The cloud inside the silver lining

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The line of the night belongs to one of my editors, Joe Erwin, who, in reference to Rick DiPietro’s 56-save effort, said, “After a performance like that, DiPietro should demand a contract extension.”

It was impressive stuff, but equally impressive was how the Rangers still squeezed out the very type of win that has eluded them most of this season. And don’t look now, this wayward team, left for dead several times over, is now only two points out of a playoff spot.

Of course, the other side to consider is they lost Marcel Hossa to a sprained MCL, and if Fedor Tyutin’s condition is any indication, you won’t likely see him back for a few weeks. No word yet on call-ups, but you’ll hear in the Tom Renney audio below that he has someone in mind. Who that is, I don’t know.

Meanwhile, of greater concern to me right now is I got roped into jury duty tomorrow so I don’t know what my availability will be in providing updates. I’m tempted to tell the judge that I’m going to divulge pertinent details of the case on my blog, but I’m not sure how far that will get me. Besides, I owe money on parking tickets, so I don’t want to run further afoul of the law.

So in the meantime, enjoy Renney unplugged. I’ll touch base at some point tomorrow either way…

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  1. REPOST

    Just back from the Garden. What a hockey game. There were parts of the third period where it seemed that it was DP taking on the Rangers by himself. Michael Nylander led the Rangers with 8 shots on goal….just none of them came on a power play which he played 7 minutes of 10. Regardless, it is about time. Straka was not shooting. He played too much on the point. Paul Mara was aggressive at the point on the pp. Mara was able to keep the puck in at the point on numerous occasions which was a big reason why the Rangers took 57 shots tonight.
    Peter Prucha played like a lion again. Sean Avery was playing like it was a seventh game. Gerardi was very agile and showed great poise in circumstances that he himself created by coughing up the puck in the defensive zone. But Gerardi finds himself quickly and adjusts.
    I just found out that the Islander goal was kicked in inadvertently by Paul Mara. In that case, Henrik was in top form all night. I really think he gets a buzz from the crowd noise level.
    Rosival plays too much. The Cullen power play unit plays too little. Paul Mara should play the whole power play. Jagr, Nylander should take a seat during the power play for a couple of games and watch.
    Ryan Smith is going to look good in a Ranger uniform next year. He loves Glen Sather.

  2. Any more word on that shot that looked like it went in? I could believe there wasn’t more of a question there…

  3. Also, I’d like to add myself to the roster of people who thought Isbister actually played well, with a ton of energy and got to a lot of deep pucks in the offensive zone.

    If only our team could finish on half of the empty netters, we wouldn’t live at the edge of cardiac arrest in games like these. And, man, is the sound of a puck hitting the glass behind our opponent’s net the soundtrack of this season, or what?

    Still, that an incredibly exciting game. Let’s hope the Rangers can get 2 more points Thursday.

  4. they need to bring up some size and toughness. who ever that is, these games are getting more and more physical….

    they have plenty of dancers..

  5. Anyone think Jessiman may be a good choice..He has played well would make sense and has nice size…What do you think Sam?

  6. DumpJagrDope on

    “Anyone think Jessiman may be a good choice..He has played well would make sense and has nice size…What do you think Sam?”

    Renney would shit his pants first

  7. There seems to be four probable ways to go regarding a call up for Hossa:

    If the team wants speed and scoring they’ll call up Ryan Callahan to play the right side of Straka and perhaps Avery, leaving Prucha to play with Cullen and Ortmeyer, and Isbister to bring his size and corner work with Jagr and Nylander, while leaving the 4th line alone.

    If they want speed and tenacity with a more defensive presence, they choose Korpikowski to play the left side of Straka and perhaps Prucha, likely leaving Avery with Cullen and Ortmeyer, and Isbister with Jagr and Nylander.

    If they want more grit Dane Byers will get the call to play the left side with Straka and likely Prucha.

    For those fans who wondered why the Rangers did not call up Montoya to replace Weekes, remember that the Organization wants Hartford to succeed to continue the overall ‘winning culture’.. Having said that, if the Pack were to lose Callahan, after having recently lost Isbister and Immonen, that might leave them without enough scoring to do well. Considering that whoever they call up will not be getting top 6 minutes, it may make more sense to call up more of a role player than a scorer.

