Rangers’ official announcement of Kevin Hayes signing


(Editor’s note: So now he’s 6-5, 225. Blackhawks had him at 6-2, 201. Must have been from his draft year, 2010.)

From the NYR:


NEW YORK, August 20, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes.

Hayes, 22, skated in 40 games with the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East (NCAA) this past season, registering 27 goals and 38 assists for 65 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating. Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey, and he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East’s First All-Star Team. He established collegiate career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (six), and game-winning goals (six). Hayes ranked second in the nation in points, third in plus/minus rating, fourth in assists, and fifth in goals. He finished second on Boston College in goals, points, game-winning goals, and shots on goal (140), tied for second in power play goals, and ranked third in assists and plus/minus rating.2014 Beanpot Tournament - Championship

The 6-5, 225-pounder tallied a career-high, 12-game point streak from November 29 vs. Holy Cross to January 25 at Penn State (13 goals, 14 assists over the span). He registered his first career hat trick and recorded a single-game career-high with five points on January 18 vs. Maine. Hayes finished the season with five consecutive multi-point games, including a four-point effort (two goals, two assists) in the Northeast Regional Semifinal vs. Denver on March 29.

Hayes skated in 142 career collegiate games over four seasons with Boston College, registering 44 goals and 88 assists for 132 points. He ranks 28th on Boston College’s all-time assists list and 42nd on the school’s all-time points list. During Hayes’ four-year tenure with the Eagles, the team won the Hockey East Championship twice, and won the National Championship in 2011-12.

The Dorchester, Massachusetts native has also represented Team USA on several occasions. Most recently, Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Hayes was originally selected by Chicago in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Martin St Louis, coming out of the University of Vermont, listed himself as 6’7, 255.

  2. Ans I’m utterly confused about his size, as everyone else is. If he grew 4 in between 18 and 22 years, that would be a medical miracle.

  3. Carp, speaking of Bonds, Carlos Beltran’s head is suddenly as big as a watermelon. Must have taken some heavy duty off season night classes at NYU.

  4. BC has him listed as 6’4 216. Same at Nash, 10 pounds lighter than THE KREIDER.

    IF he EARNS the RW on Zucc/Brassard line he could go 15 & 15. But temper that number Krieder didn’t score 37 pts until his 2nd year in the league playing on the top line for the most part.

    We shall see! But I could see him starting in Hartford and by mid year get the call up. Depends how he dominates in Travers City, and who he beats out in Camp, and preseason.

    It could happen boys!!!

  5. Sorry, Mannu. Jumped too quick(ly) instead of biting the tongue, which (for me, anyway) is always good advice.

  6. what happened to the twitter feed thing on the right?

    different organizations have different protocols for listing players size. some list guys by what they are “on skates”, some add an inch to that, etc. Well over 6’0 is the point here.

    getting this kid definitely isn’t a bad thing, thats for sure.

  7. What happened to it, Salty? Is it not working for you?

    coos, though it probably was happening anyway, this kinda means bye, bye, Carbong.

  8. Don’t forget about Haggerty. He scored 28 goals in 35 games in the NCAA last year.

    Sather signed some real good NCAA players this last year.

  9. His entry level deal will be 3 years at 925K.

    Not a big deal when you look at the cap space.

    Chris Mueller, Lombardi, Fast, and even Stempniak can all be moved to Hartford because they are all 900 and under.

  10. If the Jesuits say you are 6’4, you are 6’4. ex-cathedra. (Unless they misspeak themselves, which is Okay.)

  11. I like the way Mike Rupp grabs your jersey at the neck and then rat-a-tats you with the left jab. But, that’s just me.

  12. bull dog line on

    Kreider, Nash, and Hayes. starting to get a little size. the fun part about the guys with size is that they are skilled as well. Sather really has gone into the college FA route. Haggerty, Bodi, and the player from Vermont who’s name I forget, plus Hayes. helped the organizational depth. remains to be seen if any of them help the big club.

  13. Haggerty 925K
    Hayes 925K
    Stempniak 900
    Miller 894
    Kristo 827
    Fast 805
    Lombardi 800
    Mueller 800
    Lindberg 675
    Chris Bourque 600

    10 guys to choose from under the $1M mark.

  14. I don’t no anything about this kid Hayes but he was drafted by the Hawks who seem to draft well and was a 1st rounder, low 1st rounder but still a first rounder. I’m confident in saying this kid Hayes can’t be any worse than any of the rangers first round picks under the Sather regime.

