Rangers at Islanders tonight


pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Thursday, Mar. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers: 11-8-2 (24 pts)
Islanders: 10-11-2 (22 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-8-2 (24 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games and complete their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 1-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season. The Islanders enter the contest with a 10-11-2 (22 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have recorded a point in three straight games (2-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow, Mar. 8, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.

•       All-Time: 117-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 48-62-8-2 on the road)
•       2013: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers are 1-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 4-3 shootout loss on Feb. 14 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have out-scored the Islanders, 7-4, through two games, including a 4-0 advantage in the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-6 (33.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill is 6-6 (100.0%) through two games. Marian Gaborik (two goals, one assist) and Marc Staal (three assists) are tied for the series lead with three points apiece. Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller is tied with Marian Gaborik for the series lead with two goals each. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 Sv%, while Martin Biron is 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .903 Sv%.
•       Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two contests that required extra time. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 20-14, including a 16-9 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 5-25 (20.0%), led by Brad Richards’ two power play goals. Marian Gaborik led the team with five goals and seven points in the season series, while Anton Stralman tallied a team-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 1-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .906 Sv%.
•       The Rangers have registered at least one point in 15 of their last 18 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
•       New York ranks 29th in the NHL with a 2-4-1 (5 pts) record on the road; Long Island ranks 29th in the NHL with a 4-8-1 (9 pts) mark at home
•       The Rangers are 3-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 4-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
•       New York lists five former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Martin Biron (2009-10); Micheal Haley (2009-10 – 2011-12); Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 – 2003-04); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
•       Long Island lists no former Rangers on their roster

•       Henrik Lundqvist — 42 GP, 25-11-5, 2.15 GAA, 4 SO
•       Martin Biron — 29 GP, 21-4-1-2, 2.06 GAA, 2 SO
•       Marian Gaborik — 29 GP, 21-15-36
•       Brad Richards — 38 GP, 13-22-35
•       Ryan Callahan — 32 GP, 7-14-21
•       Marc Staal — 30 GP, 3-9-12

The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in six of the last nine games (7-31, 22.6% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 33-37 (89.2%) in the last 12 games. New York has posted a record of 6-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
•       Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:02) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia. New York ranks 24th overall (11-75, 14.7%) and 27th on the road (2-26, 7.7%). 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 surrendered two goals to the Flyers in three attempts (2:42) on Tuesday at MSG. New York is tied for 10th overall (65-78, 83.3%) and ranks 17th on the road (20-25, 80.0%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, 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 will begin their third of six back-to-back sets this season tonight at Long Island. New York has posted a combined record of 1-3-0 in back-to-back games, including a 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) record in the first game and an 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) mark in the second.

Rick Nash is currently tied for the team lead with seven goals on the season, with all seven of his goals being tallied in the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in franchise history whose first seven goals to begin the season all came in the third period.


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 (640) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks 10th in the NHL with 75 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 11th in the league with 73 hits.

The Rangers have had 12 players make their regular season debut with the team this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe, J.T. Miller, Brandon Mashinter, Christian Thomas, and Micheal Haley.

•       The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period of their meeting on Feb. 28 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 six of the last nine games (7-31, 22.6% over the span)
•       The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 33-37 (89.2%) in the last 12 games
•       New York has registered a point in eight of nine games when scoring the first goal this season (7-1-1), 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 11 of his last 15 games (9-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .927 Sv% over the span)
•       Rick Nash — has tallied a point in each of his last seven games (five goals, six assists over the span)
•       Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in seven of the last 10 games (four goals, four assists over the span)
•       Ryan Callahan — six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games
•       Ryan McDonagh — eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 11 games, including three assists in the last three games
•       Dan Girardi — three assists in the last four games
•       Marian Gaborik — four assists in the last four games

•       Ryan Callahan — 4 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) — 21
•       Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 6
•       Brad Richards (injured, 3/3) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 49

•       Mar. 5 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Nicholls
•       Mar. 5 — Recalled forward Micheal Haley from Connecticut (AHL)
•       Mar. 6 — Claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from Washington

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  1. Cally led an overnight team vote
    Rangers starting five to come out wearin Hannibal lecturer face gear tonight instead of NHL prescribed visors

  2. Cooscoos the lion killed a park worker at a CA big cat sanctuary last night

    Wasn’t he here doing the jgibberish?

  3. attention fans at the nassau coliseum. the player you are currently watching owning your john tavares is none other than Rick Nash.

    Islander d–he is coming for UUUUUUUUUUU

  4. Good morning, boneheads!
    Speedy recovery, Marc Staal!
    Let’s make it 4 in a row. The Fishsticks are going down!

