Guest bloggers, week 1 (new update)


I want to thank all of those who volunteered to blog during my vacation. Overwhelmed by the response. Obviously we can’t fit all of them in, but we will have a few more weeks to fill before the season begins.

I’ve got Josh Thomson, 26, scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, and I’m waiting to hear from a few extra potential special guests. Not sure if any of them will want to do it. So at this point, let’s just schedule the first week.

Mitch Beck, who covers the Wolf Pack in his Howlings blog, is going to get us up to date on the kids who might be competing for jobs at training camp. That will be Wednesday.

Again, I will still be around and will pop in if there’s important news.

Just a reminder to the guest bloggers. Please let me know that you are OK with this schedule, and please remember to try to keep the posts relatively succinct (that means short). Eight-10-12 paragraphs ought to be plenty. If you want to go shorter or a little longer we can live with that, too.

I need your post the night before it is scheduled to run, OK? So e-mail it to me at

Here’s the first week:

Monday, July 19: cwgatti.
Tuesday, July 20: miked.
Wednesday, July 21: Mitch Beck/Howlings blog.
Thursday, July 22: Ranger 909.
Friday, July 23: The White Plains Batman.
Saturday, July 24: Joekuh.
Sunday, July 25: Cynar.

I’ll put up a schedule for the following week around Wednesday.


Meanwhile, did you guys see this great news?!


AFTERNOON UPDATE, 4:45 P.M.: Steve Zipay is reporting that Michael Sauer has accepted his qualifying offer.

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  1. Coach,
    Gange will not clear waivers the first time. He will be picked up. Re-Entry will not be an issue. I could esily see Sather snagging Gange. Every team in the league knows Gagne is a gonner. Why trade for him?

  2. Gift of GAB-orik ( THANKS 'WHAT' FOR HIS PROMOTION ) on

    nice… some bonehead posts and insight!

  3. Carped! Re-posting…

    By signing Zherdev the Flyer’s put themselves in a difficult situation and it seems Gagne is the fall guy. Sure, Zherdev has offensive talent, but the guy is inconsistent, SOFT and only contributes in one zone. Can anyone explain this move? I’m baffled.

  4. Daniel, because some coaches/GMs see all that skill and think they will be the one to harness it and make a player out of him. Same with Frolov. Same with so many guys with great hands and questionable hearts/brains/will.

    If they can figure him out, they get a terrific player cheaply. More likely, they get an enigma who will hurt their salary cap while not playing or producing nearly enough.

  5. I don’t know how I feel about Gagne. He is a good player, but I am not sure if he is worth his salary at this point in his career. He is also damaged goods. I don’t know if this team needs another project. Not that I think he would be a HUGE project, but I’d rather give a kid a shot at what he would do. I am sure he would put in some goals, and he did impress me when he came back last year, but I’d have to say pass on him. What would that want back for him in a trade anyway?

  6. I can’t wait to see one of our guys knocking ‘Z’ down and him lying there with that stupid “WTB” look on his face. Avery should have a field day with him.

    Carp, when teams are evaluating players, how much is on-ice and locker room character figured into the mix? Do teams ask players to evaluate former teammates for those intangibles that may not be so evident?

  7. Mike,Happy B,-Day!
    Laurel,Happy Cats Day!
    Carp, Happy Pre-Vacation’s Day!
    and many more Happy Days for all Boneheads ahead!

  8. Gagne wouldnt even reach the Rangers at 10. The Islanders or Leafs would pick him up for sure.

    If i’m the Rangers I would give up a 3rd rounder for him. I understand the health concerns but he can help this team make the playoffs with very little effect on the rebuilding process or he can be flipped at the deadline for more than what we gave up.

  9. Here’s my take on Gagne. My understanding is that he has one year left at $5.25M. If Redden’s a goner, they can easily afford that amount for one year, then take it off the books.

