could be a blessing in disguise for us (in more ways than one).

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:28 pm EST

Are we three games until we clinch? Anyone figure it out?

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:21 pm EST

RHET - Let's find a place for LINDBERG first....Just kidding......With Hayes and Hags..let him be the shooter..then Fast replaces your man Glass?

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:20 pm EST

End of 2nd - NYR 5, ANH 2 SOG: NYR 20; ANH 23 after 2nd Goals by (NYR) J Miller (9), D Stepan (13) Blueshirts Mobile Alert

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:20 pm EST

DOUBLEN - Yep..Guilty as charged! Thought it would be good for his all around game....Thank God, I'm not the GM!...

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:18 pm EST

Barring injuries: When MSL get's healthy, where do you put him?

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:16 pm EST

Somebody shoot the nauseating DIchaletti please!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:15 pm EST

HOSPO: Weren't you the one who wanted to send Hayes to Hartford; Guess he grew on you :)

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:12 pm EST

STEPAN waking up...Miller emerging (good play on that goal too)......Mr. NASH come on down...!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:12 pm EST

:)

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:12 pm EST

Trade him now while his value is high

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:11 pm EST

Step one step two

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:11 pm EST

DEREK STEPAN!!! 5-2!!!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:10 pm EST

I tell ya, after watching most of the teams the past few weeks, the only PO team that I think can skate with the Rangers is TAMPA BAY ...The other teams need to find a way to bottle the Rangers up in the the Rangers D-zone with cycling and forechecking and in the neutral zone..So much easier said than done

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:10 pm EST

JFC.... Replacing Pouliot was our highest hope for Miller. Hopefully he builds on tonight's performance and this is the game we remember being the turning point for him. I so want to see him just put it all together.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:10 pm EST

Two-bot almost hanked it

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:09 pm EST

Damn Kreider is fast.

NYStranger


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:04 pm EST

Hospo..lol, I think I believe you...:)

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:03 pm EST

Best game yet by Yandle....impressive.

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:02 pm EST

Freaking HAYES..Either later this year or next year..Gotta get HAYES a high octane line mate

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:59 pm EST

JT doing it all tonight...good hit on Palmieri

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:58 pm EST

JFC - They defientely seem simpatico that's for sure..Gotta get the ES chemistry going on the NASH-STEP-KId K line

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:56 pm EST

WIOSA - yeah, saw that...after getting robbed by Andersen..Just need some luck...or..OK, I confesss, I offered NASH five hundred dollars not to score 40 goals this year So York18 cant slip in , in his own subtle manner, how he said NASH would score 40 this year..And becasue I said he would score 35! :).All in jest

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:55 pm EST

These refs are blind ... Nyr are lucky they are...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:54 pm EST

Millers confidence could be the missing ingredient to him turning the corner. Hospo -- he does seem to have good idea of where to go to get the feeds from Succ and Zucc reads him well. He's keeping it simple and Zucc is finding it easy to feed him....and JT is finishing!

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:52 pm EST

The New York Rangers score and then you get to see where Anaheim is at its deadliest. Grinding down low and suffocating you. New York Rangers gotta get them chasing.

E


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:51 pm EST

Hospo, Nash assisted on the second goal, some signs of offensive light.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:51 pm EST

Damn good shot by Miller...a laser beam! Then he followed up with a good clear in the D zone and a block

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:51 pm EST

Sheppaerd may not be flashy (and who cares that he's not?) but he sure is solid in that bottom six role. Almost like he's a calming presence.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:47 pm EST

Woo Hoo...and did we actually win a FO? Am I awake?

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:46 pm EST

WOW, that was a dam nice shot by MILLER....The talent finally bursting through all the other stuff....ZUCC and Miller showing good chemistry to say the least..

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:46 pm EST

J.T. MILLER.... YANDLE LOOKS GREAT TONIGHT!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:46 pm EST

stevie -- double middle finger = stereo....very funny. You could point both of them down and then ask, "can you here this?"....and then say, "I'll turn it up for you."

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:44 pm EST

Pretty wild 1st...Little bit of everything..Bad goal on each side.Dtay wild or settle down? We'll ee..Hopefully Step and Kid K are off the schneid...Need to get Nash off of it too!

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:27 pm EST

This is both funny and true..... Per BlueshirtNation....... Just figured out the #NYR powerplay guidelines. Pass,Pass,Pass,Pass,Pass Pass option for a Shot but most likely a Turnover

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:26 pm EST

Rhet 2 middle fingers ... Stereo ...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:25 pm EST

End of 1st - NYR 3, ANH 2 SOG: NYR 11; ANH 17 after 1st Goals by (NYR) C Kreider (18), D Stepan (12), C Hagelin (16), (ANH) C Perry (30), C Perry (31)

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:21 pm EST

Stevie... Would that be fate's middle finger? :)

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:21 pm EST

Rick Nash hasn't scored in a while because he's stuck on 39 goals.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:21 pm EST

Rhet fickle finger of fate

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:15 pm EST

Was the first one just like a sighting of Bill Haley's comet or can the Rangers do it again?

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:12 pm EST

Jayzus this is a lonnnng first period....Talbot facing a lot of Sog so far.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:12 pm EST

NN -- me too

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:12 pm EST

Tal-bot needs to wake up....too deep, too passive, too shaky

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:07 pm EST

I've got new respect for Dan Boyle. :)

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:07 pm EST

JFC: For a second that's who I thought they showed on the bench.

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:06 pm EST

Is Dan Boyle really fighting? I must be seeing things.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:06 pm EST

Tal-bot is playing too passively.....he needs to get aggressive. That goal should not have gone in....he sat back too much

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:04 pm EST

It looked like McDonagh shot that in.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:04 pm EST

OMG...Anderson is Skapski's doppelgänger

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:01 pm EST

3 goals so far..that's like one weeks worth of goals :)

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:00 pm EST

Yesssssssssssssssssss!

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:00 pm EST

SHAGGY!!!!!!!

hipcheck


Sun Mar 22 2015 7:00 pm EST

OHHHHHH BABYY.....HAGS!!!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:57 pm EST

Step needs to use that slapper a little more often. He's another guy that should shoot more.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:54 pm EST

Stevie.... We're all a little nuts. It's why were fans. We dedicate our hearts and souls to a team that's won one cup in our lifetimes. We deserve to be a little fickle :)

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:52 pm EST

Slump busters a pp goal ... Instead of wasting 2 minutes ...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:52 pm EST

Holy sh#t, that's how you get off the shine. STEPAN & the PP. GREAT SHOT!!!

hipcheck


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:51 pm EST

Do my eyes deceive me or was that actually a PPG!

DOUBLEN


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:51 pm EST

Slumpin stepan scores... Nash doesn't

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:50 pm EST

IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!! DEREK STEPAN!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:50 pm EST

Rhet a day doesn't go by here without a trade suggestion... But whatdoiknow.....that's whatumtalkingabout.

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:46 pm EST

Capt McD parementer 1st point in 13 , 3rd in 16.... Trade him before his contract ends ... Can't afford him in the future....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:46 pm EST

Barn Burner.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:44 pm EST

Stevie.... Waddayatalkinaboot?

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:40 pm EST

Hmm...change in the Wall? After Spray, my last two posts have sent me directly to the Wall instead of the intermediate stop of "RFC post successful! Click here to view wall". I like :)

LeoS


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:38 pm EST

guess Nash missing a game with a neck problem is an excuse.....maybe hank too ?.....Nash is the same guy many claimed never had a concussion, and was playing scared because he's whatever....trade him, jitters will fill his skates maybe.......or find someone who will.....same with every nyr, they are replaceable, trade them all......wafj......sos.....fire veenknow, fire sather.....enjoy the game and the ride.....and the parade.....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:37 pm EST

td/E - For a variety of reasons, including an obsession to minimize kids' exposure to ads, my family's sports viewing is almost entirely on DVR, which is the only thing keeping us tethered to cable. Does gamecenter or hockeystreams allow for delayed starts of games? or do you have to wait til it's done to see the game if you're not tuned in from the start (like my VCR tape "poor man's DVR" days). On that note, off to Tape-Delay-Land...Let's Go Rangers!

LeoS


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:36 pm EST

York,,,, Totally agree on Yandle. It took most of the guys on the team the better part of last season to get AV's system down and they at least already knew each other. Yandle has to learn the system, develop chemistry with guys and get to know their habits. He'll be much improved come playoff time and even better next season. We just need to have a little patience. On Duclair.... JMO, but the kid mostly pouted since the Rangers sent him down. The better players shake it off, but it seemed to take him longer than most. He only seemed to get worse when the Rangers traded him. He seemed to be pissed. Maybe he shakes it off, maybe not. Maybe the Rangers new something more about him that the rest of us didn't.

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 6:26 pm EST

VIC.... Good for you. It definitely helps with the healing process. Congrats!

Rhet0ric


Sun Mar 22 2015 5:23 pm EST

Haven't been on the wall since early Friday so to Vic I offer my (albeit late) deepest condolences. Been through it myself and it sux. Hope the new pups bring much happiness. What are their names?

ges999


Sun Mar 22 2015 2:54 pm EST

E/LeoS - If you're gonna shell out the ducats for Center Ice, please visit HockeyStreams.com first and investigate an account there...For three seasons now, I've subscribed and it's seriously the best money I've ever spent on entertainment...for $72, you get almost every game broadcast on the planet to your computer/smart phone/tablet. Most all are in high-def. We're talking NHL, KHL, AHL...even the goddamn QMHL. Some college, the word juniors...was a life saver during the lockout. Games are live streamed and archived, so you can pretty much go back and watch games from upward of a year ago. So worth it....especially if you're a cable cutter.

tdchi


Sun Mar 22 2015 2:46 pm EST

On NASH - Are you guys serious on the BOGOSIAN hit business? C'mon. I'm not gonna throw the guy under the bus because...well...he is having an incredible season...and will more than likely break every offensive benchmark he's set in his career...but seriously...every time Nash gets rubbed on the boards, are we going to provide him with an excuse to go on a cold streak?!? Here's the long and the short: The Rangers wouldn't be where they are without him...BUT...and its a big 'but'...if he pulls this slump with him into the playoffs, he's got to go...for the record, I don't think he will...I think once Hank gets back between the pipes, the Rangers will find their offensive game again and Rick Nash will be leading the charge...but if that's not the case, then 18 points in 41 playoff games is a hell of an indictment...I'd move him on draft day in a heartbeat...but to suggest this slump is related to medical issues is just a bunch of hogwash, IMO. Excuses are like butt holes...everyone's got one and they all stink,

tdchi


Sun Mar 22 2015 2:21 pm EST

Vic - sorry to hear man...tough decision to make, but almost always the right one...but congratulations are in order for the new additions! And frankly, I don't know who would question someone adopting a dog from a shelter. Growing up, the only dogs my family had were rescue dogs. Always turned out to be the best ones too.

tdchi


Sun Mar 22 2015 2:16 pm EST

York - No disagreement there. I just think he's still adjusting to the NHL speed...MILLER has always played with moxie...and at the lower levels...specifically in Hartford...he could get away with it...he had enough skill to absolutely dangle guys in the A...well, that stuff doesn't cut it in the NHL...not unless you're among the elite... I think his instinct is to reach for the million-dollar play instead of going no-frills. The thing that keeps me excited about this guy is that he DOES have some real fancy moves out there...I know it's not the sentiment on here, but there's no doubt in my mind he'll pull it altogether soon, whether its adjusting to the speed or finally realizing that making the simple play is best nine times out of ten...I like that AV is giving him some time on the top two and lately has even been throwing him out there on the PP...the kid is offensively gifted. It's only a matter of time until he starts racking up points, IMO.

tdchi


Sun Mar 22 2015 1:41 pm EST

Cool Vic! In such times, you have to do what feels right. I lost four cats who all got old between 2008-2011 and my current kitty overlapped the last by two weeks, as I knew what was coming. None in my life have ever been 'replacements'; I know what you mean. Good luck! As for tonight's hockey: go NYR and Bolts. I'm an Ottawa fan for the next three weeks.

Nick


Sun Mar 22 2015 12:24 pm EST

Vic! Youre my new hero. So happy for those pups, hope one is a pit bull, they get such a bad rep. Either way, happy that two deserving animals found a future with a deserving family....HOSPO, Im with you on Nash, Im not seeing him stinking up the place. ALL of our offense is slumping right now (go figure). JFC I am becoming obsessed with how lousy we are on FO's and yes, youre right it makes a big difference. I think that is part of the problem with our PP as well. Anyroad, let's go Rangers!...Oh yeah and Yandle has one goal and an assist or two and is a plus 3 in 9 games. WTH? He is a defenseman, doing what he's supposed to do right? I don't get the lack of patience with his adapting. Oh well, different strokes for different folks...

WIOSA


Sun Mar 22 2015 12:10 pm EST

And the whole play was predicated on winning the faceoffs...a good example of how much it hurts when we're normally so weak in that area.

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 12:07 pm EST

BTW, that JT Miller goal was last night was a thing of beauty in its simplicity. When the puck was dropped Miller immediately went to the net...Brass won it to Zucc who then fed Miller. It really was a nice goal. The replay on NHL.com is from a different feed and they break,the play down with graphics and slo-mo....really nice play.

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 12:02 pm EST

RF4L - Disagree about Nash's play which I think has remained strong except for putting the puck in the net.....As for your Bogosian thing, if you believe NASH is suffering the effects of the hit (I don't), what difference could or would it have made to NASH if they did something afterwards?

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:58 am EST

MF - Agree on the need for 60 minutes...last night the entire team played like crap for 40 minutes...got saved by two great passes by Zucc and Hayes.....Regarding NASH, i was commenting last night...the moves and the strong play seem to be there but it's like he's totally lost the finishing ability as things have gotten tighter..some type of scorer's block or something...He needs a slump buster big time

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:58 am EST

And Nash has not been the same since. Coincidence? Some clearly think so. I don't.

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:56 am EST

mf: It wasn't crosschecks, it was 2 solid gloved punches to Nash's head that dropped Nash to his knees. No response from the Rangers of course. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDzVLI-V6n8

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:54 am EST

VIC - Screw anybody that doesn't agree with your decision..You did what is right and happy for your family and those pups! Enjoy! We always get a 2nd dog when our older dog is around 8 or so..Helps in the healing/grieving, at least for us..

Hospo


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:47 am EST

Here's to hoping the Rangers play a full 60 minutes tonight, because we're not going to win with a repeat performance of yesterday.. Previous post says Anaheim is terrific in come from behind games to win it in the 3rd period.. Guess they have a spare tank to tap into that others cant match..... I'm getting effin "agitare" already.... For all the Glass bashing i do, I like the Glass / Moore / Sheppard combo, but damn if Glass could instantly learn to hold onto and not panic when he gets the puck it would be a huge addition........ On Nash, seems like he went ice cold since Bogosian took liberties cross checking Nash a half dozen times from behind... Nash is no longer on a 50 goal or 80 point pace...... Agree with what others here said this past week, it's time for Nash to re-emerge as a leader heading into and throughout the playoffs... Maybe he can start with tonight's game..

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:38 am EST

Vic -- for what it's worth, I think you made a great decision. You made something positive out of your loss. Saving an animal doesn't change the world, but it changes THEIR world forever.

JFC31


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:31 am EST

DUCKS (46-20-7) at RANGERS (45-18-7) TV: NBCSN .... Season series: The New York Rangers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Honda Center on Jan. 7. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves, and Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore each scored a goal in the third period. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored for Anaheim......... Ducks team scope: Anaheim opens its five-game Eastern Conference road trip with a visit to Madison Square Garden. The Ducks (99 points), who lead the Western Conference, have won four in a row following a 3-2 overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Rickard Rakell tied the game midway through the third period, and Corey Perry scored the sixth overtime goal of his career. It was the third straight game and NHL-leading 17th time that Anaheim overcame a third-period deficit and won. "I thought we played really good in the first period," coach Bruce Boudreau said, according to the Ducks website. "We were tentative in the second period, and in the third period, they were pretty desperate. They took it to us a little bit, but once we got behind, something kicked in." Sami Vatanen played for the first time since he sustained a lower-body injury Feb. 15. His 12 goals and 35 points lead Ducks defensemen. Anaheim is 29-1-7 in one-goal games............. Rangers team scope: New York has won seven of nine games in March following a 3-2 shootout victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Saturday. Goalie Cam Talbot made 28 saves through overtime, then stopped all three Carolina shooters in the tiebreaker to help the Rangers complete a five-game season sweep of the Hurricanes. "The last couple weeks we haven't played our best hockey, but we've still managed to win," said Zuccarello, who scored the only goal in the shootout. "That shows that we're a good team. Hopefully we can come back to playing our style now." Talbot has started 20 of 22 games since Lundqvist was sidelined because of a neck injury in early February. He is 6-1-1 with a 1.11 goals-against average and .963 save percentage in his past eight starts. The Rangers (97 points) lead the New York Islanders by five points for first place in the Metropolitan Division. They trail the Montreal Canadiens by two points for first place in the Eastern Conference but have three games in hand. The Rangers have three games in hand on the Islanders and Canadiens.........

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:21 am EST

LEO: might I reccomend GameCenter next season for you. At home I stream thru Apple TV. On the road, my laptop, iPad, iPhone all provide me streamed video. I get about a 30-second delay (don't know why) so I have to turn off all push notifications so I don't get the goal before it happens but I highly recommend it.

E


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:09 am EST

Any other Center Icers have to suffer through the Canes broadcast last night? They were celebrating their announcer of 20 years, John Forslund, and repeatedly - for several minute stretches, including the shootout - shrunk the live action screen to overlay video (zoomed too far out out see any detail, nonetheless) of Forslund announcing. Incredibly painful viewing. The most I've yelled at my TV in a while now...

LeoS


Sun Mar 22 2015 11:01 am EST

Does the Prince get the start tonight?

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 10:40 am EST

Our last four goals have been scored by Fast, Miller, Hunwick & Sheppard, "the fearsome foursome."

mf


Sun Mar 22 2015 10:05 am EST

The offense in a slump . Better now than in the playoffs . The sugar canes fore checked hard which is a pretty effective way to slow down the nyr. Nash is back to not driving to the net like he was before missing a game. Hopefully not playing scared. Nice goals by the kids jitters and fast and pass by HAYES .... Some bad signs overall but nothing to worry or panic over...

stevielegs


Sun Mar 22 2015 10:04 am EST

Thanks All for the kind wishes and support. I know some won't agree with our decision but we went out and adopted two puppies from the shelter yesterday. It wasn't about replacing our dog (that couldn't ever happen). It was more about turning turning something tragic for our family into a positive for everyone and giving two puppies a home that they needed just like we did for our dog 13 years ago. Didn't get much sleep last night and won't for a while though....;-).........As for the game.....Last night was a great example as to why HAYES really belongs at Center. The plays he created all night highlight how dangerous he is with the puck when he has it on his stick. It was night and day from when he was on the wing in the Chicago game. FAST played another strong game and was finally rewarded with a goal. As I said yesterday I think we are going to start seeing much more production from him moving forward. It looks like he is past that deer-in-the-headlights stage and is now starting to make things happen on the ice in the offensive zone. I agree with the other sentiments here regarding TALBOT and the rest of the team. Really a bad game but it is a positive when you can play that badly and come out with two points. The mark of a good team.

Vic


Sun Mar 22 2015 9:05 am EST

McI in a good tilt last night and knocks his opponent to the ice with a heavy punch (gotta watch about 2 minutes to get to the fight): http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/video/springfield-falcons-vs-hartford-wolf-pack/12042

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:39 am EST

BTW, once again the best center on the team was Hayes. Brassard was skating but I thought Stepan had another invisible game, save for a couple of shifts after he looked like he was hurt - he seemed quite annoyed by the hit, then went invisible again. Hayes' play is more ammunition IMO for the jettisoning of Stepan this summer.

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:33 am EST

The only solace we can take about the PP is the fact that many winning teams struggle with it and the best PP in the league (as of last week) belongs to the Oilers who are the 2nd worse team in the league overall. It's mind-boggling....

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:33 am EST

York: Re the Duke - hard to say but I do concur he's not a sure thing and that recent suspension for disciplinary reasons has to be very disconcerting for the Yotes. Even that, a first and a second for what Yandle has accomplished to date if what we see is what we're gonna see next year, is a steal. Wasn't he leading d-men in PP points when he came over (or something like that)? He's done nothing to aid what's troubling the Ranger PP and incredibly enough, I think that part of their game has gotten worse. Have they even scored a PP goal since he came over?

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:28 am EST

RF man when you type out what was given up and how it has looked since the trade man that's painful. I honestly don't think the duke is going to turn out to be the player everyone though but that is JMO he was weak on the puck and horrible on the boards.

York18


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:25 am EST

PJ Boyle commented how difficult avs system is to adjust too and mcD stated the same thing early in the season and stall said the same last year as well as Klein. I don't think yandle who played on a way inferior team forgot how to play as much as he's adjusting to the system that seems to be difficult to adjust to. Av himself states it takes about 20-25 games to get adjusted to his system he said that both last year and this year.

York18


Sun Mar 22 2015 8:25 am EST

Agreed with the bulk of the sentiments on here about last night's game: 20 minutes of good hockey and 40 bad - can't be that way tonight against the Ducks. The Prince looked horrid on the 1st goal, but fine the rest of the way and shone in the shoot-out, something we couldn't say about him previously. And Yandle needs to get a handle on his game, lest he melt away like a candle. A first, a second and a prized prospect is way to high a price for a 6th defenseman.....

RF4L


Sun Mar 22 2015 1:38 am EST

Has to be more to Yandle than this....A trade that could possibly go down as one of the worst....So far this guy is no better than John Moore.....

PJ


Sun Mar 22 2015 12:33 am EST

Just got back from the game......3 hours ago..........and they are partying it on up .........as NC State upset Villanova to head to the Sweet 16......lol

TradeStar28


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:58 pm EST

Oh I don't doubt that. Ottawa might be a bit easier but it probably won't break that way. But really as for the 6-8 teams that could win the Cup you can't shove a piece if paper between them I don't think. It'll be nerve wracking.

Nick


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:49 pm EST

Nick - After watching the closeness of ALL the recent Ranger games and everybody else in the East, I can' see anything but nail-biting stomach churning nights filled with one goal games..BTW, just watched the show on mSG about the 1994 Ranger-Devil series and MAtteau Matteau Matteau!!!

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:39 pm EST

Of course if our top six continues their 0-for-March tour, the conference will be iffy.

Nick


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:39 pm EST

Rhet - No problem, anytime...

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:37 pm EST

Let's get Ottawa into 8th and we win the conference. The NYR would dispatch the Sens in 5, then rest. And no Rask in the POs. He's the only reason I want no part of Boston.

Nick


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:29 pm EST

Thanks Hospo. Next time I want my opinion, I'll ask you first.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:23 pm EST

Ottawa has won 6 in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10.... Their 3rd string goalie Hammond is 13-0-1 in 15 games played.... Looks like the Senators are going to the playoffs this year...... http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?9944 ......

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:21 pm EST

So far la is 2 points out of a playoff spot.... Glad the nyr are in that spot... This wall would be on fire and at war....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:15 pm EST

Just no room at the Inn for Lindberbger barring injury or moving Moore to LW...Again, just how I see it...All that matters is what AV thinks.......Anyway,,,,,another good string of FIVE intense games coming up this week with the Ducks (tomorrow), LA (Tues), @Ottawa (Thurs),@Bos (Sat), Wash (Sunday)..Doesn't get much better than that.

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:15 pm EST

New verb getter ... Get a

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:09 pm EST

If the nyr don't have anybody better than glass in Hartford they are in trouble... They seem to not want to spend any cap $ so cheesy will have to wait... Or getter another improved vodoo doll..

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:09 pm EST

RHET - 1) S you are MOVING HAYES to wing for an AHLer?. ..2) .I'm not totally against moving Hayes to W, but for me, I would move him ONLY if it would help the top 2 lines and team.....3)Since the end of November, I remember Hayes playing W one game, the other night's loss..I thought Hayes played well, but does it seem like AV was enthralled with an idea he has already ditched?..4) The more I look at Hayes play with, control, and dish the puck, he's a pure center offensively, keep him there

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:05 pm EST

HAYES now seems confused when he plays wing talking about having to shoot more... Maybe he meant MOORE ... Lol

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:04 pm EST

When has AV ever shown that anything he does is ever written in stone? Except for MSL on the PP of course.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:03 pm EST

Stevie.... Yes, AV also said that earlier in the season before he move him back to wing.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:59 pm EST

The NYR have 6 centers now cheesy would be lucky 7 ... Veenknow likes HAYES at center and d MOORE is their faceoff guy so stepan or brassard are going to wing?

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:59 pm EST

Hospo... Hayes plays all three forward positions. He's played just as much wing as he's played center this season (maybe even more so). Where's the problem?

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:55 pm EST

RHET - Really, I'm confused...Then how does Lindberger play C with Brass, Step, Hayes and Moore already playing there?

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:53 pm EST

Hospo.... and I said none of them.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:52 pm EST

Talbot looked really good in the shootout. His confidence is growing with every game.Cha-Ching.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:48 pm EST

RHET - I said which Center are you sitting OR MOVING to accomodate Linnberger?

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:46 pm EST

Prince t-bot reigns.... He has really improved since being put in the hot seat...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:46 pm EST

Hospo.... Again, Both Hayes and Sheppard play all three forward positions. IMO, you don't need to sit any of the centers.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:43 pm EST

Damn fine move by Zucc!!

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:43 pm EST

Two the hard way..... Way 2 be.....

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:43 pm EST

WOO HOO!!!!

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:42 pm EST

ZUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCC

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:42 pm EST

Wow, 22 minutes of good hockey...over 40 minutes of absolute crap from the whole team and they still may get 2 points!!

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:40 pm EST

RHET - He's getting ready in Hartf...Again, which Center are you sitting or moving?

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:37 pm EST

Rangers win in the shootout.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:37 pm EST

IF T.Glass avg TOI is 10-11 minutes per game, I bet his puck possession time is less than 30 seconds per game... I'll take the LW virgin with his AHL 75gp/18g's/26helpers/44pts & 183 shots....

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:35 pm EST

Hospo.... After the injury to Stepan last season you don't see the value of having a guy ready that can step in and contribute? Having a guy that can do better than Hayes 38% or Stepan's 32% faceoffs tonight? I don't really see the downside.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:28 pm EST

Trying to lose 2 in a row?

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:23 pm EST

God, I hope Nash isn't catching or hasn't caught that scoring mind block he got last year!!

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:21 pm EST

How many games has Lindberger played at LW this year?

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:18 pm EST

Oscar to LW, Glass sits

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:15 pm EST

Rhet - This is not the time to be playing musical chairs with players and lines..Right now, your C's are Brass, Step, Hayes and Moore...WHo you wanna sit..Or do you wanna change lines every night just to see an AHLer? Obvioulsy, yhour answer Glass.....Fine..And move Moore to Wing?

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:14 pm EST

Refs on a coffee break or just napping?

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:11 pm EST

If tonight holds true to the entire season series, the game will be decided by 1 goal ....Hospo.... Why do you need to sit any of the centers? Both Hayes and Sheppard play all three forward positions and they play them well.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:10 pm EST

Canes all over the Nyr like they were in the beginning of the game

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:09 pm EST

Somebody please tell me why with a 2-1 lead Dan Boyle wasnt to be behind the other team's net? Didn't hurt us then, but it will

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:07 pm EST

Sorry Oscar..

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:06 pm EST

Cheesy needed to stick it harder ....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:06 pm EST

Linburger today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ6xBaZ92uA

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:05 pm EST

Guess cheesy stuck his stepan voodoo doll in the shoulder

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:03 pm EST

Hmm..maybe Lindberger just got his chance...

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:02 pm EST

NN I always forget to look at what time the period ended....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:00 pm EST

STEVIE: 18 MINUTES between periods

DOUBLEN


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:55 pm EST

Airlines huh? Nice try young lady, nice try.. ;-)

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:54 pm EST

they should have a countdown clock between periods on the TV so I know when to come back and watch the game.....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:44 pm EST

1 Bad period, 1 good period..Hopefully they play the third with the same focus and put this game away

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:41 pm EST

Hayes just controls things when he has the puck. Seems like every game he can pull up, stop, and wait for a play to materialize. Once it does, he can put it right on the tape. The upside on his kid is huge

E


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:37 pm EST

HOSPO: Didn't even think of that :); Was thinking SAS Airlines.

DOUBLEN


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:37 pm EST

LINDBERGER makes zero sense unless injury or you're prepared to sit one of the other centers, its that simple..Doesn't mean he isn't ready, he is,,but the time ain't right..It will be sometime over the next month

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:34 pm EST

DOUBLE - Better than the alternative ASS line

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:34 pm EST

The blind squirrel finally with a goal! Nah, very nice shot!

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:33 pm EST

Fast/Hayes/Hags..THE SAS LINE. 2 Swedes and a American.

DOUBLEN


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:31 pm EST

Seems like Veenknow wants his 4 centers as is . If he didn't shemp would get more than 1 game there. What are his faceoff numbers with the nyr? ... So there is not enough reasons to call up cheesy .... Quickie scores!!!!!

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:26 pm EST

VIC - Sorry about your dog,,Put down my cancer ridden 11 year old lab last year..broke my heart..The third family pet...The Rangers don't mean jack shit relative to that..But hopefully they and we can be a diversion for you..

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:11 pm EST

JT MILLER!!!

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:05 pm EST

Rhet -- thanks for the info. Yep, I agree....Lindberg should be here and given a look. He could be very valuable in the POs if someone gets hurt.....we can't throw him in cold whe. We have a chance to get him some games between now and the POs.

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:59 pm EST

Than = that

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:53 pm EST

Prince t-bot gave up a softie than capt McD parmenter got beat on like an old mule...

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:52 pm EST

"Other than the deficit, what bothered you guys?" MSG is just phoning it in with their interviews.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:41 pm EST

We should just turn down our PP's. In McDonagh's defense, the guy was trying to sniff his armpit.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:40 pm EST

WTF on our PP??

rngrsans


Sat Mar 21 2015 6:31 pm EST

Someone tell the Rangers that they're 4-0 against the Hurricanes this season. Maybe then they'll wake the F up!

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 5:49 pm EST

Moof same as last year.... Veenknow not giving much rope to shemp .... Keeps pushing back to the 4 th line....the guy seems to have a nose for the net and gets himself there.... Put him on the minus 2 minute pp....can't make it any worse....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 5:46 pm EST

BTW.... Lindberg needs to be here. Everything I read on the kid says he's ready to make the jump and we need someone who can win draws, so it seems like the perfect fit. IMO, he should play the rest of the regular season so he gets comfortable.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 5:44 pm EST

JFC..... Post-Deadline Call-Ups: After the trade deadline, teams are allowed a maximum of four AHL call-ups until the end of the season...... Once the playoffs start, the rules stay roughly the same, except they're limited to only having either three or four players on their active roster who were recalled between the Trade Deadline and the end of the regular season (you can only have four of them if you used four of them during that time period). Emergency recalls and players recalled from teams whose seasons are over follow the same rules as above.

Rhet0ric


Sat Mar 21 2015 5:30 pm EST

Slegs: Does this mean NASH is playing RW on a line with Kid K / Step?

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 5:23 pm EST

J.T. will be on line with Brass/Zucc tonight.."he's working real hard on his game so that we can trust him on the ice"-AV #NYR 1h New York Rangers &#10004; @NYRangers AV says "I've been wondering a long time" how J.T. Miller might fit in--similar to Benoit Pouliot last year--with Brassard/Zuccarello #NYR

stevielegs


Sat Mar 21 2015 4:42 pm EST

PJ -- I hear ya....I lost my 2 Great Pyrenees within 9 months 2 years ago....they were best friends. When my girl left, the boy just didn't seem to want to live any more. Breaks your heart....

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 4:31 pm EST

Pets certainly are family members....Lost our yellow lab and golden retriever within 6 months of each other a few years back....Still hurting from it...

PJ


Sat Mar 21 2015 4:22 pm EST

mf -- definitely not advocating getting rid of Moore but if cap space is tight and Sather can save $800K with Cheezy, it could spell the end of Moore's Ranger days.

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 4:12 pm EST

Hey I'm with you guys on your cats and dogs. Been there far too often in recent years.

Nick


Sat Mar 21 2015 4:04 pm EST

JFC: I have no idea on the rules or limits of call-ups etc.... Also, at $1.5mill Dom Moore is "not" someone I'd entertain trading, perfect Vet depth character guy, No Way! ..... Anyone here have the low-down on the call up rules / limits?? Currently fixated on having The Lindberg Baby play 4th line LW in place of Glass...The added component of a threat to score from by the 4th line could make a major impact for the squad.... "HOSPO," I'm a sloooow learner, where am I going wrong with this point of view?

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 3:45 pm EST

Let's try that again....what are the rules for callups for the playoffs?

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 3:44 pm EST

mf -- good stuff on Cheezy. If we don't see him this year, he may replace D. Moore next season since he'll save Sather some cap space. Sounds like he's ready for,the big show. whatbare the rules regarding call-ups for,the layoffs? He'd be a good guy to have around.

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 3:23 pm EST

Rangers prospect Oscar Lindberg continues to shine in Hartford Mar 21, 2015 By Chris As the New York Rangers continue to struggle for offense and as Martin St Louis remains sidelined, prospect Oscar Lindberg has continued to play well for the Hartford WolfPack at both ends of the rink. Lindberg scored another two points Friday night, including his twentieth goal of the season as the ‘Pack won their Friday night game against Leigh Valley, 3-2. Lindberg did all his damage on the powerplay last night (take note Rangers special teamers…) and has really developed his offense at the AHL level. He has reached the 20 goal plateau for the first time, scoring two more goals than last year but in 13 games less, while he should pass his career high of 44 points imminently. Like JT Miller, it appears Lindberg is outgrowing the AHL. Lindberg has played consistently well all season for the Pack. His style and skill set should fit seamlessly in to New York and with the Rangers relying on depth for offense Lindberg should be getting a look given that cap space is available and they have enough transactions available to make a move. With a host of players on the ‘Pack likely no more than AHL and minor league lifers, Lindberg appears to be the one offensive prospect that is demanding NHL attention. While Lindberg wouldn’t be used in a purely offensive role in New York, no one expected Carl Hagelin to emerge as a potential twenty goal guy when he made New York yet Hagelin has developed into one of the best all round players on the Rangers. Given his development to date, Lindberg could have a similar impact even though he doesn’t have the blistering skating ability of Hagelin. With a strong defensive game, good hockey IQ, face-off skills and some solid offense, Lindberg appears ready. If the Rangers continue to stumble offensively, surely the next Swede off the production line deserves some attention, even if it’s just to freshen things up. Whether Lindberg sees New York ice again this season or not (after his brief cameo call up last a few weeks back) it’s still comforting for Rangers fans to know that the forward prospect pipeline still has a few solid options on the way.

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 3:22 pm EST

Vic: We had to put our dog down 2 Februarys ago - Frodo the shihtzu. He was my first dog (grew up with cats) and he was absolutely fabulous. A dog unlike most so I was told numerous times. I swear not a day goes by that he doesn't cross my mind, even though (or perhaps in part because of) we now have a new dog. He's a mutt and extremely affectionate and beyond loyal but alas he still can't compare - I guess in part because he's only a year and 1/2 old and still doesn't listen all the time. Anyways, my sympathies - sometimes you don't know how much a pet means until s/he's gone.

RF4L


Sat Mar 21 2015 3:17 pm EST

http://snyrangersblog.com/prospects/oscar-lindberg/oscar-lindberg-scores-in-wolf-pack-win-watch/

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 2:52 pm EST

Couple of Schedule notes: Tuesday @ Home vs LA, the Kings will be on their 2nd day of a B2B.... Sunday 03/29 @ MSG, both the Rangers & the Capitals will be on the 2nd day of a B2B... Then the long flight to Winnipeg....

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 2:42 pm EST

LeoS: thank you, had it written down but skipped over it. That's why I'm a proud card carrying member of the CJC..... Schedule for the Remainder of March: Tonight Sat. 03/21 8pm @ Carolina ….. Sunday 03/22 7:30pm Home vs The Ducks ….. Tuesday 03/24 7:00pm Home vs. L.A. ….. Thursday 03/26 7:30 @ Ottawa ….. Saturday 03/28 1pm (afternoon) @ Boston ….. Sunday 03/29 3pm Home vs Washington ….. Tuesday 03/31 8pm @ Winnipeg

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 2:24 pm EST

mf - we also play Ottawa on Thursday

LeoS


Sat Mar 21 2015 1:22 pm EST

So sorry, Vic. It hurts to lose a family member like that. Last year, I lost my cat suddenly and traumatically at only 3 years old to a congenital heart condition I did not know he had. My wife encouraged me to get another kitten but it felt like I was being disloyal....but, a few weeks later I did get another and it really helped. It doesn't replace the loss, but it helps heal it.

JFC31


Sat Mar 21 2015 1:06 pm EST

Vic I am so sorry. I lost my Jack Russell in August. He was 16, and had been a rescue, he was terrified of Vets so I decided to let him expire on his own terms in his own home. It was sad, but he was trusting and more secure at home. I miss him terribly. .

WIOSA


Sat Mar 21 2015 12:27 pm EST

VIC, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family....... Welcome back, fwiw, agree with your reasoning on the line combo's and to add the obvious, there's less disruption by keeping the Nash / Brass / MZA line intact...... IMO the the Rangers played a good possession game against the Hawks but our intensity to create scoring chances were not.. As you point out, we've been playing at a torrid pace, a loss here or there is to be expected. A 1-0 loss to the Hawks is nothing to be ashamed of... We need to beat the teams we're supposed to beat, and tonight's game against the Canes falls into that category... Let's Go Rangers! ........ Schedule for the Remainder of March: Tonight Sat. 03/21 8pm @ Carolina ….. Sunday 03/22 7:30pm Home vs The Ducks ….. Tuesday 03/24 7:00pm Home vs. L.A. ….. Saturday 03/28 1pm (afternoon) @ Boston ….. Sunday 03/29 3pm Home vs Washington ….. Tuesday 03/31 8pm @ Winnipeg

mf


Sat Mar 21 2015 11:46 am EST

As for players and lines.......I don't like NASH on the right side and I don't like HAYES on the left side. I was frustrated a bit at the decisions that AV made for the Chicago game. To me, it made perfect sense to put HAYES on the RW with KREIDER and STEPAN and leave the NASH line intact. I know he was trying to shake things up to get some players going but I thought both lines struggled, especially offensively. I know it was just one game and maybe with more time those lines might gel but I just didn't like the feel of it. KREIDER took a complete back seat with NASH on his line. I was hoping for the opposite if HAYES was put with KREIDER. I was hoping that HAYES and KK would have some chemistry to help get KK going. I was also hoping it would help get STEPAN's game going to have another playmaker and finisher to play with. With HAYES on the BRASSARD line it put HAYES into the position of having to play a power forward game. That is not his game. He is not quick or fast enough on the forecheck. When he did have the puck he mostly had it behind the opposition's net. This is not the 80's. You can't create nearly as much offense from behind the net these days because defenses collapse back down on top of their goal. HAYES is at his best when he has the puck on his stick and is near the slot. He has a very good shot and is a great playermaker in those circumstances. I'd rather see him back at Center then being in a position of playing PF on the BRASSARD line. I though SHEPPARD looked good at Center. He isn't extremely creative but he is smart and hard working. He goes to the net and he has a thick frame that is tough to move. I also thought FAST played a really good game against Chicago with the exception of the split second of indecision on the RICHARDS goal. After getting back in the lineup FAST is starting to pick up where he left off when he got hurt in Nashville. I think he will be an important and productive player in the playoffs.

Vic


Sat Mar 21 2015 11:35 am EST

Been away on vacation and then had to put my dog of 13 years to sleep yesterday. Very hard day for the family. Very hard. Saw 2/3rds of the Buffalo game. Missed the Florida game. Saw the Blackhawks game. The Rangers are not firing on all cylinders right now. They are still playing a solid defensive game but their offensive continuity just isn't there right now. While some of it clearly has something to do with them clamping down on defensive it goes way beyond that. Several of the team's most important players are not playing up to their normal standards, let alone their potential. I actually think that could be a good thing as long as they get it back going into the playoffs. There is no way they could sustain the roll they have been on through the end of the regular season and through the playoffs. Better to have a little let down now and get back to going on all cylinders as HANK gets back into game shape and they play out the last 3 or 5 games of the season. As much fun as it is to talk about the President's Trophy and the Rangers being the best team in the league during the regular season it really doesn't mean anything in the big picture.

Vic


Sat Mar 21 2015 11:12 am EST

TD my problem with miller isn't in the Ozone it's in the other two zones he needs to wake up in. He can't figure out when to dump it and when to engage the D as E posted about crossing the blue line. He makes bad passes in the neutral zone and often horrible ones in his own end. Threading passes that get turned over in the Ozone happens the others shouldn't. He has not improved in those areas at all so far hopefully that changes.

York18


Sat Mar 21 2015 10:27 am EST

TDCHI - WHat do we see with MILLER? Pretty much nothing notable all year but mistakes and benchings...One is enough..Keep LINDBERG in Hartford unless we need a C..And there is a difference in defensive repsonsibilites which are crucial in the POs.

Hospo


Sat Mar 21 2015 9:29 am EST

Couple things: Though I tend to side with York's opinion on NASH not being a big-game player, I say give the guy the benefit of the doubt...Hell, I was all for moving him after last season...but lo and behold, he turned it around and is now the player many here said he'd be...so let's see...I'm no more worried about Nash's lack of production than I am anyone else on the team...the Rangers' offense has welled up and I still believe a lot of it has to do with the game they're playing in front of TALBOT...so let's see what happens when LUNDQVIST comes back...Agree, though, with the notion that if Nash DOESN'T start producing numbers in this year's post-season, that: 1. The Rangers won't go very far; and 2. That he needs to be moved in the off-season...On MILLER - For Christ's sake, the guy just turned 22...Will he ever be a defensive specialist? Probably not. I don't think his turnovers are stupidity...its that he still hasn't fully adjusted to the speed of the NHL...the kid has a boatload of talent and when the rubber finally hits the road, he's gonna speed...we see flashes of it every game...I'd rather him on a line with KREIDER and STEPAN...but actually, I think he's a good fit with ZUCC and BRASSARD...they're two immensely creative players and if there's one thing Mills does excel at, its the creative element of the game. The kid can thread passes...he's got a very good idea where players are going to be on the ice in the offensive zone and I simply don't think that's indicative of a kid that's got rocks for brains....On LINDBERG - There's a HUGE learning curve switching a guy from wing to center...we saw that with HAYES...there's almost no learning curve the other way around. We see that with Miller. We see that with Sheppard...last season, we saw that with Boyle. Think AV is being a little ridiculous not promoting him, but such is life.

tdchi


Sat Mar 21 2015 8:52 am EST

Carl Klingberg with a goal and 6 assists since joining the Pack. I am assuming he's playing with Lindberg. Anyone know? What's this kid all about? He's big (6'3" and 220) but doesn't put up many PMs so I am assuming there's not much physicality to his game.

RF4L


Sat Mar 21 2015 7:26 am EST

Newfie do you know what padded stats are? Obviously not so let me help you some it's when you get a lot of points against inferior teams in non medal rounds Nash is really good at that just like he's good at getting tons of goals in the regular season and disappears in the po's it's his MO and I noticed how quickly you ran from your world championships argument because again against inferior players. That's what Nash is best at in international comp. Did Nash get a point in the medal rounds? Let me help you the answer is no what a shocker I guess you just caught a typical comic book beat down of epic proportions from super York and your comic book villain name will be the ecul captain dewfie thanks for coming out and playing it's been fun.

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:23 pm EST

Moof did you get an electro magnetic pulse? ...shocking ... More power to you... I say that to guys getting the electric chair too.... Maybe your little friend buttman with turn the ice into air hockey... He's full of hot air .... He should get a ballon and a basket and fly away...

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:07 pm EST

Slegs: It may get hotter, this polar vortex is about to invert.. Hope the puck doesn't bounce the wrong way.. Let's Go Rangers!

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:01 pm EST

Moof guess you better step in and keep the peace.... It's global hot air....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:54 pm EST

York18..........where do you get your hockey stats from ,man.....the comic books ? In the 2010 Olympics in Van couver he was on a line with Mike Richards and Jonathan Toews, who went on to win Top Forward ? So Nash had nothing to do with that?

Newfie_Ranger


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:15 pm EST

Congrats to the Lundquist's on the newest member....her timing is a bit off, but oh well.

WIOSA


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:02 pm EST

Newfie I don't have to rethink anything 1) the worlds are a joke the wjcs are the best jrs but the worlds are a joke because the best are not playing it would be like the superbowl champs playing an arena football team. Olympics Nash disappeared in the money rounds so much so he was demoted from first line to third and fourth line. That's when it counts when it's for medals and it's not the first time that happened. It's great he can dominate against guys who can't make the ahl but when push comes to shove amd it's top talent NHL and the olympics he disappears. Last oly

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 7:52 pm EST

York18.........I was reading a post of yours today at work ,about Rick Nash in which you said that "he disappers in money games and in International competition as well " While I agree he has not shown a lot in money games in the NHL of late, I'm not on board with your international comment.....................In 2005 at the worlds, he lead Team Canada in Goals scored...........in 2006 he was picked for Team Canada again..........in 2007 he scored 2 Goals in the Gold Medal Game, was named to the tournament All-Stars and won MVP...............in 2008 at the Worlds he had 13 pts, and was an All-Star once again.................2010 ,he was picked for Team Canada for the Olympics.....in 2011, he was named Captain of Canada at the Worlds..........and then in 2014 he helped Team Canada win Olympic Gold once again...............????????????????? you may want to re-think that one !.

Newfie_Ranger


Fri Mar 20 2015 3:08 pm EST

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine....... The machine has been built, we need to experiment with the "fine tuning" I want to win The Cup this year as do you... Tuna-way

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 3:00 pm EST

MF - And the experiment should be left undone...Next year, after we win the Cup, we can play around the roster

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:57 pm EST

Bah Humbug, there's 14 regular season games remaining, if we don't do it during this span, this experiment gets left undone barring injury.. the sooner we try it, the sooner we'll see the results with own eyes.. Vat'z da damn risk?

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:38 pm EST

mf - that's exactly why you don't move him....he's a center...Hayes was moving back to an old position......For Lindberg, it's a brand new postion...It's just not that simple...And This is going to be the POs, not the time to be carrying out the first stage of postional experiments..

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:25 pm EST

Hospo: It's OK to move Hayes to the wing because he played wing at the lower levels, but Oscar shouldn't be moved to the wing because he played center at the lower levels? The kid is young & strong with an edge. It's certainly not going to impede his development, and if say Moore got caught out of position, you got Oscar more than capable to cover the defensive side of center.... (the CJC feels very strongly about this. ;-)

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:16 pm EST

StevieLegs: A little cranky today are we? A little irritable, your global warming pals get wrong or something? Stop picking on York18...........

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:16 pm EST

MF - Sorry, Lindberger has been playing C all year and for years, you just don't bring him up to the NHL around PO time and tell him to play W and learn on the fly against some of the better teamms in the game...we need scoring form the top lines...that's the big problem right now..scoring from the bottom two would be gravy

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:12 pm EST

Hospodopolos: Play Oscar on the 4th Line wing IS the option I'm refering to .... Low Risk / High reward unless it screws with some limit of how many players can be moved up & or down blah blah blah....... Oscar / Moore / Fast is a combo I want to see for the next 5 games... They're a threat to score....

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 2:00 pm EST

And that's how I feel about Stepan - but not making continual mistakes like Miller; instead every year he has these long droughts were he doesn't generate much offense. Sometimes he'll have more than one stretch. He's almost thru his 5th season; its getting to the point now where what you see is what you get - 15 to 20 goals and 50 to 60 points is he who he is. I'm not implying that he's lousy or cannot be an important Ranger, but that's not 1st line center production - it's 2nd line and that's where he sure seems to be leveling out at. The frustration I experience with him at times I think I need to realize isn't warranted....

RF4L


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:50 pm EST

I'm starting to think miller just doesn't get it these are the same mistakes over and over for the last couple years. Coaches have worked with him he's sat and watched film he's been sent down and still continues to do the same stupid things over and over again. The talent is there that you can not deny, the hockey IQ however seems to be lacking and not improving at all.

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:48 pm EST

Hospo: haven't read the days posts yet, however, RE: Lindberg instead of Glass is a low risk high reward possibility... We're talking a 4th line wing position, and the obscure goal from the unexpected can steal you a series... The other night Sheppard & Hunwick did it for us.... Lindberg / Moore / Fast bring it on, that combo is going to score..... Factpinionally speaking of course! ;-)

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:48 pm EST

Hospo: haven't read the days posts yet, however, RE: Lindberg instead of Glass is a low risk high reward possibility... We're talking a 4th line wing position, and the obscure goal from the unexpected can steal you a series... The other night Sheppard & Hunwick did it for us.... Lindberg / Moore / Fast bring it on, that combo is going to score..... Factpinionally speaking of course! ;-)

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:38 pm EST

Stevie did gartner win a cup? Funny how you're the only one who thinks Nash is a good playoff performer wonder why that is?as for Hank stop changing the subject and yes I'd trade him for cap relief as well. Nash can go to whoever pays the most if he can't help this team win a cup no reason to keep him and pay him. Hank can go to I'd ride talbot no problem said it a couple years ago. Goalies just don't bring back great returns. I'm about winning a cup not man crushes on players.

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:13 pm EST

York I hope your computer is waterproof.....Nash's career in the playoffs has been 3 years out of his 11 in the nhl. 4 games for Columbus 1 g 2 a....12 games nyr 1 g 4a ....25 games 3 g 7 a......don't you just hate him?.......want to judge mike gartner that way too?....trade him..., let me know who his replacement will be mr gm......how's hank doing? trade him too.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 12:56 pm EST

RANGER47 - "In previous games line of Hayes with Miller and Hagelin had so much chemistry and were dominant at times."..Didn't see the same thing....Ownerd possession at times but also got left holding the bag and allowing big chanvces at times..And , bottom line, they weren't scoring...No great sin to break them up...But at least do it the right way AV!

