It’s go time!

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Go time for me, anyway. I’m going home after three nights in Troy, N.Y. covering basketball. So this is going to have to serve as your game thread.

So the Rangers come up against a great opportunity today, all in their soft little hands. Beat the Bruins and jump right back over Atlanta and into the race. Lose and make the playoffs more of a pipe dream.

The Rangers are as close to eighth place as they are to 13th, as you know.

And though I’m sure a certain reader will be beside himself cursing Bostonians and believing that the vast NHL conspiracy is going to defeat the Rangers again … I’ll just say this:

The Bruins sure took care of that messy little Matt Cooke situation sooner and with more righteous fury than the Rangers did when their star got beat up in Philly, when their captain got concussed, when their captain had to fight Cooke, and when their goalie kept getting run over.

To me, that says a lot about a team.

See youse during the 12:30 game, Edzos!

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  1. LOL, Carp

    It says a lot about a team that they avenged a Matt Cooke situation and then lost 3-nil!!

    Don’t get me wrong, I wish our players would take care of business with opposing players and the referees, but such is life.

  2. Good game morning, heads!

    LMAO at deep political discussion at the end of last post. It’s only end of March. It’s going to be a long summer, I gather. And we will all enter the new health reform with severe preexisting condition:)

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    Chara didn’t fight Cooke; Thornton did. Chara fought Mike Rupp.

    But I get the point you were trying to make. Did you see the article about Cam Neely questioning their heart?

  4. bull dog line on

    doodie,
    I think Carp was referring to the fact that Drury had to fight Cooke, because nobody else stepped up.

  5. bull dog line on

    Obama took time from his, President “Obama Apologizes For America Tour”, so the health care must be important.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    They are so close to having a really good draft pick. Who could honestly want this LOUSY squad in the playoffs over a top 5 pick?

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    If the choice is between 8th and 9th or 10th, I’ll take 8th. But 8th or 13th? 13th.

  8. bull dog line on

    doodie,
    just a guess, but I think no playoffs, means, new GM, and new Coach. I know that everybody wants the former, but the latter worries me.

  9. Not suggesting all is well with the Rangers, but to be fair, they did play one of their better and most physical games in the rematch with the Flyers, despite not getting involved in the Carcillo sideshow, and came away with two points.

    While the Bruins, by all accounts, threw up a complete brick against Pittsburgh, even if the score with Matt Cooke was supposedly settled.

    I know which option I prefer.

  10. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers win today, become Flyer fans for the rest of the day, then when the day ends the Bruins/Rangers/Thrashers are in a three horse race (trotters not thoroughbreds) for the 8th and final playoff spot.

    Of course true blue fans want this to happen. Of course us fans whose moods are defined by the wins and losses of the Rangers want to make the playoffs and think anything can happen in the second season.

    Lets Go Rangers !

  11. aaron portzline is reporting that filatov is more than likely done in columbus and could be moved at the draft.

    go get him slats.

  12. “The bet here is that Filatov will never again wear a Blue Jackets sweater, that he’ll be traded at the NHL entry draft in June or later in the summer.”

    “At this point, Howson would probably be willing to trade Filatov – still regarded by many as a potential superstar – for a proven, reliable NHL player. Given how the relationship has turned, that might make sense.”

    — portzline

  13. I know Filatov is more highly regarded, but did we not go through the same scenario with the Zherdev/Tyutin deal already?

  14. billybleedsblue on

    (AP) article in today’s Journal News says that,

    “Not only are new guidelines for penalties coming, they are coming soon. DVD’s have been sent out explaining the parameters of what will and won’t be legal. Supplemental discipline could potentially be meted out for hits to the head before next season.”

    Before next season meaning, before the playoffs?

    Will this open up the ice to the less-skilled players, enabling them to get away with skating with their heads down?

    Also, I know we’ve looked at it a bunch of times, but Colin Campbell really messed up on not suspending Cooke for the hit on Savard. You clearly see that Cooke is on a course of interception with Savard’s head. If that isn’t intent to injure, I don’t know what is.

    Oh and, Let’s go Rangers! I’m also of the opinion that if the Rangers win today, which they aren’t, they will only make the inevitable even more painful for us all…

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    I wish they would start losing already. Do you know that they can realistically finish the season with a chance at a top 3 pick?

  16. The White Plains Batman on

    The Filatov situation is intriguing for a number of reasons. If the Rangers are to tank and get a top 8-9 pick how CBJ does will effect everything; there is NO way they try and go for either Kabanov or Taresenko after bad experiences with Zherdev and Filatov so there is a chance they pick Neidereiter ahead of either.

