Rangers at Mighty Ducks tonight … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 p.m. ET
Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Rangers: 1-2-0 (2 pts)
Ducks: 2-1-0 (4 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third game in four nights. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Sharks, 9-2, on Tuesday at San Jose, and are now 1-2-0 (2 pts) this season. The Ducks enter the contest with a 2-1-0 (4 pts) record, following a 3-2 win on Sunday at Winnipeg. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m.), as they complete a stretch of four games in six days.

All-Time: 10-13-1-1 overall (6-6-1-0 at home; 4-7-0-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Honda Center.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-1 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), with both contests decided in the shootout and ending in a 2-1 score. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the series. Brad Richards (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) were among the point scorers for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 0.93 GAA and .964 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 11 contests against the Ducks (7-3-1 over the span) dating back to Nov. 19, 2002
New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; Anaheim ranked seventh with a 16-7-1 (33 pts) mark at home last season
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DUCKS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-2-1, 2.28 GAA; Martin Biron – 9 GP, 8-0-0-1, 1.76 GAA, 3 SO; Rick Nash – 34 GP, 18-16-34; Brad Richards – 24 GP, 11-11-22; Derick Brassard – 16 GP, 9-3-12; Anton Stralman – 8 GP, 0-3-3.

The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season in 2012-13, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal last season
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:31) on Tuesday at San Jose, and are now 2-10 (20.0%) overall. Last season, the Rangers ranked 23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 28th on the road (8-70, 11.4%). The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last –4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered two goals to the Sharks in three attempts (2:51), and are now 5-8 (62.5%) overall. Last season, New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and ranked 26th on the road (51-68, 75.0%). The Rangers were 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at San Jose, and are now -2 in two four-on-four situations (4:00) this season. Last season, the Blueshirts were plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39). Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

GETTING STARTED: The Rangers have posted a record of 286-275-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 109-157-45 record on the road. New York (1-2-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season’s opening month in 2013-14.
Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month. The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 36 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES: Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers’ debut in the season opener on Oct. 3 at Phoenix. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Defenseman Justin Falk is still looking to make his Rangers debut.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,945 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 55 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 93 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 87-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period last season.

BACK-TO-BACKS: The Rangers split their first of 13 back-to-back sets this season, with a 3-1 win on Monday at Los Angeles and a 9-2 loss on Tuesday at San Jose. New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games last season, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.


The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL last season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots last season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 GA/game last season, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the NHL overall
Last season, the Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring after the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.

THE KING’S REIGN: Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season’s finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
The Blueshirts’ netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.

NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH: Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.

RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
Scoring First – 18-2-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 1st Period – 13-0-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 2nd Period – 16-0-0 (1st in NHL)
In Overtime – 4-0-0
Out-Shooting Opponents – 15-9-3 (T-13th in NHL)
Out-Scoring Opponents On Special Teams – 12-1-1
In 1-Goal Games – 12-5-4 (9th in NHL)
Scoring 4+ Goals – 17-0-0
Holding Opponents to 2-or-fewer Goals – 22-1-1
Holding Opponents to 1-or-fewer Goals – 14-0-0

Arron Asham – 3 penalty minutes from 1,000th NHL career
Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career

Jesper Fast – 1st career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)
John Moore – 100th career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)
Anton Stralman – 100th career NHL point (10/8 at SJS)

INJURIES: Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 4

Oct. 5 – Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)



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  1. Not really looking forward to this one. Word is Vigneault will have had them behind closed doors trying to eliminate the tactical errors that started Tuesday’s rout and hopefully sticking a rocket up their rears for tanking it in the 2nd and 3rd periods.

    If Nash is out then I can only presume Fast and Callahan will move up. If Staal, Girardi and McD are not on their games Perry, Getzlaf and Selanne will make it another excrutiating late night.

  2. odds of AV following suit of his francophone brethern and going ballistic on coach Haagen Dazs?

  3. Can we say brown bag giveaway at home opener.

    This will only get uglier by the day with Nash out and the roadtrip continuing. 1-7-1.

    3 games in and I feel like its game 70 with no postseason chances on the horizon.

    Msg has there renovations though. Look at bright side.

  4. they should fire AV. he had a training camp ,and 3 whole games to put in his system. the players have tuned him out. being on the road for a month is no excuse. they should be fresh.
    is this pretty much what is being said here after 3 games? Ranger fans used to be considered the most knowledgeable fans in the NHL. I read the comments here after 3 games, and I see that is no longer true.

  5. BULL DOG,

    Spot on about firing AV.

    Bring in the Messiah.

    Let’s see the return of Avery.

    Call back The Kreider.

  6. Yeah, Rangers fans have never been knowledgeable. The Brodeur detractors are ample evidence.Add Your Comment

  7. Bull dog, while I totally agree with you, I wouldn’t judge Ranger fans based on a few grumpy trolls on a blog.

    Can anyone answer me why we didn’t immediately go after Hertl after his hot dog goal a la Lighting vs. Anisimov? I guess I can understand that at that point it probably wasn’t worth it and we could wait til March for revenge, but as much as that kid looked impressive, somebody should’ve wiped that smirk off his face and welcomed him to the NHL. I’m also wondering why no Ranger spoke up to the media regarding Hertl’s kicking them while their down. Though, again, I suppose we had no right to say anything after that abysmal game. Maybe it was the right move to shut up and move on, but there’s also a point where you gotta stand up for yourself. What do you guys think?

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Flyers ‘Brain’ Trust: Stay Classy Philly…
    ‘Mister” Ed Snider: Chairman
    Paul Holmgren: General Manager
    Bob Clarke: Senior Vice President
    Ron Hextall: Asst GM & Director of Hockey Operations
    Dave Brown: Head of Pro Scouting
    Craig Berube: Head Coach
    Ian Laperriere: Assistant Coach
    Derian Hatcher Player Development
    Kjell Samuelsson Player Development

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Hope the team that showed up against LA plays tonight

    Neutral zone play, hitting, and hustle and the ingredients to winning hockey.

