Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls… UPDATED

The Undertaker.  It seems fitting that what feels like the second obituary of this young blog is about the Undertaker.  As the final hours tick down on his time with the Rangers, either to be claimed on waivers or demoted to the Wolf Pack (we will find out at noon which one it is), I just want to reflect on his time in our collective conscious.

As far as I can tell, the name “Undertaker” came from a scout while he was still playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors.  Big, strong, tough as nails, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native was a physical force in the WHL.  It led to him being drafted in the first round, 10th overall, by the New York Rangers in 2010, despite the overwhelming consensus at the time suggesting Cam Fowler was the correct choice (for the record, the correct choice would have been Vladimir Tarasenko, taken 6 picks later).  Whether it be a knee injury suffered early in his time as a prospect or whether it was the concerns about his skating and skills being legitimate, McIlrath just never turned into what the Rangers hoped he would be.  On Thursday, after spending the early part of the 2016-2017 season as the team’s 8th defenseman, he was waived to be demoted to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.

When he was drafted, I absolutely despised the pick.  I had ranked 15 players that year and McIlrath wasn’t even on my radar as someone to even remotely consider.  Big, slow, and not much offensive upside in a league where the premium was now being put on skating and puck possession.  Even his facepunching skills were being phased out of the game.  It was just all wrong.  The thinking was that we had gone for offensive defensemen in 2006 (Bobby Sanguinetti) and 2008 (Michael Del Zotto), so taking a third would be a waste, while “crease clearing defenseman” was an organizational need.  Well, Sanguinetti was already well on his way to being a bust at the time, Del Zotto would flameout just a couple of years later, and pure “crease clearing defenseman” isn’t a role in the NHL anymore.  And even if Sanguinetti and Del Zotto both were superstars, why not take another puck mover so we could deal from our depth to fill organization needs, or, more importantly, fill roster spots with players on cheap contracts.  The pick was just bad to me on so many levels.

He suffered a serious injury (dislocated knee cap) during the 2012 prospect development camp after a collision with Kyle Jean.  It cost him half a season.  Some argue that the knee injury is what held him back.  I am sure that it didn’t help his development, but the long term effects I think are overstated.  He just wasn’t ever going to be a good skater.  That was the scouting report.  It was true.

I thought he would flame out the way Hugh Jessiman did.  When he got a brief cameo in 2014, I felt my concerns were justified as he was part of the players that were victimized in Tarasenko’s highlight reel goal (which was later turned into a flipbook animation).  In his only other game that year, he showed his courage by fighting Brian McGrattan.   After it was done, I’m sure McIlrath wished he hadn’t.

When he made the team out of camp last year it was clearly more of a case of his waiver status than his standing with the team.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw from him in game action.  Skating was still a problem, but he tried to keep his passes simple, and he had a very underrated shot.  Low, on goal, and very heavy.  More than his “crease clearing” or alleged deterrent effect, I wanted to see more of him because of that shot.

But the more I saw of him, the more it became clear that he was never going to be more than a third pairing defenseman.  His skating is bad, especially when he has to start/stop or change from forward to backward.  His play with the puck in his own zone is too predictable, far too often backhanding it around the boards.  His “fight” against Tomas Hertl was the last straw: not only was McIlrath not adding much, he was now officially a detriment.  To me, it felt like he was auditioning for his next employer that would value his toughness.

So now we wait for noon to see if he gets claimed on waivers.  He certainly hasn’t shown enough as a player for other teams to be particularly interested in what he is today.  Instead, his appeal is in his measurables and unfulfilled potential. As a right-handed defenseman, I think at least one team in the NHL should claim him, if only to see him in person before waiving him again.  I think he’s a third pairing defenseman somewhere, even if it wasn’t here. His hometown Winnipeg Jets seem like a good fit, as they could use an extra right handed defenseman while Jacob Trouba holds out.  Arizona plays Luke Schenn, and I think he’s certainly better than Schenn.  The drawback for any team claiming him is that he turns Group IV UFA if he doesn’t play 42 games this year, but if a team claims him and likes him, that shouldn’t be an issue.