    That means that the Rangers would have the KHL situation to Taresenko and potential attitude issues with Kabanov to deal with.

    Just for fun: Would you all trade for Filatov? If Columbus wanted let’s say; Dubi and this year’s second, do you do it?

  17. leetchhalloffame on

    The pacifists from NY will lose yet again today. This lousy, gutless and passionless hockey will continue until they FIRE SATHER.

  18. if the Rangers lose today we might as well just tank the remaining games and get into the top 5 in the draft…

    I mean 7 points away from Tyler Seguin is very doable…

  19. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Crack of Noon! Fire Sather!

    Structure. Consistency. Today’s one word Mantra is Passion! AS in Atlanta is passion us by…

  20. The White Plains Batman on

    No way the Rangers finish as bad as the Oilers or Bruins with Leafs pick this year. I’ll be happy with a confident scorer in Neidereiter/Kabanov or a big body bruiser like a Gudranson.

  21. wicky (Stick checkers R Us!!!!) on

    we have a president…I thought we were still part of the Commonwealth!?!?!?

  22. hes a defenseman from anchorage alaska
    hes 6 ft 3 inches
    210lbs+

    in victoria he scored 56 pts in 54 games
    hes big
    physical
    and can skate

    hell replace heikkinen im sure

  23. wicky (Stick checkers R Us!!!!) on

    this came across twitter, thought you guys might fimd it interesting (this guy deserves better)

    thenyrangers
    Man of the people: Aaron Voros high-fives #Rangers fans and hands over stick and puck on way to #NYR dressing room after warmups

  24. Morning… Morning? It’s half past crack of noon here, Wicky. Just ask Izzy. I’ll be driving back home, so no spoilers…. But I’m ready for some EDZO fireworks!

  25. heres another interesting link before i vanish for most of the day.

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/blog/_/name/lebrun_pierre/id/5014264/head-shots-rule-fast-track

    On the Team Canada side of things, Mark Messier, the GM of the worlds team, has had several discussions with Wayne Gretzky, although it’s not clear in what capacity, whether it would be as part of the coaching staff or in an advisory capacity. Former Oilers coach Craig MacTavish is believed to be the choice as head coach.

  26. well not the Oilers obviously but Hall is going there…Seguin at 2 would be nice although the Bruins would probably want a d-man no?

    either way catching the Leafs probably is a stretch but catching the Florida Panthers at 67 points is very possible and either Seguin or Fowler would be fantastic there.

  27. Not sure if I’m looking forward to this game…guess we’ll see what happens..be back later…

  28. czechthemout!!! on

    It is really refreshing to see how a team should stick up for one another. Too bad it’s not thge Rangers that show it.

  29. Definitely rooting against the Rangers from here out. They have a decent shot for a good draft pick to be wasted by Sather.

    I can’t see them beating the Capitals in one game if they make it to the first round.

  30. What an idiot. It’s good to see a good New York/Boston MELEE when the Bostonians are getting their heads ripped off.

  31. Doc and Pierre sick human beings.

    He reflexed a pass.

    Pierre: Milan Lucic is one angry hombre.

    Why not call Zdeno Chara what he is? (a murderer)

  32. Given the circumstances, Lucic did not need that from Avery….says Doc

    One point of hockey is to hit within the rules. So Avery is well within his right to hit the guy.

  33. rosival is so stupid that he blew a brief 2 man advantage by icing the puck

    the boos he gets at msg are more than well deserved

  34. Look at that scumbag Tim Thomas on the bench. I hope he rots on their bench for the remaining 3 years of his contract.

  35. Oh no, poor Marc Savard. He had it coming. Whine whine whine Pierre.

    Marc Savard did so much to help their scoring, the worst scoring in the league.

  36. That’s great!

    Comparing a concussion to 3000 innocent people dying.

    You are a SCUMBAG Olga.

  37. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lest show Boston , who the boss!!! " … says Greg L. on

    We can beat these useless Bruins. Time to pound ’em to the ground.

  38. The White Plains Batman on

    oleosmurf-The consensus now is that Seguin has passed Hall according to the ISS. So Hall COULD still be a Ranger. I don’t know, maybe it’s that he’s shrimpy, maybe because he wasn’t a difference maker at the WJC, but I’m just more excited about the DMen, the Russians, and the Swiss kid in this draft.

