Eastern Conference champion Rangers’ 2014-15 schedule


This year it starts on time, it doesn’t start in Europe, it doesn’t start with a nine-game road trip … for a change. Home games in October.

Click here for the entire schedule, from NHL.com.

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Training Camp Opens        Thursday, Sept. 18
Preseason Games Begin        Sunday, Sept. 21
Regular Season Opens        Wednesday, Oct. 8
Christmas Break        Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Dec. 26
All-Star Break        Thursday, Jan. 22 – Monday, Jan. 26
Last Day of Regular Season        Saturday, April 11

From the NYR:


Home Opener on October 12 vs. Toronto

NEW YORK, June 22, 2014 – The New York Rangers will open the 2014-15 season on the road against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Oct. 9. The Blueshirts will play their season opener on the road for the seventh consecutive year. Following two road contests, the Rangers will return to New York to play their home opener at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 12 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York will play its home opener against an Original Six opponent for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and will open its home schedule against Toronto for the third time during that span.

The Rangers will play a total of 30 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. The Blueshirts will face the Islanders and Carolina five times apiece, and will play four games apiece against Columbus, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington. New York will play three games against each of its eight Atlantic Division opponents, and will face off against each of the 14 Western Conference teams twice during the season.

The schedule features 13 back-to-back sets, including home-and-home matchups against division opponents Philadelphia (Nov. 28 at Philadelphia, Nov. 29 at MSG) and Carolina (Dec. 20 at Carolina, Dec. 21 at MSG). Fourteen of the Rangers’ first 21 games will be played at MSG. The Blueshirts will have a season-high, four-game homestand on four separate occasions – from Oct. 12 vs. Toronto to Oct. 19 vs. San Jose; from Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota to Nov. 5 vs. Detroit; from Jan. 29 vs. Montreal to Feb. 4 vs. Boston; and from Feb. 19 vs. Vancouver to Feb. 26 vs. Arizona. New York’s longest road trip of the season is a five-game stretch from Mar. 4 at Detroit to Mar. 14 at Buffalo. The Rangers’ busiest months of the season will be November and March, when the team will play 15 games in each month. Ten of the Blueshirts’ 15 contests in November are at home. The Rangers will play more home games on a Sunday (10 games) than any other day of the week during the season. New York will also play eight home games on a Monday, seven on a Tuesday, four on a Wednesday, five on a Thursday, one on a Friday, and six on a Saturday during the season.

Starting times for all contests at MSG will be 7:00 P.M., except for the following dates: Sun., Oct. 19 vs. San Jose (5:00 P.M.); Wed., Nov. 5 vs. Detroit (8:00 P.M.); Sun., Nov. 9 vs. Edmonton (6:00 P.M.); Wed., Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia (8:00 P.M.); Wed., Feb. 4 vs. Boston (8:00 P.M.); Sun., Feb. 8 vs. Dallas (5:00 P.M.); Sun. Mar. 15 vs. Florida (5:00 P.M.); Wed., Mar. 18 vs. Chicago (8:00 P.M.); Sun. Mar. 22 vs. Anaheim (7:30 P.M.); and Sun. Mar 29 vs. Washington (3:00 P.M.).

Single-game tickets will be put on sale to the public in September. No date has been set at this time. For 2014-15 season tickets and group sales, visit newyorkrangers.com.