Personally, I’d still prefer him to Clendening or Holden on the right side.  But now that he’sCle been waived, for his own good, I hope he clears.  He needs to play in the AHL, and frankly, needed that last year as well.  At the end of the season, he will be a UFA and can get a fresh start somewhere else.

It’s the Undertaker’s last ride. Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

***UPDATE 12:01 PM***

McIlrath has cleared waivers and will presumably be assigned to the Wolf Pack.  I think that speaks volumes to how he is viewed around the league, and it’s not just that AV hates him.  That all being said, barring a slew of injuries to the Rangers defense, he will get a good season of development in the AHL before becoming a Group IV UFA this summer.

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244 thoughts on “Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls… UPDATED”

  1. First using the West Coast Advantage. Only 10:00 here. And excellent article. I sure hope the kid gets a real chance elsewhere.

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  2. Hello Winnipeg. Was mentioned yesterday waivers goes by last year standings until 11/1. So with that said in last few days of October I strongly think Winnipeg is his destination. Should have just traded him for trouba lol. I’m kidding.

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  3. Good morning, boneheads!
    Nicely done, Doodie. Hard to disagree. Too bad, I was really hoping this kid could be a part of this organization.
    BDL- funny you mentioned Boston. I think McIlrath would significantly upgrade their D corps in the speed department. They will be eaten up alive by any team with speed this season. Some teams never adjust.

    Now, if you want any assurance that the boneheads nation is back fully, go back and take a look at the end of the Go Time thread. Look who is BANJing, lol

    Also, I am really, really happy to see Manny. Welcome back, Manny!

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  4. For the Salary Cap junkies. Considering this season is already 16 days old, and assuming McIlrath doesn’t get recalled this season, waiving him adds additional $3.28M to their cap space by February 28th. (Trade Deadline)

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  5. It looks like it’s going to be a bit over $12M. Cap Friendly projects their cap space to be $9.112 without taking McIlrath into that number. They do daily calculations, so their number is pretty accurate

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  6. I’m afraid McIlrath is done as a Ranger. I can’t believe it’s a personal vendetta between him and AV. I think AV would put Jack The Ripper on defense if he thought it would strengthen the team. I still think he could be a decent 6th defenseman on some other team, but not on this one.

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  7. Excellent article. I’m perplexed by McIlrath, kinda hope he gets claimed so he can earn a role somewhere. Still think he would be a good 3rd somewhere paired with an offensive risk taking guy like Candalabra.

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  8. THANK YOU for doing this! Your effort is super-appreciated. I have been lurking Carp’s blog – reading every word and most of the comments for about 7 yrs i guess and was crushed upon reading the news. I sure hope Carp re-surfaces and would do whatever is necessary to support him. In the meantime, your reporting has been excellent and most welcome. All the best!

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  9. Good morning all! Bravo Doodie, well done! I’d be sad to see him go, too, and wish him every success, but I sure do get tired of seeing our guys reach their potential after being traded to other teams.

    Cross Check, gave you my seat in last thread…where are you tonight?

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  10. Didn’t see it Blogmama. Will go check it now. We are in SEC 306 ROW G SEAT 9-10. I’ll be wearing a Rangers hat, and a white jersey. The wife will be wearing some Halloween themed shirt or sweatshirt. I offered her one of my Rangers shirts, but… (sigh)…the stuff I’ve had to put up with all these years. lol

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  11. Ding, Ding,Ding, ………………………….Ladies and Gentlemen.
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    Lettttttttttttts Gettttttttttttttt Reeeeeeeeeeedy to Rummmmmmmmmmmmble.
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    My guess Winnipeg, Boston, or Torts takes him.
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    If not the Wolfpack will have another top 4 Defenseman 🙂
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    Lots of Great talent playing for the pack this year.