  39. Olga Folkyerself on

    Olga Folkyerself CR. That’s just how YOU sound with your Boston bullcrap.

  40. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being, Olga.

    My Boston bullcrap does not involve happiness over death or wishing of death.

  41. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, you’re still an azzwipe for saying Savard deserved it. I’m only happy and wishing you dropped dead.

  42. Savard had and deserved a clean hit by Matt Cooke coming.

    I did not say he deserved a concussion. And so what if I did, you expressed happiness at 3000 people dying, of which I am sure Boston inhabitants passed that day as well. But you won’t see me being happy about that.

    I hope you can stop being a righteous jerk, and I certainly do not wish you dropped dead.

    I guess that’s because I’m just a better man than you could ever be.

  43. Olga Folkyerself on

    CR- Push that little red button at the side of your bed. When the nurse arrives, tell her to up your medication.

  44. Olga Folkyerself on

    Curtis, are you one of the other little voices in CR’s head? You know he’s not the brightest light in Boston Harbor…

  45. The bruins can pull their goalie on this double minor and our PP still wouldn’t score!

  46. Olga Folkyerself on

    Rangers don’t have to throw the game, just play normally and let nature take its course…

  47. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lest show Boston , who the boss!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not a penalty shot!!!!

  48. This team will never succeed with such a shite PP.

    Nice moves Artem.

    Tank the season. Please.

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lest show Boston , who the boss!!! " … says Greg L. on

    BTW that was no way a PS.

  50. tank the season, but if we have alot of these same players back next year, and i mean top players, it’ll be the same thing. none of these guys have done anything to give us hope for next season.

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lest show Boston , who the boss!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Yo Chris , the Boston fans are over there >>>>>>>>>> ya mays well go join ’em.

  52. This sick loser Pierre is sucking the Bruins…board play…

    rather than insulting our porous defense.

    last time I checked, you did not have to something on purpose to get a penalty, pierre.

    That’s the first body check Satan has thrown in his career…Listen to this sick swine Pierre.

  53. gaborik is supposed to be a “gamechanger”…what happened?

    i f’ing hate nbc. emerick is fine by olcyk and mcguire are just awful.

  54. Rob

    They are all just Boston stinksniffers.

    According to the sick Pierre, Satan has never thrown a body check before, which is a joke by itself, but then should not be called for a penalty because it was an accident.

  55. man o man what a bad 2 periods…20 more minutes to get our season back- let’s poke one in.

  56. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lest show Boston , who the boss!!! " … says Greg L. on

    EXACTLY MIKE , Ya cant tank now cuz TANKING THE SEASON is a 5 year plan. Ya cant tank one or two years and expect to be rebuilt like Pitts or Chicago. Tanking means BYE BYE Hank and bye bye Gaborik. Tanking means NO playoffs for another 5 years and NO BIG STARS. People around here hate losing but if ya wanna tank , ya have to trade Hank. Think about it. Anyone who wants to tank , better have a 5 year plan in the works with hank being on the block.

  57. well its very hard to praise the Rangers when they play like shit besides talk about Lundqvist…whats are they supposed to say how amazing Dubinsky is???

  58. selfish jokinen. nothing new there.

    sather is a freakin joke. get a new GM with a clue.

    dump the vets. then just rebuild with kids, let them develop. get high draft picks, and wait for a couple of seasons while building a team

  59. OMG Pierre just said we have some good young players coming, and Milbury is actually advocating us benching Rozi and Redden, which would help our salary cap and team situation.

    Im stunned.

  60. The White Plains Batman on

    Real nice of Millbury to makes those comments about the Rangers future. I’d pay NBC if they let me do a Powerpoint of his ‘building” of a team.

    Boring game. Hopefully Cally is ok.

    Let’s get this over with so I can go work out :)P

  61. Staal and Roszival on the same side for the goal, Satan could have had a damn sandwich and then scored. Why is this team so bad at fundamentals?

    And CR can it already, there is no Boston conspiracy except in your head. We’ve gotten more than a fair shake today.

  62. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    When your Tanking the season , YOU CANT HAVE an elite goalie “stealing games” . I wanna make the playoffs and keep Hank and Gaborik BUT if tanking is the thing we are doing here…Ya better be willing to trade away our top 2 assets at the draft to move up and aquire some “real”talent.

  63. GREG

    What aboot the Flyers? They tanked one year and picked up a pretty good kid, VanRiemslesbian, and they were back at it the next year, and the next year, and might make it this year.

    They’re really only a solid goalie out of a potential Cup run.

