Rangers-Islanders in review



1) The homestand to hell. At some point, if not soon then later, the Rangers will rue the points they hacked up on this nine-gamer, whether it be the points that make them fight for their lives the final days of the season or the points that keep them out of the playoffs, or the points that cost them home-ice, or the points that give them a worse matchup. They will. Book it.New York Islanders v New York Rangers

2) Because the 2-6 start, horrid as it was, had all sorts of legitimate excuses around it, and came mostly against superior competition. This homestand has been loaded with patsies and cupcakes. And, yeah, there are a couple of injuries, but the Rangers really haven’t done squat to deserve a single win in regulation, and only one in a freakin’ shootout. Imagine if they didn’t get that one?

3) I’ve said it before, this team is softer than boiled eggs, and loaded with flaws. The more games like this, the more you realize that the roster is woefully inadequate, or at least it will continue to be so if Henrik Lundqvist plays like this, and Rick Nash, and Dan Girardi, and especially without Marc Staal (for who knows how long?) and Ryan Callahan. Coming in, you had to figure you’d get a lot more and a lot better out of all of those guys. Every one of them.

4) Don’t worry, though. It’s not like Nash is signed through 2017-18 at a $7.8M cap hit. Or Lundqvist through  2020-21 at $8.5M per. Oh, wait. They are.

New York Islanders v New York Rangers5) I’m not passing judgment. Really I’m not. I just find it interesting that Alain Vigneault doesn’t get ticked off after a game like this, or at least doesn’t show it, and that he believes they are playing hard for him, and that he believed they played well at 5 on 5 based, I believe, purely on scoring chances allowed. And I find it interesting that this team gets so many days off — an optional Thursday, a horrid loss Friday, a day off Saturday. I understand, the schedule is taxing and the athletes need a break, but geez, when the coach comes right out and says on Wednesday that they haven’t practiced the 4-on-3, and it cost them that game, and then another 4-on-3 contributes to this loss, don’t you at least get the guys on the ice for a light workout today? Just saying, this coach is a different cat.

6) I’ve said this before, too. It might be a nice time for those players who went crying to Glen Sather that the previous coach was too tough to show up and support the gentler, nicer coach now.

7) Going back to the soft thing. I’m not talking about fighting. I’m not. I’m talking about winning battles. And I understand that Matt Martin=Monster, and he’s going to pound you all night, and the Rangers don’t have guys like Matt Carkner or Eric Boulton, both of whom were non factors. Just saying they lose an awful lot of battles for pucks in all three zones, and then they get shoved around pretty good after whistles. For the second game in a row, a Rangers opponent was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for giving Lundqvist a snow shower (they called Boulton, even though I thought it was Martin who flung the snow). The Rangers at least reacted. I guess now the refs are calling it, apparently.

New York Islanders v New York Rangers8) Probably should have said this earlier, but that was one really, really bad team (which some thought was going to join the elite; I didn’t) against a less-than-mediocre struggling team that couldn’t play much worse. Was tough on the eyes and the senses.

9) I though that was about as good a crowd as the Garden has had this season. I really do. Maybe it was all the goals and the breakaways.

10) The officiating in the NHL really is reaching crisis levels. Referees are guessing now. They are calling stuff they couldn’t possible see, every single night, both ways. That penalty shot was one of the worst calls ever. You’re not allowed to defend any more? Even Butch Goring, the biggest Islanders homer on the planet, thought it was a bad call. Thought the non-call on Ryan McDonagh on the Sidney Crosby breakaway was more deserving of a penalty shot than that one, by a lot.New York Islanders v New York Rangers

11) How about that 4-on-3 sequence where Derek Stepan and Brad Richards consecutively missed the net by five feet and the puck came right out? Awful. Not that the 5-on-4s were much better. The Stepan goal was a mistake, a pass meant for Nash that got tipped over to Stepan. The Benoit Pouliot goal was by the “second” unit which is the better of the two. And maybe it’s time to put two defensemen on the points, especially if the puck really is bouncing as much as the Rangers said it was, and especially if the opponent has so much speed, as the Rangers coach said the Islanders have.

12) Derek Dorsett sure showed up. Scored a big goal, albeit a shot that was headed wide, drew a couple of penalties.

13) Girardi. Yeesh. Could you make a worse play against a better opponent than the one that resulted in two big saves by Lundqvist on John Tavares? And then the one on Grabner, who hit the crossbar short-handed. Guy is really fighting it.

14) One of these days there’s going to be a fight break out when those kids with the shovels come out during TV timeouts, and then there’s going to be a bad situation. Almost happened last night with Brian Boyle, Martin, Boulton and Dorsett milling about.

15) Two more days until Festivus. I’m going into the crawl space to get the aluminum pole today.

*************************************New York Islanders v New York Rangers
My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Derek Dorsett.
2. Derek Stepan.
3. Dominic Moore.
Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Derek Dorsett.
2. Benoit Pouliot.
3. Chris Kreider.

Photos by Getty Images.

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  1. So true, re the demise of capable officiating in this league. Just think, when this league expands to 40 teams via the next three-team expansion, coming up inside of four years, we will have even ~more~ incompetent referees.

    Bettman The Stiletto knew what he was doing when a went to the two-ref system, given that, despite its abysmal failure, you don’t even hear mention of the league reconsidering it for it’s disgracefully disruptive impact on the flow of these games.

  2. This team is killing me. Rumen ndur masquerading as Dan Gerardi isn’t making me want to party like its 1999. Lundqvists glove needs another inch of leather.

  3. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Bring back Aaron Voros! He’d fit very well with this style of play.

    I’m not saying he’d improve the team any.. At least he would hit someone, fall on the ice, then slide into another.

  4. Was Marty right about the size of Hanks equipment?
    Guys been a train wreck this season….
    Forget Hank! The whole team is a train wreck!

  5. Vigneault's Vino on

    Robb Bonfire

    Carp has dismissed focus, mental discipline as skills and fatigue as factoring into the results of games, seasons and playoff series.

  6. Jay Riemenschneider on

    The officiating is making the league unwatchable. It’s been terrible for decades but somehow, this season, is even worse. Oof.

    Said it months ago, still saying it. Wrong coach for this team. Thry could have hired Lindy Ruff too.

    Slather really absolutely should be gone. And Dolan. But how do these guys get fired when MSG teams make money hand over fist from first or last place?

  7. Since it’s early in the morning and nobody else is here but we two, I will share with you that yesterday I was playing on the floor with my precocious little two-year old nephew, who made me proud when he suddenly burst into song…

    “I’m dreaming of a P.C. Xmas, just like the ONE I used to know.”

  8. maybe it is time to acknowledge that maybe Hank is a product of D first systems, and big pads.