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 12:40 pm EST

Was out on the town Wednesday night and finally got to see the CHI game late last night. Despite losing 1-0 I thought this was a very well-played game and would not be surprised to see these two teams playing in the Finals against one another. I think it was a bad mistake moving Hayes up to wing. In previous games line of Hayes with Miller and Hagelin had so much chemistry and were dominant at times. Please call up a RW (like Haggerty?) to replace the injured MSL and leave things as they were!

Ranger47


Fri Mar 20 2015 12:35 pm EST

Damn that AV!!! ;^)

RF4L


Fri Mar 20 2015 12:34 pm EST

StEvie my opinion? Let me help you out since you seem to be confused Nash sucking in the playoffs is not opinion it is fact he has sucked and disappeared his entire career in the playoffs as well as his international career in money games the last half a dozen times. Nash became a checking forward in last years playoffs fact he had one good series fact meanwhile his counterpart in la helped carry his team to a cup. Nash has long been a passenger in the playoffs this is the year for it to end otherwise he's a waste and it's time to move on and trade him because if he's not part of the solution thehn he's the problem. Those are facts and that's what makes what I said right. You on the otherhand made a bunch of crap up to talk Nash up.

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 12:33 pm EST

STEVIE - A V is putting the cart before the horse with this three lines of offense crap...How bout getting ONE first?..then two?..instead of worrying about offense from the third line as a priority?...JMWO, but JITTERS on the 2nd line is a huge mistake..and not having another FO option outside of HAYES on the 3rd line is another mistake

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:56 am EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport R.I.P. Matthew Wuest, much too early, in his 30s. The founder of http://capgeek.com , a great tool for hockey business and hockey fans.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:55 am EST

finally...... Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport Subban fined for diving for 3rd time. Shocker.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:53 am EST

As far as Lundqvist's timetable after missing today's practice: Still unclear. Full morning skate on Tuesday, practice Wednesday

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:52 am EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord AV says Hayes back in the middle (Sheppard was there last game) because Hayes there gives him three lines with more offensive capability

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:50 am EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord #NYR lines at practice today: Kreider-Stepan-Nash Miller-Brassard-Zuccarello Hagelin-Hayes-Fast Glass-Moore-Sheppard

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:44 am EST

Nice quote from Ryan Graves on Blueshirts United about the benefit of being on a team that has a deep PO run (something I've been harping on for years as the Rangers prime farm team continually sucks): "“It helps you develop a winning attitude and not accept losing,” Graves said when asked what a title in juniors could do for a young player’s development. “[The playoffs are] a lot tougher and it’s a different game. It’s something you don’t know until you experience it.”

RF4L


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:43 am EST

ooops..BENCHING Glass

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:37 am EST

E - Can't argue..I have no problems with Glass if and when he deserves it, but that isn't right now..If he comes up with few games of nothingness? Hell, sit him on his ass...But for who?. Lindberger and moving Moore to Wing? or installing OL at Center and moving Shep back down to the 4th line?..Those are the onkly optionsNo thanks.....As for MILLER, so much talent, love the way he plays the game most of the time....but his decison making in the neutral and D-zone scares the crap out of me and can lose games..

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:32 am EST

HOSPO: Boyle has always taken chances. It's the nature of what he does. He is no prize in his own zone so it's what you pay him to do and it's what he knows how to do. BOYLE is a little maddening as a hockey player even in his prime. He will have these games where he can dominate all three zones and then he goes back to being a defensive sieve. The thing with BOYLE pinching is that the team wants that from him. 2-3 seasons ago? He doesn't clang that, it goes high side far corner every time. I don't blame him for going to his bread and butter. Just a sign of the old engine that can't

E


Fri Mar 20 2015 11:25 am EST

HOSPO: it seems that as of late noticing the play of Glass tends to not fit a narrative that was based on his earlier play this season. Play of which I was very critical of. But winning tends to mask ills as well. Glass over the past few weeks has been a solid checking forward. Will it continue? Don't know, but he is hustling out there. Legs always churning. He finishes all of his checks with authority. Personally, I don't expect it to last because history tells us the story. Right now though? My thing with JT is he has been very effective off of the puck often. It's just these Rick Nash / CK moments that he has where he thinks he can take the puck off the red line during line changes and split the defense. I've seen him do this about 8-9x this season with almost no success. And it's high risk. Last game he turned it over and the near side defenseman had to abort the line change after a long shift and zone up. Just put the puck in the corner and go get it. JT has some good stick work but he doesn't protect the puck when it needs to be. Pressing the defense is hard in that play. It takes a quick read as to whether you can do it or should you just dump. Nash sees it so well. If one defenseman crosses his leg, he busts right thru. If the defense is gonna stand him up he puts the puck behind. JT just needs to make the safe play and stop being to cute. At least Glass has no illusions that way. He'll dump the puck 100 out of 100.

E


Fri Mar 20 2015 10:12 am EST

MF - Don't agree on Lindberger at all... While I agree he should be the first up for injury, other wise he should wait in Hartford or stay a black ace....The 4th line as is has looked good both ways recently and I thought the new 3rd line of MIller-Shep-Hags was darn good against Chicago..In the bottom 2 lines, you have 3 capable FO men in Moore, Miller (has done real well) and Shep...No need for another C yet....THe issue is and will always be the SCORING from the top 2 lines.....So much talent up there in Kreider-Step-Nash and MZA-Brass-Hayes but if they can't score in tight games and PO games, you ain't gonna win..The onues is on these guys to get their game in gear and, even if they are playing well (NASH), put the damn puck in the net

Hospo


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:34 am EST

York I forgot your opinions are always right.....didn't you want to trade hank?.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:15 am EST

OAN, although Hunwick filled in admireably, Klein's loss has to be a factor in these games down the stretch.. He should be able to keep his legs and wind up, any news on his return?

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 8:03 am EST

Good morning, I think we need to take a substantial look with Lindberg on the forth line in place of Glass.. This upcoming week is arguably the biggest test of the season, somebody post it please.. With Sheppard and Lindberg in, our bottom six is a much greater threat to score without sacrificing defense.. We'd also pick up an additional faceoff man. I'd make that move asap unless it hampers pur ability to move guys up and down through the playoffs. D

mf


Fri Mar 20 2015 7:30 am EST

Stevie I know you love Nash but don't say ridiculous things just to seem right. Hank is the most money goaltender in game sevens in NHL history he has stolen more then a couple games for this team and carried them for years. Nash has NEVER had a good playoffs matter of fact unless you go back to his rookie years he disappears in all the money games in international comp as well. He's huge in games that aren't important. Let's call a duck a duck and Nash has not shown he is clutch yet and I say yet because he has another chance this year last year in the po's the clutch guy was gabby for the kings funny how he was clutch and they win.

York18


Fri Mar 20 2015 7:19 am EST

Whether or not this will make a difference I don't know but this year vs last will see the Rangers surprising no one unlike last year where no one (and I'll bet that includes the team itself) forsaw a run to the cup finals.

RF4L


Fri Mar 20 2015 5:55 am EST

Hiya Fred, I cant be objective about the Rangers, but I do like this team. I wish we would either pick up our PP or start winning some FO's but for the most part I like the chemistry, and the talent. The only other team that makes me worried is Chicago. I do think they are the best team in the league, despite the Ducks being in first place. I watched an analysis on the teams and standings and they seemed to feel the Rangers were the team to beat in the East, the Ducks or Chicago in the West. Sounded about right to me.

WIOSA


Fri Mar 20 2015 1:39 am EST

Get in get hot get lucky. There are 6-7 teams or more any one of which wouldn't surprise me as the Cup winner, and the NYR are definitely one. Can't really ask for more than that in this era.

Nick


Thu Mar 19 2015 10:42 pm EST

Hell FRED, I'm glad you feel that way! Look, last year you felt we wouldn't make the POs, and look what happened--We played for the Cup........You said the same thing this year, and now we might finish #1 in the East...so, if you're saying we won't win the Cup, then I think we have a hell of a chance to do so! Just busting your chops..But, in reality, we have as good as shot as anybody IMWO.

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 10:18 pm EST

Not quite sure what's going on in my head but I just don't care about this team anymore because I don't see us winning the CUP....

MelvilleFred


Thu Mar 19 2015 5:05 pm EST

York as far as I can count, there are at least 10-15 guys that have to go, including hank.....by that standard.....but you can pick your scapegoats ......after the playoffs.....and I highly doubt veenknow and the genius will be agreeing with most.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 19 2015 4:32 pm EST

TDCHI - I couldn't care less about Miller's goals earlier..Or GLASS's play earlier in the year..all i care about is what they are giving the team NOW when the games are extremley tight against good teams as they will be in the POs....Since the deadline/March 1st, JT MILLER ( 8GP 1G 0A +1 11SOG 14 hits)...GLASS in THREE less games (5GP 0G 1A -1 9SOG 19 hits)..Miller gets some PP time ..Glass gets some PK time..Little difference......If you think Miller should be in (out), well, you should think GLASS should be in (out)....All I'm saying..Personally, I think both are playing pretty decent

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 4:08 pm EST

C'mon Hospo...MILLER v. GLASS? You really want to start that comparison? Miller..seven goals...plus the game-winner the other night...Glass...goose eggs...there's no comparison there. And as many cough ups as you can attribute to Miller, he's still somehow in the plus side of the equation...NTM, AV's been giving him PP time...that's something Glass just doesn't get. Ever. I'm not sure which Glass you're watching, but I'm watching the one who can't score, doesn't create offense and at best, is par on the defensive side of the game. Pedestrian player. Last night was a good example of why he should be pulled from the lineup.

tdchi


Thu Mar 19 2015 3:21 pm EST

Stevie hate to break it to you he didn't have a good first round and didn't have a good second round and did nothing in the finals. Nash sucked last year that's just fact. If he disappears in the playoffs win the cup or not he has to go.

York18


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:55 pm EST

WIOSA: The 2 goalie system has been tried numerous times over the years by numerous coaches/teams and rarely works. Besides, with the King's contract, the backup has to come cheaply, which Skapski would be if he made the team next season (and probably the year after that). I think it's more than reasonable to project that the Prince will be traded this off-season so a backup will be required for next season. It'll be one of the big decisions facing Sather and company - can Skapski do it? I am hoping he gets one more start before the King is back and it's against a more formidable foe than the Sabres. Also, a fine showing once he goes back to Hartford can only help his cause. Interesting how what was so recently perceived to an organizational shortcoming (like this time last year) is suddenly, arguably where the Rangers are the deepest (what with the Prince's emergence, Skapski's showing and those 2 kids drafted in last June's draft). Nice. If Talbot can bring back a first rounder, even if it's mid to late first round, that's a huge bonus.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:50 pm EST

RF73, thnx!....RF4L, missed your earlier post. Just thinking it's a small world. Anyroad, yeah, it is very disconcerting, and frightening. Great story Mackenzie's development is becoming more important, as it is hard to see either Hank or Cam settling for a back up position, and one of them has to. Was it Campbell who tried to use two goalies in tandem and failed miserably? I cant remember who it was but I do remember someone trying it. Anyroad, I can see Mackenzie being a backup sooner than later. JMHO

WIOSA


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:41 pm EST

WIOSA: I posted about this earlier this week - it will be interesting to see how he fares once he goes back to the Pack. From all accounts he was playing well there but this stint in the NHL, along with lots on 1 on 1 time with Allair, could up his game a notch or 2 and perhaps be enough to steer the Pack into the POs and go a few rounds. The latter is something the Pack could desperately use. They've either been eliminated early or missed the POs for too many consecutive years now. I realize there's not a whole bunch of legitimate NHL talent down there, but there is some and going on a deep AHL PO run would do wonders for the likes of Allen, McI, Haggerty and Lindberg, not to mention, of course, the Polish Prince himself. Here's hoping!

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:39 pm EST

WIOSA -- Jared Ross (2001–05) — Center who played for the Philadelphia Flyers only other player in addition to Tal Bot.

RF73


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:36 pm EST

WIOSA: Well he never made the NHL. Played 1 year in the ECHL. It is a touching story, if not a tad disconcerting. The boy could easily have died. Also interesting is how big a setback the injury and subsequent recovery was for him and why his sudden emergence this year may not be so sudden after all. It's not unreasonable to speculate that had he not suffered that injury, he'd have been drafted into the WHL earlier and then by an NHL club his first draft year. That would mean 1) he'd be further along in his development and 2) more recognized as a legitimate prospect. The story indicated he didn't get back to where he was as a goalie until mid-way thru the season the Rangers drafted him. That means he lost a year of development and really has only been able to play at top form for just over 2 years (including this year). How well he's looked now makes a little more sense IMO.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:20 pm EST

RF4L, really interesting article on "the Red Baron" or Mackenzie, really strange is the part where his father says he played for Alabama. I don't know of any other players to come out of Alabama, other than our present goalie Cam Talbot. Of course Im not a wealth of knowledge on minor leagues or college players, but I cant remember many from Alabama.

WIOSA


Thu Mar 19 2015 2:08 pm EST

I concur that Boyle's adventures in the offensive zone would be more acceptable if he actually produced. That crossbar was impressive, but it's akin to shooting 20 feet wide in terms of results.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 1:48 pm EST

TDCHI - But he's a +1 in his last 8 tension packed games with the Rangers, and that's all that matters...And made some pretty decent plays last night in the offensive flow..Including the play when the goal was disallowed and when Boyle hit the crossbar Better than quite a few of the schmoes last night,...Bring up LINDBERGER by all means , fine, just as long as you want to sit Miller, which might not be a bad thing..It's not like MILLER is contributing more to the offense than GLASS

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 1:39 pm EST

PJ - No, Boyle ALWAYS does this now...And he still doesn't score.Cares about goals and says defense be damned ..Thank God the forwards and his partner almost always bail the guy out....This time they didn't, making the wrong decision, a decision forced on them by the laziness and incompetence of Boyle...But all us fans would have gotten it right for sure!

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 1:34 pm EST

Pete.... I totally agree. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Every now and then guys are going to get trapped in the offensive zone as a side effect to playing AV's system. We can't kill the guy afterwards for doing what he's supposed to do. It's up to his linemates to pick up for him going back to the defensive zone. Just taking your own guy is not doing your job. IMO, Fast and Glass dropped the puck.

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 19 2015 1:31 pm EST

pete - totally agree. I'm still not exactly clear why LINDBERG isn't getting the call...frankly, and from what I've seen of him, he's got a nasty little chip AND he's got some offense. Glass, his only real advantage is he DOES check well and will drop the mitts. But outside of that, he's a zero-trick pony...no offense and defense that is..well...clearly suspect. Guy has only had one year where his differential was positive...He was -5 on the conference winning Canucks for cyring out loud.

tdchi


Thu Mar 19 2015 1:14 pm EST

Hospo....Stevie Wonder could have seen the situation develop and would have know to go toward Richard's...The choice both Glass and Fast made was inexplicable if you ask me....As stated Boyle had pinched and hit the crossbar with his shot....Offensive minded defenseman often do this....I like Boyle's game much better lately...Yandle on the other hand has been no better than John Moore....

PJ


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:50 pm EST

JFC - And FAST made the same wrong split-second decision from higher..even if both were doing everything they were supposed to...All becuase BOYLE was MIA...Next time, they just might take Richards (maybe even both of them) and there's one or two guys wide open..All because Boyle had his head up his ass.....a no win situation for the forwards

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:49 pm EST

My impressions of the game: Rangers let Chicago dictate the tempo early on. That game was lost after the first period and I really don't know why...they got badly out-played by a tired team in the second and third...STEPAN - The guy isn't playing badly...but the puck ain't going in for him...he's certainly the most egregious among the top liners, but by no means is he in a league of his own...all the top six have silent sticks...SHEPPARD - this is a guy who needs to be in the lineup. Third line was easily the best one out there and Shep was a prime reason why...GLASS- I'm a little bemused by this 'he played well BUT' talk...That 'but' is a BIG but...While I don't blame the goal on him, he and FAST were the closest to B-Rich, who stood there unfettered...completely unfettered for about three seconds...Blame BOYLE for being in no-man's land...but someone has GOT to pick that guy up...The PP - Man, I can't remember which one, but one of the last PPs toward the end of the game, I found myself wondering if I was watching the 2005-2006 Rangers with JAGR leading the PP...just SICK passing for minutes on end...and no shots...just rolling the puck around from the slot to the points to the slot to the points to behind the net to the points to the slot to the points...You have an AHL goalie who has barely been tested vying for his first-ever shutout...man, you pump the shots at that guy shot-gun style...And while I respect AV for neutralizing TOEWS, SHARP and HOSSA...he out-thought himself in that game...he needed a line that was going to score a dirty goal..and he needed to open up the pace of the game midway through like they did with the Isles a few weeks back...you have a tired team...don't let them play trap...make them chase...spring HAGELIN and KREIDER...get guys moving. On YANDLE - Man, I hope what York is saying is true but I'm less impressed with this guy with each game...I do believe this is a tough coach and a tough system to tune into...the Rangers wouldn't have such an abysmal start each season were he easy...but we're approaching games 9 and 10...he should be getting a pretty good clue by now...count me as one who is concerned.

tdchi


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:49 pm EST

HOSPO...If Boyle wasn't just up ice that would have been his man, but b/c of the last play he was essentially a forward and another forward should have covered for him. Boyle did hustle back but as soon as he got back, the puck squirted out to and open pointman and he was the closest to that guy so he went to him. I'm not a huge Glass fan, he adds almost no offense and doesn't seem to deter too many big hits against us. There is a reason the Pens benched him last playoffs.

pete


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:46 pm EST

Atilla also made a wrong decision....he decided to go the opposite way of Richards and got stuck behind Glass and a Blackhawk....if he had chased Richards, he would have had a chance to at least rush Richards into missing.

JFC31


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:42 pm EST

wrong link....just scroll down and click on the Richards goal

JFC31


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:41 pm EST

Hospo -- not exonerating Boyle from his part in that mess-up....Glass just made a wrong, split-second decision that was very weird. It was almost as if when he saw Richards walk out front, that he thought he was surely going to pass it to the far post, so Glass went there instead of going at/challenging Richards, which is what he should have done http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=784126&lang=en

JFC31


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:22 pm EST

CM - Outside of Boyle, I really like the defensive structure and play also....And hopefully with these new lines, at least one or two will break out soon..They showed some good signs last night...We could always sacrifice defense and generate many more chances, but that's how you lose and it's not the Ranger way..I'm fine with it

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:08 pm EST

At least the game was more exciting than the last game they played 10 days ago. The pre-season game these two teams played was like watching a playoff game, so I was disappointed in the pace of the game in Chicago. But last night had some fun moments. There are lots of little things that I'm sure we could pick apart, but weren't we doing a lot better on faceoffs last night? Seemed like it. Our forwards aren't burying the puck but I saw a lot more offensive mojo last night than the previous few games. The offense will come. Our defensive game is as solid as anyone in the league and we have lights out goaltending no matter who is in net. I'm not over confident, but there aren't many teams in the league I don't think we can play with. Sather has a pretty good success rate at signing guys who weren't drafted, you have to give him that (Girardi, Zucc, Talbot). My thoughts on Step are that he'll get better soon. The good news is that when we are struggling to score goals, we are still winning. These are problems I can live with as long as the "W's" keep coming in.

ColoradoMark


Thu Mar 19 2015 12:00 pm EST

Holy crap - did you guys know this about the Red Baron (I also like the name Polish Prince - lol): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=758790

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:50 am EST

E - Totally agree..it's the little things.FO's blown coverages.mistakes and special teams that will make a huge difference..I thought SHEPP played a strong game last night--went to the net well...But I still wanted a better forwards at the deadline for these reasons (and more)...YANDLE was supposed to cover it up from the back end, but I haven't seen one instance of it yet....He needs to get his game and the PP going...

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:47 am EST

JFC - I totally disagree on the responsibilities on that play.GLASS and FAST were on their man and area where they usually covet, the total open area to the left of TALBOT was because BOYLE was nowhere to be found (I think he was brooding over at the right boards)...That's where the screw-up was..And then the Mongolian clusterfuck begins for Glass and Fast because you're down a man in defensive coverage.......That's my take after only seeing it once...Maybe I should go back and watch the play again see if I get a different impression.......Disregarding that play for the moment, I think GLASS had a strong game...

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:41 am EST

Hospo: sadly, when you play against a top-3 defense (of which the New York Rangers are) it's about special teams. Despite the uncalled goal getting 1-2 goals is gonna be hard as hell. And while I think the New York Rangers have always seemed to be very comfortable in tight contests (going back to Tortorella) the margin for error is tiny. It's about special teams then. And no matter how many seasons it's been a source of groans now, the reality is that unless they can convert on some of these, the defensive gems they can put together will still leave points on the table. They had every chance to win that game last night.

E


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:36 am EST

Tanner Glass had a pretty good game yesterday, especially in the first period. But, he competely blew it on the GW goal. Firstly, we had 3 guys in front of our net when they had 2 guys behind the goal line. When Richards marched the puck out front, Glass inexplicably went towards the far post/Talbot instead of going AT RICHARDS!! WTF! Richards was left unfettered and unpressured and just picked his spot. Well, we were due for a loss and overall it was close so whatever. Our lines were screwed up, they were missing Kane and had a back-up goalie in and had played the night before so....whatever. So, we move on. BTW, the refs sucked....in case anyone doesn't know that already. We should have had a 1-0 lead from the 1st period on but.....whatever.

JFC31


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:32 am EST

Boyle was probably lamenting his crossbar shot...

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:21 am EST

RF4L - The Rangers are not alone in not scoring..it's pretty widespread amongst the top teams playing tight hockey....Bottom line, is if you keep the defensive mistakes to zero and don't let in goals, they will win almost every game...When the offense, and hopefully the PP, clicks, it coul be fun...Again, remember, THREE NEW LINES last night.

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:18 am EST

BOB - On the rush, yes, they should cover..and did..like the team usually does...too many times for the D-man who want to be Wing....But not in that instance when the play was in the defensive zone....Boyle should have been back by then, the lazy ass. Both Glass and Fast had their man, Boyle's entire area was empty....Pick your poison.

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:18 am EST

Bottom line, I think, is that (as was said yesterday I believe) it's unrealistic to expect the Rangers to never lose again AND when your offense dries up to the extent it has for the team, especially the top 6, you're gonna struggle to win consistently. IMO, the Rangers are fortunate that more of their recent games haven't gone this way. In other words, these guys had better rediscover that aspect of their game or more losses are imminent, especially given the opposition in the next several games.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:11 am EST

I get the Boyle hate here, but if the forwards are not going to score goals, someone has to. Half an inch lower and the Rangers win 1-0. These other clowns are supposed to cover for him. AV wants the D to move in.

Bob


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:06 am EST

Before last year and his jaw injury, STEPAN usually waited until the POs to go into his invisible mode...But last year I thought I saw his determination rise...Here's hoping he get this crap out of his system soon---ditto with KID K's dalliance with wanting to be a finesse forward and whatever BRASS is doing..

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 11:03 am EST

PETE - Both GLASS and FAST were on their man and where they were supposed to be, the problem was that BOYLE was nowhere to be found, off in la la land like usual..Either of Glass or Fast probably should have left their man but that's a tough decision to make..all because Boyle doesn't give a shit about defense...

Hospo


Thu Mar 19 2015 9:44 am EST

the true judgments come in guys overall contributions in the season and the post season. For instance a guy like Nash has done both but didn't in the finals, and most wanted to throw him under the bus. And will again after this post season even if he helped to win against the habnots in the semis. ....that's what veenknow and the genius have to look at , the big picture and how they would be without a guy......vs with him.......I'm not sure if there are many guys that someone has not said, trade him......yet this team is basically on top of the heap....and fire the coach and the gm........be careful what you wish for.......not every move is an improvement......end of today's sermon...go in peace.....not piece.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 19 2015 9:07 am EST

I too am tiring of Steps inconsistency and I have ways long supported him as a Ranger. I don't know if he's hurt, tired, or just completely disinterested. Maybe he's subconsciously attempting to force a trade.....who knows for sure. I would see what type of $s he's looking for. I think we would all agree that he's a 2nd line center, who when he's on his game, sometime a resembles a 1a. If Edm. would relinquish the 2nd pick (Eichel...he doesn't supplant McDavid right?) for a combo of Step(especially if he wants north of 5 mil.), Talbot, and a combo of oicks or McIlrath you have to strongly consider. This could be our chance to land that bonafide #1 center we have coveted for so long. If Eichel is the real deal, I would say do it. I hate to give up Talbot and McIlrath. We've in Estes so much time in the undertaker and it seems his game is just now beginning to show signs he's ready for the show. Thing is, AV's system may not represent a good fit but I would hate to see this guy become a poor mans Scott Stevens with another team. We still would have Hayes ?who I think will end up no worse than a 2nd liner to replace Step) and Brassard as a backup If Hayes' development stalls. I think you almost have to pull the trigger. It will indeed be an interesting offseason! In the meantime, let's win the cup first!! LGR!! BTW, great to see all the original walls gets back here and posting. You've been missed and it's very refreshing...

NCRanger


Thu Mar 19 2015 8:30 am EST

Personally I have tired of JT Miller and consider him a liability that scares me going into the playoffs....Doesn't have it between the ears and it isn't getting better....Top two lines have gone silent...It happens but they will get it back....Hopefully this weekend....

PJ


Thu Mar 19 2015 8:26 am EST

What the hell was Glass doing on the goal? He practically boxed out the entire crease so Richards could have a cup of tea before shooting. Frustrating loss given we got robbed of a goal and all the close chances we had that missed. On to Carolina as Bill Belichek woudl say.

pete


Thu Mar 19 2015 7:51 am EST

BTW, Kreider needs to stop dicking around with the puck after he gets about 10 feet into the opposition's zone. Instead, he needs to use his speed to either cut to the net or take the puck deeper. Twice on a single shift he came into the zone, stopped about 10 feet in and spun around, only to lose the puck. Wayne Gretzky he's not. A speed demon with size he is - take advantage of that.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 7:50 am EST

It seems to me Stepan always have these non-effective stretches and at this point it's getting to the point where one can start to say it's his MO. A true number 1 center he's not IMO. Nor is Brassard. They are both solid number 2 centers. IMO, Stepan cannot be paid over $5,000,000.

RF4L


Thu Mar 19 2015 7:33 am EST

should veenknow .....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 19 2015 7:29 am EST

ven-know.....the nyr were robbed, just like they were in the finals...shit happens....no way the officials are correct 99.9% of the time.....they're lucky if it's 90%......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 19 2015 6:18 am EST

Nick yes it's based on regular season as well. Mike gartner could have had his name on the 94 cup but let I forgot who have their name instead since they were on the team in the playoffs. Cam would get his name on the cup......Wiosa it's almost playoff time and playoff hockey is low scoring just how it is.......Kreider needs to just keep it simple break out of the zone fast get a pass in stride and blast off that's when he is at his best. He thinks he's Nash dangling the puck now. Stepan I have long stood by this guy since his college days when OLA and I had a huge debate because I was saying he would be a first lone center here. He is so inconsistent and it's just getting old already.......Yandle this guy is still adjusting to Avs crazy system give him a little time hell by avs own admission it takes like 20 games before his team makes it work on the regular. Trading talbot is the popular topic with edm loving him. The thing is will they give up their number 2 for step him and wrath? Then we are taking a risk said player turns into something or go with hall who can play but is probably going to have a short career but in that case you could move Nash keep wrath and Stepan. Glass I don't get the hate other then salary.....last nights loss was a one goal game against one of the leagues best and you have to lose sometime.

York18


Thu Mar 19 2015 6:01 am EST

KIS get your own ideas I wrote a Post about that the other day when nick brought up Nash and ovy j/k....Hospo kidK has a cannon and it's actually pretty accurate. He's usually moving when he lets it go not sure how hard it is off the stand still but it can't be that much a difference.

York18


Thu Mar 19 2015 5:33 am EST

I don't mind the loss (Im lying I hate to lose) but I am concerned over the anemic offense we're putting up. These games, while not a trap are starting to remind me of those - YAWN - exciting Devils' games back in the late 90s. Where is our offense? THAT Im concerned about. We don't make them pay for any slights on our players because we don't really have an effective PP, our FO specialist is on a milk carton....even then, it was ok because we were good enough to find a way to win. Well you cant win if you don't score. Where is the damn scoring?

WIOSA


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:55 pm EST

Hi, I'm JT Miler. I have some serious skill set. I have a good sense for the puck, I can bury the puck, I'm a little bit of a dick, and I will commit the most egregious turnovers in the neutral zone when the defense is trying to change out nightly.

E


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:48 pm EST

CM, nah he didn't suck and he had his moments but he was too happy on that goal. Rubbed it in. Or maybe I was pissed after the crossbar hit.

Nick


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:21 pm EST

KIS - Nah, you're right, it is..but he's gotta get back to deserving it! ..you know like THE Prince..:)

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:10 pm EST

I like THE its funny

KIS


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:07 pm EST

KIS - And I agree about the loss..no biggie at all

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:07 pm EST

KIS - Does KID K have a slapper? I've never really seen him take one except on the fly.....I kinda like him in the crease and slot on the PP..But, I'll tell you what, no way does he deserve the "THE" if he continues these East-WEST fancy pants moves..Back to the power game Kid K...

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:51 pm EST

Its ok for the team to lose. will give them more hunger. instead of THE KREIDER being put in front of the net I would like to see him used the way OV is used on the PP. THE KREIDER can really hit a slapper. Put Hayes in front of the goal. I wouldn't mind seeing Miller used the same way on the 2nd unit the kid isn't afraid to shoot either.

KIS


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:19 pm EST

HOSPO: I think its only a matter of time until Hayes supplants Brassard. Likely as soon as next season but my thing is, I love Brassard in the 3-slot. Money is probably the driver of what would force a change but outside of that, I'd thunk Step will be where he is, and Brass would settle back. As always an interesting offseason coming.

E


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:14 pm EST

PATRICKDIV - I'd like to win the CUP first! But I firmly believe one of STEP or BRASS (the next 15-35 games will decide who) will be dealt in the off season with Hayes moving up to 2nd C

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:11 pm EST

Watching, the DUCK-KING game, talk about flat out nasty..total opposite of the skating, positional chess match the Rangers-Hawks played

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:08 pm EST

Stepans contract will place us in a death hold cap wise. It's either him or brassard and brassard has been more steady health wise and is cheaper contractually. From all reports EDM loves talbot and needs Dmen. Taking Stepan would remove some pressure off of Nugent-Hopkins as well.

PatrickDiv


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:05 pm EST

I know talbot alone will only bring so much in a deal so how about dealing in Stepan and McIlrath (I love him too but you have to give to get) to Edmonton for the 2nd pick?

PatrickDiv


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:04 pm EST

Nick, come on now. Sucked for three years? I was glad to not have to read Polis/Rabid trashing him tonight. Talbot was incredible tonight.

ColoradoMark


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:03 pm EST

WASN'T his usual

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:02 pm EST

RF4L - One thing to remember is that those were THREE NEW LINES so maybe we shoiuld give them a game,,,STEPAN has been off for awhile and AV needs to kick KREIDER's ass again and tell him to play his game....NASH indeed looked very good...as did HAYES...I know it was his usual ragging the puck..but it was good to see him play the type of hockey it will take in the POs..and he did a fine job..

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:01 pm EST

Newf: On that no-goal call the announcers said the ref was on the wrong side of the goalie's pads. So where was the other moron, who's supposed to be up high getting the bigger scene? What were the linesmen doing? Watching the chicks in the stands? It's shameful.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:59 pm EST

At least the Prince was strong again - no fault on him on that goal - the Rangers seem to play BR like he had the plague on that play for whatever reason.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:58 pm EST

I'm repeating a post I made "last year"...............there was a time when the NHL had the best officiating in all of the 4 major leagues. now, they are the worst. I am serious here. I make no bones about it too, since they switched to the two man system, it's been a down hill slide . Not only the refs but the linsmen too ! The ref that's closest to the play looses sight of the puck and blows the whistle.Gimme a break. What about the other F'n idiot that is on the ice , looking at the same play, who by the way can manage to make an interference call from the same distance on any given night on any given play ? When you think about the GM meetings that just took place.............Geez the refereeing must be "the Elephant in the room" every day..............oh, and Stepan is a good PK man..............that's about it .

Newfie_Ranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

Hospo: The bottom 2 lines were for me, better than the top 2, with the exception of Nash, who had a strong game. MZA has disappeared, too. Is this a concerted effort by AV to have his entire team check like fiends and disregard the offense?

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:56 pm EST

WTF is wrong with Stepan anyways? No points in 10 games and given his play, quite worthy of that dubious stat. And this guy will no doubt be asking for $6,000,000+ this summer. I don't get it.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

RF4L - The PP and Yandle go hand in hand..he and it have been utter shit lately.....And I know I'm in the minority, I thought GLASS (along with all the bottom ltwo line forwards) played another good game but people love to pile on him...Made a good play on the Boyle crossbar which could have been the game winning goal

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:54 pm EST

Hard to judge the PP because the system they are trying to use seems all screwed up. Plus they can't win a faceoff to start a PP ever and they have a ton a trouble setting up. The Rangers have not had a ton of PP chances either lately. It is just amazing how it is a problem year after year.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:54 pm EST

Nyr pp minus two minutes off the clock

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:49 pm EST

Hospo: Agreed on Yandle. Yet to see what he brings, especially given what he cost. Jury's out tho because it's too early for a verdict. I thought, however, he was brought in to be a difference maker in games like this, not to mention the PP.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:48 pm EST

Yeah, the offense has dried up quite a bit that last 6-8 games or so. Need to fix that ASAP.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

Rangers PP - truly an oxymoron.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

Damn, that was aggravating...Good game between two very good teams..The last two games shows how little separates them..Hard to shine in big game like these but I thought most of the team played good hockey that will work agasint most...But there guys that bugged the shit out of me......YANDLE has added absolutley nothing to this team so far and remains an adventure on D.....I am sick and tired of Dan Boyle and glory hunting wandering...all this schmuck cares about is scoring..and getting out of the zone..God forbid he focus a little on defense...Perhaps Fast and Glass froze a little on that play but at least they were back..Where the EFF was Boyle?? Moping about the crossbar?.....And CHRIS KREIDER needs to get his head out of his ass with all this East-west bull shit and quasi-finesse forward..Your the god dam strongest skater in the freaking lague and can steamrole anyboy, use it....OK, got that off my chest....No big deal about the loss..played well..it happens

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

Buttman and company must be proud - 2 of their marquee teams put on a checking snoozefest and to boot, the officiating suspect yet again, to the point where a clear goal is called off and then with a minute or so to go, an icing on the Rangers is called when even the colour guy saw that it was touched by a Hawk. So why do all 4 officials see the opposite? Geesh...this league survives despite the idiots running it.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:45 pm EST

Need 4 d tv so I can throw one and hit the rookie ref ....http://www.thetvbrick.com

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:45 pm EST

Tough one but we move on. Crossbar then 'Richie' does his glass pounding ... I guess he showed us for having the nerve to throw $30 million at him to suck for three years. Anyway when we win the Cup, will Cam get his name on it if he doesn't appear in a game?

Nick


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:41 pm EST

They missed the net so many times tonight....clear looks and missed the net numerous times right to,the very end. Tough game....played a team that should,have been tired and beatable....they were also without Kane. Our lines were screw d up,too but we passed too much and whe. We shot, we missed the net or got them blocked.

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:39 pm EST

Red blew that goal and changed this game thanks nhl

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:38 pm EST

Can't win with no goals

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:38 pm EST

We can thank the NHL for this one. We Really missed MSL on offense in this one.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:37 pm EST

Eddie o officials get calls right 99.9% of the time? Try the new math

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:36 pm EST

Yep, refs in playoff form already

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:35 pm EST

Why no icing?

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

Hawks tired....Rangers PP...need to score

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

Shemp knows how to go to the net

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

Brassard and Stepan have disappeared....

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:28 pm EST

Want to think differently but couldn't we have done better than Yandle for all we gave up for him?.....

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:27 pm EST

SonYandle becomes the next Barry Beck.......and Stepan better get his head out of his ass.....there has to be something wrong with him......Talbot outstanding again.

MelvilleFred


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:27 pm EST

T-bot prince making some nice saves...

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

Rangers pushing hard now....Chicago hanging on....we're getting close but need to get the shots on goal

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:22 pm EST

Yandle fits this team perfectly.....would rather pass than shoot. Stepan and Brassard the other prime contributors of "no shootitis" tonight.

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:22 pm EST

Still only one PP at home is weak. The Rangers need to push in the O zone more to draw penalties. Not that the refs will call anything.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:19 pm EST

Hawks played last night....Not evident right now....

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:16 pm EST

Both Fast & Glass asleep on that goal....Can't leave anyone alone that long....Damm

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:16 pm EST

Glass was useless on that goal. Glass trying to play second goalie? Where was the D there?

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:14 pm EST

and Jerry Mathers as, "the beaver." ph_ckin Richards...

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:12 pm EST

Another minus for Glass.

stepunmytoe


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:06 pm EST

mf, we also have a major FO problem, unless it's some kind of AV "lull them to sleep" strategy, which I doubt highly.

WIOSA


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:05 pm EST

Hunwick gaining Attila confidence

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Moof they are getting playoff ready

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

20 minute hockey game, we need to leave it all out there on the ice.. They're on the back nine of a b2b, and we're off until Saturday... Let's Go Ranger's!!!!

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:56 pm EST

Haven't read all the days posts but from this mornings talk about our defense vs offense and gf and ga, I wanted to add that our puck possession time must be better.. Against the Capitals we did not have good enough puck possession time.. Yeah, we made them pay for their mistakes.... Tonight we seem to have much better possession than that Capital game... As for this mornings talk about GF's / GA's, we've allowed 6 goals in the last 7 games (.857 ppg), that's insane in a great way.... During that same stretch of 7 games we've scored "15" goals, that's correct "15" goals or 2.14 goals for & .857 goals against... please give me more & more of this... Yes our GF's have tapered down, but our goals against have fallen 2.5 times faster.....

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:24 pm EST

Chicago getting tired....

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:22 pm EST

mark the calendar, Stepan took a slap shot

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:05 pm EST

Any live streams?

Jerry_Garcia


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:45 pm EST

I'm not one to cry about the officials but what Wtf. It's pathetic.

barto


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:44 pm EST

Way to go brad

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:41 pm EST

Kid k really playing hard and dirty

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:40 pm EST

The refs suck....pitiful

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:39 pm EST

Holding the stick no call ... These refs suck chant

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:38 pm EST

Explain to me why after all these years refs are not required to make certain the puck is frozen before jumping the gun on the whistle. All these guys must have premature ejaculation problems.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:38 pm EST

Refs lose sight most of the time and hardly blow the whistle . How about asking the other ref?

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

Call the police robbery in msg

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:33 pm EST

great positioning, NOT! THAT, was a legitimate goal..

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:32 pm EST

Nice way to screw us out of yet another goal, ref!

NYStranger


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:32 pm EST

Here we go....refs revving up for the playoffs....becoming part of the game with their dumb-ass calls. That puck wasn't even close to being covered. RIDICULOUS!

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:24 pm EST

Sniff the leather!

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:12 pm EST

Hayes and Zucc have some good chemistry...we'll see if Zucc can find Hayes tonight

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 6:38 pm EST

I am not happy with the amount of red jerseys here tonight.

ges999


Wed Mar 18 2015 6:23 pm EST

Glass isn't the answer for us in the playoffs and Sheppard just may turn out to be a good pickup for us....Glass has been ok recently versus atrocious early on...

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 6:10 pm EST

Hospo -- I'm OK with Glass if he needs to be in the lineup....I don't think he's going to hurt the team and he does have veteran experience. I just think Shep brings a little more oomph and offensive potential. As long as he is defensively responsible, I'd rather have that offensive potential in there that Glass does not bring.

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 5:46 pm EST

JFC - Honestly, I think he looked a little better than just ho-hum and he was working well with his linemates too..But I see your point ..I'm not neccessarily arguing GLASS over SHEP or against SHEP, I want to see him play,..it's GLASS verus other players not on the roster right now...who I don't feel comfortable with,

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 5:09 pm EST

Sorry, I just don't see it with Glass....and I mean that literally because what I see is what tells me how he is playing. OK, so the past few games he hasn't been ineffective.....that's how I've seen his performance....nothing stands out other than he didn't look bad. Made a few checks, looked like he had decent legs and energy, didn't make any mistakes. Did he look good....no. Did he look bad...no. He looked like a whole bunch of guys who make a hell of a lot less money in the NHL and AHL look. At this point, his salary is not the point though. We need to have an EFFECTIVE and consistent 4th line in the POs.....a line that can steal a game for us now and then, like it did for the FIRST TIME THIS SEASON the other night....and Glass wasn't on it. Sorry, but Sheppard has more,ability in his pinky at this point than Glass has in his whole body. You keep him in the lineup so he can get familiar with the system and when MSL comes back, Glass should become a Black Ace

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 5:06 pm EST

TDCHI - I couldn't disagree with you more about playing some punk AHLer like Borque...Thinks are gonna be tough and tight in the POs so lets just bring up a kid for the first time all year? A kid that has been underwhelming every time i've seen him in the AHL?. No thanks..But that's a personal opinion ..What's not subjective, is that over his LAST 7 GAMES, GLASS has 0G 2A (those points matching totals of alot of the Rangers top 9 forwards!) and a +2 with 26 EFFIN hits...The guy has played very well...The POs aren't about what you did for me in Nov, December and January and what your season long stats show, they are about what you can do for me now when it becomes a man's game...And, as it' tightened up and got more competitive, Glass's game has improved big time and has helped the Rangers...I'l take that over taking a flyer on a Bourque in a New York second...

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 5:00 pm EST

veenyo thinks glass is not broken.....he must have insisted on Sather getting him.....

stevielegs


Wed Mar 18 2015 4:51 pm EST

HOSPO--Yeah, that was what I was thinking. I don't have the Glass hatred that some others have, but his complete ineptness in the offensive zone and the need.....which we saw last year for all 4 lines to play both ends makes me think Sheppard will be there in the end.

Bob


Wed Mar 18 2015 4:34 pm EST

I'm actually not on board the GLASS-haters-gonna-hate bus. Far from it. I think the guy is over paid for what he brings...but do think he has some utility...and I don't think he's played awful or even bad his last four or five outings...but check it out: The guy is one of four Rangers with a negative +/- and the other three are either in Hartford now or out of hockey altogether...say what you will about differential. It can be a tricky stat...but when LITERALLY the whole team is positive and you're not only the ONLY negative...but a -13...guess what? There is a problem...But even there, I see the guy's utility in some regular season games and situations...but not, for instance, in a game like tonight. The Hawks roll four lines effectively and the only way to beat them is to match those four lines. Can't do that with Mr. Minus there...get him caught out against TOEWS and HOSSA and watch out...but that's not even my biggest problem with having him in the lineup. Basically, he shortwires ANY sort of offense FAST and MOORE can cook up...now Moore isn't goddamn Gretzky out there, but the guy gets his chances and sometimes converts. Ditto with Fast. Get them with someone like SHEPPARD, and you have a potent fourth line...get them with Glass..well..he's really a play-ender...I would gleefully play a fourth line of Bourque-Moore-Sheppard over one with Glass on the wing...that's a defensive line with three guys who can score...rather than a defensive line that has two guys who can score and one who basically stops the play dead.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 3:40 pm EST

BOB - If GLASS keeps playing well with his checking, physicality and occasional penalty killing, he can play against anybody...But, i see what you're saying..If everybody is playing well and healthy, perhaps GLASS only plays against WAS and BOS? But we all know alot can happen regarding injuries and PO chokies/jitters

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 3:25 pm EST

Sure is nice that we can be carping back and forth about insignificant points like these instead of sweating out a playoff spot, like we have in the past. FWIW, if Sheppard proves himself I expect to see him in the playoffs following Round 1 in place of Glass. We are already seeing players decline fights with Glass now. As the playoffs progress, there will be less of that nonsense and the tough guys end up sitting.

Bob


Wed Mar 18 2015 2:38 pm EST

Rhet: In that case, lets get Messier back, he is good int e big games! Of corse you ignore the last 5 years, hell the first half of the season, if you are a coach. You need to pay the guys who are playing well. Can't get upset that MSL is still in the top 6 because of poor play, and say Glass shouldn't play regardless of his recent good play. YOU brought analytics into it. All stats combined make up less than 50% of how you judge a player, or should anyway. You need to watch the game, I used the stats as a way to back what has been seen. Glass has played well the last handful of games he has played in. You ride the good players, I don't care what he did last year, or 3 years ago...it has no effect on the next game or the last game. If we go off "last year" than Zucc would have never been brought back, because he had poor stats after his first bit of NHL time....Glass is playing well NOW, if the next game he doesn't play well, than he should sit in favor of a call up, but players shouldn't be punished for doing what they are being paid to do.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 2:12 pm EST

WILD... You are making the same argument for Corsi that guys have made for +/- over the years. I like Corsi as a stat, but it's not the end all/be all to everything. Because Glass has had a handful of good Corsi games, we should ignore what he's done over the entire season, the last year, 3 years or 5 years? Analytics are also broken down on a game by game basis. We just need a site to come along that will be willing to take the time and great effort to do it. We all know the NHL wont be forthcoming with it anytime soon.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:25 pm EST

I'm not a tremendous fan of Glass. But he's been for the more often then not pretty solid as of late within his skillset.

E


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:06 pm EST

Rhet: And you can't point to CORSI than IGNORE that in his last 9 games that he has played his Corsi is 50.7% well it was not counting his last game...but in any case, he also had 76% of his starts in the Defensive and Neutral zone. So he has started in positions that would lend to a negative CORSI but he doesn't have one. How he is playing NOW has bearing on why AV would play him, you don't say "well in game 1-10 he sucked" because games 1-10 mean zero for the next game. Glass has been playing well, and pointing to analytics for an entire season is why analytics isn't that great, the entire season isn't relevant during a good or a bad stretch for a player.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:03 pm EST

TDCHI - I'm with WILD, I'll take GLASS over any WOLFPACK Wing for now and the POs..He's playing well and providing an element none of the Wolfpack can....Lindberger as a center is another story..I think he eventually gets up here..The rest of the forwards can be dumped in the ocean for all I care (except for Col. Klinkhammer who I know nothing about).....As for call ups, one reason for the non-recall may be that the Rangers have been either at home or playing close by and it remains that way until APril 1st...Pretty easy to do a recall when needed..

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:02 pm EST

Rhet...Agreed on Glass...Should have learned when he was essentially benched against us in theplayoffs last year....Just not a very good hockey player....Way overpaid....

PJ


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:01 pm EST

Rhet: The last 10-12 games GLASS has played in. So that might be a 25 games stretch for the Rangers, but 10-12 for him.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 12:59 pm EST

Wild.... How do you get 10-12 games when Glass hasn't even played everyone of the last 10-12 games? Has Glass played well the 4-5 games? Certainly. You can't just cherry pick statistics and proclaim an immense improvement. What is telling about Glass is when you look at his Analytics. How the team does when he's on the ice vs. when he's off the ice is much more telling than just Corsi by itself. He's been the worst player in the NHL in that department over the last 3 years and the last 5 years, If Glen Sather had understood Analytics better when they signed Glass you could make the argument that it would've saved us from another bad contract for another player that is essentially little more than a goon.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 18 2015 12:38 pm EST

So what did I learn the last 30 years of Hockey: "Defense Wins Championships" Man do I like this team. SPEED KILLS !!!!!

Jerry_Garcia


Wed Mar 18 2015 12:20 pm EST

td: I don't think so. Contrary to popular opinion Glass over the last 10-12 games he has played has played well. The Rangers have played well as a team and when Glass is on the ice (at least the last 9 he has played) the Rangers have outshot their opponents. I don't want a coach who calls guys up and pulls guys out of the lineup based on the feelings of fans.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 12:05 pm EST

Real strange, IMO that the Rangers HAVEN'T called anyone up...I mean, maybe they do before heading to Carolina...but it seems to me they'd want to carry an extra D and an extra forward...especially before hitting the road...and from where I'm looking, the non-call-up AIN'T been because there aren't guys down there capable of playing...KLINGBERG would be a great addition to fourth line...more so than GLASS...and if not him, LINDBURG.,.or either one of the BOURQUES...on D, McILRATH...I guess AV wants to make sure the guys he has in the lineup are well-versed in the system he's playing...the only real explanation for not recalling someone to at least practice with the team.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:56 am EST

Ahhh...thanks guys. Didn't realize that. Agree then...I had heard somewhere that he's already on the roster for the world championship, which means essentially that he's not coming over to NA until next fall...hope that's not the case...man, would it be nice to have this kid on the taxi squad and helping Hartford win the Calder.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:46 am EST

WILD - I hear ya. I would give him a chance but I'm jut not sure if AV likes his game/style...Seems more like a trade chip (maybe with Talbot??) to me...

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 11:37 am EST

HOSPO: I think McIlrath would have a chance, not a great one due to the D depth and what hand he shoots, but I think he will be a late demotion back to the AHL.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:54 am EST

RHET - Cool, guess that's what I said except for the "loan"..Agree about BUCH and the way he seems to have handled the situation (as compared to DUCLAIR's suspension) and I liked what I saw of him in the World Juniors...Look forward to hopefully seeing him in NY next year--Him and Lindberger should be the only kids with chances of making the team...

