It was an amazing first round, eh? (except for the Rangers)

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Some first-round highlights, from the NHL:

WILD COMEBACKS, OVERTIMES, GAME 7 DRAMA HIGHLIGHT

EXCITING AND UNPREDICTABLE OPENING ROUND
NEW YORK (April 28, 2011) – Fifteen days, 14 overtimes and several dramatic comebacks and nail-biting finishes later, the 16 teams that began the post-season quest for the Stanley Cup have been narrowed to eight. Here are some highlights from an exciting and unpredictable Conference Quarter-Final round:

EXCITING AND UNPREDICTABLE
* The four Game 7s were the most in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1995.

* Each of the final nine days of the first round featured an overtime game, an unprecedented streak. There were 12 OTs in that span.

* The 14 total overtimes were the most since the record 15 in 2001.

* The 49 total games matched the most ever in the first round.

* There were two Game 7 overtimes, tying the pair in 1997 as the most ever in the first round.

* Seven of the eight series had a game decided in overtime.

* Three of the eight series ended with an overtime goal.

* Road teams posted a winning record (26-23), one victory short of the most ever in the first round.

* Following a 2010 first round in which each of the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference were toppled, the top three seeds in both the East and West survived the first round for the first time since 1996.

HISTORY WAS MADE
* The Boston Bruins came back from an 0-2 series deficit to win a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history. The Bruins also became the first team in playoff history to win a seven-game series without tallying a power-play goal (0/21).

* The Chicago Blackhawks forced a Game 7 after trailing the series 0-3 for the first time in franchise history.

* The Detroit Red Wings reached the final eight for the 13th time in the past 16 seasons.

* The Nashville Predators won the first playoff series in franchise history.

* The Philadelphia Flyers became the first team since 1988 to win a playoff series with three starting goaltenders.

* The San Jose Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to win a playoff game they trailed by four goals (Apr. 19 at Los Angeles).

* The Tampa Bay Lightning came back from a 1-3 series deficit to win a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history.

* The Vancouver Canucks became the fourth team in NHL history and the first since 1975 to win a playoff series after winning the first three games and losing the next three.

* The Washington Capitals became the first team in nine years to win a playoff game after trailing by three goals in the third period (Apr. 20 at NY Rangers).

Not Too Small
The top three scorers in the first round were Michael Cammalleri of the Montreal Canadiens (3-7-10 in seven games), Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning (1-8-9 in seven games) and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-8 in seven games). The average height and weight of this trio is 5-9, 177 lbs.

Michael Cammalleri (Montreal): 5-9, 182
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay): 5-8, 176
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia): 5-11, 172

Not Too Old
41-year-old Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson backstopped the Lightning to their series win over Pittsburgh by posting a 1.77 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.

43-year-old Boston right wing Mark Recchi tallied four points, including a crucial goal in Game 7, and a +4 rating in the Bruins’ seven-game series win over Montreal.

Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who is celebrating his 41st birthday today, tallied a pair of assists and a +3 rating in the Red Wings’ four-game sweep over Phoenix. Lidstrom has appeared in 251 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, second on the all-time list behind Chris Chelios (266).

Anaheim right wing Teemu Selanne, 40, shared the League goal-scoring lead in the first round, tallying six in the Ducks’ six-game series loss to Nashville.

Not Too Inexperienced
Boston right wing Nathan Horton entered the Bruins’ showdown against Montreal with 502 career regular-season appearances, the most among all players making their playoff debut. Horton became only the third player in the past decade to score two overtime goals in the same series, winning Games 5 and 7.

Rookie Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who excelled in a pair of deep playoff runs in the American Hockey League but had no previous NHL playoff experience, led all goaltenders in goals-against average (1.38) and ranked second in save percentage (.946) as the Capitals eliminated the New York Rangers in five games.

Chicago rookie goaltender Corey Crawford, whose previous Stanley Cup Playoff experience was in a brief mop-up role two years ago, sparkled for the Blackhawks in their seven-game series loss to Vancouver, posting a 2.21 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani, a late-season call-up from the AHL, entered the playoffs with just 15 career NHL regular-season appearances but led all defensemen in scoring during the first round with seven points (one goal, six assists).

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NEW STANLEY CUP ODDS:

Courtesy of Bodog, www.Bodog.com.

Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup
V
ancouver Canucks                   11/4
Washington Capitals                  4/1
San Jose Sharks                       5/1
Detroit Red Wings                      11/2
Boston Bruins                            8/1
Philadelphia Flyers                     8/1
Tampa Bay Lightning                  12/1
Nashville Predators                    14/1

Odds to win the 2011 Eastern Conference
Washington Capitals                  7/5
Philadelphia Flyers                     7/2
Boston Bruins                            11/4
Tampa Bay Lightning                  9/2

Odds to win the 2011 Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks                   7/5
San Jose Sharks                       5/2
Detroit Red Wings                      5/2
Nashville Predators                    7/1

What will be the Matchup in the Stanley Cup Final?
Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks                   9/2
Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks                       6/1
Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings                      13/2
Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators                    17/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks                      10/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. San Jose Sharks                          13/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings                        14/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Nashville Predators                       35/1
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks                             9/1
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks                                 12/1
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings                               13/1
Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators                              30/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vancouver Canucks                   12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks                       16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings                     18/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators                    42/1

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  1. Don’t know what’s happening at the top of the page … but IT guys are hopefully aware and checking it out … you can scroll to get here … but then, if you are here, you already figured that out.

  2. The only reason that I picked the Rangers to win the series was because I just couldn’t predict them to lose even though I knew in my heart that they didn’t have much of a chance.

    I think a Canucks – Capitals final would be a really good series.

  3. billybleedsblue on

    This site never did that when there weren’t so many ads… the price to pay for success I ‘spose. Did someone declare an array as an integer? Tsk, tsk.

    Hmmm… Lightning/Red Wings is 18 to 1, eh? I guess that means that’s NOT going to happen. I just don’t like the idea of anyone else going to the finals from the East. It doesn’t really matter though, I think Detroit’s going to find a way to raise the Cup no matter what. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned….

  4. Carp: I really like the artwork at the top of the page. It’s nice to see you branching out and embracing your creative side. I think your art makes a really great comment on the limitations on us, as human beings, in this seemingly limitless, digital world. Kudos my boy. Brilliant stuff. Move over Jean-Michel Basquiat!

  5. I am gunning for any job I can get billy! I bet the New Yorker reads this and then sees my empty rhetoric and is all, “that guy’s got the goods!”

  6. billybleedsblue on

    When they come for you, put in a good word for me. I can b.s. with the best of ‘em and would like a change of scenery…

  7. You got it billy – maybe we can start an “art blog” about the intersection of art and sports. I think that could work. We can start an office like Google with bean-bag chairs and puppies everywhere. We can hire some girls to get us coffee and just enjoy our lives while wearing really fancy headsets in case we get a phone call.

  8. Looks like the “art-piece” turned into “performance art” as it has mysteriously disappeared. Touche Carp. Touche.

  9. Carp you also get an A for the great job you do keeping this active. Outside of fantasy hockey this is where I go first for my Rangers news which is why I won’t ever call it a blog.

    You do your homework and truly care about the sport and the game. And I really do think Tortorealla likes that in you ;)

    I would have given Tortorella an A too. There was some Tortorellas hater at the bar last night I just wanted to go off on. Arrogant (not in a good way), loud and outspoken. Wearing a Rangers hoodie I saw it as a sign of disrespect! I decided not to reprimand his ignorance, kept my coolness and just let him blab to the other barflys.

    Would you rather a Tom Renney who would have lobbied for Redden to stay on the team and held noone accountable? I also have a feeling Drury will retire and Tortorella will be a big part of that. Make him report to the CT Whale every game if he wants to collect money for nothing or sit in the press box if he’s “injured”.

