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05-04-2008, 04:17 PM
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Playoff Grades

G:
Lundqvist

Defense:
Roszival
Giradi
Tyutin
Staal
Strudwick
Backman
Mara

Offense:
Avery
Betts
Jagr
Callahan
Drury
Gomez
Dawes
Prucha
Straka
Sjostrom
Korpikoski
Hollwegg
Orr
Dubinsky
Shannahan


Coaching:
Renney
Assistants


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05-04-2008, 04:23 PM
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This is for the season and for the playoffs

G:
Lundqvist: A- (Both season and playoffs)

Defense:
Roszival: B (season)/B- (playoffs)
Giradi: A-/B+
Tyutin: B/B-
Staal: A/A-
Strudwick: C+/I (incomplete)
Backman: B-/ I (incomplete)
Mara: Incomplete/A-(playoffs)

Offense:
Avery: A-/A
Betts: I (Incomplete)
Jagr: B-/A-
Callahan: A-/A-
Drury: B+/B+
Gomez: B+/A-
Dawes: A-/A-
Prucha: I (Incomplete)
Straka: C+/B-
Sjostrom: B/B
Korpikoski: A+ for just that one goal
Hollwegg: D+/D-
Orr: Incomplete
Dubinsky: A/A
Shannahan: B/B-


Coaching:
Renney: A-/B+
Assistants:
Mike Pelino: D-/F
Perry Pern: D-/F

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Lundqvist A What more can he do?

Defense:
Roszival D It is fitting that the NBC people thought he was so good,
Giradi B-
Tyutin B- Can't hit the net for ****
Staal A- Great potential in this kid, work on the shot with the coaches
Strudwick B Pretty solid, slow but solid
Backman C Too many penalties, really at least 1 a game
Mara B+ Positive

Offense:
Avery A- Won us the devils, ineffective at Pens
Betts C Love him, but we play better without him - no offense
Jagr A He is the man! come back
Callahan B+ That high stick 4 minute killed us, but great effort
Drury A He is what everyone thought he is
Gomez C- did he even skate?
Dawes C not very effective
Prucha C
Straka C- (A for effort, no offensive clutch skill)
Sjostrom C
Korpikoski B+ nice effort!
Hollwegg F you suck
Orr F had opportunities to fight and didn't - that is his job
Dubinsky B+ effective, great season
Shannahan C Too slow, great heart


Coaching:
Renney C Shows us no heart, no fear of god, he is weak in my opinion
Assistants Our special teams lost us the series, Pern you are fired

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05-04-2008, 04:26 PM
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G:
Lundqvist: A-

Defense:
Roszival: B-
Giradi: A-
Tyutin: B-
Staal: A
Strudwick: C+
Backman: B
Mara: B+

Offense:
Avery: A-
Betts: I (In complete)
Jagr: B+
Callahan: A-
Drury: B+
Gomez: B+
Dawes: A-
Prucha: I (Incomplete)
Straka: C+
Sjostrom: B
Korpikoski: B+
Hollwegg: D+
Orr: Incomplete
Dubinsky: A
Shannahan: B


Coaching:
Renney: A-
Assistants:
Mike Pelino: D-
Perry Pern: D-
How can Renney get an A- but his staff gets D- ? In the end, Renney is responsible for all things coaching.

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05-04-2008, 04:27 PM
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Lundqvist

Defense:
Roszival- B+
Giradi- B
Tyutin- B-
Staal- A
Strudwick- E for effort
Backman- ****ing F- if that is possible
Mara- B

Offense:
Avery- A is for Avery
Betts- B in the time he played
Jagr- A+
Callahan- B
Drury- A
Gomez- B
Dawes- C+ dissapeared for most of the playoffs
Prucha- B
Straka-B+
Sjostrom-B
Korpikoski- A+ in his only game
Hollwegg- If Backman is a F- then Hollweg is a F+
Orr- B
Dubinsky- A
Shannahan- B


Coaching:
Renney- A
Perry Pearn- if Backman can earn a F- then Pearn can get a F----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Pelino- Sinceim in such a giving mood only a F---

Ive changed my mind on Pearn, im adding a new Grade to the system EF for epic failure.