  15. Bull Dog – look at all the current players on the big club that played college hockey.

    You will be surprised.

    Marty St. Louis – 4yrs Vermont
    Stepan – 2yrs Wisconsin
    Kreider – 3 yrs BC
    Hagelin – 4yrs Michigan
    D.Moore – 4 yrs Harvard
    Glass – 4 yrs Dartmouth
    Stempniak – 4yrs Dartmouth
    McD – 3 yrs Wisconsin
    DAN BOYLE – 4 yrs Miami

    Sather signed
    Hunwich – 4yrs Michigan
    Kostka – 4 yrs UMass
    Mueller – 4 yrs Michigan St

    Now add in

    Lots of talent coming out of the NCAA today – Not all from the Sioux :)

    Just Saying.

  16. If that coffee is 6’8″, the Hayes must be about 7’6″ now. Do they have radioactive lakes near BC?

  17. Kreider did some recruiting here……………

    Hayes said Kreider called him a few days ago to talk about the appeal of New York, and that it’ll be a positive having someone around he’s familiar with.

    “I think when Kevin was looking at the teams and he looked at the Rangers, I think he looked at the younger players we’ve had and we’ve inserted right into the lineup and have had success,” Gorton said. “I think Kreider is one of those guys.”

  18. From Blueshirts United:

    “He’s a big man that has all kinds of skill, nice hands, hockey sense,” Rangers Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. “We just saw him as — once he became available — as a guy that’s pretty close to playing. He has a lot of the things we’re looking for.”

    That style should fit in well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s up-tempo, puck possession game, which Hayes said he’s looking forward to having the chance to be part of.

    “I really like the way AV plays,” said Hayes, who added that he’s comfortable playing any forward position, including center. “He likes to score goals and be responsible defensively as well. I think that’s a style I like to play.”

  19. Tomb – Don’t forget Dad can take the train and be at MSG in an hours time. That has to be a plus.

    A lot of college players have had success playing for the Rangers.

    But THE KREIDER had to be a BIG plus, to have team mate to show you around.

  20. … more:

    “I think it’s no secret that we’ve made some big moves to get Marty St. Louis here, Rick Nash; it cost us a lot of assets on the way,” said Gorton, who added that he fully expects Hayes to compete for a roster spot in September. “To be able to add players that our guys really like, that we consider first-round type picks — that’s huge for us to be able to restock the cupboards sort of speak.”

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    By Matt Calamia

    Over the last several years, Boston College products have treated the Rangers well. They’re hoping that continues with the addition of forward Kevin Hayes, who agreed to terms with the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

    “The coaching staff [in New York], everything going on there kind of fits what I was looking for,” Hayes told BlueshirtsUnited.com after the signing was announced.

    “Just coming to New York will be a great opportunity for me and my family,” Hayes added. “Seeing how successful they’ve been the last couple of years was really a reason why I ultimately chose the Rangers.”

    Hayes, 22, is coming off a tremendous senior year with Boston College. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward posted 27 goals and 65 points in just 40 games last season.

    In total, the Dorchester, Mass.-native finished his collegiate career with 44 goals and 132 points and a plus-37 rating in 142 games.

    “He’s a big man that has all kinds of skill, nice hands, hockey sense,” Rangers Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. “We just saw him as — once he became available — as a guy that’s pretty close to playing. He has a lot of the things we’re looking for.”

    That style should fit in well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s up-tempo, puck possession game, which Hayes said he’s looking forward to having the chance to be part of.

    “I really like the way AV plays,” said Hayes, who added that he’s comfortable playing any forward position, including center. “He likes to score goals and be responsible defensively as well. I think that’s a style I like to play.”

    Hayes was originally selected 24th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Draft. But the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract, and Hayes became a free agent earlier this month.

    Gorton said with the lack of first-round picks over the last several years due to other transactions, signings like Hayes help to restock the farm system a bit.

    “I think it’s no secret that we’ve made some big moves to get Marty St. Louis here, Rick Nash; it cost us a lot of assets on the way,” said Gorton, who added that he fully expects Hayes to compete for a roster spot in September. “To be able to add players that our guys really like, that we consider first-round type picks — that’s huge for us to be able to restock the cupboards sort of speak.”

    Gorton said it is a “pretty good bet” that Hayes would take part in the Traverse City prospect tournament next month.