    Gagne won’t play the full season because he’s always hurt, but when he does play, he will play on the first line, and he will be the second best forward on the team. Unless there’s somebody else they could somehow get in a trade, and thus would need that cap space, I don’t see much harm in taking a “flyer” on Gagne.

  10. Gagne is one of the few Flyers that I have no problem with as a player and person. He is a good player, has had a good career, and seems to still have the drive to play. I guess if all we had to give up was a pick then maybe it is not an awful idea. Then we would just have to hold our breath twice as much next year every time Gabby and he gets hit.

  11. Based on what we’re seeing now anyone else think the CBA will have some sort of renegotiation clause in it for guys who arent living up to their contract?

    Look at the teams who are handcuffed by under-performing vets on big untradeable contracts: NYR (Redden, Drury), Chicago(Campbell, Hossa), TB (Vinny), Edmonton (Souray), Ottawa (Spezza), and probably loads more.

    Its obvious that owners/GM’s have trouble policing themselves so i would expect something about renegotiating, use of NTC’s, maximum terms etc..

  12. Absolutely agree with Carp. Gagne has one of a highest IQ and best hands in the League IMO, and even partial use will exceed most of other forwards production wise, no doubt.

  13. the draft is completely different. why would any team pass on Gagne when he has an expiring contract.

  14. 4generations; 4 cups on

    I really hope the Rangers dont sign anyone for the next season, and just bring up young guys- a la Avalanche.

  15. One thing that you can guarantee is that Gagne is in his “walk year” and will be playing for his next contract, which is sometimes a good year to have a guy like that.

    I dont think Waivers will be an option, someone will trade a good prospect or higher end pick for him – Slats needs to more than kick the tires on a deal like that…

  16. Hockeyman Rangers on

    Hey all, have been reading but not posting lately.

    But my thoughts of the day are, wouldn’t it be nice if Dalon paid half as much attention to the Rangers as Steinbrenner did the Yankees.

    Also you have to wonder what Redden is thinking over the summer. HE HAS TO KNOW he is not going to play with the big boys this year?? At least not in NY. Not sure what he can do about it at this point but he has to be having a crappy summer??

  17. oleo
    totally hear what youre saying. i wouldnt pass on him if i were those teams either. especially since the islanders need tor each the cap floor somehow. it was just an example that it could happen.

    it has happened for the rangers once w/ avery.

  18. When you get $6.5m per year for as little work as Redden, in the knowledge that you’ll soon be doing less for your $6.5m for the next 4 years, possibly even nothing i’ll bet he’s having a great summer!

  19. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Im with NAsty on this one

    I hate almsot every single FLyer, but Gagne I never had an issue with

    Dump Redden, Resign Staal, Get Gagne for a pick, doesnt hurt the Long term development of the kids, can play on the top line, win-win situation

    And when he gets hurt, kids come in a get there taste of the Major league, in anticipation for the folloiwng season

  20. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Yeah Redden either way is collecting his paycheck so its not gonna matter where he plays.

    But he has to have some self respect and not want to play in the minors. When was thelast time he was in the minors anyway? Probably before he turned pro.

    And not that it matters but, Carp, do you knwo how Redden was/is perceived in the dressing room? IS he someone the other players look up to?

    I know I have read that Staal said Redden was a great mentor to him (as sick as that sounds)

  21. i believe Redden can refuse the assignment to the minors – which immediately voids the rest of his contract leaving him a UFA.

  22. Coach Beeblebrox on


    You are forgetting Staal’s pending conract. Right now they have to waive Redden just to afford Staal. According to Cap Geek they are right on the cap now after Girardi’s hit. I’m not sure waiving Redden would be enough to get Staal and Gagne under the cap.

  23. Coach Beeblebrox on

    RE: Gagne waivers

    I’m not saying he would pass through to re-entry, but its entirely possible given his health. Souray passed right through waivers and people wanted the Rangers to trade for him last year. Any GM picking up Gagne is taking a chance that he won’t even play a single game for your team.

