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


Friday, Mar. 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Rangers: 33-26-4 (70 pts)
Hurricanes: 27-26-9 (63 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-26-4 (70 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts have now registered a point in 13 of their last 19 games (12-6-1), and are 17-8-2 in their last 27. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 27-26-9 (63 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, Mar. 9, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matinée matchup.

All-Time: 63-48-7-2 overall (38-17-4-2 at home; 25-31-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at PNC Arena. New York is 1-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-1 win on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Hurricanes, 38-28, including a 27-14 advantage through two periods, while their power play was 1-4 (25.0%) in the contest. The line of Derek Stepan (three goals), Chris Kreider (three assists), and Mats Zuccarello (three assists) combined for Stepan’s second career hat trick, while Carl Hagelin notched two goals. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory on Mar. 18 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in three games, while Carl Hagelin tied for the series lead with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .950 Sv%.
• The Rangers enter the contest with a nine-game winning streak against the Hurricanes, including five straight wins at Carolina, and have out-scored the Hurricanes 36-17 during the streak
• The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in six of the last eight games against the Hurricanes
• New York is 18-11-0 on the road; Carolina is 15-12-5 at home
• The Rangers are 11-10-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Hurricanes are 11-7-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Hurricanes on its roster
• Carolina lists two former Rangers on its roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2002-03)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 15-8-1, 1 SO, 2.21 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 76 GP, 38-49–87
• Brad Richards – 54 GP, 15-33–48
• Derek Stepan – 12 GP, 6-5–11
• Ryan McDonagh – 10 GP, 1-5–6

• The Rangers power play is 13-62 (21.0%) in the last 21 games, and 21-92 (22.8%) in the last 29
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Tied for seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.3%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-1 (2:00) on Wednesday vs. Toronto. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (41-203, 20.2%), and second on the road (23-90, 25.6%). 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 (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-2 (4:00) and notched two shorthanded goals on Wednesday vs. Toronto. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (152-183, 83.1%), and 14th on the road (75-91, 82.4%). 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 (5): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore).
Four-on-Four: New York yielded one goal in two four-on-four situations (1:45), and did not tally/yield a goal in one three-on-three situation (1:03) on Wednesday vs. Toronto. The Rangers are now -2 in 70 four-on-four situations (113:18), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) 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 (8): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis made his Rangers debut on Wednesday vs. Toronto after being acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. St. Louis is a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner (2003-04, 2012-13) and the 2003-04 Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the league’s Most Valuable Player. He is currently tied for sixth in the NHL in goals (29), 10th in points (61), eighth in power play goals (nine), 23rd in power play points (18), 27th in assists (32), and ranks third among league forwards in average ice time (21:40). St. Louis has registered 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) over his last 21 games, including a 10-game point streak from Jan. 7 – Jan. 25, and tallied his 600th career assist on Jan. 30 at Ottawa.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: The Rangers have swept the season series against the Hurricanes in each of the last two seasons, and enter the contest with a nine-game winning streak against Carolina. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Hurricanes, 36-17, during the streak, which began with a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011 at Carolina. The Rangers have won five straight games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, tallying 18 goals while allowing six over the span. The Blueshirts also have a five-game winning streak at Carolina, and have won seven of their last eight meetings in Raleigh. Prior to 2011-12, the last time the Rangers swept the season series against the Hurricanes was during the 2002-03 season (4-0-0).

HAT TRICK TRIO: Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers’ 5-1 win on Nov. 2 vs. Carolina. Stepan, along with linemates Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, combined for nine points in the contest, with Kreider and Zuccarello assisting on each of Stepan’s three goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the sixth time since the start of the 2005-06 season that a trio accounted for all of the scoring on a hat trick, with Anaheim’s line of Kyle Palmieri (hat trick), Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf being the last to accomplish the feat on Feb. 27, 2013.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 16 of its last 21 contests on the road, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 4 – Feb. 7. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, marking the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season. The Blueshirts are now 18-11-0 on the road this season, which is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers’ power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (23-90, 25.6%).

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 15 games (10-4-1, 2.13 GAA, .930 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-5-2 with a 2.29 GAA, .925 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 19 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.

• Henrik Lundqvist – 2 wins from 300th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 4 points from 100th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 1 point from 200th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand on 2/16, 3-4 weeks) – 4

• Mar. 5 – Acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2nd round pick in 2014 and a 1st round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Acquired Raphael Diaz from Vancouver in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
• Feb. 28 – Agreed to terms with Dan Girardi on a contract extension

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  1. Saw Ryan Callagone on tv with the Lightning, I think he’s in shock. He’ll help the lightning but wow, do you really think he thought it would get to this? Hoping we come out strong and get back to winning again, getting crowded in the standings, LGR!

  2. Rob in Beantown on

    I can’t imagine Callahan feels anything but regret. One day you are captain of an Original Six team and the next you are a filling a mercenary role in Tampa Bay. Hope it was worth it.

