Game 5: Gaborik post-game

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Marian Gaborik:

On the difference in the series:

“It’s hard to say. That fourth game, we had them, you know, that 3-0 lead. Definitely I think that as a point that maybe it went another way. But we came here (thinking) we can do it, with confidence, and we didn’t give in. We battled to the end, and too bad it didn’t work out for us. It’s definitely disappointing.”

On attacking Neuvirth:

“I think the third game we were better at getting in his face, and getting in the crease. But I don’t think we got enough pucks (to the net). They blocked a lot of shots. We didn’t generate a lot of quality scoring chances, and if we did, he was there. So, we were talking about we had to get into his crease and take his eyes away, but we could have done it more, definitely.”

On the power play:

“Yeah, special teams are critical. We couldn’t find the net on the power play. We’re talking about, they’re going to be aggressive. We didn’t come up with a lot of pucks when we got into their zone. Again, it comes down to getting shots through and when it’s not going, try to find a simple play and get it to the net and get a screen in front of him, which we haven’t done a lot. Special teams are huge and we haven’t come up with any goals.”

On his season:

“I don’t know. Obviously the season hasn’t been what I expected, but it’s definitely disappointing, especially now when we lost in the series. So it is what it is. It’s disappointing.”

On a carryover from Game 4 to the start of Game 5:

“We talked about we wanted to come out, we wanted to have a good start, we wanted to be physical. We did at times. They came out hard. We knew that. So, yeah, we could have made more plays when they were there and we just came up short.”

On the Capitals keeping the Rangers to the outside:

“It’s hard to say. I don’t know. They played a good game. Obviously we didn’t generate a lot of scoring chances, and again, when we did (Neuvirth) was there.”

On his number of shots in the series (he had 20, five in Game 5):

“There were quality chances, definitely. Just at critical times when there were chances, obviously, if those would have gone in, it would be totally different. So it’s hard to look back. The chances that we got, that I got, if half of them would go in, I think it would be different, a different series.”

On if there’s anger or disappointment:

“It’s kind of both. Frustrating and disappointing to come up short. It’s disappointing. We knew that we could play with them, we could take momentum to our side. We just came up short.”

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  1. Well, boys and girls, this is it for me. This is my last posting for the season. Through all the ups and downs … and downs … you guys stuck by my side. Called me to “pour it on” and to “give it to them!”. And I did. I did, whenever I could, give it to the clowns. I gave them the “amateur-hour”. I gave them the “mickey-mouse”. And, most often, I gave them the infamous “bush-league”.

    Thanks to CARP and thanks to all for letting me be a part of this community. And for allowing me to tell you exactly how I feel about this good-for-nothing squad. Can’t wait for next season … at which point we’ll all waste our time watching these overpaid pieces of Carcillo take countless hours away from our lives and, come April, make us once again question whether we should step in front of a freight train.

    Lose and Let Lose.

  2. Come on. I don’t understand how people can be more upset today than they were weds night…that was the knifing. Today was just the funeral.

  3. Great Season! What a fun group to watch grow over the year. Some stud surprises (Sauer!) and some good growth. Way to go Rags!

  4. Rangers in nine on

    At least the boys can golf on Easter. That’s what they wanted today. No heart at all. Look back before the series started. We said Hank had to steal some games. He stole Nothing
    Trade him.

  5. I’m not reading this. I can care less what this loser says. He only plays with heart when he’s in his Team Slovakia jersey.

    Fugg him!

    Latona, who cares aboot Pyatt. We got McDonut, and V-Tank for him, and Blowmez. Seems worth it to me.

  6. Just to pre-empt the tiresome Fire Torts brigade that will no doubt emerge over the next day or two, the following are some of Torts’ quotes from break-up day last season. Places his work this year in some more context, I think (Rozsival comment aside…):

    http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2010/04/13/torts-part-ii/

    “Winning and losing is going to cost me my job. but it’s not going to change my thinking. I think a team is in development here. We may have expectations of being that team and winning it right now. I don’t think we’re ready to win right now, or get where want to be right now.

    “So you better be careful of how you approach that process of going through it or you’ll spin into oblivion. … I’m hoping there’s a process that when you start winning, you’re going to win for a while. And that takes a process. And I think we’re in that process. I’m not sure if everybody agrees with me in the organization But that’s the way I feel about it.”

    “I’ve talked to Glen about this. I’d like to see us get younger. I’d like to see us add to our core and grow together. And then we’re not adding 10 pieces this year. I think that’s important. I think Henrik’s at an important time of his career; I think we’ve got Gaborik who’s a legitimate star—I don’t like the way he has played in big games; I think he still needs to cross the line there and play better in big games. But we’ve got some pieces here. I think Rozsival has grown his game to be more competitive. So there’s some good things with the core. But I think we need to add to it with some youth, and grow it together.

