Rangers at Sabres tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 7:00 p.m.
First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY
Rangers: 13-9-2 (28 pts)
Sabres: 9-14-3 (21 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-9-2 (28 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Sunday at Verizon Center, and have won five of the last six games. The Blueshirts have now registered a point in four of their last five road games (3-1-1). The Sabres enter the contest with a 9-14-3 (21 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Mar. 14, at MTS Centre (8:00 p.m.), as they continue their four-game road trip.

– All-Time: 61-72-25-5 overall (35-28-15-3 at home; 26-44-10-2 on the road)
– 2013: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at First Niagara Center. The Rangers are 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 shootout win on Mar. 3 at Madison Square Garden. Rick Nash (game-deciding goal) and Ryan Callahan both converted in the shootout, while Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped 2-2 in the shootout for the win. The Rangers’ power play was 2-4 (50.0%) in the contest, while the Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless in five power play opportunities against. Rick Nash (one goal, one assist) and Marian Gaborik (two assists) are tied for the series leading in scoring with two points apiece.
– Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of their four meetings required extra time, including a 1-0 shootout victory on Feb. 1 at Buffalo. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) and tallied two shorthanded goals in the season series. Carl Hagelin led the Rangers in scoring with three goals and four points in the series, while Michael Del Zotto tied for the series lead with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 1.92 GAA, .925 Sv% and 1 shutout, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .970 Sv%.
– The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 13 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout)
– Ryan Callahan notched the game-winning goal in each Blueshirts’ win against Buffalo last season, including the game-deciding goal in the Rangers’ 1-0 shootout win on Feb. 1
– New York ranks 20th in the NHL with a 4-4-1 (9 pts) record on the road; Buffalo ranks 29th in the NHL with a 4-6-1 (9 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 4-4-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Sabres are 3-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists two former Sabres on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2001-02 – 2005-06)
– Buffalo lists one former Ranger on their roster: John Scott (2011-12)

– Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 11-9-2, 2.33 GAA, 1 SO
– Martin Biron — 14 GP, 9-3-0-1, 2.68 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 35 GP, 9-19-28
– Marian Gaborik — 18 GP, 4-9-13
– Rick Nash — 11 GP, 7-3-10
– Michael Del Zotto — 11 GP, 0-6-6

The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 12 games (9-38, 23.7% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 38-43 (88.4%) in the last 15 games. New York has posted a record of 8-3-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied a goal in two power play attempts (2:41) on Sunday at Washington. New York ranks 23rd overall (13-82, 15.8%) and ranks 22nd on the road (4-31, 12.9%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). 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 Capitals scoreless in three power play attempts (5:29) on Sunday at Washington. New York is tied for 11th overall (70-84, 83.3%) and ranks 11th on the road (23-28, 82.1%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), 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 (2:00) on Sunday at Washington, and are now minus-1 in 15 four-on-four situations (29:22) 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).

Rick Nash currently leads the team with nine goals, having tallied his first eight goals of the season in the third period. Nash is the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were tallied in the third player, while fellow Ranger Arron Asham is the other to have accomplished the feat, in 2003-04, as a member of the New York Islanders.

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 113 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 (723) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 84 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 13th in the league with 76 hits.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (6th in NHL) in GAA — 2.33
– 3rd in FO% — 51.3%
– 1st (4th in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.9
– T-1st in OT wins — 2
– 5th in +/- Rating — +6

– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Thursday at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 12 games (9-38, 23.7% over the span)
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 38-43 (88.4%) in the last 15 games
– New York has registered a point in eight of nine games when scoring the first goal this season (7-1-1), and are 6-8-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 7-0-0 when leading after the second period

– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 17 games (10-6-1, 1.99 GAA, .929 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — enters the contest with a Rangers’ season-high, six-game point streak (six goals, five assists during the streak), and has tallied a point in each of his last 10 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span)
– Derek Stepan — seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games
– Brad Richards — four points (two goals, two assists) in his last five games, including a goal in each of the last two games
– Marian Gaborik — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games
– Carl Hagelin — 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, including an assist in each of the last three games (four assists over the span)
– Ryan Callahan — seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four contests
– Ryan McDonagh — 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games, including five assists in the last six games
– Michael Del Zotto — three assists in the last five games, including an assist in each of the last two contests

– Ryan Callahan — 4 assists from 100th NHL career
– Michael Del Zotto — 1 point from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 3 points from 800th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 24
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 9
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 59

– 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. The Sabres to me, are defensively suspect, if assistant coach James Patrick is continually instructing them to be aware to count opposing players in their zone they can be exploited for sure.

    Rangers have to take advantage and get the points tonight. Also, Tyler Myers at 12 million oh dear god !

    CCCP and I were at the Blueshirt Underground Viewing Party representing the boneheads ( I’m partial bonehead on my fathers side)

    If you want to take a look at the video of NYR/Caps viewing party just follow the link.


  2. unless henrik plays really well, it may be a game where the guns have to come through. Can we hang a 5 spot on these guys? They are defensively suspect but they have to be better than the caps. Bring it boys!!

  3. stranger nation on

    Gaborik currently ranks seventh in the league with 113 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
    Let’s move it up to .47 tonite!!

    Richy Rich goes for a goal in 3 straight games

    Nash, Cally, Step, Hags are givens these days – if the other get hot – watch out league..