  24. I couldnt live with myself either, but then again i’ve never touched the Colombian marching powder or been a professional sportsman so i can’t even picture what goes on in that guy’s head!

    (Other than “man, my wife is hot!”)

  25. Joekuh - I made it outta Blog Training Camp! on

    Thanks for the oppurtunity Mr. C. I say pick up Gagne if he’s available. He’s not a stuck up a-hole like 85% of the other Fhilties. Plus, IF he stays somewhat healthy, he’ll take some pressure off the youngun’s to contribute. Wait, can he play center??

  26. Cap space is $4.4, but we have $2.1 in deferable bonuses which can be paid in 2011/12, plus possibly -$6.5m from Redden – its plenty to re-sign Staal to $4.5m, take Gagne on at $5.25, and leave a little wiggle room for a trade deadline acquisition if we are playoff bound.

  27. oops – dont forget $1.3m for McDonut if he makes the team and a further $820k if Stepan does too…but dont forget MZA is not a lock at $1.75m.

  28. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRABBY!!! Hope you have a fantastic day!

    Rick, seems like a great lineup of Guest Bloggers! Looking forward to reading their contributions!

  29. Coach Beeblebrox on


    Yeah but if Staal costs more than $4.4 a year which he might, they are over the cap. I was off on my numbers a bit but the idea still stands. They have to waive someone eventually after Staal is signed.

    If its Redden as everyone suspects, that will leave about $4.5-$5.0 million left, still not enough for Gagne without waiving another player.

  30. I’m not smart enough to get involved in that stuff … but I know that if they’d been interested in Kovalchuk at around $8M per (they weren’t, and couldn’t at that price) people much smarter than I were saying they could do it.

  31. Coach Beeblebrox on

    Oleo: You’re also not including anyone else making the club like MZA or McDonagh which puts them over the cap as well if Gagne is acquired.

  32. Coach Beeblebrox on


    Those people saying the Rangers could do it, were saying so based on the Rangers dumping Redden and other players too including Avery’s $1.9, and even trading Rozsival or Drury etc. Point is for the Rangers to do it, it would have taken a ton of maneuvering. I’m still not sure it was possible though as you said, people much smarter than us said it was possible.

  33. Gift of GAB-orik ( THANKS 'WHAT' FOR HIS PROMOTION ) on

    in the new CBA can we have a clause for re-negotiating with underperforming GM’s? Can we send Sather to Hartford??

  34. Coach Beeblebrox on

    oleo: scratch that part about MZA, I see he’s on the team already on Cap Geek. But 21 players is not 23 either. And they need to carry a 7th defenceman this year.

  35. Tank The Season on

    It’s known that Philly wants a first round pick for Gagne. I don’t know that they’ll be able to get it but that’s what they want more than anything else (they gave up 2 over the last 2 years for pronger plus sbisa and lupul).

    If they’d take Brashear simply to buy him out or bury him in the deal, I’d consider giving them a first round pick for Gagne.

  36. Joekuh - I made it outta Blog Training Camp! on

    Nah, a 1st round pick isnt worth getting rid of Brashear money. Redden money maybe, but not Brashear.

  37. Coach Beeblebrox

    2010-11 NEW YORK RANGERS
    * Simon Gagne ($5.250m) / Vaclav Prospal ($2.100m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
    Brandon Dubinsky ($1.850m) / Artem Anisimov ($0.822m) / Ryan Callahan ($2.300m)
    Sean Avery ($1.938m) / Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
    Derek Boogaard ($1.625m) / Erik Christensen ($0.925m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
    Donald Brashear ($1.400m) / Brian Boyle ($0.525m)
    * Marc Staal ($4.500m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
    Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m) / Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m)
    Matt Gilroy ($1.750m) / Michal Rozsival ($5.000m)
    Steve Eminger ($1.125m)
    Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)
    (these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
    ROSTER: 23; CAP:$59.4m; PAYROLL: $61.672m; CAP ROOM: $0.316m; BONUSES: $2.587m

  38. >>in the new CBA can we have a clause for re-negotiating with
    >>underperforming GM’s?