    “Then when you get there—and I may not even be here—to get to where you’re not fighting (for) 9 or 8 every year, you can be a legitimate good team for a while.”

  7. onecupin71yearsand counting on

    “It’s hard to say. That fourth game, we had them, you know, that 3-0 lead. Definitely I think that as a point that maybe it went another way. But we came here (thinking) we can do it, with confidence, and we didn’t give in. We battled to the end, and too bad it didn’t work out for us. It’s definitely disappointing.”

    REALLY ?

    Thanks carp.. another great job… for the boneheads.

  8. 4generations 4 cups on

    I dont know why people are so upset, this team wasnt deep enough to win the cup flat out. There was no player that was gonna actually step up and put the puck away. Callahan was that guy out there when it mattered. Drury was a no-show, no surprise. Very sad for a former ‘clutch’ player. He’s nobody.

    If I were the GM: Let Wolski go, Get rid of EC and get rid of Avery, Buy out Drury and give Callahan the C. As for free agency? I’d resign the rest and try to get a scoring winger and or center. Richards is too big of a risk imho.

  9. We could have beat this team if the right guys stepped up. That’s the frustrating part.

    I guarantee the Sabres beat them in the next round. I’m not at all impressed with the Crapitals.

    Noy-Vair was rarely tested. The “stars” were invisible for the most part, and the PP was embarrassing.

    Craps wont go deep.

  10. Rangers in nine on

    Caps will get swept next round. Dubinsky is the next Gretzky. Lundqvist is the problem.

  11. leetchhalloffame on

    Memo to Dreary: do the honorable thing and pull a Naslund – you are useless.

  12. Olga Folkyerself on

    CTB, essentially, yes. But I HATE Montreal, so it’s now a matter of rooting AGAINST.

  13. Totally agree Orr. and here is what he never said that frosts me, he never apologized to Hank for his blunder that cost them that game 4 and really the series, and all he does is mealymouth total bs like “it was a fluke” etc. he never took responsibility for his failures this season, and all he will say is “WE this and we that”

  14. eddie eddie eddie on

    i hope the west wins the cup,,,,iit would be cool to see a game 7 with Chi – Van

  15. I agree CTB! Speaking of CTB, I had a play on the Mets game last night in a parlay with the Phillies/Mariners/Giants/Tigers games. I had “No” on “Scoring in the first inning” on all 5 games, and Pelfrey had 1st and 3rd and nobody out in the 1st inning – the 1st game of the night I was tracking – and he got out of it to help me win that game and the parlay!

    We had a positive season. Bright future. Tough games. In retrospect, we got outplayed for much of the series. Better team won. Maybe we can add some top tier talent to better Gaborik, our first line, and the team. Maybe less injuries next year would help too.

  16. Gaborik is virtually guaranteed to be serenaded by the MSG boo-birds if he ever takes the ice at MSG in a Ranger uniform again. I doubt he’ll be back next season.

  17. 20 shots, whata joke. most of them were weak 35footers that Neuvirth’s grandma could have stopped sitting in her rocking chair

    take a long shot and then fade away, don’t challenge the dman, don’t try to get to the net, just float on the perimeter. nobody can fix his problem, a lack of desire.

  18. Thanks CTB. I thought Pelfrey was good last year? Citi Field is a pitcher’s park, and I figured it’s difficult to guarantee a score in any one inning. I normally go with pitcher’s parks, bad hitting teams or good pitching matchups.

  19. Citi is closer to neutral. Pelf lost his heavy sinker that made him more effective in 08-10.

  20. Anyone who thinks Torts should be fired has no clue what’s going on with this team. He had a plan to play the kids and he stuck with it. They played in every situation, qualified for the playoffs, and got a round of valuable playoff experience. And we still have more to add the team next year – MDZ and MZA will both be back, Newbury, Dupont, Weise, Hagelin, Grachev, Valentenko. Brad Richards is probably coming in July to center Gaborik. Lots to be excited about for next year and Torts is the man to keep it going in the right direction.

  21. DJK – don’t agree with you. Rangers can’t score and 40 goal scorers don’t just become available. We have one but Gabby had a bad year. I’m sure they would rather get a center like Richards to play with him than give up on him after one bad year.

  22. DJK, Gaborik most likely is going nowhere. What part of NTC+injury prone+large cap hit+career low year have you failed to grasp when it comes to finding a trading partner for him?

