Look how smart I am!


Of course, feel free to substitute “smart” with “woefully incoherent.” It’s really your call.

Either way, “here’s the RNN clip of me”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070507/VIDEO0602/305070016/-1/RNN talking about the end of the Rangers season and speculating on where they go moving forward.

To the expert fans like yourselves, much of this is basic stuff. But TV, I’ve found, is like a visual Cliff Notes, which I can say from personal experience (OK, you heard it here first: I never actually read “The Sound and the Fury”) can also be useful.

More from break-up day in a bit….

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  1. Great job by you, Sam , but did they really need to include that clip of the Drury 7.7 seconds goal? OK, I guess they did, but its just so painful to watch again.

  2. I defenitly think we should make a run at the cup next season. This is the changes I would make:


    I am not comfortable to bring in size or toughness either up front or on defense, while it wouldn’t hurt, through UFA. A new face will cost, the better he is the more he will cost. Size and toughness should be promoted from within, or through other cheap channels. Our buck needs to be put on hands that are hard to promote from within.

    There are very few players on the UFA market that I would go into a bidding war for. One of them is Daniel Briere. He wuold make sense now and down the road. He is 29 y/o, though he might as well be 25. If we sign him to a 5 year deal, I would project it to be very safe that he will contribute at least as much year 5 as year 1. Briere have been one of the elite offensive players in this league the last 2 seasons. It looks like Buffalo will have to let one of Briere and Drury go, and with that team beeing on the brink of a dynasty a GW like Drury is worth more. If Briere don’t really step up in the PO’s, its possible that he only will take 6 million to get him signed.

    He might not be a perfect fit for this team next season, but there is no perfect fit for this team next season on the market. And Nyls and Straka will soon be gone, with JJ in line, we will need talent. Scoring power. Players that can put us on the board on a regular basis. They are never easy to come by. We might got our chance now with Briere. He is one of the most lethal offensive players in the game.

    He is not a franchise player, but 6m is nothing for a nr 2 offensive player these days. The fact that he only have broken out after the new rules, and that he haven’t stepped up yet, could give us a good bargain. Normally a player like him would cost 7-8m, look at Richard and Datsyuk, 9m and 7m. If the cap goes up 6m for a player like him isn’t much.

    While Ryan Smyth, Gomez or Chris Drury maybe would cost as much, and maybe bring more for a cup run next season, I don’t think they make as much sense down the road as Briere. Looking down the road we will have a ton of attitude and stuff like that, but we don’t got that last touch offensivly that will make us a threat on a regular basis, someone that will lift others and put them on the board. I think thats the direction this league is heading. Look at Spezza and Alfie in Ottawa, and Buffalos team. Size and attitude, thats great, could make the diffrence in the end, but, without a ton of scoring you won’t go anywhere. I don’t think the teams that are successful will be so because they got a Scott Hannan. I think the teams that are successful wil be thoose with the most firepower. Thats why I am not willing to pay 6m for a defensive D, but for a 1-way offensive player.

    I am also expecting Staal to win a spot in NY right away. And want to leave room for one of Dubinsky, Dawes and Korpikoski. A summer is allot for these kids, one of them will be ready.

    I think its time for Renney to take another step. We need to adopt the Detroit in their prime way of rolling 4 lines. I am not talking about 10 minutes for the 4th instead of 7. We should create 4 lines that all can play, and play them equally, untill absolutely forced to do otherwise. Like down a goal and 5 to go. The order we start them will give the 1st a bit more then the 4th, since they are more likely to get in shifts before penaltys. Though the players that demands much ice time should get that on the PP, besides that they have to make do with what they get. Buffalo have gone all out with 3 offensive lines, I think its even better if you can have 4 that can win momentum.

    Especially with our stars getting older we will need this. We can’t afford to give players more ice time just to get them started. We can’t afford to look at a individual and say that this player demands/must get more ice time then what he gets while rolling 4 lines. We must look at the team.

    Here is how I would format the team, with comments behind my thinking:


