Rangers at Carolina tonight


Expecting some of the beat guys to have some info on Marian Gaborik’s concussion following the morning skate in Raleigh today. If you guys find it before I do, please share.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center • Raleigh, North Carolina
Rangers: 31-26-4 (66 pts)
Hurricanes: 28-24-8 (64 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 20

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-26-4 (66 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 2-1-0 in their last three home games. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 28-24-8 (64 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost seven of their last 10 games (3-5-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Friday, Feb. 25, at Verizon Center (7:00 p.m.), in their second of three consecutive games vs. Southeast Division opponents.

*       TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Hurricanes
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Hurricanes
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: 54-48-7-2 overall (34-17-4-2 at home, 20-31-3-0 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting, and second at RBC Center. New York is 1-2-0 thus far, following a 4-1 loss at Carolina on Jan. 20.
*       Last Season: New York was 2-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 on the road. Three of their four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including one that required overtime on Jan. 2 at MSG (1-2).
*       The Rangers rank eighth with a 17-13-1 (35 pts) record on the road; the Hurricanes rank 19th with a 15-10-2 (32 pts) mark at home
*       The Rangers are 5-8-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Hurricanes are 6-7-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 9-8-1 with a 2.42 goals against average and one shutout in 18 career regular season games vs. the Hurricanes; Martin Biron is 10-4-1-2 with a 2.53 goals against average and one shutout in 19 career regular season games vs. Carolina
*       Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high, 19 goals, 26 assists and 45 points in 53 career regular season games vs. Carolina
*       New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
*       Carolina lists no former Rangers on their roster

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which ranks sixth in the league. The Rangers did not skate in a power play on Sunday vs. Philadelphia, marking the second time this season they were not awarded a power play opportunity (Nov. 15 at PIT).

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not skate in a power play opportunity on Sunday vs. Philadelphia, and are now 7-40 (17.5%) with the man advantage in their last 10 games. New York ranks 25th overall (35-217, 16.1%) and 24th on the road (14-103, 13.6%). The Rangers are 2-9 (7:45) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/7 at DET), and 0-3 (4:23) when four-on-three (last – 2/17 vs. LAK). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Flyers in three shorthanded situations (4:23) on Sunday at MSG, and have allowed only six power play goals against in the last 19 games (50-56, 89.3% over the span). New York ranks ninth overall (169-202, 83.7%) and is tied for 11th on the road (92-111, 82.9%). The Rangers are 7-9 (6:45) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Philadelphia, and are now plus-three in 46, four-on-four situations (91:57). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). 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).

Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his older brother, Carolina forward Eric Staal, 15 times in his career, amassing a 7-7-1 record with five points (two goals, three assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Eric has registered an 8-5-2 mark behind five goals and five assists, along with eight penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in those 15 games.

The Rangers completed their 15th of 18 back-to-back sets on Friday at New Jersey. New York is 9-5-1 (3-1-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-5-0 (4-2-0 at home, 6-3-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 39-25, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-7-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 11-4-1 on the road over the span.

200 WINS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 200th career win in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles on Thursday, becoming only the fifth goalie in franchise history to reach the 200-win mark and moving into a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time wins list.

Rangers’ forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal have each made strong returns since returning from injury earlier this month. Callahan has registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in nine games since returning from injury on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh, following a 19-game hiatus due to a broken hand suffered on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh. Dubinsky also returned on Feb. 1 after missing five games with a stress fracture on his left fibula, and has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. Prospal made his season debut on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season with a knee injury, and has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) and 20 shots on goal.

New York has posted a record of 7-18-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ seven wins, 17 points and .250 winning percentage rank first in the NHL. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent, 135-65, in the third period of their last 11 games.

The Rangers have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season through 61 games (27-27-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied 12 more goals (168 this season, 156 last season) while allowing 15 fewer goals against (152 this season, 167 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

The Rangers lead the league in hits (1,740), are tied for second in shorthanded goals (nine), rank fourth in blocked shots (963), seventh in goals against (152), are tied for fifth in road wins (17), rank ninth in penalty killing (83.7%), and ninth with a plus-16 goal differential.

The Blueshirts have skated in 30 one-goal games this season, tied for fourth most in the league, having posted a record of 16-10-4 in those contests. Their 16 wins are tied for fifth in the NHL. Seventeen of the Rangers’ last 23 games have been decided by one goal, including nine of their last 12 road games.

The Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

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


*       Ryan Callahan has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four
*       Marc Staal has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
*       Brandon Dubinsky has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games
*       Artem Anisimov has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games
*       Michael Sauer has registered two assists in the last three games
*       Derek Stepan has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last eight home games
*       Marian Gaborik has recorded a point in eight of the last 11 games (two goals, seven assists), including five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games; he has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games


*       Henrik Lundqvist: 200th career NHL win (2/17 vs. LAK)


*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 31
*       Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 18
*       Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 13
*       Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 230


*       Feb. 20: Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut

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  1. Good morning all.

    Dear God, I’ll gladly shovel snow tomorrow morning if tonight you grant my Blueshirts strong legs and three or four wicked wrist shots that find twine which result in a win. Oh, and if you could also make sure this happens in regulation time, I would really appreciate that too. Let us pray, “Two points, two points, two points.” Amen

  2. So Anthony is a Knick. guess Dolans gonna start paying attention to the Rangers again…we’re bufuglien’d

  3. people are actually taking a day off work for the trade deadline? wow. im going to work just to get away from watching the one day that scares me most when it comes to sather.

  4. actually, july 1st is that day, but trade deadline is almost as scary. if its brad richards i will cry. you know some future for this team was dealt. there not takin drury so who else could go?? young players. i cannot wait for the deadline to be over.

  5. only thing i want gone is the gaborik imposter who is wearing number 10 on the ice lately. get the real gabby back and fast! or were done

  6. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Morning ‘Heads and Carpy!

    how the heck is Josh, 26 doing???

    ilbzo, points would be nice, wouldnt they?

  7. oh and morning everyone. its a game day! need a win tonight more than anything. oh and great deal for the knicks. would be good to get both knicks and rangers in the playoffs again

  8. i lo0ved the knicks trade, and i like bbball, but holy god cant espn talk about something else for even 5 minutes?? they will do anything to avoid talking hockey

  9. CARMELO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe he can do a better job of making Ice for the Rangers?

  10. February 22, 1980 – At the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the United States ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in an unlikely victory that became known as the Miracle on Ice.

  11. Blue Seat Horror on

    Can we maybe not call this game a must win? Because every time we call a game a must win they lose it.

    How about a “Hey, you might want to win this one” game or “It’d be really great if you win this one” game?

    Now go win this one for the Gabber.

  12. WoWo-ekuh - Its Just Pain on

    I dont think G-D and all his angels could help the MSG ice. For all who dont know, Carmelo is one of the 5 best players in the league. I actually think we gave up too much for him, but it’ll still be nice to buy a Carmelo knicks jersey seeing that we share a name, LOL.

  13. The headline I dread reading the most on deadline day:

    “Alex Kovalev will finish his NHL career in the city where it all began…”

  14. WoWo – My mouth hit the floor when I saw the list (Chandler, Felton, Gallo, Mozgov) but then I thought about how unbelievable he is and when he and Amare are playing together those other guys would really be support players rather than the “star” roles they have been taking on. Felton shoots too much for Melo.

    Plus we get Chauncey Billups in the twilight of his career.

  15. Kovalev isn’t coming back for many reasons…We already had a good weekend, they didn’t pick up Souray.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    NY trades Derek jeter and Jorge posada to Dallas for brad Richards and a #1… you heard it here first..

  17. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    All the Knicks gave up was journeymen and some junk, in effect some red and white chips for a blue chip. 10 white chips don’t equal 1 red chip. 10 red chips don’t equal 1 blue chip. What a steal of a deal. Question now is how the two stars on the team will mesh – with an unselfish attitude, or with a “me first” ball hog and bad-angle shooting attitude? I don’t think modern athletes and their agents EVER put team considerations first. This could work or it could backfire, badly. In fact it could get ugly. Two ball hogs on one team? Got to see this.

  18. so here is the big question……….

    We know Sather is going to make at least one move, the question is who? and for whom?

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My tweeter just tweeted me and said that Eli manning, who learned to skate (major critcism) this past year, has agreed to terms and will QB the ranger power play. He added “having grown up in the garden district in nawlins, I have been hoping to play in that other garden for some time”

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

    morning ILB Linda Grabachev and all!!!

    Love having trade deadline day off, I’ve taken it off the last 3 or 4 years. Not always the results from the rangers I had hoped for, but like seeing who does what. If I don’t take the day off, it takes me forever to catch up on all the news.

    Are we talking basketball now?

    basketball (just like baseball)=REFRESH REFRESH REFRESH

  21. Seriously, what is Chris Neil going to bring to this team? Are we really going to give up something of value to get him? Somehow, I don’t think Neil is going to help solve our glaring issues – goal scroing at even strenth and on the PP….

