Rangers vs. Sabres, 7 p.m.


I know, that’s not the Sabres’ logo (right) anymore. It’s like two or three removed from the original. I like the original, because it’s more clever. A buffalo and two sabres. Plus it’s old school.

Enough about that.

Tonight really is a show-me game for the Rangers. They felt they did OK in St. Louis, where they lost to a very mediocre (at best) team. They were happy with the win over the dreadful Islanders, by a single goal and an empty-netter. Some of their best players showed a pulse in those two games.

So show me. Show us. Show that there is still a reason to think this team can make the players (hard to believe we’re saying that about a team that entered the weekend fifth in the East).

It will take a week and a half of much better efforts for anybody to believe that that the Rangers can make even a peep in the playoffs, but they can start convincing us by putting two wins together.

Do it on the road against a team in the same hunt (the Sabres are two points behind the Rangers). Do it against a team that’s patient and well-coached (Lindy Ruff is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, and is not only an ex-Ranger but also a Roger Neilson disciple). Then come out one night later, when they honor two of the all-time greats in franchise history, and stomp the Maple Leafs at home. Make it three in a row.

Show us.


The Rangers have scored two goals, total, against Buffalo this season, a 3-1 loss and a 2-1 shootout loss.

The Rangers have actually done pretty well in back-to-backs this season, going 7-2-1 in the first games and 6-3-1 in the second games on consecutive days.


I’m still laughing over the Seinfeld thing yesterday. Especially those clever enough to tie in Seinfeld references with the Rangers (I paraphrase): “If every instinct Tom Renney has ever had is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. He should do the opposite.” … And, “I signed Drury, Gomez, Redden and Roszival and yada, yada, yada, I have a really crappy team.” Great stuff. You guys are pretty funny and pretty smart. Even the “boneheads” (if you haven’t been paying attention, that’s a term of endearment here at the blog).

I have another assignment today and hope to get home to watch most of the game tonight. Glad I’m not in Buffalo, actually, and you should be, too.

Let me know if they report on TV or elsewhere what number Rozsival is going to wear after they retire “his” No. 3 tomorrow. Maybe we should have a little contest, “Number Rozy.” Suggest a number he should wear, and why?

Enjoy the game.

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  1. And the number is……….8.
    It’s adding another 3 backwards.

    Sorry,it’s the best I can do after just waking up.

  2. onecupin67years on

    Roszival should wear a ? on the back of his jersey,

    renney should wear a professor suit- a cap and gown like groucho did(know it all)
    or a cow suit , because of the way he chews gum.

    sather should wear the top hat and tuxedo like the monopoly character

    Dolan a jackass ,no explanation needed.

    The fans straight jackets because we’re crazy to be ranger fans and crazy about the rangers, and the rangers drive us crazy.

  3. onecupin67years on

    Drury, Gomez, redden and others should dress in the opposing teams uniform because they don’t play for the Rangers and the way they turn over the puck.

  4. I agree with ACDAVIDDC, Rozi takes #8. Maybe a # change gets his game back again. He started the season playing horribly, found his game for about 1 month and is back to sucking since the AS break.

    Tough to get excited watching this team, most of the games are a borefest. 4 points Carp? If they do that it will be
    BIG!!! It would also give Sather the illusion that this team can do something.

  5. elizy
    February 21st, 2009 at 10:05 am

    “33 D Michal Rozsival i guess nr 33 what do i win;)”



    you won a date with Rozi!

    Date includes: one Czech language lesson, one jersey (number not included), one portion of “knedliky” (“Dumplings”) with Tatarská Omá?ka , read “tatarska omachka (Tartar sauce), a personal tour of Michal Rozsival locker , and a pair of old Jagrs skates that Michal stole before Jagr left for Russia (don’t ask why this is also included)

    Please note: sexy Czech girls are not included!

  6. Just woke up..
    Renney is still with us; the Seinfeld thing has stopped and Rick is talking about some lame 1980’s song…is there anything good going to happen today?

    Kranky Kaspar

  7. The Rangers need some victories in this stretch to close out February on a high note b/c the month of March will be a tough test for our favorite 1-2 goal scoring team.

    Maybe the Rangers will actually be able to score more than 1 goal this time against the Sabres. Hey, it could happen.

  8. I don’t know, it’s like Hank said after last game “we played THE SAME we just happened to score 3 goals” They can’t play the same tonight against buffalo at home…especially when Sabres are pushing for playoff spot and 2 points behind the Rangers. If you seen at least one rangers game in the past 3 month u seen them all!

  9. 33 is a goaltender number. 8 is a forward number. I don’t think Rozival has to give up the #3 through this season – but if he does, #4 is the only one left!

    I know, numbers are all over the place now, but there used to be a system, and though limiting, it made sense.

  10. wow, some of us (including me)have no life!! Here we are again, on Saturday morning right by the computer talking about the same thing!! LET’S GO RANGERS!

  11. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    GEORGE: Hey, Tom. Talk to you for a second?

    RENNEY: Sure, George.

    GEORGE: How’s everything going? Everything O.K.?

    RENNEY: Well, all of a sudden there’s a problem with Gomez’s shot…

    GEORGE: Listen, Tom, I uh…obviously I don’t need to talk to you about the importance of player morale, but uh…I’ve been talking to some of the guys, and some of them – I don’t want to mention any names – but some of them…they’re not too happy with the polyester uniforms.

    RENNEY: How so?

    GEORGE: Well, they get very hot in the polyester. You know, it’s not a natural fiber. I think they would prefer cotton.

    RENNEY: Cotton, huh?

    GEORGE: Yeah. Cotton breathes, you see, it’s much softer. Imagine playing games and your team is five degrees cooler than the other team. Don’t you think that would be an advantage? They’re cooler, they’re more comfortable…they’re happier – they’re gonna play better.

    RENNEY: You may have something there, George.

    GEORGE: Oh – I’ve got something.

    RENNEY (considering): Hmm. Cotton uniforms.

  12. New guy wears number 4, but how would we notice? And come on, we want the memory of the last number 8 out there? Naaaaah…. 33’s fine. As a goalie’s number, maybe he’ll play better defense. (Although, my GOD, Rozi’s hardly the worst problem out there.)

  13. SpeedRangers-#8 for a winger? You must miss Poddubny and Turcotte.

    I wonder which of these teams has had the most jersey/logo changes through the years: Sabres, Cannucks, Denver Nuggets, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia76ers, St. Louis Blues. Anyone dare to guess?

    Alright Rangers, you want support? You want passion? You want me not to boo your @sses tomorrow night after Howell/Bathgate get their numbers retired? Show me something tonight! Beat a real team!

  14. #33 was Corey Potter’s number in the preseason.

    Kaspar – There aren’t many who choose to wear a number in the 60’s, other than Jagr and Mario, obviously. I put all the scrubs in the 60’s in my EA NHL franchise.

  15. Id rather have Elaine on defense than Redden. At least she’ll hit, and probably get into a couple of fights. But with Renney as the coach, and Slats as the GM, that’s how this team will be this year, and the next 4-5 years. Depressing !

    Im looking forward to the Flyers vs Pens game at 1 p.m. instead of the Nyr vs Sabs game. I wanna watch hockey, not a 60 minute waste of time, with an end result that will probably piss me off.

  16. How about number 103 for Rozy??? This would make him ineligible to play

    Under that premise we can give Redden number 639 as a reminder of how horrid a contract he got, and thus making him ineligible to play. Anyone notice that Redden’s jersey number is currently 6, it’s as if he is throwing it in all of our faces that he got a HORRIBLE 6year, 6.5mill per contract from us.

