Capitals at Rangers tonight

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pre-game notes from the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Mar. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-13-2 (32 pts)
Capitals: 14-16-1 (29 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-13-2 (32 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to end their two-game winning streak. The Blueshirts are now 4-2-0 in their last six home games. The Capitals enter the contest with a 14-16-1 (29 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m.), to begin a three-game road trip.

RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
All-Time: 87-86-18-5 overall (48-38-9-2 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Mar. 10 at Verizon Center. The Rangers’ power play is 2-7 (28.6%) in the series, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held the Capitals scoreless in seven power play attempts. The Rangers have out-shot the Capitals, 70-57, including a 32-16 advantage in the first period, and New York has out-scored Washington, 6-2, in the series with a 5-0 advantage after the first period. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Ryan McDonagh (three assists), and Rick Nash (three assists) are tied for the series lead with three points apiece, while Derek Stepan leads all skaters with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third period. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points in the season series, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
– The Rangers have won seven of their last nine regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 32-16, over the span
– New York is tied for ninth in the NHL with a 10-6-1 (21 pts) record at home; Washington ranks 19th in the NHL with a 6-9-1 (13 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 6-3-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Capitals are 2-8-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists two former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); Roman Hamrlik (2011-12 – 2012-13)
– Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06); Wojtek Wolski (2010-11 – 2011-12)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 23 GP, 14-7-2, 2.70 GAA, 3 SO
– Martin Biron — 24 GP, 12-9-1-2, 2.50 GAA, 1 SO
– Brad Richards — 52 GP, 9-28-37
– Rick Nash — 11 GP, 7-8-15
– Ryan Callahan — 20 GP, 9-7-16
– Ryan McDonagh — 8 GP, 1-4-5

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 9-50 (18.0%) in the last 18 games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 53-62 (85.5%) in the last 21 games. New York has posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (5:02) on Thursday vs. Florida. New York is tied for 25th overall (13-94, 13.8%) and ranks 23rd at home (9-57, 15.8%). 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 (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Panthers in two power play attempts (2:26) on Thursday at MSG. New York ranks 12th overall (85-103, 82.5%) and is tied for 13th at home (51-61, 83.6%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (3): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Florida, and are now minus-1 in 20 four-on-four situations (39:13) 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).

SOUTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 21-6-2 in their last 29 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-3-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 92-59, over the span.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash currently leads the team with 10 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.

GOAL SCORING LEADERS SINCE 2009-10

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 fifth with .45 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in hits (895) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks 10th in the NHL with 101 hits, while Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and is tied for 11th in the league with 100 hits.

EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella is one win shy of earning his 400th career win as a National Hockey League head coach. He will be the 30th coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella’s 160 wins with the Blueshirts are four shy of Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (5th in NHL) in GAA — 2.37
– 3rd (8th in NHL) in FO% — 51.3%
– 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.2
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 895
– T-6th (T-10th in NHL) in Blocked Shots — 471
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2

QUICK HITS:
– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 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 is 9-50 (18.0%) in the last 18 games
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 53-62 (85.5%) in the last 21 games
– New York has registered a point in nine of 11 games when scoring the first goal this season (8-2-1), and are 7-11-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 8-0-0 when leading after the second period

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 11 games (6-5-0, 1.99 GAA, .929 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — has tallied a point in 12 of his last 16 games (eight goals, 10 assists over the span)
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in nine of the last 12 games (five goals, six assists over the span)
– Ryan Callahan — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games
– Carl Hagelin — 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 20 games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine contests
– Michael Del Zotto — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Ryan Callahan — 1 assist from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Rick Nash — 1 goal from 300th 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
– John Tortorella — 1 win from 400th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
– Michael Del Zotto — 100th career NHL point (3/19 at NJD)
– Rick Nash — 700th career NHL game (3/21 vs. FLA)

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 30
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 15
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 9
Total Man-Games Lost: 77

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Mar. 20 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 20 — Assigned forward Micheal Haley to Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 23 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 23 — Montreal claimed forward Jeff Halpern off waivers

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  1. Don’t you just love the nonsense fluff the organeyezation puts out in their (“there” for a few of youse non-proofreaders) pre-game releases? We’re going down the tubes and I should care that the Rangers didn’t surrender a power play opportunity on March 7th on Long Island?

  2. Looks like the Blueshirts are even with the Blue Jackets in points earned this season….hmmmm. So we add Fast and Hobbit, now waiting for Gandolf to set sail from Sweden to save the season. I am ready to write off this season. If the Rangers do make a trade, it will be for draft picks that they have traded away. This shortened season is a drag. Who would have picked Montreal as one of the top teams, and the Rangers struggling to get in to the playoffs…yeah, I’m in a cranky mood this morning.

  3. Don cherry gushed about brandon prust last night. Did he mention the guy once when he was a ranger? Big two points today. Caps are playing better. Rangers arent be wary.

  4. I’ve lost any good feel I had for this team. The caps are playing much better now and probably will come into msg and win. It’s possible the rangers could squeak into the playoffs but they would be one and done. I hope the rangers prove me wrong but I’ve seen enough of this team this year to realize, there not that good.

  5. LGR!

    Not that I yearn for more fights, but the Rangers did lead the league in fighting majors last year and rank 24th this year.

