Belated post-game notes


From the Rangers:

April 11, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Philadelphia Flyers 2 SO (Game #82, Road #41)
· The Blueshirts were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in a shootout today at the Wachovia Center, to close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule.  It was the Rangers’ seventh shootout of the season (3-4).
· The Rangers finished the season with a record of 38-33-11 (87 pts.) overall, including a 20-16-5 (45 pts.) mark on the road, to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.
· New York posted a 7-1-2 (16 pts.) record over the last 10 games of the season, dating back to a 5-0 win vs. the Islanders on Mar. 24, to come within one point of their fifth consecutive playoff berth.  It is the second time this season the Rangers registered 16 points in a 10-game stretch, having posted a 7-1-2 record from Dec. 17 at the NY Islanders to Jan. 6 vs. Dallas.
· Henrik Lundqvist stopped 46 of 47 shots through regulation and overtime, and turned aside one of three shootout attempts, to finish the season with a record of 35-27-10, including an 18-11-4 mark on the road.  He posted a 7-1-2 record in the last 10 games, registering a 2.18 goals against average with a .930 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.  Lundqvist’s 46 saves marked his fourth game this season with 40-or-more saves, which is a career-high.
· Jody Shelley notched the game’s opening goal at 3:27 of the first period, and finished the contest with four hits and a team-high four shots on goal in a season-high 13:58 of icetime.  Shelley notched a goal in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, having tallied a goal on Friday vs. Philadelphia at MSG, and has now recorded five points (two goals and three assists) in the last eight games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
· Defenseman Michal Rozsival tallied the primary assist on Shelley’s first period goal and logged 26:54 of icetime.  Rozsival registered two assists in the final three games to finish second among team defensemen with 20 assists on the season.
· Artem Anisimov recorded one assist in 18:01 of icetime to finish the season riding a four-game assist streak (four assists), and registered five assists in the last six games.
· P.A. Parenteau converted his shootout attempt in the second round of the shootout, improving to three-for-three in the shootout for his career.
· Marc Staal skated in a team-high 29:16 of icetime and finished with three hits in the contest.  The third-year player led the Rangers in average icetime this season, logging a career-high 23:07 of icetime per game.
· On Mar. 25 at New Jersey, Lundqvist registered 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped all three shots faced in the shootout, to post his 30th  win of the season.  Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to post 30-or-more wins in each of his first five seasons, and is the first Rangers goaltender in team history to post five straight 30-win seasons.  He recorded his 150th career regular season win with a 29-save shutout on Nov. 1 against Boston, becoming the fastest goalie to 150 wins (279 games) in franchise history, reaching the mark 16 games ahead of Mike Richter (295 games).  Lundqvist also established career-highs in saves and shots faced, stopping 50 of 55 shots on Mar. 4 vs. Pittsburgh.
· In his first year as a Ranger, Marian Gaborik led the team with 42 goals and 44 assists for 86 points, along with a plus-15 rating and 14 power play goals.  Gaborik established career-highs in assists, points and power play goals, and tied his career-high in goals.  He began the season with an eight-game point streak, tying the franchise record for longest point streak to begin the season by a new Ranger, set by Dave Creighton in 1955-56.  Gaborik’s 42 goals tied Phil Esposito’s mark during the 1978-79 season for 11th on the Rangers’ all-time single season goals list.

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  1. Gaborik acquired, hardly any injuries during season, highest payroll cap allows and no playoffs. You’re better off rooting for the Islanders next season. That game was lopsided, Philly should’ve won 4-1.

  2. I don’t care what the stats are, you have to have Gaborik in the top 3 in a shootout in an elimination game. You go with the 42-goal scorer not the 15-goal scorer.

    The fact that Torts refused to give a reason proves what a jerk he is. He could have even said a something generic like he thought Jokinen gave them the best chance…yadda, yadda, yadda… but when asked all he says is “No.”

    That ought to endear him to the Rangers fans. I don’t care how good of a coach he is (and I’m not debating that here), but public relations is part of the job. If he can’t handle it then maybe he should do something else.

  3. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    It hurts.
    Painful season with a bad ending.

    Time for baseball, golf, and lets all root for the Chicago Blackhawks….1961 ? 49 years ?

  4. Rangers did not deserve to win game or get in playoffs –
    No secondary scoring or threats –
    There should be room next season for another top line forward, which one he becomes – Drury or Gaborik – remains to be seen. Someone said that Gabby was no good based on his comments. Cut him some slack – he was working against the teams best forwards and d-men all season and produced better than expected (stayed fairly healthy) and as advertised (career highs in all categories).

    Since Torts does not like when the media coaches, I wont GM from the blogs. But… I have a feeling Callahan may not return, which would be a shame.

  5. IMO, playing for the tie and banking on Lundqvist to beat Boucher in a shootout is good in theory, but a dangerous assumption. Seemed like the Rangers were playing for the tie at the end, instead of taking chances by letting the D pinch in to create pressure and pucks on Boucher. Better to take a chance that way, and if the Flyers get a break away or odd man rush, I’d have faith Lundqvist makes the stop. Too much riding on to gamble with the odds that Lundqvist prevails in a shootout, which can be goofy no matter who is in goal.

    Bottom line is you win one or two more games during the season and you’re in… Sabres learned that hard lesson two years in a row!

    Sorry Mako (& Grabby et al) don’t mean to gloat but i actually thought i’d lost, but due to the time difference between England and the US Yahoo! hadn’t added all the scores up when i checked this morning, i just checked now and what do you know….

