Thoughts and Musings

Happy Thursday, folks. Almost Christmas! Or, for us members of the Tribe, Almost “movies and Chinese food day!”. Either way, it’s very exciting. Apparently, we’re seeing Little Fockers this year. And getting Chinese. It’s just so radical. You should try it.

-Talked to someone who has been around the Wild for years, and, well, you guessed it, he isn’t surprised by all the Gaborik injuries. To quote him: “He’s so whiny, always hurt. Frustrates the hell out of me.” We got lucky last year. He was relatively healthy. And he responded with a great year. He just hasn’t been himself this year. Which, hasn’t been that bad for the team. I like to call it the Jagr effect: IF you have one star, you’re going to go to that star, no matter what. He can’t do it all on his own. I remember power plays that were set up just for Jagr to take a slapper from the point. And those don’t always work. So you have to mix it up, and that’s where you see guys like Boyle and Prust having big years. This team is better with a healthy, productive Gaborik. No doubt about that. But their experience winning without him is only valuable.

-Will be very interested to see how MZA does in his (limited?) call up. First off, how long is he staying? Just till Gabby gets back? Or is he here for good? I’d suggest the former, but not so sure. Depends on how he plays. Getting 4th line minutes, he won’t have a much of a chance to show what he can do. But, maybe he gets some PP time, and if he impresses, maybe he stays.

-Actually getting a chance to go to a game tonight. Should be fun.

-Okay, what’s with MDZ? I’m not seeing all of the games, I’m mostly seeing highlights? Where specifically is he struggling?

-Can’t tell you how excited I am for the Winter Classic.

-I’m worried about the Boogey man. Obviously, don’t want him to have a concussion. But, shouldn’t a fighter bounce back after fights better? He’s paid to fight, not sit in the trainers room for a few games afterwards.

-Speaking of Boogey, if he’s out for some time, shouldn’t Weise get the call up? Provide that toughness on the fourth line? I liked him in his debut. Reminds me of a bigger, stronger Prust.

-Todd White, at this point, is just dead weight. I would much prefer MZA to be up here full time, or Weise up here full time, than White. He just doesn’t do much.

-Looking forward to seeing Stamkos in person.

-Music interlude: I’m in love with Pandora. Y’all know Pandora: it plays music that’s similar to a certain artist or song. It’s always good, and it’s free. Great to do work to, great to mellow out to.

-Liking how Stepan has been progressing. Seems to be “Getting it”. There’s a rookie adjustment, and you’re not going to score 3 goals every game. I think he’s realizing it, and he’s playing well.

-Keep him on the point, Torts!

-I think the return of Drury has been valuable. With Callahan out, he goes back to being the heart and soul of this team, and I think he will be.

18 Responses to “Thoughts and Musings”

  1. The Truth says:

    I hate to say this but Gaborik has got to go. He does not fit into the type of team the Rangers have become and his track history bodes ill for the future. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg and either he goes or the Rangers stagnate for another 3 years and lose another coach. No one player is bigger than the TEAM. Jagr anyone?

    • Brian says:

      The problem is that he’s injury prone and I truly can’t see him being the type of go-to guy in a physical playoff series that the Rangers are likely going to find themselves in this year. If Slats can find a taker with one of the teams not listed in his NTC and can bring back a “core” piece then he should consider it.

  2. Dave says:

    MDZ has been sub-par offensively, but people are vastly overstating his slump. He’s been significantly better on defense. It’s clear he’s struggling though.

    NHL Center Ice?

    • Jordan says:

      Agreed, he has been better this year on defense. His puck handling and awareness isn’t improving however. Too many times he’s caught out of position, mishandling a puck leading to disruption in momentum.

  3. Jordan says:

    Little Fockers has been getting SLAMMED in the reviews. 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d try and talk the family into seeing literally any other movie available to you.

  4. Brian says:

    FYI – Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench for the Devils.

  5. jurgenno88 says:

    by the way, enough of the Gaborik has to go comments. There’s been a few recently. Players have dry spells, even elite players. AO has 3 goals more than Gabby and hasn’t missed the games. Big deal, dry spells happen.

    • Brian says:

      A chronic injury isn’t the same thing as a dry spell. His play when he’s been healthy this year has been very good for the most part. But the problem is that he continues to have groin issues and continues to miss time because of it. And has good as he is (and as much as he is paid) he should never be totally invisible in any game which does tend to happen in big games. He’s an elite sniper, he’s fun to watch, he has a tremendous release on his shot and I continue to root for him. The problem I have is that when his groin acts up he’s either invisible or unable to play that will not sit well come playoff time.