    Tank now!! We can easily get a top 3 pick. I think the Oilers and Cats got the first and second pick locked up, respectively.

    Go Leafs, Go Isles, Go Lightning, Go Thrashers, Go Jackets!! Don’t Go Rangers.

  64. Shoryuken

    Who said anything about a conspiracy? Somebody is comparing me happy about a clean hit put on Savard to 3000 people dying. If you cannot see the difference, then I cannot help you.

    We have gotten treated very fairly by the referees today, except for the penalty shot, but it did not cost us anyways.

  65. Olga Folkyerself on

    CR- if you put a finger in one ear, it will stop that annoying draft whistling through your head…

  66. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Yeah but Orr , a “real” tanking is what New York has NEVER had. Philthy Philly got Lucky. Didnt they ..yes they did. This is the Rangers here ,we could never tank one year and be ALL BETTER? That is dilutional. Flyers got Lindros over us that year and had a team built around him. We always get the shaft Orr. Tanking right now is useless and a waist. Why? cuz we stil have an Elite goalie trying to win the games. How do ya tank when you tried so hard til now? Its too late to tank. Tanking is a season starting thing.

  67. as atlanta has shown, you can get rid of bigshots and not drop off

    I would trade gaborik in a minute for a decent young center and dman. he is not a winner, has not done it in Minny, and certainly did not shine here when the going got tough. instead he fell off when it became crunch time and they will miss the playoffs with him, so why have him?

  68. you guys need to stop whining about announcers favoring other teams.

    The Rangers dont get praised b/c they arent any good. Whenever we play on NBC or Versus it is against Philly, Pit, Was, NJ or Bos.

    All of which are much better than us, outplay us and beat us 90% of the time.

    That is why the announcers praise them and not us

  69. At leAst after this pathetic loss we won’t have to get our hopes up only to be let down and crushed anymore. Miserable and pathetic!

  70. Not sure why anyone is congratulating the Bruins for sticking up for a teammate. In Boston, the Bruins were roundly criticized for a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh, and Cam Neely talked to the media about how disappointed he was by their lack of passion. The Bruins are facing the same complaints from their fans as the Rangers.

  71. Chara should be given five game suspension for the collision that injured Dirty Harry.

  72. oleosmirf

    Save it! During Jaromir’s 54 goal season, all they did was praise the opponents. We had the best player in the league, and NBC had nothing to praise about him.

    Since when is Sobotka a fun player to watch?

  73. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Tanking now is the most stuipest thing to do , its too late to get anything close to a top 5 pick. This is a playoff team ( believe it or not) not a tanking team.

    A tanking team would nt have a 7 million buck PK specialist and a #1 olympic goalie on it . This team is built for defense (kinda) and its not built to be a bottom feeder.

  74. GREG

    That’s exactly what they need. They have Hank. Tank one year, maybe two, trade/waive/buy out the big contracts, and put forth a competitive team like the Thrashers.

    It can happen. Look at the Yotes. They’re almost 1st place, and there’s no real superstar on that team. Just a team full of guys who are willing to compete.

    We need that! This team has a lingering poison. I’m almost convinced that we’re truly cursed.

  75. kc

    Because idiot New York fans would rather praise a Boston team for their “heart” and “courage” and “greatness” than their own teams.

  76. Greg, clean out your eyes this team is miles away from a playoff team, destined to do anything in the playoffs.
    I’ll pass on this “playoff team”, that would be destined for a 1st round exit…

  77. I didn’t think we would win this game, but to not even score a goal? Just absolutely pathetic! Can’t score on a 5 on 3 the other night, can’t score on a 4 minute PP today. Garbage and unacceptable!

  78. Olga Folkyerself on

    I agree Staal- Tanking would only work if it gets Sather fired. But it won’t. If the Rangers miss the playoffs, Sather will put Messier in a lame-duck GM job. Instead of fans getting after Sather there will be a big Messier lovefest, headed by CR…

  79. I agree Olga, but Messier in my book gets a clean slate.
    I’d be more excited with him as a fledgling GM than getting the same old crap from Sather

  80. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’d take Messier over the present situation. Trouble is, Sather will still be pulling the strings. He’s GOT to go…

  81. Canes went from 25 pts out of a playoff spot to within 6 with their cup goalie injured and they dumped a bunch of guys too.

    it is more about will than skill, and the Rangers don’t have the will, they have too many veteran check-cashers instead of check-throwers

  82. czechthemout!!! on

    Guys, this team should not make the playoffs. They don’t have the horses for it. They have three terrible dmen. two of which get paid $12,000,000 BETWEEN THEM!!! They don’t have a number one or number two center yet. They have zero scoring beyond Gabby and to a lesser extent Cally. They have without a doubt the worst GM in the league over the last 15 or so years. Thus, this team needs to be gutted and rebuilt with a combo of vets like Gabby,LQ,Avery,Cally and Dubi, Staal and kids like MDZ Stapan,Kreider,McDonough and Werek.