  5. Anyone interested in two tix for tonight game
    $110 for pair. I could meet in long island after 2 pm to meet u. Hard copy tix.

    Baum27@aol.com. Call or text 516-749-3110 if interested

    Face value rangers shoot 2x end. Aisle seats section 325 row N

  6. Coos was doing g(j)ibberish last night? Nah! Don’t tell me Eddie was there too…

  7. Admiral Akbar on

    This is an important game – the Ice Mets are coming off a physical 6-3 win over Montreal.

    Is Hamrlik in the lineup tonight?

  8. stranger nation on

    Viznovsky has definitely helped Ice Mets back line since his arrival – guy is good

    Ice Mets home record almost as bad as real Mets

    Potato Farmers have one line – Boyle and 3rd line must do their jobs 5×5 against Tavares line and no dumb penalties and no playing ‘Slip Slidin Away’ on PK

    Could be Gabby Ghost break out game (scoring wise) to move his goal/game ave back up to .47

    PP has looked good but Hags is not a PP guy – this is why we need the Frodo the Swedish Meatball

  9. stranger nation on

    Fodder for the Whipping Post:

    Gabby stats – 0 PPGs since beginning of POs – (41 games) and .29 goals/game over that time

    Boil – 17 SOG this season

    MDZF: last 10 games – 11 shots on goal; 2 pp assists; 0 goals; 0 pts 5v5

  10. Sioux-per-man on

    Frodo is from Norway!!!

    I’m thinking Gaborik gets as many goals as he wants tonight. Doesn’t he pile on 2 or 3 goals against “weaker” teams. (Boston’ weak right). Seriously he has been close lately, Nash will pick up the game winners in the 3rd.

    Then there’s Hamr time? Will torts put him on the power play right away? He has a cannon from the blue line.

    Carp – best guess how many weeks Staal is out?

  11. (r w stll dng th “Mnny” thng?)

    *Buzz: The Roman Hamrlik Impact On Mats Zuccarello*

    March 7th, 2013 7:30 am

    According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers claiming Roman Hamrlik off of waivers could impact the Rangers pursuit of bringing Mats Zuccarello back.

    Brooks says that the Rangers have spoken with Zuccarello’s agent but have not yet presented him with a formal offer to return.

    Teams are only allowed to have 50 players under contract and Hamrlik is the 49th member of the organization under contract.

    Brooks says that the Rangers would need to offer Zuccarello at least a one-way contract through next season to give enough incentive to leave Russia.

  12. Sioux-per-man on

    So How much does Sather offer the Hobbit to come back? $1M per year on a one way?

    Can he still play on both the teams and not have to worry about waivers?

  13. Sioux-per-man on

    Hamr doesn’t have a contract for next year. How should that effect Zucc’s contract? Bring him back, he scores goals.

  14. Zuccarello is on the Rangers Reserve List so he does not have to clear waivers, as per TSN’s Bob McKenzie (Via Adam Rotter’ SNY Blog entry on March 1, 2013).

  15. I think it’s because the ^Hobbit Wizard^ was very upset about being sent to the AHL and thus refused to re-sign. Thus, to keep the ^Hobbit Wizard^ from going back to the KHL Sthr needs to entice him with an appealing deal that gives him a real chance to play in the NHL.

    ^hbbt wzrd^

  16. anybody ever see a situation where so many ahl guys were called up for an injury depleted team that they actually had to forfeit games due to roster size?

  17. Miami don’t knock EC he owned the islanders when he wore blue! Oh wait that was Matthew Barnaby

  18. Still have 2 tickets for tonights game, Sec. 310 Row K. Face value $65, will consider selling 1 ticket only. Shoot me an e-mail: stfraw(at)yahoo.com I wish I could go but I have to stay at work late.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    This morning, I used it to pole vault from my house to my job. I ended up in Toronto by mistake.

  20. Easy on the anger, Doodie. We are part of the establishment now. No need to throw vomit all over our past.

  21. Just looking ahead it appears that Neuvirth is sick and Holtby will make his 11th straight tonight. Wear ’em down for our matchup.

  22. Bringing back Zuccarell-ah should be a 2 year deal…you can always trade the guy if he doesn’t work out (highly doubtful, IMO)

    Happy 26th (AGAIN) to me…

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Boyle scores big tonight. Maybe 2 goals – I had the vision. I can see things as I have ESPN.

  24. Kenny Albert with a great trivia question at right – Hamrlik will become the 8th first overall pick to play for the Rangers – name the other 7. I’ve got six – who knows ’em?