    STRAKA-NYLS-JAGR//Is not extremely effective, but give us momentum. Straka is great at that, getting the puck into the attacking zone. Just pushing the other team back is extremely important. It gets them off their game.
    AVERY-DUBINSKY-BRIERE//My thinking here is that Briere really could jumpstart Dubinsky offensivly in the NHL. Both Dubi and Avery can shoot the puck, Daniel is a great passer, but can also finnish. I like the mix of one guy who can drive to the net, a center who can do a bit of both and a RW that would run the show. While Briere, who is a great set up player, may not play with the best shooter in Shanny, I think this is the best enviorment for him. Both Dubinsky and Avery works really hard, both hits, both got a ton of energy, that would open up ice for Briere. Thats what a player like him need.
    PRUCHA-CULLEN-CALLAHAN//This line might not be a perfect fit offensivly. But they got tremendous energy. We would need that looking at how the rest of the team is set up. Cullen will probably be better from the get go with a longer summer.
    Hossa-Betts-Shanahan//Shanny on the 4th? SHANNY ON THE 4TH?? We will playing Crosby 8 times. There will be many FO’s late in games in our end. This is a line that is very aware defensivly. This is a big and tough line that would chip in with some goals. And when it comes to Shanny, he would get top minutes on the PP. I don’t think he have been great 5 on 5 all season. I think this is the optimal way to use him. Late in games. On special teams. And defensivly 5 on 5. They can go up against any line in the league and hold their own, and will chip in with some offense. Can especially see them on the ice with 5 to go, when we are up a goal, against the other teams top line, and not only shut them down but score a important goal. If we play Toronto or Philadelphia and they start rolling on us, this is the line we play hard for like a 10 minute stretch. They got the size, they would still provide some offense.
    Orr//The weakness IMO with my lineup is that there is no natrual position for Orr. Instead of Hossa? Nah. Prucha? Nah, and he wouldn’t contribute at all for Cullen…


    Staal-Rozsival//I think this is the “easiest” position on the team. Its also a perfect position for Staal. He would get involved both ways right away. He would play allot with the puck, and enough without it.
    Tyutin-Mara//Would like to see this pairing since they would give us allot of offensive firepunch, could defenitly help the 2nd and 4th unit.
    Malik-Girardi//I think these two would be good fit with the 3rd line. Defense first and that unit doesn’t use their D’s all that much in the offensive zone. Many will say, wait a minute, Malik? I think he contributes allot on the PK and late in games. He wouldn’t be asked to do too much in a role like this.

    Weekes/Valley/UFA// Don’t think its wise to bring up Montoya yet, he needs more timme in the AHL. Think he develops more there.

    1st PP UNIT

    Mara-Cullen//Briere would give this unit a whole other dimension. Defenitly better suited for slow regular season game then JJ’s unit.

    2nd PP UNIT

    Straka-Rozsival//When JJ is 125% on, play him till he dropps on the PP. But, in 2nd periods when we have started well and got a opertunity to put the game away, JJ isn’t a perfect fit. He needs to be desperate, Nyls too.

    1. Hossa-Betts-Malik-Girardi
    2. Avery-Shanahan-Tyutin-Mara
    3. Cullen-Callahan-Rozival-Staal

    BYE, BYE

    Ryan Hollweg and Jed Ortmayer. Honestly sad to see you guys go. Though, if Shanny is comming back, and Betts, I don’t see any room for Orts. I want Shanahan in his “role” 5 on 5, and other would have to step up on the PK. While Holly’s hitting is something that we lack, I don’t think its possible to spare one spot for that ability alone. Dubinsky can hit hard. Avery can hit. Callahan can hit. Prucha can hit. Shanny could atleast hit. They have to step up. We will see injurys, then someone like Byers could come in and hit. Though, we can’t justifye Holly from my point of view. Another aspect is that Orts have stepped back, not up, in the playoffs for two staight years. When the gooing have gotten really tough he have dissapeared. I don’t see that changing. If we are gooing for the cup next season, I don’t see him playing a huge role. All 19 players that play must be able to be great in their specific role. Orts can be extremely useful, though I don’t see him playing great in the PO’s.


    I think its absolutely essential for this team to have 4 solid lines if we are to have a remote shot at the cup. I could backfire if we drop Orts, and Shanny might struggle offensivly not playing with the best linemates ect. Our 1st might not be able to come through enough. But, the “safer” options, with 3 peaked lines and a 4th that can take some heat, would put us in the same position again. With Jagr and co running out of gas at this time of the year. Not in their legs necessary, but in his head. Without a doubt the penatlys was a result of beeing tired mentally and all the pressure. 4 lines that can play, if they all click, if that lets us cruise into the PO’s, and if the young players can step up even more, might might might give us a shot at the Cup. I don’t see another option.

  3. That goal will live on as one of the biggest playoff goals ever. I mean, that was the series, and I think most of us knew it right then and there. It just does not get any bigger than that. That clip will live on as a highlight in Buffalo forever. We will never see the end of it. I just pray Buffalo doesn’t win the cup, because that will really hurt, knowing how close we were to knocking them out. We were incredibly close.

    I also think deep down every true Ranger fan knew Straka’s late goal was just too good to be true.

  4. Nice of you to dress up, Sam!

    Just kidding. Thanks for all of your hard work.