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:51 am EST

TD: I suppose. Doesn't mean I find the hockey entertaining. I do of course, when it comes to watching the Rangers - assuming they win. BTW, I don't buy the can't call all the infractions because there are too many PPs excuse. It's insulting to the players IMO. They can and do adjust, as they did in year 1 after the first lock-out when the NHL finally recognized how horrible a product their game was and mandated the officials call everything. Yes, for the first 1/4 to 1/3 of that season there was an endless parade to the penalty boxes. By 1/2 way thru the season, however, the players had adjusted and we saw some fabulously fast and entertaining hockey. I loved it. It's the way the game should be played. And contrary to what dinosaurs like Don Cherry kept bellowing about, the game still had plenty of physicality to it. What did result, however, was a spread between the skilled teams vs those lacking. Just like the no ties and no 3 points to the winner rules (or lack thereof to be specific), this proved counter-productive to what Buttman and company want - make believe PO races fostered by dumbing things down on behalf of the lesser talented teams. The NHL has been guilty of this for decades and IMO in the end it's the biggest reason in most parts of the US it remains a niche sport. I also maintain it's why the NHL won't kick out of its league the likes of Cooke and Ott and so on - they fear the lack of perceived predatory violence will result in less US fans. It's short sighted and insulting and in the end, $$ are first and foremost - entertainment from the actual playing of the game is secondary. I hate Buttman.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:50 am EST

TD/Hospo.... Buchnevich's KHL team(Cherepovets Severstal) did not make the playoffs, so theIr season is over. They could have let him out of his contract then but didn't. They instead loaned him to Almaz Cherepovets for the MHL playoffs. His contract will finally end when Almaz's season is over. IMO, the kid has been nothing but professional about the whole situation. He of course would prefer to be in the AHL right now.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:42 am EST

TDCHI - They are built for the POs if their forwards are able to always give the extra physical work and pay the price required in the POs EVERY PERIOD..i think guys like NASH, Brass and Step finally found that last year...But, this is a different year so we shall see...Should win the regular season East and Can't see how they shouldn't be favored to win the East in the POs, but lets wait to see what the injury situation and matchups are come the POs....

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:42 am EST

Ahh, that explains the Buch thing. I wonder how that lower league compares to say Canadian juniors or US colleges or even the AHL. Suspect it's not as competitive as the latter, at least. The good news is that Buch appears to be proving at that level, he's dominant. It will be interesting to monitor his development, once he comes to NA, vs Duclair's. Did Sather give up the lesser/greater of the 2? Time will tell.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:35 am EST

TDCHI - Good question on BUCH..I thought he was playing in the KHL before the World JUniors...Then when RHET made the post yesterday about him and the MHL, I got kinda confused..seems like he played the Regular Season in the KHL (http://en.khl.ru/players/17790/ ) with 13G and 17A in 48 Games..His team didn't make the POs so, someghow, he was assigned to ALMAZ of the MHL (junior league to the KHL..http://mhl.khl.ru/en/about/) for the POS, where he is now and scoring big time

Hospo


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:34 am EST

Frankly, a team like the Rangers is really built for how the playoffs are ran these days....Used to worry aboot their size...but with Kreider, Hayes, Shep, Miller and Nash, plus McD, Staal, Girardi and Klein...they ain't small...speed...they gotta be one of, if not THE fastest team in the league, so they're real dangerous on the PK...and then the D-plus-Hank...light's out. I think if the Rangers can make it out of the east, they're almost a shoe-in for the cup...think there's a real chance that tonight's game could be a preview of the cup finals.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:30 am EST

RF4L - There's a HUGE cache-22 though...as much as we bitch about non-calls here during the POs...imagine the games were called as tight as they are during the early season...basically then all you'd need to do is assemble an elite power play...teams like the Rangers...actually...ESPECIALLY the Rangers...which are bad at faceoffs and can't muster a good PP if their careers depended on it would be out pretty quick...OV would probably have three cup rings by this point...As much as the non-calls rankle me, I much rather watch grind hockey than a goddamn skills competition.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:22 am EST

Ola - Is BUCH playing in a lower league right now, or is the KHL that bad? I thought he was in the regular KHL...either way, he seemed like a kid ready for the pros when I saw him in December. Probably could use a little seasoning in the AHL...but man, he's got skill.

tdchi


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:21 am EST

And as has been the case for many years, I stop watching the NHL POs once my team(s) are gone because so many games are boring. Yes, there's no denying the intensity but from a pure skill on display perspective, the entertainment value drops this time of year. What a shame.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:19 am EST

Just for the record: I'm not opposed to tight defensive hockey and I get that it's imperative for a team to be able to play that way, especially come PO time. What I loath is the interference and blatant penalties that aren't being called lately. That stupidity forces defensive hockey. The NHL is guilty of this over and over and over. It's is the worse officiated professional league in NA IMO and that's a shame. And I'm not blaming just Buttman. Everyone's guilty, including the NHLPA.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:13 am EST

Ola: I am OK with it, because Buch and his agent know that they are doing that to him as well. Will just make him want to get across the pond even more. Makes it easier to get him signed once his contract is done there.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 10:03 am EST

It is ridiculous that Severstal is making Buchnevich play in a amature junior league way behind QMJHL, WHL or OHL.

Ola


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:54 am EST

JFC: Don't get me wrong...I want them to be tighter on D. HOWEVER especially early in a game, If they have the chance, I want them to go for it and open it up a bit more than they have been. Because if they can get out to a 2-0 lead in the first, the other team will spend a ton more energy than they will, even if it ends up 2-1 at the end of the game. I don't want them having to win games with 3-4 goals, I just want them to play to their strengths, and a close fought battle for inches style is not theirs. They can play it, but other teams depend on that, and hate open games, so if the Rangers open it up a bit at times they will not be playing the other teams game, but forcing their game onto the opponent.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:46 am EST

Wild -- being in a 1-0 or 2-1 type game...game after game, burns just as much of the OTHER team's energy as it does ours. I'd rather be a team that is poised and used to those situations, as well as conditioned by them and then counterpunch when the other team makes a mistake. That's not to say that there won't be games in the POs where we just out skate and outscore people...we will. But. being able to frustrate a team like the Pens and Caps and drive guys like OV and Crosby to distraction by not giving them room to breathe is much more important than worrying about outscoring them IMO.

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 9:41 am EST

If I had my choice between open-ass hockey and tight defensive hockey for the POs, I'd take the latter every time. Tight, defensive hockey and goaltending is what wins Stanley Cups. Yes, it would be nice if we could score 3-4 goals per game during the playoffs, but that is not how it's going to go in most cases. It is absolutely imperative to have a team whose 1st priority is to lock down the other team. We need to have a team that is comfortable and poised in a tight, 1-goal environment. ON the other hand, a team that is used to being able to outscore it's opponents in the regular season as a way to compensate for defensive weakness and/or poor goaltending will more times than not CRACK during the playoffs when the checking gets tight and free ice is at a minimum. This type of team cannot handle tight, 1-goal PO games and usually buckle and break over the long haul of the POs when game after game after game is tight, tighter and tightest. It is very difficult to have a team score at a 3-4 goal pace when you're stressing D as a priority and I'm OK with that.

JFC31


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:23 am EST

DREW: My fear is the opposite. I think we have seen the team play a more defensive game since Talbot has gotten all he starts, the first couple games this was not the case and they struggled, they scored 3 or 4 or whatever, but they gave up just as many. Most thought that (save a couple goals) that Hank would have given up maybe 1 less each game, and that would have meant easier wins, or whatever. I am worried that they will continue to play this more defensive game after Hank is back at 100% in net and lose games because they are not scoring enough. I want them to continue to stay a bit tighter defensively, but open it up a little more than they are right now, if they can get back to scoring 2.5-3 goals per game instead of 1.5-2 it would go a long way in putting pressure on the other team to open it up to score, and that would give the Rangers a MASSIVE advantage. King in net, and rested King at that, along with the speed they can produce on a counter attack, added to the skill they have up front with Nash and Kreider, Step, Brass, Zucc, MSL when he gets back, Hayes, even Hags and Miller they would be near unbeatable. If they are too safe with their game they will be in 1-0 2-1 games and that burns a lot more energy than winning 3-1 or 4-2.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:17 am EST

Thanks Wild, It appears to me that the Rangers really tightened up defensively. This has been mentioned before but I especially thought I saw it with Skapski in net the other night. I hope the Rangers continue to play that style and not feel a sense of comfort with Lundqvist in net. It's a good problem to have but I am definately afraid to disrupt the flow we have going.

DREW


Wed Mar 18 2015 8:10 am EST

RF: you got to stop sleeping on those Toronto Maple Leaf linens, makes you a little grumpy in the morning..THIS IS RANGER COUNTRY, and tonight we're squeezing blackheads..... Antoinne Vermin with two helpers in six, Yankle our Talmudic student with one goal in seven.. Let's Go Rangers!!!

mf


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:50 am EST

Hospo: Still sucks.

RF4L


Wed Mar 18 2015 7:39 am EST

DREW: I am concerned for the first couple games...his timing will be off a tad, but that will come around quickly. Also consider this. All he has done for a month is work on his technique and fitness. The last 2 weeks have been called "intense workouts" so he is rested game wise. Will not even have the normal numbs and bruises for this time of year. Will be mentally rested and possibly in better condition physically than any time in the last couple years. So very short term there is a concern that the net presence will not be all world, but long term it's nothing but awesome.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 18 2015 1:16 am EST

Hospo.... Heck, Lucic isn't even Lucic anymore. BTW, not to be outdone, we have a Kreider. The guy absolutely bullies people on the ice and also skates like the wind. Not to mention that he also taunts people like he's Esa Tikkanen. He does stuff like waiving "bye" to opposing players when they get a penalty. Screw Lucic, long live F#$King Kreider!!

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:40 pm EST

RF4L - It happens EVERY YEAR about this time..things tighhten and so much is let go.....As for that size comment, I didn't mean they were a tough nasty top two lines, just that with NASH, KID K and HAYES they have 3 physically big strong forwards loaded with talent that are extremely hard to deal with..I don't think there's any denying that, and not many teams can say that..Yeah, I know you want a nasty LUCI, but that ain't happening

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:36 pm EST

Not getting any help tonight, Florida lost to Les Frogs, Chi-town spanking the Island-girls 4 zip, & now The Blues are leading the Atlanta flames 1 zip..... We need to come out tomorrow night "Loaded for Bear" & for 60 minutes.... Let's Go Rangers!

mf


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:10 pm EST

BTW, NHL hockey lately has been atrociously lousy - so much crap not being called that's slowing the game down to a giant snore. Buttman SUCKS!

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:09 pm EST

Watched the end of the Pen/Devil game, broadcast out of Pittsburgh and the only thing that made it worth my time was listening to those homer assholes on the Pen network be all quiet as their team lost again. And the highlight was Letang getting clearly tripped with no call and those idiots cry and moan like their Mommies had taken their popsicles away.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:00 pm EST

Hospo: Well, plenty of wallsters don't agree with you....

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 5:33 pm EST

To anyone who thinks OT will be played as it is now, if the result in losing is 0 pts...I got some "vacation" land in Florida I can sell ya...Like the 3 pt reg win idea actually...

sjw


Tue Mar 17 2015 5:16 pm EST

JFC - I think SHEP will be allright if he just plays a simple game and trys not to do to much offensively...We don't need him to be a HAYES type there, especially if the top 2 lines can come to life---there sure is a hell of alot of talent and size (Kid K, Nash, Hayes) on the top 2 lines right now..

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 4:41 pm EST

Good news on The King....I am also a bit nervous about his return but I'm hopeful he has enough games available to play in order to get in some kind of comfort zone. Why be nervous? Because in the past 2 seasons, he has not been at his best early in the season...I don't want the POs to be like the beginning of a "new season" and follow the same pattern. On the plus side, quite possible that Hank's competitive fire will give him a boost due to,the merge ce of Tal-bot. Amazing what a little adrenaline and motivation can do. Also glad we're going to see Shepp on 3rd line. Word out of SJ was that he struggled against 3rd line talent opposition but we need to see what he is capable when surrounded by much more talented Ranger team mates. Matchups against the Rangers will be very different than matchups against SJ. AV needs to find out exactly how much flexibility a guy like Sheppard offers him....this will help AV prepare for any eventualities during the POs.

JFC31


Tue Mar 17 2015 4:33 pm EST

DREW - No need to rip...but maybe instead allay some of your concern...If ya' give Carp's well-written and reasoned article a read, think about it this way: Going into Hank's injury, even the most optimistic fans were probably thinking the Rangers would go .650 with Talbot in net...his performance has been LUNDQVIST-esque...in other words, the Rangers haven't skipped a beat...Talbot's tear is something Hank does regularly...and actually, usually right around this time of year...Hank is a lights-out performer when he needs to be...The guy is a ferocious competitor...he thrives on competition...he thrives on pressure....guy has ice in his veins...and make no mistake, the Rangers would have never gone to the conference finals in 2012 and the finals in 2014 had it not been for him...the guy literally has every piece of hardware a goaltender could want EXCEPT the cup...Am I nervous about Hank coming back? HELL NO. In fact, this will be the first playoffs in his career where he'll go into the post-season as rested as he is...The only season that will come close would be his rookie season...Count me in Carp's corner with this being a gigantic 'blessing in disguise' because now Hank is well-rested AND we've got a tender who may bring back the first rounder we frittered away on St. LOUIS.

tdchi


Tue Mar 17 2015 4:31 pm EST

RF4L.... Buchnevich is 7-5-12 in six games.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:57 pm EST

And the beat goes on, the beat goes on. The drum keeps pounding a rhythem to the brain... La di da di di...... They all read the damn Wall... If they read it indoors, its inside info... If the read it outdoors, its from a well placed source... And the beat goes on, yeah the beat goes on....

mf


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:51 pm EST

Wildcard - I know you're going to rip me here, buddy. Why am I nervous about Lundqvist coming back? I feel like this is going to work against them somehow - I'll await my verbal beatings from the wall.

DREW


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:51 pm EST

RF4L - Regarding the trading of TALBOT at the draft, with The King's contract being what it is, it is the only move that makes sense..Don't need inside info to figure that out...Only a long term injury to The King will change that, IMWO

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:49 pm EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport Pretty remarkable Rangers are where they are with serious injuries this season: Stepan, McDonagh, Boyle, Lundqvist, Klein, now St. Louis.

stevielegs


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:47 pm EST

Henrik Lundqvist....... 1 step closer.. It's been 6 long weeks, look forward to start practicing with the boys&#128077;

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:24 pm EST

How many games did Buch have to put up those impressive PO numbers? Anyone know?

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:24 pm EST

Carp reading the wall? Either way, he's hinting at insider info that is confirming what some of us have been saying for a while: Talbot likely will be traded this summer and probably at the draft. http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/03/17/rangers-talbot-hit-the-jackpot-with-recent-run/#sthash.qOTomZrW.dpbs

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:24 pm EST

Alex Nunn....... Also in the MHL today, SKA-1946 opened up a 2-1 series lead against HC MVD. Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 of 29 SOG in a 5-1 win. #NYR

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:20 pm EST

So does this mean Skapski will not get another NHL start? I'd like to see him against a team a little stronger than the Sabres. I didn't his first game, but saw most of Saturday's game and I thought he played very well. He seems poised in the net, covered the angles well and didn't kick out a slew of rebounds. A couple of his saves were very athletic in nature, which is how I saw him play in camp. He might be the real deal. It will be interesting to see how he fares once he returns to the Pack. How much of what he learned over the past month will he be able to use immediately? If there's legitimate growth in his game because of this stint, he could be a key to the Pack making the POs and having, for a change, a decent run.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 3:01 pm EST

Wild.... I've got a simpler explanation: I think he was screwing with them. AV's got a sense of humor, who knew? :)

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:59 pm EST

RF4L/Wild - do you like the 3 points? It's a non confrontational question, just curious. Wild - I see where you stand but I cant stand it. Wild if you and I were brainstorming together, I think I can see your point about finishing a game to a winner. I just hate distributing a point for getting to OT. I was watching a recent Islanders game. The game was tied late. Butch Goring commented on that the Islanders were in no rush to score as they want to secure that valuable point. So teams are playing for OT.

DREW


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:47 pm EST

FTR…I hate the shoot out…I hate the 3rd point more…NHL gimmicks to keep teams close right up to the playoffs…You might see the 7 minute OT w/4 on 4 and then 3 on 3…(IMO, whatever format is chosen… it should be 2 pts for the winner; zippo for the loser…makes winning that much more important…but this is not in Buttman’s master plan)…All that said, you will virtually never see a full 20 minute OT period…that would involve the buildings & the unions who would have to keep/pay people to stay around for that hour…OT on the ice means OT & cha ching $$$$$ for the building.

RF73


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:42 pm EST

WIld: I don't agree that ties are the 'stupidest thing ever' but I do get why some don't like them. Your proposal, however, in lieu of I like but for the same reason I stated to DREW, you likely aren't gonna see it adopted. It'll put a bigger separation between the haves and the have-nots and that's anti-Buttman, who gives not a shit about the quality of the game but about the $$ generated. That's what he's all about.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:40 pm EST

Rhet: I think he was being cautious. Hank was probably at, or on his way to see that specialist, or they were waiting to hear back about test results, and didn't want to give any hope by saying he was close, if the specials came back and said "give it another week" or some such. SO he just said he wasn't even close, because the last info he had said that. Its avoidance to a certain extent, but in the world of pick-every-word-apart media and fans its the safest way to go.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:39 pm EST

DREW: No way will the NHL get rid of the 3 points for OT/SO game (tie games) - it's serves to give lousier teams false points and that in turn, helps PO races, even if for most teams who are in those races due in large point to those extra points, they don't make it. Indeed there's more parity in the league than ever before and that's due primarily to the existence of the cap. Some of it, however, is because of all of those extra points.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:37 pm EST

DREW: No way no how. Ties are the stupidest things ever created for sports. the only way to go, now that the NHL saw the light of intelligence getting rid of tie, is to have every game be worth 3 points. 3 points for a regulation win, 2 for a OT/SO win, 1 for an OT/SO loss and 0 for a regulation loss. Than you still count ROW as a tie breaker, and that will have effect on two things. First teams will not sit back to get to OT like they do now to guarantee a point. Second they will press to get a mark in the ROW column if they end up in OT. I think with 3pts for a regulation win we will see teams really go for it hard and will have less OT games. The 3 on 3 after 4 on 4 would reduce the shootout anyway, and again, ties have NO place in sports.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:33 pm EST

SO this morning Hank was not even close, and now its announces he is cleared for full practice participation....just love this time of year

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:25 pm EST

Ooops.... Steve Zipay.... Vigneault has said he expects that Lundqvist will need a couple practices to be ready...

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:24 pm EST

Steve Zipay....... Henrik Lundqvist's first NYR practice could be Friday before flight to Carolina. No prax tomorrow, off day Thursday. Henrik Lundqvist's first NYR practice could be Friday before flight to Carolina. No prax tomorrow, off day Thursday.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:22 pm EST

Pat Leonard....... NYR:33-7-3 Dec.8 on; 15-2-3 w/o King (Talbot 13-2-3); 7 straight gms 1 or fewer Gs against in reg; 1 reg L last 18 (14-1-3), 5 straight Ws

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:21 pm EST

Those with season tickets: my tickets are going up 4.88% next year. What about yours?

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:20 pm EST

Was AV lyng??? .....Per the New York Rangers &#8207;@NYRangers...... #NYR INJURY UPDATE: Following an exam & consultation with specialists, Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to return to practice with the team

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 2:17 pm EST

WEIRD.... Doug Wilson On Joe Thornton "Joe's not going anywhere. Joe is a San Jose Shark." "He and I have not only a contractual agreement, but a handshake agreement. As I say, our relationship is extremely strong. I know Joe. I appreciate him. I've known him since the world juniors. I care about him a lot. He knows how I feel about him. I was actually complimenting him and supporting him when I was talking to our season-ticket holders."

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:55 pm EST

This is just another gimick. Are they still handing out arbitrary points to the loser? 2 points up for grabs. Winner gets 2, loser gets 0. If the game is tied after 3, you play one sudden death 20 minute 5 on 5 period. If the game remains tied, each team gets 1 point. If you happen to have a game on back to back nights, those would be the breaks. They schedule back to back playoff games. If they brought back touch-up off sides, they can return to 2 point games.

DREW


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:49 pm EST

E - That 3 on 3 stuff may also decrease the amount of time some teams jsut tyry to hold on and settle for the tie at the game depending on who the opponent has...Also, hell, teams may just want to carry an OT specialist!

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:48 pm EST

E... I have to admit I loved the idea of the shootout in theory, but after living with it for a few years, it's gotten old pretty fast. Yes to the 3 on 3! Do it for 10 minutes and if no one wins, it's a draw. No more points for just getting to OT either.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:45 pm EST

WILD.... Shepp has been solid, but Moore has gone south for the most part this season. WIth our top two pivots being a mixed bag on faceoffs(at best), it would be nice to have at least two guys you could depend on in the bottom six.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:38 pm EST

GMs want to add 3x3 play during OT? That would be awesome in me humble opinion. It's gonna cause so much zone up hockey. It'll be great to see the puck being whipped around and 75' passes to spring players. Then a shootout. I still don't like it when points are awarded off of shootouts. I wanna see points awarded off gameplay not a skill competition.

E


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:37 pm EST

WILD - SHEP at the dot is an improvement over Hayes..but maybe not MILLER..MILLER has been doing real well at draws the past month and a half..Good to have both as options especially once MILLER gets benched for another brain fart

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:32 pm EST

Rhet: Shephard was 50% at the dot this season with SJS, took five hundred plus draws and is 2 for 2 with the Rangers. SO I think he will help....

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:31 pm EST

Per Katie Strang.....Dale Tallon had previously pushed for coach's challenge. 4 years ago, vote was 28-2 against. Today it was favored almost unanimously 29-1 .....Hospo.... My Russian is a little rusty too. We need to get him signed and in camp this summer. Heir apparent to Marty(maybe?)...... In regard to Lindberg: We better be seeing Lindberg in a game before we see Mueller again. Call up McIllrath for the Playoffs as well.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:10 pm EST

RHET - I'm like, what the hell is Almaz MHL and Atlanty until I got to BUCH...Good stuff for him and the Rangers

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:07 pm EST

Per Alex Nunn.... Almaz progress to the last-8 of MHL playoffs following a 3-0 sweep of Atlanty. Buchnevich third-period score his second straight GWG..... Almaz a perfect 6-0 in playoffs to date. Buchnevich 7-5-12 in those games.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:01 pm EST

RHET - The no CALL ups untill the weekend make sense with three days between games (Sun-WED-SAT) but then it's 4 games in 6 nights including thre b2b Sat-Sun...Why not reward LINDBERGER and have na an extra forward?

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 1:00 pm EST

Apparently AV is denying that Lundqvist will be back by March 24th date reported yesterday. Vigneault said Henrik "not even close". Zipay reporting per AV, Henrik not even taking high shots

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:55 pm EST

Wild.... If we have another injury/illness, we can use an emergency recall which doesn't count against regular recalls. It's not a reason to not being him up. The Rangers badly need help with faceoffs. JMO.... Per Steve Zipay.... "No callups on tap for NYR at moment. AV says will re-think on Thursday"

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:55 pm EST

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/friedman-cap-inflation-not-just-players/

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:54 pm EST

Love the kid but he looks more like Howdy Doody to me....Or Opie Taylor....

PJ


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:54 pm EST

http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/03/17/greatest-irish-nhlers-st-patricks-day-pat-quinn-honored

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:53 pm EST

The combination of their poor play against Florida; losing Klein & now MSL and going 1 for 20’ish on the PP has gotten the coaching staff’s attention… Not sure whether I am more surprised or pleased…Surprised that they actually realize that these are problems that need be addressed or pleased they are actually trying things /mixing it up…especially on the PP…Kudos to them ( if that translates into at least the next game )

RF73


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:50 pm EST

hospo don't steal my lil thunder .....needles pins

stevielegs


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:49 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord AV's new nickname for Skapski: "The Buffalo Killer." ...guess he didn't hear red baron.....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:49 pm EST

Looks like the Rangers are more fond of "The Buffalo Killer" then "The Red Baron"..Both OK in my book!

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:32 pm EST

Rhet: Issue is they have a limited number of call ups until the playoffs. They need to reserve those for the chance of another injury at any position. If they use them up now, and have another D get injured there could be an issue. So I get why they are going with Glass. Also the last 14 games with Glass in they are 12-1-1, and in his last 9 games Glass has a Corsi of just over 50% and has 76% of his starts in the D or Neutral zone, so his game has improved leaps and bounds over the games before this last stretch.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 12:16 pm EST

NHL rule changes coming..... Per Darren Dreger.... Coaches challenge will likely include video monitor ice level for officials to view while discussing with hockey ops. Ref still makes call. Puck over glass will also be included in coaches challenge. Will be used to take penalty away if challenge is successful...... ....Per Bob McKenzie....GMs also to recommend using 3 on 3 in OT but league needs to consult with NHLPA to work on specific model..... NHL likes AHL model (three minutes of 4 on 4, followed by four minutes of 3 on 3) but five minutes of only 3 on 3 is possible..... In any case, as long as NHLPA doesn't veto it, there will be some form of 3 on 3 OT in the NHL next season.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 11:44 am EST

Andrew Gross.... "Lines during rushes: Kreider-Stepan-Nash (reunited), Hayes-Brassard-Zuccarello Hagelin-Sheppard-Miller Glass-Moore-Fast".... I like the lines, except I would prefer calling Linberg up an benching Glass :)

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 17 2015 11:43 am EST

According to ZIP and GROSS seems like I am getting my wish and projection come true as it seems HAYES is moving up to the 2nd LINE in and SHEPP sliding in to the 3rd CENTER spot...Sounds like the logical spot to start to me..One differerence, HAYES with BRASS and ZUC..instead of STEP and Kid K

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 11:26 am EST

Andrew Gross &#8207;@AGrossRecord 36s36 seconds ago New PP units (and, yes, PP1 has four Fs, though AV said no to that on Sunday: Yandle-Nash, Kreider-Brass-Step; Boyle-McD, Miller-Hayes-Zucc

puckyou


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:48 am EST

2014 - 11th, 2013 - 15th, 2012 - 5th, 2011 - 15th, 2010 - NIP, 2009 - 11th, 2008 - 10th, 2007 - 1st, 2006 - 16th

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:46 am EST

Last season the Rangers were 15th on the PP in the regular season, and this year right now they are at 19th. And last year the Rangers were 11th in the PO and the Kings were 6th (about double the % of the Rangers BTW)

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:31 am EST

REgarding the issues of NASH's scoring "slump", he's obviously far from being alone on the team and around the league..Here's a take from this morning...http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhls-top-scorers-dont-get-score-much/

Hospo


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:15 am EST

ges where were the nyr?

stevielegs


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:06 am EST

Playoff ranking of playoff PP % for SC winner: LA - 6th, Chicago - 13th, LA - 12th, Boston - 14th, Chicago - 5th, Pittsburgh - 7th, Detroit - 9th, Anaheim - 7th, Carolina - 2nd. Note that some teams that had higher % than the cup winner might have only lasted one round so they might have not had the same success in later rounds.

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:04 am EST

Also don't forget (and THN got this wrong BTW) Hayes has a base salary of 900K. His bonuses can get him to 3.669, and 3.669 is his cap hit. They can go OVER the cap for his bonuses, but they count against the NEXT season. Hockey news said if he hit 20 goals this season that bonus money would count against next year, but thats not true since they are NOT over the cap with his 3.669 cap hit as of right now....so nothing would have to push over to next season. In any case there is 2.85mil that can kind of not count against the cap if they want to risk it next season...giving them a little room, but it could hurt the next season, but that is the year D. Moore is a UFA and Boyle, and Talbot will be a UFA as well if he is still around, Kreider would be an RFA, so there is some play with money if they need to do that, but not a lot. Anyway, its not as bad as some are making it out to be, the Brooks alarmist types, its not good, but not nearly as terrible as some think.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 10:00 am EST

There has already been one or two people talking about the cap space teams will probably have if the PA adds the 5% kicker, they have showed the Rangers to have 13-15 mil in cap space (that was before the Zucc signing) So we are looking at (i just ran some numbers hopefully I hit all the correct buttons) 8.861 (at 61 mil) to 12.861 (at 75 mil) in cap space without making any moves. And I am sure there will be moves.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:53 am EST

The current NHL cap is 69mil. That number will not go down. The extra revenue from he Canadian TV deal will push it up even with the weaker Canadian dollar. THAT is how they come up with 71 million. HOWEVER do NOT forget that the NHLPA will most likely vote to add the 5% kicker. that ALONE would bring the cap to 72.4 mil add that to the 2 mil the NHL thinks it will go up and you have 74-75 mil for a cap. I can't imagine the PA will vote against the 5% kicker because that would put guys out of work and hold salary numbers where they are now. Unless the NHL is thinking the revenues are the same, and the Dollar value will drag the cap down, and the 5% only gets it to 71...but thats hard to believe since they have been talking about record revenue levels for this season. The first half of the season had set some high numbers, higher than expected, so if the second half does the same, and the playoffs make them money the same as last season, there is really no way the revenue drops, it will be UP, and that will counteract the falling Dollar value.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:36 am EST

rf what brooks fails to mention are team pp #s in the playoffs, when it really counts.....maybe he'll read this and get his act together....unless he's really wildcard .....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:12 am EST

mf: Boyle isn't disappearing, although it's possible MSL will. Nash isn't going anywhere either.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 9:03 am EST

RF: we've approx $10mill of Cap. An increase to $71 gives you $12mill, Boyle or MSL disappear, and we pick up another $2mill on the low side.. Replace Glass should net us $500k.. "There will be no schvitzing over money on St. Padraig's Day, fa-stache?"

mf


Tue Mar 17 2015 8:47 am EST

RF: Take Stephan out of that equation and insert Nash, get Stepan to sign for $5.8mill per, and you just freed up $2mill, have Step for at least 5 years, have Taylor Hall for the next 5 years at $6mill, and we get younger.. Not saying do it, saying leave no stones unturned..

mf


Tue Mar 17 2015 8:00 am EST

IMO, moving Talbot to Buffalo for the Islander pick and then Stepan elsewhere for a prospect/young cheap NHLer is more realistic.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 7:59 am EST

Stepan and Talbot for the right to draft Jack Eichel...something tells me McT won't do it. He might, however, be open to moving Taylor Hall for those 2, but that means the cap issue isn't addressed.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 7:55 am EST

Maidin mhaith. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

ges999


Tue Mar 17 2015 7:55 am EST

NHL salary cap for next remains projected at $71,000,000 - Rangers outlook from a cap perspective for next year remains bleak.

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 7:40 am EST

stevie et al: Interesting point about cup winners and their PPs. I watched about 3 minutes of the Leaf/Oiler game last night and heard that the Oilers PP (remember they are 2nd last in the NHL overall) is 2nd best in the league! LOL...

RF4L


Tue Mar 17 2015 6:24 am EST

Nick you ever see ovys one timer he has a howitzer, What does nash's look like? Hard to remember? That's because he rarely uses it. He's a dangle player likes to go in on tge rush draw the d in and power by them or deke. He beats goalies making them move uses a snap wrister or backhand. It's not his game it's also why his Pp numbers aren't better harder to beat teams on the rush on the Pp with three guys back. Kreider has a cannon and beats goalies with his slap shot he'd be better suited. There is a reason Nash isn't used like ovy in Columbus here international comp it's not his game.

York18


Tue Mar 17 2015 4:53 am EST

"The black hole of a power play has to be better as well, although you know what — even if it may seem counterintuitive, not one of the past six Stanley Cup champions has finished higher than 16th in man-advantage efficiency during the regular season, with the Kings fourth from the bottom last year. There is something special here. The Rangers are the best pro sports team in New York and they have been for more than a calendar year. They are one of the best teams in the NHL, they prove it 60 minutes at a time, and they have as good a chance to win the Stanley Cup as anyone out there. You want some perspective? There it is." .............http://nypost.com/2015/03/16/red-hot-rangers-are-for-real-and-as-cup-worthy-as-any-team/

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:38 pm EST

"I'm Rob Lowe and I have Direct TV." "And I'm Rangers power play Rob Lowe, and I have cable." Okay I stole that one from Carpiniello. The Carp says what I'm sure many of us agree with: the PP up front has no movement, no one willing to shoot and is designed to waste Nash rather than have him in the off wing circle to blast. The entire world knows that's the Ovechkin play yet no one stops it consistently. Off topic, that Pacioretty giveaway to Stamkos tonight was so bad it was funny. I think I saw Max suppress a tiny sheepish shrug on the bench.

Nick


Mon Mar 16 2015 10:05 pm EST

RF: I read an interesting article somewhere a while back talking about refs in the NHL and fan perception. Basically I won't bore you the the gory details but what it comes down to is this. players will always interfere with each other. Such is the nature of the game. A guy beats you to the outside you are tempted to grab them. In many cases you will. The refs don't wanna call obstruction, they'll encourage the players to play thru and warn them. In time the clutching and grabbing tends to get worse and suddenly the refs step up the standards on grabbing. Their mandate is to do the best within their power to keep the flow of the game as fluid as possible. So it ebbs and flows. Right now it seems that obstruction is really creeping it's way back into the game. And the New York Rangers are not innocent here. I'm seeing it more and more. Hopefully, the league is getting ready to crack down hard in advance of the playoffs to get the game back in line. We'll see.

E


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:43 pm EST

TD.... I have to agree with you on Jack Eichel. If we have the chance to get him, we should go out and get him. I don't play favorites, I only want to win. I would trade anyone on the team that made us better. That being said, NYR and Edmonton might be a great fit for a trade, Any team could use a player like Eichel, but Edmonton has needs than run much deeper than that. They need to start putting the pieces together and would probably be better served by trading the pick. Players like Stepan, Talbot, plus would give them some much needed JAM. There could be some there there :)

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:40 pm EST

The GM's are meeting on "goalie interference." Ha!. Why? Dan O'Halloran followed his orders in the finals.

Bob


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:28 pm EST

Nhl is just getting their refs ready on how to call it or not in the playoffs to try and influence all the outcomes. .. The rules get loosened to enable that.... And they hand pick refs that will play along...

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:21 pm EST

FWIW, I concur the shitty NHL has let the clutch and grab and boring crappy interference shit creep back in the game, to its detriment. Don't get why this continually happens except that the egomaniac overseeing it knows dick about the game. He's all about $$.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:18 pm EST

Hank is in an unenviable position if he comes back and does anything but win. He's replacing a HOT goaltender on a HOT team. Can you imagine what the hockey-verse reaction will be if he loses a couple of games? Not to mention the local rags. I'm sure he'll be fine, but it's not something he's ever had to deal with. Maybe it get's his competitive juices flowing into overdrive. Having him fresh for the playoffs should only help us.

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:09 pm EST

Just got home from work and not sure if anyone mentioned, but reportedly a source “close to the New York Rangers” has told Ken Campbell of The Hockey News that the club is preparing for star goalie Henrik Lundqvist to make his return next week, on March 24. Woo Hoo!

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:58 pm EST

I agree with you guys that it is not all on Nash and that our style of play is one of the main reasons for the reduction in scoring, but relying on a 2-1 or 1-0 game is scary to me. We have not really thoroughly outplayed any teams since Nashville. But again, it is hard to argue with our recent success and I'm really eager for the playoffs to start. I think a return trip to the finals is in our future. This team should be hungry for it all and that is oftentimes what separates two teams.

pete


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:18 pm EST

Hospo - I'd LOVE to see MILLER on a line with KREIDER and STEP....think he'd do real good there...He and Kreider have always played well together...Step's defensively aware enough to keep those two in check...Love SHEPPARD, but no way does he belong on the top two...I suspect Miller gets promoted and they keep HAYES centering third with FAST moving up. That's what AV did Sunday.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:11 pm EST

stepunmytoe - That's encouraging to see...I looked at IVERSON'S numbers earlier in the season and wasn't too impressed. He's gonna be a project, that's for sure...but a kid of that size with a chip on his shoulder? He'll make a nice addition if he can work on the rest of his game.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:09 pm EST

pete/Hospo - Like I was saying earlier today..Seems to me the Rangers have seriously reined in their offense since the Vancouver loss...I just see them playing more of a grinding game now...they're still moving the puck well and, when they get in the zone, they seem to be able to hold it there for vast stretches...but it seems to me they're not using their speed as much...anyone who reads my posts realizes I'm the farthest thing from a NASH fan...but in defense, NONE of the Rangers are/have been scoring much...STEPAN has been without a point for how many games? Zero in 10. BRASSARD has 5 points over the last 10. ZUCC has 6 helpers and zero goals...THE KREIDER has three goals and two helpers...So it ain't just Nash who's posting zeros...MSL has two goals and one helper over 10....I do think what Bob said is also the case...the game is starting to revert back to the clutch and grab business that is characteristic of the playoffs...and I think when LUNDQVIST does come back, we'll see the offense open up a bit more...but I just have a feeling AV's been preaching more defense ever since that stretch where they were having games with 10 or 11 goals being traded.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:55 pm EST

Love the Wins...agree with Hospo on the core guys who have not been scoring definitely affecting Nash. Disconcerting to me is the once again defunct PP.

MelvilleFred


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:50 pm EST

PETE - Nobody on the team is burying them right now and they are arguably playing their best hockey of the year...I agree that he neds to bury more to get past his mini slump--which is connected to the teamwide slump But, I also think alot of it is the case of not generating as many slam dunk chances as earlier in the year because of where their focus has been infront of The Prince and Skapski.

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:34 pm EST

Hospo...hockey is a funny game in that the line between winning and losing is razor thin, and the outcome of the game usually reflects where the attention from media and fans is directed to. A couple of bounces here and there over our recent hot streak could have resulted in us losing more than we won and our lack of offense would be a huge gripe. But since we won, no one seems to care that we aren't scoring. Nash is going to need to score when we get to the playoffs, that is what he is paid to do. I love that he backchecks and is responsible on D, but he has to bury his chances when he gets them and he is not doing that right now. If that conrinues through the playoffs and we don't win the Cup, his regular season success will be diminshed. He was considered an MVP favorite before this slump, now not so much.

pete


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:29 pm EST

When the prince first took over the games were 6-5 and everyone said he wasn't too good and the offense was a machine. Now the games are 2-1 the offense is no good and the d is great, and they don't need hank. Guess everyone is right.

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:11 pm EST

This micro-analysis of Nash seems a little off to me..The only 3 forwards on the team with at least two goals in the last 8 games are Nash, St. Louis and Miller...Not much from big guns like KREIDER, ZUCC, STEP, BRASS ,HAYES ,HAGS...I'm not saying these guys are playing bad, they aren't, it just seems more like a team really focusing on defensive hockey and winning games....and doing a good job at it...Hopefully they balance that with the offense soon enough..I'll think you'll see NASH busting out pretty soon,,

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:55 pm EST

The Nash of late is much more like last year's version....Still backchecking hard and doing a good job on the PK but no moves to the net with the puck in the offensive zone....He will shoot from a bad angle before moving to the net....

PJ


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:52 pm EST

All we are is broken glass Thrown to the floor we were never meant to last And all we are are empty shells Try to pick us up you’re gonna cut yourself

ges999


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:21 pm EST

I wonder if Sheppard is German? :^)

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:18 pm EST

Now everyone of us was made to suffer Everyone of us was made to weep But we've been hurting one another And now the pain has cut too deep... So take me from the wreckage Save me from the blast Lift me up and take me back Don't let me keep on walking... Walking on Broken Glass....walking on Broken Glass

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:16 pm EST

JFC - I kinda agree about SHEPP..no problem if he's the one to get a shot at the 3rd line...., but let's not force too much on the guy...Look at his stats to see what he is...and has done

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:13 pm EST

One of my big things is wanting to see Sheppard on the 3rd line. I said last night that I thought he showed more talent and potential in the one shift that he scored on than Broken has shown all season.

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:11 pm EST

STEVIE - I'm not Leonard Nimoy, but not my logic..2 LWs with Kreider and Hags,,,,,..Just as logical to move up one of Hayes or Miller..Agree with the other part,,,

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:06 pm EST

the logical move would be hagelin taking msl's spot . move shemp or fast up to the 3rd line......

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:04 pm EST

glass = cinderfella

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 5:00 pm EST

JFC - Yeah, I guess we all have our opinion on what we would like to see...Different than a one game substitution, this will be for 7-8 pretty good opponents,........It's all up to AV, guess we'll see tomorrow who he wants to call up and what lines he favors

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:52 pm EST

Hospo -- yeah, it could definitely be an adventure but maybe a good time to see what happens while we're playing with house money

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:49 pm EST

nothing like replacing msl with broken not even half full glass.....wafj.....bring up Mueller, limburger, somebody .....he's only in the nyr top 3 in points that many want to throw away like dirty water and the baby.....glass can fill those slippers like Cinderella.....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:30 pm EST

JFC - MILLER and KREIDER on the same line scares the crap out of me...Both still make idiotic decsisons with the puck....I know this is a very good team, but damn if a shooter for all our passing centers and wings wouldn't be nice..!!! Eh, you can't have everything

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:26 pm EST

If Glass is still broken, then bring up Cheesy to center Fast and Moore.

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:24 pm EST

MSL shutting down for 10-14 days could be a blessing in disguise. He'll still have some games left to get back in game shape and be refreshed for,the POs. If he struggles, AV has a built in excuse to move him down....it's not Marty's fault....the injury set him back. As for what to do in his absence...KISS it. Trickle up....Glass--->Sheppard---->Miller---->MSL

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:13 pm EST

And I'm used to you disagreeing with me! ;^)

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:12 pm EST

Hospo; Yep, really. I don't want Hayes moved - that 3rd line should be left intact IMO (although I recognize that Hayes has had a couple of quiet games in a row). And I think Fast is making that 4th line go so I'm reluctant to see him moved. We'll see Wednesday night. Is it time to recall someone from the Pack? If Glass is still hurting they will have to.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:09 pm EST

Hospo: Yes, that's most definitely part of it (that the Rangers are pacifists when it comes to that stuff, except for, of course, Kreider). I realize in the end it doesn't necessarily accomplish a lot, other than draw penalties, but wouldn't you like to see someone pound a guy like Bogasian after what he did to Nash? It's why I keep hoping McI will one day make it as a Ranger. And I'll never get used to it. Its only worsened by yet again inept PPs. That's the ultimate way to respond to cheap shots - score on the resulting PP.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:07 pm EST

RF4L - I just felt like disagreeing with you today! :)

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:06 pm EST

BTW: regarding the link down below....it is Ken Campbell so take it with a grain of salt. Still though, this week I believe is the 6th week since his injury.

jratelle19


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:06 pm EST

RF4L - Really? Sheppard? He's a 5-10 goal score max. .a 3rd -4th line plugger..nothing else..let's not go the Square peg in round hole route for a 2nd liner...Put somebody with 2nd line abilities up there

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 4:03 pm EST

RF4L - Star forwards getting hit hard is common place everywhere now as well as the clutching/grabbing/interferring as we head to the POs...The part that really bugs you I think (and me too) is that the Rangers rarely TARGET anybody or hit anybody with excessive MALICE...They hit, but alwasy as part of and within the game....It's just not in their DNA to do otherwise, you should be used to it already ! :)

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:58 pm EST

I think Sheppard should be given a chance to play in MSL's spot. He's a more skilled hockey player IMO than his stats and career imply. And he's big, giving that line 2 bookends for wingers - how refreshing for the Rangers.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:56 pm EST

MSL out 10 days to 2 weeks with infamous lower body injury. What happened? NHL center ice kicked out with about 8 minutes to go in the game - what did I miss?

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:53 pm EST

Oopps...meant to say 'And yesterday a Panther...'

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:52 pm EST

Hospo: Yeah, it's a little off, I agree. But damn Saturday night, against the same Sabres, he was hit from behind into the boards. It wasn't overly violent but it was cheap and unnecessary and shouldn't be tolerated. Brassard game in and grabbed the Sabre player but not with a lot of vigor. That he got a penalty and the Sabre didn't was utter ridiculous, but this is the NHL where a lot of unnecessary acts go unpenalized, A Panther was hacking and whacking at him yesterday too (just cannot recall the exact circumstances).

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:48 pm EST

Nash had a goal and assist in that Buffalo game; since then, in 10 games, he's scored 2 goals and 4 points. He also missed a game, a few days after the Buffalo game due to a stiff neck. Yesterday at the start of the 3rd period, he was getting a neck rub/massage from the trainer on the bench. I think he's playing either hurt and/or a little cautiously now. If it's both, it's understandable - if he's not playing hurt, it's worrisome. For me anyways (because I agree no goal Nash in this years POs might = elimination for the Rangers).

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:48 pm EST

RF4L - "and none of his teammates seemed to care"..Somehow, I think that is way off....This is one tight team..they just don't have guys that are big on retribution...Not that it would have changed anything.....And personally, I think NASH has looked fine, just a stretch where inches and luck have been against him...

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:44 pm EST

RHET - Agree with the LINDBERGER recall..also..with the possible move up of HAYES,,, As i've posted a few times, given the lack of scoring up and down the line up, I would Move HAYES to the 2nd line with KID K and Step.....If you listen to Michalettie, it's like the "third line" scores every game.....Not so...Hags has 1G in 9 games; Hayes has 1 G in 9 games (and not a 3rd line goal) and JT MILLER 2. Yes, they have played ok to good (especially in the offensive zone) but if you can still keep it a good defensive line with Moore/Shepp/Fast/Linberger then moving up HAYES could oost the offense of the 2nd line big time.. Either that or you leave it as is and try to battle through the lack of offense from the 2nd line..

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:40 pm EST

From Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: "A source close to the New York Rangers told thn.com that the team has targeted the Rangers game March 24 against the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the return of Henrik Lundqvist." http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/power-rankings-no-1-rangers-prepare-for-return-of-king-henrik/

jratelle19


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:37 pm EST

And not coincidentally, this drop-off started after the first game in Buffalo, where he got mugged (and none of his teammates seemed to care).

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:35 pm EST

I think part of Nash's problem is that he shooting from further out again. I wonder what percentage of his goals this year were from in close (say 5 or 10 feet from the net, or less). Yesterday he made a fabulous backchecking play on Barkov just outside the FLA blueline and came in on the defenseman almost one on one. Trailing behind him to his right were both MZA and Brassard - they were too far behind to make it a true 3 on 1. Nash had perhaps a half step on the d-man; with that and the fact he was at least 20 feet out, he had an opportunity to use his speed to gain a little more distance from the d-man and then cut across in front, as he was doing quite frequently when he was scoring. Instead, he shot from 20 feet out. Ellis was forced to make a decent save but nothing that looked too threatening (especially considering there was time and space to make it a better opportunitiy). I also thought perhaps Nash would slide it over to one his linemates - not sure if he even saw them because he seemed intent on shooting from where he did. It's these decisions with the puck in the offensive zone we saw a lot of last year - I also think it's crept back into his game just a little bit and it's contributing to his goal drop-off.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:27 pm EST

Larry Brooks &#8207;@NYP_Brooksie 1m1 minute ago Marty St. Louis to miss 10 days-two weeks per Rangers with knee injury sustained last night v Panthers...

puckyou


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:15 pm EST

small = same

hipcheck


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:15 pm EST

I could be totally wrong, but it appears as if NASH is still getting the small amount of scoring chances to me... the puck just isn't finding the back of the net as often during this stretch. Haven't checked any stats to back this up, and I'm not solely talking about shots on goal, I'm talking about scoring chances. He looks fine to me.

hipcheck


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:11 pm EST

Guess what? The Talbot to Edmonton speculation has already started here in Canada. These aren't rumours, just media folks recognizing Talbot's play and his situation with the Rangers in terms of desire to be a number 1 and UFA status in 16 and the Oilers lack of a number one goalie (for the past decade). The early take is that the Oilers should be very careful giving up the farm for Talbot but not because of the team in front of him, rather it's his small sample size. That's valild, but that's not to say he's not legitimate and he won't perform elsewhere, of course. Can he do over a full season as the true number 1? Dunno...so it's a gamble for any team trading for him from that regard. Then again, so is trading for any player without a lot of experience but who is blossoming, regardless of position. Sometimes, when such a player is available, you take a chance and go get him. That is a philosophy the Oilers are not embraced - they're more like the polar opposite. And look where its gotten them - no where.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:07 pm EST

KIS - In my mind, and starting the POs last year, NASH has become a complete player..Still the great offense ability, but now one of the better backcheckers on the team and plays well in the neutral zone and has handled the physical game.. It's why he's had a fantastic year...Now, as things get tighter around PO time, it's harder for everybody to score, we're seeing that with NASH (2 goals last 9) and his not so mini-me HAYES (1 goal last 9).....The open space goals come fewer and far between and the hard working goals become more common..and often huge scorers can't deliver...Hopefully that will be different this year....line chemisty also helps...And One thing they can't do is say, "shit, I'm not scoring muchj, I have to cheat a little that way"..Then they get burnt...

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 3:05 pm EST

So if Nash doesn't show up in the postseason for a second consecutive season, is it because he's got a secret concussion or just because he doesn't show up in the postseason? There have been some great regular season players that's haven't been great postseason performers. I've said it before, until he does it in the postseason, he's still a question mark. A great regular season doesn't always translate ...Kis...Why would you move up Fast? JMO, but my preference would be Hayes or maybe Miller(maybe). The first thing I would do is to recall Lindberg.

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 16 2015 2:59 pm EST

I think if MSL is out due to injury the Rangers should slide Fast up to that 1st line slot.. The kid is very good defensively, has the speed to move with Kreider and he will work on the boards. He would not hurt that line. Dont move Hayes up there now the rangers are messing up the lines. Both Glass and Shppard can play the fourth line and bang.

KIS


Mon Mar 16 2015 2:46 pm EST

Pete, I mentioned the same thing to PA/ez the other night. It worries me. Yorkie ahs said that is his MO. 2 things that make me think its the game and not his head or that injury we rangers fans feared is that I do see him working. He works back on D and I have seen him throw a couple checks. The other thing like Hospo mentioned thats the type of hockey that get played now. Very tight Defense. This brings me back to Yorkie. Will Nash get lost now because the games get tougher? I hope not. If he does he needs to be addressed in the off season along with the goalie situation. Those two factors will effect the cap immensely

KIS


Mon Mar 16 2015 2:37 pm EST

Bob. Check out some future muscle hopefully. Watch Iverson track the puck and unload ! https://youtu.be/A1MWaNZ1EqM

stepunmytoe


Mon Mar 16 2015 2:33 pm EST

As for scoring.........the NHL has seen fit to allow interference, obstruction, hooking and holding back into the game. Nash gets fouled on nearly every shift, and does not have the room he had earlier in the year. I think Hayes becomes even more valuable now, with his size and strength. And.....the 3rd line has excelled lately. MSL and Step are more prancers than anything else. Kreider is the only muscle on that line.

Bob


Mon Mar 16 2015 2:30 pm EST

Look, I am fine with the Rangers moving Talbot at the draft if they can get something of value for him. it's just that the Schneider deal is an outlier for the price goalies get these days. I was not questioning his skill or ability, but Devan Dubnyk blew chunks in Edmonton and Dallas, and now rules in Minnesota. What did Minnesota give up for him?

