There’s always this guy

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While you lament the lack of playing time afforded one young defenseman on the Rangers’ roster — I’ll give you a hint, his last name rhymes with Coke — at least take a moment to appreciate the steady growth of Daniel Girardi in his first 12 games in the NHL.

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but that’s a good thing. On a team where defenseman are often calling attention to themselves for the wrong reasons, Girardi — outside of a fanned pass over the weekend in the loss to Philadelphia — has earned the confidence of Tom Renney in relatively short order

“He’s a real deliberate, self-assured guy that doesn’t get too wound up about any kind of circumstance. He always seems to defend everyone similarly: he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a team attack or an individual with great assets,” Renney said. “He’s been really steady. He’s been a real nice pleasant surprise. He’s adjusted and I don’t think it’s taken him that long.”

Keep that in mind as you wonder why Renney chooses to play Aaron Ward out of position alongside Karel Rachunek. As the coach implied just now, it’s not because he wants those two together as much as he wants to keep Girardi with Fedor Tyutin, in a pairing that could be together beyond this year.

Maybe that makes it all more palatable. Maybe not.

Some updates:

  • No update on Marcel Hossa, but I saw the left wing working on his stick in the hallway right now, so my assumption is he’ll be in the lineup. If not, it would be Brad Isbister.
  • At least some good news for the Rangers: Brian Gionta is still out with a groin injury, but Patrik Elias is likely to play after missing Tuesday with the flu.
  • More good news for loyal blog readers: I spent the afternoon getting trained on uploading audio clips on to the site, which is likely to be a popular addition provided you can stand the sound of me asking stupid questions. It’s going to be some time before I get everything squared away, but if you want a sense of what it will be like, see how my boy “Peter Abraham uses them on his Yankees blog”:http://yankees.lohudblogs.com/.

    OK, that’s all for now…

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    1. Girardi’s done nothing. He doesn’t provide offense, he never throws a check, he’s allergic to physical contact. The only thing he’s done is not screw up. It’s a sad state of affairs when not F’ing something up is what’s good enough.

    2. 0-2-2- +2 isn’t fantastic offensively but the opposing team doesn’t score when he’s on the ice. In my book, that means he is doing his job. Its a good thing he is doing what he is, without him or d might be in more trouble than it is now. If his play can rub off on Rachunek and Malik, our defense would be 100 times better.

    3. Girardi has played well. he is 22 or 21, played 12 games in the NHL.. He makes very few mistakes, and gets the puck out of the zone well….

    4. Girardi looks good…..

      It was rough listening to the Devils high pitched whiney announcing…man, do they need T injections…

      Anna Nicole Smith’s Judge would do a better color commentary than the Devil announcers!

    5. “” Girardi has done nothing. He doesn’t provide offense, he never throws a check, he’s allergic to physical contact.””

      that sounds a hell of a lot more like Renney’s czech faves Dfrauds than Girardi.

      those booming Malik checks, and Raccoon-net and Rosy-outlook, yeah, they really are physical aren’t they ???

      what BS.

    6. Sometimes when you don’t notice a guy (Girardi), it means he’s doing a nice, steady job. I wish we didn’t notice Rachunek as much as we do.

    7. Doodie Machetto on

      I think Emerick calls a good dame, although his voice is a bit annoying. Resch is OK. If you’ve ever watched some of the games from around the country on center ice, you’ll see there are announcing teams that are MUCH worse.

      I hate Stan Fischler. More than words can describe, so that’s all I’ll say to describe it. He should go and let John Giannone handle things himself, he’s ready.

      Michelletti has gotten much better over the season, and I think he is doing a pretty decent job.

    8. Girardi deserves praise! He’s stepped onto a struggling defensive unit and really steadied things. You need at least one or two defenders on a team that only do things right, and nothing more.

      I would rather him and Tyutin both be playing with some solid vets, but at the moment the Rangers don’t really have that option.

    9. Doodie Machetto on

      Girardi is playing his game. Nothing flashy, just solid. If he keeps it up, he will become a VERY solid 3-4 defenseman.

    10. Sam, if for nothing else, I will always be sure to remember this season as the first where the fan has really gotten to get closer to his team, and you’ve certainly taken a prominent role in ensuring this. The addition of audio and the potential ability to listen to some interviews is certainly the next logical step.