  5. Ola…i think you’re giving briere way too much credit, i think he is more of a product of the system in buffalo rather than being an elite player,

    don’t get me wrong he’s a good player but i wouldn’t put him in the same league as datsyuk or even gomez for that matter. Also defense wins championships not more firepower…we all know all the fire power in the world (Bure, Kovalev, Lindros, Fluery, etc.) doesn’t get you a cup or even into the playoffs…i think briere would be a step back into the 9years without the playoffs organization, i’d much rather have the character guy in drury…

    and there is no way shanny is going to come back to play one more year on the 4th line

  6. oooooooooooooooh, Sam, break-up day sounds like good bye for a very long time…it is so sad…

  7. I have such a woefully feeling, everything is ending here today….

    No further blog, nur further entrys, how can I survive without beeing here on the site….

    I almost start crying now….

    Everyboday is leaving now for other interests like summer vacation, golfing, snorkeling, ballooning and other stuff……

  8. ORR kicks Ying Yang on

    Please…Quit glorifying Danny Briere..If NYR were to sign him..Then it would be 1 year…Because he makes to much money to sign multi year deals.

    Another thing…Briere leads the playoffs in penalty minutes..and takes a alot of bad timed penalties

    Another thing is…IF…Briere is let go…Briere will sign with the Flyers…Him and Biron are like best friends…And Forsberg is retiring and they have some cap room to deal with..So they wouldnt think about it for a minute…He’d be a good replacement for Berg.

    Also…for those of you who are saying….Nylander and Lundqvist should attract some swedes like Sundin.

    Cmon…Your talking ridiculous….

    I say we dont have to do that much in the off season…

    Go for Briere..Drury..Zubrus..Gomez..Smyth (who supposedly EVERYONE thinks is already a ranger)

    Now like i said…I predict Briere either goes to BUF..or PHI..Drury will be re signed..Gomez will be re signed..Smyth will either go back to EDM or he’ll go to some West team…I predict the Blues…Sounds crazy but eh..Zubrus i think will go back to WSH..the only reason they traded him was so they can get Novotny and some picks.

    For D..Its either Rafalski or Souray…I say Souray either gets re signed…Or signs with LAK or some other West team..But if NJD re signs Gomez which i think they definently will…Then i have a feeling they’ll let Rafalski go…

    NYR should go after 1 D man…and 1 Foward…Thats it…

    LETS GO NYR——07 – 08

  9. Harvey20- You know, I think the scale have tipped. Ask any Ottawa fan, Spezza and Alfie have been the key for them.

    Look at Detroit, its hard to match SJ’s blueline, size and defense, though they did it with their puckpossesion style.

    Calgary got a ton of defense and hard nosed style. Wasn’t even close.

    I don’t think you can get anywhere without firepower these days. Not saying that there isn’t room for imporvement on our blueline, though, with the cap we only got so many bucks to throw around. If we give 6m of them to Scott Hannan, it will be at the cost of a 6m forward. In that perspective, with Nyls and Straka on the way out, and Jagr in line, Id defenitly look for that 6m forward.

    On Briere, my opinion of him is that he is the real deal and that the new rules have made him break out. The relation between him and Buffalo is somewhat IMO like the hen and the egg…

    He is not a franchise player, that I defenitly agree with. Though if we could get him for under 7 m in a longer temr deal, he would be affordable as a nr 2 offensive threat. I am starting to get the feeling that it will be very hard to get our hands on a mega star to replace Jagr. 3 years from now we won’t need only a mega star, we would also need another guy with potential to score 80+ pts.

    So IF Briere is available for

  10. Drury’s career high is 69 pts, playing for some really good teams. He will cost a ton to lure from Buffalo.

    Buffalo will have to make a choice between Drury and Briere, with both beeing UFA’s. I think they are leaning towards Drury. I doubt Drury would hit the market.

    I really like Chris Drury, its not that. But 3 years from now, without JJ, Nyls and Straka, Drury isn’t a player who will put his team on the board on a regular basis. He have never been really close to beeing a PPG player. Despite playing next to Sakic/Forsberg, Iginla or for Buffalo.

  11. Brieres impact on Broadway would be exactly like Avery’s. Nobody liked em before they came here, though once he have made Brodeur look like Swiss cheeze I think many would turn on him… ;)

  12. I totally agree with you that we will need a top line player in the not too distant future, but this FA class isn’t the one to do it with.
    In that same time jagr’s contract is up you’re going to possibly see Heatly, Iginla, Thorton, Lecavilier hit the open market. And with this new CBA your going to be able to get your hands on players in their prime…I’d hold off on spending 6 million on briere over any long term deal, there are going to be great, great player available in a few years, wait now and it will pay off later.

