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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Friday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 29-23-3 (61 pts)
Islanders: 21-27-8 (50 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-23-3 (61 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Islanders, 2-1, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, to complete a sweep of the two-game Stadium Series. The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 19 games (13-5-1) and eight of their last 11, and rank third in the conference in ROW (26). The Islanders enter the contest with a 21-27-8 (50 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, Feb. 4 (7:00 p.m.), as they continue a three-game homestand.

All-Time: 121-101-19-7 overall (69-39-11-5 at home; 52-62-8-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the third meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-2-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 win on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers power play is 5-16 (31.2%) in the series. Chris Kreider leads all skaters with five points, while Benoit Pouliot has tallied a series-high, three goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .900 Sv%, and Cam Talbot is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .900 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games against the Islanders (16-5-3)
The Rangers are 12-13-3 at home; the Islanders are 13-15-0 on the road
The Rangers are 9-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Islanders are 5-13-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

Henrik Lundqvist – 46 GP, 28-12-5, 5 SO, 2.09 GAA
Brad Richards – 43 GP, 13-24–37
Ryan Callahan – 36 GP, 7-14–21
Rick Nash – 16 GP, 7-7–14
Dan Girardi – 43 GP, 5-8–13

The Rangers have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 13 games (9-42, 21.4%) and 13 of the last 21 (17-72, 23.6%)
Rank fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.6%)
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 0-1 (1:59) on Wednesday at NY Islanders. New York is tied for eighth in the NHL overall (37-183, 20.2%), and ranks 20th at home (17-101, 16.8%). 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 4-4 (6:03) on Wednesday at NY Islanders. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (136-163, 83.4%), and 14th at home (66-80, 82.5%). 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 one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Wednesday at NY Islanders, and are now -3 in 61 four-on-four situations (97:07) 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).

HOME SWEET HOME: The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last 10 games at MSG (6-3-1) and nine of their last 13 at home (7-4-2). The Blueshirts will begin a three-game homestand tomorrow against the Islanders.

STADIUM SERIES RECAP: The Rangers swept their two-game Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium to improve to 3-0-0 all-time in regular season outdoor games. The Blueshirts are the only team in the NHL with two or more regular season outdoor victories, and have come back from behind in each of their three wins. The Rangers defeated the Islanders, 2-1, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, and won by a 7-3 score over the Devils on Sunday in their first Stadium Series game. The Blueshirts had 13 different skaters register at least one point in the series, and eight players with at least one goal. Mats Zuccarello (two goals, one assist), Dominic Moore (one goal, two assists), and Derick Brassard (three assists) tied for the team lead in scoring with three points apiece in the two games, while Henrik Lundqvist was 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .925 Sv%. The following records were established for regular season outdoor games in the Rangers 7-3 win over the Devils on Sunday:

Most goals by a team (7)
Most goals in a period by a team (4 by NYR, 2nd Period)
Tied for most combined goals (10)
Most combined goals in a period (5, 1st Period)
Most players on a team with a point (12 by NYR)
Most players on a team with a goal (6 by NYR)
First penalty shot goal (Stepan)
Highest +/- for a player (+4, Stralman and Staal)

RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has notched 11 goals in the last 12 contests, and now leads the team with 18 goals this season. He posted a five-game goal streak, one game shy of his career-high, from Jan. 18 – Jan. 26 (seven goals during the streak), and tallied 11 goals in an 11-game stretch for the first time in his career from Jan. 6 – Jan. 26. He notched the opening goal in two straight games during his five-game goal streak – Jan. 19 (1:10 of the 1st) and Jan. 21 (1:02 of the 1st). 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 in 1999-00. Nash was also credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 19 of the last 24 games, holding a 826-700 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 22 of the last 28 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.4 shots per game.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 32 of 55 games this season, including nine of their last 11 contests. The Rangers have also allowed two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games at home and seven of their last nine at Madison Square Garden. New York is 25-7-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his last nine games (7-2-0, 1.56 GAA, .948 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 9-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .934 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 13 appearances. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is five wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and six wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. He is also one appearance shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.

Rangers All-Time Wins Leaders:
1. Mike Richter – 301
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 295

NHL All-Time Appearances List:
50. Tiny Thompson – 553
51. Henrik Lundqvist – 552
51. Johnny Bower – 552

Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in eight of his last nine games (7-2-0, 1.56 GAA, .948 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 9-3-1 in his last 13 (1.98 GAA, .934 Sv%, 1 SO)
Rick Nash – 11 goals in the last 12 games, including seven goals in the last six
Derek Stepan – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last six games
Brad Richards – 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games
Mats Zuccarello – Has registered a point in seven of the last 11 games (five goals, three assists over the span), and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in the last 16
Dominic Moore – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,997 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just three 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 MSG.

