Blue Jackets at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Monday, Jan. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 21-20-2 (44 pts)
Blue Jackets: 18-20-4 (40 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third game in four nights. The Blueshirts rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-20-2 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-1, on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, to complete their five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 mark. The Blueshirts have won five of their last seven games, and are tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (18). The Blue Jackets enter the contest with an 18-20-4 (40 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at United Center (8:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

RANGERS vs. BLUE JACKETS:
All-Time: 6-7-1-0 overall (3-2-1-0 at home; 3-5-0-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-2 loss on Dec. 12 at MSG. The Rangers have out-shot the Blue Jackets, 32-16, in the second period, and have out-scored Columbus 4-2 after the first period. The Blueshirts penalty kill is 4-4 (100.0%) in the series. Carl Hagelin leads all skaters with two goals, while Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello are tied for the series lead with two assists apiece. Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .938 Sv% in two appearances.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal 22 seconds into overtime, while Michael Del Zotto led all skaters with two assists in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in the win.
The Rangers have won four of their last six meetings with the Blue Jackets, including two of their last three meetings at Madison Square Garden
New York is 8-10-2 at home; Columbus is 9-11-2 on the road
New York is 5-8-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Columbus is 8-7-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists five former Blue Jackets on its roster: Derick Brassard (2007-08 – 2012-13); Derek Dorsett (2008-09 – 2012-13); John Moore (2010-11 – 2012-13); Rick Nash (2002-03 – 2011-12); Anton Stralman (2009-10 – 2010-11)
Columbus lists four former Rangers on its roster: Artem Anisimov (2008-09 – 2011-12); Brandon Dubinsky (2006-07 – 2011-12); Marian Gaborik (2009-10 – 2012-13); Fedor Tyutin (2003-04 – 2007-08)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BLUE JACKETS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 3.11 GAA
Cam Talbot – 2 GP, 1-0-0, 1.67 GAA
Brad Richards – 22 GP, 9-13–22
Dominic Moore – 13 GP, 1-7–8
Dan Girardi – 7 GP, 2-3–5

SPECIAL TEAMS: Have notched a power play goal in six of the last nine games (9-32, 28.1% over the span), and are 15-62 (24.2%) on the man advantage in the last 19 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in six games this season … Is tied for fourth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:31) on Saturday at Toronto. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (29-144, 20.1%), and 23rd at home (11-72, 15.3%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), and 0-3 (3:55) when four-on-three (last – 12/20 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 1-1 (2:00) on Saturday at Toronto. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (110-130, 84.6%), and is tied for ninth at home (49-58, 84.5%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 4-6 (4:29) when three-on-four (last – 12/15 vs. CGY). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Saturday at Toronto, and are now -2 in 48 four-on-four situations (79:39) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (6): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr).

GOALS GALORE: The Rangers concluded a five-game road trip with a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. The seven goals marked a season-high for New York, and are the most the Rangers have tallied in a game since an 8-4 win on Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo. Additionally, the six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Rangers since a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Blueshirts tallied seven or more goals in Toronto was an 8-2 victory on Mar. 14, 1990.

TEAM EFFORT: New York had 15 of 18 skaters register at least one point in their 7-1 win at Toronto on Saturday, including five of six defensemen with an assist in the contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had at least 15 skaters register a point in a game was Jan. 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (8-2 win, 16 players), and the last time the Rangers had five defensemen with a point was Dec. 1, 2011 at Carolina (5-3 win).

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Saturday at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had 50 or more shots in a game was Dec. 27, 2010 vs. the NY Islanders (52 shots), and the last time they posted 50+ shots in a road game was Feb. 15, 2003 at Buffalo (52 shots). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 10 of the last 12 games, and hold a 415-327 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots six times this season, including in two straight games on Dec. 23 vs. Toronto and Dec. 27 at Washington, and have posted 30 or more shots in 12 of the last 16 games.

MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in the last 21 games, with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine, and has tallied 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in the last 35 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He leads the team in assists (20) and points (30), is tied for first in power play points (13), and second in goals (10) this season.

INJURIES (80 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Jan. 5 – Assigned defenseman Conor Allen to Hartford (AHL)
Jan. 4 – Acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Jan. 2 – Agreed to terms with forward Anthony Duclair to an entry level contract
Jan. 2 – Waived forward Taylor Pyatt (claimed by Pittsburgh)

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  1. Larry Brooks this morning is suggesting that NY should explore trading Girardi and Callahan to a Cup contender. He thinks that each can bring back a “package of two “A” prospects, maybe already in the NHL or maybe not, plus a draft pick”. That includes one top prospect forward and one top prospect D-man.
    Well, if they can trade them for 4 blue chip prospects, including NHL ready players, and draft picks, by all means. This team would improve tremendously. But I think he is overestimating what they can bring in return.

    http://nypost.com/2014/01/06/sather-must-decide-is-dealing-girardi-best-for-rangers/

  2. Yes Brooks is overestimating Girardi’s value. Maybe on top prospect, a midlevel current NHL player and a mid round draft pick for Girardi and a bit less for Cally (because of his injury history). I’d keep Cally, but I would trade Girardi in a heartbeat for the right package.

  3. I would have no issues moving either. You need to move decent players to acquire decent players.

    I assume the piece of Carcillo is going to be in the lineup.

  4. The other thing is this: so long as they are in a legitimate position to make the PO, Sather will not make a trade that would jeopardize their PO hopes. Even if it means the team may improve significantly in a year or two. And that’s unfortunate.