    While New York is certainly a change of scenery for Hayes, who has played his entire hockey career in Massachusetts, he’ll have a familiar face along for the ride in Chris Kreider.

    During Hayes’ first season with B.C. in 2010-11, Hayes and Kreider were linemates along with Hayes’ brother, Jimmy, before Kevin went down with an injury. The following year, Hayes and Kreider played the entire season together, a season that included a 19-game winning streak and a National Championship.

    “We were a power line that brought the puck to the net,” Hayes recalled of playing with Kreider. Hayes posted seven goals and 28 points in 44 games, while Kreider capped off his tenure with the Eagles with 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games.

    Hayes said Kreider called him a few days ago to talk about the appeal of New York, and that it’ll be a positive having someone around he’s familiar with.

    “I think when Kevin was looking at the teams and he looked at the Rangers, I think he looked at the younger players we’ve had and we’ve inserted right into the lineup and have had success,” Gorton said. “I think Kreider is one of those guys.”

  21. what a different Blueshirts World
    we live in
    people actually bummed
    that Carcillo (possibly)
    will not be signed

  22. People at some sites are putting him right on the first line instead of Nash … Others on the second. Here we go.

  23. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m taking the Acela into the city tomorrow and my train ride is *not* an hour long :(

  24. bull dog line on

    just for fun if Kreider were to moved to center.
    Hayes, Stepan, Nash.
    Miller, Brassard, Zucc.
    Hagelin, Kreider, St. Louis.
    Glass, Moore, Stempniak.
    probably forgetting someone, and it is a bit of a stretch that Hayes would become top LW, but it is a lot more balanced with Kreider at center.

  25. bull dog, Kreider is light years away from being defensively sound enough to play center. Not sure he has the instincts, either.

  26. I see no reason that Hayes doesn’t net 50 goals this season. I mean, he was a first round pick.

  27. bull dog line on

    if he makes the team he would be more likely to play on the left of Zucc, and Brassard. I would let him play in Hartford for 20 to 30 games. if he is going well there, you get him up, and in the top 9.

  28. bull, don’t tell that to Robby Bonfire.

    Nobody should ever play in the minors. Otherwise they’re being treated like trash :)

  29. bull dog line on

    I know that would be the issue Carp, but looking at it on paper, the Rangers organizational depth is on the wing. center is a problem. the fact that they signed Lombardi tells you that. I am hoping they give Miller a true shot at being the number 3 center. not sure if the Rangers see him as a center.

  30. I agree with you that, if he could be aware enough and instinctive enough, that would sure help the organization, and maybe he’d be great there as a big, strong center. But you would also lose some of his wall presence. And IMO, he’s going to be one of the best in the biz on the walls next season.

  31. bull dog line on

    Robby has watched the Rangers a long time Carp, and more often than not they don’t give good opportunities to the younger players. they have done a better job of it since Torts took over, and AV handled Kreider really well last year. they also seemed to have realized, after seeing LA, that young player have to be added to succeed over the long haul.

  32. Size along the wall is a plus, and crashing the net with the puck, with hands that can score a bigger plus.

    Lots of opportunity to play in NEW YORK, if not opening day soon. Not a big deal if he had to Play in Hartford either. It’s a process.

    But Stepan made a splash out of camp, and never played in Hartford. So it’s possible he could get a look right away.

  33. Kreider, Stepan, Nash.
    Zucc, Brassard, Hayes.
    Hagelin, Miller, St. Louis.
    Glass, Moore, Stempniak

    You can flop the 2nd and 3rd line in number, I don’t think anyone cares what number you call them. But I think this gives the team the MOST balance.

    Miller better be ready after AV called him out last year. If not I think Lombardi or Mueller get a shot, at the 4th line C and Moore moves up.

  34. Carp – Hartford or MSG can’t be too far from Dorchester Mass.

    Easy drive for Dad :)

    I would be at every game, Hartford or MSG. If my son made it that far.

  35. I like Kinko’s, because they’re open 24 hours. If it’s 5 am and I decide I need two of something, I’m covered! Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, and then I think, “Oh, yeah. Kinko’s. No problem. That will not remain singular.”

  36. That’s like that time in the movie _Goon_ when the pansy French Canadian Xavier gets his “A” ripped off and given to Doug “The Thug” Glatt

  37. So, fellows …

    We confirm that THE KREIDER had a big hand in HAYES’ landing.

    Color me shocked.

    It’s only fair to put HAIL HAYES on the same line as THE KREIDER.

