Senators at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 27-9-4 (58 pts)
Senators: 23-15-6 (52 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 10

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG; Radio: 970 The Apple), to mark the mid-way point of their regular season schedule. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 27-9-4 (58 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, in the shootout on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games, and have won 10 of their last 11 games. New York has posted a record of 24-6-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Senators enter the contest with a 23-15-6 (52 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of their last seven games (6-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back weekend set against Original Six opponents.


  • · All-Time: 33-33-3-3 overall (14-20-0-2 at home; 19-13-3-1 on the road)
  • · 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-1 following a 3-2 win on Nov. 9 at Ottawa. Each game has been decided by one goal. The Rangers power play is 2-5 (40.0%) in the series. Marian Gaborik leads all skaters with five points (three goals, two assists) in two games, and Derek Stepan has tallied a team-high, three assists (four points). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-1 with a 2.88 GAA and .915 Sv%.
  • · Last Season: New York was 2-1-1 overall, including a 0-1-1 mark at home. Three of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including one that required the shootout on Mar. 24 at Madison Square Garden (1-2, OT). Brandon Prust and Derek Stepan tied for the team-high with two goals and three points apiece in the series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1.72 GAA and .936 Sv% in four games.
  • · The Rangers have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 13 games against the Senators (8-3-2 over the span)
  • · Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 25 consecutive games vs. Ottawa dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
  • · New York ranks ninth with a 13-3-2 (28 pts) record at home; Ottawa ranks 10th with a 9-7-5 (23 pts) mark on the road
  • · The Rangers have posted a 3-3-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Senators are 5-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • · Henrik Lundqvist has posted an 11-11-2 record with a 2.01 GAA and one shutout in 25 career regular season contests vs. Ottawa; Martin Biron is 14-9-2-2 with a 2.79 GAA and two shutouts in 30 career regular season games vs. the Senators
  • · Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 13 goals, 12 assists and 25 points in 33 career regular season contests vs. Ottawa; Marian Gaborik has tallied 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 14 career regular season games vs. the Senators
  • · New York lists no former Senators on their roster
  • · Ottawa lists one former Ranger on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10)

The Rangers are tied for sixth in the NHL with a plus-seven rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. New York is 13-71 (18.3%) with the man advantage in the last 22 games. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in seven straight games (16 times shorthanded), and are 41-45 (91.1%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 16 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 15-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 19-4-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • · Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (2:00) on Tuesday vs. Phoenix. New York is tied for 20th overall (22-145, 15.2%) and ranks 11th at home (15-74, 20.3%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
  • · Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts did not allow a power play attempt to the Coyotes on Tuesday at MSG. The last time the Rangers did not surrender a power play chance was Apr. 9, 2011 vs. NJD. New York is tied for fourth overall (118-136, 86.8%) and ranks sixth at home (48-55, 87.3%). The Rangers are 5-6 (3:26) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/17 at PHX), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky).
  • · Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (7:00) on Tuesday vs. Phoenix. The Rangers are plus-four in 42 four-on-four situations (77:59), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers are off to their best start in 40 years, and third best start in franchise history, with a .725 win% through 40 games. The 1971-72 squad is the last Blueshirts team to post a better record through 40 games, with a 27-6-7 mark (.763 win%).

The Blueshirts’ current five-game winning streak is their fourth winning streak of five or more this season, which is the most in the league this season. It is also the first time in franchise history the Rangers have posted four winning streaks of five or more games through the team’s first 40 games of the season.

The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a five-game home winning streak, and have won six of their last seven at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ 13-3-2 (28 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 18 games since 1995-96 (14-2-2, 30 pts).

The Rangers rank among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including…

  • · 1st in points (58)
  • · 1st in win% (.725)
  • · T-1st in wins (27)
  • · T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (25)
  • · 1st in fewest regulation losses (nine)
  • · 2nd in fewest goals against (80)
  • · T-2nd in GAA (2.00)
  • · 2nd in hits (1,134)
  • · 6th in blocked shots (653)
  • · 3rd in +/- rating (plus-32)
  • · 4th in goal differential (plus-35)