Thu. Oct. 9, 2014 @STL 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 @CBJ 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 TOR 7:00 P.M.
Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 NYI 7:00 P.M.
Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 CAR 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Oct. 19, 2014 SJS 5:00 P.M.
Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 @NJD 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 @MTL 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 MIN 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 WPG 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Nov. 3, 2014 STL 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Nov. 5, 2014 DET 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Nov. 8, 2014 @TOR 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Nov. 9, 2014 EDM 6:00 P.M.
Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 PIT 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 COL 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 @PIT 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 TBL 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 PHI 8:00 P.M.
Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 @BUF 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Nov. 23, 2014 MTL 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Nov. 26, 2014 @TBL 7:30 P.M.
Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 @PHI 1:00 P.M.
Sat. Nov. 29, 2014 PHI 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Dec. 1, 2014 TBL 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 @DET 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Dec. 8, 2014 PIT 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 @VAN 10:00 P.M.
Sun. Dec. 14, 2014 @EDM 9:30 P.M.
Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 @CGY 9:00 P.M.
Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 @CAR 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 CAR 7:00 P.M.
Tue. Dec. 23, 2014 WSH 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Dec. 27, 2014 NJD 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Dec. 29, 2014 @DAL 8:30 P.M.
Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 @FLA 6:00 P.M.
Sat. Jan. 3, 2015 BUF 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Jan. 7, 2015 @ANA 10:30 P.M.
Thu. Jan. 8, 2015 @LAK 10:30 P.M.
Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 @SJS 10:00 P.M.
Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 NYI 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Jan. 15, 2015 @BOS 7:00 P.M.
Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 @CBJ 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Jan. 18, 2015 @PIT 12:30 P.M.
Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 OTT 7:00 P.M.
Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 @NYI 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 MTL 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 CAR 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Feb. 2, 2015 FLA 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Feb. 4, 2015 BOS 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Feb. 7, 2015 @NSH 3:00 P.M.
Sun. Feb. 8, 2015 DAL 5:00 P.M.
Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 @TOR 7:30 P.M.
Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 @COL 9:00 P.M.
Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 @ARI 8:00 P.M.
Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 @NYI 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 VAN 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 CBJ 7:00 P.M.
Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 CGY 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 ARI 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 @PHI 8:00 P.M.
Mon. Mar. 2, 2015 NSH 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Mar. 4, 2015 @DET 8:00 P.M.
Sun. Mar. 8, 2015 @CHI 7:30 P.M.
Tue. Mar. 10, 2015 @NYI 7:00 P.M.
Wed. Mar. 11, 2015 @WSH 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Mar. 14, 2015 @BUF 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Mar. 15, 2015 FLA 5:00 P.M.
Wed. Mar. 18, 2015 CHI 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Mar. 21, 2015 @CAR 7:00 P.M.
Sun. Mar. 22, 2015 ANA 7:30 P.M.
Tue. Mar. 24, 2015 LAK 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Mar. 26, 2015 @OTT 7:30 P.M.
Sat. Mar. 28, 2015 @BOS 1:00 P.M.
Sun. Mar. 29, 2015 WSH 3:00 P.M.
Tue. Mar. 31, 2015 @WPG 8:00 P.M.
Thu. Apr. 2, 2015 @MIN 8:00 P.M.
Sat. Apr. 4, 2015 NJD 7:00 P.M.
Mon. Apr. 6, 2015 CBJ 7:00 P.M.
Tue. Apr. 7, 2015 @NJD 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 OTT 7:00 P.M.
Sat. Apr. 11, 2015 @WSH 3:00 P.M.

Time (ET)

Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 TOR 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 NYI 7:00 P.M.

Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 CAR 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Oct. 19, 2014 SJS 5:00 P.M.

Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 MIN 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 WPG 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Nov. 3, 2014 STL 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Nov. 5, 2014 DET 8:00 P.M.

Sun. Nov. 9, 2014 EDM 6:00 P.M.

Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 PIT 7:00 P.M.

Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 COL 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 TBL 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 PHI 8:00 P.M.

Sun. Nov. 23, 2014 MTL 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Nov. 29, 2014 PHI 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Dec. 1, 2014 TBL 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Dec. 8, 2014 PIT 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 CAR 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Dec. 23, 2014 WSH 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Dec. 27, 2014 NJD 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Jan. 3, 2015 BUF 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 NYI 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 OTT 7:00 P.M.

Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 MTL 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 CAR 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Feb. 2, 2015 FLA 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Feb. 4, 2015 BOS 8:00 P.M.

Sun. Feb. 8, 2015 DAL 5:00 P.M.

Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 VAN 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 CBJ 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 CGY 7:00 P.M.

Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 ARI 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Mar. 2, 2015 NSH 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Mar. 15, 2015 FLA 5:00 P.M.

Wed. Mar. 18, 2015 CHI 8:00 P.M.

Sun. Mar. 22, 2015 ANA 7:30 P.M.

Tue. Mar. 24, 2015 LAK 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Mar. 29, 2015 WSH 3:00 P.M.

Sat. Apr. 4, 2015 NJD 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Apr. 6, 2015 CBJ 7:00 P.M.

Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 OTT 7:00 P.M.


