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

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 32-24-3 (67 pts)
Blackhawks: 35-11-14 (84 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will resume their regular season campaign when they face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 32-24-3 (67 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in the shootout on Feb. 7 at CONSOL Energy Center, to extend their road winning streak to six games. The Blueshirts are 16-6-1 in their last 23 games overall, including an 11-4-0 mark in their last 15, and rank fourth in the conference in ROW (28). The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 35-11-14 (84 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have points in five of their last six games (3-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Mar. 1, at Wells Fargo Center (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

RANGERS vs. BLACKHAWKS:
All-Time: 237-243-98-2 overall (120-114-55-0 at home; 117-129-43-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at MSG. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 win on Jan. 8 at United Center. Brad Richards (one goal, one assist) and Marc Staal (two assists) each tallied two points in the contest, while Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-2-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Each game was decided by two goals or fewer, including a one-goal game on Mar. 9, 2012 at Chicago (L, 3-4). The Rangers out-shot the Blackhawks, 49-44, in the series, including a 21-9 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Blackhawks scoreless in four power play opportunities in two games. New York had five different goal-scorers in the series, while Carl Hagelin (one goal, one assist) and Ryan McDonagh (two assists) tied for the team lead in scoring with two points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 of 21 shots in his only appearance.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 games against the Blackhawks (5-2-1-2)
The Blueshirts and Blackhawks have been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last 11 meetings (5-3-1-2), including nine games decided by one goal or fewer over the span (4-2-1-2)
The Rangers are 4-2-0-0 in their last six home games against the Blackhawks, dating back to a 4-2 victory on Feb. 19, 2001
The Rangers last home win against Chicago was a 3-2 victory on Nov. 1, 2010
New York is 14-14-3 at home; Chicago is 17-7-7 on the road
New York is 9-10-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Chicago is 12-2-5 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Blackhawk on its roster: Daniel Carcillo (2011-12 – 2012-13)
Chicago lists one former Ranger on its roster: Michal Rozsival (2005-06 – 2010-11)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BLACKHAWKS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 5-1-2, 1.98 GAA
Rick Nash – 56 GP, 24-27–51
Brad Richards – 22 GP, 4-25–29
Derick Brassard – 25 GP, 5-9–14
Kevin Klein – 33 GP, 3-8–11

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers power play is 11-53 (20.8%) in the last 17 games, and 19-83 (22.9%) in the last 25
Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
Rank eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (102.9%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-5 (4:13) on Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (39-194, 20.1%), and is tied for 21st at home (17-107, 15.9%). 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 2-4 (5:29) on Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh. New York ranks 12th in the NHL overall (144-174, 82.8%), and is tied for 13th at home (72-87, 82.8%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), 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 (7:17) on Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh, and are now -1 in 66 four-on-four situations (107:33) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). 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).

SOCHI RECAP: The Rangers had seven players represent their native country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Rick Nash captured the gold medal with Canada, while Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin took home silver medals for Sweden. Lundqvist also became the second winningest goalie in Olympic history, trailing only Vladislav Tretiak, with his 12th career Olympic victory in a 2-1 win against Finland in the Semifinal round.

Rick Nash (CAN) – Gold Medal; 6 GP, 0-1–1
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 5-1, 2 SO, 1.50 GAA, .943 Sv%
Carl Hagelin (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 2-0–2
Ryan Callahan (USA) – 6 GP, 0-1–1
Ryan McDonagh (USA) – 6 GP, 1-1–2
Derek Stepan (USA) – 1 GP, 0-0–0
Mats Zuccarello (NOR) – 3 GP, 0-0–0

FOURSCORE-ING NOTES:
The Rangers are 17-0-0 when tallying four or more goals in a contest
The Rangers have registered five or more goals in seven games this season
The Rangers have nine skaters with 10 or more goals this season, which is tied for most in the league
The Rangers out-scored their opponents, 18-6, on their season-high, four-game winning streak from Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, with 14 different goal-scorers combining for their 18 goals during the streak

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 22 of the last 28 games, holding a 983-827 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots 10 times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 26 of the last 32 contests. New York ranks third in the NHL with 32.9 shots per game.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 35 of 59 games this season, including 12 of their last 15 contests, and in nine of the last 10 at home (each of the last four at MSG). New York is 27-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or fewer.

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a personal five-game winning streak, posting a 1.77 GAA and .940 Sv% during the stretch. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 12 games (10-2-0, 1.58 GAA, .948 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-3-1 with a 1.91 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 16 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is two wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and three wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York is in the midst of a six-game winning streak on the road, and has won 16 of their last 20 contests away from MSG. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23. It is the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season, and their 16 wins in the last 20 road games is the most during any 20-game road stretch in franchise history. New York is also one game shy of their franchise record, seven-game road winning streak, accomplished in 1934-35 and 1978-79. The Blueshirts are now 18-10-0 on the road this season, which leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for second in the league overall (road wins). The Blueshirts power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (22-87, 25.3%). Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last four games on the road (2.20 GAA, .924 Sv%), and is 7-1-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .920 Sv% in his last eight contests away from MSG.

THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .940 Sv% in his last five games; Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 12 games (10-2-0, 1.58 GAA, .948 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 12-3-1 in his last 16 (1.91 GAA, .937 Sv%, 1 SO)
Derick Brassard – six-game point streak (three goals, five assists)
Brad Richards – 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 17 games
Marc Staal – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
Rick Nash – 11 goals in the last 16 games, including seven goals in the last 10
Derek Stepan – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 10 games
Ryan Callahan – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six games

INJURIES (97 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 17

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Feb. 25 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. Have the cigar-smoker traded away our future yet? Must be waiting for the wee hours of March 5 to ensure he gets the lowest value.