  • · This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (NYR game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
  • · New York has registered at least one point in 26 of their last 32 games (24-6-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark; The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 102-65, during the stretch
  • · The Rangers have won 73-112 faceoffs (65%) in the last two games
  • · The Rangers have won three straight road games, and are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games away from MSG
  • · New York is 7-1-1 when leading after the first period and 16-0-2 when leading after the second
  • · The Rangers are tied for the league lead with a .300 win% when trailing after two periods (3-6-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for sixth in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 10 games this season, the fewest in the league
  • · New York leads the NHL with an .813 win% when out-shooting their opponent (13-3-0)
  • · The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 19-1-1 mark (.905 win%) in those contests; Their 19 wins are tied for second in the NHL


  • · Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a career-high, seven-game winning streak (1.13 GAA, .962 Sv% and one shutout over the span)
  • · Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in seven of his last 10 games
  • · Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 21 games this season, and is 17-4-1 with a 1.67 GAA, .943 Sv% and two shutouts since Nov. 3 (22 games)
  • · Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 starts this season
  • · Michael Del Zotto has tallied 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in the last 21 games
  • · Ryan Callahan has tallied 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in the last 22 games, with eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last eight
  • · Brandon Dubinsky has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last nine games
  • · Brad Richards has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
  • · Carl Hagelin has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last seven games
  • · Anton Stralman has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last nine games, has posted a plus-nine rating in the last 10 and has logged 20:00+ of ice time in eight of the last 12 contests
  • · Head Coach John Tortorella has clinched an All-Star Game berth, becoming the first Rangers Head Coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game


  • · Marian Gaborik: 1 assist from 300th NHL career
  • · Dan Girardi: 1 assist from 100th NHL career


  • · Brandon Dubinsky: 200th career NHL point (1/6 at PIT)


  • · Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 16
  • · Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 10

Total Man-Games Lost: 124


  • · Jan. 11 – Assigned Erik Christensen to Connecticut (AHL) on a conditioning stint


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  1. 2nd!


    This team has given us some troule. Should be a good test tonight. Hope Dubi is OK?

  2. Hey Pimp, The Rangers are the best example of homegrown talent and excellent coaching in the league. (Callahan, Dubinski, Lunqvist, Gerardi, etc etc and so on. High sign)

  3. Guys, you’ve been here long enough to realize its an inside joke with Miami! *JOKE* _JOKE_

  4. ilb2001:

    Obviously, some of us are relatively new to this blog and don’t know “inside jokes”..

    Why not let the rest of us in on the it?

  5. I have 6 whole cookies and 3 halves ilb. The halves are for OT or shoot out loses. After that we’re screwed. Lol

  6. Sorry, Yev, you are right. It’s difficult sometimes to remember who appeared on the blog recently enough not to know certain things…
    In brief, it started years ago, the more Miami bashes them, the better they play…He is also asked to take it up a notch during the playoffs.

  7. This team and how it’s been developing over the last few years is what us true-blue, long-time Ranger fans have been screaming for!!!! NO MORE “FAT CAT” players and past their prime veterans. Let the kids come up and develop into a team. No one believes that can work in New York but we can see that’s not the case!!! Not gonna heap all the praise and credit on Sather as he basically killed this team for his 1st 10 years here but the people running the Whale and the scouts and I guess Gordie Clarke, deserve much of the credit!!!! Now, let’s all sit back and enjoy a team who is never out of a game and who play with passion every night!! Who’d a thunk it???

  8. The only joke are the Rangers.

    The Rangers are the best example of outgrown, no-talent clowns who are coached by an overrated ring leader. Its best players now reside in Hartford (Avery, Christensen, Redden)

    Miami Pimp = realistic NYRangers fan

  9. She’s aware ilb. I won’t push her though.

    Paul, I hear there may be an opening for Avery on the Bat Yam Jet Turtles.

  10. Thank heavens you’ve all gotten over having fun with poor ol’ Fran’s dyslexic keyboard ( I wondered about that distance between the F and the B too….), ( could it have been subliminal…brrrrr?)and are now on to the rest of the season.

    I cannot put my finger on it, but I am not certain that they play the same way against all comers….do they?

    It did look odd to me a few times against desert rats
    that they were behaving differently than say they did against Pitt the last time they played them. I must say that I am taken by Dubinsky’s skating prowess, and the things he does on the ice, and am amazed that he doesn;t score ore than he has……I’d hate to see him go in a trade because there is great potential there.