    How about if they put a “year cap” in place. Teams shouldn’t be allowed to sign a player for longer than four years.

  39. I would not give up a first-round pick for anybody who’s available, especially a guy like Gagne! At this point, with the direction they’re going, that first-round pick should be treated like gold.

    If you could turn it into a truly elite, youngish player, fine. Not a banged-up free-agent-to-be like Gagne. No way.

  40. lists Frolov as signed player in Akbars Kazan. So I guess he is gone to KHL…

  41. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    happy birthday!!!!

    I don’t think many people are incorrect like you think with “some of you guys need to realize that there is more to defense than hitting people.” It really depends on you blueline corps. I mean in the case of a top six that included 3 volchenkovs and 3 beukes, hitting would probably be not the number one need at all and you would want to find some puck movers for that blueline. In the case of the rangers though, that is the exact opposite with our marshmallow d corps. We need hitters and d men that physicality is their best talent.

    We all know there is more to d than hitting, but at this point we need defencemen that are actually DEFENCEmen.

    speaking of d men, rozy is overpaid like crazy and so is girardi (and gilroy for that matter).

    I agree with who ever said that mara was out of his comfort zone playing tough. That being said, the fact that he did it is reason enough for me to be ok with a return. But, i doubt it will happen.

    I would def trade a pick for gagne and he would not make it to re entry waivers.

    Have any of you been seeing the NHL cupcakes thing on twitter??

  42. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    here is one for avery:

    #nhlcupcakes “the @seanaverydotcom cupcake” you pay for half while ur friend eats the whole thing.

    these things are hilarious!

  43. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on


    @SpectorsHockey Philadelphia Flyers cupcake: u overpay for them, realizing later u bought too many & need to throw some away.

  44. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    The Boston Bruins Cupcake, after the first 3 bites you’ll choke #NHLCupcakes

  45. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    Love this one. :) RT @mserven: The Mike Green cupcake. Labeled as a cupcake but it’s actually an apple turnover. #NHLCupcakes

  46. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    #NHLCupcakes The Jeff Carter – Hint of Scott but tastes like Lisa

    Kovalchuk cupcake. Lombardi still waiting for them to go on sale. #nhlcupcakes

  47. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    The Chris Drury Cupcake: Handed out at every Little League World Series. #NHLCupcakes

    @stoosh10 Wouldn’t it be quicker to list where the Mike Sillinger cupcake *isn’t* found?????

    The Henrik Sedin Cupcake: often mistaken for the Daniel Sedin Cupcake. #nhlcupcakes

    The Olli Jokinen Cupcake – Darryl Sutter doesn’t seem to mind it. #NHLCupcakes

    The Dany Heatley cupcake–unsafe to eat in the car #NHLcupcakes

    The Staal Cupcakes- comes in a pack of 4

  48. Snyrangersblog has a tweet from the rangers regarding some announcement later today …

  49. I need to alter the schedule a bit. I need to substitute for tr-808 on Tuesday. So, miked, would you be interested in doing a post on Tuesday. If not I’ll check with somebody else. Please let me know via email, miked. Thank you.

  50. Kirill
    July 15th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Totally misleading info.Frolov,as per July,15 is NOT in Ak-Bar’s roster,not it is in the team latest news(they sign today Marsell Hossa – remember him?).KHL sites stated no knowing kontakts with him or his agent.It is not to say he will not could finish in KHL,but not yet.

  51. that looks like the rumor, still holding out hope that sather retires but not likely.

  52. Is to announce for every point Wade Redden records, the Rangers will donate $500,000 to a designated charity of his choice. Oh wait, that payment was made for his 09/10 salary. My mistake.

  53. Well all, a real TA for a while! I’m heading to the land of lobster rolls for a weekend with the niece and shall be out of the loop. Have a grand weekend all!

