Rangers at mid-season


See, this is why I love the Rangers. They do a lot, if not almost all, of my work for me.

Just got this from the NYR, bless their hearts:


New York, January 6, 2011 – The Rangers will begin the second half of their 2010-11 regular season tomorrow, January 7, when they face-off against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.  New York currently ranks third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 23-15-3 for 49 points through 41 games.  Compared to last season, the Rangers have registered four more wins and six more points (19-17-5, 43 points in 2009-10), having tallied 13 more goals (121 this season, 108 last season) while allowing 11 fewer goals against (104 this season, 115 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (eight this season, four last season).

Recapping the First Half:

•        The New York Rangers began their 85th anniversary season with a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on October 9, marking the third consecutive season the Blueshirts opened their regular season campaign on the road.  The six goals were the most by the Rangers in their season opener since their 6-2 win vs. New Jersey in the 1983-84 season opener on October 5, 1983.  Six players made their Ranger debuts in the season opener, including Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan.  Rookie Derek Stepan notched three goals while making his NHL debut in the season opener to become the first Ranger in franchise history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut, and just the fourth player in NHL history to register a hat trick in their NHL debut.

•        According to opening day rosters, the Rangers began the 2010-11 season with the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.  The Blueshirt’s average age is currently 26 years and 329 days.

•        The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (eight) and road wins (13), are tied for seventh in wins (23), and rank ninth in points (49) and goals (121), and seventh with a plus-17 goal differential.

•        New York has posted a record of 8-4-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents, compared to a 3-7-1 mark vs. division opponents at this point last season.

•        New York is currently eight games over .500 with a 23-15-3 record.  New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least eight games over on April 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

•        The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,179 hits and rank second with 651 blocked shots.

•        The Rangers have had 15 different players credited with at least one game-winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

•        The Rangers unveiled their Heritage jersey, which celebrates the team’s 85th anniversary, on November 12, and celebrated Heritage Night on November 17 vs. Boston by wearing the new jersey for the first time.

•        The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in 23 of their 41 games, posting a record of 17-5-1 in those contests, and own a record of 10-1-1 when leading after the first period.

•        The Rangers lead the league with 13 victories on the road, having posted a record of 13-7-1 in 21 games away from MSG this season.

•        New York ranks second in the NHL with 11 points when trailing after two periods, having registered a 4-9-3 mark in those games.

•        The Blueshirts are 9-1-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-1-0 on the road) in the second game, having out-scored their opponent, 31-12, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-3-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-2-1 on the road over the span.

•        The Rangers and Knicks played at the current Madison Square Garden on the same day 37 times, including three times this season – November 7 (NYR vs. STL, NYK vs. PHI), November 14 (NYR vs. EDM, NYK vs. HOU) and December 12 (NYR vs. WSH, NYK vs. DEN).  The Rangers have posted a record of 16-15-6 (2-1-0 in 2010-11) in those games, while the Knicks are 22-15 (1-2 in 2010-11).  Both the Rangers (7-0) and Knicks (129-125) won their game on December 12, marking the first time since November 26, 2005, that both teams won on the same day at Madison Square Garden.  On that day, the Rangers defeated the Capitals, 3-2, following an NHL record 15-round shootout, while the Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-102, in overtime earlier in the day.

•        The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win on December 16 vs. Phoenix, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history.  Last season, New York posted their 20th win in their 42nd game.

•        New York won back-to-back games on December 15 at Pittsburgh (4-1) and December 16 vs. Phoenix (4-3, SO), despite trailing by a goal entering the third period in both games. The last time the Rangers won consecutive games when trailing after two periods was during the 2008-09 season, on November 15 vs. Boston (3-2) and November 17 vs. Ottawa (2-1). Both games required the shootout.

•        On December 23, the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning participated in a shootout that lasted 11 rounds, which is tied for the sixth longest in NHL history and longest since March 27, 2010 (Detroit defeated Nashville in 11 rounds).  The 11-round shootout is the third longest in Rangers history behind their NHL record 15-round shootout on November 26, 2005 vs. Washington (3-2, 4-3 in the shootout) and a 13-round shootout at Philadelphia on October 7, 2006 (5-4, 1-0 in the shootout), which stands as the longest one-goal shootout in NHL history. Henrik Lundqvist was in net for all three contests, posting a 2-1 record and stopping a combined 34 of 39 shots for a .872 save percentage.

