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12-20-2014, 02:59 PM
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Ryan McDonagh

I haven't gotten a chance to watch much of the Rangers lately. How has he looked, I feel like I've read that he's improved. If he and Hank improve with this offense we can have a good push.

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His reads on D have been improving to the level that we expect from him and his offense is starting to catch up, hes been joining the rush more effectively

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Good to hear. It still bothers me that we got rid of Stralman and our D will most likely never be as good as peak last year. But McD going back to form will go a long way towards solidifying it nonetheless.

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Good to hear. It still bothers me that we got rid of Stralman and our D will most likely never be as good as peak last year. But McD going back to form will go a long way towards solidifying it nonetheless.
there are more Stralman's out there, and they will come. I think Klein was necessary to take some of Stralman's minutes due to the cap restraints we had this year. There is a good chance Brady Skjei becomes even better than Stralman is

I think many of our defensive woes have been due to Forward Corps turnover... that will sort itself out, as we've seen in the last few games

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12-20-2014, 04:12 PM
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there are more Stralman's out there, and they will come. I think Klein was necessary to take some of Stralman's minutes due to the cap restraints we had this year.

I think many of our defensive woes have been due to Forward Corps turnover... that will sort itself out, as we've seen in the last few games
If we had cap constraints why did we sign Boyle?


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12-20-2014, 04:17 PM
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If we had cap constraints why did we signed Boyle?
Short Term contract, allows flexibility when McIlrath and Skjei are ready to play

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12-22-2014, 01:34 PM
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Am I the only person who thinks McD has been very average this year? Granted he set the bar very high for himself, but seems like there is way more turnovers and bad plays from him than we saw last year. Hope being captain isn't affecting his play.

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12-22-2014, 01:35 PM
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Am I the only person who thinks McD has been very average this year? Granted he set the bar very high for himself, but seems like there is way more turnovers and bad plays from him than we saw last year. Hope being captain isn't affecting his play.
He got off to a pretty brutal start and then the injury happened. He has looked much better and appears to be rounding into form these past 10 games, thankfully.

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Speaking of joining the rush more effectively...

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He's getting there.

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He's definitely looking better and better as the season is going on.

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7pts in 10 games since coming back from his injury.. hes reading plays better and solid defense. Any negative comments are nitpicking.. guy has been playing great..

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12-22-2014, 06:31 PM
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Looks like he's back to form. I saw him pick off about two or three passes and turn them the other way for a offensive chance.

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12-22-2014, 07:16 PM
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He's back. I think he has another level in him, but he's back.

So is Staal to a large degree. The Rangers have played flawless D for large parts of the winning streak and a big part of that is the defense being such pros.

Shout out to Matt Hunwick for some solid play too.

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12-22-2014, 07:21 PM
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As I was saying in another thread I'm just happy here isn't stupidily turning the puck over as much anymore. He offense he adds again is gravy but we obviously need him first and foremost for his defense.

There are still some flashes that lead me to be,i eve he's not "there" yet but he's definitely getting much better.

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still think naming him Captain was a mistake... MSL should have taken it, raised McD into a Captain, and then cermoniously handed the Captaincy to McDonagh...

Not only would have been much more classy, but it would take a **** ton of pressure of McDonagh.

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12-24-2014, 06:45 AM
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Pressure on McD for wearing the C? Has to be a late night.

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12-24-2014, 03:52 PM
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Fans turned on him twice in less than a year. Same with Nash.

I never get fans who destroy a guy coming off an injury. Even worse when's it's two injuries.

Strip him of his C, bench him...

The guy is the franchise after Lundqvist.

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12-24-2014, 03:57 PM
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still think naming him Captain was a mistake... MSL should have taken it, raised McD into a Captain, and then cermoniously handed the Captaincy to McDonagh...

Not only would have been much more classy, but it would take a **** ton of pressure of McDonagh.
This is what I would have done

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12-24-2014, 08:36 PM
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Fans turned on him twice in less than a year. Same with Nash.

I never get fans who destroy a guy coming off an injury. Even worse when's it's two injuries.

Strip him of his C, bench him...

The guy is the franchise after Lundqvist.
I'm not destroying him... I'm talking about the beginning of the season... MSL should have been named captain. I know it wouldn't be conventional considering he just got here, but there was no reason to rush McD into captaincy

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12-24-2014, 08:42 PM
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He looks much better. Like something clicked. Not sure he's in top gear yet, but I'm lots more confident in him now than I was a few weeks ago.

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I'm not destroying him... I'm talking about the beginning of the season... MSL should have been named captain. I know it wouldn't be conventional considering he just got here, but there was no reason to rush McD into captaincy
Rush? Take a look around the NHL.

McDonagh was named Captain in his fifth year on the team.

Landeskog, Getzlaf, Crosby, Toews, Tavares all were named Captains with less tenure. Another dozen or so had five years tenure.

As for MSL, he was previously a Captain who quit on his team for personal reasons, and everybody outside of NY saw it as such.

McDonagh will be the Captain for the next 10-15 years. Better get used to him.

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Rush? Take a look around the NHL.

McDonagh was named Captain in his fifth year on the team.

Landeskog, Getzlaf, Crosby, Toews, Tavares all were named Captains with less tenure. Another dozen or so had five years tenure.

As for MSL, he was previously a Captain who quit on his team for personal reasons, and everybody outside of NY saw it as such.

McDonagh will be the Captain for the next 10-15 years. Better get used to him.
I think people have a bit of the old school mentality where intangibles were the most important thing in the world and thus being a captain was too. Not saying it's not important, and it may well be that the C weighed on him some, but I do think it's overplayed.

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Making MSL C would have been really odd IMO. In that case, having no C would have been preferable.

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After looking pretty bad for most of his first games, McD is one pace for 33 points in 70 games and has been playing pretty solid D. I think he can still be better.

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