    Is it a law in Canada that they’re limited to listening to only Canadian music? If you look in the “more coverage of the Rangers” widget thing, the writers from north of the border seem to love crowing about these mediocre Canadian bands.

  6. 2 more questionable hits last night…
    Clune on Anisimov
    Robak on Sestito
    No respect…

  7. Nash should have been called on the carpet for that hit on Kopecky and probably fined. The only reason I say probably is because the hit looked so clumsy, you could tell Nash was doing something he isn’t as skilled at as he is stickhandling.

    It just looked to me on that play that if he wanted to he could have taken a way more vicious hit. If that was Chris Neil coming across the slot, or Kaleta, Kopecky wouldn’t have gotten up so easily.

  8. Admiral Akbar on

    This is a mediocre team we are rooting for. Lets just face it already. There is some good top-tier talent, much of which is underperforming. There are a couple of rookies with bright spots. The defense is banged up without Staal (and of course Sauer would be a nice help,’but…)

    There isn’t much more help coming from the minors. There aren’t many great trade prospects. There is no one really to trade. There are no great free agent prospects…

    Has this ship come to pass, with last season being the apex??

  9. You could play like buffalo or Toronto last night, get one more goal than your opponents and be elated. You could also play like Montreal or Boston and lose and feel sad. Two points per night is the key to success no matter how you get them. Lets get them. Make the playoffs. Worry about Pittsburgh or Montreal or Boston or whomever some other time.

  10. it’s going to be hard for the rangers to make the playoffs when they win a few in a row, than lose a few in a row. This has been this teams trend all year and I don’t see that changing.

  11. 2 rangers prospects faceoff today as Michigan and Boo Nieves plays Notre Dame and Steven Fogarty for CCHA title, 2pm on MSG+. both are freshman, so it will be a while before they are pros. Boo has serious offensive skills, Fogarty is more defensive.

    ok, now back to the ledge

  12. The Fasth situation makes no sense.

    I’ve never heard of a federation refusing to allow a player to go to the NHL because of the World Championships. Sweden let Silfverberg go to Ottawa last season and we was the best domestic player.

    I highly doubt it is an issue and the Rangers have enough $$$ to get around any obstacles…

  13. Not sure what the issue is either, oleo. He is under the contract with NYR through 2014-2015 season.

  14. Ilb2001

    It’s the same “issue” as Carl Hagelin refusing to sign with the Rangers because he secretly wanted to play in Detroit. Utter nonsense.

    The Rangers are on the verge of making a move (as evidenced by Halpern, Bickel and soon to be Gilroy on waivers).

    Im assuming Zuccarello is out of the picture because Sather is unnecessarily cheap when it comes to young players especially Europeans.

  15. >>Don’t you just love the nonsense fluff the organeyezation puts out in their…pre-game releases?

    I love the fact that some people actually think the pre-game releases is worthy reading material.

  16. One non-Ranger thought here. Guy Boucher is fired today by the Lightning. I didn’t particularly think he was a good coach (although show me a coach with no number 1 goalie and I’ll show u a fired coach) but I think it has more to do with them bringing up a lot of their young guys who have won in the AHL with Norfolk and now Syracuse and hiring John Cooper to continue to build on that developed chemistry.

  17. And they are another team that spent money on long terms contracts and now don’t have the depth to go with it and that player they overpaid hasn’t produced the same since getting the big money. It happens so much yet these GMs keeping doing it and people want to blame the players? WHY! GM with owners permission are stupid enough to keep doing it players – no reason to say no.

  18. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Thanks, Ilb, watched the first 10 goals by Fast(h) on that highlight video. Best I can say is some hands, likes to play up close to the net, but was playing against non-NHL talent. He may get better but not so sure he is our saviour.

    Nor is re-tread Zuccarrello. Your talking 6’0, 176 pounds soaking wet on Fast, and we all know Zucc’s is a midget.

    This is what happens when a GM, through moves that don’t work out, is boxed in at the cap. Like 5 years ago, Gomez, Drury wastes, we now have Richards, Gabby waste up against cap. No draft choices either.

    We still have a chance to look ‘not so bad’ if version 2.0 of Gomez/Drury play decently. If not, oh boy. and here we go again. For a guy that was all about “develop our kids and build from within” four years ago, my how he has once again $*(%)#$ed it up.

    Mr. Dolan, is it time to fire our GM if we don’t make the playoffs or are one and out? This ship has changed directions more than the Hindenburg.

  19. But if the Rangers lose Sully who is going to coach the PP?

    I guess Farty Marty can retire now at 666.

  20. Well said by Brooks:

    @NYP_Brooksie@: NYR asst Mike Sullivan likely on short list for top job in old haunts TB and BU…Probably best not to include NYR PP stats on resume

  21. Best not include their PP stats…

    OR their inability to realize the game starts at the drop of the puck, not thirty minutes after…

    OR their league-wide reputation for being soft to play against…

    OR an inability to instill an offensive strategy that actually tries to, you know, put the puck in the net

  22. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Or, JR. It would be fun to see him interviewed after games.