    We already have Prust and Avery (plus Boogaard under contract), why do we need him?

    There are others guys on Ottawa we should be looking at before Neil…

  22. you can have Carmello. I always thought he was a punk. Not a leader. good riddance.

    He doesn’t play defense.But he does shoot well.

    I would love to see Gaborik traded, afraid of any other trades that might be made

  23. I’m going to be driving right past the RBC Center, but will miss the game. I don’t get out of work until 8, so since I would miss the first two periods by the time I got there, got a ticket, got in my seat, etc. I decided to go play hockey instead.

    Let’s go Rangers.

  24. now that both Linda and wicky have taken off for trade deadline day, I may have to do the same…great idea!!

  25. Gaborik and Gilroy were supposedly supposed to be traded for James Neal and Brad Richards… Instead, Dallas took the Penguins deal over it.

  26. Allstr… thats an ibob rumor that is completely false seeing there is no way the Stars were going to take on gaborik’s salary witht the ownership situation..

  27. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Q. How do you get a raccoon out of your chimney?

    A. Get Sather to trade for him, Torts will try to light a fire under him and next thing you know he’s somewhere in Connecticut.

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

    morning and it really does make it easier on me to have the day off because I am trying to catch up for the next couple of days usually…..course with so many deals already, I may not have much to read on deadline day!

    concussion boy…LMFAO, almost spit out my timmys coffee on that one!

  29. WoWo-ekuh - Its Just Pain on

    Bathgate I realize that most of the people we gave up were journeymen, but you still need to have some pieces to your team other than just the 2 stars.Chandler OR Gallinari. Not both. But I digress, this is a byfuglien’ Rangers board!

  30. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I wonder how even Sather would defend his worst FA-signing GM in NHL history track record? And that is not even taking into consideration his paying these warts half the nation’s GDP. Redden, Gaborik, Gomez, Drury White etc. Nothing but dozens of stink bombs. A man with any pride and integrity, with this track record of transaction carnage, would have stepped aside years ago. Men who smoke big black cigars are not prone to humility or a modest impression of themselves. I think his ostentatious cigar smoking unwittingly divulges his social and personal short-comings which dovetail so neatly with his professional career failures.

  31. Mister Delaware on

    “If we give up any prospect of consequence for McCabe we better be getting Booth in the deal.”

    I have that queasy feeling I get when Sather gets active.

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

    slight side note here
    anyone here play black ops on 360? (no fire jokes orr)

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

    you have a job??

    mmmm, timbits (damn, no timbits here)!!

  34. Carp – Good call. America loves stories about Brothers doing stuff. It’s a real pick me up. Now That’s America!

  35. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Interesting aspect to the Knicks trade is the fact that the NBA is probably the one professional sport where you can have too many superstars on a team. In baseball, football, and hockey you cannot have too much outstanding talent. But in basketball the chemical mix probably counts for more than in the other sports. The Lakers never won it all with West, Baylor, and Chamberlain, Baylor had to retire, first. One of the problems which surfaces is defense. With two players each looking to outscore the other, the Knicks D could resemble a sieve. This is going to be fascinating for how well it works, or for how dreadfully it falls apart. I don’t see there being any middle-ground. In life, as we know, sometimes the worst thing can be getting what you want.

  36. pens made a nice trade but why did the rangers not make that trade???if the rangers think MDZ is going to be a star then I understand. pitt got neal and niskanen who both are young and neal is big and can score. they gave up goligoski who today is better then MDZ and makes more. Dallas would have made a trade like that with the rangers in a second.

    are we carried away with our own prospects??? MDZ for neal and niskanen makes the rangers better right now for sure and has limited financial negative ramifications.

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

    next thing out of gadaffi’s mouth will be how they resisted the league of nations for years….

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

    pick me up a big mac, but no fries (don’t do fries unless they have gravy on them).

  39. That hack, Ecklund, tweeted McCabe to the Rangers.

    Hoping that nut is wrong and way off, as usual…

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Huge game today. Avery nets 5, prust nets 4 and beats the ex-hawk, now thrasher, out of the entire Kane team. Rangers win 34-0 as gilroy shuts-em-out in an attempt to increase his trade value….the flyers see a chance to improve their goaltending offer carter, Richards, and richard’s wife for gilroy….

  41. poutine.

    stuart, I’m not pretending to understand the trade, but Goligowski is a much better offensive defenseman right now that Del Zotto. I don’t think they would have made that trade for Del Zotto.