    Please – slow Hamrlik over Gilly

  4. stranger nation on

    Shootout is a joke – what’s wrong with a tie (not Roger Neilsen’s though)

    They have them in Europansie land playing futboll?

    Did I mention no Gilly yet today? ok..good

  5. stranger nation on

    Win 5 of 6 and the Anger Fans are not willing to join the love fest

    Game day HATTIE!

  6. Elkins reporting that the sky is green and also that the NYRangers are interested in jagr.

  7. Elklund reporting that the sky is green and also that the NYRangers are interested in Jagr.

  8. I’m sure Eklund is correct on Jagr. They desperately need another defensively responsible, in your face, hard hitting, willing to drop ’em forward.

  9. What an absolute joke Eklund is! Wish he would retire like the Hockey rodent did.

  10. Hwirth- I saw your post last night regarding 20% escrow and its implication on future salary cap. Your assessment is incorrect on many different levels, most importantly on cap figures going down. I’ll explain if you are here, not everyone may be interested.

  11. I am interested, ilb. I keep reading about the CBA but my dense attorney-brain can’t get into the numerical intricacies of the CBA.

  12. Carp you made me have nightmares last night. It was game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and Bettman decided that triple overtimes wasn’t good business since no one could buy a large soda at MSG anymore. So it went to a shootout and our 3 shooters were Ozolinsh, Rachunek, and Redden. Mcilrath was in the row in front of me with Brian Leetch, Marc Staal, Marek Malik, Michael Nylander and some hookers…though they may have been Sam and Joe disguised as hookers..Anyhow they were eating prime rib and laughing at the shootout lineup. with Ozo coming up for our last chance to tie it I distinctly heard “IT’S GO TIME!” from the Press box and with that I woke up in a cold sweat made some coffee and went to the gym before sunrise. So thanks for bringing up Ozolinsh yesterday afternoon..

  13. I can’t wrap my pea sized chiropractic brain around the CBA
    I’m so bad with numbers my book keeper told me never touch quick books, don’t even open the program!
    A few months before she told me I couldn’t mess it up…

  14. stranger nation on

    James – lot’s of atty’s on the blog – that is why there is no arguing…

  15. You’re a Chiropractor, Staal? With the legal expertise we have on here and your knowledge of the human back, we could all make a killing in Personal Injury lawsuits…

  16. Manny, I didn’t realize that. You have my sympathy lol. my fiance is one too. Shoot me an email. James.Gerace1@gmail

  17. Yea, Staal! You need to be the official “Rammer” of the blog. Then we can be all, “I don’t know the severity of the injury I haven’t spoken to Staal(er) yet.”

    Then if you think the patient needs a trip to the hospital we can call in ilb.

  18. stranger nation on

    Is Kaleta back tonight? Haley would do his team proud giving that clown a beat down.

    Calling for a home town hattie (well, almost home) for our Capt Cally tonight/1

    Bon Scott is playing tonight? Shook me al night long…

  19. stranger nation on

    James – as long as the atty is not on ‘official’ biz, not a bad thing – this nation was founded on the basis of law, ya know.

    Besides, most lawyers on this blog work pro bono mostly

  20. Kaleta isn’t back until I think one game after the next. This should be his 4th game sitting out. So one more and then back.

    There is truth in everything, Vasken. You just have to look hard enough or try not to look at all and the universe will answer you.

  21. Sioux-per-man on

    Finance here! I write the paper on the semi’s going up and down our hightways, and in the oil field.

  22. Sioux-per-man on

    I would take Jagr for the stretch run!!!

    Put him on any line, still a huge fan of his game!!! I think alot of Rangers fans are.

    Carp – he has to be one of the best guys to interview in the locker room yes?

  23. Manny, I never want to hear/see “it’s over” again. Will always remind me of Doc yelling his lungs out when Henrique put that puck in the net in Game 6. Ugh.

  24. Staal – While we’re on the subject, can you please crack my back? But you better stretch first

  25. Sioux-per-man on

    Looking at the top 20 rental players for the Cup run. I would like to see Matt Cullen as a Ranger again. Cullen fits Torts system much better than he did Renny’s. Matt does alot of things well.

    1) Wins a ton of face offs
    2) Can play the point on the power play
    3) Very high percentage in the shoot outs
    4) Speed to play on the PK
    5) Stanley Cup Champion

    He was a better Center than Drury or Gomez every were, and STILL is today!!!

    He’s a pro’s pro, and a Stanley Cup Champion.


  26. Cullen? He could be great if he’s anything like those Cullens from that teenager movie, “Twilight” I remember them being very fast and highly skilled.

  27. Someone also said that Buffalo has got to be better than Washington. Im not so sure. I watched their game against Philly and that was one of their better games. Ennis and Gerbe both got hit hard so Im sure they are at least questionable for tonight. Miller isnt looking at all like a top goalie. Sabres can be statistically the worst team in the league by the end of this week.

  28. Agree, Lev. Miller has been terrible. I complain almost daily on here about Ennis falling over and boarding himself so I will spare you guys from another rant about how small and weak he is.

    But Miller has been downright below-average. For a goalie that calls out his team over and over it’s really kind of ridiculous for him to not back it up. Seems like there is some serious disconnect up there in Callahan-land.

  29. Maybe it’s that their white unis aren’t as slimming as their dark blue jerseys, but the Sabres look like a bunch of huge, lumbering guys chasing down Jack before he gets to the beanstalk

  30. Sioux-per-man on

    Minnesota could take Boyle off our hands, and send us Cullen as a rental. Matt has 14pts, and that right with Richards & Hags, ahead of Cally.