Bob


Mon Mar 16 2015 1:47 pm EST

Pete - Some of that is true and we will indeed need a little more scoring...But it's the time of year when everything is tightening up and 2-1 scores seem to be the norm, especially with the run of PO teams the Rangers just played (sans Buffalo).....Also, alot of this great defense by the Rangers is a result of the forwards in all three zones

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 1:32 pm EST

Talbot would not be as good without this Rangers team as he is with this Rangers team? I'm sure no GM around the League would argue that but it still doesn't mean that he's not a quality goaltender. I'm sure there's at least a handful of GM's around the League that would be interested in him and we only need to find one that's willing to pay something worthwhile for him. If memory serves, the Devils gave up their 9th pick overall to get Cory Schneider. If we could get a similar pick/package, I'm sure it would make up NYR brass minds on whether we keep him or not. Maybe the Rangers try to re-sign Talbot to another 1-year extension. I don't think he'd be interested or that they could even afford the cap hit he'd want on an extension. IMO, if we can get something that makes us better, we do it. If not, we keep him to the end of his deal and let him walk via free agency. Not that Sather's big on that.

Rhet0ric


Mon Mar 16 2015 1:28 pm EST

I hate to be the turd in the punchbowl, but Nash has 2 goals and 2 assists in the last 10 games. One of those goals was an empty netter and the other was the fluke winner against the Iceholes. It is hard to complain when your team is tops in the NHL but if we were not playing light-out D and getting amazing goaltending right now, our lack of offense overall and particulary from Nash would be dominating the papers and this wall. I know he is playing sound defensively, but he was doing that in the playoffs but is still pointed to as a main reason we didn't beat LA. I don't see how we can hope to go far without our top two lines producing.

pete


Mon Mar 16 2015 1:25 pm EST

And more tradeable commodity!

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 1:03 pm EST

E - It's a positive feedback cycle..plain and simple..Yes, TALBOT may not be as good as his numbers say because the Rangers are about the most sound defensive team around..But, there's is no doubting that he is a good goalie..And what the Rangers strong defensive play has done is allow TALBOT to grow in ability and in confidence, a flat out better goalie than he was....And this better goalie now is able to bail the Rangers out when needed with some spectacular games (last night) and saves( remember the Cap game)..In turn, making the Ranger players and coaches even more comfortable and confident in him and on to Talbot contining his growth and improvement...

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 12:55 pm EST

Since RENNEY and especially with The King, The backbone of this team has always been defense (yeah, TORTS overdid it with fall back and block scheme), no matter what Royalty is in net, and that's the way it will win..and they have done pretty good in the POs lately,Exept for the Tort's burnout year.. The only time it gets into trouble within games now is when they have goals in their eyes and and get caught up focusing on offense too much and lose their defenseive structure..Even with an offensively invisbile 2nd line, the way for this team to win is defense first and opportunistic offense/PP (Yandle).

Hospo


Mon Mar 16 2015 12:45 pm EST

I think E has hit the issue right on. The Rangers, despite our bellyaching and angst, are a very good defensive team. Drop Cam into Edmonton, and his numbers would not be nearly as good.

Bob


Mon Mar 16 2015 12:29 pm EST

Everyone is so fixed on Skapski being the guy if they trade Talbot. Again, I think the availability of UFA vets as a backup may play a part in the decision making process. Ideally I think they would love to keep him, and will not part with him unless the right deal comes across their desk. For instance, if teams are offering up a 2nd and a 3rd that are mid to late round, Sather will pass, but if there is a deal that would bring a top 2 pick in this draft that was Talbot and Stepan/Brass yeah, I think he goes for it.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 16 2015 12:09 pm EST

As far as I am concerned I don't trade Talbot at all. During the deadline San Jose was attempting to move Niemi and could not get a good return on him. I don't think that the market is very strong for goaltenders right now. I think that Talbot has not proven his worth as a 2-3 pick (guesstimataion) to the New York Rangers. In fact the opposite, he is gold. I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma on my driveway. It has 250,000 (I think) on it. It's primarily of little use until I suddenly need a pickup. Then it's worth it's weight in gold. People occasionally offer me $1500-$2000 here and there give or take for it. I won't sell it. Why? It's worth more as a tool then its worth the small amount of money I can get for it. If it died next week I'd be okay with that because it's been a serviceable asset for me and my family. I see Talbot the same way. He probably isn't worth nearly as much to the market as he is to the New York Rangers. And he is proving it this season. Slapskaspki hasn't shown me much to see him as anything more then a prospect. Here is the thing: the New York Rangers are one of the best teams in the NHL now. Better then any New York Rangers team in the past 20-years. They are a contender this season. In all likelihood they'll be in the same realm of where they are right now. Or at least they'll be a threatening playoff team. I would ride Talbot into free agency and lose him for nothing before I move him in order to get some compensation that doesn't help them now. Right now, everything is now. Everything. Yes, you always have an eye to the future. Of course, but for me at this stage it is all about the "now." And if I have a proven asset that I know can adequately step in and produce continuity if our all universe goaltender who is now north of 31 and I cannot re-sign him? If the New York Rangers are in contention, he goes nowhere. Now, if the wheels fell off of the New York Rangers next season and it is clear that changes will be needed in order to get back to the dance? That's a different paradigm altogether. Then I'll be more open to obtaining something for the guy. Especially when I know he is gonna want to seek a job where he is a starter. Something that he has likely earned for himself. And I must also flip this around to something EJ Hradak mentioned (although I'm not a huge fan of) to the effect of: a goalie is his stats but that doesn't exist in a vacuum. Winning makes everyone look like winners. And if a goalie needed to step into a role where they could be succesful, then the New York Rangers might very well be one of the top-2 two places to step in. It's not a slight on Cambot. He is earning his stripes by making big saves but EJ was just pointing out that he felt that the New York Rangers defense is such a competent unit that they can keep some of that high % stuff off of you. I agree with him. And again, this is not to advocate that his gaudy record is some kind of a ruse. It's not. It's just winning breeds winning. Momentum... The New York Rangers can hit the ice with a ton of confidence in themselves to win a myriad of ways. Talbot is riding that wave as well. Enjoying the fruits of a team that has the moxy and confidence that comes with winning. Would he be that same guy in a bottom-feeder franchise. Yes, to a degree but he certainly would not be looking like the son of Zeus that he does right now.

E


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:38 am EST

mf: Barfalo had, until that Kane deal, their own first, the Islanders first and the Blues. It's the latter that went to Winnipeg.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:36 am EST

It's almost a certainty you'll get more, probably considerably more, for Talbot in June than next February.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:34 am EST

Yeah, the Pack won all 3 of their weekend games. What a yo-yo team they have down there.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:33 am EST

JFC - Very good point, re: the defensive style...scary to think what they'll be like when everyone is healthy...on SKAPSKI - I mean, I was impressed with his play against the Rochester Sabres...and in Hartford, he looked really good...I just think TALBOT is kind of the ideal backup goalie with Hank right now...I mean, for two seasons now he's allowed Hank to really limit his ice to a manageable level...I don't think the Rangers would have gone to the conference finals had it not been for Talbot keeping Hank's regular season starts down to around 60 games...I like Skaper, but I'm not convinced he could pull 20-plus games during the season...there are only so many Sabres-type teams...he'd need to face some tough opponents and I'm simply not convinced he's ready for that...of course, I'm no Allaire ;)...On another note though, the Rangers have two seriously good goalies in their system with HALVERSON and SHESTERKIN...the former's GAA isn't hot, but man...he's won 38 games in the OHL...and Shesterkin...guy looked lights out in the WJCS. Was the other guy on the Russian team outside of BUCHNEVICH who really stood out...Rangers, IMO, would behoove themselves to hang onto Talbot until 2016 then move him to the highest bidder...maybe even at the deadline. Up his workload in January and February...then ride Hank for the rest of the season.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:18 am EST

mf - Don't get me wrong: STEPAN is one of, if not my favorite Ranger. Love the kid and think he'll continue to improve...think he's one of the most talented guys on the roster...just a super all-around player...but if you start talking about EICHEL...this is a kid who will probably walk onto an NHL team as a 19-year-old and, I wouldn't be surprised if he puts up good numbers. He's super talented...and while I was pretty disappointed in his performance at the world juniors, he's a serious prospect...definitely a franchise player who could step onto the team next season...Kid just OWNED the NCAA this year...gonna be 19-years-old next fall...already 6'2 and 190 pounds...probably will have a mature weight of 210 once he fills out...but plays like an NHLer already...if Edmonton finally decides its time to build on their deficits instead of constantly building for a future that never comes...they might consider that deal...would kill me to lose Step, but I'd be happier than Pavel Brendl at the hotdog stand if they got Eichel.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 11:01 am EST

http://www.goterriers.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/matt_oconnor_822426.html ............... http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0004492015.html

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 10:54 am EST

td -- ya also gotta wonder if AV is preparing for the POs...knowing that goaltending and defense are the keys to winning, he is tightening up the system defensively. It would be an opportune time to institute PO-type D once your starting goalie goes down. As for wheteher or nor Skapski could replace Talbot as the backup next year, I posted yesyerday (or the day before) that Benoit Allaire holds Talbot's future in his hands. AV and Sather will trust Allaire's judgement as to whether or nor Skapski is ready. If yes, then they trade Talbot. If no, then they keep Talbot or try to sign O'Connor.

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 10:11 am EST

Oh. And if the AHL season ended today, the Pack would be IN the playoffs.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 16 2015 10:11 am EST

TDCHI dares to mention trading the 24.5 year old Stepan, "Oh my my."

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 10:03 am EST

td: In response to your last couple posts. First, I am not on the "trade Talbot" bus so much as the "Talbot will not sign an extension" bus, and if they can get a really good deal for him they should, HOWEVER with a condition. If it looks like there will be 2 or 3 vet goalies who could take over the backup role at least to start next season until Skapski (or perhaps the kid out of Boston signs) is ready to step up. The deal for the 2nd overall I would jump at, I am DEFIANTLY not not the trade Step or Brass bus, but that kind of trade you have to do. As for McIlrath, his first pass and his shot have always been something people knew about, and his skating has always been good enough, he just isn't quick, so his positioning needed to improve for the pro level over the junior level. But he has always had the ability to read the ice and find the open man, and to make the simple play to clear the zone...off the boards and out, when need be, and almost never panics with the puck. His physical stuff has always overshadowed it because, lets be honest, there are few Dmen like him around, so it grabs the attention of everyone.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:56 am EST

tlats - Good stuff man...yeah, I think McILRATH'S overall game sometimes gets pushed aside because people always focus on his physical game...the last time I saw him, he didn't look like a one-dimensional player at all. Good passing, cannon of a shot and, while maybe not fleet-footed, he moved pretty darn good...Think the ship has sailed on KRISTO..guy has a ton of talent, but just plays too much of a perimeter game for any team to take notice...With you on the BOURQUES too...especially if ST. LOUIS is out...MSL goes down, I see Ryan or Chris sliding into FAST'S spot, Fast moving up to third line and either MILLER or HAYES rolling onto first line...of course, they could pull up LINDBERG...I'd love to see him and Fast reunited in NYC...those guys had magic together in Hartford.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:48 am EST

Another thing re: TALBOT/SKAPSKI...has anyone else noticed the Rangers' offense has seemingly welled up over the past 10 games? I can't point to any specific tweak I've seen them make, but I suspect the Rangers are playing a far more reserved game in front of these two...it's the only reason I can find to have a 2-1 and 2-0 games against teams like Florida and Buffalo...I suspect after that stretch of high-scoring shoot-em-up games in February, AV tightened up the game...Rangers aren't playing as run-and-gun anymore...Just a thought...because 12 or 13 games ago. Talbot was letting in four or five goals a night...the other thing I think gets lost is that the Rangers really do have one of the best defenses in the league...I mean, STAAL-GIRARDI-McDONAGH...that top three is just nasty...YANDLE comes to the team and doesn't even break the top two pairing until KLEIN goes down...Not to detract from Talbot's awesome play, but he's getting A LOT of help out there...seems to me the Rangers' offense plays a lot looser of a game when they got Hank in net....these guys lately have been playing RENNEY hockey.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:37 am EST

Couple thoughts on TALBOT: I still don't really think it's a good idea to trade the guy while SKAPSKI is still feeling his way through the NHL..and in no way is it wise to move LUNDQVIST because Talbot has had a lights-out winter...Remember, Hank has almost 10 years of lights-out play...and quite frankly, I still believe he's the best goaltender on the planet right now...if not the best, within the top five easily. Hank is a guy who wins games. Talbot may be that guy too, but his body of work is infinitesimally small compared to Hank's...and also...does anyone feel safe going into next season with Talbot/SKAPSKI as our two tenders? NTM, Hank is forever a Ranger. We made the mistake of shipping LEETCH out instead of letting him bow out gracefully in blue...let's not make the same mistake with Hank...Now trading Talbot...sure that's an option..but I agree with those who are saying you won't get much...maybe...just maybe you get a mid-round pick in the first...more likely a second and a third...you might be able to snag a prospect with falling stock like Edmonton's YAKUPOV...a buddy was musing that maybe we could package STEPAN or BRASSARD with TALBOT for the second overall pick, presumably to nab EICHEL...the thinking would be that you could then slide HAYES up to second line pivot and have either Eichel or MILLER nail down third line...then you have a franchise center of the likes of TAVARES to hold down the middle...and you also wouldn't have to pay one of the top centers a high salary...not sure Edmonton or whoever wins the Eichel sweepstakes would do that, but it sure makes sense from the Rangers end...I still have issues, though, with riding Skapski as a #2.

tdchi


Mon Mar 16 2015 9:36 am EST

Thought Buffalo traded a 1st rounder to Win-a-Pig in the Kane/Bogosian trade..

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 8:33 am EST

Seth Rothman @RothmanHockey According to @war_on_ice, #Panthers 98 shot attempts are the most #Rangers have allowed in the regular season since data begins in 2002-03.

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 8:09 am EST

even if hank said yes, he would get to pick the teams.....I doubt he wants to move to Edmonton .......be careful what you wish for...remember eddie eddie....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 8:02 am EST

RF4L: Have you seen the return on goalies..other than the Devils giving up their #1 pick for Schneider it's usually a 2nd, or 3rd rounder (see Bishop and Bernier) . I can see Edmonton maybe giving up the other pick they have which is Pittsburgh's and Buffalo has the 3 first rounders..theirs, St Louis and the Islanders.

DOUBLEN


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:59 am EST

when both sides figure out in the next cba they need a luxury tax, the cap bs will mostly be solved.....then there is no reason to get rid of hank or Talbot. he'll stay for enough money, and will get more games with it.......but right now it forces gms to get less expensive players.... it's too hard to keep a team together .....by just depending on revenue of teams that can't fill their seats.....so the cap gets stagnant.....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:45 am EST

gene: The Prince's body of work isn't big enough, which isn't to say he's not brought huge value to the Rangers. I will say this about Price, however: He is easily the single biggest reason the Canadiens are where they are. They don't have a very good top 6 and when Deharnais is your number 1 center, you don't have much down the middle either. That team would likely be fighting for the 7th or 8th seed if they didn't have Price. He's been lights out sensational all season long.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:43 am EST

JFC: Smart minds and all that. How about Talbot to Edmonton for the 3rd overall pick in the draft?

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:42 am EST

When you hear the talking heads on TSN, there seems to be an unchallenged assumption that Carey Price should be MVP and Vesena winner. I hear not a word about Talbot. If the NYR win the Presidents trophy, Talbot should be a prime candidate IMO for MVP because that would not happen without him.

gene_carr


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:41 am EST

Does anyone believe Sather would even entertain the notion of keeping Talbot and trading Lundqvist? I get the attraction - I mused about that a few days and it started this discussion I believe. However, I did so purely as a lark - I don't for a second believe Sather would give it much thought. In addition, the King loves NYC - with his NTC he'd probably kill it from the get-go. And if he didn't, surely he'd refuse any move to 2 teams who are seeking a number 1 goalie - Buffalo and Edmonton - because all that's left to crown his kingdom is a cup and that ain't gonna happen in either place for years. If at all.

RF4L


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:39 am EST

Good morning, everyone! YEs, TAlbot is showing IMO that he can be a starting goalie in this league. I've been of that opinion since last season and when Hank went down I advocated just letting Talbot take the reins and NOT waste money on a "veteran backup". However, we canb tend to get a little too excited a little too quicky in RangerTown...as well as getting too down too quickly....as Billy Joel once sang, "it's either sadness or euphoria." I think it's absolutely ludicrous to think that Sather is going to ask the face of the organization to waive his NTC....HAnk would have absolutely no reason to agree to it and, in fact, it would HURT his money -making options considering he'll never get the publicity and endorsements he gets here in NY. It's just not going to happen. That contract he has means we've hitched our wagon to The King. Anything else is pei in the sky thinking....appropriate, since it was just "Pei" Day! ;^)

JFC31


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:35 am EST

Bob, Nash sure did take some lumps yesterday.. We need the opponents top guys get some of the same treatment.. Bogosian did not dress Saturday vs the Rangers.. Glad he didn't, Nashay have been too..

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:24 am EST

Stevie: maybe out west, or perhaps a state with no income tax like Florida or Texas.. Ultimately, Edmonton has a player (hall) and the picks I'd like

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:16 am EST

That's why hank got a ntc nmc in his contract. Sather would have to get him to waive it. Who wants to be a fly on that wall. And then where would the NYR be willing to trade him to? Would anyone like to see him a cryer? ... Or a fishstink ? .....

stevielegs


Mon Mar 16 2015 7:13 am EST

Good morning, being deep on defense has certainly taken on a new dimension with the performance of Talbot and the promise of Snapperhead.. First place in the league with 15 to go in the regular season.. Are getting goals from Sheppard and Hunwick not signs of a deep squad and good omen?

mf


Mon Mar 16 2015 6:07 am EST

Just Curious if talbot is a number one goalie like some here are claiming (not refuting it i said years ago he would be a number one and along with KIS advocating trading Hank before his crazy salary increase) why would you want to trade him? He's proving to be on par with Hank why not trade Hank and open up a huge salary cap hole this team is in? Look at the red baron allaire is earning his salary without a doubt turning these guys into legit NHL players. The real question was are the rangers carrying talbot till Hank comes back? The answer is no he has shown on a couple nights by himself he can steal games can he still a series? Who knows goalies rarely steal a series despite popular myth it sounds good but to steal a series would mean your team isn't showing up and if they aren't showing up for that long a stretch you aren't winning.

York18


Sun Mar 15 2015 11:23 pm EST

Gudbrandsen thought he was going to intimidate Kreider. I LOLed when he left the ice and Kreider was chirping him on the way off.

Bob


Sun Mar 15 2015 11:08 pm EST

RF4L--and yes, people have been taking liberties with Nash lately, although I thought he was real good today.

Bob


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:08 pm EST

BOB - Right now, they are definitely playing the most adaptable, most consistent, and most complete hockey in the EAST and possibly the NHL....Barring injuries, a team will have to play a hell of a series to beat them.The only problem is depth form injuries, but that can be said for all teams.

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:06 pm EST

And another game where the Prince in the very least reaffirms his escalating trade value.

RF4L


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:05 pm EST

Is it me or has Nash been taking some extra abuse from the opposition lately?

RF4L


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:04 pm EST

tlats: I am hoping Haggerty is the real deal. The Rangers system sure needs that!

RF4L


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:03 pm EST

RF4L: Haggerty did take a high stick tonight and was cut by his eye, maybe that had something to do with his offensive game tonight but very gritty in the corners and seemed to be a good skater. He does remind me of a Ryan Callahan type of player. Hope he puts it all together.

tlats


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:50 pm EST

Just think about the record of this club starting half way through last season. This is a good team, fast, tougher than they have been in the past and now the best goal differential and second best defensive team in the league.

Bob


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:40 pm EST

tlats: Thanks for the first hand report. Love it when wallsters do that. Interesting observation about Haggerty seeing as he scored 2 goals last night. Finding his way, hopefully.

RF4L


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:01 pm EST

Not sure if it really matters, or if anyone is really paying attention. But the Rangers now have a 5 point cushion for first in the metro, and a 2 point cushion for first overall. Not bad with just a couple weeks left. Also, the "magic number" is now 7 (unless they would lose a tie breaker, than it is 8) so 7 points gained by the Rangers or lost by the Panthers along with 11 points gained by the Rangers and lost by the Sens and the Rangers clinch. Basically the number is 11 I think because the Sens can get more points than the Panthers...but in any case, that could happen very soon. There may be a couple other teams that could mathematically get a point or two more than the Rangers have now, but that would mean the rangers not getting anymore points and those teams not missing any...so 11 is the number I am watching against the Sens.

Wildcard


Sun Mar 15 2015 8:52 pm EST

As for call ups....for my Money Haggerty will excell when given a chance.

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 15 2015 8:49 pm EST

Great win for a tired team. Talbot will get us at least a #1 pick when we trade him. Very happy for Shepard and Hunwick!

MelvilleFred


Sun Mar 15 2015 8:49 pm EST

Hospo: Very true on Haggerty he showed some grit but very little offense. At least in this game that is.

tlats


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:52 pm EST

TLATS - Good stuff..I think from all the single game scouting reports we have had it seems like the following: MCI is a solid AHL D-man and ready for the NHL, if not the Rangers!..LINDBERGER is the best forward down there..Can do a little bit of everything..and will probably be the first call up...The Bourques are fast...Kristo is a non entity...Haggerty is inconsistent,..Allen has some good games and bad game..At least that's my take from the literature survey!

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:51 pm EST

WOW what a regular season we are having unbelievable. I wish the playoffs would start NOW!!!!

vcp1994


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:42 pm EST

Correction on the final score of the Pack game it was 5-2. Forgot the empty net goal.

tlats


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:32 pm EST

Nice to see another Ranger win! Just got back from the wolf pack game here is a little scouting report: Dylan Mcilrath played a good defensive game was physical when he had to be but the pack took a 4-0 lead and the team sat back for most of the 3rd period. They won the game 4-2. Mac is a better passer then I thought he would be. Very sharp first pass out of the d-zone. He skates real well for a big guy and he didn't do anything to stand out on the negative side. He had a couple of big hits but the thing I noticed is every time he went off to the bench he is very talkative and seems to be a leader on the team. I sat 5 rows in back of the pack bench. Oscar Lindberg: very good game was everywhere had a goal and is a real smooth skater. Based on this game can very easily be a good 3rd line center in the NHL. . The Bourque brothers: Ryan is a spark plug, a very good penalty killer and has great speed. He is pretty physical for a small guy and has no fear. Chris was one of the best forwards on the ice all game I was really impressed with the game he had. His best attribute was his passing especially on the PP. I wouldn't be surprised if he was a call up if there is an injury problem with the Rangers . To bad he is 29 years old and not a prospect at all but he had a very good game and I believe leads the pack in goals and total points. Conner Allen: solid game was the 1st star, had a goal and was pretty solid all game. Kostka: He had a wrist shot goal from the point, seemed pretty slow on his skates but did block a couple of shots and has some good size. Danny Kristo: He showed me very little had a shot or two but didn't impress me at all. Hrivik: Same as Kristo but showed me even less. The Goalie was Malcom. saw little action but had pretty good rebound control. The other guy that had some good shifts was Klingberg. He has good size and was a pretty smooth skater. Well there it is if anyone wants to know about any other players just ask and I will be happy to oblige. Remember this is all based on just this game as it is the first time I had seen the Pack play all year.

tlats


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:25 pm EST

Regarding the MSL injury..For quite awhile the MSL-Step_Kid K line has been meaingless..If MSL is hurt for an extended period of time, make the 2nd line a tour du force with Hayes on WING..ALong with the NASH line should be plenty of offnese...THen use SHEP with MILLER and HAGS..still good defensively...and the old 4th line..

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:16 pm EST

We've got two full days to rest & heal up, next up for the NYR is Wednesday against Chicago, but they will be playing the 2nd game of a B2B having faced the Isles on Tuesday the night before...

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:07 pm EST

Florida threw it all at the Rangers tonight. We're credited with blocking 36 shots, probably a season high...

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:07 pm EST

I think MSL is hurt based on that replay. Would not be surprised if it's bad.

puckyou


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:05 pm EST

What if MSL is out for extended time. Can anyone see a scenario where Buch ends up on this team ? Can he play for us this season ? When does the Khl season end ?

stepunmytoe


Sun Mar 15 2015 7:02 pm EST

Talbot Is just making his case that he should be kept the team doesn't have to be great he can win games he's coming into his own kind of like when Hank took over as the number one.

York18


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:58 pm EST

That's 6 Goals Against over the last 7 games for a .857 ga/pg avg over that spam.... We just slid into 2nd place in gaa/pg with 2.25

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:51 pm EST

If MSL is out...move Miller up, put Sheppard up to 3rd line and bring back Broken Glass

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:48 pm EST

1st time this year the 4th line has won a game for us. Talbot with another theft of 2 points. MSL injury did not look good.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:46 pm EST

1 GOAL AGAINST !

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:46 pm EST

We really didn't deserve that win, but Cam sure did...

WIOSA


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:45 pm EST

Jut hold on..two points agasint a good young team playing well

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:43 pm EST

Damn, Jagr still has it....MSL...not so much

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:41 pm EST

1goal in 3 years last one 3/17/12 against guess who.... Nyr

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:38 pm EST

I thought I saw MSL tell Jim Ramsey, "pop!"

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:29 pm EST

Theyre not the better team on the ice tonight so this has become a painfully long game.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:27 pm EST

Kid K just leveled Gigbranson

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:26 pm EST

FACEOFFS......they can kill!

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:25 pm EST

Damn

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:24 pm EST

Not so fast fast

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:24 pm EST

I think HAYES is the real deal. He looks like a veteran and that size is gonna come in handy for this team.

nyfans


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:23 pm EST

Woo-hoooo! You know Fla has to be thinking WTF?????

WIOSA


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:22 pm EST

MOORE hunwick fast ... Take your time

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:21 pm EST

4th the new #1

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:20 pm EST

Hunny-wick !!!!!

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:20 pm EST

Fast Attila the hun

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:15 pm EST

Rangers with 28 Blocked shots thus far

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:15 pm EST

@#$! can we win a FO please?

WIOSA


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:14 pm EST

Rangers doing a better job in the neutral zone so far in the 3rd....not allowing FLORIDA easy entry into the O zone and clogging it up.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:13 pm EST

Sheppard shows some good poise & patience when in possession of the puck imo

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:06 pm EST

Back to back nhl pain

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:04 pm EST

Shots 66-36 that's not good

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:03 pm EST

20 minute hockey game, we need to win this period....

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:49 pm EST

WOW, FLA took over the game completley in that period..Everybody pretty sloppy, the top 2 lines especially invisibile..Jagr and mates destroying the Ranger forwards.....But....TALBOT...!! Hopefully they can change the momentum in the 3rd period and play Ranger hockey

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:42 pm EST

JFC agree, we cant win a FO to save our lives, Fla started the 2nd with 6 sog they now have something like 23. We're being outskated, outshot, and theyre forcing turnovers. Yech. Poor Cam.

WIOSA


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:38 pm EST

The Prince is playing bloody well!

nyfans


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:37 pm EST

Worst period Rangers have played in a long time....passive and sloppy.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:11 pm EST

Shoot the puck, Quickie!

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:04 pm EST

Boyle's e looks 10 years younger without the grubby, grey beard.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:03 pm EST

I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 4:46 pm EST

Sheppard pie

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 4:46 pm EST

Shepard just showed more in that one shift than Glass has shown all season

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 4:44 pm EST

SHEMP

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 4:17 pm EST

Guess the Helmet Tanner Glass attempted to beat up yesterday took it's toll.... Glad Sheppard is getting some TOI... 3rd line wing is probably not too much responsibility for The Sheppard, if JT needs to serve some 4th line duty..... Congrats to Dan Boyle on his 1000th game, they should have gave him a box of Wheaties or Cheerios.....

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:43 pm EST

maybe jitters hit broken glass while he was sleeping ....put shemp on the 3rd line , moore fast jitters on the 4th......

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:37 pm EST

Upper body soreness for Glass - sore head from absorbing all those punches or sore hand from punching a helmet so much??

RF4L


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:30 pm EST

Hospo: WHile Vadnais was no Norris trophy candidate, as I recall he was a solid D for us while here. What about him did you not like?

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:29 pm EST

Outside the Rangers, Bruins , some wacky inconsistent hockey out there in the East..Pens sweep out west than come home to get beat by BOS and shredded by the Wings...Wings get pummeled by the FLyers yesterday and then destroy the Pens today in Pitt....Caps, Bolts and Isles losing 2 in a row

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:19 pm EST

Ranger47/JFC - Still have the Meloche Golden Seal cards also...Meloche and VADNIAS are the only two Seals I kinda remember..And I always associate VADNAIS with the WHite skate..He had quite a bit to say about them back then..Never liked the guy

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:17 pm EST

According to GROSS---SHEPP in for GLASS, who has "upper body soreness"...Count your lucky stars JT..

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:17 pm EST

I'd forgotten that both Harry Howell and Carol Vadnais played for the Seals at the end of their careers. Just noticed that Vadnais passed away in September of last year (must have missed it). RIP....

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:12 pm EST

Yes - it was with the Cleveland Barons that I remember him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Meloche

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 3:08 pm EST

Meloche was one of my faves back when helayed for Charlie Finley's California Golden Seals.....very acrobatic goalie. Have a few hockey cards of him when he was a Golden Seal....and I think a Minnesota North Star also.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:48 pm EST

moof as opposed to what a trough or a bowl ?

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:39 pm EST

Gille Meloche was know as the Robber Baron but that came from his days playing for the Cleveland Barons. He then went to Minnesota in the merger. He was one of my favorites growing up just because I thought his name sounded cool.

RinkRat


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:04 pm EST

R47: Then why not drink from the faucet? This is so confusing........

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 1:58 pm EST

Hospo: I'm worse off.....I keep misplacing my glasses and I'm at the age where I can't see well enough to find them! :)

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 1:26 pm EST

if only the regular season meant something other than home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Teams who finish first overall in NHL rarely win the cup. Important thing is to be confidant and healthy leading into the playoffs. Eastern conference will be a tough first round.

vcp1994


Sun Mar 15 2015 1:03 pm EST

Florida has won their last 3, and theoretically still in the P/O race.... We need to maintain our consistency and bring a solid effort.... 3 hours until kickoff....

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:41 pm EST

LOVE seeing teams like the Pens lose their cool and implode (Kunitz)...3-0 Wings..But seriously, that is one other thing the Rangers beat most other teams at....keeping their cool, poise, and composure no matter what's happened..Direct reflection of AV

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:38 pm EST

Ranger47 - I can remember almost every song from back then, but I forget where I put my freaking keys every day!

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:35 pm EST

Hospo beat me to it! LOL

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:35 pm EST

mF: Thanks for the Red Baron info. But as a point of further clarification I'd like to mention that the pilot who shot the Red Baron down was Snoopy..... :)

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:34 pm EST

YORK18: * Nice Job * ... Thank you

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:20 pm EST

Well, based on his nickname, The Red Baron should be fine as well as the other team doesn't dress SNOOPY on the 4th Line.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:14 pm EST

Arthur Staple &#10004; @StapeNewsday East records since All-Star break: NYR 16-4-3, PIT 13-7-2, #Isles 12-10-3, WSH 12-10-1, MTL 14-6-4, TBL 12-7-3, DET 10-8-2, BOS 11-6-3.

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:12 pm EST

Manfred von Richthofen, aka the "Red Baron," was the highest-scoring fighter pilot of World War I. In 20 months of combat, he officially shot down 80 enemy aircraft, including 21 planes in the month of April, 1917, alone. For his achievements, Richthofen received 24 military decorations, more than any other German aviator of the Great War. Until he himself was shot down in April, 1918, Allied pilots had ample reason to dread the sudden appearance of the Baron's bright-red fighter sweeping towards them out of the sun, and many must have wondered what went on inside his head...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtJ1Gnh9wPU

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:06 pm EST

Somewhere KIS is smiling!

pa.rangersfan


Sun Mar 15 2015 11:10 am EST

Ranger47 - Not sure, I remember Gilles Meloche as the goalie for the California Golden Seals..That poor guy, talk about a shooting Gallery!..At least he didn't have to wear the white skates

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:43 am EST

Bongo lol what's up brother I usually don't say hello but for you I'll do it......E welcome back figure I'll try and bury the hatchette........maybe the play of the red baron and the prince make Hank the guy to be traded. In today's cap restricted NHL trading Hank and paying talbot half that long term makes sense.

York18


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:41 am EST

Love the Red Baron name. For you oldsters out there: was it Giles Meloche of the Kansas City Scouts NHL team who was called the Robber Baron? Memory fades....

Ranger47


Sun Mar 15 2015 10:05 am EST

I didn't watch the game either....with the playoffs coming up I figured it was a good chance to go out to dinner before becoming a Rangers recluse. Anyway, I come to The Wall and know I'll get a good read on how the game went. Nice call on The Red Baron, NN....perfect fit. We'll see how long before Larry Brooks starts using it. Miller was jittery, eh? Well, I'm not happy about it but the kid has been showing much more consistency so I,think he'll bounce back. If AV does bench him, he should put Shepard on the 3rd line. We need to see if Shep,can hack 3rd line minutes and surrounding talent. Glad for Yandle getting off the schneid....he looked happy as hell when he scored. Also happy for The Red Baron getting the shutout....love the way he celebrates when the Rangers score, just like a kid would. I know it's just Buffalo but Allaire holds the future of Talbot in his hands....if he tells Slats that Skapski is a capable backup, then Talbot could be gone on Draft Day.

JFC31


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:44 am EST

Didn't watch the game last night, seemed like a meaningless pre-season game after the last few....MILLER has nobody to blame but himslef if benched...It's a rare night when he doesn't commit a major screw up that leads to a chance for the other team..Still have questions about him as well as the 4th lien for the POs..Still would have liked a 3rd liner better than SHEPHHERD..oh well, it is what it is....At least they're playing a better and hungrier team tonight which should make the Rangers play a better game

Hospo


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:26 am EST

carp..."8) J.T. Miller made some crazy turnovers, got caught flat-footed on the odd-man rush where Skapski robbed Gionta, then took an incredibly lazy and needless penalty and got benched. Had a rough game on his 22nd birthday. And yeah, I hear all the belly-aching about his short leash. You forget how young he is, and you can add hockey-immature to that. He’s figuring it out. He is. Slowly. He’s a better player today than he was earlier this season. But, my goodness, 22 isn’t too old to make mistakes and to learn lessons. His line — with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin — has been the Rangers’ most consistent during this low-scoring stretch, Also, even without the penalty, Miller might come out of the rotation for Jesper Fast holding a 1-0 lead late in the third period. 9) That all said, knowing how AV treats Miller, and knowing that he probably wants to get James Sheppard a game — and Tanner Glass isn’t coming out — I’m guessing Sheppard is in for Miller tonight against Florida. - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/03/15/rangers-sabres-in-review-7/#sthash.oJcwQKT6.dpuf

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 9:14 am EST

2N: The Red Baron it is! Perfect!

Vic


Sun Mar 15 2015 6:10 am EST

jitters continues to make the case for himself......inconsistent at best.....he fits right in the nyr mo and culture.....so when is shepherd coming back in at who's expense, glass or jitters?......I know who veenyo likes better.....

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:38 am EST

"Alain Vigneault benched J.T. Miller for the final 12:44. Miller, who committed a handful of unsightly mistakes and took a neutral zone hooking penalty at 4:59 of the third, got two shifts in the final period. Vigneault moved Jesper Fast up with Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes while Rick Nash double-shifted on the right with Tanner Glass and Dom Moore."

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 5:20 am EST

"Has Tom Wilson, the Caps’ forward who never hits straight up, instead always coming from the blindside, gotten up yet from the embarrassing dive he took at center ice on which he lay prone, face down, for seconds after he was interfered with by Dominic Moore on Wednesday in D.C.? Seriously, it was one of the more pathetic displays you could see on an NHL rink. And it was one, somehow, that neither of the game referees, Brian Pochmara or Tom Kowal, chose to see. "

stevielegs


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:41 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/yandle-discusses-challenge-adjustment-rangers-blog-entry-1.2149227

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:32 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rookie-skapski-shuts-sabres-rangers-2-0-win-article-1.2149549

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 2:05 am EST

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-beat-sabres-2-0-with-skapski-in-net-for-their-fourth-straight-win-1.10062118

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 1:33 am EST

Man can't get a hello out of York18. Still must be pissed as I love the Poti trade at the time (boy did purse boy prove me wrong). Nice win tonight stayed tough in our end, kid played great in net, and the man from the desert finally showed his stuff. I always love a great scrap but Mr. Glass is not my idea of an enforcer. Always "Feed the Future" where the hell is Guitar? Is Kill them all still around? Last couple years drinking the Sather Cool-Aid! Did I say that?

BONGO


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:43 am EST

Been in NC for 5 years (seasons) now and the Canes have yet to make the playoffs. Usually the Rangers play here in Raleigh in March and since the Canes suck and have no chance at playoffs, the tix were traditionally at bargain basement prices. Last year I sat Row 1 at the face-off circle on the side of the ice where the Rangers shot 2x. Tix were $87 each and it was an awesome experience. Now the tix that are even half way decent are $120 and up and there is only around 538 offered on Stub hub.....which is a low amount......Rangers are winning wayyyyy too much and pushing up the prices of tix @ both MSG and on the road.

TradeStar28


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:26 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/14/yandle-skapski-lead-rangers-to-fourth-straight-win/

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:18 am EST

Tomorrow: Panthers at Rangers 5pm.... attached: Panthers schedule (W/L with scores) http://panthers.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm

mf


Sun Mar 15 2015 12:02 am EST

http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

mf


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:57 pm EST

NN you win red baron .. Slap happy

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:45 pm EST

SnapperHead with the shutout..... Good Job, another two points in the kitty.... woohoo

mf


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:44 pm EST

The red Baron! Damn, how the hell did we miss that?

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:37 pm EST

I am disappointed in you guys that with his RED HAIR you didn't come up with THE RED BARON :)

DOUBLEN


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:31 pm EST

henrik who ???

caperanger


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:31 pm EST

The Baron remains undefeated

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:29 pm EST

Baron shutout

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:29 pm EST

Marty Dubinsky

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:27 pm EST

There is also knight or Duke

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:22 pm EST

How about Count Skapski.

NYStranger


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:12 pm EST

Love the Baron title lol

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:08 pm EST

Yandle lit the candle

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:07 pm EST

Melville-Told you Yandle needed to shoot more- haha

puckyou


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:01 pm EST

Jitters bug

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:48 pm EST

Baron Mac slapski

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:32 pm EST

Wow, Glass beat the crap out of that helmet.

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:32 pm EST

Glass impersonating a punching bag there..oooof.

Shaggy


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:26 pm EST

By the goalie getting a piece of that puck

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:23 pm EST

Prince Regent? BTW MSL sucks. How does he miss that wide open shot?

NYStranger


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:12 pm EST

Is it too early to give Skapski a royal title? What is below a Prince?

nyfans


Sat Mar 14 2015 6:53 pm EST

VCP if this was figure skating or speed skating you're right Allen would win, but last I checked this is hockey and Wrath is the better hockey player, that's why he plays top D pair and Allen doesn't. That's why Wrath is matched up against the other teams top lines night in and night out. Skating is one aspect of the game, important yes but Wrath is not a pylon.

York18


Sat Mar 14 2015 6:35 pm EST

"THE Kreider express!"

THE Kreider


Sat Mar 14 2015 5:51 pm EST

stepunmytoe: No problem I will try and put together a little scouting package for the game.

tlats


Sat Mar 14 2015 5:41 pm EST

Bravo Stevie !!!!

stepunmytoe


Sat Mar 14 2015 5:27 pm EST

My math says + Big Mac + shepperd - glass -hunwick = a better alternative ....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 5:14 pm EST

GENE_CARR - true on both those points. No team in the EAST will be an easy out...Can also depend on who's hot at the start..Right now, that's the Ranger, Bos, TB and Pitt..Or who's hurt..Like TB and hopefully Pitt!

Hospo


Sat Mar 14 2015 4:40 pm EST

Hospo: All the teams in the East concern me. There are no guarantees and realistically we are capable of beating or losing to anyone we are going to face. The only certainty is your correct assertion that Dickaletti is a painful price to pay in order to watch our team. He has also made me turn on Sam. Bring in the radio crew.

gene_carr


Sat Mar 14 2015 4:08 pm EST

tlats: Look forward to the Mac scouting report. Please let us know what you think of R. Bourque. I really like the kid and am interested in other opinions on him. Enjoy.

stepunmytoe


Sat Mar 14 2015 4:02 pm EST

Allen may be more agile due to his smaller stature but his say his top end speed is "superior" to Macs is a reach. Playing defense requires anticipation and angles which makes up for the lack of skating ability. I did watch and Mac is a superior player to Allen.

stepunmytoe


Sat Mar 14 2015 3:36 pm EST

I too want to see what Mcilrath can do in the last portion of this season but not before tomorrow since I will see him vs wilksbarre penguins. He is the one player I am looking forward to seeing in person. I will give a scouting report sometime tomorrow night.

tlats


Sat Mar 14 2015 3:34 pm EST

I hope Mclrath has a long prosperous career with the rangers. It would be wonderful. Only Sather and company know what the situation is.

vcp1994


Sat Mar 14 2015 3:31 pm EST

Well allen is a superior skater watch a game. He may not be feisty or read the ice or whatever but Allen is a much better skater than Mclrath. I wish that was not the case. It could simply be due to his knee injury.

vcp1994


Sat Mar 14 2015 3:19 pm EST

I'm with everyone who's hoping McI gets a chance at a few games before the season ends. It's downright silly not to do that, unless management feels he's simply not good enough. If that's the case, trade him in the off-season. If it's just AV, Sather needs to use his power and force this. I get not doing it if you're bumping KK or Boyle. But it's the Hunwick of Kostagoal (as Hospo termed the 2 - probably inadvertently - lol), then why the hell not?

RF4L


Sat Mar 14 2015 2:40 pm EST

VCP: BS on the perception Mac cannot skate. To say Allen is a superior skater is simply not true. Mac is the top defensemen on the team and getting all the minutes PK included. I saw him last week against the top team in the A and he definitely stood out as a dominate player on the ice. Allen BTW played pylon as winger blew right around him for goal in same game. Hopefully AV overcomes his stubbornness regarding Mac. if not I will unfortunately wish for a situation that forces him to play him.

stepunmytoe


Sat Mar 14 2015 2:37 pm EST

And I know we complain about DICKALETTI but these schmoes for the penguis including Caulfield and Errey?? make me sick

Hospo


Sat Mar 14 2015 2:35 pm EST

YORK18 - I'm assuming you're including me in your group of posters that are "caught up in the myth of the Bruins"..I can't tell since you don't name the posters...I don't mind if you call me out on that.....ANyway, I do worry about the Bruins more than I do most of the teams in the East...Here;s what I said about their last game.."Bruins won but TB carried the play in the 2nd and 3rd..Play alot like the Rangers..Having three significant players out hurt didn't help....Bruins were not overly physical but more posituonal...... faster than the Cap were last night...I'll tell ya, one player that can make an impact in POs games in so many ways is Patrice BERGERON"....I have been watching the Bruins the past few weeks, including today, they are still in the top two physical teams we will play (they hurt MALKIN), but they are now playing smarter, better positional hockey and have become just as hot as the Rangers..I'm not saying right now that they will beat the Rangers in a series, just that they (along with TB) concern me more than the other teams in the East..

Hospo


Sat Mar 14 2015 2:33 pm EST

E - From the three games I've seen in the past 2 months, MCI is a very good AHL d-man with nothinh left to learn or proove in the AHL..But, like you, have no clue how he will be in the NHL and would love to see it, especially if the alternative is Hunwick of Kosta.......Also, compared to McI, Allen has been a mess in the games I've seen, nowhere near ready

Hospo


Sat Mar 14 2015 2:23 pm EST

I would like to see McILrath to evaluate where he is although I'm not sure he is an NHL player. Or at least an NHL player on this squad. But I think they need to get a feel for who is behind Hunwck pushing in case Klein is gonna be longer or another defenseman goes down. Maybe it's Allen? He was a flavor of the month not to long ago with Cerny healing oodles of praise as the next solid addition. A sentiment that he's since walked back when I pressed him on a chat. So who knows? But whoever is tapped I don't care as much about their physical play as much as they can play a simple positional game. I don't want a McIlrath who is looking for the crushing blow while taking himsf out of the play as he did last call up. Remember this about AV, and granted I'm not in his head to see if philosophically it's changed but Kevin Bieksa was a big part of his defense in Vancouver. And he was exactly poetry on skates.

E


Sat Mar 14 2015 12:55 pm EST

Mclrath will not play for AV he is simply too slow of a skater. Maybe if torts was still the coach he would get a look. I hope to be proven wrong. He got called up for the one game and was immediately sent down. If he didn't injure his knee it might be a different story. Connor Allen is a superior skater and even he cant make the squad. Yes Mclrath is a different type of player but I just don't see his skating being good enough for AV. BUT I would love to see him play and do well it would be great to see him crush a few bruins, fishsticks and crapitals.

vcp1994


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:54 am EST

KIS/THE/stevie -- they need to get McI in there and get him some games so he has at least a bit of a comfort level....if something happens during the POs and we need him, you can't just dump him into a pressure cooker without some late season experience under his belt.

JFC31


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:37 am EST

KIS, but then WHO comes OUT when Klein returns?

THE Kreider


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:37 am EST

Kis have the score for tonight and tomorrow too?.....veenyo will give Attila the Hun a few games before Sather maybe pushes him on Big Mac. if he's cap-able...he is one of his #1 picks that he didn't trade away...yet.....

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:19 am EST

Been getting the feeling MCilrath will be getting his chance. not this week but next week. I think he will do so well that AV will have to keep him in the line-up. the kid will add the missing dimension of toughness and crease clearing. He will gain in confidence and become the real deal. this will be the missing part to the Rangers winning the cup. I just have a feeling. Its like last year when when I started calling so many games right when many thought the Rangers would be out. Its a strong feeling.

KIS


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:18 am EST

Oh, no doubt. He will be THE beast in the playoffs!

THE Kreider


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:12 am EST

That's what I thought....and so it shall remain! LOL! BTW, methinks THE is gonna be a BEAST in the POs this year...just a gut feeling he's gonna make the final step.

JFC31


Sat Mar 14 2015 11:09 am EST

"THE" is reserved for THE KREIDER!

THE Kreider


Sat Mar 14 2015 10:05 am EST

Or maybe just The Skapski to prevent confusion when we annotate.

JFC31


Sat Mar 14 2015 10:05 am EST

If Skapski wins tonight, should we start calling him THE Skapski? ;^)

JFC31


Sat Mar 14 2015 9:38 am EST

rf73 -- well, at least Zucc shoots when he's on the range...he needs to bring that to the ice, instead of passing so much.

JFC31


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:42 am EST

rf73 capt below par-menter needs to shoot and score more......with his stick and the puck like he did with a gun......

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:40 am EST

moof you like bulls?

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 8:29 am EST

MF - Missed that French Bull Dog story last night...Made me laugh.. sounds like something my little Bobo would do!

Hospo


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:32 am EST

The Rangers’ tour on Thursday through the Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, Md., included one interactive activity in which the players shot guns — loaded with CO2 cartridges rather than ammunition — at screens depicting scenes of suspicious activity. Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello were the most proficient.

RF73


Sat Mar 14 2015 7:14 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/13/why-fitting-in-has-been-such-a-struggle-for-new-ranger-yandle/

stevielegs


Sat Mar 14 2015 6:34 am EST

I think there are a few guys here caught up in the myth of the bruins and not the actual current team. This isn't the bruins of five years ago that were one of the top teams in the league running teams over and intimidating teams this is a team that now fights to make the playoffs and aren't that great you would think that they were one of the top teams in the league and we were fighting for the eigth spot. This is a team that has won without arguably the best goalie in the world and without the number one center to start and lost a top 4 dman during that time as well and still win.

York18


Sat Mar 14 2015 5:37 am EST

So the great news is Dave Maloney will be calling the next two Ranger games today in Buffalo and tomorrow at MSG.

Jerry_Garcia


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:56 pm EST

BOB - Could happen..plenty of games left..Only the toes knows.....

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:42 pm EST

I think Boston will finish ahead of Washington. #1 in the conference will be the place to be.

Bob


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:35 pm EST

BOB - And EVEN with HABS with TWO games in hand..From what I've seen over the last week, Might be better to finish 2nd (Caps) than 1st (BRUINS)...Watched CAPS again tonight...Just like the other night...Good in the offensive zone and some big nasty hits but lack of speed, poise, Discipline, puck handling in the D zone...Eh, plenty of games left...

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:29 pm EST

love the new nickname --THE...good stuff man ;)

tdchi


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:27 pm EST

LIMBO/GIBBO - Cool stuff...hopefully it will be a long PO run....and get that damn wayward DESPO to show his face if you can

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:51 pm EST

Vic: For some reason/s, either AV or Ulfie didn't like John Moore... and didn't or couldn't groom him along... Water under the bridge now, maybe Yandle has yet to peak now that he's surrounded by a deep talent pool... Let's hope so...

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:48 pm EST

Ola: I'll take "Non-Option" #4 and try to unload Dan Boyle & his $4.5mill salary/cap hit... that brings us to $15mill to sign the bunch minus McIlraths salary which makes defenseman # 6.....

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:59 pm EST

So why do we HAVE to resign MSL next year? Just to justify overpaying for him in the first place? Makes sense....

NYStranger


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

Slegs: 11:21, right on.... we must look at that posibility.... NOT saying do it, but a must look, it's a cap world afterall... Dis-Knee

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:47 pm EST

Regarding Hank, it's fun to talk about the possibility of trading goalies & creating some Cap Room, but is Hank out of the woods yet with this injury??? The last thing we want to read is a medical related condition resurfaced from this injury which could put the guy at risk... However, ;-) once we get past that......Wild: RE: your posts 10:50 & 10:54 a.m.: If we can sign this O'Connor guy & can sign a veteran goalie as a backup, AND resign Talbot for 2 to 3 times next years salary on a 3-4 yr term (read: $3mill-$4.5mill p/y) and then why not trade Hank? That would free up $4-$5.5 mill per year & Sather can blame it on the Cap! Chances are Hank's best years are behind him and Talbot's seems like he's still in an uptrend..

