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Admittedly, mathematics are not my strength. Still a quick look at the Rangers roster reveals a surplus at defense.

Consider the players the team already had under contract: Fedor Tyutin, Dan Girardi, Marek Malik, Michal Rozsival, Paul Mara, Thomas Pock, Jason Strudwick.

Now add the newly acquired Andrew Hutchinson, who has to be in New York since he can’t be exposed to waivers.

And now add Marc Staal, who is by all accounts ready to play in the NHL this season.

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That’s nine players, which would immediately suggest Glen Sather is poised to dump at least one high-priced salary, except the team already did that yesterday with the questionable trade of Matt Cullen, who’s not even a defenseman. That’s not to say Sather doesn’t want to cut a little more fat while he’s at it, but you would think he would only do it if he’s got something specific in the works.

Finally, there is this far-fetched but still intriguing wrinkle: according to players who have been working out with Darius Kasparaitis in the area this summer, the 34-year-old defenseman has worked his way back into impressive shape, running and skating every day until a recent trip to his native Lithuania. The defenseman has apparently shed all of the excess weight that he carried into training camp last year, and is intent on staying with the NHL club rather than being returned to Hartford.

I have a hard time seeing it happen, especially since Kaspar is expected to make $3.16 million in 2007-08, and also because just being in shape doesn’t mean you’re still capable of playing in the NHL. But it is something to keep an eye on as training camp pulls closer.

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  1. If Kaspi has skills again he would be worth something?

    The “youngings” from Car along with Mara or Malik & some lower pick for a higher pick?

    Looking to unload to sign people like Sutton or Markov?

    SLATS WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?!? TELL US YOU ARE GOING IN CIRCLES?!?!!?!?!?

  2. I can’t believe for a second that Kaspar will be the D-man the Rangers need to round out the defense. If he has worked his way into NHL game-shape, hopefully Sather will try to move him (hopefully to the NHL purgatory known as Nashville for a draft pick or two). I have a strange feeling Strudwick will be back playing in Switzerland and Mara will be sent packing along with his $3MM salary. Malik will be around for another year…Staal will be playing this season for us (hopefully starting the season).

  3. Sam if he’s back to the Kaspar of old, he deserves a fair chance to make the team or be waived where he just might get picked up. If Sather doesn’t want or can’t afford him he should try to trade him for picks. But I agree with you, they need to shed D men & probably need to add a good physical one who hoefully is also good offensively for the PP. And they now need a center on top of it.

  4. Salted …repost
    Salted Carolina was happy to take him back for the role he belongs in a 3rd line center & point man on the PP, & they have the cap space to pay him. If the NYR did , he might still be here. I doubt Sather will truthfully comment, but he’s the one that signed him as a UFA & threw the $3mil at him expecting him to be a 2nd line center, & Renney rarely used him on the point on the PP.

  5. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: if Staal impresses enough in camp to warrant a spot in the starting lineup, the Rangers will find a way to get him in the lineup…even if it means putting any or all of Pock, Strudwick, and Hutchinson on waivers. Do you really think Sather cares that much about losing any of those 3? He is just stockpiling defensemen right now IN CASE Staal needs some time in Hartford to fine-tune his game.

    I still say your opening night defense will be Rozy, Tyutin, Girardi, Malik, Mara, and Staal. Lines could look something like this:

    Straka-Gomez-Jagr
    Avery-Drury-Shanahan
    Prucha-Dubinsky-Callahan
    Hossa-Betts-Orr/Hollweg

    My problem with that lineup is that we don’t have a true checking line. A group of forwards to put out there against the Crosby line, etc. I am guessing Drury’s line will be looked at as the line to shut opponents down…and score about 70-80 goals.

  6. AngelusMortis on

    You’d have to think Mara is going to be next. Sather’s clearing up cap space now just in case he wants to make some big time mid-season or trade deadline deal. However, I don’t think Matt Cullen was the right man to “take one for the team.” Paul Mara or, totally dreaming here, Marek Malik would have been the best choice. Of course, this is the man who made us wave bye-bye to Brian Leetch, so you can’t trust his “acute” sense of logic.

  7. I would think that sather has another trade in the works possibly with a team that needs a defensemen.

  8. What’s the big deal? Every team needs a decent Defensemen – in the new NHL, everyone wants one. So now we have 10. Seems like we’re in a great position.