    I wouldn’t mind if Tortorella was the coach of this team until he retires. Renney proved more than anything that this team needs a swift boot in the you know what.

    Although he’s been a beast in the playoffs it’s no coincidence Vinny LC is not the same player he was under Tortorella when he should be at the apex of his prime today.

    Players like Fedotenko were among the best we had in the playoffs. Prospal when healthy brought it especially last season. If Prospal has what it takes I wouldn’t mind bringing him back for a discount.

    The more he knows his players the better the team gets especially with this defense improving in a safe-is-death theory. His Cup is proof!

  10. I think a buyout is a possibility. But it wouldn’t be to embarrass him but rather to free up cap space for a signing.

  11. gleich gehts los bei der Eishockey WM

    Deutschland-Russland :)

    now its starting with the Worlds

    Germany-Russia :)

  12. noonan

    I love Torts too. I listened to that Michael Kay interview. It was hilarious, like Carp said. But, it was also an honest assesment of the Rangers and what they have to do to become a better hockey club.

    As far as Drury, I also think Torts will do his best to convince him to retire (play in Hartford), for the cap hit alone. Torts wants to make a move for skill players and NYR need cap space to make it happen. If Drury accepted a move within the organization, that would show tremendous class and I would have new found respect for him. In that case, I would even consider bringing him back in 2012 (at a reasonable salary) if he is able to make a significant recovery from his chronic knee. He’s a pretty good player when he is skating well…

  13. NYR, Buyouts take place in mid June. Also, during the summer waiving him to HFD doesn’t really get his cap hit off the books as all one way contracts count against the cap.

  14. if Dru retires his salary goes completely off the books, right? Then, if he still wants to play hockey, he can UN-RETIRE and sign with another team! Team like Islanders for example…i bet they would love to add Dru to their always awesome collection of past American heroes like Weight and Guerin :)

  15. Yes, retiring removes his cap hit completely and no carryover to next year.

    I think even the Islanders are smart enough to stay away from him. Maybe he goes the route of many NYers that are in their twilight years and goes down to Florida.

  16. Good point, CT. That really seems like the most likely outcome, from a business standpoint. It would clear enough cap space to make a trade/signing possible…or even help us retain our RFAs

    Although, it begs a few questions…

    Would Drury get bought out, and then go play somewhere else for less money?
    Would Drury retire and and then try to make a recovery from injuries?
    Is he done as a player?

  17. Everybody interested what Gaborik is doing for Team Slovakia vs Slovenia

    Game is live in German tv I could give some updates ???????

  18. btw, any links to watch the IIHF World Championship online? will any of the games be televised in USA? i wanted to buy a pass just now but cannot due to geoblocking restriction.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, what do you think the chances are that they buy out Wolski? The cap hits for the two years are microscopic (466k and 666k, respectively). It would almost be worth the savings we would get from buying out Drury this year, plus we would save a million over the second year cap hit.

    Of course, the downside is that Wolski has that great potential.

  20. CCCP its blocked in the USA but I recommend it livetv.ru…I watch it here live in german TV:)

  21. 3.30 left in the first Russia-Germany 0-0 ….

    Germany had two good scoring chances, Nabokov is a little bit rusty allowing some strange rebounds…Russia missed a good opportunity on the powerplay..there is no shotclock….

  22. But imagine if nothing happens with Dru and he stays on the team for his final contract year? Oh boy…

    Dru stays put… we pass on Richards… extend EC’s and Wolski’s contract…give another year to Prospal…bring back McCabe for two more years…trade MDZ and Grachev for some washed up center… Sather gets extension from Dolan and Rangers fans commit mass suicide by jumping of the GW Bridge

  23. CCCP – uplifting! Thanks. GW bridge is a bit dramatic. We should probably jump off MSG to make a statement.

  24. Dave- being 25 with good hands and size is great potential.

    Doodie- his buyout is indeed very attractive one. I believe Torts should be highly involved in that decision. If he still feels Wolski has a good chance to play top 6, keep him, if he is planning to use him as a 3-4th liner, it’s much better from a cap point of view to buy him out.

  25. CCCP,

    They’ll have the bridge to nowhere in the World’s Most Inconveniently Renovated Arena…we can jump off that bridge. Maybe do it against the Flyers and use Carcillo to break our fall.

  26. 0-0 after first period RUS-GER….

    Germany fielding a young squad without an NHLer but played real good game..You dont see a lot from Kovalchuk on the first line with Kaigorov and Morozov…Germany had even the better scoring chances, and they will be on the powerplay the first minute of the second period..

    I can give you my impressions from Gaborik.. I recommend the offical website iihf.com..you go on stats and then you have live scoring and even line combinations…

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Dave, why would anyone read your lame blog when you can’t even fact check correctly? His career high is 23 goals, along with 43 assists. For those keeping score at home, if he had those numbers for this year’s rangers, they would have made him tied for 2nd in goals, and first in assists and points. He is only one year removed from those numbers. He’s also only 25, has a great pedigree and great size. Really, the only thing missing from his game is the effort.

  28. line combinations were corect throught this first period as I can see it from in front my TV Screen :)

  29. And as CT taught us …. 6 goals = 1 win….So that would have added nearly 4 wins to our record.

  30. Hey! but it could happen!

    Let’s have a bet…

    Dru gets bought out

    Dru retires

    Dru stays put

    i say Dru stays put… I got $10 on it! anyone else? :)

  31. Carp,
    I know we lost to a more talented #1 seed no question, but we gave games away, but as far as the grades. You graded as far as expectations? I again wish I had you as a teacher in school.LOL Grades should be for performance compared to the rest of the players trying to win a stanley cup not against a previously dissappointing Rangers team of a previous year. Waaaaay too many A/B’s for a team that needed hel[p just to get in and lost in 5 games. You know i’m right, you have corrected yourself in the past, that’s what we luv about you. Coreect them grades.

  32. Dave- his PPG is career .62. Which is more than .1 higher than Callahan’s and .05 higher than Dubinsky’s. Do they have potential. That’s why I doubt anyone will read your blog, sorry…

  33. As much as I am against signing Richards, Richards between Wolski and Gaborik makes for a pretty legit first line…just sayin’

    I have mixed feelings about Woytek. I mean, he absolutely can’t be on the team if he plays 10 minutes a game…that is a waste….

    But, like Doodie and ilb have pointed out, he has a lot of raw talent and great potential at only 25 years old.

  34. 2009-2010 is split into 2 teams. My bad. Let’s not overstate his potential, though.

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  35. I agree NYR – that is a great line. The only downside is that those guys (Gaborik and Wolski) are streaky and when they are down our top line will be a big struggle. I guess we could just throw Boyle, Prust and Fedotenko/Avery into their spot and play a harder game when they are slumping.
    Wolski has more upside than anyone we can get out there. He is just expensive and at the price he will have to play a lot. Although, when was the last time he got REAL top line ice time?

  36. Yes, Wolski has potential. Great potential? No.

    Anyhow, potential only gets you so far.

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  37. CCCP, justin is very often blocked or you have to pay extra..but usually on those there are various links for coverage…

    2nd period starts 1.04 remaining on the powerplay for Team Germany its 0-0 !!!!!

  38. CT

    Wolski’s situation is a bit different since he’s younger with higher upside and makes less but i guess we could add Wolski to that bet

    $10 on Wolski staying put :)

  39. Dde- That picture is very enthralling. The statement is obviously that *we* are players in the game but it is our actions that define us rather than our looks. You see, by not using helmets the players are shown as exposed. This is a metaphor for “leaving it all on the ice” emotionally. Our emotions escape us on the ice and we are forced to become robots, defined only by our actions and almost identity-less when playing the sport that defines our passion, drive and self-worth. It is only the goalie who is allowed to be shown and he must wear a mask to hide his true identity. He is the stopper of emotions. Bottling up all of our dark secrets.