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  12. Read the old blog a lot but hardly (if ever) posted.

    Thank you guys for setting this up! I religiously read Carps review following every Rangers game. Hope Carp is allowed to contributes here and looking forward to reading more reviews!

    A suggestion: On the twitter section, maybe rangersreport2 (doodie) can also link other Rangers beat writers to appear there like Zipay.

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  13. Welcome home, Manny! The solidarity this passed week has made me quite happy. Does anyone remember the awful attempt at the movie Street Fighter? Raul Julia played Bison and had a great line about how the day he stormed Chun Li’s village and killed her parents was the most significant day of her life. For him it was Wednesday. I think this Mcilrath saga is nothing more than a major event to Rangers fans. For the rest of the league it’s one more unproven minor league defensemen on waivers. I’d love to see Mcilrath have a career here and be an integral member of the team just doesn’t look like it’s in the cards for him. Maybe it was but it ended when the organization hired Alain Vigneault.

    btw- anyone see Scheifele and Seguin last night? classic game of rock paper scissors to see who’d be the last one off the ice after warmups

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  14. Doodie, Carp, Manny, Eric, and every other bonehead I have yet to meet. Mrs Sioux and I are flying in on the 1’st of December for 4 days for the Sioux/BC Game, and perhaps the Carolina game.
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    Anyone up for a Hot dog or a Pint before or after the games?
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  15. I’ll probably get there right at game time. I work in Greensboro so traveling to Raleigh, getting a place to park and walking to my seat will probably get me there right at the puck drop. Will send you a message on Facebook about meeting up, maybe either between periods or after the game.

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  16. On the topic of defensemen and whether or not the Rangers should be aggressive about making a deal this year for a guy like Trouba…Take a look at the Dmen that will be UFA next summer (keeping in mind that Brent Burns’ contract extension is a no brainer in SJ):
    Kevin Shattenkirk
    Dmitry Kulikov
    Mark Streit
    Andrei Markov
    Dennis Wideman
    Michael Del Zotto
    Trevor Daley
    Brian Campbell
    Brendan Smith
    Cody Franson

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  17. I’m thinking the Flying Puck might have to be the “pregame” schedule. Mr 5th place and I have met there a couple of times. But I’m wide open for other adventures for the weekend.
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    Where’s this hotdog place?

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  18. Let’s keep everything in perspective, Sioux. Carp is the blogfather. Doodie is merely Fredo LOL jk he gets Michael status for this blog

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  19. And yes, that list is scary stuff. And will probably lead to some absurd contracts for Shattenkirk, Kulikov and Del Zotto.

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  20. A reader for many, many years, but not a heavy poster. Just wanted to say sorry CARP. Hope everything works out for the best. Maybe now would be a good time to publish your book “UNCONTESTED”!! …and an huge Thank You to doodie for putting 2.0 together!!

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  21. James
    Sioux gets carried away pretty easily if you haven’t noticed 😉

    I like mcilrath, the hertl incident was a bad call on his part imho, but I think he was frustrated and desperate to make an impact and it was a bit of an instinctive way in his mind to try and do it. I think most of his game and skills are NHL level (still needs to work on his “swivel”/latéral movement. I wish him all the best and hope he’s claimed and gets top six time.

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  22. James – decent offensive dmen coming next summer. I would say that if we don’t make room for Shattenkirk (or trade for him as a rental and then sign him after some maneuvering), my pick would actually be Cody Franson. He can be a relatively-cheap option.
    Never liked Kulikov. Streit or Markov? Eh…even on a 1-year deal, they’re going to want $5m. Wideman’s going to want another big contract…plus you think that dude will ever get a call go his way ever again?

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  23. which poster is manny? sioux I will meet you at the flying puck at 11:30 am for carolina game dec 3rd with my kid. will probably go home after drop him off and take train back in for sioux game

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  24. Nice job Doodie- We’ll know pretty soon where he’ll end up.

