Rangers’ draft summary; prospects camp runs Monday-Friday


Photo by Getty Images: Rangers’ fourth-round pick Ryan Graves (no relation to Adam), a defenseman, is welcomed aboard by assistant GM Jeff Gorton and director of player personnel Gordie Clark.

Here’s the list of the players the Rangers selected in the 2013 NHL Draft:

65. Adam Tambellini, C, Surrey, BCHL 6-foot-2, 158 pounds.
75. Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Cherepovets 2, Russia-Jr., 6-1, 161.
80. Anthony Duclair, LW, Quebec, QMJHL 5-11, 177.
110. Ryan Graves, D, PEI, QMJHL, 6-4, 220.
170. Mackenzie Skapski, G, Kootenay, WHL, 6-2, 186.


From the Rangers:


NEW YORK, June 30, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will hold the 2013 Prospect Development Camp, Monday, July 1st – Friday, July 5th, at Madison Square Garden Training Center. The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas, Michael St. Croix, Brady Skjei, and Dylan McIlrath.

Miller, 20, split last season between the Rangers and the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut on February 5 at New Jersey, and registered his first career NHL point with a two-goal performance two days later on February 7 against the New York Islanders. He became the first Ranger, rookie or otherwise, to register a multi-goal game in his Madison Square Garden debut since Chris Kontos on January 3, 1983, and the youngest Ranger to tally a multi-goal game since Alex Kovalev on December 27, 1992. In 26 games with the Rangers, Miller recorded two goals and two assists, including his first career NHL assist on February 21 at Ottawa.

He also registered eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, along with 29 penalty minutes in 42 AHL games with Connecticut. Miller represented the Whale at the AHL All-Star Game on January 28, and finished the season ranked third among team rookies in assists, tied for third in points and ranked fourth in goals.

The East Palestine, Ohio native represented the USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship, leading the gold medal-winning team with seven assists and tying for first with nine points. Miller was originally the Rangers’ first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Thomas, 21, registered 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points, along with 15 penalty minutes in 73 games with Connecticut. He ranked third on the team in goals and shots on goal (148), fourth in power play goals (five), and tied for fourth in points. He also led all Connecticut rookies in goals and points, and ranked second in assists. His 19 goals tied for seventh among AHL rookies. In addition, Thomas made his NHL debut with the Rangers on February 23 at Montreal, registering two shots and three hits in the contest.

The Toronto, Ontario native was originally the Rangers’ second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

St. Croix, 20, established postseason career-highs with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He led the team and ranked third in the WHL in playoff points, and ranked second in the league in playoff goals to help Edmonton advance to the Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. During the regular season, St. Croix registered 37 goals and 55 assists for 92 points, along with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-30 rating in 72 games. He led the team in points, and ranked second in goals and assists. He also ranked seventh in the WHL in points, tied for ninth in assists, and 16th in goals.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers’ fourth round choice, 106th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

McIlrath, 21, registered five assists, 125 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 45 games with Connecticut (AHL) last season. He tied for sixth on the team in plus/minus rating and ranked third in penalty minutes. McIlrath recorded his first career professional point with an assist, and tied his single-game career-high with a plus-three rating on January 15 at Portland. He also posted a career-high, two assists on March 24 against Binghamton.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers’ first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Skjei, 19, tallied one goal and two assists for three points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with the University of Minnesota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) last season. He registered his first career collegiate point with an assist, and added a power play goal in a 7-1 victory on October 13 against Michigan State. Skjei made his collegiate debut on October 6 against Lethbridge.

The Lakeville, Minnesota native was originally the Rangers’ first round choice, 28th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The players are scheduled to appear on-ice at the following times:

Monday, July 1 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday, July 2 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Wednesday, July 3 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday, July 4 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Friday, July 5 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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  1. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Caption to Picture: There he is kid. That’s Sather coming out of the bathroom.

  2. Hagerstown Md Rangers fan on

    I wonder is it clinically possible to die of embarrassment? In the case of Glen Sather we will never know the answer because he does not seem to be embarrassed although he obviously should be.

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t understand. It must be a cruel joke that is being played on Brad and come 7/3, he will be bought out.

  4. Sather: “Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup……………………………just not this year.”

  5. tomb – agree on Messier. If he had done his time in Hartford (or somewhere else) like Roy has then Slats could never turn him down, and more fans would be clamouring for him to be coach.

    Either way AV is our man, and none of the kids we’ve drafted this weekend will have any relevance for at least 2 years. I like the Falk signing though, that means bye bye to Hammerlick, Eminger and i hope keeps Bickel further down the depth chart.

  6. BRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..I still can’t figure out where this fits in during the heat wave, or in September. Stepan has become our numero uno center. Must have been Gnash request or an AV request (someone in the audience) Like the idea of Ulfie coaching the defense. Sather must have some trades up his sleeve to deal with the cap…will be an interesting week or two.

  7. Personally, I think chemistry will be more important than raw talent this year…look what Boston accomplished last year despite all those injuries. That could be what held us back last year…too many moving parts.

  8. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Wild, good point, chemistry matters. BUT you have to have talented chemistry. You have to have the right parts.

  9. Good morning, boneheads!

    Busiest time of the year for me- July 1st is when the new academic year in medschools and hospital starts. New residents, new students. That’s when it gets interesting.

    I didn’t expect much yesterday, my only hope was that they didn’t trade away their youngsters to either make a room for more veterans, or move up to get someone who may, or may not be here in 3-4 years. They didn’t.

    In terms of their decision about Clowe- my guess is that it wasn’t so much financial decision, as it was their concern about his medical situation. If that’s what happened, it’s the right decision.

  10. Sioux-per-man on

    So our “top pick” is going to be a Fighting Sioux player!

    I like that, I’ll keep an eye on him boys! I remember walking right past his Dad last year before the game. Thinking who is Edmonton looking at tonight?

  11. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Probably the WORST draft in the Rangers history. I don’t think, except in 1948 when people where smaller, one team selected 40% of it’s prospects weighing under 165 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    80% under 190 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is this guy trying to DESTROY the franchise??IS he here to be the END of the Rangers?????

    You can’t make up a kid that’s 158 and another that’s 161. Sure, they’ll be useful in the league. Do we have that many water boy positions open? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

  12. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Wasn’t Sather the guy that was preaching when he fired Torts that the game has changed and these ‘defensive systems’ aren’t the most used anymore (a hit at Torts and what he does).

    Well, Glen, we also have known that since Gretszky, who you lucked into and built a career, 160 pound dish rags don’t work either. You see, Glen, we have players that are 6’5″, 6’9″, 240 pounders plus, that can sneeze and send this dish rags into orbit.

    What are you doing???????????????

  13. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    I’ll predict his next move. He signs the RFA’s up against the cap.

    Then he will sign an 8 year, $9M deal with Henrik and not be able to make any more moves. Strangles the team to eternity.

  14. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Sioux, find a way to get the kid on a steroid, potato and feeding program. Perhaps he can get up to 173 lbs. by the time he’s 23.

    Hope there are no strong winds up there.

  15. Sioux-per-man on

    I like the Falk trade he looked good playing for the wild. Even though he feels like a draft pick I like the idea we have more depth on a solid blue line. The size of Graves kid looks promising. Not a bad day for the Rangers future considering what we had to give up for the Monster Nash

  16. I love the move for Falk. He’s a huge man. We really need that. Not a great fighter but his height and weight are a nice addition.

    On the other hand, how is it possible to be as small as Tambellini!? 6-foot-2, 158 pounds.????