  54. Nice guess blog line-up!

    I know…it’s going to be hard to match the coat-check story, but hey…who said said it will be easy, right? :P

    Good luck to all!

  55. GUEST blog, that is… NOT guess blog! That’s a totally different show!

    Speaking of the show…Great news, heh heh! Beavis and Butt-head are coming back! This is by far my favorite show of all time! Thanks for the heads-up, Carp!

  56. Coach Beeblebrox on


    Yeah, they can fit it all in with 300k to spare. But you are also assuming Staal only costs $4.5. What if SJ flies him a red sheet for $5.5 a year?

    My point is that Gagne is not really the guy I want taking away my options. I don’t want him being the guy who forces me to carry Bolye instead of MZA (for example).

    This team is better off leaving everything alone as it is. Sign Staal and demote Redden. Whatever is left over, be it $4.0 or $6.0, whatever. Leave it open and use it later at the deadline as needed.

    I’m just too gun shy on broken down 30 year old wingers these days. None of these guys ever come to NYC are have some rebirth to greatness. They suck about 99.99% of the time. I have no reason to believe Gagne will be any different.

    I’d rather stick a totally green Grachev on the #1 LW then give up my cap space for Gagne.

  57. an offer sheet for Staal for over 4.5 mil isnt happening but in the odd case the Sharks are willing to give up their 1st rounder, 2nd rounder and 3rd rounder in 2011 and a 1st rounder in 2012 then the Rangers can either:

    1)let him walk and collect on the huge return 2) match the offer b/c they are allowed to go 10% over the cap temporarily and trade Brashear or trade/waive Gilroy.

  58. Coach Beeblebrox on


    Again, they can do all that yes, but I DO NOT want Gagne forcing my hand. See what I’m saying? You proved my point by saying you would just “trade/waive” Gilroy. That IMO is poor asset management. Gagne is not a sure thing, he’s fragile enough where you have to have the cap space to just waste because he might be on/out of the lineup constantly. Even when the guy is playing he’s never 100% healthy.

    And if you think Staal won’t get an offer sheet over $4.5, how can you believe anyone would trade for Brashear? LOL. I can guarantee the former is more likely.

  59. but Staal isnt getting an offer sheet for over 4.5 mil so your hypothetical situation really doesnt make sense.

    Dustin Penner didn’t even get that much….

  60. Those Cupcake quotes on twitter are hysterical. Here’s another one:

    @DaveLozo: The Sidney Crosby Cupcake — it doesn’t matter if you like it, it’s getting crammed down your throat. #NHLCupcakes

  61. Coach Beeblebrox on


    You still don’t seem to understand what I’m saying. Or you have not acknowledged it. You are arguing semantics while ignoring the point.

    Even if Staal gets YOUR suggested $4.5, my argument stays the same. I DO NOT WANT a fragile 30 year old winger, being the cherry on my “up against the cap” pie.

    I don’t care if its possible. You’re right, it totally possible. But what is possible does not always make sense. It’s possible for me to post my bank account info on this blog, but does it make sense?

  62. i can understand not wanting Gagne but your argument is that it causes cap problems which is incorrect.

  63. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    just an opinion here, but i’d much rather have gagne than demitra.

  64. oleo – I think the point is that having to trade/waive Gilroy to accommodate Gagne would in itself be evidence of a “cap problem”, i.e. if the cap weren’t there, you wouldn’t have to do it.

  65. LW3H

    but you dont have to trade Gilroy. The only way that would need to be done on the one and a million chance a team gives Staal an offer sheet greater than 5.5 mil

    which Carp has stated many times has no chance of happening…

    resigning Staal to a contract around 4 mil a year and replacing Redden with Gagne gives us over 1 mil in cap space…

  66. michael jackson on

    i just want as many kids in the lineup as possible. the younger the better

  67. Tank The Season on

    Well Demetra is off the board, he signed a 1 year deal with Locomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL per Pierre LeBrun.

    He only showed up for the Olympics last year and is otherwise finished.