  9. What other teams need defense? Is there any team out there that needs a dman and also has anything to offer us? For some reason I can see us dealing with Phoenix or Edmonton because “we have friends” there.

  10. Hate to do it again Sam, but I have to play grammar police:

    “with the questionable trade of Matt Cullen, *whose* not even a defenseman…”

    who is = who’s.

    ;)

  11. BKLYNBLUE (glad you reposted, I was about to)

    Carolina was happy to take him back for the role he belongs in a 3rd line center & point man on the PP, & they have the cap space to pay him. If the NYR did , he might still be here. I doubt Sather will truthfully comment, but he’s the one that signed him as a UFA & threw the $3mil at him expecting him to be a 2nd line center, & Renney rarely used him on the point on the PP.

    ——–

    This is kinda my point. LUCKILY Canes figured he’d still fit back in, and we were able to dump him. I can’t imagine too many other teams would be chomping at the bit for him like canes were. Slats thought we could polish this guy into a #2, but we couldn’t. The guy couldn’t even get points playing with Brendan Shanahan who was leading the league in scoring at the time. Cullen also didn’t *want* to play the point on the PP, he didn’t want the responsibilty of it after letting a few breakaways by and asked out of it once they actually did start plugging him in there.

  12. Nasty I agree with you on PHX but EDM has a stock pile as well. Maybe a 3 way deal where PHX gets a dman from us & EDM gives EDM the forwards they need so bad, & we get a few of EDM numerous draft picks. Look for Mara to go back to PHX in this deal along with some of the youth we got (either from CAR or something from Hartford)

  13. Very true. And I am wondering if Montoya will be part of some package. The only people I see left on our team being tradable are Pock, Mara, Malik, Montoya, and Kaspar.

  14. I actually wanna keep Pock. He has a cannon shot & I can see him being a good scrappy 2nd shift dman. I don’t think his ship has sailed yet

  15. “Now add the newly acquired Andrew Hutchinson, who has to be in New York since he can’t be exposed to waivers.”

    huh? what are you talking about? Hutchinson will most likely be in AHL or picked off waivers.

    Pock is very tradeable, you can get a decent draftpick for him.

    I have no idea why Strudwick is here other than being Renney’s guy, it is absolutely pathetic that they signed this useless turd.

  16. “Very true. And I am wondering if Montoya will be part of some package. The only people I see left on our team being tradable are Pock, Mara, Malik, Montoya, and Kaspar.”

    Hossa, Dawes, Betts, Hutchinson are not tradeable?

  17. Can’t understand the love for Cullen at 3m. Dubinsky and Anisimov hopefully will be given a chance. If not there will be plenty of help avaialble through free agency or trade. Straka and Avery are also credible solutions.

    By the way whenever I see people (including me) posting suggested lines they always include Callahan. I really liked him when last year but I’m not sure he’s such a lock- he will have to earn the spot in camp and then be consisitent.

    And can people please stop talking about the Cup? How many examples do we need that the game is played on the ice? Yes this team on paper suggests it will be competitive but that’s just the first step- long way to go before talking Cup.

  18. Triple G

    They are tradeable by SOME standards.

    Guys like Betts (and possibly Hossa)are untouchable as far as Renney is concerned-

  19. Salted…”Cullen also didn’t want to play the point on the PP, he didn’t want the responsibilty of it after letting a few breakaways by and asked out of it once they actually did start plugging him in there.” ….where did you read that? I never heard it. …Sam can you verify that statement?

  20. Matteau…”And can people please stop talking about the Cup? How many examples do we need that the game is played on the ice? Yes this team on paper suggests it will be competitive but that’s just the first step- long way to go before talking Cup.”… have you read what Renney said after the playoffs?

  21. I said tradeable based on what we have seen the past two years. I am sorry but Betts is not going anywhere. I like Betts, as a 4th line center. I can’t see us moving Dawes yet, and I don’t see us moving Hossa. So we are left with the players I mentioned. Again, Gods God ass God likes to disagree for the sake of disagreeing.

  22. “Again, Gods God ass God likes to disagree for the sake of disagreeing.”

    no I just want them traded because I don’t really like them as players much and I think they don’t have much future here anyway.

