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  1. Congrats Mama on the 1st!! And Silver!

    LMHAO @ your purse comment! And also at last night’s post of the week… “there’s a smell…it’s not the garbage or litterbox (fyi, it’s not me!) BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAH

  2. I will give you Jody Shelley for a 6th rounder, however, Shelley was brought in as a permanent fixture to the roster whereas anyone they would acquire now would be Prucha’d once Callahan and Prospal/Christensen return.

    a 6th round pick is certainly more valuable than a 10 game stop-gap for the 4th line but if they can get someone off waivers then go for it…

  3. Carped, darn it!

    in short.. Newbury is a stopgap, plain and simple. and i wouldn’t be surprised to see Drury move up at times, or for Dubi or Prust to be double shifted at times.

  4. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Is it just me or isn’t this the 3rd year that crybaby takes his “sabbatical”in the month of January? Seems like its getting to be an annual thing with him Just saying. Also didn’t the G.M.s discuss the blindside hits at their meetings over the summer?

  5. So you’re saying that they could fit Ollie under the cap right now? Too bad the “can’t hit the net” winger is out for the season and that Sutter is no longer GM in Calgary. No Nostril Power this year.

  6. I have a feeling our deadline target will be a veteran defenseman rather than a forward for some reason.

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

    the sorry was for the souray question and the possibility of slatipuss “hearing” it.

    also, shame on you for dissing reitz, sadly the best hitter we have had on the blueline since brad brown.

    I tried, but you just kept getting friskier and when a hot babe like yourself gets that frisky, time for me to step away from the hottie before I get myself in trouble!

  8. Yeah, birds! In Arkansas, Louisiana, Sweden, and now Quebec, large groups of dead birds just fall to their death. Not just a few, but a sh*t load. This guy in Canada said he saw two dead birds, then a few minutes later, 20 more, and by the time he was done cleaning, there were 80 dead birds, and it has been happening all over just like that.

    End of the world! Aliens! M Night Shanahan!

  9. wicky you actually remember the Erik Reitz era? Seeing that it lasted 11 games, where he average only about 10 minutes of ice time he must have throw some pretty big hits.

  10. Interesting article about the June draft – good thing the Rangers have 2 2nd rounders – this draft isn’t ripe with top end players like the previous few years, but the scouts are saying it’s deeper than usual, right through to the 3rd round.

    Rozey for a 2nd rounder please!

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



    yes, shows how sad it actually has been on our blueline!

  12. I hope it’s aliens! Like that scene in Signs where you see the bird flying, and he just drops dead, and it looks like he flew into a building but nothing was there! And everyone thought it was an invisible spaceship!

    That movie was so cool when I first saw it. But, now it’s slow and boring. Same with The Sixth Sense.

    M Night Shanahan’s movies suck now. They’re not even worth watching to fall asleep.

  13. Carp,

    Didn’t he have to shut it down the past week because of swelling? Did he just get cleared for contact drills right before that happened or not? Can’t remember.

    Maybe he does come back because they need healthy bodies, but the much slower than expected recovery time just doesn’t bode well. If he’s healthy and is anything close to how he played for most of last year then that’s great, but he’s got a lot of mileage on his body and it might be just one of those injuries and recoveries that never get back to the level you need it to be in order to play the game.

  14. Erik Reitz could hit and he could fight( mildly). I just think his skates were on his way. If they allowed him to play with socks only, now that wouldve been a formidable acquisition.

  15. Alright, I think I’m coming down with flu. Feel feverish, a bit dizzy and al the other stuf. Any suggestions?

  16. I hope Prospal can return soon and that his injury does actually heel properly. The injury is sounding more and more like the Pavel Bure injury.

  17. All over the place, Kiwi. Spent 2 weeks and drove through both Islands. Stayed in too many hotels for me to remember. Loved it.

  18. Surprised Kennedy is not being called up. I think his two-way contract has a low enough AHL salary so that he doesn’t have to pass through waivers on the way up.

  19. ORR – Hmm, according to CapGeek, Kennedy has a one-way contract at $550,000. I guess that’s why he chose to sign with the Rangers. So that makes three guys in the AHL on NHL-money contracts right now. (White and Redden)

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

    Is jordan staal UFA after this season? He would be interesting as well as Laich I think.

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

    feel better bro. 100mph tape (duct tape) and peroxide will fix anything!!

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

    unload semen, you crack me up!