  68. Coach Beeblebrox on


    Being right up against the cap is a problem IMO. Its a stupid way to go into a season. It leaves you no room for error, and it ties your hands to improve your team if its needed.

    You are insinuating (just by nature of your willingness to bump the cap for Gagne) that you have built the perfect team, and they had better get it right.

    There you are up against the cap for Gagne, and suddenly another team with salary trouble needs to dump “Player X” and you can’t do anything about it because you are already up against it.

    Since this team has done exactly that for a decade (spend the most possible) and nothing good has happened, why not try it the other way?

    Remember a couple years ago when Sundin came back? The Rangers could not (even if they wanted to and they tried) fit Sundin under the cap because, why? Because they are ALWAYS up against the freaking cap.

    Why is this hard to grasp?

  69. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    well, hopefully demitra is gone now, so if slats would just get gagne……….and trade rozy………..and send redden to HTFD (in SEPT)…………..and trade girard…………….and not pay staal more than he is worth (3 mil is about right)………….and…………then…………..i

  70. Coach Beeblebrox

    I am not insinuating we have a perfect team at all. I am saying that I would rather go into the season with Gagne and very little cap room (only enough to bring in guys from HFD or waiver wire players like Christensen last season) than have idle cap space entering the season.

    to me Gagne (injury concerns and all) is better than any player we could pick up midseason given the relative costs.

  71. The way this team is structured right now, there will be no need to acquire anyone during the season- they simply won’t be competitive and instead of buying will have to sell. The cap room will not be of any use. Gagne gives them another first liner with immidiate goal threat- takes some pressure off the kids and Gaborik. One year deal ( he will be playing for new contract, btw) will not impede with youth development. I don’t want to recount our cap situation again, but they can resign Staal, sign Gagne and, after dumping Redden, still have some wiggle room.

  72. Gift of GAB-orik ( THANKS 'WHAT' FOR HIS PROMOTION ) on

    I think the Flyers know time is running short to get a return for Gagne. I think they’re most likely trying to get SOMETHING before placing him on waivers. Trade for him? No. Pick him up off waivers? Why not. 1 year deal, then UFA, i can deal with that.
    IF he cleared waivers(which i doubt) we’d have no shot at him.

  73. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    I would rather give little something up (non first round pick/border line prospect) and trade for him as opposed to not getting a chance to claim him (someone before us does) on waivers.

  74. Blue Seat Horror on

    Coach, there is one silver lining to being against the cap…Sather can’t saddle the Rangers with another bad contract. Remember, the glass is always half full.

    (btw) I agree with you. Buying an expensive used car in the hopes that you can sell your TV on ebay and just pay your electric bill is no way to run a team.

  75. He will not go on waivers. The Flyers will get some return. It’s a matter of who is going to blink first. I’m almost shocked that in their mind Zherdev can replace Gagne. But what do I know?

  76. Coach Beeblebrox on

    I don’t think Gagne takes pressure of anyone. Especially if he gets hurt, because then the pressure will be on some kid to pick up his expected slack. That might force someone into a role they can’t handle. So there are down sides to both ideas. And even if healthy, how long does it take Gagne to find his game? Because he sure never found it last year.

  77. Coach Beeblebrox on


    The fact that the Flyers want Zherdev to replace Gagne should tell you something. It shows how far Gagne’s game and health have fallen.

  78. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    respectfully, I disagree. It could be because they still need a goalie and are in cap trouble and are trying to find what is hopefully a bit of an offencive replacement at a lower price that they think dollar wise will work and hope point wise will produce while haveing to let go of a bigger salary (gagne).

    Welcome to the cap world flyers!!

    Just speculation on my part though!

  79. I would give up a 3rd round pick for Gagne, maybe even Washington’s 2nd rounder (the one we got from Sanguinetti).

    as ilb stated, having cap space does nothing for us this season. We aren’t going to be buyers at the deadline and if for some reason we are contenders, it will be because of the young players stepping up.

