Rangers at Bruins tonight; Miller’s status; Live Chat tomorrow at noon


Just a few things before we get to the game notes.

First, because it’s bound to happen, let’s stop the talk about J.T. Miller and his entry-level contract. It’s a non-issue. Whether he stays up or goes down will be based on his performance and his development. It will have nothing to do with whether he plays that sixth game that would start the clock on the first year of his contract. NOTHING. Because even if he was to go down after playing his fifth game Thursday, he would be the No. 1 forward the Rangers call up from the AHL later on in the season.

It’s a non-issue.

Second, we’re planning a Live Chat for Wednesday at noon. Be there. Or else.

You’ve seen by now, same lineup tonight in Boston, which means Lundqvist in goal again and Boyle prucha’d.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Rangers: 6-5-0 (12 pts)
Bruins: 8-1-1 (17 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-5-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, for their second straight win. The Blueshirts have now won six of their last nine contests after dropping their first two games of the season. The Bruins enter the contest with an 8-1-1 (17 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of their last seven contests. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.


  • All-Time: 248-283-97-2 overall (143-119-55-0 at home; 105-164-42-2 on the road)
  • 2013: Tomorrow is the third and final meeting this season, and the second meeting at TD Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 in the season series, following a 4-3 overtime win on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 11-12 (91.7%) in the series. Marian Gaborik leads all skaters with three goals/points following his hat trick in the last meeting, while Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, two assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 3.01 GAA and .905 Sv% in the series.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (1-1-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). Three of the four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Jan. 21 at Boston. The Rangers out-scored the Bruins, 11-7, including a 4-1 advantage in the third period and overtime. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-8 (25.0%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with four goals and five points in the season series, while Michael Del Zotto and Brad Richards each tallied a series-high, three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.73 GAA, .946 Sv% and one shutout.
  • The Rangers have won 10 of their last 14 games against the Bruins, including six of their last eight meetings, and are 21-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06
  • The Blueshirts are 4-1-0 in their last five games at TD Garden, having out-scored the Bruins, 11-7, over the span
  • Henrik Lundqvist has started in 26 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
  • New York is tied for 24th with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record on the road; Boston is tied for 12th with a 4-1-0 (8 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 2-1-0 vs. the Northeast Division; the Bruins are 3-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
  • Boston lists one former Ranger on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)

Henrik Lundqvist —29 GP, 20-7-2, 1.63 GAA, 6 SO
Martin Biron —31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards —36 GP, 8-23-31
Marian Gaborik — 20 GP, 9-3-12
Michael Del Zotto —12 GP, 2-5-7

Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (6:00) on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay. New York ranks 29th overall (4-40, 10.0%) and 27th on the road (1-16, 6.2%). The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Lightning scoreless in two attempts (4:00) on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay. New York ranks 14th overall (39-48, 81.2%) and 15th on the road (12-15, 80.0%). The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 2-2 (1:57) when three-on-four (last – 1/31 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, and are now minus-1 in eight four-on-four situations (7:49) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 18 of their last 23 meetings, including seven games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 11-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.


  • Tonight’s contest will be the fourth of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (2-1-0)
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.61 GAA against Original Six opponents this season
  • Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with five goals and seven points against Original Six opponents this season
  • Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, four assists against Original Six opponents this season
  • Michael Del Zotto and Marc Staal are tied for the team lead in points by a defenseman, with one goal and two assists apiece
  • New York is 56-33-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 21-7-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .614 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.649, 44-22-8), and ahead of Montreal (.594, 76-50-13), Chicago (.539, 36-30-11), Boston (.535, 66-56-21), and Toronto (.489, 59-62-19).

Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.

Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller notched two goals while making his Madison Square Garden debut  on Thursday in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger (rookie or otherwise) to tally multiple goals in his MSG debut was Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win against Detroit on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller (19 years, 330 days) is the youngest Ranger to tally multiple goals in a single game since Alex Kovalev posted a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992, at the age of 19 years, 307 days.

The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 4-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 4-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.

The Blueshirts have posted a record of 4-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which ranks fourth in the NHL. The Rangers are 2-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.

The Rangers are tied for first in the league in hits (328) this season. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks ninth in the league with 36 hits, while Brian Boyle is tied for 19th in the NHL with 33 hits.

The Blueshirts have had eight players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller.