  9. It looks to me like AV is a goner. I hope not — the guy’s a pro and it’s a good thing most of the time for a coach to exude calmness in adverse circumstances. And there’s an actual, functioning power play this year, last night’s shorties notwithstanding, as well as some hope that some offense could arrive in the long run. But the defense is all over the place, and Lundqvist ultimately may cost his coach his job. The open game was supposed to work with the world-class goalie, and Lundqvist had to be excited that he was going to actually see the puck this year. Turns out seeing it has made things worse so far and, Ironically, AV keeps playing him, and playing him…

  10. Barry Bonds: Steroibs
    Lance Armstrong: PEDs
    Bill Belicheck: Illegal films
    Joe Neikro: Emory boards
    Henrik Lundqvist: Oversized pads?!?!

  11. I said 10th in the conference because of lack of talent. Now it more lack of heart. No where near a playoff team. 70 smurfs were tougher and had more heart. Just sickening to watch. Hope they get bombed outdoors n Dolan is embarrassed…..highly doubtful on the latter. Hate this team more than any team in memory.

  12. Thank you, Carp!

    SO sick of the optional practices where only the guys struggling to keep roster spots show up.

  13. boxcareddiehospodar on

    when your team consists of:

    hagelin/callahan/stephan/zuccs/moore/boyle/pyatt/pouliot you are not going to win.Outside of callahan these players are all 4th liners possibly 3rd liners at best.

    Henrik will regret signing that contract. Why play on a team where the other teams runs you all night and your own teammates do nothing.

    Boy what I would give for a :


    AV must be looking to be fired. Why play Stephan and richards on the PP.

    Stephan most over rated ranger on this team!!!

  14. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    So when they win all is well in Fairytale land and when they lose the sky is falling !!

    These are the sather years his saga … the ranger scouts have to be some of the worst in hockey or does sather over rule them?

    And giving hank a long term was dumber than dumb.. bad enough nash but two ? who’s next ?

    Yanks told cano where to go.. Hank should have tried FA market.

    The cup wont be on his resume in fairytale land no matter how elite .

  15. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Forget what Hank regrets, I already regret them backing the Brink’s truck to the locker room for him.

    How sad that they’re trying an up tempo style with low tempo players…that they’re encouraging D men to join the play in the offensive zone, when they have neither the talent nor the smarts to do so….that pinching in has cost them so many odd man rushes, which now overwhelm our underwhelming goaltender.

    And what happened to Cam Talbot, other than the fresh ink on Hank’s contract?

    Are we going to manage the game like baseball does, where “the book” says bring in the closer for the ninth inning, even if the setup man got you out of the eighth on five pitches and the closer sucks?

    Playoffs? Home ice? That’s laughable.

  16. Something has to be done. A trade to bring in/kick out 2-4 players is a must to add some size. The coach, we don’t know enough of what’s going on there, but yeah, lots of stuff to point fingers at…

    Loved this tweet from Avery about Nash:
    @imseanavery: If u are 6″5 and scared of your own shadow what do u get? :) :)

  17. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Thanks for the great obit, Carp. I did ask earlier, how long before Ulfie becomes interim coach? The Blueshirts have looked like they have no fight in them for the past month. They play one good period, then coast. Last night, not even that. Heard that Dolan is thinking about making up for lost revenue with a centerfold style 2014 calendar with King Henrik on the cover?

  18. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Don’t blame the coach.. it’s sather’s mess Toe Blake would have a hard time with this roster and I think any trade will yeild negligible results. You’re not getting a star or an elite player ..1st round washout for another 1st round washout sathers usual drink

  19. That photo above where it looks like the is sprinkling snow shower on Hank is amazing! Thanks for posting it, Carp.


  20. Carp, outstanding analysis except for #14, which I assume you were giggling when you wrote it.

    Boyle fighting? Waving and flopping and of course always “explaining” to the other guy would be a more apt description of both he and this roster.

    The Isles D is frankly horrendous at this time and without considerable improvement they will not move forward.

    Finally given the now and future cap hits for Lundqvist and Nash which seem to comprise about 20% of the presumed new cap.

    What are the realistic remedies for an organization with few if any real NHL ready prospects, an unbalanced roster with major flaws, limited dollars to steal a stud and an owner/GM who seem oblivious to reality?

    Oh, and AV really does seem to be losing weight, maybe it’s the gum chewing which I intend to try …………..after the Christmas “festa”!

  21. So is that official just going to get away with what he did last night? Is there any kind of apology from the league?

  22. Carp this coach looks more like a DOG than a cat!

    It’s going to be a long cold Winter. Too bad they made the wrong call up AGAIN. They lose AGAIN!

  23. Asked if the Rangers had hit rock-bottom, Scott Gomez said: “No one’s giving up and no one’s saying it’s rock-bottom. Embarrassed is a strong word, but that’s where we are.”

  24. At this point I don’t think it’s a must to get an elite 1st liner in a trade, don’t think that’s doable.

    I’d be more than happy getting 1-2 2nd/3rd liner with size, speed and a willingness to hit. Oh, and a D man of course….

  25. This just in:

    MSG Network has announced a new series about various members of the New York Rangers, complementing the earlier series”Beginnings.”

    It is called “ENDINGS,” and will detail the decline and fall of extremely well-paid stars who play like ECHL scrubs on the Garden’s impeccable sheet of ice.

    First up? Brad Richards. Then Rick Nash. And sources reveal that production on a Henrik Lundqvist segment has suddenly gone into overdrive.

  26. Carp you forgot one it’s the 1st reg. win for the Icelanders in 17 games, and it came against us. Maybe it’s time to rethink the defensive strategy and go back to Tort’s tapes?

  27. Also I hate to say this, and I’m sure someone probably have said it, but this team could use some one like Avery right about now, and that 2.5mil to Prust seems more and more acceptable. But I’m not going to let this team ruin my Christmas and new year. I think I’ve heard that somewhere.

  28. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    I’ll give sather credit for dumping Gomez and getting macdonough
    staal ,callahan and others but overall the team flounders and gets stagnant and there is a short window of time where the players you draft have success but don’t win it all and you wind up keeping the players too long and over pay them just to keep a modicum of success.
    Callahan, stall, gerardi , hank are how old ? Their peak years may be close to the end yet you resign them to long contracts while the other bits of the team are sub par.
    A losing formula.
    .Boston dumping thorton was win win , The rangers usually get burned.

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    _But I’m not going to let this team ruin my Christmas and new year. I think I’ve heard that somewhere._

    From the 2013-2014 New York Rangers?

  30. On a positive note after the storm, there are some useful and potentially productive players on this roster.

    On D, McDonagh is a keeper and assuming you are going to have a star at every spot, Stralman is a decent #4-5.