  40. Matthias

    i got the link from livetv.ru site

    they have like a bunch of links there…

    damn, that ice looks HUGE!

  41. billybleedsblue on

    dde, where do you get these awesome images? I really dig ‘em. please share more! :D

  42. Most likely the Rangers couldn’t get Richards without buying out Wolski. The only way that works is if Drury retires and as much as I think that’s certainly the best and easiest solution, I don’t think it’s the most likely.

    Essentially if they let all the unrestricted FAs walk they should have enough re-sign the resticted FAs, but not enough to add a large ticket UFA.

    However there’s a few combinations that would allow them to pursue someone with Richards’ contract demands:

    *Drury retires
    **Buyouts of Drury, Wolski, Boogaard retires
    ***Buyouts of Drury, Wolski, Avery

  43. Wolski had 65 points in 2009 – 2010 averaging a little over 18minutes of TOI. We could sure use those! points. Let’s use him.

  44. Yeah, Manny. Totally agree bro. That’s not my first choice for a top line because of the enigma factor…but, the talent is there…

    PS: Dave’s blog = bouche from the past’s blog = carcillo

  45. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    GERMANY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1-0

  46. Could we cut out the personal attacks and the attacks on my blog? Are the attacks necessary?

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  47. billybleedsblue on

    Stan (not Fischler) I can’t help but to think that when Stan Fischler stops by here that your posts have him confused… “Did I post that?” “Why would I say that?”

    hehe, I kid of course. Stan (Fischler) may be somewhat outrageous at times, but you gotta appreciate what he’s all about — hockey. Keep up the Stan (Fischler) confusing posts, Stan (not Fischler).

  48. CCCP, I understand the reasons to retain to Wolski, but his smaller buyout cap hit cost is also a reason why he might get bought out. Would you rather a prospective top 6 of:

    Gaborik-Richards-Stepan
    Dubinsky-Ansimiov-Callahan

    or

    Wolski-Stepan-Gaborik
    Dubinsky-Ansimiov-Callahan

  49. what a chance to make it 2-0..CCCP I am just dreaming to see Germany is simply the better team I cant believe it :)

  50. Loose talk in the classroom
    To hurt they try and try
    Strong words in the staffroom
    The accusations fly
    It’s no use, he sees her
    He starts to shake and cough
    Just like the old man in
    That book by *Nabakov*

    Don’t stand, don’t stand so
    Don’t stand so close to me

  51. of course I’d rather see

    Gaborik-Richards-Stepan
    Dubinsky-Ansimiov-Callahan

    I hope we do something to improve our offense…

  52. You guys have really confidence in doing the right things to improve the Rangers ?:)

    oweiah!!!

  53. still confidence after the last couple of years ??? If it wouldn´t be for the salary cap, it would still check book managing!!!!

    As long this guy has the power, Rangers will never get higher than first round and you dont need to be an expert to know this !!!!

  54. Matthias, they did make it past the first round twice….so we got that going for us, which is nice.

  55. “I think a buyout is a possibility. But it wouldn’t be to embarrass him but rather to free up cap space for a signing.”

    It would be both, CCCP. It’s what you do if you’re a GM you have to put the threat out there.

    If he retires he goes out on a high note. If he refuses to and takes up Rangers cap space he will be hated and remembered as a player who sat on his fat butt for two years to collect 15million. He clearly has no desire to play once his contract is up. He has multiple sources of income like his new pizzaria so just retire.

    Guys like Shannahan barely had a liter of gas left in the tank and were begging to play for a few shekels. Naslund went out with class and had more left in the tank than Drury. Pretty soon we’ll see if Drury has class.

  56. “Carp, what do you think the chances are that they buy out Wolski? The cap hits for the two years are microscopic (466k and 666k, respectively). It would almost be worth the savings we would get from buying out Drury this year, plus we would save a million over the second year cap hit.

    Of course, the downside is that Wolski has that great potential.”

    They aren’t buying him out. As usual you act a dunce every other post.

  57. yeah Blueshrits I can remember the year when they beat the Thrashers in the first round 4-0….yeah how is the record from Mr. Sather for the Rangers ???? embarassing !!!!

  58. Drury’s best bet would be to agree to a move to Hartford…he would get more money that way…It’s also a win for the Rangers because his cap hit evaporates…

    In that case, like Dredden, he would avoid paying escrow and make more in the AHL than he would in the NHL. Plus, he would be an hour closer to Colony Grill. It’s a win-win!

  59. what a chance to score shorthanded to make it 2-0 !!!!

    CCCP we are deserving to beat the Russians today :)

  60. I don’t think it’s that easy, noonan…What makes you a 100% sure they are not buying him out?

  61. noonan,

    That was me not CCCP in the first quote.

    I’m not sure if there’s much of the fanbase or the league in general that doesn’t already think Drury was a bad signing by this point. Him staying or getting bought out won’t really change the perception (or the fact) of him being at best a Grade B player that got paid Grade A money then declined to grade D production.

  62. That would be a sweet revenge for the semis last year as they led also 1-0 and lost to a goal by Pavel Datsjuk with two minutes remaining…

    but it is still 20 minutes to go :)

    Carp you are not interested in the Worlds at all ?????????????????????:)

  63. CT – I didn’t not notice that Caddyshack reference. It was subtle and nice.

    *Carl Spackler*: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.
    *Angie D’Annunzio*: A looper?
    *Carl Spackler*: A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  64. “Dru stays put… we pass on Richards… extend EC’s and Wolski’s contract…give another year to Prospal…bring back McCabe for two more years…trade MDZ and Grachev for some washed up center… Sather gets extension from Dolan and Rangers fans commit mass suicide by jumping of the GW Bridge”

    Drury may stay put or may not.

    I do hope we pass on Richards.

    Why would we extend Wolski’s contract? Are you drunk?

    Prospal will be forthright with Tortorella if he can play at the level he’s expected to play you can quote me on that.

    McCabe the rental is gone. As the teacher in Stand and Deliver said “BYEBYE SEE YOU WE WILL MISS YOU!”

    MDZ is young and has the skill to pay the bills I doubt he gets traded. Sophomore slump’d. And his salary against the cap lower (for a first overall pick) due to this uncertainty. But if McIlwrath works out and MDZ isn’t the Brian Leetch we thought maybe we do trade him we have a great D.

    Grachev looks like a stay on this team but we have so many NHL-ready youngins he is expendable in a trade.

  65. Matthias

    yes, so far Germany looks like they want this game more than Russia

    RE: Drury

    If i was Drury i would sit on my fat butt to collect 15 million and i would care less what people got to say because i would go home to my family with fat butt check :)

  66. noonan

    i know that jokes and sarcasm does not translate in text very well but c’mon… that was a sarcastic post :)

  67. sorry to misquote CTB.

    if Drury decides to stick it to the Rangers team with his salcap he will

    1. never get a job at MSG (which will cost him in the long run)

    2. never be forgotten as a greedy cap-killer that sat on his fat butt to collect money for two years. (aside from that huge 1 goal he scored all season of course)

    ever wonder why when we’re down to our absolute last forward Drury magically is able to skate onto the ice and take that whole 10 second shift despite his chronic injury? HE DOESN’T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ANYMORE

  68. oh my god you had me, CCCP. you should see the stuff that comes out of Doodie’s mouth when he’s serial ;)

    doesn’t translate well no

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan, explain to me why there’s no chance that they buy out Wolski? There’s a strong chance that they will make a pitch for Richards. If they do that, they will need to free up cap space to reup Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Boyle, Sauer, and potentially Gilroy (if he takes a multiyear offer worth less per year than his qualifying offer). They are probably considering bringing back Fedotenko too. Buying out Wolski frees up a little over 3 million. He was a healthy scratch at times for them. Why exactly is this beyond the realm of possibility?