    Move Cally up to take Nasher’s place next to Step.
    Move Dorsett up with Brass and MZA
    Move Ashram up with Boyle & Pie-hat
    4th line – Pull-out/Moore/Fast (I guess)

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    (that’s in reference to the idiot whose posts will be deleted soon, not to any boneheads)

  11. I find a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread. Ducks love bread, but they can’t buy any. That’s the biggest joke on the duck ever.

  12. Rob in Beantown on

    I was in downtown Boise Idaho and I saw a duck. And I knew the duck was lost, cause ducks ain’t supposed to be downtown, there’s nothing for ’em there. So I went to a Subway sandwich shop, I said “let me have a bun.” But she wouldn’t sell me just the bun, she said I had to have something on it. She told me it’s against regulations for Subway to sell just the bun. I guess the two halves ain’t supposed to touch. So I said alright, well put some lettuce on it. They said, “that’ll be $1.75.” I said “it’s for a duck.” They said “alright, well then it’s free.” See, I did not know that. Ducks eat for free at Subway!! Had I known that, I would have ordered a much larger sandwich. “Let me have the steak fajita sub. But don’t bother ringing it up… it’s for a duck! There are 6 ducks out there, and they all want Sun Chips!!”

  13. If I worked at a store and a duck came in I would like just give him some bread– “sure man no problem– tell your friends”— but I would not give him Pepperidge Farm bread….You know that stuff right? you open it and it still ain’t open. That is why I do not buy it. Cause I do not need another step, between me and toast.”

  14. I went to a Subway sandwich shop, and I said, ‘Let me have a bun,’ but she wouldn’t sell me just a bun. She said it had to have something on it. She told me it’s against regulations for Subway to sell just a bun; I guess the two halves ain’t supposed to touch. So, I said, ‘Alright, put some lettuce on it,’ which they did. They said, ‘That’ll be $1.75.’ I said, ‘It’s for a duck.’ They said, ‘Alright, well then it’s free.’ See, I did not know that — ducks eat for free at Subway. Had I known that, I would’ve ordered a much larger sandwich. ‘Lemme have the steak fajita sandwich, but don’t bother ringing it up, it’s for a duck! There are six ducks out there, and they all want SunChips!’

  15. We better be careful tonight, you never know when the Goldberg the Goalie is going to come out to center ice, reveal himself to actually be Russ Tyler, and shoot that knuckle-puck past Henrik into the net. Also, the bash brothers.

  16. I have a pair of ducks who each spring spend anywhere up to two weeks in my backyard. They eat very well.

    Does this not count?

  17. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    The other question is if it were Asham, instead of Nash, would Stuart have gotten any suspension?

  18. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    I agree that if the Rangers showed some punch after they were down 4-1, 5-1, 6-1, at any time, it would have been much better. THe lack of team responsiveness reminds me of smurf teams in the past where it seemed they were either nice guys and didn’t want to get dirty or they knew they were too small to make a difference. Take your pick, but remember the team toughness of 2 years ago? This team is almost a total about face. They seemed they didnt want to or couldn’t defend themselves.

    Good point about the Anisimov goal. Man did Tampa jump in immediately. That’s what teams do. Same for the Stuart hit. Nash stepped in in game 2 after Step got cracked, didn’t he? (of course, if we had other players that could relieve Nash from that duty, it’d be nice).

  19. That’s not really Yergs, Gravy. Just like that really isn’t you. The Avatars really help in that regard.

  20. Complete hypothetical here for the boneheads, but lets say the ledge jumpers are right and this team stinks it up this year and is on the way to finishing in the cellar and Nash’s brain ends up being scrambled eggs w/ Frank’s Red Hot. Two questions:

    1) Do you use the buyout on Nash or Richards?
    2) Do you trade Henke at the deadline for 1st round picks/young prospects and just rebuild?

  21. I don’t know about anybody else but I had the rangers going 2-7 on this 9 game road trip. The only surprise for me was the Rangers beating the kings the other night. It looks like Nash will be out for a while. I don’t think it will make much of a difference either way.

  22. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Jonny, if Nash has a long term injury, then he can’t be bought out. But, they would be able to LTIR him every year, like Pronger in Philthy.

  23. I brought that up yesterday, Johnny. It’s a tough one. Because if Nash is healthy enough to play so we’re not dealing with LTIR or any sort of hockey injury that precludes a buyout, if he’s just a shadow of himself or scared out there and we now have Richards and Nash on the ice. Well that’s the worst case scenario EVER for the Rangers.

    But you probably buy out zombie Nash and keep Richards since he has the ability to produce. $6.7M Cap Hit isn’t _that_ ridiculous for Brad. It’s maybe $2M too high for him but what can you do in the end? A guy that consistently puts up 70 pts is going to fetch a lot of money.

  24. Feed the Ducks! Not the trolls.

    Best duck story I have, is I saved one in a freezing rain/snow storm. It was under a bush next to the house, it would have died by morning. So I walkout grabbed it, put it under a milk crate in the house, and threw a blanket over it, and gave the mallard hen some water in the bowl.

    Storm blew over, and I released it in the morning, threw it up in the air and she flew away :)

  25. if the rangers are cellar dwellers I would buy out Nash, bigger cap hit and I would trade Lundqvist for #1 picks/prospects. I am against giving lundqvist over 8 mil a year. I think lundqvist is a good goalie but not the best in the league. I also think lundqvist will be exposed this year. I think the system the rangers played over the years help lundqvist with defense first, blocking shots, etc.

  26. Going back to the farm boy days, I would find several nest in the ditches when mowing them for hay, we would try and incubate them and raise them with the chickens.

    If you clip the wings they can’t fly away :)

  27. Awesome, someone trying to pose as me at 10:17. As long as Carp knows that wasn’t me, that’s all I care about.

    Gravy – I should’ve said if he’s back, but missed significant time due to his head being all messed up.

    Manny – Agreed. And in regards to Lundqvist, huge fan of the guy but in the position we would be in, would it be worth it to pay him 8 million? When you think of the recent cup winners, how many times does a Vezina trophy winner actually win the cup?

    Only one I can think of is Tim Thomas in 2010-11, but even then he only really had 2 great years. I can’t think of anyone else though.

  28. Tommy

    U had the rangers with two wins on this trip. That’s higher then me. I have said since training camp opened 1-7-1. Without Nash now we could be on our way.