      You’ve provided pertinent information with more regularity than most of your peers, all while maintaining a level of humor and an air of freshness.

      I hope you can keep it up because you’re doing a fantastic job. I don’t really leave comments often but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts, especially since I rarely get to listen to or watch the games.

      Thanks again!

    11. “”Sometimes when you don’t notice a guy, it means he’s doing a nice, steady job.””

      yes, like the refs. but I have hunch they will get noticed again tonight.

    12. “those booming Malik checks, and Raccoon-net and Rosy-outlook, yeah, they really are physical aren’t they ???”

      They’re worse. I didn’t say they’re good. There should be a drinking game where you take a shot everytime the other team skates right around them and their stick-waving style of defense.

    13. Girardi’s doing a really good job, in my opinion. He plays defense. I know, that’s a bit crazy.

    14. Thank goodness I am getting the hame on MSG feed.

      With this NHL package, i’vr been screwed more often than not.

    15. I’m not getting any video feed. I got maloney and alberts on the radio. AND HOW ABOUT HOSSA!!!!!!!

    16. If Joe Stalin were doing the color on MSG, he would be a helluva lot better than the overweight shill who used to be there. JD got bad, very very bad years ago, and while Micheletti is a total corporate brown-noser too, at least he doesn’t have the ridiculous ego that Davidson had in the booth.

    17. I’ve had it with Renney. Raccoon basically got a promotion after his putrid effort the other night.

    18. that away Danny Boy…Get a little mean STREAKKKKKKK…
      Watch during the course of the game how many times rachunek gets beat wide….he is the worst

    19. Enough of the Malik bashing..that was jagrs fault left him no choice, Hossa goal was all because of malik…

    20. they’re gonna talk to Jed Ortmeier during the break if you open up the radio link on newyorkrangers.com

    21. I would love to see it, but I can’t. The Buffalo game superceeds the Rangers on MSG upstate. It sucks, especially when you’re from downstate

    22. if they had the nerve to call a dive tuesday on hossa, they should have damn well called it on brylin today.

      LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    23. czechthemout!!!!! on

      jagr has got to stop with the twerling and just shoot it at the net.he is clearley slumping and is trying to make the perfect play.avery is in front all game long.

    24. Longtimerangerfan on

      Ortmeyer gets hauled down…no call…what a surprise!!! Malikenstein’s trip wasn’t as bad as the one on Ortmeyer.

    25. Does Pock really rhyme with Coke? Why does everyone call him “Poke”? The o has an umlaut, so I would think his name actually sounds exactly like “Puck.” Someone needs to ask the man himself.

    26. Great job Sam. Nice point on Jags playing with Avery, and also on Jags effectivness. And you got Maloney to talk about the blog! Huge points on the Phili game, I agree 100%.

    27. czechthemout!!!!! on

      it does not matter if we learn to pronounce his name or not because he is going to sign elsewhere and go on to have a good career.while we get to have to watch krapunek and malik,next year.

    28. Longtimerangerfan on

      edlundart
      February 22nd, 2007 at 8:56 pm
      Does Pock really rhyme with Coke? Why does everyone call him “Poke�? The o has an umlaut, so I would think his name actually sounds exactly like “Puck.� Someone needs to ask the man himself.

      In German, the o is a long o as in poke…the umlaut just means you purse your lips when you pronounce it.

    29. They started the game with the HBO line, I would like to see those three together more often. Betts defense matched with Holly and Orts forecheck looks pretty good.

    30. Doodie Machetto on

      He’s becoming quite the little devil killer. 4 Goals in the 8 games this season, and he may not be done.

    31. Longtimerangerfan on

      Who was the moron that tipped that in???? Never, never just wave your stick at the puck!!!!!!

    32. Longtimerangerfan on

      Lundquist has more goals scored on him by his own “defence” than by the opposition. His GA average would be so much better without them.

    33. exactly. let your goalie make the save on a play like that. how can anybody say bad things about Girardi. let him evolve. he is not a Beukeboom type but let him just make the safe and simple and quick plays to get the puck out and people will grow to like him more. Much more than the other fraud Dmen like Malek and Rozy.