  25. I think it’s a bad sign that my iPhone auto corrects the names of most players in the NHL for me. If I keep doing the Hamrlik thing it might catch on and stop using vowels entirely.

  26. Since its your birthday NYR I wl go old school on the handle today. In your honor.

    Birthday vibe.

  27. Trade the rights to MZA plus the rights to keep paying Brad Richards to Pittsburgh for Crosby then let every player on the team punch Crosby in the face then trade Crosby to a team in eastern Europe. If that team wants to also all punch Crosby, its not our problem.

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    Nash, Lindros, Daigle, LaFleur, Berard, Lawton. Those are the easy ones.

    The hard one I had to look up because it was one game. He did score a goal in it, at least.

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    Neither Larouche nor Gretzky were first overall picks. In fact, Gretzky was never even drafted. He just signed with the WHA.

  30. This blog reminds me of Artie Lange’s movie Beer League. And if you haven’t seen it, you should…it may change your lives

  31. I remember being mildly excited when he was signed, but then again I was excited when they signed Brian Lawton too.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    Those guys were before my time as a fan, so I can only go by what I read in books/see in archived footage. And frankly, Wickenheiser doesn’t exactly have his own chapter in Rangers lore.

  33. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Hate to say it, but a Boulton-Haley staged fight doesn’t excite me much. I would be much more excited to see a Nash hat trick or Gabby break the schneid!

  34. stranger nation on

    I mean, can you believe we have NASH on the Rangers – Holy Moly this guy is GOOD!!!!

    Top 3 Ranger forward over last 20 years (so far) – put him with Mess and Jagr on sheer talent – what a line that would be – Mess centering Jagr and Nash – in fact, be a pretty good line today

  35. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    stranger, on Nash, no. Check back, but I have said that, if healthy, he may go down as the best we have ever had. He has never had the cast around him he has. He was off in Columbus where nobody saw him play and he carried the weight of the entire team and city.

    He IS this good and as he gets used to his new environment he will continue to grow, grow, grow. The top end in a full season is huge. Just stay healthy, Rick.

  36. Staged fights are boring. I mean. They are fun in that people get punched in the face and punch other people in the face. But, since I enjoy the fighting aspect of the game I recognize that staged fights are what will get fighting banned in the NHL. Therefore I prefer retribution fighting.

    I can count two players that have been concussed in staged fisticuffs this season. Shawn Thornton and Dziurzynski last evening.

  37. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    And, I just thoroughly enjoy that he is clutch, he ASKS for the puck in the third period (as MacD said) AND he delivers. He is a special player. We are lucky.

  38. Wow…somebody in my office named their kid Travis Jack…they are devils fans…Blech…

  39. In one draft the #1 overall and the #2 overall picks both played for the Rangers (fairly recent).

    In an earlier draft #1, 2 and 3 all played for the Rangers, the first two being HOFers.

  40. And here’s a follow-up trivia – of those 8, how many were taken as the Rangers’ picks? And there’s a follow-up to that one as well. Thank you for playing.

  41. Stanger Nation on

    Matty – just cannot believe we got him and get to watch him operate –

    Dr. Nash, Dr. Nash to surgery; we have a third period emergency

  42. Stanger Nation on

    they should have them leave the helmets and gloves on in fights – can’t hold on to jersey and just swing wildly at the guy with their head tucked away – much more entertaining

    After someone gets smacked with a fist full of hockey glove, they will think twice about dropping them again.

    Right now these fights; first third ball room dancing, second third judo (jersey grabbing and equipment adjusting for leverage) and last third bad boxing on ice

  43. When is the next time we actually _have_ a pick in the draft that we haven’t already traded away? I hope it’s pre-lockout 20/20

  44. I don’t mind staged fights just because they’re staged…I mean, weren’t all three Ali-Frazier fights staged also?

  45. The Rangers, as long as I can remember (going back into the 70’s), never stunk enough to get one of those really high draft picks. Usually just making or just missing the playoffs and picking in the middle of the pack after the Islanders/Devils/Penguins would take all the big prospects.

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    “I can count two players that have been concussed in staged fisticuffs this season. Shawn Thornton and Dziurzynski last evening.”

    I wouldn’t count Thornton’s fight with Scott as staged. Sure, there was nothing in-game that started that fight, but there was most definitely a cause to which Buffalo was responding. It wasn’t two guys throwing down just because like Dziurzynski and McLaren.