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

    Larry Brooks has the Kenneth, er, right idea.

  6. Brooks may indeed be overstating Girardi and Callahan’s worth. Now how about a mea culpa column about how long he has overstated Sather’s worth?

    Any article concerning potential NYR roster moves that does not explain to the reader just how dismal this GM’s performance has been — especially when it comes to the draft — is incomplete.

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

    _so long as they are in a legitimate position to make the PO, Sather will not make a trade that would jeopardize their PO hopes. Even if it means the team may improve significantly in a year or two._

    That is true.

    Are you still convinced the Avalanche are going to trade their United States Olympian Paul Stastny?

  8. Happy to hear Michael Nichols underwent successful surgery and is breathing on his own. If you guys haven’t heard about what happened look up his name. Monroe high school kid broke his neck playing in a game Saturday.

  9. Random find:

    http://www.denverpost.com/lunchspecial/ci_24693644/should-avalanche-sign-or-trade-paul-stastny

    Duchene, Mackinnon, O’Reilly ( natural center who already plays on the wing) are younger and with higher upside. Stastny will demand a $7M contract. They aren’t paying 2/3rd center that much. They either lose him for nothing if they think they can win the Cup, or trade him. I think he will be traded. Unless they feel O’Reilly will be too difficult to resign.

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

    A _Lunch Special Question_ column posed by a Denver Post writer one month ago to Avalanche fans. The writer thought at the time that the Avalanche will eventually trade Stastny. Has his opinion changed in the last thirty days? Thirty days closer to the trade deadline and another thirty days of the Avalanche building upon their early season success. We would have to ask him. After all, *Adrian Dater* (who?) is the one that will decide if Stastny is traded. (;

    As I said from the start, if they are legitimate contenders, the Avalanche will not sell off a key player in their quest for the Stanley Cup. As of today, the Avalanche are 15 games above .500

    _so long as the Rangers are in a legitimate position to make the PO, Sather will not make a trade that would jeopardize their PO hopes._

  11. Still yes to trading Girardi, still very no to trading Callahan. My former yes to trading Lundqvist doesn’t really matter at this point, eh?

  12. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I think girardi is worth more to teams than cally and will get a better return.

    I trade OPG.

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

    ilb2001,
    Do you have an opinion of your own on whether or not the Avalanche *should* trade Stastny if they remain legitimate contenders by the trade deadline? (:

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

    _so long as the Rangers are in a legitimate position to make the PO, Sather will not make a trade that would jeopardize their PO hopes._

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

    _so long as the Avalanche are in a legitimate position to contend for the Stanley Cup, Greg Sherman will not make a trade that would jeopardize their contending hopes._

  16. Isn’t “should Colorado trade Stastny” completely contingent on who they could acquire for him? Hardly an untouchable.

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

    There are many factors. He is not untouchable. Few are.

  18. Big YEs to Traid Nash. ALL IN.

    TRAID NASH.

    if Cally and Girardi can bring back two level A prospects and draft picks ( which I don’t buy – Brooks is dreaming on that one) what can Nash bring back, especially if he is selected for Sochi?

    TRAID NASH.

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Trade both please! Heart and soul guys who are not staying healthy (Cally) and best years are behind them (Girardi)

    Cally, Step and Girardi for Pavelski, Jason Demurs, and Brett Burns

  20. I agree with totally agree with brooks in trading Callahan and girardi as long as they can get good young prospects. I love Callahan as a ranger but lets face it. Callahan is injury prone and won’t get better as he gets into his 30 and girardi is also getting into his 30’s and isn’t worth the money he will be seeking. I also wanted the rangers to trade lundqvist and not give a 32 year old goalie a long and expensive contract but that boat has sailed.

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

    1. Injuries between now and the trade deadline

    2. Do Greg Sherman and Patrick Roy believe that Nathan MacKinnon can hold up through the rigors of his first 82 game NHL season plus playoffs

    3. Do Greg Sherman and Patrick Roy believe the Avalanche can have the same success moving MacKinnon up to the 2L and John Mitchell up to the 3L

    4. Are the Avalanche, with the opportunity to contend for the Stanley Cup, prepared to their 5th in P, 4th in G, 2L C

    5. Are the Avalanche going to receive NHL ready players or are they prepared settle for less than NHL ready players in a trade.

  22. 1. Will happen.

    2. Maybe!

    3. Why wouldn’t O’Reilly go back to C?

    4. You should proofread better.

    5. Yes / I doubt it.

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

    3. Solid counterpoint.

    4. Invalid, due to your repeated use of *its* in situations which *it’s* belongs.

    5. Possible, not likely. A contending team is the only logical destination for Stastny since he is a rental. What contending team is going to part with NHL ready players? / _I doubt it_

  24. If “most” people have come around to agreeing the team tangibly changed after the departures of Dubinsky and Prust, can we really risk losing Callahan? He’s one guy I’d knowingly overpay and just live with it.

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

    4. Incorrect. Ad hominem is what you engaged in. Rather than responding to my statement, you attacked my accidental omittance of a word. I indicated that your ad hominem attack was invalid due to your frequently incorrect use of grammar.

    5. _See: Gaborik Trade_

    From the Rangers perspective, Gaborik had fallen into the coach’s doghouse. From the Blue Jackets perspective, Gaborik 1 plus seasons remaining on his contract and the trade away a pittance to obtain him.