  23. Orr,

    I forgot that Pyatt was dealth with Gomez. I thought I remembered some strange situation last year where he was our property again but was playing for Montreal. I could be making it all up, but I recall some really unusual circumstance with him.

  24. I can’t imagine he can or will score 40 goals in a season again, let alone 40 more career goals. He looks done.

  25. Citi is neutral? Thanks for the info, good to know. I had thought it was a notorious pitcher’s park.

  26. Yeah, Gaborik isn’t going anywhere. And yeah, nor is Torts. Torts has this organization headed down the correct path.

  27. eddie eddie eddie on

    wouldnt be suprised if gabby’s shoulder isnt right…even when he had room to shoot, there didnt seem to be much on it on most nights

  28. DJK – I am disappointed in Gaborik this year too but you don’t just give up a 40 goal scorer after one bad year. I don’t see where he looks like he’s done.

  29. DJK, he might be, he might not be. Still doesn’t change the relevant constraints that are in place for any trade market for him should a market even exist.

  30. The MSG crowd isn’t intelligent enough to remember at the start of next season that Gaborik had a pitiful 2010-2011 campaign. However, I don’t advocate booing, that really doesn’t help matters. The best you can do as a fan is continue to cheer and attempt to inspire.

  31. Gaborik just needs to be surrounded with the proper talent. He needs other 1st liners to make plays for him, to take the defenders focus away from him, to give him the opportunity to find open space and time to release his powerful shot.

  32. Full on chorus of boos? I don’t think they do that. Not even Drury gets that. Plenty of moaning and groaning went on this year but he’s far from Poti/Rozi/Redden territory.

  33. Tiki, I think Citi may skew slightly pitcher friendly, but it’s also yields a lot of extra basehits (non-HR) because of spacious gaps in the alleys. The Mets just have happened to have low power teams their first two years that make people think it’s overly pitcher friendly but plenty of opposing teams have had no problems hitting it out (see Tulowitski).

  34. Orr,

    I think that dude’s name was Michael Busto or something. He might have been who I was thinking of, but, I just remember some really weird circumstance with Montreal and a Rangers prospect. I dunno.

  35. In other words, Gaborik is not Jaromir Jagr and couldn’t even dream of being Jaromir Jagr. He can’t carry an offense on his back, he can’t carry 2 defenders on his back. Jaromir created plays for himself and others, Gaborik cannot create for himself or create for others by being physical. He can, though, create for others with his excellent passing ability.

  36. Olga Folkyerself on

    Sather needs to find his retirement papers. Until then, the Rangers won’t win.

  37. They’re also not intelligent enough to remember that they’re allowed to show emotion for an entire game during all 42 home games.

    The Garden “faithful” is one the many disappointing parts of this season.

  38. The Caps need to find a team named the New York Rangers in order to ever win a playoff series.

  39. Oh, I thought you meant the d-man we got from them. Yeah, I have no idea what happened to Busto. I think it’s safe to assume he was a bust-o?? :P

    Doug Janek was the d-man we got in that deal. He never played for us though, thankfully.

  40. Orr – It’s NY fans. Most, if not all, of them are pathetic excuses for fans. The fans we find here on RR aren’t your typical fans. The fans that attend games are just there for a good time, and when the Rangers are struggling, they are bored and “have better things to do” than cheer.

  41. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Bruins TV crew has to be the worst in the business.

    Between periods, Barry Pederson claims Neuvirth “clearly outplayed Lundqvist” in the series!

    Laughable. The Caps could have won this series with almost any starter in the NHL (and a few backups as well). How many quality chances did he face again? Neuvirth will be well rested, but still get toasted in the next round.

    Meanwhile, LQ finishes the playoffs with better GAA and Save Percentage than ALL the Vezina finalists and more than half the goalies still active. Give him just a few competent scorers next year and watch what he’ll do.

  42. Prices make it impossible for many of the what was the Garden ‘faithful’ to be able to afford tickets now and it will get worse during the reconstruction. MSG is outpricing their ‘faithful’ fans just like the Jets, Giants, Yankees and Mets have. The days of home ice or home field advantage are gone.

  43. Also, RIR, I agree completely. I think Henrik on any of the top tier teams would be a serious cup contender.

    They could have hung up one of those goalie curtains on the net and the result would have been the same. Neuvirth really was never challenged.

  44. Olga Folkyerself on

    I think years of Sather’s mediocre teams has killed Ranger fan emotions in the Garden. They are selling their tickets on Stubhub, Ticketmaster etc. in increasing numbers, while waiting for a contender to show up. Opposition fans are in the Garden in record numbers.