  7. Although this season was ultimately the most disappointing in a long time, I am hoping that there will not be too many radical changes over the offseason in response. I think we have the core of a good young team, just missing another top D and a top line center. These are obviously not easy to obtain, but one radical change ( a new GM) might help a lot. Also, I think Torts deserves another shot, he’s been a jerk most of the season, but somehow I feel he’s changed over the last month or so and will probably be better next year.

  8. 35 year old Jody Shelley provided leadership and scoring. Gee, wonder if Jagr would have been useful? Nah, who needs to control the puck in the offensive zone when you can dump it in and go for a change the way Torts likes it? Thanks for rebuilding 2 years ago Slats. It’s worked out well with Drury instead of Jagr.

  9. Carp, thanks for laying the foundation and inspiration for the banter on this blog!! Even though they lost in the shoot-out, they really didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs and would have easily been swept by the Caps. If Hank was tired after 45 shots from the Flyers, imagine how he would feel after 45 1st period shots from the Caps?? Plus, Sather is going nowhere so the rebuilding is suspect and Torts ain’t going anywhere, so the smugness returns. The loss stills stings a bit, but at least I’m not a Mets fan becuase they are baseball’s version of the Rangers.

  10. Torts was great this year. He did the best he could. I blame the atmosphere at MSG for the season. What happened to our fans? Bunch of jokes…

  11. Our problem for most of the year has been secondary scoring – it was similar when Jagr was here but then we had some good complementary players.
    Jagr would routinely get double-teamed and Straka, Nylander etc would pick up the slack, although at times Jagr would carry men on his back en-route to the net. How many times did we see Jagr double-teamed and Straka free by the net for a slam-dunk?

    Gabby was double-teamed all last night but the players around him weren’t able to pick up on the space made available by the double coverage. We only scored because our 4th line have found some chemistry recently.
    Based on last night we are a 3-man team: Hank, Staal and Gabby.

    Off-season has to include getting rid of Redden and Roszival – its the only way the roster can be added to with any sort of quality players.

  12. They should also let the Rangers and Flames play a 7 game series to decide who is the biggest meltdown failure of a team this year.

  13. Paul G, What do you mean Callahan won’t Return. He signed a 2 year Contract. He will be back next year. He will not be traded because he is our hardest working and most versitile forward.

  14. Yeah, Cally isn’t going anywhere. I have been saying this for a while, and although I love this team, I fully gave up hope of making the playoffs weeks ago. While it stung yesterday, I am not going to let it bother me like I normally would have. We didn’t deserve to make it. As hard as we fought the last few weeks, we still didn’t deserve to make it. And it is totally ironic that the “Skills” competition, which was what got us in to the playoffs the last few seasons, was what killed us this year, and what killed us yesterday. Once the game got to OT, I knew it was over. I honestly thought we were going to lose it in OT. Time to shed the dead weight, at any way possible, and it starts with sather.


    This seasons failure is historically typical for this franchise, so it came as no surprise.
    dolan fits the inept past owners of the the clubs history, Irving mitchell Felt etc.

    Dolan has the assets to own the club but lacks the knowledge to hire the right people, knicks and rangers are just awful.

    I think in order for the rangers to succeed in winning a cup is to go totally outside the ranger organization for a gm and staff. Hiring anyone from within including messier is the wrong move in my opinion.

  16. Actually the Rangers are kind of opposite of the Mets. The Mets have a very good core of players but their GM has outfitted the rest of the team with poor role players. Sather has built the Rangers as a team of role players with a few high quality players sprinkled in. And depth of talent is much more important in hockey (your best players play at most half the game) than in baseball (your starters play most if not all of 9 innings).

  17. this actually wasn’t that bad of a year when you consider that we played 3 rookies all year (2 on D), had no 1st line center, and an absolutely awful year by our captain offensively. Redden needs to go and be replaced by a tough D-man, Rozy came on strong in the second half but that hip surgery has killed his career. He can’t skate anymore. Jokinen is terrible and it shows why he has been to the playoffs only once in his career. Prospal by no means should be resigned. He gave us a good year but his price will go up and he had a bad 2nd half and is getting up there in years. If they can swindle another one year one mil deal then it would be sufferable but with his track record next year will be terrible.

  18. Tank The Season on

    TIme to temporarily adopt the Blackhawks/Sharks/Kings/Yotes etc.

    The West has a real playoff race. The East is gonna be Crosby vs. Ovechkin for the Cup (even if they’re not actually playing against each other, thanks to Bettman’s marketing”

  19. If Redden isn’t waived, then the Rangers shouldn’t even bother coming out next season. A failure to waive Redden is like raising the white flag of defeat from management. I know Drury is not going anywhere, but Redden is an easy fix. That will create enough cap room to get some secondary scoring (NO to Kovalcuk!!). This team needs some more heart and character, more talent, and more from the guys who are already here.

  20. Did anyone see the post game report? I find it odd that MSG did not have it after the game. I would have loved seeing some reporter ask Tort-Face about not putting Gabby in the SO

  21. Hawks and ‘Yotes for me.

    Pretty thin market out there for decent offensive talent. Even at the secondary level. I actually think the Rangers are not that bad in terms of secondary talent, it’s the high end talent that needs work. Odds are that Kovalchuk will ask for too much money and I’ll say it again, no to Marleau. He put up Drury-like numbers pre-Joe Thornton and I think you take him away from Jumbo Joe and you’ll have Drury^2.