Time (ET)

Thu. Oct. 9, 2014 STL 8:00 P.M.

Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 CBJ 7:00 P.M.

Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 NJD 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 MTL 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Nov. 8, 2014 TOR 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 PIT 7:00 P.M.

Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 BUF 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Nov. 26, 2014 TBL 7:30 P.M.

Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 PHI 1:00 P.M.

Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 DET 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 VAN 10:00 P.M.

Sun. Dec. 14, 2014 EDM 9:30 P.M.

Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 CGY 9:00 P.M.

Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 CAR 7:00 P.M.

Mon. Dec. 29, 2014 DAL 8:30 P.M.

Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 FLA 6:00 P.M.

Wed. Jan. 7, 2015 ANA 10:30 P.M.

Thu. Jan. 8, 2015 LAK 10:30 P.M.

Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 SJS 10:00 P.M.

Thu. Jan. 15, 2015 BOS 7:00 P.M.

Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 CBJ 7:00 P.M.

Sun. Jan. 18, 2015 PIT 12:30 P.M.

Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 NYI 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Feb. 7, 2015 NSH 3:00 P.M.

Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 TOR 7:30 P.M.

Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 COL 9:00 P.M.

Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 ARI 8:00 P.M.

Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 NYI 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 PHI 8:00 P.M.

Wed. Mar. 4, 2015 DET 8:00 P.M.

Sun. Mar. 8, 2015 CHI 7:30 P.M.

Tue. Mar. 10, 2015 NYI 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Mar. 11, 2015 WSH 8:00 P.M.

Sat. Mar. 14, 2015 BUF 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Mar. 21, 2015 CAR 7:00 P.M.

Thu. Mar. 26, 2015 OTT 7:30 P.M.

Sat. Mar. 28, 2015 BOS 1:00 P.M.

Tue. Mar. 31, 2015 WPG 8:00 P.M.

Thu. Apr. 2, 2015 MIN 8:00 P.M

Tue. Apr. 7, 2015 NJD 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Apr. 11, 2015 WSH 3:00 P.M.


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  1. Ok, first Carping

    ‘Only problem with that is, there’s a lot of teams that wont be willing to wait and will jump at the chance to get a Thornton, a Marleau, a Kesler, a Spezza, or any type that might be available.’

    Fine with me, let the other gm’s make the bad trades/signings for once. Best move Sather usually makes is when he doesn’t.

    Let’s recap some of his outstanding trades.

    Tyutin for Zherdev
    Malhotra for the kid who killed himself
    York for Poti
    Johnsson as a ‘throw in’ for Lindros which led to the hole that necessitated the previous trade.
    Korpikoski for Lisin
    Dupuis for Bourret
    DMoops for Hall
    Zidlicky as a ‘throw in’ for Dunham

    What’s the common theme in most of these trades, the players we traded had/have solid if unspectacular careers, the players we got burned out quicker then an old Dell laptop battery. (Insider tech support issue).
    Most of the rest of his trade history is nothing for nothing with the McDonagh for noGomez trade the one blind pig acorn mostly because it was Gainey doing the throwing in for once.

  2. We probably go 79-0-3

    Still can’t figure out the Kings, twice and cough one up to the tire fires.

    How’s it going muffin foot?

  3. Aneirin

    He’s made some bad trades, but he’s made some good ones too.

    Gomez for McDonut
    DJ Cah-Tah for Jagr
    Higgins for Prust
    3rd round pick for Boyle
    Aaron Ward for Paul Mara
    Jason Ward/picks for Sean Avery

    All I remember…

  4. When you think about it, the worst “trade” is really:

    Nash, Dorsett, J Moore, and Brassard for

    Gaborik, Dubinsky, and Anisimov, Erixon, and a first round pick.

    Just my opinion. I like Brass, Dorsett, and J Moops but I think we downgraded…You probably couldn’t get Nash for Anisimov straight up right now…

  5. I think, maybe:

    Hagelin-Richards-St. Louis

    … might have had a better shot to beat the Kings.

  6. You can definitely get Nash for Anisimov straight up. Probably Dubinky too.

    That’s still a good trade on paper. As much as I can’t stand that dull son of a witch, Nash.

    The Gaborik trade, I don’t know. Gaborik’s not putting up those playoff numbers here. Bro has been good for NYR, and has had big plays in both years in the playoffs. What can you do? I’m not hung up on that trade, and Gaborik’s success with LA.

