Rangers at Flyers tonight (7:30 start)


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 15-13-3 (33 pts)
Flyers: 13-16-2 (28 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-13-3 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in the shootout on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now registered a point in five of their last seven home games (4-2-1). The Flyers enter the contest with a 13-16-2 (28 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Mar. 28, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), as they continue their three-game road trip.

All-Time: 118-108-37-7 overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 56-61-14-3 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the fourth of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers are 2-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-2 win on Mar. 5 at MSG. Each contest has been decided by two or fewer goals, including two games seperated by one goal. The Rangers’ power play is 3-10 (30.0%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan leads all skaters with three goals, and has registered a team-high, four points in three games. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA and .941 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 3-0-0 mark on the road). New York out-scored Philadephia, 24-11, including a 7-1 advantage in the first period and a 10-4 advantage in the third period. The Rangers tallied the game’s first goal in five of the six contests. The Blueshirts’ power play was 8-25 (32.0%), while the penalty kill was 23-26 (88.5%) in the season series. The Rangers had 18 different players tally a point against the Flyers last season, including 12 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists), while Ryan Callahan notched a series-high, five goals, and Brad Richards tallied series-high, six assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 6-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA, .942 Sv% and one shutout.
– The Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 41-18, over the span.
– The Blueshirts have won four of their last five games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 17-11, over the span
– New York ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 5-7-1 (11 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia ranks 17th in the NHL with a 9-4-1 (19 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 5-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 4-7-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists four former Flyers on their roster: Arron Asham (2008-09 – 2009-10); Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Darroll Powe (2008-09 – 2010-11)
– Philadelphia lists three former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Jody Shelley (2009-10)

– Henrik Lundqvist — 40 GP, 24-11-3, 2.52 GAA, 4 SO
– Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA
– Brad Richards — 39 GP, 9-29-38
– Ryan Callahan — 30 GP, 15-9-24
– Derek Stepan — 15 GP, 4-9-13
– Dan Girardi — 39 GP, 0-22-22

The Rangers’ power play is 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 55-65 (84.6%) in the last 22 games. New York has posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied a goal in two power play attempts (2:25) on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks 25th overall (14-96, 14.6%) and 28th on the road (4-37, 10.8%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), 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 Capitals in three power play attempts (2:29) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks 12th overall (87-106, 82.1%) and 14th on the road (34-42, 81.0%). The Rangers are 6-6 (7:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/24 vs. 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (7:00) on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now minus-1 in 22 four-on-four situations (46:13) 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).

The Rangers swept the season series against the Flyers last season, posting a 6-0-0 record overall with a 3-0-0 mark at home and a 3-0-0 at Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the second time the Blueshirts swept the Flyers, having also done so in 1971-72 (6-0-0). The last time the Rangers swept the home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season (4-0-0), and the last time they swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0).

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.

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 since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in hits (942) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 107 hits, while Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and 11th in the league with 106 hits.

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.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (5th in NHL) in GAA — 2.36
– 3rd (8th in NHL) in FO% — 51.3%
– 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.1
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 942
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2

– 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 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 55-65 (84.6%) in the last 22 games
– New York has registered a point in nine of 11 games when scoring the first goal this season (8-2-1), and are 7-11-2 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

– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 12 games (6-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .928 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 10 of the last 13 games (six goals, six assists over the span)
– Ryan Callahan — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 11 games
– Carl Hagelin — 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 21 games
– Michael Del Zotto — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games

– 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 — 2 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

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

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 31
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 10
– J.T. Miller (injured, 3/21) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 80

– 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
– Mar. 24 — Assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Hobbit coming over to NY by Fasth boat…Anyone have a clue why the GM that touts a youth movement now wants to add Dan Boyle to the mix? Can’t quite figure that out. We’re not even close to being considered a cup contender this year. Pitt made a couple good moves for veterans, but they are obviously taking a run for it all.

  2. Yes, he baggind a few in the SCATG (or whatever the alphabet soup said) and had some nifty assists to the snipers. I always love to see the Blueshirts beat the Phylthy Phlyers…hope the Rangers can find their best game tonight.

  3. Czechthemout!!! on

    Dan Boyle, another former Torts player. Guy used to be real good. Now is just old and a has been. No thanks!

    So I have a question for the Torts defenders on this blog. How does it feel to have the worst offense in the ? You do realize that if our offense had a game plan developed by the coaching staff that could have at least been average, we would be fight for the top of the Eastern conference.

    I just want to repeat that I was a big proponent of Torts’ hire. I wanted the Tampa Torts. What I got is another version of Tom Renney. Too bad!

  4. Czechthemout!!! on

    Great quote by Zucc’s coach who thinks that the Rangers are a bad fit for him. He said the Rangers play stone age hockey with the dump and chase being the only thing they do. Could not have said it better my self.

  5. The Rangers have six home games left and eleven on the road. I think this week could be a season definer if they have what it takes to make the playoffs. They got 5 out of 8 points last week. They need 6 out of 6 this week, because the schedule gets much tougher as the play teams higher in the standings starting next Monday, including a Home and home withe Penguins.

  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Would like to get Dan Boyle and any other 2004 Tampa, slowed down, small player here. Now, that’s what wins championships in 2013! The key is experience. They have the experience.

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No Briere on Philly can work both ways. He wasn’t really lighting them up, ya know.

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Strange mistake at MSG last game, how they put up picture, stats, and name “JASPER FAST(H)”
    Seriously, for about 20 seconds was on Gardenvision during game.

    Now, how did they know he was coming to NYC?

  9. Hockey maven on

    Hey Czech, I agree and had an exchange with Carp and a few others on he blog yesterday about the offense and Torts…
    Forget it, you’re not going to win – too many have drank the Kool Aid…
    This is not the system Torts played in Tampa – he can say it all he wants, but all you have to do is go back and watch the tapes of that season’s regular season games…
    And, I don’t know what Zucc would want to come back…It must be for the money…This is not the style of game that he would thrive in…

  10. Whether or not you like the way the team plays, I still don’t recall Tortorella ever saying that he does now or ever intended to play the way that his Lightning team did.

    Plenty of sticks (real or imagined) to beat him with, but the one marked “You promised us ‘Safe is Death'” isn’t really one of them.

  11. Cross Check Charlie on

    Miami, you may be right that he doesn’t have the horses to play like the Lightning, but he doesn’t have the grinders to play like last year’s Rangers.

  12. The Norway coach’s complaints about the Rangers’ stone-age style are A) tinged with sour grapes and B) exaggerated. There’s no question Tortorella has to take responsibility for an offense that is not producing, but I’m not hearing (or seeing) the same insistence on last year’s style as I did a month ago, and bringing Zucc. is a clear indicator of that adjustment. Or maybe I just hope it is. But this is such a poor passing team overall — so much telegraphing and/or inaccuracy — it will be good to get someone out there who knows how, especially with Richards on the wane.

    That said, the man has 8 goals and 18 assists in his NHL career. I suspect we’re looking at a band-aid.

  13. Lets face it – Zucc cant make the powerplay any worse!! Will the big hulking winger be screening the goalie lol?

  14. “Why do we care what some Eürópansÿ coach says about our system? In the Stone Age his people were Vikings. Now they wear full cages when they play ice hockey. He should be so lucky as to go back to the Stone Age. When men were men and not Eüróp?anš.” – VinceÅ

  15. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    If only….

    Richards didn’t age 10 years in the last one.
    The bottom six looked remotely like last year’s.
    The power play was less predictable, moved around a little, and Del Zotto hit the net once in a while.
    Kreider was given the chance to progress like we all hoped he would.
    Tortorella didn’t publicly criticize his players and rewarded good play with playing time (see: Richards as the boat anchor on the power play)

    I’m good at multitasking, but I’m spending my nights rooting against Toronto, Ottawa, New Jersey, Winnipeg, the Islanders, Carolina, and Washington. In this crazy year of intra-conference play, it’s just not possible.

  16. The coach any coach must play the hand/players he’s dealt.

    So, for the hockey technicians and strategists on the blog , please tell us how you would “coach” this group?

    I repeat for the umpteenth time exactly whom do you want to coach this particular group and would said coach have gotten more form this roster?

    Finally,Czech, while most of your comments are valid your comparison of Torts and Renney is fatuous. Renney was/is a teacher, a good talent evaluator and might have made a better GM than coach.

    Torts is the NHL version of the type of in your face,intimidating, Woody Hayes, Paul Bryant style. When it works it’s great but it does wear on the players and hastens the departure of the coach in most instances.

    As I’ve said many times Scotty Bowman could not do any better with this group of finesse players who don’t score. Now the boob in chief is attempting to bring more finesse types in a desperate effort to distract the fan base while dumping bottom six players HE brought here!

  17. Cross Check Charlie on

    I hope Zucc makes a difference, but I’m not counting on it.

    They brought in Nash for the extra offense. Then they brought up Kreider. Then Miller. Now Zucc. I guess Plan E is Fast and Plan F is Lindburg.

  18. Plan A, B, and C is to get Richards play hockey.
    Plan D is to get Gaborik scoring goals.
    Plan E is to have Staal back.
    Anything else is irrelevant.

    And I have to agree with comnsnse….to some degree, at least.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    PBR, it will be the Rangers. I expect USMNT to play well tonight. That snow game is the kind of thing that brings a squad together.

    Losing in BCATHGE to Washington doesn’t quite have the same effect.

  20. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny – he won’t have to screen the goalie, but with the lower center of gravity, allows Zucc to see through the players legs easier. Now lets see if he can shoot through them :)

  21. I think it was Matty that said that Sioux!

    But since we’re bringing it up. I love the idea of a guy that can actually pass and hit the net on the point for the PP. I am not enamored with a “bomb” from the point because I think it’s unnecessary. We just have to get the puck through. And yea, I put Boyle and Callahan in front of the net to get hammered, fight for position and hammer home some good old fashioned hockey goals.

  22. I’m actually a little disappointed with the Zuccarello signing. Why bother? The games I saw him play live last year convinced me he’s too small to play in the NHL. The guy just can’t win any sort of physical battle – sorry it’s true. That’s not to say he doesn’t have good hands or vision but the reality is he’s not skilled enough to overcome the size disadvantage and the NHL is about size.

