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

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

 

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 27-22-3 (57 pts)
Blues: 33-11-5 (71 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their seventh home game in an eight-game stretch. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-22-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 5-3, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 16 games (11-4-1) and six of their last eight, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24). The Blues enter the contest with a 33-11-5 (71 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have lost four of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26 (12:30 p.m.), in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.

RANGERS vs. BLUES:
All-Time: 75-40-16-0 overall (45-12-6-0 at home; 30-28-10-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0on the road), following a 5-3 loss on Oct. 12 at Scottrade Center. The Rangers power play was 2-5 (40.0%), with Ryan Callahan tallying two power play goals in the contest. Brad Richards (one goal, one assist) also registered two points in the game, while Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan recorded two assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 of 17 shots in relief of Martin Biron (13-17, 40:00).
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road), following a 4-1 loss on Dec. 15, 2011, at Scottrade Center. Michael Del Zotto notched the lone goal for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots faced.
The Rangers and Blues have been separated by two or fewer goals in 10 of their last 12 meetings dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, with eight of those contests being decided by one goal or fewer
New York is 12-12-3 at home; St. Louis is 15-6-3 on the road
New York is 8-8-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; St. Louis is 14-3-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BLUES:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 0-3-0, 3.05 GAA
Rick Nash – 49 GP, 20-19–39
Brad Richards – 19 GP, 3-19–22
Derick Brassard – 21 GP, 3-14–17
Anton Stralman – 12 GP, 0-4–4

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 10 games (9-35, 25.7%), including in each of the last three contests (3-13, 23.1% during the streak), and 13 of the last 18 (17-65, 26.2%)
The Rangers rank fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.9%)
Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season
Tied for first in the league in 5-on-3 goals (five)
Posted a five-game power play goal scoring streak from Jan. 4 at TOR – Jan. 12 vs. PHI (6-18, 33.3% during the streak)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (5:29) on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders. New York is tied for sixth in the NHL overall (37-176, 21.0%), and ranks 19th at home (17-98, 17.4%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). 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 4-5 (5:37) on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders. New York is tied for eighth in the NHL overall (130-155, 83.9%), and 11th at home (65-78, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-5 (3:54) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in three four-on-four situations (2:53) on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders, and are now -3 in 59 four-on-four situations (93:07) 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 (7): 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); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).

RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash enters the contest with a three-game goal streak (five goals during the streak), and has registered nine goals in the last nine contests. He has notched the game’s opening goal in each of the last two games, at 1:10 of the first on Sunday vs. Washington, and 1:02 of the first on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac on Jan. 15, 2000 (0:50) and Jan. 16, 2000 (0:41). Nash was credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 vs. Dallas to Jan. 19 vs. Washington, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last nine games at Madison Square Garden (6-2-1), and nine of their last 12 at home (7-3-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 30 of 52 games this season, including seven of their last eight games and nine of their last 12. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in five of their last six games at home, and seven of their last nine at Madison Square Garden. New York is tied for fourth in the NHL in games with two goals or fewer allowed this season, and are 24-6-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10 appearances. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is seven wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and eight wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. He is also four appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.

EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in six of their last eight contests, and are tied for fifth in the NHL with a record of 21-4-1 (.808 win%) when scoring the game’s first goal. The Rangers are also 13-4-1 when leading after the first period, and 17-1-1 when leading after the second.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 16 of the last 21 games, holding a 731-622 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 20 of the last 25 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.4 shots per game.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 13 of their last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and are now 15-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 15 road wins are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 20-78 (25.6%) with the man advantage on the road. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road games.

THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, and one shutout in his last six games, and 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10
Rick Nash – three-game goal streak (five goals), and nine goals in the last nine contests
Derek Stepan – three-game point streak (two goals, three assists)
Brad Richards – three-game power play point streak (one goal, two assists), and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in five of the last eight games (three goals, two assists over the span), and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 13 games

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,992 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just eight games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
Alain Vigneault – 3 coaching points from 1,000th NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 7 wins from 300th NHL career

INJURIES (90 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 10
Henrik Lundqvist (ill on 1/21) – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Jan. 21 – Agreed to terms with goaltender David LeNeveu
Jan. 22 – Acquired defenseman Kevin Klein from Nashville in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto

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  1. You’re an optimist, ilb! Will be interesting to see how the Blueshirts play after a change in chemistry with the loss of MDZ, addition of Klein

  2. Stuck my nose out of the snow cave this morning, can’t see its shadow, so heading back to sleep for the winter. Will pray that the last Ranger performance will not be repeated tonight.

  3. Also found it interesting that BR would put down MDZ…who is pulling the strings? Like an older stud losing patience with the new young stud…thanks for sharing the story, Aaron. Leads me to worry that his buyout at season’s end may not be a given.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing our new balanced blue line now (3L, 3R). Lets see what we’ve acquired, i’m expecting a Dan Girardi clone who drops the gloves a bit more!

  5. Failed to survive moderation last night — is there a rite of passage ceremony for that?

  6. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    LGR!!! LGR!!!!

    This one’s a TRUE test. This is a BIG team. Let’s see how the smurfs do even with the new, likable style.

    They turn a lot of heads with a solid win tonight!

    LGR!!! LGR!!!

    FIRE SATHER!!!

  7. Morning Boys!

    Nash vs Oshie. Once upon a time they used to hit each other.

    The Blues are a solid team, here’s hoping we can get to them early and often.