  7. If Dubinsky and Anisimov were on Toronto you could get them for Nash, maybe … not a chance Columbus trades those two for Nash.

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Nash is worth more then AA and Dubi together. AA is just another ho hum boring useless russian and Dubi…4th line guy? Not a chance in holey hell I’d do that trade.

  9. Nash is going nowhere. He disappointed everyone in the playoffs, yes. But Richie is gone. How do we replace 55 goals?

  10. The Gomez trade was for Higgins, McDonagh was a throw in, do you think Sather actually had any idea of even who McDonagh was, that’s all the scouting staff. The Jagr trade was all Jagr wanting out of Washington. Sather does great when the other gm has no options just like the Nash deal (Oh, wait – nevermind). Prust was another throw-in, the trade was for Jokinen – howed that work out. Boyle a fourth liner, worked out well, yes but you don’t build your team around Boyle. Mara a third pair d-man and Avery is a showboat who’s first priority always was and always will be Avery. Those are the gems of 14 years as gm? Even Ferguson would have had better results if he had lasted 14 years and he made the absolute worst trade in Rangers’ history.

  11. You guys are sure putting a lot of stock in every other team either getting worse or staying at the same level as last year.

    Meanwhile, you expect the rangers with their mid level prospect rated depth to improve to the point of overcoming two 7 game series in the playoffs and 5 game final this year and just steamroll everyone next season?

    Do you guys listen to yourselves?

  12. They thought McDonagh would be a solid top-4, and they did want him in that deal.

    but that deal was also to clear cap space for Gaborik … then they turned Higgins into the best two years of Prust’s career. …

    plus No Gomez.

  13. Aneirin, You don’t want to give Sather any credit for those good trades, but you blame him for every bad trade?

    I agree, some of those trades were the scouting staff. A lot of the trades you mentioned were the scouting staff too.

    You want to blame Sather, blame him for the contracts he handed out or didn’t hand out. You can’t blame him at all for the drafting, and you can’t entirely blame him for the trades.

    Dupuis for Bourret. I mentioned the other day, the scouts wanted to draft Bourret. That’s a trade that you can blame on the scouts. Korpedo for Lisin, another one, among others.

  14. Unfortunately, yes Nash is going nowhere. That contract is virtually untradeable unless we eat money and Sather won’t. But those goals get made up primarily by St. Louis and expecting some of the Utes to step it up next year.

    We could easily lose both Nash and Richards and still have a net gain in goals next year. A full year with Viggy’s system under their belts, Thekreider taking another step, Stepan regaining his shot, Miller ready to take a roster spot and good for 15 goals (my belief anyway).

    Doable and you have some money to actually go out and sign an ufa to cover some more of the (maybe) deficit.

  15. Carp, Columbus definitely wouldn’t trade them for The Good One, but if it were any other team, I really think that team trades those two for him. Unless they have no depth at center and need the both of them.

    Nash is still in his prime, and you can still take advantage of the “change of scenery” scenario.

    Like Wick said, he can be traded, but they don’t want to.

  16. Who hires the scouts?

    Renney and Maloney were the draft mavens but who put them there, under Clarke the drafts have been more focused but the truth is that Sather has had such a bad drafting record for the last 20 years that he doesn’t care about the draft or amateur scouting that’s why he throws away draft picks as if they were beads on Fat Tuesday. You can’t draft well if you give away number ones. Counting this year, he’s given away 4 first round picks and used 2 on goalies, cardinal rule of the draft is never use a first round pick on a goaltender there are only 30 number 1 goalies in the league, it’s the easiest position to fill (for most teams anyways). 2 first rounders (3 with Montoya but already counted that as wasted) for pr purposes (Jessiman and Sanguinetti). So that’s 8 picks wasted, so right away you’re in a hole that nothing your scouting staff does can get you out of.

    We’ve had 8 picks in the first round under Sather that I’d consider an actual hockey based pick. Of those, 3 are still in development, 3 were solid picks, 1 died and 1 was a disappointment albeit still an NHL player. That’s a pretty decent average IF you actually use your picks.

