Canucks at Rangers tonight


And, no, it’s not Game 7.

(… I hit PUBLISH accidentally when I meant to schedule this to be published in the morning, and I decided, since some of you saw it already, that I’d just leave it up. So there won’t be a post in the morning, OK?)

So I finished snow-blowing and shoveling and tearing every muscle in my back yesterday, and decide it was time to take some serious anti-inflammatories and watch some hockey. Or at least, whatever they were showing on NHL Network.

And that was, first, Flyers-Sabres from the night before. Then later, they showed the one-hour video from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship run. The latter was pretty cool, seeing a younger John Tortorella and how awesome it was that he brought that team together, and how they played (and he told me last week that one of the keys to that whole thing was GM Jay Feaster’s late-season trade for D Daryl Sydor), and how good Ruslan Fedotenko and future Ranger Brad Richards (Conn Smythe) were.

One fact caught my eye in the Flyers-Sabres game. There have been 157 NHL coaching changes since Lindy Ruff was hired.

What also caught my eye was the way the Flyers play, which is pretty much the way the Rangers play, only with more depth, especially offensively. But also that when one Flyers defenseman chases the puck to the corner or behind the net, the other goes in front and stays there.

And also, I saw Mike Richards block a shot standing up, not on one knee, and the result was a breakaway and a goal. Then later, in the ’04 Cup final, I saw his namesake, Brad Richards, block a shot standing up, not on one knee, and get a breakaway out of it. Just sayin.

Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 25-16-3 (53 pts)
Canucks: 28-8-6 (62 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 11

The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their only meeting this season. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-16-3 (53 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden to end their three-game winning streak, and are now 8-3-2 in their last 13 games. New York has registered a point in 20 of their last 29 games (18-9-2), and is 8-4-1 in their last 13 games at home. The Canucks enter the contest with a 28-8-6 (62 pts) record to rank first in the Western Conference, and have registered a point in each of their last 17 games (14-0-3). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.


*       TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Canucks
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig and John Giannone (In-Game Reporters)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Canucks
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: 71-30-8-0 overall (38-13-5-0 at home, 33-17-3-0 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks their only meeting this season
*       Last Season: New York was 0-1-0 overall, following a 4-1 loss at Vancouver on Nov. 3
*       The Rangers rank 20th with a 10-9-2 (22 pts) record at home; the Canucks rank sixth with a 13-5-3 (29 pts) mark on the road
*       The Rangers are 3-2-0 vs. the Northwest Division; the Canucks are 3-1-0 against the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 0-3-0 with a 4.59 goals against average in three career appearances vs. Vancouver; Martin Biron is 3-3-1 with a 2.85 goals against average in eight career appearances vs. Vancouver
*       Marian Gaborik has registered 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 37 career regular season contests vs. Vancouver
*       New York lists no former Canucks on their roster
*       Vancouver lists two former Rangers on their roster: Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2001-02); Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 – 2002-03)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-six rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for eighth in the league.

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (2:08) on Tuesday vs. Montreal. New York ranks 22nd overall (25-157, 15.9%) and ranks 27th at home (12-78, 15.4%). The Rangers are 1-5 (5:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/24 at TBL), and 0-2 (2:23) when four-on-three (last – 12/3 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Canadiens scoreless in two shorthanded situations (2:08) on Tuesday at MSG, and are now 87-99 (87.9%) over the last 32 games. New York ranks 10th overall (127-152, 83.6%) and 13th at home (52-62, 83.9%). The Rangers are 5-7 (5:18) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/8 at STL), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (9): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust); 1/7 at DAL (Fedotenko).
*       Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (3:52) on Tuesday vs. Montreal, and are now plus-three in 35, four-on-four situations (65:50). Four-on-four goals for (5): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan); 1/5 vs. CAR (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

Henrik Lundqvist tallied an assist vs. Montreal on Tuesday and has now registered an assist in each of his last three games, tying the NHL record for longest assist streak by a goaltender.  Two other goalies have posted three-game assist streaks in NHL history – Tom Barrasso in 1984-85 and 1988-89, and Ed Belfour in 2001-02.  Lundqvist is the first Rangers goalie ever to record an assist in three straight games (goalie games played, not team games). *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