    Say a few years down the road Heatley is available but you don’t have any cap room because your paying briere 6 mill…I’m sorry there is just something about briere that i don’t like…

  13. Buffalo Bandwagon Fan on

    Think of Briere as Steve Nash, he makes everyone around him better. If you are wondering why I am still looking at this site, its because I need to talk hockey and those pale canadians do not have quality blogs.

  14. Briere now is worth more than Heatley in a few years. I say make a bee-line for Souray, try to deal out some of our dispensible D, and bring on our youth. So in said few years they are experienced. That’s the best insurance for the inevitable attrition of JJ and Co. As for Shanahan, I am hesitant, but maybe his cravings for one more cup propel the team, kinda like Bourque and Brind’Amour.

  15. Nobody should talking like they ‘re experts if they think that Forsberg still plays for the Flyers (Orr Kicks yang-yang)…know your hockey before commenting…most people realize that Briere is a good player, product of Buffalo, not an elite…would I want him on my time…yeah but I wouldnt’ be falling over myself to get him…Gomez is our best option…I bet he’d love to ge3t out of that defensive system and just fly…plus he’d love to hate NJ and I can relate to that…

  16. Buffalo Fan – for someone like you I hope your team does well. You’ve added good perspective from the Buffalo side of things.

    I rooted for them in both finals previously. It’s the trolls that come here that are unwelcome and make us happy if the Sabres lose.

  17. Yenner Mot on

    Ola, I see you really like to type.

    Smyth will not screw Islanders to the point of signing here, he will likely sign elsewhere

  18. Alex – I think you took what Orr had to say out of context. That Peter F was on the Flyer team for most of the year and now they won’t have him and can therefore chase other players with more $. In my opinion Orr knows what he’s talking about so I think he knew Forsberg was not a Flyer at end of season.

  19. ORR kicks Ying Yang on

    LI JOE

    Thanks for the back up….You just said everything i was about to say..lol

    But yea….I heard…That forsberg said he was retiring…He allegidly said “The pain is to much to deal with”

    Also….Cmon why the hell would Gomez sign with NYR…I wouldnt get my hopes up on someone like him and Rafalski…Before this year started…everyone was saying…”oh i want either gomez..elias..or gionta”

    Look how well that turned out….In my opinion..Lou Lamourello will find some loop hole like he always does.

    All im saying is theres no way were gonna get Drury..Briere..or Gomez…As for anyone else..its possible…But its tough to say…As for those 3…I say dont get your hopes up for them cause theres a slim chance there teams will let them go…And supposedly BUF has the room to re sign both of them anyway

  20. FA’s – No and no. This team has what it takes in the system to move forward, especially with the emergence of Callahan. If there is ANY move, then is should be to clean out some of the clutter in both NYC and Hartford that really don’t have a future with the Rangers. In this case, I’ll point to Malik, Rachunek and Isbister in the pros. Out east, I’ll say Immonen, Lampman and a few others.

    I disagree with people calling for Hollweg and Ortmeyer to be jetisoned. Ortmeyer is perfectly servicable fourth liner. Hollweg still has developing to do. No, they’ll never score more than 20 points in a season. But they’ve got talent enough to be in the pros and on this team.

    As for moves, the only thing I would do is trade for a young scoring center(under 25 –I’m looking at you Jordan Staal, Maybe Olesz on Florida) to pickup Jagr’s slack when he finally leaves. . But given the way JJ came on in the end, I doubt he’s going anywhere. My prediction: Jagr hangs them up after another two (maybe three) seasons. Saddle him with a couple of passing forwards and he’ll keep scoring well into his 30s. Also, I’d argue for the trade Montoya and Jessiman for something before the become worthless.

    Everything else is in the system. Bourret looks like he’s ready for the show, as is Dawes. Staal sure as hell sounds like he’s ready. Immonen is ready, but I don’t seem him beating out younger guys.

    Bottem line is, this team is just a few tweaks away from being a serious contender. They definitely showed Buffalo heart and determination. And with a another year of moving guys through the system, they’ll start to develope the depth of Buffalo. THE PROBLEM COMES WHEN THEY START SIGNING FAs TO LUDICROUS CONTRACTS. Guys who skate hard with THE RANGERS should get good money, everyone else should have to earn it.

  21. ORR kicks Ying Yang on


    Jordan Staal…Are you ou of your mind

    PIT will never ever trade that kid…Hes better then Eric…

    The guy should be rookie of the year…Cause Malkin sure as sh*t doesnt diserve it

  22. “I’m sorry there is just something about briere that i don’t like…”

    probably the snail face?

    yah man, NO briere. He was a chaunce in the playoffs and took a lotof penalties…

    I’m starting to like the idea of Gomez more and more

    (someone said he’d probably love to leave NJD’s defensive system and just fly…I really like the sound of that)

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