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01-06-2012, 04:13 PM
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Eight reasons the Rangers are No. 1 in the League

Nice little piece on NHL.com

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=610277

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Staal doesn't play!

Ohw, wait, that was last week

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8 reasons..

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Very well written article...

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Good article, comments section is an eye sore though.

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Pretty nice to have the biggest impact players on this team developed from our own system.

Callahan has turned himself into a 1st liner, which some people thought would never happen as he's just another 3rd liner. 30 points in 38 games, same as Richards, 4 less than Gabby

Hank is Hank, but better as hard as that may be to believe

McDonagh has hit a wall recently, but he's young playing top line minutes, and recently finished his first season (82 games in career). Staal's return will help him a lot to reduce his minutes.

Same as Hank, Girardi has been Girardi, but better.

Step is the biggest upgrade though. This is what people envisioned of him, but not this soon. Playing with Gaborik, who is having a potential 50 goal campaign. That was supposed to be Richards doing that, but it's Stepan leading the way on this team in assists.

DZ has turned himself into a "Norris candidate" as the writer suggests, but it's too soon for that kind of talk.

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Nice little piece on NHL.com

Dave Lozo

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=610277
Comment sections on nhl.com always brings the lols.

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Indeed. This man controls the team, no ifs ands or buts.

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Hate to say it, but Sather deserves credit as well.

Anton Stralman? Stu Bickel? Steve Eminger? Ruslan Fedotenko? Brian Boyle? Those are all "under the radar" moves that have paid dividends for the organization. To say nothing of stealing McDonagh.

I still strongly dislike him and think he has done a poor job over his tenure, but this team has been developed and assembled under his watch. Hell, he hired Torts, and despite my skepticism he seems to be working out well.

I've killed Slats over the years when he has messed up (repeatedly), so I'll give him credit for helping build what we now have. It all means nothing until we win something of note, but I'm optimistic he finally has us on the right path.

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01-06-2012, 06:54 PM
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Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Marian Gaborik
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Brad Richards
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist

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sather deserves credit

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Completely unrelated, but someone on the Pens board just reminded me about Thornton's classic comment and I immediately started rooting for the Sharks in the West.

Why?

Because I'd love for Mr. Thornton to meet a soft team in the finals


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In all honesty, it's three things, having a system (Torts) and the patience to allow players to grow and buy into that system. And, Lundqvist.

That's the one thing that hasn't really happened since I don't even know when. Coming out of the lockout we all knew our team's best player (Jagr briefly, then Lundqvist), but the identity of the team wasn't really defined. There was talent, but there wasn't "direction." Now, it's pretty clear what we are and everyone on the roster buys into it.

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01-06-2012, 09:23 PM
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great read

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that comment section is filled with a lot of garbage

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Still can't compete with Boston

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Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Marian Gaborik
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Brad Richards
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist
Beat me to it, hehehe. Although mine was going to be

Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Solid contributions throughout the lineup
Lundqvist

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01-06-2012, 10:31 PM
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Also, it's about time for me to eat a large plate of crow. I severely underestimated tortorella's vision and ability. He has the pulse of the team better than any of us, and better than any rangers coach since Keenan, maybe even moreso. 24/7 did a fabulous job shedding light on his approach and philosophy that is far-reaching beyond the repetitive rhetoric we get in post game press sessions. I'm actually in awe of the job he's done and how much respect the players in the room have for him, because of the way he handles his job. Good for him being selected to the All-Star game, although I'm sure he'll have some comment about how it means nothing, hehe.

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Also, it's about time for me to eat a large plate of crow. I severely underestimated tortorella's vision and ability. He has the pulse of the team better than any of us, and better than any rangers coach since Keenan, maybe even moreso. 24/7 did a fabulous job shedding light on his approach and philosophy that is far-reaching beyond the repetitive rhetoric we get in post game press sessions. I'm actually in awe of the job he's done and how much respect the players in the room have for him, because of the way he handles his job. Good for him being selected to the All-Star game, although I'm sure he'll have some comment about how it means nothing, hehe.
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Well, we got rid of that moron comment that the Bruins played less games. Even when they win the remaining game, they cannot get passed us on the standings, the way it is now


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Okay, I know this is slightly petty, but anyone else incredibly happy to see the Bruins lose today after all those obnoxious posts in the comment section for this article? I guess all those "#9:Because the Bruins have played less games" comments are a moot point now.

I am not naive enough to guarantee a cup or anything, but those comments drove me crazy.

ETA: oh, okay, just realized someone beat me to the punch. At least I know I'm not the only one thinking it, ha

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Sather deserves credit for surrounding himself with COMPETENT people
The scouting staff deserves credit for IDENTIFYING talent
The coaching staff deserves credit for getting the most out of that talent (includes the Whale staff)
The players deserve credit for execution and "sticking with it"

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