COACHING MILESTONE: Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault surpassed 1,000 career points as a head coach with a 2-1 victory against the Islanders on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. In his 12th season as a head coach, Vigneault has posted a record of 451-311-35-64 (1,001 pts) in 861 career games coached. He is the 26th head coach all-time (ninth active) to reach the mark.

INJURIES (93 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 13

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  1. LGR! Finish the week off in style, keep the foot on the pedal. Get to play on the ‘ good ‘ ice of MSG.

  2. Just read an article on Carcillo. Don’t you feel Boyle’s increased presence on the ice is direct result of having Carcillo on his wing? If only Carcillo could teach him how to protect himself in a fight the acquistion will be a God-send.

  3. And Mister D, I guarantee you after you paid him the billion, at least two of the guys who stayed at a Holiday Inn last night would come on here and ‘splain that the Rangers’ cap situation would be fine…..they could probably fit in Stastny from the Avalanche….

  4. Anthony DuClair putting up sick Crosby like numbers in the QMJHL.

    44 goals in 48 games.

    Could it be this kid is a legitimate sniper?

    Do We Have A Sniper on the Horizon?

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

    Pimp has *horrible* Legal Representation. Feel free to tread all over him.

  6. Since, in the modern age of free agency and caps, rooting for your team is more about rooting for laundry than it used to be, I’d just like to say I never want to see those stadium uniforms again. Let us not assassinate these lads further, Reebok. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency sirs, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

  7. Special teams tend to be key in the playoffs which is why Boyle is a tradable commodity, trading him for a scorer is fine because you have 5/6 other guys who can PK and addresses the need for scoring. Trading him for a pick (especially if its a low round pick) is a sign of giving up in my eyes.

  8. Special teams are key so lets trade our top PK guy? Maybe the UK stands for U Kantbeserious!!! Wow what a great joke I made!!!

  9. Talk of moving Boyle *upsets* me. He would totally be the don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone guy for a lot of people. Not me, I think he’s the *tops*.

  10. Mister D – just responding to Boyle article – see earlier link.
    I wouldn’t trade him – i’d extend him for at least 1 more year at similar or slightly less terms if possible

  11. I’d sign him for longer than one year because having your 4th center / top PK role locked up long term is a *good thing*.

  12. Like maybe there’s one dude with a throwback name and another dude who peaked two decades ago by virtue of having some game tickets.

  13. morning everyone, this has been a terrible week. The flu hit the household like a mac truck. fever of 102 from Sunday through yesterday.

    Is there any truth to these rumors of Sather trying to trade the captain?

  14. _Like maybe there’s one dude with a throwback name and another dude who peaked two decades ago by virtue of having some game tickets._


  15. draxen, I don’t think *trying* to trade him, but supposedly seeing what the rental market price would bring back.

  16. ah, gotcha Gravy. All i saw was headlines like “sather looking to move callahan” etc and got a bit confused.

    I’m sure you guys have discussed this topic ad nauseam at this point

  17. Rob in Beantown on

    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
    Western Conf teams suggest the Rangers are gathering intel on Chris Stewart. Callahan for Stewart would be a sweet deal for the Blues.

  18. Slats just looking to the alternatives before the deadline in case they can’t come to an agreement.
    They’ve probably been negotiating nicely for a few months, but have hit an impasse so are using the press to apply pressure

  19. It’s an ongoing discussion. I think the general consensus is that they can only do it if they get blown away (player, prospect, and pick), but that we would die until our deaths (I think that’s how MD put it).

  20. Ugh, it worries me that there are actual rumors of players now. Stewart is like Callahan ultra lite.

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    And Stewart is only signed for another year at a cap hit of $4.2M. Sather is too pennywise pound foolish to prioritize signing his captain and instead will sign Callahan-lite for just another year and blow the rest on free agents

  22. I would think they would need a prospect back. Now, if they get Ty Rattie and pick along with that, then maybe there’s something there. Stewart is more than adequate on the third line.

  23. Can’t see the Blues including Tarasenko or Schwartz, since they’re helping the team this year already.

  24. Does anyone else think (hope (pray)) the real guy we’re offering around is Stralman now that we have Klein locked in as a future 2RD? McGinn, Stewart, these aren’t returns for guys like Callahan or Girardi, even as rentals.