Perry pearn is the first to get it.

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05-04-2008, 04:29 PM
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"How can Renney get an A- but his staff gets D- ? In the end, Renney is responsible for all things coaching."


wow, what a good response. You know to manage a team you need to have a good assistant who focuses on a powerplay, one who focuses on a Penalty Kill. Do you think the giants did well just because of their head coach? No! I think defensive/offensive coordinator had some stuff to do with it.

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05-04-2008, 04:34 PM
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Lundqvist: A- Showed up when it mattered, average overall

Defense:
Roszival: F Any good grade was washed away by his game tonight.
Giradi: B Pretty good overall, had a few unlucky breaks.
Tyutin: C More or less invisible unless he was letting passes get through the crease.
Staal: A Hands down our best defenseman.
Strudwick: A- He played really well in the last two games.
Backman: C+ Garbage.
Mara: B+ Played pretty well, needs to shoot a lot more.

Offense:
Avery: B- Didn't show up when we needed him.. again.
Betts: B Does what he does.
Jagr: A- Didn't do much tonight, but was great most of the series.
Callahan: B Need to see more shots from him.
Drury: B+ Didn't score the clutch goals we needed, but was a stud on defense.
Gomez: B Need to get him some legitimate scoring talent to see him shine.
Dawes: B- Invisible until he scored tonight. Also blew that chance in the first.
Prucha: B Good energy.
Straka: C Pass.. pass.. pass.. gone.
Sjostrom: B Played well today, should be a 3rd liner IMO.
Korpikoski: A Played a hell of a game today. Better make the roster next season. What more could you ask of a guy in a game? First NHL game, first NHL playoff game, 1st NHL goal.
Hollwegg: F
Orr: F
Dubinsky: A- Nothin today, but was great most of the series.
Shannahan: C Pretty invisible..


Coaching:
Renney: B+ Needs to be less of a pal to the team when they're playing badly.
Assistants: F Dont get me started.

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05-04-2008, 04:44 PM
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Was I watching the same Prucha as everyone else?

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"How can Renney get an A- but his staff gets D- ? In the end, Renney is responsible for all things coaching."


wow, what a good response. You know to manage a team you need to have a good assistant who focuses on a powerplay, one who focuses on a Penalty Kill. Do you think the giants did well just because of their head coach? No! I think defensive/offensive coordinator had some stuff to do with it.
Oh bam, you got me. Guess we should forget the fact that Renney picks his staff and makes the final call on coaching decisions. If Renney didn't have any input to the power play, even after he saw it was failing to do the job, then that is just as bad as screwing it up himself.

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NBC would give Rosival an A lol

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G:
Lundqvist = A

Defense:
Roszival = B
Giradi = B
Tyutin = B
Staal = B
Strudwick = A
Backman = C
Mara = B

Offense:
Avery = A-
Betts = C
Jagr = A
Callahan = B+
Drury = A
Gomez = A-
Dawes = C
Prucha = B
Straka = B
Sjostrom = C
Korpikoski = A
Hollwegg = F
Orr = C
Dubinsky = A-
Shannahan = B


Coaching:
Renney = B
Assistants = B

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05-04-2008, 04:59 PM
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Lundqvist= d-
he should have saved 100% of shots



jk, I need to lighten up, Im kinda pissed about all this.

No player got a D, or even a C. Our guys did a great job, maybe a few mistakes, but they fought hard.

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05-04-2008, 05:07 PM
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I hope that doing this will allow me to get over this loss so I can not have to think about it during my four hour property final tomorrow morning.
G:
Lundqvist B+...Huge against NJ and had a good series against Pitt

Defense:
Roszival C-...Had some good moments, had many more bad moments.
Giradi F...Couldn't guard a statue, was in very much over his head.
Tyutin F...Always out of position, doesn't matter if we had the puck or not.
Staal B...Save Rozy's butt a bunch of times, looked good out there.
Strudwick C...Which is exactly what we needed because....
Backman...I don't want to give him the pleasure of thinking he is worth a letter.
Mara C+...Solid, got better as the playoffs progressed.