  3. I see the Bolts have named Stamkos their new captain.
    Does that mean Slatscapades will name THE Kreider?

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Sorry, haven’t been around as much I’d like to. This vacation is too time consuming :-)
    I’ve been thinking about this trade a bit though. And this is what I think, just an opinion. It’s not as simple as “this is a great trade”, or “it stinks, we gave up too much for a 38 year old”. I think it has everything to do with Hank turning 32, and with Sather having, perhaps, his last few years in charge of this team. He’s going for it. And it’s a gamble.
    This is about giving up, potentially, two 1st rounders for MSL. Callahan has nothing to do with it. He overplayed his cards, and it was the right decision on Sather’s part. I guess we’ll find out in July whether he gets what he wants in Buffalo. Or whether he fires his agent instead. I wish him well, he was great for this team.

    The Rangers got the best player out there by a wide margin. I believe Sather’s logic is simple: you’re not getting a prolific goalscorer in July because they aren’t available, all signed by their teams, and any of them would cost much more than MSL’s contract. He is going to help this year a little- to make the playoffs, but I think it’s all about next year. Tough to argue, they have a world class goalie, three of the league’s best shutdown D-men, and a fast team that can score if they play well. MSL fits AV’ system and style of play perfectly. This team is different from 2011, and this move makes it even more obvious that they’re moving away from that team. Also now Sather doesn’t need to look for a defenseman to QB their PP. Those players are pretty much almost impossible to find, and are prohibitively expensive. He now has MSL,MZA, and Richards to run their PP. The R wing looks impressive : MSL, Nash, and MZA ( where would Callahan fit anyway, fourth line?).
    The gamble that Sather is taking, I think, is whether it’s going to be enough to beat the Bruins, Pens, and whichever powerhouse comes out of the West next year. I expect Sather to go after few big, bruising players, some on defense, some on L wing in July while keeping the core of skills, speed and defense. I also think (and I REALLY hope I’m wrong) that he isn’t going to buy Richards out, and will either decide to use an ordinary buyout later on, or take a chance on recapture penalty when the Cap goes well over $80M. MSL’s signing has it written all over it, especially if Richards clicks with Marty.
    So the best case scenario is the Rangers win the Cup next year or so and remain competitive thereafter by a virtue of their current young players stepping in in a few years. The worst case scenario is they don’t win it all, and suffer from giving up so many draft picks in multiple years and become a perennial cellar dweller.
    To be honest, at the moment we are stuck in between. Since 2005. Right in the middle. Make the playoffs, go down after 1-2 rounds and don’t draft high enough.

    Giving up so many draft choices was a steep price to pay for MSL. I think jury is still out on how that move impacts this franchise long term. But for now, this team is much better. And we will all forget about those draft picks once good Marty scores a couple of goals in one game, and a few game winners. Whether it’s going to hurt them long term is debatable. We have no choice but wait and see.
    Sorry for the long post. I’ll be back “full time” starting Monday. Hey, don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend :-).

  5. All due respect Ilb, they were “going for it” when they signed Gretzky in 97…17 years later they’re still going for it..

    btw does the term “go for it” remind anyone of Rocky V? Prust sayin…

  6. I’ll always be a Callahan fan but I guess I’m at the point where I just don’t react emotionally because I know it’s business. Part of me is wondering if he’s saying to himself “it’s the Rangers I thought for sure they’d pay me”

  7. Mind you, he’ll love Tampa. Best place I’ve ever lived. But it ain’t no hockey town.

  8. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    I’m not a fan of contracts longer than 3 years .5 6 years is ridiculous unless , unless you have a TOP nhl scorer.
    Sorry hank..
    Start signing long term contracts and soon enough everyone on the team wants one especially when they haven’t won a cup win a cup then maybe.

  9. Dread – dream, what’s the difference? You know what I mean. LGR, but they suck

  10. Do AV and Ulf coach defensive zone coverage at all? Or do they only practice free throws in Greenburgh? Rebounding, passing, one on one efforts also all turrible. Are these guys paying attention to coaching at all?

  11. ilb – i agree with you on a couple of those things. I think we’ll love MSL and i believe he’ll stay another 2 years beyond this contract (and be good for 30+ goals).
    I also think Slats now won’t buy out Richards now.

  12. I also think Cally may well fire his agent, maybe not now but if he cant get 6x$6m in July he certainly will.

  13. Another gamble Sather is taking is what this trade does to the locker room, team chemistry and upcoming negotiations to other key players..Think Staal is moves into last year of his contract next season

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right, here I am,
    Stuck in the middle with you.

  15. Stranger Nation on

    Not sure where Norm went but news reports of strange yodeling noises emanating from the White Mountains in New England.

  16. The one thing I’ll be interested to see with St Louis is what happens on the defensive side of the puck when he’s on the ice with the Rangers. We know he can score and rack up assists.

    Unfortunately, he’s been either #1 or Top 5 for the number of even-strength goals against the past few seasons. Basically, if he was playing, he’d be on the ice for at least one even-strength goal per game.

    Now to be fair, he was playing with Stamkos, who was right there with him in terms of number of goals scored at even-strength. Maybe that line just played very little defense or stayed high in the defensive zone to get the jump on the transition. I don’t know exactly. Arguably, the Rangers have a better defense and goalie than Tampa did but it will be interesting to see.

