NEW POST

I hope you all enjoyed George Grimm’s interview with Billy Fairbairn. There will be another piece of George’s work on Monday. For now, a clean slate to get you through the weekend.

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197 thoughts on “NEW POST”

  1. Olga: “Actually I was hanging out with E3. He wasn’t hanging out with me. Let’s get the story straight.”

    Good to hear you’re both hanging together. A capitalist will sell the rope.

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  2. “The streets have shallow boundaries
    For the war that’s everyone
    What a wasteland for
    Broken dreams and hired guns

    SkjeLter me, baby skjeLter me
    When I’m sitting like I’m losing ground
    SkjeLter me

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  3. Alex wrote: “Teams don’t win championships by consistently trading 1st and 2nd rd picks and we’ve traded them quite often.”

    Depends on what you mean by “consistently”, but if you look at the likes of Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles these are teams that traded first round picks (and second round picks) and won Cups. The key is making sure you hit on the picks you do have – whether they be first, second or later round picks.

    Even when Chicago was making picks some of them were as sketchy as hell. In 2006 & 2007, they draft Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane – great picks. In 2008, Kris Beach in the 1st (no 2nd). In 2009, Dylan Olsen (1st) and our buddy Brandon Pirri (2nd). In 2010, our boy Hayes (1st) and then drafted four players in the 2nd – a group that has played 76 NHL games (75 by Stephen Johns with Dallas). In 2011, Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault in the 1st and take Brandon Saad and Gerund in the 2nd.

    What we should take away is that you have to hit on the picks you have. Chicago was fortunate to bead enough to be in position to draft Toews and Kane. They did a good job prior to 2006 drafting Keith, Seabrook and Crawford in 1st or 2nd rounds, but they also managed to hit on later picks, make good trades and solid free agent signings.

    The rangers problem is that we keep acquiring their failed 2nd round (Pirri/Gerund) and 3rd round (Michael Paliotta) picks.

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  4. Great points, Anthony. And just to add to your point obviously the Rangers haven’t had the opportunity to draft a top/can’t miss kind of player. When they’ve been in the top 10 over the last 10+ years they’ve made questionable (poor) selections or didn’t have a very deep pool to draft from

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  5. Will some of you all knowing posters do me a solid and rank (in your opinion) our d men?!

    I keep seeing some say skjeL is our 2nd best but they say staal is still top 3 or 4 in the league and where does that put shattenkirk?

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  6. since there is no real hockey news..until the games today.

    Grabner’s response to Kevin Hayes Birthday cake tweet was pretty funny.

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  7. I need some more information regarding your ranking request, Wick. Do you want it based on offense, defense, skating, puck moving, physicality, lack there of, lateral movement, snow angel ability or how great of a family (Sam) they come from?

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  8. Wick – Thanks for the praise, although I think you hinted I was long-winded (which I am) πŸ™‚

    I’d like to see what the pairings are at the start of the year before ranking the d-men. If you put Shattenkirk with Smith then it is possible Shatty would be ranked higher than if you put him with a Staal or Holden. In a way, I guess that means Smith could be 2nd since he would raise/help Shatty’s game. I would have to agree with BDL’s rankings in that case.

    I am most interested to see what the blueliner kids do in training camp. I really hope that they push the bottom end of the spectrum because a little job insecurity (For Staal playing it is playing time. For Holden it is being dealt to same nether region) will do wonders to improve play – and I think it will.

    The Rangers might be a little light in terms of young forwards to push some of the more established forwards. All the years Marek Hrivik put in at Hartford and this would have probably been his best chance to stick – especially with Fast out to start the season. We are going to need a Boo Nieves type to make the jump or Ryan Gropp to show that he can contribute at the NHL level sooner rather than later – even if he starts the year in Hartford. The Rangers expectations are helped tremendously if Lias Andersson shows he can handle 3rd line duties (at the very least).

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  9. James
    All things considered…being multi dimensional would seem to warrant a higher ranking than being one dimensional. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Smith is not better than Skjei. Who got beat wide for the last goal of the season? This is based on my foggy memory and not confirmed, but I remember the Smith getting smoked.

    I liked Shatty when he was in Denver and Cursed Sakic for letting him go. I had no idea at the time how great of a GM Sakic was. I still think Skjei is a better defenseman than him.

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  11. Wick, multi dimensional is a player that can do multiple things very well. We seem to have a fair amount of D men who do one or two things pretty well and the rest so-so

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  12. Dmen are like Offensive linemen in the running game they can be praised for opening a hole like a Dmen in Ozone making a play and in the passing game they are usually only noticed when they screw up like the Dman getting beat wide.
    .
    Is it football season yet??

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  13. NYR management plays within the 4th dimension; time, as in 1 Cup every 77 or so seasons.
    .
    The 5th dimension sings it allows one less bell to answer….