Offense:
Avery B... A+ against NJ, D against Pitt. Gets benefit of the doubt for nearly losing an organ.
Betts B...Did his job well until he got hurt. He is a B level player anyway, so this is fair.
Jagr A...Looked like the scary man of my childhood. I hope he comes back.
Callahan C...Where were you Ryan? I missed you so much.
Drury A...Did his job well, came up big against the Debbies. Did well against Pitt.
Gomez B...Vanished the last few games it felt like.
Dawes C-... I almost forgot he was on the team until today.
Prucha B-...Lots of energy is great, but that and 2 bucks gets you on the subway.
Straka CBCBCBCBCBCBCBCBCBC...Wildly inconsistent.
Sjostrom C+...He played well, just not well enough.
Korpikoski B...Played only today, deserves an A+ for today, but since we are talking the whole playoffs, he gets dropped a bit.
Hollweg F... God you suck sir.
Orr C...I think he was still hurt and no one was telling us the truth.
Dubinsky A-...He played really well and I forgot he was a rook.
Shanahan C...His age really caught up with him.


Coaching:
Renney B...Didn't do too many crazy things. Needs to realize we have time outs though.
Assistants D...Once they stopped interview Pearn, it was like the team lost hope. They really did not prepare the team well for anything.

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05-04-2008, 05:08 PM
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Lundqvist - A-

Defense:
Roszival - D
Giradi - B
Tyutin - C
Staal - A
Strudwick - B
Backman - C
Mara - C

Offense:
Avery - B
Betts - B
Jagr - A+
Callahan - B
Drury - A (I know he didn't put up a lot of points but gutted it out and played great)
Gomez - B-
Dawes - C
Prucha - C
Straka - C
Sjostrom - B
Korpikoski - A
Hollwegg - F
Orr -F
Dubinsky - B
Shannahan - D


Coaching:
Renney - B-
Assistants - D
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05-04-2008, 05:14 PM
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G:
Lundqvist A

Defense:
Roszival C
Giradi A-
Tyutin B
Staal A
Strudwick B-
Backman C+
Mara B

Offense:
Avery B+
Betts A-
Jagr A
Callahan A
Drury A-
Gomez A-
Dawes B
Prucha B
Straka B+
Sjostrom B-
Korpikoski N/A
Hollwegg F
Orr C
Dubinsky A-
Shannahan B-


Coaching:
Renney B
Assistants
Pearn: D
Pellino: B

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G:
Lundqvist - B...really had to many up downs...down being 12 saves on 17 shots.

Defense:
Roszival - d....honestly, he looked terrible.
Giradi - b..decent play, not great not terrible.
Tyutin - c+....eh did ok, but he really needs to work on that slap shot
Staal - A...great series...will be even better next year
Strudwick - d...slow...slow....slllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwww
Backman - c...6/7th d man next year
Mara - b...really, this series made me want to bring him back next year

Offense:
Avery - b
Betts - b+
Jagr - A+
Callahan - B
Drury - B
Gomez - B
Dawes - C
Prucha - C+
Straka - B
Sjostrom - B+
Korpikoski - B
Hollwegg - D....bad penalty at the worse time...does that to much
Orr - uncomplete
Dubinsky - B
Shannahan - C


Coaching:
Renney - B+
Assistants
Pern - F....really, i can't imagine if we scored at least 2 more playoff goals through the PP, this series would still be alive.