    34. Longtime, that has to be one of the most accurate and messed up stat for a goaltender, but sadly its true.

    35. The Devils dont make those stupid plays. They know how to make safe simple plays and dont try to do too much. The Rangers shoot themselves in the foot when they try to do too much in a situation like that. Rangers have got to keep it easy and simple. basics.

    36. From what I hear the guy you are makin fun of is the reason the Rangers have 2 goals. So stop with the Malik nonsense. Just because you hate him personally, you dont have to get on him for every little thing. Just shutup

    37. I would love to see a trade with Pittsburg bringing back Moore and adding a you D like Ryan Whitney

    38. Girardi has been solid, he is probably playing it safe now until he becomes a regular because he knows this is likely his only chance at NHL being almost 23 and never drafted.

    39. Longtimerangerfan on

      Go NYR
      February 22nd, 2007 at 9:39 pm
      From what I hear the guy you are makin fun of is the reason the Rangers have 2 goals. So stop with the Malik nonsense. Just because you hate him personally, you dont have to get on him for every little thing. Just shutup

      I don’t hate Malikenstein, just the way he plays…or doesn’t, as it were.

    40. If a defenseman ever tries to block a slapshot, it shoul deither be by his stick at CLOSE range, or by using the body to block it.

      It was a bad play; despite the fact Malik has played well offensively tonite.

    41. Doodie Machetto on

      “It was a bad play; despite the fact Malik has played well offensively tonite.”

      Well said.

    42. It’s also the 1 yr. anny of Hank beating switzerland and Jags and the Czech Posse beating the Slovaks

    43. I’ve been training young Girardi in the way of the Beuke. Soon, he will balance the force. Hopefully, he will not move to the dark side of the force, Malicoonism.

    44. Ya,

      It was in the Devil’s zone the whole time almost…Just Rangers fault they can’t shoot..and when they do, it’s off the mark.

    45. Doodie Machetto on

      Rachunek sucks.

      I like Pock, but he has been pretty poor ever since that Rachunek blunder that Pock misplayed as well. I’d still take him over Rachunek though.

    46. These refs blow….Hossa had his stick held…NO CALL!!

      Now Tyutin gets it on the other end..this is ridiculous…Renney should be up in arms..but he’s a pansy.

    47. Pock has to have more development as a defenseman. He played wing for a lot of his time at UMass. He has only recently become a defenseman, and has made some HUGE strides. The problem is, he isn’t going to get any better sitting on the bench. He either needs to play in the NHL or play down in Hartford. There is NO good reason to have him sitting in the pressbox when he could be growing as a player with ice time.

    48. Doodie Machetto on

      A quick look at the league scoreboards:

      Toronto beating the Isles, which is good for us. I don’t think 4 teams from one division will make the playoffs, so we MUST pass the Islanders because we certainly aren’t going to be leaping over the Pens or Devs.

      Montreal trailing the Preds. Good for us, they’re finished as a threat. What a tank job.

      Carolina leads Philly. Not good for us.

      Tampa Bay and Atlanta are tied in the third. The worst possible result for us, because we need one to go up and the other to go down. Not for both of them to go up. I prefer Atlanta to go down, because TB is streaking right now, and so one loss prob won’t hurt them, while another loss in ATL increases their decline. This tie rationale also applied to Toronto and the Isles. Isles winning in OT would literally be the worst possible result for us tonight, as far as other teams go.

    49. Doodie Machetto on

      BlueClue, that’s good news.

      Rangers need to at least get to OT or they are in SERIOUS trouble. Forget the lack of points, two crushing defeats in a row will lead to many others.

    50. Doodie Machetto on

      Philly and Carolina in OT. We really need Philly to win that one and keep Carolina from getting the extra point

    51. WHAT THE FUCK ARE THE REFS DOING?????????? Should have been interference on Big Baby????? Even Maloney is having a hormonal. WTF?????? Sorry Sam, but it was needed. I agree with the fans assessment…”ASSHOLE…ASSHOLE!”

    52. From what i hear on the radio, how do you call that in OVERTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is rediculous. Its hard enough to play the Devs but when you have to play the officials that makes it even harder

    53. I’m listening just like you NYR, I didn’t see it, but how do you make a call in OT that is obviously questionable

    54. Longtimerangerfan on

      Renney would have a good point if he just pulled the team off and said, you win, we can’t beat the Devils and the Refs too.

    55. This crap is making me want to rip the hair out of my head. These officials are attempting to hand the game to the Diablos.