    James- thanks for listing this summer’s UFA’s. Shattenkirk might be the guy, but he’s not going to be cheap and every time I see him play, I’m a little less impressed. I’m thinking we should get Trouba, but don’t trade McDonough, Kreider, Vesey, Zibinijad, Buch or Miller.

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  25. those that think flyers or pens for mcilrath dont forget at least 15-20 teams if not more have to pass. goes by last year standings and both were playoff teams. changes 11/1 for this year

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  26. Why does everyone assume that the whole league is going to put a claim in for him? Last year, probably 2/3s of the league would have wanted him. Now, he’s got a pretty long record of not much.

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  27. DaveB – I agree Franson at Trade Deadline for a pick as the Baby Buffalos will be out of it by new years.
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    Doodie – in order to lessen the burden, you may consider ‘guest bloggers’, at least the ones that don’t suck (I keed, I keed)
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    McBeast will be on 84 East in Friday traffic at 2pm today.
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    this guy Laine is a player, eh?

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  28. Forgive me, but I fail to understand all of this hubbub about Jake Trouba. The Jets have 2 utter stiffs playing on their 3rd pair with Trouba sitting out. He played all season last year and did not make a huge impression. The guy could turn out to be a bust and people are all talking about paying a huge ransom for him. I think he is being way overrated by his agent than by Cheveldayoff. Give me Sami Vatanen…a proven puck mover and defender.

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  29. ThisYear’s – agree on Vetanen but Ducks be crazy to give him up, think Fowler is the guy on the way out. He seems to fit AV’s model. Still doesn’t alleviate the pressure on McD in Dzone.

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  30. 20 being nice. more like 40. this defense get run out of the building by pens or tampa who are on a colllision course once again meet in may

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  31. Wicky, D has to be able to move the puck. End of story. Otherwise you are the 11-12 Rangers and blocking shots all game, with no offense whatsoever, trying to squeak out 2-1 wins all season.

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  32. I found the 11-12 team more entertaining than this one to this point…games pretty bleh to me so far.

    Re D, agree they do but problem is most “puck movers” defend like yandle and clendening…if you are going to add puck mover, need to be very selective and not just add one for the sake of adding.

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  33. Thanks for setting this up. Much appreciated. I’ve been a loyal reader of the blog every day (rarely posted) and like all of you can’t believe our friend Carp was let go. Wishing him all the best and I hope he lands somewhere else soon. You guys are the best, your comments over the years have ranged from awesome to head-scratching to priceless. But always, always entertaining. Thank you!

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  34. On McIlrath’s cap hit, am I missing something – how would waiving $800k in salary free up more cap space than the contract itself?

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  35. “I found the 11-12 team more entertaining than this one to this point…games pretty bleh to me so far.”

    Seriously? This has been the most entertaining team I’ve seen the Rangers ice in a long time. Not necessarily a long-term success, but entertaining as hell. The 11-12 Rangers, while one of my favorite all-time Rangers team because of working ethic, culture, and just personality of the players away from the ice, made for some really awful hockey. They were scourge of the league for all of the shot blocking, to the point people were seriously discussion how to legislate it out of the game.

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  36. ***UPDATE 12:01 PM***

    McIlrath has cleared waivers and will presumably be assigned to the Wolf Pack. I think that speaks volumes to how he is viewed around the league, and it’s not just that AV hates him. That all being said, barring a slew of injuries to the Rangers defense, he will get a good season of development in the AHL before becoming a Group IV UFA this summer.

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  37. So now that 29 other GMs have passed on McIlrath, can we safely say that’s he’s not that good and Vigneault isn’t an idiot for not playing him? Or are people still going to argue that his amazing ‘toughness’ should be on the bench every night?

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  38. So Rangers tried to trade him and found no takers and now waived him and found no takers.

