But you HAVE TO have a good PMD on your PP if you want to score on the PP. We cant get into the zone because none of our D are true PMD that know how to enter the zone. This is why I'm still pissed that we traded Del Zotto...he has his problems but one thing he knows how to do is skate well and move the puck up the ice.
So yes, add PMD to list of things we clearly lack.
Yes, amazing that the Del Zotto trade might have hurt our PP?
I cant believe its a question of Nash or Richards. Richards has been consistently awful and clearly on the decline, no question about it. Nash has just not played as expected. I also think he deserves a summer off since he has played differently since the concussion. Pairing people with Richards/Hagelin is asking for that person to fail IMO. Richards got a chance this year and has proven to not have it(at the price hes being paid) anymore. I think time off for Nash may work out in the Rangers favor. More time with Brad outside of a 3rd/4th line role is a waste of the teams time.
That THN article is spot on, and it's true about our prospect pool as well. I've been saying it for a while now, Gordie Clark is overrated. Where are the impact players that teams draft? The few that we have drafted we traded. #InGordieWeBust
Generally speaking, I just do not like the overall make up of this team, and right now, I want 90% of them gone.
This is exactly the thing. We're a treadmill team right now. We're good enough to get into the playoffs, and we're also bad enough to potentially miss it. There's no real chance of this team winning a cup. We're stuck in a bad purgatory.
I work thats so I can only listen to the games. They didn't mention this on the radio. Was there a flying elbow? Headshots? I saw Nash hit Crosby. That didn't look like he was headhunting though.
This team needs to avoid playing the penguins in the playoffs. They could never beat lemieux and jagr, they will never beat Crosby and malkin. You can't play puck possession and speed when the team you are playing against is better than you at the exact same game.
Nash did ring Crosby bell a little but that's because he kinda ducked just before Nash hit him. Later Staal went high on Crosby after a whistle in front of Hank. Crosby got out the way then said to the ref "what the **** was that?"
This is the thing. When Dolan is serious about competing and wants to win a Stanley Cup, he'll fire his good pal in Glen Sather. Dolan just cannot be serious about winning with Sather as the GM. Sather has had his chance to make this team into a contender and continues to fail miserably. Hire someone who isn't senile, and maybe, just maybe, the franchise will actually win some. I know, it sounds crazy, doesn't it? Until then, this team will never been viewed as a serious contender.
I honestly don't even want Stastny. He'll just come to NY and suck like all of the other supposed "stars" that this team has acquired in the last 10 years or so. And when he does suck, we won't have a compliance buy out to bail us out for the insane contract that we would sign him to.
Let's face it. Look at the some of the elite teams in the league. Take the Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins, and Kings for example. Boston drafted Krejci, Bergeron, Lucic, and Marchand. The Penguins drafted Crosby, Letang, Malkin, and Maata. The Blackhawks drafted Kane, Toews, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford, and Shaw. The Kings drafted Kopitar, Doughty, Voynov, Brown, and Quick. My point is that you build a winning team through the draft, while surrounding that core with pieces brought in along the way in trading and such. The guys that Rangers have drafted and developed don't even match up to what these others teams have drafted over the years. Who's the best forward we've developed? Stepan? Kreider? Those other four teams did way better than the Rangers at drafting. And don't say it's because those franchises sucked, and just acquired top 5 picks for 3-4 years straight. Keith was a 2nd round pick. Shaw was a 5th round pick. Voynov was a 2nd round pick. Bergeron was a 2nd round pick. Lucic was a 2nd round pick. Krejci was a 2nd round pick. Marchand was a 3rd round pick. The Rangers have monumentally failed at drafting over the last decade or so when compared to the true championship contenders of the sport.
Until we improve in the draft, we will always be pretenders. Always.
If they truly wanted to, I have no doubt it could be done. But they won't.
Well sure ANYTHING could be done if they truly wanted to. They could trade him and take on half his salary in exchange for a box of Pop Tarts but I imagine they're going to want something resembling fair value.