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

    I certainly feel we as fans overvalue our young players (for the most part) and I think it is just a knee jerk reaction to the over spending on older players during the dark years!

  43. I’m gonna wait till 11:30. I don’t want to be turned away again, or else I’m gonna piss on their hands!

    But, since you’ve asked, I’m planning on getting that new bacon chipotle concoction minus the cheese. I’ll probably go with some fries as well. Then I’m going to get a strawberry shake from some place.

    I might even grab something for the game just in case NYR loses.

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

    wow, can’t believe I forgot this

    lindacohn Linda Cohn
    Happy Anniversary!!! RT @TheWillisReport TODAY IN HISTORY 1980: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!! @NHL #Olympics #LakePlacid

  45. goligoswski is 23 and MDZ is 20. presently golgowski is better . I am just saying pitt made a trade a non rental trade that gives them more depth and is for the long term. niskanen also is a big body and if I am right a little nasty.

  46. WoWo-ekuh - Its Just Pain on

    Bathgate, you’re right about the Knicks D. It’s funny, both the Knicks and Rangers have the same problem: Move your feet on D. As long as you do that, you stay in front of your man and the D is much better.

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

    arby’s has onion rings now and they are delicious…this convo is making me thirsty!

  48. That sounds so good. My favorite part involves the Chipotle and the Bacon. That makes me hungry.

    Did you guys know that McDonalds owns Chipotle? I just found this out.

  49. Slats probably didn’t know Neal was available. Or maybe he did, but he offer wasn’t right.

    If Neal scores 50 goals next season, then Slats will say he almost had him, like he did with Stamkos b

  50. neal is a legit 20+ goal scorer who is big. rangers have about 3 of these but need about 7.

    all I am saying is why go rental when you can make a long term deal that works, rangers have a surplus of young D try to use it to get some forwards with skill..

    do not trade for anyone over 28, can’t this be done……….

  51. This is on Wikipedia:

    On February 22, 2011, McCabe was traded to the New York Rangers for defenseman Matt Gilroy

    any truth to this?

  52. I was wondering why I didn’t see Zherdev Sunday..direct copy paste from a comment on Ranger Rants:

    so glad this isn’t one of the young parts of the roster and someone Sather didn’t outbid himself for….From Philly:

    ‘Zherdev has clearly fallen out of favor with coach Peter Laviolette – and the Flyers couldn’t even find Zherdev in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday night when Mike Richards came down with a stomach illness after warmups.’

    “We were scrambling around, about 8 minutes before the game and the only guy they could find was Jody,” Holmgren said. “I think Nikolay has struggled with being in and out of the lineup. Perhaps his work ethic has dropped in practice as a result. But he needs to tough it out here and work hard if he wants to get back in the lineup.”


    Seriously Z?

  53. lindacohn Linda Cohn
    Happy Anniversary!!! RT @TheWillisReport TODAY IN HISTORY 1980: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!! @NHL #Olympics #LakePlacid


    yes do you believe in mistakes?

    Victor Tikhonov (CCCP coach) makes the biggest mistake of his glorious career by pulling Tretiak (the best goaltender in the world at the time, and maybe of all time) after the first period!

    You’re welcome, America!

  54. McCabe’s Wiki now says this also:

    Bryan McCabe (born June 8, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and member of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

    Which one of you Boneheads is doing this?

  55. Looks like we just traded Gilroy for McCabe – nice – a 25 year old making 1.7m at the begining of his career verse a has been 35 year old making 4.1m – nice trade Glen! ya dope.

  56. Since we are getting all of our news from Wiki Pages:

    “Matthew Gilroy (born July 30, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).”

  57. Mister Delaware on

    “Looks like we just traded Gilroy for McCabe – nice – a 25 year old making 1.7m at the begining of his career verse a has been 35 year old making 4.1m – nice trade Glen! ya dope.”

    If that’s the trade, its not a big deal. Gilroy is priority #6 among our RFAs and will be looking at > $2MM per year; there’s a good chance he would have been allowed to walk anyway. If McCabe is an improvement for the next 20+ games and neither were in the plans for 2011-12, its worth it.

    (Of course, I’m guessing there’s more to this deal. There always is.)

  58. Orr

    I think you’re wrong. McCabe is older and not as fast, no better hand work, and he is however a heavier hitter. But all in all, for the future I’d rather have Gilroy.

  59. Speaking of McCabe, remember this trade?

    New York Islanders traded Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and 3rd round selection (Jarkko Ruutu) in 1998 to the Vancouver Canucks for Trevor Linden.