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  14. Wow, I didn’t get the Tony from AZ joke until Booby spelled it out. Well done, Tomb. Maybe DeAngelo will Refresh Refresh Refresh his personality now that he’s here.

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  15. I love me a defenseman that I don’t notice. Know who I rarely noticed as a Rangers Dman? Kevin Lowe. Rangers Dmen should try to keep that kind of company.

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  16. we don’t like Deangelo? Because he said and did a few stupid things as a teenager? Raise your hand if you didn’t do or say something stupid as a teenager. No hands in the air? Thought so.

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  17. BDL much as you said about the idea of having one of Stone, Neal, Atkinson, Kane or Hornqvist to replace Nash…DeAngelo doesn’t excite me…

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  18. James,
    I’m going to wait and see before I make a judgement. I am rooting fir him, and I hope he plays well and forces his way into the opening night lineup.

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  19. Love this place. Buchnevich is an over hyped 4th liner after 41 games in the NHL but some kid who we don’t know anything about aside from the fact that he can flirt with Amanda Borges and that his attitude has gotten him moved out of two organizations at the age of 21…There’s someone we should have some faith in.

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  20. I’ll hope for the same, BDL. Honestly. I am of the opinion that we have some good prospects on the blueline and would like him to be a part of that.

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  21. I like Smith, and was happy when they signed him, but I wonder if the Rangers had a do over would they still sign him. I’m thinking they did not expect to sign Shatennkirk, so they made sure to keep Smith. If they had known or believed the were getting Shattenkirk, I don’t think they sign Smith.

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  22. I do not think….listen/read closely…”at this point in their careers” that skjeL is a better all around d man than smith.

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  23. Wicky
    I think a large amount of fans get ahead of themselves when viewing a young player. OF course smith is a better all around player than Skjei is right now. So is Shatennkirk. Let’s have Skjei Do it for 82 games before we put him up at 2

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  24. Bdl
    I couldn’t agree more re your 1:24. Lets give the kid a couple more seasons before we go crazy about him. Has very good upside.

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  25. Someone might be called Number 2 or First Pair if he’s playing with McDonagh, but he might be just the complementary choice and not necessarily any better (or even the equal of) #3 or #4.

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  26. Girardi and Donuts were once a shutdown pair. Big time. What happened to Girardi – age, injury, brain-farts, shot-blocking mania…? Unlikely that the injury thing is debilitating in that he was re-signed elsewhere. He seemed suddenly to make all the wrong decisions, unusual for a wily vet.

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  27. he is good. Doesn’t look NHL ready, at least to make an impact.

    he is on the second PP unit for Sweden. Scored a PP goal, positioning made it.

    I will be surprised if he makes it past the 10 game tryout.

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  28. In keeping with the theme of these NHL Dog Days of summer, I would just like to say:

    Lindy Ruff, Jay Beagle, Curtis “Cujo” Joseph, all of the Arizona Coyotes, and the since the “Big Wolf” Kevin Hayes is now our 2C-Woof!

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  29. Tax free wanted to leave. Should have been a Ranger for life ( or till he was bought out). He was either a dumb guy, or got bad advice from his agent.

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  30. Tax Free did not like being a 3rd liner with no PP time under AV. His contract demands were nuts and I assume that was one of the tools he utilized to get himself out of NY. Guess I was wrong about that if CARP says he really wanted to stay.

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  31. ‘You’re happy when I’m on my knees
    One day is fine and the next is black
    So if you want me off your back
    Well, come on and let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?’

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  32. TYM,
    I happen to think you are right about tax free. He wanted out. He wanted the fan base and the media to think otherwise. I don’t think he wanted to traded, and was surprised when he was. I think he wanted to play out the season with the Rangers, and then leave as a UFA. I also believe Buffalo was his preferred choice, and when he was told that Buffalo was going with Gionta instead, he stayed in Tampa.

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  33. Hockey world is pretty quiet. Good time for a European vacation. I’ll check in on the HAV in a few weeks.

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  34. “I also believe Buffalo was his preferred choice, and when he was told that Buffalo was going with Gionta instead, he stayed in Tampa.”
    ———————————–
    That’s interesting since Callahan and Gionta are buddies.

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  35. Fast IS Callahan light. If Cally – sandpaper #3, Fast – #2. Besides, Fast’s Sweden grandma is not as tough as Cally’s.

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  36. Buffalo Bill’s got nuthin on Buffalo-Killer MacKenzie Skapski.

    He used to roam the plains where he stone-walled the likes of Sam Reinhardt and jack-wagon Pat Kaleta! “Go-on! Git!” he’d say as he cleated the crease.

    A true North American hero he was!

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  37. The bitter sight for me today is to see Lundqvist at #8 position, BEHIND Cam Talbot (#7) in the list of 10 best goalies by NHL Network version.

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  38. Lundqvist > untradeable contract. Talbot was better when he was traded but who would have seriously taken Hank in a trade. And besides the NYR did not have the seeds to trade him anyway!

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