      If they’re the Diablos, and George Bush is El Diablo (according to Hugo Chavez) does that make NJ and George Bush one in the same?

    56. I really wish Jagr can score some goals already…He makes fancy moves, beats a guy or two, but can never make it to the net

    57. Doodie Machetto on

      No, people have just watched tape on him and found how to beat him. Like when he was totally undressed on that penalty shot.

    58. stop blaming jagr. if you have been watching hockey for any amount of time, you would know he sucks at the SO

    59. If I only had one reason to fire Sather (and there are many more than that) that would be passing up on Parise to take Jessiman. Even Larry Brooks called it at the time as the mistake it has proven to be.

    60. Jagr needs to be DEALT TOMORROW…I’VE NEVER SAID THIS BEFORE!

      He is our “CAPTAIN.”

      IF HE CAN’T STEP UP AND SHOOT IN THE TOP 3, OR EVEN TOP 4 LIKE WE SAW, WE HAVE NO USE FOR HIM HERE-

      GET THE FUCK OUT OF NY PLEASE!

    61. Jagr puke, nice leadership skills, if you think you suck so much then why are you getting paid 7 mil and play 20+ minutes a game?

    62. Doodie Machetto on

      Pack it up boys, season’s over. Forget the lack of points from these two games. These two losses are just devastating.

    63. Longtimerangerfan on

      Even if the Ranger’s had selected Parise, he wouldn’t be playing in the NHL…you know that.

    64. Bottom line —– this team had a two goal lead at home with more than half the hockey game played…….and still found a way to not get two points.

      Blow it up.

    65. Doodie Machetto on

      “The refs have been treating the Rangers different ever since Shanny spouted off on his little tirade”

      I agree, and I made a stink about it when it happened. What a dumb move. Way to make the refs angry.

    66. Jagr pulls his pecker between his legs and curls up in to a corner when there’s a shoot-out…WHAT A WUSS!!!

    67. stop admiring this parise thug. he’s younger than us and i certainly wouldnt want some child from an islander father.

    68. “The refs have been treating the Rangers different ever since Shanny spouted off on his little tirade”

      what tirade? what did I miss?

    69. “stop blaming jagr. if you have been watching hockey for any amount of time, you would know he sucks at the SO”

      That is like saying “I don’t want to play coach”
      Captians are supposed to lead. He doesn’t. Ship him away!

    70. doodie

      “Jagr’s game isn’t breakaways. Jesus, what’s so hard to understand about that?”

      I assume you are kidding. THE GUY HAS MORE THAN 600 GOALS IN HIS CAREER FOR CHRISSAKES!

    71. “I just HATE Devils!!!!!”

      I hate the Rangers, the owner, the GM, the Coach, The Scouts, and the Captain

    72. about how the refs don’t treat Jagr equally. It was true, but shouldn’t have been said.

      On the radio, they’re saying Jagr was grimacing on the bench after hitting the boards.

    73. Jagr doesnt have over 600 goals by NOT BEING ABLE TO SCORE ON A BREAK-AWAY.

      DOODIE, YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT-

      HE’S ONLY BEEN SCARED SINCE SHOOT-OUT WERE INTRODUCED AND HE DIDN’T HAVE EARLY SUCCESS…DOESN’T MEAM HE’S INCAPABLE

    74. refs havent changed all season…they’ve been tilting the ice against the rags all year and it wont change

    75. No one in that locker room can have any respect for Renney who refuses to get in Jagr’s face and demand that he get over himself and try!!! Try! That’s all we are asking! TRY in the friggin SHOOTOUT!

    76. “The refs have been treating the Rangers different ever since Shanny spouted off on his little tirade”

      Agreed. Treating us differently, and treating the teams we play differently. Absolutely disgusting job by the referees and i normally never complain about that.

    77. Longtimerangerfan on

      Doodie Machetto
      February 22nd, 2007 at 10:48 pm
      “The refs have been treating the Rangers different ever since Shanny spouted off on his little tirade�

      I agree, and I made a stink about it when it happened. What a dumb move. Way to make the refs angry.

      It doesn’t matter what Shanny said…they, the refs, are supposed to pros too and not be biased. I blame the league for not setting it right…maybe the Ranger’s will send this tape to the league, not that it will do any good, but they should protest this game as the refs SUCKED.

