Flyers at Rangers tonight (7:30 start)


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 10-8-2 (22 pts)
Flyers: 11-11-1 (23 pts)

The Rangers will conclude their four-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-8-2 (22 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in the shootout on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 2-1-0 on their current four-game homestand. The Blueshirts have recorded at least a point in six of their last eight home games (5-2-1). The Flyers enter the contest with a 11-11-1 (23 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last seven games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Mar. 7, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back .

All-Time: 117-108-37-7 overall (61-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third of five meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-1 win on Jan. 29 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play is 2-6 (33.3%) in the season series. Michael Del Zotto leads the Rangers with two points (one goal, one assist) in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .950 Sv% in two appearances.
Last Season: New York was 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 3-0-0 mark on the road). New York out-scored Philadephia, 24-11, including a 7-1 advantage in the first period and a 10-4 advantage in the third period. The Rangers tallied the game’s first goal in five of the six contests. The Blueshirts’ power play was 8-25 (32.0%), while the penalty kill was 23-26 (88.5%) in the season series. The Rangers had 18 different players tally a point against the Flyers last season, including 12 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists), while Ryan Callahan notched a series-high, five goals, and Brad Richards tallied series-high, six assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 6-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA, .942 Sv% and one shutout.
– The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 37-16, over the span.
– The Blueshirts enter the contest with a five-game winning streak against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring the Flyers, 20-5, during the streak
– New York ranks fifth in the NHL with an 8-4-1 (17 pts) record at home; Philadelphia ranks 18th in the NHL with a 4-8-0 (8 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 2-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 3-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists four former Flyers on their roster: Arron Asham (2008-09 – 2009-10); Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Darroll Powe (2008-09 – 2010-11)
– Philadelphia lists three former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Jody Shelley (2009-10)

Henrik Lundqvist — 39 GP, 23-11-3, 2.54 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA
Brad Richards — 39 GP, 9-29-38
Ryan Callahan — 29 GP, 13-8-21
Dan Girardi — 38 GP, 0-21-21
Marian Gaborik — 27 GP, 6-11-17

The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 32-34 (94.1%) in the last 11 games. New York has posted a record of 6-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play attempts (7:33) on Sunday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 26th overall (10-71, 14.1%) and 18th at home (8-45, 17.8%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless in five attempts (9:28) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks seventh overall (64-75, 85.3%) and is tied for fourth at home (44-50, 88.0%). The Rangers are 4-4 (5:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 3-3 (4:19) when three-on-four (last – 3/3 vs. BUF). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:06) on Sunday vs. Buffalo, and are now minus-1 in 12 four-on-four situations (25:41) 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 swept the season series against the Flyers last season, posting a 6-0-0 record overall with a 3-0-0 mark at home and a 3-0-0 at Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the second time the Blueshirts swept the Flyers, having also done so in 1971-72 (6-0-0). The last time the Rangers swept the home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season (4-0-0), and the last time they swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0).

Marian Gaborik has been among the league’s goal scoring leaders since joining the Rangers in 2009-10. Last season, Gaborik became the fifth player in Rangers history to record 100 goals in his first three seasons with the club, and became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team. Entering this season, his 105 goals from 2009-10 to 2011-12 ranked seventh in the NHL, while his .48 goals per game average ranked third (behind Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin) over that time period. Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks seventh in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (601) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 72 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 10th in the league with 69 hits.

– The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period of their meeting on Thursday at MSG. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had a 17-shot advantage in a period was on Jan. 9, 2010, when New York out-shot Boston, 21-3, in the second period.
– The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span)
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 32-34 (94.1%) in the last 11 games
– New York has registered a point in seven of eight games when scoring the first goal this season (6-1-1), and are 4-7-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 6-0-0 when leading after the second period

Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games (8-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .927 Sv%)
Rick Nash — has tallied an assist/point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span)
Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in six of the last nine games (four goals, two assists over the span)
Carl Hagelin — nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last 10 games
Marc Staal — eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 13 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five contests
Ryan McDonagh — seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last 10 games
Dan Girardi — six points (one goal, five assists) in the last 10 games, including two assists in the last three contests
Marian Gaborik — three assists in the last three games

Ryan Callahan — 5 assists from 100th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto — 3 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
Brad Richards — 5 points from 800th NHL career
Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 4 points from 100th NHL career

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 20
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 46

– Feb. 27 — Assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Connecticut (AHL)
– Feb. 28 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 4 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Nicholls

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  1. OK, now that Kaleta got 5 games, I’ll come back for a while, but waiting for Lucic to get 5 soon. McDonagh has not been the same since that unpunished hit by Lucic. For any other players who think they can act like thugs on the ice against the Rangers, please remember we are Cally’s team. Seriously, LGR…almost no team I’d rather see them beat than Philly!