  17. Papa

    I’ve not disliked a Ranger player so much since Vadnais who thought he was the second coming of Orr so he didn’t actually have to play the position he was listed as playing. At least with Vadnais, as his career progressed he decide that yes, he actually was a defenseman with Nash, as his career has progressed, I believe he now thinks he’s a figure skater.

  18. bull dog line on

    you guys still think Anisimov is good, thats funny. yeah the organization that traded Marion Gaborik, Derek Brassard, Derreck Dorsett, and John Moore, for Matt Fratin wouldn’t make a bad trade. STOP.

  19. NYR traded their first rounder for Nash, which you had to do. That was a great trade on paper, and still is. Nobody complained aboot that.

    The two first round picks this year, it might have been too much, but Saint was good in the playoffs, and was a HUGE reason why they made it to the SCF.

    So that’s tree years in a row. From 2003-2012 NYR have had a first round pick. That’s hardly “throwing them away”.

    “so right away you’re in a hole that nothing your scouting staff does can get you out of”

    The *scouting staff* is what put them in that hole. They’re the ones to blame, not Sather. Renney admitted that Jessiman was his call. Sather doesn’t tell them who to draft, they tell him who to draft.

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Sather’s HOF status makes him valuable to us . Other GM’s would NOT do here in NY.

  21. For anyone wondering, 2002 NYR packaged that first round pick to Florida for Pavel Bure.

    Not the greatest first round. Could have drafted Alexander Semen, Alex Steen. Most notable players. Nothing to get excited over.

    They could have drafted Duncan Keith in the second round, but they went with Lee Falardeau. Solid!

  22. Jessiman was a pr move, Renney made it because it was the local boy coming home. If Sather, who is supposed to be in charge, gave the OK on that pick it’s because he could give a rodent’s hindquarters about the draft. He had a scouting staff in Edmonton that phoned it in, year after year. His chief scout, Barry Fraser, did most of his scouting from his villa in Mexico resting on his laurals from a couple of great drafts and Sather did nothing to change this while he was gm. He came here and we saw the same laissez faire attitude to the draft. His attitude permeated the organization and still does. Crister Rockstrom, the European scout that found Lundqvist and Kovalev and Nemchinov and Zubov left for greener pastures soon after Sather came in and I firmly believe that part of the reason is that he couldn’t get himself heard at the table.

    He’s got Clark now and thank god for some halfway decent results but I won’t give credit to Sather for that, he probably just wanted to spite the Islanders.

  23. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    you guys sure are doing good googling , great info.

  24. Actually, I got the info on Barry Fraser years ago from a disgruntled Edmonton fan on a different part of the internets.

  25. bull dog line on

    from 2005, to 2014, we as Ranger fans have seen some pretty darn good Hockey. you don’t want to give the GM any credit for that? not saying he has been perfect, but I would rather have GM who is trying to win it all every year, than one who just hopes to make the playoffs from time to time. 2ECF’s in 3 years, and a SCF.

  26. PR move? You’re probably the only person that thinks that.

    They needed a big power forward, and they thought he was it, and they screwed up big time, and they continue to screw up just aboot every first round pick since.

  27. What kind of record did Sather have between 1991 and 2011?

    Some playoff appearances, mostly bad coaches, bad drafts, bad trades (NY should remember some of those, they helped us win a cup) and suddenly now he’s a good gm. Sorry, I prefer to believe that other circumstances, such as a salary cap and a staff making more decisions while he was less than at full health had more to do with it. I’m not going to forgive him for Ron Low and Bryan Trottier and Messier part deux and the rest of that circus because of one or two good years and lucking into a franchise goaltender in the final round. If he lets the team mature into what I think it is capable of being, I’ll revisit my opinion but until that happens I won’t put any trust in him doing the right thing.

  28. No Orr, they admitted that part of taking Jessiman was the feel good story, they played it up for all it was worth at the time which leads me to believe that the pr was the deciding factor in that pick. Sure, they needed a power forward, kill two birds and hope.

    You want further proof of something like this, Blackburn. They needed a goalie, pick the one who’s family is tight with Sather. And in the first round too. What could possibly be the downside. Montoya. They already had Lundqvist in the system. Scouts had to know what they had in him, he’d just won the SEL title for Frolunda for the second time with eyepopping stats, I knew what they had fgs, yet they used a high pick on another goaltender. You know, a guy with Hispanic bloodlines, perfect fit in NYC.