    I still think that it wouldn;t hurt to keep EC around for pivotal moments however, ( it’s always wise to keep one magazine loaded with explosive rounds)…

    It’s gotten so that I dread the end of the season.

  11. Speaking of Torts being a ring leader…..last night my wife and I were impersonating John Tortarella as the host of such shows as: Top Chef or Iron Chef or No Reservations. It was pretty funny. At least it was to us.

  12. It’s all long forgotten, Fran….Although one does wonder whether it was your keyboard :-)

    I doubt they plan on trading Dubinsky. Unless something amazing is presented to them. Then very few players become untouchable.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Why aren’t MDZ and Stralman on the 1st PP unit?

    Why isn’t Hags given a shift on the 2nd PP unit?

    Like the idea of trying Artie in the 3rd pivot and giving Hags a look with Step and Gabby. That would be some serious speed on the wings. Artie Feds and Mitch could provide offense with boyle rupp and prust being a great jam line

    Interesting to see if D pairings begin to change with Staal gaining his game legs and Sauer about to come back.

  14. KC for 5yrs……hockey will fail.

    Rangers first in this,that and the other thing..blah..blah…blah.. doesn’t mean a dam thing until the boys prove they can beat teams like the Sens,the habs,the blues and the bears. Beating up on our division is sweet, but doesn’t set the bar high.

    End of January is a huge test..
    LGR !!

  15. <>

    Thanks ilb! It is reassuring to be on a site with so many who are as insane about this team as I am.

    In 1991, I was a newlywed living in Manhattan in a duplex apt. It was the spring and the playoffs. The Rangers were winning at first. On the staircase between the first and second floor, on the hand railing, I discovered a chunk of lipstick. My wife was not sure how it got there, but it was there! She thought she had married a disturbed man because I REFUSED to allow her to clean it up while the rangers were winning. I was convinced that this hunk of lipstick was giving them their mojo!

    So Miami pimp.. wail away on those rangers!


  16. Ha! no, ilb – just heard that line on 30 Rock last night and it has kept me laughing relentlessly.

  17. rangers have 9 losses. have beaten the flyers 3 times. they have lost twice to the leaves and to the canadiens at least won. individual games mean little the rangers are beating almost everyone on their schedule that is all that matters.

    d and goaltending is set for years. need a few forwards to be a legit multi year contender…………..

  18. Brooks is Avery’s PR guy and has an axe to grind with Tortorella. If anyone wanted Avery they could have had him 3 times already, twice at 1/2 price, once at a 1/4 price. No takers. We’ll see who wants Avery when he’s a free agent after the season.

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My bruthas needs to be leaving my main pimp alone… I was with a collection of the pimp’s finest last night – performing incredible feats of gymnastics.. I pulled a hamstring, and woke up wearing a purple bra.. My brutha pimp – thank you

  20. Avery, Christensen and Semin will make up one line on one team in the KHL next year. Wolski will be wearing a non-contact jersey for the same team.

  21. Stranger – i think with Hags, his speed is more benficial to a 5 on 5 or PK situation – (i’m not saying the kid doesnt have skills but) the PP should be your most skillful, puck posession guys(DZ, Richie, Gaby, Step, Cally, Artie, Dubi, Feds etc). Although saying that when the top PP unit(s) fail – he should be at the forefront as another option.

    Trust Uncle Larry to bring up Avery again, is he Sean’s agent?

  22. Dubinsly ( R shoulder ) game time decision —–>

    That explains why WW wasn’t sent for conditioning to AHL….

  23. Good Morning all.

    Carp, will you be at the game tonight? I am going to my first MSG game in about 3 years.

  24. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Stranger Nation:

    I think we can agree that once this coach get a “cobb,” whether re Avery being “Jack The Ripper,” or Hags somehow not meriting PP time, it gets so personal with him his judgment is clouded. I think he would rather hurt the team than accept constuctive criticism and ideas which don’t originate with him.

    The Hags no PP time vendetta, which it now is just because some people are wondering out loud about it, has gone beyond being defensible. This coach just needs to spit in people’s faces and hurt his own team to make his point. Spoiled children act more mature than he does, at times. I don’t know how anyone can play for him. He is joyless and mentally cruel.

  25. The right move would be to let Dubi sit and get healthy tonight and play Wolski. Need to get Wolski a couple of games and see what he has.