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05-04-2008, 05:33 PM
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G:
Lundqvist A

Defense:
Roszival C
Giradi B-
Tyutin B
Staal A-
Strudwick C+
Backman C-
Mara B-

Offense:
Avery B
Betts B+
Jagr B+
Callahan B
Drury B-
Gomez B
Dawes B
Prucha C
Straka B-
Sjostrom C
Korpikoski B
Hollwegg D+
Orr C+
Dubinsky B+
Shannahan C


Coaching:
Renney C+
Assistants D

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G:
Lundqvist - A-

Defense:
Roszival - B-
Giradi - B
Tyutin - C+
Staal - B+
Strudwick - C
Backman - C-
Mara - B-

Offense:
Avery - B
Betts - B
Jagr - B
Callahan - B-
Drury - B-
Gomez - B
Dawes - B
Prucha - C
Straka - C
Sjostrom - C+
Korpikoski - I
Hollweg - C-
Orr - C+
Dubinsky - B+
Shannahan - C

Coaching:
As a whole: B-

Slats:
For failing to address the glaring weakness on defesne: B-

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G:
Lundqvist:A-. In a postseason where he got very little support, he stood tall. Only game 3 stands out as an un-Henrik like performance.

Defense:
Roszival: C-. Didnt do anything worthy of signing his huge contract.
Giradi: B+ Pretty good, but getting called for 2 penalty shots wont win you any prizes with me.
Tyutin: F- Atrocious doesnt even begin to state how bad he was.
Staal: A+++++++++++++++++ Seriously, What more can you want from the kid?
Strudwick: C He is what he is.
Backman: F----- Even worse than Tyutin. Yikes.
Mara: B- Good series. I liked his attitude after game 4.

Offense:
Avery:B- Invisible against Pittsburgh, but superb against the Devils.
Betts: D+ He was playing hurt, even before he got the facial injury. And his play definitely showed it.
Jagr: A+++++++++++++ A legend tried to carry an entire team on his shoulders, and nearly did just that.
Callahan: C- After the Devils series, he wasnt completely 100% invisible. I hardly noticed him on the ice.
Drury: B+ Didnt come through in the scoresheet, but did everything else you could possibly ask from him, including gutting it out while clearly hampered with a rib injury.
Gomez: D- How many times can you try to go one on 5 and turn it over before you realize its not friggin working?!
Dawes: D+ Outside of one good play, he was utterly invisible. I didnt even realize he was out there for most of this series.
Prucha: C- After not playing any legit minutes in months and months, hes expected to come in and be a difference maker. Sorry, hockey doesnt work like that.
Straka: D How many times can you overpass or completely miss on a shot? Hes a 3rd liner right now, nothing more.
Sjostrom: C+ I liked what I saw. Perfect 4th line winger.
Korpikoski: A+ Small sample size, but I love what I saw from him.
Hollwegg: F------------------------------------------ Single handedly lost us this series in game 3.
Orr: D- non factor.
Dubinsky: A Absolutely love what I saw from the kid, and hes only going to get better. Id love to see him and AA play on the same line sometime.
Shannahan: F- He was finished long before these playoffs started.


Coaching:
Renney: F- I dont give a crap what anyone here says. To not even TRY the combinations of:
Avery Dubinsky Jagr
Dawes Gomez Shanahan
Straka Drury Callahan

When we knew how effective they were AS AN ENTIRE TEAM (not just 1 line) was absolutely disgusting. Id give Renney a B- if he at least attempted those combinations even once during the playoffs. But no, not even a sniff of those combinations. DISGUSTING
Assistants: F- How pitiful can a Power Play be? Let me count the ways...

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Regular Season
Goalies:
Lundqvist: B+. I honestly expected more but to still be a Vezina finalist after all he went through is crazy. He carried us at the beginning.
Valliquette: A. Can't ask for much more from your backup than that. 2 shutouts in less than 15 games is great. Have no problem with bringing him back but I'm sure LeNeveu could step in if necessary.