The Rangers have won six of the last nine contests after dropping their first two games of the season
The Blueshirts have out-scored their opponents, 9-2, in the last two games
The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last two games (7-7, 100.0% over the span)
Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in five of his last seven games, posting a record of 4-3-0 with a 1.87 GAA and a .927 Sv% over the span
Carl Hagelin — five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
Marc Staal — four assists in the last four games
Ryan McDonagh — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games

Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Matt Gilroy — 1 game from 200th NHL career
Darroll Powe — 3 games from 300th NHL career

J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL goal/point (2/7 vs. NYI)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL assist (2/7 vs. NYI)

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 11
Total Man-Games Lost: 22


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  1. Amen on JT, Carp. They’ll worry about his contract in 3 years. The kid can play. And he may need to go down if he makes mistakes, he will only benefit from it. But he is a hockey player.

  2. big game tonight. want to see how rangers measure up against to me the best team in conf and my preseason pick to win the east.

    one matchup we cant have is the miller line trapped out there vs the krejci lucic horton line

  3. Capuano to assembled locker room: ‘Hey, fellas, can we all give Mr. Wang a break just one night? He’s been through a lot and you know he’s got a yen for youse guys.’

  4. Huge fan of Stephen Weiss, The Doctor. Agree, agree, agree. We could definitely use a big boy Centre even if he is another leftie.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I have x, y, and z representing pecans, cashews, and almonds… So, if I have 3 nuts……

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – also getting psyched for a scintillating lecture I’ll be giving in an hour or so….

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I have said before but the perfect lineup for owner wang, is chad’s Johnson in goal, and mike Babcock behind the bench – Kenny and Dave would love that on radio.

  8. Carp,
    I know your against the heavy, but do you think this line up is foolishly soft? Especially for facing the B’s..

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ok back on earth. I hope cally plays with Kreider and JT – and that they get second PP time

  10. Can’t wait time the Isles move to BK..We can then talk about the re-emergence of the Brooklyn Cockroaches.

  11. it is soft, yes, Johnny. Against the heavy? Meaning anti-goon? Nobody has to fight Thornton. But I imagine Asham will be kinda busy tonight.I would have used Bickel on D, yes.

  12. Bill Simmons says he believes that Michael Jordan’s first retirement was really a cover for him being suspended by Stern. I bet this year off for Tim Thomas is just a cover for a Thomas positive drug test, or Thomas’ avoidance of a drug test.

  13. Yeah like putting a silk purse on a sows ear. Those Russians love hockey though right up til they get hit

  14. czechthemout!!! on

    Miller is here to stay. Too many good things happen when he is on the ice for him to be sent down. I just hope that Torts doesn’t get down on him if he makes a mistake or two and doesn’t let him play out of it.


    I know this is a rumour but I heard from a decent source who does some marketing and promotional buisness with the team that they have inquired about Big Buff out of Winnipeg. MDZ definitely going with either Boyle or Stepan. Have you heard anything by chance?

  15. That’s really sad news about Marc Savard. Tough break. I guess he and Sauer Pauer can start a summer camp for non-contact hockey.

  16. But Miller was a -1 in the last game. Seems like a waste of a roster spot!

    (Just kidding. I hope he’s here to stay)

  17. czechthemout!!! on

    I know losing Stepan wouod hurt from standpoint of a second line center, but they feel Miller will be that second line guy and they are ver high on Oscar lindberg . He will be available in about a month when the swedish elite league season ends. They think he can come in right away and take third pivot slot. This trade is possible only after Lindberg comes here and shows that he is ready.

    Looking further out, that Boo Nieves kid is the real deal. After a slow start, he has really come on and they feel he has the potential to be their top center in as little as two seasons. They may even sign him after this season. I watched him play last Friday and he was the best player on the UMich team. He is a great passer with temendous hockey sense. The announcers couldnt stop talking about him. And after watching him play, I can see why.

  18. czechthemout!!!,
    there is no way there trading stepan. Richards will be bought out after next year and miller and stepan will be 1 and 2 centers. Trading stepan and mdz for Byfuglien would be a mistake. I used to like Byfuglien but ever since he has been traded from the hawks to the jets he has had some off ice issues and came to camp out of shape and over weight. I wouldn’t go near that guy now.

  19. I haven’t heard that, no, Czech … but I think Byfuglien’s weight/conditioning would be a major issue with this team. I’m sure they’d love to have his presence and his shot on the PP, but he’d never make it here in that type of shape.

    and I’m not sure they see Miller as being a better option as a top-two center than Stepan.

    Not saying it couldn’t happen, though.

  20. If we trade Stepan who are we getting back? TooToo? Rutu? Not trading Stepan for some unproven guy in the Swedish leagues who is only a year younger than Stepan.

  21. … and one more time … if Miller does go down, it’s not because “Torts is down on him.”

    For those who still haven’t figured this out, Tortorella is all about development with young players, and doing what he feels is best for the player.