    A goal a game for his line is great but it’s not overly meaningful if you also give up a goal a game as well. Let’s not forget that Tampa missed the playoffs last season when he won the scoring title.

    Overall, I’m excited to see what he can do.

  17. Yes, the MSL trade probably signals the return of Richards next season. However, too much was made of the cap recapture penalty by fans and writers alike. Richards was always going to be given the opportunity to redeem himself this season with the possibility of continuing with the Rangers following this season.

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – norm is in Vienna. A soprano with their choir boys. Do mi do mi do.

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s Kooz’s fault. He kept on boring that uber exciting norm – and norm just couldn’t take it anymore. I hear he lurks now counting every time his name is mentioned… Norm, for you

    Neighhhhhghhhhhhh brrrrrrrrrr

  20. The *Wall Street Journal* did a piece about Mayor Bill de Blasio. It appears that 5% of New Yorkers have no idea who he is. Way to go NYC!

  21. ilb, enjoyed that post. I agree, it’s definitely a gamble for Sather and I’m afraid you might be right about Richards. It’s just that Sather continues to ignore the elephant in the room: we’re not tough. I fear that he’ll continue to ignore this problem in the off season.

  22. Manny, this wouldn’t be a problem if we all just wore name tags. Everyone would be a lot friendlier. “Hello, Sam.” “How are you doing, Joe?”

  23. Carp, as a long-time Ranger fan, and regardless of what some feel about Cally over playing his hand or his agent over playing his hand, it would’ve been nice, actually, it should’ve been mandatory that someone on the MSG Network or one of the beat writers to actually get a microphone in front of Cally for his reaction!!!! We got all St. Louis reaction and nothing from Cally, except a quote from an interview done on TSN. Very disappointing!!! He was our heart-n-soul and altho he is now perceived as greedy, I hated to see him go!!!!

  24. leetchhalloffame on

    Time to stop crying over Cally. He got what he wanted. It’s just that we didn’t get what we wanted. A new owner & new GM.

  25. Agree, Yergs. I would kiss everyone hello.

    We probably need to do what I’ve been complaining about all season long and *CALL UP BICKEL*

  26. Rob in Beantown on

    Good call, Artie, the strongest man in the world. They should have let Callahan speak!

  27. And just to say it again, if it weren’t for the recapture penalty I would absolutely keep Brad Richards.

  28. repost:

    I do not believe there is a chance we are good enough to win a Cup this year. Which is why I don’t get why we did not move Boyle, Stralman, and Moore and why we wasted a pick on Diaz. Which is why I hope we get bounced from the playoffs in the 1st round to get a higher 1st round pick and keep our 1st round pick. And I really hope Callahan re-signs in Tampa so we could get a 2nd round pick.

    So basically the best (realistically, because we are not going to win a Cup with this soft lineup) scenario now is to make the playoffs get our feet wet, see how each player performs in the playoffs under a new system, lose in the 1st round. Retain 1st rounder which could be mid to late teens. Try to use Kristo as bait to move up. Re-sign maybe Pouliot and Moore and Carcillo, let go of Boyle and Stralman. Buy out Richards. Trade Stepan and John Moore for some power forward. Stepan for Kassian + 2nd rounder? Sign some versatile 3rd/4th liner(s) that can play physical, fight, score, kill penalties etc. And hopefully Callahan does one final favor and re-signs with Tampa. But really this season the lineup was so soft it made me want to puke.

    Sather should have just traded Callahan for 1st rounder+. Then we could have traded 3 1st rounders for almost any player in the NHL.

    Also these last 20 games if Hagelin doesn’t wake up, they need to trade this softie.

    re-signing Zuccarello is a must.

    Next season:

    ???-???-??? need 3 tough rugged grinders


    Callahan was supposed to be a character guy, but once he made ridiculous contract demands he revealed what he was all about. You can’t put a price on intangibles and Callahan did without a shame and once you overpay through the nose for intangibles they are no longer intangibles. On top of that Callahan was not a big scorer to begin with and was starting to slow down. Also for a leader he wasn’t vocal enough. A captain needs to be a lot more vocal.

  29. “And just to say it again, if it weren’t for the recapture penalty I would absolutely keep Brad Richards.”

    why? He is as soft and un-gritty as they come and all he does is shoot the puck. We are not winning any Cups with Richards on the team that is apparent.

  30. ilb your thoughts are right on and its not the worst idea Sather has ever had. Real hard to find someone to fill the net in the off season and he figures he will fill in grit on LW in the off season. The other thing is its way easier with Wilbur’s contract gone, but all signs point to him keeping money bags. If that happens, no real shot at the Cup, screwed cap wise for yrs to come and no draft choices. That’s how important cutting Richards is. But you never know with uncle Glen. Signing Hank to that contract set the stage for all of this to follow.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    _We probably need to do what I’ve been complaining about all season long and CALL UP BICKEL_

    Is Falk bored in the pressbox? Completely agree, but AV is play a go-go system and Bickel is just pawn in game of life…

  32. Stranger Nation on

    This just in….