    Tonight the effort will be there I know it. It has to be right. Problem is the rangers top 6 is a problem. Prob lose 3-1.

  29. Forgot about the night we shot about 150 ducks in our barley field. If you into hunting, that was some kind of night, the ducks couldn’t stop them selves from flying in. Lots of Duck Jerkey after that night!

  30. Best hockey/duck story.

    It was a sunday morning, in the spring, when the ice/snow would melt off the hockey arena across the street from the house, I called a duck over to the house with my $7 Walmart Duck call :) While I was making coffee in the morning.

    If only I had a cell phone with video camera with me that morning.

  31. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Nash is younger and has two less years on his contract, and Richards also has a concussion history.

  32. I can’t see this team being cellar dwellers. I think we, as fans, need to get through this team’s growing pains for the first few weeks.

    To me, this is still preseason for everybody (unless you’re guys like Chicago or Boston, who essentially have the same team as last year). You look at other sports, like baseball, who have, like, 20 pre-season games (I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a lot), and in hockey you only get, what, 7? We didn’t finalize our roster until that last game (some would argue it’s still not finalized), and now all of a sudden we’re just expected to have our [Carcillo] together just because these games count? These players are still learning to play with each other and with their new coach. Give it time, and if we’re still in this position come January, then feel free to crowd the cliff.

  33. My sons first hockey team when he was a mite (2nd-3rd grade) – was the Ducks.

    Every time they scored, the “cool” Dads would blow our duck calls :)

    Chase’s record was like 43-7 that year. Hands down one of the best years of hockey.

  34. Yergs – and we are on the road, so any team would be lucky to win half of them on the road right?

  35. My question is, why are all the other teams scoring more than 3-4 goals a game, and the Rangers can only get 1 or 2.

  36. Here’s hoping we aren’t to far out of the top 4 teams by Thanksgiving. I’m thinking it’s going to be a battle all year to get into the playoffs again.

  37. Manny make sure you play your bench players on the Mannytoba Murders tonight. You have some catching up to do :)

    Looks like we will both have a full team playing tonight!

  38. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Let’s face it, if they play another game like they did against LA, the conversation is different tomorrow.

    How have some teams only played two games?

  39. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Yergs, I agree with that comment. THey do need to understand how to play both ends with new responsibilities with some new players. You could see the multiple obvious beakdowns as they occured vs. SJ. Some of that was being new to the system.

    They executed fairly well, game 2, and got lucky besides. They were just overwhelmed by a really good, ready SJ team, and had no luck, too.

    They’re not awful and most of these guys have shown they have pride. THey’ll be ok. Will they make the playoff’s? We’ll see.

    However, I will boldly state that if they find a way to make the PO’s & they meet a team with size they will be lucky to win a game. It’s so obvious to anyone that watches the PO’s that team grit/size matters. So, where are we going even if we get lucky? What’s management thinking?

  40. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    I happened to watch (AGAIN) the game 6, Devils v. Rangers, 1994. It was amazing how up and down the entire line up, on offense and defense, even coaching, both teams were gritty, tough, willing to fight, take no prisoners, don’t tread on me, hard to play against, agitated, agitators.

    I still wouldn’t want to play against either.

    THe 2013 Rangers??? Not so much.

  41. Matty,
    I bet you thought the 1994 team sucked, and that they should have fired Smith. probably complained about that team, and its GM all season long.

  42. Totally agree Matty. Grit and size are key, perhaps mostly grit. How do you like your grits? Regular, creamy or al dente?

    The 2011-2012 NYR team reminded me more of the 1994 team. Man, brings a tear to my eye thinking about that season… the 11-12 season that is.

  43. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    The ’94 teams also held and interfered with the best of them. Point is, different game.

  44. Hello all. My 2 cents.

    I love this team, always have, always will. Whether Torts lost the room or not, the way it was handled was piss poor. This team, with it’s current personnel, is not fit to play this open of a system. Sure, we’ve seen some nice transition up the ice at times, and it is very nice to see Richie looking good and Nash, before he got his bell rung again, looking good, but we are not going to win many games playing this was. Yes, it is 3 games in, and I don’t really get worried until about 15 or so games, but anyone that thinks the pre season doesn’t matter at all is flat out wrong. From the start of pre season up until San Jose something smells rotten, and it’s not the old tuna salad I forgot about in the back of the fridge. The PP still looks flat out clueless and we are giving up a ton of odd man rushes again ON OUR OWN PP. AV seems like a good guy, and he was a good coach for a long time, but I just don’t know how it is going to translate here. I can say that as non existent as our offense was and how absolutely horrendous our PP was with Torts, this team never looked as disjointed and absolutely CLUELESS, that’s right Alicia Silverstone, CLUELESS as we have looked from the start of preseason up until now. I am not saying I want Torts back, or that he shouldn’t have been fired, although I don’t like the way it went down, but this system, and I know it is early, seems absolutely flawed with this group of players. They need to play to their strengths, and there has to be a middle road of what Torts had them doing and what AV wants. Can it be turned around? Sure, I don’t expect it to stay THIS bad. Can they make the playoffs? Sure, why not? I haven’t seen anyone is the East that looks so amazing yet this young season. Can they compete for the cup? YES! ABSOLUTELY!!! If you are smoking something really good. Ha, no way is this team resembling anything that is cup worthy. A LOT would have to go right for this team to compete for a cup and so far, the only thing I can say I am happy with is our transition game and passes. Looks completely different, and that is in a good way, compared to what we saw with Torts. This team better shape up or this season will be over very early and there will be a NY team in the playoffs, but it won’t be ours.

  45. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    I agree with bull dog (think that’s twice this week). To me, the 2011-12 team was more impressive because of the expectations. The ’93-94 team was supposed to win the Cup, or at least get close. The ’11-12 team was pegged to finish in the bottom half of the conference playoff teams and maybe win a round.

  46. That’s right! That is Captain Rigged and Champion Rigged to you Manny. Don’t forget it. DON’T FORGET IT!!!!!!

  47. Between HBO’s 24/7, the Winter Classic Win, Pruster/Boyler’s bromance, the Richards goal against the ‘Yotes and then against the Caps, and the that team clicked throughout the whole season, I’m convinced that was our one chance while the so-called window of opportunity has been open. That year was OUR year, and the Devils stole it from us.