    78. Jagr’s the captain of the team, damn it. He should lead by example instead of being scared to participate in the shootout. Time to strip the “C” from him.

    79. 7make the money on

      “stop blaming jagr. if you have been watching hockey for any amount of time, you would know he sucks at the SO�

      wake up, pal.

      even former NHL players like Joe Micheletti said that Jagr must step up and be a captain in that situation. otherwise, what is he here for?

      and Jagr himself told the reporters that he would carry the team down the stretch. instead, he pusses out.

    80. I played a lot of sports in school. Hockey, Football, Lax, Baseball…The first thing I learned was NEVER complain about the refs. They have a tough job, making split second decisions about split second actions.

      I agree what Shanny said was true, and needed to be said, but it shouldn’t have been said. Now, every night we have to play against two teams.

    81. Elias kneeing/high sticking, Brodeur flapping around like a fat out-of-water fish, hooks on Jagr all night, cross-checks in front of Brodeur… it was pathetic. Is there no such thing as diving for goalies?

    82. Longtimerangerfan on

      P.W.
      February 22nd, 2007 at 10:55 pm
      I played a lot of sports in school. Hockey, Football, Lax, Baseball…The first thing I learned was NEVER complain about the refs. They have a tough job, making split second decisions about split second actions.

      I agree what Shanny said was true, and needed to be said, but it shouldn’t have been said. Now, every night we have to play against two teams.

      HUH? Needed to be said but shouldn’t have been said?

    83. pour me another lager, and get rid of Jagr on

      now we know why he was booed out of Washington. and they paid the Rangers to take him off their hands.

    84. czechthemout!!!!! on

      just unbelievable how this team gets every call from the refs.they hook they trip they slash they hold they stillget the calls every game

    85. longtimerangerfan

      You are right about the Rangers burying Parise if they had drafted him. He’d be fourth line at Hartford.

      Sather is a total moron. So is Donnie Baloney. Renney has completely disgraced himself this season.

      DOLAN MUST BE NEUTRALIZED (note I did not say terminated, because I wish no one, regardless of HOW INCOMPETENT and IDIOTIC he might be, death or dismemberment) WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE!

    86. Some things are indeed like that. They are true and someone needs to say something, but when a player says it, the team gets a bullseye. Say something to a reporter off the record. There are ways it can be done.

      Here is what Sam posted for quotes:

      “I don’t know if there’s some sort of prejudice against him or what the deal is,â€? said Shanahan. “Guys hit late. Guys hit hight. Guys hook his hands. He doesn’t complain, he just goes out and plays and plays. But the referees seem to have a different set of rules for the way teams can play against him.

      “Not since (Slava) Fetisov came over from Russia have I seen a star player get ignored by the referees and I know the reason they were ignoring him back then. But I don’t know why they’re ignoring the hooks and the holds and the chops on Jaromir Jagr. He’s been a great player in this league for a long time.�

    87. guess I was right when I posted this before the game.

      Joe February 22nd, 2007 at 7:56 pm

      “�Sometimes when you don’t notice a guy, it means he’s doing a nice, steady job.��

      yes, like the refs. but I have hunch they will get noticed again tonight.

    88. onecupin67years on

      Jagr doesnt belong on this team…they should get wise a trade him for some youth and picks to a contender

    89. Longtimerangerfan on

      Evgeni
      February 22nd, 2007 at 10:57 pm
      Elias kneeing/high sticking, Brodeur flapping around like a fat out-of-water fish, hooks on Jagr all night, cross-checks in front of Brodeur… it was pathetic. Is there no such thing as diving for goalies?

      Two games in a row that the “Whiner” embellished the play but no diving called on him.

    90. Longtimerangerfan on

      When the Ranger’s are officially eliminated, I guess Pittsburgh will be my team, at least for this year.

    91. pour me another lager, and get rid of Jagr on

      Rangers should be sellers.

      they should start with Dolan, and Renney and Sather

      then Jagr and his posse

      then bring up the kids and rebuild.