  47. Correct, none of them were Rangers picks. And so follows, have the Rangers EVER had the number one pick? If so, who was he, and why was he not on the aforementioned list of 8 players.

    Personally the hardest 2 for me were Lawton and Wickenheiser.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Romeo, was it Daigle, Pronger, and Gratton? Although, I think you got it wrong. Only 1 and 3 are HOFers.

  49. Peter, I do know, because I looked it up the other day when Hamrlik was first waved. But I won’t say who it is here, but he never made it to the NHL.

    Good Job UKR

    The Rangers currently have one other top three overall pick on their team aside from Hamrlik, who is it?

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Lawton I knew only because of his post-hockey career.

    Andre Veilleux is the only first overall selection but he never played an NHL game, as far as I know. I have no idea why.

    Brad Park is the only time the Rangers selected 2nd overall. I know they have picked 3rd overall only once as well, but I can’t remember who it is and I don’t feel like looking it up.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    Romeo, you’re forgetting about Nash again. But Gaborik is who you are looking for.

  52. Right again Doodie – I have no idea why he never played in the NHL either, just that he never payed for the Rangers because he never played for anyone. Its not like they traded him and he was a superstar.

  53. Yea Doodie, Daigle goes into that Hall of Can’t-miss-but-was-sort-of-ehhhh. Along with Lawton, Wickenheiser and others.

  54. Doodie Machetto on

    How many WHA first overall picks played for the Rangers, if any, and who was iit/were they, assuming there were any?

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    That wasn’t the question, now, was it? And Greschner was not a top 5 WHA selection. Duguay was 3rd, if I’m not mistaken.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Somebody can use google! (PS-I also used it to find that out because I had no idea)

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Here is a trivia question. When did John muckler first die? Follow up – after being stuffed, whose wall did he hang from?

  58. How many Rangers draft picks were so good, they ended up playing in the Britopansy League at some point in their career?

    (Not actually got the answer in front of me, but I know of one or two, including a first rounder…)

  59. so kaleta gets 5 games and richards gets how many???

    shanahan is a jack off….if crosby went down the penalty would be 20 big ones.

    bickell will do something stupid tonight mark my word…..

    bring up kreider….

  60. eddie eddie eddie on

    Last I saw, Muckler was encased in the Tomb of the Unwelcome Coach…..the final resting place for the few, the bad, the terrible….

  61. eddie eddie eddie on

    To be fair, Muckler deserves props….making line changes while stone dead is to be admired….

  62. Muckler’s formaldehyded body will be on display for 200 years in a glass case outside Bettman’s office.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    When did Muckler first die? I think there was this flood and only 2 of every animal survived on some ark. I don’t think he had a ticket on that cruise. That was the first time.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    Good thing the Rangers signed that WHL kid instead of Zucc. I bet that helps us win the Cup.

    Sather’s FA incompetence knows no bounds.

  65. Ah JB that’s you! Yeah i know nothing gets by that guy, he knows it all. Except which jerseys to buy. Ain’t that right, guy who has Voros, Prucha and Boyle in the closet. (we’ll reserve judgement on Kreider for now).

  66. Brad Marchand was a first round nose pick by Boston. 71st overall(s), where he wipes the phlegm. (I waited until everyone on the east coast finished lunch.)

  67. WHA! Go what would become the Hartford Whalers! They really kicked butt in their first few seasons in the WHA. Not as successful in the NHL. Although the elder Hull (Bobby) and the elder Howe (Gordie) retired Whalers.

  68. Stuart – say what you will about Shanaban but Kaleta got the maximum for a phone hearing. He also got the maximum *non-appealable* penalty. He also lost $76K+ in cold, hard cash.

  69. Kalet: Caught head-butting three times in less than 2 season, “I play a clean, hard-nosed game. A lot of people don’t like that.”

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Ted, no Zucc doesn’t turn them into instant contenders, but he could be a contributor, especially on the PP and in shootouts (which help us get into the dance).

    Nicholls, by contrast, just uses up a contract.