  2. One, two, three and to the four, Cigar-Smoking Sather and Bad Trades are at you door.

    Waiting to make this team worse, so back on up …

  3. Cambot is starting tonight isnt he?

    Just reading the Marty St Louis rumours, so the onus is now on Slats to produce a package to prise him away from the Bolts. Got to think if they include Cally its going to need another piece or two to sweeten the deal.

  4. Yzerman can go take a walk around the block.

    Let Cally’s agent talk to Tampa. Guarantee the extension.

    Then trade Cally for MSL. That’s enough.

  5. Cally probably learned from Drury….give all on the ice..but take all off it….especially when u see others take all without giving all..why not? Drury left a good piece of himself on the oce and limped onto retirement…I see Cally as a similar player (see Bronze metal game)…so while I would hate to lose him…I wish him the best…he certainly had given us his….

  6. Wow!!! According to brooks the rangers were very close to Girardi’s sking price but for some reason Girardi has now raised his asking price. Brooks insinuates that Callahan and Girardi’s wives are close and feels that they might want to reach free agency together and sign with the same team, ALA-parise and suter. The way it looks now it appears the rangers are in trouble. This will put a big dent in the rangers making the playoffs. I doubt Sather gets anything valuable in a trade for Girardi and Callahan as rentals.

  7. So I have a brief moment to chime in. Do people here really think it makes sense to trade Callahan for a 38 year old? I don’t care if he has 55 goals this year. he’s 38. I get the feeling this trade deadline is going to be worse than last season’s.

  8. here’s an idea- sign both players and be done with it. If someone is willing to give them what they’re asking and the gap is too big to fill then you have two choices: 1- keep guys and over pay them or 2- let them go and not have a way to replace them while still having to buy out Richards next summer.

  9. Eddie even a 38 year old in superb shape isn’t someone who can be considered part of a long term plan. Callahan is 28 years old. What’s St Louis going to play another 3 years at best? And if so, we’re going to assume that he’s going to be another Teemu and not another Richards? No thanks.

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

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    http://www.metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/behemoths-the-satanist-streaming-in-full-right-now

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

    *James* I think the point is that we are going to lose Callahan regardless. If you can get St. Louis in return, then that’s a great move. No brainer. But the Rangers are going to have to be ready to make more moves. They might even move other players to Tampa and then move Callahan to St. Louis.

  12. So picture this team + St Louis and – Cally, Girardi and Richards. That’s what the team will look like by July 1. Can’t wait to hear people say that we’re somehow improved once it happens.

  13. Pretty much echo James G’s entire morning. If Callahan and Girardi want to sign and play together … ok. Lets do it and move on. Once you signed your > 30 goaltender to a long term deal, you picked your direction. Worst idea is to halfass it.

  14. Anyone else in a dual celebrating household? Rangers back for me tonight, Scandal back for the wife.

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

    +Here is what we are looking at today+

    Girardi to Anaheim
    Stepan to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler
    Martin St. Louis coming to Rangers for something
    Callahan to St. Louis as a rental

  16. The problem is Callahan’s price is unreasonable. If Girardi wants 6 and $5.5M, get it done, but now the price might have gone up. You can blame Sather for waiting, but are those two worth $13M per year?

  17. If Callahan were some other team’s FA, and was willing to sign with the Rangers for 7 and $49M, no one here would want pay him. All we’d hear about is injuries, never scored 30, etc.

    The only reason for paying that is sentimental value. I love Callahan, but these are the tough decisions that have to be made with a cap.

  18. Manny, even ignoring the cap bump we can easily fit Girardi and Callahan onto our roster. Take their slots + some of Richards money and you’re set. Its bad to overpay you own guys. Its worse to let them walk, be 2 of the top 5 UFAs available then sign other lesser players to bad contracts.

  19. Morning all,

    That vintage photo is cool.

    Look at the banana blade on Bobby Hull’s stick. Geez.

  20. Let’s assume they re-sign Girardahan. Who are we replacing Richards with? Brassard is getting a raise. Even if we assume he replaces Richards offensive production (big assumption), who are they replacing Brassard with?

  21. Well, if we’re keeping Miller at center (which I imagine we all want), you’re either using Brassard as your 2C or trading him and looking at a guy like Stastny, right? Unless, Kreider forbid, one of Stepan or Miller gets traded, I can’t forsee a Brassard signing and an upgrade. One or the other.

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

    I really hate these *Stepan* for Ryan Kesler rumors. I know how great Ryan Kesler is. He’s a legit 1st line Center. But Stepan is so young and Kesler is so injured.

  23. I for one am not being sentimental. I see two players that the Rangers cannot replace because A- similar players aren’t available and will cost just as much if not more and B- Sather isn’t smart enough to replace them

  24. Same, Manny. I hate the idea of shuffling the roster. Either sell off or upgrade, don’t start moving assets for similar, older, higher priced assets.

  25. Manny, I’d rather have Kesler *and* Stepan, but I think I’d rather have Kelser *than* Stepan, too.

    Acquiring Kesler without Stepan would be ideal since they wouldn’t have to throw money at Stastny.

    Kreider – Kesler – MSL
    Hagelin – Stepan – Nash
    Pouliot/FA – Brassard – MZA
    FA – Boyle/Moore – Dorsett

  26. I don’t want St. Louis. Not because he’s bad, he’s just so old and its such a costly temporary fix. I’m done with temporary fixes on this roster. If he were a UFA looking for 1-2 years, fine, but don’t pay twice for him.

  27. James, you make good points. I think Girardi is less replaceable than Callahan. I think they can by with a different type of player than Callahan, especially if it’s someone with as much talent as MSL.

  28. Agree with Girardi being much more difficult to replace than Callahan. Girardi will also fetch much, much more return as a rental if he decides not to sign in NY.

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

    Kesler, if healthy, is a center I would take any day of the week. He’s awesome. But he has a potentially broken finger and/or hand right now.

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

    I would rather have Wayne Simmonds than a lot of people too! Is that an option?