    He’s played here before, and I would say he was a fan favorite for his hussle. And all around good guy!

    I worked on his charity for Cully’s Kids, the first year. And got to party with the Stanley Cup :)

  31. Jagr is 41. That is scary on it’s own. Although he has scored more goals this season (10) than the 35-year old Iginla (7). Of course Dallas’ offense is a bit better than the flames. Not that it matters but their point totals are similar (18 and 19) and their both averaging around 19 minutes a game this season. So they are both in terrific game shape. Iginla is a right-handed shot, which this team needs more than it needs yet another leftie.

    Overall, I choose Iginla. I think Jagr, in NYC, would be a bad idea. I don’t want him facing Philly and I don’t want the fan reaction to getting him back.

    I think Iginla is more of a “desperate to win a cup” kind of guy and if the season went well would probably stay on board for a few years at a reduced cost because of his desire to win.

    Humurous note: Dallas drafted Iginla and currently has Jagr (drafted by Pitt) on their squad.

    I choose Iginla.

  32. stranger nation on

    remember Jagr’s second half last year or lack there of – that could be this year’s POs by comparison

    Would take Iginla in a heart beat

  33. stranger nation on

    Sioux – Minny take Ruff, Ruff and would take Boyle as well – why not package Bickel and Gilly why we are at it to empty the Bonehead Dog House

  34. I also choose Iginla even if it will cost more. They both have a lot left in the tank but I think the hunger that Iginla has makes him a better option. Plus the fact that he is a professional professional.

    Any guesses to what it may cost to get him? I think they would start with Kreider and Miller and will have to settle for one of them.

  35. Flames have basically no one in the AHL that is any good (from what Ive read from Flames fans). They will definitely be looking at some of our best prospects. Dont know if the team would be willing to part with 2-3 prospects for a rental.

  36. bull dog line on

    I have no interest in Jagr, or Cullen, but would love Iginla. price would probably be to high though.

  37. bull dog line on

    I don’t see the Rangers trading Kreider, or Miller for a rental. remember, they wouldn’t move them for Nash.

  38. Jagr has already had success in New York and it would take a lesser haul to acquire him than Iginla.

    Iginla does have more _hunger_. Stooges.

  39. Jagr won two Cups before he was even old enough to drive…here we are 20+ YEARS later (that on it’s own is hard to believe) – do you think he feels by now like he never won those Cups? Are the memories faded by now and the Champion feeling gone after all the abuse and criticism he’s taken over the years?

    P.S. We had the better team when we gave away that ’92 series

  40. Sioux-per-man on

    Stranger – they might take Bickel. He is a MN guy, and played for the gophers. They could use him for his toughness, Boyle and Bickel, for Cullen. That would be win/win for both clubs :)

  41. Sioux-per-man on

    Iginla would be a nice fit.

    I wonder what they would want in return? Picks, Boyle, Someone from the farm – maybe McIlrath???

    (But not for Kreider or Miller)

  42. iginla price tag is high. boyle and some picks will not even come close. come on guys. they will ask for kreider easily.

  43. Sioux-per-man on

    I would take Cullen’s 14 pts and speed / shoot out skills over Boyle’s 2pts.

    Cullen can help us win games in many ways, he’s a really good player bull dog. I’m not just saying that because he is a friend. Well I wouldn’t mind parting with the Stanley Cup again :)

  44. stranger nation on

    Cullen – yes – over Boyle if we think Miller is ready next year as 3rd line center (I am leaning that way now)

    Cullen is UFA next year – right?

    Gives us a little more flex on cap as Boyle’s $1.7M comes off and we use Miller’s $1.2M

  45. Sioux-per-man on

    Iginla would be everyone’s first choice. Just his goal scoring ability, and hunger to put his name on the cup once in his lifetime. Because it will never happen in Calgary, that’s for sure!

    But I would be open to Jagr and Cullen as well.

    Cullen speed fits Tort’s system a little better. But Iginla or Jagr’s scoring would help any line you put them on.

    Interesting thought. . . . when is the trade deadline?

  46. Cupless Jordan Valdespin nailed in the coconuts with a 94 MPH Justin Verlander fastball. Ouuuuucccchhhhh. Maybe he should wear a visor. Holy Badooka!

  47. bull dog line March 12th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I don’t see the Rangers trading Kreider, or Miller for a rental. remember, they wouldn’t move them for Nash.

    Different situation. They were dealing with a guy that wanted out and had only one destination in mind.

  48. Papa – Apparently, the POst went with a headline of NUMBNUTS and passed on PLUNKED IN THE JUNK…I guess they are really growing up

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    Swede Night in net: Jhonas Enroth getting the nod over Ryan Miller for the Baby Buffaloes

  50. No Ryan Miller, No Tyler Ennis, and No Kaleta, of course
    This should be like fishing in a barrel with a shotgun tonight

    Iginla would be like Bourque with the ‘Lanche if he was on a Cup run with the Rangers

    2 points for the taking-

  51. Keys to the game:

    1. Skate guards off

    2. Score more goals

    3. Skate guards on

    Must occur in stated sequence

  52. what the hell is with Arron Asham. guy has missed more than half this season’s games and we’ve seen basically nothing happen to him within an actual game.