  23. When Hossa is healthy and is put on a line that is asked for offensive production, we saw at the end of last year that he can step to the plate. Now I am not saying that we HAVE to put him on one of the top two lines, but it might not hurt to give it a shot. He showed us what he is capable of when put in that position and even openly admitted it. He is also pretty damn good one on one, in the corners, and in the shootout. He actually pretty much won three shootouts for us last year. Philly early in the year, St. Louis, and New Jersey with the same sweet ass move. I say keep him and give him an honest shot on one of the top lines.

  24. “What’s the big deal? Every team needs a decent Defensemen – in the new NHL, everyone wants one. So now we have 10. Seems like we’re in a great position.”

    problem is most of them are already stacked with defensemen

    “I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: if Staal impresses enough in camp to warrant a spot in the starting lineup, the Rangers will find a way to get him in the lineup”

    Renney already saw Staal in the development camp and sounded impressed, but maybe he really wasn’t and that is why Sather is not trading defensemen and re-signed useless blogger Strudwick.

  25. Hossa is still young enough to be a top 6 forward in this league. And based on what his brother does, not that he is even close, but you never know. I mean we cater to Jagrs needs and are so concerned with making him “happy” hell, why not give Hossa a legit shot? I really think he has the tools to be a good power forward. With Gomez and Jagr on his line, they could do some damage. Hossa shielding the puck in the corner with his big frame, Jagr and Gomez getting open, why couldn’t it work?

  26. “What other teams need defense? Is there any team out there that needs a dman and also has anything to offer us? For some reason I can see us dealing with Phoenix or Edmonton because “we have friendsâ€? there.”

    Tampa, Chicago, Dallas, Ottawa, St. Louis. and that’s pretty much it.

    Lundqvist would be great, we can trow in Betts to replace Lundqvist if they need a center

  27. It’s very hard to believe, with Jagr’s mixed feelings about the loss of Nylander, that the Rangers will move Malik (especially since the return would be minimal). JJ seems to think highly of him, and they have the obvious Czech connection. I’d be pretty impressed if Slats was so daring as to lose two of JJ’s boys, especially given Jagr’s potentially fragile emotions and their obvious connection to his game.

  28. Love Kaspar, and feel for the guy- but no room on this team… trade him somewhere (vancouver?) for a late round pick- 6/5th round? and at least give him an opportunity while getting assets back– we can use some of those late rounders to help move us up. .

  29. Nasty 1

    I am totally with you on the Hossa front.
    The guy should get a legit chance on the top line to
    play 10-20 games injury free.

    If he’s a bust,(which I don’t think he will be), we send him down to the fourth, or dump him-

  30. Hossa could be like a Kevin Stevens in his earlier days, before the crack pipe and hookers. Maybe not as good a scoring touch, but it is still too early to tell. OK, Gods God, I might have to agree with you on this one. Give him a 15 game shot right out of the gate. If it doesn’t work, then bump him down. All I am saying is that on the first line it gives us someone who can cycle the puck and get dirty in the corner and in front. Gomez and Jagr are not physical players, although, when Jagr is healthy he is one of the best players in the league at holding on to the puck.

  31. ” actually wanna keep Pock. He has a cannon shot & I can see him being a good scrappy 2nd shift dman. I don’t think his ship has sailed yet”

    He is the least physical after Hutchinson and maybe Malik. His shot is not better than Tyutin’s or Girardi’s, he is not scrappy, he is not needed.

  32. I feel the same about Kaspar. It is funny, I saw him at a Foo Fighters concert in the city before the beginning of last season. He looked WAAAAYYYY out of shape and he was drinking a lot and smoking a lot outside crouched down against wall of the Beacon Theatre. I was in the bathroom taking a piss and he was taking a piss next to me, so I didn’t feel it was the right time to say hello. When we got upstairs my wife flagged him down to get a picture with him. I still have it on my phone. Anyway, I look like I am in better shape than him in the pic. Later I bummed a smoke off of him even though I don’t smoke and asked him if he was ready for the season. He didn’t really seem too pumped or ready, and obviously he wasn’t. But we both noticed Rachel Ray at the show at the same time and agreed she is cute, but way to bubbly. True story. Not that it is a great story, but I remember saying to my wife on the way home that there was no way this guy was going to be playing in the beginning of the year.

  33. Reading the Jagr material on BB, it’s good to see his sense of humor intact. Maybe, since Gomez is so classy, he should get on a plane and fly over to Czech and spend a couple days coaching at JJ’s kids camp. Get to know Jags some more…build some chemistry.