    I’d much rather see the team work to develop Newbury and Seagal into legitimate NHL players. These two guys have seen some level of success at the AHL level and I dont’ think the organization has done them any justice by calling them up to play 5 minutes a night.

    Realistically, who is Zuccarello going to pull out of the line-up? The top six are set – Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Callahan, Stephan, Hagelin. He’s not going to take Boyle or Asham’s spot, Miller seems safe given Tortorella’s comments. With Halpern gone, it would seem that Newbury or Powe will be centering the 4th line and that leaves Pyatt. I guess he’d be a slight upgrade to Powe, Newbury or Pyatt but certainly not any sort of difference maker.

    It sounds like a lot of organizational effort for a marginal uptick in talent.

  23. I forgot Kreider in my little analysis but again, I’d rather see the staff work on developing him too.

  24. Sioux-per-man on

    Jesper Fast – do you think Torts drops a young fast winger in for a couple of games before the end of the season?

    Add in Zucc, once he gets his “work” visa.

    Perhasps Torts is going back to his old coaching style when – “Safe is Death” approach.

  25. I feel completely different about the ^Hobbit Wizard^. I think, especially give his diminutive size, he wins a ton of puck battles along the board.

    Newbury is 31. There isn’t much to develop there. Brandon Segal is 29, has spent time in the NHL on the Lightning, Kings and Stars. Not much to develop. Not saying neither of them should be in the NHL but I don’t think much is changing about their game.

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Which happens first:

    a- Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career

    b- Brad Richards — 2 points from 800th NHL career

    c- Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career

  27. Manny, you can’t convince people about ^wizard^ until they see the magic for themselves…

  28. Sioux-per-man on

    That’s where Parise gets all his goals. He is a hornet around the net. Sure he gets knocked to the ice alot, but he always gets up with a smile. Zucc was never affraid to go to the net, we need more of that, he’s to small for a screen, but if the puck is there – he will be there.

    I’m not saying he’s the right fit for this club right now.

    I enjoy watching the kid make plays!!!

  29. No talk about Murray today? Everyone got over him already?

    For the record he’s a 5/6 guy. Giving up two first rounders seemed kind of steep for that kind of rental.

  30. Sioux-per-man on

    Anybody watch the Wild game last night?

    Rupper almost gave the game away with 4 minutes left in the game. Good he looked terrible.

    But the wild win for the first time in Dallas in 10 years. 3,500 some days.

    They are a hot team right now.

    Cullen get’s his 200th goal.

  31. Zucs won’t last one 7 game series in the playoffs either. One good hit and he’s done.

  32. It won’t be steep when the Pens win the Cup, Jonny. That Pens team is now ridiculous. Definitely good enough to compete with the West provided their goaltending shows up. And now that they have a more solid backup….

  33. And if we play “offensively minded” more, this team is going to start losing games 6-4. They don’t have the players to play offensive. They’ll get run out of the building on a nightly basis.

  34. Manny – I agree, but there is no guarantee they’ll win. Usually any time a team stacks up to get the cup (like when Pitt got Hossa), it doesn’t work out. But they are definitely the favorites.

  35. Right, Jonny. Because the Kings, Ducks, Wild and ‘Hawks are going to have something to say about it. But the Penguins definitely made their cup run an “all in” process.

    Maybe think about it as this, they aren’t sure about Malkin after 2014. So they are going for it NOW.

  36. if you all think the hobbit wizard and whatever that little crap goes by is the answer to this pathetic group currently you are all mistaken. it didnt work once or 2x with him why now. yes i know he broke his wrist but come on he makes us no better or worse then we are now.

  37. Sioux-per-man on

    LOL – Manny. He took a 4 minute penalty with 4 minutes to go last night. Lucky for him Brodziak gets a shorty to save him from a loss.

  38. happy passover to my fellow jews. no blog tonight for me. wife is hosting 14 people at my house. dvr and wil watch around 10 pm tonight. no updates tonight manny lol

  39. Stranger Nation on

    Zuc makes up for his lack of height with his long..ahem…stick. I think he is using Chara’s old stick

    has uncanny sense for player’s open and a quick release. Feisty little guy too – just don’t know where he fits and don’t say playing with Boyle on the third line because Boyle is an offensive liability (puck repellent on stick) and Zuc is NOT a checking line forward, he is just in NOT.

    on 4th line with No-berries and Asham? and put him on PP and SO duties???

  40. Torts try going back to Offensive hockey school. You’re as adaptable as a dinosaur. You have no counter once a team shuts us down one way. You have no on-ice adjustments except mixing up lines that have never found chemistry in the first place. You one-dimensional style has been figured out by many already. You have no PP in your entire tenure. Your statements lately are a testament to your lack of any new plan for this team, ie, “Just have to find a way”

  41. Sioux-per-man on

    I know the Rangers weren’t in the hunt for Parise last summer, but what a difference he would have made. Just thinking Rangers missed out on him twice. Passed on him in 2003 when they could have had him as a draft pick, and lost on a chance to sign him in July.

  42. Sioux-per-man on

    Stranger – the only place he fits is with Gabby. Zucc on the left – Gabby on the right.

    Not sure if they try Boyle in the middle, or if the put Miller in the middle. I’m thinking Boyle for the face off win, and he can cover the defensive side, since they will both be half way up the ice ahead of Boyle.

  43. Sioux-per-man on

    Zubov – It was the style of hockey that worked that made us the #1 team in the EAST last year, it was the style of hockey that Sutter brought to the Kings and they won the cup, very similiar style of hockey that turned St. Louis Blues around when Hitcock started as coach.

    The Power Play is still terrible, all the talent on the ice and no scheme what so ever. At least they finally took Richards off it.

  44. I have to admit. I bought the Kool Aid that past few years thinking the rangers were on the right track and than last year everything went right. I now realize last years team was the combination of A). teams rebuilding B). Penguins injuries c.) Teams having off years. I’ll give the rangers organization credit for convincing ranger fans they are on the right track. Unfortunately the reality is the GM is clueless and nothing has changed.

  45. Good morning all! Zucca! All hail the return of the hobbit!!! And pray for a win tonight!!!!!!

  46. The Powerplay sucks because they have crappy players on it. They need to tweak it too and just run it like it’s 5 on 5 with an overload in the corner, but that’s mostly because they don’t have the right guys to run it. DZ can be a PP QB if he had two true options to pass to and guys who moved around.

  47. ilb2001, damning with faint praise are we?

    What degree on the compass of hockey sachel don’t you agree with??? ;)

  48. Sioux-per-man on

    Tough room today. Is everyone giving up on this team with 17 games left to go?

  49. tommyG – they WERE on the right track. Then they blew up the team. The clueless move was to trade for Nash and let the other guys walk. Yes most would make that Nash trade because when you have a chance to acquire better talent, you do it, but that was the second that they changed what this team would look like going forward. It went against what they had done for the previous 3-4 years of growing from within.

    Also, what other teams were rebuilding last year that are top teams this year? Montreal is the only one I could think of…

  50. Cross Check Charlie on

    One problem about thinking that Zuccarello will help the offense is that you can’t get assists if the people you pass it to can’t score.

  51. lev

    i cant stay away. im addicted to you guys. that said we need a freaking win tonight god dammit

  52. Sioux-per-man on

    6 pts on the road, against 3 tuff teams.

    How many points do the Rangers come home with to be a success?

  53. Jonny D,
    I haven’t said one word about the Nash trade but if you go back in that time on this blog I was against trading for Nash so you’ll get no argument out of me on that front. The bottom line is Sather is an idiot and where back to square one. It’s down hill from here considering after next year contracts will be up, cap will be down and the rangers will still be a average team.

  54. Sioux-per-man on

    Jonny – Montreal had alot of injures last year, and getting two rookies in to make a difference, and Price having his best season ever, makes a huge difference this year. Prust is the jam that holds it all together.

    Rangers would be in stuck in this rut. IF GABORIK & RICHARDS were scoring, and putting up the points that 1’st liners should. It’s not all on the Nash deal.

  55. Tampa D from the cup year:

    Dan Boyle, Pavel Kubina, Jassen Cullimore, Brad Lukowich, Nolan Pratt, Darren Rumble, Cory Sarich, Darryl Sydor.

    Can you tell me with a straight face that that D was better than what we have now:
    McDonagh, Girardi, Del Zotto (those 3 are already better than all the Tampa ones combined), Stralman, Staal, Eminger, Hamrlik…..Sauer.

    Khabibulin went 28-19-7 with a 2.33 GAA. Henrik is and always has been better. Enough with the excuses and start asking Tortorella for some accountability from himself as well.

  56. the funny thing is last year when I saw Richards for the first time my first reaction was ” wow, this guy looks like he has no legs left, trouble skating. Than it appeared as if he got some what better skating but still looked slow. This year he looks like he is shot, done, finito.

  57. I also love the fact that all the blame is falling on Sather. You really think he is going after Dan Boyle without Tortorella’s input? Did you hear his presser last week?

    Everyone crucifying him for the Brad Richards signing. a) Many teams wanted him on their teamb) Tortorella reached out to him personally and got him here c) He took a discount to come here because of past history with the coach.

    The players on this team are the players Tortorella wanted on this team. That’s one of the few positive things about this organization is that the relationship between the GM and the coach has been smooth and communication has been good.

  58. Sioux-per-man on

    tommy – it makes you wonder what he did over the summer. He’s legs are out of game shape.

  59. The Norway coach must have a personal vendetta against Tortorella. Or just simply be an idiot. Or maybe just maybe he knows what he is talking about.

  60. How old is Richards? 32, not a age where you would think a hockey player is shot and can’t skate anymore, kind of a enigma.

  61. the old saying is you can’t fire the whole team so I wonder if the rangers don’t make the playoffs if sather will fire tororella in the off season.

  62. Lev – you are forgetting the fact that Tampa’s cup win was pre-lockout hough, so a lot of those d-men like Cullimore and Lukowich were actually good back then. Same with Sarich and Sydor. They could hook and hold and all that and not have to be as positionally sound as d-men have to now. Also, you can’t include Sauer since he hasn’t been on this team since December of 2011.

    Plus, the league is a lot better now in overall talent than it was then. The top scorers had 41 goals (funny that Nash was one of them and it was 9 years ago and he hasn’t hit that since), the top point scorer was St. Louis and he only had 94. Our good friend Marek Malik led the league in +/-. Robert Esche was posting 2.00 GAA and Vesa Toskala had a .930 SV%. The league wasn’t exactly the best it’s been back then.