    They need Dubi for the back-to-back in Canada this weekend and the rest of the way.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    Who do you think the mystery teams are? I think Edmonton is one. Lots of injuries and Renney make them the favorite, in my opinion.

  27. This joyless and mentally cruel coach, whose only goal is to make his point and conduct a personal vendetta in NY, has already hurt this team. Bad. Half season in and they’ve already lost a whooping 9 games in regulation….

    LW- any crayons left? Purple?

  28. Noah-olski-auer-inger, 29 on

    If Avery wasn’t sent down, we would not have had to win Tuesday’s game in OT.


  29. “This coach just needs to spit in people’s faces and hurt his own team to make his point….I don’t know how anyone can play for him. He is joyless and mentally cruel.”

    What the hell team are you watching, Boom Boom? How has Torts hurt the team? Yeah, he may bark at his players but the players appreciate the honesty. He’s coached them to first overall in the League.

    An honest coach. Finally. After years and years of mediocrity and heartache, we finally have a coach who gets it. Put down the flask….

  30. Fran – The only place EC has on this team is operating the Zamboni. And that’s if he knows how to drive one.

  31. Sorry for the tone…it’s just, I can’t *not* defend the best Ranger coach in my lifetime!!! BEST!!!

  32. Yet Brad Richards could have gotten $60M from a bunch of different teams and Vinny Prospal could have just retired and waited for other teams to offer him a try out after he was bought out in Tampa and they went back to paly for Torts.

    Or he should be a nice guy like Tom Renney and settle for at best mediocrity.

  33. As for Hags, he has the skill to be on the PP and on another team, he probably would be out there. But the bottom line is there are six other forwards who have the same or better skill. I mean, who do you bump? Certainly not Callahan, Richards or Gaborik. And not Stepan or Del Zotto. I guess you could make a case for Girardi, but do you really want to put the kid at the point? Besides, if I were to take out Danny, I’d seek to get Staal in there first and foremost.

    I think if there was one change I would make on the PP, it would be to put Boyle in front of the net. The guy is a beast and, while not overly physical, could certainly withstand the pounding he’d take near the crease. Then you just shot the puck his direction. I bet that would both turn around Boyle’s point production and give the PP a much-needed improvement.

  34. eddie eddie eddie on

    If John Muckler were coaching this team, i dare say, we would be undefeated……..easily, the greatest hockey mind in the game…..more to the point, he would have never demoted avery. avery and muckler could have done some great photo shoots together……my great great grandmother says muckler is beyond sexy…that his white pasty skin glows in its translucence….

  35. I think the team asking for Avery is probably one that needs a spark. Teams like Edmonton and Pittsburgh aren’t in need of a player his ilk as much as they’re in need of a player period. You could probably pawn Christensen off on one of them for future considerations.

    I think a more likely team that could really use Avery is the Anaheim Ducks. There’s simply no way that team is as bad as their record. With a top line of Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry, plus with the blue hair fins playing like their 20, the team should at least be at .500. I could see Avery being both the catalyst he was when he first came to New York and also a guy who would fit well into the scene out there.

  36. eddie eddie eddie on

    phil – at the very least, hags should be out at the PP point every time the rangers have a comfortable lead…that way he gets practice and any mistakes he might make wont hurt….

  37. Boom Boom – Really?!? You’re losing it again, man. Torts has to spit in the faces of the players and emotionally wound them? First of all that is 100% incorrect. Further, these are professional athletes, not 8 year old children. As long as the team is winning I don’t care how it’s accomplished.

    Same as NYR (Vibin’) – Got to defend the best coach/leader/motivator in the history of mankind.

  38. stranger nation on

    LW – agree on the first 4 forwards – Gabby, Bucky, Cally, Step, but there is a real drop off from the others on PP time, esp Dubi.

    Not sure Hags would be the answer, but he has seemed to answer the bell in every situation, so I figure, why not an audition. Crap – he has Rupper out there in the recent past.

    Also would like to see then try the 2 best Off Dman back there in MDZ and Stralman – both are capable stick handlers and MDZ’s shot sometimes comes near the net.

    Boom-Boom – not thinking Torts has a vendetta, more trying to get Dubi going by giving him ample PP time – lord knows they guy has been out there long enough to get some productivity – but not this season – weird on many levels.