    I’m a very old 26 and I’ve seen too much of this sort of thing in my 26 years from corporate people who supposedly know what’s best for the company. In most cases a bad hiring just gets buried in the mail room, can’t do that in hockey.

  29. My addiction is starting to kick in, I’m out before I get too hooked again.


  30. They drafted Montoya because he’s Cuban? Okay…

    Nobody knew Hank would turn into the goalie he is today. When you have no goaltending, you have to take a chance on drafting one in the first round.

    The Kings had Quick in their system, and they drafted Bernier 11th overall. It happens. Nothing new.

  31. BRADLEY cost USA this game. Missed the wide open net, then turned the ball over leading to the tying goal.

  32. Onecupin75yearsandcounting on

    I really dont like soccer but I was watching USA V Port and was reminded of the NYR a USA player was robbed- Nash
    a USA player buried a shot brassard and in the waning seconds the USA chokes .

  33. I’m with Orr on this, sather while certainly making his share of not good decisions, has not been terrible and it could be worse.

    He deserves credit for the good just like blame for the bad.

  34. Seems like lots of folks who not too long ago HATED Sather and Richards are now all teary-eyed. Not for nuttin’. :)

  35. ‘He’s gone, he’s gone

    I better learn how to face it.
    He’s gone; he’s gone
    Oh my, oh my
    I’d pay the devil to replace him
    He’s gone, he’s gone
    Oh why, what went wrong?’

    Stall and Oats

  36. Who will be your Scape goat honey
    Cause he came through for you
    Who’ll give you break through baby?

  37. Not a huge soccer fan- but is it normal to see soccer goalies beaten thru the five hole? Happened to both guys in the Korea-Algeria game.I admit USA-Portugal ending did feel rather Ranger-ish.

  38. Stranger Nation on

    Latona – that turnover was treasonous. Why not kick it in the corner. Why is he dribbling in the middle of the field?
    Sickening. Portugal looked like crap

  39. Stranger Nation on

    Can we get an over the hill over paid Mike Richards to play 4th line Center to leverage his locker room presence and leadership?


  40. Richie Pre-Game Pep Talk: “Fellas, you can’t win them all. Sometimes you just come out flat. When you get beat up, you gotta give credit to the other team. They get paid, too, not paid like me and Nasher, but they DO get paid. When you take a pasting, you just have to re-group, not that that’s what will happen tonight, but you can’t get too up or too down. Now, let’s go out there and see what happens! Boooya!”

  41. ThisYearsModel on

    The Yankees blew it when they went back on their word after A-Rod opted out. The Knicks should wish Marsh-Melo good luck when he opts out. The Rangers opted out of Richards’ contract. Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley opted out of the US-Portugal game today, or at least their brains did.

  42. That feeling in my belly right now at 2:52 as a result of the USA-Portugal finish is the same feeling that had just gone away after a week of getting over the rangers. Welcome back nausea. Felt compelled to post here.

    Wonder why?

  43. I think its time for the USA to use their German manager to broker a draw with his home country!!

  44. London Broil on

    i have no stake in the world cup thankfully… too much stress, heartache, anxiety with other sports. the US wont win thankfully so thats all that matters.

  45. London Broil on

    meant Englandpool or LiverEngland wont win thankfully, not US. although the US wont win either.

  46. A GM’s job in the NHL, isn’t an “easy” job. You would think Edmonton & Florida, would be power houses by now with all the high draft picks they get each year.

    Sather has his name on the Stanley Cup more than all of us put together :)

    I would cut him a little slack, his team just went to the Stanley Cup Finals. His trades the last 5 years, have made this team better, AT THE TIME OF THE TRADE.

  47. The way USA ended up in a draw was BRUTAL. But they probably deserved a draw against Ghana and a win here. It all evened out.

    Next up: Gentleman’s Draw with Germany

  48. Rob in Beantown on

    *Brutal* is right. I hadn’t felt that gut wrenching feeling from the end of the futbol game in, oh, about two weeks. Was way overdue.

