Musings: Del Zotto appreciation, Cally, Redden, and more

January 31, 2013, by
"Some fans don't like me?Oh no!" *Family gay guy voice*

“Some fans don’t like me? … Oh no!” </sarcasm>

There’ll be no Marc Staal defence’s today (kudos Suit), no long-winded rants, just lots of discussion. I’m feeling concise today so let’s get straight into the Le Musing (ooh, very French…)

Michael Del Zotto: The young and oft maligned blueliner is off to a great start to the year. He’ll never win over all his critics but he’s been the Rangers best blueliner at both ends so far. For a unit that struggled early on, and for a player with much to prove, he’s doing exactly that. Several big plays already this season.

Glen Sather deserves a ton of credit for Del Zotto’s start. Sather challenged Del Zotto to earn a bigger deal. He called him out while at the same time ensuring he publicly acknowledged the young defenseman’s worth to the franchise. He doesn’t speak in public much but Sather hit this one on the head. Sather dealt with the MDZ situation perfectly.

If I were to personally grade Marian Gaborik after 6 games, I’d probably be harsher than most people. I’d give him a B+ where some people would see the totals and assume excellence. I’m one of Gabby’s biggest fans, but he’s at times dominated and at times been found wanting. Of course, the times he’s impressed have outnumbered those he’s struggled in. The only thing missing from Gaborik’s season thus far is that elite level of consistency.

Ryan Callahan’s left shoulder: This is the New York equivalent of when England held their collective breath when David Beckham broke a metatarsal bone in his foot before a World Cup. An entire fan base was hanging on the results and outcome of a medical report.

That said, the Rangers are better with Cally (obviously) but they can definitely continue to have success without him. What an extended absence would mean is more pressure on Carl Hagelin/Taylor Pyatt/Derek Stepan. Are they ready to handle that pressure?

Stu Bickel is the new whipping boy of Rangers fans. But think about this: Why does Tortorella persevere with a guy that even when returning to the line-up (against a rival no less) sees less than 2 minutes total ice time? Surely the coach has to realise this is becoming a waste of a place in the line-up.

Wade Redden scored in back to back games for the Blues. First time since 2008. I’ll let that resonate with you for a second.

The more I see of Benn Ferriero, the more I like. Also, the fact that he’s seeing ice time makes me think the organisation genuinely didn’t think Chad Kolarik had what they wanted, and that it was less of an unfair situation for Kolarik. If Tortorella thinks a guy has what he wants, he’ll give him a chance.

Ferriero’s ice time in 2 games so far: 12:40 and 8:21. He also has an assist with 3 shots and 3 blocked shots. He’s been pretty effective in a minimal role.

It was anticipated before the season, but injuries to significant players are starting to mount in the league. Including the Rangers’ own Kreider and Callahan is a long list of players including Jaromir Jagr, Jason Spezza, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Gabriel Landeskog, Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Scott Hartnell and Max Pacriottey. All have missed time already, with some of these anticipated to miss the bulk of the year. How many of those have been a result of the lack of camp and the compressed schedule? Food for thought…

Question time:

  • Who will lead the Rangers in points?
  • Who has been the Rangers biggest underperformer so far?
  • How many games will Marty Biron start?
  • Do you still feel Rick Nash will reach 20 goals this season?
  • Would you trade a prospect or a (higher end) draft pick for immediate help this season?

So much for being concise….. Game day! 


  1. Tim B says:

    1) Gaborik
    2) Stepan
    3) not many
    4) idk
    5) depends how thick the draft is this year

  2. Walt says:

    Nash is off to a great start, he should be the scoring leader for the Rangers.

    Thus far, I believe that Step has not lived up to expectations.

    Marty may start as many as 10 games this season.

    Nash is the man, and should hit the 20 goal mark this season.

    Yes, depending on who the prospect is, and who we get in return. I know nothing about which kids are draft ready this year, depending on talent, I may not want to give up a high draft pick.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Picking up Zack Boychuck off waivers would be a better option then trading away more draft picks (do the Rangers even have any draft picks left). Gabby only has just over a year left on his contract, it will be hard to sign him and stay under the cap so he or someone else will have to go. Do the Rangers really need 3 goons…I mean enforcers on the roster? Maybe they can trade one for a player who can contribute a bit more on offence.