The Rangers have the sixth youngest team in the league with an average age of 26 years and 210 days, and the youngest defensive corp in the league with an average age of 24 years and 328 days. *based on NHL rosters on Jan. 11

The Rangers completed their 11th of 18 back-to-back sets with a 2-1 win at St. Louis on Saturday. New York is 6-4-1 (1-0-0 at home, 5-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs, following a 3-2 shootout win at Dallas on Friday. The Blueshirts are 10-1-0 (4-0-0 at home, 6-1-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 33-13, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-3-2 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 have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season through 44 games (21-17-6, 48 points in 2009-10), having tallied 10 more goals (127 this season, 117 last season) while allowing 12 fewer goals against (109 this season, 121 last season).  New York has also shown a five-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, four last season).

New York is currently nine games over .500 with a 25-16-3 record.  New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least nine games over on April 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine) and road wins (15), are tied for sixth in wins (25), eighth in points (53), ninth in goals (127), and sixth with a plus-18 goal differential.

The Blueshirts lead the league with a .667 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 12-3-3 in those contests. Their 12 wins are tied for fifth in the NHL.

New York leads the NHL with 13 points when trailing after two periods, having registered a 5-9-3 mark in those games. The Blueshirts’ five wins are tied for first in the league. New York won back-to-back games on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh (4-1) and Dec. 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 Nov. 15 vs. Boston (3-2) and Nov. 17 vs. Ottawa (2-1). Both games required the shootout.

The Rangers have had 16 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in 24 of their 44 games, posting a record of 17-6-1 in those contests, and own a record of 10-2-1 when leading after the first period.

The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,266 hits and rank third with 695 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan ranked second in the league with 128 hits and led all NHL forwards with 40 blocked shots prior to his injury on Dec. 15, while Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 125 blocked shots and Brian Boyle is tied for eighth in the NHL with 131 hits.

The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history.


*       Henrik Lundqvist is 11-5-2 with a 1.79 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 18 games, and enters the contest with an NHL record three-game assist streak
*       Brandon Dubinsky has registered 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in the last 18 contests, including 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last nine
*       Matt Gilroy has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in his last eight contests, and has posted a plus-10 rating in his last 19 games
*       Derek Stepan has registered 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 28 contests, with seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last 11
*       Brian Boyle has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 17 games
*       Mats Zuccarello has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last eight games


*       Brandon Dubinsky: 2 assists from 100 NHL career
*       Matt Gilroy: 3 games from 100 NHL career
*       Henrik Lundqvist: 5 wins from 200 NHL career; 1 shutout from 30 NHL career


*       Ryan McDonagh: 1st career NHL game (1/7 at DAL)


*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 44
*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 14
*       Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 11
*       Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 6

Total Man-Games Lost: 141


*       Jan. 10 – Acquired forward Wojtek Wolski from Phoenix in exchange for defenseman Michal Rozsival

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  1. Rock n’ Roll…

    With the ‘Nucks flying high right now… and the Rangers stall on the red light button, I just have a feeling like tomorrow is going to be one of those 5-4 games… and I really badly want to bounce back and get this win…

    Like our chances!


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

    wait, what the hell is going on??

    poor wicky??
    we traded feds??

    Little help!!

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

    night assens (from wherever mama laureled me to)!!!

  4. I missed an entire’s night of sleep? Well that sucks :(

    Or did Carp invent a time warp thingy and is sharing with the rest of us? Now that would be cool.

  5. Joekuh-rury-mire - I'm AWESOME! on

    LOL @ the folkyerself family. and LOL @ voting for Drury again. Can we vote him in for Little League MVP again too?

  6. Owen Folkyerself II on

    Sure can!

    Also Rookie of the Year, Captain Clutch, Sweet Caroline, Mayor McCheese, NHL Commissioner and Leader of the Free World.

  7. Uncle Larry at least gets it right that Gaborik would have to waive his limited NTC in order for any move to happen. Otherwise he mentions no potential partners or prospective return other than “the Rangers would have to be blown away”. They’d also be selling him while his value is a bit down and you never know if there really is an injury hampering something a trading partly would do their diligence on.