    Sioux – he didn’t really do much. He was in meetings for the NHLPA to try to resolve the lockout and it didn’t seem like he was doing much skating anyway.

  63. Tortarella is *not* being fired. There is no way a coach who takes a team to an ECF and is within a few periods of a Stanley Cup final is fired over a strike shortened season. I mean, it could happen, but it wouldn’t be *the right way*

  64. When someone asked their coach a stupid question because one of their countrymen was signed out of a Russian league to be the savior for an NHL team.

  65. And not for anything, but Zucc is better suited for international hockey. Going into the NHL at all isn’t really the best thing for his game. He’s had some success here though. He won’t be a top line guy, but as a 3rd line winger who chips in on the PP, he can help out.

  66. manny,
    exactly, it wouldn’t be the right way but this is sather where talking about who doesn’t know the right way, obviously.

  67. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Lev, the ultimate decision is the GM’s He should know, after 35 illustrious years as GM what to do. The fact that he brought in Richards at this point in his career and front loaded was his idea and his to approve. The buck stops with him. Yep, there were other teams interested. It was up to him to determine if that was an important piece, even knowing that something might pop for Nash. He’s the GM, last I looked.

  68. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    He is, btw, the one who went after Gomez and Drury. They were there. He had buckets of money. It was his call and no one elses. Good or bad his job is to field a team.

    He’s been duped once or twice, hasn’t he?

  69. Comparing Zuccarello to Parise is a joke. Parise is bigger and is an established veteran, Zuccarello couldn’t consistently crack an NHL line-up. Sure there are a handful of players who are 5-7″, 165lbs in the NHL but they are the exception, not the rule. At 25 with 52 NHL games, lets not pretend he’s a bona fide NHL player.

    In open ice, Zuccarello is fine but as soon as the play is on the boards or in the corners, he gets boxed out all the time. Watch a play where the puck comes around the boards, if there’s another player there Zuccarello doesn’t win that battle. Away from the puck he’s nothing special either.

    His stats on the power play – 2011/12 30 mins 1g 1a, 2010/11 106 mins 0g 9a. Using the larger sample size 2010/11 his production was similar to Prospal or Christensen with similar minutes….draw your own conclusions.

    I’m not saying he’s horrible, he’s just not a significant improvement to the team and likely to be immaterial.

  70. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    I’ll be the first to say that I am in the segment that thinks the signing of Zucc is a mistake. I am not in favor of tiny fleas on our team. Just my thing. Given a chance, I’ll take size any day.

    I SO want to be wrong on this. Prove me wrong, MAZ

  71. Maybe, post surgery, Sather has a “new lease on life” type attitude. Could work out.

    Whatever happened to us trading for Shane Doan?

  72. Check the last 3 years for World Championship results and compare US and Norway placings. Ridiculous statement that has absolutely nothing to do with what I posted. Norway’s coach that, you know, actually knows how to use MZA probably knows a thing or two more about MZA’s play. And that is probably not suitable for dump and chase. But hey, personal vendetta right?

  73. Sioux-per-man on

    Lev – our defensive core and Goalie are way better. That’s not the problem of this team.

    Scoring is the problem. It has to come from Gaborik and Richards. They were the top 2, that Nash was to add to. Last year they had 76 & 66 points.

    This year to date Gaborik and Richards have 19 & 16 points. –
    Pitts top 2 points 53 & 41
    Chicago 39 & 32
    Anahiem 37 & 27
    Minnesota 28 & 27

    This is the problem with the Rangers. Nash with 25 points has done well but he doesn’t even crack the top teams top performers.

    This team sinks or swims with Gaborik and Richards.

    If they don’t start scoring this team is going to be average.

    Not because of the Nash trade, or prust leaving, or this or that . . . . . Gaborik & Richards need to pick up their game and start scoring game winning goals, not just the fluff points against islanders.

  74. Yea, JJP. I will draw my own conclusion. ^Hobbit Wizard^ is not the same guy he was 3 years ago. He’s probably advanced a bit. And that is supported by his better numbers the following year.

  75. Ye he did go after Drury and Gomez. And he got them on the same day. And everyone on here was ready to throw a parade. Google search is easy, friends. Then they decided to both not play well and suddenly it was oh my god Sather is a moron. That was with a different coach. When Tortorella came in he made sure his input with the GM was heard. And it got heard pretty quickly. Now here we are.

  76. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    I have to admit, I am jealous about the moves the Pens made. Defensively, we have needed a booming heavy hitter for years. Just one, to balance out all the guys that can play offensive ‘d’. Their forward thinking GM, Shero, brought the bacon home. Orphik, LeTang, now monster Murray. OMG. Not so sure if Philly was as tough as they were last year, and if Philly makes the playoffs this year, they could play physical with them. This is now a big team that is tough where it needs to be.

    We are still unable to clear Marty St. Louis from in front of our net.

    Oh, and that is the fault……..that is the fault…..that is the fault….of the coach, right?

  77. The same Shane Doan that no one wanted on this team because we already had way too much leadership and enough offense? That one?

  78. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Lev, 13 years without a cup is indefensible. Most of us agree the team overachieved last year. How about defensive balance that has been lacking, for the most part, since he has been here? Let’s be real. Last year, his ‘best year’ as a GM, we didn’t have a usable 4th line. Torts had everyone so amped up that they overused 10 forwards and 4-5 defenseman to make their run.

    Is that a good GM? I am sure you will give him ALL the credit and TOrts none. Of course, that was all because Torts didn’t trust his wonderful 3rd d pair and 4th line. Of course

  79. Sioux-per-man on

    Nash is going – Richards can be of use with him – Kreider can play here if he can chase down pucks. A line that could score on any given shift.

  80. I love these baseless assumptions Matty. Yes I am in full support of a GM that hasnt won us anything for 13 years. Youve been on here for how long? 1 year? 2 years? There’s more to it than “Omg Richards is so slow”

  81. Sioux-per-man on

    Hags – Stepan – Cally call it what you want, but right now this is our best line playing together – right now!!!

  82. I believe that Gaborik has picked up his game, he just has not been able to light the lamp. He will be fine. His effort has been good and he has had chances. Richards skates like he has his skate guards on. He looks like he is cooked (plus I think he is a mental basket case) and I don’t think he will ever be the player he was again. I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think I am. This has been a pretty big sample set and he has had, and continues to have, every and I mean every opportunity from the coach to play his way out of it and he has gotten worse!

  83. Just to show how some people have an agenda without fact. The Rangers defense was better than the 04 TB defense? Really? Did you even watch that team. Pavel Kubina had 17 goals! Dan Boyle had 9! What NYR dman is even capable of 5 goals? McD, Girardi or DelZ are not above average offensive dmen no matter who coaches them sorry. If they had great shots from the Point we would not be on the prowl looking for a right handed shot for the point and certainly not rotating everyone from Richards, Step, and even Gaborik on the point.

  84. Sioux-per-man on

    Put Gaborik on the right side – who gets him going?

    Boyle or Miller as a center.

    Maybe a Zucc or Fasth on the other wing. They need speed and skill. They both have.

    It’s a roll of the dice right now. Why not give it a try, if they are already in the system.

  85. Like it or not this is Tortorella’s team. Unless the communication between him and Sather isnt as transparent as the organization has made it seem. For the 345th time, for those that have difficulty comprehending, I would keep the coach but change the system because we do have the players for it: Kreider, Hagelin, Fast, MZA, Callahan, gaborik, Nash, etc.. find me a team with faster players, a better defense and a better goalie. If you wont change the system then yes Fire Tortorella and Fire Sather.

  86. Didn’t Sather draft Mcllrath to address the lack of physicality in front of the net? Kid will deliver it.

  87. Sioux-per-man on

    We have 17 games to go. We need at least 20 pts to make the playoffs.

    2 pts tonight – it’s needed!!

  88. People really think last year was just a product of other teams having off years? Last year’s team played the game exactly the way it is supposed to be played. This year’s team does not. Not clear if it is the roster turnover or if the same team as last year would be in the same position or worse than this one is in (let’s not forget that Nash carried this team to several victories this year). But basically this year there are way more injuries than they had last year and nobody is playing well. At their very best, this is one of the best teams in the conference. At their worst, they are what you see right now. The reality ought to be somewhere in the middle, so if they have a stretch of playing their best hockey, they will get in and if that stretch happens in the next 5-10 games most likely it will carry into the playoffs which will be great. If they don’t figure it out it’s gonna be a long summer.

  89. Just to point something out, the Blackhawks had Dan carcillo playing on their first line for a good stretch this season.

  90. Lev – Can you be more specific about what the Rangers’ system is and how it should change. And I don’t mean “along the walls, dump and chase”. Speak in actual hockey terms.

  91. “….DelZ are not above average offensive dmen no matter who coaches them sorry”

    DelZ had 10 goals last year….

  92. “the Rangers figuring it out” means Gaborik, Richards and Nash starting to score one a game. Welcome to the Rangers world of praying for lapses in opposition defense

  93. Very, very few people in rangerland were upset when Sather signed Gomez and Drury. At the time the team was fairly soft, all Jagr and Lundqvist, and had, in post lockout season #2, gone to round two of the playoffs and thrown a major scare into the President Trophy winning club that looked unstoppable. I know I was ecstatic with those moves – maybe not everyone was but I dont recall seeing tons of people talking about how bad it made the Rangers and how they’d screwed up. If anything more people had them pegged as true contenders. And that next year, the problem was that Pittsburgh was just too good.

    It’s not always on the GM and coach. The blame can stop at the players who sign huge contracts and then do not perform.

  94. NYR – I know you like DelZ but he doesn’t hit the net nearly enough. He’s not awful but he is no where near the class of a Letang, Keith or even Streit.

  95. Ah….I think he is just as good a defender as all of those guys….and, those guys have better passing targets, let’s be honest….

  96. Matty – two things. Where do we have room for Murray though? He was the 6th guy on San Jose and isn’t better than anyone we have on D right now.

    Also, most teams run 3 lines in the playoffs anyway. Bickel only played on D because of the injuries. If Eminger and Sauer were healthy, he would’ve rolled all 6 without an issue. And the 4th line technically was Feds-Boyle-Prust and they played a decent amount.