  31. Must sign Gerardo Suave. Must.

    Aside from loving him as a player, what Mister D said is absolutely true. We are sooooo getting Orpik if we lose G.

  32. Can we agree, however you stage it, its very difficult to replace a 1RD and your long time captain slash 2RW?

  33. Difficult to compare the impact for a team of a Parise and Suter to Girardi and Callahan.

    Especially on a bang for the buck basis.

  34. I don’t want to lose Girardi’s wife. Or Step’s mom.

    Notice I stopped before saying Cally’s super great grandma.

  35. Stranger Nation on

    Dirty Harry Callahan for the Spirit of St. Louis

    Joe Girardi and Step Child for Messler and Bieksa

    The Old Hag and Barbara Stralman for Jimmy Stewart and Jackson Polak

    THE – Messler – The Good One
    Zucc – Bros-Hard – MStL
    Pullout – Richards – Stewart
    Boyl e- Moore – Dorsett/Car Bomb

    McD – Bieksa
    Stall – Polak
    Moore – Kline

    Marc Staal – come get the Stanley Cup!

  36. the Rangers will only resign Girardi if he wants to stay. why does everybody keep saying they have to replace him with an FA? you can also replace with a trade, or from within.

  37. I disagree with you on replacing Girardi is harder than Cally. Girardi is a one trick pony, and stay at home defenseman, he’s average at best moving the puck and can’t shoot. I think you can find those types and for less money. He’s definitely above average as a shut down, I will grant you that. But we’ve seen him struggle already this year at times. And he always has had a top guy playing with him as well. Cally brings a lot of intangibles that are a lot harder to replace. That said, you trade Cally and bring in Kesler, then you ARE getting a similar player back.

    Only thing I can think of, if we are trading Step for Kesler and Cally (or others) for St Louis, is that Slats thinks we have a legit shot this year or next. In some respects, I kind of agree with him. How long are you going to keep rebuild and worry about “the future”? At some point you have to say, I have enough good young players that it’s time to bring in the vets and go for it. Even without Cally and Step, you STILL might have McD, Staal, Hags, the Columbus contingent and so forth that are all under 30 and hitting their prime. Look at our farm system? Is there someone down there that is going to be a HUGE impact player? And it’s unlikely that we’ll draft high enough this year to get a can’t miss prospect.

    So you have two ways to go. You try and go for it now, or you trade away your commodities for potential young stud and high draft picks. And as we know, there’s no guarantee that will pan out unless you can get a can’t miss like Crosby, Toews, Stamkos and the like.

    The more I ponder, the more I’m warming to bringing in the vets and taking a shot at this thing. if nothing else, watching MSL will be fun for a couple of years.

  38. Boomer tried to mention Vatanen today. couldn’t pronounce his name. by the way, the Ducks sent him back down yesterday.

  39. I had a nightmare last night, woke up in cold sweats. I dreamt that Pat Leonard wrote a story saying he has a strange feeling Sather is toying with the idea of keeping Richards and his contract after this season.

  40. He was sent down as roster manipulation, Bull Dog, not on merit. If anything his value has jumped over the break.

  41. After (and if) Saint.L will start for Rangers, I will proudly change my avatar for “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” – we will beat Montroyals by 2 Hobbits.

  42. I think Girardi is severely underrated as a top pair RD by some people because he doesn’t score much.

  43. I know Mister D.
    Vatanen is not new to me. I have been trying to come up with creative ways to get him since the summer. mentioned Lindholm over the summer as well, but he has become to valuable to the Ducks now.

  44. General consensus around the league is that Girardi will bring back more as a rental than Callahan, so that should tell you something.

  45. Great shot from old days: Donnie Marshall from Rangers and Bobby Hull and Keith Magnuson from the Blackhawks, maybe 67 or 68?

  46. Gravy,
    maybe I underrate him, but it not because of scoring. its because he is not mean enough to play against. I prefer my defensive defensemen to be physical and mean.

  47. _General consensus around the league is that Girardi will bring back more as a rental than Callahan, so that should tell you something._

    Well, part of what it tells you is that a top D can slot in quicker / better than a 2nd liner who derives a lot of value from leadership and all those cool intangibles.

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

    What are comparable players on the UFA market, NJHeat?

    Also: Nice to have you around. Comment more! Nice Avatar.

  49. Girardi leads the team in hits and blocked shots by a pretty wide margin, for what it’s worth. I think it’s a positive that he can be physical and effective defensively without taking a ton of PIMs.

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

    Can we please scratch Callahan and get him off the ice? This is absurd. Callahan getting injured would be a HORRIBLE situation for us. It’s like a mini cap recapture.

  51. Manny let the boy play…… he’s captain for what 2 more games.

    He knows he’s a “short timer” because he wants to be. He doesn’t want to play for $30M, let him ride off into the sunset to ……..

    “we don’t want you” ??????

  52. Crazy all this hockey talk….. trades, players on the move, setting the table for the playoff run.

    And I will be on some stupid Island drinking out of a coconut.

    Life is not fair.

  53. You can’t scratch him unless he’s definitely getting traded TODAY/TOMORROW. You still have to win games. The season isn’t about Cally, it’s about making the playoffs and winning a cup. It’s a risk you have to take. If he gets hurt he gets hurt and it will suck, but can you afford to give away 3 games if he doesn’t play? Then you might as well just trade these guys for prospects and be done with the season.

  54. Posters have traided the following:

    Callahan, Girardi, Girardi’s wife, Hagelin, Stepan, Stepan’s mom, Boyle, and Stralman for Kesler, MSL, Stewart, Vatanen, Bieksa, and Polak.

  55. Stranger Nation on

    Playing Dirty Cally and he gets injured may erode his marketability as his injury risk and endurance will be exposed and may lower demand to a more reasonable rate which we are happy to pay.