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:33 pm EST

One point up on the Asslanders with 4 games in hand now.

Bob


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:28 pm EST

The Senators did us a favor & beat the IcePuppies, Dallas beat the one prick tony Capitals, and the Leafs continue their Mulch imitation down 6-3 vs Calgary with less than 8 minutes remaining... Will Mrs. Rf4L convert to a Ranger Fan? :-o (oh no, Mr. Bill)

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:58 pm EST

Hospo - I never left. Constant lurker. My posting, never in high volume, has been especially low this year. Just enjoying the wall and the games. It is cool to see some old names on the wall again. Crazy to think how long some have been here.

limbo


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:40 pm EST

RF4L: my post from 9:06 this morning was not meant to insinuate that I was FOR trading Dominic Moore, because I'm pretty dead set against it..IMO he's exactly the type of depth player you want going into the playoffs... For what he brings to the table, he's a bargain...

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:36 pm EST

So Cam said today when asked what Backstrom said after your 5-3 glove save:" He said Backstrum said only "Great Save"

Jerry_Garcia


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:34 pm EST

Walking into Unleashed, a division of Petco. Lady walks out the door with a French Bulldog. I yelled out, "Hospo," the dog turns around & gives me the finger.. Can't get no respect... ;-)

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 5:24 pm EST

Gentlemen, I got THE jersey signed! (as reported earlier by the CARP on twitter), Quite an honor. It was really cool to see them practice today. Most of them are really, really nice ... nicest was SKAPSKI ... he still looked in awe of being a Ranger ... my brother asked for his autograph and he almost reached surprised. THE was the last guy on the ice by a long shot. He practiced his shot for a good 10 minutes after everyone had left the ice. Kept switching sticks over and over again. When I got there, the team was practicing two-on-ones and then did skating drills, followed my PP practice. One unit had THE in front, the other had BRASSARD (for some reason). After practice and as the team was exiting to the bus, someone shouted to AV, "Nice to see you smiling on the bench these days!" and he responded, "It's easy to smile when you're winning." Ps. As I was going into the rink, OVECHKIN was coming out. He passed by a bunch of Caps fans who wanted his autograph and he said, "Can't today." Typical.

THE Kreider


Fri Mar 13 2015 5:20 pm EST

Somebody say GIBBO, HOSPO? I would post more often but I am still pissed about trading Mike Knuble for Rob DiMaio (despite his name ending in "o"). Team is looking damn good so far this year with the obvious issues that have been brought up here by others -- a little soft/not-agitating-enough for my tastes and inept at faceoffs. But, gotta win the "big faceoffs". Lose 9 at center ice but win the 1 in your own zone during a pivotal PK during the playoffs and I'm not gonna be too upset about the stat.... that's how I look at it, at least. Excited about the acquisition of Yandle, hasn't yielded immediate results but hoping he can help the others get the power play consistently producing at a solid clip, 20% or better throughout the playoffs with the defense and goaltending? Would make the Rangers an even more difficult "out" this spring.

Gibbo


Fri Mar 13 2015 4:13 pm EST

RF4L - I'm not writing off MCI, I think he's ready for a chance. it seems like the Rangers are......they.have zero faith in him...I also think HAGGERTY will make the squad, jut not this year or next..Needs to find a whole new level of consistency and compete.

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 3:50 pm EST

WILDCARD: Ahh, but you are forgetting the big raises that will be coming to KREIDER and HAYES after their RFA seasons next year, not to mention any others like HAGGERTY, who could shine next season. You never know. Plus the contracts for any/all of the players that come in to replace BOYLE, MOORE, SHEPPARD, MSL, etc.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 3:28 pm EST

hip: Ditto! Part of being a fan is paying attention to how the organization drafts and develops their youth (for me anyways) and watching a kid emerge at the NHL level is always exciting. Without a doubt, what's really added to the excitement of the Rangers great run of late is the integral role the Prince has played. It looks like we are witnessing the emergence of a legitimate NHL number 1 goalie. I am excited for him, for his teammates (because for sure if we're excited seeing this, they are equally so, if not more, to the point where they have to finding his play inspiring) and for the organization because suddenly they have a valuable asset they weren't sure of a month ago. Now if Skapski shines, woohoo!

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 3:20 pm EST

SKAPSKI has a chance to build on his last start, and become an instant fan favorite. I'm psyched to watch him succeed.

hipcheck


Fri Mar 13 2015 3:19 pm EST

Hospo: Agreed. Not much down there. I'm not prepared to write off McI, Allen or Haggerty but I honestly don't see anyone else on that team worth considering. Of those 3, the jury is still out of them, too.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:49 pm EST

RF4L - No surprise there..Only possible help for the NHL Rangers on that team for this season is LINDBERGER..That's pretty bad...

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:36 pm EST

BTW, if the AHL season ended now, the Pack, once again, would be out of the POs.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:33 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord AV says Lundqvist's workouts have been intense. Expects him to be able to play shortly after he's cleared. But no updates on timetable.

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:29 pm EST

Good for Skapski....

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:27 pm EST

Vic: and they will have over 7 mil in cap space without any other movement or cap increases to resign Yandle. I don't see the issue.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:23 pm EST

Glad to hear SKAPSKI is going to get another start. I'd like to see more of him this year but I understand the race that the Rangers are in right now.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:21 pm EST

WILDCARD: You and I look at contracts differently. YANDLE is in the final year of his contract starting July 1. That means he needs to be resigned or moved by March 1, 2016. This is what I mean by making things more complicated next year. It is entirely possible that YANDLE isn't a Ranger at this time next year.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 2:06 pm EST

SKAPSKI with the start tomorrow,....Some interesting stuff out in SJ (won 4 of 5)...."Simmering issues boiling over in SJ. #SJSharks Thornton on latest from GM Wilson on taking away the 'C': "Doug needs to shut his mouth."

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:56 pm EST

RF4L - Who says I can focus on one...BROTHER BONGO - Don't be a stranger..and bring our brothers limbo, gibbo. barto and despo..

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:49 pm EST

stevie: Trust you don't mean one PO series loss.... ;^)

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:48 pm EST

Hospo: Hey, just because you can only focus on one thing at a time (the remainder of the season) doesn't mean others can't be thinking about that and other conundrums and concerns and so on! ;^)

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:48 pm EST

the storm will start after 1 loss......

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:36 pm EST

Bingo, bango.....BONGO!! Good to see you posting! Things are pretty sweet in RangerLand and on The Wall. The quiet before the playoff STORM!! :^)

JFC31


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:26 pm EST

Hey all you old farts! Just thought I would pop by and say hello. Things looking great in Rangerland. Still reading all the time but don't get the opportunity to post. I'll be back soon as the playoffs are around the corner! Later!

BONGO


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:16 pm EST

Ola: And all of options involve not trading either Talbot or Stepan?

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 1:07 pm EST

VIC _EXACTAMUNDO!. Again, I wasn't trying to put a kibash on the talk, just that there are too many uncertainities that will all become known by JUNE.

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:58 pm EST

Hospo wall blasphemy....lol....off the wall with you.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:53 pm EST

Also, we lost Duclair as a NHL ready (or most think anyway) but Buchnevich may be just as ready, and we have no idea on Tambalini. So really, we may be in the same place as before the trade, just with a top 4 Dman at a bottom 2 cost.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:49 pm EST

Vic: Yandle is on the books until after next year...and low and behold 4.5 mil off the cap when Boyles contract ends, thats a total of over 7 mil in cap space to use to resign Yandle, who will probably not cost that much, so the cap hit for the D will go down leaving room for a new person to be added, maybe a kid. But anyway, to be concerned about the cap after next season is crazy, it could jump up to 80 mil for all we know.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:46 pm EST

HOSPO: There isn't much left to talk about with respect to player/personnel moves this year. This is the group they are going to war with. We just have to wait to see if all the stars align and the Rangers win a Cup or not. Enjoy the ride!

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:43 pm EST

WILDCARD: Losing an NHL ready (you can debate this if you like), young skilled player who was Cap friendly in the YANDLE deal hurts. In YANDLE's case the Rangers now have another pending UFA that they will need to resign for big money (that they don't have) or deal him by the deadline next year. Yes, the YANDLE deal makes a difficult situation next year even more difficult. And, of course, it further compounded the already depleted number of draft picks the Rangers have moving forward. We shall see how it plays out.......

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:42 pm EST

All this worry about next year..the Cap next year..who to trade next year..Stepan...or Brass..or...,,kinda meaningless right now,..Can or will the Rangers win the Cup THIS YEAR is more like it! DOn't get me wrong, not censoring, but who goes or stays next year will depend alot on how well the individuals and team does in the POs, if they indeed have the right recipe for CUP success, or need another proven element or two....And if they do win the Cup, they may have the right recipe, but also might be the opportune time to reload for the future and lettting vets go (or trade)...Also, who retires after the year? do MSL and BOYLE retire if they win the Cup?..

Hospo


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:39 pm EST

Ola: Not one person has any idea what the cap will be after net year....they don't even know what it will be next season. It could be 73-74 mil per, or less, or maybe even more depending on the Canadian dollar. We have no idea what Hags will sign for, or Stepan. You ignore other options, like trading Glass and D,Moore and replacing them with guys who make less, and there are the other RFAs that we don't know anything about cap wise yet. we need to wait until we start to see what the cap is going to be and what the top RFA/UFA guys like Stepan are looking for before we start saying that the have to trade guys away.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 12:18 pm EST

VIC: Yandles 2.625 mil cap hit makes things that much worse for the Rangers?

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:53 am EST

We have 3 options, netiher is good. If you mention 1 option a bunch of people will jump on you calling out how much that option suck, but we only have 3 options and all suck. 1. Trade Hagelin at the draft. 2. Let MSL retire or sign with someone else. 3. Trade Klein. There are no 4th option unless Dan Boyle goes somewhat Markus Näslund on us and tells us that he will waive his NMC. We can't count on that. A few thoughts: Long-term its easy to get the impression that letting MSL walk is the best option. HOWEVER, if we give him a 1 year deal he is coming of the books summertime 2016. We will need the cap space that creates that summer. IE, if we choose to let MSL walk, and resign Hagelin and keeps Klein, we probably have to choose between core players again next summer. If we move Klein/Hagelin this summer our cap space looks manageble for 16'. So its not as easy as to think that letting MSL walk now solves all problems, it probably just postpones them 1 year. (2) I saw McIlrath the other day in HFD. He was playing better than I ever seen him before. He is coming along just fine, but time is an issue. He isn't waiver exempt next season. IE if we keep Klein odds are that we will see McIlrath in the NHL for the Flyers or Boston or some team like that in the near future. The only option to keep in the NHL is to make room for him, and probably by trading Klein (Staal, McD, Boyle and Girardi has NMCs, and we aren't dumping Yandle to make room for McI). I love how Klein has played for us, but it would suck to loose McI too at this point. Also, we like Klein and his contract but so would any other team in the NHL. We would get a good return if we traded Klein at the draft. (3) Hagelin is probably the most replaceable of all options, we would loose a dimension as a team if we moved him. His speed is really valuble in certain type of games, I thought he was awsome agaisnt NYI for example. But, that is not how we wanna play. He is not a core guy in the sense that he carry how we wanna play as a team. He is a 3rd lineer, he doesn't have immense chemistry with either Brassard, Step or Hayes.

Ola


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:49 am EST

Sather's had nearly 15 years to figure things out and while it appears he's closer than ever to receiving hockey's holy grail, he's not there yet and oh man, he sure made a lot of inept decisions/moves during getting to this point, all the while making big money. I only wish I had been granted that autonomy in my career/life. In other words, just because he's gotten this far, doesn't mean he's perfect and more importantly doesn't mean he's not capable of bungling things up again. The cap issue already resulted in giving up too much to get Yandle - it needs to be alleviated during the off-season IMO or more future will be tossed to the wind.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:44 am EST

RF4L- I agree! I don't think its possible to keep everyone. Teoretically its possible if MSL takes a 1m bonus laden deal, where the bonuses are pushed into next year (which likely would kill us next year when we have to resign a new round of UFAs) AND we muslce Hagelin into signing a discount 1 year deal with the threat that we will trade him if he hasn't signed a contract 1 day before he can file for arbitration. But thats about the only shot we have and its not good for two reasons. FIrstly we have to take MSLs cap hit next year AND we will give Hagelin a contract that takes him to UFA.

Ola


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:44 am EST

Maybe we trade Amonte, Kovalev, Weight, Vanbiesbrouck and three first rounders for McDavid :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:41 am EST

like Sather doesn't know the numbers, and the jigsaw he has to put together next season...and he gets $5mil a year .....and basically has to do it all over again every year ...that's why he makes the big bucks, and all here don't have his job......maybe have a gm for a day so everyone can throw darts at that gm.....rf4l do you want to go 1st?....lol.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:40 am EST

RF4L..... Two different arguments. I was weighing Stepan's value as a top center on the team(not saying he is elite) vs. Hagelin's. Hagelin's greatest value to us arguably is on the PK. Stepan is solid on the PK but he doesn't have Hagelin's speed and not as dynamic. I would argue that Nash has been every bit as dynamic as Hags on the PK this season and perhaps even better. We are a deep team when it comes to the PK and we've only scratched the surface of what Hayes can do.

Rhet0ric


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:34 am EST

Rhet: You're right - there was worry about the PK after BB left. Similarly, there's now worry about the PK if Stepan left. Your argument makes it sound like Stepan is the PK key. If so, I disagree. The PK is all about coaching, skillset in general (someone else will step into Stepan's skates no doubt), speed and good goaltending.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:32 am EST

Can't see why some folks are blind to the numbers: $10 Million to re-sign Stepan, Hagelin, Miller, Fast, Sheppard, Hunwick and St. Louis. Stepan wil eat up more than 1/2 of that. So <$5,000,000 to re-sign Hagelin, Miller, Fast, Sheppard, Hunwick and St. Louis. Even if you argue that cap going up $3,000,000 AND Sather elects to spend to the max to start the season (which would be foolhardy), it still doesn't work. The numbers are there folks - carry on ignoring them all you want but you won't convince me! LOL

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:30 am EST

STEVIE: No, I wouldn't say that. We just want our cake and want to eat it too. We would rather have HANK on a long term $5.5 or $6 Mil a year contract but that boat sailed a while ago. I can't speak for everyone else but I don't think TALBOT is, or ever will be HANK's equal. I don't even have confidence enough in him to say that I think the Rangers could ride him in the playoffs. I'd like to hope so but I don't have that confidence in him until I see him do it.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:27 am EST

RHET: I've already done this exercise with STEPAN recently here. I think I have him at about the 17th or 18th best #1 Center in the league. Or, more accurately put I would rather have about 17 or 18 other Centers out there as the Rangers #1. Besides what I may or may think of STEPAN/BRASSARD, neither of us knows what the organization is going to do this off season. IMHO it makes much more sense for the Rangers to move one of STEPAN/BRASSARD then it is for them to move HAGS in terms of what each of those players brings to the team, their relative cost and what the the organization has in players under contract who can replace whoever is traded. Clearly you don't agree. That is cool. We can agree to disagree and see how it all unfolds.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:21 am EST

the logic stated here might mean it's better for sather to get hank to waive his nmc .....who wants to face him as an opponent?.....save a lot more cap space, get a lot more than Talbot will bring , and able to keep and get players...and PICKS...oh joy.....and the prince becomes the king at about half the price.....more or less....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:19 am EST

It's going to be more and more important to have a legitimate #2 to back-up The King as he gets older....not only in case of injury, but simply to be able to play more like 20-30 games per season (rather than the usual 20 or so) simply to keep wear and tear on Lundqvist down and hopefully extend his effectiveness and his career. He can't keep playing 65 games per year.

JFC31


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:17 am EST

RF -- if they sign O'conner, Talbot's a goner! :^)

JFC31


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:13 am EST

VIC.....So only 5 teams in the League have a number one center and everyone else is merely faking it? He may not be ideal, but he is the closest thing we have to one.IMO, our penalty kill is better, deeper than just one player. I remember how fans were saying we couldn't afford the losses of either Prust or Boyle because it would hurt the penalty kill too badly. I'm still waiting for it to happen. Nash has been the latest guy to step up and be tremendous on the PK. He also has a lot more goals on the PK than Hagelin(4-0). If Hagelin had better hands than he does, I might be more inclined to agree on his overall value. In a perfect world with no cap, I'd love to re-sign everyone, but I just don't see how we spend what will most likely be upwards of $3 Mil per season on a guy that's largely a one dimensional, bottom six player.

Rhet0ric


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:07 am EST

WILDCARD: For the record I've never read any of LARRY's articles on the topic. I have been looking at the numbers at CAPGEEK and NHLNUMBERS since the start of the year and have been saying this all year. The situation only got worse, not better, after the YANDLE deal.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:05 am EST

WILDCARD: I totally agree about the goalie options for next year but the key question is this. If HANK goes down next year who will replace his as the #1 goaltender for the regular season and possibly playoffs if HANK is out? I don't see that position being filled by any of the career spare vet goaltenders that are out there. Oh, they may be here as the Backup on a nightly basis but if the Rangers had to turn to someone else for a long term or the playoffs it isn't going to be a DAN ELLIS if you know what I mean. The Rangers need to find out if SKAPSKI can be that guy and they can't wait until the deadline next year to explore that idea.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 11:01 am EST

Vic: I think your looking at what Brooks writes about cap space too much. MSL will be taking a major cut if he is signed back, if he doesn't he will not be signed back, and there will be enough of a cap bump to absorb the rest of the UFA/RFA players. It is not as bad as some suggest, and I also think all of the players will go the route of Hank, McD, Staal, and Zucc and take less than the open market would dictate. There is no reason to dump Stepan for cap space, none at all.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:56 am EST

WILDCARD: The reason I speculated about moving TALBOT and STEPAN/BRASSARD (and BOYLE) for Draft Picks is because of the Cap crunch the Rangers are in. If you trade those guys for roster players you don't get any Cap relief (or very much at all if the players are worth anything). That is how bad it is shaping up for the Rangers next year. They are being forced to move players and won't be able to bring back much (if anything) in the way of Salary. That is why losing DUCLAIR in the YANDLE deal hurts in the short term more then the draft picks they traded away. DUCLAIR will be in the NHL next year and would most likely have been with the Rangers out of camp as a low cost, but skilled roster player. That option is gone now so the Rangers will have to find a few more in their system or trade for a young inexpensive option in the off season.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:55 am EST

WIld: Agreed again (holy crap, that's twice in less than 30 minutes - has hell frozen over?!?!?).

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:54 am EST

I have read a few things that O'Connor and the Rangers are connected in some way. I don't know if the Rangers are just pressing for him and he isn't interested, or if the Rangers are one of the top teams in the fight to get him. But I hope they do sign him, and get him in the system. As someone pointed out, if he is any good for the NHL level it could make it so Sather could trade Talbot and overall help the team due to the cap space savings.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:50 am EST

Vic: I would bet, that just like every year, there will be a net minder who will sign, as a vet, to backup for a mil or less. Saving 400-500K against the cap vs Talbot. A guy like that could be traded if Skapski really shows he is ready for the job, or even let Skapski stay in the AHL, and do what the AVS have done this year. Pickard was kept in the AHL and Berra was in the NHL as the backup for Varley. When Varley Pickard was called up and Berra remained the backup. I could see the same type of thing in NY. Hank in net as the starter with a vet backup, and if Hank gets injured Skapski could be brought in...IF he has progressed well. It really doesn't have to be Talbot or Skapski as the backup, there are other options.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:49 am EST

JFC: That Russian kid is probably too young. Right now, Skapski appears to be number 3 on the depth chart. I am hoping he gets a couple more starts before the King returns. I, too, am wondering if the Rangers are talking with O'Connor. If they are, then more evidence IMO that they will move Talbot in the summer.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:48 am EST

Wild: Don't disagree. I happen to think Sather needs to recoup some of the picks he's traded away but more importantly, he will forced IMO to make a couple of deals at least: One for cap relief (ala Stepan) and the other because he's backup goalie wants (rightly so now) a chance at being a number 1 goalie and unless the King retires or is traded it ain't happening anytime soon in NY. I think it would be foolish to plan to trade the Prince at next year's deadline because his value will be deflated (when does a goalie get moved at the deadline - it's very rare because how many legitimate contenders need a number 1 goalie at that point?). Furthermore, as Vic points out, the same concern you have in the summer (who's the backup) you'd have then except there's far less time to find the answer.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:46 am EST

I had wondered out loud a few days ago about the Rangers' interest in the goalie out of Boston (can't remember if it's BC or BU). If they sign him and they feel he is ready, then they can trade Tal-bot. and what about this kid Shisterkin out of Russia? How old and how good is he? Is he ready? If the Rangers feel they have another option, the will trade Talbot IMO because indeed his trade value will be at his highest after what he has just shown in the past 17 games. His last 4 games have been eye-openers for anyone who doubted his talent and his training under Benoit Allaire. He is ready to be a starter....if that's what at least one NHL GM thinks, he has very good value. If McI is not in AVs plans for the future, packaging McI and Talbot could land something very nice, either in high picks or a good player. Goaltending and D in one package is very attractive to GMs who's teams lack these basic building blocks.

JFC31


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:41 am EST

Does Brooks do ANY research before he writes? He said the Rangers don't have the cap space to bring up a Dman. umm...yes they do. even without LTIR for Klein, and they could use that for Klein, at the WORST he sits out 2 or 3 extra days past the BEST recover time. The Rangers have 757K of cap. Thats for the rest of this season, thats not a full season cap hit, thats what they have left over to use with all the per day pro rating. So McIlrath who hasn't played in the NHL save 1 game, could be brought up, and less than 1/3 of his cap hit will not be 757K.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:38 am EST

RF4L...and those who are kind of getting on him about picks. Talbot (and others but I don't think Stepan will be one of them) can be moved for picks, and that MIGHT be the best value they can get for them. But that doesn't mean they wont "turn into" other players. At the Draft Talbot could be moved, lets say for a mid first round pick. That player, or now already int he system, could that be flipped later int he summer, or at the deadline, for a player with more experience, and perhaps better than that young player (if said player is one of 2 such players) and the team could be better. Its not just about the first move made, its about the moves down the line caused by the first move. SO Sather needs to not look t the end result of the initial trade, but what that opens in the way of other possibilities. If Talbot can "only" land a 3rd line center who is good, or the number 11 overall, you take the number 11, because that player who provably 15 other teams would have liked may get you that same type of 3rd line center AND a 3rd rounder or some such thing. Trades for goalies are funny, and you can get more for the player you traded away your G for moments after you get him.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:37 am EST

STEVIE: TALBOT wants to be a starter and he should be. It isn't going to happen here though. Best thing for the player and for the team is to move him when his value is highest and that will be at the draft. As I said earlier that gives the Rangers half the season to see if they are comfortable with SKAPSKI as the backup. You can't hold onto TALBOT and then trade him at the deadline next year not knowing what you have in a backup for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:34 am EST

RHET: First, I'll answer your question by being a little snarky. The Rangers don't have a #1 Center so your question is moot...;-0.................But seriously, the goals that don't get scored against you are just as important as the goals you score. HAGS has been phenomenal on the PK. There are no other words for his play. And, at even strength his forechecking is completely disruptive to teams. He is on the D so fast that they don't have time to move the puck and often turn it over. One of the big reasons that 3rd line has played so well is that HAGS has been a huge part of them playing in the offensive end more then in the defensive end. In terms of defending there is no better way to defend then to keep the puck 200 feet away from your goal. Now, if the Rangers had a CROSBY, TAVARAS, MALKIN, GETZLAF, TOEWS type #1 Center clearly that guy would be a little more important....:-).

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:28 am EST

which means he will trade him at the deadline unless he has a real backup sooner....or the cap for 2016-17 jumps up enough......and Talbot wants to stay. hank is not getting younger .....I'd like to see veenyo go with the goalie until he loses system.....but I'm not the coach nor the gm president for life.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:24 am EST

Has everyone forgot the Talbot interview post signing? He said, and he is rather well spoken and it seemed very well thought out. That the Rangers wanted to sign him for more than a year but that he declined because he feels like he can be a starter, and the only way to know that is to go out and become one. At the same time however he knew that he needed more experience and to learn some more this year before he could go and pursue that. He even said he may not ever be a full time starter, but he felt like it was the right thing to try for. With that, this kid will to re-sign, and after this stretch of games, no way. I thought the Rangers would keep him, but its seems less and less likely. I would be shocked if he didn't have his agent talk to Sather. I imagine it would be along the lines of "he doesn't want to force a trade, he would be happy to pay here for the year, but if its possible, and if it will not hurt the team, he would like the opportunity to start, so if you find a team that is willing to pay your price please make the deal" Not a forceful style of "trade me now!" like a unhappy guy has, but just letting Sather know that he would like to take advantage of his new found fame and go try to reach his dream. And if that is the case, Sather better do it or he will burn in hell.

Wildcard


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:16 am EST

How on earth will Sather be able to resign Talbot? First, he'll want 2 to 3 to 4 times what he'll make next year and second, he'll want starter minutes. If there was any doubt in the Prince's mind about his ability to be a number 1 goalie in the NHL it's surely vanished completely now. Why would he settle to be a career back-up? The King has 7 more years left on his deal after this season. Yes it's reasonable to expect that in the latter 1/2 of that deal he'll play less games, but for the 2 or 3 seasons he's gonna get 60 or more games (and should - that's a HUGE salary he's pulling in). Do you honestly think the Prince, after this run, will settle for playing 20 games a season for the next 3 years? If so, why?

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:14 am EST

MF.... We are roughly at $59,288,333 next year for dedicated salary. If you use this years cap as an indicator, we currently have approximately $10 Million to re-sign Stepan, Hagelin, Miller, Fast, Sheppard, Hunwick and St. Louis. Only, MSL, Sheppard and Hunwick are UFA's.

Rhet0ric


Fri Mar 13 2015 10:10 am EST

Sather will either try to resign Talbot otherwise trade him at the deadline, unless he has a real backup for hank sooner.......

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:58 am EST

OK, trade Talbot for a low cost 3rd line center then. You are missing the point I think because you're focused on my desire to get picks. That's but 1 reason I think Sather should consider trading the Prince this summer and of the 3 reasons, it's the least important.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:55 am EST

rf4l that's true of many nyrs trade value .....imagine not having the prince this season.....want to gamble hank stays healthy next season?.....think slap happy would be getting these results?......you are pick possessed.....Sather is not.....nether am I.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:49 am EST

stevie: No one is saying move Talbot for cap relief. Instead it's because he likely won't be back after next year and the team would be foolish to let him walk for nothing. Plus, his trade value might never be higher than it likely will this summer.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:48 am EST

VIC.... I think you're a bit biased. Hagelin, a 3rd line Wing as important as a first line center? Really? How exactly do you quantify that? Also, Hank dominated in last seasons playoff run? Hank was dominant at times last season but he was also outplayed at others. Not to mention that he was mostly underwhelming in OT. JMO.

Rhet0ric


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:47 am EST

mf: If you're gonna move Stepan, then I'd be more inclined to try to keep Moore - changing up 1/2 your centers is risky. That said, how close is Lindberg? If the Rangers feel he's ready to assume the 4th line center role, then it should be entertained. I really think, however, the reigns will be looser if the Rangers win the cup; otherwise, Sather likely will try to hang on to as much of what he has now for another run next year. I'm not saying if they do win he should start rebuilding - just saying the pressure will be different. Hell he might retire if they win, although I cannot believe he wouldn't stay around for a year or so in a 'consulting/advisor' role. All interesting stuff but somewhat ahead of ourselves for sure. It's a product, I think, of the cap world and the Rangers current cap hell. It would be quite unwise to start next year as cap constrained as they are now and with 1/3 of the team needing new contracts something significant has to be done.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:44 am EST

how much cap space is saved trading Talbot, after replacing him?,.....picks are not the end all be all with how the cap affects all teams and players......similar to buying a used car over a new car.......or leasing......I don't give 2 about the draft or next year, that's Sather's problem......I'm interested in the nyr getting to the finals and winning 4 of those games...even if the deal was to give up more picks to hoist the Cup.....I'd rather have 94 again then not......I have handled the 21 years since then, and can handle them again after the 2015 parade.....

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:42 am EST

RF4L: Are we on the same page here regarding keeping D.Moore?

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:28 am EST

Agreed that if the Rangers manage to win the cup this year, it likely makes Sather more open to moves like the ones we are discussing, primarily moving Stepan and Talbot for picks at the draft.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:23 am EST

RF/Vic - I am torn. I want Carl Hagelin to stay. And great point about Hayes. I still have it ingrained in my head he is a W not a C (which I am wrong). mf - that would be a b*llsy move to trade Henrik. I think he has a no move clause. It certainly would open up a little cap space but wow would that be a shocker. If one of Stepan or Brassard are moved, I think to maximize the value, the Rangers should try and package Talbot and one of the centers.

DREW


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:21 am EST

MF: I hated HANK's contract when it was signed. I thought it would cripple the Rangers with respect to the Cap and it has. I've campaigned that you don't need an all world goaltender to win a Cup. However, HANK carried the team in the playoffs last year. That team doesn't go as far as it did with TALBOT in goal, even with him playing the way he is now. I think the Rangers can win a Cup with HANK. Also, TALBOT has made it clear he wants to be a starter. He signed his 1 year extension and pretty much said that he would be looking to be a starter after next year. I think it makes more sense for the Rangers to move him at the draft then at the deadline so that they can see SKAPSKI for several months before deciding if they need a more veteran backup. Also, the thought of hanging onto TALBOT and letting him walk is unacceptable. You can't let a player with good trade value walk. Now, if the Rangers win a Cup this year does that change the Rangers thinking? Do they get ballsy and try to deal HANK (if he is willing)? Do they double down on thinking that HANK is the key to wining another Cup? No way to know for sure......

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:20 am EST

Vic: Clearly, we're in agreement here.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:20 am EST

mf: Moore may be but his removal doesn't shave much off the cap. It's cap relieve that may be Sather's primary driver this off-season when it comes to roster movement. The cap hell he's created cannot continue indefinitely IMO.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:12 am EST

DREW: I can't see the Rangers letting HAGS walk or trading him. He won't cost nearly what STEPAN and BRASSARD cost and his value to this team is as high as any players. He may not score as much as folks would like but he is a defensive force. His penalty killing, forecheck tenacity, work ethic and blazing speed/quickness are the things that make AV's system work. The Rangers have nobody to replace what HAGS can do. On the other hand, the Rangers do have HAYES to replace one of BRASSARD/STEPAN on the top two lines, and they do have LINDBERG to jump up to the 3rd line Center spot next year. As for turnover, I tend to agree that the more turnover the harder it is on team chemistry. However, you can make the argument that the Rangers had a huge turnover this last off-season and are now playing as well or better then they were last year.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:10 am EST

Trade Talbot while his value has never been higher? How about Nash? Talbot makes 1/16th of what Hank makes & next year less than 20% of Hanks salary.. I will not be as upset to see Hank in another jersey as I was EDDIE GIACOMIN!

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:06 am EST

Several have been mentioning Dom Moore as expendable next year, I don't buy into that.. He's a great depth player, our best faceoff man, cap friendly, great demeanor and teammate.. Just don't see it..

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 9:05 am EST

DREW: The Big Wolf looks like he's capable of the 2nd line center spot. Hell, lately the way his line has been playing they're kinda in that role already. It's reasonable to foresee Stepan moved for a high draft pick (or late first and a prospect) and Talbot for a 3rd line center. I may get lambasted on here for this thought but I think the Rangers would miss Hagelin more than Stepan, in part because of Hayes of course, plus so many intangibles to Hagelin's game. At times Stepan almost looks too slow for AV's system, something that cannot be said about Brassard.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:54 am EST

Agree, we need to move Boyle.. Can't afford him dollarwise, agewise.. Stepan may have to sign a cap friendly deal to stay, we still may need to trade him or Brassard.. Stepan never seems to crank out a slapshot, all too often its his telegraphic sweeping wrister.. Need Bungholio to up the Cap to $75mill for next season.

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:52 am EST

Vic - I unequivocally agree with you on the cap challenges of next year. However, I think it is Hagelin that gets dealt rather than Stepan or Brassard. Unless they have a center ready to step in. I was thought Lindberg would replace Dom Moore. Also, as far as trading Talbot. I think he is plating fantastic and will defenitely garner some interest. I don't think the Rangers are going to get an pick higher than a 3rd rounder. I don't think the returns for goalies are ususally high. Now, if you package Talbot with other assets, you can certainly get more value on a return. I am not a huge supporter of a lot of turnover as I think chemistry and stability are important factors.

DREW


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:46 am EST

Also, on the STEPAN vs. BRASSARD front I've been consistently on the "move BRASSARD bus" but I have to admit I am really troubled by STEPAN's disappearance in the month or so. Besides being a career long liability in the faceoff circle his below average skating has been very evident in the last few weeks. He keeps taking hooking penalty after hooking penalty because he keeps getting beat. BRASSARD hasn't been lights out lately either but he has been better. I think the playoffs will decide which one gets dealt in the off-season.

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:45 am EST

Anyone here know what our Cap situation is as of today? Another dman goes down & we're compromised to say the least. Get McIlrath up here, sorry if its gonna affect Hartford's season, boo hop.. And BTW, MSL seemed to keep up with Krieder on our 3rd goal against the Craps..

mf


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:45 am EST

6 teams with 91 points......http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings#/league

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 8:41 am EST

RF4L: We've been making the point about the Rangers and the Cap for some time here. There really are no good ways to resolve the hell that the Rangers will be in next year. It looks like the Rangers only option will be to shed salary by shedding veteran players. YANDLE's arrival further complicates things. He will be in the final year of his contract next year and will need to be resigned or traded by deadline next year. At this point there is no way MSL is back at any number. And I still maintain that one of STEPAN or BRASSARD will need to be dealt just for the Rangers to be able to afford to resign the RFAs (HAGS, MILLER, etc.). The Rangers also need to explore moving BOYLE if possible. As for TALBOT, I think it is a foregone certainty that he will be moved for a high draft pick or a few lower round picks at the draft.k HANK has a full No Movement Clause and I can't see the Rangers as being interested in moving him in the first place. TALBOT's value will probably never be higher then it will be at the draft. Got to pounce while you can......

Vic


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:32 am EST

Melville Fred-Yandle averages about 10 goals a year-he's trending below average-probably needs to shoot more. He's a PPQB-needs to pass AND shoot. If you never take the shot-then they know you are going to pass-making it that much harder. Stepan does this also. You have to shoot sometimes to keep opponents honest.

puckyou


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:30 am EST

Good morning, everyone! Stats vs. reality....I've had this discussion about the topic with another poster a month or so ago and what you guys are referring to is a perfect example. If you've watched hockey long enough (and if you have experience playing at a fairly high level) it's easy to recognize the value of players regardless of what the "stats" say. If the stats say Hunwick is just about as good as Klein, the stats are simply the wrong tool to evaluate and compare/contrast the two players. In my previouis discussion regarding this, I stated that it was like the old adage, "Who are you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes." Anyone who knows hockey, knows the Rangers and watches the games KNOWS that Klein and Hunwick aren't even close to being comparables. Are we to believe the coaches don't have the ability to look at ststs and have people on staff who are experts in metrics? And yet, somehow, miraculously Klein is a regular and Hunwick is not. How can that possibly be? Well, obviously since the stats and metrics are so close, AV must be treating Hunwick unfairly and Klein is the coach's pet. Not. Have not read through all the posts regarding this discussion, so I'm not sure of ayone has taken the opposite side of the ardument, but if so, this stuff isn't aimed at anyone personally or meant to insult anyone's POV. Just talking in general about using stats as the beall, end all of evaluating a player. It's ridiculous IMO.

JFC31


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:23 am EST

"...The Blueshirts will not recall a defenseman in the foreseeable future, given cap issues that could spill into next season depending on when Lundqvist is deemed ready to rejoin the team. Veteran defenseman Chris Summers, obtained from Arizona as part of the Yandle deal, would merit consideration, but he is also a lefty. If the Rangers look for a righty, veteran Mike Kostka, who was overmatched during a seven-game trial run early in the season, and 2010 first-rounder Dylan McIlrath, who has made strides in Hartford, are the most likely suspects. "

stevielegs


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:21 am EST

Hunwick...geesh. LB saying cap constraints preventing the team from recalling a Pack defensemen. That's ridiculous if it's factual and all the more reason I think Stepan's gone at the draft. This issue will only worsen next year.

RF4L


Fri Mar 13 2015 7:14 am EST

Good morning. The author of this article comments on although certain stats show Klein can be replaced by Hunwick, Hunwick is no Klein (which is what everyone here is saying). http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Jan-Levine/Klein-Out-3-4-Weeks-with-Broken-Left-Arm-Now-What/89/67129

ges999


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:07 pm EST

Just keeping tabs on the competition...Watched a bunch of the TB-Bos game.....Bruins won but TB carried the play in the 2nd and 3rd..Play alot like the Rangers..Having three significant players out hurt didn't help....Bruins were not overly physical but more posituonal...... faster than the Cap were last night...I'll tell ya, one player that can make an impact in POs games in so many ways is Patrice BERGERON

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:56 pm EST

RHET - Put Yandle with a physical or responsible D-man and I think you will eventually get the best out of him..Keep him with a liability like Boyle or even a Hunwick, I am not so sure...ANd just becasue we want it, doesn't make it so,

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:08 pm EST

Season ended today, Rangers open against the Bruins...

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:24 pm EST

Detroit, Montreal, and Tampa Bay all lose tonight.

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:23 pm EST

mf: Hartford plays Friday, Saturday AND Sunday this weekend. Same thing next weekend. They play 3 games in 3 nights 3 or 4 more times this season. I guess it will really depend on what AV is thinking. Its not like BUF is far away if they have an emergency and need a guy, and than they are home Sunday and Wednesday, so until then they can go without an extra D, since they are so close in Hartford. They could call someone up for the trip to play the Canes, but then they are home for two more. So at least for a little bit here, if Hunwick plays well, they may want to keep the kid in Hartford playing 19-20+ per night instead of playing not he 3rd pair in the NHL...even though I think it would be good to get him some playing time even if it is just in case they lose another Dman int he post season.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:48 pm EST

Come playoff time, Yandle will be Yandle. As we've seen before, it takes time to adjust to AV's system as well as develop chemistry with new teammates. As E said, high risk, high reward passes.

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:35 pm EST

Hospo that's fair enough. Trading for guys is like getting a Dog from the pound there will be a period of adjustment....

MelvilleFred


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:04 pm EST

I've seen Yandle play live several times. The guy who is with the New York Rangers is not the guy you are seeing. He will be much better as time goes on and he further settles in. But then we can all piss and moan about his turnovers and high risk passes.

E


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:33 pm EST

Just an FYI, Hank is already on LTIR.

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:13 pm EST

MELVILEE - I've seen him play before, he's better than this..All I want to see is the Yandle of the past few years..the one we traded for..which means better dynamic play at ES and on the PP..Simple as that

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:10 pm EST

STEVIE - Pretty standard practice once you get to March....All teams are pretty secretive about injuries,,,This one's pretty obvious but why give accurate infromation for opponets to target?...I know I would go after a weak knee, arm, shoulder, etc..

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:09 pm EST

Hospo....Expecting Yandle to be a different player because we gave up "a lot" is unreasonable. He is what he is.

MelvilleFred


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:04 pm EST

New York Rangers &#10004; @NYRangers #NYR Injury Update: Defenseman Kevin Klein will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury. ...absurd, call it at least an arm injury.....wafj.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:04 pm EST

Does Hartford play this weekend? Would like to see the big guy called up for this B2B

mf


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:03 pm EST

must be some kind of fracture....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:01 pm EST

3-4 weeks is livable....Like STEVIE - Love to see McI...Hell, even a quick injury to HUNWICK wouldn't bother me in the slightest! now there's a candidatee to be giloolied!!! Either way, a good test to the D of players like Humwick , Boyle and the so-far unimpressive Yandle..

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:58 pm EST

Just over 3 weeks would be 24 days...and 12 games. Long enough for LTIR. I say place him on LTIR, call up McIlrath and alternate (or not quite alternate) he and Hunwick. That gets a second Dman up to NHL speed before the playoffs. Cap wouldn't be an issue.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:58 pm EST

ilya - I don't think anybody said they wouldn't survive..Personally, I said it was one of the three Matchups that worried me a bit....But, I know the Caps were missing two key players, but still what I saw last night was that while the Caps are good in the offensive zone with their pounding, theire is a a big difference between the teams in speed, transition, smarts, and poise with the Rangers on top....But let's watch the next two games these teams play to see if anything changes--i.e., injuries etc..

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:58 pm EST

they should call big mac up to experience practicing with the nyr.....but I doubt his the coach's choice even as a blacknblue ace......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:53 pm EST

Klein back in time for the playoffs is not the end of the world. It also keeps Hunwick sharp for the playoffs in case he's needed. Now we just need to get Hank back.

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:48 pm EST

Someone mentioned recently that the Rangers wont survive 7 game series against the Caps because they're big physical team like LA. La had a scoring through out the lineup they had skill and talent Caps however got only OVIE and Backstrom to pass the puck and if you stop Ovie they're a toast, bunch of Grinders 3'rd and 4'th liners yes they have a good solid big D and Solid Goaltending but if we manage to Stop Ovie speed and skill will burn Caps !!!!

ilya


Thu Mar 12 2015 5:47 pm EST

Kevin Klein out 3-4 weeks via the Rangers

Rhet0ric


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:48 pm EST

Hospo then I hope he likes Hartford Conn....lol......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:43 pm EST

Bwahahahaha. Henrik being Goloolied?

Bob


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:37 pm EST

STEVIE - I thought The King had a total NTC? or do you mean a Nancy Kerigan-Tonya harding type of thing?..:)......

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:30 pm EST

the prince is playing for a big contract and a #1 job....hank better watch over his shoulder.....sather can't afford an $8 mil backup.......after next season....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:22 pm EST

What a great line::: @NicholsOnHockey: McKenzie on Talbot's stellar run post-Lundqvist injury: "I thought he'd hold the fort, but I didn't think he'd build a new one." #NYR (1050)

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:08 pm EST

MELVILLE FRED - For waht we gave up, a hell of alot more than somebody who is a great passer but has yips with the puck so far..But I still think he is in the feel out stage and just needs to take control (hard to do stepping into a new team).......As for BOYLE, disagree...I actually think he's been more out of position the last 5 game...The guy roams from here to kingdom come looking for offensive spots and place to score from...I wish he would apply the same focus to defesne..Afterall, he is a D-man not a winger..

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 4:07 pm EST

guess how much capt mcd is going to ask for next time.......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 3:56 pm EST

Some undrafted free agent info: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=67025

RinkRat


Thu Mar 12 2015 3:26 pm EST

Puck you....Yandle came here with 4 goals and 30+ assists. What did you think Yu were getting? Hospo Boyle has definitely been better....as soon as Yandle arrived.

MelvilleFred


Thu Mar 12 2015 3:21 pm EST

Hoping Klein is not badly injured. I think loosing him would be worse than having lost Hank.....

MelvilleFred


Thu Mar 12 2015 3:18 pm EST

HOSPO--I was about to post the same thing. Wonder how they are all doing up there. We should send RF4L to hunt them down.

Bob


Thu Mar 12 2015 3:14 pm EST

Somewhere BELLEBOY aand BELLEBOY's NEPHEW, and maybe even SASSY, must be sad with Belleville losing the OHL Bulls after something like 35 years

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:52 pm EST

I almost always turn down the tv volume & turn on the radio broadcast. Sooooooooooooooo much better!! Kind of hard to match up the time, because I can't pause the radio feed, but it usually lines up with a little DVR finagling.

hipcheck


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:51 pm EST

Speaking of........I sure wish that the Icelanders and Derbils found another cable outlet and got off of MSG. Then they would get the Dolan treatment, which I would rather enjoy.

Bob


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:51 pm EST

Hospo....Better does not equal good....I don't find myself nearly having a stroke watching him play since Yandle arrived.

PJ


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:49 pm EST

What scares me about Klein is the guy is as tough as they come and he was really hurting....Afraid this may not be good....He is our best D in the defensive zone in my opinion....Also the only one that will drop them if need be....

PJ


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:46 pm EST

KIS, -- Until we hear about a scheduled MRI for KLEIN, I hope they are just ruling out a humeral fracture. I know OVECHKIN is big and strong as an ox, and he uses a stick with like a,65 flex or something ridiculous like that... but I would be stunned if it broke KLEIN'S humerus. As stated, there is just too much protection (equipment & muscle) in the area. -- A loss of KLEIN would be borderline catastrophic IMO. He is solid & his work goes unnoticed.

hipcheck


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:44 pm EST

Michelletti is elated when the Isles are beating us and otherwise is as corny as they come....Maloney would be a much better choice...Sad to say I enjoy when I get a break from them...Maloney would be great for the TV color job... Hockey Night Live has been destroyed by the idiots they have on it....Not worth watching....Agree with whomever said I don't want to hear shite from any ex Devil or Islander....

PJ


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:41 pm EST

RF4L - hey, they all get overpaid but I look at MCD, Staal and Girardi and what they are getting compared to the 7 year 6 mill per Boychuck is getting an, yeah, Sather knows what he;s doing in negotiating contracts

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:39 pm EST

RF4L - You asked the other day about College FAs...well, it's starting.."first two college UFAs off the board are Bardreau (Cornell) to the Flyers and earlier today Frank Vatrano (UMass) to Bruins

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:34 pm EST

7 years------42 Million???? Holy Smokes.

thedoc85


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:31 pm EST

Hospo: Johnny T is gonna get $10,000,000+ when his deal comes up.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:30 pm EST

LOL...Islanders just gave 31 year old Boychuk a 7 year $42,000,000 contract. Geeesh. Nice cap management over there.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:29 pm EST

Boychuck gets 42 mil over 7 years...Yeah, Sather did OK with MCD, Girardi and Staal, don't ya think?

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:27 pm EST

PJ - Not sure about Boyle playing better..I Lauged my ass of last night in the 1st period hearing Dickaletti praise Boyle's play and then the other two stooges gushing how he saved a goal...Well, damn, it was only becasue he was sou out of position and lsow that they get the first two shots but he made it back for the third!....I'm even getting the impression that maybe the Rangers are beginning to become the announcer's darling like the Pens were for awhile..well, except for Mr. "two-a-side"..Su-a-cide would be better for that grating voice

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:19 pm EST

These wins are particularly amazing when you consider Stepan and Brassard have been playing like crap in my opinion...Glass didn't look bad the last couple of games but he should have went after Martin in the Isle game for the hit on Zucc and Wilson last night for his continual pounding on Fast....If he doesn't do this play Sheppard as I really like his game against the Blackhawks....Yandle looks like John Moore in the offensive zone...Not getting this at all....Some good first passes out of the D zone but hopefully he starts to make a difference on the PP....The good news is Boyle is playing much better since Yandle arrived...

PJ


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:19 pm EST

when I watched the game, I thought his arm moved or was pulled backward. I wonder if it is more a pull or tear (either muscle, tendon or ligament) than an impact injury such as a fracture or bruise.

KIS


Thu Mar 12 2015 2:04 pm EST

PUCKYOU - On the one hand, the Rangers are a band of very unselfish brothers, and that's a good thing team-wise but, yeah, they sure as hell need to shoot more...One exception is KID K, but that;s usually because he's ahead of everybody!

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:56 pm EST

tdchi -- I'm hopeful....judging by the equipment my son wore, the shoulder pads usually have an upper arm component that straps around the bicep and then the elbow pad comes up a good deal above the elbow....it's not all heavy plastic, but still thick padding. There might be about an inch or two for the puck to sneak in between but hopefully it hit some padding and just gave him a deep bruise.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:55 pm EST

Anybody else wonder why every player that comes to the NYR becomes a passaholic? MSL, Dan Boyle, now Yandle? I know he's a power play assist man-but for God's sake-shoot every once in awhile-keep them honest. MSA, Hayes, Stepan, Brasssard? Nash is the only guy who shoots on the damn team. Can't remember who said it-but he was right on-if Hags buries the empty netter rather than post-Klein doesn't get hit with that shot by OV.

puckyou


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:52 pm EST

I would like to hear what the former C&D men leetch and Maloney's assessments of captain fantastic below par-menter are ....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:48 pm EST

JFC - Totally agree...or unless there's a displaced fracture and he needs surgery...but I think they probably would have come right out and said something if that were the case.

tdchi


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:47 pm EST

E- I don't think you meant the way "plodding grinder" comes across when you read it...but in the event you did, I gotta say I disagree. A plodding grinder would be a stay-at-home who has good defensive awareness, but simply can't or won't move with the play...so not the case with McILRATH...he moves just fine...and when he hones in on a guy, I'd liken him to a cruise missile...will he rival the mobility of McDONAGH or even GIRARDI Probably not...but characterizing him as some immobile pylon is just not accurate...his biggest problem, IMO, was that his mind didn't move as fast as the game around him and as a result, he took himself out of position a lot...I think those problems are mostly or entirely behind him now...he doesn't seem to have any issues with speed...and frankly, the guy has a cannon of a shot...maybe the accuracy isn't so good...but you get the point...RF4L - Again...I wouldn't take whatever the Rangers do as an indictment of Mack. Not yet at least....They don't know where KLEIN is at and if he's only going to be out a couple games, the best move is to continue letting McI do what he's doing, which is gaining confidence...You of all people should know how important that is...I mean, here the Rangers are actually taking their time with a kid...leaving him in Hartford rather than bouncing him back and forth every time they have an injury...Look, if Klein is out the SEASON...and the Rangers still leave Mack where he is...then you might have a point...but a couple weeks? I don't think there's much you can glean from that....I maintain there are other teams that would take Mack off our hands in a jiffy...he's got some skills few players have and, IMO, is a future NHLer...the reason he is where he is shows the most about where the Rangers see his future.

tdchi


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:41 pm EST

JFC---kind of ironic that they call it the humerus bone because Klein did not have a very humorous look on his face when he got hit...In fact, he was bent over in severe pain when they showed him in the tunnel.