    Gagne is the type of player that can help us get into the playoffs while having zero negative impact on the future of this team.

  80. Difficult to judge that team’s decisions at times (the Flyers ). They have certainly “cemented” their goaltending situation…

  81. Tank The Season on

    The Flyers may get what the Sabres got from us for LaFontaine – not much, but something.


    I was just listening on xm 204 home ice and they had the beat writer on from tampa. yzerman has reached out to gm paul holmgren about speaking with gagne. gagne would be a good fit on a line with vinny l and stamkos and st louis would stay in tact.

    they have the cap room.

    lightning could be his destination

  83. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    I agree!!

    yep, saw that same report yesterday as well.

    I think we should be proactive on this one!

  84. One more positive about Gagne- at the deadline, if the team is selling, he may bring back much more than they have to give up now.

  85. Coach,
    I would agree with you 99% on your opinion that it is foolish to always be up against the cap. No flexibility during the season. But this is that 1% exception. If Gange can be had for low picks/ waivers the NYR should do it. If the NYR get an opprotunity to trade for a player at the deadline, it will cost a lot more for less talent. Gange isn’t KOVY, but at $5mil for 1 yr. I think the Rangers will do it.

    That is if they even get a chance.

  86. Hi Ogie. Buy you a soda after the game? on

    Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?

  87. Hi Ogie. Buy you a soda after the game? on

    I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.

  88. No surprise there, TR. Teams keep their main players. That’s why the FA market is so thin.

  89. Who was it whose suggested strategy for the Rangers over the last few weeks was to wait until Koivu was a free agent next year and sign him then?

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED that this has happened first.

  90. Joekuh - can we resign Z next year, PLEASE?!?!? on

    Definitely got the sticks crossed for that, ilb. Things like sports r unimportant compared to that.

  91. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Talkey Hockey !! " … says Greg L. on

    Ahhh a new crop of Carps guest bloggers… All lining up at the firing line . I’ll try not to go easy on ’em.

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Talkey Hockey !! " … says Greg L. on

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKEY!!!! yu teh man!!!!

  93. i cant say it was torts decision however i feel the rangers asked him to get off it

  94. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    with koivu signed, If I am in charge (good thing I’m not), I make a move for richards now. Not very many true number one pivots that are going to be available!

  95. Interesting – voros says he will be missed (he will) – when Voros got off of Twitter, he was traded a few days later. Can’t imagine the same fate for Avery – wonder why that happened.

  96. The koivu signing might make this easier to answer…smarter for the rangers to trade for a Sharp or Richards? Or wait for ’11 summer when Richards and Thornton are to be UFA? I think lebron and koivu show that nothing is certain and you make the trade to insure you get your man. I’d love to see sharp and his $4 million cap hit on our top line!!

  97. Joekuh - I made it outta Blog Training Camp! on

    Why not Ribiero instead of Richards? I remember reading somewhere that there’s a bunch of young C’s in dallas, and Ribby’s holding em up…Ribiero for Roszival?

  98. in all seriousness if anyone wants tix let me know. section 330 aisle seats have a pair. 56 face 112 for both.

    rather sell to u boneheads then anyone else.

    wont be able to make a lot of games

  99. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon)
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    just an opinion here, but i’d much rather have gagne than demitra

    haha hey wick, lets leave the cap, business side of teh game to the pros(oleo,coach,everyone else but me, you, greg and orr)!! me n you need to worry about clearin the crease for hank this year buddy! bash brothers!!

  100. oh and thanks everyone for the happy birthday comments. i’ll tell ya though, turning 26 for the 3rd year in a row gets better an better as years go by. thank you josh thomson

  101. michael jackson
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    i just want as many kids in the lineup as possible. the younger the better

    my vote for commnt of the day!! lmao at the crazy carcillo that gets posted here.

  102. salty dupuis had one of the best and funniest comments ever one time. cant rememebr exactly but it had something to do with having enough “something” to feed a small 3rd world country. where is salty? havent seen him in awhile.