  8. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    This trade works well if J Moops can go back to his ‘natural’ left side and play like MDZ was thought to have been able to. If not……..

  9. I didn’t get a chance to jump into the fray about the trade yesterday.

    From a hockey perspective, I’ve got no problem with it. That’s what DZ’s value was worth at this current stage and it didn’t look like it was going to get any better when was either the 3LD or playing his off side as the 3RD. The Rangers finally conceded that his ceiling with this team had been reached so they traded the nebulous quality of untapped upside for a surer bet.

    But this is another indictment on how poorly the Rangers have missed on early round draft picks. Not every player they pick has to turn into a star, in fact having a draft pick graduate to the NHL level is an accomplishment in and of itself, but the continual swings and misses at the best source of cap efficient talent is why the Rangers are always hoping that their next big free agent signing doesn’t turn into Holik/Gomez/Drury/Richards 2.0

    I wish DZ the best of luck on his new team. Much like the crew that got sent to Columbus, I always had a soft spot for the homegrown crop of players that seemed to represent a culture change in the way the Rangers built their team.

  10. CT spot on. Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Curious how long ago they conceded that about Del Z though. People felt AV’s style would give him a chance to flourish but in reality the new coach may have been the straw that broke the camels back . Sather even said in so many words last night that he had been on the chopping block for a while.

  11. Lets hope the move back to the left reinvigorates Moore. Klein is basically our Mike Sauer replacement from the way Slats and AV were talking on trade call.

  12. We’re lucky to get Kline for MDZ, no way MDZ gets as much ice time as he did this year if they weren’t peddling him.

    Measuring stick game tonight, are we amongst the big boys?

  13. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    If Klein can play 2nd pair then I think I will be OK with this trade. If he plays 3rd pair then I think it’s just a swapsies and we don’t get any real, long-term benefit.

  14. I’d actually be interested in seeing what this means for McIlrath. It would seem that barring injury they’re leaving him down in Hartford for the remainder of the season, which is for everyone’s benefit since he’s now missed significant time in his first two seasons down there and clearly not ready for regular NHL duty.

    Given Sather’s comments it seems as if they’re intent on keeping Girardi. So would the plan going forward be keep Girardi as 1RD, slot Klein up to 2RD in the event Stralman walks and bring up McIlrath as 3RD? If they re-sign both Girardi and Stralman that can’t be a good sign for McIlrath as presumably all their RD will be signed to multiyear deals.

  15. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Well said *CT* and may I add that it is just damn good to have you around. Been missing your *insight* lately!

  16. If Sather got a Dan Girardi clone who can fight at under $3MM per year for MDZ, we should probably be extending Sather’s deal into his next lifetime.

  17. I expecting Klein to be Mike Sauer II.
    If he works out and becomes 2nd pair RD, they may set Stralman free in the summer (i’m presuming Girardi is re-signed), but only if McIlrath is ready to make the step up.

  18. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    They have to set Stralman free. He’s awful and he literally cannot be a top 4 D-Man for this team to be successful.

    Aside from McLlrath, are any of the guys on the farm Right Handed Shots?

  19. Nice to have your input, CTB, as always.

    Well, Stralman may become an interesting story. If he continues to be relied upon as a #2 on the R in NY, he will be difficult to resign. And if Sather continues to remind everyone that R handed defensemen are difficult to find in this league, as he did yesterday, then Sather is digging himself even a deeper hole.

  20. It’s too bad about McIlrath. If he had developed into a good steady 2nd or even 3rd pairing d man who mad opponents constantly look over their shoulder, most of could have lived with that selection. Maybe he will but it does not look good. Cam Fowler, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Nick Bjugstad, Charlie Coyle, Emerson Etem, and Brock Nelson were all picked after McIlrath in the first round that year.

  21. question because I cannot remember, how many years did it take Chara to come into his own after making it to the NHL?

  22. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    How can Dylan McLlrath be a “too bad he could have been good” type story!? He’s *21* years old! He’s super young and had a devastating knee injury to recover from. He is still developing and will be here one day.

  23. Two knee injuries for a guy who’s skating for the NHL was questionable. Again, if they re-sign all their current RHD, that can’t mean good things for McIll.

  24. If they resign Stralman to a multi-year deal, its a good sign for no one except Stralman and Mrs. Stralman.

  25. Was watching the Hawks/Wings game last night on NBC, and in between periods *Mike Milbury* was talking about *goalie fights* and how much he loves them (Fleury and the Habs backup ALMOST got into one last night, which is why the topic was brought up). Anyway, Milbury, Mr. Anti-Fighting, then went on to talk about a goalie fight between the Pens’ Johnson and Rick DiPietro, in which DiPietro got knocked out, if you remember. He was saying how that fight probably ended his career, and as he said this, he was almost chuckling. I swear, I also saw two horns growing out of his head as he was speaking. Remind me, how does this guy still have a job again?

  26. From hockeysfuture:
    The younger Beukeboom, a forward during much of his youth hockey career, has the ability to join the attack and has a hard shot. As expected, he is still dealing with learning the position and is sometimes caught outside the play. And he will need to improve his agility and read-and-respond time as he progresses to pro hockey. Beukeboom has a strong work ethic and is constantly seeking to improve.

  27. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Brent Johnson knocking out Rick DiPietro was a hysterical moment. One punch. But then Brent Johnson went on to attempt to get into more fights at every chance he had and eventually left the league. Because a backup that gets kicked out of the game isn’t a good backup.

  28. I don’t want to go all Mister Secret Insider guy on you, especially after yesterday, but … I kind of know the dude who will be holding the flag tonight. Cheer extra hard for him.

