Congrats to our contest winner; Hurricanes at Rangers tonight


Our friend Andrew … or at least one of the two Andrews; and I don’t think either one was Andrew Gross … was the winner in our first ticket giveaway contest of the season. Andrew (the one who had the score and the GWG exact), please e-mail me with your address at Congratulations.


MSG Network resurrects the “Behind the Bench” series with John Tortorella and Mike Keenan tonight at 6 p.m., prior to the pre-game show.


Tonight’s pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 8-3-3 (19 pts)
Hurricanes: 5-7-2 (13 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 9

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), as they look to extend their five-game winning streak. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-3-3 (19 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Wednesday at Scotiabank Place to extend their winning streak to five games. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of the last 11 games (8-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last six (5-0-1). The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 5-7-3 (13 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the first of four consecutive road games.

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

·   All-Time: 55-48-7-2 overall (34-17-4-2 at home; 21-31-3-0 on the road)

·   2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden.

·   Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 mark at home. Three of the four contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 5 at MSG and a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 22 at Carolina. The Rangers’ power play was 3-14 (21.4%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan tied for the team-high with two goals and three points in two games, while Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, two assists) and Ryan McDonagh led the team with two assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.92 GAA and a .915 Sv% in four games.

·   New York is tied for 11th with a 4-1-1 (9 pts) record at home; Carolina ranks 25th with a 2-4-2 (6 pts) mark on the road

·   The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Hurricanes are 0-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division

·   Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 10-8-1 record with a 2.44 GAA and one shutout in 19 career regular season contests vs. Carolina; Martin Biron is 10-4-1-2 with a 2.53 GAA and one shutout in 19 career regular season games vs. the Hurricanes

·   Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 28 assists and 39 points in 46 career regular season contests vs. Carolina; Ruslan Fedotenko has tallied a team-high 14 goals in 45 games vs. the Hurricanes

·   New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster

·   Carolina lists no former Rangers on their roster

·   Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play opportunity (0:25) on Wednesday at Ottawa, and are 7-37 (18.9%) with the man advantage in the last eight games. New York ranks 23rd overall (8-60, 13.3%) and 16th at home (5-31, 16.1%). The Rangers are 1-5 (3:44) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/06 vs. WPG), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).

·   Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Senators scoreless in two shorthanded situations (2:25) on Wednesday at Ottawa, and are 35-39 (89.7%) in the last 11 games and 12-13 (92.3%) during their current five-game winning streak. New York is tied for seventh overall (51-58, 87.9%) and ranks eighth at home (17-19, 89.5%). The Rangers are 2-3 (1:16) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/05 vs. MTL), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/20 at CGY (Prust).

·   Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:35) on Wednesday at Ottawa. The Rangers are plus-three in 23 four-on-four situations (40:09), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers concluded their second of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 3-0 win vs. Winnipeg on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a record of 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 22-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. The Rangers’ next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 25 at Washington and concludes on Nov. 26 vs. Philadelphia.

The Rangers enter the contest with a five-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. San Jose. New York has out-scored their opponents, 18-8, and are 12 of 13 (92.3%) on the penalty kill during the streak. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of the last 11 games (8-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last six games (5-0-1).

Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron both enter the contest with personal three-game winning streaks. Lundqvist (11/3 vs. ANA, 11/5 vs. MTL, 11/9 at OTT) has posted a 1.95 GAA and a .931 Sv% over the span, while Biron (10/24 at WPG, 10/31 vs. SJS, 11/6 vs. WPG) has registered a 1.00 GAA, a .961 Sv% and one shutout during the stretch.

The line of Derek Stepan (two goals, five assists), Artem Anisimov (six assists) and Marian Gaborik (four goals, two assists) have combined for 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the last three games. Gaborik is now tied for fifth in the NHL in goals (nine) and 16th in points (15), while Anisimov is tied for 19th in the league in assists (nine).

The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-0 win on Sunday to complete their six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record. Marian Gaborik led New York with nine points and six assists in six games, while Ryan Callahan notched a team-high four goals during the homestand.  The Blueshirts’ 4-1-1 start through six games at Madison Square Garden is their best start at home since they posted a record of 5-0-1 through six home games to begin the 1992-93 season.

New York defensemen have accounted for 21.6% of the team’s scoring, sixth-best in the league, tallying a combined eight goals through 14 games to begin the season, tying for seventh in the NHL. Ryan McDonagh leads all Blueshirt defensemen and is tied for fifth among NHL blueliners with three goals.