  97. Del Zotto as good as Keith or Letang. Stop! Let’s put it bluntly. Those guys will be considered automatics for Socchi. Del Z won’t even get a look.

  98. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Richards and Gaborik (can we just call them Gabards because they are the start of every coversation about offense?) need to be better. If you want to throw Kreider in the mix because the expectations were higher, you can make that argument too.

    So many here keep focusing on the 4th line. Do some teams have 4th lines that chip in a few goals? Sure. But, most teams rely on their top 2 lines for offense, and maybe 40 goals from the 3rd line. If Kreider reaches his potential (and Gabards improve), they will have threats from 3 lines.

  99. Sioux-per-man on

    Gravy – maybe a scoring kid line Kreider-Miller-Fast. We could call it the Fast & Furious line!!!

  100. You guys need to start forgetting about last year’s team. This team is not that. We are no longer a muck in the corners banging style team. The sooner you all and the coach realize this, the sooner this team can be successful. This team IS more like the TB team that Torts won the cup with. He needs to start coaching that way. Honestly, with Zucc and the kids, they have the talent to be that type of team up front, if the reins are taken off and players are allowed to create and told that it’s ok to shoot and not just go for the perfect play or dump in the corner. The problem is, they are being coached like last year’s team but with a different type of talent. You can win with this type of team. Detroit did it for years. They DO need Dan Boyle, but 2004 Dan Boyle. A puck rushing fast defenseman who can pass or shoot on the fly. That’s EXACTLY what they need. MDZ does this more and more and he generates offense. Staal was REALLY doing this before he got hurt.

    What I remember about Zucc is that before he got hurt last year, he was making a difference. With the right coaching, he could be Fleury in his prime. I never thought he was scared to muck it up in the corners, but his strength is exactly the game THIS team needs to play, and that’s speed, slick passing and shooting the puck and going to the net with speed.

  101. When people talk about the bottom 6 forwards, what they are really talking about is balanced scoring. You can’t just rely on 4-5 guys for all the offense. Perfect example of a smart team and the Ranger organization mentality of if you dont have a big name we dont care.

    The Devils acquire Andre Loktionov from LA for a 5th round pick. He’s up to 6 goals. If we make that move, people on the board would be like “Who cares another 4th line nobody.”Except the truth was he had top 6 forward skill in LA with no place to play so they moved him.

    The Rangers couldnt have found a 4th rounder to beat that deal. Asleep at the wheel.

  102. The Rangers system, from what I see, is dumping the puck in, sending 3 guys in deep, cycling the puck along the boards and having to outwork the opposing team (happens much less often this year compared to last year), and waiting for either a) an opening to send puck to the D (who more often than not shoot wide) or b) break in defense near the net so forwards can shoot.

    Thankfully on odd man rushes we’ve been pretty good this year. I like the shoot first mentality and actually hitting the net. Asham, Nash and Gaborik have the best shots on the team. From the D it has to be Stralman.

  103. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – any news on FAST this morning?

    Hags has been a game changer since his call up.

    Perhaps help is on its way – FAST couldn’t be fast enough. We need scoring.

  104. Loktionov was another smart move by NJD. They put him with Ponikarovsky and Kovalchuk and off they went. Wouldnt surprise me if D’agostini turns out well for them as well.

  105. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    _Who was the last Ranger D-man to have 10 goals before Del Z_

    Roszival in 07-08 with 13.

    _Gravy – maybe a scoring kid line Kreider-Miller-Fast. We could call it the Fast & Furious line_

    I like it SPM…hopefully they can live up to the name.

  106. Steve – Zucc as good as Fleury? Please. Stop. Zucc can be a decent effective 3rd line, but he isn’t even close to the talent level of Fleury.

  107. Lev, you are wrong about Tampa’s defense in 2004. Dan Boyle and Kubina were two of the better offensive forces that year, Kubina could also hit. Also, look at the size of the rest of them. And I’m not even comparing the offense. Remember Dave Andreychuk? Most of his 21 goals were on PP

  108. Sioux-per-man on

    Good Morning Carp!!!

    If Fast and Zucc are on the way.

    Where would you play them first?

  109. For people who said the team deviated from its original plan this year, may I remind you they still have Hank, McD, Girardi, Staal, MDZ, Callahan, Hagelin, Kreider, Miller, Stepan? Added Nash at 28 in exchange for Dubinsky and Anisimov. How is that a deviation? If only Richards and Gaborik were producing we’d singing a different tune.

  110. NYR should be Sellers at the deadline as it appears that this year’s squad will not legitimately compete for the Cup…

  111. Sioux-per-man on

    Where are all the peeps that are preaching play the Kids!!!

    Kreider is back up. We can RELEASE THE KREIDER!!!

    Miller is up Halpern is in Montreal – Soon to be Miller time again.

    Fast on the way. Stay tuned for the Fast and the Furious……

    Zucc on a plain – the Hobbit is on a quest for a new Ring…..

  112. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I for one am not very stoked about mza or fast. Not sure where we are going to play these guys in the line up, but if its in the bottom 6 it doesn’t make much sense to me..

    If you want to pull pyatt out of the line up and or powe to play them, fine. Just seems like a round peg in a square hole with them in the bottom six.

  113. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I guess if we are going to roll four lines constantly then it is a different situation, but anyone that thinks that needs to head to the ledge for everyone’s benefit

  114. Sioux-per-man on

    Wicky – I think they are all going to get a shot to make a fast 3rd line. They won’t all play in the same game.

    But we need a FAST energy line. To spark the Rangers when they are flat.

    If Kreider-Miller-Fast-Zucc can provide that why not.

    Hmmmm or a Gaborik or Hags – to make it even faster.

  115. It’s possible, Wicky. But it’s also kind of interesting to note that people on here complained for MONTHS about the bottom 6. We now have an entirely different bottom 6 (Kreider, Miller, MZA, Fasth, Newbury, Asham back) and people are still complaining.

    Let’s get the big boys going and let’s get MZA on the PP and net some goals.

  116. Lev that’s not really a system. Do you mean you think they should be quicker to fly the defensive zone to generate more odd man rushes? Is the team not aggressive enough in the neutral zone? Is the center the third man high or does he crash the net or is he in the corner as a second forechecker?

    I am not sure of the exact layout but it seems to me Tortorella’s concept is one in which you don’t consider yourself on offense or defense depending on which zone you are in. Whether you are on offense or defense is determined by who has the puck. And so when the Rangers are really “defending well” as JT says they are doing that across all three zones. So turnovers in the offensive zone are met with loads of resistance, chipping at puicks, shutting down passing lanes, and trying to recover possession while still inside the offensive zone. Once the puck leaves the zone and enters the neutral zone, the Rangers D are always trying to step up hard and break plays up before they even happen or get to the level of the defensive zone. That’s why McD, Staal, MDZ, Girardi work well with this system because they are mobile. They can break those plays up, and when they cannot they are usually quick enough to recover into position. So while lots of people want big, hulking D who can clear the crease, that isn’t necessarily in the Rangers’ best interest.

    This kind of system is pretty exhausting, hence the importance of camp. PArt of the problem with Richards is that he didnt do jack during the lockout and is in awful shape. And that is probably Boyle’s problem as well. But what would you have the team do then? As soon as the puck turns over, retreat into a neutral zone trap? Or worse, yield the neutral zone and only defend in our own end? That may lead to more odd man rushes but ultimately that’s a crazy way to play and doesn’t really work effectively at any level.

  117. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I can see mza out there on the checking line marking Malkin the whole game or fast on the energy line getting ready to go with Thornton of the bruins.

    Seems like either a panic move by the organization with these two to get offense or an acknowledgment by the organization that they are not trading for help.

    The only way we are getting scoring help is if 2 of our top 3 forwards start playing like it.

    We need to address 3rd and 4th line spots with 3rd and 4th line players and some toughness on D by the deadline and get our top six playing like top six.

  118. I have seen everything to point to the contrary, Sioux. Rangers are not in on Dekeyser. That makes the third high profile prospect that the Rangers have been out on this season.

    The ^Hobbit Wizard^ contract is obviously a pro-rated deal of what he’s worth since he’s getting paid that money to play the remaining games only. Hopefully he proves he’s great and sticks around.

  119. Considering the amount the team is charging in my playoff invoice, no way they are sellers at the deadline

  120. Wicky, they have enough cap space to add players. With MZA signed, and taking Sauer LTIR exception into consideration( if they need to use it), they can afford around $8.5M at deadline. The issues is, those have to be expiring contracts, unless they are small. NOT Dan Boyle’s type of deal.

  121. Yes, peter, my main point is that I want them to be more aggressive in the neutral zone. That would create more odd man rushes. It would also probably create more odd man rushes the other way but my main argument for this kind of play is that Lundqvist is one of the best on breakaways and he is simply one of the best in the world.

    Truly hope MZA gets a chance on the PP and isnt buried on the 4th line. Leave Newbury/Powe, Boyle/Pyatt, and Asham on the 4th line.

  122. Sioux, you keep reading and hearing that NYR are interested, but that they don’t feel they’re in the mix for him.

  123. Manny, MZA is actually getting around 1/4 of $700K. I’m too lazy to calculate, but it’s whatever days left out of 99-day season.

  124. That’s what he is getting, Lev. According to LB, his salary is $700K, prorated. So is his cap hit.

  125. Oh so it’s a pro-rated version of $700K. Wow. That is a TON less than I thought he would get. Thanks, ilb.

  126. @stevezipay@ Live from Philly: Lundqvist in goal tonight; Miller skating in optional, no word on lineup

  127. Also, this is our cap space situation:

    @NYP_Brooksie@ Zuccarello deal with Rangers is for $700,000 (pro-rated). NYR have approx $5.3M cap space available which would become *$7.25M* at deadline

  128. Oh. I thought Brooksie included it. I was trying to be helpful with the whole *clarity* thing. I blew it.

    $7.25M + $1.25M = $8.5M

  129. They can only start using his LTIR once they used up all of $7.5M, after that they can start adding up to $1.25M. Looks like no one wants to come to NY this year :-) Weather?