  48. I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. Chill Nasty Nate. (Half Baked Ref.)

    Everyone around here knows how I feel and felt about Tort. I effing love the guy. I was devastated the day they fired him. I have tried my hardest to put on a good face and love the up tempo system, but you’re right. This team was build to play one way and then they just tried to insert a new coach and system on the roster.

    I think this will get better. I think this team will make the playoffs. I really do.

    But I think it’s going to take some growing pains and as *Not Tort* (my new name for AV) says, “It’s going to be a prOHcess.”

  49. I also still think this team will defend better and could be, as I predicted preseason, as high as second in the sorry Lesstropolitan Division.

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    _That year was OUR year, and the Devils stole it from us._

    As much as I love the 2012 team and like to think we would have won the Cup if we had just beaten the dumb Devils, don’t forget that the Kings were an unstoppable juggernaut in the playoffs that year. Each series we won went 7 games and probably could have gone either way, while the Kings dispatched every team they played like it was nothing. I think they lost a single game the whole postseason. The reality is there is a good chance we would have lost to them too

  51. True Rob, but I like to think that that Rangers team would’ve put up more of a fight than the Devils did. Plus, I think we had a better goalie than the Devils did.

  52. Lots of BIG Changes

    First Nash Trade,
    Then Gabby Gone,
    Followed by Firing Torts.
    AV’s new “system”

    Got to give it 9 games, but they are all on the road, so you have to give them 9 more, right?

    Then we should have everyone healthy, Hags back, Cally and Step at full speed, system up and running.

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    I guess I remembered wrong. Apparently the Kings beat the Devils 4 games to 2. I thought they swept them.

  54. Rob – the Kings were almost unbeatable in 2012 playoffs. I don’t think we had the fire power to keep up with them.

    They play the same style of tough defense, a really good goalie, but they could role 4 lines and score. The Rangers could only role 3, and all of them had trouble scoring. That why we lost to the Devils in ’12, and Boston in ’13.

  55. Lots of games left….. I still think we make the playoffs this year, but I’m not sure we have the skill level to beat a top 4 team in the NHL.

    Do you?

  56. I think we would have had a real Chance at the Cup had we traded THE KREIDER for Nash.

    Do you take a 50-50 chance at the cup, when you haven’t won it for 20 years.

    But you have to trade your top prospect & 1’st round draft pick, everything else the same.

  57. I would say yes, but hindsight is always 20/20.

    Maybe Kreider can help in the furture……but he hasn’t proven anything yet.

  58. But we beat the crap out of the Kings a few nights back. So we obviously would have won the cup in 2012.

  59. Dear Bill and Ted:

    Good luck on the report.


    Bill S. Preston, Esquire & Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan.

    P.S. Duck!

  60. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Hindsight is 20-20 on that 50-50, Sioux. Most here didn’t want to break up the *chemistry*.

  61. When you and you’re buddy are in the water with a shark, you don’t have to swim faster than the shark, you have to swim faster than your buddy.

  62. Stranger Nation on

    Farmer Jones goes to town to buy a duck. As he’s heading home, he passes the local theatre and notes that a film he really wanted to see is playing. Not wanting to miss the movie, Jones stuffs the duck in his pants and goes into the darkened theatre.
    He sits down next to two old, nearly blind ladies, Thelma and Maude. During the performance the duck gets restless and works his head out of Farmer Jones’ fly.
    Maude looks over, pokes Thelma and says, “Look at that!” Thelma replies, “C’mon…don’t tell me you’ve never seen one of those before!” Maude answers, “Yeah…but this one’s eatin’ my popcorn…”

  63. When you are in Montreal and see Duck a l’Orange on the menu, don’t say Duck Orange. It is an insult to Canuckleheads.

  64. Stranger Nation on

    A man in a movie theater notices what looks like a duck sitting next to him. “Are you a duck?” asked the man, surprised. “Yes.” “What are you doing at the movies?” The duck replied, “Well, I liked the book.”

  65. Rob in Beantown on

    A duck walks into a bar and asks: “Got any Bread?”

    Bartender says: “No.”

    Duck says: “Got any bread?”

    Bartender says: “No.”

    Duck says: “Got any bread?”

    Bartender says: “No, we have no bread.”

    Duck says: “Got any bread?”

    Bartender says: “No, we haven’t got any byfuglien bread.”

    Duck says: “Got any bread?”

    Bartender says: “No, are you deaf?! We haven’t got any byfuglien bread, ask me again and I’ll nail your byfuglien beak to the bar you irritating byfuglien bird!”

    Duck says: “Got any nails?”

    Bartender says: “No”

    Duck says: “Got any bread?

  66. Have half bottle ketel one vodka left in house from Jewish holidays.

    First glass is 10 pm tonight. Another 4 hour night of sleep ahead.

    Paging Peter lavilolette can you meet us in St. Louis for Saturday game.

  67. Rob in Beantown on

    I’ve never heard of this duck song, but looking at it now I think they just re-wrote and sanitized an joke

  68. ‘I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea
    Fly like an eagle
    Let my spirit carry me
    I want to fly like an eagle
    Till I’m free
    Oh, Lord, through the revolution.’

  69. Forgot we get to watch Fowler play tonight. Starting his 4th year in the NHL.

    How’s McBust doing in the AHL?

  70. Putting Carp to work policing ‘in moderation’ file. He doesn’t have enough to do during hockey season. Sorry. :)

  71. Ducks picked up Thompson in the draft this year. He’s a ND boy starting with the Sioux this year.

  72. Some days are better than others.

    Nothing like squeezing the blood out of a troll heart :)

  73. Tony Soprano had ducks in his pool. He treated them very well. Even went swimming with them.

  74. Love NY. Everybody’s named Tony Ducks (poultry purveyer), Bobby Locks (locksmith), Vinnie Gorgeous (hairdresser), Vinnie the Eel (400 pounder), Stevie Garbage (sanitation carter).

  75. Last night’s economic TV advice from the smart guys: ‘Get out of the market until everything shakes out.’

  76. Sign at golf club said “Don’t leave articles in locker rooms.” So I took a ‘the’ and an ‘a’.

  77. John Gotti at annual family meeting, holding aloft year-end financial summary: “Gentlemen, we’ve had a banner year and we’ve again been able to keep our taxes to a bare minimum.”