·   New York’s penalty kill is 35-39 (89.7%) in the last 11 games, and 12-13 (92.3%) during their current five-game winning streak

·   Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a four-game scoring streak (four goals, three assists over the span), and has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last seven games

·   Derek Stepan enters the contest with a three-game scoring streak (two goals, five assists over the span), and has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-eight rating in the last six contests

·   Artem Anisimov has tallied two assists in each of the last three games (six assists), and has posted a plus-six rating during the stretch

·   Henrik Lundqvist is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .931 Sv% in his last three games

·   Martin Biron is 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, a .961 Sv% and one shutout in his last three games

·   Michael Del Zotto has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight games

·   Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 14

·   Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 7

·   Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 33

·   Nov. 5 – Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Anton Stralman

·   Nov. 8 – Acquired forward Francois Bouchard from Washington in exchange for defenseman Tomas Kundratek


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  1. Happy Veteran’s Day!
    Thanks to all who have served or are currently serving. We salute you! There are a few ‘heads out there too ( Fran, Wicky, probably more).

  2. LMAO @ Eddies “Is this thing on?” post at 4:33 am last night!

    “AdamRotter Buzz: Marc Staal Is Going To See A Concussion Specialist “…..Ummm…, does that mean he hasn’t seen one until now?

  3. Semper Fi!!! To think we can go on and on about our Rangers because our Military in in harm’s way, all around the world, on our behalf!!! Thank you to our fine Military!! We honor you today and EVERYDAY!!

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Ilb – exactly – this whole episode is getting bizarre, no info or reports, finally a tweet about potential medical appointment. Weird…

    We don’t need to know every time he takes a Carcillo like Cindy Crosby, but a little info would be nice.

  5. Oh great job Andrew. Way to root against Callahan. He’s on my fantasy team you know. Help a @comrade@ out!

  6. Here we go … the ol’ home letdown game … Hurricanes will make us look like an EHL team tonight

  7. He can take Dubisnky’s spot since he is going to rot on the pine. He can play Forward probably, right?

  8. That’s a good plan, Doodie. We probably should waive him. He can’t play any better. Time to cut ties.

  9. Chopper- if Cally hits the empty netter it wouldn’t have been the GWG.

    Re: Staal – it’s not looking good. It beginning to look more like he’s done for the season. What a shame. He ought to kick his brother’s butt.

    Re: Hurricanes. Even though I live only about 50 miles from the RBC Center and play hockey in Raleigh I just can’t get into going to Hurricanes games.

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    CCC, it wouldn’t have changed the GWG, but it would have changed the score to 4-2, and thus Andrew’s 3-2 prediction would have been wrong.

  11. Wouldn’t the winning score then be 4-2? Like it will be tonight for our new York rangers!!!!!! Old man m. The marine. For my pops and all the rest thank you for our freedom. And old man m. Used to say just cause you ain’t a marine ( or ever will be college boy) don’t mean you don’t stick up for your fellow man. Even those islander fans that seemed everywhere around massapequa in the early 1980s. What happened to them?

  12. Did anyone hear anything about the Isles trading Nabakov to the Jackets for Tyutin. Someone just told me it was set and then the trade fell through. Also I think if Rick Nash becomes available(which should happen sooner rather than later with the way things are going in Columbus), well that is our missing piece.

  13. Speculation on Staal is just speculation so there is no reason to add to it without facts. The facts I read today is that the Rangers thought Staal was close to returning to the ice about a month ago. This specialist in Boston recommended a 30 day shutdown on Oct. 16 and the appt next week is the follow up to the 30 day shutdown. Maybe he will get the go ahead to start practicing and maybe he won’t. Let’s wait to see what happens next week before declaring him done for the season. Let’s hope the facts are true and he was close a month ago and this shutdown puts him back on the ice.

  14. Doodie, what makes you think that? The Columbus Blue Jacket’s have 2 wins in 14 games. Change is imminent. There problem isn’t offense, its defense. Nash could easily ask for a trade if the owner decides to blow up the team.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    They won’t trade their franchise player. Nash just signed a long deal there while they were still lousy and it has a full NTC. He’s not going anywhere.