  8. Woe is me. The Folkyerself family tree I was creating on now has more members! WTB?

  9. Good game day morning, boneheads!

    According to Capgeek, Gaborik has full, not limited, NTC. But I tend to trust LB when it comes to that type of info. Careful look at his article clearly suggests that the Rangers are not trading him. Nor they should.

    If you have time, read Rodent today. It’s a bit long, but funny.

  10. The difference in the way the Flyers do it is just the opposite of how Rangers do it….they NEVER go in front of the net ….and…stay…there. I’ve been crabbing about this for four years under two coaches. Oh they will meander to the front if someone has the puck behind the net for them, but they are there only momentarily .. usually until some unpleasant character in an opponent’s uniform shows up. then they melt away.

  11. This brings me back to my original statement about signing big number shooters and trying to build an offense around them. Sure they’re spectacular, but I’d still rather have 4-5 20 goalers than one bomber who might : a. Get hurt,laid up, and sick…..b. Might get sloppy and lazy on the job and collect the big bucks with modest effort…c. run into a prolonged shooter’s slump… or d… cost way more than he’s worth and become difficult to unload. Look at what you’ve got with the 20 goalers….
    lower salary
    easily replaceable
    usually happy to be on the team
    does what he’s told instead of making demands

    My choice. Looks as tho the Rangers might just be inadvertantly going my way.

  12. As may most of the teams in the near future, Fran. Salaries in the range of $3.5-$4.5M given to multiple players are more likely to give you long term success than 1-2 above $7M long-term contracts. The latter has already proven to be one year wonder, at best, and cripple your team for many years thereafter. Many GMs started to recognize it.

  13. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    oh wait… they’re actually talking about some guy that plays for the Rangers and wears #10, anyone heard of him?

    My groin is better than his groin. Just sayin.

  14. since Richards coming here in the offseason is inevitable, i would also like the Rangers to go one further and trade for a relatively young top flight d-man that can anchor our blue line for the next 5-7 years.

    Shea Weber is an RFA and is going to have to sign long term. Given Nashville’s defensive depth, Ryan Ellis and Jonathon Blum in the system with Ryan Suter in the bigs plus their small market status, im not sure they can or want to committ 50 million to one player. I would offer our 2nd round pick this year, 1st round pick next year, Del Zotto, Grachev and Weise..

    While that is a pretty big offer, the Rangers have a good enough farm system where they can make this trade and have not much of an effect. Weber makes Del Zotto expendable and fills the offensive defenseman/PP QB role we so desperately need long term and he’s only 25. Weber, as well as the inevitable Richards signing gives the Rangers a true long-term stanley cup contender. It also fits under the cap with 2 of 3 things happening 1) buyout of Chris Drury 2) trade of Wolski 3) Avery and Boogaard both off the roster

  15. Oleo, as Keith Hernandez would say, “that’s a lot of moving parts”. Just having 1 of the 3 scenarios where the Rangers can reduce some of their deadwood cap hits come to fruition would be nice, but I think it’s highly unlikely to see all 3.

    Nashville also has a little over $5M in space (to add to about $8M they already have) from Steven Sullivan and Shane O’Brien, both of whom I wouldn’t expect them to retain. I think the Preds make it a top priority to retain Weber and maybe use their deep prospect pool to find badly needed offense.

  16. Ok, so I’m dumb but why does everyone (incl Carp) discuss Richards like it’s a done deal he’s coming here?

  17. Richards:
    – Biggest impending unrestricted free agent
    – Dallas is a franchise in flux with regards to ownership
    – Rangers will have space due to a lot of expiring contracts
    – Sather spends cap space like it’s going out of style
    – Richards played for Torts in Tampa
    – Believe it or not there is only so much hockey writers can write about Sidney Crosby

  18. CTBlueshirt

    i understand your concern and obviously it probably wont happen however only 2 of those need to happen. Drury should be an easy decision to buyout and if Zuccarello continues to impress and Wolski stays inconsistent, he becomes expendable as well.

    If you look back at all the Stanley Cup winners in the last 15 years, you will more often than not see 2 things in common. They had 2 forwards playing at an MVP level and 1 defenseman playing at a Norris level. Richards and Gaborik give you the 2 offensive stars but Staal is not good enough offensively to be that #1 guy.