    They are going to tear it up, BC-style.

    Book it.

  38. Like I called it jumbo joe a ranger by end of August. Today first sign. Stripped of captaincy. Wheels in motion.

  39. bull dog line on

    I am no cap guy, but doesn’t Thornton cost a lot $$$? money would have to go the other way. who?

  40. That video link is clutch.


    I suspect we’ll see a lot of that in the coming year.

  41. Stepan and McDonagh never graduated. Neither one of them will go far without that sheepskin.

  42. Hayes may be our best draft pick since Kreider.

    well, I’m more excited about him than any of our draft picks. he may not make the team out of camp, but I hope he sees some time with the club this year.

  43. Leetchhalloffame on

    Great recruiting job by Kreider. As an aside you know Hayes never signs here is Torts is still the NYR coach.

  44. Alright, good news after a long day of driving. Bring him to traverse city before camp.

    I had a feeling he was gonna sign with the rangers. smart choice.

    Good to have you in the fold Kevin Hayes.

  45. JJ to the Islanders. Book it.

    Speaking of smelly things, Azzlanders will be a pretty decent team this year. Tavares Grabosvsky could be the best duo in the NHL.

  46. The rangers dont want Joe Thornton. I repeat the rangers dont want Joe Thornton.

    The rangers dont want Joe Thornton.

    I rode Joe Thornton the night he made those comments about the rangers being soft. I was riding him, saying he’s soft, go back to cali where the living is easy, Pavelski is better then you. Then I heard when I got home that night about the comment he made. It made me realize how soft the dude truly is, that a random fan can get in his head to the extent that he’s taking shots at the team after his team lost. And then the comment he made after hertl netted 4 against us about wiping his junk out on the ice if he scored 4. When you put it all together, you know this guy is not a winner.

    The Rangers do not want Joe Thornton

  47. As regards the timely or belated promotion of young players, we all have our own bias, some prefer older rookies, some prefer younger rookies.

    The best case for taking the younger rookies position in this discussion is the Black Hawks promotion of Toews and Kane when they were both teenagers, one 18, the other 19.

    You talk about demonstrating guts, and you talk about Chicago reaping the ultimate payoff for that “courage,” it’s hard to put the knock on it.

    The qualifier here is that the promoted young rookies MUST BE exceptionally talented, not just borderline talents, and this is where finding any two people to agree as to any rookie’s potential, is the hard part. None of us is blessed with foresight, we just have to live with our mistakes, and of course we can live with our judgmental successes.

    All I am asking/hoping for this season is a good, solid nine-game trial for The Duke. I will accept the consequences of his demotion if he fails the litmus test. But what if he pots 3-4 goals and holds his own in the defensive zone? Now we have a budding blue-chip star for our trouble – and our courage.

  48. Carp I know it’s late but in the AM maybe clarify what you said above, Hayes or Miller with the best in the biz wall presence.

    If Miller I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thought he was pretty good in the opportunities he was given later in the season (feb onward)

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Line combo’s , I loveee line combo’s!!!

    Hagelin, Stepan, Nash.

    Zucc, Brassard, St. Louis.

    Kreider,Moore, Hayes.

    Glass, Miller, Stempniak

    Only thing is Nash . He doesn’t pass . The line of Nash,Steps and THE …kinda sucks. Looks good but Steps can’t play with Nash cuz Nash is bring him down . Nash could be swapped with Stempiak .Him playing with Crosby could make him think hes better then he really is. Thats a good thing.

  50. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Nash should maybe play with Miller and glass/lambardi

    This way he can hold the puck , make a twirl…skate backwards . The do a bum push , fake pass to Miller …SHOOTS!! …rebound , MILLER SCORES!!! MILLER SCORES!! Nice play Nash , beuty. Oh wait Penaty killing time , Nashhhhh ..your up again . beuty.

  51. bull dog line on

    off the top of my head.
    Gene Carr, Moose DuPont, Dave Ganger, Doug Sulliman, Pat Conacher, Marc Tinordi, Terry Carkner,Todd Marchant, Rob Zamunner, Kjell Samuelson, Doug Weight, Marc Savard, Eric Cairns, Mike Donnely, Pascal Dupuis, Mattias Norstrom, Jarko Immonen, Chris Kontos, Lori Korpikoski, Mike Motteau, P.A, Parenteau.
    of more recent players, they jerked around Zucc, and Kreider. and are doing the same thing right now with Miller. like I said, they have gotten a lot better since the Torts era of breaking in young players, but they have a long history of not.