  17. These guys would get pushed around in Pee Wee. Sheesh!

    And why do we keep picking goalies? Don’t we have Talbot and Missaein? Now we need Skaska or whatever as well?

  18. Cross Check Charlie on

    Hey, Mr. Tambellini, play a song for me
    I’m not sleepy and there ain’t no place I’m going to
    Hey, Mr. Tambellini, play a song for me
    In the jingle jangle morning, I’ll come followin’ you

  19. Cross Check Charlie on

    I said it yesterday. At 6’2″ and 158 pounds they’re going to use him as a stick.

  20. Sometimes the elderly get confused. Sather has a current copy of our roster and not a yellowing one from 84 with Oilers
    On it right?

    Or maybe he watched Moneyball w Brad Pitt and has something to prove as a result of his crush on Angelina?

  21. My hope in what has so far seemed
    Like a hopeless off season is that We start getting something out of Christian Thomas come training camp. If he can play some kind of eventual role as a winger this year and Kreider keeps making strides atleast we can start building from within

  22. Wow..when Petr Prucha has 20lbs on you there’s definitely a problem. Kid better go out for some hot fudge Sundays w Slats and Dolan

  23. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Easy Boys, he will fill out on the Sioux FARM.

    No better place to develop than the land of the Sioux!!!

  24. the same roster as last year and i am not counting clowe because he barely played for the rangers minus cally and hags for first few weeks. falk over eminger and gilroy. other then that same team new year diff result. NO PLAYOFFS

  25. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Matty – that’s all we grow up on over here. Meat and Potatoes! Trust me, he will be alright. Give him 2 – 3 year.

    I’ll tell you when he is ready!!

  26. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I like the Pavel Buchnevich pick. The Kid has some skills.

    The kid could be our version of Pavel Datsyuk in a couple of years.

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Seguin for MDZ?

    Is this Falk a righty, please?

    Staawl status?

    Sauer Power?

  28. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    He’s a perfect fit for the Rangers, lots of upside with this guy. And lets face it the Farari wasn’t going to be driving down Broadway.

    Great Trade for the Rangers.

  29. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    The Sioux had 6 players go in the draft this year. That says a lot of the Freshman class coming in.

    Tambellini was UND’s first player taken, going in the third round (65th overall) to the New York Rangers. A 6-foot-4, 177-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta,Tambellini ranked third in the BCHL with 36 goals last season, including 14 in 16 games with the Surrey Eagles after opening the year with Vernon. He went on to help lead Surrey to a BCHL championship and a berth in the Royal Bank Cup national Junior A championship. Tambellini finished the 2012-13 campaign with 66 points in 52 games and earned BCHL Coastal Conference Second All-Star Team Honors.

  30. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Rob – if you’re the best of the best. He’ll play in the NHL. Looks like he will remain in the KHL for the next 2 years.

  31. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    Sioux at 10:17, 177 lbs? That I can live with. If correct.

    Still, doesn’t Sather learn? Chara, Lucic, Horton, Thornton, SIZE, SIZE, SIZE, SIZE.

  32. I like the Falk trade. Didn’t give up anything useful, so even if he flames out, no real big loss. He’s certainly a big dude. I can’t say I’ve seen him play, but does he play physical and can he move the puck? If he can be a decent stay at home type, and play with someone like MDZ so he can do his thing, it’s all good. And he’s only 24.

    As for the draft, it’s a crap shoot. In a hockey draft, you really just draft the best available and hope, especially when your highest pick is the 3rd round. I’ll take skill over size any day. You can always trade skill for size if you need to. If AV is going to play a more puck movement type of game, then having those skills is what you need. That said, until I see these guys play, I’ll reserve judgement on what type of players they are. As for drafting a goalie, you never have too many. Goalies, are usually a very tradable commodity if they are any good. If you have three good ones, you can trade one for something that can help you. Plus it’s a hedge against Hank leaving next year.

  33. Matty,

    Of course the BH won with skill players more than size, so who knows really? Not that the BH were small, but their skill was eventually the difference.

  34. The draft is a complete crap shoot. Look at the players that were selected in the later rounds (pick number in brackets) – Hank(205), Datsyuk(171), Zetterberg(210), Alfredsson(133), Demitra (227), Robitaille(171), Lidstrom(53), .. plus Datsyuk was only about 170lbs soaking wet when selected so don’t write someone off yet. These are 18 yr old kids who will easily add 20-30lbs of muscle by the time they turn pro.

  35. 2 things i like from draft day are the acquisition of Falk to bolster the D-corps (i think because of McIlrath’s knee injusry last year he is another year off).
    Plus the addition of Ulfie to the coaching staff, he was by all means a right b$%tard to play against, lets hope he helps add that snarl to one or two guys on the team

  36. I like bringing Ulfie in, at least ONE former Ranger gets to be one of our coaches this year.

  37. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Furture looks bright. Lots of young talent on this team.

    AV – will have a lots to work with here. It will be interesting if this team will score ALOT more. Rangers have a ways to go if they are going to beat the Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago.

  38. Now that UND is being forced to drop “Fighting Sioux,” will the law school call itself the ‘Fighting Sue?’

  39. A group of legislators with nothing else to do is effectively trying to pressure the Redskins, too.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    The only way McIlrath has a “legit shot” at making the team is if two defensemen above him in the depth chart get legitimately shot with a gun.

  41. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I was happy with the pick!!!

    Then I’m thinking…..he better stay a Sioux.

    Talented kid, but it will take a couple of years before his body is NHL ready.

    I will say this. When Toews, Parise, and Nelson left I thought they needed to get bigger. But as we can see they just fine in the pros after just 2 years playing for the Sioux.

    Parise benefited from the lockout and played a full year in the AHL. Nelson played for the Islanders AHL team last year, and lead the team in scoring. So I would think he is going to be a fishstick this year.

    Toews – he just wins on every team he has been on. Sioux, Canada, Blackhawks.

    Tambellini – we shall see. I remember the game him and his Dad came to last January. I think Craig MacTavish was with them, I was going to get a quick pick with the ’94 Stanley Cup Champ, but I didn’t.

  42. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    If I didn’t have my hands full of Nachos and Honeyweis I think I would have.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    Girardi, Staal, MDZ, McDonagh=automatics.

    Stralman is a virtual lock based on a few things, not least of which is his significant improvement last year.

    Moore is going to be REALLY hard for McIlrath to surpass, not just because he looks like a solid player, but because as part of the Gaborik return, the team will want to showcase him. It’s not impossible, but I think Moore is definitely higher in the depth chart going into camp.

    So that’s 6.

    Assuming Eminger isn’t brought back (not a huge assumption), then McIlrath is looking, at best, to be 7th. And I doubt they have him stick around as the 7th guy instead of have him play top minutes in Hartford.

    In sum, I don’t think McIlrath makes the team and he continues to be a bust.

  44. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Coos – it is what it is.

    You can take the dog out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the dog!!!

  45. On size, everyone looks at how the Bruins handled the Pens. But to me that was either poor coaching or dumb players. Here’s a team with all the talent in the world, who can practically score at will, and what do they try and do? Play the OTHER team’s style. They goon it up with the Bruins instead of using their best assets, their speed and skill. They did exactly the same thing when they lost to the Flyers the year before. I think the BH realized that they couldn’t win that kind of game against the Bruins, and when Kane and Toews turned up the skill level the last few games, they were the better team.