  78. Old days in Rye bar – wise guy to Ranger top scorer: “How you feeling, you feel good?” Not interested in player’s health so much as wanting to know if he should take half a goal for the next game. True.

  79. iDoodie Machetto on

    Hey gang,

    My ticket group is going to have 8 games to sell this year, including 3 within the division. Our seats are great. We are in the second row of the upper level, which are considered premium seats. The non-divisional games will be available for face value of $82 a seat ($164 a game), plus whatever Paypal charges for you to send me money. I honestly don’t know how much that is. The divisional games will cost a little more because I could probably get a lot more if I went through the Rangers ticket exchange.

    This list isn’t set in stone yet, but is the probable list of games:

    1/31 Sabres
    11/6 Penguins
    12/2 Jets
    12/20 Islanders
    1/10 Stars
    1/31 Islanders
    2/6 Oilers
    3/16 Sharks (I imagine this will be a brawl to get back at Hertl)

    E-mail me at dmachetto@yahoo.com and we can discuss details, such as the exact seat location and games you may be interested in.

  80. Introduction: “This is Bobby Flex (weightlifter), he’s a friend of mine.” -innocuous.

    “This is Bobby Flex, he’s a friend of OURS.” Uh-oh.

  81. *We are in the second row of the upper level, which are considered premium seats*
    These are better than premium, but we call them premium

  82. Love the Verizon triple play commercials on MSG. Dolan will take a check from anyone willing to write one.

  83. BTW, not to bring up Torts again, but his 1st full year in the 3rd game of the year, they started off crappy against the Devils and he called a timeout after it was 1-0. They came back to win.


    However, as we all know, they missed the playoffs on Olli Jokinen’s attempt to become the first man to score on a 5k shooutout attempt. So maybe AV not calling a time out means we make the playoffs?

  84. I’m in my 50’s and put up with this Carcillo long enough.

    If they don’t win tonight, I’m moving on to JT and the Brooklyn Boys.

    It’s only right. This Bear was born in Brooklyn.

  85. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    New Def Pairs at #NYR skate: Staal-Girardi; McDonagh-Stralman; Moore-Del Zotto

  86. According to nick constinka at yahoo sports Nash is out 7-10 days. If so he misses minimum 5 games. Per snyrangersblog

    Rangers play starting tonight 5 games in next 14 days.

  87. Hey Rangers, win tonight or I’m moving on to greener pastures, back to my birth land # going to the house that JT & Jayzee built.

  88. There goes all my GOALs tonight Manny!

    Nash is a Jumbo Softshell Shrimp. Joe was right :(

  89. @TheWrage 2m

    More positive #NYR news (not). RT @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Rangers sent Rick Nash back to NY this morning

  90. Stranger Nation on

    Sam Rosen, entering 30th season doing Rangers games, re June 14, 1994: “For me that’s the one that lasts a lifetime.”

    One lifetime too many. Let’s get Kenny and Dave on the tube, enough of these maroons

  91. McDonagh to get back for Stralman, Moore to get back for Del Z. Looks like our ‘D join the play’ experiment is over and our best offensive D will be less offensive.

  92. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Bulldog, responding to your agitating comment:


    I bet you thought the 1994 team sucked, and that they should have fired Smith. probably complained about that team, and its GM all season long.

    October 10th, 2013 at 11:13 AM”

    Quite the contrary. Anyone who knew the team, watched it the year prior, saw the on and off ice leadership, balance, size, grit, talent, and trade deadline deals could tell it was going to be quite a special ride. It was a special blend of many high caliber players (Mess, Kovie, Leetchie, Zubov) with others with size and talent (Graves, Beuke, Wells, Kocur, Kypreos, Potzy, even Lowe), great centers who won face offs (MacT, Mess) and a very agitating streak led by Essa T. As well, a number of two way players (like Nemchinov, Larmer, etc.) Who could forget the great Richter in the nets?

    No, one would have to not understood the game or been a complete moron to have thought the team was poorly constructed and the GM didn’t do his job.

    Oh, why do you ask? Were you the one fan that thought it was an ill conceived team?

  93. Stranger Nation on

    New Def Pairs at #NYR skate:
    Staal-Girardi; (Lefty Righty pairing, back together again)
    McDonagh-Stralman; (Demotion for McD or promotion for Stralman?)
    Moore-Del Zotto (Moore is in for quite a night playing with Del Zaster)

  94. Coos @ 2:41…. I.M.O Veen-Yo motivated by the need to split Girardi and McD due to their sub-par play during the first 3 games.

  95. Has to be a good sign that they let Nash get on a plane. Here comes the Buyout Nick Rash 2014!

  96. Papa – thought they were called the “Shutdown Twins.” Guess you’re only as good as your yesterday headlines.

  97. Dubi Artie erixon number 1 for Nash. Can we get a re do on that one. Or brassard Moore Dorset for gaborik. How bout that.

    Two years ago seemed like the glory days until del zaster got beat in corner by little Steven gionta in game 5 late in 3rd.

  98. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Yergs @11:18, vibin’.

    Our team 2 years ago would drop the gloves and do what it needed to protect our players. We also had some talent (though not close to what ’94 had) but scoring was an issue. For those of us that have been fortunate to have been at MSG to have watched both, both years were great rides and you could tell by November that it was going to be special (perhaps Bulldog couldn’t).

    That’s what makes it even more painful. A few moves and we have much less of the ingredients needed to not just win in the regular season, but in the PO’s, too.

    You’d think a GM with 35 years of experience would understand already, but obviously, not.

  99. Bring up Haley and put him on third or fourth line. Might as well play Mash or Bick at wing, too. Old Flyer fans, even when the Filthies were losers, loved their energy and tenaciousness. And they built that into eventual domination.

  100. Veen-yo, feeling pressure, is getting serious now.

    If its a close winnable game, I suspect Moore and DelZaster are not gonna see much ice tonight…..