  29. Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I like goalie fights as much as the next guy (goalie fights are just so fantastic in every way), but hearing Mike Milbury – the guy who probably ruined DiPietro’s career by picking him in the first place – chuckle and talk about that particular fight made me cringe.

  30. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    I’m taking a wait-and-see on Klein, but several analysts are very underwhelmed with him. If the team had run out of patience with MDZ and didn’t see enough of an upside to keep him, why trade him for a 29-year-old who will make almost $3 million for the next four years? Why not trade him for a draft pick instead?

    It seems we have already committed to a guy who hasn’t played a game for them. And this isn’t the NFL, where we could release him after the season if we didn’t like what we saw.

    If Stralman is playing top four minutes now, he’s going to look at Klein’s contract and think that’s the going rate for a 5-6….and he’s going to want a substantial raise.

    And to those who say cut him loose, who do you plan to replace him with? Falk? McIlrath on one leg?

    Not Cam Fowler — Olympian. 22 years old. Fourth year in the NHL. Could have had him, if Sather didn’t try to prove how much smarter he is than everyone else.

    Sorry for the rant. It just seems like a more expensive lateral move, not a step up, under the guise of aligning the lefties and righties.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone know if there are any former Predators on the team (other than Klein, obviously)?

  32. Good Morning.

    Blues is not *METAL*. Therefore the Blues *suck*. Therefore the *Rangers* will win tonight. Foolproof logic.

  33. Stranger Nation on

    _Nash was credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 vs. Dallas to Jan. 19 vs. Washington, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04_

    Really? Potsie? Amazing…

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    The more I think about this trade, the more I think it boils down like this:

    In the short term, we definitely have improved. In the long term, we may have hurt our team, not only because of MDZ’s potential (which some here question and I’m not looking to debate that), but because of our team’s salary structure on defense. This trade probably costs us Stralman, and if Klein declines young, then he will be the new king of the WBM.

    Overall, I’m angry about this trade because it displays terrible asset management. If we had sold high on MDZ after 11-12, or even during 11-12, what do we get in return? Pittsburgh got James Neal and Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski, and he hadn’t done half of what MDZ had done at that point, didn’t have the same draft pedigree, and was older.

    Furthermore, I’ve seen the idea floated around that the reason they passed on Fowler was because they had MDZ. While I’m not sure I buy that, it may certainly be true, and would be just another sign of ineptitude on behalf of our team’s management. Let’s not forget: They drafted MDZ only two years after blowing a pick on Sanguinetti.

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Stranger, given that 03-04 team, I’m surprised they had a guy with 4 game winning goals, total.

  36. I can’t wait to see all the Boyle love if/when he is traded/not re-signed. You’d think MotZ was everyone’s favorite player with the reaction to this trade.

    Not to mention the logic that MotZ has untapped potential at 23, but McIlrath is already a bust at 21.

  37. Had they kept DZ they would’ve paid him more than $2.9M based on what his qualifying offer would need to be to retain his rights. So they’d be paying a 3rd pair guy >= $3M either way.

  38. MotZ is lower on the depth chart than Stralman and will be making the same or more than Klein next year, so I doubt that this impacted Stralman’s value.

  39. Given MDZ’s buzz when he was drafted as an OH-fensive Dman, and then witnessing his sizzle no steak performance as a point producer in the NHL, I can’t help but wonder if his junior stats weren’t wildly inflated by playing on the same team — and PP — as Stamkos.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    McIlrath was a bust from the moment he was drafted. The guy can’t skate. He’s never been able to skate well, and now he’s had two major knee injuries. He’s not good.

    I also wasn’t crazy about MDZ when he was drafted (I thought Carlson was the better defenseman), but he has played about 290 games in this league so far. For about 160 of them, he was either a promising rookie, or a VERY promising third year player. For the other 130, he looked like a bust. Seeing as how he’s got 160 NHL games of looking like a promising young player,while McIlrath has 79 professional games where he looks to be more John Scott than Scott Stevens, I think it’s totally fair to hold them to different standards.

    BTW, at MDZ’s draft position, I thought Tyler Ennis was the best available player, so getting one thing right out of two isn’t bad, right?

  41. I think it’s likely that Klein will be the 2nd pair right D-man one way or another next year.

    Someone brought up a good question yesterday. Assuming the Richards buyout, who are the PP point men besides McD? Brassard? Staal? I hated having Stepan there.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    stemmer – agree; sort of like Gomer Pylon scoring 3 goals with Pens since pick up
    Wasn’t happening here – the scout watch tape and go to games – they saw what we saw – kid was slow, scared, and stupid with puck.

  43. Cam Fowler benefits more from playing on a very good team than the very good team benefits from him playing on it. He is the Ducks’ Michael Del Zotto. Switch their drafting destinations and MDZ is probably superstar material and Fowler is fouler material. BTW there is a reason that so many other teams passed on Fowler. Check out their stats and see for yourself how similar they are:

    MDZ : http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474584

    Fowler: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475764

  44. Doodie Machetto on

    MDZ’s point totals actually were not inflated by Stamkos. He didn’t play with London until after he was drafted. He played all of his junior hockey at that point with Oshawa.

    However, they may have been inflated by playing with Tavares, so I don’t know why I’m even arguing this.

    Either way, I didn’t think he could play a lick of defense, and I generally don’t trust offense-only defensemen coming out of junior.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    Just forget what I just said about Stamkos entirely. He never played with Stamko. I think the OP meant Tavares. And yes, probably inflated by Tavares.