RF73


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:35 pm EST

Also, good analysis of Rangers' smarts & poise vs. Caps....who seem to get their poise by taking their cues from their Captain. He's doing the same crap that he always does when he plays against Girardi & Staal....he gnashes his teeth and gets frustrated and lets both of them get in his head, as he bangs his stick and snarls on the bench. That is not what a leader should do.....it creates a loss of confidence for that team and the guys who look to him as their savior.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:28 pm EST

Hospo -- I'm hoping from where he got hit, that it's a very deep bruise or, at worst, a hairline fracture of the humurus...it looked like it hit him above the elbow in the lower tricep area....at least there is some meat there. Hopefully the elbow pad was covering most of the elbow area....my son's elbow pads used to come up a good 3-4" above the elbow cup so I wonder if the shot might have even caught some padding. It could actually be a GOOD sign that they are sending him back to NY....could mean that they saw no break in X-rays and they want to get further evaluation.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:23 pm EST

As far as the game last night, very impressed with the Rangers...can play and beat both the physical and skating teams...What I took from last nights game is that the Rangers are a very fast, smart, poised and disciplined team while the Caps are the opposite, making foolish plays and losing poise..While the Caps are strong in the O-zone, they were very loose with the puck in their own end, made some poor decision everywhere,They were also very slow through the neutral zone compared to the Rangers..Want to evaluate this matchup further once the CAPS get Green and Orbik back, but it looks good.............The THIRD line was excellent all night, offensively, defnsively and physically...Hope that stays a constant...will need to be especially if Ste[ and MSL remain so fickle

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:22 pm EST

Hockey ref'ing can be a funny business. It's more boxing then the NFL. In the NFL it's all concrete. In hockey there is more of an arbitrary scale of infraction. And those infractions are called more tightly depending on what's going on. Like boxing, the refs will pull the players together and warn them. That's often what the conversations between the letter players and refs are about. Then comes the argument, and ultimately both sides to back to the bench with the warning to share it. Nowadays, there are definitely a few refs who come to the rink with their arms spring loaded and ready to call everything. im fine with that as long as it's consistent. What I hate is the sudden, I'm calling everything after I'm calling nothing. Reffing in the NHL is an enigma to the fan. What I do like is when the analyst is between the benches now. Often they convey the refs statements to the viewer. It helps the viewer better understand the "mood" of the officiating.

E


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:15 pm EST

I can't believe this trash that Kosta and Hunwick are similar to Klein is still being talked about ..Ignore this mamaluke!....Could be worse for the Rangers, TB just lost....Coburn and two top 9 wingers for at least the next three weeks....It's that time of year..Hopefully this ain't a 6-8 week thing for KLEIN...

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:14 pm EST

Andrei: I also think that the fans and the announcers miss frequently the "you've been warned" calls. Those are the ones that the refs have called loose but either warned the captains, coaches, or players that if they keep doing it they're gonna raise the arm. And finally something that looks more marginal gets someone sent to the box and the fans are pissed off because in their eyes the infraction doesn't pass the smell test of what was going on earlier in the game. I think most refs default is to try to let them play as much as possible as long as everything stays low.

E


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:33 pm EST

andrei: I am about as big a Rangers homer as a fan can be...but, 99% of the time the refs make a call...there is a really penalty...its the noon calls that piss me off....but to point out the refs made a good call hen they did...thats the right way to call a sporting event.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:32 pm EST

Kostagoal...geesh. I hope we never see him again in a Ranger uniform Wild.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:30 pm EST

RF4L: I will say this. If Hunwick plays well, and they don't call anyone up until after the weekend, they may call up Koska just to have him sit unless there is an emergency, but that would IMHO only be for a shorter term injury. If Klein is out longer term we should see McIlrath called up to play, and Hunwick to sit.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:23 pm EST

Can't wait for day when Micheletti is no longer Ranger commentator and to the lesser level, Sam. I'm sorry, but i can't stand when every-time Ranger player takes a penalty, Micheletti finds a justification for the ref's call. "Sam, blah blah". In 99% of the time, he will find a reason. Can't also stand how both Sam and Micheletti go on and on about how great the opposite team is. Sometimes is comical how both of them describe horrible teams like Carolina or Phoenix. "Sam, they are a hard working team. Sam, Stalls sure looks good". When was the last time these clowns talked about Hartford players instead, or our draft picks??? I'm sure, can't even recall it. So we are stuck with the opposite team love-fest, while a real game going on on a background. "Sam, Buffalo sure is playing well, blah, blah, blah, Krider scores...". Dave M is so refreshing compare to Michelletti. He calls spade a spade, goes off on refs and really tells you which Ranger player maid a good a bad play. You can't even compare them. Also love there emotion when opposite team scores. Feels like both giggle behind the scene. "Oh, he scores!!!!". Jesus, can you call the Rangers goal with at least same emotion level?

andrei


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:21 pm EST

In addition, if LA makes the POs, Carolina will have 2 picks and they, too, might be interested in Talbot, if they can move Cam Ward.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:20 pm EST

I also think that once The King comes back, Tal-Bot takes a seat for the rest of the year. That's just the way it's going to be...."Thanks for your great work, Tal-Bot, now sit down and watch." He might get a game or two simply because The King might be a little out of shape, buit othert than that, the rest of the season will be all about getting The King as many games as possible. I'm very worried about him not being as sharp as we need him to be at the start of the POs.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:20 pm EST

JFC: Welcome to my line of thinking my friend. Buffalo, Minnesota and Edmonton all will likely be seeking goalie help from a number 1 perspective. Both Buffalo (either the Blues or the Islanders - one of those 2 is owned by the Jets now) and Edmonton (Pittsburgh) have extra firsts. It's more than reasonable to project Prince Tal-Bot getting moved to one of those teams for one of those picks, IMO.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:18 pm EST

STEVIE: MALONEY is really good. I would love him in the booth of the TV broadcast. I think DUGUAY would be good as well. At some point I hope to see LEETCH move into that role but he has to get more comfortable and engaging first. He is a wealth of knowledge when he does analysis. He just needs a bit more personality.

Vic


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:15 pm EST

Tal-Bot post (continued)So, look for teams on Draft Day who need a goalie and who have lots of available draft picks to make a run a Talbot. I think he has proven at this point that he can be a starter....I think a GM who needs a goalie might think the same thing

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:14 pm EST

Or better yet, Prince Tal-Bot!

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:13 pm EST

Wild: If KK goes on the IR, it'll be very telling in terms of who gets recalled. Another bypass of McI could be very telling IMO. We'll see...

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:12 pm EST

And with this last stretch of 4 games of fantastic golatending by The Prince, combined with the actual record of his "#1 golaie" stretch, Talbot has definitely made GMs all over the NHL take notice. This hasn't been a small stretch of games....it has been 17 games and he has a 2.27 GAA and a .943 save%. Those are numbers that will get attention. By the time The King comes back, he will have played the equivalent of 25% of a regular season. He has that cold personality that allows him to focus and move on when goals are scored....he is playing like an absolute machine, a robot. Instead of The Prince, he should be called Tal-Bot.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:11 pm EST

LMFAO: More from Blueshirt banter : "But the gap between Klein and Matt Hunwick or Michael Kostka is not nearly as big as most might think." (http://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2015/3/12/8200473/kevin-klein-sent-back-to-new-york-to-meet-with-team-physician) Of course he uses shot differential to support this. This is amazing stuff...I mean whats more impressive than Kostka being as good as Hunwick, let alone Klein, bases on a single stat...a single stat. THIS is why teams are not sold on stats, you can't use stats to find out what paler is better. SO according to this article, if you can call it that, Klein is a perfectly good 3rd pair Dman....same as Hunwick and Kostka LOL

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:04 pm EST

Interesting POVs on Micheletti and Rosen....each person has their own reason for not liking their style. Personally, I agree with Bob about D. Maloney....I was surprised when he was not made the color guy. And I will say this also....although I see nothing wrong with Michaletti being objective about the other team's players, when a bad call is made....or a call is not made when a Ranger gets hammerd or hooked or whatever....in those cases i WOULD like Micheletti to be more of "homer" and say it was a bad call and be more emphatic about it. That is what Maloney would do....the Captain bleeds Rangers blue and it comes through when things get down and dirty....he stands up for the Rangers and I DO like that. But, he also criticizes the Rangers freely too and is not a "homer" in general. He's got a good combination of knowledge, experience and Ranger fan

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:34 am EST

My problem with Micheletti is that he does not call a spade a spade. Maloney does, pro-Rangers or anti-Rangers and I love that. Kenny Albert is tops, on all sports. He would appear to be Sam's heir apparent. Sam deserved respect, but he has clearly lost something off his fastball. Still, I think he will be around for quite a bit longer. If MSG would whack him it would be a very unpopular move. I like Randy Hahn a lot as a PBP guy. I also like the Tampa Bay guy.

Bob


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:29 am EST

pitchfork ladle in emrick and McGuire go have fun bs......it's rare Dave Maloney is boring or acting...most of the rest are....fishaletti should go do the fish......sam should stick with football....time for new blood.....I like valliquette and duguay is not bad except for some of his attire.....alpert can go with his dad......time for msg to separate the nyr from the other 2 pos nhl teams they cover........I'd take Howie face for radio rose back....one more hill to climb....my toe my toe.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:28 am EST

JFC: I don't think you're gonna see McIlrath again (never know though) and I don't think he has all that much in terms of trade value. And he hasn't been a bad player in Hartford so I don't see any real need to move him just so they can wash their hands away as if they are filthy. And perhaps they aren't willing to give up completely on him yet. That maybe he might mature into something better and more capable of competing in the NHL. Last night was certainly a physical contest. But I saw plenty of pushback from the NYR. They were finishing their checks and playing in faces. They don't have a nuclear bomb option but last night I don't think they needed one either. McIlrath just right now doesn't seem to be able to play the mobile, two-way style of hockey that AV wants to play. He is a plodding grinder. Everything the New York Rangers do offensively is predicated on the transition game. I don't see where he fits that unless his skating, speed, and sense grows up from what I've seen in the few Hartford games I've watched and his benchmark NHL performances. I just don't see any reason to dump him either.

E


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:17 am EST

JFC: my issue with Joe and Rosen isn't even about being a homer or not. In this regard I'm actually okay with their broadcast. It's that Joe isn't engaging. Just a dry personality. Knows his hockey but doesn't spend enough time in actual analysis. Rosen who has been the voice of the New York Rangers since I was a kid is kind of synonymous with them. I have trouble separating the two hit Sam doesn't keep up with the game any more. Once upon a time he was spot on. You could close your eyes and see the action in your head with the vivid way he could present. Nowadays, not so. Players missed, dead air etc... But the one thing that gets me riled up more then anything is the way Joe can pull Sam off of the game and get involved in something human interest. "Oh, those Staal boys. The come from a great family. Did you know they were sod farmers Joe? Sure did Sam. Great, great people." Endless amount of mindless drivel that has no bearing on the hockey game. It's not a technical hockey broadcast. There isn't enough X's and O's. Lots of ra-rah stuff. It's just so rated-G to me. I can take the non-technical stuff. That's okay but if that is gonna be the case, put in Maloney. Maloney at least makes me laugh with his spats of disgust and borderline drunk humor. And probably one day the radio team takes over. Hopefully, sooner then later. In terms of other teams broadcasts and homer'ing. Some broadcasts are good and some aren't. I can't cite every broadcast team off the cuff. Certainly The Sabres and the Pens are amongst the worst in the NHL. Potvkn in Florida was atrocious. But Randy Hahn in San Jose is the best PBP guy in hockey in my opinion. I think it's hard to find that "value." But I don't think Sam and Joe are near the tops of their trade.

E


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:17 am EST

Jfc there's a difference between that and the fact that douchellti seems happy when the other team scores. This guy takes joy in the rangers losses it seems. I don't want a homer but I also don't want some ex isles player who probably loathed this franchise. I don't want to return to the dark days of mag controlling anything negative said but at tge same time I don't want a guy who gleefully talks up the other team when they score.

York18


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:09 am EST

JFC: My beef with Shitiletti is his lack of insight to the game and what's actually happening at any given moment in a specific game. It's like he never played the game and/or is too dumb to come up with anything insightful. The stuff he offers up anyone with a little hockey knowledge and the energy to do a little research could do. Equally annoying is the sometimes inane and endless prattling between him and Rosen. It's like listening sometimes to 2 10 year olds.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:09 am EST

JFC: Good call. Does everyone forget that JD used to chat on about how great the top players not he other team were, and how good the top teams were? He talked about it all the time, but because he was JD it was "insightful" or something like that. I can't stand most teams announcers on TV, they are not nearly as good...and many of them STILL don't know the rules of the NHL, ESPECIALLY this seasons new rule of a shot that deflects out has a face-off in the offensive zone regardless of who defects it. When other teams guys are on center ice they always wonder why the refs have the faceoff in the zone because it hit one of the offensive teams players, or hit the post or whatever...and I am like 'its 40 games into the rule change, plus pre season how do you not know this?" at least the Rangers guys worst thing is thinking one guy is another, and giving the wrong names!

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:06 am EST

JCF: Wholeheartedly agree on McI. Like I posted earlier, based on what dudes like TD and York, among others, are saying, he's played well for the Pack and apparently his game has progressed, to the point where it sounds (to me anyways) that he's not likely to get much better at that level. He's never complained/caused a stink - time to reward this kid for his hard work and diligence. Let him play a few games and see if he can keep up. There's so little to lose here and so much much to gain. All that said, I ain't holding my breath. Even if he's recalled (because he's the best there is down there at the moment) AV will likely pressbox him in favour on Hunwick. Dumb but so is continually putting out the Stepan line to start each lousy PP.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:06 am EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport It's gonna be Hunwick if Klein is out, and Hunwick will be just fine

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:05 am EST

gross..."...If Klein is unable to play - which seems like a very safe bet at this point - Matt Hunwick would re-enter the lineup."

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 11:03 am EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Rangers say they are hoping to have an update on Kevin Klein this afternoon. That's not a definite.

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:55 am EST

If Klein is hurt and out for 4-6 weeks, they need to bring McI up and at least give him a 5 game stint to see what he can do. If they don't, I can't see him being with this team past draft day.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:53 am EST

Guys, let me say this about Micheletti...and Rosen for that matter....we are often on The Wall talking about other announcers and what "homers" they are and how unprofessional etc. Yet, when Michaletti or Rosen talks about the attributes of players from the other teams, they are ragged on for being annoying and for rooting for the other team. THey can't keep talking about the same things over and over again during an 82 game schedule. Do we want to hear Micheletti talking about how much he likes Zuccarello and how he backs down from nobody and how he plays bigger than his size indicates over and over again? The same goes for the attributes of The King, and Krieder and all the other Rangers....woouldn't that make Rosen and Micheletti nto the vvery same "homers" that we call out the other teams' announcers for being? They have to talk about the other team and what their players do well because they have to keep things from getting stale. It's natural for them to talk animatedly about the players from the other team because those players are DIFFERENT....they alrady know everything about the Rangers players and have spoken about them. Talking about other players allows them to break up the monotony and stretch their repetoire....for THEM it is something different and fun to talk about. So do we want Rosen and Micheletti to be HOMERS or not? Micheletti was not working for MSG last night....he was working for NBC and he has to talk about both sides equally. He also talked intimately about the strengths of the RAngers players,,,,he did a better job than a "foreign" announcer would have done speaking accurately about our guys.

JFC31


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:22 am EST

One of the things that I really like about this team is the way they play with a lead. Years ago when playing with a lead they would go into a defensive shell but not a good one. They would scramble around their own and and disjointedly try not to give up a goal. This team plays with a quiet confidence when it has a lead. They allow possession but they focus on keeping teams wide and limiting chances. But, most of all they sit back and wait for the other team to make a mistake. We saw that last night on the MSL goal. But that kind of thing goes even further with this team. The Rangers, at any point in the game, are a damn dangerous team to play. If you make a mistake or turn the puck over the Rangers make you pay. They are so fast in transition. The Rangers are a tough team to play against because you know going in that you can't make mistakes..........and it is hard to play your game worrying about not making mistakes.

Vic


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:16 am EST

RF73: Yeah - exactly. Maddening sometimes, isn't it?

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 10:16 am EST

I am guessing the Rangers don't have the cap space to recall anyone from Hartford until/unless KK goes on the IR? Anyone know for sure?

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:58 am EST

RF4L...He's going to be right...even if we have to go 7.7% efficiency the last 5 games to prove it.

RF73


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:55 am EST

Wild: I say (and I posted this yesterday) try a line of Hayes/Nash/Brassard and rather than Nash in the crease, put Hayes there. Hayes has great hands down low and Nash can position himself 10 to 15 feet out for those one timers. MZA can take one of the point spots (because he's so good at bringing the puck into the zone - he's gotta be on the number 1). Too often stubborn AV starts the PP with the under-achieving Stepan line.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:52 am EST

Via twitter, Klein heading back to NY to be examined by team physician

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:51 am EST

Larry Brooks &#8207;@NYP_Brooksie 25s26 seconds ago This can't be good: Klein going back to NY to be examined by team physicians after blocking Ovechkin shot with left arm at 19:41 of 3d.

puckyou


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:50 am EST

Jerry---I agree...As soon as I saw Talbot nod, I knew he had said something to him...As far as Emerick, that's because he doesn't stop talking long enough to watch the subtleties of the game. He's too busy calculating that there is 92 & 3/10's of a second left in the period.

RF73


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:43 am EST

Yorkie.....if the Rangers win the Cup with Talbot in net......you trade him in the offseason to Edmonton with McIrlath for Taylor Hall and dump MSL :-) Then Henrik will wanna match Talbot for his Cup in 2015-16 and the Rangers end up with back to back Championships!

TradeStar28


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:34 am EST

RF73: I'm going to ask Cam what he said; I'll post here what he replies! I was impressed that a positive comment was made between players. Of course NBC and Emerick was talking about the price of rice in China during that exchange, man does Emerick/NBC miss a big part of every game. I guess that’s what you get for somebody who never lacing up skates or played hockey, but tries to provide insight into hockey games. He has no Idea.

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:32 am EST

RF4L: Don't forget there was a 20-25 game stretch with a PP clicking at 21%. Thats how they went from like 16th in the NHL to 8th at one point (or 9th maybe) That makes it doubly perplexing that they can't get going now. I think their confidence is just shaky on the PP, so even with it going great, they hit one rough patch and it all went to hell.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:27 am EST

From a mental standpoint I think the next two games will be just as tough as the previous five. Concerned about a huge letdown Saturday night.

ges999


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:11 am EST

stevie: In today's cap world it behooves a (quality) GM to think about both the present and the future due to the need to have a steady stream of young talent flowing into the organization.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:11 am EST

Jerry---so let's guess..."Great save" or "How did that not go in?"...

RF73


Thu Mar 12 2015 9:04 am EST

I wonder what Backstrum said to Cam Talbot after that unbelievable glove save?

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:55 am EST

rf4l so far trading those picks has worked out. when the future becomes the present , then it might change.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:53 am EST

Our young forwards and Talbot have stepped up nicely, IMO its time for McIlrath to be called up for the B2B unless it affects Hartford's PO's..Even then, the big club comes 1st.. Maybe rest MSL + DMoore against Buff, but let's not take anything for granted. We need to walk away with those 2 points..

mf


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:46 am EST

Good Morning Dew

mf


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:46 am EST

Good Morning Dew

mf


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:33 am EST

stevie: Maybe Skapski? IMO, it's worth pursuing because Talbot will surely walk in the summer of 2016 so he can get a number 1 role. I do the argument of keeping him and then making a trade deadline 2016 move, but historically, goalies don't fetch as much at the deadline as they do in the off-season. Cup contenders, in other words, rarely are looking at acquiring a number 1 goalie. Sather needs to be smart and forward thinking here. The trading away of 4 consecutive first rounders will have a negative impact - getting one back for a player who won't be here in 15 months is something smart GMs would investigate.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:28 am EST

RF4L: On the 3rd line.....last night and the game on Lon Gisland were two big measuring sticks. Specifically, how would HAYES and MILLER play in a tighter checking and more physical game. They came through with flying colors IMHO.

Vic


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:26 am EST

Good Morming NY Ranger Fans! Is it me is is this the best hockey this franchise has played ever? I wonder if the King will be able to break this line up? Purple Hayes line is on fire. What a game against the Caps. Haglen was on after burner. Speed KILLS! Emeric sucks, mad Mikilletti was in his glory taking about how good the Caps are. I say go work for them and leave the Rangers for people who like the Rangers. Some times the lights all shining on me!

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:25 am EST

From Gross' blog...Klein was wearing a wrap on his arm as he left the Verizon Center. Asked if he was doing OK, Klein said, “No, not really.”

pete


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:24 am EST

rf4l and who would be the backup next season?.....the prince is signed for next season. until they have a real backup to replace him, he stays. and until the king can retake his throne, Talbot is the prince in waiting......now maybe when hank gets back, veenyo nest season will go with the hot goalie until he loses.......and switch.....

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:17 am EST

Imagine if this team actually had a PP? I remain utterly perplexed that they cannot figure it out. And this dates back to before Sather came to NY (save for a brief period of time in JJ's 1st full season). It's truly incredulous. I will say this, however: When is the last time the Rangers had someone at the point who's shot was feared around the league? That lack isn't the only problem, but it certainly is one of the missing ingredients.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:11 am EST

Wild: The trading of the Prince vs the King is a no-brainer in terms of where Sather's head is likely at. And assuming the wheels don't suddenly fall off of the Prince's bus, it would be foolhardy of Sather IMO not to entertain offers for him in June. The more games like last night's he strings together, the bigger the return. Buffalo has extra firsts - it's reasonable to project they'd be open to moving one of them in a deal for the Prince.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:08 am EST

BTW, yet another strong game from the 'third' line - more reason not to start moving players off of it. It's been one of the keys, IMO, to this long run.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 8:00 am EST

RF4L: oh. Hank would bring back a large amount. Probably wouldn't relave what he brings...but it would be substantial. I'm more interested in what GMs are thinking Talbot is worth right now

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:59 am EST

hip: I thought it hit him in the inside of the arm...seemed lower to me, but in any case it wouldn't shock me if there was a fracture, not a full break type fracture, but just a crack. There is so little padding on the inside of the arm it's just open to injury. Also it may turn out to be "just" soft tissue damage. Still could keep him out. But the way he held his arm, that a natural reaction to injury, to protect your arm, it's not a conscious movement at first, and he did it quickly, makes me worry that his body knew something broke.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:56 am EST

And on another note, it truly is remarkable what the Prince is accomplishing. I don't believe anyone saw this coming. He is playing over these past 2 weeks as well as we've ever seen the King play. I posted last night about the former making the latter expendable and of course it was a joke. However, there's a sliver (or more) of truth to that, even though I realize the likelihood of the King being traded is remote at best. It is interesting to ponder, however. The King would fetch a huge bounty and free the organization up from a big salary cap hit, thereby allowing them room to resign most of their pending RFAs. Lundvqist no doubt wouldn't be happy - he loves NYC. He's probably got a NMC anyways. Fun to speculate about nonetheless.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:52 am EST

Here's hoping Klein is fine and if he's not, McI gets the recall. Everything those that have seen him play are saying tells me he deserves that. Not much more to learn in the AHL and he's been a solid citizen for the organization. Let him soak in the experience.

RF4L


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:44 am EST

Any word on KLEIN yet? If that puck hit him above the elbow pad, and below the shoulder pads, the only bone that could be fractured is the humerus. It would be the shaft of the humerus (not the proximal or distal ends), I would be absolutely shocked if he broke that bone on a play like that. There is just too soft tissue (muscle) there. All that being said, KLEIN has proven how tough he is, and he looked hurt & in a lot of pain when he left the ice.

hipcheck


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:41 am EST

Win or lose this team plays with the confidence we have not seen since 1994. If Klein is out it will be noticed. Anyone who rates him and Hunwick as equals I hope is scouting for the Islanders at the draft.

gene_carr


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:24 am EST

New York Rangers &#10004; @NYRangers #NYR rankings in NHL: W: 42 (T-2nd) PTS: 91 (T-1st) PTS%: .689 (1st) ROW: 39 (2nd) DIFF: +46 (T-1st) G/GP: 3.03 (5th) GA/GP: 2.30 (3rd)

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:23 am EST

I can just imagine what would have been said if msl didn't score that 3rd goal.....nice of kid k to feed it to him instead of taking the shot.....good thing it made it 3-1....while many wanted 4-1 like 3-1 was no big deal because msl scored it.....whip on the guy with 19 goals 26 assists, 3rd on the nyr behind nash and brassard.....4th if stepan didn't miss all those games...

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:15 am EST

Per Pat Leonard of NYDN "Talbot, meanwhile, became the first netminder in Rangers history to allow one goal or fewer in regulation in four consecutive games, all on the road."

ges999


Thu Mar 12 2015 7:15 am EST

Boyle is this guy related to someone at NBC? You would think he's a Norris candidate the way they were talking about him all night. Miller he's never been a liabilty in his own end without the puck, his problem is misreading passing lanes with the puck in any zone. Miller in traffic can thread the needle over and under sticks his problem is his lack of ability to read danger in open lanes. You get a split second to look up and weigh your options and for some reason he doesn't process the perimeter danger when he sees an open lane. That's why he turns the puck over he looks up sees a small passing lane amd jumps on it not seeing the guy breaking into said lane. Once he starts to understand that he will be a player and a good one at that. His not being physical is odd and I think more a product of av and his system then him not being physical to me it seems like he doesn't want to over commit and get burned. I think once his hockey iq catches up with his physical gifts you have the makings of a very good player. Yandle is still adjusting to the system but for a guy that's supposed to be weak in his own end he sure makes a lot of great reads and smart first passes out of the zone. Here is a crazy scenario Hank isn't cleared talbot carries the rangers into the playoffs Hank gets cleared do you sit talbot? Crazier is you win a cup with talbot and Hank put what do you do then trade Hank extend talbot? Fast solid that's it. Like I said so many times he's a hard player to appreciate because he does the little things so well that go unnoticed. MSL best he looked in months hopefully it's more then last night. Klein has been a rock back there if he's out his worth will be evident. Stepan seems off but better now then spring.

York18


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:59 am EST

Good morning. AV made sure to spread around the ice time last night (being the 2nd night of back to back and 3games in 4 nights) - Least among forwards - Miller (9:33) followed by Hayes (10:40) and then Glass (10:49). Most among forwards - Stepan (19:20), Kreider (17:31), St. Louis (16:43).

ges999


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:54 am EST

HOSPO: Yeah it's the same site. In fact he was arguing with people last night that Glass isn't even a 4th line player. Clearly this hockey "writer" is a level at or below many on this wall...there is much better player evaluation and stuff from those here...and that guy has a website and with adds and such I bet he makes some money...sad. What's even more sad is that people like that think they are smarter and more knowledgeable than multiple NHL coaches, scouts, GMs and players like McD who have said good things about Glass, and what do they base it on? CORSI of course....and maybe 1 or 2 other stats.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:48 am EST

RF4L: that was also the first time all season that a PP goal was scored against the Rangers with Fast on the PK. Now I know it wasn't all him making that happen...but he was part of it, and that kind of stat can't be totally overlooked. Last night, the puck is an inch different one way or the other or the stick is and there is not a goal. It's not like he did something crazy and out of the ordinary...but things like that happen. Would have been cool if he made it through the regular season with no pp goals against with him out there.

Wildcard


Thu Mar 12 2015 6:41 am EST

Having a deterrent on the ice sometimes helps,” Vigneault said before the Rangers’ 3-1 victory propelled the Blueshirts into first place overall in the NHL. “There’s a lot of game within the game, sometimes there’s a lot of chirping, and boys will be boys. “We want to play whistle to whistle, but [Glass] gives us an element we need against certain teams.” ..so call up big mac if klien is hurt.....and change that concept of whistles , and start cheating like the other teams......picks, interference, holding, etc.....the nyr play their best hockey on the pk.......

stevielegs


Thu Mar 12 2015 1:28 am EST

NICK - You feeeling OK? :)....One step at a time ..Let's win the East Regular season (and the Pres Trophy) first..And hopefully be healthy for the East minefield

Hospo


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:42 am EST

Standings quirk right now: NYR, Habs, Nashville and Ducks all have 42 wins and 7 overtime losses. We have 17 losses, Montreal 18, Preds 19, Ducks 20.

Nick


Thu Mar 12 2015 12:35 am EST

NYR are top 5 offense and defense ... Can win 2-1 or 5-4, as they've done both all year. Let's ride the wave through June ...

Nick


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:28 pm EST

Trade agree but more importantly IMO is that they now have an offense! A lot fewer games need to go to OT and shootouts for wins. That is why they have a great ROW record.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:27 pm EST

FIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACEFIRSTPLACE

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:21 pm EST

Looking at silly stats but one thing that is different this year from the previous few years and is a main reason for the NY Rangers being the #1 team in the NHL for tonight.............is that the NYR's are playing a lot better at home (21-7-5) ........

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:09 pm EST

Final 6-3

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:05 pm EST

6-3 3 minutes left

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:57 pm EST

The shot that hurt Klein was a wrist shot from OV.......Looking at the super -duper slo-mo......the fuzzy image shows the shot hitting Klein right above the elbow pad and on the side of the upper arm. Possible fracture? Hope not. Meanwhile, Hags hit the freakin post prior to this event happening and that woulda sealed the deal @ 4-1.....

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:48 pm EST

Hospo - noted, my friend!

DREW


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:46 pm EST

MF - The GLASS has definitely been more HALF FULL the last 4-5 games ..liking it.....RF4L - I don't know, a littl mopre Hollweg, a little less Sjoostrom/Betts..But, honestly, His game fits this team....................As for the D, Hunwick and Summers are LH..Mcilrath the next RH, correct?.....

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:28 pm EST

Quick review indicates we avg 13.95 blocked shots per game.. Tonight we were credited with "20" blocked shots.. ""1 GOAL AGAINST"" people... ..... That's 6 goals against in the last 5 contests.... aka: 1.2 goals against over the last 5 games... (Rangers 3rd overall in goals against per game with 2.30..... Second place is Chicago with 2.29, and in first place are Les Frogs with a stingy 2.15 gapg avg....

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:25 pm EST

LAST 60 DAYS: NYR first in east in win pct and points

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:21 pm EST

great

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:21 pm EST

Watched the last 30 minutes of the game and Glass played damn good.. Still gets the heebee geebees when the puck is on his stick a bit too soon, but heck, he gave a freat effort.....

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:18 pm EST

BTW going for x-rays not good. Alas if he's out, AV will use Hunwick. And God forbid, Kostagoal. McI should be the one recalled IMO.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:17 pm EST

Hospo: Whaddaya want from the dude? LOL...a tap dance? LOL

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:17 pm EST

duh..site not sight

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:16 pm EST

RF4L - And he took some big hits from WILSON and kept on being Jesper! Gotta say, he does bore me, but he also gets the job done

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:14 pm EST

WILD - Tell Joe Schmoe to Go Blow..Not even close..Kleinn is a solid two-way #4 d-man this year and playing like one..Hunwick is a pine sitter with a tad of offensive ability...Glad i never read the sight.....Is this the same sight that crucifies Tanner Glass every night? yeah, Glass has his limitations but his coach and teamates love him and he's played 3-4 good games in a row....

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:13 pm EST

If Calvin Klien is hurt, Big Mac is the righty right replacement ...

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:13 pm EST

NHL.COM, standings, League, shows Rangers in First. I like the look of that.

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:11 pm EST

Steve Zipay.... AV: Klein, who got hit with late shot in left arm, undergoing x-rays. Will know more tomorrow.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:11 pm EST

Rhet: Then go Flames go! F U Kings....

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:11 pm EST

As Jackie Gleason would say ..." How sweet it is"....

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:10 pm EST

The NYR sacrificed the body to block shots like they did the year we won the East... Difference between this team and that one is we have an offensive game too.. They say that good teams punish you when you make mistakes, seems like our boys did just that in the 3rd.... Awesome!

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:10 pm EST

If Calgary makes the playoffs, they could be responsible for knocking out the Kings.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:09 pm EST

Wild: Obviously then, Joe whatshisname doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. That's a ridiculous and stupid statement to make IMO.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:08 pm EST

BTW, Jesper Fast tonight showed why AV likes him so much. Yeah, that OV deflection goal sucked, but he made a bunch of other blocks that were sensational. I really like this guy.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:08 pm EST

So. Just wondering how many agree with Joe whatshisname over at blueshirt banter...tweeted out that Klein and Humwick are about the same. This is someone with a Rangers blog who has tons of followers and readers...who just said Basically that Klein is no better than Hunnwick. And he will gripe that the Rangers don't recognize him and his crew as media....

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:08 pm EST

Per @DarrenDreger NYR hoping Lundqvist could get back with a handful of games to get ready for playoffs. More tests required.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:07 pm EST

Hey DREW--1 point AHEAD of the ISLES with 4 GAMES in hand..! :)

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:06 pm EST

5-2

jratelle19


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:02 pm EST

Go Calgary Go! In more ways than one!

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:00 pm EST

And smarter and more poised than the Caps....Love that last play by KID K after last night...great read...great position..great speed

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:59 pm EST

Calgary has taken a 4-2 lead over Anaheim after being down 2-0 in the first.

jratelle19


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:59 pm EST

Many a NYR suck to someone but the NYR TEAM just Keeps racking up points like a slot machine ....push those buttons veenyo....

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:59 pm EST

one noticable difference between the King and the Prince is Talbots ability to handle the puck . I'm sure the D appreciate it !

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:57 pm EST

I;m worried about Klein...sure hope not a broken arm...

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:56 pm EST

RHET - Not really.....Prince is as good as the King..I think the Rangers were the better team and deserved to win..but I think any time these two teams play with healthy squads are gonna be real close contests...Should be fun...Glad the Rangers are the more disciplined teams..That should go along way

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:55 pm EST

What a gutsy win - lots of kudos deserved, starting with MSL - engaged fully tonight for the first time in a wnile and zero coincidence he scores. The Prince is the real deal. He's making the King expendable! ;^)

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:55 pm EST

Right now, the NY Rangers are #1 team in NHL standings......This will remain to atleast tomorrow if Anaheim loses to Calgary in regulation.

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:52 pm EST

mf...haven't been posting on here much , there was too much crap going on . i love coming in here and having fun , not listening to arguments and negativity . It's been much more civil lately so nice to post again !

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:52 pm EST

Hospo... The Rangers were playing the 2nd night of a back-2-back, the Caps were well rested and Hank is still out hurt. Seems pretty even to me.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:51 pm EST

I wonder if the King is yelling at the docs right now to clear him so he doesn't lose his job. Cam is unreal right now,

pete


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:51 pm EST

NHL.COM headline : BEAST OF THE EAST

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:51 pm EST

Not clear view on my DRV but it looks like Klein was hit in the elbow and not lower on the arm. But hard to say. Nice win after a rough plodding Ranger third period.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:49 pm EST

Caps are strong in the offenisve zone...too slow in the neutral zone and a little sloppy in their own end....But missing 2 of the top 4 D kinda hurt them

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:49 pm EST

caperanger: where have you been lurking? Good to see ya...

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:49 pm EST

Last 7 minutes, Caps looked more fatigued than the Rangers. Great, gutsy, smart game by the boys....with The Prince holding down the fort in spectacular fashion. Rangers are a very well conditioned team...the Caps are not. Also great bench management by AV. And now, introducing....the 1st place New York Rangers!!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:48 pm EST

1st star *, 2nd star *, & 3rd star * of the game: CAM TALBOT ***

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:47 pm EST

Gutty grittY game hope it's just funny bone for Klein can nice get off fast enough? flyers or caps would have 20 min post wrap

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:46 pm EST

why not..The King is hurt, long play the King...

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:46 pm EST

Gotta love Kreider kissing Talbot after every win (in a manly way of course)

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:45 pm EST

16 saves in the 3rd for The Prince...Rangers held on, all that matters...Caps_Rangers could be a fun 4-6 games

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:45 pm EST

he's not a Prince anymore ...can we have 2 Kings ??

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:44 pm EST

Great, Klein hurt on a freak dump in shot

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:43 pm EST

Damn..KLEIN..better not be broken....!

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:43 pm EST

Funny bone

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:43 pm EST

hope klein is alright

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:43 pm EST

That ever-elusive empty netter.

jratelle19


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:43 pm EST

Talbot should be #1 star...he has been fantastic!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:42 pm EST

Klein is hurt.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:42 pm EST

HAGELIN literally could not hit the ocean if he fell out of a boat. Literally.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:41 pm EST

Wooo Hooo!

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:41 pm EST

1st place here we come!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:41 pm EST

We needed that... Kreider needed that and MSL certainly needed that.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:40 pm EST

float like a butterfly sting like a bee the hands can't hit what the eyes can't see

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:40 pm EST

KID K baby...MSL just bought 10 more games..:)

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:40 pm EST

Kreider !,I am great shot marty

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:40 pm EST

YES!!! SPEED KILLS!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:39 pm EST

What a play by The

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:39 pm EST

Wow

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:39 pm EST

THANK GOD ....MSL FROM KREIDER~!~~ !

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:39 pm EST

yessssssssssssssssssssssssss

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:39 pm EST

Thank you MSL

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:38 pm EST

Good guys are exhausted

KIS


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:37 pm EST

4th line has really struggled tonight. Stepan line has been pretty bad for a while not just tonight.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:36 pm EST

Cape Sarcasm 101, now Im feeling like Sheldon (BBT). Sorry bout that

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:36 pm EST

Damn, TALBOT is on his game this period!

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:35 pm EST

tradestar....Stephan , Kreider , St. Louis ...not sure whats happening there

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:35 pm EST

Talbot has been tracking the puck beautifully all night

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:35 pm EST

CAPE - I should have caught the sarcasm...My bad!

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:33 pm EST

sorry guys , i was just being smart there . NBC , thats ALL they have talked about is Ovechkin , its sickening...

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:31 pm EST

cape - I must be watching a diffenet NBC..that's all they're talking about...in a good way for Ranger fans..frustrated and pissed being the key words

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:31 pm EST

caperanger....do u mean Stepan?

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:30 pm EST

Cape yes..

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:30 pm EST

MSL plays like a 3 legged border collie

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:30 pm EST

Its the Caps with all the sog this period. We need to shoot. 6 mins is too long to ride a one goal lead

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:29 pm EST

is ovechkin playing ? they haven't mentioned him on NBC

caperanger


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:28 pm EST

TALBOT poised as heell..Caps really missing GREEN

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:27 pm EST

u scoor gool on dis talbot'....? Nyet nyet

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:26 pm EST

Opposite of Last night..But Rangers have better D...hold on for 8-9 mins..Get the two points..caps poor in neutral zone...get the puck there

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:26 pm EST

No Beagle, No Sheppard. Who let the dogs out?

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:26 pm EST

At some point someone has to drop the freaking gloves and go for it Win or lose.. leich just took a ridiculous run at stahl and he turns around and stares at him, his team will kill it off if need be. Got to punch a bully sometimes

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:25 pm EST

Rangers making mistakes due to fatigue....need to gut this one out. OV looks spent too....no excuse for him though

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:25 pm EST

I think Ovechkin thinks that Talbot in Russian means "Goal Saving Robot"

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:23 pm EST

The Rangers are whipped. They need a PP goal or something/somehow.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:22 pm EST

Emerick is dying to call the tying goal.....

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:22 pm EST

Will they please stop icing the puck!

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:22 pm EST

It's almost like they've started playing "not to lose" which of course, more times than not leads to a loss.

WIOSA


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:22 pm EST

Trade.... Ummmm, I don't get the gimp/McIlrath comparison.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:20 pm EST

Too much zone time here. Subtle bad play by Hayes there carrying puck inside his zone for no reason, leads to more goosecs zone time by caps. Can't do that stuff- Rangers do that too much creating way too much work for themselves

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:18 pm EST

The Legend of Dylan Mcilrath .........He is like the gimp in pulp fiction....Rangers fans calling his name in time of physicality

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:12 pm EST

Damn, Michaleeti and these other bozos keep talking about how good Boyle's been playing...the guy is a freaking nightmare defensively

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:09 pm EST

Ohhhhhh Fast.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:06 pm EST

I wish the Rangers would have McIlrath on the back line instead of Boyle.

KIS


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:06 pm EST

Please Lord....spare us from any OV8 jumping in this period

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:05 pm EST

If the Rangers keep winning and talbot keeps winning, when the king comes back does he just go back in net. Do you lift talbot?

KIS


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:05 pm EST

Freak'n LOVED GIRARDI'S Hit!!!!!!!!! Hard as hell, and totally clean. Spun the guy around like a helicopter!!!!

hipcheck


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:04 pm EST

HIP - Like him too..but tonight I want to see Kid K put him through the Wall, especially if dirty

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:03 pm EST

Yep Hospo....Dont wanna see that prevent defense circa 1982 NY Jets in the 3rd period........Because if that is the case, the Caps will fill the net real quick ......especially with the Rangers playing in their 6th period in last 24 hours

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:03 pm EST

I think WILSON is my favorite non-Ranger in Hockey. Wish the Rangers would add that to the roster..

hipcheck


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:58 pm EST

Rangers manning up quite well...but also sticking to thier game..That's how you win..SHould be a hell of a third..Rather see it stay 2-1..3-1 and then WIlson looks to hurt...Caps sloppy in their own end with those two subs..Rangers need to attack them even if up..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:54 pm EST

Rangers trotting out MSL tonight to play against the Caps is like throwing a tic tac to a hungry whale

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:52 pm EST

The elbow from Dom Moore to the head of Tom Wilson was worth the 120 seconds in the penalty box.....THe way that Wilson was running around looking to hurt the Rangers........the elbow by Moore was second to only a brick to Wilson's head......Caps still with that dumb mentality of trying to run teams through the boards instead of playing hockey. I would love to see them play the Iceholes in round 1 and let them kill each other especially when they go after Tavares

TradeStar28


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:52 pm EST

Gotta say I am impressed with the Rangers compete level considering the emotional win last night. I really expected a letdown.

stepunmytoe


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:51 pm EST

Rangers playing a hell of a game...especially since it's 2 in 2. But, they have missed so many open chances it hurts. Rangers have been one of the best conditioned teams in the NHL for the past 5 seasons. Should be able to win this if they stay the hell out of the box in the 3rd.

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:50 pm EST

Man, amazing how Boyle could not tee off on that shot. His hand must be effed up because he can't suck that bad, can he?

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:49 pm EST

Here's an idea..All BOYLE seems to care about is scoring and plays like a WING..why not sub him for MSL and call up McI? Just funnin

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:47 pm EST

Good D by the Rangers that period..Need to give another 20 mins of it.

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:45 pm EST

Marty St. Peeeuuuee.

stepunmytoe


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:41 pm EST

MSL had about four bad plays on that last PP. That was when he wasn't looking like a pylon. I hope he is saving it for the POs because he is showing us nothing.

NYStranger


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:40 pm EST

This D man the Caps called up blows. ,,Rangers need to exploit him

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:39 pm EST

With the back to back this weekend, really think MSL needs to sit for a game.

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:39 pm EST

Caps playing exactly how thought they would and Rangers pp sucks someone needs to do what GirardI did on chromagnum head, lucky Miller isn't concussed.

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:38 pm EST

RHET - That's putting it nicely on MSL

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:37 pm EST

All 4 lines contributing. Zucc had a golden opportunity on the PP!!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:35 pm EST

BTW, great 1st by the third

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:34 pm EST

MSL YEEESSSSH.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:34 pm EST

Great hit by Girardi..Caps losing composure..rest of this game should be fun! Teams are supposed to score on the PP,right?

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:32 pm EST

OV sure does some head scratchers.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:32 pm EST

That's a head shot suspend ovey

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:31 pm EST

Caps can dish it out but they sure go down like beotches when someone hits them.

Bob


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:31 pm EST

We need another goal this period. We're usually out of steam in 3rd ;period's(like most other team's) on back-2-back's.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:31 pm EST

If AV puts the STEPAN unit out again on this PP he is nuts. They are awful.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:28 pm EST

Zucc needs to shoot the damn puck!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:27 pm EST

Caps can't take their own medicine ....sure know how to act though...

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:27 pm EST

Garbage shot by Boyle...no one in front of the net

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:26 pm EST

Gotta get this PP....that L be huge after the great PK

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:16 pm EST

THE CAMINATOR!

Nick


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:15 pm EST

GREAT KILL BOYS.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:12 pm EST

SNIFF THE LEATHER!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:12 pm EST

Great glove

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:11 pm EST

WOW.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:58 pm EST

#NYR Stats: @KevinPHayes12 ranks second among NHL rookies in primary assists with 17.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:57 pm EST

New York Rangers..... #NYR @zuccarello36 is playing his 208th career game, most among Norwegian-born players in NHL history. Also leads in career G, A, and Pts.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:55 pm EST

MCDonagh elbowed to the face and nothing called. Talbot run at the end of the period and nothing called. NHL ref's..... priceless.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:51 pm EST

OV pulled a Kreider.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:50 pm EST

STAY OUT OF THE BOX!!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:50 pm EST

I don't even think MCD really even touched him.Bad acting job.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:49 pm EST

Losing cool here

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:49 pm EST

Nash PKing....must be fine

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:48 pm EST

Refs fall for acting job after finally opening their eyes

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:48 pm EST

Pos wilson

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:47 pm EST

Don't like how Nash looked on the aborted breakaway....looked like he stretched his leg in a weird way

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:45 pm EST

How about next PP, throw the 3rd line out, instead of the same old, same old crew.

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:45 pm EST

Purple Hayes with 2 helpers!

jratelle19


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:45 pm EST

Best line last few weeks great shot and that's why Miller does stay in the lineup

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:44 pm EST

JITTERS!!!

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:44 pm EST

Purple jitters

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:44 pm EST

JT MILLER!!

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:44 pm EST

JT MILLER!!

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:43 pm EST

The definition of insanity ? Our PP. Refuse to dump and chase and refuse to just shoot and attack for rebound. Over and over again.

stepunmytoe


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:42 pm EST

If anyone wants to call out a guy in this team who is not old and not playing up to par... Look to captain parmenter ...

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:42 pm EST

Freaking pathetic pp now the after the whistle bs beagle chimera fake tough guys..Where's asham to knock that dbag out again

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:40 pm EST

PP looks awful! Whats the deal? Also the Stepan lines is terrible

rngrsans


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:39 pm EST

Just shoot me now.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:33 pm EST

Gotta stay out of the g-damned box!! Holt by is giving up HUGE rebounds....shoot and crash the net.

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:33 pm EST

Goal fast

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:28 pm EST

Micheletti fits in with the NBC guys so well. He always seems disappointed when the NYR's score.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:27 pm EST

Good rebiund chance just missed by Nash Wilson doesn't like fast.. holtby imitating a pitch back machine

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:27 pm EST

Shoveled it in

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:25 pm EST

HAGS!!!

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:23 pm EST

Ladle pitchfork

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:22 pm EST

Bit of conservative start on both ends

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:18 pm EST

45 Sheppard is playing ..for the caps

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:16 pm EST

So how many KNiFES/WAFFLES/FEATHERS will we hear tonight :)

DOUBLEN


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:06 pm EST

Why can't we EVER catch a break? Pierre is on vacation and we get Joe Micheletti instead? Geesh.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 6:43 pm EST

Miller, too, for that matter. More than once recently, though, I've seen someone line *him* up for a hit and come out the worse for it.

LeoS


Wed Mar 11 2015 6:41 pm EST

I think part of AVs system must preach no unnecessary checks, meaning we still do hit but seldom make contact w/someone after they've released the puck. Otherwise, Tanner Glass's turning away from so many contact opportunities is inexplicable to me. Is there an advanced metric tracking Legal Checks You Could Have Thrown But Opted Out?

LeoS


Wed Mar 11 2015 6:32 pm EST

Andrew Gross.... Cam Talbot 15-6-4, 2.28 GAA, .922 save %) vs. Braden Holtby (32-16-9, 2.15, .925) as Rangers, Caps on ice for warmups here in DC.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:28 pm EST

Hospo... Maybe it's just my preconceived impressions of Miller, but I thought the defensive side of his game would be his strength. It would be more second nature to him. I was expecting him to struggle a bit on the offensive side of his game, but not with the D like he has at times. Also, where is the physical side of his game? He was supposed to be in the same mold as Callahan or Dubsinsky when it came to that. He's still a young guy with room to grow and improve, but I was kind of expecting more. It makes it all the more clear just how special Kevin Hayes is.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:18 pm EST

RHET - With Miller, it's more like 'Some periods are better than others" He has decent hard working games--but still can't score-- but always screws up big time at least once a game.......... other than those puck handling brain farts, he is very responsible..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:14 pm EST

Andrew Gross.... AV on Miller: "He’s a young player going thru the process. Some nights are better than others. Lately he’s been having a lot of good nights"

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:10 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... Miller was used in Kreider's spot in 3rd vs. Isles, but Kreider back with Stepan and MSL to start, per AV

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:09 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... AV confirms same lineup, Glass in as a deterrent...won't say whether Talbot or Skapski plays in Buffalo

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 5:06 pm EST

McKenzie: Kadri's self-entitlement has come to his detriment.... http://www.tsn.ca/radio/mckenzie-kadri-s-self-entitlement-has-come-to-his-detriment-1.228212

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 4:57 pm EST

RHET: he's a good servicable body. He isn't anything special but I liked his ability to lineup all over. Personally, he is a more stable and consistent presence then Glass. But Glass also is supposed to stir the straws. We can argue how much he does it well but Sheppard doesnt do that. He isn't that change of pace player that you might desire. He'll take his shift, be competent, and return to the bench. He plays his best in deep behind the net. I think he'll end up taking over from Glass full time come the playoffs. But I don't have too much of a problem with the way Glass is has been performing for the most part as of late.

E


Wed Mar 11 2015 4:00 pm EST

Rick Nash is the first #NYR who has at least 30 even strength goals, 5 PPG, and 4 SHG in one season in franchise history!

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:48 pm EST

TD: I don`t disagree if you`re using a level playing field. By that I mean the length of the poor play. Kreider has had several good games lately - last night`s was not one of them. MSL has struggled, except for a brief stretch in early February, since before Christmas. We are talking about nearly a 3 month period of time. I think that he`s slipped back after that early February awakening is very disconcerting. As long as the team is winning, however, the pressure for AV to respond remains relatively low.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:45 pm EST

E - Pretty much my take now..But, it's a long time between now and the beginnig of the POs when we find out who's hot, who's injured, who plays who, etc..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:33 pm EST

E... You saw Sheppard play a lot for the Sharks, what's your insight on the guy?