•        The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 52 shots in their 7-2 win vs. the Islanders on December 27, their most since they registered 57 shots vs. the Islanders on March 5, 2007 (2-1 win). The Rangers tied their season-high for most shots in a period with 18 in each of the first two periods, and their 36 shots through two periods is the most since recording 37 shots through two vs. Washington on October 12, 2007 (20 in the first, 17 in the second in a 3-1 win). The Blueshirts’ 32-shot advantage over the Islanders (52-20) is tied for the second largest in the NHL this season, behind St. Louis’ 39-shot advantage over Anaheim on October 11 (53-14).

•        The Rangers have tallied one penalty shot goal on two attempts this season.  Ryan Callahan notched a penalty shot goal on October 30 at Toronto, his first career penalty shot goal in two attempts, and the first by a Ranger since Sean Avery converted his attempt vs. Tampa Bay on February 14, 2010.

•        Four Blueshirt players have made their NHL debut this season – Derek Stepan (October 9 at Buffalo), Evgeny Grachev (October 29 vs. Carolina), Dale Weise (December 18 at Philadelphia), and Mats Zuccarello (December 23 vs. Tampa Bay).

•        The Rangers have posted three hat tricks this season, which is tied for third most in the NHL.  The three hat tricks are the most by New York in a single season since the team recorded four hat tricks in 2005-06.  Marian Gaborik has registered two of the Rangers’ three hat tricks this season, on November 14 vs. Edmonton and December 2 at Long Island.  The last time a Ranger posted two or more hat tricks in a single season was during the 2005-06 season, when Jaromir Jagr tallied three hat tricks.

•        Henrik Lundqvist is currently tied for the NHL lead with five shutouts, giving him 29 regular season shutouts and 32 total shutouts (three playoff shutouts) in six NHL seasons.  He passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with his first shutout of the season, a 36-save performance at Toronto on October 30.  Lundqvist is one shutout shy of tying John Ross Roach for third on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list, and Mike Richter for fourth on the team’s all-time total shutouts list.

•        Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark with a 5-2 win at Minnesota on November 20.  Tortorella has posted a record of 312-280-37-54 in 683 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and currently ranks 13th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and first among U.S.-born coaches with 312 career victories.

•        Brandon Prust established new career-highs in assists (10) and points (15) with an assist in a 3-1 win at New Jersey on December 29.  He also tallied a shorthanded goal on December 16 vs. Phoenix to tie his career-high with five goals on the season.  Prust is currently tied for the NHL lead with three shorthanded goals and five shorthanded points.

•        Brian Boyle has established career-highs with 14 goals, eight assists and 22 points through 41 games, eclipsing his previous career-highs for goals by 10, assists by six and points by 16.

•        Dan Girardi reached two significant career milestones in the first half of the season, skating in his 300th career NHL game on November 19 at Colorado and registering his 100th career point with an assist at Tampa Bay on January 1.  Girardi is currently tied for 25th among NHL defensemen with 20 points, and ranks 17th among league defensemen and second on the Rangers with 17 assists.

•        Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with 16 goals, 18 assists, 34 points, four power play goals, nine power play points, and 106 shots on goal.  He is currently tied for 16th in the NHL in goals.

•        Sean Avery made his 500th NHL appearance on November 1 vs. Chicago, and registered his 100th point as a Ranger with two assists vs. Toronto in the home opener on October 15.  New York is 113-71-30 in 214 games with him in the lineup since originally being acquired on February 5, 2007.

•        Ruslan Fedotenko skated in his 700th NHL game on November 24 at Tampa Bay.

•        Rookie Derek Stepan is currently tied for third among NHL rookies in scoring with 23 points and 11 goals, and sixth with 12 assists.  Michael Sauer is also tied for first in the league among rookies and leads the Rangers with a plus-11 rating overall.