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    MDZ’s QO this summer is 2.9. What does he get in arbitration? Maybe 3.5? who could he possibly use as a comparable to get more than that?

  47. Sauer wasn’t a great skater, and he didn’t make the team until he was 23. You can’t blame McIlrath for the knee injuries, and it’s too early to call him a bust.

  48. MDZ did play with Stamkos, but at an earlier stage in his junior career than I intimated, So point taken on each side of that one.

  49. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Vinny – I think the Olympic selection committee saw something independent of the other 21 Ducks Cam Fowler plays with.

  50. I think he played like Peewees with A bunch of future NHLers. Probably helped his CHL draft status.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    Sauer wasn’t a great skater but he was competent. McIlrath is not just “not a great skater” he is a straight up bad skater. Bad. The opposite of good. He makes Jeff Beukeboom look like Scott Niedermayer.

  52. Doodie, what are you basing that assessment on?

    Sauer also got a 3 game taste of the NHL when he was 21 and didn’t make enough of an impression until 2 years down the road. Probably considered a bust at the time, too. Defensive d-men take longer to develop, or at least, they aren’t given the time at the NHL level. You can argue that he shouldn’t have been a 1st round pick, but I’m not calling him Jessiman yet.

  53. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Well, I slept on the deal and like it even more this morning. Good move no matter what mdz does in the future because his future wasn’t with the rangers.

    I also agree with some of you re mcilrath. I think he is still young and has come off of 2 knee injuries (one major). If healthy I think next year should (better be) his year to make the big club. Paired with j Moops would be a very good pair.

  54. Stranger Nation on

    _Sauer wasn’t a great skater_
    By now means was Sauer Jeff Skinner like in his skating. He had a GREAT out let pass to start break, would clear the crease and had a decent shot from point.
    Played hard all the time. He and McD would have been a dream pairing for all time.

  55. Can we all agree that McIlrath will go on to be decent but not spectacular somewhere else? He has all the makings of a guy who gets judged not by his performance, but by his draft slot. 3rd round McIlrath would be loved, 1st round McIlrath would be a bust.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Stemmer, it’s hard for us regular folks to keep track. We can’t all be Pierre McGuire.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, but that makes a huge difference. That’s my whole problem with McIlrath. If he’s a third rounder and doesn’t develop, no big deal. But we had the opportunity to draft Cam Fowler. He was the obvious choice. It wasn’t like “oh I prefer player A and someone else prefers player B and someone else prefers player C.” It was black and white. Fowler was the choice and they just blew it.

    McIlrath was not a first round talent, let alone the 10th overall pick.

    At some point, if he can get his knee issue straightened out, he might be a 3rd pairing guy that drops the gloves a lot. Theo Peckham or Matt Carkner. Something like that.

  58. all of the michael sauer talk is making me very sad… sauer was exactly what we are missing. that 11-12 team would have been in the finals if he never got hurt.

    stranger hit the nail on the head, if he hadn’t gotten hurt, the top pair would be sauer-mcdonagh, with staal-girardi as the second pair

  59. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    That’s awesome, Wicky. Thanks. I like that they enjoy his open ice hitting as much as I do.

  60. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’ve said it a hundred times, gudbranson was the D man to get in that draft.

    It cracks me up, some if you guys who can’t get past your displeasure of the mcilrath pick to rationally see how ridiculous the pick of fowler would have been for us.

    If you think for one second fowler would have anywhere close to the points he is having with the ducks as he would with us, you better stick to watching the Knicks or mets.

    That’s like saying dupuis would put up as many points with us as he does the pens or burrows would put up as many points with us as he does with the nucks as the other third of the sedin line.

    *RIDICULOUS*

  61. Pretty much why I never played in either league, Manny — that and no size, speed, quickness, or strength.

  62. Klein may be the replacement for Sauer we’ve been looking for. And you can downplay him being RH, but sometimes the best trades/picks aren’t necessarily for the most talented players.

  63. Poile told Klein he was traded, but *not* to which team. He found out through *social media* and then *WWEber*.

    *Bush-league*.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, that’s not true. Going back to 2001, which was Sather’s first draft, I loved Blackburn, Montoya (but hated Korpikoski), Staal, and Cherepanov. I liked MDZ, Kreider, and Skjei. I had MDZ and Kreider both third highest on my board at the time they were drafted, so I didn’t think they were bad picks, I just would’ve taken someone else instead. The thing about Kreider is he was listed as a center at the time he was drafted which is why I had actually moved him down because I thought we needed more size and scoring on the wing. If he had been listed as a winger he probably would have been first on my board at that time. Skjei wasn’t really on my radar, but that far down in the first, it’s hard to be critical of anyone. I liked what I heard about his skating though once he came to my attention.

    I didn’t like JT Miller because I thought, and still think, his upside is a third liner, which I don’t think is the kind of player you spend a first round pick on. But I thought, and still think, that he will definitely be a good third line player, so he won’t be a total bust. Not like Tyler Biggs, who I was deathly afraid that the Rangers would select. That guy is going to be a total bust.

    I hated Jessiman, Sanguinetti, and McIlrath.

  65. Sauer was a very highly regarded junior who would have gone higher if not for injury in draft eligible year.

    McIlrath was considered a very risky pick at the time.

    Anybody who watched that draft on TV will have to remember both Pierre and Bob McKenzie absolutely beside themselves that Sather took Mac before Fowler. They were shocked.