  22. Doodie machetto on

    I don’t understand anyone who is complaining about the playoff spit being decided by the shootout. It gave the rangers a chance that they didn’t deserve. Before the shootout, it would have ended as a tie. A tie would have put Philly in the playoffs due to the “most wins” tiebreaker. All the shootout did was give the rangers another chance that they didn’t deserve.

    This team is so stupid that they don’t even know the right way to miss the playoffs!

  23. One thing that needs to be addressed is the overflow of centermen on this team. They need guys who can play naturally on the wings instead of trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

  24. Good elite offseason morning to you, Rangers fans! Time to take your party hat off…it’s gonna be a looooong one!

  25. Doodie, that’s exactly why the shoot out sucks…it gave the Rangers a chance they didn’t deserve.

  26. Tortorella’s arrogance is a double-edged sword. We needed a wakeup from Renney but he needs to check his head every now and then. I’ll give him a mulligan because let’s face it: this team should have tanked the season long ago and had no business being in the playoffs.

    Henrik was right they all thought they were out but had no quit in them which is what get them this far. Henrik being the main reason.

    Shooters I would have gone with (in order) Dubinsky > Gaborik > Drury

  27. Lots of work for the Rangers before next season. 1st on the list should be how to get rid of Redden & our salary cap situation.
    At least I still have the Yotes, but it ain’t the same.

  28. noonan,
    we would have lost with that line up…for sure…are you kidding me…the only one I’d agree with is Dubi

    I like how Hank pointed out that the only line worth a damn yesterday was the 4th…haha good for Hank!

  29. Staal Wart: please you sound like a know-it-all jerk. We would have lost with any lineup.

  30. i say dump christensen and give AA the 2nd line center job. AA is good with bigger more physical players, but he shouldnt set his sights low to wanna be a 3rd or 4th liner. he should be better next year and be able to be stronger on the puck with his size. he was outstanding in preseason and although he showed flashes of it during the season, hes not gonna get better playing with 4th liners. EC was pretty good but he doesnt belong on the first line. and he only had 8 goals all year. even though he didnt play a full season. duby doesnnt belong up there either. if we get a good top line center then maybe keep him on teh wing. hes gotten better though this season i must say. gabby needs guys that do the puck carying. hes no good at it. he is purely 1 dimensional sniper. and he does make some nice passes too but we dont have enough finishers. prospal im not sure of. he is kinda like a less skilled naslund at this point. he did great for a fa pick up, but he’ll be 36 and we cant take the chance of having him be stuck on teh cap if hes sent down. like the guy but dems da breaks. guys i would like to see come here via FA.

    1) patrick freakin sharp!!!
    2)try to trade for filatov
    3)big crease clearing hard hitting physical banging d man
    4)trade rozy, papsmear and sangs for a top line center.
    5)sign a better backup for hank.
    6)waive redden
    7)draft a stud fwd!!!
    8)fire sather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    9)hire george costanza as director of player personnel
    10)hire shoney as gm, with mess as assistant gm. send slats to cuba.
    11)-sign teh bash brothers mike in ia and wicky to 5 years/50 million dollar contracts as the top pair d!!!!
    12)hire carp and babs as coach and asst coach!!!
    13)demote torts to stickboy!!

  31. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    Thank god this season is over
    A big tease the last 10 games, but we all knew this was coming
    Hank showed that if he actually had a decent team in front of him, he can give you a chance to go far in the playoffs.

    So next season these are the only players I want back in Blue:

    Gabby, Dubi, Avery, Cally, Artie, Drury (onyl becasue he’s imoveable)

    Staal, Del Z, Hank

    Propsal & Christensen are both maybe’s depending on there salaries. I would Def tak EC back, and make him a 2nd or 3rd line center on the cheap.

    Shelley & Prust resigned cheap for 1 year (At least we now know we can have a super solid 4th line)

    Girardi allowed to walk in FA
    Redden Waived
    Rosival traded in the summer
    Bye bye Jokinen
    Voros, Lisin, Erikson, are gone
    Gilory is a question mark as to what they do with him

    Sather retires, is fired or has a stroke. Dolan is losing mucho bucks now, let’s see if it actually makes a dent in that pea brain of his

    Competent Back Up Goalie

  32. TheMessiah94 on

    Wow, Tampa Bay has already fired both their GM & coach. We need to get on the ball and do that ourselves!

  33. Sorry, the 7-1-1 finish can’t erase the image in my head from last month of Girardi standing next to the crease watching Carcillo pound Gaborik.

    The season and this team as a whole were finished right then and there. No heart, no guts. Just a bunch of guys (a few with talent) cashing some big checks.

  34. And Redden looked like a little pokechecking baby up along the boards. How he is playing and not Potter or Gilroy is beyond me.

  35. Although Redden played much better defense since Erixon was called up, that albatross is gonna keep the Rangers a perennial 8th-9th place team.

    If I were GM, I would devise a simple 2 year plan. Don’t sign anyone as a UFA. Let Dru and Rozi play those last 2 years of their deals. Give the kids a chance to play on Broadway. It’s obvious that P.A., Christensen, Lisin, et al have no business in the NHL. Yesterday’s game was too big for those guys. Let them walk or go to Hartford.

    2 more years of cleaning house, make the late season/ draft day trades for picks, stock the org. with youth, and set sight for 2012.