    Dolan only looks at tickets sold. Not who is occupying the seats. Or empty seats for that matter.

  45. I’m not going to blame the teams for raising prices. I place the blame where it belongs, on the fans that do attend the games.

    I agree, Orr. Id like to see Miller and Buff win. Thus, a NY team wins and Sally is happy too!

  46. Even if ticket prices were lowered, it would probably still be the same. NYR just doesn’t have a fanbase like most of the teams in the NHL.

    It’s worse here because it’s Hockey. But, it’s definitely a New York thing.

  47. Orr – MSG was as loud as any building with the exception of maybe Chicago throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. It’s not the fanbase, it’s the fanbase that can afford to go.

  48. game 4 was the series anyone who thinks different is a moron. you dont recover as an underdog whose less talented and recover from that.

    butt chin as ORR would say is a worthless piece of carcillo.

    as far as garden i am there 25 times a year and give it all while im there. the 300 and 400 level you have true fans otherwise its a night out on town for others

  49. Has Montreal won a faceoff this entire game? They’ve lost the last 15 faceoffs, by my count.

  50. They just saved the game with the goalie out of the net, and 3 guys covering the net. The 3 guys blocked puck and it didn’t go off one of them and in. That would NEVER happen for us. It hit Chara’s skate – Chara isn’t even looking – and went wide. NEVER in a million years for us, folks.

  51. I don’t know why I put myself through this. It’s enough heartache watching my own teams.

  52. It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.

    We were neither comitted to the task and were not able to do the task.

    I am so – down – beaten – frustrated

    Its one thing to lose while playing your heart out – its another to fold the tent and be a no-show -

  53. Miami likes to talk about amateur-hour. Teams facing boston teams look like amateurs out there. They miss pucks like pee wee leaguers. Pathetic.

    Why isn’t Chode Julien getting a bench minor for arguing?

  54. If all teams played up to their 100% capabilities and not like foolish amateurs against boston teams, they’d never win. And Montreal is by far more talented than them, they’re just playing like hooligans, buffoons.

  55. Olga Folkyerself on

    Why isn’t Chode Julien getting a bench minor for arguing?

    Tiki, Please. Listen to yourself… Surely, you can’t be serious.

  56. LOL Olga. I wasn’t serious, but hey, we got a bench minor today for “chirping” at the officials.

  57. Another one – seems fitting:

    There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not

    Thank God I had my boys up and awake that night – Thurs, June 14, in 94 (one was 2, other was 3 months) – to witness history -

  58. Olga Folkyerself on

    Second Overtime coming up. That’s exciting no matter which teams are playing.

    The tension!

  59. Oh. Okay. Apparently, the Canadiens lead in faceoffs won 39 to 38. Of course, once I turn on a game, they lose nearly every faceoff and play like a bunch of amateur-hour bush-league hooligans.

  60. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    While we knew that this team was not Stanley Cup championship caliber, my biggest disappointment is that the younger players on the team did not get to experience winning a playoff series. That WILL come next year, and maybe more than just one series.

    Take heart, 2010 is over, the 2011 New York Rangers are, by my projection, anyway, one of the four best teams in the NHL – and finally a bonafide contender for the CUP, not just sneaking into the round of 16 bottom-feeder accomodation for TV.

  61. eddie eddie eddie on

    I think TB deserves a modicum of our support…they fold against the Canes in game 82 and we dont get 5 more games….a great game 3 and 2/3 of a terrific game 4

  62. We’re not anywhere near best 4 teams in the NHL – putting aside possible offseason acquisitions. We *could* be, but we’re not near that yet.

  63. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Yes, may I add my thanks to Carp and the entire crew responsible for putting this web site together. Your hard work every day shows up in the quality of the product you put out. THANK YOU! You had a remarkable season as the best and most dynamic information site on the New York Rangers, anywhere to be found.

  64. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    TIKI – The maturity factor will kick in, big time, with this team, starting this fall. Don’t bet against it. The young talent core is about 75% in place. This franchise is now Chicago, from three years ago to two years ago – from also rans to Stanley Cup Champions. It’s right in front of your face.

  65. eddie eddie eddie on

    funny, both Bos and Mtl skating with oodles of energy in this 2nd OT, yet our guys were gassed in the first OT….

  66. Chicago had Toews, Hossa, and other highly skilled guys. We have a bunch of blue collar guys and Gaborik. Our defense had almost no scoring ability. The only thing we have better than the B’Hawks is Henrik.

  67. Olga Folkyerself on

    Sorry Boom Boom, Chicago had to wait until their Albatross Owner dropped dead before things changed.

    Dolan, and Sather are still here. A Contender?

    No.