    Agree with Girardi being under rated. He can be infuriating to watch at time (snow angels anyone?), but when you look at the alternatives, as long as the dollar demands aren’t crazy, he should be resigned. To no te, he has played very well the last 30 games.

    Is Slatsko going to make this an annual thing and not sign Staal in off-season.

    Oy vey

  56. Anyone hear Micheletti on Francesa’s show yesterday? He said that Sather is one of the best at knowing the business side of hockey. What year are we in?

  57. I think Girardi is rated, but you have to combine the overs and unders. He’s a strong 2nd or 3rd D, can’t be your 1st.

  58. SN, they actually weren’t completely absurd, though I don’t think the one with the Blues would happen.

  59. the Rangers were on the verge of trading Mike Richter to the Blues, they continued to play him, on afternoon game he blew out his knee. a little different with Cally, but the risk is as big.

  60. Anyway, Cally playing tonight is a sign of what?…Yes, No? Maybe is a wrong guess…
    Nothing is more entertaining, that sweetly painful expectation of unknown, but inevitable changes. Torturous field of wild guesses and extended boundaries of imagination… I like the most, posters, who draws their own grim-fictions scenarios and get seriously mad at it, like it is already done deal.

  61. Good point on sitting Cally, Manny. We know he is going out the door. It would be horrible if he gets banged up in the next few days and we know it’s entirely possible with the guy.

    Jeez, I can’t believe how resigned I am to losing Cally. It doesn’t even hurt anymore.

  62. Stranger Nation on

    _Anyone hear Micheletti on Francesa’s show yesterday? He said that Sather is one of the best at knowing the business side of hockey_

    Missaplenty is a shill of the worst order. Can’t stand that guy. Follow the money, both Joe M and Slats have their checks signed by the same guy…

  63. So the Kid comes home from college last night.

    On my bed was the Irish Green St. Patty’s day Toews Jersey, with the Blackhawk logo (Sioux used the same logo when I was in college)

    It really doesn’t get much better than that.

    I think I’ll keep the kid.

  64. It’s a win/win game.

    IF the Rangers win I’m happy.

    If the Blackhawks win / Toews Wins – I’m still happy for the kid. If he scores a hat trick – the Fighting Sioux team ROCKS.

  65. If Kane will continue his Olympics scoreless achievements we will have a chance…Same I expect from Toews. Than, we can hope for miracle – to win second out of 2. “Sweep Chicago” – sounds strange, right?

  66. Sioux…

    Rangers win. Toews scores 3. Then breaks both of his legs in a streetfight with Kristo.

    Are you happy? :)

  67. so does anybody else think there is something to the Cally and Girardi signing with Buffalo together idea? both from near by.

  68. Girardihan is speculation at this point, though stranger things have happened. There are indications that Girardi may not want to sign for 6 and $5.5M anymore. If so, he’s also pricing himself out.

  69. As I’ve said before I love both RC and DG BUT – I’ve lost a little steam for keeping them as I watch them treat their circumstances as a poor business decision. Jesus – I’m embarrassed to say it, but even BronBron focused on winning and playing with his friends…

  70. If all players would sign with a team closest to their places of birth/upbringing (say 300 mi, radius), Rangers will be represented only with ever popular, everyone’s favorite Brian Boyle of all…What a Dream Team it would be!

  71. _The trade deadline invokes both excitement and fear just short of playoff levels._

    This is so much worse for me. You can lose the current season in the playoffs, you can screw up multiple seasons at the deadline.

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

    It’s really true, Gravy. I have dreams that players I love get traded. It’s awful.

  73. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mannulok
    A couple of things…

    For someone who claims to be so *METAL*, you sure love stephanie who is pure elevator music!!!

    Why do you keep taking credit for my sit cally suggestion?

  74. Also, Wicky, don’t start doubting my metal cred or comparing it to players on the ice. Hockey, like Metal, is about balance.

  75. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    SN
    Loved your lineup earlier. It has the necessary mixture for playoff success and the sole purpose of getting the Stanley cup!!!

  76. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I also think OPG is harder to replace than cally but neither is irreplaceable IMHO.

    Btw….

    Bieksa>vatanen by a long mile

  77. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mannulok
    Your starting to concern me with your seeming affliction for “young” men with very little hair.

  78. Bieksa, and Vatanen are different. Vatanen is a younger version of Brian Rafalski. something badly needed on the Rangers. Bieksa is a mean SOB. something also needed on this team. if I could only have one, it would be close, but I would take Bieksa.

  79. Ray Shero, whom I consider to be one of the best GMs in the league, said that it will be virtually impossible to acquire a top-pair D at the deadline. FWIW.

    Good crack of noon, Hambone!

    Happy Game Day, Boneheads!

  80. maybe Ray Shero should give the Rangers a call. unless Ray Shero doesn’t view Girardi as a top pair guy.

  81. waiting for a phone call, so thought I would ask a couple of questions

    Carp,

    1. If cally is no longer a priority, is Girardi?

    2. Do you think Girardi will be a Ranger after March 5?

    3. Also, is Sather trying to completely alter the bit of chemistry that was building before the olympic break by Only looking at dollars and cents?

  82. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Speaking of nightmares, I had one last night that slats wouldn’t trade softie manny’s crush Stepan for Kesler and he ended up going to the flyers and just killed us for years!!

  83. jpg’s sis,

    yes, I believe Girardi is a priority and that he will be a Ranger after March 5.

    no, I don’t believe Sather wants to trade Callahan at all, but Callahan and his agent have put him in a situation where he must be dealt. In this case, for once, Sather is looking beyond this year. If he weren’t, he’d just keep Callahan and let him walk July 1.

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

    *Carp*: How much input do you think the coaching staff has in these trade deadline decisions?

  85. Thanks, Bull Dog, you are right. Stapleton was the little blond guy with the crew cut. I did like him, he could skate and carry the puck out of the zone. Because he was smallish, the Black Hawks kept him in the minors way too long.