    Maybe just maybe the guy just isnt too good?

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  39. Ilb/Doodie – I totally forgot that it was calculated daily and being below accrues to allow a team to sign a larger contract for the remaining days. Duh on my part.

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  40. tomb says:
    October 28, 2016 at 1:12 AM
    McIlrath will pass waivers, dominate in Hartford, and will be called up when Girardi strains something

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  41. I doubt he ever plays for NYR again. Probably included in a package somewhere down the line this year if he can play a decent 18-20 min game in AHL

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  42. tomb, who else is going to get hurt for McIlrath to get into the lineup? He’s clearly #8, if not lower. I wouldn’t be shocked if a guy like Graves now will get a shot ahead of McIlrath now that they managed to get McIlrath into the AHL.

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  43. THRILLED that he’s still in the organization, going to do down and play huge minutes. But I feel bad for him. I know the potential-UFA thing was kind of a poison pill for other teams, but he must be bummed.

    If anything, maybe if someone has a few injuries and needs a righty, we can get a pick for him.

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  44. Lev, you raise an interesting point. Clearing waivers probably helped his trade value. If a team wants him for their AHL team, there was no guarantee they could have put him there. Now that he cleared waivers and is in the AHL, someone might trade for him to help fill out their AHL roster.

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  45. I don’t think he’s bummed. He’s on a 1 way contract, playing a kids game, and making 800K this year.
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    Better to be the #1 Dman – on a winning team, than on the bench, eating hotdogs for the varsity.
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    Just saying

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  46. Via CapFriendly:

    A player does not need to pass through waivers if the player has not been on the NHL active roster for a cumulative 30 days since last clearing waivers, and has not played in 10 or more NHL games. CBA Reference 13.2(b)

    So, in other words, we can recall him and send him down again without him having to clear waivers, provided that he is not on the NHL roster for a total of 30 days since he last cleared waivers AND he has not played in 10 or more NHL games.

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  47. What’s the matter, people?
    Solidarity

    Everybody wants the same thing, don’t they?
    Everybody wants a happy end
    They want to see the game on Saturday
    They want to be somebody’s friend

    Everybody wants to work for a living
    Everybody wants their children warm
    Everybody wants to be forgiven
    They want a shelter from the storm

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  48. Doodie
    I just enjoy a hard hitting intestinal fortitude 2-1 game far more than a minimal contact 7-5 game. They are more entertaining to me than the current style of games this group of rangers is playing.

    If AV could not win a cup with the Canucks and his system, I have serious doubts he will be able to do so here with less “talent”. Hope I’m wrong!

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  49. I’m not saying that the games have to be played like the all-star game, but they actually have to be, you know, played. 11-12 wasn’t playing. It was collapse in front of the goal and snuff all action out of the game, then try and score once or twice. Boring.

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  50. Does this team have less talent than AV’s Canucks squads?

    I’d argue they’re at least equally talented and if im being honest then this team is probably more talented.

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  51. Freaking lawyers, Wicky. If you read the new CBA, right after paragraph 13.2 there is a paragraph 13.3. It says INTENTIONALLY OMMITED. That was the recall waivers rule in previous CBA.
    Why in holy hell can’t you just move on with the next existing rule instead and stop wasting paper?

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  52. Bieksa was pretty good then too. Higgins made a nice secondary piece. But yeah this NYR team has much more depth at F, probably a wash on D and probably a slight edge at goaltending though I can see it being a wash

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  53. Top end talent was better, D was better…bottom six talent and goalie about equal…maybe slight edge to rangers there.

    Doodie, opinions vary. I find this all star game like play (to use your terminology), which is what it seems like to me, to be pretty bleh. Like I said, I enjoy the 2-1 physical games much more. That’s just my preference though. I liked the 11-12 team and the cup losing team much more than this one.