    JR: “the reason we didn’t win is because we lost”

    JR: “it’s not so much that the PP did not score it’s that when we had the extra man on, the other team iced the puck”

    JR: “Richards looks like a player for an era past, most certainly not the present”

  23. Admiral, very sound analysis and conclusions.

    Perhaps those whose expectations have continually exceeded reality will join the chorus of fire Sather and staff and finally turn the page.

    Alas we must convince the suckers paying top dollar to attend the MSG circus to at least once, get up immediately after the anthem and walk out in protest!

    Any odds makers out there?

  24. bull dog line on

    I would try to get both MZA, and Fast here as soon as possible. this team has no depth to speak of, so the 2 of them would help in that regard. the problem I see with them is that neither of them are built to play the grinding game Torts wants played. so its either square peg meet round hole, or adjust the way the team plays.

  25. If the rangers don’t make the playoffs the only person who will probably get fired is Tortorella. Unfortunately, ranger fans can moan and groan all they want about firing Sather but for whatever reasons, Doaln loves sather. The problem with the knicks/rangers is one person and one person only, DOLAN. It all starts with ownership. You don’t have to look to far to see how bad the islanders have been for 15-20 years, it’s ownership. Look at the mets, wilpons, it’s ownership. Unfortunately Doaln isn’t going to sell the rangers/knicks any time soon, if at all. we are stuck with this garbage.

  26. Comnsnse, is that what you do at the Mausoleum out in Nassau County? Seems plausible considering all the empty seats in that barn..

  27. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt, Powe-Newbury-Asham

    wow! scary bad! i am so done with Boyle and his waste of a 6’7 frame. what a scrub

  28. czech –

    You belittled and disparaged players, and you kicked and complained most of last year, maybe not quite as much with Torts, but you always had someone to beat on.
    I don’t doubt your desire to see the Rangers win, it’s just that you think you know the way – the ONLY way, to get it done. And you seem perfectly willing to destroy if you can’t have your way.

  29. The old “Mausoleum walk out”.

    Latona and Dde are ON POINT!

    Miller out. Bottom six is scary.

  30. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    There is still time to figure it out, I’m trying hard to stay optimistic but it’s not easy especially when half your forwards are..well..at or below average… Success is a funny and elusive thing in this league. Majority of NYR fans were pretty much all thrilled this time last year and now with the expectations, everything changes. How quickly I forgot Richards playoff heroics and Gaboriks big season. These days I kill those guys all the time. They’ve earned the benefit of the doubt for at least the duration of the season. Tampa was in game 7 of the ECC two seasons ago and now a complete train wreck. Hopefully Torts can navigate this team away from disaster, for his sake and ours. In Torts I trust (for now)

  31. I think we have been over this a million times and had the same answer. For me it’s, trade for Nash (great move) then think the team is all set (bad) so you let go Weiss (for nothing), Mitchell, Fedotenko, etc. You can’t sign The Prust because he goes to Montreal for a boatload of years (Horrible but understandable). Then you have a lockout, during which your top 3 players are a.) fighting the CBA instead of working out, b.) recovering from shoulder surgery and c.) mildly injured in Europe. Then you have no camp, slap in 6-7 players who don’t know the system, assume The Kreider will net 40+ and then spiral into mediocrity that borders on horrendous.

    Anyone else have an explanation?

  32. glad they finally cut bait on Bickel but the whole Halpern thing made no sense. guy was never really given a chance and if it was going to turn out that he was just Boyle’s spare part anyway, why sign him in the first place. a lot of very questionable moves from this team this year.

  33. Bottom six is scary, no doubt. Richards scary as well, should be a tough one tonight but I’ll keep the faith and pull for our guys. As for lines tonight? Guess Torts will “just go with his gut” Which means sending Richards out every second shift and for all offensive zone faceoffs, why not? it’s worked great so far this season.

  34. Paul in sunrise on

    Bickel cleared waivers which is good for NYR. Let him work on game. Good battle level. Maybe some time with beuk will be good

  35. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I don’t care how thin we are tonight. I would bench Richards.

    Mama said he looked like he was on ambien during post game interview. I need some valium and xanax with his performances.

    Bench him. Give other guys a chance already.

  36. and czech –

    That I don’t understand the game as much as I think?

    On that I’ll agree.. and perhaps there is a thing or two you don’t understand as much as you think .. perhaps?

  37. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Assistant Coach, Manny @ 11:49 AM. Vibin’ as always.

    However, I would add, that the loss of Prust was a heart and soul loss that gouged the heart out of our team chemistry. Bryan Murray saw the same problem in Ottowa with Chris Neil and approached him over a year before his contract was to expire and resigned him to 3 (I think) very fairly priced years IN ADVANCE of Neil even thinking of going FA. Our poor excuse of a GM handled it a different way. A few weeks before Prust’s expiration, well after Prust had time to evaluate his worth on the FA market, he gives him a silly offer that had to be refused. I guess Sather thought anyone that plays here wants to stay here. But offered 50% more and 2 years longer, what would you do? A ridiculous miscalculation by a stubborn excuse of a GM. Once again, Glen, miscalculation. So, matching Montreals offer looks silly. Was Slather trying to run him out of town? Don’t think so. He just played it wrong. Stubbornly.