    While there is no formula for winning a championship teams that have those 3 things covered plus a hot goaltender usually finish in the top 4.

  19. “Henrik and Daniel, the No. 3 and 4 scorers in the N.H.L., each have 55 points in 42 games.

    “They look alike; they play the same way — I can’t really tell them apart on the ice,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who played with them on Sweden’s Olympic and national teams.

    “It’s so confusing sometimes,” Lundqvist continued. “It’s like, ‘Well, I just saw him in that corner, and now he’s in front of the net.’ ”

  20. Marji

    b/c given that Stepan is a liability in the faceoff circle, he might need to move to wing in the future. That leaves Anisimov as the next best center and while I am a big fan of his, I dont think he’ll ever be an all-star player which is what you need on a top line. Richards, is one of Tortorella’s favorites (whom btw has a huge say in the front office). Richards is 6th in the NHL in points and 3rd among centers and given the fact that Gaborik has been struggling, it just makes perfect sense to bring him here.

  21. Drury retirement would do wonders to help the cap situation for a large contract. I’m trying to convince a friend right now how that would be such a huge move for the team in the off-season if he pulled a Naslund.

  22. Oleosmirf, that all makes perfect sense, especially given the fact that NYR typically go after the biggest name on the market if they have money to spend. Mercifully, spending all their money on some really poor signings actually benefitted the team. They never would have gone with youth if they weren’t in a financial bind. I was not aware of the Richards connection to Torts (shame on me).

  23. B. Richards arrival inevitable (he already bought himself unlimited Metrocard)! Trade all picks and future prospects for yet another dman! Stepan (a true veteran of the NHL with 40 games behind him) can’t learn how to win faceoffs (since only Sid the Skid can) Anisimov career is finished! Make every February 31 days long! Flyers don’t pay for parking in front of the net! Gaborik for golubtsi!

    Just the usual morning at the RR Blog :)

  24. comparing Richards to Drury is extremely short-sighted. First off, Drury has always a 45-55 point player. He just so happened to be fortunate enough to play with some very good linemates and get points he otherwise would never have gotten.

    Brad Richards has consistently been a point per game player and his MVP-like numbers in Dallas have been created pretty much by himself. Richards is more likely to gain points in NY with Gaborik and Wolski/Dubinsky then anything.

  25. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Sather + Big Contracts times (Richards + Drury + Redden + Rosival + Naslund + Gomez + Holik + Lindros) = SSDD

  26. Redden, Naslund, Holik, Lindros were all over the hill when those contracts were given up. Drury and Gomez were never top players.

    Richards is a completely different situation as he is currently a top 10 player in the league whereas neither of those players were anywhere near top players when they were signed. Nice try though…

  27. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    oleo, so this time it will be different?

    Richards will get a 6 year, 7 mil contract, perform well for a year or two, get old, skills erode, and stop producing then hang around collecting paychecks while Rangers fans wait until his contract ends, or he gets bought out.

    It’s the Sather Way.

  28. Noah-el Zotto-ospal-allahan, 28 on

    I don’t want Richards because he has not won a Little League World Series. That is a deal-breaker.

  29. If you look at the numbers B. Richards has never scored 30 goals… he scored more than 25 goals only once (26) Even Gomez had 30 goals season and Drury had 2 30 goal seasons

    Richards numbers are not that much better (if at all) comparing to the numbers Gomez or Drury had before coming here…

  30. well 7 years is a different story. A 30 year old playing at an MVP level shouldnt not all of a sudden erode at age 33. I would not give him more than 5 years but there is no reason why he should not produce at least 4 of those years at his current level.

  31. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Brad Richards spelled backwards is Nexttobeoverpaid. Weird.