  34. ” was in the bathroom taking a piss and he was taking a piss next to me, so I didn’t feel it was the right time to say hello. ”

    lol, sounds more like a sexual fantasy of yours, you sure it wasn’t a dream?

    If Kasparitis is really in great shape and very physical, I wouldn’t mind him being back. An out of shape Kasparaitis averaged close to 3 hits per game, so I am interested in seeing what he can do in great shape.

  35. Sexual fantasy? Like the one you have with the Lundqvist twins. I am sure you would like to be the cream filling and each of them could be your chocolate oreo outside. Get a life.

  36. Bragging? I was telling a story, and explaining that he was not in shape at all last year. And I went on to say that it wasn’t even a great story. If you were next to me I would have pissed on you.

  37. “Now add the newly acquired Andrew Hutchinson, who has to be in New York since he can’t be exposed to waivers.”

    anybody know what he is talking about?

  38. lets not compare hossa to kevin stevens… kevin stevens had 29 goals by his 2nd year in the NHL, hossa has 30 in his career. i cant see hossa being a 40-55 goal scorer in any year in his career unless they start playing with no goalies anymore

  39. Yeah, and Hossa has never had the playing time that Stevens had or the calibre people to play with. So yes, I can say that he could be that type of player. I didn’t say Hossa would be Gretzky, Messier, or Lemieux. I said Cracky Stevens.

  40. Sam, this used to be an interesting place to read, but it has simply become dominated by several rude individuals who only care more about displaying their hockey knowledge prowess, and trying to verbally destroy other people.

    You would do well to cut out the comments section.

  41. I agree, all I did was tell a story and Gods God has to talk about sexual fantasies.

  42. Nasty 1

    My buddy who has season tickets next to me also saw Kaspar at that very Foo Fighters show at the Beacon. He also said that he was downright fat and was double-fisting beers all night long. You are not exaggerating one bit.

  43. True Fans bleed RW&B on

    Its too weird that Kaspar was at training camp though. Didn’t they dismiss him from the Wolf Pack after his breakdown on the bench? And then he’s back at the mini-camp a few weeks ago, even though he was in suit and tie. Something’s up.

    I saw Kaspar at Starbucks next to MSG a few months ago. I’m 6’0 205lbs, and in good shape…perhaps he was out of Pro NHL’er shape…but I still wouldn’t mess with the guy. That hip check could kill someone!! haha

  44. Thanks RAK, I don’t make up stories and I told it because it had to do with Kaspar and his being out of shape.

  45. Why are people pressing so hard to have Staal on this club? Last year he was terrible in the preseason. I expect that he got stronger and will be in better shape than he was last year but a half a season at the AHL level will not kill this kid. As far as Kaspar is concerned I don’t think the Rangers are looking to play him at the NHL level. He entered Renney’s doghouse for whatever reason last year and I doubt seriously he’s gotten out.
    And lastly I’m not sure what Sather is doing these days. Re-signing guys like Hollweg, Strudwick and Pock, letting Ortmeyer walk and trading Cullen all make no sense to me. If they are sold on Staal why re-sign Pock and Struds. And then trade for yet another defenseman? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

  46. it is obvious both RAK and Nasty are the same 15 yearold schmuck.

    posted at the same minute with 2 different names very easy to do when you have the text copy and pasted from another window.

  47. Nasty 1 I didn’t mean to insinuate that you make up stories on this or anything else. That was certainly not the intent. As far as Kaspar getting into shape, I am happy for him and I hope he plays well in camp. At that salary however, I cannot see him playing anywhere in the NHL next year, unless it is for a team at the bottom of the cap who can take such a cap hit.

  48. When Kasper played for the islanders he lived in the huntington area and had a reputation of hanging out in bars and drinking heavily. I remember someone telling me back than that they had seen kasper at a local pub where they shot darts
    drinking heavily and appearing drunk so this is no surprise to me hearing how he was seen at a concert drinking beers. We don’t need guys like that on the rangers. I don’t care how good of shape he looks like he is in. I would try trading him for picks or waive him.

  49. a casual observer on

    Hossa won’t even become the next Brad Isbister!! Get a grip. The experiment failed. Give someone else a chance!

  50. I for one would LOVE to see a rejuvinated Kaspar. he was absolute money for us before he let himself go.

  51. ha, casual, lets not go too far. hossa is better than isbister… that guy had hands made of stone!