    Girardi would be O.K.s well but the real dilemma with all these players is having a partner who compliments their abilities or vice versa!

    On offense, Stepan, Hagelin and Nash by default are valuable but need the right components on their lines to be better.

    We have no superstar like an Ovie or Stamkos, we have no depth of talent and what we import every season are mainly retreads and 3-4 liners.

    The fish rots from the head, the curse remains in effect and nothing will change until money/tickets/mdse. etc affects the bottom line!

  31. _From the 2013-2014 New York Rangers?_

    But the copy rights belong to the 08-09 Rangers.

    “I’m certainly not going to let it ruin my Christmas and I don’t think anyone here is going to let it ruin their break, either.” New York Rangers captain, Chris Drury.

  32. How much will it take for AV to get canned?

    Seriously, lay it on me.

    The man’s a clown-on-wheels.


  33. Messier couldn’t have been worse.

    He would have needed an experienced bench coach like a Renney to watch the video etc.

    He would have commanded much more respect.

    Although with Hank playing the way he is…

  34. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Hanka has become too complacent in New York. He was hailed the King before he ever accomplished anything. He plays not with a chip on his shoulder, but with a sense of comfort.

  35. Today’s my birthday. The rangers got me a big bag of crap…again.

    Carpy I have a feeling we are going to need a whole seperate *fresh post* for the airing of grievances this year

  36. Good morning, boneheads!

    Well, too many back-to-back holiday parties thingy seems to be working just fine for me at the moment. Couldn’t watch the game last night, I guess I’m not watching now either. Thanks, Carp.

    Any good news? :-)

  37. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Carpy, great review, as always!!!!

    Over the last few games, you are writing sounds as if you are frustrated. The Rangers Nation certainly is. Could use some leadership from the media, so thanks!!

    Point 11: I see the point about putting defenseman back on the point. However, wouldn’t it be great if we had 1, just one that could handle the point AND had a booming, ACCURATE shot????? Been needed for years. As well as a crease clearer.

    I guess the GM thinks all we need is solidarity. Not balance.

  38. The Islanders third goal to tie the game was the killer. Different game if Henrik makes that routine save. ON THE GOALIE!!

  39. I apologize, I will not joke after loses anymore as it seems some people were a little slow on the uptake. CCCP excluded. Roster freeze doesn’t apply to coaches, funny. Maybe Ulfie is not a good defensive coach and the problem lies with him. Also Arniel is known for creating unstable locker rooms (read Mike Commodore’s interview). I bet you AV wishes he took that Dallas job right about now. Regarding Lundqvist, Luongo’s numbers are better this year (and it’s only year one under Torts), so all you guys are right it’s the system, plus AV hates goalies that’s why there’s always a goalie situation where ever he goes. (Last part was a joke)

  40. Henke is playing the way he is because the team in front of him is scrambling. He has confidence in himself, but no confidence in the 5 guys in front of him defending. Te forward help on defense is laughable. Once they fix that up and tighten it so the wingers drop down to the slot instead of staying at the points, then this team will start winning again. It’s a simple fix, but AV seems to refuse to do it.

    And this man to man carp needs to go. It’s such a byfuglien style that should be saved for mites.

    And no trade is going to save this team. You aren’t going to get value for any of the guys we have. And to those that say we need a superstar, we couldn’t have one anyone because Nash is paid like one when he’s not and has never been. Most overpaid player in the league.

  41. I said that about Nash before he was traded here too since I watched him in Columbus and wanted nothing to do with him based on his soft game. He wishes he played pond hockey or in a non check league so he can spin and dangle all game.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    The Rangers were handed prime opportunities to blow this game out of the water on two PPs and they spit the bit.

    Richards on the PP is a FAIL. Nash is floating around looking for loose change. and even Zucc on the PP last night was horrible.

    In 3 PPs they gave up 2 SH goals and a crossbar. wow – can’t even press when they are up a man.

    Lost in all the pain and suffering was a beaut of a PP goal with Brass to Kreids to Pullout.

    For all the Stralman bashing, why not use him and J Moore on PP; guy has a decent wrister and can at least skate back to break up the eventual odd man rush.

    Did I mention Richards was a FAIL yet?

  43. Richards is playing better then Nash, which is like saying my snail is faster then yours, and it’s really disheartening to see game in game out. Nash is getting Crosby, Malkin, Ovie like money and is playing like Val Kamenskiy.

  44. So is it every game now that a goal against starts when Girardi gives the puck away cheaply from behind the net? If Sather doesn’t move on from this guy in the coming seasons it’s going to be another Rozsival situation. It’s going to be ugly and that’ll be sad because he’s likable, been an excellent player for this team. But now, he really needs to be moved.

  45. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Please gentlemen. I beg of you. Retract your negative views. I wanna see positive cheers here.

    Let’s go rangers! We are the best! This is our year! We will win! We will win!

    You make me sick!

    Your attitudes are not good for team spirit. Cheer cheer cheer! That’s how we as fans have to be. It’s not easy, I know. But it is us who are the force of the push our team needs.

  46. Rangers did not lose because of the officials, but that game was so over-officiated. Let them play. Fredrick L’Cuyer is one of the worst officials in the NHL. I’ve seen some of his AHL games at Bridgeport. Just putrid. A guy in the stands in Bridgeport kept yelling Fredrick you reak!!!

  47. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    Nice review Carp.

    I got lambasted by someone here ( honestly can’t remember who now) right before the season started saying hank’s numbers were a product of the system in front of him, kind of like fatso in jersey for all those years, and the way guys played. He isn’t as bad as he is playing right now, but he isn’t as good as his numbers in the previous years either. No way I pay a goalie over 6 mil per no matter who he is!!!!

    I asked this last but do the rangers keep playing hank to get him going or do they play calm talbot to get the team going?

    Like some astute poster noted on roster freeze day, this team will be lucky if it wins 1 of the next 4.

    Stepan, while talented, is every bit as soft as Nash if not softer (but yes, at less than half the price).

    It’s an embarrassment the lack of physical response from this team for a number of “transgressions” against their goalie.

    It’s even worse when you consider those that have responded in the last couple of games are all under 200lbs with the exception of brass and pouliot at about 205. Hagar and dorsett are both about 180 soaking wet carrying two 5 gallon buckets of pucks. J moops is the only D man that seems to be physically engaged with regularity.

    This team is small and soft and in a world of hurt!

    But out hank, trade Nash, and live with secretariat until the next lockout!! (s)

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Carp – the Nowhere Man aka Fool on the Hill aka Man in the Mirror is back posting under more aliases than one can care to remember. Looks like a win from his beloved Ice Landers has sparked a flurry of activity.