    Despite what you see from his body language, he loves to coach and teach and develop the kids and he’s really, really, really good at it.

  22. that’s why I like tortarella. I think tortarella has had a major influence on focusing on drafting and developing players from the organization and that’s the way to build a good team with longevity.

  23. Actually, from the *body language* of Tort, at least during the games, I can really see his enthusiasm for the young kids. He knocks the wind out of them about 5 times a game from slamming their backs after a shift. He also seems to be pretty involved with some in-game coaching for the youngsters (which I know he hates with the veterans). It’s really nice to see.

    I wish Tort was my dad….

  24. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    close friend of mine is a Winnipeg transplant in Vancouver. Was walking past a sporting goods store, and who was sitting there by himself for a signing? THE Guy LaFleur. No line, not one person. Of course, my buddy ran inside, and was all by himself. Literally. Spoke to the Flower for a bit, forgot his own name, and not one person there other than him. Canuck fans must not care about anything unless it’s Canucks. A pity. An insult, really – the guy is a top 10 Ranger of all time

  25. LW3H February 12th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    Trade MDZ and Boyle/Stepan for a player who would either be around the Rangers’ 4th best D-man or a depth winger?

    I would do it for MDZ and Boyle (not Step). Buf is big and tough with a blast from the point – which they don’t currently have on the roster. Gilroy is a better skater then MDZ and has a better feel to join the rush, both he and Strals are playing very well, if not better then MDZ. With the current roster and McIlrath coming soon, they have depth and a strong D core which is very young – so they could afford to make the trade for the possible upside it would bring. The PP needs to improve and and they haven’t had a shot from the point in YEARS – Byfuglien would give them that.

  26. Torts damn near hurt the kreider with back slapping two games ago he’s slapping Boyle too ,mentally

  27. Why would anyone ever trade Del Zaster for depth winger or 4th D-Man! That’s borderline stupidity. Del Zaster is locked up at a good price for the foreseeable future. He’s a good player and a great offensive threat. He’s affordable. He knows the system.

    Girloy is better than Del Zaster? PLEASE. The guy that was a UFA and was released because he was going to make $400K LESS than Del Zaster? Mcllrath is not going to immediately hop into a top 4 role. Stahl is headed to Caroline in 3 years. We need our youngsters to fill top roles. Not trade them for lesser players.

    Yea let’s go ahead and trade him for some depth on wing. Too bad we didn’t give him up in that Pow! deal. Could have been a real bonus.

    Also, why in the hell would we trade our 3rd or 4th best D-Man *AND* a Centreman for someone that is NOT AS GOOD AS DEL ZASTER. Hey, let’s trade Rick Nash and Brad Richards for Kyle Turris while we are at it.

    Apologies if this sounds mean but I have not yet had my lunch and I might be a bit testy.

  28. Sorry carp, but you also think Bic is better then Gilroy.
    Del Zotto is a good player and may over time be much better then both of those mentioned but he is not currently by a lot , if at all. Stalman has proven himself to be very reliable over the past 2 seasons. Gilroy IS a much better skater then Del Zotto, and IS better at joining the offense – he has done a decent job on the D zone, but cerntainly no worse the MDZ.
    You have to give up someting to get something. What Buf brings, Del Zoto does not – and has not shown. Buf has 3 PP goals (in 7 games) – the Rangers entire roster has 4 goals in total! If Del Zotto is supposed to be one of the top guys on the PP, how do you not take Dustin over him?It has nothing to do with him being better then Gilroy or Stalman, or not. What’s nuts is not to concider the trade being you have a very good D core with depth and prospects they are very high on.

  29. You’re right, Carp. I will try and calm down over here.

    It’s just….Gilroy is better than Del Zaster? How is that an opinion…..?

    Strahlman is what he is. And he has been very solid. But he’s replaceable. He’s a lot like Roszival but with an adequately proportional contract. If Strahlman went elsewhere, without Tort, he would not be the same player. I don’t think many teams are looking at him as an actual piece of a trade. Strahlman doesn’t put you over the top, like, “Oh great. Strahlman. NOW we can win the cup!” Del Zaster has a little something called *up side*. Remember how the Devils and their patchwork defense (starring Andy Greene) let him walk during Camp?

    Boyle is not getting traded because he sat for a few games. Sheesh.

  30. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    The 2/12/13 winners of the name that Wang contest are:

    1. Seymour Wang
    2. Harry Wang
    3. Holden Wang

    Great job by everyone

  31. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Trade Boyle – the sooner the better….and that fleabag Stepan too.

  32. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Did you guys have some of those special brownies during lunch? Talking trades and nonsense.