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    “Guys like Shannahan barely had a liter of gas left in the tank and were begging to play for a few shekels”

    I remember Shanahan getting a raise, actually.

  71. noonan,

    I don’t disagree with your notion that Drury is finished as a useful hockey player. I also think that’s the widely held perception of many Rangers fans. As far as his legacy as a player? He’s still got a lot of goodwill built up from his Calder Trophy, hot streak during the 2001 Cup playoffs, and a few productive years during his prime with Buffalo. Him getting overpaid for the last 5 years will mostly get attributed to the Rangers being the Rangers/Sather being Sather.

    As far as his future, the guy will have grossed at least $30M from his current deal plus whatever else he made in his career leading up to that. Whether he gets a job with MSG or not shouldn’t change the fact that he’s set up for the rest of his life, although I’ve seen pictures of him sitting in some pretty expensive seats at Yankees games.

  72. Exactly my point, Doodie. Unless Wolski somehow convinces Torts that he can play top 6 min, his contract is too attractive from the buyout point of view….And I still strongly feel that they will buy out Drury. Unless they decide after their meetings to not go a free agent route. I also think that Avery may land on that list. Buying out all three of them frees up $8M in cap space.

  73. “noonan, explain to me why there’s no chance that they buy out Wolski? There’s a strong chance that they will make a pitch for Richards. If they do that, they will need to free up cap space to reup Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Boyle, Sauer, and potentially Gilroy (if he takes a multiyear offer worth less per year than his qualifying offer). They are probably considering bringing back Fedotenko too. Buying out Wolski frees up a little over 3 million. He was a healthy scratch at times for them. Why exactly is this beyond the realm of possibility?”

    Doodie, explain to me why you’d prefer to buy out Wolski at his age and potential (who we could otherwise waive and pay half price for when another team picks him up) over buying out Drury.

    Drury who could log a total of 20 minutes of icetime next season is making 7million Wolski 3.8 and is in a contract year. Wouldn’t you rather eat the extra 3.25 million in buying out Drury or at least waive Wolski and pay half price?

    Thank GOD you are not the GM of this team and just a mental midget.

  74. Noonan- Drury is actually making $5M next year. Simply waiving Wolski doesn’t help the team with the summer cap, that’s where most of the issues will arise…

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s a question of whether MSG wants to eat another 3.25 million.

    Did you read the other posts I made in which I was defending Wolski? Or do you just read every other word and fill in the blanks with whatever you decide to make up?

  76. CCCP I am surprised to see that BYkow dont try to change anything in the lines to power the Russians..

    Radulov and Kovalchuk not on the same unit…

  77. noonan,

    The claiming team only pays half on re-entry waivers. Sending him down the first time does remove his entire cap hit.

    Also, buyouts take place before the free agency period starts. So if the Rangers have any interests in Richards (not saying you have to agree with them pursuing him, but frankly it would surprise me to see them not make a move for him) any and all buyouts will have taken place already.

  78. “noonan, when did I say that I would buy out Wolski over Drury? Learn to read.”

    I like your thinking but to think they’d buy both players out is delirious.

    So realistically you were implying one or the other. Don’t backpedal here.

  79. Doodie Machetto on

    Dude, I never made any suggestion of my preference. I was asking what the chances were that Sather would do such a thing.

    Personally, I’d rather they not buy either guy out and max out our cap space for the summer of 2012.

  80. no i didn’t read every post you wrote in this thread doodie. you still make silly comments all the time.

    CTB i don’t want Richards. He’s going to want at least 5 years and something near 8million/per. I want all the RFAs and this young core.

    buy out Drury.

  81. To be precise, buyout period is June 15-30. The player( on one-way contract)can only be waived and sent down after the beginning of training camp. So from July 1st through the training camp, every one -way NHL contract, plus every two-way contract prorated for amount of time spent with the NHL team during the previous year, counts against the summer cap.

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    Seriously noonan, point to me where I said “I would like to buy out Wolski.” All I did was ask what the chances were that they did it, and explain the cap savings in relation to Drury, who is the more obvious choice for the buyout. If it’s a matter of dollars over talent, it seems like a real possibility for Sather.

    But again, at no point did I suggest they buy Wolski (or Drury for that matter) out.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan, if you don’t want Richards, why buy out Drury and put the extra 1.67 million on next summer’s cap?

  84. cccp

    anyone interested versus is televising ALL USA games at worlds. first one is sat morning 1015 am.

  85. Matthias

    Bykov is a crappy coach! i am surprised he still has his job!

    CT

    in any case..Prospal is bye buy by! :)

  86. Unfortunately, it sounds like they have pretty much decided to go after Richards…The only hope is the bidding war makes his new contract prohibitive. But if he really wants to come here, play for Torts and sign a reasonable contract, sure…But I highly doubt it, it’ll be all business for him..

  87. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGoallllllllllllllllllllllllll

    Germany

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  88. don’t have time to read through the 100s of comments in this post, doodie. you suggested buying out Wolski. why not just waive him?

    no chance they buy out both Wolski and Drury.

    first things first. what about Drury?

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I’m on record for passing on him and waiting for 2012. Not enough premier talent is going to make Richards WAYYY overpaid.

  90. Doodie- Redden’s contract takes up that 10% allowance….

    Agree with Richards, but I’m afraid the decision has already been made.

  91. CCCP,

    Country over. You need to complete the deal that started with Alaska and turn it over to the Americans.

  92. if we wait to 2012 we could go after semin and sharp. i would pass on richards as well by year 3 of a 5 year deal the contract would be terrible. we need more skill on the wing.

  93. I agree with ilb that all media comments suggest that Richards is on his way to the New York Rangers. They probably have to buy someone out. I hope it’s Drury, no disrespect but Wolski has CRAZY more upside. Unless you are talking about upside in the (pizza) kitchen.

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    I did NOT suggest buying out Wolski. All I did was ask Carp what the chances were that they did. Again, learn to read.

    My preference: resign our RFAs, do nothing else. Next summer, Drury, Wolski, and Christensen come off the cap, freeing up about 11.5 million. Look at the guys who will potentially be available then: Patrick Sharp, Alexander Semin, Ales Hemsky, etc. at forward, Ryan Suter, Braydon Coburn, Brent Burns, Niklas Kronwall, etc. on defense. We could potentially land 2 of those guys. Not to mention, with a year to evaluate our young players, we can be better suited to know what areas need to be filled. Maybe we see that our defense is great but MDZ and Gilroy don’t develop into the PPQBs we need and our only hole on defense is just a specialist for the PP like Wideman or Liles (both of whom will be available).

    Either way, the team will have more options if it waits.

  95. SHARP please. Lets leave Semin where he is. I don’t think he plays a full 60 minutes. I know he’s stellar. But I don’t like how he doesn’t show up always and he plays with Ovie right now so he gets a bit more “freedom” on the ice. Don’t know how he would be as a #1.

  96. Gomez takes the heat for Habs

    In an act of self-flagellation, Gomez said Thursday he asked for his teammates’ forgiveness for his lousy season.

    “I feel I have let my teammates down,” the centre said as the Canadiens cleaned out their lockers at their training complex.

    “It was a terrible season (personally).

    “There is nobody more embarrassed than myself.”

    Gomez, 31, was the Habs’ highest-paid player this season at $8 million but managed just seven goals and 31 assists in 80 games.