  83. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Tanking now wont make next year better , we need guys like Stepan ,Kreider,Grachev,dubinsky,AA,delzotto,this years pick, another pick or two for Hank, Another pick for Gaborik, and in 5 years we will be as good,if not better then Chicago. Its a 5 year plan Orr . This year wont to Jack Shit.

  84. stop force feeding gaborik…ugh this is like jagr all over again..cover 1 man all game and you win.

  85. oh well, we were due for a loss against the Bruins.

    We’ve dominated them for quite some time now.

    Now it’s time to tank and hope the Leafs do not end up with a top 3 pick, as the Bruins get their pick.

  86. Hank has to speak out about the future of this team and the need for real talent, not another batch of mediocre money eaters. He’s the only one with any real leverage or legitimacy.

  87. czechthemout!!! on

    JBytes-

    Neither of those teams will win the cup because they don’t have the gods in goal.

  88. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Our young guys need 5 years Orr , Anyone we get wont be ready for a few years. Tank respectivly the next 3 years and we get young and the young guys now will be older and wiser ( dubinsky,Staal and delzotto) Having Hank and Gaborik and a bunch of kids wont do anything . Didnt work this year and it wont work next year. Time to tank , you say?…Time to “really” tank and give up on our team for at least 5 years but then this blog will be a mortuary.

  89. >>I want Chicago to beat Washington in the finals.

    Olga, that wouldn’t be much fun. You’re forgetting the Hossa factor.

  90. greg- i dont think you need 5 years to get a good team. u need to develop the players you have into the best they can possibly be. did anyone think a 3rd rounder like cally would ever be playing a much more significant role on a team than 1st rounders boyle,jessiman,and last year sjostrom,etc… its the management of these kids that counts alot. most players mature at different rates. you cannot go into a draft unless its a sure thing like ovie or crosby. look at most of our roster players worth a damn. most 2nd and 3rd rounders. and AA looks like hes earned himself a nice 4th line job for next season

  91. Olga Folkyerself on

    JBytes- yeah,and Chicago has injuries and suspect Goaltending. But that’s what I’d like to see…

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Do or die time!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Trading Hank , we have ZERO to lose. NOTHING to lose. He was a low low draft pick. He in 2 – 3 years will be burnt out and useless ,worthless and playing the KHL. Trade this guy to trade up. Chicago has no “lunqvist” and neither does Boston. Time to trade this chump for some real forwards and start winning some games around here.

  93. GREG

    You act as if we’re forced to tank for 5 years. You don’t know what the future holds, anything can happen. Flyers fans thought they were screwed for the next couple of years, but they were in the Conference finals the year after. 29th-30th place to Conference Finals, and the span of a year.

    Anything can happen. I’m not expecting the draft pick to turn into a Superstar, and same with Kreider, Stepan, Grachev, etc. I’m all for a 2-3 year tanking.

    Damn Del Z! Should have passed, like you usually do.

  94. czechthemout!!! on

    Greg L.–

    Not all rebuilds are created equal. You could be right,it might take five years or it might take two. Either way, I will still be checking out Carp’s Blog as I have since it was Sam’s blog. It will still be intersting debating with guys about which prospect is or is not good.

    Oh and MDZ IS REALLY GOOD!!

  95. hahahahaha you are all losers…just like your pathetic organization..your pathetic players..your beyond pathetic coach and general manager…and your joke of an owner…Enjoy losers!!!
    Why don’t you guys finally start rooting for the Devils. You know..the always sucessfull…always competive..always has a chance to win the cup…greatly run organiztion..but you guys wont root for them because they do not have enough fans and you!!
    rangers scored…but they wont win…this is always what happens..they give you a little hope and then CRUSH your little hearts.

  96. Olga Folkyerself on

    Carp- when you are catching up on your reading, there is an imposter. At 2:59, and the second post at 2:56.

    Ban them please.