  101. Too bad he’s not wearing this tonight. It’s awesome:

    @PaigeLewisFL 1m

    Holy sheesh. Perfect. “@PhilHecken: Jonas Hiller’s throwback Mighty Ducks mask for Sunday’s game. In a word: awesome pic.twitter.com/vIdvhFA4bp”

  102. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    But the team of 2012 was more because of the coach than it was anything else. Great job that year motivating and using a system that worked with the talent.

  103. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Hate to say it, Papa, I have been a MDZ defender. But, his lack of speed is pretty stunning. We are paying him a lot and his level, with hitting the net 25% of the time, not super strong shot, is not worth it. Let’s see how the new system works for him by mid season, but hate to say it, I might agree with trading him, sorry to say.

  104. Staal & DelzZaster (-4)

    Girardi & McBeast (-3)

    # too bad their not on the PGA Tour

    But each one comes from a great family…….

  105. Without Nash, we can win only by toughening up, crashing the net, backchecking with a mean approach, D putting low shots on net, screening the goalgeek, sticking up for each other.

  106. Matty @2:26

    iMO, DelZaster’s stock is way down. Not gonna get much of a return ( unless there is another Sather around)

  107. Good news: Dorset has a 50% scoring avg. (goals / per SOG)

    Bad News: He only has 2 shots on net.

  108. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Del Zotto hasn’t been the same skater since he injured his hip two years ago. I still think he can be a 40-50 point defenseman, which is good in today’s NHL.

  109. And DelZ who is making 3 mil and will be asking for considerably more, will also be gone (if anyone wants him) and IF someone in Hartford finally steps up.

  110. Lets say Nash is out for 2 weeks.

    Do the Rangers call on Miller, Kreider, or Kristo to fill in?

  111. AV’s keeping the same old same old would seem to accomplish little other than to keep the score down so as to be not embarrassed. Problem is that, without Nasher, two or three goals will be our max and not too many points to be found there.

  112. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Coos, I kind of romanticize that bringing up strong, tough, gritty guys would be cool in Nash’s absence. Mashinter, Haley, Bickel. Problem is 2 of the 3 aren’t NHL players. But, what the heck, perhaps were they in the lineup Stuart and Hertl would have known not to do what they did again.

  113. Perhaps the name should be: “THE Fast & not so FURIOUS”

    The kid isn’t all that big!

    And doesn’t have that much BITE to his game.

  114. Matty you can’t really “rail” on Hertl.

    He’s only 19. He doesn’t know better.

    Outside of making the highlight real – to get a full time job in the NHL.

  115. Matty, I feel that Vinegar could be off the hook with fans if the young guys play their hearts out, stick up for each other, improve, and lose. Consistent losing with the present group is his Waterloo.

  116. Nothing wrong with Hertl. What’s wrong is he paid no penalty for his euphoria. And that’s on us.

  117. Who’s Hernandezing?????

    Mr. Johnny on the spot for picking up Hertl – but then doesn’t play him tonight????

  118. Stranger Nation on

    Benoit Pouilot-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
    – Cally doing some VERY heavy lifting on D end

    Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
    – mixing speed with some grit, we need Fast to learn Faster

    Brian Boyle-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
    – Bole gots to show up tonite

    Derek Dorsett-Dominic Moore-Arron Asham
    – can’t wait for them to get boxed in again

  119. I understand what Carp is saying about AV’s attitude. I just question if it will work with this group as currently assembled. But, hey, I’m just banging on an Apple; AV is trying to make a living and create a legacy with this stuff.

  120. SN – Bole just has to stand in front of the net. Both of his line mates can hit the corners…..right?

  121. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Coos, I would rather have less talent that is a team that cares for each other than a highly skilled team of individuals. So, I agree (not to say our current team is highly skilled).

  122. Two flies on glass, DelZ winding up: Head fly: “We better get off this glass and get in front of the net or he’s going to kill the both of us.”

  123. It’s Duck season tonight.

    No reason we can score on Fowler like the rest of the NHL.

  124. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m a fiddler crab shoot me shoot me

    It’s bad to feed ducks bread, bad for their digestive system

    I like hank and think he is a good goalie, a top 5 goalie IMHO, but I agree with most here that you don’t have to have a top 5 goalie to win the cup.

    I think if you have a top 10/12 goalie and the toughness, grit, and yes, skill, you can win a cup.

  125. Good News: we have some room on the big team for the prospects.

    Bad News: our prospects are mostly ‘C’ level

    # Effing Sather & flawed Amateur scouting.

  126. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Do you think there is any type of roster shake up trade (big or not so big) on the horizon?

  127. Coos @3:39

    Manny could get rid of those flies for us with his pin point left hand rubber bands shots!

  128. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I kind of feel like slats is al Davis.

    Always going for speed and not taking hockey sense (football sense in Davis’ case) into the equation and speed is so overrated!!

    Kreider and skjel right off the top of my head.

  129. A team who loses a player due to a disciplinary suspension should be required to play short a player for the duration of the suspension.

  130. Stranger Nation on

    Ducks playing any youngsters we can admire tonite?

    Love that Pullout on first line. Has played so well, he gets a promotion!!

  131. Let’s see what FAST has in the tank tonight.

    Perhaps he can save the ship.

    If not there’s always Thursday night Football, and the mighty GIANTS. oof.

  132. Pullout looks to me like talented, but lazy. But, I have a Toshiba TV. Maybe it’s the TV.

  133. Del zaster to Columbus for Jared boll.

    Boyle and Pyatt to Phoenix for Tim Kennedy and Derek Morris.

    Only 2 teams we trade with.

  134. Sony & a Slumberland Mattress if they don’t start before 10:00.

    FYI – Ducks home opener tonight. Expect another 30 minutes Duck delay, as they announce each Aflac before they open the season at home.

  135. Fast scouts say very fast, defensively responsible, not large, but forechecks, doesn’t take shifts off.

  136. Pull Out is a typical Ranger forward……

    Hands turn into feet whenever the puck approaches while in a scoring area on the ice.

  137. Yes carp that’s the point. What trade lately looks good.

    Not the brassard trade. He looks awful and I hated from the minute we made it.