  17. MikeA – you’re totally right about #8 — just sayin’, there used to be a system, kinda….

  18. Forcrissakes,playPrucha! on

    Love the old Sabres logo. They should have kept it. Why change it when the original is so perfect? I hate the new slug.

  19. Rozsival’s number should be 7 (for how many million’s he’s being paid this year). His previous number (3) was perfect as it represented the additional number of seasons we still have to watch him!

    I’d suggest 4, for the total duration of Rozsi’s contract, but Kevin Lowe’s number will be retired within 2 seasons at this pace!!! haha.

  20. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    the flyers pens game is really intense. anybody wanna see good game watch it.
    rozy? who cares. like his new number is gonna make him play sooo much better. get him outta here along with redden and bring up potter and sags

  21. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    put a chico’s bail bonds sticker on rozys back and above it number double o zero

  22. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    true- ” and on defense for the new york rangers, number….uhhh… the man who needs no number!!!!!, michal-blowzival!!!!

  23. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    true- i forgot to add” the man who needs no number because hes been traded, michal blowzival”!!!!!

  24. I am noticing during this Penguins-Flyers game how many left-handed shooters the Penguins have. Their top twp lines are all lefties. Maybe it would help them to have some righties on the right wings. All they’ve got at forward is Kennedy and Godard.

  25. SpeedRanger-LOL. Designated numbers is what makes the NFL so unique. For those who don’t follow football, WRs can only wear #s 10-19 and 80-89, Cornerbacks only get the 20s and 40s. It’s very interesting and truly puts the team over the individual.

    Voros out? Very good. Ok, leave these lines alone until they can either get Avery or give Anisimov another crack. Q.E.D.

  26. Vanek is out with a jaw injury. That’s pretty huge because that guy loves to score against the Rangers. I know it’s cliche’ but gotta get dirty in front of Miller, that guy is good.

  27. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    pens whippin flyer ass today. we better watch out for them now too, they win theyre 4 pts behind. i think its time we make a trade or 2 and get some damn scoring on this team. Not TKACHUK!@! we arent doin much this playoffs if we get in, i have to believe a contender will take him. if we lose tonight, then we gotta win like 80% of our games to get in and hopefully not face boston.

  28. It really sucks that i feel i have to keep rooting for the teams under the Rangers to keep losing because i dont have faith in them to win and stay in the playoff hunt for themselves.

    Ironically, i am happy the Flyers lost today since i live in South Jersey (Flyers Country).

    We win Today and Tomorrow and we have 72 points and will be looking like we are in way better shape moving forward.

    LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!!!

  29. All Hail King Henrik on

    No. 33 for Rozi. Patrick Roy laughs at how soft he is.

    Oh well, I still want to see a win tonight. LETS GO RANGERS!

  30. Biron is a moron, he just handed the Pens that game, after they came back to tie it up down by two, and then by one with 5 mins left. That’s why most people don’t think he isn’t that great. What an idiot.

    Richards scored yet another shorthanded goal, i think that’s his seventh one of the year the announcers said. Wish he could be here instead of there, but Slats wanted a “big guy”, like Jessiwoman.

    Anyway, that was a great game, and i watched an actual hockey game today, and in 2 hours ill be watching something that looks like hockey, but really isn’t.

  31. Tony call DIrect TV.. THis non HD telecasts on Direct only of MSG started a few weeks ago.

    the rangers in 60 or repeat broadcast are in HD…

    please complain..

  32. I didn’t read all the posts cause I have to jet so I hope this wasn’t suggested…
    Rozi should where -14 because he’s a -14 on ice for the season.

  33. Is Korpikoski playing tonight? If so, who is sitting? I’m assuming Pru because our coach is an idiot…

  34. Rozy should be given #9, so he can carry on the tradition of Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, et al. After all, he is in that class when it comes to ability.

  35. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    yea pru is in the lineup but how many minutes will he get? and will he see pp time? prob not. nothin to get too excited about. i know everybody wants staal on the pp, but his shot is horrible. maybe if he works on it in the offseason i’ll be comfortable with him there but as it stands now, the only thing hed be better at than redden is possibly defending against a shorty better.

  36. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    actually redden has been ok last few games. if he could just stop with those weak wristers from the point and actually rip one hard once in awhile hed score. he just looks so indecisive and not sure of himself. and then on defense hes been better but still needs to be quicker and start hittin

  37. “Rozi should wear 0 just like the minutes he should get.”

    Cut him some damn slack. He’s been playing much better. Look at the other big 3.

    neways… LETS GO RANGERS!

  38. Guys and girls…I have two tickets available for the games and the festivities tomm…am not going to be able to make it to the game as something has come up…not looking for a profit here…email me at seinfeldmn@aol.com if you are interested. Section 221, great seats. Love you Carp, sorry again for using the board for this, won’t happen again…

  39. Drury must step up to the plate (no pun intended little league) tonight against his old team where he really impressed me

  40. anyone see MSG pregame “Gomez coming off his best game” LOL

    surprised Maloney dind’t pimpsmak him

  41. noonan
    February 21st, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    “Rozi should wear 0 just like the minutes he should get.”

    Cut him some damn slack. He’s been playing much better.

    NOONAN = Man love for Rozi and Drury!

  42. HockeymanRangers on

    I would love to see a goal from every line, ok 3 out of the 4. wouldn’t be nice to see some scoring from different .

  43. HockeymanRangers on

    Who can tell me what is going on with Zherdy. He brings the puck up the ice gets over the blue line and looses it. I swear it looks like he gets nervous with the puck. But that’s just my thinking.

  44. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    did you have the last 3 lines in mind?

    i hate that little bit of luck guy from the ny lottery commercials

  45. Maybe we should hire him to drop the puck to give us a little bit of luck. Cause we could use lots of luck

  46. i told dtv i set up my equipment at an address downstate and I don’t get blackouts anymore :)

  47. Uh, just read Rick’s comments- isn’t that the active logo, or at least what they are wearing tonight…

    This looks like a good start- let’s see if we don’t give up….

  48. “if only Sam would mention the line generator”

    what would be better is if the sabres announcers mention it! unfortunately, that’s who i get to listen to tonight, but THAT would be hysterical.

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Rozsival should start with 00. Then with every clear shot he passes up, it should go up, skipping 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, and 35 (and 99).

    Wow, they’ve retired A LOT of numbers recently. Just a few years ago it was just 1 and 7 (and 99).

    Who is sitting tonight, Voros?

  50. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    yeah, and too bad the gameday audio on the website doesn’t sync up with the tv broadcast.

  51. Sally, only thing worse is we have to hear this guy say POOOOMINVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLE way too excitedly for a grown man, all night long. He should wear special “dry quick” pants!

  52. upstateNYRfan, I’ve got Time Warner and they usually play Sabres or poker games instead of the Rangers. I get to make up my own Rosenisms, which is fun too.

    Hope Dubi’s alright after that hit.

  53. yeah Sally, when I went to Oneonta we had Time Warner on campus and I had to suffer and I decided never to give them a dime once I graduated.

  54. haha…that Randy Moller link was funny….too bad half of the comments make zero sense to say after a goal…the other half; very funny…

  55. that was classic! This guy tonight just drives me crazy!

    Everyone is now pointing fingers at Drury!

  56. Why do centers sometimes get thrown out when taking a face off? I did not grow up a hockey player and have never figured it out. Thanks.

    Also, the Buffalo play-by-play is a complete douche. He is unbearable.

  57. Staal actually missed that puck because it was deflected by his teammate. I’m not quite sure what Rozsival was trying to do on that play besides embarass himself.

  58. hoping this guy gets a bad case of laryngitis during the first intermission! he is just a pox upon the hearing!

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Rozsival should come with a “Do not try this at home” warning on odd man rushes so that this way children won’t think it’s OK to take the man instead of play the pass.