  97. can't disagree on

    with a local fan. i would not want too many on this site next to me in a foxhole

  98. quitter rosival. the body language says it all

    a one man tanking operation. he’s all you need to tank games

  99. Blame this loss and Dubi. haha now all you guys will look to change over your entire roster AGAIN….is that the ranger way? just try a whole new team every year…i mean if a GM feels really good about a team and thinks he did a good job building it what does that say that he changes it so drasticcly every year…or even during every year???

  100. I read all you guys that need a top 3 pick and feel that is the only way to build a winning team. How do the devils constantly do it without drafting in the top 20 ever? Its called scouting and managing. Parise at 17…zajac at 23 or something.

  101. i hate the nbc guys like everyone else but they made a good point today in saying if we didnt win it was time to sit rozi, redden, and olli and see what type of young players we have for the future. we have proven not to be good enough so let kids play and learn when the games dont matter.

  102. haha, so true local fan.

    i feel like the rangers ALWAYS score with a bit left to raise our hopes but then they never pull it off.

  103. Well at least now we can start looking at the positives of not getting embarrassed in the first round…

  104. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Ranger lost a must win game again.

    Booooooooooooo!!!!!

  105. The White Plains Batman on

    ZZZ and others-We’re lucky Larry Bertuzzi “screwed” us with the Lindros decision. If Lindros gets traded to the Rangers they never win a Cup with what they would have given up and his injury problems.

    Look at the Avs, they were miserable last year and having a great year. This Neiderrieter kid is physically ready to play now. Grab him if possible, sign one or two good FAs, dump some fat, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers have a rebound year.

  106. Haha I love local fan…I love sitting here thinking about how much time they are wasting telling us about our team and things “we don’t know” Cracks me up!

  107. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Yo Seth , I like your attitude. Puts everything into perspective.

    Sell Hank so we dont have to watch him give up soft goals in 75 games next year!!!

  108. the rangers have lost every must win game. the other day against montreal they proved they couldnt keep up with there speed. they need to sit a lot of guys. its bad when avery has been your best offensive player of late

  109. local fan- greta for u!! u got rid of some nice prospects for a guy who wont be back next year, while your uncle daddy in law gets another year older and fatter. i dont acre if the rangers dont make the playoffs the next 2 years. theres nothing on this earth that would make me root for the swamprats. somebody please(cr9)find this guy ina n alley and “take care of him”

  110. He’s only a devils fan. There’s nothing wrong with a Dev’s fan.

    I bet a local fan would rather see the Rangers win the Cup than the Bruins.

    While an idiot like Olga would probably root for the Bruins over the Devils.

  111. haha ok buddy..you live in IOWA..nough said.
    Getting Kovalchuck was the move of the year. Lets see how it pans out. We gave up crap to get him. That was a genious move my friend. And we got rid of Oduya’s contract…3.5 million per was good when we signed up but he was having a crap year!!!

  112. I hope they lose every game remaining. the more embarrassing it gets, the better. that will force change, and it will force real changes to the useless, gutless overpaid vet core of the team

  113. seriously in this order

    fu— torts, fu drury, local fan fu– too

    ok all better now, thats my therapy for another fabulous day in rangerland…in all seriousness redden and roszival look like 1st ballot hall of famers next to drury, i condsider myself a relatively knowledgeable hockey fan watching the rangers religiously for the last 20 years….rewatch the tape again today and see capt clutch on the ice HE IS HORRIFIC he does nothing wel, if brian burke likes this guy ill pay for capts ticket, ill ship his belongings free of charge, ill do whatever to get drury outta here, this guy makes poti, malik, holik, lindros, osolinsh look like their banners should be raised to the rafters….SIT DRURY DOWN, SECTION 309s chant for wednesday night! thank you all and have a wonderful end to a wonderful weekend

    TORTS SIT DRURY AGAINST THE ISLES AND DEVILS…..

  114. George Steinbrenner partly owns the Devils, so I cannot be too upset at their fans, and if the win.

    A Local Fan, would you root for the Rangers over the Bruins?

  115. dont u see its local smell impostering olga? please, give local a fecal facial fan a cr9 special!! ya know, just think about jaromir getting beat up by chara!!! it will give you the motivation to give him a fecal facial

  116. no he didnt cr9. he aid, youre no better for wishing harm on savard than the boston fans who heckled you on 9/11. he didnt say anything about being happy about 9/11. and if he did im sure it was an imposter, but i joined the pary late, so unless he said anything before that post, idk.