    I guess hbo is going to do 24/7 again for the classic next year, better involve our boys!!

  23. Jordan Staal is not a UFA, he was drafted later than Marc. They will re-sign Dubi, Cally and AA before thinking about signing any UFAs. Laich’s ceiling is a 2nd line center, no need to spend the $ it takes to sign a 2nd tier UFA without making sure they care of their own FAs first.

  24. I believe Kennedy’s agent was told by Sather that he can seek a trade. I could see the Rangers trading him to a bad team in exchange for one of their depth forwards.

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

    thanks, wasn’t sure on staal’s status!

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    “I believe Kennedy’s agent was told by Sather that he can seek a trade. I could see the Rangers trading him to a bad team in exchange for one of their depth forwards.”

    I can’t imagine who would trade for him. He won’t be in the pros this season (no way does he clear reentry waivers) and is UFA next year. Why trade for him when you can sign him next year without losing assets?

  27. CTBlueshirt

    the order in which things happen is of zero importance. One thing for sure is certain, Dubinsky and Callahan will be back next season and the Rangers will enter free agency factoring their probable salary in regards to the cap.

    Considering the monstrous contract Brad Richards will be receiving on July 1st, the Rangers might have to consider the trade market for their #1 center. Luckily for us, we have a great farm system and can afford to trade a 1st rounder and/or guys like Del Zotto, Anisimov, Grachev etc. to get the star player.

  28. wicky, just out of curiosity, why are you always proposing signing FAs or picking up waiver claims? Especially for guys that aren’t really substantial upgrades over what the Rangers already have in the NHL or in the farm system. I’m not saying that there aren’t improvements that can be made to the current or near future teams, and I agree that there still needs to be a couple of more players that really play the game in “ill humor”, but the biggest needs for the team are in the real high-end players.

    40 goal scorers, 90 point centers type players. I think the team has demonstrated this season that the have some good depth, but in order to compete with the best they need more than 1 or 2 guys that are considered amongst the best at their respective positions. That would still hold true even if Gaborik was producing like last year.

  29. Doodie Machetto

    well they certainly would not give up anything big. For example, the Oilers, Flames, Panthers, Leafs etc. might give up a not so great 3rd/4th liner they don’t plan on resigning for Kennedy. I might be wrong but i believe you are exempt from re-entry waivers if you are traded.

  30. Doodie Machetto on

    Oleo, I believe that is incorrect. While I can find no confirmation supporting me, I do not believe there is a trade exemption from reentry waivers.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    Hey Carp, great article on Torts yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Any chance we get a half season report card?

  32. Even in successful for him last season, it always seemed to me, by some indescribable(intangibles), little signs that he kind of distances himself emotionally or else, being a “lone” worshiped, only hero. He is not dominant with a puck, like Jagr was or Duby now is, he doesn’t fight/work hard for puck possession offensively and defensively, losing a lot, lost ability for sharp passes and kind of out of team overall hard grinding design. As soon as he mentally or otherwise reduces his only obvious talent – pure sniper’s ability and productivity therefore, yes, it will be an Albatross. I could be wrong, of course, but that is my subconscious feeling.

  33. I asked Carp about that half season report card already, Doodie…He basically told me to byfuglien off..

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

    waiver claims or re entry claims (within salary reason) seem like no brainers to me if they have a possibility (note possibility, meaning no guarantees) of filling a team need. As far as UFAs go, I like to see reactions from some posters here on them. Would I take laich over some of the forwards on this roster right now? yes. You never know who gets traded for who later on this season (if trades happen) and you may need to sign a UFA or two at some point (again, doesn’t mean I want every guy that I post about or that is brought up).

    I like the direction this team is going, just musing mostly!

  35. oleo, I don’t know if I’d go so far to say that the order is of zero importance. First and foremost, if they covet Richards they will have to move one of the current larger cap hit players to make it work whether it’s by buyout or trade. That can have trickle down effects based on who/what the Rangers get in return. Ideally yes, you’d like all the deals to be pretty much independent of each other but eating up a lot of cap space on July 1 can be potentially ruinous to RFA negotiations depending on who they want to bring back (I forgot to put Boyle of my list of impending RFAs).

    And even if they don’t go after Richards, which #1 center do you think they’d pursue in a trade if there are any available?