  25. Chris Stewart was benched in the Blue last game and played just over 5 mins on the 4th line the entire game. If you try hard enough you can probably get him for something less than the captain and heart and soul of your team. Having said that I think Callahan will be (and maybe should be) traded because the rumored asking price is pretty damn steep. Dont get me wrong he obviously plays an inspiring way but a) he’s the most fragile guy on the team b) this team doesnt need to block as many shots c) he doesnt score nearly enough d) we have several great PKers that can pick up the slack there. If the return is for a 3rd liner (which Callahan typically is), a prospect and maybe a pick then you do it.

  26. (Note: I like Chris Stewart and would like him on the Rangers. I would not like Chris Stewart on the Rangers for Callahan.)

  27. Should be questioned why at all, right? Stewart is nice, but the return has to be someone you realistically expect to be top 6 / top 4 for the next half decade. 35 games of Callahan for 115 of Stewart and a kicker is garbage.

  28. Defenseman are probably low on the Blues priority list. They only have a little over $1.5M in cap space, so salaries would have to be mostly offset.

  29. Yeah, you’re right Gravy, that Stralman thing was dumb considering St. Louis has 2 of the best RD in the world. I’m flailing right now. I might die.

  30. Stewart is only OK in the world of “better to get something than nothing”. But, if they think they have a realistic shot at signing him, no way.

  31. Or in a “sure, he’s an upgrade and it only cost us a B prospect / 2nd round pick” kind of way. But Callahan? Oh man. Get out of here.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    There’s no way the deal could be Callahan for Stewart straight up. That just makes no sense. We would have to get *more* for it to even approach reasonable

  33. There you go. If the Blues are sick of Stewart, move them a 2 so they can move a 2 somewhere else.

    (Maybe this is Dreger’s way of getting Callahan to Toronto for Kadri.)

  34. But is Stewart good enough where the more would be a “meh” more? Like a Fast and not a Miller? God I hate this.

  35. _Stewart is only OK in the world of “better to get something than nothing”._

    CAllY would be a perfect fit for the Blues. They are a solid team already. He would only make them better. He could be the final piece for their cup run.

    Now *IF* Sather trades him. It wouldn’t bother me one bit if Callahan & Oshie engraved their names on the Stanley Cup. (We all know it isn’t going to happen with the Rangers THIS year)

  36. Sather Must Go! on

    We did get Clowe for a two and Two threes just last year..more than antropov..

    Reading betthe line, even a rumor of this tels me Slatsdse t think tht cally and rangers are clse enuff to get a deal done…

  37. Sioux, who’s to say? I mean, it’s likely they’re not winning the Cup, but the East is awfully weak. The Rangers will have to beat the Pens or Bruins, but Fleury is always a question.

  38. Stewart has played on every line this year, with the injuries that St. Louis has had. He’s looked good, and put up some points.

    He’s had a good year in Colorado 28-36-64 point year. So he can put up the points. His numbers are less in St. Louis buy that has a lot to do with Hithcock’s Defensive System.

  39. I’m with ya Gravy. I just don’t see the Rangers beating Boston or Pittsburgh in a 7 games series, and chances are they will have to go through both teams. Just to meet the Best Team in the West. Now how you pick that out of Chicago, Anaheim, San Jose, St. Louis, or the LA Kings.

    Anything can happen that’s for sure. I just don’t see the Rangers winning 16 games in the post season THIS year. NOT that I don’t want them too.

  40. “Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t one to single out players, but appeared to be referencing Stewart when he said the Blues had “too many passengers” during a recent slump.”

    – No more passengers, por favor.

  41. I need to stay away so I don’t read sad things about Callahan, but, CARP, the last time Islanders @ Rangers occurred the game was indoors too. Why did you feel the need to point it out in today’s post?

  42. This looks like a deal that could happen.

    Stewart not living up to his 4.125, Cally’s 4.275 is an even swap money wise. (t. Louis could sweeten the pot with a 2nd round pick) to get the Player THEY need.

    Sather’s gets Stewart for 1 more year at 4 . Instead of 7 years of Cally at $6M.

    From a business sense this looks like a DEAL.

  43. OK if Cally doesn’t sign Sather’s Contract.

    Sather has to trade him. Right?

    Now where would you want to see our Captain go to?

    A real Contender right?