  138. Bole should just stand in front of the net. His best chance of getting 20 goals per year.

  139. Ralph from N.M. on

    Didn’t want Torts still don’t . I think I understand AV’S liking veterans , But non producing veterans. He’s got to be smarter than that. Time will tell, although he’s got to show something soon. NOT REAL SURE ABOUT AV

  140. Brass is a master passer if his linemates would keep their feet moving and their sticks on the ice.

  141. Here’s tonight in nutshell

    Lose 3-1. Go 0 for 4 on pp with 4 shots.

    Generate 18 shots with 4-5 quality scoring chances.

    Not enough skill shows all game.

    Zucc misses any chance he gets.

  142. Good News: Fried Zuccinini is a master Shootout specialist.

    Bad News: What’s a Shootout?

  143. Papa pick on someone your own size!

    Fried Zuccinini wouldn’t even be an appetizer for the Bear.

  144. AV on phone to housekeeper in NYC: “Maria, go into my bedroom and on the nightstand, you’ll see a large plastic container of Tums. Could you FedEx them to me? I think I’m in California.”

  145. Good News: It’s still very early in the season.

    Bad News: we have 79 more games to watch.

  146. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    3D, now we’re talking. These current line combos don’t have any good nicknames.

  147. AV, doing crossword puzzle, “Slats, what’s a four letter word for an obnoxious female relative?”

    Sather: “Could be aunt.”

    AV: “Hmm. You got an eraser?”

  148. Lats – it worse for me because I watch the games on a beautiful Samsung, so all the mistakes are very real, as if they are happening in my living room.

    Man I wish I had a Toshiba, like Coos.

  149. Richie looks like Michael Vick on my Toshiba. Can only see him when he smiles, which ain’t often.

  150. Good News: I have a state of the art, Super definition Samsung in my man cave.

    Bad News: The Rangers play on it tonight.

  151. Don’t forget to make some Selanne Sangwiches before the game.

    Teemu is calling it quits after this year.

    Watch a 43 year old forward light the lamp tonight. I still remember him as a Jet in ’93. 76 Goals. Holy Moly there wasn’t a goalie that could stop him.

    He is always fun to watch.

  152. Brodie Dupont is back in Hartford. We should sign him. Can add him to the list of guys on the “great leadership group” that AV is still learning about but trusts so much.

    BTW, is it me or does AV look a bit like Dan Aykroyd?

  153. richie: “You take out the wing and the center, and I’ll stand out here for a breakout pass. And stop anyone who comes after me.”

  154. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    If the Rangers keep playing like this, he’s going to look like Bill Murray.

    No offense.

  155. Richie: ‘ who has whiter teeth me or the dog hating Philty QB?

    DelZaster: “his are whiter, but yours are bigger”

    Richie: “pass me the super white Crest please, and the large push broom”.

    DelZaster: “as soon as I’m done crapping”

  156. Torts: “And you can kiss my azz in Macy’s window!”

    “Who are you talking to, coach?”


  157. Rob, I believe it.

    Friend of mine worked in a place in Cambridge that Thornton used to frequent when he was with the Bs. Said the guy liked to have a good time, often over the top. Thank God for Limo’s.

  158. Good News: bloggers seeing eye to eye on DelZaster’s value to team.

    Bad News: DeLZaster has very limited value both to team and on the trade market.

  159. I have a limo
    Ride in the back
    I lock the doors
    In case I’m attacked

    I go to parties
    Sometimes until four
    It’s hard to leave
    When you can’t find the door

    Life’s been good to me
    (so far)

  160. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Wicky, you’ve been around here long enough to know that Pouliot hasn’t scored a goal yet, and is, therefore, awful.

  161. Carp,
    NYR in 2nd???? not just because of the other night, but what are you looking at that i’m not seeing? my pre season was 10th in the conference. no offense no grit.

  162. Stranger Nation on

    Pullout is a turnover machine, can’t finish, doesn’t hit, lazy on back check and fore check. Other than that he looks good so far.

    and I HOPE to be proved wrong. Please Pullout prove me wrong. We need you to step up and contribute.

  163. Oh yea, I forgot, Pull Out and his 6’3″ frame have been tearing it up on the forecheck, banging those defensemen into one turnover after another. A real Don Maloney type.

    What’s not to like?

  164. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    _As somebody cleverly posted the other day…..

    You want Falk, you need Johnson_


  165. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Pouliot was one of the better players in the preseason. Unless you think the preseason doesn’t matter…though initial team results would seem to indicate otherwise.

  166. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Papa, just messing around. As opposed to Messiering around, which would involve elbows.

  167. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I quite honestly would of had him on a line with brass and Nash initially.

    Do I think he is a top 3 fwd? No.

    Depending on the team he is a 6-10 fwd IMHO.

    He is top 3 or 4 forward in hits on our team I believe (which isn’t saying much I know), so either some folks here do not pay attention to the games or have inaccurate preconceived notions about him.

  168. Good evening all! Have the 7:30 games started yet??

    Much as I hate to quote the lesser LB, I have to love this tweet by him:
    “Sean Avery would have been sentenced to life without parole if he’d said what Thornton did.”

    Asshat. Though, I don’t understand all the Hertl hating….

    LGR!!!! Time to hunt some ducks!!!

  169. Pullout was another awesome transaction by Sather. Just what the team needed.

    What’s not to like?

  170. Quick gave the booing crowd a surreptitious middle finger under the glove after he gave up McDonut’s 200 footer.

  171. Mama, just remembered that I was the only one cheering for the BJs when I was at that game in Columbus! Bahaha! You know I’ll let you know all about it if people disappoint me again.

    Okay… off I go!

  172. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The fact that Stralman was our “best” d man according to AV last game is just flat out scary.

  173. Stranger Nation on

    Wick – we need him to produce. With his size, skating ability and some upside goal potential, we really need him to produce.

  174. Stranger Nation on

    Did he say Stralman was our best? I guess when your top 4 is a combined -11, the 3rd pair would have to shine…

    Isn’t this season fun?!?

  175. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m baffled that people dis on Pouliot about being on 5 NHL teams since coming into the league in 06-07, but feel Norris trophy winner Stralman is just great having been on 4 NHL teams (including the devils training camp, which he was not good enough to be signed) since 07-08.

    Keep drinking the Stralman kool-aid sheeple.

  176. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I agree, we do need him to.