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  54. Vancouver didn’t have enough depth in skill department to overcome a very physical Boston team. And not enough speed. However, if Chara played at the same level then as he is playing now, Vancouver would’ve prevailed.
    NY this year is much deeper than Canucks were then in both skill and speed departments imo

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  55. rangersreport2 says:
    October 28, 2016 at 12:17 PM
    tomb, who else is going to get hurt for McIlrath to get into the lineup? He’s clearly #8, if not lower. I wouldn’t be shocked if a guy like Graves now will get a shot ahead of McIlrath now that they managed to get McIlrath into the AHL.

    You are probably correct. it was late, I was dreaming.

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  56. Hello everybody! So glad to be back among my fellow Boneheads! Have to catch up on the comments now to see all the gibberish I’ve missed. Anybody heard from Carp?

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  57. I think you can thank Gudas for the Pastranak suspension. League looked really bad when they did not suspend Gudas for the hit on Vesey, and then he went and did it the next game.

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  58. Ilb
    Oh I agree with you 100%. I wonder how many oiler fans would whine about a top 6 winger in the box for at least 5 minutes or would say “don’t do anything we’ll make them pay on the power play”? Lol. Ranger fans are such sissies some times 😉

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  59. On a différent note…any of you local New Yorkers know of any place that still has the women’s rangers hockey fights cancer purple hats from this season?
    Tyia

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  60. What can be said about Kreider? Kreider, who had dropped his gloves when challenged, that Kreider. I doubt very much that Pasternak will drop the gloves.

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  61. As Zipay said, Pasternak suspension should be served for his next 2 games vs. Rangers. Instead, it’s the Wings and Panthers who will benefit when they face Boston.

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  62. Please. How many times has Kreider dropped his gloves? Easy to talk tough when a ref is pushing you away towards your bench. So because Pastrnak delivered a questionable hit on a Ranger (as far as I know this is his first questionable hit) he will someday cross someone the wrong way? Kreider has done that to how many players and teams now?

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  63. Pastrnak; all 180 lbs of him? 20 yo playing like he doesn’t have a care in the world. Why should he against NYR??
    Oh, that’s right, AV’s NYR whistle to whistling past the graveyard.
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    Wait until McD gets run again and one-armed Klein has to bail him out or AV is “forced” to recall ‘he who shall not be named’ from Hartford for some smart muscle.
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    Problem is the D has no playable toughness save for Klein. Haven’t seen Hold-On do anything yet on that front.
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    it’s still hockey and teams will learn the way to slow NYR down is to hammer the D and make them cough it up.

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  64. glad we didn’t lose him for nothing… i know the league has spoken on this now but i do feel like we saw a guy capable of playing full third pair minutes last year. hoping that he still gets a true shot with this team one day but am interested to see how he does with extended big minutes in the ahl this year.

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  65. And remind me again, how did McIlrath deter Beleskey when he cheapshotted Stepan? Or Gudas when he cheapshotted Vesey? He was literally on the ice-not just in the lineup, but on the actual ice- for both of those.

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  66. I agree with Carp when he would remind us that McIlrath (and most enforcers) do not really serve as a deterrent unless they skate a regular shift with a superstar. Lucic probably does serve that role, but it comes at a cost of him serving majors and being off the ice.

    McIlrath comes in handy when a Pasternak or Gudas needs to be put in line or if retribution is needed – like D-Mc did with Simmonds. As was mentioned previously, the problem with Dylan as an enforcer is that you don’t want to have one of your d-men racking up the PIMs withing a game. Thus the Catch-22 position. It would still have been nice to have McIlrath around against the likes of the Flyers.

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  67. BTW, I had no problem with McIlrath going after Hertl – whether what he did was accidental or not that bad. I have grown weary of watching Hank get bulldozed by forwards with no one doing anything about it. As far as I am concerned, it is about time someone stepped up for one of the Rangers goalies.

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  68. Doodie – \referring to McD. Teams don’t want Girardi hurt. they want him to play as much as possible. That’s why you knew the kid was a rook.