    92. Here is who we should trade

      Jagr–I can’t stomach Pandolfo’s bitch
      Nylander–too soft, not getting any younger either
      Rachunek–too expensive, unreliable and easily replaced by Baranka
      Dupuis–useless
      Betts–useless
      Immonen–he won’t get a chance here
      Malik–get rid of big ugly
      Weekes–get something before he becomes UFA
      Straka–I am torn about him, he does so many things well and works hard and is so fast, but he is very soft, not a great finisher and loves going perimeter
      Shanahan–he will never re-sign here so might as well trade him.
      Krog–useless

      the rest we keep at least for now

      In return we get high draft picks and young players that go to the net like Avery and play very physical. Some possibilities: Tootoo, Bernier, Bourret, Gaustad, Dustin Brown, Bell, Ladd, etc.

    93. yeah, Pittsburgh has some young stars you can follow. They even have a Stall…and our lovable Dominic Moore

    94. Longtimerangerfan on

      The Saber’s sound like they might be in trouble…they lost five players in the last five games.

    95. You have to love the NHL. Tolerate a vendetta by the refs against the only team whose success would lift an entire league into relevancy once again in a media world that not merely feels indifference to its product, but contempt!

    96. Longtimerangerfan on

      pour me another lager, and get rid of Jagr
      February 22nd, 2007 at 11:10 pm
      Rangers should be sellers.

      they should start with Dolan, and Renney and Sather

      then Jagr and his posse

      then bring up the kids and rebuild.

      I agree wholeheartedly…gonna go have another beer and wait for my blood pressure to go down. Au Revoir all.

    97. Doodie Machetto on

      You know how Jagr has scored most of his 600 goals? wrist shots from the top of the circle through traffic, or onetiming off of a pass. He is a great in game player, not a one on one player.

    98. “You know how Jagr has scored most of his 600 goals? wrist shots from the top of the circle through traffic, or onetiming off of a pass. He is a great in game player, not a one on one player”

      no, that is how he scored most of his goals as a Ranger, that is why he stinks and is so boring to watch.

    99. doodie

      You do not know what you are talking about. Jagr in his prime against a goalie one on one was automatic.

      He needs a coach he respects. Period.

    100. Jagr is cancer, he gets good coaches fired, he loves it here with Renney because Renney is too chickenshit to say anything to him, he can’t even get him to go in a shootout.

    101. “In return we get high draft picks and young players that go to the net like Avery and play very physical. Some possibilities: Tootoo, Bernier, Bourret, Gaustad, Dustin Brown, Bell, Ladd, etc.”

      Sounds like a horrible team to me. A team full of goons. We might as well add Brashear to the mix right? Moron.

    102. bringbackleetch on

      lets be honest, we were really hoping for 1 maybe 2 points in this home and home against the devils. the seasons not over yet.

    103. “Sounds like a horrible team to me. A team full of goons. We might as well add Brashear to the mix right? Moron.”

      no shitface, it is a team full of Averies and power forwards

    104. I don’t like to blame the refs, but these past two games have been absolutely ridiculous. I’d even accept the calls against the Rangers if the Devils were given the same treatment. The non-calls against Elias and whomever held on to Betts for a minute.

      All the “Ship out Jagr” people are letting their emotions get the best of them and are part of the “Blame someone” generation. You are dreaming if you think he’ll be traded. His salary is the best bargain in the league and it wouldn’t be if he got traded. He is not the reason this team is losing. He is a leader whether you want to admit it or not and Shanny being captain would not make the least bit of difference. Why can’t people just accept the fact that you can have more than one leader on a team? You are putting waaay too much emphasis on the importance of a little piece of letter shaped fabric. Anyone who has played on a team knows that the captain isn’t the only leader on a team and by saying he should be captain it’s insulting Shanny himself, as if he wasn’t trying hard enough to lead. Where was Mess’s superhuman leadership these past few years? Did it go away? I’d like to see Jagr be in the SO but I understand why he isn’t. Why does everyone think this is selfish? He may have once been a good breakaway player, but he’s never been good on penalty shots and his shoot outs have been laughable except for one last year in the pre-season. In my opinion, he is putting the team first, but I’ll bet you he takes the next one after the ripping he gets.

      I also am sick of people calling Nylander soft. He’ll never be mistaken for a power center, but he is an incredible puck control player and one of the best passers in the league AND he has been the most consistent scorer on the entire team.

      I am not a blind PR machine who doesn’t question the team (I disagree with Renney on many levels and I think sather is a disaster) but I enjoy watching this team much better than the 1998-2004 models. Now I’ll take my whipping!