    Lastly, they can forego any call up and have Immonen Center a Straka/Prucha line. How Straka’s shoulder feels tomorrow will likely determine if there is truly a NEED to make ANY call up. Considering that The Wolf Pack play Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, I’m sure the Rangers would prefer to not make any call up, but may be forced to anyway.

  8. To Rob,

    Jessiman was at the game tonight in section 234 with a very attractive young blonde girl, and another couple. He largely went unnoticed, but his eyes lit up when I asked if he’d be ready for next year. He looks really thin…Like maybe 6-5 210, 215… BTW he answered, ‘definitely’….

  9. they still need a call up.. you cannot travel with no subs..

    they need to make 2 call ups. they have no addtl d men on the big club and no forwards.

    they need 2 guys regardless. Hartford is playing great, they are definitely in the playoffs, and play the right way but need to lend the Rangers 2 guys for about 5 of their games….

  10. I watch hockey to be entertained. I can even handle a loss if the game is exciting and my team works hard and plays well. Except for one period against the Blue Jackets and the entire Flyer game, I have been entertained of late, despite the lack of scoring. Some of the ridiculous complaints during this game were laughable. These are the same people who a month ago wanted Hossa to be waived. All is not right in Rangerland, and I think the stink starts with Dolan. Renney drives me crazy and I’m sure Jagr has too much influence on who he plays with. But here is what I noticed:

    1. The Rangers have never dominated a team like that in my lifetime. Especially the beginning of the third period. Sure, I’d love more scoring, but the lack of scoring probably pushed the Rangers to play with desperation and made the game more enjoyable.

    2. I am not a huge fan of Isbister. That said, I agreed with Renney’s decision to play him this game and I think that decision was proven to be the correct call. Anyone who complains about how Isbister played is bitter with blind hatred of anything Renney does. If you are going to trash Renney, you lose credibillity when you don’t recognize when he makes the right call. It’s ridiculous. Isbister did not hurt us and he was dominant on the boards. If you couldn’t see that you really are too bitter (bring it on DJD/Whiney Pooh/Rothma- but at least atempt to raise your humor level past the 7th grade.)

    3. People whining about Jagr and Nylander. Yeah, they weren’t perfect, but they dominated shifts out there. I’ll take the bad with the good with those guys.

    4. Malik on the Power Play was only happening because Mara got hurt. It’s not like they built the unit around him. Giving Renney flak for that is reaching again.

    5. We took 58 shots. Nylander had 8. We crashed the net. We screened and agitated DP. What’s not to like about that?

    6. I don’t think they will bring up Dawes. It will be Callahan or Moore or maybe Byers. Someone who can handle the physical play on Thursday.

    7. People who wrote off Jessiman (and even Korpikoski) since they aren’t in the NHL already could still be correct, but it ridiculous to completely throwaway the chances of a prospect after two years pro. as much as we’d like to see all the kids up with the Rangers, it’s kind of impressive that the youngest team in the AHL is tearing it up and has grown steadily all season and is threatening to challenge for the Clader Cup. They have, what, three players over 25? I am as sick of Sather as anyone, but when was the last time we had a farm team that was young, let alone successful?

    8. Renney isn’t allowed to ask for a review. Only the Refs are. Anyone who has ever coached a game at any level knows that it is imossible to judge whether a puck goes over the line from that distance. But it’s Renney’s fault. He can only try to force the issue if he is informed from upstairs. Blast him for overplaying Rozy, for playing Ozo over Pock for way too long, for his stubborn refusal to change up the Power Play, or for failure to challenge/allow his team to stick up for each other most of the season. Those are legitimate complaints.

  11. thank you, lord, for coming down from on high and passing on your new commandments. may anyone who disagrees with you, your eminence, be turned to salt.

  12. ColoradoMark-

    You make a very good point on Nylander and Jagr. Nylander takes allot of heat, though this player have always been a lousy shooter and have never been a goalscorer.

    But more importantly, he and Jagr are at time dominating in this league more then ANY OTHER LINE. The finnishing aren’t up to par with their overall game, but they are still playing darn well and getting decent production out of it.