    The Rangers could be that kind of team if they play a game more attuned to their talent. Torts may have retarded the team’s talent by trying to play a style that was not suited to them. AV seems to want to play a style that might be closer to the talents of guys like MDZ or Kreider or Stepan. Sure you need a few big bodies to keep the other team honest, but you’re going to win because your skill players played to their skill level.

    Of course, we might find out that they just AREN’T skilled enough to compete, in which case, changes will need to be made. But I’m optimistic.

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    I admittedly don’t know anything about any of the Rangers’ picks this year. Once they traded away their 2nd rounder, I just didn’t pay attention to the prospect class beyond the top guys because I just had no interest in doing so.

    I’ll say this: years from now, we will wonder how teams let Hunter Shinkaruk fall all the way to 24. Major coup for Vancouver there.

  47. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    So now everything is “We ARE North Dakota”

    We are 1.

    Same everything minus the best logo in sports.

    You will see me in full Sioux Gear at the World Series of Poker :)

    Hopefully you see me run deep and get some ESPN time!!!

  48. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I refuse to buy the new Jersey’s.

    I would have bought a Miller one, but that didn’t happen. Still pissed at that guy.

  49. So many complaints about the weight of these kids… do you guys totally forget what it’s like at age 17 or 18? I was 165 when I graduated high school, and I’m around 191 now at age 24 (proudly without a beer belly!) 18-23 is really the prime physical maturation period for these kids. Only a handful of truly elite players can compete in this league at age 18. They will have years to bulk up before they’re asked to contribute.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, I wouldn’t be as worried about weight as I would be height/body frame. If they have a big frame, then if they work hard they can build it up. But guys with small frames can only get so strong, unless they work like absolute monsters, i.e., Marty St. Louis’ tree-trunk legs.

  51. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Doodie – I agree.

    He will get a chance if someone gets hurt, then he will have to prove himself if he wants to stay.

    Should have taken Fowler if they wanted an NHL player.

  52. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Doodie – it’s somewhere on between day 3 or 4. When they get down to the top 10%.

    Each day is 5 levels/blinds. 2 hour blinds. 12-12.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    So you need to play at least 36 hours of poker before you could win any money?

  54. “I been sleepin’ until the crack of noon
    Midnight howlin’ at the moon
    Goin’ out when I want to,
    And I’m comin’ home when I please
    I don’t have to ask permission
    if I want to go out fishing
    And I never have to ask for the keys.”

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s my biggest problem with poker. It takes so goddamn long. It makes a game of Monopoly look like a game of rock, paper, scissor by comparison in length of time.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Good story on the two locas, Carp. Stantini got a nice ovation when he was picked.

  57. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Doodie – I won my entry fee this year. So I’m free rolling.

    But yes this tournament takes an enormous amount of patience. Two hour blinds is a long time so you get a lot of play, and $30,000 chips to start. But you have to win a more than a few 50-50 races to run deep.

  58. Doodie Machetto on

    I just don’t know how anyone could want to play for that long. I don’t know anything that I’ve ever enjoyed enough to do it for 36 hours straight. For professional players, I get it. It’s like going to work. But for amateurs, man, I just cannot understand it.

  59. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Most tournaments I play in are 3 days, so I’m use to the blind structure. This is the biggest tournament in the world, with the biggest pay day. So why not put a horse in the race, and see how it runs.

  60. When I was a kid, more than a few times, I played 45 holes of golf, morning to dusk. And there has never been more of an amateur than I at that game. If you love it, it’s like butta.

  61. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I always buy a ticket on the Rangers to win the cup. So far I’m 0-7. This could be the year :)

  62. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    doodie you can talk as much as you want. You get to know the players around you, and how they play.

    I do wear headphone to break up the time, and to cancel out the ones that talk to much or get on your nerves. Keeps me from going on Tilt.

  63. @BRichards_1991

    Happy Canada day back home!

    See, Richards isn’t mourning the playoff elimination. (s)

  64. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Doodie it takes 7 full days to get to the final table. Then they take a break until November, so ESPN can show it without everyone knowing who the winner is.

    Let’s face it, if you make it to the final you’ve made $1M. Not bad for a weeks vacation :)

  65. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Carp – do you think AV can bring out the best in Richards and this “gamble” pays off? It just seems to risky for me.

  66. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Do you think he just wasn’t in shape for the half season?
    Because his legs sure looked dead last year, and his passes were not tape to tape.

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I get it for the WSOP and the potential win, but to reach the point skillwise where it even is worth paying the entrance fee, I just can’t understand someone who can play that long.

    Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, my friends and I get together for a “second Thanksgiving,” which is just longtime friends of families, no actual relatives, with whom we all spend our actual Thanksgivings. Every year, after all of the eating is done, they bust out the poker chips and start a game. No big money or anything, but the winner stands to make a decent sum just based on the number of people and the number of times you can buy back in. I used to play with them and did pretty well. I even won one year. But I used to feel so bad for my wife (then girlfriend) who had nothing better to do but sit around (and one year, fall asleep) waiting for the game to end. I didn’t even want to play to the end but I didn’t want to seem like I was being a party pooper.

    Like five years ago though, I said enough is enough. I haven’t seen who wins in the past five years because I can’t stand sitting around long enough to see the winner. Seriously, three four hours go by and two-thirds of the people are still in the game. SO BORING. I’ll do one buy in, play super aggressive until I’m out, which is usually about 30 minutes. Two years ago I got really luck early probably would have won the game if I could have stood to see it through and stopped playing like a jerk. But I couldn’t help myself.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I think Richards is done done. But even if it was just a bad year, by the time the contract reaches the last couple of years, it will be so toxic. It’s just such a short-sighted move.

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t know how you can justify this move. I just don’t.

    It did make me think that all of the Staal to Carolina rumors were BS. No reason to keep Richards if you are trading Staal. Keeping Richards is the ultimate win-now move the team could make. Trading Staal goes completely against that.

  70. Good call, James. I forgot about Christian Thomas. Hoping he can join JT Miller and Kreider on the roster.

  71. Doodie rumors are just that at this point. Especially in NY where anyone who has access to a computer is a “pro with an inside tip” just as tired of it as you are.

  72. Brodeur’s kid is presumably at least 290lbs at age 18, right? Or is he skinny because there was never any food left for him to eat?

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    James, I understand that. That’s why I instantly classified this as one of the “complete BS made up by some guy” rumors as opposed to a legit one.

  74. And that’s not to insult anyone here. I don’t know what Sioux or Doodie or anyone else was talking about today. However, in the last 2 weeks I’ve browsed conversations about trading Lundqvist, buying out Nash, moving Staal, signing Lecavalier, and 1000 reasons to keep/not keep Richards and Clowe. Prust sayin’.. I’m going to stick to Dreger and TSN for my actual roster information this month. (no offense Le Carp)

  75. I’m sure the joke has been made but here it goes…

    “I’m not going to let not being bought out and Martin St. Louis’ workout regimen ruin my Canada day.” – Brad Richards

  76. Llatonaardvark on

    @GMillerTSN: Hearing that COL has interest in Brad Richards to mentor their many young centers.

  77. At least there were a few interesting names at 2013 draft

    Hunter Gatherer
    Fisher Cutbait
    Jaques Totite
    Matthieu Marklukenjon
    Ivanovitch Yusonovitch

  78. Mannu what’s St Louis’s training regime? I’d love to be able to skate like that when I’M 57 years old!

  79. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA I love that episode. “h h happy thanksgiving”

  80. having the same roster as last year by keeping richy for another year with no money to spend is so depressing. can we at least trade del zaster and change some of the bottom 6 forwards please. i cant watch this roster intact again

  81. doodie

    keep checking the upgrade seats throughout the day. i moved down from row 11 to row 4 yesterday as i just happened to be on computer when seats opened up. my next upgrade move is to sit next to CARP

  82. I dont know if it’d be the SAME roster. at least on the back end and blue line things will change. No Asham, Gilroy Hamr, Eminger. I’m going to guess no Powe or Newbury. We’ll have a full year of Dorsett and hopefully Kreider plus a healthy Callahan and Hags. I don’t know why I thought Stralman was a UFA this year..I’m upset that he isn’t.