    Sather- ” He is on Dallas’ top line? He makes $7mil/season? He played for Torts? He plays center? HE’S THE MISSING PIECE, THE NEXT MESSIER…I GOTTA HAVE THAT GUY! “

  32. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    OK, Ilb – geometry it is:

    1. Let ABCD be a cyclic quadrilateral.
    2. Note that on the chord BC, the inscribed angles ?BAC = ?BDC, and on AB, ?ADB = ?ACB.
    3. Construct K on AC such that ?ABK = ?CBD;
    1. Note that since ?ABK + ?CBK = ?ABC = ?CBD + ?ABD, ?CBK = ?ABD.
    4. Now, by common angles ?ABK is similar to ?DBC, and likewise ?ABD ? ?KBC.
    5. Thus AK/AB = CD/BD, and CK/BC = DA/BD;
    1. Thus AK·BD = AB·CD, and CK·BD = BC·DA;
    2. By adding equality: AK·BD + CK·BD = AB·CD + BC·DA;
    3. Thus by factorizing: (AK+CK)·BD = AB·CD + BC·DA;
    4. But AK+CK = AC, so AC·BD = AB·CD + BC·DA; Q.E.D.

    Note that the proof is clearly only valid for simple cyclic quadrilaterals; if the quadrilateral is complex then K will be located outside the line segment AC, so AK?CK=±AC, giving the expected result.

    No Cup for Sather’s Rangers.

  33. The differences between Brad Richards and every other big UFA Sather has signed:

    1) Richards is a healthy bona fide preimere top flight player.
    2) Richards fits into the system.
    3) Richards fills a desperate voin on the NYR roster.

    Richards makes 1000% more sense than Kolvachuk ever did.
    It will happen.
    The only question will be whether he wears #91 or #19.

  34. Olga Folkyerself on

    What’s the answer to the Rangers Trivia question?

    According to oleo the answer is Brad Richards…

  35. 1) Richards is a healthy bona fide preimere top flight player.
    But the question always is, for how much longer?

    2) Richards fits into the system.
    Well him and Gaborik on the top line would be a bit different than a cycling/grinding line. It would hopefully be a line that can connect on quick passes on the rush springing breakaways and setting up one-timers in the offensive zone.

    3) Richards fills a desperate voin on the NYR roster.
    This is true, but the cost related to question #1 is the largest factor.

    He’d wear 19 because in order for Richards to come, Feds will not be retained.

  36. CTB- not resigning Fedotenko will not be nearly enough…..

    I think we should post Izzy’s geometry on Rodent’s messageboard. Bet you he’ll try to decipher it.

  37. ilb, I know Feds won’t be enough but he’s on the debit side of the ledger in order to make any Richards deal work, thus #19 would be available.

    I’m a bit traditionalist about jersey numbers, particularly for an original 6 franchise. I understand Gilroy wears 97 as a tribute to his late brother (or something along those lines), but I like the players to wear numbers up through the 40’s. Don’t know why, but I just do.

  38. Hugh Jess Folkyerself on

    ilb- You guessed it! I was in Chicago for the Stanley Cup Championship.

    Sec 221 Row 5 seat 16.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    I liked that Jessiman took boxing lessons that one offseason. It was fun watching him get pummeled in the preseason.

  40. My self-imposed day ban is now over. Time to resume good behavior!

    Great morning Blogmama, Carpy, and all.

    Hope you’re feeling better, ilby!

    Love ya, MAO!

  41. Glad to see the Folk family back in full force!

    Where has Orrsie been? Probably been on egotastic doing not nice things to himself :)

  42. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    I always hated Geometry… my brain froze on that post. I’m waiting for it to reboot.

    Calling Richards a ‘top flight’ center is a stretch for me. He’s had some good seasons point wise, but assists are misleading. 90 point seasons… but never more than 25 goals. Do the Rangers really need to pay somebody Redden/Druryesque money just to pass to Gaborik?

    If the Rangers get BRich, and Gaborik still doesn’t put up 50 goals… then what? The blame game has got to stop. Gaborik faces the opponents best D night in and night out… sometimes he’s gonna get shut down.

    And i STILL think he’s not 100% healthy.

  43. Orrsie!

    Link, please, to caught kitten killer?

    Also, very very very very very important to remember. Please please please no watching the Jets game this Sunday. Game watching or score watching.

    This game means everything to me. This is the biggest game since February 2008. Not as big as that one, but just huge. Huge.

  44. Thanks, Orr. So he hasnt been caught, he’s only been identified.

    He looks like a sicko freak. I hope they castrate the piece of carcillo. just a complete dirtbag.

  45. well, ill see you guys and girls later for game time. seeing that sicko’s picture has taken the happiness out of a great day for me.