  86. Manny, to be honest I don’t know … But I’d guess that in Callahan’s case, with the contract being the bottom line, not much. Though I’m sure AV would be in on the decision based on what comes back. And I also think the previous coach had a lot more input than the current coach.

    Now, on another trade, where it’s player for player and not a back-against-the-wall situation like Callahan’s, I think Sather would give his coach a lot if input, generally speaking.

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

    Avery is going to get kicked off the show for ruffling too many feathers or demanding that his friend hang out on the show.

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

    “I demanded free wi-fi and unlimited OJ in my trailer. If I don’t get it I walk. By the way, this is my buddy Aaron Voros and he gets to be on the show. Or I walk.” – Avery

  89. Dancing with the stars? Vomit!

    I always had a feeling Hank would do that show. That would be horrifying. Career ending injury trying to balance some chick on his thigh. A thousand times more embarrassing than Erik Johnson’s golfing injury or that player that slipped on chocolate milk.

  90. Scott, what do you think the Ducks need to give up to acquire Dan Girardi from the NY Rangers?

    Scott Burnside (12:43 PM)

    John; My guess is the Rangers re-up Girardi but he would be quite the catch for the Ducks and would likely cost one of the team’s speedy, talented young forwards. Just don’t see Girardi moving unless he indicates to Glen Sather he won’t sign under any condition and wants to hit the market on July 1. Girardi as a Duck ups their Cup quotient significantly though.

  91. After weeks of Callahan speculation, it truly amazes me that there are still people around here that haven’t grasped the basic concepts of the situation, and that this isn’t simply about trading a 28 year old for a 38 year old. Truly amazing.

  92. I read that Miller is being inserted since he is an “offensive” player like Matts.

    Unfortunately, while his assists are at a nice level lately, he’s converted at a typical Sather/Clark draftee pace: 3 of his last 50-plus AHL shots have gone in….

    Wow!

    As for the Cally/MSL evaluation: while the guy at 38 is certainly more prone to injury while aging, in spite of
    proof of indestructibility, the 28-year old is not likely, given his history, to be a whole lot better risk
    to have many full, productive seasons.

    In mid-2011-2012 marathon, I wrote that Dan looked like
    a legit Norris candidate; he faded substantially the rest of that year, badly bruised and fatigued, and has never, IMVHO, approached that level again. iWacky could play opposite this year’s Mac, and look good.
    Yes, Dan has played better lately, and, even with his in-and-out game, won’t be easy to replace. But I don’t think he will be first (or even second) pair in three years, so the price is too high in a cap system.

    To the Holiday-Inners who always assure a huge cap hit is no factor once the ink is dry, think the anchors of Nash/Richards/Hank contracts are now playing a big role in these difficult Cally/Dan decisions?

  93. I know Callahan is valuable, but the money and term are off the charts crazy. If he is making 7mil per, imagine what it will cost to sign guys that are better point producers. A Rick Nash level player will be 9 mil, and a Malkin level would fetch 10.5. NY doesn’t get discounts. Precedents are hard to reverse.

  94. Or smart GMs will demerit guys like Nash who are point-producers-and-nothing-else-to-sometimes-negatives-in-other-areas. That label shouldn’t be reserved just for “enigma” Russians like Semin.

  95. therealmikeynj on

    I just find it odd that Sather doesn’t think or is even thinking about NOT trading either one, play with the team we have, look at them as your playoff rentals, and if they refuse to resign in the offseason for decent offers, than you know there playing for themselves and for cash, so be it.

    Toronto did it last year with Bozak, and what happened, he resigned as an UFA, because he wanted to stay, and got a decent contract.

    The worst that happens everyone will say is we lose them for nothing. Yeah nothing except a ton of cap space.

    Plus if you factor in Richards being bought out,that’s a lot of cash to play around with to replace 2 forwards and a defensemen.

    I just hate this lose them for nothing mentality, cause in a cap world, you really DONT lose anyone for nothing

    YOU GET MAJOR CAP SPACE

  96. You can’t replace them with as good of a player for less money, so generally, you lose cap space.

  97. Bingo: The worst thing you can do is get a mediocre return that makes this year’s team worse and doesn’t make future teams any better. Renting your own player trumps nonsense like bringing in Chris Stewart at $4MM next year just so you can say “look, we have something for next year”.

  98. Yup, Gravy. To replace a R-handed, stay home D-man who eats up major minutes, and plays against top players in this league would cost you upwards of $6M. And he will probably enter your WBM by Thanksgiving.

  99. If the logic is that Callahan isn’t worth the money, why would his replacement cost as much as Callahan or be worse? It gets into circular logic a bit, doesn’t it?

  100. I still don’t get it. Somebody write it slowly, so I can understand. Why, unless you want draft picks, do you trade Callahan? Whatever (besides picks) that you can get for him now, you can simply purchase after the season is over, no? If he wants to show he’s worth 7 mil, why not let him show it here and reap the rewards?

  101. Exactly, ilb.

    MD, it’s the nature of free agency. That’s why I think trading for an asset is the best option. I agree on Stewart, but then you target picks (unless you give yourself a really good shot to win it this year).

  102. Norm: Pretty much agree with the exception of some team offering a young upside forward they’ve grown tired of or are willing to part with for more veteran-ness down the stretch. Not something a particularly smart team would do, but who knows.

  103. But Gravy, if we’re theoretically contenders, why trade for picks? Just keep Callahan and go from there. This weird impetus to solve next year before this year is over confuses me.

    (And its not like I don’t like the strategy. I badly wanted the Yankees to trade Cano precisely because I didn’t think they could make the playoffs. But this team is in and unless you’re getting a great return, the present year cost doesn’t justify future year gains.)

  104. MD, it’s one of those debates where we’re both right and both wrong.

    But, boil it down to simplicity. Are the Rangers a better team this year with MSL or Callahan? I think MSL, but it’s close. Are they better next year with MSL at $5.7M or Callahan at $7M? Year 3, are they better with 32 year old Callahan at $7M than Miller, Fast, etc.?