  53. question – what must the Hawks be thinking now, when, after all the streak BS, they look down and see Anaheim only one game behind in the loss column. These intra-conference only games really cuts down the East Coast press coverage of teams like the Ducklings. Getting contributions everywhere, old and young, and Souray is a *plus 17*

  54. to be honest rather have miller then enroth tonight.

    these swedish goalies always get up to play against hank. enroth lehner.

    enroth played well against us in the past

  55. Sioux-per-man on

    Morning Carp!!!

    Looks like the Baby Buffalo’s are rolling with their JV in goal tonight. This should be an easier win than the last game, if there is such a thing.

    Any Rentals out there you would like to see put on a blueshirt before 4.3.13 rolls around?

  56. Trade for Vanek! He’s in NY now so can join the team right away by just walking from Buffalo’s locker room to ours…

  57. Bloomberg slapped the Big Gulp right out of Sauer’s hand and told him to get with the program

  58. Rob in Beantown on

    _these swedish goalies always get up to play against hank._

    yes, Enroth won’t be a pushover

  59. Rob in Beantown on

    Rangers win 2-1, Rick Nash scores with 4 minutes left in the 3rd period to save our sanity

  60. Honesty is generally the best policy but posts would reduce dramatically if required here.

  61. Rob in Beantown has found crystal ball and plugged in. Can we get playoff results as well?

  62. Rob in Beantown on

    Stepan scores for the Rangers in the first period. Sabres also score cause Lundqvist gets *unfocused* trying to think of his favorite Abba song. Nobody scores in the 2nd period.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    All I’ve heard is that Avery brought his mother and a friend into the room and Torts was not pleased.

  64. 2 things that concern me about the rangers. Injuries and missing staal. The team they have on the ice right now will make the playoffs but they need staal back healthy and sather needs to improve this team before the trade deadline for depth.

  65. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Iggy over ten foot pole jagr anytime!!

    And I’m thinking the organization feels exactly the same way.

    I would take morrow in a heartbeat (he should be on the short list)

  66. C’mon carp you can tell us…what can Avery do, block you at the entrance door to fashion week??

  67. stranger nation on

    Avery stole Carp’s blue tinted sunglasses and then claimed fashion statement as his own

  68. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I trade kreider for perry in a heartbeat.

    I think iggy would resign here, so I might give a bit more.

    I also think if you deal with the sharks, clowe just seems the absolute perfect fit for this team, you try to get Murray and clowe.

  69. stranger nation on

    Avery tried to set up Torts with his mom and friend, Torts not happy with gesture

  70. Sioux-per-man on

    Jagr has scored 5 goals in the last 4 games? Just saying …..

    Not to many players on this team can say that.

  71. Sioux-per-man on

    Wicky – no cap room to sing him for next year. And you wouldn’t give up Kreider for a 1/2 year rent to make a run at the cup.

  72. Sioux-per-man on

    Who gets Prucha’d…… if Zucc comes back to NY?

    Carp – what happened to the Zucc talk?

    Ranger saving the 1 contract they have for flexability just incase they get a Rental for the end of the season.

  73. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I think if u add perry, gabby is gone somewhere along the way…draft/offseason

  74. Sioux-per-man on

    Yes. How could we get Perry’s $6M in the lower cap, with McD needing a new contract?

  75. Has Jags really scored 5 tiems in the last 4 games?

    I haven’t scored 5 times in the last 6 months

  76. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m not necessarily giving up on him, and the stats don’t lie about his goal scoring ability, I’d just rather have perry.

    In no way shape or form am I suggest get rid of gabby and not replace him with at least a 30 goal guy (ie perry)

  77. _How could we get Perry’s $6M in the lower cap, with McD needing a new contract?_

    Rhymes with “we could amnesty Brad Richards”.

  78. stranger nation on

    Papa – Bozo is a good ‘locker room’ presence – keeps team loose, makes up for Ruff, Ruff departure

  79. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, is there any truth to the rumor that Schoenfeld’s training regimen with Hamrlik involves him telling Hamrlik to “have another doughnut, you fat pig”?

  80. stranger nation on

    Perry has ave .46/G/game over last 4 reg seasons – not including 10Gs in 20 PO games

    Ducks are second in west and set up for a run – why are they trading away these guys?

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    The Ducks will not, repeat, NOT trade Perry unless it is a pure hockey deal. And nobody is trading for Perry in a hockey deal.

  82. Having gotten to know Schoenfeld pretty well the last few years it’s difficult to believe hew can even say “doughnut.” The guy’s a physical specimen who would never put something like a doughnut in his system.

  83. czechthemout!!! on

    Agree Wicki

    Clowe is the guy I woould want. 4 years younger and still has a lot of good hockey in him.

    Morrow would be ok but I would not trade anything more than a 3rd for him.

  84. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Per @BNHarrington, Sabres G Jhonas Enroth is on 0-10-3 slide, last win: 5-1 over Capitals on Nov. 26, 2011.

    If Sam mentions this during the broadcast, it’s the kiss of death.

  85. Why, Doodie? Once they signed Getzlaf it became super clear that Perry is going to leave. Now they either use Perry for a cup run and lose him or they trade him for a good player (Gaborik) and make a cup run.

  86. On crystal ball, Doodie gets different outcome to tonight’s game in Buffalo……

    Stepan scores into Ranger net, Rangers lose 2-1. ABBA concert follows game.