  2. Good morning, boneheads!

    I know it’s early, but is it possible that 4 teams from Northeast make the POs this year? If that does happen, only 3 teams from Atlantic will get in, not 4. Interesting….

  3. Just as a point of reference, Boyle is now listed as in the top ten NHLers with no goals yet who need to get moving, but in fact through 17 games last year he also had only 1 goal and 1 assist. Lets hope he finds something soon.

  4. Phlyers are without Zolnierczyk and Tostitoes now. Rinaldo and Grossman are pretty much the only two we have to worry about. We might actually be able to physically dominate this game. That would be cool.

  5. stranger nation on

    If Boyle checks Giroux and keeps him off the board, he has done his job – any goal scoring is a bonus – am much more worried about Gabby and B Rich goal production –

    *King Richard hasn’t scored in 15 games.*

    Gaborik currently ranks seventh in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. –

    *Gabby’s goal per game number going down every game.*

  6. Quit being so negative. Richards has looked better and was nearly paralyzed last game. He can get a bit of a respite from critique.

    Gaborik will score 2-3 goals in one game and his GPG will be right back up to his regular production.

  7. Sorry, but how does Boyle also having a bad year last year somehow absolve him of his poor play this year? What logic is that?

  8. boyle will be scratched again soon if he makes any glaring defensive mistakes. as long as he keeps hitting and playing good on pk etc.. then he can get a lucky bounce here or there watch out, he’ll be a monster again. stop complaining about him people holy canoli!!

  9. Ilb

    When does it not become early for you. We will be halfway done after this week. It’s never early in 48 games. Big 4 pt swing tonight. Win and one pt ahead of Phil with three games in hand. Lose three back with three games. It’s been awhile since we were in top 8.

    Telling week ahead

  10. i really like boyle though. he is just a little topheavy. hes like a minivan racing against bunch of mustangs. unless of course rupp is on the other team, then its like a minivan vs my old sicilian grandma in a mumu

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    DOW surging on news that the rangers will destroy the flyers and take over the world…

  12. Stanger Nation on

    Mrs. Manny – do me a favor and ‘shut the front door’

    If you want to coddle King Richard, that is your option – if I want to call him out for lack of production, that is mine.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dow hits all time intra day high on expectations Boyle will get a shot on goal tonight.

  14. The lack of production King Richards is 3rd on the team in points behind the guy that never gets on the board Gaborik and the average player that wasnt worth 2 3rd liners and a prospect, Mr. Nash

  15. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    But to say one is your scoring leader when the entire team can’t score isn’t terribly impressive.

  16. Grabby, ye lol. At some point 2 weeks ago before my trip to Europe when all the players from that trade were hurt someone commented that the 1st round pick was the most active player from that deal. Found that pretty funny.

  17. but, and thats a big butt, nash is a monster. wish he could score more but that will come. perfect compliment for a soft richie n gabby up front.

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    One of Mrs. Machetto’s roommates from college is having her 30th birthday party this weekend…at a rollerskating rink… Maybe she will have 3 10th birthday parties there to equate to one 30th.

    And because I don’t want to rent skates because 1) they’re gross; and 2) I’m cheap, I’m digging up a pair of roller-blades that one of my father’s old coworkers gave to me for free like 15 years ago and have just been sitting in my parents’ garage. He had bought them in the 90s and they are black and purple because, 90s.

  19. He has twice as many points though and made Hagelin 10x better. It’s been so long I cant recall the last time we’ve had a player that can take over a game like that. Some of the moves he makes are ridiculous.

  20. i miss the 90’s. roller hockey was fun. built our own nets out of 2 by 4’s and chicken wire

  21. i played roller hockey on a ten team league in rocky point and then miller place. played D and even scored a few. good times

  22. Back in NY as of 2 days ago. Was in Iceland, Germany, and Austria last week. BTW, Iceland is something else. Been there twice now, highly recommended for nature lovers. Pretty cheap and closer to NY than California.