    Hank will still be elite then.

  36. And Redden looked like a little pokechecking baby up along the boards. How he is playing and not Potter or Gilroy is beyond me


    have you heard of EXPERIENCE?!

    sorry…didnt mean to sound like know-it-all jerk. :P

  37. Tortorella is a disgrace. Aside from his woeful coaching abilities as evidenced throughout the season, he is a disaster with the media and the fans. Coaching in any other sport, his arrogance and paranoia toward the press, who are essentially representing the fan base, would have had him fired immediately.

  38. On a positive note…I WON MY FANTASY HOCKEY LEAGUE!

    Who else from the blog is with me in “I’m So Ronery…” league? 22figure8?

    I’m So Ronery… Final League Standings


    *1 CCCP SovietWall Anatoliy B 112-103-32*

    2 DC Rangers Robert Cosgrove 130-87-30
    3 Thaddeus Griffin Chris Vilchek 132-85-30
    4 Jagr’s Ghost Ken Kopf 116-98-33
    5 Dick Dastardly Alberto Gonzalez 113-105-29
    6 Sabre Nation Tim Hennessey 107-113-27
    7 mean mr. mustard Steel Beast 73-149-25
    8 Team gofuckyourself Armando Deblasio 110-105-32
    9 Snidely Whiplash Cory Arthus 104-110-33
    10 Duke Sigmund Igthorn Zack Arthus 86-128-33

  39. I came in second in my fantasy league. And I was winning with the shorty and the shutout categories :(

  40. I wouldn’t be so quick to get rid of Girardi. I would see who is out there to replace him first. If you are looking to just get rid of him, let some rookies play and get experience, and are not looking to make the playoffs, then fine. However, defense is one of those positions that really needs experience. In the Rangers case, you needs experience on the cheap, and they need to be physical and quick. No plodders!! The NHL is turning into a “speed kills” and puck control game. The Rangers need to replace Redden NOW. Somebody who plays physical and can move a puck to a forward. Don’t even bother looking for a guy to do some scoring. Leave that to Staal and Del Z. If Giriardi can get back to his physical play from 2 seasons ago, then the Rangers already have that hole filled. They need to know what they are going to do with that spot before they just let him walk, though. I would sign him to a cap friendly deal so that if he falters, he is able to be traded. If he succeeds, the Rangers are good to go. Girardi is too young just to throw away. However, somebody needs to show him the film of Carcillo pounding Gaborik. Then, he is given strict orders to NEVER let something like that happen again or he will spend the rest of his life in Hartford!

  41. Morning folks.

    As upset as I was yesterday/last night, I’m strangely serene about everything today. Yeah, I would have loved to see the team in the playoffs, but they would have been blown outta the rink by the Caps, so it’s for the best they didn;t make it, IMO.

    Lots of decisions to be made. Starting at the top. Although I think Jimmy boy is so fixated on Lebron that he’ll completely forget he’s in charge of a hockey team and leave Sather where he is.

  42. This summer is a real test for Dolan. He has no playoff revenue to soften the blow – will he have the balls to fire or retire Sather and install a new regime and allow him to clean house?

    Whether or not the 2 R’s can be removed from the roster will decide where this team goes for the next few years. With $11.5 in cap space we should be able to sign 3 or 4 quality players (1 or 2 Physical D-men and 1 top line center and 1 LW to play on one of the top 2 lines). If the GM(Slats or his replacement) can’t clear the necessary cap space we are scratching around the waiver wire or blooding youngsters while we wait for the Albatrosses to fly away….

  43. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    I think The Real Mikey has some good ideas for next season.
    I agree with almost everything he wants to do.
    (btw, keep EC, let VP go)

    Continue seeing what we got in our own youth. Give Sanguinetti and Heikenen their shots, give Locke and Grachev their shots. P A ? Mikey what about him?

  44. horrible seeing that loss. its been said a lot, but you have to go with your best player in that situation – cant fathom why gaborik wasn’t one of the three shooters.

    but this will be a memorable season for me regardless – took my 7 year old son to see his first game. got him a #4 jersey (his pick), love to see him excited about the game – means more to me than the winning or losing.

    great job on the blog, Carp – this is the first place i go to for Rangers news/discussion. looking forward to keeping updated on the offseason moves. hopefully sather leaving is the first.

  45. I think PA has average skating skills at best but decent hands. Still, he’s on the smallish side and is easily knocked off the puck and can’t steal back the puck due to his size + skating ability. He’s got kind of a weak shot too. I’d say he’s honestly got a 10-15 goal ceiling in the NHL.

  46. Reginald Dunlop on

    13)demote torts to stickboy!!

    whoa….what did the stickboys ever do to you?????????

  47. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    Good morning! Lots of good comments so far this morning.

    Grabby, as long as the ‘bash brothers’ arent injecting each other with syringes in the hiney, that could be a good signing ;-)

    The sad thing about all this is that we all pretty much want the same things to happen, but we almost never get our wish. We all want Sather GONE, Redden GONE, Rozsi GONE. We won’t even bother with Drury, who did decently on the faceoffs yesterday.

    The thing is, we truly have an owner who doesnt give a rats arse. Sather ‘retiring’ as GM still means he’s the President aka puppet master. Like I said yesterday, he needs to totally be divorced from the franchise. We need to also get away from the Edmonton connection. as much as some of you guys want it, Messier would not be the right choice at GM at the moment, and no McTavish as coach. NEW,fresh blood.

