It’s Go Time!


Game 60.

And the last game before the trade deadline, Monday at 3 p.m.

Ya boys have lost two in a row (0-1-1) and three of their last four (two in regulation). They haven’t gone three without a win since the first three games of the season … you remember that, right? The pending disaster. Fire the coach. Trade everybody. Etc.

The Rangers go with the same lineup as last night’s game on the Island, except with Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka will be prucha’d, and of course Wojtek Wolski is permanently de-prucha’d, having been dealt to Florida for a third-round 2013 pick and a minor-league defenseman earlier today.

The Baby Buffaloes are stuck in 11th place in the East at NHL-.500, 27-27-7, (which means, actually, 27-34) despite a three-game winning streak. The last time they played the Rangers was that 0-0 tie, followed by a Breakaway Contest After the Hockey Game Ends (BCATHGE), in which the Rangers were successful on one more scrimmage-speed breakaway than the Baby Buffaloes.


I’m sure youse all saw today ——–> in that widget over there ——–>  that Rick Nash’s agent wants a deal done now, and has threatened that Nash will not change the teams to which he will agree to be traded in the off-season. Which, I think, turns the screws on the Blue Jackets and Scott Howson quite a bit. And I’m sure cagey Glen Sather isn’t blinking in his poker game. Interesting stuff.

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  1. I wish the Leafs would blow Howson away with a deal. C’mon Burke, do it. And if Nash refuses to waive his NTC, he can jump the nearest river.

  2. Paul in sunrise on

    Nash is like that Seinfeld episode from early on. It’s one thing to take a reservation but another to keep a reservation. Feel like Nash is a table reservation that never gets seated.

  3. How strange…Only psychotic Blackchicken’s scores cuckoo- announcer could still obsessively ask to fire someone, who is the best in league when it comes to trades and who meticulously assemble the team we like so much. Sounds like a Chicagoland troll to me…with a rural barn CEO complex.

  4. From your previous post debate (fchamps and LW3H): There is actually a very good chance that both salary cap and floor will go down next year. As well as the players revenue sharing percentage will decrease from 57%, perhaps considerably. Having said that, in that case there will be a salary rollback in order to allow current contracts to fit into the cap. Along with buyout amnesty, etc….

  5. for the love of Avery (God), Brown is NOT, repeat NOT, available. stop begging, pleading, etc. NOT AVAILABLE.

  6. Yeah girl, come here in New York, in Ranger Land, if you know how (leave you donkey home and wash your neck) and teach Sather your rural English, please.

  7. No fighting guys, or I swear I will find out and hit both of you with my pots. Repeatedly. Sooooooooooooo not in the mood for an asshattery.

  8. At the Garden, wondering if crowd will react to the fact this could be Brandon Dubinsky’s last game as a Ranger if Nash deal happens #NYR

    not happening….crowd will be too busy playing on their iPhones. although it’d be nice if they did acknowledge it….even though im 100% for trading Dubinsky.

  9. Olga Folkyerself on

    Wanker, from now on I’m going to call you The Fly. Because you eat carcillo and bother people.

  10. ddeb, had nothing against the guy, sounds like he enjoyed NYC, and his teammates liked him…. wish him the best, just not against us.

  11. LGR!!!

    i might need a new posting-name soon :( but there has been many i liked who got traded over the years…the name on the front of the jersey is more important yadda yadda…

  12. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    You would think trading Dubinsky is like trading Brian Leetch in his prime, or something. Just another Prucha, Korpi, Parenteau, Dawes type to me = popular but not the franchise.

    What are we supposed to do, give him a standing ovation for trying but failing to be productive while appreciating being a Ranger? (* clap, clap, clap.)

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Yo Olga , stop saying to Fire Sather , you sound like a moron,,,just saying.



  14. MDZ very unhappy; planned on RFA hold out. Can’t get past Torts’ “swagger” comments and his trainer comment on “24/7”. Will be a great d-man but he and Torts do not get along. Lots of ego in MDZ. Some kids rise to criticism; some do not. MDZ resented having to be taken away from NYC nightlife with Avery and put under Richards’ babysitting, even though he is having a great year.

    If MDZ was not planning on staying with us long term, why not include him to get a Rick Nash?!?

  15. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Greg if you haven’t figured out by now that FIRE SATHER is mine and Olga’s greeting to each other, well, i just gotta shake you lol XO ;-)

  16. Dubi is a good kid and works hard. He is snake bitten and his confidence has suffered, but he never stopped working hard. He needs a new address to get his career back on track.

    He will go on to score 25-30 goals and be a physical presence. He will feel inspired for a new team and is popular here. Good kid.