  13. Neil Katcher on

    A different POV. I live on the west coast and normally TIVO the games to watch later, but today I forgot and instead listened to the game on the radio feed supplied on the internet while at work. I haven’t listened to a full rangers game on the radio since i was a kid before my parents got MSG Network. I just want to say, the game was so so so so much more entertaining to listen to compared to the guys on TV. The rangers radio announcers kick ass. They get better interviews between periods. Michelletti couldn’t hold Dave Maloney’s jock. If i could somehow tivo the internet radio feed and cue it up to the tv’s tivo I’d do that every game. Can’t MSG just pipe in the radio feed? They do that with Vin Scully out here for the dodgers games.

  14. ColoradoMark – we’ve had a successful farm team very recently. Hartford won in 2000. They made it to the finals in 2004. They just haven’t been young.

    To the people talking Jessiman – have you watched the games? Yes, Jessiman is scoring. But he hasn’t been playing very well. He’s showing improvement, but he’s a very, very long ways away from being NHL quality. Or, more accurately, we have many players in Hartford far more deserving of being here.

    I mean, everyone here HATED Jason Krog, but he’s got 21 goals and 33 assists in 27 AHL games this season. Jessiman has, at best, three good games, and people watching them will tell you it’s three bad games with some garbage goal luck.
    Who would you rather on your team while it’s still contending for the playoffs? Yes, Krog is a dead end. But why the hell would Jessiman go from the ECHL to the NHL in a week and a half when Korpikoski, Dubinsky, Dawes and Callahan are still waiting?

    And if simple AHL scoring determined who belongs in the NHL and who doesn’t why didn’t Giroux crack the Rangers roster last season? And why hasn’t he cracked the far-worse Capitals roster this season? He’s there now, 3 games, -3, under 10 minutes, all because the Caps have finally given up…

  15. DumpJagrDope on

    Colorado Mark, take 8 Imodium pills and keep your diarrhea in your pants, next time catch you not taking your medication you will be in deep shit.

  16. First of all – thanks Sam for the audio.
    Secondly, considering the lineup we put out there they didn’t panic when they went one behind, they pounded DiPietro – any other night we would have had a 4-1 or 5-1 win. I liked the look of Mara on the PP, i hope we see him more often, i also love watching Nylander – he’s the equivalent of a Brazilian footballer (thats soccer player to you guys!) – the way he dipsy-doodled his way from our zone to almost right in front of DP in the 3rd was great, shame he fanned on the shot!!

    I guess i’m going to have to wait all day to find out who is coming up from Hartford…

  17. i’m actually very impressed with Mara’s play at both ends. Terrific job keeping the puck in and firing away from the point, actually has speed and not afraid to take the body. Belongs on PP unit 1, instead of Straka who cant shoot right now.

  18. onecupin67years on

    Sam ,Great coverage as the norm by you.
    Wanna get out of jury duty ,just twitch and repeat “ISLANDER GOAL, ISLANDER GOAL” after every question they ask you .
    It worked for me.DeePEE was worth his $ last nite ,and only luck avoided a ranger meltdown when that Islander missed a wide open net in the 3rd.

  19. I dont understand why this is happening, were in need of making the playoffs, were so close from 8th and 7th but NOW out of no where , were getting hit with injuries and close calls, shannys concussion, lundqvists almost dead arm, strakas bad shoulder, mara nearly getting an arm injury and malik as well, tyutins knee, weekes leg, and now hossa whos been good for us is now gone, god does not want this team to make it, this is why we had to get a scorer at the deadline, to relieve pressure off of some guys and what ever else, eh im still optimisitic but the rangers got a tough tough squedule ahead….

  20. “6. I don’t think they will bring up Dawes. It will be Callahan or Moore or maybe Byers. Someone who can handle the physical play on Thursday.”

    Dawes can handle the physical play just as well as Callahan. You obviously have not seen the two play very much. And to suggest that Greg Moore should be anywhere near the Rangers is a bit crazy. Moore has struggled all season long.

    “7. People who wrote off Jessiman (and even Korpikoski) since they aren’t in the NHL already could still be correct, but it ridiculous to completely throwaway the chances of a prospect after two years pro. as much as we’d like to see all the kids up with the Rangers, it’s kind of impressive that the youngest team in the AHL is tearing it up and has grown steadily all season and is threatening to challenge for the Clader Cup. They have, what, three players over 25? I am as sick of Sather as anyone, but when was the last time we had a farm team that was young, let alone successful?”