  60. HockeymanRangers on

    It’s called exicute when you get the chance. When Gomer put it out in front he didn’t put the puck where it needed to be for who ever (i forget) who he was passing it to. But it was not so the player could get a handle on it.

  61. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    we seem to have a problem sending more than one guy in deep. its not gonna work. forecheck damnit!!!! cmon renny ur losing. its time to try to score assh###3

  62. this has to be the 8th or 9th time they’ve called a rangers name and then said “has fallen down” or “KNOCKED down” i have a feeling this might be a long night :-$

  63. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    freaking dubinsky line can’t get the puck out of the zone and then when Dru/Pru/Dawes come on they use up their whole shift to clear it.

  64. Again, the lone defenseman on an odd man rush against makes the wrong play!! You don’t allow that pass!! Does anyone with a microphone or a coach’s whistle understand this??

  65. ok boys lets play for the shoot out! the battle level is there, they just need to finish….

    HOLY CRAP i just cannot listen to this village idiot any longer!

  66. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    wow hank u really blow. when did this guy start sucking? i mean cmon thats a gimme almost as bad as birons gimme today

  67. Oh well. “The Friar’s Club” episode is on channel 5.

    My isn’t this risky business… I’m all a twitter.

  68. ThisYearsModel on

    And the beat goes on. One shot and done, nobody going to the net. Big hits by the Sabres go unresponded to. Headhunting by Kaleta and no response. Thei continues to be a lack of heart, guts and teamwork. Nice work Slats.

  69. I’m so fed up of quotes from Drury that say all the “right things,” which the announcers praise, and then he doesn’t do crap on the ice. I think it’s something he learned from exhausted Shanny.

    Oh, great, 2-0. Guess we can still hope for a SO victory.

  70. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    yea were done. were not scoring 2. its pathetic, please fire renny and drury and trade everyone. yea staal too

  71. arianna huffington, james carville AND karl rove….that might be worse than this buffalo guy!

    so when does hank pull himself out of this one?

    when does gomez get interviewed tonight? Oh maybe not since they are talking to DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURY

  72. That line about mama hiding the cookies was hilarious. It doesn’t excuse his gross mispronunciation of all of the other names, though. Droory, Spachuk…

    Does it seem to anyone else like we are forechecking too much in this game? It seems like we are sending more players than usual into the offensive zone after the puck and it’s just not working out. This is something they should have done against Atlanta. Buffalo is the wrong team to try something new like this.

    Rick Jeanneret is your Sabres homer. It appears as if the same television call is also played on the Sabres radio network.

  73. Well our tumble down continues…the Isles game was just an aberation…
    F Sather…You Suck!

  74. drury said

    we gotta cut it in half. we need to get one before they get 3. man, that is … hell i’m almost out of adjectives when it comes to this mess of a team

  75. mike in ia, you kidding me trade Staal, what he makes a mistake and so we need the usual knee jerk reaction. With in the next 2-3 years he will be in the top 5 of shut down dmen…come on!

  76. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    drury with some inspiring words. same old same old. nothing changes. while these crap teams are passing us by we keep playing like its preseason. and besides gettin scored on with ease, were gettin bitched around the ice, gettin knocked on their asses.

  77. “Now that we’re down two, we need to forecheck.” — P. Pearn

    Why would we want to do that? So that we can score goals? Nahhhhhh….

  78. “Pearn just said “maybe we’ll get a power play”

    He just instills so much confidence”

    i actually shudder at the thought of them getting a power play! OMG this guy is rippin us! YOU CANT PLAY SOFTER HOCKEY THAN THAT..wow, buuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrn!!!

  79. Apparently the Rangers are playing soft hockey and not checking and MSG Buffalo needed a video to stop and start to show us that. I was actually excited to see real analysis and all they could come up with is obvious crap.

  80. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    you know I might take time warner/ sabers announcers if it means i don’t have to see little bit of luck and these stupid what’s g? commercials

  81. I honestly have never seen a hockey team employ the strategy that the Rangers do. What other team has four men enter the offensive zone to attack and then three of them turn around and go to the bench for a change. This is bizarro hockey.

  82. i guess i should be happy i’m NOT getting the rangers broadcast because of what you guys (thanks ford) are postin up that they are saying! they must really take us for sheeple! what an insult to our individual, and collective intelligence

  83. Roszival overcommitted egregiously on the first goal — just as every Ranger D-man does when facing an odd man rush against. WHY OH WHY DOES OUR HIGH-PAID ANALYST IGNORE THIS FUNDAMENTAL ERROR when discussing the play??

    Does everyone not see that the fix is in? This team is so unsound fundamentally it is sick. But no one will say a word about it.

    Where is Billy Jaffe when you need him.

  84. The only NYC commercial I really miss (moved back upstate last month) is the Grand Prospect Hall one. “We make all your dreams come true!”

    But I’d take Sam/Joe over these idiots anyday.

  85. You know there are tickets for tomorrows game. I wonder if msg would take half price. I’d go for the ceremony and leave.

  86. another error on dolans part. we can see things with our eyes and KNOW how poor they are, but the announcers are not allowed to be truthful about ANYTHING that goes on there. That is also an insult. lol @ rangers outhitting buffalo early on….meanwhile, 9 of them were knocked down! argh!

  87. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    no im just pissed staalwart, but guessing by your name, i can see why u replied. naa i mean staals great, hes a good stay at home guy, but damn i want some tuff, mean scoring wingers on this team and the same with d men. this team is a bunch of pansies. were smurfs. get rid of dawes, sjoe, nas, zherdev rozy, redden, gomer, theyre all soft.

  88. this boys and girls is Tom “STAYPUFT” Renney hockey…..

    damnit, they’re really wussifying this sport…

    pass went behind gomez….blaaah blaaaaaaaaaah blaaaaaaah. we can pretty much call the games ourselves

  89. At least we know what Renney is thinking.

    “I should have dressed Voros. He never sits again”

  90. ford, you’re right, if Roszi is coached well he doesn’t spaz out and attack the puck carrier, allowing the easy pass and the tap-in goal. So depressing that people think this team is coached professionally

  91. Everyone including me was worrying how much it would cost to keep Dubi and if we could do it with our cap problems… thanks to the way he is playing it looks like that is no longer a worry.

  92. DomivBaumgartner on

    I love how Redden lets Hecht walk in and take two whacks at the puck on lundqvist. Great D!!!! FUCKING STIFF.

  93. It’s all Prucha’s fault. He didn’t cover Streit the other night. If he had, we’d be winning 2-0 right now.

  94. “Linda – It’s pansifying! Or Pierre McGuire-fying. haha”

    i think the 2nd one is more terrifying!

    LOL@ Virus never sits again. i bet you’re 100% correct on that one!

    woo hooo the screen froze up! I get a break for the calamity taking place before our eyes!

  95. Here comes Pearn’s Power Play.

    Hey, on the bright side, weren’t we 20% on the powerplay against the Islanders?

  96. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    power play???

    i switched to the sabers feed, surprised it’s in HD, to see what they’re saying. i don’t think this’ll last long because they always play a short clip of Rock you like a hurricane (the Berlin Philharmoniker version) on every commercial and I like that song and don’t want to get sick of it.

  97. Micheletti’s continual praising of Buff’s aggressive play in pinching and attacking is very interesting —- now get the sack to ask why the team you cover doesn’t do the same!

  98. yea jason, that problem seemed to work itself out..UNFORTUNATELY! I was hoping he’d have a break out season, instead, he seems to have lost a bit of his offensive confidence, could be the fact that the great line generator has given him 89 different combinations of linemates.

    One more season of this and I bet Hank asks for a trade!!!
    holy cow some play in buffalo’s zone…this is novel! and it ends.