    FIRE SATHER!!!!!!!

  33. Thanks, coos. But, nah, I’m an amateur. Just a loyal hockey fan with another opinion. Wrong more often than right. Carp is a pro, we should listen to what he says more often. And even he is wrong at times. What should bother as, fans, is how often NYR management gets it wrong.

  34. Always a ticklish situation when you have to go to your boss and tell him you made a slight boo boo and need him to come up with $20 million from his kick to make things right. No wonder he hopes against hope for #19 to succeed and most likely tells the coaches to go easy on him about playing only half court.

  35. ilb, I actually originally read your post without first looking at the avatar and though it WAS Carp, and wondered why he was on vacation while dating a snow shovel. :)

  36. Robby Bonfire on

    I wish J.T. Miller could assign Sather to Siberia, where his fat, arrogant carcass belongs.

  37. Speaking of pros. I saw Lloyd posted, along with his sidekicks/twins, a few posts just to remind us how dumb everybody on this blog is in what we think about the moves etc. Bet you he thinks he’d be able to run this organization better than anyone who’s doing it now. Heck, bet you he’d teach me how to get a very sick child out of coma. Even though I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years.

  38. Robby Bonfire on

    Hey Rob in Beantown –

    I think it is a good lesson for Cally and any other jerk/player who puts too much stock in his agent who is selling him up the river. Arrogance and selfishness can come back to exact a severe price. Right Cally? Good luck to you in the “warm weather hockey” capital of the world.

  39. Fam had a house in St. Croix some years back, and got to know a bunch of young Hess executives from NY and Boston. The wives loved it for a while but after a year, they couldn’t take the constant balmy sunshine and heading to the beach club every day, and pressured their husbands to resign or transfer back. Ironies.

  40. Nice video, UK. He was great for this team, no doubt. But don’t think for a minute that his agent didn’t tell him that maybe they’re pushing it too much to the limit, and whether it was really worth for him leaving it all for a few K’s. I think it’s just a part of Callahan’s competitive nature. Sometimes you win, but expect to lose occasionally too.

  41. Callahan does own a boat and loves driving around in it. Thus, he loves “boating”

    Florida is a good place to boat.

  42. ilb – i’ll be surprised if he’s not taking part in the suck-show in Buffalo next year, probably as captain and probably with more than a $36m contract in his pocket.
    He may get his money but i think his chances of winning a cup will have dropped significantly. They might be able to turn their new shiny draft picks into something in 3-4 years, or they could be another Edmonton.

  43. Stranger Nation on

    Watching at Cally reminds me that 90% of his goals came from the dirty areas or from breakaways. Playing with Richards limited those breakaways. The Crosby fight were classic

    Cally is like an NFL running back who gave his body to the team and that style does not bode well for a long NHL career.

  44. I dont know, seeing Callahan go from wearing Ranger Blue with a C on the chest to wearing a giant Lightning Bolt Shazam jersey with no letters at all was pretty jarring. Think if Sather had shown him that picture and said either sign for 6×6 or this will be you the deal would have been done. And guys listen to their agents.

  45. TheMessiah11 on

    This is precisely what happens when a player becomes full of themselves and greedy. He went in a single moment, from being the captain of the freakin NY Rangers, to a nobody on Tampa. He isnt going to get anywhere near the contract that was offered to him here. He is a good third line player on a good team. He was selfish, and in the end, his true colors came out, and they were all about the green.

    Let me be the first on here to have the guts to say SO LONG CAPTAIN.

    Sather may be a lot of things, but he aint an idiot. As much as we like to pin him down to the floor, he has a good sense of business. Callahan was just a bad business decision. And all the people on here who are crying over losing a “20 goal scorer” GROW UP. We got a legit top 5 player in the league back. People have to learn to let their emotions go sometimes.

    Good things will come from this trade.

  46. I think QQQ might win the prize for the dumbest post so far in 2014. I’m sorry I even read it.

  47. Buffalo gave up the best thing they had going for them when they failed to really build properly around Miller after Drury, Briere, Campbell et al all left. That’s why the Rangers dont care about draft picks from 2015 – those guys wont be taking regular shifts until 20/20 and by that time the best goaltender in franchise history will be close to being done. Just the way Leetch and Richter had their last 7 years wasted with no playoffs, you can’t do that with Henk. To get back to Buffalo, no way are they a legit contender going forward. That’s a lifestyle/money move.

  48. Fishing is great down here, Manny. Boating = Fun in the Sun.

    Hey, do you guys really think Callahan wants to be part of that clown show up in Buffalo?

    I just think the guy wants to win and play for the same team for a long time.

  49. Buffalo stocked up on draft picks and has a shot to be good again in 3-4 years. Or Edmonton, one of those.

  50. Sather is going for it again, as he has been since he arrived in NY oh so many years ago.

    The problem is he’s going for it with a flawed team. MSL of course, is an upgrade over Callahan (albeit each brings a different flavour to game, but you cannot under-estimate offensive production, especially on the Rangers who often struggle to score), but there’s no power winger, no number 1 centre and bruising, physical d-man (and for that matter, no true offensive d-man).