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  1. bull dog line on

    amazed at Girardi stats. I know he blocks shots, but was not aware of any offence to his game.

  2. Carp, in all honesty (do I sound like Tom Renney?), we would prefer your recap instead. Not that we want you to have more stuff to do :-)

  3. my recap has been ongoing, but I hope to do some sort of mid-term thing over the next few days or so … tough with three in four nights, and my “other job” sked being kind of bunched at the moment. But we’ll get to it.

    And I think the Tortorella story Sunday will serve a lot of that purpose.

    This recap is more statistical. Thought you’d enjoy it.

  4. And, no, you don’t sound like Renney … I have a classic Renney quote from last week that I’ve been meaning to post, but haven’t gotten to it yet … with all the posts coming at me from all over the place. So, again, patience …

  5. No rush, Carp…

    Great stats, indeed, some I had no idea about. Well, now they are starting to look good on the ice as well as on paper. What a novelty!

  6. Tiki's daddy needs to grow a pair, as her daddy was told very rudely on

    Oh Im sorry for all the confusion. Tiki is my lady puppy dog. I am a man; a hetero man.


    Long story short,

    There are really 2 people that post under the handle Tiki and 2 people that posted under the former handle.

    The FB name is a combination of our 2 names.

    I, Tim, in all seriousness, am 26. The other user of the handle Tiki is my half-brother (and roommate) Jay.

    We both share in the misfortune of divorces, a dislike of Boston and referees and a love of New York teams, Jaromir, Lundqvist, and Messier.

    Jay has been posting a lot less lately, as he still has a job and also has been “busy” over at his new girlfriend’s place.

    Mama, Mickey, and Krisi knew this. Now you all do too! And Ill repost this at some point when more people are around.

    Any questions? Anyone angry at me?

  7. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Um… so upon further review… those stats say Marian Gaborik registered both Rangers hat tricks this season… yet they said Stepan had a hat trick in his opening game. DOH! Nice editing work Rangers…

    LOL @ Average Defense age of 26 years and 329 days. Even the Rangers D doesn’t age past accepted Bonehead norms!

  8. Gift of GAB-orik on

    • Marian Gaborik has registered each of the Rangers’ two hat tricks this season, on November 14 vs. Edmonton and December 2 at Long Island.

    Rookie Derek Stepan notched three goals while making his NHL debut in the season opener to become the first Ranger in franchise history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut, and just the fourth player in NHL history to register a hat trick in their NHL debut.


  9. Caps need salary relief. They can’t bring on Iggy’s contract. They can’t sign Semin because of the salary he will command; how are they going to fit in Iggy? Look for a trade before July 1, but not for Iggy.

  10. Players between the ages of 18 and 21 must sign “entry-level” contracts for their first three NHL seasons. Those aged 22-23 are entry-level players for two years, those aged 24 for a single year.

    Players who are no longer considered “entry-level” but do not qualify as unrestricted free agents become restricted free agents when their contracts expire.

  11. Czechthemout!!! on

    Midseason grades time!

    My stab at it.

    Hank–B plus

    Not quite as great as other seasons but he is coming on now.


    Good back up. Nuffield said.

    MDZ– D

    Regressed on both sides of his game. I think biggest reason for it is his having to play with Blowzy which is killing his development. He is making the exact same mistakes.

    Girardi–B plus

    Has been very consistent this season on both sides of the ice.


    Has been somewhat inconsistent early on but is really coming on now. At this rate he will get an A from me in the end.

    Gilroy– C plus

    Getting better again. Would be an F a month ago.

    Eminger– C

    That is about as good a grade as he can get. Not a fan of his at all. He had a good six game spell which may have saved his job. Does not do anything well or even good. Just a body out there who needs to be replaced with a better player to get to the next level.

    Sauer– A

    Outstanding this year. He is a keeper who should have made the team last year.

    Blowzy– F plus

    I save the worst for last. I don’t buy the occasional good play followed by a load of garbage from this clown. He is the most indecisive player I have ever seen. He is one of the most overpaid players in the league and needs to be moved,bought out dropped what ever! He needs to go.


    Dubi equals monster!!!!!!