Defense:
Rozsival: B. He was our main scoring threat on the blue line and fairly reliable in our zone most of the year, but fell off towards the end. I wouldn't even go after him in the offseason.
Girardi: B+. He was pretty good most of the time but when he was off it was terrible. Still, he was one of our better guys and he had about 10 goals which was a nice surprise.
Tyutin: B-. The weak link of his pairing, but not terrible. Fell off horribly and I wouldn't be opposed to trading him.
Staal: B+. Went through the learning curve quicker than most and became our most important defenseman. No sign of the offense he showed in Sudbury but I'm hoping it will show up eventually.
Strudwick: B. Probably should be higher, but I'm not a big fan. Played responsibly for the most part (save for a few early games with Staal, usually against Ottawa), but easily the worst player on the team in terms of skills. Made up for it with grit and positioning for the most part. I'd bring him back and hope we don't need him as often.
Backman: C. Scored a couple of important goals but that's about all I can say for him. Skill-wise and especially in terms of speed he might be one of our better defensemen but he was a massive failure because he let nerves dominate him and turned it over far too often.
Mara: B-. Fairly solid in our zone and really our only consistent physical threat on the blueline, though that isn't saying much. Where was the offense though? I'd bring him back.
Malik: C+. Not as bad as people make him out to be and his good points but the other end of the spectrum was so epicly bad he has to go obviously. Will probably have a few decent years somewhere else, but it wasn't gonna work here. We'll probably be laughing at something he does in the future like when Poti was in the box as Philly won the series...

Forwards:
Avery: A-. I don't know why but he leads us to victory. Disappeared sometimes but that makes his stats all the more impressive considering all the time lost to injury and those couple stretches when he wasn't producing. Hopefully he will recover from his injuries and come back in blue next year.
Betts: A. Guy cannot score but wasn't asked to do so. Everything we wanted he did. Good job as usual.
Jagr: B. It was frustrating at times but he managed to lead us in points and goals to my surprise. His comments about saving it for the playoffs make that a little more understandable. I should save this for the playoffs but I would bring him back up to 6.5 million if necessary (not saying I'd start there, but that's as high as I'd go). I wouldn't have said that in the regular season but he re-earned my respect.
Callahan: B. Can't give him higher than that because of that awful start but came on and became an important part of the team.
Drury: B+. Probably not everything we were expecting for 7 million but did literally everything and had a solid year. Only low because of the ridiculous expectations I held for him, especially in anger after last year.
Gomez: A. He was the key to our team and did a great job. Maybe it doesn't fully show up in the stats but we can acknowledge our season suffered when he got hurt and that tells me all I need to know.
Dawes: C+. Pretty much only showed up against Jersey (not that that wasn't appreciated). He has a great offensive game and made some of the best passes on the team but he disappeared for long stretches. Slowly becoming more defensively responsible, but I would be okay with packaging him with Tyutin to try and improve the defense.
Prucha: D. I don't place all the blame on him since he was moved around in the lineup and spent a lot of time playing with the fourth line which can't score but he played himself out of the lineup, which was sad to see. I think he will get a shot next year and hopefully work his way back in though, even if I don't anticipate that second part as much.
Straka: B+. One of the ballsiest guys on the team (see the Chara incident) and that will always be well-received. However, probably also the most frustrating guy on the roster for his constant refusal to shoot. That worked better when Jagr was tops in points but we need everyone taking shots when they're available now. I'm hoping he will retire because I don't want to go through bringing him back when he doesn't really have a spot in my plans. However, if my other ideas fall through he would be the next guy I take back.
Sjostrom: B. Scored a couple goals early but never did anything again. Everyone likes him and his speed was a welcome addition so I'm happy to bring him back on the fourth line especially after the chemistry he showed with Korpedo today and give him another shot, especially if he contributes on the PK.
Hollweg: C-. I wanted him gone long before Game 3 (when he did a similar thing against Edmonton) but besides those two things and the retaliation in Montreal, he wasn't terrible. Still the bad outweighs the good and when the good I have to say about you is you weren't terrible, I'm not impressed. Hopefully he will not play a game for us ever again.
Orr: C. He had a game winning goal which was a surprise lol but not much else. His game's slowly improving and he did well in fights, though they were too infrequent for my liking. I think we should keep him around next year but not as an everyday guy.
Dubinsky: A+. Came on strong and for that I can forgive a slow start. Became an essential part of the team and I look forward for him improving into a star for years to come.
Shanahan: B-. Started well but really fell off to the point of uselessness. I don't know why he PK's when we have so many younger legs. Being demoted to the 4th line twice shows how much of an impact he wasn't making towards the end. Hopefully he will retire gracefully and even then I'll still be a little angry we have to pay him against the cap next year. Hometown bonus my foot.