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

    5. _Or, more likely, it would be an F for D trade._ Solid counterpoint.

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

    _Gaborik had 1 plus seasons remaining on his contract and the Jackets traded away a pittance to obtain him._

  28. I attacked your grammar, you attacked me as attacker of your grammar. The former is pedantry, the latter is ad hominem.

  29. BTW, I know we all have been frustrated with this team thus far, but the Rangers now have a Top 10 PP and a Top 10 PK with essentially the same personnel as last year! In addition, the effective PK has been accomplished with a less than stellar performance from our #1 goaltender.
    I agree with Carp; AV can coach, there is no doubt about it. If our top guys start playing like top guys and this team gains some grit, it could be fun.

    Maybe the loss to Pittsburgh on Friday pissed this team off. Let’s hope! LGR!!!!!!!!

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

    The former is ad hominem. The latter is accuracy.

  31. Anyone can coach.

    I personally am not impressed me at all with AV.

    While there are various examples of why I don’t think he is a good coach, the straw that broke this Camel’s back for me was his insane non-use of his best player (the Kreider) during OT in 3 consecutive OT games.

    Should be fired for stupidity alone.

  32. I can’t decide, Papa. On one hand, I like watching this system a lot more and I bet I’d just like hanging out with him. On the other, I hate his usage patterns w/ young players relative to veterans. Who knows.

  33. papa bear,
    when AV was hired I went onto a Vancouver Canuck’s blog and a lot of the Canuck fans stated how AV never trust his young players or doesn’t like to play young players and how he plays his veterans no matter how there playing.

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

    _general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument_

    Rejection of the argument based on the person’s failure to proofread.

  35. So this is going to be your tedious misunderstanding of the day or will you trump it later? Still early.

  36. _when AV was hired I went onto a Vancouver Canuck’s blog and a lot of the Canuck fans stated how AV never trust his young players or doesn’t like to play young players and how he plays his veterans no matter how there playing._

    Yeah, I can’t stand this aspect. If you plan on coaching somewhere for a while, how do you expect to get more good young talent into the lineup without … getting good young talent into the lineup?

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

    If it is tedious, why did you criticize the failure to proofread due to an omittance of a single word? Do tell. (:

  38. I get Brook’s argument this morning but I think the reality is that neither Girardi or Callahan are going anywhere. It’s easy to see a Pittsburgh/Boston/Chicago having a 1st pairing D-man go down and Girardi being the stop gap for their playoff hopes but I think you’d have to get some very compelling players to make that trade. You could make the argument that you should get something for both Callahan and Girardi before they leave for nothing but I suspect they both want to stay.

    In my eyes, Girardi is 1) harder to replace and 2) resignable. Looking at comparable players Girardi isn’t probably going to get signed for more than $4.5-5.0m given his age and limited offense. That incremental cost is no problem with the rising cap. If I were the Rangers, I’d get that extension done by the deadline – there aren’t a lot of attractive 1st pairing free agents out there.

  39. Pays much reverence to his veteran high priced players, to the detriment of the team.

    Communicates better with the media than Torts, but not so sure he does with his players.

  40. Rangers are pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don’t see it getter better anytime soon.

  41. I hear the complaints, but didn’t Tort(s) basically do the same thing? Examples being THE, Miller, MotZ at one point, and MZA.

    AV’s maybe had a shorter leash, but he’s also let THE play through some inconsistency, Fast got a long look, etc.

  42. Tommy I read the same thing about AV and the younger players. And how no matter how the vets performed they’d get ice time. I mentioned Saturday that it’s poetic justice for those fans rip roaring mad and critical of Torts for mixing lines and playing lines of guys he felt he was getting more from.

    Regardless of the former coach and his ways, AV doesn’t seem to have improved enough to produce results thus far.

  43. Me think Vino is magnifique. He has that certain je ne sais quoi when he is chewing, how do you say, booble gum. He likes the player to marquer un but and does not worry if they don’t mettre en échec.
    Merci beaucoup mon ami!

  44. BTW, I know we all have been frustrated with this team thus far, but the Rangers now have a Top 10 PP and a Top 10 PK with essentially the same personnel as last year!
    ***

    Goes to show how much more important 5v5 play is than special teams.

  45. JJP: I think Girardi is the tougher player type to find as a 1RD, but I don’t think you can count on Girardi himself filling that role through his next contract. Already seems to be showing some decline this season.

  46. Torts didn’t do everything right. I’d never say that. But again, it’s about knowing your players and whether or not they can give you what you need within the system you want them to play. Neither coach has gotten what they need out of the “top” guys on this team. To me that translates to roster issues not coaching issues. But a smart coach doesn’t just throw the “top” guys out there and allow them to stink it up over and over.

  47. Stranger Nation on

    This team has proven it can win, inconsistency is the team trademark. Get ready for continued up and down season.

  48. _Goes to show how much more important 5v5 play is than special teams._

    The goofy thing is that we’re 8th in the league in 5 on 5 shot differential but 29th in shooting percentage. In theory, if the former holds the latter _should_ get a bit better.

  49. PDO regression.

    Score effects impact shot differential though. Teams tend to play more of a shell when they get the lead and allow more shots.

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    _If Cally is traded, who wears the “C”?_

    Give McDonagh the C. If Boyle’s still around give him an A. Nash will probably get an A just because.