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Playoffs/Montreal/2011/04/29/18082341.html

  97. Doodie Machetto on

    I’d love to see Sharp a Ranger. If we could get Sharp and Suter in one summer, that would be amazing.

  98. Sharp will 31 next year when we are targeting him. Richards is 31 this year, with much higher GPG….

  99. CCCP 36 straight losses and now…

    I really cant believe it..they were the better team for almost 45 to 50 minutes..the last ten minutes the Russians buzzed the german net..but you have probably have seen it as well
    I can recall times when they were beaten with double digits :)

    The Germans did what the Rangers have missed..they scored the opening goal otherwise I am sure it would have been different game against the Capitals..different series..

    but that´s hockey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. I like Sharp too, but I wonder how he’d perform without being a team with Toews/Kane/Keith.

  101. I just think Sharp would be a better fit into our team without trying to force someone to come in here and be our #1 guy.

  102. Rick Carpiniello

    DONT TELL ME NOW YOU HAVEN´T SEEN THE MIRACLE OF BRATISLAVA ???????????

    If you say yes, My heart is broken now :)

  103. PPG, not GPG….Similar age when we are targeting them. Sharp’s PPG is .64, Richards’ .92…

  104. i’d rather have Richards over Sharp

    Richards had few great consecutive seasons for Dallas w/o great support… Sharp is surrounded by a talented team

    Go after BR, Slats!

  105. Doodie Machetto on

    Sharp is more versatile, can play center or wing. Richards is more PPG, not GPG. Second, Sharp will be only 30 in the summer of 2012 (although he does turn 31 at the end of that year)

    Also, this is more a personal observation, but Richards is a much older 31 than Sharp will be. At 31, Richards has played in 835 NHL games (including playoffs). Sharp, at 29, has played in only 553. Sharp, even assuming he plays in every game next season, including the longest possible playoffs, will still only have played 663 games before the 2012-2013 season. While their age numbers may be the same, Richards’ legs, knees, back, groin, etc. are at least 170 games (two non-playoff years plus) older.

  106. Admittedly, doodie, that observation is way too subjective. Again, I do not advocate getting Richards at, but between the two of them, I’d prefer Richards. He is a better playmaking center, but most importantly, he and Tortorella know each other well…..

  107. Doodie Machetto on

    NYR Fan, I think that even though I wouldn’t have nominated Vigneualt, I still would have gone with Dave Tippet over Tortorella as the third coach.

    But really, I think that it should go to Trotz (doing so much with so little) or Bylsma (almost won the division despite being without the two players his team is built around for half the season).

  108. i want sharp as well. like the fact he could be moved around. yes semin could take games off but his talent alone is sick. we need a guy who when has the puck could strike fear into teams.

  109. “Defending the Core – A Rangers site”

    Not this cooke sucker again.

    LOL! After the Tiki garbage from yesterday, it got me thinking of people I can’t stand on this blog, and I thought of him. Low and behold, he returns today.

    Too bad Torts wasn’t nominated for the Jack Adam.

    And how was Barry Trotz nominated over Randy Carlyle?? And Glee Boucher should have been nominated over Bylsma.

  110. Nah, eddie, I abandoned it last night and watched hockey instead. Will try again later tonight or tomorrow….

  111. I mean Gaborik takes an entire season off and if the on/off alternating thing works out he will be ON this upcoming season and then OFF in 2012. So we might need a shooter.

  112. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, sometimes, familiarity breeds complacency. Just because they know each other doesn’t mean everything is guaranteed to fit.

    I think Sharp will come cheaper than Richards as well, since Sharp won’t be the only premier offensive talent available in 2012, whereas this summer it’s Richards and a big pile of Carcillo.

    And it’s not just on offense either. There just aren’t that many top UFAs available this summer. Really, I think it’s Richards, Bryzgalov, and Ehrhoff, and then everybody else is a clear cut below.

  113. Semin will want Gaborik’s contract. Not to mention, there is no guarantee any of them appear on the UFA market.

    Colorado’s ownership is dealing with some serious financial problems. They had issues paying the lease a few time this year. Not making the playoffs made it even worse. They may not be able to keep Stastny, and we may have enough chips to pull this trade off…

    http://denver.sbnation.com/colorado-avalanche/2010/12/8/1854890/avalanche-financial-standing

  114. Thanks Matthias! While the boss is away……….

    I want Sharp. I want him on our team if it’s a Sharp or Richards thing. Sharp just seems younger.

  115. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – no worries….most of my free time is spent watching hockeythese days anyway…….who were some of your russian chess heroes?….Old school, i loved Alekhine, Bronstein, Tal, and Spassky….Botvinnik, I always had affection for as my undergrad was EE as was his…..Later, Ivanchuk ( Ukraine so strong), Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov (obviously) and especially Shirov…..The Latvian players played such romantic chess….I could talk chess all day long :)

  116. No Doodie, Ehrhoff would not be available for the Rangers as I want him to win a cup in the near future :):):) No I am kidding..Ehrhoff is the best german player in the NHL in the last couple of years…

  117. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, What exactly did Carlysle do to earn it? Trotz has the most offensively inept team in the league. Sergei Koystitsen was their leading scorer!! Also, motivating Koystitsen is worthy of praise, in and of itself.

    As for Guy Boucher, I don’t think he deserves any credit at all. He watched Stamkos race out to 38 goals, only to score 7 goals over the last 3 months of the season. If you can’t get a guy who scored 38 goals before February to score more than 7 the rest of the way, you’re failing your job as a coach.

  118. eddie eddie eddie on

    reading between the lines, it seems richards is a done deal…..to me anyway…

  119. i also would not rj umberger for 2012. can contribute in so many diff situations. still relatively young

  120. eddie- Tal’, Korchnoy, Botvinnik.. My sister in law went to the same school with Kasparov, they knew each other. I played against him on multi-board friendly tournament…Still trying to decipher what hit me, lol..I met him in the US a couple of times.

  121. Doodie Machetto on

    “Not to mention, there is no guarantee any of them appear on the UFA market.”

    That is absolutely true. But I think some of them will. For instance, I think Hemsky will be on the market because Edmonton can’t/won’t be able to afford to keep him. Sharp will likely be a cap casualty in Chicago (how much more can they pare down that roster before cutting the best guys loose?) Semin’s situation depends on what the Caps do as far as their RFAs go. They might not have the cap space to retain him, but I think they will probably do a Chicago-style hatchet job on their depth and be able to retain him.

    The defensemen I listed: Suter is going to be available unless he takes a big hometown discount because Nashville won’t be able to match what he would get on the open market. Weber has already done that, so there is a decent chance Suter follows suit. I think Coburn will hit the market because Philly is already scraping the cap ceiling without a goaltender. I don’t think Burns hits the market unless he wants to leave Minnesota.

  122. Thanks for reminding me eddie – I almost forgot to continue that!

    “I Want some Butts!”

  123. if we wait tiill 2013

    we could have a choice at these name crosby, iginla, getzlaf, perry, riberio, horton, roy, j staal.

    lol how many you think will actually be ufa that summer. i say none.

  124. Doodie Machetto on

    mattias, you are definitely right about Ehrhoff. He has wrestled the title away from Sturm (both through his own play and Sturm’s injuries).

    Unless, of course, you count Dany Heatley. I don’t though, since Heatley doesn’t.

  125. eddie eddie eddie on

    sather is due for a free agent that actually works out….i think richards will be that guy…torts knows him and his judgement was great re: fedtank

  126. Doodie Machetto on

    eric, I think Horton for sure, Iginla only if Calgary declines to bring him back, and potentially Ribeiro depending on whether Dallas blows it up.

    But no chance on Crosby, Getzlaf, Perry, Roy, or Staal.