  48. Mistascum NYR TAT ENJ on

    Bright spots can be seen all over this roster and we WILL win a cup with Hank in the cage and Gabby up front. Speaking of Gaborik, I think everyone took his “it was exciting to watch” quote out of context. I’m pretty sure 5-10 minutes after your season ends you’re not thinking clearly. I think he meant for us, as fans or really anyone who watched this game and understood the magnitude, it was damned exciting. Which it was reguardless of the outcome.

    By bright spots I mean Dubi always seems to turn it on come this time of year, hopefully he can bring it a little bit earlier next season. Not to mention if Callahan and/or Avery were in this game we would mopped the floor with Philly. Staal has been great (one turnover but he’s not made of iron), Girardi has been pretty solid and DZ is gonna be great given some growing time.

    All in all, yes, this season sucked and yes half of the team needs to be shown the door, but there are some bright spots to behold just as long as Big Brother Slats doesnt F it up. Let’s all collectively pray that he finally gets the Axe, as it really is the only real solution.

    Carp, thanks for the blog, I mostly read and rarely ever comment but the comments are hilarious for a laugh and really informative at points. This is the first place I always come to for anything involving our favorite mess, the Rangers. LETS GO COYOTES!!!!!!

  49. Watching this game, did anyone really think the Rangers had any chance against Washington?

    Having said that, would you prefer to draft 10th (and 40th), or 16th in the first round?

    The team needs a Top notch Center, which will be tough to find with salary cap restrictions. Remember while it appears Jokkinen’s money is coming off, Staal, Girardi, Prust, Prospal(maybe), and Shelley need to be re-signed. Staal and Girardi stand to get considerable raises (approximately 4M more in cap $).

    Redden needs to be buried in the minors, and Sather can’t mess up. Not real comfortable with his ability to choose this all important pick wisely.

  50. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    NAsty1: YEAH!! Im ordering them now!!

    ANyone interested, go to ESPN and read the review from yesterday

    sayd Dolan lloked super pissed leaving wachovia yesterday, and that when he’s looked like tha tin the past, heads roll.

    PLEASE PLEASE FIREW SATHER!! LEt him get hired by Tmapa and ruin there lives!!

  51. The Rangers need to go into this offseason with one mind set. A top 3 forward and/or a top 2 defenseman. If there is no way to get either stay pat and save cap space for during the season. maybe someone becomes free. No more stupid contracts on players that may score 20 goals. No more 3 year 9 million dollar contracts to players that scored 20 goals a few times a good teams or who are 30+. Salary cap flexiabilty is the name of the game!! Oh and Fire Sather!!

  52. It was exciting to watch that game if you are a Flys fan! As a Rangers fan it was horrible to watch being dominated for the entire game!

  53. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    Mikey, too much sugar this morning? :-)

    Grabby, Torts as stickboy?? He’d be gnawing on those things until they were nubs!

  54. Reginald Dunlop on

    sayd Dolan lloked super pissed leaving wachovia yesterday, and that when he’s looked like tha tin the past, heads roll….. he’s probably going to get into fight with msg network and remove it from cablevision…….what a dope

  55. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    and to think, we’re still on the hook for Puddins 1.4 million next year.

    I think the happiest news this offseason, outside of Sather being totally gone, would be Redden in Hartford (sorry CT). As we all said yesterday as it happened, and Rob M said earlier this morning, to have had that beauty chance, and it be on Reddens stick, was just killer. OY!

  56. this team has 1 first line player, no 2nd line players, 6 3rd line players, a good 4th line, 4 good defencemen, and 1 good goalie……Now Glen sh**head go out and get us a team worth watching…Trade or waive Rosi and Dredden, don’t dare take jokinen back or Lecav from Tampa….. get us Kovelchuk and 1 big defenceman and let the kids play.

  57. iDoodie machetto on

    Thank god I didn’t loan dolan my money for playoff tix.

    I’ve been saying it from before the season: this is not Is good hockey team.

    See you boneheads before the draft or if any management changes are made. For the record, I think they should lock up staal, heikkinen, christensen, auld, and prust, keep Shelly for 1 year, keep parenteau with the same kind of contract, deal girardi, lisin, and rozsival (if possible), and let jokinen and prospal walk.

    In the draft, I’d be looking for a power forward or crease clearing defenseman.

    For free agents, i’d only consider one of volchenkov, hamhuis, and jurcina, I’d make a reasonable offers to Marc Andre bergeron(something I had suggested last year too), and plekanec.

    Otherwise, Id stand pat and tank another season.

    See youse in a couple of months. Go coyotes and petr prucha!!

  58. Good morning, everyone!
    I decided to finish the season on a positive note and, since I didn’t watch Friday’s game, I watched it last night.
    Was a good move, totally different game. Somehow it didn’t make me feel much better this am. This is one of those scenarios when it doesn’t get better the morning after.

    On a different note, I was going through some comments last night. I know, it hurts. But can we please stay away from making personal comments? We all have different opinions, but do we have to call names? I understand there were a few trolls, expected. But people who have been here long enough should know bwtter.