  51. Another interesting thing about that list is that it doesn’t include the KHL contracts players have signed – which mean Jagr is even further in front and a guy like Yashin who hasn’t played in the NHL in 7 years, sitting at #23, is probably in the top 10 of all time.

  52. NEVER scratch J.T. Miller again- He’s the EXACT kind of “playable toughness” this team needs. He’ll get over his defensive hiccups. He’s always very noticeable on the ice… will go to the dirty areas….clearly skilled… and has a mean streak. These are the players we need!

  53. Ok the list is based on salary paid, since DiPi is only listed at around $36M when his Garth Snow bonanza deal was $67.5M.

  54. Then again you could add in the buyout payments to Rickety Rickey’s total, he is guaranteed that cash over the long term.

  55. Morning all,

    Mister D – remember, players like Kessler, Bieksa, Burrows and Raymond all came up and made names for themselves with AV at the helm. All were part of two Prez Trophy teams and a Stanley Cup finalist.

    AV will play the young guys, when deserving.

  56. Stranger Nation on

    _we’re 8th in the league in 5 on 5 shot differential but 29th in shooting percentage. In theory, if the former holds the latter should get a bit better_

    Richards (3%) and Nash (7%) shooting % at home. If they have an uptick closer to career average BR – 9% and RN – 12% and others don’t digress, with more games at MSG in second half, should score more.

    Shoulda, woulda coulda don’t get it done every time thought.

  57. CTB, assuming they will have to pay his bonuses upfront after they buy him out this offseason ( that was the case with VL and Tampa), Richards will collect $53M out of his current $60M deal. He’ll sign elsewhere and will definitely go way over $100M career earnings.

  58. So assuming an upward regression to career averages, Nash will score 5 more goals for every 100 shots he takes, problem is that it will take him 25 home games at his current SOG/game pace to generate 100 shots.

    Who’s got time for that?

  59. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Bieksa and Kessler have named because of the way they play.

    Burrows has a name because he plays on the sedin line a lot.

    Raymond made a name for himself this year.

    I would trade anyone on this roster for the first 3

  60. AV’s lukewarm, almost denigrating justification for signing Gorilla Salad makes one think that he’s not totally on-board. He knows he needs an effective Dorsett replacement, but gives the impression he would have preferred Slats gave him someone else for that role.

  61. A wife asks her husband, “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.

    A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk

    The wife asks him, “Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?”

    He replied, “They had avocados.”

  62. rangers win tonight’s game against the jackets hands down with Talbot in net but probably will either lose in regulation or in OT/shootout with lundqvist in net.

  63. Carp – I still haven’t warmed up to Carcillo as a Ranger. How does he help this team?

  64. eddie – strange thong with Duval, as I remember: He played great all bent out of shape. Once he got himself fit, he disintegrated.

  65. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “knock knock”

    Liam – “who’s there?”

    JR – “it’s me JR”

    Liam – “I thought you were telling a joke”

    JR – “what?”

  66. Generally, an NHL coach must win and win now. A good GM can give him players to develop. Coaches tend to play proven talent over greater talent.

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Duval used to play a lot of hoops at the Monterey Sports center…..I wanted to ask him what was going on….but chickened out….

  68. I wonder if AV always eats at the same restaurant too rather than risk going to a newer, probably better one.

  69. In high school, we would have called AV ‘cool.’ Today, he might be called ‘vacant.’ I don’t at all dislike him, but the Torts contrast is palpable.

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    Hide the garlic!!!!!!

    I saw a place on UWS….91st and 9th Avenue – $200/month…..10 rooms

  71. Former, semi-retired Undercover Assassin Seeks simple four bedroom Upper East Side Pied-a-terre with view. Often out of town. Willing to go to $150 per mo.

  72. eddie eddie eddie on

    for $500/month, Nancy pants should be able to get a penthouse suite…..it’s a buyer’s/renter’s market

  73. eddie eddie eddie on

    Former, semi-retired Undercover Assassin Seeks simple four bedroom Upper East Side Pied-a-terre with view. Often out of town. Willing to go to $150 per mo.

    likes his humor late at night, terrified of garlic, often says things that even he has no idea what its intent is…..

    hide the garlic

  74. The Foreign Minister of Bolivia made the mistake of making me laugh before midnight. The rest is history.

  75. eddie eddie eddie on

    I’m actually surprised he hasnt been trolling…I’ve said quite a few stupid and inane things for him to complain about…

  76. ‘Sometimes you have to go out of your mind to come to your senses.’ – Allan Watts

  77. eddie eddie eddie on

    The other day I was out walking, the sun to my back, and there was norm on the ground where my shadow should have been….strangest thing….

  78. The Kreider kisses goalie again post game. Admits to having a “thing” for men in masks.

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

    EEE,
    Norman Bates is spending quality time with his mother at the moment.

  80. Think I’ve told you guys this story before … I used to love the Kinks’ song “Superman” until Barry Beck came leaping out of the shower with that song blaring post-game. He was dancing and singing that song, wearing a blue towel as a cape. And nothing else. It was hilarious, but also burned my brain a little.

  81. ‘If I ruled the world, every day would be the first day of spring
    Every heart would have a new song to sing,
    And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring.’

  82. Carp, every time now that I hear or read Beck’s name, that nasty image you long ago related pops into my head. How do I get rid of it? :)

  83. ‘If I ruled the world, every man would be as free as a bird;
    Every voice would be a voice to be heard;
    Take my word,
    we would treasure each day that occurred.’