  99. Mark (the orginal) on

    I love that every game Joe has to tell me whatever team the Rangers are playing they are blocking lots of Rangers shots.

  100. DomivBaumgartner on

    I think I counted 5 blocked shots on the PP. Hey, let’s look at the brightside, we actually set up the PP.

  101. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    so guys how many goals you think we get this game? does anyone think we get 1??

  102. Does anyone see how hard Prucha is working? He is a dog. Naslund should have passed it to him

  103. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I think we get 2 from the Drury line and 1 from the Betts line… but I don’t think that will get us a win… at least not in regulation.

  104. Well, at least Dubinsky is trying to make some noise. If we aren’t going to score on them the least we could do is try to hurt them.

  105. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    aaaAAAGGGGHHHH I can’t avoid these “It’s the money you could be saving with Geico” commercials on EITHER station!!

    I would rather burn the money I could be saying with Geico

    and they’re saying Renney could be fired

  106. I think the team had a wing eating contest earlier. Explains something. Or they just suck.

    LOL dandelion!

  107. “He must feel like he’s hanging off of a high cliff with a dandelion holding him up.” For those not watching the Buffalo broadcast, guess who they are talking about.

  108. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    and the commercials during Yankees games are bad too…. it’s either Giuseppe Franco or sham-WOW!

  109. Joe: “Sam, the Rangers’ second forechecker has to be more aggressive. They’re not getting in there quickly enough.” Is it possible that the freedom to criticize this pathetic coaching staff has been granted?

  110. they should put roszival and redden together, so they dont contaminate two defensive pairings…. and dont one of you shoot that down with common sense!

    i hope both roszival and redden only spawn girls, so their sons won’t dilute the hockey talent pool lol!

  111. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    haha i missed the dandelion remark… i must have been typing some nonsense here.

    they’re listing our underperformers:

    Naslund, Gomez, Drury, Dubinsky, Zherdev

    they missed Redden

  112. DomivBaumgartner on

    Reitz, Hold onto your stick already. This has to be his worst game since we’ve acquired him.

  113. DomivBaumgartner on

    They won’t mention Redden because he helped Buffalo win while playing with the senators during the playoffs.

  114. The replay (TIVO-slo-moed) shows that Dubi hit him with his hip. The knees never came close to colliding.

  115. Mark (the orginal) on

    Colton when teams get big leads on the Rangers no one is going to fight you so just stop.

  116. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I’m guessing we’re seeing Vally tomorrow? He shut Toronto out in October at home (I was there) but I think fell apart in the 3rd the next time he played them.

    As of now it’s safe to say we’ll see the goalie that doesn’t finish this game.


    And can’t the oh-so-classy Renney show how classy he is by resigning for the good of the organization?

  118. ThisYearsModel on

    What a snoozefest. Miller must have to set an alarm to make sure he is awake at the end of the period.

  119. DomivBaumgartner on

    Even though he won’t help our team I think it’s time for, AVERY, AVERY, AVERY!!!!!!

  120. Their “home run hitter” Vanek is out. They have a roster littered with no-names. Yet somehow the Sabres have scored three goals in less than two periods. And the Renney droolers continue to drool in oblivion…..

  121. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    if only we had someone near the crease for that Korpedo shot

    and please bench Dubinsky

  122. “FREE PRUCHA!

    And can’t the oh-so-classy Renney show how classy he is by resigning for the good of the organization?”

    i dont think his narcisistic (sp?) nature will allow for that!

    I swear someone should FORCE freakin redden to retire. Everyone they signed the past 2 offseasons should go. Just waive all your no trade/no movement clauses and go somewhere else please! You are making a mockery of the sweater! Please for the love of all that is good (and NOT renneys soft love), just go away!!

  123. Just wondering when the last time the Rangers actually got to a rebound from their own shot? I honestly don’t remember.

  124. Doodie Machetto on

    Prucha with no points so far, so I think Renney already is excited to get to pencil in Voros for tomorrow.

  125. I like Korpedo. He can actually hit the net. Probably not for much longer, but it is nice to see.

  126. what SHOULD i miss more down here in da dirrrrty south..

    The Rangers or Dunkin Donuts?

    Examiner, as much as I disklike the Islanders, at least they try to play as a team. Most nights it seems our boys play as individuals! It’s obvious their horrendous play is NOT getting renney fired, and they have’t come up with a plan b ( just like sather didnt have a plan b)

  127. DomivBaumgartner on

    Sam, “It wasn’t much but the Rangers looked better towards the end of the period?” What? The last 20 seconds because we had the puck in the offensive zone?

  128. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    jason- they never have anybody near the net. its always 1 shot and done. no rebounds. thats what dru and renny and everyone was sayin why they werent scoring yet they seem to do everything but that.

  129. ford
    February 21st, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    “Their “home run hitter” Vanek is out. They have a roster littered with no-names. Yet somehow the Sabres have scored three goals in less than two periods. And the Renney droolers continue to drool in oblivion…..”


  130. ThisYearsModel on

    Sabres had 3 guys in front to one Rangers d-man on that last goal. Same as it usually is. Heck, if the Rangers traded for Ryan Smyth……he would probably not go near the front of the goal anymore.

  131. kern, our coach is a highly intelligent, classy man! how can you insinuate he is the cause of the teams problems?

  132. Mike,

    And when they do have someone infront of the net, AHEM CALLAHAN, they can’t get the shot through.

    This team isn’t willing to do the little things like stand infront of the net, clear out the opposition infront of our own net and work hard in the corners at all. That is why we suck.

  133. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    if anyone with a DVR can tell me what that song is that they played at the arena as the Rangers went on the power play (6:15 into the 2nd period) I’d appreciate it… it’s a techno song I’ve been wondering, thanks.. the sabres don’t have a sounds of the game section on their website like the Rangers do

  134. Think the Rangers would improve with blinkers on? Maybe we could keep our forwards from veering off to the boards everytime they cross the blueline- you think that from practicing against our defense they would be in the habit of trying the middle more- perhaps that accounts for the “good starts ” we have to games…with game going downhill once we meet with any kind of physical resistence.On the other hand….the Rangers were better in the later part of the second period…right Sam? What a disgrace! I’m outta here.

  135. I’m gone-this is just self mutilation.

    Please fire this hyena-they are obviously (to all smart hockey folks) in need of a coaching change.

  136. Linda, you’re right. The Rangers haven’t played like a team at all.

    Where is this veteran leadership that was praised earlier in the season? Isn’t Chris Drury supposed to be some type of wonderfully natural born leader? This is the time for a true Captain to step up and rally these guys, when they are so down. I don’t think Drury has done anything to inspire his teammates.

    His 3 assists last game would’ve been a nice start, but there is no consistency in his game at all.

  137. this shit is really getting old. fire sale for the trade deadline? at this point i would rather have them do that and watch a bunch of the hartford guys then this team.

  138. i do not even care who is to blame anymore. just fix it.
    this team is unwatchable. put orr out on the ice after a goal against, what did renney think was going to happen? orr was going to score a goal. renney is a genius.

  139. jason, you are right. And the reason is the coach is a VANILLA ICE CREAM CONE with diarrhea-of-the-mouth sprinkles on top.

    Sather is one of the biggest A-HOLES in the world. But tbis team on paper is MUCH MUCH better than this BULLSH!T we are viewing!!!!

  140. did they just say Kovie had a goal and 3 assists after being ‘left behind’ for two games??? HOLY CRAP Tom, take the hint! Sit the millionaires for a few games. Maybe a birdseye view for 2 or 3 games would do wonders for their lackadasical, lackluster play.