    105. czechthemout!!!!! on

      who thought at the start of the season that the nost crucial game of the year would be played against the bluejackets in the third week of feb.

    106. Dump- One again, your dream team idea of having a team of all one type of players is a joke and shows your lack of understanding of what makes a successful team. You need all types of players. Name a team in the NHL that has had success with “a team full of Avery’s and power Forwards?” You can’t it never has and never will happen. I love physical players and I love fighters, but it’s stupid to think you can win with a team full of them without complimentary players to put the puck in the net.

    107. I think those that think we can win with Jagr, Straka, Nylander, Malik and grandpa Shanahan are stupid, especially when the coach is a clueless bum.

    108. Dump- I agree with you on the current mix not being right, but saying you need to get rid of all those guys and having all the same type of player is just as stupid. I’m all for getting rid of Malik (though he’s been better lately) and I don’t think we should build a team around “Gramps” as some others have suggested.

    109. Colorado

      Once a teammate registers that the captain of his team is afraid to participate in the shoot-out simply because he fears he might not succeed, a vapor of doubt infects the rest of the players that simply guarantees defeat. Especially in close, tight, intensely-contested games that leave the fan base kicking over chairs at the lack of guts their roster has.

    110. Talafous- Point taken, but I am not convinced that his teammates feel the same way that those on the outside feel. It’s all just speculation. How do we know Jags wasn’t hurt at the end of the game? He didn’t look like he would be too effective after that overtime.

    111. czechthemout!!!!! on

      ok this is it boys and girls.the moment of truth has arrived for sather and renney as far this season goes.on sunday they will have a big decision to make.i hope they will become sellers because that will mean that the scumbag dolan will not be able to raise tix prices by ten percent.most people thnk he is looking to get two or three playoff games.what he really wants is to raise prices for the 46home games afterwards.

    112. PW:

      ” Now, every night we have to play against two teams. ”

      We’ve been playing against two teams all season long. It needed to be said in public, to the media. It couldn’t get any worse than it was already. NHL referees are a disgrace to a beautiful sport.

      You know, the more I watch the officials the more I am starting to believe that they are betting on games. Think about it – it would explain everything. Sometimes the obvious answer is the correct answer.

    113. czechthemout!!!!! on

      fischler thinks that sather will definately try to get kt from the blues.oh oh start packing your bags;prucha,dubinsky,staal,callahan,immo,pyatt,sauer,montoya,dupont,saguinetti,etc.uncle jimmy needs to raise tix prices for next year.future blue be damned!!!!!!!

    114. the Rangers defense was like watching a train wreck all night. It was just a matter of time before the Devs scored. Malik was awful all night in his own zone and that play by Ward on the tying goal was terrible as well. He got caught in the neutral zone and then coasted back. Granted Prucha should have picked up Parise, but Ward’s gotta get back in the play.

      The refs….what can you say, a horrible display as well.

      Why watch this crap?

    115. Colorado

      Why? Because Jagr has ducked the shoot-out for many moons now, that’s why. As Casey Stengel would say, you could look it up.

    116. team next season:

      Prucha-Bourret-Bernier
      Bell-Avery-Hossa
      Callahan-Cullen-Moore
      Hollweg-Dubinsky-Ortmeyer

      Tyutin-Staal
      Baranka-Rozsival
      Ward-Girardi

    117. guys can some clarify who we have games up on. is it carolina and montreal and we have played the same as toronto and the islanders. is that correct?

    118. 7make the money on

      Tampa, Canes, Isles, Pens, and Habs all got 2 pts.

      and Leafs, Sens, and Atl. each got 1 pt.

      Rangers gained nuthin’ on no one.