    The Rangers have great goaltending, a solid and relatively deep defense and some speedy skilled forwards. Enough to land them a PO berth but IMO not enough to make them a cup contender.

    What happens next year is a key unknown, expounded by the fact that less than 1/2 of players are signed past July 1.

    Giving up those picks to get MSL, after having no picks in rounds 1 and 2 last June, puts this club in a precarious position going forward, especially in the cap world where it’s essential to have a solid pipeline to feed to the big club cheap, young and effective talent.

    The continual trading away of picks, which Sather started doing 4 years ago, has yet to bear fruit and worse, is a strategy that should be embraced only when a club is a legitimate contender.

    Otherwise, you risk unending mediocrity and how ironic (or not) it is that this describes quite accurately Sather’s Ranger tenure…


  51. Whose Callahan. The 3rd line winger asking for 6.25 mil and a no trade.

    Loved him but moving him was right move. The 1st round pick is tough but we waste picks anyway.

    The minus to all this is my ranger jersey has cally on the back.

    I promised I would never buy another jersey again. I spend enough on season tix and playoff games.
    my salute to cally will be wear his jersey still

  52. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Sunny balmy days in paradise get boring after awhile, that’s why I live somewhere that has winter cold and snow like the arctic tundra and summers hot and dry like the desert. Think the wife will buy that logic?

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I completely agree with your assessment of Sather’s motivations and prospective moves. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and shoot me an e-mail when you get back in town so we can get the kids together.

  54. “Thanks, coos. But, nah, I’m an amateur. Just a loyal hockey fan with another opinion. Wrong more often than right. Carp is a pro, we should listen to what he says more often. And even he is wrong at times. What should bother as, fans, is how often NYR management gets it wrong.”

    But how do we really know if NYR management gets it wrong since we are amateurs? :)

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s official! Doodie Jr. is headed to his first game on Sunday. He has a sweet, custom made Rangers toque (present from a friend) and his jacket is blue and red. Also, Doodie Jr. will fit right in with the older fanbase. Whenever he points with his right hand, he always uses his middle finger!

    I only worry what Mrs. Machetto is going to make us buy as souvenirs. I think she’s going to bankrupt us on foam fingers and mini sticks.

  56. You always need a happy medium. (That’s why you buy Nostradamus single malt scotch)

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m on the can….Preaching to the willing in about 45 minutes….hope I finish in time…

  58. Stranger Nation on

    Avatar-less troll hates on Carp and tries to be the devil’s advocate to boneheads…where have we seen that before???

  59. Not to speak for Carp, but he is well aware of the eight year maximum contract for the current team.

  60. Fishing is SUPER fun. I’m a big fan of throwing Pink Sluggos out for Striped Bass. Although a nice live American Chad will do.

  61. Yea – the only person who is allowed to *not* have an avatar around here is eric.

  62. Oh, and I would totally do Stepan for Kassian & a pick because Kassian is super great.

    [dripping with (s)]

  63. Whoever gets the first pick in the 2015 draft gets Connor McDavid, said to be the next Gretzky.

  64. Doodie

    Headed to game Sunday as well. Where your seats again 208?. Will come by and meet the little guy.

  65. Yeah, genius. I remember you mocking Carp during that post when it was getting very close to them resigning Callahan. Even though you removed Amour from your name. Don’t remember you giving him any credit after Callahan was traded though. It’s alright, you are well aware of your life span on the blog. Until you reemerge with another name. Like the Fishsticks are re emerging. Yet they stay right in a sewer.

  66. The point was that Lundqvist got what he would have on the open market. There was no discount.

  67. Booby, I didn’t know you hung around in the Keys. I thought you were a Pacific bird..

  68. Doodie, took Gravy, Jr. to his first earlier this year, and he’s still asking me to go again. One of the best days of my life.

  69. The point was that Hank got a max contract. He didn’t. The max would have been 8 years. He gave the Rangers a discount with 7 years. To refute your point that he would have made the same on the open market: that’s not how the economy works. With more suitors, he would have gotten more $.

  70. My point was I didn’t think he could have possibly gotten more than he got with the NYR, and that it wasn’t a discount.

  71. i’ll say this… i don’t think callahan cares all that much… he’s going to go to buffalo, be paid a bunch and get treated like the second coming of the clutch-master himself and get their C.

    going to tampa is a speed bump on the way to that end. whether he played the last 20 games here and won or lost a playoff round or it happens in tampa, the end result is going to be the same. if nothing else, at least this way it doesn’t look like he just walked away from the nyr and the captaincy

  72. How many teams would be looking for a goalie? Of those, how many were offering more than $8.5M per over 7 years?

  73. by the same token, you could then argue that Callahan at 6×6.5 might have been a hometown discount — as his agent said it was — because he theoretically could have gotten more on the open market. And he still might.

  74. Unless Callahan gets hurt. I’m sure he’s hoping that the Lightning do *not* make the playoffs. He needs to get to negotiating before he breaks something.