  52. Before we go crazy about Hayes, I have two words. Matt Gilroy. Remember when he was supposed to be the next Brian Leetch? Great college player, Hobey Baker winner and all that. Hayes speed scares me. Slow in college can’t translate into good things in the pros can it? Not in an uptempo game. And supposedly he’s kind of soft too. We all know how you guys love big guys who are slow and play soft!!

    So color me skeptical. I really hope they don’t rush him, and give him half a season in Hartford to see what his game is about and get his footing on the pro level. He’s certainly not a prospect in the Toews or Kane category as mentioned. And remember, when those two were drafted Chicago was certainly not Cup contenders. They could afford to let the kids play in the NHL. The NYR were in the Cup finals and expect to be contenders again. Rushing a kid into that scenario is not a good thing unless the kid is special. I do think he’s probably more talented than Miller, Spepniak, and those bottom level guys. The Rangers just may not be able to afford to live with his mistakes. At least not initially.

  53. Mickman

    Need another way of getting hold of you. Your email address I guess from work was invalid when I responded.

  54. Good morning, boneheads!

    Bull dog, half of the players you mentioned I haven’t seen play for NY, can’t say much about it. The rest of them- I don’t think they held them back when they were ready to play in big leagues. I’m not sure what you meant by mentioning Pascal Dupuis, he was 27, and already an established NHLer when he got to NY. Eric Cairns was never ready to play in NHL. I suppose we all have a different view as to when/if a player is ready. And I agree with steveknj, there is no reason to rush Hayes either.

  55. bull dog line on

    Cairns played close to 500 NHL games. he might have gotten 50 from the Rangers. Dupuis got 6 games from the Rangers. 27 is not old by any stretch. a young player they had, and never gave a chance.

  56. Do we have any idea what Kevin Hayes Jersey Number will be? I need a new password for my work computer.

  57. bull dog line on

    Hayes is not an 18 year old kid. while I agree to not rush him, 2 years in the AHL is not going to cut it.

  58. bull dog line on

    he wore 12 at BC. right now that belongs to Stempniak. maybe he can double it and be 24.

  59. Most of those games Cairns played for the Islanders. It doesn’t make him an NHL caliber player. Dupuis had already played many seasons in Minnesota before he got to NY. I thought we were discussing young players who were held back in Hartford by this team.

    No, 2 years in Hartford won’t cut it for Hayes. But unless he shows he is fully ready, he needs to play big minutes in Hartford to start with

  60. bull dog line on

    no we were discussing the Rangers history of not giving young players a chance to succeed.Dupuis was young when the Rangers had him. the Rangers were no ball of fire when Cairns was playing for the Islanders.
    who is Callahan?

  61. For the record, I agree that MZA should’ve been given a chance earlier. But I don’t think Kreider was held back, he wasn’t ready. It certainly hasn’t stunted his development.

  62. bull dog line on

    Kreider and Zucc both overcame the Rangers failure to handle them properly. just because they succeeded when they got here doesn’t mean they would not have succeeded earlier. and they made a complete mess of the Miller situation last year. Miller, right now should be penciled in on the top 9 this season. instead the jerked him around so much last season he is considered a question mark this season. you play the games today, while always thinking about tomorrow. tomorrow is almost here, and they still don’t know what they have with Miller.

  63. bull dog line on

    don’t stop disagreeing with me ilb. if we stop discussing the Rangers, the conversation will turn to plants and flowers, and God only knows what else.

  64. iDoodie Machetto on

    I heard we just signed a ten foot tall beast man who showers in vodka and feeds his baby shrimp scampi

  65. Robby Bonfire on

    Excellent contribution at 7:30, bull dog line. And let’s not forget that with the Rangers/Sather, promoting rookie players late is not the only problem, since some do get promoted early. Of equal significance is how so many rookies, Miller being the best example of all time I can think of, get promoted-play well-get demoted, get promoted-play well-get demoted, etc.

    I am not expecting much from Miller, career-wise, beyond the dreaded “journeyman syndrome,” as he has been jerked around so much by Sather’s control-freak mind games he must be a psycho-wacko head case, by now.

    And we can add Jean Ratelle to your impressive list of Rangers rookies who were stone-walled where it came to making their NHL debut, long after they had nothing more to prove down in the sticks.