  52. “Why are people pressing so hard to have Staal on this club?”

    yes he sucked back then, but a year has passed and he is not the same player anymore. I saw videos of him in the development camp and he looks scary good.

    “Didn’t they dismiss him from the Wolf Pack after his breakdown on the bench?”

    no, he asked to be allowed to leave.

  53. I heard stuff about Kaspar getting caught with a left handed cig at the training facility early last season (apparently with Ozo, no less, if you can believe that) and that was the start of him getting scratched, etc. He was also allegedly overheard saying things to the effect of “I’m just not that into it anymore”.

    Don’t know if thats 100% true but I have a friend who worked at the facility and I don’t have much reason to doubt him on something like this. The Foo Fighters story kinda confirms it for me.

    Sidenote: I simply do not understand how you can smoke cigarettes or ‘other’ and play at the NHL level…but apparently it’s not that uncommon…. I heard Mario used to smoke cigs in the locker room between periods. UNREAL.

  54. a casual observer on

    ha, casual, lets not go too far. hossa is better than isbister… that guy had hands made of stone!

    True Jason, but guess what, he has over 100 goals in the NHL. I don’t think Hossa will top that.

  55. “Even if Hossa gets a full season on the top line he will not be very productive and won’t get more than 45 points.”

    GOGG: Hossa’s job isn’t to be an 80 point guy. He worked well with Nylander and Jagr last year by being a big guy out on the ice and making more room for the other 2. I am pretty sure all this talk about Hossa is for nothing anyway, I am pretty sure Straka will skate LW with Gomez and Jagr. Which means Hossa is a 3rd/4th line winger. I’d be more than happy with 15 and 15 out of him.

  56. ORR Kicks Ivanusmotpuspos' A$$ on

    DOODIE

    The Straka interview was somewhere on Blueshirtbulletin.com

  57. a casual observer on

    Sidenote: I simply do not understand how you can smoke cigarettes or ‘other’ and play at the NHL level…but apparently it’s not that uncommon…. I heard Mario used to smoke cigs in the locker room between periods. UNREAL.
    I remember when I was a kid watchin the Rangers, Guy Lafleur was the first star of the game and smoked a cigg while doing the post-game interview.

  58. nj mark… 15 and 15 is a stretch for hossa… he’s never had more than 18 points in a year, even with playing in 64 games the past two years… im thinking he’ll either be a 3rd liner or a healthy scratch

  59. Now add the newly acquired Andrew Hutchinson, who has to be in New York since he can’t be exposed to waivers.�

    I think the above may have been confused with the fact that they can’t “send him to AHL without him passing thru waivers” first.

    Just a thought

  60. a casual observer on

    GOGG: Hossa’s job isn’t to be an 80 point guy. He worked well with Nylander and Jagr last year by being a big guy out on the ice and making more room for the other 2. I am pretty sure all this talk about Hossa is for nothing anyway, I am pretty sure Straka will skate LW with Gomez and Jagr. Which means Hossa is a 3rd/4th line winger. I’d be more than happy with 15 and 15 out of him.
    Mark, If he plays,he won’t hit your 15,15 on the fourth line with Betts/Orr/Hollwegg(the line that can’t shoot straight).And you don’t think he should play the 3rd line over prucha or callahan do you?

  61. No, not by any means am I saying he should play the 3rd line over Prucha or Callahan. But I am sure there will come a time that Renney does mix up the lines a bit and give Hossa some more playing time, especially if he looks as good as he did before his injury.

    Maybe 15 and 15 is a stretch, but I think his numbers with the Rangers were non-existent for 2005-2006 and most of 2006-2007 because the staff looked at him as a project. They wanted him to develop his defensive game first before focusing on offense. Now that his defensive game has come around, I think you’ll see him get more of a chance offensively with the team. We all know there will be injuries along the way as well, so I am sure Hossa will be given first crack at a promotion to a higher line if necessary.

  62. a casual observer on

    If the price is right(arbitration verdict) I would keep him and Orr as healthy scratches. Hossa is versatile, but will not amount to anything of significance. Just a fill in guy.

  63. I belive one thing Sather is trying to accomplish is a trade for back-up golie rather than something on the third line. Maybe he has some particular deal in mind and this is what the salary dump is all about.