  38. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    looking way up, 5th place on down is up for grabs. Would be really happy with an orchestrated 6th place finish for our boys (like Devils last year) so we can play 3rd place (weakest team, like Devils had last year, Florida).

    Strategy to increase chances to go to 2nd round.

    Like Devils last year.

  39. Neil turned down more money from the Rangers to stay in OTT, Prust ran for the money

  40. didn’t the devils and panthers go to a 7th game last year? How was that easy for the 6th place team?

  41. I think this prust thing is so overrated. Teams in the eastern conference last year like montreal, caps, sabres, maple leafs all were either rebuilding, had key injuries and had an off year. The penguins had key injuries to there best players and they still almost caught the rangers. I think last year was one of those years where it appeared all the breaks went the rangers way. If you look at the big picture with this team there the same team who struggle the past few years to get into the playoffs. I think last year was an exception to the rule type of year.

  42. Right Im sure going down 3 games to 2 and having to go to 2OT in game 7 was all part of the master plan. Playing a Flyers team that shot their load in the previous series was brilliant too.

  43. Kings were 8th. Play your best hockey those four rounds. Do they have the talent? The drive? The coach? Penguins were mediocre in 1991-1992 regular season. They got a healthy Mario and the rest is history.

  44. I still think with Prust the years > Money. I would have paid him the same for two years max.

  45. _Neil turned down more money from the Rangers to stay in OTT, Prust ran for the money_

    Which was smart on Prust’s part.

  46. “It remains to be seen whether the offer will be lucrative enough to entice Zuccarello, who will only consider a one-way deal after spending most of his two years in North America in the AHL.”

    Give the guy what he wants! It’s not all about the money…he really just wants to play in the NHL!!

  47. You know where I stand on that, NYR. I think the ^Hobbit Wizard^ would bring an element this team lacks, PASSING. He could easily point the PP unit because he doesn’t shoot into people’s shin pads and he’s a quick, intelligent passer.

  48. Might have taken more money for Prust to stay … he’s a good ol’ Canadian boy who probably thinks Montreal hockey is the sports capital of the world. He was virtually unknown in New York. He’s an idol in Montreal. I don’t think he was married to staying in NY at all. And he loved the idea of hitting the market and having teams bid.

  49. @stevezipay@ Uh-oh RT @kuklaskorne@r: Early Report Say Kovalchuk Out 2-4 Weeks: from Tom Gulitti Devils GM Lou Lamoriello…

  50. Yeah getting $10M instead of $5M is always nice especially when a big part of your game is taking fists to the face.

  51. ….and breaking your hands on other people’s faces and separating your shoulder on the end boards.

  52. Everybody in Canada loves Prust. You know why? Because of the way he played for John Tortorella…

    He was borderline player before he came to NY…NY put him on the map…

    Not that it matters or anything…

  53. bull dog line on

    I know you are joking CT, but if you look at it, the system they play is made for guys like Prust. the guys with no skill at all. then he asks the guys with the skill to play like Prust.

  54. Watching Football Rivalries on Fox Soccer really makes me envy those fans. What fun the lunacy and intensity must be at those matches.. one of these German supporters individually makes more noise than MSG these days.. sad..

  55. Remember when the media was pretending that Guy Boucher was Scotty Bowman part II? It was a genius move by Stevie Whyzerman to hire him. They loved that guy…

    He shouldn’t have a hard time finding work…

  56. I really think Montreal will try to get Mr. French Canada, Guy Boucher back up there in some sort of role. They love French Canadians.

  57. bull dog line on

    not really? we sit here day after day talking about how much they miss guys like Prust, AA, Dubi, and Fedotenko. why is that? is it because they played with so much skill, and the Rangers miss there skill level? no its because they all played a grind it out kind of game. the style Torts has the Rangers play is made for those guys. those players are not asked to change there game, Gabby, Kreider, Nash, and Step are asked to change there game. and when they don’t score playing the behind the net, grind em out style, they catch all the blame. not really?

  58. 2 of Gaborik’s best seasons have come under Torts, and while it’s only been 30 games, Nash is a point per game game player under him. Richards had a respectable season last year and his transformation into Gomez 2.0 is probably more due to him being 32/33 years old than anything Torts did to him. Other than that, what high end offensive players has Torts had to work with while’s been here?

  59. If a team moves to Quebec City in the near future, I’d say you can pencil in Boucher as the coach; I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a short-term job elsewhere in the interim. With the new stadium being constructed there, and the success in Winnipeg (at least in terms of support and finances) might make Quebec City the next relocation destination. I would say Montreal would grab him in some capacity, but their NHL and AHL staffs have been solidified with French-Canadians, and I don’t think they’d want to waste him in an office role.

  60. bull dog line on

    like you said last night it doesn’t matter if they change there style. why fix what is broke?

  61. bull dog line on

    Torts has gone from safe is death, to, lets play not to lose. you know what happens when you play not to lose? you lose. Tom Renney lost, Colin Campbell lost, and Roger Neilsen lost. Renney played not to lose the entire time he was here. Campbell went back and forth, but when the chips were down he played not to lose, and Neilsen always coached not to lose.

  62. Yea, Latona. QC should be a relocation spot. I don’t know why the NHL hates moving teams to real markets but they will probably put a team in Seattle before QC.