  66. Poile told Klein he was traded, but *not* to which team. He found out *online* and then from *WWEber*.

  67. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    SN
    That is awesome re the set list.

    It was pretty much acknowledged in most media circles during the draft that mcilrath would go in the mid first round, us at 10, Dallas at 12 (I think), Boston at 17 apparently.

    Anywhere after pick #3 in most draft years it really becomes a crap shoot, so I’ve never understood why some people seem to think if he is picked at 10 it’s a travesty and 18 it’s great (or at 48).

    It’s the NHL and it usually takes time, especially at that style at that position.

    Lol @ everyone assuming tarasenko would be bure for us and not brendl.

    Different teams different systems different coaches and surrounding players different depth or lack there of.

  68. Dmen take a long time to develop. that is why most GM’s won’t take a Dman in the 1st round. by the time they develop, the GM is fired.

  69. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I hated the picks of sangs, cheraponov (no disrespect intended), skjel (should have been matteau hands down), I do t honestly remember the jessiman draft soooo….

  70. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Everyone hates the talking head pundits and say they are full of it…until they say something they agree with ;)

  71. Saw elsewhere that Sather took Mac instead of Fowler because he expected MDZ to provide most of the offense on D, with Mac being his physical D complement. Made sense at the time. Looks like Mac could be the next one gone from around here. Not much future in being 10th on the team depth chart at the position.

  72. Doodie Machetto on

    Wicky, see I loved the Cherepanov pick because everyone left in the draft seemed so ordinary to me. I either wanted to trade our pick or take the gamble on his incredible upside.

    I don’t think anyone can foresee the tragedy that befell him. But I saw nothing about him that I didn’t like, other than the lack of commitment to coming to North America. And when Jagr went over to the KHL and was playing with Cherepanov, I thought for sure he was going to pan out. Such a shame for him.

  73. Blues off a 7-1 loss yikes. Take a point and run.

    Del zaster will ruin Seth jones if they play together.

    Stralman days are numbered following the trade. He will ask for 3.5-4.0

  74. Doodie Machetto on

    I mean, that’s partly my draft philosophy. If we are picking in the back half of the first round (and unless the draft is like 2003 or 2013 where it goes 20-25 deep), I just want to draft the kid with the most upside. Depth players abound in the later rounds. I openly acknowledge it isn’t a given you get them later, but I want to take a shot on the guy that will be a real game changer. Those guys are VERY rare later in the draft.

    I mean, even looking at our drafts from the last decade, how many guys from the 2nd round or later have played for us? At least ten. But how many of those guys have been elite players? The closest are probably Stepan and Callahan, and their both best suited as 2nd liners. Lundqvist was our one late gem.

    I want to take a shot at the first line/first pairing talent when I have it.

  75. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doodie
    Cheraponov was indeed a tragedy, I just didn’t like his work ethic/playing style at all, he was talented for sure, but I just saw lazy one zone player. Trading out would have been good IMHO (I don’t remember who went after him in that draft)

  76. wicky, great read on the McIlrath scouting report!

    I still think with a full injury free year at AHL level he could contribute on 3rd pair next year or the year after.

  77. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Killed me too *Norm* especially when you throw in that whole pesky Heart Condition thing. Brutal.

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    Wicky,

    I hear you on the lazy/one zone criticism. It’s why he fell in the draft (that and the North America commitment issues). But I just was enamored with his boat load of skill. Would I have taken him 5th overall given my concerns? Probably not. But there’s more choices at that higher spot. But at 17? The risk was worth the reward for me there.

    Looking back, I think I would have taken him as high as 13, with every guy that I would have taken ahead of him actually being drafted in those first 16 spots.

  79. It’s easy to play arm chair quarterback on a draft from 3 – 4 years ago.

    Unless they are seriously in the top 10 talent.

    You have to wonder if Yakapov will live up to #1 pick over all. But he sure put up a lot of points in juniors.

    I liked what I saw out of Fowler. He was in the top 5 USA defenseman list. I watch the U18 play for the gold medal. Forbort (LA Kings pick)had committed to UND, and Fowler was playing with him.

    Fowler had everything you could ask for, a good shot from the blue line, played against the top line, shut down Tarasenko (Blues Pick), and over all the best player on Defense out of anyone that day. USA wins Gold.

    I thought for sure they would pick him, or Tarasenko.

  80. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Looking back at that draft I would have taken patch, Perron, or backlund over cheraponov

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Every year since 2004 I’ve made a draft list that goes about 25 deep. That year, I only went 15 deep because we were picking 10th. McIlrath wasn’t even on my list. Fowler was 5th.

  82. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doodie
    Lol, my wife remember me saying we were taking mcilrath all along and then when they picked him I was stoked and I remember being on the blog and most were freaking out!!!

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Wicky, Obviously now I would have taken all of those guys. Or any other guy. But at the time, I wasn’t enamored with any of them, especially Perron.

  84. I our Defense got BETTER in the trade.

    Klein is a steady on the blue line. Can play the PK, blocks a lot of shots, and he can hit.

    He held his own against the Rangers last time, sent Boyler flying into the boards, and pretty much handled Dorsett with ease.

    He’s not going to put up a lot of points, but if Johnny Moore puts up more points playing on the left side, it will be even BETTER!

    I’m excited to see him play tonight!

    Can he shut down the Blues?

  85. Doodie Machetto on

    Let me float this all by you in terms of Sather’s bad asset management and selling low on MDZ. coming out of 11-12, if we offer Dubi and MDZ for Nash instead of Anisimov, Erixon and a 1st, don’t you think that gets the deal done?