  75. Carp, do you think the bridge is burned, or is there even a 10% chance of a Callahan reunion?

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    Eric, yeah, 208. Stop by.

    ilb, I am bringing my big-boy camera to mark the occasion.

    He’s also getting his first haircut tomorrow! He’s been growing out his sick flow, and believe me, he’s got a great salad. But the back is just so curly and long that it’s been getting tangled, so we’re just going to have it cleaned up for him. Needs that flow out of his bucket when he’s old enough to play!

  77. I hadn’t considered it because his price will be higher July 1 than it was the day he left. But I think if he wanted to come back for less, Sather would forgive and forget.

  78. Yes, you could argue that and be justified arguing that. Yet it would be completely acceptable to call him selfish given his value and importance to the team were no match to that of Hank. Hank had been carrying this franchise for more than 8 years as one of the top three goalies in hockey. He would have garnered more $ on the free agent market and he would have been worth it.

  79. I don’t call him selfish at all. I separate contract business and hockey. Lundqvist is NOT a selfish player. He got the best deal he could get. I would do the same. You would too. We all would.

  80. He said he couldn’t have traded for St. Louis if Callahan wasn’t traded for him. Cap-wise, it’s a different world post-Richards buyout and with the cap going up next season, as you well know.

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    It just wouldn’t make sense, either. Nash-St. Louis-MZA on the right side already. Unless the plan is to move Nash back to LW, just no point in bringing in another RW.

    Also, do you still think Sather is going to buy out Richards? I give that a less than 25% chance of happening now.

  82. Hank is not selfish. He signed a team friendly contract which was an under market deal for less than the max term.

    Callahan was acting selfish. As the captain, he should have been interested in signing a team-friendly contract.

  83. I don’t know what goes on his mind, Doodie, and I know you understand the cap-recapture penalty. It would be oragnizational suicide for the last three years of Richards’ contract for him to not be bought out … You know he’s not going to play those three seasons for $1M per, and if he did, he’d be so much worse than he is now, and at a huge cap hit.

  84. Yeah, no, Callahan should not have signed a team-friendly contract just because he was captain. that’s fantasy.

  85. I’d heard that, too, Latona … that it might not go up as much as originally thought. But still up from what it is now. Not down.

  86. Doodie Machetto on

    I think it comes down to this, though: Are the Rangers a better team next year with or without Richards? And almost unquestionably, the answer is with Richards, even if Richards is nowhere near the player the Rangers expected him to be when they signed that ludicrous contract. Sather, in making the MSL trade, has pushed a lot of chips into the middle for the next year or two. Does he hurt that effort by buying out Richards?

  87. Alternate Captain Paul Stastny:

    “Everybody knows how the business works,” Stastny said. “You can obviously go somewhere and get more money somewhere else. But if you have something good and you want to stick with it, that hometown discount is obviously something that everyone’s aware of and is important to do. You want both sides to be happy. You don’t want to (mistreat) the team and you want the team to be put in a good situation where they can kind of compete down the road as well.”

  88. Doodie Machetto on

    The expectation by many was 71+, but due to the weakness of the Canadian Dollar, it might only go up to 69+.

  89. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nice post Tolstoy….I mean ILB ;)

    How the hell have you been doctoring people for 30 years when you are 26? Something smells fishy in Denmark (or where ever the hell you are) ;)

  90. Doodie Machetto on

    Where’s his hometown discount extension, then? Oh right, he hasn’t signed one, and is going to be the highest paid UFA center this summer.

  91. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If “IF” the cap is going up like they say, I also wonder if secretariat gets bought out.

    Big question is does slats think this team is better with stastny or Richards or neither and maybe Kesler (my wish)

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    I hope it’s lower. Makes buying out Richards necessary just to retain our other guys.

  93. He hasn’t re-signed yet. That means he is not going to give the Avs a hometown discount. Is that what you are saying, Doodie Machetto?

  94. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If the RW depth chart is as listed earlier, how much does the hobbit make?

    Also, do you then keep brass and Pouliot regardless due to coneheadiness??

    How much do they both get paid then?

  95. Guys. Do not trust that “Latona” It’s not really him. He’s not acting like Latona AT ALL

  96. Whether to buy out/not buy out Richards (in Sather’s mind):

    KEEP HIM: offensive production near career norms, reasonable cap hit considering cost of replacement, no pesky Callahan salary increase, cap increasing next year, he’ll be even better with MSL

    DUMP HIM: cap recapture penalty

    More pros than cons, I’m keeping him!

  97. Manny, that actually is Latona. His avatar has disappeared on all posts. I think he’s trying to get you to *not talk to him*.

  98. I know we lost a lot of intangibles with Cally. I don’t know that you can really quantify it until some time passes. But, let’s not forget that Marty St. Louis brings a boatload of intangibles to this team as well…

  99. The Latona I know is a big jerk that constantly complains about typos on the blog and gets really, really upset at people who say things that are factually questionable.