  63. And as far as Kreider is concerned, there was always going to be a learning curve with him. Very few guys, even 1st round picks, step right into the pro game and become impact players. And those that do are usually top 10 or more often top 5 draft picks. Kreider’s raw tools might be NHL caliber but he’s still got a ways to go in other areas.

    Parise, Perry, Giroux, they all took time to become the players they are now.

  64. Let’s be honest though, Renney definitely reached his expiration date when he got booted but that 08-09 team was pretty lousy.

  65. Excellent follow up points on Guy Boucher, Manny and Latona…

    He actually coached the Hamilton Bulldogs (Habs affiliate) and won AHL coach of the year before he got the Lightnings gig…

    So when the Wangers go to Quebec, they’ll probably leave Capuano in the parking lot and give Bouchy a call…

  66. Ecklund:

    *Stay Tuned. Rumors of a Major Deal Brewing..*

    Talked to quite a few sources today who are talking about an off the record deal…best way to describe it…”A player once thought would NEVER be moved looks to be quietly in play….”

    another called it a “trade that would be heard worldwide…”

    Stay tuned…

  67. I think the Habs wanted Boucher to leave Tampa and coach the in Montreal before they hired Therrien (possibly before they named Cunneyworth interim post Jacques Martin). I think I remember the Habs being very shocked he wasn’t willing to just walk away from the Lightning to coach in the hallowed land of Hab-Mania.

    Remember last year when the Habs were being talked about as a “cultural relic” instead of a hockey team? That turned around Jesper Fasth, eh?

  68. SufferingSince79 on

    Manny @ 11:49 & tommy G @ 1:14…I agree. Last year was the abiration. This is who we are and have been the last several years. I like the Nash trade but without your top players playing anywhere close to where they need to, he’s not much better off than he was in Columbus. I also don’t know how anyone realistically says that last years team getting the same 2013 performances would have us comfortably in the playoff hunt and battling for a top spot. Very few injuries last year too.

  69. I realize that it is not the popular opinion here, but I started thinking about how many disagreed with a run and gun type system failing miserably and that players like Boyle et al, couldn’t handle it. However, and I’m not saying that it would even work of course, but we must really think that every other team among the other 29 COULD? Can the Panthers? And with Boyle, he shouldn’t even play in the NHL to begin with so I think the point is moot. I was merely suggesting a change in game philosophy might be an option. Because this coach isn’t going anywhere…

  70. For sure, NYR. They have Sylvain Lefebvre (remember him? LOL) coaching in Hamilton now, and I think he’s doing a decent job.

  71. CTB, your last post on Renney is precisely how I feel about him. Time was right for him to depart, but that team was lame.

  72. Did anyone see Sergio Garcia earlier today actually climb up a tree to make a golf shot? His ball was caught on the bark. Silly stuff…

  73. bull dog line on

    to me Kreider was put in a postion to fail. playing with Boyle to start season, and benched at the slightest mistake. I watched Kreider play when he was up. as Manny has said, he looked lost much of the time. but with a guy like Kreider you have to let him play to his strength. his speed and shot. I think what hurt Kreider more than anything this year was the lockout. Torts could not afford, in his mind, to live with Kreiders mistakes in a short season. if this was an 82 game season, I think he handles him different.

  74. Yea, I know, he’s a bit, um, sensational, ilb? But still. Could mean something fun might happen today other than all of us wasting our day chatting about nonsense.

  75. bull dog line on

    that last team Renney had, Torts took to the playoffs. Renney success was about Jagr, and Hank.

  76. That’s interesting, Matty. You think the Caps finally move their Capt. in the middle of an upswing?

  77. Rumours of a few sources talking about an off the record deal maybe involving a player who was once not being traded but might now be being traded?

    I miss Rod.

  78. It’s known worldwide that in United States Russian athletes love to be playing in the New York area because of the big Russian population If a Russian player has a choice of where to play he always wants to play in a big Russian populated area

  79. So, I guess that means we are getting Ovechkin. Great. I am stoked. Hopefully, McDonagh, Stepan, Kreider, Del Zotto, and Miller have good careers in Washington…

  80. Here we go again. Torts is holding back a player that played a 2 1/2 playoff series and scored a couple of goals from being the proven NHL player he already was? GEEZ!!

    He’s a developing the prospect. Maybe just maybe he wasn’t as NHL ready as people think. Kinda of a BIG jump from playing against smallish college guys where most contact is a penalty to the NHL game with no time in the AHL even to make the transition.

    But yes, Torts is the one holding him back from the previous 0 regular season games of well played NHL calibre played he did not have!

  81. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, Manny, the ‘rumor’ has to be about a ‘big time’ player. Iginla? Ovie? Weber….. It has to be a team that’s underperforming.

  82. Do these Torts is holding kreider back people know how many young cant miss prospects have come up scored a couple of goals early and then when the League saw them for a few games stopped scoring and never made it back.

    I’m not saying thats whats going to happen with Kreider but there are people that talk like he had 3 successful seasons under his belt or something.