  46. Hugolga Folkyeself on

    Luka Magnotta: Hated By All
    Born in Russia, Russian mother Italian father. Dated canadian female serial killer.Bisectual pornster. May Damnation Take him, this piece of motherbyfiglen piece of cooking carsillo!

  47. How about this? Buy out Drury and then re-sign him for around $1 million (for two seasons). His cap hit will be a lot less next season but obviously remain for another season beyond that. The Rangers are so crazy that they might want to re-sign him anyway, just not as a captain.

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

    I don’t see how feds contract is a make or break thing on anyone else? I think he should be resigned. There of a lot of guys that more expendable in the organization than him and that make more or roughly the same amount of money he does.

    I also do not think that slats will go without a “heavyweight” enforcer for long. If boogey can’t come back, I would expect him to make a deal for one (not saying I agree, but look at the history).

  49. Spider, I think there are rules against buying out and re-signing players like that scenario.

    Wicky, Feds is gone if they choose to pursue a big name FA/add a large contract. They’ll need every dollar they can get in cap room due to a lot of restricted FAs getting raises this off-season. He’s a good solider, good risk/reward signing, but signing him beyond this season is a mistake IMO. He seems to do just fine getting short term contracts from various teams around the league and maybe playing a hard working 3rd line role this year will get him a small multiyear deal from a team looking to fill the proverbial “veteran presence with a winning past” roster spot. It just shouldn’t be the Rangers.

  50. wicky

    you can only have so many players on your team. you have 12 forwards in your lineup every game. We have Drury, Gaborik, Wolski, Stepan, Prust, Avery, Boogaard, Christensen, Zuccarello under contract for next season. Anisimov, Boyle, Callahan, Dubinsky are RFAs that are all guaranteed coming back unless they are traded. So that is 13 forwards in total. If you want Richards say goodbye to Wolski or Drury so we are still at 13.

    Where does Fedotenko fit in all this?

  51. CTBlueshirt

    Fedotenko’s contract is not going to prevent them signing a big name player as he’ll make no more than 2 mil next season. He’s just expendable but if they really want him back over let’s say Avery. His contract wont be an issue…

  52. After the same amount of games (44): 21-16-7
    On the same date: 22-17-7 (after the Jan 12th game vs the Devils, the 0-0 “tie”)

  53. oleo, as you said he takes up a roster spot so there’s little reason to bring him back. But I think a million in cap space will be an issue unless Drury retires. Even though they’re subtracting Feds, Frolov, Eminger, Prospal, White’s contracts Dubi and Cally are going to be making around $3.5-$4M next year and Boyle and Anismov will probably get close $2M. Wolski isn’t exactly a risk free cap hit either. With him projected as a top 6 forward and his cap hit he better produce.

    Just imagine Staal or Giradi having very a sub-par season and most fans would probably feel that one is getting vastly overpaid, that’s what you’d get with Wolski if he isn’t a 20+ goal, 50+ point guy at a minimum.

  54. CTBlueshirt

    what im saying is there will be no cap problem if lets suppose they decide to keep Fedotenko and get rid of Avery or Boogaard instead.

  55. Maybe Boogaard retires. That wouldn’t be too bad. Avery is not going anywhere with his reputation. I have strong doubts he gets another NHL contract after this.

  56. well I personally think Avery is perfect on the 4th line. It was nice to see him smacking someone before the faceoff the other day. His antics are really needed if/when the team is flat on a given night, especially at the garden.

    The Boogaard signing i didn’t like but it seems like Tortorella really pushed for him. He can be sent to HFD at anytime though…

  57. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    has there been any update on Boogey at all?
    Last I heard was he was not sympton free and seeing another sepcialist

    I think that was like a week ago. Any more updates on him?

  58. Orr, I don’t know if it was that nobody thought they would sign him. I think people thought they overpaid (which they did) for him.

  59. LAWRENCE TAYLOR will receive no jail time!


    LT LT LT! LT LT LT!!


  60. Lawrence never did anything wrong. Take that back, CCCP! NOW! I told you all from the beginning LT was innocent. I will always believe in him! He turned his life around!