    Feel free to flush before the site smells too much

  49. Stranger Nation on

    _I said that about Nash before he was traded here too since I watched him in Columbus and wanted nothing to do with him based on his soft game. He wishes he played pond hockey or in a non check league so he can spin and dangle all game_

    Not disagreeing with your assessment.

    Question: Did you feel the same last season when he put up 21 Gs in 44 games?

    Only that his changed from last season is a concussion and a coaching change. Hard to say not which one had more of an impact

  50. Stranger Nation on

    Wicky – Some thought the dancers would mesmerize the opponent with their speed and graceful moves. This is pathetic.
    We at least need a bottom six that can check and punish the opponent if your top 6 are soft as mush.

  51. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    “Welcome to Madison Square Garden……The World’s Most Confused, Quiet, Famous and Transformed Arena…..Home of the ‘Compliance Buyout Capital of the World’….You offer them, we take ’em and overpay ’em!!”

  52. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _Messier hasn’t shown any signs he can teach and or coach. Sure he’d be a motivator, but imagine him trying to teach Pouliot what he was doing wrong?_

    Messier hasn’t shown any signs that he can’t teach or coach. He’s a motivator and one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Surely, he could teach Pouliot to improve his deficiencies. Enough with the experience requirement. AV has experience. The TB Lightning coach had no pro experience

  53. Agree with Matty. You sound just as frustrated as we feel, Carp. It’s pretty refreshing to read. Thanks for your reviews. I can’t imagine it’s easy to cover this team as of late.

    I don’t know what to make of this team anymore. Fire everybody, I say.

    Can’t wait for the airing of grievances in two days! LET’S RUMBLE!

  54. Stranger, is someone co-opting your screen name, since all those “peyote posts” have your handle?

    Whom do you believe it to be?

    Maybe some Cole Porter lyrics for the older set would create more nostalgia, reminding us of the 40’s when a Ranger team actually won something! ;)

  55. EdwardIII, two excellent suggestions but at this juncture Staal who was over rated and drafted and paid is a total question mark.

    Completely agree on Cally who is a nice second liner but the style will reduce his effectiveness and career.

    The not so subtle irony is , without that style he is simply another guy!

  56. As far as watchabilty, this particular team may be as bad or worse than the pre-lockout pre-lundquist Rangers. For me, there is very litlle
    to feel good about, either here or in the system (Kreider, McDonough?)

    The big question, Is this the tip of the iceberg? Will it get worse before it starts to get better or ae we in the beginning stages of an extended spiral downward towards NHL oblivion?

  57. E3 I think so too regarding Staal. I think he’s done . He wasn’t the same player after the concussion and eye injury. Well, soon it’s going to be 20 years since we’ve won the Cup, 34 to go as per my “well wishing” co-workers who are not even hockey fans.

  58. Pops, forgot Kreider in my “keepers” post but I think your assessment of the organization is accurate of course.

    The direction would seem to be via the down escalator, there may be no “escalation” in the near term without a review of the system by hockey people not hockey has beens and Sax players!

    Don’t look internally!

  59. P.Bear I would love to bottom out at this point and get some early draft picks, but freakin Sather is in charge and I’m afraid that he’ll pick someone like Jessiman and not some one like Perry, Ovi, ect.

  60. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!
    We are the best! Rangers will win!

    Cheer!! Cheer!!

  61. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s not all bad. The garden was *transformed*. There is a new stadium series jersey for you to spend your money. Lots of good things happened this season. Its really a wash when you think about it

  62. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    This is a very good assembled team. They are within a small reach of where they need to be. Every team had leaps and hurdles. Every team stumbles every now and then. It’s up to is to pick them up, dust them off, and back them up to will it all!

    Do you?
    Imagine it now! The boys in blue heisting the cup over their heads!


  63. Pops, last post and every post I’ve made anywhere over the last 5 years but……………..Sather works here and steals his money because of a spoiled son who is determined to have his way regardless of results.

    One need only look at a very similar situation with the Knicks where his constant meddling has them in the annual crapper.

    His main problem is he’s a star struck wussy who apparently feels his own stature is improved by those he employs and cozy’s up to.

    This is akin to booking Benny Goodman into the Garden and asking if you can sit in for a few sets!

    His is the rotted head, Sather laughs pockets the dough and orders Monte Cristos!!!

  64. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    this was on spectors hockey…I see two guys on that list that I would happily add to this roster like yesterday

    ESPN.COM: Neil Greenberg lists NY Rangers’ Brad Richards, Buffalo’s Ville Leino, Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov, Nashville’s Paul Gaustad, San Jose’s Martin Havlat, Dallas’ Erik Cole, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, Washington’s Brooks Laich and Columbus’ R.J. Umberger as compliance buyout candidates in June.

  65. Change the name of the transformed Garden to – “The Suck Bowl”

    Sucks up the crowd noise, sucks the $’s from your wallet, professional teams who reside there suck, Billy Joel is old and now sucks.

  66. eddie eddie eddie on

    The other day they waited, the sky was dark and faded,
    Solemnly they stated, “He has to die, you know he has to die.”
    All the children learnin’, from books that they were burnin’,
    Every leaf was turnin’; to watch him die, you know he had to die.

    The summer sun looked down on him, his mother could but frown on him,
    And all the others sound on him, but it doesn’t seem to matter.

    And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended,
    His mind remained unbended, he had to die, you know he had to die.

    Spanish lady comes to me, she lays on me this roes.
    It rainbow spirals round and round it trembles and explodes.
    It left a smoking crater of my mind I like to blow away.
    But the heat came ’round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day.

    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’, around,
    comin’, around, in a circle
    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’ around, in a circle,
    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’ in a circle.

    Skippin’ through the lily fields I came across an empty space,
    It trembled and exploded, left a bus stop in it’s place.
    The bus came by and I got on, that’s when it all began,
    There was cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to never ever land.

    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’, around,
    comin’, around, in a circle
    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’ around, in a circle,
    Comin’, comin’, comin’ around, comin’ in a circle.

    And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended,
    Their minds remained unbended,
    He had to die, Oh, you know he had to die.

  67. Never liked Girardi, had one good season eating pucks. Agree with trading him and Staal ASAP.

    I get that it’s difficult to make trades, but it’s the only thing our beloved GM has a record of doing ok.

  68. Stranger – yes I did. He scored most of his goals against terrible defensive teams like Tampa and the Islanders. 65% of his goals were against non playoff teams, as were 75% of his points. He steps up in games where teams give him loads of space, but those that don’t he folds like a cheap tent. This isn’t anything new, he’s done it his while career. Now with the concussions it’s made him even more tentative.

    He gets paid like a top player because he was the only semi-star Columbus had, but he’s not worth that much to any other team in the league.