  83. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    So who “WON” the Draft? Which team had the best draft?

    It was to nice outside, I didn’t watch a pick?

  84. Cross Check Charlie on

    James – this is what I have learned from this blog.

    Sather better not go fishing for free agents, but the Rangers need to go out and get a first line scorer.

    No trades either, except Del Zotto can or must be traded for either a bag of pucks or that elite first line scorer.

    Ryane Clowe is slower than molasses in January, so trading for him was stupid. It was also stupid to not re-sign him since he is just what the team needs.

    Lundqvist is the best goalie in the world. So, of course, he must be traded while his value is high.

    The reason why the Rangers couldn’t score was because Torts’ system stifled their creativity. So, changing coaches, but keeping the same players will not have a positive effect.

    Am I missing any?

  85. Well, there is also the Richards struggled because of Torts theory, CCC. You know, his best buddy who gave him a leash longer than any other Ranger by far, then had to bench him at the end before being fired. So now the new coach is going to make him a No. 1 center again. But they should have bought him out so they could sign Clowe and other free agents.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank, Richards, and MDZ for quick, penner, and brown.

    Boyle for Burrows.

    Thomas, Hags, and #2 for evander Kane

  87. Manny, if it’s not Thomas then maybe Bourque or even another step in the right direction for Miller. That’s basically all the help from within we can hope for over the next year or two. Unless Hrvik or one of these guys that Sather signed at the end of the season is going to be a pleasant surprise. Hopefully someone knows something that I don’t because the farm system looks about as bleak as it did prior to 2005-06

  88. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Richards is toast as a player.. done , fini, finito.

    And you can’t build a team on 3rd , 4th and on draft picks.. and win .

  89. I don’t recall reading anything positive on this blog regarding Richards.

  90. LOL, Charlie I’m glad you can make sense and keep track of it all because I sure as hell can’t

  91. Carp, I’ll say this- if and when next season turns into a horror show for them and us I won’t be able to help but wonder what direction Torts would have wanted this team to go in/what players he’d want to persue before Sather decided to flex his 370 year old biceps

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The playoffs might be a reach this year. I still cannot understand why Richards is still on this team. It makes no sense. Too much $$$ for too little production from too old a player. A hat trick of disappointment.

  93. Coos you’d have to look back to Carp’s post at 1231pm. Richards said “Happy Canada Day” in Twitter. that’s about as positive as it gets these days lol

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, Torts really reigned him in by giving him as much PP time as possible.

  95. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    As AV has no history or loyalty with Richards, it will be interesting to see how many games it takes before he is scratched. What is the over/under re: times Richards simply falls down untouched before he’s Prucha’ed?

  96. King with no Ring on

    Of the twelve highest paid goalies in the league, only one won a game beyond the first round of the playoffs. The King with no ring won a single game against the Bruins.

  97. E3, I don’t know if that will happen but with Stepan’s 1/2 a break out season I think he’s going to wind up as the “number 1 center” even if Richards comes back strong. I don’t expect worse than 30-30-60 from a healthy Stepan who doesn’t melt down outside of the Torts system.

  98. And then if Brassard somehow flourishes (big if)all of a sudden you’re paying 9 million dollars for your third line center. That makes the likes of Dubinsky…hell, the likes of Bobby Holik look like a bargain.

  99. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Prust just retweeted some nonsense from Brian Gionta. Why is Prust still >>>>>>>>???

  100. King with no Ring on

    Of the eleven highest paid, that is.

    Do not need high paid goalie to succeed.

  101. You’ve finally convinced me King. Let’s trade Lundqivst for whatever we can get for him and sign Bryzgalov for 3 million a year.

  102. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My expectations for next season have shrunk. The Islanders will have a better record.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t think it matters who is in the rangers’ nets. They aren’t going to score much with this team. Set the bar low and all will be good…

  104. King with no Ring on

    Of the fourteen highest paid, that is.

    After the third try, I got the statistic correct.

  105. E3 I have a Bobby Holik Rangers bobble head still in it’s original packaging. I think it’s worth like $3.00 on Ebay. Damn thing is the most top heavy Bobble head I’ve ever seen.

  106. Without Lundqvist on this roster most people would probably pick the Rangers to finish in the bottom 5 of the league for next season.

  107. King with no Ring on

    James G — —
    The Rangers should inquire about a trade of Lundqvist for Crawford, Sharp and draft picks to see if the Blackhawks management is foolish enough to make that trade.

  108. THE Prust will never leave the Twitter feed, eddie. Sally won’t allow it. I won’t lie, I do attempt to influence her decision making on that one.

  109. Despite objections, the loss of a presence like Clowe for whatever reason will effect on this team as a serious detriment.

  110. Mustang Sally
    H’uh, h’uh
    Guess you better slow
    Your Mustang down
    Oh Lord, what I say now

  111. Apparently the Capitals are letting Ribeiro walk. I guess he won’t settle for less than 5 years and a boatload of -hookers- Money and Gold necklaces.

    I obviously don’t want him anywhere near my team. Just thought it was interesting. Seems like the Caps want Vinny LeCav

  112. I think King is right and wrong. Paying for goalies probably is a bad way to structure your cap (Boston will be a nice test case going forward) because goalie is your best shot for lightning in a bottle. Rarely will you find a 3rd round, sub $1MM center who can put up a point per game, but that same pedigree and cost goalie challenging for a Vezina is anything but unheard of. BUT … once you have an elite goalie like Hank, do you really want to go back into the pool and hope to get lucky?

  113. If little else, we have a relatively handsome team. No need for Ribieiros, Lucics, Ovechkins, Marchands, Hortons, etc. ’round here.

  114. Hard to fathom discussion re: Henrik when we just last year gave Richie 12 million dollars and are about to give him another 9 million next season.

  115. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Keeping Richards and letting Clowe walk – when I was in Egypt land, let my Richards go…

  116. Hard to fathom ever not thinking that Hank is completely crucial to the Stanley Cup chances of this team. Probably the *most* crucial piece of that.

    The Penguins have two of the best Forwards in the world. One literally IS the best Forward in the world. They can’t get there because of their awful goaltending. OOPS. I mean, come on. It’s crucial.

  117. King with no Ring on

    Mister D — —

    Your point is well taken.

    As Lundqvist enters the decline phase of his career, the Rangers IMHO should make inquiries hoping to dupe another team into giving up notable skill.

  118. King with no Ring on

    Lundqvist is the best player on the team. However, he is not crucial to winning a Stanley Cup. It is likely that a player of Gaborik’s talent was more crucial to the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup than Lundvqist.

  119. King with no Ring on

    The Penguins won with Fleury as their goalie. Vokoun played well enough to give the Penguins a chance to win the series against the Bruins. The Bruins shut down the Penguins offense by turning the series into a series of physicality. The Penguins capitulated, rather than making it a series of skill and speed.

  120. Manny, great point about the Penguins and Fleury. We should trade Hank, finish in the bottom five of the league and get a decent draft pick. Nah, Sather would just trade it away and then we have to watch Lou Lam Steal some great player with it.