    While we are at it, we mine as well trade Sather for Neil Smith too eh?

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – they are split up working on problem sets and I am up here cracking up on my iphone

  34. 27, I don’t necessarily think Bickel’s better than Gilroy, but I don’t think Gilroy is a big upgrade over Bickel and he certainly doesn’t provide what Bickel does.

    Byfuglien is in terrible condition. I don’t think that would fly with this team.

    And I think Del Zotto is miles better than Gilroy in all three zones, and that Gilroy won’t get any better, but Del Zotto will.

    That said, if Byfuglien could get into better shape than, say, me, and I could get him straight up for Del Zotto, I’d do it. I might go as far as Del Zotto and Boyle. I would not do Del Zotto and Stepan.

  35. I know it’s bad enough that players around the league are all talking about how fat he was when the lockout ended. and he’s never been in great shape.

  36. Again, it has nothing to do with WHO is better or not. It has to do with improving the powerplay which Byfuglien would do. Do you really think the Rangers can go far and win the Cup with a terrible PP like Boston did? They need to improve the PP. Just because I said to concider it does not mean I think Del Zotto or Boyle are a bust. If the team was winning consistantly and the power play would EVER improve, I would never make or think about the trade possiblilty. How may games would they have won if the power play was improved? Would they of gone farther last year? Will it continue to hurt them this year? Name one player on the current roster that has a shot Dustin has from the point on the power play. You can’t do it- because they don’t have one. That was my one point. So please don’t try and make it sound like I’m saying Del Zotto and Boyle should be traded – because that was NOT my point.
    I really hate when people try and twist others words.

  37. Byfuglien = NO. If we use the person as a curse we don’t sign them.

    Kenny: I am advocating for *no* trades. *NO* I have had *no* brownies.

  38. here is a point, Byfuglien has had off ice issues and has been out of shape and over wieight. That means he is damaged goods in my eyes. I would not trade for him period.

  39. I’m actually agreeing with you on everything but the idea that Gilroy and/or Stralman are as good as Del Zotto. Or that either has upside any higher than what they’ve shown so far, because i think Del Zotto still does.

    again, I’d probably do that trade if Stepan’s not in it.

    despite Buff’s girth.

  40. Carp I do agree with all your last points.
    I do think Del Zotto has loads of potential and would not want to trade him, but I would think about it if it were to bring back a rocket from the point on the power play.

  41. Sorry Carp, my other response was to Manny’s hunger pains. I ‘m trying to work/read/think/respond and type all at the same time. I don’t know how you guys do it all the time. (which is why I usually only read the blog and post far an few between)

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Get that byfuglien byfuglien in byfuglien shape and then get his byfuglien assen on the byfuglien rangers… He has a monster byfuglien shot from the byfuglien point.

  43. For all we lament the horrible PP……we made it to the ECF last year. With an adysmal PP. Which PP eventually became our best mode of scoring in the playoffs.

    Point is, I’m not ravishing our team to make the PP better and then make our even strength ability worse.

  44. Hey 27nyr94. Nice to have you around. Don’t take my low blood sugar riddled and caffeine fueled anger as being directed towards you. It’s not!

  45. 27, I’m glad you bring a comment and an opinion. Please do so more often … and also, as I’m sure you know, a lot of what goes on here is purely g(j)ibberish. But there’s no reason we can’t discuss things and disagree around the silliness, right?

    and, to repeat, I kind of agree with you on most points.

  46. Manny, my wife says I get the same way when I’m hungry. Don’t worry aboot it – I don’t take things personal.

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    27nyr – no worries. manny is always busting my chops too ….it’s all good in this hood

  48. Carp, I’ve been a daily reader since before you took over at the age of 26. I do really enjoy your writeups and all the comments from everyone here. And yes, I’m very familiar with all the characters on here and the fun/craziness they bring. This blog and it’s posters are my stress relief from my work day and always makes me laugh. I couldn’t get through a work day without it. I wish I had more time to be involved in the g(j)ibberish on a daily basis.

  49. Wow, 27. Great to have you on board as a poster. The guys on here are a bit “stale.” Need some fresh blood to give the team a kickstart.

  50. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    forget Beyonce. I just remembered that Alice Eve is my schwing girl.

    I mean, did you SEE “She’s Out of My League” ? INSANE!!!

  51. Manny, not sure I’ll kickstart anything, but I’m sure Carp will find something to do with the extra 25cents I put in his pocket.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – I have walked all over Brooklyn – I have my google chrome on – and I can see your hood.

