Getting rid of Boyle & Pyatt and their 3+ million combined cap hit for next season is priority #1. Those guys are utterly useless. Does anyone like me now get a general feeling of disdain whenever they see Boyle on the ice?
I'd roll with Newbury as 4th line center and either groom Miller as 3C or find one on the market and send Miller to Hartford.
Was pretty much going to post this. This D has looked ugly without him. The Rangers have a good D-core individually but it seems like when one of the top-4 go down and someone else has a bad game or stretch, everything falls apart.
Girardi has taken the biggest step back this year. He looks nothing like the all-star he was last season.
Even McDonagh, the golden child, has taken a bit of a step back. Hes lost some consistency this season.
Chicago? See: Pittsburgh. The Hawks have the luxury of Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa as their top two right wingers. So where do you slot a Jarome Iginla in? On the left side? Difficult to see him switching from Republican to Democrat this late in the game.
I would hope the Rangers could enter into trade discussions ASAP and try a Pyatt for Jokinen swap.
Originally Posted by Hodgy OFWG
would hope so
There's no way J. Jokinen gets to us via waiver, but I'd be fine with Pyatt for Jokinen straight up. Pyatt has been an utter failure. He doesn't fight, can't score, and is slower than Brad. His only saving grace is that he's good along the boards but it's not like his line has been producing down low anyway so that's a wash. Jokinen with a change of scenery is a MUCH better option for the 3rd line and he can play C if need be. If we're going to have a guy that can't fight or bang bodies then you might as well have a Jokinen type that can create a bit of offense. Not to mention he's golden in the shootout.
Last edited by DelZottoHitTheNetJK: 03-26-2013 at 11:43 AM.
Overpaid while underperforming. He'd fit right in.
He is still a skilled player, normally good for 40-50 points plus a very good shoot-out player. Considering the dearth of talent in the bottom-6, the Rangers should try and trade away a contract that has more than just this season left and take on Jokinen.
I'm getting a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach about this team. I really thought this was the year, bringing in Nash. I had very high hopes for this team. A 1 or 4 finish in the conference, and a solid run in the post-season. I was naive in thinking that Torts wold mold his game to his new team though. So many new faces trying to run a system that just does not fit them.
I'm getting that feeling that the Rangers are going to drop the next three. I want nothing more than to be wrong, really. You may not be getting that vibe from my posts these days, but I'm here to watch the Rangers win, I love when they win and I hate when they lose, like the rest of you.
Is it in the cards this season though? Truly, if we evaluate what the Rangers are, and what they're up against? It's a scary thought. Barely holding on to 8th right now. Can't imagine a finish higher than 6th. Sixth would really be the ideal finish, draw the winner of the SE and we win a playoff round before having to face the Pens in the conference semis. Lundqvist gets hot, Fleury goes cold, and who knows what will happen? Is it really wise to put the whole season on that thought process though? To ship young talent for a rental for that dream? I don't think so.
If I'm Sather and Gorton right now, the next three games tell the story of the season. Must win tonight in Philadelphia. If the Rangers lose tonight, they need to show something in the two games that follow in Kanata and in Montreal.
Thing is though, right now I have no confidence. To inspire anything from me for this team and this coach I want to see 5 out of 6 points in this stretch coming up. Realistically though? I'm expecting 1, maybe 2, perhaps even 0!
Four or more points in the next three, and let's go for it (judging by teams play of course, as well). Less than four, and let's not "pack it in" but "rebuild" the team wisely.
Cut the dead weight. See ya later to Pyatt and Boyle to start. Do what we can to get a first rounder coming our way. Get guys like Zuccarello and Fasth into the lineup and begin building for next season where Zuccarello should be a full-time guy, and Fast should be battling for a full-time spot in camp. It's not like the Rangers are far away from making a huge push.
Last year's first place finish was an anomaly of Torts's tenure here, built off heroic performance after heroic performance from a Vezina goalie and a full team that bought into Torts's system. That team is gone. Torts is stuck in his ways and not moving on. He needs to be the first one to go.
I don't want the Rangers to be exploring trades on Lundqvist in three years so he can go somewhere to find a way to finally get the cup he deserves. And we're all stuck looking back on these years as the "Tortorella dark ages" and wasting the back-end of Lundqvist's prime years.
Imagine a roster of...
(young LW acquired in draft day deal for Gaborik) - Stepan - Nash
Kreider - Richards (oy) - Callahan
Fast - Miller - Zuccarello
Haley - Yogan (Or FA Signing) - Powe
...under a new coach who doesn't hamper offensive creativity.
TL;DR - Cut dead weight. Fire Torts. Instill youth into the lineup and let them all get comfortable under a new coach before next season starts. This team isn't far away. The window on Lundqvist is running out.