  86. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Lol, at the beginning of the go time thread for that draft carp asked who we all wanted…

    wicky (mcilrath)
    gudbranson or mcilrath, if not then nino or johanson.

    June 25th, 2010 at 7:10 PM

  87. Agreed, Doodie, on Cherapanov. He’s a guy who you hate taking at the right time but have to take when its past time.

    (I was just back reading some of the old draft threads and it was a lot of fun. I missed the Skjei draft because of a rehearsal dinner and last year’s because of the Nash trade so I’m now pre-fired up for this year. And you (Doodie) were pretty consistent in your opinions listed above, so props. I nailed the Miller pick, but that was simply “I like his scouting report!”. Wicky *LOVED* McIlrath.)

  88. Doodie Machetto on

    Wicky, absolutely. I would have HATED that trade at the time.

    But just let it be a lesson for us all on selling high. I’m sure plenty of Penguins fans weren’t thrilled with the Goligoski trade at the time.

  89. Stranger Nation on

    _our Defense got BETTER in the trade_

    1000% Superman – he will be a huge upgrade for in zone D play. Hits, blocks shots, clears the zone, will throw if need be.

    This trade was a J Moore (RFA @ $840K) over MDZ ($3+MM for 3 to 4 yrs)

    El Zotto could give a Falk and just wanted to cruise around town with his buddy Johnson

  90. I’m sure Columbus jumps, but MDZ coming out of 2011-12 is a really valuable player, not a guy you give up in a partial salary dump. It’ll take a year or more to prove, but I fully expect him to go back to that really valuable player when he’s not being jerked around anymore. Regular time, not getting benched for things other D are allowed to play through, left side only, back on the PP. The trade was bad asset management, but the team started messing with their asset well before that.

  91. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, thanks for noting that I’m not backtracking on this stuff.

    Grimaldi was my guy in 2011 over Miller, again, hoping to cash in on his elite skill set, even if he’s a total shrimp. I know he’s one of Sioux’s favorites. But really, trading that pick away would have been ideal.

    I honestly can’t remember who I wanted instead of Skjei. Collberg, Pearson, or Kerdiles, maybe? I was upset that Gaunce went just before us. And really pissed that we were within sniffing distance of Maata. I would have traded up to get him in the 19-21 range. But no way would Pitt have traded with us. Teravainen is another guy I definitely would have traded up for, but to get up to where he was selected would have taken a serious amount of assets.

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, I’ve not been shy about it it before. Jordan Caron and Carter Ashton, both tremendous flops. But as I said, it’s because those guys were listed as wingers, and Kreider as a center.

  93. Would have, could have, should have…I mean, MotZ was pretty much projected to be a top 3 D-man at that point. You’re not trading him for Nash at that time.

  94. I wish we’d done this for a lot of years running. Who they picked, who each of us wanted, who we’d take now.

  95. My question: Is Del Zotto an addition by subtraction?

    At times, the games Falk played, the Rangers looked better on D.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, too hard to tell if it is, simply because of the effect of having the switch from left handed to right handed on the third pair. If this was MDZ for Gardiner or a pick, then I think it would be easier to see a 1 to 1 comparison of MDZ vs. No MDZ.

  97. If anything, they trade more clearly defines the roles of the defensemen, assuming Moore gets some PP time becuase of this.

  98. Our defense just got *tougher* to play against!

    I’m excited to see if they look better tonight. The Blues are the real deal in the west.

  99. Graves Moore should be able to open up a bit more, with Klein to cover him.

    It’s a solid add, and the balance should help. He looks to have everything we had in Sauer.

    Best of Luck to both players.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, it worries me about the team’s plans for Richards in the offseason. Maybe they think he’s the only guy who can PP QB and they don’t buy him out.

    That would be a Del Zaster.

  101. If we don’t buy out Richards, I’ll threaten to give up on this team but totally not do it.

  102. I’ve gotten stuck in moderation twice today. Once I think I know why (I used the term Richard Nixon’s nickname -ing) but the last one I have no idea.

  103. You know, it makes sense for the Olympics to choose a right or left handed player when you have a veritable plethora of proven talent to choose from. In the real NHL, however, seeking a 3 million dollar player based largely on lefty/righty is a tacit admission of the unavailability and dearth of real talent at the position you’re trying to fill. That said, I like our new guy in comparison to our ‘old’ guy.

  104. Maybe I’m way off, but do we all sort of agree that a MDZ-Klein 3rd pair would have looked really nice?

  105. Pairing Klein with JMoops might give Moore a chance to show off his speed and 0 zone presence.

  106. I hear ya, Doodie, and we can’t put anything past Sather. I would have liked Franson because he hits, plays the PP, and is right-handed, but I’m not sure if he was available. He would have given them another reason to buy out Ricahrds.

  107. Doodie Machetto on

    I think Caron and Ashton are just big bodies that are not going to put it together at this level. Especially Ashton.

  108. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, but then maybe we pay a little extra to help a deal like that get done. MDZ + a midlevel prospect (Bourque? St. Croix?) for Franson.

  109. MD, I think Klein and Moore will be close. Moore has a better shot and is a better skater, while MotZ was a better passer (in general).

  110. Speaking of drafts and Cherapanov, did we have a rumored guy in that one that we skipped over because of the slip?

  111. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, absolutely right on Moore and MDZ. Moore is a better shooter, but MDZ is a better passer.