  68. eddie eddie eddie on

    tiki – our young D + henrik = excellent chances to win any game they play….the scoring will come…but their GAA is going to shrink to to tiny numbers

  69. What a save by Thomas? First, he used no goaltending skill there, just throwing his body around wildly as usual. Second, the puck was shot right at the middle of the net, not toward the right corner as it should have been.

    And the game winner just fell right to an open man right in front of the net. Montreal has better opportunities, better players, but boston gets the luck as usual. We ain’t ever getting an easy tap-in to win an OT playoff game.

  70. That was a nothing save by Thomas – or any other goalie that may have made that same save thousands of times previous to that. He threw his body to the other side, but the puck was shot directly at the middle of the net with no height on it.

  71. JimboWoodside on

    Come on, Tiki – give credit where it’s due. It was a perfectly executed 2 on 1 (from the Habs standpoint) and he managed to make a big save. Give the guy a little bit of credit, why don’t ya?

  72. Just being objective. Just as the goal in Game 4 by Gaborik had very little to do with Gaborik and everything to do with Fedotenko’s creation.

  73. JimboWoodside on

    I think that anytime that a goalie makes a save on a well-executed 2 on 1 that it’s an enormous accomplishment – and with the game on the line, he did it. I don’t love Tim Thomas, but if Price did the same thing, I’d give him the same credit.

  74. I don’t have to give credit to anyone. Nobody gives credit to us. Every goal we score – according to NBC, Versus, Opposing announcers – were because of breakdowns by the defense, mental lapses, etc.

    But again, I was just being objective. Millions of those saves have been in the past, and millions more like it will be in the future.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    I hope we don’t make any signings this summer. Save the money for 2012. There are potentially a lot of top UFAs that summer.

  76. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Tiki – I know you’re frustrated tonight – I think we all are. A disappointing end to a season where we didn’t get many breaks, especially in this playoff series!

    I’m glad you’re recovering from your accident.

  77. eddie eddie eddie on

    eric – and some guys that own a big shot (aside from McCabe, does anyone even own a slap shot?), guys that can hit the net, and a little more snarl on the backline

  78. JimboWoodside on

    But guys, if we don’t sign anyone, do we want to go into another season with the same offensively-challenged team? Do we want to lose a million games by one goal for another whole season?

    OK, don’t sign any free agents – but then Glen will be a trading fool – he will NOT stand pat with this team over the summer.

  79. eddie eddie eddie on

    tiki – that was a great save by thomas….i think that accident messed your brain up a little :)

  80. Orr, must you continue to try to rile me up – if that’s what your’e trying to do? Honestly, not much because of this game result or the Rangers game result, I really don’t even feel like living anymore. I really have nothing left to do in this life. So continue to rile me up if you’d like. Thanks. :)

    You’d think with out of 5 OT results this postseason, I might have gotten 1 to go my way. Such is life for me.

    Good night. Here’s hoping to a better future.

  81. I’m sure Sather is happy he can get right to work on this team……on the golf course tomorrow.

  82. Reginald Dunlop on

    Between periods, Barry Pederson claims Neuvirth “clearly outplayed Lundqvist” in the series!

    Come on people……….start considering the source……….his only claim to fame was the Bruins stole Cam Neely for him from Vancouver…….. ha ha ha………..
    listening to all these other announcers makes you realize how good ol cementhead Dave Maloney is an analyst

  83. JimboWoodside on

    Goodnight, Tiki – take it easy – the sun will rise again in the morning, and you will probably feel a bit better than you do right now.

    As long as you wake up in the morning, there’s always hope for a better life!

  84. Why would Drury retire? He’s getting paid a boatload of money, and the one thing he doesn’t lack is pride. I want him gone too, because he’s useless at this point, but I don’t think he’s going to retire.

  85. Why do you have to be such a dramatic baby?? You’re too much of an attention horton :P

    Jimbo, I say, go into next season with the same time, excluding the useless pieces like EC, Aves, Wolski, and let the kids fight it out.

    I’m hoping for a much better camp from Grachev. Weise also looked pretty good with NYR in his few games. Then you have the prospects coming from College, Juniors, etc.

    You just have to hope that Dublowsky, Artie, Step-On, etc, take the next step in their development.

  86. Olga Folkyerself on

    Oh, Sather has big plans alright- they involve a big steak, a cigar, and a golf club.

  87. Richards will be 31 by next year, and now he has a concussion history. I want no part of him.
    I don’t have the UFA list in front of me, but this is where a good GM can make some nice under the radar signings without breaking the bank to improve the team.