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:31 pm EST

Hospo.... You mean as opposed to him being undressed by the opposition? Hopefully, tonight is not one of those night's where we make some nobody look like an All-Star.... BOB...I'd love for Mike Richards to retire and see both LA and Philly get hit with Cap Recapture penalties.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:27 pm EST

HOSPO: I'm very cautious against the Caps. For starters, their core is very familiar with post season play against the New York Rangers. They are big, they bang, and while arguably and as deep you have a lot of guys with big game experience. They'll be tough. The optimist in me would call New York Rangers in 6 but I could easily see a game-7 grinding series with them. I think tonight is an awesome test. New York Rangers due for a loss coming off several road games against NHL elite.

E


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:27 pm EST

Alex Prewitt...... Mike Green out, Brooks Orpik game-time decision, Nicklas Backstrom expected to play, Nate Schmidt returns

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:12 pm EST

to be fair, can we then not dress BOYLE? :)

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:10 pm EST

RHET - According to reports down here, ORPIK is likely out also..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:06 pm EST

I know most on here think the Rangers will destroy the Caps in a series, that the Caps are too slow, rely too much on 1 player, etc.. but they still worry me because they play alot like the LA Kings with their size and try to slow down the transitional game and try to get the game played in the O and D zones...Really.Looking forward to the clash in styles tonight...and here's a decent article about the Caps style from NHL.com at http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=757494&navid=DL|NHL|home&cmpid=nhl-twt

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 3:05 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... Looks like Caps have recalled D Cameron Schilling. Mike Green may be out tonight

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 2:23 pm EST

LA will simply trade him to Philadelphia for a draft pick. Philadelphia will put him on LTIR with Bettman's permission relieving their cap hit, and give Richards a job in the player safety department.

Bob


Wed Mar 11 2015 2:15 pm EST

How, how, how in the world did the LA Kings not use a Compliance Buyout on Mike Richards? They no longer have it available as a viable option. He's currently sitting in limbo. He's not playing for LA's AHL team and he's not getting a call up. He's currently working out at the Toyota Sports Center, but that's about it. What a bizarre situation ....MF..... I don't think AV has the stones to sit Marty. Heck, I don't think he even has the stones to move him down to the third line to get less minutes. I'd love for him to prove me wrong :)

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 2:13 pm EST

RF4L - I don't know...I'm WAY more concerned about the docile play of KREIDER than MSL's scoring slump...the guy is still third on the team in scoring..second in goals...I agree he needs to step up...but remember last season? Marty vanished for a good month after he came over...really took him until the POs to get going...Personally, I think he should have his minutes cut a bit and I think it'd be good to move him down to third line with a kid like MILLER...That whole line, though, has been ice cold for much of this hot streak...You don't want to shake things up and have it impact the rest of the team...so I see the logic in letting MSL play...don't agree with the likeness to NASH from last season...I don't see him playing a perimeter game...he's just simply not producing.

tdchi


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:59 pm EST

VIC - No surprise there..I had them winning the Regular Season Eastern Conf. back in Aug/Sept!

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:58 pm EST

mf - Gah...don't get me going in this one again ;)...yeah, I still think MILLER would be better off in the middle. Though I agree with the notion that he plays very well along the boards, I think he's a good puck distributor that'd be putting up more points centering third line than being on the wing...THAT said...my point in moving HAYES up to wing would be to get him with a guy that can thread him passes...a guy who can take up some of the defensive responsibilities --something I don't think as a weakness for him, but certainly not a strong point...I'd put him up to wing and if AV REALLY thinks Miller is more suited at wing too, then move SHEP up to center third line...but I'd rather see a line of HAGELIN-MILLER-MSL than Shep centering those two and having Miller drop back to fourth-line wing. JMHO.

tdchi


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:57 pm EST

JFC - Given it's the 2nd of back2back for the Rangers, I expect the Caps forward lines to come out banging big time and looking for the first goal...Hopefully, they will make a mistake or take a penalty and the Rangers can cash in..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:55 pm EST

TDCHI _ They have been pretty bad...But I agree with the comparison ro BOYLE...Gonna be real hard to keep him with YANDLE, who's had the yips also, or play him at all for that matter..He is constantly out of position, or beaten when he is...

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:52 pm EST

And, because you know I love probability and statistics (http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html), the Rangers are currently the the odds on favorite to:.............finish 1st in the Conference (48% chance), capture the President's Trophy (39.4%) and win the Cup (14.8%). That can all change, of course, but the Rangers are looking good right now..........real good.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:49 pm EST

If the Rangers can stay out of the box tonight, they will win. If they don't, they will have their hands full....with OV on the PP and with fatigue....those PK's wear a team out, especially in back-to-backs.

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:47 pm EST

RF -- not that a guy like McIlrath should drop the gloves and pound someone who hits Hayes or Zucc the way they did, but having a guy like that actually causes the other team to "flinch" a bit more after a hit like that is made.....they worry that Wrath is going to be chomping at the bit to lay someone out with a BIG hit as retribution....especially since that is part of Wrath's reputation....he has his mates' backs and he exacts revenge when he feels it's warranted. So after they lay out Zucc, maybe they get a little tight waiting for the hammer to come down.....it's a subtle benefit but knowing hockey the way I do, I'll bet the house that's the case. Now, during a game in november and Zucc gets layed out or Hayes gets slammed into the crossbar....THEN you do something "stupid" and pound the sh!t out of the perp :^)

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:47 pm EST

Hospo - MILLER's 'f-ups' weren't/aren't nearly as egregious as some others on this team(see: Dan BOYLE). That guy is a human turnover.

tdchi


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:44 pm EST

BTW....If the Rangers win tonight and Calgary beats Anaheim in regulation the Rangers will officially be 1st overall in the league. They will also still have at least 1 game in hand over everyone except St. Louis, who would be two points behind the Rangers with the same number of games played. This will be a very tough game tonight. It will be the second of a back to back and the 3rd in 4 days for the Rangers. Hopefully the team still has some energy left in the tank and comes out with a win tonight.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:32 pm EST

Rhet: Against Buffalo, AV could give Dom Moore a maintenance day off & dress Glass / Sheppard / & Fast for the 4th line.... Moore & MSL can take in a movie.... It makes sense to me....

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:28 pm EST

I just don't get AV sometimes. Sheppard is exactly the type of player you want for the postseason. I get him wanting Glass for certain match ups, but we can't have players sit by committee? Sit Quickie tonight or sit Miller. Sheppard makes our bottom six better, it just makes no damn sense.

Rhet0ric


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:56 pm EST

BOB - Thanks God! But, not bash, just being real..They're PROs after all;)...And, I love MILLER, and KID K, also see a bight future for Buch!

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:53 pm EST

No worries HOSPO.....you still have the kids Miller, Kreider and Fast to bash and probably Sheij, Tambellini and Buchnevich next season.

Bob


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:35 pm EST

I have to watch myself with HAYES, sometimes the crow eating converts become zealots! :) ..Nah, great talent and attitude, but still has some learning and strengthening to do...All in due time..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:29 pm EST

also agree with you guys on Hayes- big improvements from start of the year, thought at mid nov-dec time frame he was a candidate to go down, he hit the wall a bit but has come on strong since. Still holds onto the puck too long and should shoot more but that is actually a lot of the team, getting him has been a great win for Rangers and should only continue to get better.

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:27 pm EST

Hospo: Agreed. The sky appears to be the limit for Big Wolf!

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:22 pm EST

RF4L - Another thing to like about HAYES is he exudes confidence on the ice (sometimes too much) but off the ice knows he's just a rook with alot to learn....Having another big talented skilled forward on the team in NASH has given him the perfect person to learn from..and he's doing a fine job..

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:12 pm EST

Agree and i think Glass should have played last night and tonight as well but at same time we know what glass does/doesnt do so seems to me AV has now decided after ~20min of ice time Sheppard is an extra forward. To me Fast should be out of these type of games- he's a nice to have kind of guy but brings nothing special to the table- not big, not offensive, he's not great defensively even though he's on the PK, he tries to hit but not big enough to be an impact there. Miller makes a mistake a game but so do others plenty big ones last night like St.Louis creating a 3-1 losing the puck at the O blue line.., JT has been playing well -that whole line has been very good controlling the play, forechecking ect and should stay together, Marty should have went to the 4th line last night not Kreider and his next step should be in the pressbox, but we all know that won't happen. just venting i guess, and can't wait for tonight's game:)

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:09 pm EST

BTW', Carp reported today that apparently Duclair nicknamed Hayes Big Wolf and he didn't like it. I think it`s a great nickname, especially if he, as he gains experience, he adds some physicality to his game. He will be scary good if so.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:08 pm EST

Just watched that Hayes goal again. Fabulous plays by Nash (to strip the Islander of the puck) and then MZA (great vision and pass) to get it set up and then an even better set of moves by Hayes to score. I hated the Martin hit (should have been a penalty) and last night was pissed because no Ranger reacted to it. After seeing it again just now I realize it`s simply not the mentality of this club to respond to that stuff very often, especially after a goal like that. Hell, Hayes hardly seemed aware of being hit.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:57 am EST

JIM - I want SHEP in too..But GLASS did play a good game last night and QUICKE fell on his ass to draw a penalty so..PLUS, I did say a week ago that GLASS was gonna play ALOT not be an extra..:).....I might bench MILLER and sit him in the video room watching tapes of his nightly f-ups...He plays hard and has some talent, but When will the guy learn?

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:40 am EST

apparently AV has declared Sheppard and Hunwick as extras again tonight.

jim9k26


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:00 am EST

LOL...that`s was supposed to b should!!! Not shouldn`t....DOh!

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:00 am EST

RF4L - Exactly, given MSL's record you gotta have some hope but given his age and recent play, you also have to have alot of concern...I'm sure AV has plans for an injury to the top 4 wingers which could also be applied to MSLs struggles...To me , the only possible moves ups are Hags (if LW) or Hayes, with the latter making most sense to me

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 11:00 am EST

BTW, for the PP, I think AV shouldn't consider a line of Nash/Brassard/Hayes, with MZA on the point with McD. I question the logic of having Nash parked in the crease when the Rangers are controlling the puck. I think, because he can control the puck so well, Nash should be further out. Let Hayes get in front - he's big and very good with his hands in tight.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:57 am EST

And for me one of the results from the MSL conundrum we saw yesterday: Because that line is not producing, AV made a change that resulted in lines 2, 3 and 4 being juggled. JT went from the 3rd line to the 2nd, Fast from the 4th to the 3rd and Kreider to the 4th. Yeah, Kreider didn't bring his A game, but MSL hasn't for a while now. AV is simply not ready, at this point, to do something about it. Instead, he's tinkering. And crossing his fingers.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:51 am EST

York: LOL - don't take things so personally dude. I wasn't referring specifically to you - I hear that 'he'll produce in the POs' mantra continually, on here and in the press (Carp just said it again today in his blog). I'm not saying that isn't going to happen, either. Nor am I wishing him (or any other Ranger for that matter) to fail. I am merely posting my thoughts about the man as he's playing currently. And how it could become a problem for AV. If he breaks out tonight I will be more than pleased. And relieved. He won't, however, if he doesn't start doing some things he normally does when he is producing.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:46 am EST

BOB - thought MSKL had some jump against CHI but last night it was back to his recent listless play..You can only wait so long....

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:42 am EST

James Sheppard on the first line instead of MSL would be an upgrade. He looks lost and disinterested.

Bob


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:41 am EST

RF4L/VIC - Actually don't totally agree with you on the 3rd line..I think they have been OK the past 5 games...Not scoring (1 goals agasint the Flyers, nothing else) but holding their own in puck possession..It has been tight hockey and they have done OK.. They get some good chances then get caught up and the other team comes back and gets somw good chances.....They Need to be smarter, especially MILLER and his nightly brainfarts.....As for HAYES to 2nd line, I'd rather not also..but if the invisble MSL totaly renders the 2nd line useless and the 3rd line as a group isn't scoring (or the 4th for that matter)..Wouldn't you want at least two lines being a threat? In the best of all worlds, MSL finds his game or the damn fountain of youth...JMWO

Hospo


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:41 am EST

JFC: I'm hoping that Sheppard & or Lindberg are guys that play that role.. What an added bonus that would be.. Too bad both those guys are LHS..

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:36 am EST

Agree with RF4L....MSL is here to get points, plain and simple. If he's not getting points, he's not doing his job. Yes, he's OK positionally but not big enough or strong enough to compete on the boards or to actually defend if he's battling another player who has the puck. Oh, and what the hell was he doingon the ice with a minute left and Isles having the extra attacker? Craziness personified...

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:32 am EST

TD: IMO, if MSL isn't putting up points, his value is truly worth questioning. I don't say that expecting 2 goals a game or anything like that. I'm not even asking him to score at the pace he did before becoming a Ranger, which was a point a game or better consistently (although I suspect that's what Sather was envisioning when he coughed up that bounty to get MSL). No, I would be more than satisfied if he was producing as he did in last year's POs, which was 8 goals and 15 points in 25 games - about a 60% pace. He's getting the icetime, including top PP minutes. It ain't happening for him. He's generating nothing offensively for his linemates and that notorious shot of his he's not getting off nearly as much and when he does, it's stoppable (when it's actually on net). And no wonder he's not producing - his game has morphed a bit into what we saw from Nash last year - he's on the perimeter all the time. I guess his defensive play is acceptable - but who cares? The Rangers have lots of guys you can say that about. But that's their job or at least their primary job. MSL is being paid and getting the needed icetime, to generate offense. He's not. And hasn't really since before Christmas. Not good. I am certain AV and the brass are concerned, both because they are counting on him and also because pressboxing him would create a whole bunch of distracting noise. It's a conundrum for AV and company. Or will be if MSL can't find his game.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:27 am EST

mf -- i have noticed on the PP that the Rangers seem to be making a concerted effort to get someone in front of the net....the guy I've noticed most is Zucc...LOL! He has really been trying to get in front but it doesn't represent much of a screen when the goalie is 5 inches taller! A gvuy like Hayes could clean up the garbage and get alot of goals if the Rangers could just get guys like him to camp.

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:24 am EST

Seriously though, Detriot goes to the crease, Isles, same thing... Pouliot did it when he was with us, and what was the name of the dude I think we got from Minny-Soda 3 years ago you played a handful of good games & then rode the pine?? IMO our PP does better when we go to the net & cause some havoc & distraction.. Have we been doing that??

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:20 am EST

TD: SO, are you saying you still feel Hayes s/b playing the wing & not center?? (not intended to be a make wrong here) also, with the benefit of seeing JT's development, do you see him on wing or center?? (again, no make wrong here) ..... When will the Rangers employ someone who camps out in the oppositions crease?? We need to add that element to our arsenal.. It just may give us the dimension into, "The Twilight Zone!"

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:09 am EST

Couple of thoughts...KREIDER getting switched to fourth line...though I don't discount there was a little strategy implored there...the reason for the move was all about Kreider's play, which was listless to put it nicely...the rest of the team was busting ass and Kreider kind of looked like he was in cruise mode...the other thing I noticed about him last night is that he's simply not being physical...didn't check the stats, but also didn't notice him do anything that could be construed as a hit...was a toss up between him and BOYLE for the weakest link last night...Boyle...the more I see him, the more I think he's done...bag on MSL for not putting up points...but at least he's skating hard and not a liability...can't say the same for Boyle...Speaking of liabilities...GLASS didn't play badly...still really think it was a bad move to have him in instead of SHEPPARD, especially against a team like the Isles...Good to see AV's faith in MILLER growing...I think he brings a lot to this team...and it's only a matter of time until his offense comes online...YANDLE...I cut the guy a brerak right now...still new to the system...stiill new to a PP that wasn't exactly lighting the lamp...HAYES is making a serious case to be on a line with one of the top pivots...think the only reason he isn't there is that he seems to create offense on his own...but I kind of wonder what he'd be putting up if he had BRASS or STEP as his center....With both Kreider and MSL quiet, I'd move him to the top wing and slide JT over to the middle...MSL or Kreider onto his wing.

tdchi


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:09 am EST

This article in a way explains why we might not be able to get as much for Talbot as we would like (although Talbot has now been really good 2 years in a row) - http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/03/06/andrew-hammond-hamburgler-nhl-flash-in-the-pan-goalies

ges999


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:06 am EST

Rangers were actually shooting a lot more than usual last night....although Stepan and a few other players made ridiculous pass attempts. THe big difference was although the Rangers were blasting away, alot of the shots were blocked....the Isles did a good job with blocking shots. Tonight, the Rangers should NOT follow the Isles example and try to come out hard....they should go into "playoff shutdown mode and look to counterpunch. Just play solid positionally and don't take stupid penalties....if I see Stepan extend his stick and get another hooking penalty I'm gonna scream....keep your feet moving you lazy ass!

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 10:06 am EST

An issue I see with line re-configuration is that many guys don't shoot / or enough.. Stepan, Hagelin, Miller, Fast.. Sheppard, to be determined.. We don't shoot, we can't score, how's that for brilliance? ;-> .... So who we moving to the second line?? Lindberg shoots, look at his stats.... I hope the Org has a keen eye on his play in Hartford and if & when possible (not sure what the CBA dictates, just what the CJC thinks of) to get Oscar into practices or games with the big boys... Not doing so would be leaving stones unturned.. Can't have that now.....

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:18 am EST

No internet last night, no chance to post....sorry if I repeat anything that's already been posted. Good job by the Rangers....Isles strategy was to come out hatd, try to geta lead before they got tred and then hold on. If it wasn't for the weak goal, Rangers would have totally stifled that strategy. They bent, but they didn't break in Period 1. They took the game over in Period 2....Isles ran out gas about 5 minutes into the period. Talbot looked good yet again. Hayes witha wonderful goal....and this is only his first year. He and Kreider and Miller all have significant UPSIDE still to be realized....that is a beautiful thing to realize for the future. If Wrath was on this team and Zucc got nailed by Martin, revenge would have been exacted one way or another. You can't let Hayes get crosschecked into the crossbar and Zucc smashed into the boards and allow it to stand. A penalty should have been called when Hayes scored. If we face the Isles, they WILL remember the lack of response. MSL looked like a sh!t....he gets pushed off of the puck so easily. Yandle was lousy too. Zucc was the best player on the ice by far....but he shouldn't be leading the team in physical play....he shouldn't have to lead by example in that area. A guy that size will get worn out and banged up doing that consistently....though I loved the way someone on the bench asked him if he was OK after the Martin hit and he just smirked, as if he was saying, "puhleeze!" The idea that there was any talk on here about trading him 2 months ago was ludicrous, IMO.

JFC31


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:06 am EST

And I did want to mention that I think the Rangers last PP goal scored by a forward was the goal that was scored by KREIDER from HAYES about two weeks ago (at least it feels that way). The 2nd PP unit needs to be KREIDER-HAYES-MZA IMHO. Those three get it. They don't overpass. They get bodies and shots to the net. And, HAYES can really help the PP with their entry into the zone. Make it so AV!!!!!

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:03 am EST

GES: I don't disagree but you had to hear the Islander radio broadcast. It sounded like the Islanders had 30 shots from the slot and the Rangers had 2 weak shots from center ice. They made it sound like the Rangers never got the puck or any players near the Islander's slot the entire period. That simply wasn't the case. The Rangers had a more then a few opportunities that just missed connecting for high quality scoring chances. Those weren't even mentioned. And the Islander's chances weren't nearly as point blank and undefended as they sounded.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 9:02 am EST

RF you're putting words in my mouth no where did I say wait till the playoffs I said hopefully he gets going then because that's going to be huge. Your dislike of msl and the trade doesn't mean you have to make things up and say I'm a supporter first I support everyone who wears a rangers jersey and if you don't then you aren't a fan because why would you want anyone playing to not do well? He should have sat a while ago and should sit next game and not sure why he hasn't.

York18


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:57 am EST

So Stepans in a funk? The guy doesn't shoot.. He had the puck in the slot and passed it.. Is that line communicating out there? OTOH, thought Step played well defensively..... What's the matter with the way Talbot is playing? Oh, wait until a well rested Hank returns.. Had Hank been in net during Talbot's tour of duty, guys here would be drooling.. Ride the hot goaltender, let Hank continue to ride shotgun until the winning stops or the schedule dictates a rest is in order.. Try to bring Hank in against a weak team

mf


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:55 am EST

HOSPO: You and I were both using the last 3 or 4 games plus the one tonight as a measuring stick for the Rangers 3rd line. That stretch of games provided a sample that including some of the leagues fastest, most skilled teams and some of the more physical teams that the Rangers could encounter in the playoffs. So far the 3rd line has played well IMHO. When they have been on the ice most times the game is being played in the other team's end. They haven't scored as much as I would have liked (neither has the rest of the team) but they have generated great chances every game and have played defensively responsible as well. The only goal that was scored against them when they were on the ice was the Islanders' first goal last night. I attributed that less to HAYES, MILLER and HAGS then I did BOYLE and STAAL. First LEE slashed STAAL's stick/hands to get the first chance and then both BOYLE and STAAL kind of lost LEE behind the net. It was a flukey goal that went in somehow. I am worrying less and less about the 3rd unit and more and more about the 2nd unit. The Rangers are going to need to change the lines. I don't see how you can go into the playoffs with your 2nd line playing like this. As much as I think HAYES has evolved into that 3rd line Center role and is playing well I think AV needs to make some changes. If LINDBERG were here I would put him in the 3rd line Center spot and moved HAYES to RW with STEPAN and KREIDER. That is the only other viable option for 3rd line Center IMHO. I don't think MILLER, SHEPPARD or MOORE can do the job. The latter two don't bring enough offense and the former has tried and failed too many times in that role already. KREIDER had an off night last night be he seems to play well when he gets away from STEPAN and MSL. Could we see HAGS, STEPAN and MILLER as one unit with KRIEDER, HAYES and MSL as the other???? I don't know but AV needs to try something different.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:55 am EST

the msg boys thought the nyr played rope a dope in the first, and waited for the fish to stop swimming. the back to back 70% lose stat is not good odds......the nhl needs to rethink that......

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:38 am EST

Vic: I listened to the Ranger radio broadcast for the first period and both Albert and Maloney made it clear that the Islanders had dominated the period, especially on face offs.

ges999


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:38 am EST

I read something a while back, may have been 20-25 games ago, so it could be much different now. However, the Islanders were giving up the most scoring chances in all of the east, and only the oilers gave up more in the NHL, and it was like less than one chance more per game. It wasn't even close for the Islanders, even BUF gave up many less per game. I was rather shocked when I read that. It was wrapped up in an article about how well Halak was playing and they used that to prove how god he was. I know my first thought was that come playoff time they will not have the room to run games open like they like to do, and if they don't tighten up defensively that they would not do well in the post season. I don't know if they are any better in that area, I mean sure they had some really top end chances, but they gave up quite a few odd man rushes and there were other times when a stick or skate, leg whatever BARELY got on a pass that if they had misses would have been a top end grade A chance for a Rangers forward. You can't count on that kind of thing to win long term....kind of reminds me of the AVS last season. Tore up the regular season, had every bounce, looked great, than the playoff hit and they didn't look as good, and than took a big step back this year. I don't think the Islanders will take such a big step back, but I think they are a little bit of a false top end team, they are getting every bounce and that isn't sustainable.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:37 am EST

As for the Rangers.....TALBOT was fantastic again. He is looking so sharp right now. His focus and lateral movement have been great. He is getting square to the shooter on those first shots and is doing a much better job of controlling rebounds. McDONAGH and GIRARDI played extremely well last night, as did the entire D corps outside of some shakiness by BOYLE. NASH played his best game since the head-shots he took in Buffalo. I was going to use tonight as a measuring stick for him and he passed with flying colors. He was aggressive and physical. MZA played well and HAGS was a defensive force last night. His value to the team cannot be overstated. He MUST be resigned. I thought HAYES played a strong game with or without the goal he scored but that goal was so great to watch. I'll come back to HAYES in a bit. MILLER played a great game minus his brain fart that lead to the breakaway. He was good with the puck outside of that one instant. He was physical and involved all night. The STEPAN line was a problem yet again as folks here have already noted. FAST and GLASS played well, and MOORE had a decent but quiet game.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:30 am EST

stevielegs: The wall is where Kreider was turning the puck over, it was like he was smaller and weaker than the other players...but he was bigger than the guys he was losing battles to. It was an off night for him, and not just a little off, he was not himself. He wasn't using his speed at all, his size was nonexistent. He used to have a lot of games like this, so its no shock he had one again, he wont be at his best every game, AV saw Miller was playing better than his average game, and I would agree with that, Miller was having a really good night especially using his strength and size. I think the swap was a good one, and from what I saw made sense.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:27 am EST

Had to listen to the entire game on SiriusXM while driving home. Listening to the Islanders' radio broadcast sucked. I watched the game after I got home. Completely different perspective. From the Islanders radio call it sounded like the first two periods were played in the Rangers end with the first period being dominated by the Islanders who seemingly never lost possession of the puck. It was impossible to tell how individual Ranger players were playing because their names were rarely mentioned. When I watched the game I thought the Islanders definitely had the better of the play in the first period but not to the degree it sounded like on the Islanders' radio broadcast. From there the Rangers were the better team. Still, the Islanders are a very good and very dangerous team. They will be hard to beat in a 7 game series but I still have doubts about HALAK and probably always will until he proves himself in the playoffs.

Vic


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:26 am EST

rf4l if you can figure out veenyo's logic , you'll probably be the 1st. he claimed jitters was playing the wall better. I think he wanted to confuse the fish, and wake up kid k. and maybe someday deal with msl and stepan. but it really doesn't matter, the results are they are getting the points in the standings. It becomes harder to criticize the coach when that's happening.....if everyone here agreed , there wouldn't be much to post......

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:25 am EST

With that I have said for some time MSL should sit for a game or two. I would pick the game against the Sabers for one, back to backs are not great for older player, so why not? And BUF shouldn't be such a choir to have his leadership missing be a problem. A recharging of sorts may be good for him, a little kick in the butt, even though he gives himself those, sometimes it takes a change in the "norm" for a guy to get back on track. Not playing when his team is on the ice while not injured is one of those things than can get a guy to get on track.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:23 am EST

RF4L: MSL may not be doing much offensively. (I am pretty sure thats what you are getting at) but last night I didn't see him turn the puck over like 4 times on one shift, right inside the Rangers blue line. Cruder did not have a good night at all, he made some bonehead plays and wasn't hard not he puck like he has been. He earned a demotion. AV doesn't demote guys for not being able to produce, he demotes guys for not playing hard and for making mistakes that they really shouldn't be making once let alone 2 or 3 times.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:22 am EST

Oops...7 games now without a point....

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:22 am EST

I recall several weeks ago, when MSL was mired in his previous slump, his supporters arguing that he'd come out of it and rediscover his game. He showed signs in early February, then slipped back again - he's now games without a point. So now it's 'wait for the POs'. Fair enough (and I sure hope he does come thru); in the meantime, do the right thing and have him sit in the pressbox for an occasional game.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:18 am EST

stevie; Here's why: Kreider ended up with 4 minutes less icetime than Stepan or MSL. He was demoted. He's not the problem. He's the whipping boy. Why is AV so petrified of doing the right thing here?

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:17 am EST

Assuming MSL does indeed turn up for the playoffs like years past it will be like adding two top tier players at seasons end when Henrik comes back. I hope we can then add Boyle to that group but I am really skeptical. Hayes has been beyond expectations and is just a possession monster. The dude must have a magnet on his stick or something.

PatrickDiv


Wed Mar 11 2015 8:08 am EST

rf4l why is it punishing kid k? he gets away from that line. the 4th line is playing more possession game and getting chances. they need him to score. the 2nd line might now be the 3rd line. have to see what veenyo does tonight, and icetimes......think he's finally playing mind games with the opposition. he's keeping his reasoning secret, with talking points to the media.....he's not blind to msl, stepan, boyle et al......

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:38 am EST

Hospo: Totally disagree with moving Hayes to the wing on the 2nd line. Finally, the team has a 3rd line and it's concidence IMO that since then the team's been on a run. Prior to forming the H2M line, the team was relying too heavily on their top 2 lines. And really, that line is becoming the 2nd line, what with MSL's ineptness. I thought he was the worse Ranger but right behind him was Stepan who's been a in funk lately more often than not. Don't get it given he's in a contract year - could be however, MSL is dragging him down. It's a conundrum for sure for AV. Punishing Kreider isn't gonna fix it, either.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:33 am EST

Kudos to McG for the shutting down of Tavares. He was hardly visible.

RF4L


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:15 am EST

"...Those games in hand would be four them belonging to the Rangers (41-17-7), who seemingly have given up on playing games without gaining at least a point — and given up on playing games that aren’t entirely entertaining. A run of 12-2-3 without starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist has placed them just one point short of the Islanders (43-22-4) for tops in the Metropolitan Division...."...

stevielegs


Wed Mar 11 2015 7:02 am EST

York: Couldn't agree more with slight hesitation as I think in addition to MSL Boyle is scary when he is out there. D wins playoffs and that is clearly our greatest strength.

gene_carr


Wed Mar 11 2015 6:13 am EST

Dont get the fear there is a reason this team is one of the top teams in the league. The rangers on D are considered the deepest d core in the league, couple that with the emergence of Hayes and they are also one of the deepest down the middle bar none. This kid is a rookie who will be scary good in a few years Chicago must be sick to their stomach right about now. The teams weakest spot is msl and who would think you could say that? Msl finds his game come playoffs and it's almost like adding another guy that they didn't have. This team becomes scary at that point. I don't get the whole afraid of this team or that team in the PO's every team is there because they won which means every team is dangerous. The rangers upset so many teams in years past when they supposedly snuck into the playoffs. Last year no one had the rangers in the finals and look what happened they were supposed to lose this series then that one it didn't happen. Bring on the bruins Washington whoever with a for the first time ever well rested Hank who hasn't played 68 games in net I think this is the team everyone else is hoping not to face.

York18


Wed Mar 11 2015 4:52 am EST

It's a couple big "ifs" but IF the Flames can beat the Ducks in regulation and the Rangers win in any fashion, the Rangers will, due to less games played, jump into first overall moving from 6th passing Islanders, Tampa, The Ducks, Nashville and the Habs. They would be tied with the Habs, Preds and Ducks with 91 points but with games in hand.

Wildcard


Wed Mar 11 2015 1:58 am EST

Nice to beat a team that already won the cup this year and that has the player everyone hoped Wayne Gretzky would become had he asserted himself. But I recon it's only because they miss Nick Leddy-strom, soon to win 8 Norris in a row ...

Ola


Wed Mar 11 2015 12:00 am EST

They (The Rangers) were 11-10-4 on Dec. 8. But starting with an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins that night at Madison Square Garden, they are 30-7-3, including an 11-1-3 mark in their last 15 games...The Rangers trail the first-place Islanders by just a point with four games in hand.

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:57 pm EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/sports/hockey/rangers-cut-islanders-lead-on-ice-and-in-standings.html?ref=hockey

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:53 pm EST

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/chimera-is-caps-clown/2015/03/10/f28b8f60-c73e-11e4-a199-6cb5e63819d2_story.html

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:50 pm EST

Hey I did not see the game but did the "Potvin" sucks change make an appearance at Uniondale tonight for the last regular season game between the two?

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:45 pm EST

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2015/03/10/capitals-look-to-measure-up-against-surging-rangers/

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:45 pm EST

MF: ur right b2b games and then practice the next day probably not. Then b2b Friday/Saturday would be nice 4-0 on two b2b games.

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:37 pm EST

"" a night when 16,170 RABID FANS cheered in antagonistic sign-song at one another, sending the security guards (RFC Administrator) from section to section in hopes of keeping things at least moderately civil?"" :->

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:32 pm EST

http://nypost.com/2015/03/10/rangers-nip-islanders-in-their-last-regular-season-game-in-coliseum/

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:31 pm EST

JGARCIA - Wish I felt the same way..They don't have the skill the Rangers have (Ov, Johnsson and Backstrom) not even close, but they do have alot of big bodies that are good at cycling and going to the net ala the LA kings in Fehr, Brouwer, Chimera, Ward, Laich, Glencross, Wilson..Just a totally different team then the Rangers.Battle of styles.

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:23 pm EST

LG: wouldnt they have the day off after a b 2 b? Our next game is Saturday Night in Snuffalo.... I'm banking on those 2 points

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:21 pm EST

Me thinks Rangers play like they did against Detroit and Chicago Caps will be done. My question is are the Rangers praticing in dc this Thursday ?

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:17 pm EST

JIM - Goring also wanted to give the Isles a penalty shot on the penalty near the Isles blue line in the 3rd....At least Rose spoke up a little

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:15 pm EST

HOSPO: just seeing how much the caps depend on ov for all there offense make me think they are suspect. Take ov out of the equation and backstrums career point totals are cut by more then half step. I myself would love to see Mcd clobber the sob as pay back.

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:09 pm EST

OV (44g) vs Nash (39g) tomorrow...... Hope we don't have to hear Shitheadaletti

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:07 pm EST

Me thinks we need to have our legs and skate hard.. We're off until Saturday night, so we got to leave it all on the ice...

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:06 pm EST

MF - You're guess is as good as mine and probably why it won't happen and we'll just be bitching about MSL for quite awhile...I really want to see the guy do well, but it's just not there..

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:04 pm EST

Speed can kill..it can (not will) also get clogged in the POs when the Refs let it go from three lanes down to one...

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:03 pm EST

Who can deny, who can deny, it's not just a change in style?

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:02 pm EST

JGarcia - CAPS are far from a one trick pony...5th best goal differential in the NHL..Strong on both ends like the Rangers, just not as strong on D.and goal..Will be a hard out for anybody in the POs.....MF - Should be a nice companion game tomorrow night..Rangers don't need to prove anything..but everybody is measuring themselves against each other after the deadline

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:02 pm EST

Hospo: are you talking 2nd line RW? No way do we want Dom Moore on the 3rd line, the CJC is firm on this... So who centers the 3rd line? Sheppard? Miller? The Lindberg Baby?

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:00 pm EST

MF: Rangers new moto Speed Kills. It's the new Speedway Boogie! Purple Hayes...

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:55 pm EST

BOB - Oh, I totally agee..My concerns with him were only for his all around play and FOs this year..The more I think of it, the more I would like to see him move up to the 2nd line instead of MSL..

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:53 pm EST

MF - Bos almost as hot as the Rangers..6-1-1 with routs over CHI and Det...wins over Hot Ottawa and a few others..I wouldn't disregard them...seem to have their act in gear finally..Will it be good enough...Maybe..maybe not

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:51 pm EST

When youre that tall you need a high Rod Ceiling

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:50 pm EST

JG: Back to back, chicken shack, Washington better, watch our speed, a victory tomorrow speaks volumes for this team....Catch the game if you can ;-) Let's Go Rangers

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:48 pm EST

Well HOSPO---it is snippets only but he is a kid. IMO, he has a very high ceiling.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:45 pm EST

The Craps are a one trick pony. Shutdown the defensive liability and they are nothing. Tomorrow will be Speed vs Slow. The Rangers love the back to back games against teams who think they are good. I may goto the game tomorrow but get tired of the Craps fans always asking what is icing. Zuc for president!

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:42 pm EST

funny now watching the Isles broadcast- right after the goal and the penalty Cizikas takes and Goring is all upset- "weak call "- "give them both a penalty"- cause they were both "JAWING" - really- he's such a tool.. probably worst in the league.

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:41 pm EST

I'd rather face Boston at this point.. Chara & Lucic don't frighten me, OV does.. They're 6-2-2 in their last ten and not against too difficult opponents... OAN, rumor has it Louie Erikson will be on the block after this season...... I'll take Boston as a 1st round matchup...

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:32 pm EST

.BOB - Sorry if that came across as dickish, it wasn't supposed, just poor writing!!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:32 pm EST

MF- Let's give him a Lanny McDonald mustache also..and the agility of Denis Savard.....and the leadership of Mark Messier...Just kidding...

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:30 pm EST

hospo -with you i think rangers are going to pay for not getting a stewart or kassian type - everyone beefed up- Pittsburgh, Tampa, Montreal, Washington, hell even Detroit went after Cole as they knew they needed some size and grit to complement their small fast, high end skill guys. Ranger still could use that big body that can play in top 9, is physical, not afraid to drop em if needed. its an ingredient they need its not on the backend and we are locked up long term there so its needed upfront big difference when 220-230 lbs hits vs 175-180 like zucc, try as he does, we "outhit" FishSticks 32-31 but was there any of consequence like Martin's on Zucc or Hayes? Guys like kreider nash and miller have the ability but just not consistent enough there, glass isn't big enough nor on the ice enough, and neither will Sheppard even though he can do it and is better than Glass or Fast. So its going to be style matchup every round which we will find out soon enough if the coach & sather are correct. Meanwhile in comparison its fun to watch team like the Jets- big, fast, nasty.if they had a goalie (who blew it tonight with a awful goal with minute left in the game) after they came back from 4-1 down to Blues they'd be in the top 4 in the west, those playoff matchups should be very entertaining

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:29 pm EST

MF - If the season ended today (and give the Rangers some points for the games in hand) they would play either BOS (who has found their game again) or the CAPS..The two matchups I fear the most..but so many good teams...

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:29 pm EST

He needs a Walt Tkaczuk / Lanny McDonald helmet to make it official.

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:26 pm EST

BOB - I don't see it....I know he's a "center" but to me he plays alot like Nash with a little Jagr throw in in the offensive zone..I'm talking style not results...Yet,,,....If he can learn the defense and physicality of Walter T and package that together? wow..Watch the Hell out!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:18 pm EST

Kevin Hayes is Walter Tkaczuk with better speed and hands. He is a beast.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:16 pm EST

They have Niskanen on D too.. this is the team that worries me.. We have 4 physical dmen, Yankle & Old man Boyle...... I think the way to beat this team is to try to box them out to the perimeter, allow Talbot to see as many of the shots as possible, and back-check hard.. I truly believe that if we haold any team to 2 goals or fewer, we can win... Although the loss to Detroit in OT pissed me off.... Guess its the perfectionist syndrom. ;-)

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:08 pm EST

The Prince confirmed as the starter tomorrow. A no brainer for sure, given his play over the last 4 or 5 games...

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:08 pm EST

MF - If MSL continues to struggle, maybe HAYES at W with Step and Kid K, and you insert SHEP in the Bottom 6??????....As for the CAPS, I think all are healthy..I am really curious about tomorrow nights game..The CAPS and the BRUINS are the two real physical teams we might face early..But the Caps alos have the skill oOVie, Backstrom, Johanssem...GLENCROSS gives them a crease crashet they needed and they ahve alot of big bodies that hit..A few of their D are a little stationary but they punish forwards in the D zone...Greene andCarlssson give them some decent mobility in the back..Just another good team in the Top 8 of the East.

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:06 pm EST

And Hayes is fabulous. BTW, imagine the melee if McI had been out there when Martin drilled Hayes into the net after that gorgeous goal? Better yet, what would be the reaction if Hayes had slammed his head on the crossbar on that hit? It was hard enough that if he'd fallen, it could have happened?

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:05 pm EST

Like the spoiled little brat who pouted (Pouty Nedved Drew - for you old timers). A big thank you to wiosa, Rf, mf, etc who talked me down from the ledge, a special thanks to you Hospo!

DREW


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:04 pm EST

And yes the Caps will be loaded for bear - tomorrow's game will be very physical. Can we dress Sheppard instead of MSL and call up McI and sit Boyle? I know, that's anti-turn-the-other-cheek AV....

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:02 pm EST

mf: The pressbox, which is why it's a pressure cooker decision. Sather gave up 2 firsts and Callahan for this relic. It was a stupid trade and I knew it from the outset. Getting Marty wasn't the problem - what was given up to get him is. I have zero doubt there's pressure on the coach to try to make it work because of that. We are talking about a slump, other than a 3 or 4 game reprieve a few weeks ago that goes back to before XMAS. And the problem is if MSL isn't producing he's a zero because he brings nothing else to the game. It's sad actually. I keep hoping he suddenly breaks out. Right now, however, it's not happening. He can't even get the puck on net lately.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:00 pm EST

Are any of the Capitals out with injuries? They picked up Dman Gleason, & forward Glencross before the TD... tomorrows game worries me....

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:59 pm EST

HAYES Goal was a major adrenaline rush, my god Shaggy is a Monster. Best Ranger Score in a long while.

hipcheck


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:52 pm EST

RF: Where you moving MSL to? 3rd line RW, bench? Who's moving up the right side, NASH? (I hope not)

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:50 pm EST

MF - 25 pts for the Blues Image Ref!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:49 pm EST

Hospo: The MSL issue is huge not because there aren't options for that line but because Sather gave up so much to get him doing the right thing (pressboxing him) is a pressure packed move. I like to think, however, that it's coming. AV is almost over compensating - giving MSL beyond ample opportunity to figure it out. Sooner or later common sense will prevail. Won't it? I guess as long as the team keeps winning the pressure can be handled. Lose a few and MSL is doing nothing, it's gotta be too much.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:45 pm EST

Can we improvise with a combo of Fast, Sheppard, Glass, Lindberg ?

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:43 pm EST

I was thinkimng maybe KID K was being benched for not being more effective but at the risk of JITTERS throwing the game away (he didn't) sounds crazy....This MSL is a huge problem..It's one of the reasons, along wiht the 3rd line itself, I wanted 2n-3rd liner at the deadline for the POs..sather instead went alll in for Yandle, I hope to god he was right

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:41 pm EST

What happened to play the hot goaltender until he cools off? Ride Talbot Ride upon your mystery ship, be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip. ride Talbot ride upon your mystery ship, on your way to a world that others might have missed.

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:41 pm EST

I will predict prince talbot tomorrow slap happy on Saturday ...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:39 pm EST

It's like a Tortorella team with skill. All the goals we are scoring, yet we can with the 2-1 games too. Really exciting. Too bad the playoffs are such a minefield.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:37 pm EST

Something strange about this Talbot guy. Even when he's not ot his game. He just wins baby. I'm getting nervous about taking him out. Hank needs to get back soon. The longer he sits......... well it just scares me.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:37 pm EST

A bigger 4th line would be Glass/Moore/Sheppard, no?

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:34 pm EST

BTW, MSL started 2 of the 3 periods and most of the PPs....

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:34 pm EST

And count me in with the crowd who were confused when Jitters started in Kreider's place. Even the MSG idiots didn't get it, speculating AV wanted bigger players on the 4th line to counter the Islander 4th line. LOL.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:33 pm EST

MF _ love when they focus on D ..Love how they played in the 3rd period.Love them as the Eastern Conf. Regular Season Champs..Just wonder about some 7-game series matchups...Hey, I'm a perfectionist, what can I say!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:31 pm EST

Nailbiting win for sure. Kudos to a bunch of players including/especially Hayes, Nash and MZA, and of course, the Prince. Another nothing effort from MSL despite the coach continually giving him ample opportunity to be something more than nothing. Sooner or later, this has to end. Right? Stepan was almost as bad. And WTF is up with Yandle? Surely this isn't what this dude is all about when the pressure is ratcheted up? I mean, 3 firsts, a second, Cally and Duclair for MSL and Yandle?

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:30 pm EST

Wooo-hooooo I totally refused to watch, was convinced I was going to jinx them. Didn't even peak at the NHL.com scoreboard or live action. I should get a star.

WIOSA


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:29 pm EST

BOB - Never lack of effort...Well, sometimes Boyle looks a little iffy!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:28 pm EST

Glad they won better 2/3 periods some good hard work after very poor first 20min. On the other hand, Coach puts Marty on in the last min and half with 1 goal lost multiple puck battles along the boards, and nearly cost them. Coach has his pets..and its bad coaching it's not defensible in any way shape or form, he put Marty and the team in poor position at end of the game no business being out there playing well let alone when he's not.

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:27 pm EST

Hospodopolos: here's some positive; 5 Goals Against for the last 4 games, for a 1.25 GAPG.... and we've taken 7 of a possible 8 points... To quote KIS, I like my Rangers!

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:27 pm EST

This team works hard. They may get out-physicaled sometimes, but it is not usually for lack of effort.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:21 pm EST

Back to the positives....I thought the Ranger D and their C's did a real good job on TAVARES..hounding him all night and giving him little room to do damage

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:17 pm EST

Duke eclair a healthy scratch ... Must be thinking about future instead of the present....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:05 pm EST

I was going to post during the second period about how the rangers are always hurting themselves by not electing to shoot and forcing extra passes. Then look what happens on the game winner! Gotta laugh at how that goes in. Great win overall. Go Rangers!

NYStranger


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:05 pm EST

Alias jt jitters

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:03 pm EST

STEP - Totally agree..Come POs, this guy can lose us a game...KISS Miller...

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:02 pm EST

..Building culture & identity is more important than a few extra ping-pong balls, folks. 7:00 PM - 8 Mar 2015...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2390463-dave-lozos-bag-skate-why-your-favorite-terrible-team-should-not-be-tanking

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:02 pm EST

Sorry for double post.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:00 pm EST

Hospo; I thought Miller was benched for sure when I saw Fast with Hayes and Hags. I was shocked when I saw him with MSL (who sucked), and Step. JT had a good 3rd. But that turnover was horrid. Trying to be like Hayes holding that puck.Did it in the 3rd also just below the blue line in our zone. Refused to pass to open Dman. Almost flubbed that. What the hell is wrong with him sometimes?

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:00 pm EST

Hospo; I thought Miller was benched for sure when I saw Fast with Hayes and Hags. I was shocked when I saw him with MSL (who sucked), and Step. JT had a good 3rd. But that turnover was horrid. Trying to be like Hayes holding that puck.Did it in the 3rd also just below the blue line in our zone. Refused to pass to open Dman. Almost flubbed that. What the hell is wrong with him sometimes?

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:59 pm EST

11-1-3 last 15...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:53 pm EST

Here's the standings, worth a look.. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:50 pm EST

On the negative side, though Yandle was horrendoulsy sloppy andf he better get his head out of his ass..Or is this normalcy? It seems like Boyle is rubbing off on him...Boyle scares the shit out of me...constantly getting caught up ice and forcing the Wingers to play D..Thank God the forwards are doing a good job of backchecking...Speaking about scaring the crap out of me...MILLER did it again giving the puck away..But he did play a steady 3rd period...Still, if any body on the bottom two lines earned a bench seat for tomorrow night, it's him....

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:48 pm EST

Hospo those 2 idiots didn't know why... I'm guessing veenyo needed to confuse the fish coach bouffant hairdo...veenyo will give his own spin which might be the truth...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:46 pm EST

DREW - See what I told ya! No worries..:) 1 Point back with 4 GAMES in hand!!!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:46 pm EST

Back to back 70% chance to lose 2nd game... Great concept nhl....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:45 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/rangers-kevin-hayes-shows-incredible-body-control-co-ordination-in-stunning-goal-against-isles/

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:45 pm EST

Razor's edge..Man, that's the difference between these teams...Rangers deserved the win after a shaky first period...Loved the way they (the entire team) clamped down in the 3rd period and did just enough offensively...NAsh a beast all night...Great pass by MZA and what a strong play by HAYES to finish..It's not the first time I've compared him to players like Jagr and Nash in the O-zone.....Thought TANNER GLASS had a strong game..deserves to stay in....What was the deal for the line changes in the 3rd? any explanations given on MSG

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:42 pm EST

Rough night for Yandle, MSL, but a great Win.....hopefully no fatigue tomorrow night in Washington. Talbot solid except for his puck handling.....he looks like Hank.

MelvilleFred


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:41 pm EST

Brassard, Miller, Kreider, MSL, Fast, ZERO Shots on Goal... Stepan 1 SOG.

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:40 pm EST

1 point behind instead of 5

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:40 pm EST

The NYR are the new Cardiac kids. Geez.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:39 pm EST

That's 5 Goals Against for the last 4 games, 1.25 GAPG.... and we've taken 7 of a possible 8 points.... coincidence ?

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:39 pm EST

Fishnshit

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:36 pm EST

2 nice points tonight. Very nice.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:32 pm EST

The K ; we should of traded him for Higgins !

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:27 pm EST

ST LOUIS is absolutely terrible. Time to sit him.

THE Kreider


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:24 pm EST

Hahahahahaha. Rhet. Touche'

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:22 pm EST

Step... You have to give Yandle time to adjust to the NYR system and develop some chemistry with his teammates. Look how long it took Boyle (has it happened yet? =).

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:19 pm EST

Where are these great passes that Yandle is supposed to bring ? Now a trip on him. Not as advertised thus far.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:18 pm EST

St. Louis is a real momentum killer right now.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:17 pm EST

Great shift by Miller, rewarded with the penalty call... Nows the time to drive home the spike & go up by 2.... Then score the empty netter for the 4-1 victory....

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:16 pm EST

This Isles team is ugly with a capital "F." They reming me of the 70's Flyers teams. Yeesh.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:10 pm EST

Hagelin needs some hands for Christmas.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:09 pm EST

I want to see a Kreider-Stepan-Hayes line. Just cause.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:09 pm EST

Lucky Nashhty ...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:08 pm EST

Shoot the puck Nashy shoot the puck !!

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:08 pm EST

NASH: "4" Shots on goal !!! Way to Be !!! #39

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:08 pm EST

NASHTY!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:08 pm EST

Shotpass?

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:07 pm EST

Shots on goal: Brassard 0, Stepan 1, Miller 0, Kreider 0, MSL 0

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:04 pm EST

I want to see more from Kreider. Boyle looks lazy. Wish everyone had The work ethic of Zucc.

nyfans


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:04 pm EST

So AV moves kreider but never the saint Marty who's brutal in everyvzone

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:02 pm EST

20 minute hockey game folks, we should win this period 2-0

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:58 pm EST

Better period but let the last 3_4 min slip away and Talbot came up huge. This team can't have zucc being the most physical presence, kreider, Nash Miller Hayes have to be nastier play against their weak d and screw it if they get a penalty same for Klein Stahl and GirardI have to make them pay for coming in the zone, they are basically laughing at the Rangers. Lets hope for a good final 20.

