Musings day – Rangers trophy talk

February 16, 2012, by

It’s a musings day and what a week this has been (already) for the Rangers. Boston who? Yeah I said it. It’s a week of upheaval here at Blue Seat Blogs. Dave has had the audacity to go on holiday leaving yours truly, the Suit and the rookie (aka Justin) to do the heavy lifting; which would be easier if my laptop hadn’t died on me, but I digress. To the musings…

Callahan Can Do More – Seriously

It’s all been said about Cally before but there is one thing; his offensive upside. Barring a dramatic dip in form or injury, Callahan will likely get his first 30 goal season this year. He’s a great captain and a physical player, but previously he seemed limited in regards to his finishing ability. No longer. As this team gets better, older and deeper I see the potential for a 40 goal season for Callahan. I never thought I’d say that. He is a critical element on this team in every scenario and he could legitimately knock in 40 if he avoids injury. What a player he has become.

And the Hart Trophy Goes to…

At this stage, given the ridiculous pace he has been setting, the only person that should be a threat to Lundqvist for the Hart should be Evgeni Malkin. Both players are critical to their teams, but for me – personal adoration aside -Lundqvist deserves it because his regular season is potentially a historical one statistically. He could break the all-time GAA record for starters. The Swede is borderline unbeatable right now and care not about Mr Lin of the Knickerbockers, Henrik is the King of New York right now.

And the Vezina Trophy Goes to…

Barring major loss of form or serious injury in the next week or two, Lundqvist should have this trophy in his cabinet already. He’s been that good.

More than ‘Just’ a Scorer

Some players are one dimensional. Some players are accused of being one dimensional. Marian Gaborik isn’t one dimensional. Yes, he’s a goal scorer (and an elite one) first and foremost, but he’s displayed an exceptional level of passing ability recently and if you’ve followed him closely this year, you should be beginning to appreciate his defensive ability too. Not many so called elite, finesse players try as hard as Gaborik does defensively, nor do they buy into the team concept as Gaborik does. He’s having a great season.

Mike Who?

I guarantee some fans have forgotten about Mike Sauer. That is not a slight on Sauer or his place on this roster, but is testament to the way the club is playing without their physical blueliner. This club doesn’t need to add a defenseman at the deadline if Sauer returns soon. What depth the Rangers boast if (when) he does in fact return.

Powerplay dilemma

I mentioned this on twitter this week. Look at the new found confidence (and success) on the power play. The crisp passing, the movement off the puck, the guys (Callahan) parked in front waiting to convert. Right now, the power play looks rejuvenated which poses a dilemma; should the Rangers even bother looking to make a change right now? Do you believe the unit can carry this form on (based on skill level it should be able to be a quality unit) or do you risk moving assets/roster parts/picks to pick up some help just in case? The improved power play has thrown up as many new questions as it has answered old ones.

Question Time:

• Does Gaborik break 50 goals?

• Does Lundqvist get 40 wins?

• If you could make one addition come deadline day, would it be an offensive or defensive addition?

• Does Wolski score a goal this season or have we seen the last of the skilled Pole?

• Who’s Sean Avery?


  1. ranger17 says:

    Pick some minor help like Smyth Kabina Doan but only for drft picks or WW JW Mitch Eminger

  2. ranger17 says:

    Would try for Nash but only if you don’t mess with the roster and give up the likes of Zucc WW JWeminger Thomas Bourgue And to a lesser extent Miller

    • Chris says:

      You won’t get Nash for that kind of assets and you class Doan as minor help? Never gonna happen. Face of Coyotes…

  3. Mark says:

    Gaborik gets 40+, not 50 though…

    Lunquivst gets 40 wins and the Vezina

    I would look to add 3rd line scorer and power play help in a rental like Ray Whitney. Doan isn’t going anywhere and Nash will ruin all the building Sather has done. Defensively we ahve so much depth that Kubina isn’t really an upgrade just hope for the best with Saur and stay the course.

    Wolski will score an NHL goal, but not with the Rangers… Look for them to move him for a conditional pick, maybe the same conditional pick they use to pick up Ray Whitney or a depth scorer…

    Sean Avery = Male Model…

  4. The Suit says:

    Gaborik will land somewhere in the 40s.
    Hank hits 40.

    If Sauer is out long-term, I think they should make a depth move for another d-man. The Rangers have been having some trouble getting the puck out of their own zone of late and grabbing someone who excels at outlet passes could help (watch this get spun into a trade rumor)

    I’m still waiting for Sean Avery to hang ’em up and go work for Anna Wintour.

    • Chris says:

      Avery will retire to no fanfare this summer…

      I agree, I’d only add a D if Sauer is out for the duration.

