Discussion in 'Sports' started by ginaf20697, Sep 10, 2011.
OMG hockey! YAY!
Recorded last nights game on my DVR and just finished watching. Its the first time these guys have played in a game situation in quite a while but here are my thoughts...
This team is pretty quick. Their speed was a clear advantage for them against a much slower Blues team and if it wasn't for Blues goalie Jake Allen (Canadian Starting goalie in the 2010 WJC), the score could have been a lot more lopsided than it was.
Tim Erixon - Was by far the best player on the ice for either team IMO. Scored a goal on the PP and got an assist on another. Looked comfortable and poised with the puck on his stick in the offensive zone, he always made the right pass and has a knack of getting the puck on net through traffic. Defensively he was solid, nothing glaring either way which is always a good thing. Easy to see that hes been a pro for the last 3 seasons.
Blake Parlett - I heard that he played very well with the Whale to close out last season but this was the first time I had a chance to get a real look at him. While I'm not jumping out of my shoes, I thought he asserted himself quite well yesterday. I've read comparisons to Dan Girardi, and while I see some similarities they are still pretty different players. Parlett skates well enough and can really move the puck, he and Erixon looked like they've been playing together on the points of the PP for years. I can't really think of a good comparison for Parlett (Maybe Redden, when he was good) but hes got an NHL future for sure, even if its as a 3rd pairing PP specialist.
Dylan McIlrath - It looked like it took a period and a half for him to get his legs but he was still pretty solid. Showed some flair with a rush up ice and showed off a hard, accurate shot. Defensively he was up and down, but he started to play better and stood out physically in the third period. Should have had an assist on a great no look pass, but Yogan missed an empty net.
Christian Thomas - He was flying all over the place. Should have had 3 assists last night (secondary on the empty net Yogan missed, and 2 primary on shots that Yogan should have buried.) He only took one shot on goal and going off of memory only attempted a handful. Wish Gernander would have set up the PP so Thomas could show off his shot, but maybe that will happen later in the tournament. Thomas looked faster than he did last year but he still doesn't look strong enough for everyday NHL competition. I'll be shocked if he makes the team out of camp.
Ryan Bourque - He's got speed and really put it on display yesterday. Scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway and was able to skate outside and beat defenders at will pretty much all game long. One thing that really stuck out with Bourque was how he was always in the right position defensivley. He may have a future in the NHL as a 4th line energy/PK guy but I don't see him having a long term career in that role. He got corked 3 times in this game and I'm not so sure he'll be able to stay healthy with his size/style of play.
There were other guys who were just so-so (Miller, St. Croix, Hagelin) and others who were dreadful (The one czech defenseman we took in last years draft and McColgan, though he had his bright moments as well) but all in all it was a pretty solid showing from the team. They pretty much dominated from start to finish and were clearly the better team.
big day for the blueshirts!! the rangers announce the captain
hoping Ryan Callahan is the pick!
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Ryan Callahan named 26th Captain in #NYRangers team history. #CaptainCally
Marc Staal and Brad Richards get the As.
that was some real suspense.
Glad that Torts had the sense to hand out the letters before camp starts rather than drag it out until the season opener as has happened in the past.
Anyway, congrats to our boy Cally, he's truly earned the captaincy. A new era of Rangers hockey officially begins now (hopefully! )
i still think prust or avery deserves an A. avery really deserves one...but tort fucking hates avery
I love Avery but he is inconsistent and stupid on a regular basis. He should be nowhere near an A.
Yeah if this was 2008 then MAYBE Avery could have gotten an A. Now he's more liability than asset.
Callahan is the first home grown captain since Mr. Leech in 1997.
Congrats to Cally
No Wade Redden on training camp roster. He'll report directly to Connecticut (AHL).
Michael Sauer, dealing with knee issue, listed in Group 3 for today's tests.
this is all from twitter
57 players and six goalies on training camp roster. Torts skates over to glass and tells media there are no pucks, come back Sunday.
Jeez are you going to be our AtlantaHardcore?
And that's a problem?
Only if he doesn't have the common decency to give a reach around
Will they be using the Heritage jerseys again this year or was that just for the 85th anniversary? I remember last year someone that posted here had connections to get those jerseys with much better quality than NHL.com's store and much much cheaper than Garden stores. Anyone?
I heard they're using them but without the 85th anniversary patch.
Coach John Tortorella, as promised, as updated the media on why Marc Staal is being held out of scrimmages. The team’s No. 1 defenseman experienced headaches this summer as he began working out harder, the residual effect of the concussion he suffered when brother Eric Staal of the Hurricanes flattened him on Feb. 22. Staal also suffered a knee injury on the play.
Staal is cleared for contact at Rangers’ camp and based a baseline neurological test both when he returned to action in March after missing three games and as part of his overall physical at the start of training camp.
So what are your line combos?
I really hope we don't go into the season with Wolski on the top line. Even in a perfect world, where Wolski all of a sudden finds a heart and starts playing consistent hockey shift to shift, that line is still going to have a ton of trouble winning puck battles and doing the dirty work.
Brad Richards is staying out of this morning’s scrimmage among the non-game day players due to a groin issue that cropped up yesterday. The Rangers say it was planned for Richards not to skate today. Marc Staal, as planned, is not participating in the contact scrimmage but the Rangers believe he will be on the ice for his group’s practice this morning.
As for tonight’s preseason opener against the Devils in Albany, here is the lineup:
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Dale Weise
Carl Hagelin-Erik Christensen-Christian Thomas
Sean Avery-John Mitchell-J.T. Miller
Ryan Bourque-Shane McColgan-Andre Deveaux
Dan Girardi-Brendan Bell
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Tim Erixon-Dylan McIlrath
Lundqvist told me he’ll play half the game. After this, he added, the plan is for him to play the full 60 when he starts, though he doesn’t know the schedule going forward. Figure he’ll start three of the remaining six preseason games.
“Every game is good,” Lundqvist said. “I’ve been away from the game so it’s good. Every minute is so good. I might as well go out right away. You realize what you have to work on.”
Lundqvist said it’s not only the timing but finding his “comfort zone,” meaning he has to remind himself of what he does to prepare for games. Lundqvist prepares himself for games and the season as intensely as any player in the NHL but he said over the course of the summer it’s easy to not remember exactly the process he goes through, or needs to go through.
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Per Torts, Brad Richards has a sore groin, "nothing really bad." He's expected to skate tomorrow. Cropped up in yesterday's scrimmage.
For Europe roster, Torts envisions six lines, 10 defensemen, three goalies, which would be 31 players. He's said a few times 30-32 players.
Rangers-Devils preseason action tonight!