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08-06-2012, 12:36 PM
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Lundqvist. the Rangers can only go as far as the King takes them!

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08-06-2012, 12:36 PM
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Honestly, my biggest fear is if Lundqvist goes down. If he's injured, we become a bad hockey team. You can put an AHL lineup out there with Lundqvist and we'd still have a chance to win.
Nonsense. Do we become significantly less "elite"? Sure. But we become a "bad hockey team" with the best defense in the league and an offense consisting of Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Kreider, Stepan, Callahan, etc.?

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08-06-2012, 12:47 PM
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I have a couple...

Can our defense be the same as it was last season?

Can we score consistently?

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08-06-2012, 01:09 PM
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Nonsense. Do we become significantly less "elite"? Sure. But we become a "bad hockey team" with the best defense in the league and an offense consisting of Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Kreider, Stepan, Callahan, etc.?
As good as the rest of the team is, I have zero confidence in Biron as a starter. If you played an entire season with Biron as the #1, I'm not sure the Rangers are a .500 team. Losing Richards would hurt more than any other forward because the Rangers don't have adequate center depth. On D, losing Girardi would probably hurt more than losing any other blueliner because we don't have another righty Dman to replace him.

Other than injuries, I think Nash's integration into the team is a big concern. That's a lot of money for a lot of years. He needs to produce.

I've almost given up on being concerned with the PP but it would be nice to get that working one year.

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08-06-2012, 02:15 PM
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Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.
That's my concern as well, however I think Miller has a good chance to make the team and would become the 2nd line center if one of those guys goes down.

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08-06-2012, 02:38 PM
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Center depth is still my concern. I never liked Boyle being 3rd line center last season and am still not looking forward to him playing the third line again next season. Hopefully we'll see Sather sign one of Langkow or Hecht as a stopgap.

The third pair also has me concerned. However, if Sauer can play sometime in the middle of the season, I will no longer be worried.

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08-06-2012, 03:16 PM
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Honestly, my biggest fear is if Lundqvist goes down. If he's injured, we become a bad hockey team. You can put an AHL lineup out there with Lundqvist and we'd still have a chance to win.
lol, no way. Hank is separating this team from being a "bad" hockey team? really? We're no longer contenders, but that's usually what happens when you lose your star player.

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08-06-2012, 04:22 PM
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- Getting and staying healthy... especially at the end of season/play-offs.

- Depth, chemistry and penalty killing.

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08-06-2012, 04:37 PM
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Depth, Depth, Depth.

People seem to forget we don't only get to run out a top six. Everyone is all over Nash's genitalia, forgetting that we need to run out a full team.

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08-06-2012, 05:05 PM
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My biggest worry going into this next season is that the lineups to get my foot-long perogy dog will be way too long!



Oh man are these good, and really disgustingly bad for you too!

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08-06-2012, 05:26 PM
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Fear Number 1 : Cafe 31 will have new bartenders, not nearly as hot as the old crew. Every year they have been on the decline!

Fear Number 2 : Getting lost in the new Garden Again. Last year was a debacle especially at the start of the season

Fear Number 3 : LOCKOUT!

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08-06-2012, 05:30 PM
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That's my concern as well, however I think Miller has a good chance to make the team and would become the 2nd line center if one of those guys goes down.
haha is there an echo in here?

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08-06-2012, 05:35 PM
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haha is there an echo in here?
Great minds

I really don't think it's unreasonable to expect Miller to be up in NY by mid-season at the latest. I've been saying since the day he got drafted he will be Dubinsky's replacement.

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08-06-2012, 06:20 PM
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Hags and Kreider in their full season doesn't really concern me... it's interesting but not concerning. At this point, nothing concerns me until the CBA is done I know I'm suppose to leave CBA crap out but I worry about that a lot.

Aside from that, Chemistry/identity and injuries come playoff time.

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08-06-2012, 06:53 PM
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Identity should not be an issue. Cally, Staal, Hank, Richards, and Girardi are still here. This team will not lack identity. Torts won't allow that to happen.

My concern is center depth and the 6th defender. How can we not worry about Stu Bickel? I understand he might not be that big of a concern with the other 5 we have right now are good. My concern is the return of Mike Sauer. Is the organization relying on him coming back and going with Bickel or whoever breaks camp as the #7 playing until he is healthy?

To harp on the center, I believe that if Miller is not ready for the NHL, they will go after someone that can play center at the deadline. Having the depth where it is right now isn't terrible, as long as they can get through it. At least our centers can play the defensive end of the ice. If they were offensive guys and weren't good at it, I'd be even more worried, but Step, Rich, Boyle, and Halpern can play that side of the puck.

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08-06-2012, 07:18 PM
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My concern this year is the same as it is every year.

The Flowerplay.

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08-07-2012, 06:06 AM
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1. Lundqvist
2. Power Play (learn how to shoot one timers...you cant tee it up at the point and give the D time to setup).
3. That my new seats are as good as I think they will be and the people around us are cool fans.

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08-07-2012, 06:54 AM
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Besides consistent scoring, our top 4 D being over-worked. More specifically McD and Girardi.

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08-07-2012, 07:05 AM
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Penalty killing forwards is one thing that comes to mind for me. Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Fedetenko all regulars at that--all gone.

Obviously Nash is going to be one guy--Hagelin probably another. Halpern?--Pyatt and Asham did not kill any penalties last year with their respective teams. Kreider maybe another. Stepan and Richards might see more time.
Pyatt was a penalty killer earlier un his career.

He's capable of it. Knowing how Tortorella works, he will have him killing penalties.

Pyatt
Boyle
Stepan
Halpern
Callahan
Hagelin
Richards

Will probably be the forwards getting the brunt of the PK minutes.

I would prefer if not as many of our top six forwards were killing penalties. Thats going to wear them down eventually.

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08-07-2012, 07:09 AM
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Our Blueline is very overrated . It is the goaltending of Hank that wins us games and keeps us close most nights . Our blueline is way soft and I don't need hit stats to tell me I'm wrong . Flame away .

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08-07-2012, 10:52 AM
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I'm worried about the big time turnover among our forwards. Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Mitchell, Fedotenko... not the most talented bunch, but certainly hard-working and fit in very well with our defensive style. Now, we've essentially done this.

Asham for Prust
Halpern for Mitchell
Pyatt/Nash for Dubinsky/Anisimov
lost depth player in Fedotenko

I'm afraid of this messing with the style of play and overall team chemistry. Last year, they responded very well to adversity. Is this team going to be able to do what last year's team did and avoid long losing streaks? Anytime Rick Nash's Blue Jackets played poorly, the attitude was that it was to be expected. What happens when Nash and the team both hit a cold streak on a team that is supposed to be contending for a Stanley Cup? How will he react?

This team wins the big one on paper... unfortunately we still have to play the games

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08-07-2012, 11:28 AM
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- Center depth. If Richards gets injured we are in big big trouble.

- The PP

- Shotblocking. Eventually someone is going to get hurt (Like Zucc did) and if it is someone important its going to be tough.

My main concern is just avoiding injuries and staying healthy.

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08-07-2012, 03:58 PM
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Rangers need a much better transition game. They need to be able to control the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone much better than they have been doing.

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08-07-2012, 04:24 PM
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Im not worried about the team. Im confident in the players, coaching staff, and management.

I am worried about there not being hockey in October...or November...or December...or January...

Please no lockout.

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08-07-2012, 04:38 PM
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1) Stu Bickel shouldn't be in the lineup
2) Bottom-six is bad, especially without Hagelin or Miller there
3) Overall depth. I still think we need another middle-six type forward... Doan.

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