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    This aint rocknroll. this is genocide!

    As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent
    You asked for the latest party
    With your silicone hump and your ten inch stump
    Dressed like a priest you was
    Tod brownings freak you was

    Crawling down the alley on your hands and knee
    Im sure you’re not protected, for it’s plain to see
    The diamond dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees
    Hunt you to the ground they will, mannequins with kill appeal

  85. Stranger Nation on

    What’s your name?
    Who’s your daddy?
    Is he rich like me?
    Has he taken any time
    To show you what you need to live?

  86. ‘Hey, Uncle Daddy, want some pi?’

    ‘Sure!’

    ‘3.1415’

    ‘What in hell are you talking about?’

  87. Rob in Beantown on

    *Czech team for the Olympics:*

    Golies: Ond?ej Pavelec (Winnipeg/NHL)
    Jakub Ková? (Jekat?rinburg (Ekaterinburg)/KHL)
    Alexander Salák (Petrohrad (St.Peterburg)/KHL)

    Defence:
    Radko Gudas (Tampa/NHL)
    Zbyn?k Michálek (Phoenix/NHL)
    Michal Rozsíval (Chicago/NHL)
    Ladislav Šmíd (Calgary/NHL)
    Marek Židlický (New Jersey/NHL)
    Michal Barinka (Vítkovice/Extraliga)
    Tomáš Kaberle (Kladno/Extraliga)
    Lukáš Krají?ek (Minsk/KHL)

    Offence:
    Patrik Eliáš (New Jersey/NHL)
    Michael Frolík (Winnipeg/NHL)
    Martin Hanzal (Phoenix/NHL)
    Aleš Hemský (Edmonton/NHL)
    Jaromír Jágr (New Jersey/NHL)
    David Krej?í (Boston/NHL)
    Milan Michálek (Ottawa/NHL)
    Ond?ej Palát (Tampa/NHL)
    Tomáš Plekanec (Montreal/NHL)
    Vladimír Sobotka (St. Louis/NHL)
    Jakub Vorá?ek (Philadelphia/NHL)
    Roman ?ervenka (Petrohrad/KHL)
    Petr Nedv?d (Liberec/Extraliga)
    Ji?í Novotný (Lev Prague/KHL).

    Captain: Tomáš Plekanec

    Alternate: Jaromír Jágr, Patrik Eliáš

  88. I feel the inspiration! I feel the power! Like a thousand charging horses…can I get a neeeeigh, men?!

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    Howdy boneheads! I was away this week with the Mrs. to celebrate our anniversary, so there’s a lot for me to catch up on.

    First and foremost, though, is the Carcillo trade. What a piece of carcillo he is, and what a piece of carcillo is for slapping the fan base and the team in the face for bringing this guy aboard. This is Brashear all over again, but worse, because Carcillo is an even bigger piece of carcillo than Brashear.

  90. Rob in Beantown on

    Nedved also played for the Canadian national team, which is weird, since he’s playing for Czech Republic now

  91. Doodie Machetto on

    Nedved being named to the Czech squad is a huge step backwards for them. He didn’t even make 2010 team. I can’t believe their system is so devoid of up and comers that they have to reach all the way to Nedved.

    As I think of their entire roster, they are weak at every position. I think they are going to get smoked.

    Looking over Switzerland’s squad, I think they might be my dark horse pick. Last time I went with Slovakia, who finished fourth. But I want to see the rest of the rosters before I lock Switzerland in. But I really like the look of their squad.

  92. Rob in Beantown on

    The Czech coach said something to the effect that Pavelec should not be assumed to be the number one, and that it might be one of the KHL goaltenders

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Czech roster is out and I see two surprising omissions: Hudler and Vrbata. Hell, they got Hanzal out of Phoenix but not Vrbata?

  94. Nedved won Silver 20 years ago – for Cananda. How does that work? How many players can play for two different countries?

  95. Doodie Machetto on

    Hertl I kinda get being left off, but c’mon, name the kid anyway and replace him if he can’t go by then.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    If Backes isn’t the captain I’ll be shocked. Suter will get an A, and one of Brown, Kesler, Parise, and Callahan gets the other.

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    matlock is presenting closing arguments in the Case: Mannu vs Why is #6 on the Ranger Team

  98. Trivia from my 2014 New York Rangers team calendar

    Which New York Rangers player was named to the NHL All Roookie Team for 2009-2010?

    Anyone know?

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

    _Hey, where is Manny?_

    Hey, where is Stastny? Still on the Avalanche.

  100. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I wish we weren’t starting our back up tonight with a chance to go 2 games over .500.

    If talbot started we would make it!!

  101. “I said at the green store getting some vegetables”

    Carcillo’s answer to how he responded to the LA GM when asked where he was at the time he was told he had been traded.

    This guy’s classic. Like him already.

  102. “I personally am not impressed me at all with AV.

    While there are various examples of why I don’t think he is a good coach, the straw that broke this Camel’s back for me was his insane non-use of his best player (the Kreider) during OT in 3 consecutive OT games.

    Should be fired for stupidity alone.”

    AMEN

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

    _insane non-use of his best player (the Kreider) during OT in 3 consecutive OT games._

    According to all of you, The Kreider is not defensively responsible. Does it make sense to play a defensively irresponsible player in 4v4 OT with more open space?

  104. Carp, do you realize how young you look on the back cover of the “Nightmare” book? You’re getting old man. That means I’m getting old. We’re getting old, Carp..