    Crystal ball back to crystal ball shop for servicing.

  87. I agree with Wicky that Clowe or Murray is a must for this team. Need more balance.

    I am not giving up on The Kreider but if we moved him for Perry and locked up Perry, what is there to complain about?

  88. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, because they would rather go for the Cup run. And if they had the money to afford a Gaborik, they would just offer it to Perry.

  89. If Gets-Laugh got over $8m per…Perry is going to get $9m per or more, right?

    So, there is that. Otherwise, nothing really…

  90. Doodie – if the Ducks gave Getzlaf that much money how much more would they have to give Perry to make it reasonable. Getzlaf is not near the player Perry is.

    I have said in the past that if I am the Ducks it’s a tough spot. But in the end a Cup > Perry. So go for the cup. I just don’t think they would object to listening to trade offers that give them a return that stays for more than this season.

  91. Doodie Machetto on

    Getzlaf is a center. It’s a more valuable position. Perry and him should be comparable in terms of contract. Perry shouldn’t be that much higher than Getzlaf.

    Now, granted, Getzlaf is WAYYYYYYYY overpaid. But if you’re an NHL franchise, are you looking to pay present day Gaborik 7.5 million or present day Perry 8.5-9?

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    The Ducks will not trade Perry. Simple as that. They have no reason to. He gives them the best chance to win over whatever another team would consider sending them.

    At best, they move his rights after the season ends.

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, not counting Sauer (because in fairness, Bruins are without Savard), or Asham (can we really say we’ve been missing him?), we’ve only lost 24.

  94. My opinion is that the Ducks management just proved, with the laughable contract they gave Gets-Laugh (Good one, NYR) that they are total idiots. Therefore, anything is possible.

    That’s Getzlaf contract is STUPID.

  95. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Looks like the NHL achieved cost certainty. It’s a certainty that ticket costs will continue to rise.

  96. Rob in Beantown on

    Hank and Hags do an ice dancing routine to Dancing Queen during the post game concert

  97. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, the Getzlaf contract is no different than any other big contract that had been signed pre-2012 lockout except that it doesn’t have the fake years at the end to lower the cap hit.

  98. _I am not giving up on The Kreider but if we moved him for Perry and locked up Perry, what is there to complain about?_

    Paying twice (prospects/players then dollars) for Perry? His cap hit going forward?

  99. The contract put Getzlaf in the same sentence as Sidney Crosby. He shouldn’t be in the same league as Crosby.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    Crosby is taking a discount for Pittsburgh because a) he was only a couple of months removed from all of his major concussion issues; b) he was only RFA, unlike Getzlaf who was full UFA; c) Crosby’s contract is for 12 years; and d) the last 3 years of his deal bring the cap hit down. If Crosby’s deal was only 8 years long, he would have a 10.8 million cap hit.

  101. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    He probably would have scored if he was handling the puck normally. The spin-o-rama was slow.

  102. if getzlaf gets 8.25 perry will get close to 9.25 based on 50 goal scorer former hart trophy winner. i think the ducks will be in awe of getting the cup keep perry lose him in offseason like parise and suter

  103. Hags fall during post game Ice Dance at ABBA show. Upper body injury, last seen heading towards injury bunker, location undisclosed.

  104. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Kreider’s cap hit is $1.325 when he’s in the NHL through next season. If he starts to live up to his potential, let’s say he then signs a 3 year deal as an RFA at about $2.5-$3M.

    You have Kreider for about 4 seasons at a reasonable cap hit vs. Perry for 8 at $8-9M. Now, Kreider can always turn out to be a bust. However, in the cap era, you need some guys that are going to our perform the contracts.

    In theory, you can buy out Richards to offset the Perry increase, but then you have a lot of wingers with no one to pass it to them. Anyway, there’s less than a 5% chance they acquire Perry.

  105. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    With that contract to the girardi doppleganger, maybe they plan on trading perry…maybe

  106. Thought the Daugavins move was great. Actually made the shootout somewhat exciting. Not sure why people have a problem with it. Is is the move that bothers them or the actual evidence that game did come down to individual skills competition? 4on4 then 3on3 ot is better imo. Someone is bound to score with that much open ice.

  107. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on


    The day could have gone a lot worse for Florida Panthers prospect Scott Timmins.

    Not that it went particularly well. Timmins, currently playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, was arrested Monday morning after allegedly breaking into a home and passing out drunk on a couch.

    The home’s owner, Benjamin Garza, confronted Timmins after police arrived and told him, “You’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you.”

    Garza wasn’t home at the time, but his wife and three kids were. The unnamed woman awoke to find Timmins passed out in the living room. From the police report, it sounds like Timmins, who apparently went big at a local bar, mistook the residence for his own home. Probably not the sort of mistake you should be making in Texas.

    Neither the Panthers or Rampage have issued a comment on the incident.

  108. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Perry had over 100 pims and 50 goals in his hart trophy season and is clearly more than a one dimensional player. I’d rather have a guy like that.

    Kreider at this point has speed and has goal scoring ability obviously, but at this point doesn’t seem to have an aggressive nature about him to match his size, not talking about fighting per se, just hitting and a bit of nasty.

    Which in my book makes him a bigger version of gabby at this point, so if that is the case, I’d rather have perry.

  109. Sioux-per-man on

    The Ducks are right on the Blackhawks heals. They aren’t trading their 2nd best player, when they have a real shot at going to the Stanley Cup finals in the west, and contending for the Cup.