    119. twin…there was 2 guys crashing the net. parise went to the far side and someone else went near side, and ward went with the man to the near side. prucha should have gotten inside on his man…cant fault ward on that goal

    120. czechthemout!!!!! on

      trade nylander to buffulo they need a center desperately.get stafford.next years team:jagr-drury -straka.avery- dubinsky-callahan.stafford-cullen-prucha.ortmeyer-pyatt-dupont/orr/hollweg.staal/rozy.tyutin/girardi.baranka/lifiton

    121. here are the updated standings

      6. Atlanta 63 72
      7. Montreal 63 70
      8. Carolina 63 69
      9. NY Islanders 61 68
      10. Toronto 61 67
      11. NY Rangers 61 64
      12. Boston 59 62

    122. nakedjoe:

      please. Ward made the mistake of getting caught up ice and then coasted back…watch the replay. No doubt that Prucha should have tied up Parise, but I am so sick of seeing defensemen who make stupid plays with a one goal lead in the third period.

      section344:

      I’m sure we’ll hear from some MSG PR intern any minute now that “they’re only 5 points out of a playoff spot with 2 games in hand” …..as if

    123. Twin I agree I got my playoff invoice in the mail today and they want money from me by March 1st. Give me a break!!!!!!!

    124. I am sure many teams would at this point overpay for the likes of Nylander.

      I would want Gaustad from them.

    125. czechthemout!!!!! on

      ryan smith will be a ranger by tuesday.i only hope we don’t give up too much for him.i do think that he is still very good and would be a good medium term option for .

    126. 7make the money on

      “”I’m sure we’ll hear from some MSG PR intern any minute now that “they’re only 5 points out of a playoff spot with 2 games in handâ€? …..as if””

      right. but what they fail to say is that there are 2 other teams ahead of them with the same number of games. and another team (boston) behind them only 2 pts. with 2 games in hand on the Rangers.

    127. czechthemout!!!!! on

      dump- i would wan’t stafford and goustad.goustad alone would be too little.nylander has 67pts!!

    128. Nylander has 8 hits, Gaustad has over 100, but yeah it would definitely be more than just Gaustad.

    129. “looks like Edm and Colo. will be sellers now after tonight’s results”

      Oilers won though gained 1 point on Flames

    130. 7make the money on

      they will beat Columbus, but after that it gets dicey. Habs have gotten going again, then Pens who are hot, then improved Blues, then Isles.

    131. I think Atlanta is desperate to finally make the playoffs for the first time and would be willing to pay up to get there. I really want Bourret who is very similar to Avery, but maybe even more skilled. Bourret and 1st rounder in 2008 for Nylander and Rachunek.

    132. “with 21 games left in the season would the rangers need 14 or 15 wins to get in”

      I bet Stathe and Co. have no doubt we will do that.

    133. DumpJagrDope: I bet Stathe and Co. have no doubt we will do that.

      You know dolan wants that playoff money so he can raise ticket prices.

    134. OMG I just turned on a Russian channel and Pavel Bure is there in a really lame music video clip.

    135. I just had on msg sports desk or whatever its called and renney said the important thing was we got a point out of it.thats great tom to bad the team blew a 2-0 lead

    136. wow the whining goofballs are out tonight.,

      I did not see the game I am in Texas on business but listened to the 3rd period in the room…

      Trade everyone to satisfy the morons…

      they got screwed, it is that simple…….I am not suprised

    137. From the Philly game and on, the Rangers have gotten 3 points out of the last possible 8 points.

      2 of the games were against 2 of the worst teams in the league and the last two against the devils should have been split atleast. If we would have gotten the 6 points as we should have, we would be very close to a playoff spot right now…2 points out to be exact…But according to clueless Tom, we did good and got a point out of it…Moron!

    138. Stuart Are you kidding me? Nice job by Ward getting caught up in the neutral zone leading to the Parise goal. I tells ya the refs give the Devs every benefit of the doubt in every freaking way, Yes Malik hooked but Brylin dived too. Dupuis takes a stick to the face no call, Brodeur dives again and it’s off to the box with Jagr. Not that I’m making excuses the Rangers made their bed. That Parise is a hell of a play though he’s no Hugh Jessiman though. It’s amazing how all the bounces go the Devs way Lundqvist gets his glove on it and it plops in the net Brodeur does the same, and the puck hits the back glass. The team just panics in crunch time good thing other than Havlat the Blackhawks have no offense or the Rangers would have blown that one too.

    139. Avery Blasts Brodeur on

      I ma starting to feel bad for myself for wasting soo many hours reading about/watching games this year.

      Does anyone think they can rattle off 5 in a row or am I being stupidly optimistic.

    140. Sam I have been hoping someone at some point would make the Renney press conferences audio available. I hope that’s your plan. I would love to hear it. I am the guy that still likes Renney(Am I the only one?).

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