  112. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’d rather have j Moops Klein any day over mad bomber Klein.

    So cally, OPG, gnasher, and carcillo sent Klein hey welcome and how can we help messages according to the Klein interview

  113. I still sort of have trouble figuring out why people who hated DZ love Moore. Same basic draft pedigree, almost the same age (DZ 5 months older) and we treat one like a bust (despite a great season and a seemingly obvious excuse for current issues) and one we treat like it would be soooooo0 great if he were our 3LD forever.

  114. Just watched the interview on Blueshirt United and he struck me as having the same type of demeanor as Adam Graves; soft spoken, articulate, etc. Could some of that translate to the way he plays? To be determined!

  115. Doodie, Franson would have certainly taken more than MDZ, and maybe more than a mid-level prospect (pick, better prospect, etc.). But, he’d fill a few needs, so I’d be willing to give up more than for a one-dimensional defensive banger.

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    “The Rangers had no such trepidation. Or, if they did, it was trumped by their excitement at the prospect of getting a potential NHL star so late in the first round. Particularly one who plays up front, where the franchise has little top-end talent in the system.
    “We had a couple of defensemen we had our eyes on, but we’ve got some stockpiled,” Clark said. “I really wanted to get a forward out of this draft, because my job is to get it ready, I think, for the post-(Jaromir) Jagr stage of the Rangers.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-russian-heist-article-1.224019#ixzz2rFUIiflr

  117. Doodie Machetto on

    At one point, Franson was playing pretty damn poorly. I think it could have gotten done if we ponied up only a little bit more.

  118. You are struggling, you have at least a couple of serious brain-locks per game, you will not take a hit to make a play, you insist on playing only one side despite the team’s needs, and you send your agents to Slats to demand either playing time or a trade, and the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.

  119. Doodie: Meaning was there a guy in the 2007 draft that was expected in the 15-20 range that we were linked to and skipped on when Cherapanov dropped to us.

  120. I know there were a lot of Gardiner rumors, but he seemed worse than MotZ to me. If they could have gotten Franson for MotZ and a pick/mid-level prospect, I hope they didn’t pass on the chance.

    Also in that article:
    The Flyers plan to pursue Nylander if they can’t land one of the top three free-agent centers – *Chris Drury*, *Scott Gomez* or Daniel Briere.

  121. Coos: Half of your list hinges on the same thing, partially wrongly. He didn’t refuse the right side, he said he was uncomfortable, which was plain to see. He still played there and his game suffered. Then he got bashed repeatedly for “regressing”.

    If I make you type with one hand then start getting on you for typing too slow, whose fault is it?

  122. MD, I get your argument, but he played the left side in 2010-11 and most of last year (the times he’s generally considered to have struggled) before they got Moore, didn’t he?

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, as quoted in the article “some defensemen.” Looking at the guys drafted in the aftermath, nobody has really panned out. No real defensemen until pick 43, PK Subban.

    Brendan Smith (27) is just finding him way in Detroit, but I think that speaks more to their absolute depletion on the blue line than his talent.

  124. Good day ‘heads.
    Any ledgehogs out there yet?

    Fire Sather!!

    Make sure you don’t get your K’s mixed up tonight: THE Kreider can easily be confused with THE Kleiner

    LGR!!

  125. AV gets paid to make decisions on who plays, who sits. His livelihood depends upon winning. To question his judgement in these matters is fun, but unfulfilling.

  126. _MD, I get your argument, but he played the left side in 2010-11 and most of last year (the times he’s generally considered to have struggled) before they got Moore, didn’t he?_

    Well, in 2010-11 he was a 20 year old, so I have trouble holding much against him. Last year, I think you’re right, he didn’t switch until after the trade. I also don’t think he was really that bad last year and the stats sort of bear that out. When it all fell apart this year, it was with him play off side.

  127. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    kausatoday
    Rangers draft tough D Dylan McIlrath and immediately issue bumper stickers that read our draft pick can beat the bejeebies out of your pick

  128. Fair enough. I still think MotZ has upside. Whether they were too hasty in trading him remains to be seen.

  129. Doodie Machetto on

    wicky, they could’ve drafted a pure goon and the same statements would have been true. Just because the kid is big doesn’t mean he should’ve been drafted.

  130. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doodie
    I know that, I just thought they were funny. Technically the brooks one would only apply if the goon was a D man ;)

  131. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, kudos to Brian McGratton for fighting McIlrath. There’s a guy who gets it. McGratton gains nothing from tuning up McIlrath (which he absolutely did), but risks a serious knock to his reputation if he loses. Still, he knows the kid is trying to make a name for himself and gave him the chance to do so. Class move.

  132. With you, Gravy. We talk about young Johnnie Moore (5 months younger) and what McDonagh will be when he fully develops (1 year older) and our good young forwards like Stepan (same age) and Hags (2 years older) but for some reason MDZ was a fully developed piece of garbage who obviously peaked at 21. Will forever elude me. The first time Callahan broke single digit goals in the NHL he was older than MDZ is right now.

  133. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Agreed mcgratton did him a solid, don’t quite think it was a total beat down, but mcgratton definitely gets the decision/win.

  134. I forget who the rook was who fought Bob Probert, and then, after taking his pummeling, said “thank you for the opportunity.’ Manny would know.

  135. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Personally, I’m not saying the mad bomber peaked long ago, he just lost his place here.

    Doesn’t mean he is garbage forever, he might put up 60 pts a season for the preds. He just wasn’t going to put up 60 pts a season here.