  66. Robby Bonfire on

    ilb2001 –

    You and others have the right to dispute this statement, but a ~strong~ case can be made that talented young players DO NOT NEED TO BE “READY” to come up here. In fact, waiting until they are “ready” is the damn problem.

    Kristo is what, 25 now. It’s too late for him to become anything but a journeyman, now, as he hits the brick wall of his physical decline/career downside in the next three years.

    You want a team comprised of journeyman nobody’s, who come up here when they are “ready,” just promote everyone from your system at age 24-25, and you will have that. On the other hand, you get the talented 19 and 20 year old players up here and stick with them through the growing pains, you’ve got…. Vic Hadfield, Brad Park, Ron Greschner, Brian Leetch, et al, so many who were more raw than ready when they arrived, who grew into NHL stardom, given major minutes playing time and responsibility, earlier rather than later, debut-wise.

  67. Robby for debate sake only.

    It didn’t work for Del Zotto, should we have stuck with him?

    Now lets look at Miller? He cut every corner he could to get a quicker NHL pay day. It worked out for him getting a bigger check sooner. But did it really help his development? NO his maturity isn’t ready. AV called him out on it last gear. Grow up and learn, you need to be more dedicated on and off the ice.

    So now you throw Kristo under the bus? Marty St. Louis, Hagelin, D.Moore, Glass, Stempniak, Dan Boyle all went to college for 4 years then went pro.

    So you graduate from college, play a full year in the AHL, then you body and mind are ready for 82-100 game season.

    You can’t have it both ways. Drop a 18-19 year old and hope he floats. How has that worked for Edmonton?

  68. Hockey is a lot like baseball, so many talented players, some times all you need is someone to give you a chance.

    And when you get that chance ….. you need to make a splash.

    One of my favorite stories in sports is about a local guy that played for the Fargo Redhawks and started out as a minor league catcher.


    Just imagine the journey playing for popcorn money, all the way to being a world series champion.

    But to call a kid over the hill at 25 – Robby …. you’re smarted than that.

  69. *smarter*

    Now when should a player jump, that’s really up to their situation.

    Should Skjei have jumped to the AHL this year?

    Look how many D we have? He isn’t going to crack the top 6 for the Blueshirts. Sather signed 3 more NCAA seniors that have played 4 years in college, add in McBust and a couple guys from Europe. Does it make sense for him to jump to a quicker pay day, or develop an extra year in college? You work out 5 days a week, and play 2.

    Miller has a real opportunity this year to be the 3rd line Center. Now will he be ready mentally? His body is ready, but sometimes at this level that is not enough.

  70. Now if you ask me, who ever gets the RW with Brassard & Zucc just won the GOLDEN TICKET.

    Anyone that can bury the puck will succeed. Hayes has better size, which will help along the boards and in front of the net. Hayes or Kristo could succeed on that line. Both can bury the puck.

    Miller is more of a set up man. He needs to Center the 3rd line if he is a top 9 forward. D Moore is capable of playing Center on any line. He is a very Smart Player, but 4 years in Harvard has to be worth something ….right?

  71. Watched Philly, Game 7 again last night. Zowie! I do believe, however, that we were a tad under pressure the last 15 minutes or so.

  72. Miller’s problemo is his helter-skelter Neutral and D zone play. Same with The K, who seems to be improving. Same with Richie, but no one other than Carp and the coaching staff sees it like it be.

  73. If we’ve lost CarBong, we could use a guy called ‘Bonfire’ Balducci to clear the crease and lay some lumber.

  74. I don’t believe that I saw Ritchie’s neutral or D-zone play the way the coaching staff did, coos. Not at all.

    good morning, Sally!

  75. 3C – One day, in this newly discovered bubble universe, a game on Replay will end in a different score from the original, and I want to be there. :)

  76. Carp, I think you had the nerve to publicly question it. Coaches knew that at his age, there was no hope and swallowed their tongues. Only the kids they would bash because they were still capable of correction.

  77. You wonder, though, if the coaches saw it as we did when he was consistently put on the ice protecting leads late.

    You might have mentioned that once or twice.

  78. That was mind boggling. I can only guess they were so desperate for a goal once every 4 or 5 games that they hid their lyin’ eyes and said a prayer to Saint Jude.

  79. Lot’s of good Hockey to watch this year.

    Will Grimaldi make the Florida team. He could be the second coming of MSL on a Florida team :)

    There is talk of Nelson playing on the top line with the Islanders with Tavaras. I can’t imagine how many points he would score if he lands that spot.