  105. Would I rather take a chance on someone like Kadri? Sure. But, is anything like that on the table anywhere?

  106. Kadri is the *exact* guy I have in mind. If Toronto is tired of him for whatever reason and wants certainty rather than prospects/picks, I cry my eyes out and make the trade. But Chris F’ing Stewart? I can’t believe that’s even being considered by some here, let alone possibly our real front office.

  107. I agree with you on Stewart, but think that MSL is a good return. The guy produces, can play PP and PK, reasonable cap hit, signed through next year, etc.

    Now, if you tell me they need to include Miller, or picks, maybe even Fast, then I’m not liking it as much.

  108. I would because there is more FA depth on the wing than at C, but it throws the lines off this year.

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

    Nash for Kesler? I have to think about that. It’s close. Kesler is a legit Center but Nash can really, really flat out score.

  110. Would any of you keep Callahan, knowing that you have a shot to win the Cup with him THIS year, and also knowing he’s gone for no return next year, OR, would you trade Cally, for some prospect, who’s not really ready for the big time, but has a lot of upside and a draft pick or two, but knowing that, but trading Cally, your Cup chances just evaporated?

    I think if you feel you have a chance at the Cup, you have to keep him, unless you can get something that makes you better THIS year. That’s why I’m more willing to do the MSL deal than I would for some prospect.

    Same goes for Girardi.

  111. steveknj

    No because Callahan is not the difference between winning the cup or not, at least not on this team. You have to get value for him

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

    At the Cup? I mean, maybe they have a shot to get to the ECF. Maybe. But if they meet up with a physical team they are done. Can they really beat the Bruins or Penguins?

    And do they REALLY have a shot to beat a Western team in a 7 game series? Anaheim? San Jose? Chicago? St. Louis (with Callahan)?

  113. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Back when Gaborik got pounded and Girardi stood by, I really soured on him. But his game has improved ever since, and with Staal’s unfortunate injuries, he has become a ‘D’ leader along with McDonagh (thank God for that trade).

    So, while Cally has been an unselfish captain, with his history of injuries, I am loath to offer him a long contract. I don’t want us to have a Ryan Smyth clone at age 36.

    If only one can stay, it should be Girardi.

  114. Smyth went for 19-27-46 in his age 36 season. I could easily stomach that as Cally’s curtain call.

  115. The Islanders almost beat the same Pens team last year in the first round. Boston is a challenge, but I give them at least 50-50 against everyone else.

    And, if you get to the Final, anything is possible. Hank could stand on his head. Are they likely to win the Cup? No. But, it’s not that crazy.

  116. I was hard on Girardi too, but that was a tough situation to be in. Desperately needing points to make the playoffs. If he jumps in, he’s gone from the game, on top of losing Gabby for five minutes.

    If you ask him now, he probably would do things differently, but it’s easy to say that now, knowing him the year turned out.

    And yeah, I said “hard on”

  117. This whole Callahan situation reminds me of what happened with Ryan Malone.

    Pittburgh born guy, playing for his home team, where he was an alternate captain. He scored 27 goals in 2008 when they lost the Cup to Detroit, albeit on a team with Crosby and Malkin. He was 29 years old, coming off a career year – he had one shot at making big money.

    Pittsburgh didn’t trade him until the summer, just his rights and he signed a monster (at the time) 7 years for $31.5m or a $4.5m cap hit. He had one more decent year with 26 goals and is now a 34 year old guy who gets 12 minutes a game but can still score 15-20.

    Similar playing style to Callahan and a very similar situation. I’d probably argue that Pittsburgh was right to let him walk for that price, given that they knew they had to resign Crosby/Malkin and that Tampa Bay didn’t get their money’s worth – not the worse signing ever but not great.

    I could easily see this same scenario play out with Callahan. Goes into the summer and the Rangers trade his rights for a pick because they’re not going to match his demands.

  118. Cally must go and St. Looooey would be a good trade. I like Girardi, but I’m at the point where, if he’s suddenly asking for even more $, years, sayonara (if Slats can get reasonable return.) Who will replace him? Danny is not Bobby Orr and is in reality, despite all the accolades, very dependable. And he seems to be in demand. We don’t need either one’s cap anchor.

  119. And Richie, too, must go at year’s end. A cap disaster waiting to happen. And his flashes of offensive capability barely (if at all) makes up for us playing 4 on 5 defensively.

  120. Gravy – It’s not crazy that this team could win the Cup (although highly unlikely), but for the G.M. to play it like this team is one, tired, old body from accomplishing that is what is really crazy. I will be shocked if Sather takes “futures” for present time value. He always deals like today is the last day for Planet Earth.

  121. With this team as constituted, the only way we get to the ECF is if we avoid Pitt and Boston on the way. A couple few ingenious tweaks, we could be a factor. Slats has to put on his Mensa ice cap.

  122. I think we could find a way through Pittsburgh, not Boston. Too many key guys up top on our side seems to withdraw when it gets too rough.

  123. Sioux, your family seems to be a treasure. Which is probably why you greet the day with a large smile.

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

    ORR is right. I think the whole rule about third man in along with the Defenseman being unable to move below the dots really hampers his physical effectiveness.

  125. I agree with Gravy. Does anyone trust MAF going into the playoffs as your goalie? Toronto, a similar team in style to ours, with a weaker goalie came withing a few minutes of beating Boston last year. And have you looked at our record against the Western Conference? 9-10, which is close enough to .500 that it means we have a shot. So while I don’t think it’s a great chance, I think it’s a reasonable enough chance to go for it. How many more “rebuilding” years do you want to be in? You would rather have a prospect and draft picks (and considering Slats record with draft picks…) than make a run? Or trade Cally for an older but a player that makes us better.