  17. 19 year old MDZ had very bad time with “swagger” comments and NYC comments. Then the “24/7” comment about going to the trainer’s room was bad.
    Some kids respond well; some don’t. MDZ is very unhappy in NYC.


    Seamus, I’m guessing you don’t really know that at all, but even if true, how exactly is it manifesting itself in poor performance or anything else negative from MDZ this year?

  19. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Yeah Linda , I seen that , BUT she/ it/ the thing/ was the first comment and it was not aimed at you. Seriously this team has been dragged down to the ground and I can’t stand peeps disn my team. I don’t mind ya saying it to each other but in reality we are lucky to have a GM like Sather right now…btw Linda hope things go much better with yer daughter.

  20. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Thanks Greg!! I’ll keep you posted.


  21. ORR!! What Is It Good For?!?! February 25th, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    LOL! Body language? Please…

    Nobody here knows what kind of relationship these players have with each other, the coaches, etc.

    When you saw Torts with the kid on 24/7, did you think he had genuine affections for the kid? Did you think it was a fake?

    Anyone that has an opinion, either way, is likely doing so based upon speech and body language whether they acknowledge it or not.

    Torts wears his heart on his sleeve and is a straight speaker; one who’s language gives a lot away.

    The reason I believe this about the trade is because MDZ appeared very embittered regarding Torts’ statements.

    By the way, body language analysis suggests that Torts is genuine in his friendship with Liam, the young boy.

  22. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lmao Orr, unless he’s a black belt, hand hitting concrete, concrete usually wins

  23. Torts was the same way with Vinny Lecav. Tough love they call it. Vinny would still run through a wall for him.

    To suggest otherwise with Tortorella and Del Zotto based on body language or any other speculative formular is riiculous.

  24. Seamus

    I’m also pretty sure Tortorella made “statements” to the effect that MDZ deserved consideration for the All Star Game.

  25. Why was that fight necessaryat that time, though? At least let there be some reason for the dislike between the 2 players. I don’t like these “begin the game” fights.

  26. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    i saw a book today written by a female “body language experT”. Of course it was pretty man hating, and judging from her portrait pose, i deduced she was unmarried. Read that jacket on the book, and , alas UNMARRIED man hater…

  27. I’ll bet you a dinner, 12 or 15 years from now, that when Del Zotto’s career is over he’ll be singing Torts’ praises for the way he was nurtured the first year, and forced to become a pro and an excellent defensive player his second year.

  28. The other thing is, even if you don’t hear it hit the post, the referee waves his arms when a shot hits the post. He doesn’t wave his arms for a save.

  29. An injured Lindy Ruff showing a pained expression and severely restricted movement behind the bench not seen at MSG since Muckler’s corpse had the Rangers job.

  30. >>>Jimbo, his visor is on life support, he’s using a replacement

    Lin’s on a roll!!! ;-D

  31. “Wait where did the swordfish come from?”

    When a daddy swordfish and a momma swordfish love each other very much, they…

  32. Two things:

    Staal doesn’t look too good. No matter what Joe M. says.

    Am I crazy or do the Sabres have sweat stains built into the armpits of their jerseys?

  33. Strange, I thought Staal made the wrong decision twice on that goal, but Joe Mich gave it the “What a play!” treatment.

  34. Staal sucks. Most overrated player ever. Soooo tired of the MSG guys telling us how great he is…even when he makes mistakes. What gives??

  35. i hate that kid in the cellphone commercial
    almost as much as i hated how we played
    against sabres for the goal against

  36. @brian he did everything he possibly could on that play. I don’t know how you get on his case for that effort..

  37. true Carp
    but i wish Staal would catch
    up and realize sliding yerself
    outta the play isn’t the way
    they do things anymore
    (much less than last year)

  38. I was at a Devils-Sabres game last year (notable for the Kovalchoke shootout attempt and my puking all over the shiny Prudential Center floor) and there was this Sabres fan near me complaining all game about how Drew Stafford should not be in the NHL.

    Fine, apart from the fact that he was out injured and the fan said it every time Rob Niedermayer (not injured, wore a different number, shoots the other way round) touched the puck.

  39. Wasn’t Staal’s effort that was the problem, but he made the wrong choice in how he played the puck at least twice, maybe three times.

  40. Chris F. – Yeah, I saw their sweat stains when they were zoomed in on Myers. If those are breathable patches, couldn’t the make them white? It’s so hard.

  41. “Am I crazy or do the Sabres have sweat stains built into the armpits of their jerseys?”


  42. is guastad someone we’re interested in
    just someone that writers suggest for us
    or other teams because of sabres situation?