  49. Sioux – apparently the dude is going to be the next ‘Nucks coach – picking up shattered egos and spittle covered faces after their year under Torts!!
    It’ll feel like being managed by “B*tch T*ts Bob” from fight club

  50. I was thinking of Girardi when the Portugal player stopped Bradley’s certain goal.

    Michael Bradley sucks by the way. He had an AWFUL match against Ghana and then he missed that open net and then he caused the turnover that led to the equalizer.

    He’s #1 on my WBM

  51. If the other game is a draw (Ghana vs Portugal) or Portugal win by the odd goal, you’d have to lose 4-0 to go out, so you’re in a decent spot.
    Unlike our bunch who will probably lose to Costa Rica to really hammer in the nails in the coffin!!

  52. Apparently (in his own mind) Michael Bradley is the bees knees. He was “shocked” not to have signed for Arsenal this premier league season apparently, only for them to sign (proven Swedish International star midfielder) Kim Kallstrom!!

  53. Yea I keep hearing stuff like that UK but he really hasn’t impressed me at all in this World Cup.

    It’s like Stastny. I hear he’s great but he did not impress me in the Olympics.

  54. I should also say I barely know anything about Soccer and I only really pay attention during the World Cup.

  55. I coached my sons soccer team, does that make you a fan of the game?

    No blood no foul, not sure the kids care for my sympathy level?

    I still have a problem watching all the divers in the game, you would think all of the Penguins all have a summer job :)

  56. I was thinking after the Canes signed their coach, that ULF was going to sign in Pittsburgh?

    I wonder what the delay is?

  57. Manny – i play soccer, i have done since i was a boy and i’m not impressed with Bradley either – Clint Dempsey on the other hand…

    Sioux – diving and play-acting really riles me up, there should be retrospective punishments for this stuff, they tried the making the players go off to receive treatment thing, but it still happens

  58. My five year old daughter has played soccer for two years, and the first thing they taught was diving.

  59. Gravy – i’m presuming the coach was Latin American or Europansy (but not British)?

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    Bradley has had a poor World Cup, which is particularly disappointing since he is normally our best midfield player.

  61. Needless to say the parents didn’t like my “hockey attitude.” Hockey parents where 10X better than soccer parents. I coached both.

    Apparently “the shin is a long way from the heart,” or “that didn’t hurt.”

    Until the day the biggest kid kicked the ball into the smallest kid I had on the team, and he blocked it with his face.

    Why is it that the smallest kid on the pitch, or the ice, always has the biggest heart? Blood was flowing everywhere, yet he was too proud to cry. I loved that kid!

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    UK, I’ll go to bat for Bradley. He’s an excellent player. He’s had a bad two games, no question, but after Dempsey and Howard, I’d say he’s the team’s best player.

    Geoff Cameron is probably fifth or sixth best (depending on how you feel about Jones and Guzan) and he had an even worse game than Bradley.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t like the US chances to advance. Ghana wins by 1 and we lose by 2 and/or Ghana wins by 2 and we lose by 1 and we are out.

    That tying goal absolutely killed us. Forget Bradley losing the ball, Ronaldo’s cross should have been easily defended. It was a 2 on 3 situation going into the box, so there was absolutely no reason Cameron wasn’t absolutely glued to Varela. And I put a lot of blame on Gonzalez, too, since the whole reason he came on was to provide additional aerial support. As the last man back, he has to make Cameron aware of the danger on the right side.

    Poor efforts all around.

  64. Rob in Beantown on

    From what I understand USA advances if it beats Germany, if either of the games end in a tie, or if Portugal wins and the goal differential isn’t awful for USA (USA doesn’t lose by a lot and Portugal doesn’t win by a lot)

  65. My only problem with Bradley is his first instinct is sometimes too safe. I’ve seen him receive the ball with the space and opportunity to get forward (either by a quick pass up to the forwards or to run upfield) while the opposition is stretched or disorganised and he turns around and slows the game down. Its a good tactic when you are in the lead but when you are trying to score or extend a lead it just stifles the game.

  66. Doodie – they have the US at a 75% chance of moving on. You picked out the 1 scenario that knocks them out :)

  67. Thanks for the validation, UK. I feel like I’m insane because I have no one to validate my random opinions.

    Dempsey is awesome. Jermaine Jones has also been stellar I thought (incredible goal aside). Beasley has been very good for his age. Can’t believe he still has quickness. Zusi has been amazing on set plays. His control of corners and such is very impressive. Also a fan of White Boy Dreads (Beckerman).