  100. Oh! You think *Latona* is just trying to play the lonely card?

    “Oh woe is me, I’m Latona. Carp won’t fix the typo in the blog description”

  101. Did you guys know that EvilTwin Brewing in Connecticut, former home of the *Hartford Whalers*, makes a beer called _Bikini Beer_ with an ABV of 2.7%

  102. Dubinsky/Richards/Callahan


    Question: is our current lineup better than the one above?


    I’ll give my answer later

  103. Why even make a beer with an ABV of 2.7%? Still better than a Callahan AAV of $6.5M.

  104. Alain – just out curiosity why do you think Lundqvist would have gotten more had he reached free agency? Just because he reached free agency, that seems silly.

    His contract is 20% higher than the next closest goalie under contract – one who has actually won a Stanley Cup. There was also a limited market – plenty of teams already have good goalies under contract for multiple year and many of the small markets wouldn’t have been in the bidding. So who was going to make that magical bid for $9m?

    I’m not saying the contract is egregious but I’d be hard pressed to say he left a penny on the table. I don’t think GMs were going to start paying goalies more than superstars like Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin etc.

  105. Question for all lawyers out there. Is the precedent set by the NHL rescinding Kovalchuk’s penalty for NJ because it was imposed after the contract was approved by the league? Is it possible that the owners will ask to remove the recapture penalty because it was imposed by the league after all these contracts were approved by NHL?

  106. ThisYearsModel on

    How about them Vancouver Millionaires….errr…Canucks? Mr. Personality sure has them firing on all cylinders, eh? Remember when his daughter was tweeting chirps earlier this season? Watched their game last night and they were completely uncompetitive. Now Bobby Luongo, who is one of the best Tweeters out there, is trolling them. Vancouver is second from the bottom in goal production after being a very good offensive team under AV. Sure wish that Torts didn’t hate THE Kreider.

  107. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mza gets Hagar money is my guess

    Brass gets 4 mil

    Pouliot gets in the 1.7 range

  108. The Mizza is back in tonight. Good call on scratching Dorsett. Doesn’t look like he has his legs back yet. Looks slow.

  109. The commissioner has the right to do as he chooses with regards to penalty assessments. He is not bound by precedent.

  110. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I don’t think he faked “people” out, looks to me like he faked a person out!! ;)

  111. Stranger Nation on

    PP should be fun to watch with MZA and MSL. That is, if the refs give us one.

  112. Stranger Nation on

    Peter –
    Dubi in pivot over Richards
    Gabby and THE would be a D nightmare
    That 3rd D pairing is abhorrent

    Mr Ed/Dubi/Cally

  113. oh and and and and Marc Staawhl, our Marc Staawhl, has not one but TWO brothers playing for the Hurricanes!!


  114. When is the Diaz era in a ranger uniform begin. Stralman better play better. Been awful since olympics

  115. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I thought Klein looked pretty good prior to the team’s little losing streak (of course that is comparing him to the mad bomber,so not saying much), but has looked as bad as the rest of the team since.

  116. Developing story in Ottawa.

    75 min hard practice before Tom game.

    Cowan and Neil seen throwing massive blows at each other.

    Why couldn’t this happen tues so rangers trade for Neil. Toughness be easily replaced

  117. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't hit me Callahan!!!"...says Greg L. on

    oohh nooo ,we are NOT gonna win the cup ,boohoo ,waaaaa!!!

    Cry .pout or just take a hissy fit why don’t you?

    We Have :

    Goalie : Hank (heart n Soul) -Awsome Talbot
    -we are set..next

    Defense : McD ,Staal (good one) Girardi and strally.
    -looks good there morons -( people who are panicking)

    Forwards : Nash , St.Louis are the only real stars .
    But role players like Zucco ,Brassard and Pouliot are helping out .
    -Great to have come playoffs
    Make or break , bust of blossom are Kreider ,Richards and Stepan.
    -Alot of teams don’t have this
    Now Players who will just be there helping Hank in a defensive role is our Moores ,Boyle and the rest of the crap .

    All in all , we have a shot. A good shot .Antone who can’t see this should get there head outta their …and stop bring the rest of us down.Sather is old yeah yeah I know but when he speaks he sure gives NY a credible management person who looks and talks wayyy better then Stevie yzerman. Our GM is old and dinosaur lookin but is a HOF’er.Haters hate on that .

  118. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I love Greg’s enthusiasm, but without some playable size/toughness/intimidation, as much as I want us to win it all, I just don’t see it happening.

  119. it’s on the twitter feeds of the Sens beat writers… nothing about “massive blows” but they said Cowen and Neil had a little tussle and then Clarke MacArthur yelled “he’s just playing hard, nothing wrong with playing hard”…

  120. bull dog line on

    I am not a big ” must win game” guy, but, I think tonight is going to very telling. if they win, I think they are going to alright, moved on from the trade. if they lose, I could see a collapse on the horizon. I may be looking to much into it, but I have a gut feeling if they lose tonight a collapse is coming.