    • Kitter says:

      Picking up Boychuck is definitely something I hope Sather looks into.

      • Dave says:

        It was something I tweeted yesterday. Putting Boychuk on waivers is risky, but I doubt he makes it all the way to the Rangers on the waiver wire.

        • VinceR says:

          Ugh, the Pens grabbed him…apparently they were one slot ahead of the Rangers in the order. Ugh.

  4. Kitter says:

    1) Gaborik
    2) Rupp
    3) 10 starts
    4) Yes
    5) No

    I know Rupp is a great guy to have on the team, and a positive influence, but he is dogging it out there. I would have said Stepan but I see the effort. Nash has already created chances in ways I have not seen before and I believe it is only a matter of time (he’s knocking on the door) before his goals start to pile up. Look at how he performed last season and then took off to still reach 30+.

    Our prospect pool, although promising, is arguably thin and it is definitely not worth trading someone this year. Keep in mind we have no 1st round pick next year. I’m also tired of seeing our ex-prospects getting chances all over and performing well. (Korpikoski, Horak, Erixon, JAM, even Parenteau).

    • Chris says:

      I wouldn’t say ‘tired’ of seeing ex players do well is fair. Essentially Horak was part of the process that became Rick Nash, same for Erixon and JAM still hasn’t proved anything in the NHL.

      As for Parenteau I’d have liked to have seen him get a better chance in NYR system but I can also appreciate why he didn’t. The guy doesn’t fit the Torts system.

    • Dave says:

      The prospect pool isn’t necessarily thin, it’s just that they have a transition year with the Whale, which makes it look worse than it is.

      • Chris says:

        As Sather said, they’re dressing at least 10 rookies at any one time on the Whale so its definitely a transition year.

        • Kitter says:

          Tired was probably the wrong word. It’s just an odd experience when you watch NHL Tonight (terrible commercials, and Kathryn Tappen aside) and you see teams winning games on the backs of ex-Rangers.

          I just want to clarify that I’d rather have Nash than any of these players. I understand why they are on other teams. I just find it amusing when Phoenix wins from serious contributions from Lauri Korpikoski and Chad Johnson. I also wish we had Corey Potter now to round out our 3rd defense pairing. Anyone else miss John Mitchell?

          • Chris says:

            When you put it that way it makes more sense.

            While he wasn’t a huge loss, I’d have been ok with keeping Mitchell at the time. He’d be an ok depth player right now. And Potter…. he carved himself a niche and yes, he could help perhaps as well but not sure his skating is good enough for the Rangers.

    • Randy says:

      I agree with Kitter (interesting name…) with his comments on Rupp. I like Rupp. I think he is a good guy to have around on the team, but I think he earned his paycheck last year in the winter classic and his time is coming to a close with the Rangers. One of the things about this year’s squad that I have not been happy with is our 4th line. The past couple of seasons, I have loved the Rangers checking lines because they had exciting, hardworking players (Hollweg, Ortemeyer, Mitchell, Prust). This season, the fourth line goes out and there are no hits, there is no forechecking, and we are basically left just watching Rupp and Asham glide around the ice doing nothing and hitting no one. Halpern has been the only bright spot on that fourth line, but he can only do so much when he is three steps ahead of his linemates all the time. I think either Rupp or Asham has to go, and although I still despise Asham, his skating is at least a little better than Rupp’s, so he may be the more effective player. I would be happy to see the Rangers aquire someone like Langkow, or at least a player who can dump it in and throw his body around to get the team going. If not, then one of these guys needs to pick it up so I can eat my words, which I will gladly do.

      On that note….either asham or rupp gets their first of the season tonight against the pens.

  5. george says:

    1. Richards
    2. Hagelin
    3. 11
    4. Yes
    5. Depends on who the rangers get.

  6. rickyrants13 says:

    Jagr was playing as many others were. So I dont think not having a camp caused it. Well not all of them anyway. And what happened to Cally could have happened at anytime. Same with Kreider.

  7. Jeff P says:

    1. Gaborik

  8. becky says:

    – richie
    – hagelin
    – 8
    – yes
    – no