Coaching:
Renney: B-. Switched lines entirely too much for my liking, often in the third period when we were losing. I understand the idea, but you can't do that and then blame poor chemistry for losing games. I would have appreciated more emotion from him at times but in comparison to a baby like Sutter, his reserve looked better and better.
Assistants: C. Not too bad in the regular season but irrational recommendation by Allaire to trade Montoya for no apparent reason really bothered me.

Playoffs
Goalie:
Lundqvist: B+. Stood on his head an awful lot and in the first round most of Jersey's goals went off one of our players. Got a shutout when we absolutely needed it. Though he was good and I am reluctant to blame him against such a good offense, it hurt to give up 5 twice to them and he still didn't get us past the second round. Hoping for much more in the years to come.

Defense:
Roszival: F. Get out, collect 5 million elsewhere please! Probably our worst defenseman throughout the playoffs. Useless offensively and especially on the point. Even weaker in our own zone. My opinion is probably clouded by today but he might still be sitting in the penalty box in Pittsburgh, so that might explain my anger (I thought he might move in there in the second period).
Girardi: C. Had a couple of good games but made a lot of mistakes. Led to two penalty shots which was disgraceful.
Tyutin: F. I understand why Girardi struggled because he had to cover up for Fedor throughout the playoffs. Really took our zombie theme to heart and sleepwalked (sleptwalked?) through the two series. Hopefully it isn't too late to trade him.
Staal: A. Maybe he doesn't deserve that high of a grade, but he was mostly all we had back there throughout the playoffs. He earned forgiveness for knocking in the Devils' OT winner (which was probably the least egregious (sp?) of all the goals our guys knocked past Hank) by winning the next game. Looking forward to his development.
Strudwick: B. He did his job which was to steady the defense well but he was so atrociously slow that we went to 5 defensemen for much of the game tonight. If we need him as regularly as we did this year (I'm sure he will be back as a Renney favorite) we're in trouble.
Backman: F. Healthy scratch out of necessity in two elimination games. Thanks for nothing, JD.
Mara: B+. I'm basing that mostly off the grit he showed but wasn't overly impressive otherwise. Still, I'd bring him back because I don't want a complete turnover of our blueline since we saw how long that took at center this year and he is the least offensive of the free agents.