  44. I’m not sure I like this a lot. But Stewart on gives the Rangers options, and a slot of Kristo and Miller in the near future.

    Can always sign Cally on JULY 1’st. Right?

  45. Why get prospects and/or picks when you can get guys playing at or under their cap hit and only for another year, right? Go Rangers. Go.

  46. Gravy :)

    That’s what I was saying 2 days ago.

    Gives Cally a chance to lead his home town team to no where.

    This is a MUCH better deal for Cally! He could win the cup.

    Then take the BIG money on the 1’st of JULY.

  47. Unless we get a big, tough, go to the net wing like a healthy Clowe, I think we will have to find a way to play both Dorsett and Carcillo, one of them on the third line, if we think we’ll have a chance to get by teams like Boston. Preferably all three.

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Hags for Stewart is more like it or Zucc and a pick for Stewart

    Need his size and scoring.

    He has 15 goals – tied for second on our team, plays 4th line for another…

  49. The only trade that really makes sense is if you get a lesser player than Callahan (Stewart), plus a prospect and/or picks. If that’s not out there, I don’t see the point.

  50. Hagelin for Stewart would be close, especially if you’re looking for a more rugged team. You’re giving up speed and PK for more toughness, and the scoring is close.

    But, the Rangers would need to do something to fit that under the cap.

  51. So we’re trying to move guys off our top 6 for a talented enigma a playoff team wants to dump? Sounds great. This is exactly the direction I want our team to go in.

  52. Sather Must Go! on

    I wouldn’t do MZA for Stewart and I like Stewart… I feel MZA (and the McD trade) are the only things the League thinks he did right

    btw, Chritian Thomas called up by habs, does that start the clock on Kristo?

  53. I do get a Clowe vibe from this deal. I don’t know aboot the rest of you. I can almost hear Doug Armstrong snickering as he’s proposing this deal. Why do they want to get rid of Stewart?

    Ever since the Clowe trade, I’m much more nervous aboot playoff teams trading off those types.

  54. In order …

    1. Trade for a *legit* piece of the future
    2. Grin, bear it, pay him $42MM
    3. Let him get to UFA and see what happens w/ fingers crossed
    4. Trade him for mediocre return

    Really, this suppoosed deal is little more than trading your captain for an extra season of a Dubinsky comp.

  55. Cally is 9-11 20 pts.

    Stewart is 15-10 25 points. 4 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier, 2 years younger.

    You could make an argument that Stewart will score more goals than Callahan. 6 years as a pro 371 games 115 goals 227 points.

    Cally has 8 years 443 games 130 goals 249 points.

    Stewart isn’t getting 6M per year.

  56. They have injuries. Thomas 5-9 14 points. Not impressed with his numbers.

    Kristo should have already got a shot. 16 goals 13 assists 29 points.

    Hands down the better player at the AHL level. And will be on the NHL level.

  57. Stranger Nation on

    Clowe had 0 goals when he was traded, right? Zero is not a lot of goals…

    We have too many of the same forward, would trade for Stewie in a heart beat. Need his size and scoring for second season.

    Hitchcock is a blow hard anyway…nobody likes playing for him after a while

  58. Right, but what would you trade for him? If its for Fast because they just want his cap hit gone, fine. But Callahan (or Hagelin?) … come on. That’s awful.

  59. SN – he sure turned that team around last year, and look at them now!

    They play a lot like the ’12 Rangers, and could win the whole thing this year.

  60. Sather Must Go! on

    Saw the Kristo goals (btw, he needs the nickname. Monte)… I def agree Kristo shld have been called up when the big club couldn’t score and he was playing great in the “A”.. I guess they more concerned w defense..blah.. at this point, I don’t think he fits with the big club…

    Yes, Clowe has zero goals – and that is not a lot!

    any one think that Blues have any interest in Haglin or any other winger w/o the initials MZA?

  61. Well then lets just flip Girardi for Daniel Paille while we’re at it, guarantee another “something” for a UFA.

    At this point, I’ll take the “nothing” of being in 2nd in the division with Callahan on the roster and hope the demands move or he helps us this year. A tremendously underwhelming return over a month before the deadline is worst case. For real.

  62. What I mean is there is not a $7M or yikes $8M player.

    They do it with depth of the right kind of player.

  63. For all people in the *Boneheads Boning Boneheads* Fantasy League.

    As Commissioner I am declaring that Next season we will *Re-Draft* the teams and then begin Keeper status. Thus, you will not be able to *Keep* any of the players you have on this team for next season. So play it to *win it* this season.