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  69. The fact is, you don’t even need to win a fight. If you stand up to who ever tries to take liberties and stand your ground, your going to pump your team up.

    At least push em back like Vesey did after his goal,(Stepan’s bump to Gudas after he destroyed Vesey was just pitiful). BUT, you better be ready to defend yourself. Don’t stand there like McDonough did after he put the shaft of his stick up in Simpson’s face. Be ready!

    A.V.’s “Whistle to whistle” thing puts the Rangers at a distinct disadvantage.

    I don’t want Zucc fighting Chara. I also don’t want guys with concussion histories like McDonough, Staal and Nash fighting, but the idea that McIlrath was going to deter Belesky or anyone else is crap.

    If you want a deterrent to keep teams from taking liberties, keep scoring on the PP.

    I LOVED seeing McIlrath kick Simpson’s ass. The problem was, that was the highlight of last season.

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  70. The deterrent argument is a fool’s errand. Nobody ever said it would prevent those hits from happening, especially in today’s NHL where there is no history of getting one’s face bashed in if they did it.
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    Payback? yes, preferably on their better players, eye for an eye.

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  71. “The fact is, you don’t even need to win a fight. If you stand up to who ever tries to take liberties and stand your ground, your going to pump your team up.”

    So the other team isn’t fired up also? I have never understood this line of thinking.

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  72. Preferred a nice clean check along the wall. Something Dylan did at least 2x/game when he played. Makes the other team think twice on break out and no penalty.
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    Mostly teams need guys to stick up for themselves first. McD has a bad habit of turning both cheeks too much.

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  73. Doodie-Obviously you don’t want to get whooped. That’s a lose lose.

    Take the Gudas on Vesey incident. McIlrath came flying in, (God bless him). Vesey is down. Nash and Stepan grabbed somebody’s jersey. Ryan Graves followed their lead.

    I don’t want Step fighting Gudas, but the only guy who showed any aggression was McIlrath . Not only do the linesmen go to protect the perp, the other Flyers formed a wall around him. Grab guy and clear some space.

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  74. Thanks, Doodie, for making this happen — your efforts are much appreciated! Long-time reader (back to the days of Sam); infrequent poster. Glad to see many RR regulars posting — I value everyone’s insights. & observations. My best wishes to Carp on the next chapter, whatever that may be. LGR!

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  75. ALRIGHT! Still…too much hustle to make text bold… I loved the way it worked on RR BEFORE that stupid update. All you had to to is put asterisk before and after text and that’s it!

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  76. By the way, McIlrath is one way contract so he gets paid the same even if he’s in Hartford. Clendening, on the other hand, is on two-way contract.

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  77. so you guys know, you can wrap your text in html tags. so, for example, type without the spaces to create italics but you need to close the tag with a …again, without the spaces

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  78. Sam: Joe, is it true that the Staal family is taking over the NHL?
    Joe: I’ll have to look into that Sam but I can tell you one thing for sure, they all have massive thighs.

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  79. Mama, I’m going to have to DVR this. Important meeting at my place. I think you’d like it, too bad you can’t be here. Anyway, try to get in the camera. And have fun!
    Also, you text me with scores, you’re soooo dead! 🙂

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  80. Guys, thanks again for doing this. After the Bruins game and b4 bed, went to the old site as the brain forgot for a moment. Everything went downhill there after the site change to FB logins. I like this much better. You’re doing a great job. What a great community. Proud to be part of it.

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  81. I think UK indicated that he couldn’t use facebook at work. So he might very well not know of recent events including this place

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  82. thanks Doodie for keeping the flame alive. cheers to cccp for the heads up and long live Carp! long time lurker, occasional poster, life long NYR fan -RonJovi

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  83. This new site has been fantastic. Amazing how fast it took off, compared to the gannett fb switch. Love reading all your posts. Thanks again Doodie.

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