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Thoughts And Musings

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s Thoughts and Musings day here at BSB. Let’s do it

-I can’t believe how close hockey is. Like preseason is starting. And then regular season. I can’t wait.

-I’m liking what I’m reading from camp. Some good performances. Obviously, Derek Stepan is the big star. Playing with Gaborik and Frolov, his play could make the Rangers actually have a legit top line (Shocking, I know).It seems like Sean Avery is motivated. I like what I read about Tim Kennedy, Brian Boyle, Matt Gilroy and more. It’s good to read.

-Wade Redden missed yesterday’s practice due to the birth of his first child. Congrats to the Reddens. But, question: If you’re dying to make the team, if you know you have to do everything possible to make the team, how hard must it be to miss a practice due to non  injury? I know it’s the birth of his child, and that takes the utmost importance. But that missed day could be the difference between NHL and AHL. Obviously, he has $6.5 million reasons why he can miss a day. I just think it must be a hard decision.

-Early, early line combos:

Frolov-Stepan-Gaborik

Dubi-AA-Cally

Avery-Kennedy-White

Boogard-Boyle-Prust

I think Boyle moves to the bench when Drury comes back from injury.

-Speaking of injury, glad to see Drury is only out a few weeks. I’ve broken every finger on both hands except my pinkies, and let me tell you, it can be very painful.

-Diet Coke interlude: Confession time: I have a Diet Coke addiction. I know. It’s bad. It’s become so bad, that, ever since the vending machine in my building broke (and it was so convientely located right next to my place. It was a lovely three step walk), I’ve been walking about a quarter of a mile to get soda. Is that really bad?

-I want Fedetenko to make the team, I just can’t find room. Again, a good problem to have

-Gut feeling of D pairs:

Staal-Girardi

Rosival-MDZ

Exelby-Gilroy

-And you know what, that’s not a bad defense corp.

-I think the logjam at center is interesting. I don’t have Christensen making the team. I just don’t see it. I think Kennedy will prove to be a better player. Prospal has to be a wing. Just to make the numbers work. I think White has to be a wing too. It’s a good problem to have, though.

-Thank god for Henrik. It just boosts my confidence level about the team.

-I think there should be a preseason ban on fights. There’s just no place, or need. Thoughts?

-I expect a big year from Dubi. Between experience and a seemingly new found maturity, could be 25+ goals

-With Drury out for a few games, who gets the additional ‘A’? Last year, with Cally out, it was Rosival. I think this year it should go to Gaborik. He is the only reason they can score.

-I still think the Blueshirts will make the playoffs. Probably as a 7th or 8th seed. But they’ll make it. And they could make some noise. If Hank gets hot, watch out.

-Squirrel interlude: There are more squirrels per capita in Pennsylvania than anywhere else I’ve ever been. They’re everywhere. One every five steps. What is it about Pennsylvania that makes it appealing to squirrels?

10 Responses to “Thoughts And Musings”

  1. Brian says:

    Preseason ban on fights?? The best part of preseason is watching guys do whatever it takes to make the team – and that includes dropping the gloves. Yes you want to see how the prospects and bubble players perform skill-wise but you also want to see guys “fight” for a spot on the team. As long as it doesn’t get out of hand like the old Rangers-Flyers preseason games got in the 80’s I don’t see a problem with it.

  2. jurgenno88 says:

    Prospal not in your line combo? Oversight or intentional?
    I see Cally dropping to the 3rd and somewhere on the 2nd, Prospal.

    • Brian says:

      Prospal should make the team over White. I think White doesn’t make the team considering his salary, age and health status. The Rangers have nothing invested in him and he is only here due to the Brashear salary dump.

      • jurgenno88 says:

        I actually think White makes the team. I think his ‘trial’ will extend until Drury returns. If he makes an impact offensively then i think they find a way to keep him in the line up. Worst case scenario they then have him as a tradeable asset.

        • Brian says:

          As per Andrew Gross Torts said:
          “as coach John Tortorella said was the case yesterday, Artem Anisimov and Erik Christensen will be two of the four centers. Boyle is competing with prospect Derek Stepan, NHL veteran Todd White and second-year player Tim Kennedy.”

          Kennedy or Boyle seem like a lock for the 4th line spot, and adding EC and AA means that 3 spots are taken. With Frolov, Dubi, Avery and Boogard on LW then doesn’t that leave Prospal as Drury’s replacement (probably at RW)?

          I’m thinking it’s between White and Stepan at this point. What’s yor take J?

          • jurgenno88 says:

            I think Stepan will start the year on the top line. I just hope, should things not progress smoothly, the Rangers deal with him appropriately. They should manage his ice time carefully.

            I think White makes the roster as well though. I think you may see Boyle as a healthy scratch to start the year and Kennedy as 4th line C or maybe even LW. I think White may center the third line to start the year.

            I’m intrigued to see how all of this pans out because alot of players will be watching from the press box when Drury returns.

  3. the duke says:

    Judging by redden’s level of play these past 2 seasons I’m surprised he had the energy to father a child

  4. Jeremy says:

    Oversight on PRospal. PRobably bench White in his stead. PRospal is a lock

  5. Jordan says:

    Christensen is making this team.

    Stepan on the top line is a mistake. You don’t put a rookie on the top line if his name isn’t Sidney Crosby on opening night. If he makes the team and earns top line minutes, wonderful. But you don’t start him there.

    A little concerned with treatment of Avery so far.