Offense:
Avery: A+. The key to beating the Devils and scored a goal vs. the Pens. Hopefully he will heal fully and be back next year.
Betts: C+. Didn't do anything more than in the regular season but he was playing hurt probably and I can't fault him for that. Our PK wasn't helped by his injury.
Jagr: A+. What more can you ask? Took the team on his back and won a game for us so we didn't go out meekly in front of our home crowd. Also won back my respect for a disappointing regular season (disappointing = leading the team in points lol my standards may be too high) and I now hope we bring him back.
Callahan: B-. Scored the huge hustle goal vs. Marty but didn't do much of anything else. I'm not gonna kill him for that though, a lot of the team didn't score and he probably played harder than any forward other than Jagr.
Drury: B-. Again, killed by expectations. I think he had one GWG against NJ so I'll credit him for that but where was clutch Chris that killed us this time last year? I was waiting for him to show up today but he never came. A lot of that was from playing hurt (and I'm astounded he played through that, it looked horrible on Tuesday and he has been much better since), but still kind of invisible before the injury.
Gomez: C+. Had a great first game, but slowly disappeared after that, culminating in doing nothing but turning it over this afternoon. I appreciate the energy and confidence, but dump it in once in a while, Scotty.
Dawes: C-. Our last goal of the season came from our most invisible guy in the playoffs. Didn't notice him out there till he scored today. Especially disappointing against Jersey since he killed them in the regular season.
Prucha: D. Probably rusty, but looks like it might be over here Pru. Hopefully I'm wrong on that point...
Straka: B+. In terms of the complete offensive game, he was likely our best forward after Jagr (puckhandling, time of possession, passes, etc.) But how many open nets can you miss, it was getting ridiculous...
Sjostrom: C. Didn't notice him much. Fortunately, that goes both ways (i.e. he wasn't killing us). He made a nice pass for a goal in the first game, that was probably it.
Korpikoski: A+. 1.000 shooting percentage lol, what more could we ask? Seriously though, played responsibly in his first ever NHL game and earned ice time in the 3rd period of an elimination game, which was nice to see. Got us started with a huge and unexpected goal. He impressed me and, though I had him on my roster for next year before ever seeing him, might have earned more ice time in my imagination's 08-09 Rangers lol.
Hollweg: G. Forget Marian Hossa, this is the idiot who ended our season. May he never wear blue again.
Orr: F. Though I may have appreciated running Crosby, had he not ducked away we would have been killing a five minute major and quite possibly would have lost in 4 rather than 5. Stupid, stupid play and it was the only one I remember.
Dubinsky: B+. Scored a few soft goals but they all count. Did well and was a big reason all year for Jagr's better play. More than anything offensively, I appreciated him standing up for Jagr time and time again when no one else did. I hope he's ready because he along with Hank and Staal are the cornerstones of the franchise for a long time into the future (hopefully Cherepanov will join that group ASAP).
Shanahan: D. And so ends a great career. I'm sure he's a fantastic leader but we have Drury and hopefully Jagr (I don't care what anyone else says, he is a legit captain) and Dubie, Cally and Staal all show leadership potential. His spot has to go to someone who can still skate. Though not much of an age difference, I would advocate Rolston since they are fairly similar players.

Coaching:
Renney: F. I know he doesn't design it but the power play ended our hopes and there should have been a change. He never went back to the lines that worked and, worse, wouldn't take out Hollweg after he cost us any hope at winning the series. Lastly, though I commended him for being the bigger man in comparison to Sutter two weeks ago, his acceptance of everything let us down. I'm not sure how much a fight he put up since I had it on mute today, but from what I saw he barely protested the no-call on Drury which was ridiculous in my book. I wouldn't fire him or anything, but hopefully he will learn from his mistakes this week.
Assistants: F. I think Pearn is in charge of the power play so nice ties aside, good riddance. That was a disgrace. I know Pittsburgh is a damn good team but everything was worse than before this week...not good.


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anyone giving Toots anything higher than a D obviously wasn't watching the same hockey I was.

Backman was nowhere near as bad as you guys say. He got such a bad rap from the first two penalty ridden games. Some of you guys just hop on someone cause everyone else does and don't pay attention to the player.

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anyone giving Toots anything higher than a D obviously wasn't watching the same hockey I was.

Backman was nowhere near as bad as you guys say. He got such a bad rap from the first two penalty ridden games. Some of you guys just hop on someone cause everyone else does and don't pay attention to the player.
Backman was a turnover machine. If you got into his face, he turned it over....every...single....time.

The Crosby play in particular really stands out.

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anyone giving Toots anything higher than a D obviously wasn't watching the same hockey I was.

Backman was nowhere near as bad as you guys say. He got such a bad rap from the first two penalty ridden games. Some of you guys just hop on someone cause everyone else does and don't pay attention to the player.
While this is true, it is NOT the case with Backman. He is/was bad. Period. He's a soft defenseman who is bad with the puck and makes poor decisions. He shows glimpses of being a good player at times, but they are far outweighed by the fact that he does nothing very well.

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