They showed Staal at the game on Monday. Although it wasn't a clear shot of his face, they did show it from his right side and there was no clear injury. He got a huge cheer from the crowd.
With him back, playing the way he was, this team is extremely different.
If we can hang on to the 6-8th spot and get him back in game shape for the playoffs, we will have a chance to go deep. Hopefully he gets a week or two in before the playoffs to get his game back to par.
Its like the MSG cameras purposely showed him at an angle that you couldn't see his eye.
Clarkson is going to get Hartnell money. And Hartnell's contract is stupid, getting paid through 35 based on production during your mid to late 20s. Clarkson will be overpaid for what he's going to contribute over the next 5 years.
Also, I laughed so hard when Tomas Sandstrom was the answer to the trivia question. I hadn't heard or thought about that name for as long as I can remember.
When I was very young I had this VHS of a random Rangers/Pens I would watch to get my fix between Rangers games. Roger Neilson was behind the bench, so it must have been a game from the '89 season. I would rearrange the furniture in my living room and play along with the game. I had seen the game so many times I knew exactly when to 'hop over the boards" and pad my +/-.
Anyway, Sandstrom scored that game. Guess what, a couple of minutes on Hockey Reference just now and I figured out what game it was. Here's the box score.
all teams are flawed. we need to hope the rangers are less flawed than their opponents on any given night and that the young players are improving. it was a fun game today. be positive.
I agree with this. I said something similar in a different thread a month or so back: every team has flaws, good teams sweep those flaws under the rug by winning. The team can show worrying tendencies as much as they want so long as they consistently come out of games with two points. No team is going to be perfect with the league set up the way it is today. People remember the past as being perfect and hope that the future will be perfect as well, when in reality this team always had flaws and always will.
If you can be entertained for 60 minutes of hockey and the team can come away with two points, that's a good night in my book.
We played a free flowing style for the first two periods (wide freaking open by Rangers' standards) and score 3 goals. Who'd have thought a top heavy group of forwards would benefit from playing a game like that.
It was an entertaining game, I was disappointed with the way we played the 3rd (the good ol' turtle to not lose) and it almost bit us, but damn was it good to get a W, and in regulation.