  71. To answer my own pointless trivia to which pretty much nobody could answer anyway…

    Rangers draft picks who played in Britain at some point (that I’m aware of, might be more):

    Bruce Graham 2/51 in 2004
    Jeff Brown 1/22 in 1996
    Colin Pepperall 5/131 in 1996
    Bob Maudie 9/221 in 1995
    Adam Smith 3/78 in 1994
    Dave Trofimenkoff 6/138 in 1993
    Eric Cairns 3/72 in 1992
    Jason Weinrich 6/118 in 1990
    Dennis Vial 6/110 in 1988
    Steve Nemeth 10/196 in 1985

  72. Does Nicholls count as a contract before next year, Doodie? He’s not on the Rangers’ reserve list on Cap Geek.

  73. Yup. Doodie is right. ^Hobbit Wizard^ helps. Nicholls finishes up in his current league and _maybe_ touches AHL ice in a few weeks. Then he spends two years there putting on weight and muscle and in 2014-2015 he possibly gets called up if there is an injury. (assuming Thomas, Lindberg, Borque and Co. are already *on* the NHL team)

  74. The Prince of W(h)ales has been on ice for decades, wot? Can’t get over the blue(blood) line.

  75. For all the talk of “if Crosby went down” suspensions would be greater and rules would change… Crosby did go down. Twice. And he missed A LOT of playing time. And that didn’t change the rules. I’m not sticking up for Sid (because I kinda hate him) but when the league’s Chosen One isn’t even being defended then it doesn’t look good for the rest of the players.

  76. Nicholls’ contract doesn’t start until 13/14, so pretty sure he can’t be part of the 50 for this year.

  77. couldnt sell tickets at moment anyone anyone. if not will eat them unless my dad could get off from work tonight

  78. Ted Sheckler on

    Doodie. I agree that he helps, although he was fairly inconsistent when he was with the team last. Still, I think he contributes. However, it’s not really fair to call Sather incompetent over this. We have no idea what Zucc’s asking for. He’s a borderline NHL-er, and certainly shouldn’t be signed at all costs.

  79. Geedam, I don’t need you to fight my battles. I have Pasquale Dupree and Half Pint Green Teeth Cooke for that.

    And while I’m here, all you bloggers here that refer to me as Cindy, that’s Mr. STANLEY CUP winning Cindy to you east coast meat packers.

  80. must have been lost in translastion with the vowels from his last name…he must have been sitting home drinking ALOT

  81. I just saw the McLaren knock out from last night…any word on any punishment, or none?

  82. Mama: When Frazer McClaren knocked out the Rookie (David Dziurzynski) who had never fought in the NHL? That was a fight. Even more, a staged fight off the puck drop. Word is they may have had beef from a previous league.

    How could there be discipline?

  83. Sioux-per-man on

    ILB – ALL WORK no play here. :)

    Just here to get a quick fix on tonights game.

    See if there’s anything anything I need to know….. then back at it.

  84. What else do we do, NYR? Ahem….it rhymes with BLOG but has one less letter…AHEM

  85. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m a fan of Zucc coming in on a 2 year – 1 way for $1M of year. He gets paid his salary, but he can still play for the Whale, and the Rangers can call him up when needed.

  86. Happy 26th, NYR_FAN…

    Is Carp going to the game tonight? It’s his favo(u)rite place….And the drive, according to Carp, is to die for :-)

  87. Romeo, You forgot that the Rangers were in the lottery for #1 pick the year Pittsburgh drafted Malkin.

  88. I was reading what Manny posted the other day regarding the CAP ADVANTAGE RECAPTURE rule….It’s a killer. And it also has Richards buy out written all over it. He’s going to have to win another Conn Smythe twice for them not to buy him out….


    Isn’t that the old rule from Battleship that outlawed peeking thru the cracks of the game to see where the other guy’s ships were positioned?

  90. Glad you understood it, ilb. I might have posted it but it made me mentally throw up.

  91. iWck (and sometimes y)"Frag Out!!!" on

    Last time I saw muckler, carp was shoving his body into a wood chipper at ILB’s lake house. Come to think of it, might have been the last time anyone saw him.

    Did someone say loggers?

  92. No takers on my tix. Forced my dad to call in from work sick to go. So off to the coliseum prediction on ranger fans 70 percent?

  93. doing something much more painful today, ilb. A nice two-hour bumper-to-bumper ride on the LIE sounds kind of relaxing right now.

  94. I still think the NHL did a fine job with the Kaleta suspension given all the circumstances. The NHLPA would appeal any suspension of greater length. Therefore delaying Kaleta actually being removed from the game. The NHLPA doesn’t want players to be suspended more than they want to protect the players on the ice. They chose which side of the battle they will die on. So in essence, Richards did that to himself. As a player Rep who apparently supports the NHLPA’s position that suspension is worse than preventing injury, he’s in the situation he’s in now.

  95. In a vaccuum I think Kaleta should get some Raffi Torres like suspension. It’s his 4th suspension a few years. But it just isn’t possible.