  130. Probably taxes, ilb. Just ask poor Phil Mickelson. Just kidding, they are so much higher in Canada. I wonder what Prust lost in actual dollars by going up there…

  131. @HLundqvist30@ After unpacking my bag I realize I might have slightly over packed. 12 ties for a 6 day trip is pushing it.. #GoodToHaveOptions


    Where is Tiki when you need him? Hank is not focused on the right things!

  132. See Lev I don’t think Tortorella wants them to be less aggressive in the neutral zone or is advocating that they simply bust their butts back into the D zone. I think that they may not be aggressive enough in the neutral zone but that is on the forwards, not Torts. The D can step up to try to turn pucks over but A. If it doesnt work there’s horror coming the other way and B. the D is usually taking the man who is the closest to entering the Ranger zone, so even if the puck turns over the neutral zone is still pretty crowded. You would think that odd man rushes develop the most when forwards back check aggressively through the neutral zone and turn pucks over between the red line and the other team’s blue line.

  133. Rob in Beantown on

    I take it back — I won’t do it if there is any risk of physical injury or bodily harm

  134. Sioux-per-man on

    Jonny – I don’t know much about him. His coach has alot to say about him. I’ve never seen him play.

  135. Sioux-per-man on

    So Halpern gets claimed by the Habs. Interesting.

    I wonder if he will play for them Saturday?

  136. The dump and chase practice has been a staple with Ranger teams since the arrival of Tortorella
    If he didn’t sanction it, he sure could change it if he so desired. It is really a dopey system, where you throw the puck into opponent zone, and then have to go in and fight for the puck that you just got rid of. Saves skating I suppose…but at what price?

  137. Sioux – his coach is Andy Murray. The guy who ran the Blues into the ground. I wouldn’t really listen much to what he has to say.

  138. Does anyone here know how dump and chase works? Or are you just throwing around terms you heard in an EA Sports game?

  139. Sioux-per-man on

    Jonny – He has more experience as a head coach in the NHL than you and me combined :)

  140. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Carp, I had a dream that I met you in person, and said “it’s Gravy from RR”, and you didn’t remember me.

  141. Not wishful thinking but I maintain, this club will make us proud. I believe in the Coach, the cast of characters on the team and the sweater. I believe the Captain will continue to inspire and while I’d love to trust in Richie… I’m not blind.

    Truth of the matter is that we haven’t seen near the best this team can offer – and I find it far more likely that they find their game (hey, they have a playoff spot running at 50-60% of capacity) than to have them remain at the status quo or deteriorate.

    As a fan of the game and team, the cyclical nature of the fan-base on this website can be at time comedic and at others, embarrassing. I get that Miami Pimp has some unique superstitions and that there are a few people who attempt humor through impassioned rants – and then theres the mass that seems confident a new coach or one new player might make the difference. Truth is, the difference needs to come from within and I’m not referencing our farm team. Our players need to play as a team and play to their potential. They simply arent producing and I dont see it as different from a business, relationship or otherwise. Get the job done / bloom where you’re planted. We HAVE the pieces to compete and I trust this team that I love will provide renewed confidence with an impassioned performance tonight.

    EXPECT Simmonds to be a beast – guy would look great in a Rangers sweater. Who steps up to quell his hits? Guessing Newbury / Asham. EXPECT McMonster to quiet Giroux. Del Zotto’s been hot – but I’m guessing our D offensive contribution comes from Ryan McD. I’m also expecting a Kreider goal – he looked good last week. Not sure where the other 2 come from but I see Hank putting a few “steals” together tonight… maybe ends up 4-2?

    LETS GO RANGERS and thanks for the blog Carp – your breakdowns keep me coming back despite the mental breakdowns of the fans ;-)

  142. great points, Dudley.

    Gravy, you should have said, “the copyright holder for the WBM.”

    Sioux, I need more than an apprentice.

  143. Keeze, by seller, do you mean jettisoning guys like Gaborik and waving the white flag on this season? Trading Lundqvist? Rebuilding? Trading young vets like Girardi?

    ’cause you aren’t trading Richards to anybody.

    There is no way a team that is in eighth place despite all that has gone wrong is going to give up on this season.

  144. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp I’d throw in a couple of oil wells if I had them! But you have to settle for a couple of cans :)

  145. Trade Gaby..Fire Torts..Love for the hobbit wizard…I see we’re keeping status quo today..How are the Loui -Anderson- Eriksson and Dan Boyle trades coming along?

  146. Sioux-per-man on

    Sounds like DeKeyser will find a home in Detroit. Chances are he’ll play their right away!!!

    Looks more like a Girardi to me than a Gilroy.

    Can never have to many Girardi’s on your team.

  147. Sioux-per-man on

    The Fast and the Furious Line …….. stay tuned in an arena near you!

    Double feature day …… followed by “THE RELEASE of the KREIDER”

  148. Sioux-per-man on

    Look at the bright side for Fast.

    If he doesn’t work out for the Rangers, he will always have a job at Jimmy Johns :)

  149. Carp Any idea when we’re going to get Fast. Sort of like Wendy’s slow fast food. Will we have to pay the Swedish Hockey Assoc for fast release.

  150. Well put, Dudley. Thanks for that.

    Simmonds might be the player in the NHL that I covet the most. I LOVE the guy.

  151. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Carp i’d like to share some GREAT news with you. As of today i’m the proud Mama of a published author, my daughter’s book came out today !!! # 2 on “hot” new books. Can you see the smile on my face? :-)))

  152. Jussi has a $3M cap hit. He’s got 5 goals this year. That is a lot for the Rangers team. But I doubt that kind of move actually makes a difference. Same with Kaspar Daugavins. Especially since we just got the ^Hobbit Wizard^ and all his shootout magiv.

  153. Magiv is the ^Hobbit^ version of Magic apparently.

    RIA! *MAZEL TOV* Link us to your book so we can buy it for Ilb’s daughter immediately!

  154. Sioux – I second that vote. But I expect it to be Newbury. Even though I am against that decision.

  155. Sioux-per-man on

    Newbs played two games = 2 pts.

    Might need to play Newbs & Kreider together before the night is over.

    So I hope not.

  156. Carp…to me, NYR have very little shot competing for the Cup this year, and, if Mgmt agrees, then the smarter move is to trade to improve for the future and a true Cup run…trading for Dan Boyle would not be the final piece to NYR puzzle—however I imagine this is exactly what they will do…

  157. Sioux-per-man on

    Team needs new energy. Newbury brings that against the Flyers. And the Grit he has will help in that catagory as well.

    Pyatt – no grit, no speed, no scoring. When’s the last time he had a point in a game?

  158. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    I think Powe and Pyatt are essentially the same player, and keeping Newbury in gives them the option of putting Miller back on the wing.

  159. The good news is that Myers is only signed through 2019 (just before the next lockout) and his cap hit is only $5.5M!

  160. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    _NHL Radio says that the Sabres are willing to move Tyler Myers_

    In other news, the Rangers are willing to move Brad Richards.

  161. Powe > Pyatt. Pyatt’s been quiet and Powe has the wheels to draw penalties, is solid on the kill, etc.

  162. Agreed Manny…and Mike Meyers over Danny B as well! Especially in that ‘So I married an ax murderer’ flick. he was great.

    WO MAN! WO! MAN! wowowowowowow MAN!

  163. Yea. Pow! kills penalties. So often everyone around here forgets about KILLING PENALTIES. Kind of an important part of the game. It’s why Boyle > Pyatt (also face offs).

  164. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced they are not trading for Dan Boyle. If they do, they’ll only have around $5M to resign Stepan, Hagelin, and McD. Plus add a couple of D-men and a couple of bottom 6 forwards. Gosh, I hope I’m right. Unless, of course they are planning to buy Richards out. Then who’s playing at #1 center?

  165. Agree ilb – feels too much like Redden. Age scares me re: Boyle and seems like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

  166. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    The Power Play Specialist of Bag End.

    NHL.com already sold out of NYR #36 jerseys

  167. The bad news is that Myers is making $12M this year and $6M next year. And Myers’ cap hit automatically becomes the highest on NYR defense. I think McD’s agent will have a field day with those numbers.

  168. Yea, his (Myers) contract is crap. If they buy him out though I am interested in signing him to a two year deal.

  169. The Book of Many Players the Rangers Should Have Acquired 8 Years Earlier:

    Chapter 25:

    Page 1:

    Danny Boyle.

  170. The last three major deals signed in the NHL (Getzlaf, Perry and Semin) are horrendous. What a mess. All that lockout for NOTHING. Semin’s deal is the equivalent of a $7.7M deal under the last CBA. Crosby is now worth $12M/Year.

  171. Semin’s played his heart out this year to land the big deal. Carolina is going to wish they never made that big deal. Semin’s will go back to his old self next year, book it.

  172. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Thank you ilb, Manny ,& Sioux. Nothing like seeing your child’s dreams become a reality. Now the only thing I need for this day to get better is a WIN from the boys tonight!! LGR

  173. JamesG- many people believe that Dan Boyle’s departure from Tampa (after missing almost the whole 2007-2008 season with freak wrist injury, and subsequently being traded to SJ in 2008) was the reason why Tampa became a laughingstock of the league, and it was one of the main reasons why JT was fired after 2007-2008. But he isn’t what he was back then, and his contract is terrible.

  174. Tonight will be a great matchup of two teams who have taken a few steps backwards (2 steps for our Rangers, 3 steps for the Flyers). The game will be exciting, but it’s going to be ugly hockey.

    If the Flyers lose tonight, Lavy might be gone.

  175. tommy – I don’t think that about Semin. He’s in a much better situation than he was in Washington in regards to how structured the organization is. The guy was on a 1 year deal last year and he was pretty bad compared to how his career stats are. This year he’s on another 1 year deal in a less toxic situation and he’s putting up the stats that he should.

  176. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Semin is on pace for 22 goals (82 games), and I find it hard to believe he’s become a playmaking winger. That’s a $7M player?

  177. Yup, Gravy. The deal is nuts. It’s so frustrating that we lost a season of hockey and salaries are still increasing in the NHL.

  178. lone, from what I’ve read on twitter, within the next few days both Zuccarello and Fast should be here … and then people here will be putting them in the Hockey Hall of Fame and on the first line.

    Keeze, your opinion is like that of many other people. But there’s no chance in hell the Rangers, as an organization, think they have no chance this year. Not saying they will buy like crazy. But they definitely won’t surrender at this stage.

  179. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    The good news is it’s a bad contract on a -conference- division foe.