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    “built our own nets out of 2 by 4’s and chicken wire”

    We used PVC that my dad had laying around. One guy would play goal using soccer shinguards and hard knee pads that our moms bought us when we first were learning to skate on our legs, cardboard secured with twine as a blocker, baseball mitt catching glove, Sawchuk facemask, , no cup, no chest protector. Good thing we were using those little balls that weren’t all that dangerous. If we had used a speed puck, the poor goaltender would have been seriously hurt.

    BTW, I said little balls.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    As we started playing ice hockey, our protective equipment improved (actual helmet, hockey shinguards, chest protector, cup, glove on right hand in addition to blocker, elbow pads), but it still hurt like hell to take a shot in the guy with a speed puck since that was still mostly unprotected by our non-goaltender chest protectors.

    But we still used that PVC goal. It didn’t have a net though, so my parents’ poor garage was destroyed.

  25. I always used an old pair of catcher’s shinguards…problem is when you rest on your shins, your knees are fully exposed. The most paid I’ve ever had is being hit on my knee, under the pad with a real puck of hard rubber on a 20 degree day on ice

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rick Nash is the league’s MVP. I think he is a top ten talent as well….I don’t get anyone who hates on the big boy.

  27. Some Boneheads = glass half empty

    Other Boneheads = glass half full

    Kind of like the great debate of our times : taste great or less filling?

  28. My glass is about 70% full of water, 20% full of excuses for Boyle and 10% full of sadness over still missing the Brandons.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    All I need is the air that I breathe and to love you..

    Great lyric by the Hollies.

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mister D – I guarantee that Boyle will maybe get a shot almost on goal…

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    E3, I like what Radiohead did with that tune much more than the Hollies’ version.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    Not that I dislike the Hollies’ version, but I think the melody of the chorus doesn’t match the rest of the song

  33. expecting another win tonight. Something tells me our early season struggles are a thing of the past…

  34. Wicky©This team is too soft...bring back the Rupp! on

    the only person here that I am aware of that hates Nash is Mickey

  35. Wicky©This team is too soft...bring back the Rupp! on

    A woman scorned and all that mumbo jumbo

  36. eddie eddie eddie on

    wicky – i love mickey….but she needs to get off the bash nash train…..that diude is amazing…

    Haley is on the big club – rock and roll baby

  37. eddie eddie eddie on

    Haley shoots and scores…its a power play goal….the power play was brought to by some advertiser….

  38. love to see the Devils in their annual free fall

    we should start our slide up the standings like Frogger

  39. Haley for Richards… brilliant.

    Seriously though, is this just a precaution? keep plugging in those Whale players, get a look at them, give them some experience, and hunger.

    I like that as a practice as the playoffs get closer.

  40. so richards looks doubtful so haley will be called up to fight rinaldo. makes perfect sense

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    “My guess is Michael Haley is going to substitute Richards as their PP quarterback”

    Still an improvement.

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I hope Richards is ok…. Don’t think it was smart letting him back on the ice …

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    E3, I don’t think it was smart to let him on the ice to start the game, or any of the other 19.

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Haley is one of my daughter’s names…. Might have to get her a ranger white…

    What number will he wear 37?

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    If you’ve ever seen the movie Clerks, I wouldn’t want my daughter or wife to ever wear the number 37.

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doesn’t he wear 37 on the whale?

    Haven’t seen clerks in a long time….don’t remember that scene

  47. Carp won’t be too excited about Haley- didn’t appear to be on his favorites list. Possibly on his jackwagon list

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    For all you chess lovers, the Candidates tournament to determine who plays Vishy Anand for the World championship starts next Friday in London. While world #1, GM Magnus Carlsen is the favorite, I hope GM Radjabov wins…

  49. I like how even the tweet from the Rangers’ official account spells Haley’s incorrectly-spelled first name incorrectly.

    It’s *Micheal* – parents must’ve been clowns.

  50. Sioux-per-man on

    So with Richards out tonight…….. looks like the Power Play will have a different Quarterback.

    Here’s to the tic-tac-toe it’s a POWER PLAY GOAL!!!!

    Carp – would you agree the power play is better without Richards?

    Thoughts. . . . ?

  51. If Boyle isn’t centering the Gaborik line, I’m never watching another Rangers game again forever.

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    JR-“I think that when they have a penalty the powerplay and the man advantage.”

  53. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’ve heard the hottie level in Iceland is unbelievable. True?

    Love that movie

  54. Is Outraged Mario of Pennsylvania furiously drafting another open letter about -how he needs another fixed draft lottery- the state of the game now he’s heard Haley’s back in the NHL?