  105. If you can play the defensively anemic Richards in that spot, you sure can play Kreider.

  106. Junior's Farm on

    I was talking to an Eskimo
    Said, he was hopping for a fall of snow
    When up popped a sea lion, ready to go……….

  107. Coos, Richards has a lot more games of defensive irresponsibility under his belt than Kreider. That counts with AV.

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

    _Purchase a grip, Kenny baby_

    Purchase reality, coosiecoosie. (:

  109. More than anyone else does.

    Hate is not strong enough to describe my feelings for Nash.

  110. THE KREIDER does EVERYTHING WELL.

    He is better than McDonut on defense
    Better than Queen Henrik in goal

    He is a TOUR DE FORCE.

  111. No Carcillo tonight? Excellent, excellent. I wonder what that future 7th round pick is doing right now.

  112. Doodie Machetto on

    Tour de Force? I will not have you sully The Kreider’s reputation with some Europansy words.

  113. It’s exciting that THE might be realizing what skills he has. Those rushes around defenseman were what he showed in college.

  114. The most excitement generated by far is when The Kreider’s on the ice. For the loyal paying customers, AV should double shift him during home games.

  115. Have to love the way he will go to the net. Pullout may have saved his career by doing likewise.

  116. Last 10 (?) games Pouliot has been a totally different dude. Staying onsides, not hooking people down behind the net, planting himself in front at times rather than just skating big loops. Really showing why he keeps getting chances and will get another one somewhere else after this year.

  117. Heck, if I were AV, I’d hold up a “Stop, Do Not Enter” sign every time the Kreider skated towards the bench for a change.

  118. eddie eddie eddie on

    The halloween jack is a real cool cat
    And he lives on top of manhattan chase
    The elevators broke, so he slides down a rope
    Onto the street below, oh tarzie, go man go

    Meet his little hussy with his ghost town approach
    Her face is sans feature, but she wears a dali brooch
    Sweetly reminiscent, something mother used to bake
    Wrecked up and paralyzed, diamond dogs are sableized

  119. _Good thing Brassard got paired with a talented winger like Pouliot_

    You know he’s down to 2nd on Brassard’s TOI list? Amazing given how high that percentage was a month ago.

  120. Now, if they could get some consistency out of Stepan and Nash, maybe they could climb up the standings.

  121. Doodie Machetto on

    I said it from the start of the season: I really like Pouliot when he’s driving hard to the net.

  122. If his fists are like the rest of his body, when the Kreider throws and lands his first real punch on the jaw of an opponent, we’ll all drop to our knees and scream out “Joey Kocur!”

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Bob Hartley wins the Olympic Snub Quote Gold Medal. Nobody will beat his quote about Jiri Hudler:

    “Czechs must be very good team. They will win the Olympic Gold Medal. Any team that can keep Jiri Hudler off it must win.”

  124. Another fun fact: My boy DB is now 4th in points per 60, leading the team’s centers …

    Mats Zuccarello: 2.45
    Chris Kreider: 2.30
    Rick Nash: 2.13
    Derick Brassard: 2.10
    Carl Hagelin: 2.05
    Brad Richards: 2.04
    Derek Stepan: 1.95
    Ryan Callahan: 1.80
    Benoit Pouliot: 1.79
    Ryan McDonagh: 1.42
    Brian Boyle: 0.92
    J.T. Miller: 0.90
    Dominic Moore: 0.84
    Michael Del Zotto: 0.79
    Dan Girardi: 0.74
    John Moore: 0.74
    Derek Dorsett: 0.71
    Justin Falk: 0.50
    Marc Staal: 0.36
    Anton Stralman: 0.29
    Taylor Pyatt: 0.22
    Henrik Lundqvist: 0.03

  125. Doodie Machetto on

    But considering Brassard is played in almost predominantly offensive situations, while guys like Stepan have to play defensive ones too, not very telling.

  126. I thought it when I first saw him drive to the net ( after 30+ games)..”.it’s about time this pansie
    drove to net”

  127. _But considering Brassard is played in almost predominantly offensive situations, while guys like Stepan have to play defensive ones too, not very telling._

    I’ll grant that one to Stepan, sure, but Brassard is hardly the guy whose starts you want to highlight here.

  128. eddie eddie eddie on

    gravy – do you think Stepan, stats aside, is playing well? Having a good year? I dont….

  129. Why is Brass often fighting behind the O net and Richie is seldom seen, and when seen, totally unsuccessful?

  130. _No Ranger is on pace for 60 points or more than 25 goals over 82 games._

    Weird that Hags is one of the two on that 25 over 82 pace. Wouldn’t have guessed that.

  131. I think Kreider is a tremendous defensive left wing. No forward on this team comes close busting their tail like he does getting back on defense.

  132. eddie eddie eddie on

    kooz – the last place you will ever find a feed bag is behind the ranger net…..

    neighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh brrrrrrrrrrrrr neighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  133. Doodie Machetto on

    Stepan doesn’t look good, but his numbers suffer a lot from his particularly slow start following the hold out.

    Aside from Subban last year, can any of you think of a guy who came out of a holdout guns blazing?

  134. eddie eddie eddie on

    stomp your skate once if you want to play wing…..twice if you want to play center…

    neighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  135. Doodie Machetto on

    He’s just not been good enough, though. I’m not trying to sugar coat it. Major disappointment.