  180. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Actually Manny you can see it for yourself in the window of Barnes & Noble on Court St. Its a cookbook . When she saw it yesterday in their window it really hit her that this was really happening for her.

  181. To the fears about Rangers losing 6-4 games, getting blown out on a nightly basis, two things:

    A) I’m one fan who doesn’t care if they win or lose 2-1 or 7-6. I’m happy with whatever gets you more wins either way, even if the latter is more entertaining. We’ve tried the former — it hasn’t worked, but maybe it will work soon.

    B) When was the last time Lundqvist gave up 6 goals?

    I admit I’m a bit puzzled by the groupthink that says only low-GA teams have a chance. I think the Rangers should try anything — anything — that might lead to more GF.

  182. Norm, check out the GAA team-by-team last year. Bet you that 95 percent of the teams in the playoffs were in the top eight in their conference in GAA.

  183. Tlusty playing like he has definitely helps, but he’s with Staal and both of them seem to be playing well together. When Semin was at his best, he was getting 45-50 assists a year. So it’s not like he can’t pass the puck.

  184. OK, maybe not 95 percent, but the teams that had the best record in each conference, and the team that was second in the West and the team that won the Cup were in the top four in the NHL GAA.

  185. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Can someone clue me in on Fast? I know nothing about our next savior

  186. manny

    sum up the last 100 posts for me. i just saw jussi jokinen on waivers worth a shot?

  187. Norm – I posted stats awhile back about how the final 4 teams were all in the top 10 in GA (I think 3 of them were in the top 5) and top 10 in PK. None of them were in the top 10 in GF. As a matter of fact, the highest ranked by far was the Rangers, who were in 11th. NJ was 15th, Phoenix 18th, and LA 29th. Yet all 4 were, as I said, in the top 10 in GAA (LA 2nd, Rangers 3rd, PHX 5th).

    It’s a defensive minded league. It’s one of the major reasons why a team like Ottawa, who many wrote off this year are playing so well. 1st in GA, but 22nd in GF.

  188. the winning teams are also able to score goals, though

    this Ranger team hasn’t yet shown the ability to do that

  189. Nope, eric. $3M cap hit through next year. 5 goals this season. But he will always be famous for his GWG against Marty in 2009. Game 6, .2 sec left.

  190. I would concede the 95% and still want to try something else. That’s the point, that there are times when teams with the courage of their convictions get out of the groupthink and succeed by their own lights. Right now, the Rangers have a scoring issue and seem — I hope, finally — to be thinking of addressing that problem by means other than making sure the other team doesn’t score.

    Last year, the shooting gallery defense worked, guys blocking shots like some sort of group shield, Lundqvist saving the rest, 2-1 win after 2-1 win, plenty of SO wins. This year, though I concede it’s impressionistic, those shots seem to be getting through and a screened Lundq. can’t stop those.

  191. if i had to bet garth snow and the isles claim jokinen. does he even reach isles in the standings

  192. also need to score in the postseason, too. last year’s Kings team didn’t do a damn thing offensively during the regular season but put it in another gear in the playoffs.

    worth nothing that one of the only recent Stanley Cup winning teams that didn’t do much of anything offensively was Tortorella’s Lightning team in ’04. pretty sure they never scored more than 4 goals in a playoff game and were held to something like like 13 or 14 goals in the entire Finals.

  193. Lloyd – that’s definitely true. But you can make up for that by keeping the puck out. You just have to work harder at it. If the Rangers were hovering around 20th overall in GF, this team would be in the top 4 in the conference right now.

    However everyone seems to think the GA won’t be affected by “opening up” the way they play. Maybe more goals will be scored, but definitely their GAA will take a hit.

    Plus it’s much easier to control the amount of goals you give up in comparison to the amount of goals you score. I know that’s blatantly obvious, but I think people seem to forget that.

  194. That was in the old NHL though. If that Tampa team plays now, they score a ton more.

  195. On the GA, it would be interesting to see how much of it is attributable to the team defense and how much to the goalie. We know, or claim we know who the best player on the PK needs to be, for instance. Above my paygrade how to tease that out, but surely something the staff have looked into?

  196. I am still waiting for someone to point out to me exactly why the system the Rangers play does not score goals and what specific changes to that system will magically produce goals. “Open it up” is not an answer that makes any sense. What exactly do people want to see happening. Actually Lev said he wanted them to be more aggressive in the neutral zone but as I said I firmly believe that Torts wants them to do that and the players just dont have the legs, stamina or gumption to compete that way.

  197. Jonny,

    “You just have to work harder at [keeping the puck out]”

    “It’s much easier to control the amount of goals you give up in comparison to the amount of goals you score.”

    Clarification? I’m not playing gotcha, just trying to figure out your point.

  198. how can i move on from brandon prust when he is all over the widget. can we take him out already. do i need to look at him and his giddyness being on top of conf with pens

  199. Norm, I don’t think those two things can really be separated all that effectively unless the other team is getting no shots on goal. But that’s the Devils and the neutral zone trap all over again. And even if we were able to do that, and it showed it’s more the goalie keeping them out than the D, would you then advocate that the forwards simply stop playing defense and wait around for odd man rushes? Pretty funny game – one team plays 5-on-2 at one end until they score or the puck turns over, then the other team tries to counter that with as many 3-on-none rushes as they can. Why not just eliminate hockey altogether and do shootouts?

  200. Jonny,

    As Carp said, it’s a combination. During the regular season your team needs the ability to beat up on lesser teams from time to time. When you’re able to apply severe offensive pressure to lesser teams, the opponent’s offensive pressure will drop. It’s not simply a question of playing tight defense and holding teams to 1 or 2 goals every night but hardly ever scoring more than 1 or 2 goals yourself. The bottom line is that it’s extremely tiring to play games the Rangers do, where your inability to open up offensively means that even bad teams are going to fight you until the final buzzer for 2 points in the vast majority of games. Against the better teams in the league, you need the ability to harness them with your defense and play a grind-it-out game if need be. But this team plays grind-it-out games against everybody, and that (a) wears a squad down, (b) puts inordinate pressure on the goaltender, (c) gives you practically no margin for error.

  201. that several of the Ranger beat writers are saying the Rangers may put in a claim for Ollie Jokinen made me throw up in my mouth a little

  202. Peter, to open it up is not a mystery, and the Rangers, I think, have been doing a little of that with the stretch passing of late. There is no way I know of to create open ice without risking more defensively. The Rangers are not alone, for instance in collapsing five in-zone. If they were higher on their points, that would open up more tips on the pinch and some odd man rushes, but it would also risk the in-zone high slot. They also seem too married to the boards as the only way out, and in my opinion don’t try the old Montreal breakout enough, though Del Zotto at least looks for tape before he looks for wall. But again, if you look to center ice as the dangerous way to attack, you have to live with it as a dangerous way to counter as well. Coaches know how to get out of two-way hockey, and they also know how to invite it.

  203. But Loyd the team plays grind-it-out games against everyone not because they are told to but because they are always down at least 1-0 and so cannot afford to let it get to 2-0. Not to mention, define “grind it out.”

  204. Jussi not Ollie.

    If the NYRAngers ever brought back Ollie, I’d switch teams. Seriously.

  205. Sioux-per-man on

    Ollie – not much left in the tank there. If he can’t stick with the Jets, and they are hunting for the playoffs, how could he help the Rangers?

  206. anyone want to come over for passover. we have 14 people coming and enough food for 30.

  207. Norm – I mean that it is much easier to dictate where you want your opponent to go with the puck than it is to dictate where you want to go with the puck in the offensive zone. Plus their issue isn’t one of not being solid when they have the puck anyway. Their issue is the fact that they can’t get the puck when they are in their own zone. Has nothing to do with opening it up. They chase all day because they are out of position (trying to put more pressure on the opposing team to get it) and instead give open lanes. If they’d collapse a bit more, they’d block more shots and create turnovers since the opposing team would have to force shots through traffic rather than take wide open ones.

    Lloyd – I agree. But like I just said, they don’t have the puck enough. They play grind it out because they are trying to put more pressure on the puck in the d-zone and instead are getting beat like that. If they’d collapse a bit and force the other team to take shots from the outside (which they’ve been better at), it forces the other team to try to make something happen when it isn’t there. That creates turnovers and odd man rushes the other way. Then you get the puck going the other way, you pin it deep, work the D on the other team and tire them out and then fight your way to the slot for a good shot.

    The Rangers have actually be decent at the last part of that, but they don’t get the puck enough to be able to create those opportunities/chances. It all starts in the d-zone with this team.

  208. Sioux-per-man on

    Now if the Rangers had a chance with Iginla.

    I think he would help this team get into the playoffs, and help lead this team deeper into the playoffs.

    But I’m sure he would pick Pittsburgh before New York.

  209. Miami,

    Oh Jussi, thank God.

    probably the first time that sentence has ever been uttered btw.

  210. *Eric* – Summation of the day to this point:

    Torts is the problem. The players are the problem. Tort inspires the players. Fire him. Fire Sather he signs the players. Rangers are so stupid. They will totally sign Boyle. What a bad contract. Lockout was pointless. Nothing Changed. Pens are better than us. Who’s Jon Cooper? Hobbit Wizard is the answer or an example of the problem. When’s Fast(h) getting here!? Why don’t we sign that kid none of us have heard of (DeKeyser) !? CLAIM SOMEONE. DO NOTHING. PANIC. POSITIVITY.

    Jussi Jokinen – if we hadn’t already claimed Hamrlik I guess we could waste the money on it but I don’t see him really making a difference or being a terrific upgrade over anyone on our squad. He’s not a younger version of his brother.

  211. earlier in the year, when Nash was playing great, Gaborik was playing well and Richards was playing not this bad, the Rangers exerted some offensive pressure on bad teams and pounded the Lightnings and the Caps, and had enough to stay in games with the Bruins despite being overmatched physically.

  212. LOL Carp. That was probably the worst move I’ve ever seen. The sad part is that he’s scored on that before, several times.

  213. early in the season? damn, that was like two weeks ago, figured you were talking about back when they beat up on Tampa in February

  214. I’m also positive they out hit Washington in that game, too

    but both Richards and Boyle scored so that game was obviously a fluke ;-)

    and yeah it does feel like a long time ago, mostly because it was shortly before that after they handed Tampa another beating that most of us felt the team turned the corner.