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:57 pm EST

TradeStar: The game has changed.. The kids skate much better, faster, they're bigger & stronger too.. You get into the upper 30's & it start to show on the best conditioned athletes, like Iginla for instance.. Jagr got away with it all these years cause he's big around like a tree trunk... jmo again...

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:53 pm EST

mf.....a fruit bat? haha.....Meanwhile, I loved everything that MSL brought to the table last playoffs .....but man, I think his ship has passed now.......Its almost like he caught that dreaded disease...."Brad Richarditis"...........MSL is not suited for a games against teams like the Isles an TB. But the yellow Warrior brand stick will never see the press box .

TradeStar28


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:48 pm EST

mf.., no need for you to get into my madness! You know me, I want bodies laying on the ice. I doubt I'll ever get my wish. #18 and #5 drive me nuts with their lack of "edge."

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:45 pm EST

ez/pa: don't want to get into whether we should have taded #18 or not, but damn, once in a while take a cross-checking penalty and put the opposition on their back-side when their camping out in our crease.. The opposition should know when they play the Rangers that that's the danger zone... This efinn NY City man!

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:40 pm EST

Stepan has to learn how to shoot the damn puck...... Good thing Bailey stickhandles like Glass...

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:38 pm EST

Put Mac in !!! Oops forget it

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:37 pm EST

Nope, no need for any physicality here.

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:37 pm EST

Glass doing the job..

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:33 pm EST

Nyr do not understand dirty goals and just throwing the puck in front.... Always looking for fancy pass plays ...

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:32 pm EST

I'll tell you what's wrong with Tanner Glass... The guy is afraid to handle the puck! Plain & Simple, he panics.. He thinks he has to pass it off, and his puck possession threshold is too low.. If there is no play to be made, hold on to the mutha & make the opponent take it away from you.. No, instead he makes some non-threatening play & gives up the puck... And that's why he needs to go... jmho naturally

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:28 pm EST

mf.., agreed on #18. He should have been moved. He is timid because of his injuries and we all will loathe the heavy contract in the future.

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:26 pm EST

Tonight's game should again re-inforce the need for Big Mac in this line up. The good guys can not compete with the Isles on a physical level. We all need to hope the Isles get taken out before they get to the Rangers in the PO's. So sick of seeing the "trade Big Mac posts."

pa.rangersfan


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:26 pm EST

They should be shooting on Halak every chance they get. Too much passing as usual.

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:25 pm EST

Tide turning a little. Forecheck is better. We aren't chasing our tails. Just keep it moving in this direction.

Rexi29


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:25 pm EST

Wow! What a goal by Hayes. That's highlight reel stuff.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:24 pm EST

Hayes keeps the puck on a string ala Malkin.. This kid is great.. Could they have called a penalty after the goal was scored?? Looked like a little cross-check or interference...

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:24 pm EST

Wow great goal someone now needs to break douche martins nose again

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:23 pm EST

Wow. Hayes !!!

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:23 pm EST

HAYES THE GABBY PURPLE

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:21 pm EST

Glass will be in tomorrow now for his physical ability to get tripped on his head

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:20 pm EST

Way to go glass dive it's ok

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:20 pm EST

From what little of the 1st that I saw, I can say that I'm sick of Staal getting manhandled around our net.. It happened last year in the SCF's, and it's happened in previous contests against aggressive forwards... Theirs more to defense than a stick check, let him get his ass in the gym & pump some weight... When do the Rangers start going hard to the net?? With 5 minutes left in the 3rd?? This is bullspit... Toronto scored 3 goals against these putz's last night, their on the 2nd of a back to back & we can't take it to them?? This is a load of Bullocks!

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:13 pm EST

Boyle makes good play but that's unacceptable here

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:05 pm EST

Just awful first period out skated out hit out drawerd14_4 totally disgusted. Now have to get a beer to calm down a bit need a much better effort in the next 20

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:40 pm EST

Ola - I think part of why so many have written off Mack is they see his years building up in Hartford and less and less people talking about him...but truth is, the kid's seasons there have been ravaged by injury. This really is the first year he's been in the lineup for most of the season...and if he stays healthy, he could very well have his first season since 2011-2012 where he's played more than 70 games..only the second in his entire career...Kid is a work in progress and I think we're seeing it payoff now. I think it's pretty safe to say he's the best defenseman the pack have...Connor ALLEN may be more AV's style...but Mack brings more to the table, IMO...and truth be told, the Rangers have NO ONE who hits like he does.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:38 pm EST

Tyler Kennedy looks like a Fruit Bat.. Man is he ugly.

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:31 pm EST

Not able to watch but can listen. Are they as lazy as they sound?

rngrsans


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:30 pm EST

Not happy with AV sitting Shepard. Does this mean that Shep wont be one of his "guys"?

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:30 pm EST

It's absolutely CRIMINAL that ST LOUIS passes that puck.

THE Kreider


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:30 pm EST

Boyle choking

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:29 pm EST

Staal is Talbot's Girardi. Listening to the Isles play-by-play. Soooo much better than ours.

Rhet0ric


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:27 pm EST

BOYLE needs to go.

THE Kreider


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:27 pm EST

BOYLE needs to go.

THE Kreider


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:14 pm EST

Anyone else see that Islanders pick?

THE Kreider


Tue Mar 10 2015 5:57 pm EST

I saw a HFD game the other day, it looked like a majority of the vets had mailed it in. However, easily the best hockey I ever have seen from McIlrath. He looked like a solid top pairing defensemen in the AHL. Always made the solid first pass when he got the puck. Stayed with the pace of the game. Looked like a good top pairing stay at home D does at a given level, I really like that. I never think McIlrath has been bad in the AHL, but I mean he has done good things and been a little behind in other areas. This is a big improvement compared to where he was late last year and early this year.

Ola


Tue Mar 10 2015 5:38 pm EST

Valliquette saying "....sather will be getting calls on Talbot ...he's has great lateral movement...."...he's the new age hockey professor.....

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 5:17 pm EST

It is not the cover of Sports Illustrated but........ http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/03/10/new-york-rangers-take-top-spot-power-rankings

ges999


Tue Mar 10 2015 5:09 pm EST

I had suspected that the Rnagers would not waste cap money on a backup and just ride Talbot....and he's finally putting it all together in the last 3 gamnes and showing what he is capable of. His lateral movement is so much sharper and precise and quick compared to when his stint first started. He's playing Allaire's style but a bit more aggressive and at the top of the crease more as the opposition moves in for a potential shot. I am sure he is opening eyes around the league and it will be good if The King comes back and The Price siits back down on a high note....keep the best in the mnind of other GMs. Not sure what he might fetch or even if it's a good idea to trade him, but maybe if the Rangers sign the kid from Boston College, then the Rangers trade Talbot. and if Slats wants to recoup some picks and AV has no interest in Wrath, then thoe two together might fetch a 1 and a 2 or a 1 and a 3...something liek that...thats how you might be able to get a 1st rounder......i'ts possible together with Wrath who was a 1st rounder for a GM to bite on such a package.

JFC31


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:33 pm EST

re: DUCLAIR - Was kind of my concern about keeping him with the big club for as long as he was here...I mean, lord knows what his attitude is and there was some talk at the draft that attitude was why he dropped to third overall...but I have to admit: After watching what he did in the WJCS and then logging on to see his stats in the shooting gallery that is the QMHL...I was really surprised to see him only averaging about a point per game...He should be putting up twice those numbers...Think I mentioned this here back in December, but talked with one of the Albany Devils' beat guys who is close with Stefan MATTEAU...and he said Matteau himself said him playing in the NHL in his draft year was really bad...that after getting a taste, it was difficult to adjust back to playing with Albany....and really, he sees that time in the NHL as something that really held back his development. Not sure if the same applies to Duke...but we'll see what happens when he joins Arizona. I'm still not sold on him being a star in the NHL.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:19 pm EST

See, I just don't think we're going to get much in return for TALBOT...good goalie...great though? Hmm...He's now got what pundits are calling the best defense in the NHL in front of him...also playing on a very defensively sound team...I could see a team giving up a second rounder for him...maybe a third and a prospect...but a first rounder? No way. And if I'm right, then I'd rather keep him as a capable backup next year and maybe try to move him before the 2016 draft rather than bank on a kid like SKAPSKI, who really needs more time in the AHL...stepping in to be the number two...From what I've seen of the kid, he has some moments where he's REALLY good...but he also has moments when...well...With Hank coming off a serious injury and pushing 34 next year, I'd much rather keep the Prince on-hand than chase draft picks.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:15 pm EST

Hospo - Don't get me wrong: BOURQUE I don't think will challenge for a top line position and I've said this before...I suspect his role would be a lot like Stephen GIONTA of the Devils...solid, bottom-line grinder who can play the PK...defensively dependable...His big bro...pretty much the ship has sailed there...The Bruins found some utility for him on the PP because he does have a nasty shot. But as a bottom-line player? Probably not...I see Ryan as the more complete player among the two...As for LINDBERG, no disagreement there for the most part. I like his game...I don't think there's anything flashy or particularly special about it...could be a solid third-line center...don't see him as much more...he's got great chemistry with FAST though...that's connection I'd like to see in New York.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:03 pm EST

Can't help but see that $8.5mill dollar anvil of a necklace the dude sports.. If we have to ride Talbot longer than expected & he keeps pucks out of our net at less than 20% of Hankercheif's salary.. Yeah I'm entertaining trade, maybe not pulling the trigger, but I'm looking..Talbot's stick handling is much more AV' s style too..

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:02 pm EST

MF - SAther should have thought about that before the King was signed to a King's Ransom contract for , what, 7 more years? He better not get hurt again or he better get hurt bad.

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:00 pm EST

Moving Talbot in the offseason would be a nice twist on the phrase 'playing yourself off of the team' :)

LeoS


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:59 pm EST

Maybe DUCLAIR loved NY and the Organization and could have been severley disappointed and a little depressed about the trade to AZ...Not an excuse but could be a reason..Hopefully this kick in the ass wakes him up.

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:59 pm EST

Trade Talbot ay? Let's say Hank doesn't make it back within a week or two and the team keeps winning.. Hank comes back you trade Talbot and next year when Hanks 34 & goes down again who is our back up? Snapperheadski? Or maybe some other unproven guy? Hanks age is creeping up, so will the injuries...tbc

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:27 pm EST

Oh my. Not good. Hopefully a case of him being a kid. The worrisome thing is that it's the reason in his draft year that he dropped to the 3rd round - bad attitude and lack of effort. Hope this is a one-time thing for him. Could end up ruining what looks like might be a fabulous NHL career.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:22 pm EST

Says the coach scratched him due to lack of effort.

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:12 pm EST

Bob: But why? Called up (on an emergency basis) by Yotes? Slept in and missed a team meeting?

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 3:01 pm EST

Steve Zipay &#8207;@stevezipay 27m27 minutes ago Well, well. @theScoreNHL: Coyotes' prospect Duclair scratched by Quebec junior club http://thesco.re/1HvLZ1B ”

Bob


Tue Mar 10 2015 2:14 pm EST

As for next year, I don't see TALBOT as valueless on the trade market, just needs to be packaged correctly..Perhaps help land a player that could be more important than a backup goalie, one of which we will find, maybe even SLAPSKI! Eh, first things first.....Let's beat the Isles tonight

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 2:14 pm EST

IMO, the best time to trade a goalie is in the off-season when teams are retooling/revamping (well some teams). There are a few who will be looking for a number 1 this summer, including Edmonton, Buffalo and Minnesota. In addition other teams might be interested in adding a goalie who can play 30 or more games and/or assume number 1 due to them not being overly happy with their current solution and those teams include Dallas, St Louis and Carolina. IMO, there's a market out there - what isn't clear at this point is how Talbot is perceived currently. I imagine, however, some of those teams are watching with interest. If a team believes he's got the goods, at his price point ($1,500,000) he'd be worth pursuing.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 2:11 pm EST

E - it has worked out well for both the Rangers and TALBOT. but, there just comes a time.....With The King in place, TALBOT should want to get as far from here as possible when he gets th chance and commence his career as a #1..He's ready...There is only so much money you can throw at the goalie postion, and we made our choice with the King..From here on in, it will have to be young, under control kids or 1 year vets........I hear ya on BOSTON and also the Refs often swallow their whistles come PO time...

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 2:01 pm EST

HOSPO: I would like to see Talbot wrapped up although me thinks that is gonna be difficult since he is gonna want a starting job. But, as we've seen this season the value of a top backup cannot be overstated. If we can imagine a world without Talbot you would be looking at the Scalpel right now. And I just don't see it right now. Depending on where they are next season near the deadline would dictate my next move with the guy. Frankly, if the New York Rangers still look like a contender, I'll ride him on the bench straight into free agency and lose him for nothing if that is what it takes. Just doesn't make sense. I don't think goalies are gonna demand that much on returns. Hell, SJ tried to sell off Niemi at the deadline and no one would give them a good return on the guy. And he backstopped on a Cup winner and won a bronze in the olympics.

E


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:55 pm EST

HOSPO: its the 1-4 that Boston plays that gives the New York Rangers fits. It takes out the spread pass and causes the New York Rangers to lose the creativity they thrive on off of the rush. You gotta dump it, get in on their defense and play with your hard hats on. Nothing comes easy with Boston when they are clicking right. However, the best way to beat them is on the PP. It might be some of the only daylight you'll see all game long.

E


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:47 pm EST

RF4L - All goalies, including The King, have bad streaks every year..Overall, I think TALBOT has been tremendous,...His value won't be higher, but how high that is, is another story altogether

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:44 pm EST

DREW - Me too..Guy only has a year left on his contract also..Package him....Well, unless The KING's injury is way worse and he goes on LTIR!

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:42 pm EST

Re Talbot's value: Tough to say. Let's see how he fares tonight and in the rest of the games he'll get before the King returns. If you'd asked me this 10 days ago, I'd say no one would want him as their number 1. After the past week, it's possible. But if he slips back, then no again.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:37 pm EST

If you were a GM and needed a starting goalie and the teams were willing to accept the same offer with either - salary cap may be a factor, would you want Cam Talbot or Dustin Tokarski? Mid-season, Devan Dubnyk was traded for a 3rd round pick. So if the Rangers were to move Talbot, can they expect more or less in the summer/at the draft? I think a deal with Talbot would have to be part of a bigger package.

DREW


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:28 pm EST

Talbot here is the trade value problem how many gms are going to see our D amd feel they have a D as deep and skilled as ours? They will attribute that to talbots success no doubt couple that with this is a short run and that's the job of a backup doesn't mean they can back stop a winning team all year amd finally goalies never bring back their worth in return tells me he won't fetch much........bruins will get tired chasing and they will take penalties and our Pp will crush them. Rangers in 6

York18


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:26 pm EST

RF4L - "it's common sense I think, to believe that if he is moved, it'll be for picks/prospects." .....Don't totally agree..I think it depends on how they do during the POs....This is still a team built to win now, especially YANDLES expiring contract, so , if they fail this year, I can see them using TALBOT in part of a package for more help for the present....OTOH, we win the CUP, the PIcks would be more likely..JMWO

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:20 pm EST

NICK - Actually, the BRUINS might be one of the top 2-3 teams I fear most..Classic battle of styles..Sometimes Rangrs are too fast..other times the Bruins smother and pound them and Rangers can't play their game..The Bruins can also be a very inconsistent team, streak of like 7-10 games...Only one way we'll find out..

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:17 pm EST

Pat/Hospo: Welcome to my line of thinking (re Talbot). I said the same thing when the King went down and it was clear he'd have a stretch of games in which to prove his validity as a true number 1. It looked shaky a few games ago - too many bad goals (almost 1 a game) and some floppiness/over reacting, not to mention being down too far back in his crease too often. The last 3 games all of that seems to be addressed and it's no coincidence he's GAA has been sparkling. Tonight's a huge test for him, given the way the Rangers have played so far against the Islanders. They are a crash the net type team which usually spells trouble for a goalie. For sure, however, the longer he goes playing well in the King's absence, the larger his trade value becomes and that in turn, increases (IMO) the likelihood of him being traded this summer. Given the cap constraints and the lack of picks, it's common sense I think, to believe that if he is moved, it'll be for picks/prospects.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:07 pm EST

Thanks, Pete. The playoff system is simple enough I guess but still takes some study. Yorker, as to the Bruins, I only fear Rask. A hot goalie of his caliber can steal a series; ditto Hank of course; hell, ditto Halak, as in 2010. The best teams are so close that it might all come down to luck.

Nick


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:54 pm EST

As far as MCi..Can easily handle the AHL..Not much to learn ..But can he make the jump to the NHL? No way of knowing right now....But Only one way to find out....Let him play.....But obvviously the Rangers still have concerns....Next year, 3rd pair or traded in the off-season

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:46 pm EST

Wow on the BOURQES..I've seen them play three games in the last month and a half and couldn't have come back less impressed..Could be just a bad small sample, but.speed and nothing else..I don't think they will will be having any impact on Ranger personnel decisons this summer or maybe ever..Totally different feeling on .LINDBERGER..Stood out every game...And he could be impacting decision making this coming year (maybe even the POs) and HAGGERTY the next year if he finds any consistency..

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:42 pm EST

agree TD- that's why is annoying me- i have watched a lot of sharks/west coast games over past few years, he's improved every year, and wanted this guy here thought he would help, he's not fancy but particularly in this type of game he would be more noticeable, but it is what it is, will root hard for whoever is playing and hopefully glass does well.

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:38 pm EST

Wild/step - One thought on BOURQUE, albeit a remote on...if in fact MSL retires at the end of the season, I suspect that bounces HAYES up to second line and NASH back to the right with STEPAN and KREIDER...one less shrimp in the lineup could very well mean a spot slides open for Bourque...Though if MILLER'S future is on wing, then LINDBERG would probably get first crack...I don't doubt Ryan is going to crack the NHL...and I'm not surprised the Rangers held onto him...Right now, the Bourque brothers are kind of being used to bolster the Pack...Chris is really their most potent guy on offense...and Ryan really is the energizer bunny...Wouldn't be surprised if they held onto him simply because he helps Hartford that much...on an aside about Bourque: Like McILRATH, his AHL career has been besieged by injury. Last year was really his first trouble-free year in Hartford and he ended up scoring 21 goals....the kid is solid...frankly, I think he's better than his brother...faster for sure...definitely better defensively...if the Rangers do cinch up the division/conference, I could see both brothers getting a call.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:30 pm EST

Jim - I too want to see more of SHEP over both of those two but HALFP EMPTY and QUICKIE are two of AV's favorite..He won't bury one nor sit the other..as he will wnt them in the POs...One injury will get all three in the lineup

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:22 pm EST

Hospo: To potential suitors, his affordability is just as valuable as his play. I couldnt agree with you more that he may need to be packaged with something else to bring back a bigger return. It is a similar thought that York floated last week re: overall goalie trade value.

PatrickDiv


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:18 pm EST

jim9k26 - FWIW, SHEPPARD missed the first game due to travel...and I think this one is simply because AV wants a guy who he doesn't mind throwing fists in the lineup...I know Shep can hold his own...but he's also a talented player in his own rite...easier to lose GLASS to a broken finger after a fight than it'd be to lose Shep. I don't like the move either...think fourth is MUCH upgraded when we have Shep in...on a related note, I was trawling the net for some insight into Shep and came across a Hockey's Future page from San Jose fans...pretty much everyone of them was sorry to see him go...most said he has improved drastically and appears to be on an upswing in his career...only reason he was dealt was because SJ knew they're going to lose him this summer.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:17 pm EST

PatrickDiv - makes total sense to deal TALBOT in the off season with The King on the throne for 7 more years.... no way TALBOT stays after next year..So you deal him at his high point.......For picks/prospects? a young NHL forward? maybe combine him wit ha good player for a GREAT player?

Hospo


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:14 pm EST

still peeved that Sheppard is out- now scratched 2/4 possible games -why did we spend a 4th on him?? Glass and Fast are easily replaced by him, this is the kind of game he should be in on, big rivalry, competing for first place, on the road ect. While none of the 3 will be the key to the game- they are the 4th line in the end but the islander 4th line is something we have struggled with already still don't get the reluctance of AV to get away from the favorite son and what hasn't worked all year, i guess we shall see.

jim9k26


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:42 am EST

Gotta love the roll Talbot is on right now. Helping to drive the team forward and pushing his trade value up as well. He's still relatively young-lots of tread left on the tires and very affordable for next year. I wouldn't be surprised if the rangers sign this Oconnor kid (big maybe as lots of teams are after him) that Talbot is dealt at the draft.

PatrickDiv


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:39 am EST

RF4L: I read something the other day in regards to Buch. He can't be signed until his KHL deal os over...but through some crazy rule, if he is on the roster for the mens national team for the worlds he is still considered under contract or some such nonsense. So until that tournament is over they can't sign him, or if he is not on that roster. But apparently also, his KHL contract runs through the KHL year, so unless they WANT to let him go, they can keep him around until that date...whenever that is.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:30 am EST

PatDiv: Good! Haven't seen the kid play so only going by stats and what I've read but given the draft pick trading like candy habit of Sather, I think letting this kid walk would have been a dumb decision. I hope the next few signings include Matt O'Connor and maybe one of those collegiate UFA forwards. I think that leaves 2 key amateurs who's rights are held by the Rangers left to sign: Skeji and Buch. The former cannot be signed until he leaves college - not sure why Buch isn't signed yet. Of course, there are 2 others needing contracts, but it's still early for them because they were selected last June (Halverson and the Russian goalie). Also, from last June's draft that Mantha kid is putting up some impressive numbers and garnering some positive reviews. Suspect he'll get a contract next year.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:29 am EST

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=774208 Playing till the whistle blows...Not sure if people saw this?

RF73


Tue Mar 10 2015 11:16 am EST

NYR Sign Tambellini to an entry level contract. Good for the org and the kid. Highly skilled with lots of upside. Tearing it up for the Hitmen this year. Saw him play Kootenay last season in the playoffs along with that Virtanen kid. He didn't have a very good or engaged type of game and floated to the bench on most changes. At the time he looked like a lot of hype. Evidently he is very much on track and this year has done a lot for him as a pro

PatrickDiv


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:57 am EST

Bourque is pressed out, I think, because he's too small for what he brings (which is pure bottom 6 because he's offensively challenged).

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:51 am EST

stepunmytoe: I agree, however not with the Rangers. Not that I don't think he will be a good 4th line guy, but who does he replace that makes the Rangers better? And if he could make the team better by replacing someone, is there another young player who could do better? Basically I think he is being pressed out due to the number of bottom 6 forwards not he team.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:40 am EST

R Bourque will play in this league IMO. Got a lot of Cally in him. Wears it all on his sleeve. Down by 1 late in the 3rd and his brother got bad penalty. He slammed his stick and gave his brother the stink eye all the way to the box. Lol

stepunmytoe


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:05 am EST

Okposo back tonight

DREW


Tue Mar 10 2015 10:03 am EST

stevie: Suspect Glass will sit tomorrow, unless he scores a couple of goals tonight. How will MSL play tonight? More invisibility from him and it should be him sitting IMO.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:57 am EST

not sure about veenyo's logic on glass. how does he help beat the fishstinks?.....physicality?.....hunwick is officially a black ace, glass should be with him.......who does veenyo have to sit?......fast, jitters, hayes, moore, ?......he picks shepherd, the new guy....I hope he's right...tonight and tomorrow's games are big games......who does he sit tomorrow?......

stevielegs


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:41 am EST

td: On Borque, one of the people I talk to out of Hartford said that they were shocked he wasn't traded. He goes and pokes around over where scouts sit at times, and knows a few scouts from around the AHL/NHL teams and a few this season were watching him play specifically. I expected him to be traded due to those reports from he month or so leading up to the deadline. Or perhaps they saw something that made them decide to wait, he will be a RFA and would probably be cheaper later on, and if the Rangers decide to not keep him he will become a UFA and would cost only money. I think he would be a good 4th line guy, but the Rangers have Fast, and Shepherd and Moore, and as you said, his size is a deterrent for not just the Rangers, but every team.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:33 am EST

td: Agree. Well, from reports that is. Skating was always his issue, but not top end speed, it was the quickness of his movements that was the issue, and coupled with his positioning issues it was a lot to deal with for a Dman. After his last call up AV spoke like he saw some improvement...and the reports from the Pack have been the same. The Rangers staff did mention a few times that he had set backs due to his injuries, especially the knee injury, and that they were waiting to see how he did this season. If they see the same things that the reports say, I doubt they will do anything other than extend him a qualifying offer and keeping him around. He has improved leaps and bounds, by all reports, and thats what they were looking for.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:28 am EST

On HAGGERTY - Time I saw him, he was the best guy on the ice...consistency, though, is something that will dog him on this team. Seems like AV is a real stickler for that and if he can't stand out every shift, he's gonna end up riding the bus in the A through his early 20s...and Ryan BOURQUE...man, this is a kid I really wish could get a shot with the Rangers...Size his his demon, IMO...would be a great add for fourth line...but there's simply no room...the guy is just all-heart...gives 110 percent every game...I just don't see where he'd jump in at this point.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:23 am EST

stepunmytoe - Great assessment of McILRATH...saw many of the same things when the Pack played the Devils a few weeks back...The main things I noticed were that his footspeed --something always offered as a primary detriment in his game --didn't seem to be lacking at all...but above all, he had timing his hits down pretty good and above all, seemed to shed this nasty habit he had of chasing guys around the ice, thus pulling himself out of position...that's why I don't really get the negativism about the guy...his time in New York hasn't come yet...doesn't mean it won't. Any one of KLEIN, GIRARDI or BOYLE goes down, I think he's first in line for a promotion...and to be honest, I think Mack's game would fit well in the playoffs...he's actually the type of guy I could see thriving in the post-season, when the clutch-and-grab game comes back in style.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:13 am EST

re:TAVARES - He's become the professional that Sid CROSBY should have been, IMO...guy doesn't whine. Guy doesn't bitch...just leads by example...he is the number-one reason the Isles are as good as they are right now...and he's elevating the play of everyone on that team...Unlike Cindy, Tavares didn't have anything given to him...no attention...no massive promotion from the NHL...no nothing...He got drafted by a joke of a franchise that has probably the worst arena in the NHL at a time when voters from Nassau County weren't even willing to fund a new barn for them and talk was abound about them moving to KC or Quebec. Tavares could have easily pulled a LINDROS and forced a trade during his draft year, which probably would have doomed hockey on Long Island...he could have held out during his RFA year and forced a trade...would have been well within his right as a player, given all the turmoil that was swirling around the Islanders...but he didn't...he adopted that franchise and lifted it onto his shoulders...the guy is humble and as much as I hate the Islanders, they've got one hell of a leader...I've got nothing but respect for Tavares...He's the icon the NHL should be using, not petulant man-children like Crosby...the Penguins basically bought that jerk-off his only cup and were it not for some really creative reffing, he probably wouldn't even have that.

tdchi


Tue Mar 10 2015 9:12 am EST

Isles gave up 3 goals to the lowly leafs... After the game it was announced Polak out for the season with a hernia.. The isles can be scored upon, we need to keep them out of the crease and slot, and we'll win.. The team has played some of its best defense of the season these last 3 games.. 1.33 GA's ...that's hoyou win po hockey. Imo

mf


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:58 am EST

Nick, re: your playoff seeding...you were right in you last post. 1st place in the Conference (and therefore one of the division winners) plays the 2nd wildcard regardless of what division they are in. The other division winner plays the 1st wildcard. Once the first round is set, the brackets don't change. If we finish first overall and Boston gets the 2nd wildcard, then they will be in our division's bracket. If they were to beat us, they would play the winner of 2 v 3 in our division. Last year just happened to work out that each bracket only had teams from one division in it, but that won't always be the case.

pete


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:53 am EST

He'll likely get a huge raise. He's making a very team friendly $5,500,000 (cap hit - salary is $6,000,000) and is arguably, among the top 10 hockey players in the world. He'll be just 27 when he hits UFA - given what Toews and Kane will make next season, I think he's in line for a doubling of his salary or thereabouts.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:38 am EST

I hope he leaves them in 3 seasons. Maybe not the Rangers, but would love to see that team not have the ability to sign free agents like the good old days.

DREW


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:29 am EST

DREW: I understand! LOL. My admiration for Tavares won't last if 1) the Islanders continue to beat the Rangers and 2) if Tavares starts becoming Cindy Crosby II. I hope neither happens.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 8:22 am EST

RF4L - This is where my immature hatred comes in. You put that uniform on and I can't like him. He is a great player but I loathe that franchise. By the way, these Islanders may be going to Brooklyn next season but does anyone not believe that they will be back on Long Island in a few years? Unless I am missing something politically, I think this Brroklyn stop is temporary. I just hope it alianates the fanbase and they are forced to move. F this rivalry and their fans. I just hope the Rangers win big tonight. I would love for the Ranger fans to start screaming NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! I am being such a girl but F it. I hope to come on tonight to tell Hospo I was wrong.

DREW


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:57 am EST

John Tavares is a splendid hockey player. I don't like the Islanders but find it hard not to like this kid - a consummate team player who flies under the radar in part because he quietly (and very effectively) goes about his business. If the Islanders and Rangers meet in the POs, it'll be his presence in the lineup that will worry me about that team the most. Will he be able to elevate his play like true stars do? It might take a couple of PO years for him to figure out how to do that. I sure hope so, anyways. Rangers don't have anyone like him in their lineup. Nash is probably close but he's a winger and a brings a different kind of energy and style. G and McD will be busy!

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:51 am EST

York: Re McI patrolling other team's blueline next year - that's one of my current big Ranger fears. It'll really suck if it happens.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 7:50 am EST

mf: Yes, the Leafs are horrid, led by the $64,000,000 man Kessel, who has clearly given up but obviously, still gleefully cashes his massive paycheque. He's an embarrassment.

RF4L


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:27 am EST

Thank you Sharks, Pffffft to you Toronto....sheesh!

WIOSA


Tue Mar 10 2015 6:14 am EST

Bodie I feel sorry for anyone paired with that guy it's like playing d by yourself. Great offensive instincts on the Pp a nightmare everywhere else. He never saw a high risk pass that could easily turn into an odd man rush that he didn't like. Wrath is ready for the NHL is he fit for AV? That's another story doesn't mean he's not ready. This is a kid that will have fans bitching for years when he's out patrolling someone elses blue line and crushing guys.......Biron was not pushed out from what I heard he just had enough was looking at ahl time and didn't want to end his career that way. There is nothing wrong with that at all. .....back to back or not it doesn't matter this is rivalry and both teams will be up for this.......BRUINS bring em on I don't want to hear how we were lucky blah blah blah time to end the boogieman bs and beat them. They have not won in awhile which means they are being beat and this team can best them. All I heard from last years run from the doom and gloom crew is we were lucky not to face them last year enough let's put this team out to pasture. I'm actually more concerned with the isles then the bruins sometimes teams young like this are too niave to know they are in over there heads and find ways to win.

York18


Tue Mar 10 2015 4:46 am EST

I said it yesterday...what I wanted last night from the Islanders game, and I got it. Sure being able to take over first place with a win tonight would be fun, but it doesn't matter when they do, however, the islanders just expelled a ton of energy to come back in a game and win in OT. More than if they just lost in regulation. This means that tonight they will be more spent AND will not have a loss hanging over their heads. This team hasn't lost many back to back games, they bounce back well. Getting this win for the Rangers is more important than being able to take first place tonight vs a week from now.

Wildcard


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:46 am EST

But NHL.com says: "In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner. The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals." So that looks like, if we win the conference we'd get Boston. To heck with that. I'd like to win the division and get Washington most likely, but let Montreal win the conference. Of course the whole system is stupid and the old 1-8, 2-7 etc was fine.

Nick


Tue Mar 10 2015 1:27 am EST

I think it's like last year. The top three in each division are in; six per conference. The last two spots are by points regardless of division. That's why you hear talk of "the two wild card spots" in each conference. But the first two round are within each division, to make rivalries and all. That's why we had PHL and PIT last year before MTL.

Nick


Tue Mar 10 2015 12:09 am EST

Nick - I trhnk it's confernece based with the winners of each Div being 1 and 2 no matter what, after that based on points for 3-8 wih top e of each div qualifying

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:38 pm EST

The playoffs are still division based, right? So we either meet NYI or Caps or Pens. Then the same in second round. If we meet boston it's the east finals and they'll never get there. Canadiens rematch, then the Finals.

Nick


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:17 pm EST

E - Can't argue that...And the Rangers have been real healthy up front so far this year.. Me thinks there depth will get tested before it's done.OTOH, if the King comes back healthy and well rested, advnatage Rangers! .But, look, if the 8th place team is the Bruins, you know you have a tough path to win the east...Should be interesting

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:06 pm EST

Agreed... The parity of excellence in the East will provide no easy paths. Be prepared for 7-game grinds. Many games will fall on the razors edge of mistakes and OT. And keep in mind getting to a SCF after being there the year before? Not done many times in the modern era. So history at least suggests that the New York Rangers will not be back. Conventional wisdom matching up on paper suggests, "why not the New York Rangers?" At this stage its about three key factors to me: injury, home-ice advantage, and momentum. Easier to win when you're winning. Easier to win when you are healthy. And easier to win at home late in a series. One thing I feel good about is assuming the return of Lundqvist the New York Rangers are strong in the pipes.

E


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:36 pm EST

Almost every potential series in the EAST (or West for that matter) may produce a "walking wounded" victor...War of attrition where the Glasses and Lindbergers of the world are important!

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:35 pm EST

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/good-news-for-kyle-okposo-and-islanders-he-could-face-rangers-tuesday-night-1.10038688

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:34 pm EST

Okposo back tomorrow

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:34 pm EST

Okposo back tomorrow

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:27 pm EST

Philly - Pittsburg, Montreal- Boston, Detroit - Colorado, they can all kill each other.... I'd rather face any of the leftover walking wounded

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:08 pm EST

E - I'm with you,,,I wanna see GREAT PO series...Yeah, i want the Rangers to win..but I want fast, physiclal hockey with two teams hating each other and knocking my socks off..A 6-7 game series against a team like the Wings? No thanks.,....As for the Isles, I have no doubt the rangers will beat them in a series...Isles will give up way too many chances that their GK can stop come PO time..JMWO of course

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 10:02 pm EST

Im with Drew, for a team with suspect Goaltending, they (isl's) are sure playing like a top rate playoff team. They just always manage to come back. I liked it a helluva lot better when they were taking care of the wine in the cellar. E, I would feel that way (probably, maybe, possibly, most likely not) if we had won the last 3-4 meetings instead of just 1. Go Away Fishsticks Go away.

WIOSA


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:47 pm EST

RF: All Maple Leaf paraphernalia is to be removed from your household.. That may include any fans of theirs.. Despicable!

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:43 pm EST

I'm thrilled that the Isles are strong. I wish the NJD were strong. I like it even more that the type of NYI team they built is pretty big and nasty. Rivalries are what I live for in hockey. 20-years of the NYI off of the radar is enough. Who doesn't want a seven game against this team. It would be awesome. Tomorrow night is gonna be one of the most anticipated games in a while. Battling for first place on top of it? You gotta love it. If I didn't have idiot NYI fans in my family it'd be boring. Having them strut around like a silverback? Love it. Watching them go home empty? Priceless. This is good times my friends. The best. Best run of your Stanley Cup contending New York Rangers in a long time. Last season was a joyful surprise. This season the New York Rangers are a legitimate top-5 contender.

E


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:38 pm EST

Drew....yes they are good but so are we....almost tempted to go to the mausoleum tomorrow night.....last time ever Rangers Islanders in that building!

MelvilleFred


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:32 pm EST

DREW - You hate the Isles, how can you be a bad fan? a bit dramatic, but not bad! :)..But seriously, at 10;30 tomorrow night, Rangers should be One point back of those LI schmucks with 4 games in hand!..Well, unless the isles win and we're 5 point back..:)..Either way, the rangers will catch them..

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:32 pm EST

DREW: No need to apologize dude. Most of us totally get your pain - it's part of being a Ranger fan.

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:31 pm EST

We will will tomorrow night, have faith in thy Rangers!!!

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:25 pm EST

sorry meant to say acting like a spoiled school girl but I have so much hatred for that fan base and their YES! YES! YES! which is from a wrestler?

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:23 pm EST

Unfortunately Melville, the Islanders are good. I HATE this - I know, I know, I am being a bad fan and as a 40 year old male, I am holding myself accountable, I basically blocked all my Islander fan friends (I grew up on Long Island) texts. When was the last time they lost in regulation? Would you want to face them in the playoffs and risk losing to them en route to their cup?

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:20 pm EST

Can't believe how bad Toronto is.....OMG!

MelvilleFred


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:19 pm EST

Now these guys have the momentum going into tomorrow. Hospo - I hope you can call me out tomorrow for being a bad fan but this solidifies them - 3 point lead in the standings.

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:19 pm EST

DREW - I feel your passion but hey, glad it went to OT, more wear and tear on them when we play at 7 tomorrow...And that is the game that matters--a 4 pt swing

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:12 pm EST

Here we go - now there is no way we can overtake them tomorrow. Hockey was more enjoyable when they were in exile. I can't stand that team. I wish they were Quebec bound.

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:09 pm EST

Hospo - pure hatred. It seems like they always get a point EVERY game. And if you watch the Islanders broadcast, they are burying the Rangers saying they will eventually tire out because of too many games against quality opponents. The Leafs needed to win in regulation tonight.

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 9:03 pm EST

DREW - Why? before tonight the Rangers trailed the Isles by ONE POINT with THREE GAMES in HAND. WIn tomorrow night and it will be one point down with 4 GAMES in HAND (if Isles win tonight)...I know who I would rather be.

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:57 pm EST

Wildcard - you wrote the script for the Isles tonight.

TradeStar28


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:56 pm EST

STEP - Gotta be carefull, there's a huge diffefrence between being good in the AHL and being able to make it in the NHL..I've seen SUmmers in the NHL..Brutal...But, the three games i've seen McI this year, he's been fine to good...Nothing left to prove in the AHL..Next year you either play him in NY or trade him with still some value...The only other player that has consistently looked good is LINDBERGER..Everybody else is all over the map..From good to brutal, little consistency

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:54 pm EST

My god the leafs suck. I had hope there at 3-1.

Nick


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:53 pm EST

mf - I have conceded that the Islanders are taking the metro. The either take a 2-0 lead EVERY game or comeback. That game in Dallas when they got a point with less than a second to go.

DREW


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:50 pm EST

IcePuppies cut the lead to 3-2..... Toronto can't do anything right...

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 8:49 pm EST

Toronto ahead of the IcePuppies 3-1 with 10 minutes left to play

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 7:59 pm EST

stepunmytoes. thats how I felt about haggerty the second time I saw him. I saw him twice this year. early in the season at Hershey and he looked like a good strong skater. he drove the net was quick and seemed like a good prospect. The second time I saw him was in the Lehigh valley with Pa/EZ and the kid seemed like he didn't care. He put in no effort. I was disappointed.

KIS


Mon Mar 9 2015 6:47 pm EST

MF; Mac was abusing the opposing forwards. The faceoff is in our end. Monarchs send out Biz Nasty to goad Mac. Theyre jawing hard but Mac didn't bite. Biz started skating to Mac and Kristo two hands Biz in back of the legs Lol. It prevented Mac from dropping em with that clown which I thought was cool on Kristos part.

stepunmytoe


Mon Mar 9 2015 6:41 pm EST

Summers looks like a decent player. He played well with Mac against a strong Manchester club. Bodie scored a goal and is a good PP player. But he is horrible defensively. Many turnovers, easily knocked off the puck. Allen had a poor game maybe because he is with Bodie. Got outright beat outside for a goal. R.Borque was the best forward. Has all the tools and you can tell hes all heart. Lindy had Klingberg and Vaive on his wing and was meh. Haggarty was huge disappointment. Looked liked he didn't care. Hrivic I like. Had a very long tape to tape pass to C Borque for a goal. Hes a smooth skater. One of those guys that makes it look effortless. Almost as if he needs to play with more talented players. Worth watching.

stepunmytoe


Mon Mar 9 2015 6:38 pm EST

Twinkletoes: thanks for the positive update on McIlrath... Its encouraging to hear that another home grown may be vying for a roster spot.. If the guy is NHL material he deserves to play somewhere.. Hopefully, its at The Garden..

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 6:22 pm EST

Was at Pack in Manchester yesterday. Mac was top pair with the Summers kid. Mac took the body early and often drawing the ire of the fans sitting around me. Scored the 1st goal off of nice drop from Summers. He was easily the most noticeable, hated player for the Pack. He committed to a check on the sidewall during a PK which led to a goal. Had a giveaway late in 3rd but that was it. At no time was he ever beaten or skated around. There is no way this guy should be in the Ahl next season. He also demolished Mike Richards at mid-ice. I long for the day hes on our blueline. he will become a fan favorite !!!!

stepunmytoe


Mon Mar 9 2015 6:14 pm EST

Not sure how many career fighting majors SHEPPARD has, but there at least a few youtube video of him dropp'n the gloves. I'm not a GLASS basher, but I also I'm very disappointed that SHEPPARD will be press boxed for the NYI game.

hipcheck


Mon Mar 9 2015 5:52 pm EST

hipcheck - I was thinking the same thing. re: SHEPPARD. Listed at 6'1 and 215, but he seems thicker than that to me...Bummed they pulled him for the Isles' game, but my guess is it's 'cause AV suspects fisticuffs tomorrow. It's really the only explanation for dragging GLASS off the bench after two games.

tdchi


Mon Mar 9 2015 5:35 pm EST

TDCHI and anybody else. If you insist on taking childish jabs at people who are not here to defend themselves, you too will be dealt with. Grow up or stay away.

RFCAdmin


Mon Mar 9 2015 5:33 pm EST

JFC - I don't know. I mean, BIRON retired in the middle of a season...And while he wasn't making BOYLE'S contract, I believe he was earning over a mil. Seems to me the Rangers basically told him he was done and that he could retire gracefully or end up down in Hartford. Not saying that's what is going to happen with Boyle, but it's pretty clear he's on the decline in a pretty major way. Rangers get the cup, my guess is Boyle retires...just my suspicion..then again, he and MSL may be hanging on for another year in the hope RICHARDS rolls back to New York...Somewhere out in the ether, RR just went apoplectic with that mention...

tdchi


Mon Mar 9 2015 5:20 pm EST

Really don't see how/why Boyle or any other player would leave $4.5 million behind rather than play one more year of hockey, Cup or no Cup

JFC31


Mon Mar 9 2015 5:04 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Cam Talbot named NHL's third star of the week after Hudler and Varlamov.

stevielegs


Mon Mar 9 2015 4:34 pm EST

RF4L - My only concerns about McILRATH is that he really doesn't fit the mantra AV has going with the D, which is having all slick puck movers...but as for where the organization sees him...he's gotten two sniffs already...there's simply no room for him right now...I do think the reality of BOYLE getting bought out/retiring is a real possibility...again, I side with the opinion that whoever is dreaming up "future watch" has been sniffing too much glue...though I do agree BUCHNEVICH is a really special prospect.

tdchi


Mon Mar 9 2015 3:33 pm EST

Regarding SHEPPARD and early observations... I haven't checked his profile, and I'm not sure if this was mentioned yet, but he appeared quite a bit bigger than I remember reading right when the trade was announced. He is tall & has a thick frame. Definitely a nice positi e surprise.

hipcheck


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:49 pm EST

Ditto on Sheppherd, let him get a taste of the Isle series..I honestly don't mind GLASS playing but SHEP did nothing to warrant a sitting...And you know QICKIE is not gonna sit if healthy....If anybody should, it should be JTMILLER and his brain farts.(although I like his physical game)....Or maybe give MSL a little rest..:)

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:41 pm EST

JFC: Agreed on the decision to sit Sheppard. I don't like the timing. I understand why AV feels he needs to dress Glass and so does everyone else no doubt (not saying you necessarily agree with him - just that you know what he's thinking). If you feel he needs to play, who do you take out? The only other option is Fast. IMO, Fast has earned the right to be dressing regularly so I get him staying in. Of course MSL could always be sat and Sheppard move up alongside Stepan and Kreider. Yeah, haven't seen a lot of him yet, but he looks to me like he might be able to handle that. MSL, however, ain't gonna get pressboxed...no matter how ineffective he plays.

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:41 pm EST

The two teams I am rooting to NOT make the playoffs are the Bruins and the Kings.....That would be really great.......Bruins have three big games this week, Sens, Lightning and Penguins. I hope they lose all 3

TradeStar28


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:38 pm EST

Trade, while that would be story book in a way. I would rather they win the night before....that team hasn't lost two in a row much this season, they bounce back well. Don want them having any extra motivation. Of course I want the game to go all the way to a shootout so they expend the most possible energy....maybe even a come back from a goal or two down late, that uses a ton of energy.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:35 pm EST

I could see the Rangers clinch or be close to that by March 26th

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:25 pm EST

Tuesday's night game of Rangers @ Islanders will be the last matchup of these two teams @ the Masoluem. It should be a great intense game and I really look forward to it. How great would it be for the Rangers to spank them Iceholes in that old shit house for the last time? Hopefully the Isles lose tonight and the Rangers spank them on Tuesday and overtake first place......That would be fun for the Rangers fans in attendance there.

TradeStar28


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:24 pm EST

I definitely don't hate Glass....far from it. But, sitting is sure not going to hurt him after he just had 3/4 of a season to show what he can and cannot do....much more important for Shepard to get used to the Rangers system ASAP and acclimate to his linemates. There's also the necessity to find out if he can handle 3rd line duty (maybe he won't be as scary as JT Miller regarding giveaways....which can KILL in the POs) and perhaps if he can PK. Do we really think that Tanner Glass is going to get hurt by sitting 3 straight games? Really? Doug Lidster sat like 20 straight games and came into the POs in '94 and did fine....ad that's a hell of alot more important position than 4th line forward. All Glass has to do is come in and hit and forecheck....hard to get rusty at doing that even after 5 or 6 or 7 straight games sitting. Let him play against Buffalo....not Isles and Caps....I want to see how Shepard does in an INTENSE PO like atmosphere against division rivals....Rangers brass should be curious too. Tanner Glass is a known quantity...move along, nothing to be learned here. Any coincidence that vs. Pitt last year he was SCRATCHED for the entire series?

JFC31


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:21 pm EST

Wild: Perhaps, but this may go down to the last regular season weekend so that luxury may not be there...

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:03 pm EST

RF4L: I think we might. Not yet though. 17 points that the Rangers gain or the Panthers lose they clinch a spot. If/when the Rangers approach that mark I think guys will rest. Boyle for one I think may, Giradi may get a night off, McD...with those "got some bumps and bruises" excuse.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 2:00 pm EST

OMG I sure hope we don't see Hunwick again. If so, it means IMO either someone's hurt of Boyle is crapping the bed worse than we've seen him so far - I can't believe sitting Boyle is something AV is looking to do.

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:26 pm EST

Also, lets not forget, Glass had 9 shots, a plus 1 and two assists his last 5 games before the trade...only those who would still hate glass as a 30 goal scorer would say that he wasn't playing good 4th line hockey. If he plays like that he can help the team win the next game, if not I bet he doesn't dress for another one for a while.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:23 pm EST

mf: SURE! But tell me. What do you do, on the road, if a guy wakes up from his nap sick, or rolls an ankle getting off the bus at a game? Put Lindberg in a transporter ala star trek? Glass is the emergency fill in, the guy who fills in for a game here or there. You call up Lindberg if a guy gets injured and is going to miss time, but you don't have him sitting around when the AHL team is in the playoff race. You let him be the number 1 center there and try to win in the post season unless there is an injury on the Rangers. Glass is what he is sure, but so is Sheppard, they are 4th line guys, and across a 7 games series that can make a difference, but not a single game here or there, or even stretch of 3 or 4 games.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:18 pm EST

WildCard: Is Ocar Oscar Oscar The Lindberg Baby not a better fill in than the TGO? (the Glass One)

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:18 pm EST

should be "blueshirt banter"

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:12 pm EST

JFC: You would fit in good over at Blueshift banter....Glass is the spare F on this team. That is a FACT we all must live with. He needs to get playing time in case there is a sudden illness or injury and they don't have time to call up someone, or if the cap wont allow it before the playoffs. He needs to play every once in a while. There are 2 sets of back to backs in the next week, and its the perfect time to rotate guys. I imagine we may see Hunwick in for someone as well before too long....Glass vs Sheppard will not be the difference between a win and a loss the next game. They are 4th line guys, and in a series they may make an impact, but not over 60 min of one game. If the top guys don't show up the Rangers will not beat the Islanders, with or without Glass.

Wildcard


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:07 pm EST

WTH are you sniffin?

mf


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:06 pm EST

There is no reason to put Glass back in at all....unless it's to help Sather save face for giving him a ridiculous 3 year contract. Let Shepard get comfortable and PLAY! Glass had his shot all season long and was a -150000!

JFC31


Mon Mar 9 2015 1:01 pm EST

and as expected here comes Glass after Sheppard actually played better last night than first game - would have hoped he would put Glass in for Fast. James Sheppard is skating with Matt Hunwick today at Rangers practice and Tanner Glass is skating with Dom Moore and Jesper Fast. (Gross) Glass has been scratched the past two games. Sheppard played 10:31 last night with two shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net and one hit.

jim9k26


Mon Mar 9 2015 12:26 pm EST

E - Cool...Solid Hockey players that don't make mistakes can be quite valuable in the PO..and can replace players that are too loose with the puck

Hospo


Mon Mar 9 2015 12:19 pm EST

HOSPO: you will find Sheppard to be a classic journeyman "acquire at the deadline as a missing piece" type of player. He isn't neccesarily physical in the sense that he looks to crack you although he'll complete his checks. But he also doesn't back down. He doesn't excel in any area, he is just a hockey player who can be flexible and play wherever you need him.

E


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:45 am EST

TD: The longer he goes without getting a sniff the more obvious it becomes. But, we'll see. Next fall may be his final chance...

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:44 am EST

WIld: I disagree but what else is new?

RF4L


Mon Mar 9 2015 11:09 am EST

mf: Very true...I think a lot of things happen if the Rangers can win the cup. MSL I don't think will retire, however I think he would be more content to play for a LOT less money. He will have won another cup and the only real reason to play will be because he enjoys it and doesn't want to quite playing, and if that is the case, the paycheck will not be so vital...since the only other option will to be to retire. I don't think anyone will give him a large sum AND allow him to play close to his