  43. The MSG150 is actually bearable without Pidto’s invisible dart throwing, butchering of players’ names, *Knickerbocker/Crosby updates* and “Time flies when you’re having fun” sign-off.

  44. >>>lmfao Kaleta is a freakin womans body part!

    That is a vile insult to women’s body parts everywhere! ;-P

  45. If you’d never seen a hockey game before (somebody like, say, Pidto), you could identify which player on every NHL team was the least likely to fight by seeing which player Kaleta pulls out of a scrum.

  46. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    POPCORN kid!! Dad KNEW and took the popcorn away so he wouldnt choke!!

    YOU DON’T SPIT AT HAGELIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. They must have flashed a pic of Marchand or Hank’s lead singer on the screen

    made the kid cry.

  48. saw a commercial today for a new porsche

    they called it the Porsche 911
    and yes it was pronounced nine eleven


  49. I ve been asking this for 2 plus years, This year it’s Nash last year it was someone else. Why would Columbus want Blowbinski he stinks. Better be a hell of alot if we get Nash,I’m hearing Him A first rounder and Krider,,,,thats it are you kidding,in a heart beat.
    Your kidding you, any of you wouldn’t do that.
    It’s gonna cost alot more the Blowbinski,Krider.and a 1st. If not Sather GM of the year.

  50. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    John Buccigross: Latest rumor around MSG- Dubinsky, #1, and AHL D Man Tim Erixson for Nash. Erixson does everything well. Needs to bulk up but will be stud.

  51. is Torts claiming that a sabre touched Artie’s stick?
    (that sounds so wrong, but i’m submitting anyway)

  52. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    all he needs are some leather patches on the elbow of his jacket, and a pipe, and he’d look like a professor!


  53. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Thats actually a really good rule. Without the rule, teams buried in their own zone could jsut throw the puck outta play.

  54. Duckbill Plat-y-pus on

    can somebody close the door so the cat doesn’t keep bringing in various flotsam and jetsam?

  55. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    The Rangers seem to have an epidemic of :Trade deadline-itis- squeezing sticks too hard, over thinking , afraid to relax and play your game.

  56. carp don’t get everyone going on the DZ rumor….

    no way they removed him from the game because of a trade…….

  57. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Spider, if that IS the case, it makes me think they’ll try for Weber or Suter in the off season

  58. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Why wouldnt they trade Erixon just because they recently traded for him? That makes zero sense.

    LINZO!!!! Yeah, I knew it was so outrageous, that u wouldnt believe it, just wanted to make u smile!

  59. dubi, erixon and a first for nash, you got my blessing on that 1…..

    notthat unfair. nash’s has a huge cap hit sprots fans……

    erixon can play on the columbus blueline tonight and #1….

  60. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Tiki, we were sitting at the of the lounge at the movie theater and i busted up laughing! I had already told the man i’d be getting trade updates and texts from my friend about her situation, and when i read that, I just about fell off the bar stool

  61. “Del Zotto didn’t see the ice the last 4-plus of the period. Hmmm”

    Carp, can you see what Torts’ body language suggests?

  62. twice
    we get burned
    what the hades is our D thinking tonight?

    trade for the sabres coach who comes
    up with this stuff!!!!!
    works a helluva lot better than board hockey

  63. Could see that goal coming as soon as Trautwig said something in the break about how the Rangers were so good in back-to-backs and so good on the PK.

  64. I guess the NYR were reading RR last night when people were saying that this wasn’t a *must* game.

  65. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on



    come on already!!!

    Trade somebody!!!!!

  66. I think the body language says that Torts and Del Zaster hate each other. And that Del Zaster is going to hold out when he becomes a RFA.

    Wait, he’s back in the game. They love each other.

  67. Leafs out of Nash sweepstakes according to NHLnetwork.. and will be sellers instead.

    Holly molly

  68. >>>if biron would be in goal, he would be blamed for both

    Henrik gave up 2 goals so far, but not on 4 shots against…..

    Biron has sucked in his last several appearances – and he’s LOUSY in the BCATGE!

    GABBY!!!! He can score against another team than the Fishsticks!!!

  69. gave ’em a taste of their own medicine!!!

    for a second i thought he wasn’t going to roof it
    but he DID!!!

  70. this is exactly why you go and get NAsh, because guys like him and Gabs can do that and change the game… have to think that the trade deadline are in some of these guys heads….

  71. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Looks like Delzotto and Mcdough are battlin it out to see who gets traded!!!!


  72. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Wow now Delzotto is faking an injury so he cant be traded!!! HAHaha HIGHLARIOUS!!! Just watch Mcdough fake one now to top Delzotto!!! What a battle!!