    Callahan– B plus

    Only because I wish he would score just a little more.


    Continues to develop nicely. May hit 20 goals this year. Next year I bet we all say “AA equals monster”.

    Gaborik–C plus

    No where near last year in terms of hustle and passion. Can ‘t explain why. Statisticaly, this may turn out to be the best team he’s ever played for. If anything, he should be flying out there!


    Very disapointing.

    Stepan–B plus

    Outstanding rookie year. We don’t need Brad Richards. This kid will be his clone.

    Prust–B plus

    Big heart and big game!

    Fedetenko–B minus

    Decent third line player who is doing what has been asked of him for the most part.


    Wow! Who would thunk it!


    He should seriously consider retirement.

    Avery–C plus

    Has done as much as he could with the little ice time he gets.


    I don’t get it.

    White– FF minus

    See Drury

    MZA– incomplete

    Keeps playing like this and he will get an A!


    Mister shootout.

    Wiese– Inc

    Not enough games.

    Biggest surprises Sauer,Boyle,Stepan

    Bigesst disappointments Frolov,Drury,EC,Blowzy( all of theses guys need to be shown the door. The sooner the better.


  12. Czechthemout!!! on



    The anti Renney! He has followed through on his pelage to stick with the kids. The hyena only said what he thought we the fans wanted to hear.

    Good job Torts!

  13. Stats, stats and more stats.

    Boyle having 14 goals amazes me.

    Torts has definitely done a 180 this season. I think that has helped the team thrive this season.

  14. Torts had hip replacement surgery during the off season. I wonder if he was in constant pain last year and after standing behind the bench for a whole game, he was at his max. Maybe that made him nasty. Any thoughts?

  15. Boyle is a huge surprise and a nice one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He deserves all the credit the world for working so hard.

  16. Boyle’s 14 goals should probably be 20 right now, if he weren’t saddled with at least Fedetenko on his left. Prust isn’t the world’s most gifted scorer, we know, but he does much of the tough work getting and keeping the puck in deep, and makes some nifty passes.
    You need at least one guy on your line doing that.

    But if Boyle were teamed with someone like Zuccarello (or, has Boyle played a single minute with Gaborik?!), he might be on pace for a 35-40-goal year, rather than the 28-30 he prorates to now.

    Can’t complain – and I’m not – but a breakout year should be maximized and I’ve been feeling for a while now Boyle’s is being somewhat limitied.

  17. 26? I’m double that and then some. But doesn’t that show in my perceptive and thought provoking comments? ;^)

  18. IMO, one of the worse negatives of the cap era is how the GMs are now handicapped when it comes to trades. Pre cap era, lots of trades took place, often involving multiple players. Now, not so much and it’s gotten worse with each passing year.

    If you want evidence, just look at all the noise being created by the possible trading of 35 year, clearly-on-the-down-side-of-his-career Jamie Langenbrunner. OMG! What’s he gonna be moved for? Two 3rd rounders? The earth is moving! The earth is moving!

  19. Marji, good point on Torts and his hip. Though, he was always a bit shall we say, irascible in Tampa, last year he seemed worse. I do think that the PR people at MSG had a sit-down with him last summer and strongly suggested he tone it down.

  20. Last yr I was in the minority on some things including Torts, Dubi & Dan G. which turned out good for us, but I was wrong on Boyle. Didn’t think he was more than a boardliner NHL er, i’m not all the way sold but keep up the good work Brian.

  21. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    bull dog
    sorry about not responding until now, but was busy this afternoon. I DO NOT think the rangers are DESPERATE for a crease clearer. Clearly if they were, they would have dealt for one or brought one up by now. I also DO NOT think that valabik is garbage and I also feel as though he is a decent re entry wire acquisition for the club. Not that we are married to him forever if we did claim him and he was the garbage you say he is (obviously you know him far better than I do).

    But I guess I am the only person on this blog who feels this team needs to improve somewhere and I am obviously the only one who ever posts a possible solution to help with my obviously ridiculous perception of a rangers team weakness. So my apologies bulldog, you obviously know valabik way better than everyone here, especially me!