  5. Walt says:

    Hank gets 40 at the rate he is playing.
    Gabby also gets 40, and he earned it this year.
    No major trades made, we can’t let the program go by the wayside for a quick fix that usually doesn’t work.
    WW for a #1050 draft pick, I’d make that move!
    There aren’t too many good d-men that are available for trades, and lets face it, there are teams dying for any good d-man!
    If push turns to shove, we can ride the ponies in our stable for the cup run, and feel good about our chances!

  6. Bloomer says:

    I like to see Wolski in the lineup tonight. He is the odd man out simply because the rest of the team has been playing so well. Why would you make an adjustment if the team is winning every night. But the injury to Tank opens up a spot and Wolski played well for the Whale and made the most of his conditioning assignment.He can score goals in bunches and I think he is driven. If he plays I predict him to score tonight.

  7. Sally says:

    There is way too much hype going on about the Ranger’s Stanley Cup chances. The playoffs are another level. There is a reason that they don’t hand the cup to the team with the best record at the end of the season.

    • Pete says:

      2/3 of the season without a losing streak, leading the league in points (have 3 games in hand over the Wings, 5-0 vs Flyers, 2-0 vs the Bruins and you feel theres is too much hype? If anything they are not getting enough hype from the NY media.

  8. Pete says:

    Gabby 50? No

    Lundqvist 40? yes.

    Rick Nash? Absolutely. You always try and improve the team, period. And for all those who think Nash would “disrupt” chemistry must have forgotten that he’s the “captain” of his team, not sure of any locker room “cancers” that get to wear the C.

    Dubi, any top prospect besides Kreider, possibly a b-prospect and a 1st should do it. CBJ obviously need to blow it up and trading Nash and Carter is the first step.

    As for the cap, I believe it’s been explained a few times that it wouldnt be a problem so need to go there again. Giants started the year properly, now lets have the Rangers follow suit.

    • Chris F says:

      Not sure where it was explained that the cap wouldn’t be a problem. But any such explanation is not justified. While the Rangers are probably fine next season, even with Nash’s added cap hit, the difference between his $7.8 million hit and Dubinsky’s $4.2 million hit inhibits the ability of the Rangers to make the necessary offers to Stepan, McD, Sauer, and others the following season.

      • Pete says:

        Dubi + Wolski = 8mill.

        7.8 coming off the books next year + Dubi’s 4.2 = 12mill. Do I need to go any further?

        • Blueshirt in Paris says:

          Time =A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

          SO yeah, you have to go a bit further then just next year.

        • Chris F says:

          First, you’re assuming that Wolski would be part of that package deal with Nash. Likely, not the case.

          So that just leaves Dubinsky’s $4.2 million, replaced by Nash’s $7.8 million.

          Then you go on to say that $7.8 million is coming off the books next year, plus Dubinsky. Maybe that’s true, but could you elaborate?

          • Pete says:

            Not exactly what I was referring to but your reply made me laugh, thanks.

          • Pete says:

            Forget the previous reply, was meant for another post.

            I was not assuming that Wolski will be apart of the Nash trade at all, in all likelihood he will be Whale’d if he cant be moved.

            • Blueshirt in Paris says:

              What is also overlooked is you remove 2 players for 1. So Nash is $7.8 + salary for replacement.

              • Pete says:

                If you mean Dubi + Wolski as the two then yes. But Wolski will either be moved for a bag of pucks or get acquainted with Hartford.

              • Blueshirt in Paris says:

                No I mean you math is off. You are deducting two players off of the cap hit and only adding one. Nash will not take up two rosters spots no matter how big he is.

                We still need another body to replace the 2nd which comes with a cap hit.

          • Pete says:

            Wolski – 3.8
            Feds – 1.4
            Drury – 2.1

            Not to mention some of the other UFA’s and RFA’s. Something like that. I’m not a cap guy but I’ve read numerous places, most likely here too about the 7.8 number. When I find links I will post them.

            • The Suit says:

              If the CBA decreases, or if MDZ, McD, Stepan, Hagelin, Prust, Ansimov, etc. want raises, having Nash’s $7.8 cap hit could be a problem. Some of these RFA might have to go in the deal.

              • Pete says:

                Prust and MDZ are after this season, the rest after next and they are all RFA’s except AA, who the jury is still out on. But yes, you are right, Nash’s hit will cause some issues but not many more than Parise would.

              • The Suit says:

                If teams are smart, Parise will get a long contract at a forgivable cap hit ala Richie, Kane, Toews etc. But yea, I hear ya. At the end of the day, I’d prefer a depth move at the deadline.

  9. Mijeyyy says:

    Im not suprised by gabby showing passing skills. It’s typical in the NHL as a player gets older they get more of their points by assists.