  126. “And a blooper to left, Gardner scoring easily from third. A sweet muffin from the Ellsbury Dough Boy!

    “Goodness, gracious, what a clutch blooper, John!”

  127. “Cally must go and St. Looooey would be a good trade.”

    If Cally must go, I assume that means the Rangers must get something for him that they otherwise could not get if he stayed. But you can get St. Louis (or someone else) next year to replace him. So, yes, I get it that you might want draft picks for him — you can’t get those once he’s gone. But I still don’t understand why he must be traded if all you get back is something you could get in July. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here. I’m sure there’s an explanation — otherwise why all the fuss — but I can’t find it.

  128. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    He should have went all Goddard or rupp on him. You just lose the in zone draw if you go in as a d man, less than a wrist slap in that situation.

  129. I also think Richards stays, especially if both 24 & 5 go.

    I knew Richards was going to have a good year and make himself a difficult guy to buy out. It’s too bad we can’t buy him out and then simply turn around resign him for like $2.5M/per.

  130. While Boston was pretty dominant after, let’s remember that it took a Toronto *implosion* for them to make it out of the first round.

  131. Norm, who are they replacing Callahan with in July? It’s not MSL because now you’ve lost Callahan and would have to trade *additional* assets. I don’t see any comparable UFAs.

  132. Call me crazy, but the only real fit I see for Cally long-term is the Buffalo Slugs. They can re-build around his leadership, they have the $, and he’s a local draw.

  133. Norm,

    The argument goes, that once a player hits FA then their salaries become inflated. The Malone example above is the perfect example of this. So while Cally might go for close to 7 for 7 as a FA, to replace him with something comparable might cost you that or more.

    So you can make a trade and get something PLUS still spend the money. But the question for me is, trading him for just something, basically says you give up on the season (especially if Girardi goes too). But if you trade him for something GOOD, even if he’s older, then it still gives you a shot this year. That’s why the MSL trade makes sense from a Rangers standpoint. Sure he’s older, but he’s still got something in the tank and you are getting him for a guy who you get nothing for otherwise. And you can argue that you can get MSL PLUS spend the Cally money on another player. So that’s why I’m in favor of THAT trade, but not for prospects.

  134. What about the opposite of that, Steve? You get a prospect who logically should be a pro eventually, and at a low cap hit, opening up money to be spent on UFAs. That’s sort of what I see as the biggest issue with our team right now, contributions are not in line with cap hits. You can pay big money if you’re getting big production, but we’re not. And granted, Callahan won’t *score* like a $7MM player, but I still think he adds plenty more than Richards. And arguably more than Nash on better than half the nights.

  135. “Call me crazy, but the only real fit I see for Cally long-term is the Buffalo Slugs. They can re-build around his leadership, they have the $, and he’s a local draw.”

    It’s a pretty sure bet that he’ll sign there, 7×7.

    I pity the team that pays him that much for that long.

  136. This also underlines why you take care of your guys ahead of time. Even a mistake doesn’t cost as much as simply going market to fill holes.

  137. Rob in Beantown on

    MSL will still have a NMC in his contract next year though, right? So you can only trade him as a rental if he’s cool with it.

  138. And there is a huge problem. No good UFA’s. But you simply cannot build a successful team in the cap era with UFA’s. You have to mix up good drafting and trades.

  139. Stewart is an answer…All other stuff – optional.
    Oh, yeah,… and sign Girardo with all family, – pronto!

  140. Although, technically by waiving the clause, he’s giving it up. It’s just usually the acquiring team will reinstate it in the contract.

  141. Out of curiosity, what do people think “disappointment” Stepan would command open market if he were to be a UFA after this season?

  142. I can’t wait for the loss tonight followed by what are assuredly-dumb trades by the Cigar Man.

    This organization is a disaster-on-wheels.

  143. There is huge misconception about playoff hockey in that defense and goaltending is the most important factor, however that’s not true.

    Looking back at the past 25-30 years, Stanley Cup winners are almost always one of the best offensive teams in the league.

    Yes, there have been some exceptions (like the trap era Devils), but almost always the Stanley Cup champion is a top scoring team. Just look at the recent winners and you’ll see.

  144. “I asked for a trade? Come on, that’s completely false. I DEMANDED a trade. To NY. For Pouliot.”

  145. Del Z drove down to Disneyland for the Olympic break and when he got near the park, he saw a sign that said “DISNEYLAND LEFT.” So he turned around and drove back to Nashville.

  146. Oleo: I bet that goes hand in hand with the misconception a lot of fans have where their team isn’t a top scoring team if they can think of one that scores a lot more.

    (See: 2011-12 Rangers ranking 11th in scoring but being considered offensively incompetent.)

  147. To be successful, the Rangers need a potent PP to keep the Playoff goons and cheap-shot artists at bay.

  148. Sioux – I know little – I’m new to the game but my buddies seem to poach the Cohiba BHK’s the most… I’ll send you a photo of the top drawer and let you self select?

  149. Mister D

    When I say top offensive team, I mean top 5, maybe just outside. The Rangers right now are 18th, which going off historical trends means that the Stanley Cup is not an option.

    To me, the Rangers need to get more offensive and signing a player like Callahan who’s going to score a lot less goals than the other forwards making 6+ million a year is a bad strategy.

    He has to go…

  150. In catching up with earlier posts people here throwing out getting to cup. There is more of a chance we miss playoffs then get through east.

    The perfect time for slats to trade is Sunday night after Boston game prior to Wednesday night vs Toronto. Get the new guys here in time for wed night or just trade cally to Toronto the day of the game for Kadri and jvr. Lol

  151. Gravy

    That’s a very fair argument although when I see Callahan, I see a player (like Drury) who’s offense is going down the more abuse his body takes.

    I just don’t see how resigning him will be anything but a bad contract and we wont have get out of jail free card we have with Richards.