  88. I think all games should be called like HNIC games. The play-by-play man talks whistle to whistle without interruption, and then in between, the color analyst analyses a specific play or reviews team statistics or shares a neat story. It isn’t that complicated. But when you have Joe interrupting Sam, and then Sam, expecting Joe to interrupt, acting like a fool, it doesn’t work.

  89. JimboWoodside on

    Well, maybe that Thomas kid – but he’s still a few years away from a pro contract, isn’t he?

    I did not see a single player on this team that looked like they have the ability to develop into a 40 goal scorer – I hope I’m wrong. This includes all the call-ups from Hartford.

    Cally is great, but he doesn’t have great hands – he doesn’t finish as well as we would like.

  90. Olga Folkyerself on

    Richards would be just the next in a long line of mistakes. Two years from now, we will be cursing HIS contract.

  91. Richards is the typical signing that goes way down south. We sign him, he scores 20 goals, 50 points, all while making money a 50 goal, 100 point guy should be making.

    If Slats *needs* to toss a huge contract at someone, then sign Parise to a massive offer sheet, and hope Lou can’t match it.

  92. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Tiki, sometimes it’s best to ignore people. We’ve all gone through some pretty tough times. The good times make it all worthwhile.

  93. JimboWoodside on

    “Bobby Flay’s!! AT ONCE!!”

    They administer steaks, cigars and golf clubs anally at Bobby Flays!? Remind me to never go there!!

  94. eddie eddie eddie on

    tom – why should drury retire?…..perhaps because he sucks….he does have pride….pride cometh before the fall…his pride should tell him that his best days were 5 yrs ago and they arent coming back anytime soon

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    give richards 120 million over 10 yrs…we win lots of cups……is stastny wanting a career change?

  96. JimboWoodside on

    Maybe they could give Drury a job as a faceoff coach? We need help there, too…..

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    tom – in a year or 2, there wont be a player in the NHL that doesnt have a concussion history

  98. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Eddie- He’s making 8 mil a year, he can’t be moved and he’s captain of the Rangers.

    The only way he’s leaving is if Stogypuss buys him out.

  99. leetchhalloffame on

    Getting Parise would be nice, but that being said we need a play making center most of all.

  100. eddie eddie eddie on

    i think joe pavelski signed a big extension earlier this year…too bad, that dude would look great in a ranger sweater

  101. BREAKING NEWS: In an attempt to sabotage the rangers off season, both the Islanders and Devils have teamed up and booked all available Tee Time across the country. However, fearless leader, Captain Chris Drury has already responded and made arrangements to organize a Pizza Making Seminar.

  102. i would take parise over richards any day of the week.

    he is 4 yeaqrs younger and a better player…

    if hank played for the caps this sereis the rangers may have scored 2 goals neuvirth could not hold hanks hankie.

    just need t okeep adding young pieces to the puzzle.

    dubi played bad today….when you really miss a good 25 goal scorer you know you lack scoring depth big time……………

  103. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    We can keep adding pieces to the puzzle, but the picture is still of Sather and Dolan ruining the Rangers.

  104. Ahhhh….those NMC contracts that the Ranger’s brass hand out….
    Since Avery will probably be around next year (impossible to move), my 4th line would be Prust, Boyle, and Avery. If they can somehow get rid of Avery, I would resign Fed for cheap and put him on that line.
    IMO Boyle, Prust, and Avery cannot and should not be anything more than 4th liners, your hard working, gritty, checking line, that can occasionally score a few goals.
    I would not even sign Parise to an offer sheet, because until the Rangers can put top end talent around him, he will probably fail as well. I’m down on Gaborik like everyone else, but he needs help in the form of 5 other top end forwards. It’s not coming all next year, but they have to start building around him, because no one is taking his contract off his worst year.
    Its about time the Rangers change their, “let’s get one big scorer mentality,” because it doesn’t work. You win with at least 2 good scoring lines, if not 3.
    Having 1 big goal scorer mixed in with mostly a bunch of hodge-podge average offensive players just doesn’t work. It’s been a failure and the Rangers have proved that since the lock out.

  105. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Substitute “Sather” for “Rangers” in Tom C’s post and you can then see where the real problem is.

  106. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Ferguson is dead. I hope he has a seat in Hell, right between Hitler and Stalin.

    Besides Ferguson only screwed up the Rangers for two years, Sather is on Year 12.

  107. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Sorry ORR. My Bad. I was referring to John Ferguson Sr. He ruined the Rangers in the 70’s.