    Here is AV’s quote from zipay’s article

    “We thought that Anton played the best out of our d-group, so we felt that putting him with Ryan and changing up the pairs, would give us, again, better balance offensively and defensively,” Vigneault said.

  177. Wick, I would argue that the reason Stralman and Pullout have moved around
    so much is BECAUSE they are in such demand.

  178. If they continue to lose, I would say there is a good chance that Stralman will land on another team sometime during this season. Maybe Vancouver, Torts liked him a lot.

  179. Poulliot has been a bubble boy in the NHL all but 2 1/2 years. He played on whole year on a weak Montreal Team in ’11, the Bruins in ’12, as a 30pts scorer, and 20 points last year for the Lighting.

    Now that he is in the “Prime” of his career, will he break out a 40pts season?

    He will need to get a point every other game.

    Tonight will be the night :)

  180. With Veen-Yo’s Stralman love and Girardi’s poor play, It’s just matter of time before Stralman’s on the top pair with either McD or Staal.

  181. Pouliot followed Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan, & Jack Johnson in the draft in ’05.

    I’m guessing Minnesota wished they would have picked Carey Price, Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, Tuuka Rask, T.J.Oshie, or Steve Downie instead.

    For a 4th overall pick, he really hasn’t lived up to his draft position.

  182. Veen-Yo be warned!

    The most popular player on a bad football team is always the lousy back-up QB.

  183. Sather, we don’t have enough of our own first round busts, now your going after everybody else’s.

  184. Sather likes to trade for/sign 1’st Round picks, that way he can pretend he drafted 1’st round player that make the team. He’s still trying to cover for all the draft busts :)

    The list is long.
    ’07 Chereponav was corrected by getting McDonagh(BEST TRADE EVER)
    ’06 Sanguinetti didn’t work out, so he traded Gaborik for Brassard. UFFFF Da!
    ’04 we could have had Mike Green, instead of Montoya or Korpedo

    ’03 we could have had Parise & half the NHL instead of Jessie’s Girl. But he did correct himself by tradeing for Bole.

    ’02 we traded the pick to Calgary, and didn’t have a pick at all. But he traded for Nash, so we have the #1 in the draft.

    IF ONLY the draft was easy, picking out what 18 year old kid is going to make it.

  185. ’09 we took THE KREIDER, and we picked up MOORE, and Erixon just to give him away for Nash Potatoes.

    Palmieri seems to be having a better career.

  186. ’10 we took McIlrath (ugh) …..instead of Fowler, Tarasenko, Bjustad, Coyle, Etem, or Nelson.

    Which all are playing already.

  187. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Gudbranson was far and away the best D man in that draft and is also playing already!

    Yes, I know he went before mcilrath

  188. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    What I don’t understand is why we don’t move up in drafts to get that more than likely surefire NHL player?

    I mean, hypothetically why not trade the 10th pick and say the mad bomber to move up and get gudbranson?

    Or package kreider and our first pick this season to move up? (I know, you can’t move up from the first overall).

  189. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Fwiw, gudbranson was the 2nd best d man scrapper in that draft behind mcilrath.

  190. Papa, just picked up your Islander comment from a couple of threads and congratulate you on coming to your senses and admitting the facts about the Islander organization.

    It wasn’t long ago that I expressed similar sentiments and was summarily mocked by numerous “experts” and the intrepid writer for saying exactly that.

    On that same thread I also noted how numerous posters are also acknowledging the Triple S “theory” of size, speed and strength all areas which they are woefully short(No pun intended!)

    Finally the last of my on going rants, team toughness which is laughable, Asham will be in Bellevue soon!

    Now imagine the future when they make the mistake of overpaying Lundqvist, Sather giving Jagr a lifetime contract and he trades his #1 for John Scott! ;)

  191. This Nathan McKinnon seems to be for real. The Avs seem to be giving Boston all they can handle.

  192. Carp, that’s your Italian stubbornness talking!

    They are another solid D and a long term goalie away from really contending, but any objective viewer who has watched them last year and thus far this season knows they are a better team than the Rangers right now.

  193. Carp, a comment like that w/ your privileged perspective (okay, it’s a double edged sword) deserves some expose. C’mon, dish a little…

  194. well, Stan Fischler, I mean Comnsnse, they weren’t better than the Rangers last year, and the Rangers stunk last year and the Islanders had a miracle season. And the NYI defense is worse this season, they still have a goalie who’s probably not as good as the Rangers’ backup. They have the best player on either team, but are almost as barren up front as the Rangers otherwise.

    I don’t see them making it.

  195. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The only player other than Tavares that I would clearly want from the fishies is matt Martin.

  196. Did you all not just hear Sally from Buffalo? Dubi scored the 4th for the jackets…beating the babys 4-1

  197. too funny…she says the interweb stinks there so she can’t get on blog, but she sure can text!!
    Glad Dubi has one upstate gal who has his back. FYI, Gabby also got an assist….

  198. Sally says, “I texted like 15 boneheads.”

    I guess I’m the only one who got English….:) Glad someone in a Rangers jersey is having fun.

    She says to tell you all…”I’m rootin for Tyutin!”

  199. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    George Parros (@GeorgeParros)
    10/10/2013, 18:41
    Poor Eli, I feel like I should dedicate a #nightlyhypothetical to him…

  200. I’m starting to like this season. After tonight, there is no games starting at 10 pm or later until one game in April. They must’ve played their worst game of the season already, so things can only get better from now on.

  201. Good way to look at it, ilb. The worst part of the season will soon be over, too. (unless AV really is in over his head, which I doubt).

  202. Starting too? I have since the sked came out…..On that note….the 6 a.m. alarm awaits…miss you all….LGR!!!! Til tomorrow…..

  203. a wicky…C, we talked about this remember….politics make bad blogfellows….hence my avoidance of all manner of carcillo I hate, but just want to chill….but Ya lyublyu tebya….

  204. And sadly, I sign off….hartnelling late starts….see you tomorrow all…LGR! Hunt ducks!!!

  205. Carp, actually the “miracle” will be a more reasoned explanation from you of how the Islanders organization has managed to put together a better roster with a better future than the team you continue to view through rose colored glasses.

    A little objectivity is in order!

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