  55. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m thinking Haley has some snarl to his game.

    We are playing the Flyers tonight.

    What’s wrong with bring the bruiser up? It’s not like he is going to play more than 5 minutes tonight. Bickel can’t do ALL the heavy lifting……. or can he? Let’s call Tostito :)

  56. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Long over due call-up of Haley for pure entertainer value. I can see torts just about to blow his top already lol.

    It must be like Avery version 2.0 for him lol

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    I would’ve loved to have claimed Tostito off of waivers just to play him against the Flyers and then waive him again. Make him fight his old teammates as punishment for being such a piece of garbage.

  58. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m guessing if Richards doesn’t play, Miller will move up and play center. He’s got the skills.

    Nash & Gabby are going to light up the Flyers anyway – with 3 or more goals. Hank is thinking shut out tonight.

    Carp – Henrik hasn’t had a shut out YET this year? What’s up with that?

  59. If Asham’s back is going to be an issue and he isn’t going to be able to fight (or ever play) then I take Haley over Asham too, Wick.

    Haley has been good at the AHL level recently. Who knows. He’s a clown though. I would assume he replaced Bickel unless he joins the 4th line and Halpern moves up and Boyle moves to LW or something.

  60. I look for McD to have a huge game tonight….whent eh Flyers try to open it up, McD will explode like richochet rabbit

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    I’d take Haley over Asham even if Asham were healthy.

    Manny, they called up Haley to goon it up with Bickel on the 4th line. Powe moves up to third line.

  62. Haley being called up has nothing to do with Richards. If we needed a Richards replacement The Kreider would get a look or Ferrari would come up. Haley just replaced Bickel probably. Or joins him in an all out face punching line.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    tomb, I’m more excited about Haley because I think Haley has a chance to provide something to the NHL roster this season. I do not think Nicholls has that same chance.

  64. Makes sense, Doodie. I just would rather see Boyle on the LW so I would like someone else centering the 3rd line and Halpern has looked decent.

  65. Sioux-per-man on

    tomb – I agree. Did you see his goal between the legs?

    Lot’s of points as a 20 year old. I’m thinking he helps the Whale right away, and will only get stronger as he puts on some muscle. He could be a solid player for the Rangers in 1-2 years.

    I’m always a fan of the kids that PLAY their way onto the team!!!

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, it DOES have to do with Richards, because the team is short a forward with Richards out. It’s not that Haley is replacing Richards’ role, but he is taking Richards’ spot in the lineup.

    They will look to replace Richards’ role from within, probably moving up Stepan to center Hagelin and Nash, and putting Boyle (vomit) on the 2nd line with Gaborik and Callahan, leaving Miller with Pyatt and Powe on the third.

    I’d much rather see Miller get the shot with Gaborik.

  67. So why not play up the Richards injury last game and get Kaleta hit with a 10 game suspension or something?

  68. Boyle centering the second line? Ouch.

    Let Miller try, even though Tort previously said that the center was too much for him.

  69. From what I read, he won’t be helping anyone but Saskatoon for the remainder of this season.

  70. Sioux-per-man on

    Richard’s neck has to hurt. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the game off tonight.

  71. eddie eddie eddie on

    i bet richards’ whole body hurts…that had to sting all the way down to his toes…

  72. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, it’s hard for me to get excited about an undrafted overage junior player who isn’t dominant in his league.

    If they wanted undrafted WHL players, they should have gone after Myles Bell of Kelowna. A defenseman with decent size, leads his team in scoring, and for what it’s worth, is plus 40.

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    “So why not play up the Richards injury last game and get Kaleta hit with a 10 game suspension or something?”

    Because Buffalo is worse with Kaleta in the lineup.

  74. Yea. Latona is right. Nicholl’s isn’t going to be on the Whale at least until his current season is over.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    I’d like to see:


  76. Haley was probably called up to light a fire under Bickel. See how replaceable he is.

    Hey Stu, check out this guy. He can play 3 minutes a night and punch someone sometimes too.

  77. I’m fine with those lines, Doodie. Personally I would swap Powe and Halpern and move Boyle to Wing but…..close enough.

  78. Our bottom 6 look like they work for the Gambinos…except Halpern of course. He’d be a numbers runner for Bugsy Siegel

  79. After seeing the impact of the Richards hit on his neck, and seeing him laying on the ice like he was about to have a seizure, I was amazed that the Rangers:

    1. Allowed him to get up without putting a collar on him.
    2. Skate off the ice on his own.
    3. Return to the game.