  121. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't hit me Callahan!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Wicky , all that shtuff is 2000’s hockey . Hockey now a days is about speed and little guys. Clutching and grabbing are gone . Our new system based on speed and puck control and the d men helping out in the offensive zone. We have that . All that size is what a BOSTON and FLYERS dumbazz mentality is all about. No team wins with the best size and skill unless your team Canada playing on the big ice. For our game here on the smaller ice , the best TEAM wins. The team whom plays the best team game.IN my own opinion of course.

  122. Stranger Nation on

    Uhmm…didnt Boston and Derbils come out of East last 2 seasons? Not exactly Speed teams…

  123. Speed is all good and well but physicality negates speed. So you have to have a *balance* of both

  124. Robby Bonfire on

    I see collapse over the next five years of horizons, so long as “Havana Slats” is driving the bus.

  125. I’m not known to come in here and talk negative about our “boys”, but I’ve had enough.

    This team – to quote the great terminology thief, John Tortorella – is nothing more than “a dog’s breakfast” of a squad.

    Callahan, St. Louis, my mom … who cares who you put on the ice. They all stink up the joint. And lose. Three loses in a row at a time in which every point counts.

    These clowns are mercilessly-bad. Watching them on the ice is like watching a toilet flush at a Hoboken nightclub at 4am.

  126. Eric Staal: “Whose checking me tonight, Richards? Put me down for 2 and 2.”

  127. New York Rangers ?@NYRangers 4h

    #NYR Facts: Marty St. Louis has played more games (76), scored more goals (38) & recorded more pts (87) vs. Hurricanes than against any team

  128. Boyle is useless. Also teams know how to play the Rangers these days. Weather the storm. Shoot high glove, five hole on hank.

  129. hey guys! hows our new look rangers doing? they lightin it up? thank heavens callys gone and 2 high draft picks!!

  130. jpg, laughed my butt off at that video so hard that I sent a e-mail to that link to friends and family, telling them to check out my new car I bought.

  131. Norm, are you fooling around in that one-room Maine cabin, sabotaging the blog? The Uniblogger.

  132. Maybe the blog was hacked
    Soon we’ll be getting Nigerian phishing emails signed by Johns Tortzorelli

  133. I can’t wait for more sloppy neutral zone play from both sides! This is gonna be awesome! Slop Hockey!

  134. As Eddie Izzard says, “How did the Romans accomplish so much with a language that was so stupid?”

  135. Olga Folkyerself on

    Must be a case of Rangerous non-blogious.

    Doctor gave him 6 months to live. He said, I can’t pay you. Doctor gave him six more months.

  136. Olga Folkyerself on

    I lost the whole “It’s Go Time” thread. I’m posting on the previous one.

  137. We all are posting on the “previous” post. Because the Go Time post magically disappeared

  138. 4generations 4 cups on

    So how low is Sather gonna low ball Zucc on the offseason?

    Cause theres no way he signs him to a reasonable contract, i mean, it was clear he fit in here last year before he made it obvious he wouldn’t pay him at all (then he went to Russia and came back).

  139. They just look like they can’t keep up with the pace they are attempting to play. So sloppy.

  140. He’s been shooting the puck quite hard lately. 1-1. It looks like they might earn another loser’s point.

  141. We might have to create a new position for McDonagh. He’s the only hope. Can he play “rover”?

  142. Olga Folkyerself on

    Lol. I guess they do look like the 2011-2012 team at times

    Yeah. In the dark.

  143. so now that
    is a shell of his TB self
    now that he’s wearing a Blueshirt
    does this further cement the idea
    that this team is more
    cursed than that tiki doll
    in the Brady Bunch Hawaii episode?

  144. yeah and at times they look like 96-97 team…and at other times they look like 04-05 team…and then at some other times they look like… you what i mean? :)

  145. Rangers should sign Jagr next season and put him on a line with Richards and St. Louis. Oldest playing line ever. They would take 15 second shifts.

  146. Kevin Kline may only be an average hockey player but he is married to Phoebe Cates…brad, you know how cute I always thought you were

  147. I was making the joke that, like the 2011-2012 team, they have a better chance of scoring on the PK than on the PP.

  148. What happens if Richards get a injury last week of the season….something small broken finger ect…. How do you determine buyout? Can there be a fight from the player?

  149. It’s 2014
    Whoever still pays to see Wrestling should be permanently locked in the arena

  150. Olga Folkyerself on

    brad, you know how cute I always thought you were

    Klein said THAT to Richards?

  151. Lundqvist can’t stop anything high glove, and stupid play by stall on that turnover. Or it was stroll man either one.

  152. put Hank on ice for the rest of the season
    what an effin shame!

  153. Kreider 1on 3 waiting for help. Thank god Stepan and -Nash- came to his aide (s)

  154. sorry Carp
    but i cannot accept
    the idea of Benoit being such a
    fantastic goalie coach
    if he hasn’t been able to fix
    Hank’s awful glove side this season
    as well as him losing the ability of
    stopping a one-on-one

  155. Man. Zucc squaring off with Gerbe was funny. They are both so small. The refs should let them go whole circus music plays.

    My money says Zucc slips on the Ring of Power and goes invisible

  156. 4generations 4 cups on



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