  64. I’M NOT SURE ABOUT CAP-IMPLICATIONS BUT…WHY DOESN’T MONTOYA START THE YEAR AS BACKUP? HIS VALUE IN A LATE YEAR TRADE AS A “MINOR LEAGUER” CAN’T BE HIGHER THAN HIS VALUE AFTER HE PLAYS AND PLAYS WELL IN 20-30 STARTS

  65. I love these guys on here knocking Kaspar for drinking. Guess what guy, Ortmeyer was the biggest lush on the team, and most of the team goes to s strip club after games. What do you think they do there? Play Yahtzee?

    You guys need to get a grip, they have a right to live their own lives.

  66. Also, I happened to see Kaspar at Chelsea Piers around 3 weeks ago. He was wearing Under Armor, and you could see he was jacked.

  67. Kaspar and I went to Bluenote to see Elvin Jones. Kaspar have one too many’s. He brag about he is great slide trombonist and don’t you know, he get up on stage and bring down house.
    He’s is hockey player, night owl, boozer and jazz musician. The man is my hero.

    Olzy

  68. Peter,

    No secret that hockey players have a culture of drinking, debouchery, etc. But when you fall out of shape and play like absolute kitten balls as Kaspar did… you’re gonna get called out. Drink all you want just make sure you bring your game to the rink. That’s basically what I was getting at with the smoking thing too…if you can do it, great. I don’t understand how people can do that, but it’s your life, just bring your A game, thats all I care about at the end of the day.

    (and yes, Theo Fleury having a great season on crack = awesome)

  69. Hey peter, not for nothing but maybe you need to get a grip, sounds like you have some sought of an attraction for kasper.

  70. Reading more about Hutchinson. especially from Carolina people, I might have to retract my statement about the highway being closer to MSG. It seems like this guy can be a power play scorer, so if we keep him, we could use him along with a good defenseman to make sure we cover the back end, along with a forward who can cycle to the point. Clearly, another defenseman will be gone by the first game; it’s just a matter of who is going. Anything we can do to get a 1st or 2nd round pick in 2008 would be great.

  71. Actually, nine D if we are including Kaspar (ten with Staal); if Kaspar can actually play again, a big if, it would be a wash to replace Mara with him based on cap numbers, so that could work out. He could be the tough physical presence we need. But I doubt it.

  72. Then Kaspar brake up street fight, take swig from flask and drive train home. Not “drive on” train home no,….He “drive” train home. Engineer

  73. I’ll be the first to say it. IF Malik gets traded, I have a feeling Hutchinson will become the new “whipping boy.”

  74. bklynblue July 18th, 2007 at 11:54 am
    Matteau…�And can people please stop talking about the Cup?

    do you know how enjoyable it is to talk about the cup?>

    Hutchinson is AHL bound career AHL player.
    Malik has to go. Something is wrong with renney for loving malik and hossa for so long…so very very long.

    Kasper ? will he even be in camp?

    Imagine what would happen to him if he ran Staal?? Siberia!

  75. VNYR – I hope that doesn’t mean Sather is looking to trade for Gerber. That would be upsetting at his price tag. But you bring up a good point – if we can trade a defenseman for a cheap and better backup goalie, assuming Montoya is still inconsistant, then that would open up a spot and even more cap space (depending on who is traded) which we don’t really need at this point, but it does lower the salary. ;-)

  76. can anyone explain why Niedermeyer is retiring at just 34 years of age? Or is it a way to get out of the contract and get paid close to 9 or 10 million?

  77. “Do you know how enjoyable it is to talk about the cup?”

    As long as we talk about it as something we’d like, not something we are going to have, or something we are even remotely close to….

    Rangers fans discussing Cup in July = infinitely worse than Buffalo fans discussing Cup in November.

    Let’s not be “those kind” of people

    Our team looks pretty good and we have a world champion goalie…but the pre-season is hardly even on the horizon yet, and everyone agrees a few more moves need to be made on the blueline. Don’t be like Buffalo. No one wants to be like Buffalo. Or Sully.

  78. I was not getting on Kaspar for drinking or smoking. I was simply stating that if you just had knee surgery and are trying to get in to shape to make it for the start of the season then you should not be chain smoking cigs and two fisting beers like it is going out of style. Hell, if he came back this year and could be a player so be it. As long as Staal is on the team and Mara or Malik is not it is fine by me.