  121. King with no Ring on

    That is not even a valid point about Fleury. The Penguins reached the Finals in 2008 and won the Finals in 2009, with Fleury.

  122. lets trade hank that makes as much sense is keeping richy for the duration of the contract.

    get a clue

  123. Me too, C-Dubs. I love Hank. His hair alone makes him worth keeping.

    Tanking is very scary with Sather at the helm.

  124. They won when Fleury decided to be Average. They did not win when he decided to be worse than Average. A consistent goaltender is a necessity throughout the playoffs.

  125. I’m not advocating trading Hank. What I’m saying is that a team with optimal salary structure wouldn’t have their goalie making $7MM per year.

  126. King with no Ring on

    A team can find any number of goalies to be consistent in the playoffs. The Blackhawks, with Niemi and Crawford, say hello. The Penguins, with Fleury, say hello.

  127. King with no Ring on

    Mister D — —
    Yes. You get it.

    I am not advocating trading Lundqvist unless the Rangers receive a significant return.

  128. Here’s a better way to put it. Do a correlation between save percentage and salary and then one between points per game and salary and I guarantee you the latter will be far higher.

  129. the thing is the rangers wouldnt make hank available so we wouldnt know what the asking price would ever be

  130. King with no Ring on

    Mister D — —
    That is because adequate goaltending is more easily attainable than offensive skill.

  131. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Maybe Richards can bounce back. Have a 90pt season.

    They can always buy him out at the end, or bench him before he hurts himself.

    It’s kind of crazy how you get paid $7M a year, and you are NOT in the best shape you could possibly be in, and ready for a whole season.

    Get the BIG MONEY CONTRACT ….. then who cares?

    Let’s hope Richie Rich spends more time in the Gym than on the golf course.

  132. Rob in Beantown on

    You need a goaltender to step up in the postseason. That’s the key. Fluery stepped up in 2008 and 2009. He did not the last two years. Lundqvist steps up every year. The key with him is consistency. There is nobody in the league more consistent than Lundqvist. So if we’re paying him the big bucks, its because we need a consistent goaltender to step up when needed. Ask Pittsburgh what happens when you don’t have that

  133. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Eddie the Islanders are going to be even better next year. Clutterbuck is as tough as they get, and Nelson should make the team out of camp.

  134. King with no Ring on

    Lundqvist is consistent, except when he is not consistent. His play was the primary reason for the loss to the Bruins. His play was also the primary reason for the loss to the Devils in 2012.

  135. Sioux, he actually made $12M last year … and you have a better chance of getting 90 points than he does. And I’m completely not sold on the Islanders sniffing the playoffs with their current roster and goalie. Not to mention GM and coach and owner, or the realignment.

  136. Rob in Beantown on

    You’re just trolling if you think Lundqvist was the primary reason the Rangers lost to the Bruins

  137. King with no Ring on

    Lundqvist had a GAA over 3 in the series against the Bruins. He allowed multiple soft goals without being screened. He was Krug’ed.

  138. Doodie Machetto on

    Don’t know if you guys saw it, but Gordie Clark basically confirmed there is a snowball’s chance in hell of McIlrath making the team out of training camp.

  139. Cross Check Charlie on

    Carp, just wondering if you would get a straigh answer if you asked somebody in management what the thought process was in not buying out Richards.

  140. Rob in Beantown on

    His stats were brought down by one below average game. They were well above average every other game and he made huge saves that don’t show up on the scoresheet.

  141. King I was just about to respond to the legitimate debate about how much is too much to invest in a goalie. I’m glad I waited before responding because with your later comments you’ve again made it obvious you’re a jackwagon with an agenda (wife jealousy? latent feelings of your own?) regarding Hank.

  142. Cross Check Charlie on

    Yeah, Doodie. It was kind of funny – like when a little kid asks if he can go to the amusement park (or whatever).

    “Well, let’s wait until after Christmas, then we’ll see….”

  143. King with no Ring on

    He made huge saves that do not show up on the scoresheet. Were they imaginary saves?

    Crawford made huge saves that did show up on the scoresheet.

    Rask made huge saves that did show up on the scoresheet.

  144. Carp how is it that this poster is not flushed? Even his name is a direct attempt to incite. This is a Ranger fan site.

  145. Cross Check, I doubt it. I think I’d get the standard “We think with a new coach and a summer to work out and a full camp he can resurrect his game.” Though only the GM and maybe the new coach would be telling the truth. The others would be lying, because they wanted him out.

  146. CCC I was thinking the exact same thing this morning. I understand the reporters don’t gain much by frontally going after Sather or Dolan, but maybe there can at least be some legitimate questions like:

    1. Was the thought process in utilizing the cap space for Richards for 2013 that there was not going to be a better use of the cap space for FA’s, trade, or later acquisition opportunities?

    2. In arriving at the decision, what was the thought process regarding the possibility of injury at the end of next season and what the consequences of that would be?

  147. Can I make clear that beyond “the best cap structure doesn’t work from the goalie down”, I don’t agree with a single thing this dude is saying? Thanks.

  148. From TSN/LeBrun if you haven’t seen it:

    wing Clowe

    With just days to go before the NHL free agent market opens up, TSN has you covered with the most recent free agent rumours and updates.

    The New York Rangers will not be welcoming forward Ryane Clowe back, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

    The Blueshirts had interested in retaining the Newfoundlander but their’ decision not to use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards put them in a financial bind where re-signing Clowe became impossible.

    LeBrun tweeted that the Rangers were attempting to trade his rights at Sunday’s NHL Draft.

  149. Cross Check Charlie on

    After looking at the available centers in free agency there isn’t really anything there. If Richards could bounce back then it would be better than trying to fill his spot with an unknown.

    Still, there is that awful recapture down the road. What if Richards gets 35 goals and 100 points (yeah, right)? What will they do next summer? They’ve got to make the decision again while hoping all during the season that he doesn’t get injured. Then their decision will be made for them.

  150. carp…can sather change his mind about Richards before the 4th or is it once you declare that he won’t be bought out you’re stuck till next year

  151. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    It didn’t take too long for Torts to send us all a “Thank You” present. Schneider is a Devil? I’m not sure I’m ok with that idea. Just when Brodeur was leaving, all this happens.

    Thanks Torts! You suck!

  152. No matter what Richards puts up he has to be bought out next summer. He should have been bought out already but that isn’t happening. It’s not about Richards. It’s about the Cap and where this team is at financially. They need some mobility.

  153. Cross Check Charlie on

    Usually it’s the General Manager that makes the trades not the coach.

    The fact that they didn’t buy out Luongo is just as surprising as the Rangers not buying out Richards. They are not going to trade Luongo. Nobody wants that contract.

  154. Why can’t a reporter ask Sather this question?

    2. In arriving at the decision, what was the thought process regarding the possibility of injury at the end of next season and what the consequences of that would be?

  155. Cross Check Charlie on

    Manny, it was the same this year and they didn’t do it. I don’t think you can predict what these people are going to do.

  156. Luongo’s non buy out was an ownership decision, too much money. Could the Richards non buyout be for the same reason?

  157. guessing they’ll buy out Luongo next summer, right? or can it still happen this week & Gillis gets another goalie?

  158. Cross Check Charlie on

    Matteau – or how about this for a question?

    WTB are you thinking????


  159. Not predicting. Just saying what I think should be done. I think Richards should be bought out immediately or ASAP.

  160. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, if the buyout had been coming for Luongo, it would have come already instead of trading Schneider. Word out of Vancouver is that the owners do not want to cut that check.

