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10-14-2005, 11:50 AM
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Is that Crow I smell cooking??

Because Betts has been playing very very well in the first 5 games.

As much as I killed his signing, I must stand and be counted to state how well I think he's played.

Like I said, is that Crow I smell cooking? The season's not over and the Crow can burn but thuse far Betts has shut me up.

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10-14-2005, 11:51 AM
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He's been great...

a pleasant suprise, no doubt. I hope he can stay healthy.

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His signing or his having been traded for?

I really like the way Betts, Moore and Ward have played. I hope Betts can stay healthy.

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The problem with Betts was never "can he be a nice NHL player" but rather "can he ever make it through a full season".

Unfortunatly the odds still say no, he just breaks every season.

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Well Pld I'd been roasting Ward. So we're in the same predicament. Also (don't) hate to say it but even Roszival is beginning to look like a real player to me. So who knows I might be in for a second helping.

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As one of the bigger nay-sayers on this board, I can only hope to eat a large helping of crow before the year is up. I am not nearly ready to declare "All is wonderfull" and pronouce my faith in Renney, however it is impossible not to notice positive signs. Still, it is only 5 games in and that leaves plenty of time for Renney & Co. to fall apart and do the things that have jaded us so much over the past 8 years.
Funny, but (this is for you guys that have been around for a while on this board), remember when Melnyk was the only dark cloud around here?

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Ive always been a supporter of Betts, thought he would play pretty well int he NHL, but the only thing i think keeping him back from being a regular in the NHL is how injury prone he is. If he stays healthy then i'll be very happy.

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10-14-2005, 01:03 PM
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The problem with Betts was never "can he be a nice NHL player" but rather "can he ever make it through a full season".

Unfortunatly the odds still say no, he just breaks every season.
This is where our prospect depth will come up HUGE. If a guy like Immonen/Graham/Hollweg could come up and relieve Betts of a back to back game, or a long road trip game here and there throughout the season, it may prove to lengthen his time unhurt.

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I don't want to think about what will happend if Betts go down... We are not a PO team without him.

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i've been very impressed with the team to this point. heck, just beating the devils for the first time since woodstock is enough to make me smile in the early going. but, like true blue said, 5 games isn't nearly enough to judge definitively.

i'm not sure the exact numbers, but the rangers have had a few seasons in these last seven years where they were a top 4 eastern team (standings wise) in the first half and then absolutely BOMBED in the second. thankfully this team is younger than those teams and may keep up the effort longer, but seven years will (and should) make any skeptical.

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The difference is that in the past (atleast during the last several years) the Rangers never did it with good d. It was usually Richter playing his a$$ off and having to stop 35 to 40 shots a game. When was the last time we held teams to under 30 shots a game? Its been pretty rare. I for one am very surprised at the d being played. I really thought that we had one of the worst defensive teams in the league coming into the season. Its amazing what can happen when the whole team plays d and the forwards backcheck like crazy!

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I don't want to think about what will happend if Betts go down... We are not a PO team without him.
Is this sarcastic?

I kinda like Betts and would even agree with you. Betts and Ward have some hidden skills, they're not just grinders.

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The problem with Betts was never "can he be a nice NHL player" but rather "can he ever make it through a full season".

Unfortunatly the odds still say no, he just breaks every season.
I agree. And Dom Moore isn't too far behind either, he is small and his skating gets him out of harms way, but eventually he'll get hit straight on and could find himself on the IR.

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The risk of Betts getting injured is much higher than anything happening to Moore. Betts plays a physical game and for a guy whose had 2 major shoulder operations (not sure if it was the same shoulder twice or one each) his chance popping his shoulder out again has gotta be pretty high.

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Because Betts has been playing very very well in the first 5 games.

As much as I killed his signing, I must stand and be counted to state how well I think he's played.

Like I said, is that Crow I smell cooking? The season's not over and the Crow can burn but thuse far Betts has shut me up.
While I feel good about always feeling Betts should be a lock for the 3rd C because of his game, you substitute Hossa for Betts in the above and you got my case for Crow Parmigiana.....But one thing before everything is digested, it's a very long season...

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I love Bettsie. I hope he stays healthy.

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I admit it myself, I'll eat crow with relish.

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pld ..like Edge and other have said ...the question was always about his health. He was Calgary's third line checking forward the year they went to the Stanley Cup. Good size, great faceoff guy, good checker, good on defense. Every successful team needs a few of these guys.

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While I feel good about always feeling Betts should be a lock for the 3rd C because of his game, you substitute Hossa for Betts in the above and you got my case for Crow Parmigiana.....But one thing before everything is digested, it's a very long season...

I'm waiting for that moment .....I will bring the wine ....

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I'm waiting for that moment .....I will bring the wine ....
I ain't that easy...Wait, what type of wine are we talking about? ...OK, back on to the topic of Haute cuisine for Hekyl and Jekyl...

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What surprises me most about Betts is what a good face-off man he is. Hopefully he can keep it up all year.

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Betts is doing well, especially with his new linemates. He is better on faceoffs. Nylander went 27% on faceoffs last game. I guess Madden shut him down.

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I'll gladly take my crow well done, with french fries instead of the onion rings.

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Because Betts has been playing very very well in the first 5 games.

As much as I killed his signing, I must stand and be counted to state how well I think he's played.

Like I said, is that Crow I smell cooking? The season's not over and the Crow can burn but thuse far Betts has shut me up.

Nice. I have been one of Betts' biggest supporters. He just had to stay healthy. Hopefully it continues. He's definitely a good player.

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