  16. I’ll quote that and hold on to it for you. I think he gets traded this season, if the Blue Jacket’s continue on the path that they are on. I just read an article that has the Columbus Blue Jacket’s on the verge of collapse as a franchise.

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    OK, feel free to quote me. They are locked in with a lot of other long term deals (Carter, Wisniewski, Umberger, Tyutin, Methot, Vermette). They aren’t going to deal the only one that is worth it.

  18. 4generations 4 cups on

    I miss Fedor Tyutin and he’d be a marvelous upgrade over and 5th D-man we could get. We could play him normal minutes as well.

  19. 4generations 4 cups on

    Carp you know Scott Howson would want that any day of the week.

    [i dont know why every ranger fan thinks we can get players for scraps]

  20. No way the BJs trade Nash unless it’s an over-the-top deal. Even then, the two most likely candidates to get him would be Vancouver or Los Angeles. They’re the only two teams that have a super surplus of what the Jackets need the most: Goaltending. The team isn’t good. But with a solid goalie in net, they’d be a hell of a lot better than they are now.

    I’d take a stab at Tyutin Part II. Just he’s a pricey player now. Starting in 2012, he’s got a $4.5 million cap hit over the next seven years! But after the Tyutin-Nabokov rumors last night, there was a strong wave of ‘Tyutin’s going nowhere’ coming out of the BJ’s organization.

  21. Stranger Nation on

    It seemed like a good idea at the time this summer…

    “To say this offseason has been a change of pace for Scott Howson is like saying going from riding a bike to driving a Ferrari is a change of pace. For Blue Jackets fans, it’s certainly a welcome change. For Howson, well, he appears to be welcoming it, too.

    In a span of nine days, he traded for a No. 1 center and signed a top-pair defenseman to quarterback the power play — two perennial franchise needs. The normally reserved Blue Jackets general manager looked giddy as he introduced summer acquisitions Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski to the media for the first time Wednesday in Nationwide Arena.

    You know what? He’s allowed to be.

    Howson spoke of his trade with Philadelphia to net Carter as a coup that placed his team in the mold of Stanley Cup contenders the likes of Vancouver and Chicago”

  22. Morning ILB and all!!

    Happy veterans day/remembrance day and thank you for all you did and continue to do!!
    (fran, bubblehead, and other boneheads as well)

    thanks ILB!!

    thanks jimbo from last thread!!

    No way in hell is that all we get back in a deal with woywitka—> going the other way…are you nuggin futs???

  23. ouch

    patersonjeff Jeff Paterson
    Ducks to wear camouflage jerseys in warm-up tonite vs #Canucks. Fitting since no one has seen Lubomir Visnovsky in weeks

  24. Carter’s been on IR for 4 weeks hasnt he? and Wisniewski was banned the first 8 games – have these 2 even played 1 game together yet?

    CBJ’s biggest problem is the money they pay for average players (Umberger, Brassard, Pahlsson, Vermette, Methot, Prospal all make between 2.5 and 3.75m) and the lack of a true #1 goaltender. (Not to mention the 1.4m Mike Commodore buyout).
    When Vinny P is your top scorer and Tyutin your 4th top scorer – your team has issues!

  25. Two questions for the “loggers”
    1. Are you still going on the “logging” post?
    And, if yes:
    2. Have you taken your morning meds?

  26. Doesn’t matter, Wicky. After reading Manny’s comment, I’m afraid it’s not curable anyway :-)

  27. Good afternoon, Carp!

    Looks like Dubi’s ‘stache is making a comeback. This will help him to score so you can all quit yer whinin’!

    Manny, Latona… what in holy hell? Nevermind, please don’t answer that.

  28. Dubinsky earns points for keeping it real. I think the hockey gods should bless him with a couple of goals tonight after that.

  29. Sally,

    How goes it, my fine lunching friend?


    I did, in fact, take my morning meds, as I do each and every morning. And we will log until the end of time.

  30. Greetings all ‘heads. Gonna be a big win for us tonight!! LGR!!!

    And a big THANK YOU and Happy Veterans Day to all who have, do, and will serve our great nation.

    Dubi scores tonight btw. I’ll be in attendance & he seems to score in the games I go to (my first game this season obviously!)


  31. Tony, i actually dont, and i think it’ll be a very non-physical game. i think it’ll be one of those boring games. did Maurice really just say he doesnt think Staal’s hit on Staal is the reason for the concussion?