  117. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    In 5 years , we will have a mature Dubinsky,Staal,delzotto,Johnsson and AA. With Grachev,Kreider,Stepan,Dough,wernk ALL playing in the NHL.
    This team WONT have Hank (washed up)and Gaborik ( old and brittle )These guys are piece to trade so our young guys have players to play with when its time. Im not talking about Phoenix or Philthy Philly cuz its NY here and we never make things easy on ourselves.

    Ive watched every game but one ( blacked out) this year and Hank has dropped the ball many times and Im convinced he will let in “weak” goals from now till he retires. Goalies build thier legacy at the start of thier carreers and Hanks legacy is a Goalie who plays too far in his net and has an awfull glove hand. He overplays pucks like a robot. He has gotton worse over the last few years and it looks like hes losing his confidence. HANK IS STILL A GOOD GOALIE. Trade him before it too late…thats the real issue here. Missing the playoffs wont do a dam thing.

  118. LOL Grabby.

    Zdeno is too big of a loser to hurt Jaromir.

    *Jaromir makes love, not war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

  119. The White Plains Batman on

    Henrik’s tired. Guy’s played too much. They should really just send Gaborik and Henrik home. They’re gonna be needed as early as next April or April 12.

    With Cally maybe out and the RnR twins looking like Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dumb maybe we’ll get to see a Dale Weise and Bboby Sangs cameo?

  120. Grabby

    I perceived that comment differently. But looking at your interpretation (which might be right), all I said was Savard had a clean hit coming. And since when is a hit or a concussion similar to the tragic loss of 3000 people.

  121. seth- nobody has been playing good lately. in fact, drury has been more consistent since the olympics than any other player besides cally,hank and dz. gabby,prospal,the 2 R’s,girardi retardi,stalsy no ballsy, boobinsky,christ,the 4th line,and especially joke-inen have all been worse. but he is teh captain. he is a major letdown in that respect. and he doesnt score either. his pk skills have been bad lately too. but he doesnt give up the puck nearly as much as gabby,avery,the whole defense. he doesnt take stupid penalties like joke-inen. but im tellin ya, you take the c off him, he would be much better. hes not captain material and leading this mess anywhere would be a challenge for the ages

  122. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Olga nad Cr9 , fight away!!! It makes me happier for some sick reason.

  123. Ollie Jokenin played like an idiot. Gaborick played like it was his first game ever. Hank, well what can you say? He let in an easy one, but the team was doing nothing anyway. Prospel was useless. The D ran around chasing the puck most of the game. The Bruins came off a couple of bad games, and they played this one like they were in a playoff race. I guess they were in a playoff race, someone should have told the Rangers. Was Gaborick on drugs? I don’t remember seeing him being so totally out of the play. This team does not have the guts it take to even get near the playoffs, they have proven that time and time again.

  124. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    I dont understand why Torts Never stripped the “c” from Drury? …maybe there is none who could replace him. Not Hank the tank or Gaborik . Not Cally ,nor Dubi. This team has no Captain since Jagr left. I miss Messier!!! Leadership and accountability is missing here.

  125. idk cr. i think it gets tiring to listen about the boston conspiracies though. im sure you saw we had numerous pp’s and it was a fair game. idk about his intentions with that comment. but it didnt sem like he meant it as him being happy at all about 9/11. just comparing your statement with the boston fans.

  126. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Im worried , what if Gaborik doesn’t have the start he did this year , next year. What if Hank keeps letting in soft goals and plays 75 games again?

  127. Although, Dan Girardi got boarded on what could have and should have been a 5 minute major and possible suspension, and there was no call.

  128. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Cr9 , pritty shitty some days . Been on edge lately. Probally looking to blow up on someone but wont take it out on anyone on here. Even local fan . His team dumped youth for a lazy Kovalchuk and they still have that satanic logo. Kinda sad.

    Thanks for asking.

  129. greg- gabby is still hurt. i have no doubt hes playing through a re-injuring of his hip/groin, or even maybe his knee, but you cant argue that with teh state of teh team, they rushed him back early. and hes just trying to get through teh games. im sure he and torts are at odds and i dont think this will affect him next season at all. only thing im worried about, is him not lasting even through next season. im actually expecting an early retiremnt from him. hes just not capable of playing in teh nhl. hed bve fine playin in teh khl or other euro league hwhere theres more room on teh ice and less physicality.

  130. Hockeymon that’s because every time he gives up a goal he sucks and we need to trade him because no other goalie gives up soft goals ever.

    Anyone with working eyesight can see we’d be cruising towards the #1 pick without him.