    Toews gets Richards as a 2nd line Center, that will help the Hawks. Richards next to Kane could produce a lot of points.

    Oshie’s team won the lottery with Stastny coming in to play Center, that will help them down the middle.

    Parise team will add Vanek, 68 points on 3 teams last year, he could be the player that pushes them into the playoffs.

    Frattin will be back with the leafs, he will land a full time job and succeed their.

    Knight could be in line for the 3rd line Center for the Flames.

    Greene will probably win another Cup. Gaborik will be a King full time, who knows if any team is deeper than the KINGS.

    So Kristo is my only hope for the Rangers. Boyle on the Blue line will help the power play. Hayes is a free 1’st round draft pick that could play right away. So the future is bright as a blue shirt fan.

    I just like watching the kids before that become famous in the NHL. The Sioux have the Schmaltz Brothers playing together for the first time, Jordan & Nick playing, both are 1’st round picks by Chicago & St. Louis. Add in 12 other players that are already drafted it could be a very good year for a young team.

  80. If the new kid had played for Louisville instead of BC, would they call him Cardinal Hayes?

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Kevin Hayes is seven feet tall. Kills men by the hundreds, and if he were on our team last season, he’d consume the Kings with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his Aasen.

  82. …. and a whole library of coffee table books.

    So, this questions is for all boneheads, what’s your favorite coffee table book that you’ve had on YOUR coffee table :)

  83. Sioux’s book would be all questions about how great someone is or is going to be followed by a creepy smiley face and then some vaguely racist logo of a Native American warrior.

  84. My top ones would have to be the 100 greatest pictures in sports.

    TIME had the 100 greatest inventions, just think the internet was #100, now name 99 that were better?

    And the 3rd was the again 100 greatest speeches.

    Why all 100. My Great Grandmother turned a 100. I bought them all for her, she made sure I got them back when she was done with them :)

  85. My daughter is chasing Mr. Titleist around for high school golf this morning.

    Time to go work on her Siouxweat Swing!

    Later Boys.

  86. Del Zotto failed as a Ranger because of Del Zotto, not how the Rangers handled him. they brought him along slowly his rookie year, and had a nice rookie season. he had the sophomore jinx his 2nd year. that has been known to happen. his 3rd season, no one can argue, was by far his best season. Del Zotto failed to build off of that. maybe it was the lockout. last year he got even worse. the Rangers handled him fine. he just blew it.

  87. Doodie Machetto on

    bull dog, all true re: MDZ, except at the end. I don’t think Torts gave him much of a chance to make mistakes, which of course led to even more mistakes and clutching his stick.

  88. Anything other than first-line duties for HAYESMAKER is an atrocity.

    He and THE Kreider need to be paired up, BC-style.

  89. I agree with Robby Bonfire. I’d add that very few players is ever actually ready to play in the NHL, very few playing are seasoned to play in the majors. The quality of play in the AHL is nowhere near that of the NHL. Just bring a couple young players up & let them make their mistakes & learn from them.

    Ryan McDonagh came up with us at 21, Stepan at 20. They weren’t ready. They played, made mistakes, learned from their mistakes & became better players.

    I’d also rather see some kids than a bunch of retread losers.

  90. Carp: sent you a guest blog post last night, if you’re still taking submissions. See what you think…thanks for the consideration!

  91. Not that it matters. But, Is it true we give up a 2nd round pick to Chicago because we signed Hayes??

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    Gerry, it is not true. Chicago was awarded a 2nd round pick by the NHL (54th overall) when Hayes became a UFA. The Rangers give up nothing because Hayes was a UFA.

  93. Robby Bonfire on

    Thank you Mr. Broil. We seem to agree that an organization’s willingness to go through the growing pains with young talent is the key to its ultimate success.

    Have a great day, you made mine!

  94. Robby Bonfire on

    Hey, as an old-time Roy Rogers fan, if Hayes turns out to be a good interview man for the media, I just might call him “Gabby.”

  95. Chi gets a second round pick, but I don’t think it affects the Rangers since he was a free agent.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Actually, to be technical, they get the 24th pick of the 2nd round. If for some reason there are more or less picks than 53 before that pick, they still get the 24th pick of the 2nd round, even if it isn’t 54 overall.

  97. Though the Cap hit for Hayes remains at 900K through 2015-16, he gets a 90K signing bonus each year and almost 3 mil in performance bonuses (each year) if he can produce.