    I saw the name and went wild…

  108. what a bunch of nonsense. where was the playmaking center last year? where was the 5 other topline forwards last year? he scored 42 WITHOUT any of that. so THAT is not the answer. his lazy loafing lack of effort IS the answer. he either gets his lazy ass in gear, or no one can help him

  109. Imagine how much worse Savior’s run would be if he was hired a year earlier and drafted
    Pavyl Brendl and Jamie Lundmark…wow

    On a completely separate topic, can someone tell me what the “Birdman” for the Nuggets is going to do with all that ink on his body after his NBA career is over?

  110. Yeah, that is BS. Guys like Butt-Chin don’t need playmaking centers. Pure snipers, like Heatley, need playmaking centers.

    The bad thing aboot today’s loss. We looked sooo bad, so you know Slats is going to dip into his pocket and throw a massive contract at Richards.

  111. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Gaborik shoulder is injured, you’ll see… Drury broke his hand, Cally broke an ankle, Dubi broke an arm, Biron broke a collarbone.

    I think they were all eating lead paint chips from the logo painted on the floor in the locker room. Torts TOLD them to stay away from it…

    That’s MY theory and I’m sticking to it…

  112. Can’t believe that anyone here honestly believed that the Rangers were a championship team this year. Torts finally has Sather convinced that there is no quick fix and that building through the draft and trades and sensible free agents is the way to go. This group, I feel, accomplished a lot this year. They disappointed at times, but certainly not like they have in recent years. One example…..not blowing a third period lead all season until the other night was major in my opinion. It showed a collective buy in to a system, which you could barely identify in recent years. People around the league noticed how hard this team worked and didn’t look forward to playing them. Based on the talent of the team….it was the best system for them to realize any kind of success. A lot of young guys stepped in and grew up fast this year. That’s good news for the future. Most nights they had a work ethic we all enjoyed watching. When they went on streaks, we all couldn’t wait for the next game. All the good stuff this year though won’t get us anywhere next year or beyond without making changes. I believe we will continue to add more young players and say goodbye to most of the older ones. We need more skill and finish than we have now. I wouldn’t be surprised that Richards is not coming and that Gaborik goes. I don’t believe Gaborik is one of Tort’s guys. You all watched today and in every big game all year….he will not get dirty and doesn’t like contact and will not be successful in this system. He needs to be in a non checking league in Europe somewhere. He could get traded, which frees up more cap room and gains us maybe 2 or 3 more 20 goal scorers and more balance. Thoughts?

  113. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Tom C- I wish I could pin that one on Sather too. It would complete the set.

    Maybe Neil Smith thought “What would Sather do?”

  114. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Fla Ranger- At the start of the season, I picked the Rangers to end up 10th, so in a warped sense, they exceeded my expectations by backing into 8th place on one of the last games of the season. Give Sather another ten years, and a half billion Dolan Dollars, and he might get the team into 5th again.

    I can hardly wait to see how it turns out.

  115. It’s not BS, because you can’t have one big scorer and expect to be a perennial cup contender.
    Yeah, he scored 42 last year, and they missed the playoffs! We don’t know what he’s going to do year to year. He’s an enigma like most of the high priced players they’ve brought in over the years. My point is not that he needs help to score goals, that he needs other weapons around him to take the pressure off him being “the man.” This playoffs proves he can’t handle the pressure, so now we know.

  116. Slatsko – I’m getting too old to have wait on that. But one bright spot is that Sather is older than me and should be outta here, hopefully sooner than later.

  117. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Fla Ranger- He’s older than me but not so much as I care to admit. I have less sooner than later to work with. He’s gotta go soon! Take Dopey Dolan with him or not, but bring on the next guy.

    As I watched the Rangers over the years, if a GM didn’t produce he was gone in 3 or 4 years, If he was good, he lasted maybe 7. Smith won a Cup and he lasted 11 years. This moron is on year 12 and couldn’t even make the playoffs for half of his time in NY. If you put ALL his playoff wins together into one season, he STILL couldn’t win a Cup.

    And it goes on, and on.

  118. I hear you Slatsko. Sather must have pictures of Dolan putting on an exhibition with a Shetland pony….why else would he be around so long????

  119. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    I think it’s because Dolan can’t see past the Knicks, and as long as Slats fills the seats Dolan could care less. Dolan knows diddly about hockey so he hired the idiot with the biggest resume. I guarantee Dolan has forgotten the Rangers and is praying the Knicks will just win a game…

  120. I hope that series goes 7. the Kings play better in the Shark tank than they do in their own building

  121. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    So, all things considered, I preferred watching the Black Hawks over the Rangers these past few seasons, and cheered like crazy when the won the Cup last year. They occasionally fry me for it here, but I can always point to Chicago as an example of how things can change when a dopey owner drops dead and someone with hockey smarts takes over. Just watch Buffalo now that they have new ownership. They will be at least a contender, real soon.