  131. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Mike , I feel that way about Hank as well . These Euros arnt solid like Ovechkin and….umm ….yeah.

    Probally trading Gaborik too is a smart thing to do…I dunoo. I like Gaborik alot . I just dont see this team winning if we have drury as Captain ,Torts as coach ,Hank in goal and the young defense running the D.

  132. This loss was not Hanks fault for sure, but the Hanks tired excuse does not fly. If hanks tired he should not be playing period. The Rangers have a back up that can hold his own. Tired? Take a look at the fat man who playes pretty much every game for the devils, he should be tired to, but he still playes well. Is he in better shape than Hank? I think not.

  133. hank let in bad goals the last 2 games. of course the last game was on him, but not this one. he stopped very good shots and withstood some tricky ones with lots of traffic in front. we still cannot expect to win if not scoring. its true, he has to steal 1 for us sometimes and he hasnt in awhile, but hes been playing very solid lately. with some offense and some determined players, we dont even talk about hank at all. so its just nitpicking talking about hank givin up a softie

  134. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Exactly Shroy .We would be going for the #1pick with out him. Why keep him if all were gonna do is wanna tank at the end of the year? Why cant we be smart and prepare building this team from the forwards out ? Defense is really young and it has hurt us this year BUT they are learning and will be better. Why make Hank suffer through a teen-ager built defense? Goalies are expendable because if your team is playing proper hockey then your goalie wont get any work. So why need Hank? Just to keep us in the middle of the losers? Bahhhhhh!!

  135. Trading Hank is not the answer, the guy can play a pretty solid game, most of the time. Half the goals that go in on him are off his own players. This team is better than they have been playing. I wonder how Torts and the players get along. Something tells me that when he’s gone, the few players that are left won’t miss him.

  136. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " It aint over till its over!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Hockeymon ,trading him is the answer …ask Chicago fans how miserble they are with no top goalie. Many fans state that we need to Fire sather,trade Torts,Dump R & R, and dump Drury. Why have this goalie on the team ruining our chance at a top 3 pick? If this team has as much baggage and problems as people think ..then Having an Elite goalie at this time is LUTICRIS. ( I know its spelt wrong , google it)

    Orr , you keep smiling cuz I aint heard no Fat lady sing.

  137. The White Plains Batman on

    It’s not a weak draft at all this year. Very strong on paper. You can never tell how a draft truly is until 5 years later anyways.

    Next year the schedule is a little wider and they better keep Auld and let him play more.

  138. the lunatics out and posting.

    the world is coming to the end blah blah blah.

    ladies they were not beating the caps and bottom line they are not that good.

    they need 1 stud scorer and 1 tough d man, let the young guys develop and go from there… they have lost tons of tight games, they simply cannot score and the PP stinks…

    do not sign jokinen, prospal, shelly etc.. sign the young guys who will continue to improve, try to sign kovalchuk and go from there……………there rebuild is not a total redo, just make some changes and they need 1 more stud scorer…

  139. In case anyone was not of the mind that this Ranger team is the lousiest passing bunch in the entire NHL they sure proved it today. Not a single pass was accepted cleanly without bouncing off some one’s stick. Such basic stuff…a good high school team passes better then they do. And the giveaways..
    ..they should give lessons on giveaways…they are that adept at them.The Bruins may have performed an in advertant act of mercy by showing them up this game. They really don’t belong in the playoffs…too embarrassing to watch them make fools of themselves any longer.

  140. Hey guys, first of all, I understand your anger. But I do not want to see any more cursing or any more FU** stuff. OK. I will not ask again. I will ban.

    Second, that’s not Local Fan. It’s an imposter. Local Fan was banned. And imposters will be banned (a few were yesterday and more will be today).

    CR, I’m asking you to drop that 9/11 stuff. You’re right, it should not have been brought up. Please drop it.

  141. Seth (THE REAL ONE) on

    Gravachev in IA-

    you know i love you dude but im sick of this propoganda with regards to drury….i dont want to hear that he is playing well he is horrific….he cannot handle a pass he can barely skate, the oppostiion goes around him easily every shift he is out there….he is weak on the puck….its just sickening……im picking on him because he does not get picked on enough IMO, its always R & R and somehow sometimes on this site mdz and gilroy-like these two have to blame for this debacle?? it starts with the captain, he has to sit a game im sorry, sit him down WED night

  142. wicky (Stick checkers R Us!!!!) on

    If we lose more than 2 more games, we are certainly done, until then, we still have a shot LGR!!!!!!

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