    Richard – Messier was an extremely smart hockey player. He saw things the way 99% of players don’t. Pouliot has all skill but no IQ. Messier can’t relate to him at all in how they see the game. That’s why I say he needs to coach at the junior or AHL level to at least learn how to handle those situations. I can’t think of one first time head coach that got his first gig in the NHL and had success. Even Patrick Roy worked for several years in the QMJHL before he made the jump to the NHL, that’s why he’s having success.

  69. As for Girardi, like I’ve said before this is the same Girardi that we’ve always had. The forward help made him an all-star. Without that forward help he’s an average d-man. Drop the forwards down into the slot and allow point shots (which most likely get blocked) and he can spin and dive all game without giving up many chances.

    That’s all this team needs is more wing help on defense instead of floating to the points. Play a collapsing style, keep the puck to the outside, and don’t give up the slot. How AV doesn’t have them doing it yet is quite puzzling.

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    jonny – # 5 is much worse than ever before. If hank was a system and big pads goalie, then Girardi was a system Dman that was hit by too many pucks over the last few years…..He cant skate, takes forever to unload his shot, and flops like a fish on a taut line…….

  71. Can anyone tell me how far out of the playoffs we are already?

    Fire this AV clown right now. Why wait? I don’t get it .

    Does anyone really think this bozo is going to right the ship? CARP, anyone?

  72. ‘You can take all the tea in China
    Put it in a big brown bag for me
    Sail it right around the seven oceans
    Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea.’

    This coaching staff is a conundrum wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, smothered with incompetent sauce. Not suggesting wholesale changes, but when the coach says one day that we need more D joining the rush, then the next day that we have to tighten up the D, then the next day, after another loss, that we “played well 5 on 5,” and then the next day that “practice is optional,” and the next day that “we need more work implementing our system,”….

  73. I hear you talking when im on the street
    Your mouth don’t move but I can hear you speak
    What’s the matter with the boy?
    He don’t come around no more
    Is he checking out for sure?
    Is he gonna close the door on me?

  74. I’m always hearing voices on the street
    I want to shout, but I can’t hardly speak
    I was making love last night
    To a dancer friend of mine
    I can’t seem to stay in step
    ‘Cause she come ev’ry time that she pirouettes over me

  75. I’m zipping through the days at lightning speed
    Plug in, flush out and fire the fuggin feed
    Heading for the overload
    Splattered on the dirty road
    Kick me like you’ve kicked before
    I can’t even feel the pain no more

  76. Feel so hypnotized, can’t describe the scene
    Its all mesmerized all that inside me
    The sunshine bores the daylights out of me
    Chasing shadows moonlight mystery
    Headed for the overload
    Splattered on the dirty road
    Kick me like you’ve kicked before
    I can’t even feel the pain no more

  77. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Forget you!

    We are rangers fans!
    We couldn’t be prouder!
    If you can’t hear us!
    We’ll shout a little louder!


  78. eddie3

    Excellent and appropriate Dead citation. There was a great show on
    Sirius the other day from 12/1/69. I have had Viola Lee Blues in my head
    all week. Not a bad thing.

  79. eddie eddie eddie on

    stemmer – great viola lee from ’68, think its DP 4…..all in all 68 was such a raw energetic sound….

  80. Paul in sunrise on

    Watching the guys celebrate a goal scored like it was the first of their career. That should tell you all you need to know about the offensive confidence.

  81. Yup. Could not agree more. Not to malign poor ol’ B. Mydland, but when you consider Pigpen in that slot? Those vocals!?

  82. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Rick Carpiniello, that was not nice to rip in to the boys like that! Theyre trying hard. They’re wounded and laying in pain and you kicked them. You’re only going to hurt their feelings. It’s going to make it harder for them to win.

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    stemmer – pigpen was great….but I’d take Keith over brent any day….keith’s tickled the ivories so well on his watch…spring 77 maybe the best tour by any band other than the the Who’s first run ant MSG in september 79 after Moon died….

  84. Is there anything else that comes out of Nash in his post-game comments than tired, inane cliches?? “We have to work harder.” “We have to be better.” Makes me wonder what he has upstairs. So in addition to being the Lion and Scarecrow, he’s also the Tin Man.

  85. Eddie3

    No question — before Keith went to drug-mush in ’78, he was incredible. When he lost it and just started to ape Jerry’s lead instead of doing all the inventive and wonderful stuff to counterpoint it, especially in the early ’70s. He was the best. And as you know, Pig was not a first-rate keyboard guy, for all his many other talents.

    I was not a big Brent fan. Feel sorry for him though.

  86. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    At least we know Henrik Lundqvist is still in good spirits. He may have gone a tad too far with the perverted humor when he said “we beat ourselves tonight” But it’s ok. Keep the spirits up! We’ll get em next time.

  87. eddie eddie eddie on

    stemmer – totally agree……..keith filled the spaces in between jerry’s lead so well….really in synch…..and believe it or not….i liked Donna’s howling….

  88. eddie eddie eddie on

    stemmer – pig was a great front man….deep howling raw voice full of pain…he emoted so well….

  89. I did too re: Donna Jean! And sometimes even when she wasn’t shireking too. There are a couple of “Looks Like Rain” from ’76 where she is on key and absolutely incredible….

  90. Jerry always said that Pig was the only reason people came to see the band when they were finding their way at the start…..

  91. Rob in Beantown on

    FWIW, this doesn’t mean he is innocent, just that the prosecutors didn’t think they could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. It doesn’t really change my opinion of what happened very much.

  92. Rob in Beantown on

    You’re right, I don’t. But as a rule I think people are way too quick to jump on the “charges were dropped, so she’s a liar” narrative, when in reality that is not at all the correct conclusion to draw.

  93. so Carp
    was your opening line
    “The homestand to hell.” your final choice at deadline after
    “The homestand in hell.”
    “This homestand is hell.”
    “This team is hell (to watch and cheer).”
    “Doing a headstand while watching this homestand rushes all the blood to my head and causes this hell to seem much better once the lightheadedness and hallucinations kick in.”

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think a bruised and battered girl was handed a suitcase full of Ben Franklins.

    Book it

  95. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JPG – Spanish lady, she comes to me, and lays on me this rose…..

    Comin, comin, comin, around…..in a circle…..

  96. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Mark Messier would be very disappointed at this type of fandom. He would feel behooved to remove his number off the rafters. For he has never seen this when he played in Edmonton. The fans stuck together through thick and thin throughout his entire career as an Oiler.

    You bad fans are letting him down.

  97. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Zarat – as long as Leetch’s number two hangs up there…..it’s all good….know what I’m saying?