  122. I see that Derek Roy and Hecht both might be back soon for Buffalo. that will really give them a boost

    Roy is their best forward, and has been out almost all season

  123. JimboWoodside on

    I feel the same way, 3CP…..I didn’t even enjoy watching Boston beat the Habs tonight, although I’m glad that they did….after the Rangers got eliminated, my hockey “jones” seems to have gotten much weaker.

  124. Olga Folkyerself on

    To me it was more like the vet putting a dying animal to sleep. You really didn’t want to see it, but it was hurting bad, and it was for the best. It wasn’t going to get any better, so you had to put it down.

    Next year, maybe I’ll get a new kitty. I hope it lasts longer…

  125. JimboWoodside on

    Well, I had a lot of new kitties around here until some do-gooder came and did a trap-neuter-release deal on all the cats that were hanging around (and having kittens!). I would have gotten one for you, Olga!

  126. Olga Folkyerself on

    Thanks Jimbo.

    I’m slowly going through the 5 stages of grief.

    Denial
    Surly
    Drunk
    Mopey
    and Unconscious.

  127. Hugo Folkyerself on

    Good thing I have a few other personalities to share the load. Although Mother would still like to get a couple words in…

  128. Dang, Kings AND Lightining stave off elimination. And 2 OT’s for Bos/MTL? The things I miss while at a 2.5 hour service.

    Oh, and Gaborik’s not going ANYWHERE.

  129. JimboWoodside on

    Hahaha! OK Olga and “friends”…..yeah, losing a pet is a b—h! (We haven’t come up with a substitute word in Carp-speak)

  130. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Mickey – we were the only team to get eliminated on Saturday – a bummer!

  131. Olga Folkyerself on

    Oh, Jimbo, I didn’t actually lose a pet, I meant the Rangers losing was like having a pet put to sleep.

    My little girl kitty is going to be 21 on May first. She’s a cutie-pie, that is pretty old for a cat. Since she’s 21 soon, I’m going to take her out for a drink. :)

  132. And let me be the first to say, Happy Easter!

    Or for CCCP, ??????? ???????! (don’t ask me to actually say it, though, cause I butcher it every time).

  133. Aww fudge, it didn’t come out right…

    well, the English translation then- Khrystos Voskres!

  134. Jimbo, makes it a bad Saturday indeed, I can’t een get excited that the Mets have won 3 in a row. :(

  135. U Otto Folkyerself on

    Easter! Isn’t that where He rose again, rolled the great rock from in front of his grave, and saw his shadow, thus predicting 6 more weeks of winter?

  136. JimboWoodside on

    Happy Easter, Mickey and any others who celebrate the holiday!

    OK, Olga – when you said that you might get a new kitty, I figured it was because you lost one recently. 21 years old – that’s amazing! Is she healthy otherwise?

    I think 3CP isn’t an Easter person, but I could be wrong.

  137. He isn’t, your right, Jimbo. But hey, I used some Ukrainian, so that has to stand for something, right? LOL

  138. JimboWoodside on

    Mets won 3 in a row!!? Yikes – print the playoff tickets right now! (did their opponents fail to show up for a series!?)

  139. JimboWoodside on

    Right! Maybe learn to say “A Blessed, Sweet Passover” in Ukrainian or Russian for him.

  140. Olga Folkyerself on

    Jimbo- Actually, she’s doing well, considering. She’s deaf as a post, so we call her by a dozen different names, Soxy, Queenie, Pookie, HoneyPie, Kiddo, Sweety, etc. She doesn’t answer to any of them. But it doesn’t stop her from meowing to get what she wants.

    She also has some “episodes” where she loses control of her back legs for about ten minutes, then recovers completely. But she still eats good and gets around OK, so we just make her as comfortable as we can.

  141. JimboWoodside on

    I understand, Olga – her vision is still OK? I have a friend who has an elderly cat, but she went blind – maybe it was cataracts or something. (No pun intended!)

    I’m not surprised that she doesn’t answer to any names – cats don’t like to do that – makes them seem too “domesticated” and not independent! ;-D

  142. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yeah, vision is OK. She is pretty fragile, yet seems to just trooper on. We took her to a vet to get her cleaned up and knots taken out of her fur. She was so traumatized I thought we were going to lose her. But she recovered and is now doing quite well.

  143. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, a trip t a vet is traumatic for some animals. My gf has two cats, but only one will even allow us to take it to a vet – the other guy will not allow anyone to touch him, and catching him and putting him in a cat-carrier is out of the question!

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