  127. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – i worked with a kid who was from Baku and his grandmother was kasparov’s 3rd grade teacher…..Very impressive, you having met him :)…GK = monster

  128. what you guys think of Michael Ryder? He’s UFA

    he’s got some decent skill and we can use a winger with scoring touch

  129. Doodie,

    Heatley was born in Germany in Freiburg but I wouldn´t count him as a german, as he doesn´t understand probably more than ten words of the german language…

    Ehrhoff improved a lot in the last season very often appearing on the Canucks powerplay unit with the Sedin twins and having a lot of assists and I would really be happy to see him in a Ranger uniform especially if you know that he doesnt have the full vision on one of his eyes ….

    But truth to be told the chances are very slim that the President and General Manager really knows about him ;)

  130. CCCP, I always confuse Ryder with Higgins. Something tells me there is a reason for that….

  131. CCCP, Jochen Hecht hasn´t a very good season with the Sabres and a lot of injuries made only one game in the series with the Flyers….

    He was probably at his best during the years with the Blues…but this is a couple of years back…

  132. Doodie Machetto on

    I like the play of Marcel Goc. Tough break this year. He could really be helping Nashville in the playoffs.

  133. Hecht is one of this typical german attributes, beeing a decent player is enough for him but there is no motivation to improve to get better to climb up….

    contrast to Ehrhoff, who got better with the move from San Jose to Vancouver….

  134. Not saying Trotz doesn’t deserve it, but I’m basing this on the fact that the Ducks were in 11th place a year ago, and finished 4th this season. They lost their starting goalie down the stretch, and went from 11th to 4th during the final two weeks or so.

    Yeah, they have the “offensive weapons”, but those guys were all their last season. Not to mention they lost Neidermeyer, and replaced him with a rookie, Fowler.

    I’d give Trotz the nomination over Vigneault. But, In my opinion Carlyle deserves a nomination over all three.

    Glee Boucher on the other hand, a bit of the same deal, they were 12th a year ago, and finished 5th. That was a huge improvement, obviously. They’re not that deep of a team, and for half of the year, didn’t really have a starting goalie.

  135. by the way anyone interested in taking game from me next year the price went from $112 for my pair to $118.

    face value to my fellow boneheads.

  136. Truth to be told I dont see too many games from Nashville to really have an opinon about Goc..He was one of the leaders of the german team when they reached the semis against Russia during last years Worlds in Germany..

    He is probably very talented but if he wants to get better he needs to move to a hotbed in the NHL to get more attention and to see if he can play under pressure…

  137. I like where this discussion is going…so I will ask a follow up question:

    Who would IMPROVE on the Rangers and not digress?

  138. doodie

    you got tickets?

    no i am not getting moved. same seats 2011-12 but prob moving when they do upper bowl for 2012-13

  139. Doodie Machetto on

    eric, yeah I got moved. I was in 341, but they are moving us to comparable (in my opinion, far superior) 200 level seats for the same price of the increased 300s. Too bad it’s only for next season.

  140. Doodie Machetto on

    Also, without an MSG preseason, it comes out to about the same price as last season.

  141. I will probably take some games from someone. I am not a “baller” and can’t afford season packages. I have to scrap the money together game by game.

  142. Doodie Machetto on

    Matthias, even if Kopitar was healthy, Slovenia would be without him because if he was playing in that first round series, they would have beaten the Sharks. The defensive coverage in that series was just awful, and Kopitar would have made those big leads even larger, maybe to the point San Jose wouldn’t have been able to come back,.

  143. Slider: Goose, whose butt did you kiss to get in here anyway?
    Goose: The list is long, but distinguished.
    Slider: Yeah, well so is my Johnson.

  144. Doodie, I haven´seen anything from the San Jose-Kings series but you are probably right…
    For me it´s always amazing to see that Kopitar hails from a country where you never exspected to see an ice hockey rink. :) and even watch a hockey game as they are more known for their alpine skiers :)

    Anyway I am really curios to see how Gaborik is doing on the wing with Center Demitra and Stumpel on the other side as I dont see Slovenia wont pose a real threat for them….

  145. eddie eddie eddie on

    sharks wings will be the crem-de-la crem…..lotta history there…not the same as Avs/wings…but still…

  146. “My apartment is infested with koala bears. It’s the cutest infestation ever. Way better than cockroaches. When I turn on the light, a bunch of koala bears scatter, but I don’t want them too. I’m like, Hey… Hold on fellows… Let me hold one of you, and feed you a leaf. Koala bears are so cute, why do they have to be so far away from me. We need to ship a few over, so I can hold one, and pat it on its head.” – Mitch Hedberg

  147. Hey That is a quote from Mitch Hedberg standup! It’s a joke!

    I wish I could have held one. They are amazingly adorable. I played with baby tigers….they were mean. Adorable but mean. Only comparison I have.

  148. “Doodie Machetto April 29th, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    I did NOT suggest buying out Wolski. All I did was ask Carp what the chances were that they did. Again, learn to read.”

    May want to learn to read (and understand the cap) yourself, Doody.

    If you buy out Wolski (why the hell not waive him?) what are the chances of Drury–the biggest problem who may skate 40 mins in regulation if we’re lucky all season getting bought out as well?

    Do you not see the point in where I mocked your stupidity? You are responding like a kid who can’t even hit the ball off of the T in tee ball.

  149. Doodie Machetto on

    man, Slovakia’s lineup is a whose who of flash in the pan NHLers: Nagy, Bartecko, Radivojevic, Surovy, Hossa, etc..

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

    Afternoon ILB and all!

    FWIW I think ILB is dead on with the WW situation. He needs to play top six minutes. If torts agrees to let him get those minutes and take the “growing pain” lumps along the way (not sure if torts would, I have my doubts) so to speak, then keep him. If torts is going to say 3rd or 4th line and he has to earn time on the top 2, buy out option way too attractive not to take it.

    I also think richards is highly likely, I’m ok with it.

    Does anyone think slats will trade for richards before Free Agency begins to help eliminate some cap in the deal as well as makes sure of exclusive negotiating rights until July??

    We also need to make sure we have cap space for bieksa (sorry, I had to)!

    Judging from drury’s interview earlier, sounds like he wants to stay and a naslund is out of the question. Seems like a buyout is more likely, unless the organization can convince him otherwise.

    Avery may be gone as well (flinching as I await a large sunday edition newspaper to the nose from the bag lady that laurels a lot)!

  151. I agree with MannyFried agreeing with Wicky agreeing with ilb about feeling the need of Wojtek Wolski

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

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

    was that a top gun quote I read earlier?

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

    Thanks manny

    If calgary would do it, I would still send gabby to them for iggy in some sort of deal.

  154. Wicky – it’s hard to tell. Sometimes I Speak in quotes without remembering they are quotes.

  155. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan: The reason Sather might consider Wolski over Drury is a combination of cap and real dollars.

    Cap Dollars because buying out Wolski will present a similar savings this year (Drury saves 200k more), while being 1 million cheaper than Drury the following season.

    Real Dollars because Wolski’s buyout cost is $1.333 million, while Drury’s is 3.333 million. In terms of actual salary, Wolski is slated to make $4 million, while Drury is slated to make 5. If you buy out Drury but not Wolski, you spend 7.333 million dollars. But, if you buy out Wolski instead of Drury, you spend a million less.

    If you think $1 million doesn’t matter to Dolan, you are kidding yourself. Not to mention it costs him 2 million more up front, and with the Garden renovations, I’m not so sure he’s so eager to reach into his pocket for an extra 2 million in June.

    And to answer your “why not just waive him,” the answer is simple: Why pay him 4 million to ride the buses all year, when you can pay him 1.33 million and just have 466k on your cap this year, and 666k on your cap next year.

    Again, I am not advocating Wolski’s buyout, just explaining that there actually is a reason to consider it in place of Drury.