  98. yep eddie
    i’m glad i got on THAT Bus
    not so happy
    i’m taking a ride on the
    sub-mediocrity Rangers Bus

  99. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I got to move, really got to move, that’s why if you please, I’m on bended knee, Bertha don’t you come round here no more….

  100. eddie you’re putting a smile on my face
    it’s a change from hearing holiday music 24/7
    since jpg’s wife wants to hear nothing but that
    as soon as it hits the radio airwaves

  101. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – sorry for my angry comments last night,…. Turned out the green pills were best….

  102. eddie
    i was telling mrs. jpg yesterday how i used to be really terrible at recognizing lyrics
    so when i was walking Shakedown Street looking to buy a
    t-shirt one of my friends would tell me what song was being represented on each item.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jpg – I like the traditional holiday music too, but it’s not the same if I can’t sing the lyrics with the islander’s owner’s accent….

    Till then…..you were born to be Cassidy…..

  104. thanks again eddie
    gotta go
    in-laws family party today
    there’s gonna be wedding soup!
    trying to figure out how to stretch out my stomach
    so i can have an extra bowl or two!

  105. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jpg – I am also horrible at lyrics and usually the actual lyrics differ from what I thought they were….

    Kooz -,werd up yo

  106. This season is so pathetic. Lundqvist lets in 3+ again….

    Just like when Tom Renney was here, the Rangers have to prevent the opposition from scoring more than 2 goals. If they let that happen, they will lose. They should just let Talbot finish the season because something is seriously wrong with Henrik.

    AV maybe a nicer guy than Torts. And, Torts may be a jackwagon of the highest order. But, AV SUCKS as a a hockey coach compared to him…

  107. The odd thing is that if we get a little more size/grit at the forward position, if the D is properly managed, if #19 and #61 come alive, and Henrik resumes his usually stellar play, all of which could be expected, we could still surprise some people who think we are pusillanimous goofs.

  108. Eddie, some of the classic holiday lyrics seem to have been written with Islander owner Wang in mind. Great fit, suits his voicing and dialect perferctly. Rearry, no fooring.

  109. “It might be a nice time for players who went crying to Sather that Torts was too tough to show up and support the gentler, nicer coach.”

    Why? This is exactly what they wanted.

  110. Also, couldn’t agree more with point #7

    “I’m talking about winning battles.”

    They don’t want to work as hard as they did under Torts right? Well, they can’t do that because they don’t have enough talent. And, even the most talented teams only become great when they have a great work ethic. Look at the Penguins. Look at the Kings.

    It seems that all the great stuff that Torts brought here in terms of working hard and being accountable has gone away with him.

  111. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Eddie Eddie Eddie

    Leetch can’t be too thrilled about the booing either.

  112. @rangersreport
    It might be a nice time for players who went crying to Sather that Torts was too tough to show up and support the gentler, nicer coach.


    Pretty sure Vigneault made that *optional* Carp

  113. Leetchhalloffame on

    Rangers, Knocks piling up the wins at the new and improved MSG. Well done Dolan!! Enjoy your empty “Worlds Most Famous Arena” come playoff time.

  114. I’m not too much of a fan of that Stadium Series jersey. Kind of looks like the Wolf Pack jersey, no?

  115. Doesn’t the team kind of look like the Wolf Pack, NYR? At least skill-wise. From what I hear, the Wolf Pack are actually pretty tough.

  116. Wolf Pack are WAY tougher than this NHL bunch of sissies.

    Bickel and McIlrath would annihilate this entire team and still have the energy to burn the bodies.

  117. Talking with a few Rangers fans and it seems the consensus is that:

    Lundqvist was the beneficiary of a defense first system. He’s been exposed as an average goalie.

    The Rangers’ roster is filled with players who would be bottom six on most teams.

    Rick Nash is an albatross of the worst kind, the laziest player ever to put on a blueshirt

    AV is a horrible coach who obviously hasn’t got a clue. He benefited from a talented team in Vancouver.


    When the Canucks win the Cup and the Rangers finish dead last in their division…

    How much is that gonna hurt?

  118. I actually erased his name because of that hernia surgery but you’re completely right. Haley, post hernia surgery, could also annihilate this soft roster and bury the bodies. He would just need someone to wield the shovel for him (shoveling strains his hernia)

  119. “Lundqvist was the beneficiary of a defense first system. He’s been exposed as an average goalie.”

    Sure he was. But that doesn’t mean he’s an average goalie. Let’s not act like other teams didn’t get great scoring chances against NYR under Renney and Tortorella; they did, and Hank bailed them out more often than not. People will laud Fatso as the greatest of all time, but remember he’s had the benefit of a defense first system his ENTIRE career. Why is it any different with Hank? It’s still possible to be an awesome goalie playing behind a great defense.

  120. The only guy I enjoy watching on this team is Zuccarello because I think he brings it every night. Soon he is going to be leading this team in points…

    That’s great for him, but horrible for the Rangers when you are paying guys like Richards and Nash a combined $14.4M.

  121. Two questions:

    1.) By how much is Richards overpaid (assuming this team CAN play him on the wing and he can put up points); and

    2.) How much (percentage wise) of Nash’s disappearing act is concussion related?

  122. “He’s been exposed as an average goalie.”

    Disagree. He’s been exposed to have a bad system in front of him that forces him to make too many great saves early in games. His confidence also is shot right now. He’s certainly better than this. WE all know that.

  123. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards is playing like an 800K salaried player. Nash, about the same. Hank? 3.2M at best

  124. Bickel, Haley, McIllrath et al would result in the Rangers losing games by 4-5 goals and as for Nash being “lazy”.

    Sure like Robby Cano was lazy!

    Btw, where are the dreaded Wolfpack in the standings? ;)

  125. Stadium Series jersey are awful. No thought put into them at all.

    Even if I got the jersey for free, I’d ebay that garbage.

    NYR”s Winter Classic jersey was pretty cool. The shape of the logo sucked, but otherwise was pretty cool.

  126. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Defensive systems don’t make it break goalies. It’s helps a bit. But not as much as you think. If it was all about the defense system, then every team would have 6 dmen all at minimum salaries. Not looking to overpay for the Reddens of the world.

    The defensive style only helps more against odd man rushes and the sort. But every team tries in their own way to avoid that.

    Shotblocking however is a great way to assist the goaltender in one aspect, but the other aspect actually hurts him. When players are laying face first on the ice, they aren’t doing much to send the puck the other way. It leads to exhaustion and your goalie actually gets exposed more if there isn’t a line change.

    Brodeur was a bit different. He’s had success under defensive and offensive systems. Been to the finals for both. So make what you want of it. But that’s for real. Lundqvist was beat 3 of 3 breakaways. One hit a post. That’s just a bad night.

