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#141 MadDog2020

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:59 PM

And here's the rumor about Loser Joe: http://nyrangersblog...he-rangers.html
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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:03 PM

And here's the rumor about Loser Joe: http://nyrangersblog...he-rangers.html

 

"Loser Joe" has a right not to be flexible. His extension hasn't even kicked in. I'm sure team commitments were made. Now the Sharks are looking to trade him? He has a right to be as specific as he wants. I can see why he has interest in the Rangers. 


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:06 PM

The problem is that the Rangers don't really have much to trade at this point for a player like Thornton. No first round pick this year or the next. Outside of JT Miller and perhaps Buchovich, they don't have prospects that other teams might covet.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:10 PM

Yeah gotta agree with that. I would think that NJ would be a prime spot for goalies and defenders. It's just hard to get those big point producers to want to play here when they know their stats will drop. Hell we even tried to change how Kovy played the game when he got here.

 

Kovy's game needed to be changed and rounded out.  He came from a franchise where they only seemed interested in how many points he could put up, as the expense of just about everything else.  I (and many others) remember being surprised at how raw he was in many aspects of the game when he first came here.  If Lemaire hadn't worked with him, I think his body of work as a Devil would've been a lot worse. 


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:18 PM

The problem is that the Rangers don't really have much to trade at this point for a player like Thornton. No first round pick this year or the next. Outside of JT Miller and perhaps Buchovich, they don't have prospects that other teams might covet.


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I hope they do pick him up for exactly this reason. They have already mortgaged their future for what amounts to nothing, they might as well keep digging the hole deeper.

If they don't win a cup before Hank starts to decline I could see them reverting to the perpetual losers they were in the late 90s and early 00s with nothing to show for it.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:23 PM

Good let Sather send Kreider or Zuccarello + to San Jose just to bring in a "big" name again and totally mortgage the future


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:48 PM

Kovy's game needed to be changed and rounded out.  He came from a franchise where they only seemed interested in how many points he could put up, as the expense of just about everything else.  I (and many others) remember being surprised at how raw he was in many aspects of the game when he first came here.  If Lemaire hadn't worked with him, I think his body of work as a Devil would've been a lot worse. 

 

Yeah he was definitely a better hockey player when he left NJ. I just think that from the player's point of view, especially a guy like Spezza, a defensive system team is not what they're looking for. And we've had that rep for years. We usually get the bigger names after they hit 35. Lately it seems like all of the UFA's we get are projects. 


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 03:17 PM

The problem is that the Rangers don't really have much to trade at this point for a player like Thornton. No first round pick this year or the next. Outside of JT Miller and perhaps Buchovich, they don't have prospects that other teams might covet.


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a package of hagelin, jt miller would be a good start for the rangers. i think they could make something work.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

"Loser Joe" has a right not to be flexible. His extension hasn't even kicked in. I'm sure team commitments were made. Now the Sharks are looking to trade him? He has a right to be as specific as he wants. I can see why he has interest in the Rangers. 

 

I wouldn't exactly blame him for holding the Sharks' feet to the fire if they try to Holmgren him (deal him before the extension kicks in)...but I'm just sick of all these guys only wanting to play for the Rangers.  WTF makes the Rangers so special compared to the Kings/Hawks/Bruins/etc where all these players can't wait to go there?  I've never seen a rash of big-name players wind up forcing their way to one team like this.

 

And I don't want to hear about Thornton and Nash being buddy buddy either, Thornton has been in the league 15 years, he doesn't have any other friends?


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

I wouldn't exactly blame him for holding the Sharks' feet to the fire if they try to Holmgren him (deal him before the extension kicks in)...but I'm just sick of all these guys only wanting to play for the Rangers. WTF makes the Rangers so special compared to the Kings/Hawks/Bruins/etc where all these players can't wait to go there? I've never seen a rash of players wind up forcing their way to one team.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

Someone should seriously start looking into collusion by teams like Philly and New York. No matter how many careers these teams ruin, no matter how many disappointing postseasons these teams have, everyone wants to go to Philly or New York. 

 

I feel like these two teams are dicking around the league, especially New York. Sports agencies are usually either in Toronto or New York, or if they're not there, then business trips to New York are obviously a regular thing.

 

Can't help but think there's a birdie in everyone's ear every year that so many people want to go to Philly or New York season after season.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 03:52 PM

Someone should seriously start looking into collusion by teams like Philly and New York. No matter how many careers these teams ruin, no matter how many disappointing postseasons these teams have, everyone wants to go to Philly or New York. 

I just heard from EJ Hradek that Stasny would fit in New York.  Bleck. 


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:02 PM

Is Jonas Hiller a possibility?
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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:09 PM

Is Jonas Hiller a possibility?

 

Didn't know he played LW.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:10 PM

Is Jonas Hiller a possibility?

I'd be willing to take a chance on him, but I think he might have a very hard time finding a starting job too.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:13 PM

Carolina has named Detroit assistant Bill Peters as their new head coach: http://mweb.cbssport...anes-head-coach

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:34 PM

The Thornton stuff sounds like a lot of BS. Not really worth discussing unless someone other than The Rangers Blog brings it up.

 

It doesn't really make sense to me and a little early for such a demand to come out anyway. These West Coast hockey players don't want to go to NYC, and I imagine the last thing Thornton wants to do is leave.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:44 PM

Is Jonas Hiller a possibility?


Ducks are not offering him a contract. Might be an effective backup if he is willing.
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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:10 PM

Winnik is available as well


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:53 PM

I wouldn't exactly blame him for holding the Sharks' feet to the fire if they try to Holmgren him (deal him before the extension kicks in)...but I'm just sick of all these guys only wanting to play for the Rangers.  WTF makes the Rangers so special compared to the Kings/Hawks/Bruins/etc where all these players can't wait to go there?  I've never seen a rash of big-name players wind up forcing their way to one team like this.

 

And I don't want to hear about Thornton and Nash being buddy buddy either, Thornton has been in the league 15 years, he doesn't have any other friends?

 

Nash didn't force his way to the Rangers.  Other teams were interested, the Rangers offered the most.  St. Louis maintains a house in Connecticut.  If Thornton wants to go somewhere that has cap room, he won't be going to the Kings, Hawks or Bruins, he will be going to New York, because they will have cap room when they buy out Brad Richards.


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