    We also need two more teams *next season* and all those teams that went unmanaged will be *Forfeited* by the owner. We want this to be competitive.

  64. Who cares if he “fits”, I just want him to score.

    I’m sure there’s an adjustment to the PRO game, from college. So its normal to give him a full year at the AHL.

    Sather likes to sign the PULLOUTs of the league, so it makes it difficult for the Millers/Kristos to jump up and stick.

  65. In Sather’s defense, he only signed MZA, Pouliot, etc. to one year deals. Just stopgaps in case players couldn’t make the jump.

  66. Sather Must Go! on

    just saying, Rangers are playing so well its hard to mess with the lineup now – Ill be rooting for Kristo to make the club next yr..

  67. Fast for Stewart? I’d do it.

    Blues would be nuts to do that though. Then you know there must be something wrong with Stewart.

    Why trade him at all? Even if he’s struggling on your 4th line. Why not have a guy like that in a playoff push?

  68. No basis for Fast, just an example of where I’d be cool with it. I imagine the Blues logic, if he really is on the outs, would be getting talent in return for losing a decent sized cap hit.

  69. It’s great to have Doodie aboard. Seriously. Did you guys check the board there to see his amazing introduction? That is *exactly* what the league was missing.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Correction, he beat you, and his offer was worse.

    Carp, the five contenders are Parise (definitely going to be captain), Backes, Suter, Callahan, and Brown.

    I think they want to give Suter an A because he’ll be on the ice so much, but I don’t know if they want to give two Minnesota guys letters. So I expect Backes to get an A for sure, and then depending on how they play it, one or both of Callahan and Brown getting an A as well.

  71. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s surprising, then. If he loves to make deals, you figure he would make offers that might get accepted.

  72. True, Manny. It’s a good thing our *wives* aren’t in this league.

    Doodie, I’d make that same deal for Iginla, if you’re interested.

  73. @NHLAdamK 16s

    Dustin Brown and Ryan Suter named alternate captains for US team

    @SNHockeyCentral 46s

    Zach Parise named captain of U.S. Olympic hockey team.

  74. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mr D
    Vibin’n re your 1035

    At least slats seems to be looking at bigger physical power forward types, which is a plus.

    If they got lapierre along with Stewart, I’d be happy :)

    What if they include polak?

    Still wonder who we are scouting on the avs?

  75. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I still think Hagar needs to go (I used to think it was the hobbit, but the coneheads make that touch now), he seems to be the odd man out IMHO.

  76. Remember last night when Carp used the term “repetitively nonsensical”? I do. Man was that spot on for what he was describing.

  77. How can you pinpoint *Hagelin* as a guy who needs to go? He’s affordable, fast, fits the system, and plays hard. He’s also perfect on the PK for counterattack.

  78. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Hagar (and that line) seem to be the leftover parts…everyone else seems to have a solid line combo and “fit”.

    It’s just a gut feeling/observation, but I would move Hagar. Maybe in a “package”?

    You don’t break up the coneheads, but I would be curious to see how the hobbit does in the playoffs with the other two.

  79. Hags is a *cool* 3rd liner masquerading as a top 6 player because of our current roster. I certainly wouldn’t want to dump him, but if Hags + gets us a legit top 6, I’m in. And he’s out.

  80. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mr d
    That’s all I’m saying. He isn’t a terrible player by any stretch and I like the guy, but I think a more physical bigger guy on that line would be much better.

    Coneheads=hobbit brass Pouliot

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Because they just seem to click…pass shoot score.

    From the movie miracle

  82. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Yes, I did mean coos…sorry

    All coneheads related posts were for you not gravy, my bad.

  83. Stranger Nation on

    The line of Misfit toys

    Fast for Stewart – left hand side please

    _Hitchcock is doing it without any “Stars_ yup – only 10 on Blues going to Olympics…

  84. Now Gravy where never short on the Bull____, but I do have more Cow____ and a better price, the bison is next door, and bunny is on sale in the frozen section :)

  85. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’ll be honest, McGinn seems a helluva lot like a bigger version of cally…is slats plan B ing himself with cally if he trades for McGinn?

  86. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Yahoo sucks, I hate the interface, never works on my phone.

    I like the participants in the league, just wish it was espn so I could participate more:(

  87. I do my management on the *computer* so I wouldn’t understand. Probably because the Yahoo Phone App is *horrible*

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

    I have never finished lower than first in fantasy sports.