  96. iWck (and sometimes y)"Frag Out!!!" on

    I wish he was eligible to play in our next game against the sallys

  97. my brother told me Micheletti actually showed some sack for once the other night in taking the league to task for being too soft punitively and said Kaleta should have been suspended for the remainder of the season. he’s right. the guy isn’t a “tough guy,” or a player who “lives on the edge.” Like Matt Cooke he’s a criminal who gets away with felonies by wearing a hockey uniform. Guy doesn’t belong in the league and doesn’t deserve the protection of the union.

  98. But I really think the bigger problem is what Carp said. Like the MLB union protecting ‘Roiders. Here we are protecting the goons who dole out these punishing and career threatening dirty hits because their suspension costs them *money* and that is all that matters at the end of the day. Get Money. Get Money. Get Money.

    So, guys like Kaleta should be out of hockey for good. As should Raffi Torres. Those guys are not playing close to a line like Neil or Hartnell or even Avery. They are simply dirty characters that do way more harm than good.

    What I would like is for someone to beat them into a suspension on the ice. Police that crap with the guys on the ice. The problem is of course, the guys that police are the same guys that play dirty. So basically we are paralyzed (excuse the term) against taking proactive steps.

  99. And what Micheletti said is all well and good but it’s more the NHLPA that prevented a season ending punishment than the NHL refusing to give one. It isn’t a realistic statement.

  100. Agree that the NHLPA sits on its hands over these things, but every time tougher suspensions are doled out, it’s the GMs and owners who start crying and force whoever the disciplinarian of the time is to weaken them again.

  101. pretty sure that his statement is inclusive of the union, he’s just not going to say it. all hockey people know who’s protecting whom and for as much of a dope as Micheletti is, I’m sure he knows just as much if not more about the union’s villainy than anyone here. this nonsense is allowed to continue because too many people are afraid to speak and hide behind the, “oh well, it’s just the union doing what they do.” the union can only do what they do when no one ever calls them on it.

  102. I know this supopsed to be a family show, but I just want to say that if my junk was as big as the torpedo I just fashioned out of lunch sandwiches, my whole life would have been dramatically different

  103. That video made me sick, Lloyd. Micheletti was relentless with the Kaleta talk though.

  104. Is Kaleta not a terrific human being, LW? I thought he was in the A-Roid stratosphere of phenomenal individual.

  105. That video is disturbing. Seems like that league takes safety seriously since they have huge ice surfaces and full cages.

    Did no one jump the guy that did it?

  106. Lloyd –

    I’m on the fence about the swiss league hit. It’s a tragedy that the guy was paralyzed, but to me, it looked like the player who goes into the boards tried to initiate contact (become the hitter and not the hittee).

    The video on the Daily News seems to show that, at least to my eyes.

  107. Realize this. Torres, Cooke, Kaleta, Rinaldo is there to intimidate. They’ve ended careers, and shortened some players’ seasons. Everyone knows it. Including the teams they play for. And yet, they keep sending them on the ice. That’s where it should start.

  108. Willie Mays is a horrible person for using amphetamines to improve his performance on the baseball field. I hate him because he’s a horrible person. Willie Mays hate should be universal. What a horrible person.

  109. the Kaleta hit was worse. Keller did try to initiate contact and wound up paralyzed for it. Richards was completely blindsided and could very easily have wound up paralyzed for it. 5 games is a joke.

  110. _Realize this. Torres, Cooke, Kaleta, Rinaldo is there to intimidate._

    See, this is the problem for me, intimidation doesn’t seem like the right word. Colton Orr is intimidating because he can punch you a lot and hurt you. Rinaldo is “intimidating” because you know he could paralyze you with an intentional, dirty hit. Its implying Mike Tyson and some dip(Inearlyhitsubmitwiththerealwordinhere) 15 year old punk with a gun are equally intimidating.

  111. The management, the owners ( see Melnyk from Ottawa ) can cry about those guys as much as they want. As long as someone gives them a contract, this idiocy will continue.

  112. Yea you guys are right. Looks like this Keller guy leaned into the hit and possibly caught and edge when pushed and tragically ended up paralyzed as a result. I’m sure the guy that pushed him is in a horrible place mentally.

  113. _Let the records show that Mister D hates Willie._

    So much. Me and Carp both hate any use of PEDs so assume Carp hates Willie too.

  114. Yeah, I can’t explain it, and it’s probably hypocritical, Mister, but I don’t think of greenies as PEDs like HGH, roids, testosterone. Seems more like red bull or 5-hour energy to me.