  215. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Manny I read the blog every day plus your are one of the most positive posters on here. BTW I live in Brooklyn too!

  216. Jonny, got it, thanks. We see it differently, but I appreciate the thinking. I happen to think the Rangers have collapsed their in-zone coverage as much as they possibly can and that the runaround begins with the wings consistently getting to their points late, always chasing, one pass late. It’s fun playing the point against that defense.

    I also see the dump-and-chase, when they do it, as [ironically] the lazy man’s way to avoid moving his feet and earning the wide lane, cutting to the slot with the puck. That takes harder skating, and you get whacked when you try it. Yes, the D. get worked when they have to get to the dumped puck, but they also get their brains worked when they have to honor the wide sprinters and worry about another skater in the center driving early or late to the slot. I know which decision I’d rather force in an opposing defender, and that’s a decision in front of his net, not behind it.

  217. it was shortly after Richards and Nash came back from their injuries and both were playing well — briefly. Also the game Ovechkin and his car seat gave Stepan the EZ-Pass.

  218. we couldn’t pound hartford right about now. tonight going to be a massacre. prob lose 5-2 and on top of that get beat up all over the ice by rinaldo

  219. My eyes will be on Team USA vs Mexico tonight … assuredly more entertaining than watching this mockery-of-a-squad pound themselves one step closer to elimination from playoff-contention.

  220. Today, one year ago, LA Kings in 9th place on the outside looking in:


    Anyone have any inkling they’d win the cup?

    So before you panic, consider that. The Rangers are sound defensively. If they get their scoring in gear, they could make a run. Perhaps Zucc and perhaps Fast kick start the team. I’m not saying they will be Crosby and Malkin, but maybe they have enough energy, if nothing else to get the team going.

  221. yeah Richards managed to dupe everyone after getting a few nights off

    seriously I don’t know what is wrong with that guy but in the 29 games he’s playing this season, he’s been a factor in what? 4? 5? I’ve been resisting the urge to claim he’s finished but every time I see him it looks more and more like whatever he does have left isn’t going to manifest itself in a Rangers jersey.

    hehe Rangers have cracked 4 goals twice in 31 games and in the 16 games they’ve lost (including OT) they’ve been held to fewer than 3 goals 14 times. good stuff.

  222. Sioux-per-man on

    Rangers need to get Richards going.

    Do you play him with Gaborik? or split them up?

  223. Dave Howard former Mets exec hired as President and overall honcho of ALL MSG sport’s operations.

    This is how a weasel hides from his responsibilities and let’s someone else drop the hammer on you know who!!!

    Of course coming from the Met’s is like coming from MSG so not to get too excited!

  224. Can we please stop talking about Richards…………unless it’s unreleased photos of Denise?

  225. Richards needs a night on the bench. It’s the only thing that hasn’t been tried yet. guy has 1 fluke point in the last 7 games and has been invisible since those 2 games after coming back from the injury. give him a night in the press box.

  226. no please sioux dont play those two together. richy and gabby in our d zone defending is a horror show

  227. Sioux-per-man on

    Steve nice stat!!

    Nobody seen them beating Vancouver in the 1’st round, or St. Louis in the 2nd round.

    If only the Rangers could have won 2 more games in the finals last year.

  228. Norm – a lot of the teams don’t give them the slot though. So they have to chip it deep. Even if they turn it over, it forces teams to go 200 feet rather than 100 to get to their own net. That’s the thinking (I think) as to why they do that because outside of a Hagelin, they don’t have too much speed when it comes to defensively solid players.

    Good stuff though. Like you said, we see it different ways, but I get what you are saying too.

    Steve – I did, but that might be because I follow the Kings a lot. They had the talent of being the best team in the league, they just couldn’t put it together for some reason. Once Sutter came in and got them playing defensively, they used that to create offense (similar to what the Rangers did) and ran away with it since they had superior offensive talent on all four lines.

  229. Lloyd – he was in meetings for most of the offseason and from what I hear, didn’t really do much training. I think a lot of guys didn’t think there would be a season based on what Don Fehr was telling them, so they didn’t do too much.

    I think had he had a camp to play himself into shape, he’d be better right now, but he’s clearly fighting it pretty hard.

  230. Sioux-per-man on

    That’s why I think Torts is putting Kreider up on the 1’st line with Nash & Richards.

    and maybe go with Miller-Boyle-Gaborik

    and give Gaborik a different look from the Flyers defense.

  231. Sioux-per-man on

    So fella’s is it too early to start the playoff beard???????

    Sioux in the playoffs, Final 16 in the NCAA tournament, starts on Friday.

    Looks like they pull Niagara from New York.

  232. Zucchini compared too Fleury Parise…..soon Gretzky!

    Thank goodness the Yanks open up on the first!

    What don’t you “technicians” get,are you suggesting the coach screwed his game up too? See St.Louis!

    This is not David Copperfield and there will be only what you see not what you don’t.

  233. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Hiya Carp did you not see my post about my daughter’s book that came out today? I’m one happy Mama!! :-)))

  234. I’d leave the lines alone, or mostly alone, meaning Richards and Stepan are the 1st and 2nd line centers. One thing I would absolutely do is get Richards the hell off the power play and if I absolutely had to give him a PP shift, he sure as hell wouldn’t be on the point. I would give Miller a shot at centering 3, though.

  235. maybe he was talking about Marc-Andre Fleury, in which case I’d rather have Mats Zuccarello as my goalie

  236. *Carp* March 26th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Might need Olli for that shootout in the last game.


    Evil, Carp. More evil than having 666 Wins for your career.

  237. _anyone want to come over for passover. we have 14 people coming and enough food for 30._

    There’s never enough food for one #30.

  238. These lines, projected by Patty Leonard, are pretty deep (for us).

    Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan,
    Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash,
    Marian Gaborik-Brian Boyle-J.T. Miller,
    Darroll Powe-Kris Newbury-Arron Asham

    The Kreider being able to handle the minutes is a huge lift to our offensive depth. Now if they can only put the biscuit in the basket (you know, where [Blog]Mama hides the cookies).

  239. Wow, I never thought I’d hear Wellman’s name ever again. Awesome reference Manny.

  240. Gotta tell ya, if they can get a few key guys going a little bit, the closing sked is not that tough even though it’s 11 of 17 on the road.

  241. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Thank you Carp & e3. I hope she sells a million copies too e3!! E3 sent you an e-mail last night. Okay have to go need to get some things done before our “must win” game tonight .

  242. Pyatt = Scratch, hopefully waived soon.

    I honestly thought he was going to be a great addition. Maybe if he could kill penalties I would keep him around but since he’s very one dimensional I assume he’s likely to be waived. Gets us a bit more cap space as well.

  243. Rangers could easily lose 8 of the remaining games and that’s with them getting splits against the Devils, Penguins, Carolina and Flyers. The schedule isn’t terrible but given how this team has looked, it’s not great either.

  244. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Looking for a win tonight vs. Flyers. We can do this…but we gotta get going!!

    Get into the playoffs and tinker along the way. This is no time to give up.

  245. Did Jossi Jokinen get waived specifically because of the Semin signing? There has to be a link there, no?

  246. I think Pyatt is a better player than his stats indicate but yeah, he has 1 point in the last 23 games and 3 points in the last 27. Hard to justify him having a locker.

  247. Looking forward to having to listen to that carnival barker PA announcer in Philly (especailly everytime he announces a Flyers PP). Jackwagon

  248. My only knock on Pyatt is his one dimensional-ness. He essentially is a 4th line Winger because he can’t kill penalties or take faceoffs or play on the PP. With the ^Hobbit Wizard^ coming and Fast(h) on his wayI think he’s an odd man out. Probably Newbury next to go.

  249. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Eddie and Koos, unusually funny stuff last night. You guys should have a show after Boomer and Carton!

  250. yeah one would assume Newbury would be the guy to go though I do wonder whether Darroll Powe survives the addition of two players if those guys do anything at all.

    and barring some monumental turnaround in the next few days, adding Zuccarello and Fast to the lineup should mean Brian Boyle becomes the 4th line center.

  251. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    that’s not the same car seat that Ovie skates with is it? This is my source of confusion!!!

  252. Torts to Dad T from car seat: “That lady in the drive-up window just said that my tee shirt says ‘This Kid’s Got A Big Mouth.”

  253. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts – “please turn that #%^_}#^}{#%++=•¥€>~~. radio up louder….they are talking about ME”

  254. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Waitress – “table for 3?

    Daddy torts – “and a booster seat for the lil fella”

  255. Happy Passover to all the Jewish Boneheads. I am not going to be able to watch the game tonight because I will be at Passover dinner with my in-laws, but IMO, and I know we have been saying this for a while now, but tonight is another must win game. I know we have not been great on the road, and the Flyers are even worse than we are this year, but it is Rangers/Flyers. If we stay out of the box, we should beat them. They do have a pretty good PP so we must be responsible and not take any stupid penalties.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  256. “I’ll be a coach someday when I grow up.”

    Papa: “The only coach you’ll see is a Greyhound. And the sooner the better.”

  257. I have a Volkswagen Passover and I can fit 30 people in it. Of course we are all clowns, before someone else says it.

  258. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – the car seat we are referring to is the one torts rides in… It’s in the backseat of his car…

  259. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Nasty, no problem. We win 7-2. Boyle and Pyatt with tricks.

  260. Thanks Matty, I will make sure I cancel my recording of the game on my DVR. Good stuff. You must have hoped in the Delorean and got your hands on Biff’s Sports Almanac huh? Ha

  261. For all you pitiful ignoramuses out there, Gordie Howe was the first NHLer to tally 1000 points. Laughable that none of you probably know that. Fools!

  262. Rob in Beantown on

    _Nasty, no problem. We win 7-2. Boyle and Pyatt with tricks._

    No joke I just spit a mouth full of hot tea all over my desk. Now I have to clean it up, thanks

  263. You mean Boyle and Pyatt will be turning tricks in the parking lot? Are they both being scratched?

  264. If Pyatt is indeed out, that’s a good sign that Sather isn’t glued to all his summer signings. Not that Pyatt didn’t go hard and give it his best, but it just wasn’t working.

  265. I don’t think Sather is making any of these decisions. I’m pretty sure he’s recovering from what some would consider to be pretty serious surgery.