  141. Hate to say it (because its a Rangers fan sin), but even Staal looks like a piece of sh!t on this current Rangers hockey club

  142. i’m with Pru Sally, it’s only a matter of time before the Rangers offical penalty of the 2008-2009 season is called! and they we’ll have the obligatory screen shot of Renney working on his juicy fruit…. OH THE HUMANITY

  143. I dont know whats worse…the fact that Rangers absolutely blow or having to hear these Buffalo announcers who seem to think that there 68 PT team with a $50M payroll is overachieving; as compared to our 68 Pt team with a $55M payroll

  144. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Prediction: Prucha scores 2 goals in the first 8 minutes. Then with 10 minutes remaining the team gets called for a too-many-men penalty. Renney summons Prucha to take it. Penalty expires and the puck is loose in the neutral zone. Pru is the closest one and the Sabres defenders are out of position, and Renney summons Prucha back to the ice and benches him for the remainder of the game.

  145. Tonight mark’s the first game since the lockout that I’ve officially stopped watching as my primary “entertainment” for the evening. I’m now doing laundry, shaving, etc. with the game on in the background. Oh, BTW everyone Avery with another – in Hartford tonight.

    Screw Drury, Redden, Gomez, and Roszival. Tomorrow night I’ll be at the game and I’m hoping to teach these 5 idiots that revenge is a dish best served cold. I’ll be booing everyone of them.

    BTW, I like Markus Naslund but the guy is done. He can’t play an 82 game season with the grinding anymore. I’d recommend he becomes a 3rd liner and a PP specialist if he wants to stay living in North America. Otherwise give them your working papers and head back to Sweden with the family buddy.

  146. Has the win against the Islanders been put far enough behind us now?

    Is it too soon to begin a brand new Fire Renney chorus?

    I’ll start

    Fire Renney

  147. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    They are not even competing hard tonight! The good news is that they will soon be in 10th place and then maybe there will finally be some changes.The guys have no pride,unreal.

  148. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Joe, it’s not an “early power play”. There are 19 minutes remaining in the game and this team is down by 3.

    and where the hell is Prucha???

  149. Hey maybe Rangers should start taking more chances with extra guys on the ice… it’s not like anyone would really notice a difference.

  150. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I’m going on the 28th, what will I be chanting?

    a) “FI-RE REN-NEY”
    b) a mixture of “PRUUUUUUUUUUUUUU” and “SE-AN AVE-RY”
    c) “WE WANT PRU-CHA”

  151. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    Even if Buffulo played without a goalie the Rangers would still not score.

  152. lol @ the play is being reviewed. THIS WHOLE TEAM SHOULD BE REVIEWED..and half of them returned/refunded/released.

  153. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    We still have not scored.It was a Sabers player who put it in!

  154. wow i just put the game on and it says we have a goal am i seeing things or is it a mistake that we have one??? LOL I guess miracles do happen

  155. did i hear correctly that the habs left kovy behind on a road trip and he came back and had a great game???? maybe renney could take a page out of that play book???

  156. Why do we get penalized when we try to do something right by hitting. Kaleta had his legs wrapped around Naslund who wanted to get away. This is such bullcrap.

    Even the color announcer is poisoned: maybe the Anaheim Ducks will fly in a V formation!

  157. Doodie Machetto on

    “Even the color announcer is poisoned: maybe the Anaheim Ducks will fly in a V formation!”

    Nope, Disney has a copyright on the flying V.

  158. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Joe is ridiculous… “so many times the Rangers could have scored, but there was a goalie in the way” (paraphrasing)

  159. Doodie Machetto on

    Well, thats why the ES is about even, Drury needed to rest from his 5 and a half minutes of special teams

  160. Last couple of games, Prucha played about 7-10 minutes total though.

    At least now they are playing him more.

    Small steps?

  161. Our defensemen really don’t know how to defend odd-man rushes. They always chase the guy with the puck who then passes it over to the newly-opened man.

  162. “Joe is ridiculous… “so many times the Rangers could have scored, but there was a goalie in the way” (paraphrasing)”

    ugh, that line from michelobetti may be as depressing as the play of this team! Thanks a lot captain obvious!

    wd40.. in 3 seasons has ANYONE on this team has challenged that punk! He’s pretty dirty, and needs to be taught a lesson! Unfortunately, it’s not gonna happen this year.

    Can this guy just go back under the rock he came from! Go change your pants dude, that stain is just nasty!

  163. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    and that’s four!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tom Reney, the Jack Adams winner for croch of the year

  164. Dr. O:

    Bob Ross was awesome.

    As opposed to the Rangers. And what’s disturbing is that Hank, no matter how skilled, is weak psychologically. This can’t be good for him — any of it.

  165. Doodie Machetto on

    Wow, yet again, they go for the man instead of playing the pass. They REALLY don’t know how to play odd man rushes.

  166. Doodie Machetto on

    Down three, 7 minutes to go, against a team chasing you in the standings, Sjostrom and Betts on the ice.

  167. Doodie Machetto on

    Looking at the positives, since this game is over and most of the usual suspects are still suspect: Dawes has had a good game. Prucha too.

  168. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    I think it’s time for the brilliant one to turn to his trusty automated line shuffler.Maybe it can pick another line combo that has not been tried yet.

  169. ThisYearsModel on

    Yeah……let’s make sure to give the 4th line lots of time coming down to the end. Wouldn’t want the Sabres to get another one.

  170. Just checking….are we the worst team in the league yet? Because I think it’s time to face the inevitable…the Rangers quite possibly can’t beat any other team in the NHL with the exception of the Islanders. And yes, Henrik looks like he’s gonna lose it…but can any of us blame him with the lack of support ALL SEASON LONG?

  171. Again, go to the net, score.

    Why is this so hard to see the trend? Why don’t we do more of this?

  172. HockeymanRangers on

    The players ARE NOT responding to Renny, it’s time for him to go. No matter who’s fault the team is in the shape it’s in.

  173. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    That was a half-assed shot from Dawes… more like he was surprised that Zherdev passed the puck.

  174. This team has quit not only in this game but the season as well. There is no passion or heart, something has to give. How Dolan has no concern is beyond my comprehension.

  175. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    You know,it’s kind of funny that every once in a blue moon they make a nice play out of hhockey instinct.Too bad they don’t have a coach who can teach them some way to be daring in the offensive zone.

  176. Spiderpig
    February 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    “Our defensemen really don’t know how to defend odd-man rushes. They always chase the guy with the puck who then passes it over to the newly-opened man.”

    PIG — I have been saying this all year. Are you able to recognize this is about their pitiful COACHING??

  177. Doodie Machetto on

    I envy the Islanders, at least they’ll have a shot at Tavares to show for missing the playoffs.

    Kalinin has been MUCH better since getting back in the lineup.

  178. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Sweet Caroline… I can’t remember the last time I heard this song at the end of a hockey game.

  179. Derrick Roy the next Hart winner. What a disgrace!! This is a joke and the rangers make him look like an all star!!

  180. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    I bet no one on this blog seriously thought that the Rangers had a chance to win after Buffulo scored first,I know I certinly didn’t.

  181. Girardi on the 4th goal shows again how NOT to play an odd man rush against!!!! Do you idiots who like Renney still not UNDERSTAND that these players EVIDENTLY do not know what to do in these basic, HOCKEY 101 situations?

  182. ready for summer vacation? I thought they’ve BEEN on vacation since the all star game!!

    so tom, how was their battle level tonight? SHEESH, we need a new general, some new lts, a new battle plan, and a new captain!

    yea yea yea, some will say they expected them to be a middle of the pack team, but they are not even executing the same game plan! it is sooooooooo hard to watch these guy when 75% of them are not competing. I swear, hank is gonna go postal in practice one day and take out everyone on d except maybe staal and mara. it’s so disappointing that they don’t even seem to really care.