    Ducks will be buyers, not sellers.

  110. Problem with Daugmans shoot out move, one dimensional. I doubt he can lift the puck and get a shot high if the goalie goes down.

  111. How bout Boyle for Eric Belanger? maybe sweeten the pot and try to get Ryan Whitney at the same time? hm? a lil…30 year old dman? hm? lil upgrade on the blueline? hm????

  112. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Kreider has played less than 30 games and was learning at the NHL. He certainly hasn’t been physical to this point, but it’s too early to write him off as a power forward.

  113. Gravy, i don’t disagree, but the problem is, when it’s comes time to write him off, he has lost his trade value.

  114. The Wild are not going to trade Matt Cullen for Brian Boyle.

    I don’t see why they would trade him in the first place, but if they did they would want at least a 2nd round pick, not a struggling 3rd liner…

    And im not going to go into Bickel having any trade value. Nor does what state/province a player comes from…

  115. stranger nation on

    Lev – agree with 1:37 post 1000%

    didn’t mind move –

    take a player off ice every 5 mins of OT and the game will never go past 11 mins of OT and it will be FUN to watch. If anyone has played 3v3 full ice, you know what i am talking about

  116. Rob in Beantown on

    In 3-4 years everybody will do the shoot out like Daugavin. Daugavin becomes known as “the Dick Fosbury of the shootout”

  117. stranger nation on

    Oleo –

    Cullen UFA and Boyle signed for next season, Miller ready to take over full time 3rd line checking center at a minimum if we keep Richie Rich

    Bickel great at keeping the gate open

  118. Cullen is not coming back here. He was happy the Rangers traded him back to Carolina after one season in 06-07.

  119. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    _Hags is more physical than Kreider…prust saying_

    Obviously…three game suspension.

  120. Jack Klompus on

    Going to the game tonight, No Cadillac though. Sitting rangers shoot twice side. LGR!

  121. Dennis Rodman on

    I heard you boneheads were talking smack about me yesterday. You be gone if I find out who.

  122. Sioux-per-man on

    Oleo – I just noticed his name in the top 20 UFA, that could be shopped. But the Wild are winning and have the top spot in the Northwest. So they will be buyers not sellers.

    Calgary & Edmonton will be the sellers this year. Would Igilna want to win a Cup with the Rangers, or stay and go out in Flames. . . . .

  123. Sioux-per-man on

    Calgary can always give him a contract to be their Captain in the off season.

    What would they want for prospect or picks, for the Rental?

  124. Doodie Machetto on

    To whomever suggested Whitney, he’s even slower than Hamrlik at this point.

  125. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not saying I will be right, but those are the destinations that make the most sense for everyone involved.

  126. The Rangers biggest need is 3rd line offense since everyone (even Miller) has failed to produce there.

    Ryan Clowe might be had at a discount due to his poor season thus far…

  127. Doodie Machetto on

    oleo, yes, we need offense, so trade for a guy who is being outscored by Scott Gomez.

  128. bull dog line on

    Kreider plus for a guy who’s career high is 62pts, and is goalless in 22 games this season? and is an UFA this upcoming season?

  129. lol Matt Cullen? He actually wasn’t bad when he was a Ranger he just had “Holik syndrome” the guy was playing every night on the second line.

  130. Sioux-per-man on

    Jagr for Boyle sounds fair.

    Dallas gets to dump the salary, for a team they are not going to the playoffs. Maybe not so quick, they are only 2pts away from the 8th spot, along with 9 other teams at 26-30 points.

    We might have to put a couple of quarters in THE KREIDER, and whined him up for the playoffs.

    Will he be ready for a 2nd showing by the end of the year?

  131. Cross Check Charlie on

    Daugavin – I guess since it worked for him in the AHL, he thought he’d spring that move in the NHL. But, he’s had his one chance. Now, if he tries it again all the goalie has to do is lay down and he’s sunk.

    As for all the trades for Boyle – get real. Who in the world would want a guy that’s on pace for a 4 point season?

  132. Sioux-per-man on

    With MN in the playoff hunt they wont trade him. They will give him a contract for the next couple of years, and let him retire at home. He is helping them win games, and he is a fan favorite over here.

  133. Cullen developed a complex coming off a big cup win and then ending up centering 2 rookies. He never passed in the offensive zone, and he usually missed the net high.

    I remember at the time it seemed like $3M cap hit was way too high for a guy centering our 3rd line, but then, Drury.

  134. really is charming when Carp accuses me of being angry that the Rangers are winning seeing as how he’s a Ranger hater and of the two of us I’m the only one with charges on my credit card for season tickets (or any tickets at all) for the past 10 years.

  135. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Sioux was talking about Cullen. Given that he’s centering their second line in Columbus, and they are really clicking right now, I doubt they’ll trade him away for anything but a king’s ransom. He was here before, and he is a true pro with speed. I’ll pass. Not overpaying for him

  136. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    I’d like to see Jagr, but for a non-first, second round draft pick.

    No, Boyle for Jagr? Silly. IMHO. Boyle has monkey off his back. He will get better.