  156. What a luck I dont need to comment on any of the Gaborik moves because almost all our boneheads can watch the game via internet :)

  157. Dang! My company blocks the stream! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

    ——–

    LOL! Sign me up for Iggy and Bieksa! Yes, please!

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

    doodie
    i just went cross eyed reading that…

  159. Gabby fails again on a backhand..german commentators calls him the most dangerous player on the slovakian team :)

  160. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan: this isn’t EA Sports. There is actual money involved and it matters and it plays a role in personnel decisions. Understand that from a business perspective, saving $1m is probably pretty important to Dolan, especially if neither guy plays much next season.

    Sending Redden to the minors was an unavoidable cost. They couldn’t improve the team without his salary coming off the books and he is way too expensive to buy out (both in real and cap dollars). But Wolski and Drury are both feasible buyouts from a financial standpoint, and Wolski makes more sense financially.

    Again, and I feel I have to constantly repeat myself because you seem to ignore it everytime I say it, I am not advocating buying out Wolski or Drury. I would rather they just let both contracts expire next summer and max out their cap space for summer 2012.

  161. good analysis doody but you are still wrong. Wolski shouldn’t even come into the subject until Drury is taken into consideration.

    “If you buy out Drury but not Wolski, you spend 7.333 million dollars. But, if you buy out Wolski instead of Drury, you spend a million less. ”

    1 Whole million is the difference in your opinion. For a player who could possibly skate more than 40 minutes the entire season and might score 1 goal versus a youngin in a countract year with a ton of potential and upside. LOL. We’re done with this conversation. Take it easy big boy you lost.

    YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK! GOODBYE!

  162. Doodie Machetto on

    Stepan is going to be centering Blake Wheeler and University of Wisconsin sophomore (and Predators prospect) Craig Smith.

  163. Matthias, I can’t access that one either. But, thanks anyway…

    My company blocks nearly everything…

    No big deal, I can catch up on Butt-Chin’s failures later :P

  164. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan, you still do not know how to read. I bet you used to fail those City-wide reading tests. You totally missed the point I was making, that sometimes, money drives decisions.

    ilb (or anyone else for that matter), am I going crazy? Have I not made my point crystal clear?

  165. Totally NYR. Best Game Ever. And Best Video Game scene in a movie ever in Swingers.

    “I took the Kings to the playoffs in this game”
    “Yea with the offsides off”

  166. Full Quote

    Sue: This is bullCarcillo, such bullCarcillo!
    Mike: The Kings suck in this game you should play another team.
    Sue: I took the Kings to the cup.
    Trent: Yea, against the computer with the offsides off.
    Sue: They are a finesse team.
    Trent: LA is a flipping Crosby team. OOOOHHHHHHH!
    [Trent bodychecks one of sue’s players]
    Sue: Carcillo!!

  167. I understand nyrfan, i simply forgot you guys are six hours back and still at work…My companies blocks some pages as well but I can watch it live on german tv…May watch some nhl tonight and those links are working very good for me at home…

  168. “It’s not so much me as it’s Roenick. He’s good.”

    Ok. I will stop now. Sorry guys.

  169. 0-0 Slovakia had some scoring chances in the beginning including two good ones by Gabby but he failed like he did with the Rangers….

    Well if you dont start the season on the right foot like we saying over here, you dont get it done :)

  170. Doodie Machetto on

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fl-FBrnkXI

    At the 45 second mark there is a shot of the TV. At center ice it says “EASN” (EA Sports Network). That was the center ice logo in NHL 93 because they didn’t have licenses from the NHL (only the NHPLA). NHL 94 had team logos at center ice.

    Also the clock in the corner says “EASN” but the NHL 94 clock only says “EA.”

  171. What is different about our team now?

    NEW YORK RANGERS

    Overall Rating: 74

    Home Arena: Madison Square Garden

    Home Ice Advantage: Average

    Road Ice Advantage: Average

    *Power Play: Normal*

    Penalty Killing: Average

  172. “Doodie Machetto April 29th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    noonan, you still do not know how to read. I bet you used to fail those City-wide reading tests. You totally missed the point I was making, that sometimes, money drives decisions.

    ilb (or anyone else for that matter), am I going crazy? Have I not made my point crystal clear?”

    You are possibly dumber than I thought.

    You are comparing the cost of 1 million to Drury and Wolski while dismissing the fact that we’ll be lucky for Drury to get 60 minutes of ice time and 2 goals next season. TIME ON ICE IS MONEY. QUIT WASTING MY DAMN TIME.

  173. Doodie Machetto on

    Also the heads didn’t bleed in NHL 94 either.

    Basically, the only thing about NHL 94 that was involved was the talk about removing the fighting.

  174. That’s pretty amazing that you knew that. I can barely remember the differences between Nintendo and Sega at this point. And I don’t even do drugs. Just my brain shrinking in function.

  175. Doodie Machetto on

    noonan, you are still speaking to me as if I am advocating dumping either guy. I’m not. I’m saying keep both.

    And it’s not just the 1 million in real dollars this year, it’s the 2 million bucks up front and the 1 million in cap dollars next summer.

  176. oohh gash. the server of iihf.com fails again..same problem like last year..forget about it…

  177. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, be the voice of reason. I’ve made myself clear, right? There’s no way anybody could have properly read what I’ve written and say to themselves “he thinks that they should buy out Wolski,” right?

  178. This is the worlds of the Underdogs…

    Slovenia leading 1-0 against the hosts Slovakia

  179. Orr I would really like that you would make the same comments about me…because a lot of people think, I talk in enigmas….:)

  180. now Slovakia on the powerplay…

    COME ON GABBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  181. Doodie Machetto on

    Screw Gabby! He BETTER not score.

    He hasn’t been the same since the Olympics. First Jagr, then Gaborik. In 2014, Callahan is going to get stabbed to death on the ice.

  182. Doodie Machetto on

    Is Koystitsen playing for Belarus? There were questions about his availability for game 1.

  183. double minor for Slovenia…

    Gabby now four minutes time to explode !!!!

    Gash what a lot of nice girls in the arena, i ve never been to Bratislava…need to go there :)

  184. Have any of you Boneheads read “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison?

    I’ve been given a copy of it, but I hear it’s horrible.

  185. Shot by Gabby…saved…on the powerplay, they are too slow to move the puck around cant generate anything, way too slow, Gabby looses puck very easily…

    I really hoped that the slovakian gulash would reinforce Gabby, but…no…they show another replay, Gabby misses again stationed at the right side of the goal fails to tab in the rebound…

  186. Latona: All Toni Morrison books are horrible. I have read almost all of them. Totally from a literary standpoint – I despise her writing. Its so maudlin. Also, if you have read one of her books you have read them all.

  187. Manny, I did not enjoy Song of Solomon at ALL.

    I was also given “They Cage the Animals at Night.” Anyone ever read that?

  188. Jeff Skinner scored to retake the lead for Canada 2-1…

    With two seconds left Gabby missed out again I have seen him shaking his head leaving the ice…

    1-1 after second….

    Its just a deaster with Gabby

  189. Good afternoon all! I’m too lazy to go through everybody’s posts, but I’m glad for Doodie on the upgrade and have always wanted to hold a koala!!! See, I catch the important stuff. What else have I missed.

    btw, I wanted to hand out a ton of newspapers the other day. Sheesh.

  190. Sorry, doodie, just caught up. Yes, you’ve made it crystal clear, and explain it pretty well. And I will add, i agree with you. People read what they want to read. I’ll add something else- buying him out, as opposed to waiving him also clears the summer cap space by $3.33M. Not peanuts, if they decide to go free agency route.