  53. Big Buff would never make it on this team. And to trade Del Zotto for him would be a huge mistake.
    He’s big, but Rupper is faster than him. Although he did help Chicago win a Stanley Cup, and he can clear the crease, and has a bomb for a shot at the Blue Line…… I still don’t see it happening for Del Zotto.

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr. Wang announces the engagement of his son Harry and his lovely fiancée juana.

    Mr and Mrs, Juana Harry Wang.

  55. Eddie’s last contribution will go over big with the game theory, differential geometry and the partial differential equations crowd. It will!

  56. I’m away from home this week – does anyone have a good link to use to watch the game online?

    I hate that cablevision has an “optimum to go” service yet they exclude MSG and MSG2/+ !!! They only have MSG varsity?!?!?!

  57. Check me out, eddie. I’m mooning you!

    JK I am in my office in Manhattan. The great island of hope.

  58. Indian name for Manhattan is translated as “island of many Hills.” Henry Hill from Goodfellas was one of them.

  59. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Foot on the pedal – never ever false metal
    Engine running hotter than a boiling kettle
    My job’s ain’t a job – it’s a damn good time
    City to city – I’m running my rhymes

  60. How do we go about trading for David Backes? I like his team mentality. And his size. And his play. And a lot more about him.

  61. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – I can see you dancing cheek to cheek

    Kooz / differential geometry is nasty… PDE’s my thang.., though have developed a latent interest in number theory albeit at an elementary level

  62. Unknown multivariable functions, partial derivatives and Wang theory. My man is truly a man for all seasons. Pitchers and catchers TODAY!

  63. What’s with all the Avery news, all of a sudden? I’ve seen a couple of things posted out of the blue lately.

  64. eric, I hope you drive a truck. Because you wouldn’t be able to pick up Buff on the way back….

    Not enough g(j)ibberish today….

  65. Avery’s a compelling figure but I’ve not seen a Sean Avery story that had anything to do with him expressing an interest in hockey for over a year

  66. yeah pretty much

    hey manny, I just chortled at your last post. spilled water on my desk ya bastid.

  67. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    isn’t this the year that the Wings were finally supposed to be the worst Original Six team again?

  68. Our only chance is if the Bruins go into the stands tonight and Bickel is there in his Hickey-Freeman.

  69. Hickey Freeman provides the suits for the YES Network broadcasters. Is Bickel working for the YES network?

  70. the Rangers don’t need the goonery. its time to play the best players, and Bickel is not one of them.

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I am in a good mood… Just heard from 3 former students… One has been asked to apply to Harvard Medical School, another is applying to NASA’s Astronaut Program ( he is already an engineer at NASA ), and the third just got an engineering job at a corporation he has been dying it get a foot in ….Disneyworld…..

  72. If the Disneyworld guy gets to Orlando, E. have him look up Brodeur. I think he is a ride down there.

  73. Dear ex-prof. Thank you for all you’ve done. I’m making four million a year now. How you doin’?

  74. So who’s a better fighter than Bickel? And, I am not in favor of putting him in the lineup over ANYONE right now.

  75. Re: Bickel – As the NY cops used to say, ‘if you don’t like police, next time you need help, call a hippie.’ :-)

  76. Ryan Whitney is not healthy. He’s been pretty injured. He’s on IR.

    Bickel is a WAY better fighter than Asham. He would beat the snot out of Asham.

  77. Oh. Ryan Whitney! Haha. Ray Whitney is hurt. Pretty badly. I’m an idiot.

    RAY is a different story. I think Ray Whitney is pretty annoyed being scratched so maybe he’s cheap if he demands a trade…

  78. _One has been asked to apply to Harvard Medical School, another is applying to NASA’s Astronaut Program ( he is already an engineer at NASA ), and the third just got an engineering job at a corporation he has been dying it get a foot in_

    Shelley, Sestito and Rinaldo?

  79. I just don’t think Ryan Whitney would be an upgrade over any of our D-Men. I doubt he’s better than anyone currently on the ice. He might be better than Eminger, since he has size, but I doubt he is better than Strahlman. And right now Gilroy is getting the edge due to his right-handed shot.

    I bet the Caps might be interested in Whitney. His Cap Hit is a solid $4M.

  80. That’s funny, LW. I was thinking Tom Poti when I was saying the Caps might be interested. Because they like Tom Poti over Hamrlik.

  81. Whitney healthy, and not happy about being scratched. Rangers need help on D, and Whitney is the kind of player that could help.

  82. he only needs to be an upgrade as a number 6. he would be an upgrade over Gilroy, Bickel, or Eminger.

  83. They played together because Strahlman was having a great game. (I assume you’re referring to the Islanders game).

    The Rangers don’t need $4M help as a 6th D-Man. You don’t have your highest paid D-Man play 6th.