    You can say what you want about the NFL and concussions, injuries etc., but I guarantee you if something similar happened in an NFL game the player would be immobilized, carted off and at least taken in for x-rays. Maybe the NHL needs some litigation to prompt that kind of precautionary action.

  80. Rangers are so deep that they’re calling guys up to light a fire under Stu Bickel?

    not buying that

  81. Oh hush wicky and Eddie. I have said Nash is very talented. Yet I still think ripping apart what was a close knit team that played a certain way and could have acquired more scoring in subtler ways was extremely dumb and shortsighted asnd will come back to bite the organization in the assen at some point.

    Sorry I have a different opinion. I thought that was allowed. And i will show myself out now.

  82. Well, Hank. If Richards misses a significant amount of time this will represent the second concussion they messed up on this season. Both times to a star player.

  83. Definitely wasn’t serious (about lighting a fire under Stu), Lloyd. Lighten up friend.

  84. _I guarantee you if something similar happened in an NFL game the player would be immobilized, carted off and at least taken in for x-rays_

    A which point the player would take the loaded gun out of his pants and force the doctors to allow him back into the game.

  85. Hamrlik go waived. Any of your eggheads know what that means for the team that claims him (money / cap wise) ?

  86. well he’s getting $3.5 million this year. are salaries still cut in half for waiver-claimed players?

  87. also, in looking at the Caps salary structure, I just realized that Brooks Laich is a $4.5 million cap hit until 2017.

  88. Not surprised Richards is taking the night off…that looked like it shook him from head to toe. He’s GOTTA be feeling a thousand different ways of sore today.

    Watching the replay of the Buffalo game (had to watch Walking Dead so I missed all the action) I watched the Richards play and immediately thought of Brian Leetch missing that check and damn near killing himself against the boards where he injured his shoulder nerve and was out for weeks (Help me with this Carp, what was the injury again? Before he did the old slip and fall on the ice later in the season that year. Or, as Messier joked once, “I kicked the crap out of Brian” based on the reports that the two were horsing around in a bar that night

    Tonight and Thursday are huge games…Rangers need to find their game better.

    But one thing I am continually in awe of is just how good Rick Nash is. For such a big guy he’s got amazing skills. I can easily see him being one of the most dominant players to wear a Rangers sweater since the early 90’s (with a nod to Jagr’s first full season here…before he decided to float in the regular season to save himself for the playoffs)

    Nash is beyond the real deal, and is a treat to watch.

    One thing I’d like to see, and it’s just me, is a little more snarl to his game. Imagine putting Messier’s determination in Nash’s body…

    But I really have no complaint. The guy has been better than advertised. He’s a special player.

  89. I disagree, Hank…Take a look at what Ramsay does before he lets Richards move his head and before he lets him walk. Spine cervical spine injuries can usually be suspected and excluded by simple initial questioning. Furthermore, without going into medical deep medical discussion, the use of cervical collars, as well as hard surfaces, is being questioned in general in terms of whether they prevent secondary injury.

  90. Mike Francesa outraged right now that the Mets decided to force their opening day game against the Padres to occur at the same time as the Yankees opening day game against Boston. His point, as I understand it, is that no one will be at the Mets game because, evidently, all the Met fans are going to watch the Yankees instead.

    I don’t know how this man has a job

  91. If claimed, Hamrlik’s full salary and cap hit comes with him (also a 35+ deal, but not of much relevance, since he’s UFA in the summer). 50% discount was only for re-entry waivers which don’t exist anymore.

  92. Knuble’s in tonight’s flyers lineup
    what’s the betting line on
    him scoring
    first goal?
    power play goal?
    tying goal?
    game-winning goal?

  93. Thanks, LW. Sorry about the egghead comment. I’ll be in my office if you need me.

  94. *Fat Guy – Truthful*
    some boneheads – heads half full
    other boneheads – heads half empty

    *Doodie Machetto – Logical*
    Papa Bear, the glass is 100% full, 50% with water, 50% with air.

    *Mister D – case of Brandon Lusting*
    My glass is about 70% full of water, 20% full of excuses for Boyle and 10% full of sadness over still missing the Brandons.