  115. Mister D, you’re basically right, but the fact is that these teams are sending guys out who would be felons if they didn’t have hockey contracts. The Mike Tyson and 15-year old punk analogies are appropriate because if either of those could skate, they’d get hockey deals. I remember when I played juniors, I operated under this delusion that even the complete goons in the NHL must have been great when they played juniors and just couldn’t quite hack it offensively so they developed a gimmick, like pitchers who have to start throwing sidearm. And I was completely wrong about that. Most of those guys have been garbage pails at every level, fighting and cheap-shotting wherever they played. So that these guys have been able to “matriculate” is probably a far bigger problem than giving them pro contracts. In most other sports if you had a reputation from age 12 of being a talentless thug, you’d never make it past midget/little league. In hockey, as long as you’re able to maintain that for a decade, you’ve got a shot at playing. Add to that the level of deference these guys get when it comes to handing out suspensions (often receiving far more lenient punishment than skill players) and you’ve got a serious problem with many strata of protection built in.

  116. _Yeah, I can’t explain it, and it’s probably hypocritical, Mister, but I don’t think of greenies as PEDs like HGH, roids, testosterone. Seems more like red bull or 5-hour energy to me._

    Not to be a butt, but it really is hypocritical. Both weren’t allowed, both were used by the masses, both used for the purpose of improving performance, both blindeyed (by owners, media, fans) until they weren’t any more.

  117. Really, if you think about it, PEDs are more honorable if you’re taking a moral stance here. Greenies you pop and you feel better and you play. PEDs sole purpose is allow you to work out harder and more effectively. One is stealing the test, the other is taking something so you can stay up all night studying.

  118. (Also, I’m far too young to have seen Willie Mays, but I’m certain he would have been my favorite player. He’s just a great guy to use to illustrate this point since he’s pretty much universally beloved.)

  119. Um, I don’t see it that way. PEDs’ sole purpose is to allow you to hit the ball harder and farther and break all the legitimate records of guys who didn’t cheat and make a kaleta-load of money.

  120. Doodie Machetto on

    Better ban Gatorade. It enhances your performance over water.

    Better ban whey protein shakes. It enhances your performance over not drinking them after a workout.

    Better ban exercising. It enhances your performance over laying on the couch like a fat slob.

  121. eddie eddie eddie on

    doodie – we just had a fire drill. my office is on the 5th floor….i threw it out the window and everyone climbed down safely….

  122. _Um, I don’t see it that way. PEDs’ sole purpose is to allow you to hit the ball harder and farther and break all the legitimate records of guys who didn’t cheat and make a kaleta-load of money._

    If I took PEDs, I wouldn’t be a baseball player. It allows you to work out harder which in turn makes you better, it doesn’t allow you to better square up a 93 mph fastball. And when Rodriguez passes Mays, it’ll be a cheater passing a cheater, you just excuse one and not the other.

  123. eddie eddie eddie on

    …at one point there were 24 people holding on and swinging like tarzan

  124. Doodie Machetto on

    I saw that Capgeek has it registered for next year earlier today and didn’t know what to make of it. Could be that Capgeek is wrong, or it could be that it still counts against the 50 anyway.

  125. with all of this stuff the protection is ultimately about money. PEDs will exist because the enhanced performance concurrent with PED use means significantly more money for all facets of Major League Baseball. the question is does having felons like Matt Cooke and Patrick Kaleta on your teams significantly add to hockey’s revenue stream or is it just about some good ol’ boy white trash mentality of having thugs do your dirty work?

  126. eddie eddie eddie on

    PED allow me to teach faster and stronger…..i dont like the grape sized raisenettes tho….

  127. Doodie Machetto on

    e3, all of this snow is my fault. I turned around too fast and clipped the top of a snow covered mountain.

  128. i admitted my hypocrisy, Mister. But that’s naive to think PEDs don’t allow a good player to be great, that it doesn’t help his vision, his fast-twitch muscles and just his strength.

    It won’t make you a MLB player. But it can make an MLB player i.e. Melky Cabrera great.

  129. I really hope CapGeek is correct and not wrong. Regardless, the kid isn’t seeing NHL ice time for a couple season, or at least until we forget his name.

    I want the ^Hobbit Wizard^ over here. As you may know, ^he is lord of the rink^ .

  130. _But it can make an MLB player i.e. Melky Cabrera great._

    Melky had a great season because people stopped catching his singles. Reread the Mitchell Report, 80% of the guys on the list sucked before PEDs and sucked after.

  131. Hockey players should be allowed to adjust their gloves fifteen times between every faceoff. And you should have to win four of seven individual faceoffs before the puck possession is awarded on each faceoff.