    Howard has done nothing to impress me.

  68. I would like to see more of Yedlin in the next match. I thought his quickness was pretty eye popping.

  69. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t know anything about soccer but I thought Yedlin was really noticeable too.

  70. Realistically you guys are almost through.
    The only scenarioss are Ghana win and you lose OR you lose and Portugal win with a combine 6-goal swing.

    i.e. you lose 2-0 and Portugal win 4-0

    Simples!! You draw or win and you’re through!!
    If you DO lose you best hope that Portugal wins by a single goal!

  71. What do you think the ODDS of Ronaldo’s cross for a goal would be.

    1 in 1,000?

    As much as it sucked to watch as an American, it was a thing of beauty as far as goals go.

  72. Just get Germany to agree to a Gentleman’s draw. Should be easy for Jurgen Klinsmann with his German connections.

  73. I like Beckerman – he’s got a no-nonsense approach that you need in a defensive midfielder, does his job but needs Bradley to provide the creativity. Jones looked good. Dempsey is by far and away the best player on your team

  74. Sioux, if you have a chance to go all-in with 3 to 1 odds, you make that bet 100 out of 100 times.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    UK, maybe the colonies can export our football to the mother land? Seems like you guys could use the help.

    I wish we could trade you Guzan for one of your strikers.

    The real problem for England, aside from it’s woeful finishing, is the same as it’s always been: the midfield. For years, the problem was not being able to play both Gerrard and Lampard at the same time because they just couldn’t figure out how to play together. This year, the problem is that the best players in the midfield don’t correspond with the best shape the team could take based on it’s overall talents. There are three great forwards in Rooney, Sturridge, and Welbeck. You can’t play three forwards and have two wingers running wide unless you go with some variation of a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, which are both terrible shapes.

    Also, Gerrard is old.

  76. Looks like Dempsey learned some moves from the kid from Wales… too bad he didn’t play in the World Cup… likely never will

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    “Doodie – they have the US at a 75% chance of moving on.”

    Based on what? Ghana are a serious team. They DOMINATED the game against us and we were very lucky to escape with a win. They are going to beat Portugal. The question is only about by how much.

    Likewise for Germany. They are an incredible team. They are going to beat the US. We are going home early.

  78. Gerrard is being asked to play an unfamiliar role as a deep-lying midfielder and he no longer has the legs for it. We’ve some good young players and we’re hopeful for the next Euros in 2 years time but we are woefully short of top defenders and a defensive midfielder.
    Sturridge, Barkley, Lallana, Sterling all have proven they can play at this level.

  79. Doodie Machetto on

    It can’t just be a goal for the Portugal loss, UK. We have to score only 1 fewer goal than Ghana. So let’s say we lose 1-0 and Ghana wins 2-1, we are still out because the second tiebreaker is goals scored.

  80. Too bad Rooney got hair-plugs, I think he scores that header last game without the extra hair. If he does they might still be in the tournament.

  81. Gravy I moved ALL IN this last weekend with a 90% chance of winning with my KK.

    Ace on the river KO’s me. I make that ALL IN bet, 100% of the time.

    The 3-1 odds, I will make a POT SIZE BET heads up, 100% of the time. I don’t like to risk my tournament life on an all in, on a “flush draw”, but I’ll lean on him as much as I can, and make him pay dearly for the card.

  82. Manny
    Quit worrying about approval all the time, just voice your opinion validation be damned ;)

    Wasn’t Bradley’s dad the USA coach for a while?

    I think a boring safely played draw is pretty likely.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    UK, I agree on the defensive midfielder front. Can’t believe Carrick was left out. But I think Henderson was meant to be that player for your side and I think he’s pretty good there.

    You do need defensive help, except on the right with Glen Johnson. But losing Terry, Ferdinand, and Cole in one World Cup cycle has been very tough (even though Ferdinand didn’t play in 2010). Baines is garbage. Jagielka is OK, but he can’t be your best center back. You basically need Jones and Smalling to develop into a top pairing at United.

    But putting that aside, I still think your midfield is the problem because you have too many of the same player, and it’s too hard to turn away those excellent players just because only 1 can play in each roster spot.

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