    When you boo him you make it worse. So stop booing him you bad fans! Maybe he’ll get out of that funk. Forget the money. Has little to do with it.


  127. And no, Lundqvist is not a bad goalie, he’s just a very good goalie who is grossly over paid on a roster/organization which might have used his defined benefit package more prudently.

    And he’s certainly the most brilliant #8 pick in Ranger history.

    Probably a dart board pick by the MSG janitorial staff!

    The again it always comes back to who makes the decisions, right?

  128. Za’Rat is correct. Defensive systems also lead to lopsided puck possession in which your goalie has to be much more active and face many more shots.

  129. Lundquist’s always has always had an average to suspect glove hand and below average stick / puck mover. That hasn’t changed. This year, add to that two other issues: at times his positional awareness (angles) is on the level of a bantam goalie who hasn’t yet learned to play angles and he sometimes appears to lacking balance -leaning forwards and diving to much, often ending up on his belly (a goalie Snow Angel?)

  130. Za’Rat – You are smokin.’ Really percetive insight. Got a job for you upstairs in Uncle Glennie’s space, soon as he clears it out. Don’t mind the ashes on the floor, cleaning lady on call.

  131. Maybe Hank’s still in Sweden and his twin brother Joel came over to play for goal for him this year.

  132. hey alan rafanello…you sent me copies of some ’94 playoff games (at no cost) after I put an ad in blueshirt bulletin…I always appreciated your kindness and likened it to a spirit of “ranger fan brotherhood”-a little corny,i know…I’ve payed it forward in that same spirit….speaking of which a very Merry Christmas and Happy NewYear to my fellow suffering brethren…and belated happy Thanksgivikuh (spelling) to my Jewish friends

  133. question for Carp, and all.
    most feel the Rangers do not have the talent to play AV’s system. do you scrap the system and play a D minded game in order to make the playoffs this year? or do you stick with the system regardless of the results right now in hopes that the team finally figures it out, and Sather adds players that can play it. they brought in an offensive minded coach for a reason, to play an offensive game. not sure you want to ask AV to coach another way.

  134. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _Defensive systems don’t make it break goalies. It’s helps a bit. But not as much as you think. If it was all about the defense system, then every team would have 6 dmen all at minimum salaries. Not looking to overpay for the Reddens of the world._

    Under Torts, it wasn’t just the D protecting Hanka, it was the forwards as well. As Matty points out, defending was a team effort. That surely masked the flaws of Hanka.

    When a team has a world class goalie like Hanka, the flaws of that team’s D should be masked by the goalie. In a salary cap league, it is senseless to overspend on D, unless the D contributes offensively. The most prudent way to build a team with a world class goalie under contract is to stack the team full of offensive forwards and offensive D, via the draft, free agency, and trade, with one or two stud defensive D. The Rangers have one stud defensive D, and other successful teams employ only one stud defensive D as well.

  135. Stranger, somebody is up in your tent again! ;)

    Question for the stats guys.

    Maybe someone could look up who were Nash’s line mates in the numerous years where he scored +30 and +40 goals?

    Might prove useful info for our GM who surely could entice to NY.

    I mean who would care if they’re retired since we’re already paying a few retirees on the current roster! ;)

  136. Carp, please inform the site admin that on your blog we go for the big bites.

    Moderation is over rated and sounds too similar to average! ;)

  137. Y = (ln (x/m – sa) )/r^2

    TRANSLATION: Why, (in Xmas over malfunction are we minus sufficient attitude) slash Richards salary by 2.

  138. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    As you massage written words, you do the same mathematically with functions, expressions, and relations….

  139. Knicks coach had the team holed up together in a Manhattan hotel last night with a 10 PM curfew. Bad as things are, how would AV like to coach a team like that?

  140. Ironically, most valuable player we have is Dorsett, who plays 9 minutes. Love to have three more of him. A few goals couldn’t hurt.

  141. Maloney intimated that Nash would be as good as Jagr is now if he learned to grow his butt a little bigger.

  142. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I heard that too….Maloney also said that Nash uses his arms but is far more off balance than Jags ever would be…

  143. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jags shields the puck so much better, is stronger on his skates, and far more balanced than Gnash……..so true

  144. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Don/Kenny – Dave M impart more accurate and incisive knowledge in 2 minutes than salmon joe do in an entire game.

  145. Carp, are you serious? The word is Gaelic for your attitude!

    You just can’t wait for a dumb reason to flag my posts ,right?

    Let’s save you the trouble pound sand multiple times.

    Strike two and three!

  146. Dave knows when to butt in to the game narrative, and when he does, he’s usually talking the hockey game, not the society pages. Could not agree more.

  147. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    I hold true to my assessment. Money has nothing to do with it. First of all, half of you probably think he’s making $8,500,000 this year when in reality he’s actually getting $5,125,000 and next year he will be getting $19,000,000. Yep. $11,000,000 salary, and $8,000,000 bonus. So this year he’s not getting overpaid.

    If defense and shotblocking was the only solution for masking goalies flaws then why wasn’t Valiquette a Vezina candidate? You people act like shotblocking is the best invention since the wheel. It has major drawbacks. Ones that hamper a goalies abilities. In fact what it really masks is lack of offense. Not lack of goaltending. Shotblocking does not put an emphasis on any sort of transition game. It’s a useless mindset for a power play. It’s amazing for PK. You know one of the most common signs of a goalie who’s tired is? It’s when they use their face mask to block a high puck. Lundqvist had been exhausted many times.

    I’m starting to think a lot of you have never even stepped on an ice surface. Let alone played in an organized beer league.

  148. “It was a bad hop base hit. Jeez I think it got him right in the coconuts, Euke. Choir practice will be at 3 and, I think we may have found our soprano.”

  149. ‘What did I think of his performance? Is that what you’re asking me, what did I think of his $%#&*@% performance? His performance? I mean, what kind of a question is that, ‘what did I think of his performance?’

  150. Played a lot of hockey
    Drank a lot of scotch
    Best of my memory, I voted for Koch
    One game, took a knee to the crotch.
    Boyeeeeeeeeeeeee1 (What do you mean, ‘did it hurt?’
    of course it hurt!

  151. Since 1925, the NY Americans, soon to be the NY Rangers, in games where they have led by 22 goals or more going into the third period, are 4-2-2.

    Courtesy of NY Rangers

  152. Gaborik is back too. already with an assist. he took a heck of a hit from Philthy on the play and went to the locker room. CBJ coach is HOT.

  153. carp, #1 so true, they should rue the points now, not later

    before it was oh they are away for so long, when they get home things will turn around, now they are home…

  154. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Gee. How nice. Devils and Islanders both with 1-0 leads over the leaves top teams. It’s gonna be a baaaaad night. Watching these games is tough. Makes me jealous. These Islanders have some serious speed. They’re the Oilers of the East. Then you have the Devils who have half a defense of guys who aren’t legally allowed to drink and the other half is on the verge of retirement who are crushing running circles around Washington.