  59. Messiah94-

    I already wrote a nasty note to MSG and my season subscription representative regarding the postgame DEBACLE…obv. really still ticked off about the game and the season but when bill pidto said thats a wrap enjoy Knicks basketball, i almost lost it

  60. roc, problem is that this draft isn’t very deep after the 5th or 6th pick, hence why many, myself included, felt this late “surge” was only gonna hurt the team in the short and long term. unless some of the dead weight is cut we are gonna be the same team for the next 2 years, just like we have been for every year since the lockout.

    they need to play the young players next 2 seasons and hope to get top 5 picks. if not, can’t see things improving for a long while.

  61. Tank The Season on

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there is nothing in this free agent crop that will help our team.

    Not kovalchuk, not Marleau, not Volchenkov.

    We are the Ice Knicks who must bide our time with crappiness until we can sign Malkin away from Pitt in 2013.

  62. Is anyone else looking forward to Flyers- Devils fireworks? Too bad they can’t both lose. In 7.

  63. It’s tough to say who I’d want to lose more, Philly or the Devils. Obviously Philly knocked the Rangers out (or at least put the final nail in the coffin) but another 1st round flame out from the Devils? Deee-lish!

  64. ORR- yes, I’m with you. The moment you mentioned Marty’s face, I decided to root for the Flyers. It’ll be tough, though…carcillo.

  65. I don’t care who wins Flyers/Devils as long as they beat the living tar out of each other for 7 games.

    Go Yotes and Hawks!

  66. I get a call back from MSG explaining the post game Debacle and all they said was I am sorry blah blah blah the Knicks game was scheduled way in advance and there was nothing that can be done… I understand they cannot change the time of the game but I just said this is a not a way to market the rangers and treat the fans out there then hung up, im heated right now!

  67. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    with the 800 MSG channels, they couldnt put the post game on one of the other ones??

    hey lookey there i am a programming GENIUS!

  68. Ilb, I am the seasonticketholder sucker!, i was heated or trust me they would have the nerve to us me already for an upgraede next year, hi seth are you interested in moving to the 200s and donating an extra 4-5k to the new york rangers, we really came together in the last few weeks and the future is real bright, captain drury will be back with another clutch season and hank will play 82 games in the regular season get ready for another exciting year at MSG…ill probably get an email soon on Kreider’s championship!

  69. the renovation at MSG will begin soon enough, my seats in the 300s will be pushed back a bit, ill have skyboxes in front of me talking about anything but hockey and my seats will go up 25-40%

  70. Seth, I bet along with Kreider’s championship they would not fail to mention Drury’s LLWS participation a few years back. I’m sure you never heard of that one :)

  71. That game was a microcosm of a season-long inability to apply offensive pressure and the crutch of hoping your goalie can “steal one” for you.

    This is all the fault of the architect- Glen Sather. The Rangers were searching for some kind of chemistry all year and yet none was to be found. Torts shifted lines incessantly throughout the entire season. The best he could come up with was Christensen and Gaborik. That’s pathetic. There’s one bonafide goal scorer and a lot of useless parts that do nothing to help. The fact that the Rangers couldn’t even put together ONE good, dependable line tells you a lot about where the Rangers wouldn’t and couldn’t go this year- the playoffs.

    I didn’t even see the desire out there yesterday afternoon. The Flyers deserved to win. If not for Lundqvist it would have been a slaughter-house. When your 4th line is your best line, not for the abundance of talent they have but for the true grit and heart they show each and every shift, you know your team is destined to fail. If the other 3 lines showed half of what Shelley and Prust showed us, we would have won the game.

    They played scared and tentative and the end result mirrored that fact.

    We need offense, we need heart and to get that we need a new GM who is a better evaluator of talent and worth.

  72. CTBlueshirt

    I’m not listening to you…im not listening to you!!! Nothing is gonna ruin my friendship with Dancing Larry on facebook day!! :P

  73. Ilb,
    my first priority is to strip the C from drury, (yes redden must go to hartford but) drury’s C must be gone…yesterday was a microcosm of his season, his role is as soon as he gets the buck in the defensive zone either rifle the puck in what he considers a form of a pass to his teammate or rifle the puck off the boards and out of the zone-he is brutal to watch, BRUTAL….Burke if you want Drury get it done ill send you a nice gift along with capt clutch

  74. leetchhalloffame on

    Best thing I can say about this season is that the idiot Dolans will not receive one dime for playoff tickets from us Ranger lovers. For that matter none from the Knicks fans either. Hahahaha!!!

  75. That is utter BS that they couldn’t change the Knicks game. With all the channels they have, they could have easily slid it to another channel until the Rangers post game was over. I have never been to their production facilities, nor do I know anything about them, but I DO know that with all the channels they have, they have the room, equipment, people and ability to easily move the Knicks game to an overflow channel and then switch it back to MSG. Granted, it would be a PITA to do it, but it’s do-able, especially since they were both live events.

    EPIC FAIL on the part of MSG Network.

  76. leetchhalloffame-sorry, buddy, but they did get some money. People who gave the playoff tickets deposits will not get their money back for some time, the interest goes directly in Dolan’s pockets.

  77. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    thanks for the link Gregg

    ilb, that is disgraceful, but not unexpected. what a bunch of common bush league crooks

  78. LI RangerFan on

    Linda – talk about crooks, the Isles make you pay up-front and in full for the first TWO rounds, 4 games each round (whether or not they are in a home-ice position). Then, you have to specifically request a refund for anything unused, and that takes until ~June so they have ~2 months interest on that unused cash.

  79. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    wow LI, thats insane! LMAO @ pay up front for two rounds. How long has it been ?