    Doodie…is gomez being interviewed by the jabroni again? Any smart aleck comments from Scott the lawn raker?

  183. Jerry Seinfeld on

    Uhm, The thing about eating the Black and White cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate And yet somehow our power play eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our special-teams problems would be solved.

  184. Drury sucks. I’m sorry, the guy could take me out to a Gentlemen’s club in Prague, mow my lawn for a full summer, and help me get into grad school and I still won’t like the guy.

    Redden is going to get it tomorrow at MSG. There’s no running.

  185. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    Evey single player now is playing way,way below thier ability,not only off of thier career levels but even in the time they’ve played here.It is clearly the coaching.The kids are all I repeat all regressing badly,it IS the coaching.Any Anal-lyst who says otherwise is an idiot.

  186. Forcrissakes,playPrucha! on

    Linda February 21st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    did they just say Kovie had a goal and 3 assists after being ‘left behind’ for two games??? HOLY CRAP Tom, take the hint! Sit the millionaires for a few games. Maybe a birdseye view for 2 or 3 games would do wonders for their lackadasical, lackluster play.””

    I’ve been screaming this for months now. Renney doesn’t have the cojones for that.

  187. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    well all we can hope for is that Drury will break out of this drought like he did from the one to start the season… and we get a new coach, and Voros gets sent somewhere else, and Redden earns his paycheck, and you all know the rest…

  188. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    February 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    “Joe is ridiculous… “so many times the Rangers could have scored, but there was a goalie in the way” (paraphrasing)”

    ugh, that line from michelobetti may be as depressing as the play of this team! Thanks a lot captain obvious!

    lol linda, i called him michelobetti a few days ago. it has a nice ring to it. he certainly sounds like hes had 1 too many michelobs.

  189. onecupin67years on

    The smart coach would have started Valle in netor at the beginning of the 3rd to send a message.
    But the Rangers were bailed out by Gomez’s hit on Miller, I think a penalty should have been assessed .

    I thought naslund’s goal was directed by the skate, how come Michelleti dodged saying it until the goal was awarded?

    And Dubi is walking a fine line between a goon dirt bag hitter and an agressive forward . Once your marked as dirty you get no respect from players and refs , right Avery.
    And Dubi isn’t too tough yet, he’s due for an ass whuppin!

    Why is a prucha shot on goal a good shot ? Sam
    i don’t want to hear they played good , they LOST.

  190. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    i hope after we lose tommorow renny finally gets canned and some guys get traded. its kinda funny with msg celebrating 3 great hockey players from years past this year and retiring their numbers and yet the team they put on the ice is a freakin joke and slap in the face to former rangers

  191. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    msg celebrating 3 guys this year while we dont have 3 good players on this team. maybe 2, hank and hanks left nut.

  192. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    they are actually getting ripped on the post game show.No one is saying they played well,nit even the usual shills.

  193. WD40 is right on! Job of the defenseman against a 2 on 1 is to take away the pass and let the goalie have the shooter- just doesn’t happen anymore. The only question left about this team is whether it was more poorly conceived or more poorly coached- I honestly don’t know the answer.

  194. mike, i’ve been callin him that for about two season over on Topix! It’s like you need to drink in order to stomach him, OR that he’s drinkin during games!!! Another mindless drone. Usually I am disappointed when I get the other teams announcers (unless they are the ones for the canadian teams!! those guys are a hoot!), but lately, I prefer them (the village idiot tonight is NOT preferable to anyone lol that guy is a vocal assault on the senses)because they can tell it like it is in Rangerland without fear of reprisal!

    All I want these guys to do is play as a team and play hard. Their mistakes are so glaring that it’s hard to believe how much money they make! They are mostly veterans, they should know better.

    And for those who it has become extremely apparent their skills are gone, be honest with yourselves and with everyone and just retire!! To subject the loyal fans of this team to horrible play just so you can steal your 5, 6, or 7 million dollars a year is just beyond outrageous!

  195. Coach Renney: Way to prepare the team for a huge conference game tonight! Lots of emotion, plenty of aggression, and most of all resilience! They were certainly ready to go!!

    This loser makes Jean-Guy Talbot and Larry Popein look good.

  196. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    im workin nights tommorow so i’ll be missing the festivities tommorow. first time i dont care if i miss the game. if only to hear the boos and fire renny chants, thats it, but you guys that are there please chant your asses off!

  197. Even Hank hasn’t had a great season. One game he is spectacular then the next he’s giving up very soft goals that any backup could stop.

    He’s just been very inconsistent this year, but still you can’t expect him to play great every game. He needs help defensively, but never gets the help and has to do it all on his own, game after game.

    It shouldn’t have to fall all on Lundqvist’s shoulders, but sadly it does, way too frequently.

  198. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I’m watching Extreme Loggers on Discovery… I think the team should watch this for inspiration

  199. Examiner, that is why I for one would not be surprised if he asks for a trade next season if nothing is done to improve the defensive corps of this team. You really cannot blame him if he does! They are gonna kill what could be a fantastic career for him if they keep this up, but it seems this owner and current management is FAMOUS for impeding the progress of whatever young talent we’ve had. It’s absolutely mind boggling how none of them seem to care about the product on the ice, as long as the seats are filled and the merchandise is being purchased.

  200. Here’s hoping they left Prucha in Buffalo so some of his girlfriends here would shut up about him already.

  201. Jagr has to be back for next season — he was also obviously coaching offense the past 3 seasons, since the current coaches are so visibly clueless about offense. Not to mention that he and Shanahan could handle the pressure, unlike the current leadership.
    Sather must resign. Every player now looks horrible. Does Avery even want to come back to this team? Would any other team want anyone here?

  202. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    linda- u kidding? they are getting millions to just coast thru the season. u think theyre gonna just give that up? sheeet, not with renny the robot, glen the goober and dolan the dickwad at the helm. just the fact that they got 2 goals tonight even on a cold backup is enough for these guys to stay content with the team. sather knows he screwed up royally when he got both gomer pyle and chris’ the corpse’ drury. he was shootin for just 1 and both signed. then if that wasnt enough, he blew his load on wade the weasel redden. hes freakin old and senile. he shouldnt be allowed to drive a car let alone run a hockey team. he must really hate new york

  203. abindy
    February 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    “WD40 is right on! Job of the defenseman against a 2 on 1 is to take away the pass and let the goalie have the shooter- just doesn’t happen anymore.”

    Exactly. So what is the answer?? Here it is: The coaches are TOTALLY incompetent! THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS TEAM ARE HORRENDOUS!!

    I am ready to debate anyone who can bring a good argument against.

  204. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    sundins ghost- hey we all know its you aaron. ok . start scoring and stop trying to fight and getting bitchslapped all the time and maybe renny will put you back in. or maybe rennys mad at you for not rubbing his feet last night

  205. About midway through the game, Micheletti started commenting on the Rangers’ failure to get the second forward in on the forecheck, effectively rendering their forecheck useless. Exactly! Problem is, that’s not a problem that began tonight — it’s the exact point several of us have been making for months. As I said the other day, it’s impossible to judge how good these players can be since the coach won’t put them in a position to succeed.

  206. ford, after the past two weeks, I dont think there is ANYONE who would or even COULD bring up a good argument against that.

    Mike, it’s the black days all over again, where the past their prime guys are here to collect their HUGE pay day, and where 2nd line guys were paid like first liners, get their money, and don’t bother playing hard anymore. It’s so insane! I though this organEYEzation got past that after the lockout. Now we got CRAZY EDDIE YETI, burying this team for the next 5 years. At some point the man love between dolan and yeti has to come to an end, there’s gotta be a younger, better lookin mancrush out there, or maybe JUST maybe, the comatose one will be bowled over by some huge wad of money and sell the team. oh just let me dream for a few minutes.. thank you very much!