    Just to clarify, the current Rangers Cap Space is $3.23M in free space.

  84. Pat Leonard is a crappy sports writer. In today’s Daily News article he wrote that the Rangers signed Nash in a blockbuster free agent deal. And then he went on on saying how the Devils even after losing Parise are better than the Rangers and how the Rangers suck even with Nash. What a d-nuzzle!

  85. I believe that MDZ needs a Buekeboom type defensemen to be his partner in order for him to become great. someone to cover for him when he takes hid strolls up ice. someone to protect the crease, so MDZ doesn’t have to worry about that stuff. and before you say it, I know Whitney is not that kind of player.

  86. CCCP,
    saw that too. thought it was a shot at the Rangers. garbage article.
    the idea is to win. who gets payed what to play where does not matter.

  87. Ok, @CCCP@ so who’s cap space are we clearing (via trade) to clear up enough room to get a 6th D-Man, who I don’t think solves much, that puts us at the cap and handcuffs us for the rest of the season based on moves.

    Ideas need reality.

  88. Man, I can’t wait for Mcllrath. Really. I can’t wait for that tall/huge drink of water to get up here and clear the darn crease!

  89. I think you would because you would need to prepare for an injury. Always good to carry and extra guy. We don’t really have anyone ready to come up and we would end up rushing Mcllrath. The Whale Defense is very young and very thin. That’s one of the reasons they have had a miserable season.

  90. Also, those three guys, if you CAN trade them, only clear $2.15M. Since we only have $3.23M now, once you add $4M and somehow trade away that $2.15 we end up….with…..$1.38M in cap space. Which leaves us pretty handcuffed for the rest of the season. And that’s assuming you can somehow trade three low-level defenseman without taking anything other than Whitney on, as far as cap hit.

    (Sorry. I’m relatively bored today and really into discussing trades)

  91. Independent scouts have said that McIlrath, though loaded with promise, is still a ways away from the varsity team.

  92. Speaking of Cap hit and D-Men….how funny is it that McBust makes $1.3M on an entry level and is an RFA after this season. I salivate at being able to have that guy anchor our D for the foreseeable future.

  93. And a quote (if you’re too bored to read) that proves why Tort is the best:

    “It’s not up to me who goes in the lineup, it’s up to them. I like the way our guys played the last game, so I don’t necessarily look at it as urgency to get a guy in,” Tortorella told reporters. “When Brian gets in, like I said, *I hope he never lets me put myself in this decision again.* Again, I don’t make the decisions on the lineup, they do.”

    Here is the Boyle quote he’s reacting to:

    “I didn’t play as well as I could’ve but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this league and on this team,” he told reporters Tuesday morning after the team’s skate at TD Garden. “It’s infuriating sitting out, it’s awful. And it’s pissing me off a lot.”

  94. let’s see how everybody feels about Bickel if the Bruins run them out of Boston tonight. I don’t think it will happen, but it might. they’re awfully soft right now.

    reminds me of how the Rangers manhandled Ottawa in Game 1 last year, and all of a sudden Carkner went back in and Konopka started playing more and the next six games were pretty even (though that had a lot more to do with the Rangers’ inability to score).

  95. have to disagree vehemently with Ms. Strang’s opinion that Tortorella “likes to see this sort of fire and anguish from Boyle”

    seems more like a guy trying to make trouble publicly then either (a) working hard or (b) taking it up with his coach behind the scenes. you resort to making a spectacle of yourself when you’re unable or unwilling to do either (or both) of the two things I mentioned.

  96. yes because when you have trouble with your boss the best thing to do is complain about it to the press

  97. He’s not complaining. He pretty much sounds to me that he totally understands why he’s out, and it sounds to me like his reaction is exactly what it should be, and what the coach hoped it would be.

    If I scratched a guy, I’d want him pissed off and dying to get back in there.

  98. I would be all for Bickel playing if he were an intimidating player. if he dresses, he just there to fight someone. who cares. he doesn’t scare anybody. Lucic is not going to change his game because Bickel is playing. he probably would not even waste time fighting him. Boston would probably love for Bickel to play a regular shift.

  99. telling the press you’re pissed off is not how you express you’re pissed off. that’s what you do when you’re a spoiled child.

  100. I don’t disagree, bull dog. But sometimes a team sees a lineup like this one and figures it can run around … and everybody gets braver. Nobody is going to stop Lucic from doing what he does, you’re right. John Scott didn’t last year. But if something does happen and you want retribution, well, it isn’t coming from Stralman and Gilroy.

  101. and Boyle needs to be playing. Torts sent a message, one game should have been enough. put him in for Halpern.