  137. people said Boyle had the monkey off his back after the last time he was scratched and came back to have a solid game. he then promptly faded back into obscurity.

    going to need more than one game before we know he’s turned the corner

  138. Clouseau’s monquai crawls from Boyle’s locker to Halpern’s, says, ‘what’s up, doc?’

  139. We’re used to black smoke rising …from between torts ears after offensive zone penalties

  140. stranger nation on

    That was no monkey on Boyle’s back – that was a byfuglein West African mountain gorilla

  141. eddie eddie eddie Rooked at Queens Pawn shop last Knight, stops at White Castle, becomes defensive with Sicilian.

  142. Sioux-per-man on

    Salty in Cullen defense. Renny didn’t play Cullen to his strenghts.

    Let’s give Gomez and Drury the top spots, which they did nothing with. Renny didn’t play him on the point in the Power Play like he did in Carolina, he used his speed on the PK. He had 40 -50 point seasons. Renny coached his way out of New York, and the league. Where is he now?

    Cullen is still playing, and doing well. His work ethic is second to none, but MN isn’t going to trade him when they are tied with Vancouver for the lead in their division.

    I was just saying, I know him personally, and how cool it would be to win the Cup this year, and have him on the team. He has the skills to help the Rangers, and he is a Tort’s type player with his conditioning and versitality. That is all.

    Plus it never gets old eating ice cream out of the stanley cup :)

  143. Sioux-per-man on

    Now that Boyle has the Gorilla of his back lets hope he flys like the wind, and hits like a truck.

    I like Boyle.

    Rangers have won 5 out of 6. Nothings broke right now……. why fix it?

  144. stranger nation on

    Sioux – hear ya – and if Richie Rich gets going to 80% productivity from his earlier level of 30%, than we will be putting 4 to 5 goals up per game.

  145. Second doodie comment from earlier.

    Iginla to boston or Pitt. Boston 11 mil in cap space. Would hurt us either team come playoff time.

  146. Sioux-per-man on

    Enroth hasn’t won a game in the last 16. Let’s just hope we put a weaker team away early. Get the 2 points, and get to Winnipeg on Thursday.

    I have had ZERO luck finding tickets to this game.

  147. Sioux-per-man on

    Outside of spending $500 to sit in the rafters, eh not sure that is worth taking 2 days off work to do.

    I could have bought season tickets for about 3 minutes, and sold everyone of them on ticket exchange for a profit, and kept the Ranger games for myself. It still bothers me to this day.

  148. Sioux-per-man on

    I wonder if John Scott will see the ice tongiht? It shouldn’t be to tough to skate around him :)

  149. stranger nation on

    Oh, no. I am a musician and the monkey is a businessman.

    He doesn’t tell me what to play, and I don’t tel him what to do with his money

  150. I definitely just heard a “Let’s go Rangers!” chant outside my window at work! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  151. Inspector Clouseau on

    Do you have a license?

    City ordinance 147-B prohibits the playing of any musical instrument in a public place for the purpose of commercial enterprize without a proper license.

    It is against the leu for you to play your musical instrument.

  152. Clouseau’s Monquay in Vegas : ‘Dealeuer, if I have credit in this establishment, I request a stack of large denomination chimps.’

  153. Doodie Machetto on

    Sally, with the two Brandons gone, who will be the focus of your -stalking- affections tonight?

  154. Enroth on such a slide….but that just means he’ll play like Ken Dryden tonight, right?

    You can bet Rosen and Michelletti will keep talking about it and that would only reinforce the possibility of a shutout.

  155. good point sb1, Rosen has also developed “JDism” where he feels compelled to never say anything negative about any team, player or league official. Kind of annoying

  156. Lloyd, I dont think it was on a regular basis. However, even when he did, it was most certainly overshadowed by his overly effusive praise of anyone and everyone connected with the league. By listening, you would think the guy that fixed the glass found the cure to cancer.

  157. Well, I can distinctly remember JD taking officials to task for bad calls and sometimes did so a bit more demonstratively than I’ve heard from any other broadcaster. Regardless, Davidson is a great dude, as is Rosen. Those two will forever be the voices of the Rangers and can do no wrong. Micheletti, on the other hand, is a plague.

  158. Dood, I haven’t yet found a suitable replacement. We need more Brandons.

    Sioux, not going to the game, unfortch. Working ’til 8pm and the tickets were too expensive for me. :( :( :(

  159. Agreed, but I certainly would not go as far as say do no wrong. I also distinctly remember the opposite as well. Stalemate.

  160. Anyone have to suffer through the BUF feed tonight?

    Over/under on how many times Rick Jeanneret calls Rick Nash Steve tonight?

  161. True Blue Mike on

    I need some predicitons today. How many goals against? How many goals do the Rangers score? and who scores? GO GO gO!

  162. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m sticking with the crystal ball. Stepan and Nash score for the Rangers. I’ll say Pominville scores one for the Sabres.

  163. When it is 1-0 Buffalo, the same people will jump off the bridge and then find life when the score changes-see the Washington game thread for the “regular” bipolar ‘heads

  164. It looks like the Panthers are getting ready to place Kovalev on waivers. NICE! Welcome back, Alexei!!! ;-)

  165. Rob in Beantown on

    On a Buffalo board I’ve been monitoring they’re cracking jokes about Richards diving more tonight. Ha ha its funny cause Kaleta didn’t almost kill/paralyze him

  166. no shutouts for Hank so far in what’s been a decidedly mediocre season for him

  167. Ovie n Chimera for Richie n Kreider. if ovie doesnt snap out of it buy him out goin to have to do it with Richie anyway. its only $, raise tix prices….. oh wait

  168. His GAA has been going down though. I believe he is 9th in the league right now. Been improving lately. Wouldnt be surprised if he gets a shutout tonight. I say 4-0 Rangers.