  161. I think it’s as simple as this: There isn’t a UFA center to be had right now and the thought process (though limited) within the organization is that acquiring one by trade is going to include pieces they don’t want to part with. So use Richards for a year see what he can do and buy some time while trying to “win now”

  162. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on


    Nice clip on Pavel Buchnevich. The kids highlight real, he could be the real deal 3 years down the road.

    Is it just me but it’s always a gamble when you pick the Russians. Is that because we haven’t had a pick work out in a very long time? But he looks to have the skills to be worth the gamble.

  163. should add to that- Lecavalier is another mid 30s guy who’s numbers are down. no way is that less risky than keeping 19

  164. Maybe the #19 is cursed. Only worked out for Kypreos over the last 20 years.

  165. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Win Now – what exactly did the Rangers do so far that our team is THAT much better?

  166. I don’t think anything Sioux. But in their minds the alternatives available to them at the moment are moves that make them weaker.

  167. So Carp, are you saying that the only people who wanted 19 back are Slats and AV?
    Can you tell name some people who you know didn’t want him back?

  168. Kreider-Stepan-Nash







    Anyone want to go to battle with that lineup?

  169. Carp, Has Slats given any reasoning why he decided to change his mind and bring him back?

  170. What difference does it make what his reasoning for bringing Richards back is? In his mind it’s justified. We aren’t going to see him bought out. he’s a Ranger for 13-14. convo over.

  171. _Luongo’s non buy out was an ownership decision, too much money. Could the Richards non buyout be for the same reason?_

    Probably. Ignoring time value and all that, they’re effectively paying Richards $3MM more overall for one more year of play before his buyout.

  172. Cross Check Charlie on

    Cub it could be this:
    Slats – So, Jimmy, we’re going to buy out Richards, right?
    Dolan – Sure, I guess. How much do we have to give him to go away?
    Slats – Let’s see, I think it’s about 24 million dollars.
    Dolan – (choking on his filet mignon) Ack…ack…ack…I don’t think so.

  173. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Brassard, Moore, Kreider, Miller, Dorsett, & a healthy Staal.

    That’s a lot of unproven talent. Will they hold up over 82 games?

  174. And my follow up question to your question Sioux. With all that unproven talent do you show Richards the door this year or next?

  175. Buffalo’s going to move Vanek, Colorado is going to move a forward, Anaheim will be listening to offers for 2/3 of their “big 3” as usual and God only knows what will happen with guys like Jumbo Joe and and Kessel over the next 9 months. One thing is for certain- in a Capped off NHL every team is going to be looking to get younger and cheaper talent. What exactly do the Rangers have to offer that they can afford to lose in order to get those guys?

  176. James G you forgot to add the mighty Powe to that line up. I mean if it wasn’t a shortened season who knows how many points he would have had. Oh yeah he’s signed through next season baby.

  177. In fact…just thinking about the next 2 years..makes me wanna burn this mother down! COME ON POOKIE! LET’S BURN THIS MOTHER DOWN POOKIE! ::KNOCKS OVER A RACK OF HOCKEY STICKS

  178. I would love that James. Trade Stralman immediately. He will not flourish in a more offensive system. Guy will have Forwards in behind him every time he misses a hip check.

    It’s going to be really sad when Staal can’t play top 2 minutes.

  179. Doodie Machetto on

    I saw the Cake Boss was at the draft, but I only learned now that he had made a Brodeur cake for the draft. True story: it contained less cake and icing than the real Brodeur.

  180. In Staal’s defense the kids had the hell beaten out of him over the last 3 years. He’s the last guy I thought we’d be considering damaged goods at the age of 26. Hopefully he works hard from now til the Fall.

  181. James

    If that is the Lineup we finish behind Pitt wash and Columbus. Top 3 of 8 make it for sure then 2 next best records in conf.

  182. _What exactly do the Rangers have to offer that they can afford to lose in order to get those guys?_

    If Staal is healthy and we decide to go with true L/R combos, I imagine MDZ. When you’re talking someone like Stastny with one year and a lot of money left, I imagine Colorado would be interested.

  183. If there is no better alternative, I’d prefer Newbury and 7 million dollars to spend than to see Richards standing around again.

  184. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I’m guessing that why they are keeping Richards.

    Next year FOR SURE. Let’s just hope he isn’t injured, the cap hit will kill the Rangers long term.

  185. Our potentially stellar D has been beaten up. Maybe Ulf can show them better how to dish it than catch it. Guess Shonny couldn’t. And, they spend too much time staring at pucks and ice-angeling instead of taking the man and/or his stick out of the play.

  186. Doodie Machetto on

    Interesting that my less than signs were removed, as was what came after. Like it was expecting html code or something.

  187. On an unrelated point Brock Beukeboom is on a tryout at the prospects camp.


  188. I thought the reason why Torts sat out Richards in the playoffs was because management finally realized Richards was shot, done, finished and didn’t want to take a chance of Richards getting injured so could buy Richards out after the season. It now looks like old Darth Sather is back leading the charge, help us all.

  189. All I can think of is that either Dolan balked at going to his pocket again big-time and/or Vinegar begged Slats to let him evaluate Richie at camp. If it’s the latter, AV should know that if Richie is hurt, AV, though he still has his 10 million dollars, is a lame quacker.

  190. I understand keeping Richards, I just don’t agree with assuming the risk it involves at all.

  191. Torts and his big mouth are now in Western Canada with an unhappy, snarly goaltender, players who will be aggravated with his slide in front of the puck theories, and a definitive snub from the Olympics.

  192. Back to the goalie thing, just because I was curious and now had the time. If you take the top 50 forwards by cap hit (Capgeek), there’s a positive correlation of 0.49 between salary and points per game. If you take the top 20 goalies, its only 0.12 (and the average save % is actually below league average).

  193. It might sound sarcastic, but it’s not I promise… That is fascinating The Doctor.

    I am not a big fan of having the Goaltender be the highest paid player on your team. I also don’t see that happening very frequently (and specifically not with positive results).

  194. A lot of positive things, notwithstanding no picks in the first two rounds, are happening. Ulfie along with the new PP coach should help and AV will be far more engaging with this team. Also, think Richards is going to have a turn-a-round year. Bunch of kids, Brassard, Moore, Kreider, JT Miller, Dorsett along with a healthy Staal & Clowe; a lot to look forward to. Just hope Cally’s operation was totally successful. Beck, I believe had a similar injury & never completely recovered.

  195. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Clowe will not be back. No room, no cap space.

    Besides he’s one hit from being Done.

    The Sharks knew what they were doing to us on that one.

    They won that deal by a mile.

  196. 100% chance 3 of Newbury’s 6 goals next year come against us. Completely foregone conclusion.

  197. Prediction: As with Autism spectrum diognoses, we are going to have an ever-rising spate of concussion syndrome maxi and mini vacations from here to eternity, making quality team depth a major issue.

  198. btw,
    as far as player contracts go
    did Eminger and Biron have 1 year contracts
    or more?

    thought Eminger did a good job last job. at least he showed
    a bit of a nasty streak at times that was lacking from
    most everyone else on the ice.

  199. if you wanna think Ranger Positive
    you can consider that we
    haven’t exactly been drafting superstars
    in the 1st round (don’t know if it gets that much better
    in the 2nd)
    team seems to do better with later rounds anyway
    so maybe it’s a good thing (?)

  200. Stranger Nation on

    Eminger is great

    Bring back Powe

    Richards for PP QB!


