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The lockout-eve Musings

As we approach the lockout deadline – faster than most people would wish – lets jump straight into another episode of Musings and talk about non – CBA, Rangers orientated stuff.

Personally I’m somewhat underwhelmed with the Steve Eminger re-signing. Yes, he fits in well with the club and has had partial success with the Rangers however the Eminger and most, if not all, veteran defenseman available would have limited offers at this stage. My preference would have been to invite Eminger and a couple of other veterans to camp (if there is one) and have an open competition. Everything seems pretty safe and secure now, heading into camp.

NHL.com recently started discussing fantasy options (getting ahead of themselves?) and they talked about Chris Kreider as a strong sleeper candidate. Kreider is exactly that. He can’t be a sure fire draft pick and his actual (non fantasy) production can’t be projected too closely, despite his playoff exposure. But Kreider has tremendous potential next season; for fantasy owners and the Rangers.

Another website of note, looking ahead to next season, is The Hockey News. In an article discussing ‘teams to watch’ next season they list the CCHA’s Michigan Wolverines, in part because of the incoming freshmen including Rangers’ draft pick Boo Nieves. Nieves has high expectations placed upon him, but is going to a strong program, as Rangers fans know thanks to Carl Hagelin. Nieves won’t be rushed into becoming a pro but is definitely one Ranger prospect to watch closely.

We know its Glen Sather’s M.O. (‘hardball’ with RFA’s) but would you offer Del Zotto an improved offer to get him under wraps pre-CBA?

Marian Gaborik made the news in the last day or two because he started skating during the informal skates. It means very little in regard to his injury but it’s still encouraging to see. If Gaborik can get back to full health ahead of schedule it’d be a big boost to the Rangers.

Former Ranger Michal Rozsival signed a 1 year, $2m contract with the Blackhawks Tuesday. It seems a win-win scenario. Rozsival is still a decent depth defenseman and the Hawks need just that: defensive depth.

Several big name NHL players are being linked to European clubs with a lockout in mind. The latest: Jason Spezza and the DEL’s Ice Bears Berlin have been linked via player agents. Wonder how many Rangers have been touted around by their agents?

Question Time:

  • Should the Rangers have pursued Rozsival at the price the Hawks’ got him?
  • Gaborik’s games played next season: over/under 50?
  • Who will play more, Steve Eminger or Stu Bickel?
  • Who will score more powerplay goals next season, Rick Nash or Ryan Callahan?
  • Who is the better, natural goal scorer: Rick Nash or Marian Gaborik?

Bonus Question:

How many Sean Avery related chants will be heard at the Garden next year? Happy musings folks!

7 Responses to “The lockout-eve Musings”

  1. TommyT says:

    My answers are all with regards to the CBA getting done in 2 days and season opening on time.

    1) No i prefer Emminger for two reasons, his age still relatively young compared to Rosi. He also knows what is expected of him and he can handle the pressure when need be or he can sit upstairs and still be available when called upon.

    2)I think Gabby will play over 50 games, he would miss the first 2 months if he takes the full recovery time, so he will play around 60 games.

    3)The time will be split down the middle until a prospect or acquisition is made. Stu when needing the toughness Emmy under all situations.

    4) Nash will get more PP goals, just on his skill set alone, he is a pure goal scorer. The thing is will the Rangers ever find out how to run a successful PP?

    5) This question is tough, they play two completely different styles of hockey. Gabby all finesse deadly release but doesnt get into the tough areas. Nash is the prototypical power forward he can score with skill or barrel through you and bury it. I think they are both natural scorers for the style of game they play

  2. Walt says:

    Heck no, Rosy won’t play physical, and will avoid hits, and or hitting at all costs!

    I believe Gabby will play some 55-60 games this season, if we have one.

    Stu should, let the kid develope more, and use Eminger as a replacement d-man when one is hurt, or needs a night off.

    With that big wide body planted in front of the goalie, Nash should, and will score more PP, and even strength goals that Callie.

    Gabby is the more gifted scorer, but Nash is more powerful, therefore I go with Gabby on this one. This is a great problem to have as a team, who’s better?

    The owners have to give some here. Hay, Snider is a snake, look at what he is doing to NBC, laying off people, where Jay Leno took a 50% pay cut to protect staff personnel from getting laid off!

    He is trying to pull the same sh*t with the players, and yet tries to come accross as a nice guy. The owners have to realize that we the fans watch the games because of the players, not them, or Buttman for that matter. They got everything they wanted seven years ago, and put the current system in place. If they can’t, or won’t control their spending, who is at fault? The Sniders of the world go out and hand over offer sheets to the tune of over $100 million, and then cry poverty. I’m sorry, this time around I’m with the players.

    As to Snider, Jacobs, Buttman, I have but one statement, Go to Hell, you BAST*RDS!

  3. Seahorse says:

    Let Del Zotto wait, the longer he does the more it hurts him, especially after a new CBA, whenever it happens. Theres reason Seguin rushed to get his outrageous extension before tomorrow

  4. paulronty says:

    1] NO!NO! NO! to Roszival, never liked him ,he’s not a Torts type at all
    2] Gabby will play >50 games
    3] Eminger is a better defenceman than Bickel but the latter will play more. Unlike you I like Eminger, he’s a decent D-man
    4] Nash will be deadly on the PP and score more than Cally
    5] They are both natural goal scorers but I give the nod to Nash because he can score finesse & dirty goals

  5. SalMerc says:

    •Should the Rangers have pursued Rozsival at the price the Hawks’ got him? I like Rozsival when he doesn’t wear our sweater. When he does, he frustrates me, so no.
    •Gaborik’s games played next season: over/under 50? Under! There is another part of his body just waiting to break down somewhere
    •Who will play more, Steve Eminger or Stu Bickel? Lets hope neither play more than 25. Eminger is a defenseman, Bickel is a big guy who tries to play defense.
    •Who will score more powerplay goals next season, Rick Nash or Ryan Callahan? Better be Nash, otherwise why get him.
    •Who is the better, natural goal scorer: Rick Nash or Marian Gaborik?
    Best question of the day. – I think Gabby is more of a sniper and Nash is more of a play-maker, but both can score. Gabby needs to be fed more than Nash, so I go with Nash.

    Avery is gone, let him RIP

  6. rob sahm says:

    no on rosi bikell will play more then eminger. gaborik is a more natural goal scorer then nash and nash will have more PP goals then captain cally

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    Should the Rangers have pursued Rozsival at the price the Hawks’ got him? Hell no
    Gaborik’s games played next season: over/under 50? Under
    Who will play more, Steve Eminger or Stu Bickel?
    Bickel
    Who will score more powerplay goals next season, Rick Nash or Ryan Callahan? Nash
    Who is the better, natural goal scorer: Rick Nash or Marian Gaborik? Gabby