    I feel the same way about Hagar, I think he is an odd fit now and would trade him if I could.

  136. DZ’s first Nashville bar, cozies up to Betty Lou.

    “I’m a Predator.”

    Betty Lou: “I can believe it.”

  137. I’d be very sad if the front office thought he could be a 60 point d-man but didn’t think they could get it out of him and traded him for a stay-at-home 2/3RD approaching 30.

  138. I like the trade, but I wouldn’t be shocked if this is written about MotZ in two years:

    Niskanen, who combined for 61 points over his first two seasons in the NHL, including a career high 35 in 2008-09, had seen his offensive production dry up and fallen out of favor with the coaching staff leading up to the trade.

    He arrived in Pittsburgh a wide-eyed 24-year-old, a bit overwhelmed by coach Dan Bylsma’s system. Teammates and coaches helped get him up to speed and he went on to average 18:33 of ice time per night over the final 18 games of the 2010-11 season.

    At the time no one could have foreseen what Niskanen would become upon regaining his confidence and spending large chucks of time skating as the Penguins’ No. 1 defenseman while multiple teammates spent time on the shelf due to injury this season.

  139. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I wouldn’t. Different systems, different coaching staffs and players, different results perhaps

  140. Google history … “r girls in nashville hot” “do girls in nashville like hockey” “are there cool bars in nashville” “what is the capital of nashville” …

  141. Too many talent evaluators see a D kid as a potential lamplighter and then hope he learns how to play defense. McDonuts did it the right way, solid D, then longer leash in the O zone.

  142. @dowbboy

    Denis Potvin making sense on Michael Del Zotto. You can’t start a 19-yr old on defence in NHL w/o stunting his development. Seen so often.

  143. Denis Potvin reminds me of an effete antique store owner who will punch you in the nose if you touch his stuff.

  144. Stranger Nation on

    Maybe turns out El Zotto needed a torts riding his arse to play with some conviction and somewhat mature. vino doesn’t seem to be the hand holding type and if he thought El Zotto was more interested in showing videos of his trip to Ibiza than learning how to move the puck out of the zone properly,

    60 pt D man….doubt it, not in that system in nashville

  145. Too bad Carp…my co-worker went & said it was a good time.
    PS – Are you looking for some apple strudel?

  146. Stranger Nation on

    If nothing else this new guy can speak to the media and obviously can act as well. Pirates of Penzance bekons

  147. OMG! I saw a terrible dream! I dreamt that MDZ was traded to Nashville!

    Oh, please! Say it ain’t so!

  148. The trouble with Del Zotto, what kind of defenseman was he?

    He wasn’t a shut down defenseman like McD or Girardi.
    He wasn’t a power play quarterback.
    He didn’t have the big shot from the blue line.
    He didn’t have a great first pass, lots of bombs that didn’t make the target.
    He could shoot the puck, but how many missed the net? It’s a game of inches, and HOW MANY missed by “that” much.

    You wouldn’t put him out with a lead, he didn’t kill penalties.

    So where did he fit if you can’t even label him?

  149. wicky–at world juniors,the tv announcers were raving about skeij,comparing him to mcdonagh in that his game will translate much better to the pros,the way it did with mcd

  150. DZ put up some points his first year.

    Our expectations where through the roof, that he was going to be the next “Mike Green” and score 50+ points from the blue line. And that just didn’t happen.

    He should have went through the PRO-cess.

  151. I’m sure he will, take off and score a ton of points for Nashville in a couple of years. And we can all blame it on AV in a few years…… Book it.

    But TODAY, the Rangers Defense is BETTER, than it was against the Islanders.

  152. Nashville fans think they won the deal, going younger.

    Anyone have any links from the other side of the fence?

  153. Hopefully, Klein will take some effective minutes on the PK, giving McD and Danny a little chance to breathe.

  154. Manny I was just picking an offensive defenseman.

    He’s on my team this year, and he hasn’t done a lot for me either.

  155. Preds had 4 rights.
    Rangers had 4 Lefts.

    It’s not like we don’t have others coming up Allan, Skjei, and maybe McIlrath.

  156. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Seems like *Predators* fans think that *Del Zotto* can be as good as *Suter*

  157. Pairing with the best D prospect in the game (?) right out of the gates. Fare thee well, Michael Del Z.

  158. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Wait…They are going Seth Jones and Michael Del Zotto!? On the same Pairing!?

  159. MotZ may have the most nicknames out of any player the team had:

    MotZ
    Michael of the Zotto
    El Zotto
    Otto Zled
    MDZ
    MEZ

    I’m sure I’m missing some.

  160. Doodie Machetto on

    You can do it Zotto! You can do it Zotto! Help each other out, that will be our motto! Make 2nd pair, I’ll give you free gelato! Get back to my place, where I will get you blotto! Domo Arigato, Mister Roboto!

  161. Topo text to MDZ: ‘My hairdryer seems to be missing, along with my collectable Oslo bong. Need I be more direct?’

  162. Sorry, Headzo. My mind’s all over the place today … Del Zotto, Klein, Shattenkirk, Super Bowl assignments, Stadium Series, Metro-North and traffic disasters. :)

  163. Slats: “The Sauer thing set us back a bit, but I think that my bringing all the boys together in Banff set the stage for our recent upsurge.”

  164. Richard Nixon's Head on

    Good evening, ignorant pigs. Put down your crack pipes and your beer bongs and pay attention, as I sign a historic peace accord with ambassador Kong of planet Nintendu 64.

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