    I agree with your idea of patience for the kids. Kudos. But when was the last time we had a farm team that was young, let along successful?

    Uh, Last season. Last season’s team was just a few average months older than this season’s team. And the season prior to that when they went to the conference finals (McGill’s last season), they were one of the younger teams in the AHL too.

  21. Seriously, there’s a differnece between a winning culture and making sure the real team makes the playoffs. Success in Hartford is important, but you never sacrifice the Rangers just so the Wolfpack can succeed. That’s backwards thinking (though it does tend to be prevalent at the Garden in general).

  22. Colorado Mark on

    Responses:
    Joker- Thank you, I tried ;-) But I also don’t expect everyone to agree with me and I appreciate debates where the other side actually acknowledges the opposition. So many people who engage in discussion here are more ploarized than political junkies. Everything Renney does sucks, etc. I appreciate the posters who take an even keeled view and are willing to give a little.

    Beamer- Yeah, I’ve watched the games. If you say Jessiman has been scoring but “hasn’t been playing very well” I disagree. I also never said that he wasn’t a bust, never said he should be recalled to the Rangers even next year, let alone now. I only said that it was way too early to call him a bust just because of Parise’s success. Time will tell whether that pick was a total disaster. All I’m preaching is patience.

    OLA- That’s the thing. People will resent Jagr and Nylander for who they are not. If we had a team of all Jagrs, or all Nylanders or All Avery’s, we would not get anywhere. Each player has their own strengths and that’s what makes a team.

    Dump- Thanks for not disappointing. Bathroom humor is brilliant!

    DMD- You’re right, a little bit, about the age thing. I guess the difference between this years team and 2000 and 2004 is that the guys who are being relied on to lead the team aren’t the Gernanders, Armstrongs, Smyths, and older AHL lifers like Sonnenberg and Taffe. Even Wiseman and Giroux were AHL vets who had little upside. The key guys are young Ranger draft picks. The top two lines are made up of first and second year pros. That’s the difference I;m talking about. As for Moore, I know you are right, but I lumped him in there for his size. I didn’t say I agreed with skipping Dawes (who I think is very physical, like you said) but that was what Ranger management might base their decision on, since Callahan and Moore have a size advantage over Dawes. Personally, I’d call up Dawes and give him the chance he should have gotten earlier this year.

    NYCWW- Agreed, provided the parent club has a chance to make the playoffs. Before the STL game, I thought that we should leave all the kids down their for the stretch run as I’d rather have them build chemistry and develop together in a winning environment. All bets are off when the parent club is two points out ina stretch drive with the injuries we have.

  23. Colorado Mark on

    That was meant to read about Jessiman: “I never said that he won’t END UP being a bust after all.”

  24. “No Prucha in overtime again, what does this kid have left to prove?”

    I wonder the same. The kid was having an amazing game. He was everywhere. Last game and this game he deserved the game winner with the way he played. Yet, Renney never puts him out in OT. They play more conservative judging by the fact that Betts is out there kind of says that.

  25. rumor is Renney is gonna ask Gernander to come out of retirement to play on the first line with Jagr cause he still thinks none of the kids are ready to play up here

  26. what do we have like one victory in overtime, seems like we go to the shootout every ot

  27. DumpJagrDope on

    “I dont understand why this is happening, were in need of making the playoffs, were so close from 8th and 7th but NOW out of no where , were getting hit with injuries and close calls, shannys concussion, lundqvists almost dead arm, strakas bad shoulder, mara nearly getting an arm injury and malik as well, tyutins knee, weekes leg, and now hossa whos been good for us is now gone, god does not want this team to make it, this is why we had to get a scorer at the deadline, to relieve pressure off of some guys and what ever else, eh im still optimisitic but the rangers got a tough tough squedule ahead….”

    very simple: whet team plays hard and works it’s ass off then many players will get injured which is why almost nobody got injured before, because they were not really giving their best. It is why a team like Sabres has so many injuries, they sacrifice their bodies to win games.

  28. ColoradoMark – I didn’t mean you for the second half of that post.

    And yes, patience. Patience is good. Rushing Hugh into the NHL almost immediately from the ECHL isn’t patience. It’s stupidity. And sends a message to other, harder working prospects that nothing matters quite so much as the round you were drafted in. Tell that one to Prucha or Lundqvist.

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