  152. Stranger Nation on

    11-12 Team Goal Scoring Rank, Goal Differential stat, (NHL Pts Ranking)

    1 Pittsburgh 0.67 (4)
    2 Boston 0.74 (9)
    3 Philadelphia 0.43 (6)
    4 Ottawa 0.09 (15)
    5 Vancouver 0.61 (1)
    6 Chicago 0.12 (10)
    7 Detroit 0.48 (9)
    8 Nashville 0.33 (5)
    9 Tampa Bay -0.56 (22)
    10 Toronto -0.39 (26)
    11 NY Rangers 0.49 (2)
    12 Winnipeg -0.26 (22)
    13 San Jose 0.17 (13)
    14 Washington -0.10 (15)
    15 New Jersey 0.13 (9)

    Scoring matters if you prevent it as well.

    Just ask Buck Richards – Hee Haw!!

  153. When you are a UFA and you see that your GM is using you for a Playoff Push with the intent to trade you or let you go at the end, I would think that self-preservation and family responsibilities would dictate that you play to not get hurt, not a winning formula.

  154. That makes me sad, Stranger. Perhaps we were on the trap-era Devils path before the lure of Nash took over.

  155. Pittsburgh is pretty much in top 5 in offense every year. The only year they won the Cup was when MAF was solid, and they had Rob Skuderi. Otherwise they have trouble getting out of 1-2nd round.

  156. Stranger Nation

    The thing is playoff hockey is a completely different style of play. The wide open hockey we see sometimes in the regular season simply doesn’t happen in the playoffs and teams are very turnover conscious.

    Teams are less complacent and are more dedicated to defense so offense is even more at a premium.

  157. For all his decrease in production, the kid (#24) had 29 in 11/12 and 16 last year in the lockout shortened season.

  158. Yesterday I drove down Utopia Parkway in my Eldorado to get my Eureka fixed. Nirvana on the speakers. Heavenly.

  159. Stevenkj, thanks for trying but now I’m even more confused. I get it you can only get Player A in trade now and Player B later, but this is Callahan were talking about, quite replaceable for the money they want to pay him. Draft picks I get, but you’d have to give one AWAY to steal MSL. Maybe I’ll understand when the shoe finally drops.

  160. Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    That being said, I stand 100% behind what I reported because it is true.
    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie
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    Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    #Canucks F Ryan Kesler categorically denies ever asking for a trade – which is what I reported yesterday.

    Not really, Orr. A bunch of the reporters who were in Sochi reported it yesterday that after USA lost Kesler said flat out that he wants out of Vancouver. Unless all the reporters collectively decided to make this up.

  161. Does anyone remember when Heartbeat Kid Harvey knocked himself out during a fight trying to punch someone? His wife must’ve undergone at least two heart transplants.

  162. Out roster is kind of similar to the Kings roster if you ignore the pesky “except we don’t have a Kopitar” issue.

  163. ilb

    The Pens might only have 1 SC in the last few years, but they lost in the EC finals last season and if not for some injuries and goalie meltdowns would have far more success.

    Obviously, being a top 5 offensive team doesn’t guarantee success, but it is a huge indicator of being a likely SC champion.

    I mean what are the chances that one of the current top 5 scoring teams (Chicago, St. Louis, Anaheim, Pittsburg and Boston) wins the cup this year? 85%, 90%, 95%?

  164. Post Olympics it is almost like a new season. Hard to say how teams, players will react. It takes a few games to sort things out.

  165. “LA Kings couldn’t score any goals, barely made playoffs as 8 seed and won Cup.”

    First off, the Kings should never have been an 8th seed that year. They completely underperformed in the regular season.

    Second, the Kings were the 11th best offensive team in the league that year (one of the rare exceptions) and their talent level simply didn’t match the production.

    Third, they also added Jeff Carter at the deadline so they were a much better offensive team going into the playoffs than their goal totals suggested.

  166. Kings having similar problems this season — scoring goals. and yet you’d be crazy to think they couldn’t win the Cup, right?

  167. Oscar alert:

    @rangersreport

    VIDEO: Rick Carpiniello previews tonight’s Rangers-Blackhawks game. rangers.lohudblogs.com

  168. Carp

    The Kings are an interesting case although I think a lot of their goal scoring issues stem from the fact that Dustin Brown has seen a major drop in production. 10 goals and 7 assists in 59 games?

    A cautionary tale for not signing Callahan if I ever saw one. He has a 5.85 mil cap hit and he has 17 points in year 1 of 8.

  169. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" ChUmpCag-O-blows Bigshmucks are NXT!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Come on start the game already!!!!

  170. Who is fat, loves hockey and has two thumbs?

    THIS GUUUUYYYY!

    LGR baby! All the way to mid-round picks for the next eight Cally-less seasons!

  171. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" ChUmpCag-O-blows Bigshmucks are NXT!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!!!

    LETS DO THIS!!!

  172. why do you think it’s off the cuff or unscripted, coos?

    I literally could of scripted it their but I could care less.

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

    Maybe the traid deadline will be incredibly boring. Lots of rumors but nothing actually happens.

  174. Will the Rangers or MSG do a dedication to Ghostbusters or Harold Ramis? Maybe slime Dolan or the players should cross streams in his latte?

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

    “Note to Male Rangers fans: In honor of Harold Ramis’ please remember to cross all streams in the Men’s room. Be safe and enjoy the game.” – Management

  176. Ooops. Scripted? Reminds me of my high school coach who once complemented me on leaning into a pitch with the bases loaded in a tight game. Didn’t have the heart to tell him I didn’t lean into anything, just too stupid to turn the right way.

  177. Funny the little, insignificant things you remember, and how so many large, significant things are fuzzy and have been lost in the clouds. Guess it’s nature’s self-defense mechanism. :)

  178. I’m going to miss this game because the clowns at the stealership (aka BMW dealership) can’t upload the software fast enough.

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