  61. Beth,
    I thought this guy was a loon, but he has been calling a lot of player moves in ALL sports.
    “**NHL RUMORS** Sources have confirmed Flames scouts will be in the building tonight @ MSG (+ They will attend Philly game) its getting hot”

    “**NHL RUMORS** Besides Iginla > Rangers have supreme interest in (Defenseman) Robyn Regehr – Flames could package both in a huge deal soon

    I don’t believe it, but this guy has been VERY good with these predictions. Forget Eklund. In fact with Twitter, Eklund will probably lose whatever followers he had.

  62. I know cw kinda makes you wonder…. On another note I’m actually surprised how easy it is to type with two hands on the iPad which is what I’m posting on currently

  63. Lawrence never did anything wrong. Take that back, CCCP! NOW! I told you all from the beginning LT was innocent. I will always believe in him! He turned his life around!


    And OJ was framed, despite losing a wrongful death suit.

  64. LT aint done nothing to nobody! At least not anything that could be proven in a court of law, or bribed away with an All-Madden Team leather jacket.

    Maybe the Icelanders would trade us that Konopka guy for Drury? Konopka’s a good enforcer and is battling Manny Malhotra for the league lead in faceoff %.

  65. LT aint done nothing to nobody! At least not anything that could be proven in a court of law, or bribed away with an All-Madden Team leather jacket.


    A signed copy of Madden 92 would be kinda awesome.

  66. Ya know, CTB, you can be such a meanie to me! :) However, comparing LT and OJ is comparing apples to oranges.

    I just found the game on DVD in which LT breaks Theisman’s leg and ends Theisman’s career! What’s phenomenal about LT is as soon as he hits Theisman, he hears a snap and knows something is wrong…and immediately starts calling for medical personnel and training staff to get out to the field.

    He single-handedly revolutionized football, and is credited with such in The Blind Side – one of my favorite movies of all time.

    Im dropping this subject right here and now, as Im not in the mood for any controversy!

  67. Tiki – LT pleaded guilty. That strikes me as someone who knows that they’ve committed a crime, no?

  68. Ya know, CTB, you can be such a meanie to me! :) However, comparing LT and OJ is comparing apples to oranges.


    Kinda unintentional humor right there.

    But my point was that OJ (and most likely LT) got off the hook on a criminal case, but he was found guilty in another legal venue.

    I mean you’re entitled to admire athletes for their accomplishments on the field. Most of us here probably strongly admire a Ranger or Yankee or Giant (Jets/Mets/Knick/etc). But the guy has had multiple run ins with the law and was relapsing with addictions/substance abuse way before Lindsay Lohan made it popular.

  69. Here’s the first two paragraphs from the story. The guy is an absolute piece of carcillo:

    NEW CITY — New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty this afternoon to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute stemming from his case that involved a 16-year-old girl.

    Taylor was accused of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the underage girl at the Holiday Inn in Montebello on May 6, 2010. He is alleged to have paid her $300.

  70. LT is a bad person. A criminal. We will soon hear about something even worse than this last episode. Inevetable.

  71. so the great Eklund thinks that Kings want to go after Gaborik.

    this is what I want from LA: Justin Williams, Brayden Schenn, Thomas Hickey and Tyler Toffoli

  72. Iginla is 33 years old, has 2 more years at 7 mil and has declining stats. As much I like Iginla, im not giving up Callahan for him.

    I will however give up Zuccarello, Grachev, Gilroy and a 2nd rounder which certainly wont be enough but thats the max I will go…

  73. How’s MSG looking, Carp? Snowed in? Did they chase mr. Bloomberg out? He’s bad news for the Rangers, lol

  74. I have no problem trading the kids but not for a 30 something year old fading superstar.

    right now Grachev has become expendable and if we can somehow get a relatively young guy like Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Ryan Getzalf, Corey Perry, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp then yes I would have no problem giving up Grachev.

  75. I’d willing to wait with Gaborik. He’ll come around. The good news, they’ve been OK without him lighting it up. He’s looked good for a few games.

  76. maybe the way i love hockey got to do with watching this cartoon when i was little

    This game is between stock up “masters” of hockey (aka Canadian Junior team in red) and a team of hard-working and modest “beginners” (aka Russian Junior team in blue)

    You don’t need to know Russian to watch this Classic Russian cartoon


  77. ilb2001

    I have no problems with Gaborik at all, however, if the Kings are willing to give me Justin Williams (they gotta trade salary and he’s a UFA), Brayden Schenn (top prospect in the game), Tyler Toffoli (their top RW prospect) and one of their top defensive prospects Thomas Hickey, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez or Vyacheslav Voynov I am down.