  36. CTBlueshirt

    the best way to get that 2nd star player is through a trade. Our goal should be to acquire a relatively young #1 center should Brad Richards not be an option. According to my calculations the Rangers should have roughly 8 mil to spend assuming Dubi, Anisimov, Callahan sign for a combined 9 mil and Rozsival is traded.

  37. well, ilb and doodie, I don’t think I put it that bluntly.

    still hoping to do report cards … been very busy … only problem: almost everybody gets an A. I hate to do that; it just doesn’t look right. but if it’s deserved, it’s deserved. Maybe tomorrow. Or soon.

    and ilb, go byfuglien off. ;)

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

    I would frankly rather have a franzen or a player like that than gabby at this point if

    A)we do not get a bonafide #1 centre for gabby

    B)gabby continues to seem to be in torts dog house

    I think gabby’s goal scoring potential is fantastic as well as erratic. I personally think they will get a centre, but if you wonder about his contract being an albatross, why not think about trading him for a player that may not have the goal scoring ceiling potential that he does, but routinely seems to be in the 30 to 40 range?

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, there are many more “A”s this year than in years past, but I’d say it’s still only a handful of guys that do.

    I’d be happy to write a report card for you if you’re too busy.

  40. An albatross? That’s tough. I think the albatross designation is in some way placing the blame on a large salaried player when a team doesn’t do well or it’s such a contract that it forces the team to dilute itself unwillingly.

    For the former and also in some cases the latter, obviously you can look at Kovalchuk and see how most of the blame of the Devils season get placed at his feet. He’s a convenient target for sure and it’s not like it’s completely unwarranted. But that also glosses over the fact that the talent on their blueline even with Volchenkov was pretty average and a lot of the supporting cast outside of Zajac and Parise were either getting old or aren’t very good.

    Then you have the case of Brian Campbell in Chicago. He put up some pretty decent numbers, but he carries a cap hit larger than Redden’s. And his deal ate up a lot of space that could have been used to retain some of the guys they were forced to flip after they won the Cup. Campbell isn’t good enough by himself to make up for diluted team the Hawks were forced to field this year.

    In Gaborik’s case the Rangers are still doing well with him struggling and the Rangers aren’t going to be forced into dumping players they otherwise would have held onto. Would not having him on the team allow them to throw the checkbook at Richards? Of course, but then you’d have a situation where Richards would be surrounded with mediocre talent unless you stick him with say Dubi but that robs the rest of the forward lines of high grade talent.

  41. Told you, Doodie….

    I’ll tell one thing, folks. Being sick stinks. Big time. I’m looking at some of your posts, and I’m not sure I understand everything…

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

    something going on??

    JimCerny Jim Cerny
    #NYR to make announcement shortly, followed by conference call with GM Glen Sather…

  43. You can spit in my coffee, but my fantasy 1st line to utilize Gaby would be: Iginla(who can play left wing when needed), Duby (the best puck carrier in this team) as a power center and sneaky Gabby, who will feel great with such a strong guys, who them self are an imminent threat.

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

    nice line, I’d take it!!

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, I’m thinking albatross like Gomez. Grossly overpaid with many years to go. Honestly, he’s supposed to be the superstar. 70 points just won’t cut it.

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

    Real_ESPNLeBrun Pierre LeBrun
    Rangers have made a trade but don’t know you yet.

  47. What center though Oleo? Crosby/Malkin/Backstrom/Toews/Stamkos? How many of them get traded though, especially the young ones that are probably under market value? If they’re trading AA/Stepan/Dubi type players plus draft picks, they better get a pretty sure thing. Like 80-90 points in the bank, with maybe in the potential for more. Otherwise I don’t know if it’s entirely worth it. I’m not a fan of signing Richards, but I don’t think backing up the truck of high ceiling assets in a trade is the way to do it either.

  48. if Richards can be had for a similar contract to Gaborik you sign him and that’s pretty much that’s your offseason. Obviously moving Drury too would be best but we all know how loved he is and that its just not gonna happen.

  49. How is Brad Richards at winning faceoffs? I could see the Rangers picking up a center who could win faceoffs at or before the trade deadline. Guess who’s leading the NHL in faceoff winning %… Manny Malhotra! – Why can’t we get players like that? :)

  50. CTBlueshirt

    honestly I don’t know who is/would be available but it would have to be for a 60+ point player. Given our depth at center and defense, I would have no problem including any combination of Grachev, Anisimov, Del Zotto and 1st rounder though.

    Right now Richards is the most logical signing though

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