  32. NYDNRangers Paul Maurice on Eric Staal hit: “It was a clean hit, & his brother came back & played, so to me, he’s not the reason there’s a concussion.”

    Yup! The concussion fairy came over night and gave it to him. Dope!

  33. They key part of that quote is “to me.” I wonder what other essentially undisputed facts don’t appear that way to Paul Maurice.

  34. “It was a clean hit and the boat was still in the water afterwards, so to me, the iceberg is not the reason the Titanic sank.”

  35. Congrats to Andrew, had computer problems yesterday didn’t see until now. I was thisclose, maybe next contest :) LGR!

  36. Of course Paul Maurice would back his player. I think Eric Staaal was mad because Marc was covering him so well, result= the hit

  37. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    I highly doubt Eric Staal would ever hit a brother of his like that again….if though he says he would…

  38. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    Paul Maurice could use lump on his head for that comment. What purpose does it even serve? A futile attempt at making Eric feel less guilty…prff…what a joke…

  39. Wasn’t it the Stawl on Stawl hit that we were discussing last year when Ilb explained concussions to all of us from a medical point of view? Didn’t Ilb say that he thought Marc might have a focused concussions or something like that?

  40. Gotta go to work. Probably won’t be out in time to see most of the game, but I hope you’re all right with predictions of Dubi finally scoring. LGR!

  41. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    “We’re going to key on him because he’s a big player for them. If it means we rub him out, that’s what we’ll do.” Sauer Power

  42. A small / random list of players with 1 more goal than Dubi so far this season.

    Jared Cowen
    John Moore
    Benn Ferriero
    Cam Atkinson
    Maksim Mayorov
    Mark Scheifele
    Corey Tropp
    Andrew MacDonald
    Kaspar Daugavins
    Darroll Powe
    Alec Martinez
    T.J. Galiardi
    Benoit Pouliot
    Cam Barker
    Tim Kennedy
    Nate Guenin
    Patrick Kaleta
    Randy Jones
    Keith Ballard
    Greg Zanon
    Kurtis Foster
    Mike Rupp
    Jay McClement
    Colton Orr
    Jeff Woywitka
    Brian Boyle
    Arron Asham
    Erik Christensen
    Johnny Oduya

  43. Dublowsky is probably the best player in the NHL that doesn’t have a goal, excluding Ales Hemsky and Jeff Carter, wince they were injured.

    A few notable players without a goal…

    Gagne [Oilers]

  44. Older divorced chicks who fishnagel younger guys: Cougars
    Older men who fishnagel younger guys: Nitany Lions

  45. eddie eddie eddie on

    we can only hope that when jerry goes to the big house, he enjoys showers with males his own age…

  46. eddie eddie eddie on

    jerry sandusky “ok, i promise not to take showers with them….but can i still play Dr.?”

  47. Not to harp on Dubi, but I didn’t realize he is tied for 4th in the League in penalty minutes with Steve Downie. lol

  48. Joekuh - Can I Get Another Question? Ptooey! on

    LOL @ LW’s Titanic reference. I was just given a ticket to the Kitty Cats – Flyers game on Sunday. Should I go?

  49. I am going to the game tonight. Anyone else going? Carp, will you be there? I would love to meet up for a beer, or for Carp a soda, since he will be on the job. Let me know. I will be checking the blog for any responses.

  50. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Staal is going to see a concussion specialist. How long does he have to go?

    A. Until he sees just one of him.

  51. Yup, Paul Maurice and Bob attended the same medical school. It’s called “I don’t know 99% of carcillo” Medical University.

  52. avoir un grand jour têtes et les anciens combattants heureux / jour du Souvenir à tous!

    off to work aasens and LGR (and LGD)!!!

  53. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    Hurricanes 4, Rangers 2, GWG Skinner, Shots Canes 45, Rangers 11

    LGR!! LGR!!

  54. I was just editing an article that deals with your hometown, C3 – the piece dealt with genealogy and history there.

  55. …who the puck is Andrew?…
    Probably…some nucking fut, who is constantly scrolling internet for coupons and freebees? For everything. Professionally.