    There’s no reason our boys can’t perform the same way. We have some speedy guys and we have some big strong defensemen. Only a matter of time. We’re on the verge of having a defensive dynasty! Maybe not this year, but after the new year, we should be chugging along as the envy of the league! LGR

  155. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Zarat – I knew John Kennedy. I worked with John Kennedy. John Kennedy was a friend of mine. And you Zarat, are no John Kennedy.

  156. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Put gabby on a line with Gnash and Callahan and watch how they play 23 games between them….

  157. hes already got 5. he will be very well rested when he comes back…. he will miss the olympics too.

    he will hit double digits….. maybe

  158. I knew Zarat. I worked with Zarat. Greg Zarat was a friend of mine. And you, Zarat, are no Zarat.

  159. Comn, do you think I seriously sit around flagging comments? you probably used a word that’s not allowed. it flagged itself. but, of course you always have to overreact in your paranoia. Then come back and tell me I’m too sensitive.

  160. Re: “Since 1925, the New York Americans, soon to be the New York Rangers” …that’s like: “Since 1925, the Montreal Maroons, soon to be the Montreal Canadiens”…or it is like:
    Since 1925, The Brooklyn Dodgers, soon to become the New York Mets,” etc.

    Maybe a page from “Hollywood History,” but not a page from anything to do with reality and the facts.

  161. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _Since 1925, the New York Americans, soon to be the New York Rangers_

    This is the most foolish thing I have ever read here.

  162. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    The NY Rangers have never lost a game in which one of their players scored a game winning goal, in the history of the franchises existence.

    (See, I can play silly too)

  163. Za’rat….that’s silly Political double speak. Your no John F. Kennedy. Your not even Hubert Humphrey. Not even close.

  164. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Zarat – it’s not true. One game, march 14, 1938. Ranger left winger Danny O’ Johnson scored the the only goal at 14:34 of the 2nd period. He was, however, traded in between the 2nd and third period….so, even tho the rangers won, an opposing player scored the winning goal….

  165. Cirrent Ranger Band of Brothers is the real deal. Go to war with these dudes, anyway, anytime. Not gonna come home though. Tell momma I love her.

  166. I so anry rast night after game, I roose my composaw, go howm, kick dog (rabadoor) scream at famry. Brow a fuse, big time. ChopChop.

  167. Rob in Beantown on

    Gaborik had one point in 2:45 of ice time. I reckon that’s a 20 PPG pace. Gabby will score 1600 points next year.

    Book it

  168. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Regardless of salary, gabby is no $6 million dollar man. Hardly bionic – not even iconic. No longer super sonic


  169. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Prust stats for the 2013-14 season

    Games: 39
    Goals: 2
    Assists: 6
    Hits: 8,210
    Games missed due to injury: 36
    Toughness Rating: 100
    Skill Rating: 1

  170. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Fights: 347
    Punches Thrown: 822
    Punches Connected: 21
    Punches Received: 1,482

  171. Eddie Eddie Eddie –

    You forget the game, Rangers – Montreal at The Garden, Feb. 6, 1963, where the Rangers fell behind 3-1 during the National Anthem on three practice goals by Louie Fontinato, which were ruled “icing” but counted, anyway, since The Gumper was up on the blue line, robustly singing along with the $3.00 per seat mezzanine crowd. The Broadway Blues, as we were allowed to call them. pre-expansion, did come back to win, 6-3, but that is besides the point. It was Louie’s only career “Chapeau Tricke.”

  172. Rob in Beantown on

    Let’s all get up and dance to a song
    That was a hit before your mother was born.
    Though she was born a long, long time ago
    Your mother should know

  173. “Do what you want to do,
    and go where you’re going to,
    Think for yourself,
    ’cause I won’t be there with you.”

  174. I’ve decided to give myself a New York Rangers Free period for the next few weeks.

    They’ve given me ZERO entertainment this season. They show absolutely no signs of life and have a coach who apparently isn’t worth half a toss. The team has shown night after night that they absolutely do not care and will not put forth the effort needed. There will be no magic moment of “putting it all together”. There will be no “push for the playoffs”. They’re done. The 2012 run to the semis is as close as we’re gonna get for the next decade. Accept that fact and realize the window is CLOSED. The Rangers are the softest team in the National Hockey League. Every team, every coach, every GM, every player knows it.

    So, I’m done. Done for several weeks. I had ideas of giving Rangers merchandise for xmas gifts to relatives, but that’d be like pissing on their shoes. So none of that. I was gonna treat my favorite uncles to a game – but why make them suffer?

    Done with the whole lot of them.

    Glen Sather – The biggest fraud in NHL history hiding behind Gretzky and Messier. Got lucky to coach the most talented team of the 20th Century. Has done NOTHING since then and yet still makes millions of dollars a year. No justice in this world.

    Jimmy Dolan – A drooling man-child who’d be doing tricks for beer money if his daddy wasn’t rich.

    Alain Vigneault – A gum chewing moron without a clue of how to devise strategy or, god forbid, have his team ready to play most nights. It’s amazing Vancouver got as far as they did with this clown at the helm.

    Henrik Lundqvist – Apparently more concerned with his image, his hair, his perfect scruff, his contract to work on his goaltending techniques. Says he needs to be better, I say give Cam Talbot the reigns for a while. Hank can’t be trusted any more. And we’re stuck with him for 8 years. DOOM

    Rick Nash – Without a doubt the single worst acquisition of the modern era. A complete and total fluff player without an ounce of heart, devoid of courage, and a complete and utter disgrace to the uniform. He should be run out of town and booed every time he touches the puck. Never wanted him here, and now everyone can see why.

    Brad Richard$ – Already reverting to what he is – a slow, old, lazy player without any ability to play at a high level anymore.

    The entire roster – crying to Sather about how hard it was to play under Tortorella and then proceed to IMMEDIATELY show that they refuse to compete on a professional level anymore. They have a coach who only ever gets tough with Kreider or kids, it seems (typical) and really doesn’t care if they fail to show up night after night.

    Fire the GM, fire the coach, blow up the team. Whatever path the Rangers were on to respectability and possibly a championship are long gone. Sather ensured that with his moves, AV has guaranteed it with his coaching style, the players have ensured it with their soft play.

    It was fun while it lasted. But it’s all over now. It’s all done. The New York Rangers are the embarrassment of 2013-2014.

  175. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    I, Za’rat Jones, am a funny fan.

    So it is written, so it shall be done.

    Learn it!
    know it!
    Live it!

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