  78. No way the Rangers are trading Gaborik. Brad Richards will be centering Gaborik next year when Slats sign him as an UFA at seasons end.

  79. of course they arent trading Gaborik, im just saying what it would take for me to say yes and my proposal is something the kings would certainly turn down.

  80. “I have no problem trading the kids but not for a 30 something year old fading superstar.

    right now Grachev has become expendable and if we can somehow get a relatively young guy like Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Ryan Getzalf, Corey Perry, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp then yes I would have no problem giving up Grachev.”

    You would need a LOT more than Grachev to get any of these guys. Each one of these guys is BETTER than any forward on the Rangers sans Gaborik. You couldn’t trade DUBI straight up for any of those guys (except Roy because he is injured).

  81. It’s so funny how one Larry Brooks article has started the debate on Gaborik being traded. Ridiculous. No way Rangers are trading Gaborik. Makes more sense to trade Lundqvist :P

    Iglina will probably a Ranger this season along with Sarrich or Regyhr. @incarceratedbob has been right on about all hockey traded related news, so I wouldn’t write him off as a phony. Dude has real connections around the NHL. Slats stepping down may actually be a bad thing. I don’t want Messier to be our GM.

    I think Girardi, Valentenko, Grachev, and Bourque are the guys the NYR can *afford* to trade and that have trade value.

  82. The best thing for Sather to do is wait for Richards, and maybe move a kid or two for a real PP QB. If Richards can’t get Gabby going next year, then it may be time to move Gabby.

    Would we trade Gabby straight up for Iginla?

    I HIGHLY doubt Calgary would be on Gabby’s list of prefered destinations…

  83. cw

    oh of course it wont, I meant in a package such as Grachev, Anisimov a 1st rounder in 2011 and a 2nd rounder in 2010 for Getzalf or replace Anisimov with Del Zotto for a d-man like Shea Weber or

  84. cw

    oh of course it wont, I meant in a package such as Grachev, Anisimov a 1st rounder in 2011 and a 2nd rounder in 2010 for Getzalf or replace Anisimov with Del Zotto for a d-man like Shea Weber.

  85. NYR fan,
    Incarcerated Bob has been reliable, and I think he knows an agent somewhere, but the Iginla to NYR just doesn’t make sense right now. He has alluded to Iginla to Philly which makes more sense because Philly has many more and much better players to offer in trade.

  86. NYR_FAN

    if we are looking to acquire an offensive d-man that will be part of our future, Del Zotto becomes expendable as well.

  87. I could part with AA, Gilroy/MDZ, MZA, and anyone left in Hartford for Webber. These guys may be good NHL players someday, but Weber is GREAT. Big difference.

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

    what about bob? who is this bob anyhow?

    I don’t remember everyone who posted after I went back to work on the feds thing, but I know we have a glut of forwards (including injured ones). I am basing the keeping feds idea on how he has played and being a “torts” guy as well as the opinion that some forwards are gone or traded by next season.

    If slats wants richards, I don’t see him waiting until free agency (obviously if the stars refuse to move him, and they might) to get him.

    I’m honestly not sure if drury keeps playing the way he is if he just might not pull a naslund. I’m also not sure with the way torts is bout avery, that aves is back (I want him back and I like what he brings). I think EC and prospal may not be back (I know EC is signed for next season).

    The only reason boogey isn’t back is if he isn’t medically cleared. If we do acquire richards in a trade (IF) you have to think one of AA, dubi, cally, or boyle goes in the deal.

    MZA may or may not stay up (I hope he does) or have a spot next season.

    Bottom line is too many IFs or might/might nots right now to rule out anything. And we have all seen slatipuss want someone and go get him even if he has to OVERPAY to do it. I would NOT rule out the trading of a young “special” homegrown player by slats in a deal to get another player he wants. If he trades that player, the roster spot is a moot point.

    Everyone here is talking deals that bring in people, but lose no one…I doubt that happens. I’m just saying!

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