  73. Olga Folkyerself on

    Actually I lived on Reynolds Road, above the Mall. I remember Deacon’s Bench well.

    Where abouts on the North side, johhnyboy?

  74. Remember when Luc Robitaille broke his ankle the day before the deadline … and we were all saying he did it on purpose.


  75. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    He purposely squeezed inbetween thae post , He didnt have to go that way cuz it was ovious he got pushed. Delzotto will be ok but in ” trade terms” hes damaged goods!!! WTG Delzotto!!!

  76. i feel for MDZ
    but i couldn’t but laugh
    when Rammer found
    the bad spot

    whatta scream
    probably heard up to blueseats

  77. ddebend
    looked like it’s a rib injury

    based on where Rammer and MDZ were pointing

    possible i’m wrong

  78. Duckbill Plat-y-pus on

    ilbster, that for the those of us old enough to even know Rosemary Clooney’s baby! ROFL

  79. PP…oh no
    Olga ..dirty O is total redone …supposed to be a nice place now… no Digger

    LGR…need this one

  80. WTB?!?!?!?

    you’ve got to ask ’em
    why they don’t load up in front of
    and do at the point?

  81. He came down, had a Corona on the beach (it was 85 today), stared at the hot women, and said “you know what, zip love this place … I can score and score”

  82. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


    WHAT A CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Tiki XLII XLVI on


    HE”S IN!!!!! HE SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







  84. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    You Don’t Pull the Mask off the best Damn Ranger and
    Ya don’t mess around with WINS!!!!!!!

  85. And the best part of the game winner, was the way Callahan undressed that piece of Cooke, Patrick Kaleta.

  86. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Great game by McDonagh and Delzotto …awsome stuff!!!

  87. That’s what Cally reminds me of – a fox terrier..not a very big dog, but tenacious, persistent, and agressive for his size!

  88. 24 goals for a grinder.

    break it up this team has no future they need to blowup the plan that looks real good to me.

    get Nash only at the price the Rangers want. No bluechip players, dubi, erixon, and picks or other similar pieces…..

    this team even wehn they play bad they are in almost every game. how many regualtion losses on the year. BTW they have no offense……………………….

  89. I Rarely Speak on

    and now Nash will be a ranger before their next game.. his first act though will still be with the blue jackets when he scores a hat trick against ed snider tomorrow.. then the trade

  90. of course
    Wolski is in shootout

    another ex-Ranger
    Samuelsson just got one in the net
    (that sounds dirty too!)

  91. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " The MONSTER NASH!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Delzotto skates and makes a play and then says ” ya cant trade me!!”

    Mcdonaugh hits a forward with a timely hit and skates up the ice with a give N go to Cally and SCORES!!!! Mcdonaugh looks up to the rafters to Glennie and says ” Im a keeper!!!”

  92. So, WW contributed to his new team’s win – good for him. Too bad it didn’t work out for him here. He had his chances to shine here, although not lately.

  93. ilb

    i meant “get” as in “retrieve” the puck for Cally in the goal
    and i believe you meant “get” as in “get it to him”
    which is what McD did with that great pass.

  94. I guess because Hags has been here awhile? – or, he studied English back home. Lots of Europeans learn English.

  95. 4 years at univ michigan might have helped hags with the accent.

    he also came over in his youth to go to berensons camp at michigan.

  96. I misread your post, jpg, sorry..I thought you said Gaborik passed to Callahan. But yes, he got the puck for him after the goal.

  97. You ever hear Nicklas Lidstrom speak? He sounds like he’s from Detroit, not Sweden, well, because, he kinda IS from Detroit.

  98. “Lots of Europeans learn English.” Are you sure, Jimbo? I didn’t know what the word “byfuglien” meant when I came to US….Let alone other stuff…

  99. LW speaks English. The rest of us yahoos in the US speak American. There is a big difference from what I hear.

  100. Have you heard Finnish (think Tikkannen)? When Swedes talk to Finns or Danes or Norwegians, for that matter, they use English as a common tongue because, believe it or not, their languages are very unlike each other.

  101. Swedes are taught English in school from day 1. Ever notice how all the Swedes in the league speak flawless English??

  102. Wow… Just wow. Anyone else hear Maloney in the post game say “what are you , retarded?!”.

  103. apparently Tim Erixon got hurt in the Whale’s game today. Not serious but who knows if that has an effect…

  104. Lin, he was referring to the kings dangling Dustin brown in trade rumors… He potted a hat trick tonight. So Maloney says “and they wanna trade this guy…. What are you retarded?”.

  105. Olga Folkyerself on

    Maloney wasn’t talking to anyone in particular, he was referring to the nameless ones that suggested trading Dustin Brown.

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