  191. No you have missed that we beat the Russians 2-0 in the worlds :)

    a real hockey miracle :)

  192. Latona – if you didn’t like one. You will not like this one. I promise. They are all Maudlin, saccharin, pedantic crap.

  193. and honestly you missed that Gabby fails again to put the puck in the net after two periods against the “powerhouse” of Slovenia ….

  194. But I shut up now…

    wait until Carp is coming back at the blog to rip in him not to see the miracle on the ice today :)

  195. oh no three straigt, that is a natural hattrick :)

    what a chatter from me..stop it now

  196. Thanks Matthias, I do try :)

    Dave, you either get that or you don’t. And I shall regret this :) but sell crazy and your blog somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here :)

  197. Besides, mama, every extra post counts :-)

    Which reminds me, I think we need to put some more posts on the Pets of RR page….Going to do it right now.

  198. ilb, I know, I know, and I ignored my own advice, but I couldn’t help it. A newspaper to me!
    Besides, I think when dad gets home it will all be sorted out :)

  199. NYR, a good friend of mine and Carp’s actually has a pet turtle. Her, yes her, name is Zimmer. Since this friend bought a house she wants to build a pond for Zim in the back yard, but is concerned about escapism…..It cracks me up.

    ilb, you’re right. That has has been too neglected for too long. My bad, also, since the sister blog got killed I’ve gotten lazy….:)

    Dave, do what know it means when I say grrrrrr :) Grow a sense of humor.

  200. LOL! That’s funny Mama! Zimmer is a great name for a turtle…haha!

    I was actually referencing a famous youtube video….just type “I like turtles” into YouTube. You’ll thank me later when after laughing your aasen off :)

  201. Has Butt-Chin tried skating the puck behind the net, and leaving it for his ghost teammate who forgot to bring his stick to the game, which results in an easy giveaway, and a scoring opportunity for the opposing team, and then Butt-Chin shaking his head, and then the game ends, and Butt-Chin says he needs to be better????

    Has this happened yet??

  202. I have a secondary Rangers site that I am trying to build up. It is linked in my name

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  203. Dave I was on your blog..you have almost a week between two entries….
    Why dont you make it more often to have more fans on the blog ????

    And why are you here instead on working on more entries, getting more followers ?????
    I dont it sounds naive to ask those questions :)

  204. Mama! I love before when you said: “ell crazy and your blog somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here :)” SO TRUE!

  205. bull dog line on

    NYR,
    I think I will stay here then. I have a dog, although I don’t play chess.

  206. Dave – I take issue with you “marketing plan.” Maybe the guys you have in R&D are not hip to new means of marketing….and developing.

  207. Bull dog, it’s never too late to play chess…And get another dog, will you. Yours may feel lonely when you’re on the blog :-)

  208. I do not have a marketing plan. I am just trying to gain a following. Rangers fans can follow more than one site.

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  209. I am dying here…

    Dave, in all seriousness, if you look at the top of this page, Carp links to about 3 zillion other Rangers blog for fans to read, and he and the fans here very often link to other sites in posts. We’re very open here. It’s all about the news. So why don’t you send him a nice e-mail asking to be included. Can’t speak for him if he will or not, but I’ll give you a tip….the way you’re going about it isn’t going to win anybody over. And history has proven that here…..just fyi, take the advice or not.

  210. I still want ilb2001 to explain how the Rangers can feel their needs. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  211. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    I want to get another dog, but my wife thinks getting another dog will hurt my dogs feelings. he is a little sensitive.

  212. Slovakia 3-1 Slovenia

    nothing new about Gabby..he failed to put the puck in the net again…I thought the local gulash would help him over the hump, but it didnt work out that way..

  213. I am not trying to cause interference Blogmama. I am using a signature at the conclusion of each of my posts. Is that bad?

    Defending the Core – A Rangers site

  214. Gabby catched a breath and blinked with his right eye during the winning national anthem greeting all the Rangers boneheads from abroad :)

  215. Doodie Machetto on

    “I am looking for a Rangers site, anybody know of one?”

    Line of the offseason so far.

  216. Dave, I understand you’re trying to build something, I do, but it’s kind of considered bad form to plug what, in essence, is competition on someone else’s site. Talk to Carp about getting a link here. And, fyi, don’t dis or pick fights with people on another blog when you’re trying to win fans. That doesn’t help your cause either.

    For a good example of how to be inter-blog friendly, see The Mouth…..:) or bone up (side note all: no pun intended!) on how things work here.
    Good luck.

  217. Doodie , can you remember a Rangers site from a guy named Dubi Silverstein with his partner another guy with a similar name (Rubinstein??)always ruling the site with their dominant opinions ????

    Is this site still existing ????

  218. Link my foot, mama….He annoyed enough people for most of us not to go there even we’d get payed. Talking about smart advertisement skills….

  219. Doodie, didn´t you post there as well in the past ?????

    Didn´t you get always in discussion with Jess ??? Rubinstein ?????

    Are they still on the beat ?????

  220. Ilb 2001- I will never be able to wake someone up even my friends the koalas:)

    They always say I have the temperament of a sleeping berths !!!

  221. Well, wait until Orr reads your post about Dubi Silverstein, lol. They had some special relationship…

  222. Doodie, and others who have far more a grasp of the salary cap rules than I:

    With Wolski, can’t they just bury him in Hartford if they don’t like his act next season? I mean, what’s the point of having a cap hit when you can just get rid of him and the cap hit? I think he’s in camp, maybe he gets the start of the season, then if he’s the same guy he goes to Reddenville.

    Dave, hope you enjoyed your day of free advertising, but you’re going to have to do a lot better than that. If you want to comment and link to your site in your name, that’s fine. But you’re not spamming this place and annoying these fine, nice, upstanding people … or my readers.

  223. These last two days have been awesome. Very entertaining. I can’t wait to see what happens here in August.

  224. Matthias, the reason I don’t really give a carcillo about the Worlds is that I don’t understand how you can have a World Championship while the best teams in the world are over here playing in the best championship in the world.

  225. Carp- yes, they can waive him and send him to Hartford after the beginning of training camp. His all cap is off the books. But, buying him out takes off $3.33M of summer cap hit, and with Redden’s $6.5M back on, it’s a big number to ignore. Providing, of course, they go after Richards.

  226. Why doesn’t a guy like Gaborik or Woski go play in the KHL where there is less pressure and much more money (NO TAXES)?

  227. Carp,

    For the summer all 1 way contracts count against the cap, whether in NY or HFD. I think it all comes down to whether they choose to pursue Richards. If they buyout anyone it will obviously be to open up cap space. Buying out Drury alone doesn’t free up enough space to go after Richards, but buying out Drury+Wolski does.

  228. Yeah, Carp, I have to admit you have stolen the wind out of my sails, that is what I said to my friends over here for the last couple of years. But dont be afraid about me but I think that the level of play in the NHL in the last two years due to some reasons may have dipped a little bit probably due to injuries to some players or due to a high amount of games that the NHL needs to play in order to be profitable..

    You need to understand that the game of hockey is a business and the IIHf want to promote the game over here in Europe and try to broadcast the best availabe european players playing in the european league to play a good turnament..

    And then you have to realize my joy about winning against the Russians today. We have lost 36 straight times against them and they are giants against us we have even lost to them in double digits in the past when they had those super lines with Larionov, Makarov and Krutovs…

    I hope I havent embarassed someone today with my chatter but its hockey day for me today as I am awaiting to have a glimse on the Caps-Lightning later the night for me…

  229. You know…Gange has to be smarter than that…why would you go into the corner at that angle for a puck with someone behind you? That’s not a smart forecheck…He put himself in a bad position…

    That’s a rough hit but it’s clean…Punishment is still part of the game…You should fear the corners and respect them…play smart…Duh!

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