  201. Well, Congratulations to Kris Newbury finally getting traded somewhere where he might have a chance to get on NHL ice from time to time.

  202. @erlendssonTBO

    Wait, the Rangers traded Kris Newbury? But he was so important to the Rangers playoff hopes that Brad Richards had to be scratched #Sarcasm

  203. 600 grand 28 year old 5’11 defenseman. Guess now if we have to sit Richards, we can bring up Shayne Wiebe.

  204. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    A healthy Clowe would be a great addition. Unless he would take a huge discount $2M per.

  205. I will tell you one thing. Syvrett > Newbury.

    We trade a 31 year old career AHL player for a Defensive prospect.

    These are two good, underrated trades to get two larger sized prospects that play Defense.

  206. Stranger
    i’m not saying Eminger is/was “GREAT”
    just saying that he played alright
    for a depth dman/3rd pairing kind of guy

    now, if something better comes along
    as in McIlrath or trade or whatever
    then so be it

  207. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tim Thomas hoping to return: he lists the Birmingham Grand wizards and the Memphis white hooded sheets as two teams he’ll play for.

  208. Didn’t Syvret score a goal in the Winter Classic? Against the Bruins? Seems like we saw a need there….

  209. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Good for Newbury.

    I like how the Rangers move their top AHL scores….to another team.

    Will Newbs be the next PA Parenteau?????

  210. Hopefully he’ll be as successful against us as people claimed Jody Shelley will be…Or maybe he’ll crack Stepan from behind and end his season in early November : D

  211. Didn’t Syvret score a goal in the Winter Classic? Against the Bruins? Seems like we saw a need there….

    Manny, it’s probably just because it’s the end of the day at work but that just made me burst out laughing aloud.

  212. Rangers extend qualifying offers to “the big 4” but not to Sauer.

    and to whomever made the comment about our D being beat up perhaps the Canucks blue liners better take a lonnnng look at what they’ve been through the last 4 years.

  213. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The rangers are entering the dark years once again. I cannot believe what has gone on… Keeping Richards and tossing Clowe to the curb…

    Pyatt, Powe, Boyle, MDZ, Richards, Hags, MZA – 7 stiffs out of 18 positions… Incredible…

  214. Wow. No offer to Sauer. I totally forgot about that. Not good for his future.

    I did see a beer called “Sauer-Power” though at a place called Bierkraft in Park Slope. Made me remember the good ole days.

  215. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Syvret is a Hartford player only.

    He’s been drafted in 05 played mostly AHL games. Seems like a swap for the AHL. Watch Newbury make the Flyers 4th line stronger. Good trade for them.

    Even better for Newbury. He was a hard worker. Glad he gets the chance to play.

  216. 2011-12: Pavel Buchnevich Almaz Cherepovets of Russia’s MHL. In 45 games for that club, he scored 15 goals and added 29 assists for 44 points while picking up 55 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. In 10 playoff games for Almaz, Buchnevich scored 4 goals and chipped in 3 assists for 7 points. Buchnevich played for Russia at the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge, picking up 1 assist in 5 games for the gold medal winners.
    2012-13: Buchnevich spent the majority of the season with Almaz Cherepovets. In 24 games for that team, he scored 8 goals and added 15 assists for 23 points to go along with 36 penalty minutes. In 3 playoff games for that club, Buchnevich scored 1 goal and tallied 4 assists for 5 points. Buchnevich also saw his first action in Russia’s top league, the KHL, playing for Severstal Cherepovets. In 12 games for that club, he scored 1 goal and picked up 1 assist for 2 points. Buchnevich didn’t register any points in 6 playoff games for Severstal. Buchnevich played for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, picking up 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 7 games.
    Talent Analysis
    A fast skating forward with a good set of hands, Buchnevich is a very interesting prospect with an impressive ceiling. Not so big at 6’0″, 170 pounds, the Cherepovets, Russia native makes things happen with his speed and skills. Buchnevich is indeed a player who has the ability to entartain the public with his skating and stickhandling abilities. On the other hand, he has still a lot to do before considering himself ready to cross the Atlantic. First, he needs to add some meat to his frame, then he has to improve his defensive game and play a more cohesive game. Buchnevich is a good playmaker and has very good vision of the ice.

  217. LOL just came across one of the Philly blogs (Broad Street Hockey) and they were hammering Newbury about being nothing more than a goon. Should fit right in with the rest of the Flyers if that’s an accurate scouting report.

  218. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I see Newbury making the Flyers, before Syvret makes the Rangers.

  219. When you see a player who absolutely no one on the opposition ever bothers to goes after, you can bet he never body checks anyone, is useless in the neutral zone and he is no scoring threat. Sound like Richards?

  220. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I like the pick. He looks to be a high reward, lets hope he can grow into an NHL type player.

    As long as he doesn’t end up being another Zherdev.

  221. I could be wrong but…

    James’ above roster forgot Asham and the Norwegian Hobbit as well as Powe.

    With the qualifying offers (assuming we also qualified the 3 Hartford rfa’s) we have 13 forwards (including Kreider but not Miller), 7 d-men, and 2 goalies and by my projections, an approximate cap space of about 3.5 million. So barring small trades or unexpected showings at camp, this is the roster you can expect to start the season minus Cally and Hags.

    The Rangers currently have 47 signed contracts of a 50 limit including the 8 qualifiers, so they could still sign one of Sather’s ‘specials’ if they want to pick up a UFA but I think they’ll use those contracts on signing prospects.

    Oh, and for all the talk about the (lack of) avoirdupois of the draft picks, these are 17 and 18 year olds we’re talking about. I gained 55 pounds between when I was 17 and 21 and I was still too skinny. James Cagney weighed in at 155 but I’d take that Alphabet City kid over a Europansy like Chara in a knockdown, no holds barred fight any day of the week.

  222. Newbury returns to Garden, two assists and beats up Pyatt, Boyle, and Hags.

  223. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I still think we are trading a d man with a bigger salary…OPG, Staal, or the mad bomber

  224. It’s time be worried because this NYR team has NO depth (not that it had much to begin with) and is cap trouble with Richards not bought out…

    We can’t afford to fill the holes via UFA, we should just have enough to sign Step, McD and the others and maybe Clowe.

    Drafted kids like McIlrath and Thomas (both far from NHL ready) and a new round of AHL journeyman will remain the team’s primary source of depth…

    Are the Rangers in on Edler? I could easily see MDZ going to Vancouver. Not that I want that to happen…

  225. That’s Little Caesar, Edward G. Robinson though Cagney used the lines in Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three.

  226. Now you want a Cagney line for Sather

    “Made it Ma, top of the world.”

    Uttered just before he destroys himself and everything around him.

  227. Right, EG Robinson’s line. I was thinking of the one where Cagney is lying on the church steps in the snow and confusing the two.

  228. cooscoos

    Doesn’t say anything, just dies (Roaring Twenties)

    ‘He used to be a big shot’ is the closing line.

    Now one of his other famous lines can be used for Nash

    “I ain’t so tough.”

  229. Llatonaardvark on

    “Hearing rumors Bogosian might be coming our way… not sure who goes the other way…possibly MDZ and a prospect”

    Make the prospects Thomas and Syvret, throw in Brassard, and get Kane back.

  230. Rob in Beantown on

    Trade Lundqvist to the Isladers for Tim Thomas’ negotiating eights

  231. Czechthemout!!! on

    Came home and read that we traded Newberry in a scrub for scrub trade. I was not going to make a comment but than read the blog and sure enough, there was that pining again for a 30 year old scrub who has done nothing and will never be an NHL player. Of course then there were some other guys calling Syvret a good prospect. Had to laugh at that one! It is amazing to see the same comments from the guys who are struck with plumberitice, pining away already for someone who will have no impact in the NHL next year or ever. LOL!