  60. I agree with Fran…. would much rather have Gilroy on the team then McCabe. 10 years younger and 4m cheaper. And what is McCabe going to do for us for the rest of the season aside from eat up $4m of cap space.

  61. It means with all the depth on defense, he’s expendable. Much like Tyutin a few years back.

    Slats and Torts know this, and Gilly probably does too

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    Was in bed all weekend with a fever. Had to give away my tickets to Sunday’s game. Feeling better, I get out of bed and see rumors of Gilroy and a 2nd for McCabe. Feeling sick again. Want to go back to bed.

  63. Fran, the issue might be that the Rangers do not see Gilroy in their future plans, for whatever reasons. One of them could be that he needs to be qualified next year at $2.1M, and if they think he only fits on the third pair, that might be too much to spend. The development of Sauer and McD has a lot to do with that. McCabe’s cap hit will totally come off the books after the year end, no damage there. McCabe also has a heavy shot. Having said that, I think that Gilroy could bring a little better return. Orr, McCabe played yesterday against the Islanders. At the end, I’ll believe the trade happened when I see it.

  64. I’m all for improving the team and I agree that Gilroy isn’t a guy that has been penciled in as a Ranger for the next 5 years, so he’s expendable.

    However, why can’t we go after a player that is young? Why is McCabe the target? WTB is the point of bring in a 35 year old for a few months and waste a pick? Dumb move…

  65. ORR – Agree they have a lot of good young talent on D just not sure why you think Gilroy is most expendable…. or i guess expendable was how you put it. Why not Del Z… he has svcked pretty hard this year. What about Sauer or Eminger…?? I pretty much like all our D right now so not saying you are wrong in your assesment was more just curious why you think it is so very apparent and everyone knows it. To me Gilroy is one of the biggest potential gems of the Rangers D right now. His sophmore slump has been the opposite! It seems the more he plays the better he gets.

  66. I stand bye my first call – crap trade Sather. Once again you’ve proved you are the worst GM in sports!

  67. parros- Sauer is not expendable, he is already a steady 2nd pair Dman, in fact they should try to pair him with Staal next year, that might give Staal a bit more room to join the offense. Eminger is an UFA next year and has very little value to most of the teams. Gilroy has potentials, but at the moment only fits on the third pair. And he will cost us at least $2.1M to retain for one year, he also will turn 27 during the summer.

  68. Fran, Del Z is young and despite the whiny Rangers fans complaining and giving up on him, he still has a sh*t load of potential. Sauer has been solid all year, and is the kind of Defenseman this team needs. The staff thinks McDonut is a clone of Stahl. Then you have Danny G an Stahl, who are our top two.

    Eminger is decent, but he’s the seventh guy right now. Gilly is the only one with value with trading.

    Besides, does anyone really think he would re-sign?

    I’m not a McCabe fan, by the way.

  69. Hey, Carp, we are bored, give us something else! Is that Eklund’s BC? THen it’s surely isn’t happening.

  70. LOL! just wait one week. All if you will forget Gilly in a flash.

    Just like Tyutin. I never understood why NYR fans whined when he was traded.

  71. Doodie Machetto on

    Suppose the McCabe deal goes through and he does well. Do you ink him up for an extension, and if so, how much? Obviously if he flounders you let him walk.

    Just to give you a hypothetical context, let’s say he plays a solid defensive game (think old school Dan Girardi, nothing flashy, but no glaring mistakes either), but also gets our PP going and puts up points. In the 20 games he plays (no way he’s in uniform tonight), he has 4 goals and 10 assists (a season average of 16 goals and 40 assists).

    Would you resign him, and to what kind of contract?

  72. If he puts up those numbers, Doodie, he will demand more than Gilroy’s $2.1M, for sure. I’d let him walk either way.

  73. Mister Delaware on

    Yup. Locking up years and money in defense is a really bad idea. He would be here for months, not years.

  74. Orr, have to disagree with your low opinion of Tyutin. When we traded him he was young, improving each year and one of our most physical D men. I wish we never let him go and would welcome him back gladly.

  75. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    If this is a done deal, it just confirms my post of yesterday that the moronic Sather always plays it like he is one, old, dishrag veteran body from winning the Cup. Great work, MSG, Knicks get Carmelo, Rangers get hosed. What else is new?

    I don’t like the Rangers being the step-child of MSG and wish they could break away from that vice they have always been in, since the Knicks were hatched 20 years after the Rangers were hatched. Notice that the Rangers won three Cups before the Knicks existed, and rather took their time getting around to making it four. Not a coincidence, when you consider MSG priorities.

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