  80. LI RangerFan on

    Hahaha; yeah, can’t even remember when that happened – that’s what makes it even more ridiculous…

  81. Am I the only one who thought that Parenteau played well enough for the Rangers to take a long look at him next training camp?

  82. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " No excuses!!! " … says Greg L. on

    “Wake up stupido.” ,”Greg you are a bigger moron now than last year when you supported Zerdev all year” –these are just two comment out of around 20 calling me names and such last night and this morning. Even Orr was blamed for mine and ddeb comments. People can name call all they want. If any of these people wanna have a real talk email me at I was upset…yeah I know , I know but I never started any names.

    Yo Linda , I gave you a new grade last night , did you scroll back and see it?

    Rangers could have beat Washington and again some say we would have never beat them ..some fan have zero faith in thier team but constantly say we have this all bi Elite goalie. Funny how people think everyone to blame But the goalie. Team sport , so the whole team losers. Losers or not I love this team more then any other team ever made . Ranger will be back TRUST ME!!!

  83. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " No excuses!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhh 1 last time …

    LET’s GO RANGERS!!!!!!

    Rangers , greatest team that really isn’t that great.

  84. Well normally I need the Bonehead to Greg dixshunary, but in this instance I do agree with your post Greg.

  85. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " No excuses!!! " … says Greg L. on

    TY CTB , but which one? Ya do have to admit , I spell some hard word correct alot , don’t I?

  86. So I’m 23 and currently 3 weeks away from quitting my job and taking the summer off before going to law school. Since I have nothing better to do at work. I wrote this letter to the owner of Tampa in hopes of becoming the next GM of the Lightning. It’s a little lengthy but if you do read it, I won’t forget about you Boneheads when I become the next GM of Tampa.


    Dear Mr. Vinik,
    I write to you today to express my sincere interest in becoming the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I am aware that you are currently in the process of searching for a new CEO who will in turn hire the new GM, however I thought I would write to you directly and get the ball rolling, as I fear my status as somewhat of an NHL “outsider” may prevent me from registering on your future CEO’s radar.
    At first glance, my job application might surprise you, but let me assure you; despite my young age I am incredibly adept and attuned to the nuances of managing a professional hockey team in a post-lockout world. Rather than laughing at what may appear to be a lack of experience, I would prefer it if you think of me as someone who is untainted by the free-spending ways of the uncapped era. Just like Theo Epstein burst onto the scene as the unknown General Manager of the Boston Red Sox at the age of 28, I, too, plan to take the NHL by storm with my original, fresh, and as one employer described my tact, “cunning” approach to managing your Tampa Bay Lightning.
    Now that you and I are on the same page, you must be asking yourself, well Mr. (My Last Name), what is this innovative approach that you speak of? To you Mr. Vinik I say that while your newly acquired team is in transition, it is also a team without identity. You have a roster brimming with talent, yet unbalanced on the age spectrum. You have two superstars, one just beginning to blossom, while the other gracefully sheds his once beautiful rose buds; yet that aging star still has so much potential! If properly utilized, your team has two top lines that can not only match, but in perhaps a season or two, best the Penguins and Black Hawks. With the right coach, the one I have in mind, this team can be molded into one of the most fast-paced, fun teams to watch play in the NHL. And I write to you today to assure you, that I have the vision necessary to equip your players with the tools to make that happen not only in the immediate future, but for years to come.
    Of course all of this dependent on what can be done with the money available to your team at this time. I plan to accept a modest base-pay, fully-loaded with incentive based-bonuses, a testament to my firm belief in the success of my methods. I am aware of the Lightnings’ buyouts of the past, the trading away of promising young players for borderline AHL wingers. Not only do I preach a new system of thought for managing an NHL team to you, but I also plan to do so while practicing fiscal responsibility! Difficult you may ask? Certainly, when you have committed an eighth of your cap space to one declining player. But impossible? Not with me at the helm!
    I cannot adequately put all my ideas in my cover letter and quite frankly I am not comfortable sharing these ideas on paper with you. Full disclosure – I grew up a New York Rangers fan, and if you foolishly turn down my offer to become the next GM of the Lightning, I fully intend to pitch myself to James Dolan and bump Glen Sather out of his part-time job as General Manager of the Rangers/full-time job as a cigar aficionado.
    All I ask of you today is for a chance to interview with your organization. It won’t be long before I punch your, the new CEO, the players, and the entire Tampa Bay Lightnings fan-bases’ boarding pass for the (My Last Name) Express: a one-way ride down the Stanley Cup Freeway.

    All aboard?


    (My Name)

  87. Linda says FIRE SATHER on

    lmao CT!!

    Greg, that was really sweet of you to say, and I appreciate that you feel that way! You guys already know how much I appreciate our lil blog here and being able to celebrate and rant, mourn and vent with all of youse! All this insanity keeps me sane, 950 miles away!

    and to steal a line directly from your post greg

    “I love this team more then any other team ever made”
    i am with you on that 100%!