  83. No no no if you go for Ovechkin in a move like that you would be basically giving up this year and aiming for next year in my opinion There would be too many moving parts and a big trade Like that would probably gut half of your defense

  84. Guys, don’t fall over yourselves over this trade deadline. Everyone short of Florida still thinks they are it. And Florida best trade candidates are hurt. The demand is WAY higher than the supply which means the prices will get outrageous for marginal assets. Why would the NYR trade Kreider and a 2nd rounder for a rental in Iginla. If you dont win in the playoffs, guess it wasnt worth it.

  85. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, I would hope that we don’t need such ‘big fish’. Remember, if our two stars, Gabby and Richards, are having average years, we might not be thinking we need anything. Perhaps they will….yawn….they will come around yet.

    There’s lots of time….

  86. Agree, hwirth. In fact, I believe his development is exactly where it should be at the moment. I thought he’d stay in AHL even longer. So he started scoring in bunches? So did Chris Newbury for years, apparently.

  87. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Actually, another interesting trade source is Tampa Bay……not Stamkos, but Vinnie (hurt) and Martin St….

  88. The deadline trades will be what they have been for the last 3 years. The shuffling of the deck chairs. 5-6 dmen for low end picks. 3rd liner for a 3rd liner with a different skill set.

  89. I don’t see St. Louis excepting a trade. Maybe he has all the power there. He’s got a no movement clause. Maybe if they offered him to go to Chi, Pitt, Bos he would consider but thats about it.

  90. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, it is curious to me that we get rid of a center that wins more face offs than he loses. I know he had no point production, but he did to that well. Going into the playoffs, or late stages of the season, we need to win face offs. Makes me think we are looking at a center somewhere to replace Halperns lousy skills. Cant imagine what #1 or #2 center is available, if there is one.

  91. Here’s an example of the trade deadline rumors being a bit much. Larry Brooks spends two paragraphs on the Dallas Stars, who woke up today as the 8th seed in the West. Why would they ever trade their captain off that team in Morrow. UFA or not they are not just going to quit on their season. So if they do trade Morrow, they are not taking a pick. They would want 2 let’s say 3rd or 4th line players off a current roster back. That’s a high price for a rental.

  92. bull dog line on

    like I said in my unread post. I think Torts would have handled Kreider differently if this were an 82 game season. he may have felt he could live with the mistakes over an 82 games season. figuring he would develop as the season went along. but that did not happen. the season is 48 games, and every game was important. Torts felt he could not live with the mistakes when every point was vital. the lockout held back Kreider, not Torts. but you may read this however you like.

  93. Bull Dog, if you are referring to me, my comment on Kreider was a general one not just a reaction to your post.

  94. bull dog line on

    Dallas can have as many 3rd and 4th liners off the Rangers roster that they want. they don’t even have to give up Morrow.

  95. True, but Joe Nieuwendyk took a lot of heat for keeping Brad Richards instead of trading him at the deadline, then they still missed the playoffs.

  96. Cross Check Charlie on

    So, Pittsburgh is trading Crosby to the Rangers for Bickel. That Ecklund is always right with his stuff.

  97. Vanek? You are taking 7+ mil on for next year when the cap is going down plus you are giving up 3-4 assets to do it. I don’t see it happening. Plus, Buffalo thinks they are back in it as they are only 2 pts behind the NYR and Car for 8th.

  98. bull dog line on

    sounds like Iginla is going to get traded. I’ sure that who he is referring to.

  99. anyone want to fill me in today what i missed on here. i see bickel didnt get claimed why am i not surpised the man is useless.

    manny fill me in

  100. Guys remember these bloggers who live off of hits to their sites (unlike Carp – who still has an actual column) have to say something to get you to their sites. What should they say? Hey, since the 15th seed in the Western conference is only 7 pts out and the 14th seed in the East is 5 pts out most teams still think they are winning streak away the trade deadline could be quiet. Won’t generate much traffic.

  101. Cross Check Charlie on

    eric…The Rangers are trading Bickel for Crosby….and Torts hates Kreider…that is about it.

  102. On Iginla, does anyone know if HE wants to move. Because it’s 100% up to him. Calgary can decide to trade him all they want. Doesn’t mean a cent if hes not willing to pick up and move.

  103. the only thing with Kreider in an 82 game season would have been that he would have had a training camp. And then things could have been completely different with the way he played, where he played, and whether he stayed.

    but, geez, let’s not make it like they sent an automatic 40-goal scorer to the third line and then to the minors.

  104. Good afternoon all! Welcome home ilb!!!! You sure picked a great week to hit the beach!

    Too many people I know are going to game tonight and I’m not. :(

  105. eric – summary: This team is not as good as last season OVERALL because of lack of chemistry and lack of grit. Either a huge trade or no trade could possibly happen by the deadline. It may or may not involve the Rangers. That’s pretty much it.

    Oh. Tort Hates The Kreider.

  106. Josh Rimer ?@JoshRimerHockey 46m
    With Boucher getting fired today in Tampa that makes 20 NHL coaching changes in last 2 years!! Wow! 2/3 of the League.

    Yeah, keep firing those coaches. Really changes things right? Wait, Babock still in Detroit, Q still in CHI. Julien still in BOS.

    Jackets have fired what 2. Edmonton 2. etc. Bad players are still bad players on bad teams.

  107. bull dog line on

    he has submitted a list of 4 teams he willing to go to. Bruins, Pens, Hawks, and Kings.