  103. orr, how much does it cost to hook up my ps3 online so i can play you guys? im not very good and i suck at the new controls, i use classic btw.

  104. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    orr said he hasn’t been playing for a while, so you might be able to take him!

  105. wicky (Crease Clearing Blog Goon) on

    i guess not only is avery gone off twitter, but i guess stepan is off of FB now!

  106. Hey, Carp’s got Josh scheduled for July 27th. Shouldn’t he be scheduled for the 26th?

    Happy Birthday Mike!

    TR- Do you happen to be a drummer by any chance? Off the wall question, I know, but anyone who plays electronic drums would know why I’m asking.

  107. Blue Seat Horror on


    I had to play a set of electronic drums last weekend. I definitely wasn’t digging it. Do you play?

  108. Yeah, I do. Since I was 15- a long time ago. I have a set of the electronic ones and I really like them. They’re not perfect, but my band likes them.

  109. The reason I was asking TR was because, on the Roland TD-20 module, they have a very electronic sounding set called the TR-808.

  110. Blue Seat Horror on

    It was actually my first time playing an electronic kit, so it was obviously pretty jarring. I’m more of an organic drummer. I like to play the cymbals at tons of odd angles to get different sounds out of them, which you can’t do on an electronic kit, right? Or have I just not had enough experience yet?

    By the way, not to drift too much from hockey, but how many boneheads out there play?

  111. Yeah, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble for talking drums on a hockey blog. : )

    You’re right, though. The crashes only get one sound. The ride, at least, gets two sounds- one on the bell, and one on the body of the cymbal. The snare gets different sounds depending on where you strike it, so that’s kinda neat. I just like having that mic’ed up studio sound and being able to play at a lower volume. It definitely takes some getting used to, though.

  112. It’s also neat because you can dial in a different drum kit for each song. They even have a set called “Zeppy” that sounds just like John Bonham’s kit.

  113. terrible news that Koivu wont be hitting the market although certainly not shocking…he is the first permanent captain in Wild history and is someone i desperately wanted.

    o well, hopefully Stepan turns into a Koivu-like player in the future.

  114. Blue Seat Horror on

    The electronic kit has a smaller footprint on a stage, too, so I’m sure everyone loves it.

    Maybe the boneheads in bands should play the next ‘palooza. It would be interesting to hear the different styles of music given the generations of boneheads here.

    Anyway, back to hockey…Kovalchuk.

  115. Oleo-
    How dare you mention hockey when we’re talking about drums! Just kidding. Yeah, Koivu would’ve been a nice addition.

  116. Yeah, I would be interested in hearing if there are any other boneheads in bands. Oh… I’m sorry… Kovalchuk. By the way, I think I remember that Joey Juneau from the Caps was a drummer.

  117. Eddie …

    I was in a band for like 5-6 years. I played mostly rhythm guitar. I’m the short guy in the middle. We broke up about 4 years ago but just started playing again 2-3 weeks ago with a different Guitar player and drummer

    Check it out

  118. what stands up for the downtrodden on


    i thought you were not into free agents. yet you wanted koviu?

  119. i am not anti-free agent. I want the Rangers to wait until the right player is available.

    Koivu is exactly what you look for in a top line center/franchise player…

  120. This business of a PP depending on one blaster? Come on.

    The truly successful PPs are the ones that an intelligent coach prepares by blending his most accomplished players who work well together as an offensive force in the opponent’s one and puts constant pressure on the goal.

    If a PP depended solely on the presence of one magnificent shooter then the D would have no problem isolating him and letting the G handle the lesser lights.

    Now this doesn’t mean that a powerful scorer would not be a boon to a PP – that’s quite obvious.

    But the real test of a PP unit is how much pressure they can exert working as an attacking team, and controlling the puck in the minimum time alloted to them by the PIMs.All of the above items were totally missing from Rangers units last season.

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