  88. Also – Carp if you know anyone in the Tampa organization, feel free to throw in a good word for me.

  89. Puck Control on

    the new nhl game is all about speed, mobility, puck control. and especially the dmen must be part of that. the Chi Blackhawks are not the same team since Campbell got hurt, not because he is any great checker or shot blocker, but because he was a big part of them moving the puck from their zone and part of a 5 man unit distributing the puck and controlling the puck. now they are more like any other run of the mill team in the sense that they just slap it up the boards

    the Rangers need mobile, puck moving dmen, and a coach who will encourage that and live with it. instead, you’ve got a GM and coach who are into the Redden type player who is slow, plodding, and a stay at home slap it up the boards do-nothing once the rangers get control of the puck. Gilroy was a key part of the team early on when he had the freedom, but when Torts began benching him and sending him down and trying to make him into a stationary, stay-in -position-at-all-costs redden type dman, well that is where he became useless because that is not his game. Herb Brooks believed in PLAY YOUR GAME for individual players, but Torts believes in PLAY MY GAME, which changes with the wind, used to be safe is death, now is a jumbled mess that no one can figure out, and he refuses to discuss or explain.

    the coach should not be benching a puck mover like Gilroy, he should be giving him more free rein to go with the puck , and live with the mistakes, not go to another old slow plodding Erickson type who cannot be part of a puck control unit. how ironic that the coach who used to preach safe is death, who won a cup because of guys like Dan Boyle carrying the puck from the dman position, now Torts is nothing but safe and cautious like an old fogey, and he got death all right. no, he is going in the wrong direction with the style he is using. the Wings and other good teams don’t play (let the other team have the puck and hope) hockey

    and the fans too need to wake up. you cannot jump on guys who try things and make it happen most of the time, but occasionally a turnover will be made. you have to live with the mistakes if the freedom results in more Ranger puck control, because folks THAT is what was missing yesterday. the flyers controlled the puck, not the Rangers

    the team needs more Gilroys, and fewer Redden, erickson types who cannot be part of moving the puck in all zones

    I am NOT talking about the result of yesterdays’ game in this post. I am talking about the general, over the course of the season development of the players and team into a mobile, puck control, cohesive unit that uses all 5 guys, not a bang-it-up-the-wall bunch of stationary statues who chase the puck and the opponents instead of controlling it.

    the rangers would have gone nowhere in ’94 without Brian Leetch and Zubov, but now you’ve got coach and mgmt thinking that puck-hot-potato plodders like Redden is the answer. obviously he is not, even more so now since the rules changes.

  90. Parenteau deserves a spot on this roster next year — FULL TIME !!!

    We gotta cut-ties with some players if we want to make real change to this roster next season. Dubinsky has to go (especially in a trade packaged with R or R)

    I can honestly see us trading Dubi + to TB for Vinny.

    If not, then Marleau or a trade for Sharp from the “Cap-Disastered” Hawks is the way to go.

    1st line Center and a Super tough D-man is all I’d like to see happen this summer. The rest of the open spots should go to the kids

  91. had to work during the game.
    kept checking Andrew Gross’s tweets.
    when it stopped with line about such an important game
    should not be determined by a shootout, i sensed that something was wrong. kinda felt numb and bummed.

    while i did not expect us to go very much in the playoffs it would have been nice to, at the very least, ruin the flyers’ day.

    like others have probably said, the game seemed like a microcosm of the season — the good, the bad and the ugly.

  92. “THE CINDERRANGERS ARE HOME FOR SUMMER” per Larry Brook’s in todays Post. Final Observations: (1) Kutos to you Carp. A great job in providing a forum and making an unbearable season for devoted Ranger Fans somewhat bearable.,(2) It’s really ironic to have Lunqvist play one of the greatest games I’ve seen him play and yet fail at what he used to do so well; The Shoot-out. (Fact of the matter is we didn’t deserve to win. The Flyers wre the better prepared and the more talented team., (3)Everyone says we wre starting to jell as a team, but why does it take 82 games for that to happen. Coaching alone cost this team quite a few games. Torts and Sullivan with late line changes resulted in too many odd man advantages and subsequent goals.Sullivan was to the Rangers what Razor Shines was to the Mets when he was their 3rd Base Coach. (4) What was Torts thinking about when he had Jokinen shoot 3rd in the shoot-out. Why not use one of the kids that shoot between periods at the Garden. Jokenin’s a joke. Where did he and Pospal disappear to. Anisimov, Drury, Dubie or Rosy would have been better choices. (5)Time for massive changes including Tortorells (Who was run out of Tampa)&Sather ( He does have nine lives)to leave. A trinity of Messier, Graves, Schoenfeld along with maybe Keenan and Maloney in some support positions. Bring up the (3) young kids listed in the (5)) prospects Kreider, McDonough and Stepan. Keep Henrik (Unless to can get alot for him), DZ, Girardi, Prust Gabby, Avery, Dubie, Staal (After Hennrik probably the best player on the team)Callahan, Anisimov maybe Christensen (Soft hands too timid) and Drury (If he could re-invent himself and lose that attitude) And keep Shelley because he gives a crap. A modern day Fotio that makes a team better just by his mere presence. Have a nice summer everybody.

  93. Baseball The 4-6-8 on

    You seem to think management wants Redden-type plodders on D. We will see about that. Yes, if they bring Redden back, you will have been proven right. But if they trash can Redden, before camp, that will demonstrate that even they can see through the fog. Does anyone seriously believe that Wade Redden will ever again dress for a regular season game? That really is inconceivable. Better times are ahead for the team and for us all. Keep the faith. If they bring Redden back, all of us are wasting a lot of time, a lot of emotion, and a lot of money, in exchange for zero return on our investment. Maybe we can do better with our resources, if they cannot.

  94. Baseball The 4-6-8 on

    Sather and Redden must be the first two departures, this off-season. Top priority.

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