  266. Nasty! Have a great dinner….

    I had the pleasure of meeting Steven McDonald and his family today, and joked a bit about the team with him. He said he thinks they’ll squeak into the playoffs……he laughed when I told him stop saying win at the start of every season cause we always lose :) what an awesome family.

  267. JR: “I came back to broadcasting because I didn’t want to fall into Bolivian.”

  268. JR: Went to a robot bartender named Nostradamus and got a self refilling prophecy.”

  269. Searching through some vitriolic daytime posts will give you incite into the season.

  270. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Welcome my friends to the show that never ends… Come inside, come inside

  271. Chris Christie to kid: “Mind if I go through all that grass in your basket and see if there are any more jelly beans on the bottom?”

  272. JR: “Hand me another pencil. Trying to write with this broke one is pointless.”

  273. Wayne Fleming battled for almost two years. Diagnosed right before the playoffs in 2010. Tampa Bay, after helping NYR get in the PO by destroying Carolina, gave it a good run that year.

  274. Chris Chrisitie to Farmer Brown: “mind if I go out and graze in the grass with the cows?”

  275. Eddie, I know you for way too many years to realize what you’re up to, bro…you don’t need to explain yourself. At least not to the most of us. Keep the laugh going, bud

  276. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dentist – “hop right into this big boy chair so I can take a look”

    Torts – “go {}#%^*+€><~. Yourself"

  277. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – kooz is a dumb moron stupid idiot loser for suggesting anything. And papa is more worse

  278. Torts: “Pysie, I don’t know how to tell you this, but if you’re not dressed, you can’t be a Pysie anymore.”

  279. Torts to Sully:” Stick that magic marker up your left nostril and hang a white flag on it.”

  280. Um… a malt Glen Garry for me and my friend here. And if you tell that bartender to go extra easy on the water, this 50 cent piece has your name on it.

  281. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Santa Clause – “come sit on my lap, little man and tell me you want”

    Torts – “kiss my {}#%^%#}{##%. Assen”

  282. Torts to Sully: “when the no good australian hobbit arrives, tell him to stand next to me when I’m addressing the team”

    Sully to Torts: “John, he’s Norweigen not Australian”

    Torts to Sully: “why are you still here?”

  283. Sully: “I just got word, coach, that Richie just cashed another 2 million dollar check for February.”

  284. You’re the fun loving, outgoing party guy and your sweating some lawn jockey. Jesper Christ!

  285. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    First day of play practice for the wizard of oz

    Torts – “I want to play the lion”

    Director – “sorry lil guy, we have something else in mind for you…. (Yells offstage) Get the pointy elf shoes for Johnny”

  286. Since Henny Lundqvist (as the Maven would call him) has been minding the net, there’s been some mysterious guideline by which the Rangers abide called “The Three Goal Rule.” Seems like way more often than not, if the other team scores three goals, we lose.

  287. Sully to Slats: “Mr. Sather, I could have this team turned around in a week”

    Slats to Sully: “Who are you anyway?”

  288. Torts to Sully: “Glennie says somebody’s go to go.”
    Sully: “You lookin’ at me?”
    Torts: “Ain’t lookin’ at Henrik.”

  289. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    At the bumper car ride at Disneyland

    Torts – “I want to drive the green car”

    Attendant – “sorry little guy, here’s a car seat for you… Get in the back”

  290. u guys are rockstars. eddie n cooz n papa been at it since last night. non stop party animals.

  291. I have to admit the whole Judy Garland thing turned me on; does that make me some kind of Fasth?

  292. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Would they actually get cap relief waiving Pyatt since he is signed through next season?

  293. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts – “I want a new #}<~|%^ bicycle "

    Daddy torts – "but we just you that trike last year"

  294. Pops Torts: “Oh, crap, there’s a cop behind me with a siren.”

    Torts from car seat: “Reach in the glove compartment and give him two $70 seats.”

  295. Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don’t work, I don’t drive a car, I don’t [Byfuglien] ride in a car, I don’t handle money, I don’t turn on the oven, and I sure as [Cooke] don’t [Phaenufing] roll!

  296. Sully to Slats: “Mr. Sather, I have teeth bigger than Torts”

    Slats to Sully: “so does that number 1 center we signed, what’s his name again?”

  297. I’m saying, I see what you’re getting at, Dude, he kept the money. My point is, here we are, it’s Shabbos, the sabbath, which I’m allowed to break only if it’s a matter of life or death…

  298. Nihilists! I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

  299. have to say that in light of this endless carseat crap, I’ve never laughed at any of it. Ever. Not a giggle, not a chuckle, not a tee-hee…never went ‘Ha!’

  300. Sully to Torts: “I think we can get some cap relief by having SalmonJoe auction off that stupid fedora. No one will wear it any more anyway since Boyler got the headband all greasy.”

  301. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax…You’re goddamn right I’m living in the F#$%^&* past!

  302. You mean about Ovechkin, Lloyd? That thing annoys the crap out of me. TIE YOUR JERSEY DOWN YOU IDIOT!

  303. You mark that frame an 8, and you’re entering a world of pain. A world of pain. Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a [Carcillo] about the rules? Mark it zero!

    …It’s a league game, Smokey.

  304. Torts to Sully: ” Ya know, I got my name on the Stanley Cup?”

    Sully to Torts: “yeah, yeah, yeah…….And your about to get your name on a pink slip”

  305. The Penguins are making acquisitions to bolster their squad for the playoff run. Last year, the Rangers management did nothing.

  306. Nothing funny about virgin suicides. On the other hand, did you hear the one about the….

  307. That’s cool, Marian. We’ll go there after the…what have you. Embrace the kid. Should be a pushover.

  308. He believes the culprits might be the very people who, uh, soiled your rug, and you are in a unique position to confirm or disconfirm that suspicion.

  309. Thom:

    Rangers haven’t really made a key late-season acquisition since you know when

  310. Everyone needs something to believe in. I believe I’ll have another double Absinthe.

  311. Torts to Sully: “where the hell has Schoenfield been?”

    Sully to Torts: “headed for Hartford. Said he’s gonna lay low there until this all blows over”

  312. I’ll tell you what I’m blathering about… I’ve got information man! New [Cooke] has come to light! And [Cooke]… man, she kidnapped herself. Well sure, man. Look at it… a young trophy wife, in the parlance of our times, you know, and she, uh, owes money all over town, including to known pornographers, and that’s cool… that’s cool. I’m saying, she needs money, man. And of course they’re going to say that they didn’t get it, because… she wants more, man! She’s got to feed the monkey, I mean uh… hasn’t that ever occurred to you, man? Sir?

  313. Sully to Torts after Torts got fired as a NYR head coach – “You see what happens when you puck a strangers in the assen?! You see what happens?!”

  314. Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?

  315. I just want to understand this, sir. Every time a rug is…micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the owner?

  316. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Waitress – “can I take your order?”

    Chris Christie – (looks around) “I’ll have he’s having, and him, and them, and her, and that table, and over there, and those tables in the corner, and that family of 9, and that table of 10”

  317. Uh, uh, papers, um, just papers, uh, you know, uh, my papers, business papers. I’m unemployed.

  318. Richie: “I got forty million in a bank in Cyprus. I’ll be gone for a few days. You won’t miss me.”

    “You can say that again.”

  319. grabby,

    oh, no worries, I was just wondering if there was something in particular that got you down

  320. Fasth got rid of the h, but Torts is just going to add an ie to the end of his name anyway.

  321. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Newb gonna get a hatty while I have a fatty, natty, where’s Matty? I am batty, never catty, Christie the fatty….duke was patty

  322. Chris: “Honey, I’ve been reading about this Diet of Worms from 1521. Whattaya think? We got a big yard, right?”

  323. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Aight – boys and girls – play nice – no name calling – have to banana split


  324. Chris to little Torts: Can I borrow two of your car seats? I have to snake out the drain in the basement and it’s hell on the knees.

  325. Ugh Richards with Nash. Nash and Gabby had some great pass connections with each other against the Panthers. I’m convinced the problem with that line was more Richards and that it is worth giving them a chance to build chemistry with a line mate who can chase for them like Hags or Cally. Put Richards on 4th line or bench him.

  326. Onecupin73yersandcounting on

    I think the Blueshirts Kick ASS in Philly tonight… think positive 2 by Gaborik. one by 19..

  327. Zuccs flying to Ottowa tonight. Small tailwind. His arms should be rested by Thursday.

  328. even his current coach is questioning the move.

    Coach believes that any New York Rangers is wrong club for Mats Zuccarello Aasen.

    – I do not just agents have done some great work for Mats. Rangers are not a club that suits him. They play hockey Stone Age, they just dump the puck into the zone and chases after, say, Roy Johansen told Dagbladet.

  329. C’mon….the Norway coach is just pissed that his ONLY good player isn’t going to play in WCs if the Rangers make the playoffs…

  330. Every time you guys bring up John Scott I think of Richard Scott- Hartford tough guy that got broken by Eric Cairns in a Rangers- Isles game and was never heard from again..

    Speaking of the Islanders, I haven’t checked in on them. Someone update me. Are they still reemerging?

  331. I’m sure he is not too happy for the country or the national team, but it is better for Mats for sure.

    It is funny to hear the Rangers brand of offense getting scorched across the ocean.

    And sure they have the green light to carry it in the zone “if they have room”, but the rest of the team, more often than not, is too far behind, afraid to commit, and we don’t gain the zone.

  332. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Oceans get their wet from him

    He speaks French in German

    Birds learn to fly by his example

    I don’t drink often, but when I do, it’s Dos Equis

  333. The Rangers will use Zucca the right way, this time around.

    There are no more questions about him. We know what we are getting. He will help run the PP.

    We know he takes the body and can win battles on the wall…

    A fast, tiny, winger with world class playmaking skill and a very good shot… I think he is going to surprise a lot of people…

  334. James G. try the standings and think if Henrik were their goalie you guys could actually be working Rascals!

  335. Andrew Gross ?@AGrossRecord 3s
    #NYR lines: Kreider-Richards-Boyle Hagelin-Stepan-Nash, Gaborik-Miller-Callahan Asham-Newbury-Pyatt. Looks like ex-Flyer Powe out.

    Tortorella has lost it. well I don’t expect these combos to last.

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