  108. Question for Carp and anyone else: we all know how sensationalist Eklund is and how often he is wrong and how frequently he posts stuff a few seconds after someone else reports them and then takes credit for it, so how does he make a living? Is it all from the poor suckers that keep signing up to his rumor charts or whatnot? Is he even a reporter that actually travels with any team?

  109. bull dog line on

    I don’t know who has said Kreider is an automatic 40 goal scorer. I know I didn’t.

  110. Careful BullDog. No one has confirmed that. That came from a Dreger report through a source saying they believed that’s the list. No one from Don Meehan, the player or the team has said a word.

  111. how can the rangers make a huge trade. if they dont trade miller or kreider who else do teams want. gaborik 7.5 mil for one year isnt enticing to teams. i dont see how we can make a huge trade.

    del zaster getting moved. i would like it but with staal out then wont move him

  112. lets face it we are flawed team and perhaps the summer we can fix it. i dont see how we can now. newbury isnt the answer either is asham coming back in.

  113. Eric – You are 100% correct. It’s Miller, Kreider, Del Z and thats it. They dont even have a 1st round pick to float out.

  114. Eric – The Rangers wanna get Dan Boyle? 1 more year at 6 mil worth Kreider and a 2014 2nd round. And that still might get beat.

  115. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m pretty sure Wweber can’t be traded until a year after he signed

  116. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, personally, give me a few guys at a level slightly lesser than the $6-7M plateau players, and I’m ok. So sick of the ‘elite players’ pitching for their high contracts, then not playing up to it.

  117. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I have no problem trading kreider, but no for overpaid, overhyped, Nd overvalued Dan slew foot ten foot pole Boyle

  118. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eric, I have no idea what you are talking about. Who wouldn’t want Richards signed till 2020 and a cap hit of ONLY $6.7M? Have some sense. What a freaking steal!!!! You’re talking major trade bait.

    Plus, we have a second and third round pick this year. C’mon. We are LOADED!!!

  119. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Yea, Yea, Yea…..we got Brad Richards signed up till 2020. At a cheap $6.7M per. What a steal.

    YAY!!!!

  120. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’ll gladly trade you No Richards for Mac D #2. Where oh where can we find an ignorant GM, dumber than ours?

  121. Bickel is the top pairing in CT today with Vernace. Also being used on a 2nd PP unit.

  122. Leetchhalloffame on

    Thanks for the answer Carp’s Clique Boys. Can always count on this blog for shutting out the “non-regulars.”

  123. My answer is that I don’t know if they are or aren’t, Leetch. And if they aren’t, I don’t know why they aren’t.

  124. Today we’re trading Kreider…sheesh. I love reading this blog usually, but lately I’m beginning to think the long winter and short season has destroyed our perspectives. Yes, to Zuccarello- the couple of shootout points he could be worth may be the difference between making the playoffs and going home. (God forgive me for viewing the shootout as even semi-legit way to advance.)

  125. on the record i am open to moving kreider but not for dan boyle and 6.6 cap hit for next year. if you didnt move him for nash i would think the rangers wouldnt think about it for boyle. if so then sather and gorton should be shot. besides if we trade for boyle and give up kreider and lose say in 5 games to pitt was it worth it. if we are to make playoffs we need to finish 6th or 7th not 8th.

  126. Stan Fischler ?@StanFischler 49m
    If I was picking the next Tampa Bay coach it would be #TomRenney; no questions asked.

    Haha!

  127. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Tuesday, we work through our training department. Jim Ramsey?

    YOU are traded, too!

    No one is safe. Not even E3. He could be up. Ya never know.

  128. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Seriously, E3 is a keeper. Not too sure about Ramsey, Nasher, and Henrik.

    Getting ready to head in to what is a must win on a Sunday night late in March. Truth be known, I am a little worried how our team will handle not having Halpern or Bickel. Those are tough losses. May have changed team chemistry, you know, just a bit.

  129. So I see Columbus has made dubi a healthy scratch in their last 2 games since he returned from his injury and played 4. Word is they are shopping him. I am sure since they are looking to move him he wouldn’t cost much. Thoughts?

  130. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    they’d have to take back some salary on Dubie. whoever gave him that contract overpaid.

  131. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, enjoy the game. Look forward to a positive review!! 3 out of the last 4 sounds good to me!!

  132. Darren Dreger ?@DarrenDreger 44s
    Source say the Pens and Stars have a trade in place for Brendan Morrow. However, he has yet to waive no trade clause.

    Of course they do. This has Ray Shero written all over it…

  133. Check out this tremendously tremendous story.

    Friend of mine is hanging outside players’ entrance at MSG today with his son (they do a lot, for pics and autographs for the kid)….They meet Boomer as he’s going in and he stops to take a pic with the kid. Boomer asks, “You have tickets for tonight’s game?” They say no. He says, “Well you do now!”

    and hands over his seats……..holy hartnell!!!!!!!

  134. Probably woefully inaccurate guess: The Penguins will be giving up one of their D prospects (that the Rangers don’t really have).

  135. Ha!!!! Agreed Carp and LW….he gave them four so I doubt it. And hope not. But I don’t think they really care anyway…..free awesome seats!!!!!! Wish I had been with them! They’re only a family of three!!!!