  95. the Ovechkin and Backstrom contracts are going to end up being two of the worst contracts in the sport

  96. but in a sense, they’re both justifiable deals. signing Brooks Laich for 6 years, $27 million is insane

  97. czechthemout!!! on

    Good to see Haley called up. He can play. Is very tough and us a good hitter and skater. His numvers are good with the Whale. He us here to replace Bickel not Richards.

  98. On Hamrlik. If the Rangers claim him today, they will still (only?) be able to add around $7.2M worth of contract(s) at deadline.

  99. optimist: the glass is half full

    pessimist: the glass is half empty

    Tortorella: the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    ……………………next question.

  100. mentioned

    and that Ovechkin contract is scary. guy is signed through 2021 and owed another $88 million

  101. ilb, all I am trying to say is that Richards initial reaction to the hit looked really bad to someone like me, who has no medical training, and that erring on the side of caution would have probably made sense. But, what do I know! :)

  102. My major problem with the Capitals Ovechkin. The fact that they continue to base their entire team identity and team strategy around getting him the puck. The fact that he has the “C” is a complete joke. Maybe it’s not completely his fault, but they have fired two coaches purely because they didn’t like how they handled Ovechkin.

    As I whine about all the time, your team identity needs balance. You can’t just have one elite scorer and that’s that. The Penguins have like….3 at any given time and they don’t win every year.

  103. I’d take Hamrlik if his game hasn’t completely fallen off a cliff since last year. Slightly concerned that he’s now behind Poti on the Caps’ depth chart though.

  104. LW – that totally makes sense to me. But, from what I hear ( -podcasts- insider sources I can’t reveal) Oates is running a very “complicated” defensive system and he thinks the guys on the ice get it and the older guy doesn’t get it. Therefore, he can’t get him onto the ice.

    Hamrlik is certainly better than Bickel and Gilroy and Eminger. So if the financials work I wouldn’t mind that.

    I still think the Islanders should claim him. Not only does he help their team and cap situation they would then have Hamonic and Hamrlik on the same squad.

  105. They only really fired Boudreau, as Hunter left of his own accord. And Boudreau indulged (and got the most out of) Ovechkin more than anyone until towards the end.

  106. Hamrlik is better than at least three of the defensemen the Rangers dress but his price tag is steep and if he doesn’t cut the mustard, you know he’s going to wind up in the press box here, too. Guy is an average power play performer at this point and he’s about 105 years old. Eh.

  107. I don’t know the details of Hunter leaving but I bet the ownership (same idiot that re-named the Washington Bullets the Washington Wizards) telling him he had to play Ovechkin 20 minutes a night regardless had a lot to do with it.

  108. From what I hear (from -inside sources- nnsnse), the Islanders already have the best defense unit in NHL history, so they don’t need Hamrlik.

  109. Brooks Laich has *injured* replacement for Brian Boyle, *soon to be on LTIR* written all over him

  110. Brooks Laich has lower, more palatable buyout number written all ov… oh, are we supposed to be just making fun of Laich the player?

  111. Could you imagine if the Rangers replaced Boyle’s reasonable contract ($1.7M through 2014) with an aging and oft injured guy that makes $4.5 (Avg Cap Hit) and is signed through 2017.

    I think this site would EXPLODE.

  112. If I were simply a cap guy, I’d take Boyle + cap hit over Laich + cap hit or Richards + cap hit.

  113. tomb March 5th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    optimist: the glass is half full

    pessimist: the glass is half empty

    Tortorella: the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    ……………………next question.

    I actually think Torts would say “How’d you like it if I cracked the glass into your forehead?”

  114. I think it’s pretty darn hard to rationalize paying Laich that much money. Especially on a team where he would be 3rd line guy.

    Although, I wouldn’t put it past Sather to get a “great dressing room” guy for the 3rd line. But he’s not playing 20 Minutes on this squad.

  115. “well he’s getting $3.5 million this year. are salaries still cut in half for waiver-claimed players?”

    That only applied to re-entry waivers which they have gotten rid of. Whatever his cap hit is now, is what the claiming team would have…

  116. Broadway Roe,,, way back, games used to always start at 7:30. I like them better

  117. Good observation by Pat Leonard, who noted earlier, in that infamous Islanders-Penguins brawl, Haley initially fought Max Talbot, who not only is now with the Flyers, but who also injured Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s shoulder in a tussle last time the teams met.

  118. Torts:
    “Is it wet???…… Is it clear???……. Can you drink it? ……..Are you making a statement or asking a question? ………….next question.

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