  232. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tim Thomas is 3 sheets to the wind and hasn’t had a drop to drink.

  233. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brad Richards 2013-14 regular season

    GP 82
    Goals 3
    Assists 2
    Pts 5

    Playoffs N/A

  234. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Newbury 2013-14 season

    GP 82
    Goals 46
    Assists 64
    PTs 110

    Beats up every ranger player 3 times.

  235. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tim Thomas will only play for the Grand Wizards is what I’m hearing.

  236. Czechthemout!!! on


    Agree with your useless scrub list except that Hags is far from a scrub. Kid played with a torn labrum most of the season and was one of our more consistent players. Also, you and I both want to see a puck possession team, Hags brings that along with 15-20 goals and 20-25 assists. Kid is a gamer in my opinion. The rest of your list is dead on.

    I dont buy all the negativity on here. I thought I was negative, but wow! You guys realize that JT Miller is the real deal and should have never been sent down, right? You guys also understand that Lindberg was the SEL MVP, right? And he was called up to the Olympic team! This kid is also the real deal! Kreider will have a great season now that coach lunatic is off his back! Play him with Nash and Stepan and you will see 25-30 goals with 20-25 assists. 50+ pts is what he will produce next year. Also, you can expect Jesper Fast to make the team out of camp because of the injuries to Cally and Hags. Gordie Clark thinks he has a good chance to make the team for that reason. I also think Mcilrath will make this team at some point during the season. Perhaps even out of training camp. And why are we dumping on Stralman? He played very well last year and at his price, he is a bargain! If you want to use him as a trade chip, fine. He is a player that many teams in the league would gladly take off of our hands.

    Also think that Asham,Powe,Pyatt have played their last game as Rangers. Their cap space equals about $4,700,000. That coupled with what should be about $3,000,000+ in space after the rfa’s are resigned will give us about $8,000,000 in Cap space to sign some UFA’s like Lapiere, Raymond and perhaps leave just enough cash to cover a trade of someone like MDZ for Bagosian.

    In summary, I hate that they did not buy out Richards. It was both a stupid hockey decision and a stupid and risky business decision. That said, things are not anywhere close to as bleak as some of the gloom and doom on here today.

    Cheer up guys! We have waited for our vaunted prospects to step up and make a difference. Well , now is their chance. I think they can do it.

  237. Czechthemout!!! on


    Just want to say one thing about Thomas. It is still allowed to disagree with Obama politically and hate his policies without being labeled a racsist right?

  238. i don’t think anyone had much of a problem with Thomas not being into Obama’s policies. it was a matter that he was taking a personal stand for what’s become the traditional champion team visit to the White House (been happening since Reagan, maybe earlier)

    no one knew much about Thomas’ political views until then and then he started spouting the Tea Party nonsensory stuff as well as becoming more and more a grumpy ol’ man and it was full steam ahead.

  239. i can’t see having Asham, Powe and Pyatt. i would be surprised if something doesn’t happen.
    then again
    our little Glennie
    is FULL of….surprises so far this off-season.

  240. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thomas is not the first athlete to not show up to Presidetial visit because of political differences. Amani Toomer did not because he dislked Bush’s policies.
    “Tea Party nonsensical stuff ” as you call it is another political judgement that has no place here, but since you mentioned it. Tea Party principles are the same principles shared by the the founding fathers of this country which call for a strict adherence to the constitution and the bill of rights. I know that you probably agree that believing in that is not nonsensical. If you agree, than you share a common belief in that nonsensical stuff with them.


    I know they are under contract. They will either be released on waives, traded or sent down. Worst case is if they are sent down because we would only be able to stash $900,000 per player.

  241. Cross Check Charlie on

    I don’t know about Asham being let go. He’s fairly useful as an agitator and he can score the odd goal once in a blue moon unlike Powe.

  242. Czech

    i only brought up
    and regretted
    commenting on Thomas

    YOU’RE the one who brought the original
    political speak in there about Thomas and is he allowed
    to have views about this or that?
    so don’t lecture me
    about him, his non-visit
    or the Tea Party
    i studied enough of the organization
    over the years and what it does and doesn’t support
    in regards to the Constitution

    back to hockey and gripin’ about the Slats/Rangers off-season!

  243. Czechthemout!!! on


    Why? Powe and Pyatt dont fight and Asham is fragile to the poiint where he is out more than he plays. The Blackhawks won the Cup without many guys who drop the gloves. Plus if you sign Lapiere, and I certainly would, he can drop the loves fairly well as can Mcilrath when he shows up no later than December according to Gordie Clark.

  244. Czechthemout!!! on


    Not lecturing you about anything, so calm down. And you are right, both should have shown up to the White House. I was being critical of Thomas being called a racsist because he did not show up to the White House.

  245. Czechthemout!!! on

    By the way, FYI. Apparently Time Warner is looking into buying Cablevision. The Dolan Sather era maybe close to its end if a deal goes down.

    TWC is six times the size of CVC in terms of revenue and could easily make a deal like this happen. So keep your fingers crossed if you want to see Dolan and Sather gone. You may soon get your wish.

  246. i think in some way
    we’ve been kinda conditioned
    by Prust
    in that we want a fighter
    but what we really need are
    just hard-nosed players
    with some degree of talent

    we even got that
    to some degree with Dubi
    and maybe if he would have shot
    a little more and/or hit the net a little more
    as he did the previous year
    than maybe we wouldn’t be talking about
    the Monster Nash
    and instead
    be gripin’ about our pick in the first round
    of the 2013 draft

  247. DiPietro needs a back up job and free health care for his depression. He’s obviously headed up North (Vancouver).

  248. Rob in Beantown on

    Rangers West re-signed Bobrovksy off his Bettmanned Vezina campaign to a two year deal with a cap hit of $5.6M. High but not very high. Rangers must be glad about that as they negotiate with Lundqvist

  249. Still a good learning point for the Rangers, Rob. That is a hell of a deal for ‘Lumbus.

  250. Rob in Beantown on

    From Katie Strang:
    #Isles Not sure if DiPietro will find work again, or if he even wants to, but he will be paid out $1.5 million annually through 2029

    Not a bad deal!

  251. whaddya mean?!?!

    both Hank and Bob have Vezinas
    completely equal (so says Slats in his negotiation session)

  252. Re: TWC/Cablevision

    Dolans’ have a controlling interest in Cablevision. Doesn’t matter how much larger TWC may or may not be, if Charlie says no, it’s no.

    Anyway, the story I heard (reported on TWC’s NY1) is that Liberty Media is attempting to acquire TWC. Likely just means that my cable bill will go up quicker than it’s been doing.

    God, I miss the days of Manhattan Cable TV when the only interesting things on cable were the Rangers and the Public Access call-in shows and the bill was 12 bucks a month.

    These days the only interesting thing on cable is the Rangers and the bill is about 150 bucks a month.

  253. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    AV: “Uh, Glen, you told me this #19 is STILL a great center. I’ve tried him on PP point, offensive zone face offs, he misses assignments left and right. What’s up with that??”

    GS: “Shhhhh…..keep it quiet. One more year and this doesn’t look so bad. Please. One more year.”

  254. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Czech – I was wrong to say that Thomas would only play for the Grand wizards or the White Sheets. I apologize. I failed to include the Georgia Lynchers too :)

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