  98. On another note…I rank this very high on the suckage scale btw, we finished 25th in the league last season (*25th*) in fighting majors with 25 fights (2 more in the playoffs).

    We have since traded/not re-signed 20 of those (Dorsett 10, Asham, boyle, falk, and mashinter had 2 each, pouliot and carcillo 1 each. Dorsett and boyle each had 1 in the postseason).

    That leaves (not toronto) us with 5 fights…nash with 2, mcilrath, j moops, and kreider with 1 each. We were already “soft and a bit small”, it looks like we have lost even more grit and other than glass, not replaced any of it (Glass had 7 fights las season).

    Unless you guys want kreider, nash, hayes, hank, mcdonut, etc fighting for themselves (usually doesn’t work out too well), you better hope mcilrath and someone else makes the roster/gets signed.

    Just my opinion.

  99. ‘Tie a chain around my neck
    And lead me anywhere
    Just wanna be
    Your teddy bear.

    Don’t wanna be a tiger,
    ‘Cause tigers play too rough.
    Don’t wanna be a lion
    ‘Cause lions ain’t the kind
    You love enough.’

  100. Gordie Clark said that “the American League is a great league to develop in and you can’t bring guys up until they are ready to play in the NHL. McIlrath has played about 100 games in two years so it’s about 1 season and a playoff and he has injuries and even in those 100 games he didn’t play much in some of them because he had to fight everyone in the AHL and he beat them all up and he really has less than a year of experience.”

    SNY Rangers

  101. Big Mac will never be a McDonagh but could gain a lot by uber focusing on Girardi’s game.

  102. Good news 2 Days in a row…..

    I wonder what the Rangers have planned tomorrow for my Birthday :)

    New York Rangers ?@NYRangers · 2h
    OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with restricted FA forward @dkristo7.
    Full Release: http://nyrange.rs/1oVhdcA

  103. As the Mike drops down…..

    Ladies and Gentlemen….

    In the Blue Corner…

    Starting at 6’5

    225 pounds

    Kevin “THE Hit-Man” Haaaaaaaaaaaayes!!!

    I can hear it now

  104. When will McBust be ready to shoulder the 7th D-Man spot.

    That’s why they drafted him in the 1’st round.

    Too do some 1’st round *HEAVY LIFTING* ….. right?

    Because they didn’t want to draft the #2 overall North American prospect, that has played in the NHL for 5 years.

  105. Rangers need to start to look for Centers that can *win* a Faceoff.

    Last years numbers were below average to say the least.

  106. Doodie Machetto on

    Coos, there is about a .00001 percent chance he hits any of the performance bonuses.

  107. Doodie Machetto on

    Why is this Kristo stuff news? I thought he accepted his tender a really long time ago.

  108. bull dog line on

    looking at THN Yearbook, and there top 50 rankings, the have PK Subban at 13 and McDonagh at 23. did they not watch the playoffs, and how much better McDonagh is than Subban?

  109. Besides the Rangers wanted to make sure they signed their leading GOAL scorer for this year!

  110. Manny just think if they let him perform for the Rangers!

    We would ALL have to meet at the Flying Puck before the game!!

  111. Question: do the Rangers need a traditional 4th line? Can they roll 4 lines that have puck possession and some scoring?

    Zucc – Brass – The
    Miller – hags – Hayes

    Didn’t hags play center in college?

  112. Ranger West

    The trouble with stacking Nash & MSL on the same line, Nash won’t go to the net, so MSL will have to.

    Kreider was better along the boards, crashing the net, and taking out the other teams goalie!!!

  113. The only effective fore check Richards ever made was the time he paid his rent in advance.

  114. Come to think of it I have a few MonteKristos left in my humidor, and the Rangers didn’t score enough goals to drain my bottle of BLUE.

    So we will see you all on the other side.

  115. Sharks remove Thornton’s C and the other two A’s and sign John Scott. Very astute, not.

  116. I’m sitting at home sipping double black JW – all Papas fault. Watching the new Ranger StempniK. Wondering if it’s GO TIME yet?

  117. The Penguins will have more than a few changes next year . . . I’m not sure we should hand them 1’st in the Metro just yet.

  118. “Get ya Red Hots!”


    “Get ya Red Hots!”

  119. Does anyone have any serious feelings about the differences between a Yamaha U1 and a Yamaha U3?

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