  56. eddie eddie eddie on

    dateline: sometime in 2012 – The NY rangers just made history with their 48th win in a row since recalling THE AVERY back in October. When pressed for a reason why, TORTS simply said….THE AVERY is our MVP…..a player’s player…a man’s man’s man….more talent than anyone i have ever coached

  57. eddie eddie eddie on

    trolling the internet for coupons is a total waste of time and energy….now, going thru trash cans looking for recyclable plastic and glass …that is much different

  58. Q: What will be a decibel level of boos tonight, every time Eric, (loose, bloody) Stool, will touch the puck? …and how it will affect his playing ability and brain’s constipation?

  59. NYDNRangers Pat Leonard
    Hurricanes’ Paul Maurice, Eric Staal seem to be redirecting blame for Marc Staal concussion the Rangers’ way #NYR

    now this is just getting stupid…they’re asking for it…

    an eye for an eye, a staal for a staal

  60. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Re “Columbus on the verge of collapse as a franchise,” begs the question: Why the hell does Columbus, Ohio, a minor league city in all other sports, and a pronounced college town, have a major league hockey franchise? Same could be asked as regards Raleigh, North Carolina, college basketball country, not hocky town. And Nashville is a minor league town in some respects, too.

    When a commissioner or the Board of Governors or a prospective owner gets a burr in his saddle about the “need” for yet more hockey expansion into these economic frozen tundra desolate locations, why do the rest of the morons go along with it? The NHL would be over-sized if it had 24 franchises. We know TV wants to rule and saturate the world but why play along with that game when you know it is to the long-term detriment of the stability and the credibility of your league?

    If Columbus fails as a franchise, they CANNOT disband the franchise, they MUST relocate it to Saskatoon or Hamilton or someplace, such is the power of TV and the players union over the owners and directors of this silly little business “conglomerate” called the National Hockey League. Maybe it should just reorganize as the National Roller Derby League and deservedly fall its level of competence with a thud accordingly.

  61. e x 3,
    Why? Are you in desperate need to know Blackhawks score in real time or learn by heart how to spell Sather?

  62. So for once the Garden isn’t doing something incredibly corny and will honor Smokin’ Joe tonight.

    Well deserved. It was the sporting event of the century, after all.

  63. eddie eddie eddie on

    rod – what are you hearing re: trades?….and will THE AVERY ever get more ice time?…thoughts?

  64. eddie eddie eddie on

    boom boom – atlanta should be given an NHL franchise…i am positive a team there could thrive

  65. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – march 8, 1971 may have been the single greatest night ever at the garden…aside from our game 7 win in june 94, that is…

  66. Avery? Shouldn’t even be here, and just keeping a seat warm, basically.

    Consider this; should BC get ousted early and Carl Hagelin continue to develop, you could see Kreider & Hagelin on the 4th line in the 2nd half, and they’re two of the faster humans on the planet.

    It could really alter the look of this team for the better.

    But there is a LOT that can happen between now & then.

  67. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Boom Boom is right , give the team to Saskatoon!!!


  68. Believe this is the first Garden event since Frasier’s passing Orr.

    I was really young but to this day people who experienced it say the buildup to the fight was like nothing before or since, the anticipation where it’s all anyone talked about.

    Championship boxing at its best transcends sports, but especially if you consider how this precipitated the media explosion and that fight is still considered the all-time fevered pitch, it must’ve really been something.

  69. Well folks. here we go again.

    And as they say in the old country”Zeit bereit zu gehen…oder…spielen.

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    Re: Frazier – Ali I, supposedly, Frank Sinatra was more giddy than a schoolgirl that night…and this was a guy who had seen EVERYTHING

  71. Boom Boom Bathgate – I’ve wondered the same thing…Columbus isn’t as much of a stretch as some of the others…You do get hockey in Ohio and kids coming from that neck of the woods(JT Miller for instance).

    The true problem with the Jackets is that they’ve had year after year after year of bad drafting. That starts with Klesla(top-5), moves to Leclaire(top-10) and then drifts into Zherdev(top-5). Picard and Brule were both busts(both top-10). Brassard and Voracek turned out to be NHLers, but neither seems worthy of their level of pick(both top-10). Filatov is a bust(top-10), and they traded away their latest first rounder(Couterier who went in the top-10) to land Carter. During that time, the only good pick they made really was Nash, who wasn’t exactly a tough selection with the first-overall.

    Just to tally it up, that’s 11 top-10 picks, three of whom were chosen in the top five and one chosen first-overall. And all they have to show for it is Carter, Nash, Brassard and Tyutin. With all those picks they should have a team that’s somewhat akin to Pittsburgh.

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