  169. Rob in Beantown on

    .921% save percentage and 2.24 GAA isn’t terrible if you factor in no preseason to get settled

  170. Jeff in South Dakota on

    We have Buffalo out here, but we don’t let them play hockey — all cheap shot artists. Lousy slewfooters everyone of ’em.

  171. Alright, been cray at work last two days. What am I missing? Except the usual jackwagon festival, of course.

  172. You’re asking about a score prediction for this game?

    I’ll give you a score predicition: It’s going to be a blowout … it’s going to be embarrasing … and it’s going to last you the rest of your life.

    9-0 Sabres. A complete meltdown for the NYR. One not seen since the dark ages (2000s). A drubbing so complete in nature that North Korea vows to attack any city but New York, claiming NYR fans have already suffered enough.

  173. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Da pimp. Ever the optimist. Thank you, sir!!!

    BTW, hope you’re feeling ok!!

  174. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Hey, in other news, glad to see Ottowa has brought in ANOTHER tough guy, Kassian. We get them first round and we get beaten to a pulp. This is why we need Jagr. He’s big.

  175. A) I will never defend Renney on anything except that he was able to stroke Jagr into scoring 50+ that season.

    B) Cullen had his chances on the PP point here, it didn’t fly. He choked in NY, it happens.

    It’s funny that you know him personally Sioux. It seems that he still enjoyed dating even after he had just gotten married and had a kid, as a co-worker once came running over to me to brag that “her sister was dating a Ranger”…. I said, oh, who? I couldn’t help but imagine Sean Avery at the time.

    No, a guy from Minnesota…”Matt Cullen”.

    I said, “uhhhh oh, wow, does your sister know he’s newly wed? I only know because the broadcasters have been blaming his offensive struggles on his new marriage, child, and adjusting to NYC, etc.”

    She looked shocked.

    The next day she said told me it was all news to her sister, she had no idea and that Cullen was scumming it up with her and broke it off with him immediately.

    Sorry Matt Cullen. Maybe if you had produced I would have never heard about your marriage…I’m sure you’re still getting stray tail in MN.

  176. Feelin’ just fine boys and girls.

    And feeling another epic loss coming.

    Leave it to the clowns to re-establish themselves as mediocre. It’s inevitable.

  177. A) I will never defend Renney on anything except that he was able to stroke Jagr into scoring 50+ that season.

    B) Cullen had his chances on the PP point here, it didn’t fly. He choked in NY, it happens.

    It’s funny that you know him personally Sioux. It seems that he still enjoyed dating even after he had just gotten married and had a kid, as a co-worker once came running over to me to brag that “her sister was dating a Ranger”…. I said, oh, who? I couldn’t help but imagine Sean Avery at the time.

    No, a guy from Minnesota…”Matt Cullen”.

    I said, “uhhhh oh, wow, does your sister know he’s newly wed? I only know because the broadcasters have been blaming his offensive struggles on his new marriage, child, and adjusting to NYC, etc.”

    She looked shocked.

    The next day she said told me it was all news to her sister, she had no idea and that Cullen was scumming it up with her and broke it off with him immediately.

    Sorry Matt Cullen. Maybe if you had produced I would have never heard about your marriage…I’m sure you’re still getting stray tail in MN.


    well that escalated quickly

  178. Pimp be going to the US vs Puerto Rico baseball game tonight. Those clowns better not lose to their own territory.

  179. Tort hates Stats! He just said it on Behind the bench. Trade Stats!

    He also said +/- is stupid.

  180. Anni-Frid Lyngstad on

    Here are my top ten songs selected just for you Boneheads who will be attending the post game concert:

    1 The Winner Takes it All
    2 Dancing Queen
    3 Knowing Me, Knowing You
    4 Mamma Mia
    5 S.O.S.
    6 Fernando
    7 Super Trouper
    8 Take a Chance On Me
    9 Lay All Your Love On Me
    10 Does Your Mother Know

  181. Admiral Akbar on

    Isn’t that extra-curricular behavior a la Cullen par for the course for these fine athletes?

  182. For Those About To Evrock on

    If anyone on here Is in south Florida right now, I’ve got a free extra ticket to the Panthers game tonight. The only bad thing is you’ve gotta sit next to me! Lol

  183. Anybody feel like dropping a game prediction even though it’s not a game prediction thread?

  184. Cross Check Charlie on

    If Torts really said +/- is stupid then it’s the most profound thing he’s said this season. I think it has to be the worst statistic in sports.

  185. Love it, Lev.

    Yea Charlie. I know a bunch of us boneheads hate it as a statistic (even though McBust is like a career +44 now) so I thought people would appreciate the support from -God- Tort.

  186. My brother once sold a dog to a guy who was renting an apartment from a guy whose sister was dating a guy whose sister was dating Aaron Ward.

  187. True Blue Mike on

    I would love a Richards hatrick tonight all assist from MDZ. They could win me a ton of money.

  188. HOWSON Update:

    @TSNBobMcKenzie@ Former CBJ GM Scott Howson is working the rest of this season for EDM, scouting pro ranks and U.S. colleges.

  189. Great to see Miller backing up his talk about how weak his team is and how they have to step up by sitting out with a wittle itty bitty sinus infection.


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