  136. eddie eddie eddie on

    doodie – its no excuse…..he’s a professional….why wasnt he pushing himself on his own?…….

  137. Doodie Machetto on

    Yes, Carp, I get that. But it’s easier to say holdout than “time not playing because he was still negotiating a contract.”

  138. Not at all, E3. I expected him to turn it around by now. He’s played marginally better the past week.

  139. eddie eddie eddie on

    stepan had plenty of torts’ camps. He knew damn well the kind of shape a professional should expect to be in at the start of camp…….stepan should have been working out feverishly especially if he wanted, and got, big $$$$$

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

    _boy DB is now 4th in points per 60, leading the team’s centers_

    Displays the state of the Rangers roster.

  141. Jiri Hudler is the point leader for Calgary 11-22 for 33pts.

    Makes you wonder who picks these teams?
    How good are the players that are playing in Europe, could top a player leading his team in the NHL. Crazy!

    I can’t wait for all the chatter tomorrow when guys are left of the ALL STAR Canandain team.

    Most importantly if Nash is on it, with the year he is having.

  142. Pound 4 Pound, Nash is the laziest player to wear a Ranger sweater since Willie Huber.

  143. Papa – I’m thinking Nash has the Richie Bug, of last year. Apparently it takes a whole year to get over it.

  144. Stepan’s just an average skater, but looks especially slow, in part, because there is quite a bit of plus speed on the team.

  145. Stepan plays many nights
    looking like he’s
    just getting back
    from a 6 week bought of mono.

  146. Steps roomed with McD through college and, professionally, up until McD’s off season marriage. Maybe he was Step’s catalyst. Unadulterated speculation.

  147. bull dog line on

    I would trade Girardi tomorrow for the right deal. Girardi is overrated by many. I think he is a solid pro, but he is not top pair good. the Rangers D needs a complete overhaul. only McD is a keeper to me. there top 6 are all similar players. finesse players. they need some grit and anger back there, and 1 Dman who can run a power play.

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

    _Stepan’s just an average skater_

    Is there a metric that measures a player’s skating ability?

  149. eddie eddie eddie on

    gravy – granted….but he looked out of shape. Really out of shape…..that’s bad on him and something that shouldn’t have happened….

  150. eddie eddie eddie on

    step has looked ok playing D….but his offensive vision and decision making has been poor….

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

    _Girardi is overrated by many. I think he is a solid pro, but he is not top pair good. the Rangers D needs a complete overhaul. only McD is a keeper to me._

    Your intelligence is a respite from the usual nonsense that consumes this blog.

  152. Doodie Machetto on

    “to be fair to Stepan, he has been stuck with playing with Nash.”

    Line of the day.

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

    _Kenneth, have you ever referred to Boyle as a poor skater?_

    Use the google and find out (:

  154. Bankers use M to designate a thousand and use MM for million. Barjockeys say K for a thou, M for a million

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

    _kenneth – you can chew on my respite if you’d like_

    That was not a reference to you. (:

  156. eddie eddie eddie on

    kenneth – glad to hear…. cause the last thing my respite needs is a chewing…

  157. Bull dog, what’s the right deal for Girardi? What LB suggests should be done immediately, no doubt. I don’t think it’s realistic. The problem I see is that, the way this defense is constructed, Girardi may be more valuable to this team than anyone else.

  158. Girardi and McD are very familiar with each other’s speed, tactics and tendencies. Note how well they play together compared with McD being paired with someone else.

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

    _And the for the record, anyone can be moved for the right deal. No exceptions_

    On the Rangers or every team?

  160. Was Nash always this bad of a skater? He’s always falling, and his legs look just too stiff at times.

  161. _Your intelligence is a respite from the usual nonsense that consumes this blog._

    And yet, here you are every day.

  162. “Phaneuf…the sound The Kreider makes when skating past defensemen”
    “BARJOCKEYS!!!!!” hahahahahaha.

    You guys are on a roll today! Keep up the good work. HANKA HANKA!

  163. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    a young offensive minded Dman, and a veteran Dman, with snarl. I have no interest in draft picks.

  164. ‘Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ closer,
    Goin’ faster than a roller coaster,
    Love like yours will surely come my way
    A-hey, a-hey-hey.’

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

    _And yet, here you are every day._

    I am here as a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak void. (:

  166. hey, little late to the game here- but you think Avery is like “did they lose my phone number? I’m available” with regards to the Carcillo move…

  167. “And here we are, as on a darkling plain, swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night…” A.E. Houseman

  168. TrueBlue: For Avery, much like Asham and Haley and Bickel, we could have lost a pick in the process. Have to think about that part of the equation.

  169. You’re just missing me being a dummy and screwing up the key word in that throwaway joke.

  170. ahh…ok, thought the world went crazy…and the whole Carcillo thing must’ve been a dream then..oh wait.

    OH HELL NO…

    Is this guy there to unify the team against him?

  171. Avery tweet: Shout out to all my fans. Seeking rust-off product for skates I threw in East River. Also need dredger with sonar, leather rejuvenator.

  172. avery is retired, hasn’t skated or worked out in a few years and you expect him to come out of retirement and play in the nhl?

  173. I’m just glad he can’t fight / injure Dubinsky tonight and ruin my entire hockey life.

  174. I’m pretty sure the condition is how much $ LA saves in not having to spend on airline tickets for Carcillo to come see Shanny in NYC…now he can take a taxi.