  207. Sundin’s Ghost, you have got to be the ultimate Renny can-licker. Yes, this one was all on Prucha. He was the D-man on all those odd man rushes against who screwed the pooch. You ridiculous loser.

  208. There is so rarely any forecheck pressure or any cycling in the offensive zone. They are either trying to make one perfect pass which results in a futile shot, or they dump it in and change. Not one player goes in and fights for the puck, and no one controls it in the offensive zone. Even if Zherdev or Dubinsky try, there is no one there to pass it to. If they cannot compete like Jagr, they also cannot even compete like the forwards in the Lindros and Messier years, when there still used to be forechecking and cycling. This team is worse than the pre-lockout teams.

  209. Oh please, let this be the first time he is ever right!

    * The Rangers game against the Sabres this evening is being called “a benchmark” game by people close to the inside. as one source said, “All hell could break loose were the Rangers to not compete this evening.”

  210. Tom Renney, on the postgame, said: “I think the effort was fine. I didn’t think we battled.”

    Hello? What??? How can somebody utter the first sentence and then follow it with the second sentence?? This makes no sense!!

    When will the plug be pulled on this babble-happy EMPTY SUIT??

  211. PruBelongsOnTheIce on


    I don’t even have words for Renney’s quote there. I can’t interpret it into a laungage we speak. I have no idea what he is talking about, nor trying to say. My brain is frying itself trying to decipher that.

  212. “Our defensemen really don’t know how to defend odd-man rushes. They always chase the guy with the puck who then passes it over to the newly-opened man”


    That’s all on Renney. He must be telling these players to defend the odd man rush like that, and if he’s not he’s a complete moron for allowing them to do that. Either way he’s an idiot. It’s been going on for the whole year, and it NEVER works.

    I doubt Renney will get fired, Slats probably wants him to catch the stupid ceremony tomorrow, but hopefully the Leafs flat out rape Nyr, and Slats does the right thing.

    This team never learns, and im sick of Lundqvist. Don’t get me wrong, i love the guy, and id rather lose a ball instead of going back to seeing Dunham, or washups like him, but he’s annoying me with his “We have to score goals, i have to give up one goal so we have a chance to win”, enough already, don’t say that, then hours later give up 4 goals. This whole team isn’t doing anything right. Hank hasn’t been good this season, he was good early, but he’s never gone off his mid season slump. It’s still going, and he’s adding to the problem. He needs to get his together, and he needs to call out his team so they get the god damn picture. At this point, im sorry to say, but Hank is just like Redden, Drury, and Gomez. He’s not earning his contract.

    It’s good to see Dawes score though, his trade value needs to skyrocket.

  213. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I agree about Lundqvist, I mean what does he have, 2 shutouts this season? There were games last year were were getting outplayed so bad you couldn’t put it into words and he’d still shut them down. Those aren’t happening this year. Granted it’s not all on him but last year it seemed he was more prepared for the Rangers to suck.

  214. FORD

    Don’t you wish you can hear the smart Torts during a post game, explaining a win or loss the way we want to hear it ? And telling a reporter to “get the fugg out of the room” if he asks a dumb question ?

    Torts is perfect for this team, cause unlike the Bolts, at least when Torts takes a penalty for screaming at the ref, Nyr can easily kill it off.

    Hopefully he’ll be here next year, and not with the Pens, Sens, or Habs.

  215. Tom Renney, on the postgame, said: “I think the effort was fine. I didn’t think we battled.”



  216. No Orr Torts is not perfect for this team, actually i agree he is but say if his team was located in florida or nashville or anywehere otehr than ny.. this is like the yanks thinking of hiring lou pineilla… its not going to work.. the media will eat him alive along with the players

  217. *I LOVE IT.*

    Keep the embarrassments coming. F you in the A & M Renney.

    And I’m not usually the one to say this, but where has Beer Me run off to?

  218. steve trac (sec 303) on

    Keep burning Rangers. I hope you keep losing and miss the playoffs. It’s the only way that change will be made, but I guarantee that even if they end out out of the post season, nothing “right” will be done for the team. They’ll get someone else that doesn’t do jack or get someone they don’t need.

    And on the first year of having season tickets too….

  219. This team doesn’t have a future, soon we’re just gonna watch as our eventual new GM does everything he can to rid these team of all the pathetic contracts, and trade away the players that ruin this team, and we’re right back to the beginning, starting from scratch, and hoping that this time, we do it right, and this time we don’t miss out on the Green’s, the Richard’s, the Parise’s, Carter’s, and on, and on.

    Slats screwed us for the next 4-5 years, even if we make the playoffs for a couple of years, they’ll waste out time, and we’ll watch them lose in the 1st round.

    Hopefully we still have some prospects who can surprise us and become the stars that we don’t have, if not, it’s gonna be an ugly couple of years.

    Oh well, as long as Sharapova, and Ivanovic stay healthy, and hot, im good to go.

  220. What the F happened to Zherdev? Does he do ANYTHING anymore!? I thought this was his contract year! I was hoping someone would throw him a Vanek-like offer and we’d take the draft picks to grab Jessiman 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0.

  221. even Joe M pointed out that the Rangers are not getting the second forechecker in on the play.

    but, he did not point out that it is Renney’s friggin’ system, his hangback trap, that is the reason for the 2nd forechecker to be too far back.

    Buffalo, on the other hand, was still forchecking even when up 4-1.

    Renney is like that coach in the NHL Network commercials who tells his players that Switzerland is neutral, and so they should be like Switzerland, stand in the neutral zone.

  222. Renney knows his players have quit on him, and that is why he soft pedals his postgame comments. he doesn’t want to give any further fodder to fire his ass. he is just trying to stay off the radar, and get thru another day. he knows he’s dead man walking, it’s just a matter of time, or as soon as the season ends he’s gone .

  223. btw, the Rangers have lost 8 in a row on the road. that is the worst for a Ranger team in— 43 years. so Renney defenders had better get their phony excuses ready

  224. Wake up you people. God couldn’t coach this team. We’re not just that good. Talent, size & passion lacking. Redden & Naslund, were to replace Jagr, Straka, Shanahan & Avery. How does that make sense. Last year Drury & Gomez were 2nd line players and less was expected of them. This year with Redden & Naslund turning into real busts, Drury & Gomez needed to step it up. Not happening. Redden needs to be traded before the trade deadline, even pay half his salary. Shanahan should have been re-signed. It’s possible Renney didn’t want him back. We need to re-tool in a hurry.

  225. Anyone else notice that Renney benched Reitz and Orr after taking penalties, but refuses to bench Gomez, Drury, Redden, and Rosival for blowing. Zherdev has pulled a houdini the last month. Explain this as well, Redden led all D Men with 25:21 of ice time, Drury and Blomez had just over 21:00, but Korpikoski had just 11:31 and Prucha with 14:22. This is insanity. I heard a rumor too last week, that if the Rangers had lost to the Isles, Messier was going to replace Renney, I am not making this up either.

  226. Redden can put up monster minutes as long as he has a partner that can make up for his mistakes *cough* Staal. I have been convinced that Renney and “the system” are the problem for three seasons… let’s think about some of our acquisitions and where they came from:

    Gomez – Devils – boring ass trap team – he’s done pretty well, points-wise, IMO

    Drury – Avs/Sabres – two VERY VERY offense first teams… the 06/07 Sabres were probably the most exciting team I’ve ever watched next to last year’s Wings.. Buffalo rolled 4 lines in 06/07 and just had an amazing transition game.. Drury was a net crasher and most of his 37 goals were ‘garbage goals’ but still… a goal is a goal.