  39. eddie – no disagreement here. Hags is still a very untapped commodity on the Rangers. What he’s shown so far is pretty much the tip of the iceberg. He’s got good hockey sense, speed that can’t be beat and a very accurate shot. Putting him on the PP would never hurt the team. The question is, would he really help the PP?

  40. eddie eddie eddie on

    boom boom – too bad torts’ wife isnt named cruella……cruella tortorella has a lovely ring to it…

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    any truth to the rumor that hags improved his speed this offseason working out with caber?

  42. There’s no doubt though, the Rangers need to do something about their PP. They’re not going to go very far in the post-season unless they at least get the success rate a lot closer to 20 percent. It’s really somewhat of an oddity that they’ve won as much as they have lately with a PP that scores only 15 percent of the time. In other words, they need to do something.

  43. stranger nation on

    Phil – PP units if featuring 3 forwards (though we mostly use 4) – first unit has been Gabby, Bucky, Step and Cally with DZ. Second unit has been in flux but he has used Artie, Dubi and a cast of thousands to create some chances.

    My point, is that I don’t think we lose that much given the performance of the PP. Not a huge sample size in the last couple of games to assess, but the PP is one of the very few areas of mediocre performance for this awesome team.

  44. stranger nation on

    Phil – same post time – similar thoughts.

    there is really only one answer to the PP – CABER!!!

  45. Hello all. I’ve been lurking for awhile, but this is my first time posting here. Crazy to see so much more traffic here than at the major NY newspaper sites.

    Been a fan of the team close to 30 years, and this is bringing back some good memories from the mid-90s. There’s been a lot more disappointment than good times since they won the Cup, so just gonna keep riding the wave.

  46. The PP has signs of life sometimes. I think to some extent it’s a matter of having a PP that can adapt to a number of different situations. I think teams have realized that if you play your PK up high against the Blue Line you can give the Rangers fits on their PP. They are not effective at dumping the puck on the PP when the team just traps and then swarms the puck. Too difficult to get set up. In that situation I would assume putting a guy like Boyle or Rupp out there to body people might be pretty helpful.

  47. stranger nation on

    Manny agree that the dump and chase PP rarely works with Dubi being most guilty of that. Bucky has helped PP by carrying the puck in the zone – an absolute must to get it set up properly.

    Boyle has many qualities to admire, putting him on the PP with his “Manos de Piedra” would be painful – dude cannot shovel it in this season. I almost want to go back and review last year’s goals to understand how he scored because he cannot bury it.

  48. Thanks fellas, or is it boneheads? Hope to provide some points for discussion and at least a little bit of humor…definitely some entertaining posters here!

  49. eddie eddie eddie on

    doodie – on my DVR, even in super slow motion, caber simply flies on the ice……..fastest skater on the team last year….

  50. eddie eddie eddie on

    gravy – what are your thought re: john muckler?…was he the greatest coach in ranger history?

  51. eddie eddie eddie on

    nyr fan – muckler peed on his players when they underperformed…THAT is someone who cares about his players and winning

  52. NYR_FAN January 12th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Sorry for the tone…it’s just, I can’t not defend the best Ranger coach in my lifetime!!! BEST!!!


    i guess you weren’t following the team in 1993-94

  53. eddie eddie eddie on

    …it also explains why those muckler teams were so good….how many cups did he win with them?…i lost count…..

  54. eddie eddie eddie on

    cccp = brooklyn pimp….you know how keenan got that team to perform?…not by spitting or peeing…..he pooped on them

  55. eddie eddie eddie on

    in my mind, poop is the funniest word in the english language…..whenever i say or type poop, i lol for a good 2 minutes….

  56. eddie eddie eddie on

    cccp – i am positive that if torts would poop on ww, it would light a major fire under him and he could score 50

  57. Keenan was here for one season and it was a magical one. Fair enough, CCCP. So, when Torts win a cup with Rangers in May, he will _officially_ be the best! ;)

  58. eddie eddie eddie on

    prolly the biggest reason leetch’s jersey hangs from the rafters….is that big #2 looking down at the players….

  59. Torts is the best. He has a cup even if it’s with a different team. Torts for president. Torts for head of the UN

  60. eddie eddie eddie on

    nyr fan – have you ever heard drew barrymore say the word, magical?……brilliant stuff….