  89. Just saw on SNYRangersBlog that the Rangers are wearing the Stadium Series sweaters tonight which means only one thing. There are an abundance of them in the various MSG Store outposts around the Garden and need to try and get rid of them.

    Pathetic…I wish they’d bring in the Olympic jerseys…

  90. Anyone see the opening outfits for our Olympic team? Look designed by Richard Simmons and Liberace.

  91. Cooscoos…no doubt they are hideous but I actually find them amusing and somewhat appropriate for a Winter Olympics opening ceremony

  92. The sound *great* already. I saw Richard *Simmons* in a restaurant. It was awesome. He was wearing his *typical* stuff and making old ladies get up and do Jumping Jacks with him.

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

    _That’s good because you weren’t invited to play fantasy sports with us._


  94. Rob in Beantown on

    No deal Gravy, I could use a goalie but I don’t think Nabokov is going to be an improvement on what I have.

  95. I actually got married at *Park Avenue Winter* which was *Hubert’s* in the film _American Psycho_ so I’m pretty much *in* the film.

  96. I also frequent the Grand Central *Osyter Bar* which is still open and I have been to *The River Cafe* many times.

  97. That’s *great* news, Booby. That place was *messed* up after Sandy. I lived in *BK Heights* at the time but have since moved further into Brooklyn. When I left the *heights* that place was in *bad* shape.

  98. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at the Delta 360 club since I’m positive we won’t have a decent table. But we do, and relief washes over me in an awesome wave.

  99. Gotta say hi to Carp first.

    Last time the players ran by me their pregame soccer game, as I was stuffing my face with sushi :)

    Mama wanted to wave to the MSG camera’s from behind the glass while Al was interviewing. Just to say we were there.

  100. I was a kid in a candy store. It was a gift from the wife, and I didn’t have a clue where we were sitting nothing.

    I brought chocolate covered Potato chips from ND, for the news room. Said hi to Andrew, Jim, & Zip, but missed Carp. So I must return.

  101. I will be there, Sioux. I promised to hang out with you and I will follow through. You have to provide the *women* though.

    “I had a rough night and I hate the [Byfulgien] Eagles”

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

    _Or maybe Powe gets called up because he has a lot more veteranness._

    Sadly, this is a reasoning of management in the decision-making process.

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

    May I join? Golf is my favorite sport.

  104. Alright Boys Have a Siouxper Bowl SiouxPer Sunday.

    I have about a 300 mile jog to get home.

    See you on the other side.

    Have to hustle, if Im going to make the Garage Poker Tour :)

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

    _See, Sioux? Kenneth loves golf._

    Who does not love golf?

  106. You have to wear *Skinny* Jeans and a *Jean* Jacket to hang with me. *Aviator* sunglasses are *optional* as per AV

  107. It’s a HOCKEY Game :)

    Fine I’ll wear the KING JERSEY then. But I’ll have to break out the Sioux for warm ups, just for Vandy and Kristo (if he’s there)

  108. _I brought chocolate covered Potato chips from ND, for the news room._

    Surprised. I would have guessed you’d bring them … wait for it … here comes a great joke … Siouxp!!!

  109. I do not want to trade Cally. I would rather let him walk away, and get nothing than trade him. but, Stewart makes a lot of sense for the Rangers. he is the type of player they are lacking. if they make that trade I would be sad to lose Cally, but very happy to get Stewart.

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

    _here comes a great joke_

    If you have to inform people of a joke, it is not a good joke.

  111. It’s like when What’s the Frequency, Kenneth walks into a room and everybody goes *Here Comes the Big Joke*

  112. Oh, I’m sorry Manny, how many *clinchers* have you attended? What’s that? Zero? Yeah. Who’s the joke now?

    (Its still Kenneth.)

  113. Doodie Machetto on

    “he is the type of player they are lacking”

    An overpaid underperformer? I thought we were rife with those.

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

    It is okay. As long as there are a few good men such as yourself and Siouxperman to discuss hockey with here, it is all good.

  115. Stewart fits just like Carcillo fits. I know most here were blinded by there hatred of Carcillo to see it then, and most are blinded by there love for Cally to see that Stewart would fit. I understand where you guys are coming from.

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    I just think he’s a career underachiever. He had one good year last season and otherwise he’s just meh. When he isn’t scoring goals, he is really invisible.

  117. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m just talking in general. Forget trading Callahan. I’m not crazy about him as a player.

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