  79. a casual observer on

    These are confusing times. Why is Cullen gone?…will Kaspar play again?…will Montoya,Dubinsky and/or Staal play with the bigboys?…will Hossa,Malik,Mara stay with the team?….. This is the first soap opera I’ve ever watched.

  80. If Cullen isn’t worth $2.8M, why is Kasperitis worth $3.1?

    Why is everyone condemning players (Hutchinson) that they’ve never seen play? And supporting players that they’ve barely seen play? How can anyone be sure that the “Kids” (Staal, Callahan, etc.) make it 82 games and still have a good post season?

    Granted, these boards are meant for speculation, but are any of these speculations even grounded around facts or inside knowledge?

  81. So then conductor is yelling at Kaspar to stop running through the stops but Kaspar replies “this now express train, I must get home, grab 1 hour nap and then head back to city for practice” everybody quiet for moment, so Kaspar throws Flask back to conductors to make them happy.

  82. Just wondering everyone has all along “written off” Kaspi’s contract. We just cleared up about that much from trading Cullen…..

    I wonder if….

  83. We definitely need someone on this team who’s a banger. Sure, there’s Avery and Hollweg, but they’re both “little” guys. Orr won’t get enough playing time to make a difference. So if Kaspar can hack it (big, big IF), I for one would welcome him back on the team.

  84. True Fans bleed RW&B on

    Too many odd coincidences that Kaspar was at the mini-camp and that just about the right amount of money was cleared for his salary in getting rid of Cullen. Hmmm…

  85. Last night I have crazy dream, Olzynich and Leetch take me out, we watch jazz band, see street fight and get me drunk then send me home in train who’s driver let me sit in front with him. I wake up very refreshed from this dream ( and with empty flask and sore lips) ready to make the team.

  86. Salted – What the guy does on his own time is his business. The guy was coming off of 2 surgeries. I’m sure that had way more to do with his bad play than drinking, something he probably did his whole life. All of a sudden it effects his play? Not likely.

    TomG – I need to get a grip? If you’re on an internet board condemning guys you don’t even know for their actions off the rink, you have no life. Maybe you should smarten up a little and get a life.

  87. KASPAR MY FRIEND. THIS IS NO DREAM. YOU ARE THE LIVE OF PARTY. ALL OTHERS ORBIT YOU AS LITTLE SPUTNIKS. DIDN’T YOU WONDER WHY ALL TRAIN CONDUCTORS WERE ASLEEP IN YOUR LIVING ROOM WHEN YOU GET UP FOR PRACTICE?(AND LEETCHY WAS TAKING THEIR CHANGE BELTS)

  88. I’m sure that had way more to do with his bad play than drinking, something he probably did his whole life. All of a sudden it effects his play? Not likely.

    ————

    Meh, you never know man. The stuff can catch up to you eventually. Combine booze/drugs with aging, injury, divorce, and demotion to the AHL, you can really amplify what would normally have been a minor problem. I love Kaspar but I seriously dont think he’s worth being a “project” on this years club. If he comes to camp breaking legs NYI style, it would be awesome, but him just showing that he’s gotten back in shape means nothing to me.

    Kaspar = almost dead to me

  89. Salted – I hear what you’re saying. I’d give him a shot, because he’d truly be our ONLY physical defenseman. Camp doesn’t count towards the cap, he can be cut at any time, ya know?

  90. Staal didn’t have a bad camp last year. He was quietly good. Baranka had a great camp last year; if only that dude could stay healthy.

  91. “Sure, there’s Avery and Hollweg, but they’re both “littleâ€? guys.”

    so is Kasparaitis

    “Why is everyone condemning players (Hutchinson) that they’ve never seen play? And supporting players that they’ve barely seen play? How can anyone be sure that the “Kidsâ€? (Staal, Callahan, etc.) make it 82 games and still have a good post season?”

    because there are stats, and opinions of people who have seen them play.

    And what is there to be sure of? You play them, if they blow you send them down, if they are ok or good then you keep playing them

  92. Peter, I do have a life thank you very much and all I stated was he has been visibly seen in bars drinking, end of story. I’m not the one who started to throw insults. If anybody needs to get a life it’s you because you attack me like you know the guy personally or he’s your best friend in the world. I only stated what I was told at the time when he played for the islanders.

  93. Yeah The Rangers have eight defensemen …And 5 of them pretty much suck. Give me a break. After Tyutin, Stall and Rosy it is the mediocre parade on defense at MSG.

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