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Because the game ran late, I couldn’t put up the post-game quotes before calling it a night … hope to do that later on this morning.

In the meantime, I was impressed as heck with that Vancouver power play, and you ought to be hoping that Mr. Tortorella and Mr. Sullivan were watching that. The Canucks played that umbrella set-up, with the D man in the middle, a forward planted in Antii (Em) Niemi’s face. Then they move the puck to one side, and the other forward sneaks into the high slot from the weak side. Wow.

And I know, the Canucks have all this skill that the Rangers don’t have, but it worked for the Canucks’ third-line guys, too. The Sharks will break it down, I’m sure, and adjust. And it can’t work for any team for a whole season. But the Rangers might want to have that PP in their playbook for when they really need a goal next season. I imagine that might happen from time to time.

Also, I know you guys have talked about this before, but the Rangers might be interested in signing one of those FA Vancouver D-men, right? I mean, if there’s any money left over after Brad Richards.

Oh, one more thing. The Matt Cooke Award for Game 2: To Ben Eager. It wasn’t even close.

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  1. Don’t know if it was mentioned in other posts, but the Rangers signed Christian Thomas to an entry level contract. He had 54 goals last year and supposedly has a wicked slap shot. He might help on the power play.

  2. Cross Check – I think Thomas would really need to light it up for the Rangers to start him in NY. Light it up to the point where they couldn’t justify sending him down. I just don’t see that happening, especially since he’s a smaller forward who will suddenly be playing in a very big league. Not to mention, there a number of more experienced guys he’ll need to beat out. MZA is one, Weise is another. Grachev probably starts with the Whale again, but he’ll be an outside shot at a roster spot. Hagelin too. Supposedly the organization is pretty high on him.

    Also, the Rangers now have eight forwards under contract. Assuming they qualify all the RFAs, that gives them 12 altogether(MZA being one of them). You gotta believe either Fedotenko or Prospal will be back. That gives then 13 forwards, before considering trades or buyouts or free agent signings.

    I personally think they jettison Wolski to sign Richards and doubt they’ll buyout anyone. So if Richards doesn’t come here, that leaves them with two spots. And then there’s the Immonen factor…

    Bottom line, look for a very potent offense in Hartford…

  3. 4generations 4 cups on

    Ive been noticing, after the postgames that NHL.com is doing player-by-player quotes, and NONE of them are willing to talk about what goes on, on the ice. Im so glad that even in this day-in-age of complete connection, technology up our a$$es and hockey players still have their own place of work where they can do and say what they want to without everyone scrutinizing everything. Eventhough, i would most likely pay 100 dollars a year to watch NHL without commentary, and with on-ice-audio.

  4. Go ‘Nucks. Go Lightning Bolts of Thunder Lightning!

    Buenos Dias Cabezas.

  5. True Blue Mike on

    I would love for either Bieksa or Ehrhoff to be on the Rangers next season. My choice is Bieska though.

  6. LULZ @ Eager. They should play video of that to kids in hockey camps as an example of boarding.

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    Can we all agree on something though? Weber and Suter were tied to the Sedins. Compare their performance in those 6 games with their performance in the first two of this series.

    Suter+Weber=Monsters.

    Also, San Jose is playing like they did against LA, which is exactly why I picked Detroit to win the last series. Just absolutely no defensive coverage at all. Clueless Engblom is blaming Pavelski for the Torres goal. How about the defenseman (Vlasic) who was nowhere near a player or the puck that Pavelski was actually desperately trying to cover for? Idiot.

  8. The Vancouver power play set up is so efficient that Chris Higgins scored on the PP. Yikes.

  9. i love this comment! From the puck daddy comment section

    “Henrik and Daniel are pleased they’re no longer the softest twins at Rogers Arena.”

    LMAO!

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    Christian Thomas has signed with the Rangers. Three year deal with a cap hit of $838k.

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    My favorite comment was the one i the article about being grateful that the Blue Jackets mascot was not there.

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    San Jose looked great in the first 3 games against Detroit and in game 7, but doodie is right… Not so good vs LA and not so good in the first 2 games this series.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    Oh boy! We get a new post today when the Rangers release the official details!

  14. Censorship is lame. That’s a bold move wearing the hockey jersey with no bra. Kudos to you, ma’am.

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    So here is hoping slats does a creative trade or two and then signs a few free agents Bieksa at the top of the list.

    so what does NSFW mean??

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