    On to a more humourous note, someone on twitter posted that eklund had langenbrunner going to dallas, so everyone knows he isn’t going there. LMFAO!!

  22. Czechthemout!!!

    Thoughts? Who should give a carp about your grades when they are not objective /conspicuously biased.

    mild example:


    That is about as good a grade as he can get. Not a fan of his at all. He had a good six game spell which may have saved his job. Does not do anything well or even good. Just a body out there who needs to be replaced with a better player to get to the next level.

  23. I’m sorry, but MZA should have started the season with the NYR. I said the same thing back during camp. I loved this kid since the Olympics. Does anybody think the AHL really helped this guy get any better in a few months? What was this Todd White experiment all about? He was just dead cap space…I guess I could understand being careful with Aasen but why not give Kennedy a shot?

    Anyway, I am ecstatic that he is on the team now. NYR fans have craved a combination of world class skill and heart from their star players. Even if he is a Hobbit, MZA is a good fit for this team and its fans.

  24. NYR

    If you don’t think the AHL can be helpful, then you must not think MDZ will ever get his game back.

    It was the right move to start MZA in Hartford, I said it from the get-go. He just wasn’t good enough to play in the NHL, and needed time. He even knew it.

    Now, he’s a much better player. If you send a guy like Gabby down to the AHL, then it will be useless. For young guys, it can help them.

  25. I’m sure it helped him adjust to the American game, Orr. I think he could have made the same adjustments to his game with the big club. He said himself he wasn’t ready. He is a very humble kid and doesn’t give himself a enough credit. He said his goal was lucky last night! lol. From what I saw in camp, I think he could have contributed from the get go. I guess my main point is that you can’t teach someone how to shoot a puck the way he did last night against Cam Ward for the OT goal. I’ve seen highlights of this kid doing incredible things with the puck and he seems to have his head on straight and is a team player. You can see why he would be an MVP in the SEL.

    I think MDZ needs to play big time to get his game back. He can afford to make mistakes in Hartford but the NYR want to win and he is a liability right now as a Ranger. Being a Whale(er?) will definitely help Michael get his game back.

  26. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    We sent gabby down??

    must be making room for valabik’s HUGE salary!!

  27. I also said the same thing about Sauer when he was Prucha’d over Emi/Gilly early in the season. He should have been top 4. Sauer has been one of the most reliable d-men since camp started. He’s getting better and better in the NHL. I’m glad he got his chance this year, he certainly deserved it after those injured plagued seasons in the AHL…

  28. If he was playing with NYR at the start of the season, he’d be on the 4th line. He definitely wouldn’t have had the opportunity he has now. He needed to play in Hartford and get top line minutes, and adjust.

    Sending him to Hartford was the right move, and MZA would admit that.

  29. Orr — I am happy he is a Ranger now and it looks like he is here to stay. He is a great guy to have around in Cally’s absence (although no one can replace what Cally brings).

    PS: Sincere apologies to Tiki for being called a “smart girl” today in an earlier thread.

  30. Cally should serve as an example for MDZ as far as going to Hartford. I remember Cally got sent down for a stretch early in his career by Renney and he came back a different player, a complete pro.

  31. I’m not entirely sure MZA will remain a Ranger.

    At the end of the day, Slats and Torts think this team is a playoff team, and one that can go deep in the playoffs. I could see Slats wanting to bring in a guy from the deadline, which really worries me.

    And you have Cally, EC, and Prospal all injured. When they come back, who comes out.

    If I’m a betting man, I’d put my money on MZA going back to Connecticut. It wouldn’t be the worst move Torts has made, and it wouldn’t hurt MZA.

  32. TIKI 1 & 2 !!!!!! TIM!!!! CR9!!!!!!! JAY!!!!! – The more the merrier you nut…..At least we know now that you don’t have a split personality – :P

  33. Of the injured guys, I really do think we’ll only see 2 of them back- EC and Cally. Just a feeling, but Vinny’s done in NY, much as I hate to admit it. And Boogaard, between the injuries, the concussion and the fact that Torts doesn’t think much of him as a hockey player, imo, I highly doubt we’ll see him on the ice again this year.