    Kalinin – Sabres – came from a very very offensive system and now he’s forced into a defense-first system and has been awful until just recently.

    Zherdev – CBJ – pure offensive talent. He gave up on Hitchcock’s defense first system and is doing the same ‘no show’ bs for Renney… can’t blame him.

    Redden – Senators – pure offensive team (granted they only have one good line), but Redden had his best years with Chara.. that means Redden can add in his offensive spark if he’s paired with a guy like Bouwmeester…


  227. King Kong Korab on

    I can’t believe Sabres did not go after Gomez. he ruined their chances if Miller is out for any length of time. Lalime sucks.

    Rob Ray would have gone ballistic in the old days.

  228. clowns Gomez did not hurt miller intentionally.

    ruff always whines.

    brain surgeons what is Orr doing out there? Peters sat.. Orr cannot play the need all the able skaters they can get, if you have not noticed the rangers cannot score…

    bad effort, they just stink.

    reitz has come down to earth, taking a bad penalty each game.. kalinan is playing better but he stinks let’s be real.. this team plays like woosies on the road…

  229. there are so many negatives on this team
    from positioning, lack of forcheck, lack of hitting, bad shots, bad choices, no fire, no pinching by defense, a trap that does not work at all
    How could anyone say the coach is not at fault?

    I think we over react about some players, because of their huge contracts, but some of the players are not that bad. Just bad compared to their contract. Drury & Gomez are ok, but not and never were difference makers – its not their fault they are getting paid what they are its Sather’s!

    Redden is not that bad ( yet way overpaid ), just bad coaching has him playing tentative which leads to looking very bad in some situations

    Rozi makes some really bad decisions all over the ice.

    Gerardi has turned back into a minor leaguer

    Kallinin would be fine if he were allowed to pinch like he did in Buffalo

    Dubinsky is clueless without Jagr

    Dawes is small and never goes to the center of the ice except in defensive zone and is often out of postition

    Naslund is similar, but once in a while gets angry
    and shows signs of life

    Zerdrev has no one to pass to

    only ones that work hard are Pru and Calli

    Betts is good on PK but is useless creating offense

    I am getting sick

    Where is Jagr? Shanny and Avery???
    We need some real players

  230. Oh I forgot Staal
    he looks really bad lately – bad choices, out of position

    And Lundqvist, allows one or two bad goals a game
    does not come out & challenges the shooter ever
    and goes down way too much too soon

    Again, who is to blame for this mess?
    Sather first & Renny second

    Yes, Mara is fine only can not hit that net with his shot

    & sjostrom?
    I rather have Marcel Hossa – he was big and strong, could pass, shoot and hit –
    that’s what got him in Renny’s dog house

  231. Fire Sather AND Renney on

    Renney needs to go immediately, but until Sather resigns, everything else is band-aids over shotgun wounds…he is the dark cloud that will always hang over this organization

    Sather is the real cancer that has ruined this team…EVERY SINGLE THING that is negative about this franchise traces back to him…and even his “good” years got us what? 2 playoff series wins in 3 years? Sather owes every paycheck he’s “earned” since the lockout to Jagr and Lundqvist…a team with Glen Sather as its GM in 2009 will never win ANYTHING

    and with this roster + ridiculous contracts + Salary Cap hell, even when he’s gone, his horrible moves will affect this team for years to come

    I’ve noticed most NYR writers, in their articles, put this more on Sather than on Renney…but God forbid any of them ask to speak to him…Sather gets away with it only because the media makes it easy for him to get away with it…it took Dolan forever to fire Isiah, but that didn’t stop the Knicks writers from holding Isiah accountable 24/7/365

    what do Rangers fans get from the NYR media? “Well it is mostly Sather’s fault, and he’s been here for 9 years, but he’s not gonna talk to anyone, so why press the issue?”

    and whoever “scouted”/recommended Redden should be fired immediately, is there any NYR writer that can find out who in the organization (besides Pearn) actually thought 6 years/$39 million was a good idea?

  232. Leetch is the man on

    im just not watching this team anymore. i even watched them in 97-04. if Dolan doesnt care about this team, well the i dont. He needs to blow them up like he did with the Knicks, until then
    him and his mother.

  233. the rangers are so bad that i forgot a game was on tonight, and when i remembered, now, i went to see how bad they lost lol

  234. I see that another “night” is on sked for tonight’s game.

    Looks like Ranger management is going back to the old Roman
    philosophy of “Bread and Circus”. When the natives grow restless, distract them with Bread and Circus. IN Ranger’s case it’s scouring the hinterlands for elderly former Rangers greats and dragging them into the lime light for one last hurrah..
    It’s a shame that all of that hoopla doesn’t match their efforts at putting together a sound team ….and coaching staff.

  235. loneranger
    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:06 am
    Wake up you people. God couldn’t coach this team. We’re not just that good.

    Loneranger… we’re also not THIS bad!
    Losing to Atlanta and St. Louis and pretty much manhandled by Buffalo!

    The Rangers started the season 10-2-1! Thy’re gonna finish 2-10-1!!

    Fire RENNEY!!!

  236. Doodie Machetto on

    theflynn, I would agree if these retirements hadn’t been planned from the start of the season.

  237. I just got off hockey buzz there is a report that there could be something big going down in ranger land today.
    But then again is that guy ever right?????===NO,but there is a first time.
    We can only hope can’t we?

  238. At this point, other GMs are probably happy to unload more of their useless players on the Rangers, and in Sather’s desperate bid to deflect attention off himself, he’ll probably take some other team’s has-been. Tkachuk? Cole? Blech.
    He must go buy out Jagr’s Russian contract — Jagr is the only guy who can teach this team to play offense again. The NHL knows the Rangers need him back — make it happen.

  239. onecupin67years on

    Keep Tom for the year,then fire everybody , Sather too!

    You can’t keep sather if you want a winning franchise.. he had enough chances here.
    They need new leadership

  240. is hockey buzz ecklunds site?

    ever wonder why ecklund keeps his identity hidden?

    it’s not because he’s giving away NHL secret trade information

    It’s because I would personally find him and take the blunt edge of an ax to his fingers so he could never type again.

  241. jerkins perkins(mike in ia) on

    absolutely right salty. we have good players playing like shat. its because of the country club mentality at msg. money is all they care about. rangers will make the playoffs this year and just barely but that is enough for these guys. you notice how other teams have virtual unknowns playing for them and becoming great hockey players. we have guys that used to be great coming here to cash a check n go party. with the exception of jagr and few others, most players love comin here and you know why. if any player is serious about winning, they stay away.

  242. And who’s responsible for this mess? Sather. How hard is it to build a winning mentality? You need players who can handle the pressure. In the past 10 years, only Jagr proved he could thrive in NY.
    And who exactly are these great players being stifled by Renney? A bunch of 3rd and 4th liners that other teams knew they could live without just fine. Country club or not, Sather is responsible, although he ducks responsibility at every turn. An overrated, egomaniac CEO, who has employed an incompetent and invisible management team and whose decent reputation only exists because he got lucky with Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton and was saved by Jagr in NY.

  243. King Kong Korab on

    you are full of it, kc. Jagr did not mean squat. Henrik did. if weekes had been the goalie, they would have gone NOWHERE with Jagr only.

    and they could not do squat with jagr and henrik in ’07 until Avery arrived. they were floundering badly until he got there.

    if you can’t see the shitty coaching by renney, you are clueless.

    oh, and btw, your hero renney WANTED this roster. he wanted a team he could control and lord over. get real.

  244. Seems like every time the Rangers play Buffalo Lindy Ruff whines and cries over something. Shut up and coach – and what the hell kind of name is Lindy anyway?

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