  102. I know I’ve lost many nights sleep thinking about how much farther the Rangers could have gone in the 2012 playoffs if only Stu Bickel had played more minutes

  103. he doesn’t sound too furious to me.

    “It’s infuriating sitting out, it’s awful. And it’s pissing me off a lot.”

    He is trying to sound mad, which he should be, I am not even buying that. I can see how you would put that in a headline to induce readership though.

    He needs to watch a few more games, get REALLY pissed, and skate that way.

  104. Boyle might try channeling some of that aggression into staying on his feet the next time a guy half-a-foot shorter and 30 lbs lighter bowls him over

  105. Carp,
    thats why they signed Asham. he is someone you have to keep your head up for when he is on the ice. if there is retaliating to do, Asham will have to be the guy.

  106. my quoted text didn’t show up.
    let me try again
    “Eddie Eddie Eddie February 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Thornton’s noodle still scrambled from big John”

    yep Scott did more for us as a sabre
    than he ever did as a Ranger

  107. someone was asking about a link to the game……….

    there is a rangers blogger who always posts a link this season..

  108. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bickel should play 8 minutes. Ram some bruins into the boards and punch colin’s kid in the jaw until his head spins around.

    I believe while Bergeron is playing tonight, his nose is being scratched.

  109. Right on, coos! I actually agree with Carp’s assessment. Boyle isn’t actually taking issue with his coach benching him. He’s angry at himself for his poor performance, and his coach wants him to be angry so that he works harder the next time he’s given an opportunity.

  110. Torts has always said he’s going to play
    whoever is getting the job done
    the stars get some slack
    if there wasn’t a turnaround
    it’s highly possible that
    Gabby or Brad would have been sitting as well
    right now
    the team
    as configured at this moment
    is doing better and winning games
    hopefully that continues

  111. Boyle has no anger in his game. It’s why he’s been a healthy scratch for the last three games. Whatever he’s doing now is nonsense.

  112. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Teddy Irvine was never afraid to go… Robbie Harris same…..Park would fight…stemmer would go on occasion….Jim Neilsen would go…

  113. Pretty sure Torts wants to keep Boiler around if he can. Trade value deteriorates for a healthy player in civvies.

  114. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Boils would be more effective if he started running roughshod over opponents.. He does habve a gentle Ben quality to him.

  115. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bickel needs more minutes. Especially if the rangers get a lead. Let the kid play and learn. Passion is a good thing… Bicker has passion.

  116. Lloyd, I’ve been tough on the guy, but he has provided the Rangers with quite a bit in his tenure in New York. He’s not a useless scrub like Mike Rupp or RIP, Derek Boogaard. In the playoffs last year, he was working hard around the net and actually put a few pucks in. Then, he got concussed and has been MIA since.

  117. He’s better than four guys in tonight’s lineup when he’s playing the way he’s supposed to play, hence they are a better team when he gets his act together and gets back in the lineup.

  118. Tiki,

    Boyle including the playoffs, Boyle was not MIA for maybe 25 games last season. I think he’s a good guy and cares a lot about the team but his skill set his minimal and plays small. Dunno if it’s possible to change that and he did score 21 goals a couple of years but that just seems like an anomaly at this point.

  119. Good evening all! While I am so not happy about my man BB being prucha’d…again…I know he’s pissed at himself and the situation, not Torts.

    and I really miss the little elbow kiss dealio at the end of winning games with Prust out….

  120. I know they said they would still be called the Islanders, but after the Brooklyn move, the real plan is to call them the New York Wangers.

  121. Rupp tweet: So happy to be in Minnesota with its internationally known arts community, the western prairies, the deciduous forests of the southeast, and the less populated north woods.

  122. actual Rupp tweet: Rupp tweet: So happy to be in Minnesota and yep, sure, the boys and I will just have to put our noses to the grindstone, playing good solid hockey and get back to doing what we do: winning hockey games. it’s all about Lord Stanley’s Cup and living to fight another day. when the smoke clears, we expect to standing with our hands raised…and the woods are nice.

  123. Rupp tweet: “The name of the game is to put the puck in the net, and that’s what they brought me here for and that’s what I aim to do, god willing.”

  124. Actually to me today Boyle sounded a little more angry towards the coach than when he was first scratched…

  125. nah Boyle’s not angry. a couple of people here said so. he loves his coach and just can’t wait to get back in the lineup and collect a paycheck.

  126. I do think the lineup is somewhat soft, though I have no doubt a guy like McD or Nash or Pyatt will drop the gloves if someone needs to be defended but we obviously dont want those guys, especially the first two, fighting.

