Moved Blog

If you are reading this then I have failed to properly inform you of the switch of the site to blogspot under the same name.  First and foremost I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support in my first week of “running a blog” if that is what I can call what I am doing.  Only changes over at blogspot is that I have decided to scrap writing about things other than the NYRangers on this name and will just use other blog listing to discuss other things.  Hope the support will continue over there, click on the stories and dont be shy with the comments either.  The point of this for me is not just to hear myself talk because I hear that enough in my head already, but to spark discussion/debate to round out the way I am seeing things.  Thanks again.

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Marc Staal Gets an A

In the absence of both Captain Chris Drury and Assistant Captain Vinny Prospal the New York Rangers have been down to just Ryan Callahan wearing a letter on his sweater.  That changed today as the team voted unanimously to give an A to Marc Staal during the absence of their two other captains.  I like the move as Staal already has the responsibilities of leading the defense, now he gets the letter to prove it and if anything it might make him more vocal, but I don’t want him to change who he is just for the letter.


“I think it’s the right thing to do…he’s a big part of our core…hopefully thrives in that position”

Another Day, Another Line Combination – Will It Unlock Goals?

According to the Rangers twitter feed we have a new set of line contestants in attempting to find the right price for offense with Gaborik, Prospal and Drury on the shelf.

Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Alex Frolov-Erik Christensen-Brandon Prust
Derek Boogaard-Todd White-Brian Boyle

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New York Rangers Need to Get Back to Basics

I touched on this last night in reviewing the game, but I feel the need to touch on it and maybe even expand on the idea today.  It is easy to focus on the offense and whatever struggles it is likely to have with Gaborik, Prospal and Drury on the shelf because it is a storyline everyone relates to and understands from prior seasons.  I would rather skip that discussion, assume it to be a fact on most nights we are going to only get 1, 2 maybe 3 goals and move on to how we survive this stretch and it does include going back to principles this team used to employ under the so called boring hockey of Tom Renney.

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Rangers Continue to Forget How to Kill Penalties: Stewart Makes them Pay

For the second time in three games the Rangers would take what was a game they very much had a chance to win and turn it into a loss by being outplayed in a 3rd period.  Against certain teams and certain players you can get away with leaving a man wide open in front but a player the caliber of Chris Stewart is not going to miss those chances and he didn’t netting his 2nd PPG of the game, 5th of the season.  I said early in the game that I love Chris Stewart’s game and New York along with a national audience that didn’t know about him before got a lesson in the skill he has.  His first goal was a play where he outmuscled Marc Staal getting to the front of the net and converted with a beautiful deflection on the John Michael Liles shot.  The third goal was purely academic as it never felt like the Rangers were going to get a 2nd tonight.

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New York Rangers New First Line: Development Happens At It’s Own Pace

Time is one of those concepts that can be very simple in terms of the clinical amount of minutes, days, months, years something takes but also abstract in that for each person the time required in development differs.  The Rangers have been on a transition to younger players they are developing from their system and a move away from the bigger ticket items.  The key to sustainability of that kind of transition is that the players you are developing from your system must develop and show enough to produce the belief of the management the course is worth staying on.

A perfect example of the differing forms of development will be on display tonight when the Rangers and Avalanche play tonight in the Garden.  The top line for New York will consist of three homegrown players in Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Ryan Callahan, who all have had a somewhat different path in developing to where they are right now.

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NY Rangers Practice News 10-17-2010: Lines, D-Pairs, Call-ups

According to Andrew Gross and Jesse Spector the lines at Rangers practice today were as follows:





My take on the lines, the projected D-pairs and other thoughts inside.

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My Top 18 New York Rangers Prospects: Who, Where, Why, Maybe Even When, How They Hit Broadway

Ranger Prospect Rankings Oct 2010

1. Derek Stepan
2. Chris Kreider
3. Ryan Mcdonagh
4. Mats Zuccarello Aasen
5. Evgeny Grachev
6. Ethan Werek
7. Roman Horak
8. Dylan McIlrath
9. Carl Hagelin
10. Christian Thomas
11. Pavel Valentenko
12. Michael Sauer
13. Chad Johnson
14. Tomas Kundratek
15. Ryan Bourque
16. Dale Weise
17. Mikhail Pashnin
18. Andrew Yogan

HM: Scott Stacjer, Brandon Manning, Kelsey Tessier, Jyri Niemi, Cam Talbot

Details of the guys and why I put some where I did inside.

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Ranger Fans: Boom or Bust with Every Drop of the Puck

If there is one thing that Ranger fans can be counted on for other than their passion it is their impulsive responses to every situation.  With each game being a life or death event, the outcome is mashed until the game itself is no longer recognizable and neither is a rational response to what should come next.  After Game 1 in which the Rangers lit up Ryan Miller and Derek Stepan scored a hat-trick in his debut the parade was planned and the Calder was Stepan’s.  After Game 2 on the Island in which the Rangers folded their tent late against an underrated and under-appreciated Islander team it was time to swan dive off the Brooklyn Bridge.  Then we have Game 3 last night vs Toronto.

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Yankees Hustle Way Back To 1-0 ALCS Lead With 6-5 Win.

For most of the night tonight it looked as if the Yankees were going to be handing the ball to Phil Hughes tomorrow down 1-0 in the series.  CC Sabathia just did not have his normal command tonight, most notably giving up the 3 run HR to Josh Hamilton in the 1st and 2 run double to Michael Young in the 4th.  The damage for CC could have been worse in the 1st as the inning ended on a wild pitch that hopped back to Jorge and he flipped to CC who did a great job covering the plate and getting Nelson Cruz before he touched the plate.  CC looked as if he had settled in after solid 2nd and 3rd innings but after he hit to young it was clear he was coming out down 5-0.

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