  34. Booger has been a total waste. I expected him to suck as a player, but he hasn’t exactly lived up to his reputation as the “heavyweight champ”.

    Sadly, you could be right aboot Vinny. Sucks. I hope he can come back, and play the same, but it’s not looking to good for him.

  35. Tiki's daddy needs to grow a pair, as her daddy was told very rudely on

    no problem NYRfan! My mother always calls me the daughter she never had!

    nobody has any questions??

    Hmm, we’re like the best of friends, despite being half-brothers, we look alike and sound alike (Mama can attest to that!)

    Tiki and Teddy are mine; Taylor is his! He lost Tobi the pomeranian in his divorce.

  36. From Fire and Ice blog

    Live post: Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1/6/11

    Header reads:

    “The Devils lead the Philadelphia Flyers are tied 4-2 in the third period of tonight’s game at Prudential Center.”

    am i crazy or the line above make no sense at all? they went totally insane in Jersey! lol

  37. Yes, Boogie has been a huge disappointment. Vinny is probably done, as much I hate to admit it…

    I have no fuggin’ clue what Slats & Co has planned. Iggy? Richards? Parise? But rest assured Slats will make a move. I will carcillo my pants if he doesn’t make a big move by draft day…

    Like I have said, if MZA just stays within himself and continues what he has been doing it will be very hard to demote him. I agree it wouldn’t hurt him to go to Hartford but I think the Rangers need a guy with his creativity in the lineup. Same with Gilroy, and hopefully soon MDZ gets his mojo back. That type of creativity and skill helps win you hockey games in the NHL.

  38. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I’ve had all I can take, night assens!!

  39. Sather shouldn’t think about any major trade. I love the chemistry of this team with a lot of youth with great potential. Sit Rosy tomorrow nite & lets have a look at McDonough

  40. “thanks marji. we can replace drury with torts’ old hip”

    I think Drury has BOTH of Torts’ hips!!!

  41. Now you folks have asked me from time to time about the”stories” * your designation not mine) which to me are not stories at all, merely incidents that occurred during my earlier ( and right up to now present) life, where all I was doing was trying to make a living. We all have such stories in our lives. Mine were at times funny, brain dead choices, foolish actions, some were difficult some were down right frightening. But I swear to you on my personal honor that every single one was the dead on truth. I’ve never lied to you. I would imagine that some might say ” who does this bs…ter think he’s kidding…who does he think he is the recreation of von Munchausen?” I can relate to that…but it was facts of my own experiences. All of you have “stories’ which can be told and appreciated by the rest of us.

    My difference is quite simply, that I’ve lived a lot longer than most of you….but I have no regrets, for I’m a happy man, and I enjoy all of our posting cameraderie here. I’ve learned a lot just from following your postings.

    Bit I just want to set the record straight in this regard.

    And you cannot go thru life without making mistakes…and some of mine were whoppers.

  42. Can anyone get a message to the moronic Dave Maloney?

    It’s Zuccarell-o, not Zuccarell-a.

    Jackwagon that he is.

  43. bull dog line on

    I am sorry I upset you by disagreeing with you. why do you suppose he (Valabik) has been on waivers? is it his huge salary? or maybe it is because he is not that good.

  44. On Mid term Grades:

    Not sure what Carp will come up with, but I am sure that it will be fairly close to some of what we have discussed here over the past 40 plus games. One note that should be mentioned here is the play of Brandon Prust. While I agree that Boyle has really surprised, I think Prust is the bigger bright spot for the rangers. This kid has completely re-tooled his game and is IMHO one of the best on the ice this year. He hits, he scores, he fights, he goes to the tough spots ALWAYS and sacrifices himself for his team, he is tenacious on his play in the offensive zone, and he goes full tilt on his skates. I said at the beginning of the season that Boyle should have been traded and that Prust was going to have a great season if he continues to skate like he did in pre-season. Well, one out of two I guess isnt too bad…

    If Prust keeps playing the way he is, he willl soon have an “A” on his sweater. He has got to be one of the top 5 acquisitions of the Rangers in the past 5 years (based upon Salary and Term) – agree??

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