  127. I think, maybe I’m wrong, that some NY sportswriters (and elsewhere) try to jelly things up a bit. not necessarily misquoting, but accentuating things that were meant to be un-accentuated. That Boyle comes off that way in the paper is unlikely to be as literal as was stated. Even Avery, of all people, was somewhat muted when he sobered up and wanted to keep a job.

  128. There have been many players in this league over the years who, once they played a little meaner and were willing to go toe to toe, became prolific scorers because they earned themselves a little more ice room and fewer elbows and sticks to the chin. Terry O’Reilly comes to mind. Also Clark Gillies.

  129. *Lloyd Braun* February 12th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Boyle might try channeling some of that aggression into staying on his feet the next time a guy half-a-foot shorter and 30 lbs lighter bowls him over


    Pretty sure this comment sums up exactly why Tort did what he did and why Boyle is reacting like he is. It’s pretty textbook “Waking a Guy UP”

  130. coos,

    and more recently, there’s David Clarkson who is one assist removed from leading the Rangers in every offensive category

  131. Hey Bull Dog….Boyle and Halpern are not the same player. You can’t just swap ’em. And Halpern has clearly, to me, earned the right to play, play, play.

  132. both at max capacity, I’d rather have Halpern but maybe that’s just me

    Halpern’s going be 37 in a few months and Boyle’s 28 so I freely admit “max capacity” and Halpern may no longer belong in the same sentence

  133. I was happy to see Boyle’s reaction today. That’s one step closer to becoming the BEASTMAN we all know he is…

  134. Rupp tweet: “From a very, very early age, I knew God had a plan for me. He blessed me with an enormous talent for which I am grateful. The last 30 years or so, He’s been kind of busy elsewhere, I guess, what with all the world problems and such.”

  135. Right. Rupp = Bible Thumper. FINALLY.

    This is my favorite joke I made. Because Rupp always tweets Bible verses…like Ezekiel 3:14. Thus, I want to tweet him and be all

    TOI 4:38

  136. You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting to unveil this joke, CoosCoos (the poster so good they named him twice).

    I also really wanted to call Rupp, “Bible Thumper” on account of his love of the bible and his love of fighting. But then he stopped fighting….

  137. Interesting fact (I think): As far as I can tell, Torts has brought a former player of his to NYR every season he’s been head coach. Prospal, Fedotenko, Richards, and this year, Halpern. Wonder if that’s a coincidence.

  138. Bible Thumper: A large rabbit with huge feet and carrying an epistle from St. Paul to the Galatians.

  139. David Clarkson became a much better player last year. He’s also a UFA this year and going to get P-A-I-D. I think last season was not only the only time he scored 30 but also the only time he broke half of 30. He’s on a pretty beneficial line this year but he’s really mastered the art of cherry-picking.

    He’s now very, very good.

  140. Sad that there were so many two on ones the other night. Torts will now be less likely to have O’McDonagh joining the rush like Leetch.

  141. I hope since last game they spent more time practicing line changes and less time practicing PP.

  142. Clarkson is making $3M right now (for a cap hit os $2.6M). The new cap is a scary thing but with all the space the Devils have, and his ability to thrive in that system. Why not toss him $5M per. They really just need to re-sign Elias and Clarkson. And find out what Farty-Marty is thinking.

  143. NYR – I would have to guess Kovalchuk. He leads the league in Average TOI by like….4 Minutes. He lives on the ice and never, ever leaves during a PP. I would just guess he gets more since he’s an absolute beast.

    I would like to know how many goals Clarkson has scored while on the ice with Kovalchuk.

  144. ilb, have you noticed that now that they have been given more leeway on the PP, the feet are moving? Roland Barthes spoke to the ‘sclerosis of systems.’

  145. Manny, that would be my guess too.

    But, with the way Clarkson has been playing and how the puck seems to jump off his stick….there is a chance he can lead the Devils in points….

  146. That must be horrible for you, LW. Sorry.

    If Clarkson leads the team in points while only averaging about 17 minutes on ice. Whoah. He’s going to get paid and played a lot.

  147. Oh my God, LW. I am going to choke watching that. Can someone please set that to the whole, “History Will be Made” thing?

  148. does Kreider score tonight?

    I have a feeling that line will make some noise. Based on nothing but the last two games of course.

  149. The Rangers have so much speed now, I’d love to see them play a game on a pond with no coaches. Not that that’s necessarily a winning formula, but what a show.

  150. Rupp is in Minnesota saying a silent prayer: ‘Lord, let me beat the chit out of whoever it is I have to beat the chit out of tonight, if it is your will, Lord.”


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