  175. Stranger Nation on

    Dubi only fights other players who don’t fight…uh oh..Step better watch out!

  176. Cabbie – “Who was that guy?”

    “I dunno, but there’s a terrible smell in the back seat.”

  177. Doodie Machetto on

    And don’t forget, at least one of the players in return must be right handed. Otherwise Stralman will be our only natural right side defenseman.

  178. TommyG- I’m not literally advocating for Avery. But, Carp is correct; this guy all but dropped trou on the logo- and like signing Brashear after he broke Betts’ face…not sure i get this one (even if he does liven up the fourth line).

    If I were Cally I’d let any member of the 2010 team first take a punch at Carcillo and then officially welcome him to the team (ok, that’s a bit much)…but really, all we are is fans- and this isn’t who I want to cheer for.

    If I knew we were one injured Dorsett away from this clown I’d advocate an 82-game Prucha’ing of Dorsett.

  179. _Either Girardi isn’t overrated, or you’re not getting two players for him._

    Or he’s overrated by GMs as well as fans?

  180. Off topic, Doodie, enjoyed a very satisfactory filet m at Ruth’s Chris last week. Maybe not Peter Luger but close.

  181. And don’t forget, at least one of the players in return must be right handed. Otherwise Stralman will be our only natural right side defenseman.

    ^ :::shutters:::

  182. BickelsPickle on

    mmm Peter Luger. There’s a fantastic BBQ spot near Peter Lugers that I keep dreaming about called Delaney’s BBQ. Anyone been? SO good.

  183. BickelsPickle on

    What happened to our promising D corp? I feel like after Sauer got injured, it all went down hill.

  184. Carp that pic was taken yesterday. And Del Zotto’s playing well, Papa loves Nash and Manny owns a Stralman jersey :)

    I think this is the first Brooks article that’s taken the blog by storm this season. Uncle Larry is losing his touch..

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

    _Either Girardi isn’t overrated, or you’re not getting two players for him._

    Incorrect, Sauce. There are other poorly run organizations with general managers that might overrate Girardi as well.

  186. Yes, Kenny, every permutation of everything is possible.

    However, you can’t say that Girardi stinks in one breath and *expect* to get top shelf return for him in the other.

  187. Rich Pilon. Chris Simon. Donald Brashear. Dan Carcillo. Aaron Asham. We could almost make a full starting lineup of people we wish were never Rangers.

  188. It’s the classic: let me trade what I perceive to be garbage for what I perceive to be someone else’s valuable players scenario.

  189. I know it will never happen but I wonder what kind of package Sather could get for lundqvist.

  190. Doodie Machetto on

    coos, thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep it in mind.

    Bickel, if I’m going that deep into Brooklyn for BBQ, I’m going to Fette Sau.

  191. A package of Henrik, Girardi, and McDonuts would bring a boatload of offers, but I wouldn’t entertain them.

  192. Doodie Machetto on

    James, that’s actually what I’m going to do on my way home tonight. I’m going to make a full roster of Rangers that at the time they were acquired I wished they hadn’t been.

  193. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank, Gnash, MDZ, Richards, and Girardi for Sharp, Seabrook, Keith, Bickel, Shaw, and a #2.

  194. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If Quick’s groin is really bad…

    Hank, Richards, Nash, MDZ, and Callahan for Kopitar, Carter, Richards, Brown, and Penner

  195. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    You put Ritchie Rocket’s teeth in Holik’s cranium and they’ll look as small as chickletts.

  196. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    What a vision – Secretariat’s teeth in Bobby “don’t call me Frankenstein” Holik’s monster head

  197. AV to 19: “Think maybe you could give me a check or two tonight?”

    “No can do. Big boss told me be careful out there.”

  198. ILB: Franson could be cool as a physical 2RD. Wouldn’t fill Girardi’s role, but I don’t exactly trust that aging Girardi can fill Girardi’s role either.

  199. Gorilla Salad rooms with Richie on the road

    Rich: “Could you not leave your teeth on the sink ledge next to my floss?”

  200. Only way to tell about Danny G is to put him on a pair for a week or two without McDonagh, who saves everyone’s azz more often than not.

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

    _It’s the classic: let me trade what I perceive to be garbage for what I perceive to be someone else’s valuable players scenario_

    It’s not the classic anything. It’s an example of hoping another team overrates the player.

    Example A: Rangers overrated Ryane Clowe last season.

  202. Clean this mess up else we’ll all end up in jail
    Those test tubes and the scale
    Just get them all out of here

  203. Dubinsky fought Sestito, jumped Carkner, fought Carter, Ovechkin, Mike Richards repeatedly. Some other goon I can’t recall in ’11-12.

    IMO, the Rangers could get a lot more for Girardi than the general consensus here. GMs and scouts seem to think he’s pretty good. And I think, albeit with some lousy games this year, it might be premature to label him otherwise. Ask Ovechkin and Crosby, who both kinda went a long time without scoring vs. him and McDonagh.

  204. iDoodie Machetto on

    I can’t do it. It’s too difficult. Too many names.

    Bull dog, I’m not sure Anaheim does Lindholm straight up for Girardi. Vaataanen and Allen is interesting, though.

  205. iDoodie Machetto on

    Snow Angirardi or Snow Angelrardi?

    Wish Manny was here to help me
    Figure that one out

  206. Too bad McDonough didn’t save his own arse when Sydny smacked him around last week. Oh bruther.

    “Is that why you slapped my brother around in public?”

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