  61. eddie eddie eddie on

    5 greatest coaches in ranger history

    1. john muckler
    2. mike keenan
    3. emile francis
    4. bryan trottier
    5. phil esposito

  62. eddie eddie eddie on

    doodie – you are a ranger fan of many years…and a valued historian…..i couldnt agree with you more…i admit that i often thought it was a corpse actually behind that bench……but it added to his charm….

  63. eddie eddie eddie on

    is carp planning on writing a bio-epic on john mucker?….if turned into a film, phil donahue could play the lead…

  64. Chopper, I’ll be there.

    BANJ, The Burglar of Banff-ff-ff?

    Good morning, Sally!

    Maybe i should put a disclaimer in the Terms of Service below for newcomers, that no matter what happens, Miami Pimp will call his favorite team “Bush-leaguer” “Amateur Hour” “No-talent” “Clowns” and worse. And that he means it in the nicest way possible.

    Welcome, Gravy!

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    In all seriousness, my ranking of Rangers coaches from last 20 years:

    1) Keenan
    2) Tortorella
    3) Campbell
    4) Renney
    5) Neilson
    6) Smith
    7) Muckler
    8) Low
    9) Sather
    10) Trottier

  66. My personal feeling is that Keenan and Neil Smith should be held up forever by you guys for what they accomplished together, even if they royally messed up afterwards. They should get a lifetime pass.

    That said, if we can kill Smith for bad trades and worse drafts in the post-Cup era (and an awful hire in a certain coach from Edmonton), we can obviously point out that Keenan had a foot out the door during the finals in ’94, negotiating with another team, and that his insanity nearly cost the Rangers each of the last two series. You could even argue that the team won out in the end despite Keenan.

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    Lousy coach hat trick, which, coincidentally, is what Sather had when he went Low-Trottier-Sather.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I originally had Keenan lower for everything that came after, but judging him purely on his body of work, it boils down to one thing: Cups for Keenan, 1; everybody else, 0.

  69. Basically, it’s:

    1) Torts
    2) Keenan
    3) Everyone else. (distant third)

  70. … unrelated … why would Sather now help a team, possibly a team in the conference, by giving them Avery for nothing? They all had multiple chances to get him.

  71. Carp – as my wife will tell you, Messier meant more to the Cup team than Keenan. He meant more than anything. He was essentially a player coach like Reg Dunlap.

  72. Carp – ask Sather why he gave the Canucks Dale Weise for nothing. Dale Weise who fought twice in a period a few nights ago. Kids got JAM.

  73. If you base if on everything, Muckler was the worst because of the way he treated the organization and because his feud with Smith begat the current regime in 2000. Oh, and a horrible record and zero playoff games.

    Trottier’s tenure was so short it’s barely worth mentioning.

  74. don’t forget the unbelievable situation with Colin Campbell-Dick Todd-Mike Keenan and Keenan’s agent before Game 7!

  75. stranger nation on

    So Mess is player coach for 2 cups – Oilers (Muckler) and Rangers (Keenan) – I can live with that.

  76. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Guys – If a 24 year old Clark Gillies rematerialized, which of the Rangers’ lines would you put him on?

  77. My daughter made the trip from snowy Maine to NYC for tonight’s game. I hope she gets to see a win, it’s not often that we Mainers get to enjoy a game at MSG.

    She and her boyfriend were at The Flying Puck last night and met Adam Graves. They were thrilled and said that he really is a super nice guy.

    Let’s go Rangers!!

  78. stranger nation on

    How about the infamous Kovi extended shift by Keenan in 93/4 season? Did he score during the shift at one point?

    I remember the shift lasting almost half a period.

    Keenan is/was a real jackwagon

  79. billybleedsblue on

    It’s funny to see youse ranking Torts so high already… he hasn’t really done anything… yet.

    Doodie, that’s a decent list you made, although you’re totally right, it’s hard to rank things in descending order of bad. I would swap Renny and Neilson for sure though…

    It’s fun to see all these ‘new’ boneheads surfacing around here!

  80. Franklin Kistner on

    Best Rangers Coaches in last 50 years are Tortorella, Renney and Keenan. Worst are an ill Trottier, Sather and Smith. Smith is best GM so far; he won the cup in Calgary on the trade deadline in ’94.

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