  136. I wish Carp….but nobody’s handing me a ticket :( Another time before season ends…promise.

    Hey, since I seem to the only gal left standing here, does that make me a Clique Girl? Prust asking…

  137. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    For the record, I don’t remember who asked, but I don’t have a problem trading kreider (or just about anyone) to make this team better. Of course it depends on the return

  138. _ This team is not as good as last season OVERALL because of lack of chemistry and lack of grit_

    What kind of chemistry are you referring to?

    Locker room chemistry does not mean anything on the ice. If you are referring to on-ice chemistry, I am inclined to agree.

  139. disagree…..not saying this team’s locker room chemistry is lacking, or transferring to ice. But I think the room’s chemistry, in general, can affect the ice….unless of course, the ice is MSG’s, which means it’s going to be lousy no matter what ;)

  140. If Richards would agree to be traded, does it make sense to trade him? Is it smarter to wait and buy him out if he doesn’t turn it around? Would any team out there be willing to give up value and take a chance with him?

  141. Then I’m a lunatic….and some people I know wouldn’t disagree. Mama crack corn she don’t care. Lovely having an intelligent debate with you…..

  142. There are some players that would be great for this team Iggy, Ryan, Clowe, Stafford, Ladd but it seems as if Iggy and Clowe are the only ones on the block. What could the Rangers offer without decimating the team if they trade Iginla. Clowe would be nice but imagine would cost more than the Rangers could trade. Same with Bouwmeester Murray. I still wonder why they haven’t tried to talk with Pashnin and/or Valentenko. The Rangers could use the blue line depth and the toughness. If they panned out it’s a pretty cheap solution. Don’t have to trade anyone and the contracts would not be very big, no?

  143. first james neal out of dallas for pens now morrow. ray shero continues to get what he wants

  144. Ria!

    I’m in the pressroom now, C3. Going to Torts’ pre-gamer shortly … I can meet you in 110 during warmups … didn’t we do this already?

  145. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Since tampa bay fired their coach maybe Torts will go back..Please Dear GOD !!

  146. NOOOOOOO…..stupid NHL poll….A FB friend posted a link so we could all say Nooooooooooo!

    C3. give Carp a hug for me…..

  147. LMAO!!! I warned Carp in advance that I might post this. He kind of, sort of dared me, said OK….:)

    A friend sent this to me…see if you can catch some Sweetness…..Ria and Sally et al…enjoy!!!

    http://tinyurl.com/atsvx3z

  148. Zuccarello doesn’t just want a 1 way contract. He wants a promise that he will play meaningful minutes and he’s absolutely right to ask for it.

    I am 100% certain Zuccarello would be a 45+ point guy if he were on a team that was willing to give him a top 6 role for a season such as what happened to PA Parenteau when he went to the Isles.

  149. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Happy Palm Sunday to all.
    Carp , all I said /implied was : that Torts was a winner in Tampa albeit Onecup..maybe they would want him and make him a great offer.
    Realistically , the rangers seem to take a step and lose a step without making a giant leap.
    I watched this team for years… it’s usually the same old song.. wait til next year.

  150. LMAO!…Facebook….I looked on Nhl.com for info, but that site is like digging through hay for a needle

  151. No Tortorella pre-game presser tonight… nobody had a question worth answering, seriously, it wasn’t him being a jackwagon, but since he answered questions yesterday, nobody has anything new.

    Asham and Newbury will play. Miller will not. Lundqvist in goal.

  152. Another steal by Shero. Not only is the NHL headquarters bowing down to the Pens but apparently so is the Stars organization. 2 trades that havent even been close in value exchanged.

  153. oops, should be organ-eye-zation.

    Carp, no one thought of asking about getting off to a good start?

  154. “2 trades that havent even been close in value exchanged.”

    Joe Morrow was a 1st round pick 2 years ago and they got a 3rd round pick as well. For an aging rental like Brenden Morrow, I think Dallas did pretty well for themselves actually…

  155. So I guess Iggy will now go to Boston to counter Pittsburgh getting Morrow. And we will end up getting Colton Orr as our big move.

  156. Decent D prospect that should be a cap efficient part of their blueline when they need to make cost cutting decisions to keep Malkin. I’m really praying this comes back to bite them in aasen.

  157. I have to get up at dawn for work tomorrow…byfuglien….boys, win fast and early please!

  158. Penguins have got four or five similar D prospects though (in terms of age and cost rather than necessarily type), right CTB?

  159. Manny

    I hope Newbury is on the 3rd line, but you gotta think it would be Boyle and Pyatt, no?

  160. The Penguins always draft well and thus always have pieces people want. They are always good so any player will waive any NTC or NMC to go there. Just more of the same. They’re really good.

  161. Yea you’re right Oleo. I just think it makes sense to put him with Kreider so Kreider feels comfortable.

  162. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Sorry Mama had to step away for a bit. Think I caught that “bug” you had a couple of weeks ago. UGH Hopee all is well with you! Hi Carp!!

  163. stranger nation on

    Carp March 24th, 2013 at 6:01 pm
    Rangers inquired to Dallas about Nieuwendyk & Modano.

    haha

    new coach and gm?

  164. I so wanna be first for go time….but have to step away til then….pre-post first!

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