  132. BABIP

    Batting Average on Balls Put in Play. Some guys, like Dexter Fowler, just have really good luck with ball placement. (yup. have at that one little boys)

  133. I am so confused right now…regardless, Willie Mays used to live in a building near my elementary school….he always used to wave hello to us when he’d pull out of the garage as we walked by, but never stopped.

    I don’t know what that means in the context of this g(j)ibberish, but there you go.

  134. not really sure what’s so confusing – this has actually been one of the more coherent later afternoons in days

    unless you prefer the never-ending stream of penis puns we normally get

  135. late afternoons

    and people are talking about hockey; there’s been a brief divergence into baseball but that’s about it

  136. And if you put a baseball into the seats, you should get two minutes reduced from your pay, pro-rated. For someone like Arod, who makes 25 mil a year, approx $166,000 per game that would cost him, in a 2 an 1/2 hour game, about $2200 per foul ball.

  137. I have an image of Bruce Boudreau wearing a full hockey uniform, storming onto the ice, irate, to scream in the referee’s face and kick ice chips into the goal crease.

  138. And Torts should be allowed on the ice to jaw five minutes with the officials and kick ice shards in their eyes before he is sent to the locker room to watch the rest of the game on TV.

  139. would love to see Tortorella get a shift and try some of his tough guy bravado on the ice

    my guess is his head would end up somewhere in the lower 200s

  140. And the opposing captain should be able to throw pucks, many times as he wants, at anyone in the penalty box and any time run off the clock should be re-instated.

  141. Had my late grandma ever seen the baseball, I’m sure she’d call it beytsemball…

  142. and the fighter who instigates should get extra time if he says, “I know I am but what are you?”

  143. Eastern Conference teams each have one old, fat player who every ninth shift is allowed to have a free shot on goal.

  144. Mama. I actually responded to you. So calm it down.

    *iMnnyFrd* March 7th, 2013 at 11:15 am
    Staged fights are boring. I mean. They are fun in that people get punched in the face and punch other people in the face. But, since I enjoy the fighting aspect of the game I recognize that staged fights are what will get fighting banned in the NHL. Therefore I prefer retribution fighting.

    I can count two players that have been concussed in staged fisticuffs this season. Shawn Thornton and Dziurzynski last evening.

  145. Sorry *Mama* Here is my actual response to your question:

    *Mnny* March 7th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Mama: When Frazer McClaren knocked out the Rookie (David Dziurzynski) who had never fought in the NHL? That was a fight. Even more, a staged fight off the puck drop. Word is they may have had beef from a previous league.

    How could there be discipline?

  146. CBS News: Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

    18% of the remaining twenty WILL not.

    Oh, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers!

  147. Why thank you Manny. I missed that…but I didn’t post til the afternoon. I was barely on my second cup of coffee at 11:15 a.m., much less here….

    Have I ever told you the story about why I hate being told to calm down :)

  148. although I’m not in favor of eliminating fighting entirely, staged fights should go and maybe even something where if it’s a fight within the first five seconds of a faceoff. it’s not even emotion, just horsecrap from the coaches

  149. Manny….thanks! Now that’s what I was looking for!!! Appreciate the answer…never claimed to be informed about the deal, hence the question for other folks….merci buckets my friend!!! mama love

  150. To those who call Haley a “middleweight.” he gave Bickel probably his toughest fights over the last couple years. I wonder if they speak.

  151. Inspector Clouseau on

    Did somebody mention disguise? Of course you are aware, I am a master of disguise.

  152. I’m totally fine with the new realignment for reasons I’ve stated here numerous times. still not sure why Columbus will be in the Atlantic conference but I think the present system is flawed since it benefits the weakest division and no one gives a crap about intraconference rivalries.

  153. Lloyd….hmmm…happy to chat but don’t like to get into personal stuff here…feel free to e-mail me at lbabs@aol.com…all chats etc. confidential….if not, OK…but I’m not sure where we became solid…?

  154. oh I thought we friendly, sorry if I came off as a rude. was just playing around anyway.

    and I could be confusing you with someone else; I’m really terrible with most of the names here

  155. Fighting is what keeps hockey in the second tier of the so-called Big Four sports. A great, fast, skilled, hard-hitting game, but management fears that’s not good enough for folks to watch without the clown sideshows. In the Big Three, you fight, you’re gone, as it should be.

  156. Just arrived home with lots to say…but I’m gonna hold, because we about to be Carped.

  157. LETS GO ALREADY!!!!!


    Happy BIRTHDAY NYR_FAN!!!!!!! Today is your day bro!!!!

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