Don’t Worry About Bobby Farnham

August 26, 2017, by

Bobby Farnham

This week has been chock full of important Rangers news, like the recent signing of Bobby Farnham to a PTO. While this may be cause for concern among some fans, I’m here to tell you that it’s all going to be fine. Farnham is likely just a body for preseason and maybe the AHL (if that), and while he might be someone AV tries out on the fourth line at absolute worst he’ll be Daniel Paille – around for a little while and eventually gone, as the ill-fitting nature of his inclusion on the roster becomes apparent.

Let’s start with the primary reason why they likely signed Farnham, who is more or less just an enforcer (although he scores once every year or so). Preseason is coming up, and since not everybody on the first team will show up in the few games that precede opening night against the Avs, somebody (literally almost anybody) needs to play hockey alongside the various youngsters that get a look. So enter Farnham, a warm body who’ll help to fill out the lineup in case any of the regulars have nagging injuries, oversleep, etc etc.

But let’s consider this, say the Rangers like what they see and decide to keep him around. In this scenario, he’s still most likely heading straight to Hartford, and will only find his way onto the Garden ice in the event of an injury. That’s also assuming that he’s the first one called up, which may not be the case – recall that Tanner Glass wasn’t the first guy called up from Hartford last year (although he did end up playing in the playoffs).

Ok, but let’s say it gets worse, let’s say that AV and friends decide they want him in the lineup fulltime. In this kind of scenario, I’m willing to bet he’s more Daniel Paille than Tanner Glass – an experiment mixed into the lineup to try and add a certain je nais se quoi that in all likelihood won’t be there (because he doesn’t really do much) rather than a coach’s darling who inexplicably finds his way onto the ice in the waning minutes of a playoff series. Tanner Glass, all things considered, was a special case of coaching favoritism and locker room good-guy character feel good stuff.

Bobby Farnham, coming from the outside of a rapidly changing organization, most likely won’t hit that sweet spot for AV that Glass did. Especially considering that the Rangers’ speed and transition game has been augmented by the additions of Shattenkirk and Smith, a dude like Bobby Farnham who can’t capitalize on those long stretch passes and breakaway chances is going to rapidly find himself obsolete. Remember, if there was one thing good about Tanner Glass it was his speed and skating. Unless Farnham can similarly keep up I doubt he’s around much longer than a few games, if that.

So there you have it folks, your semi-occasional reminder that everything’s good in Rangerstown. Bobby Farnham, while likely a preseason fixture will doubtfully play any meaningful minutes during the regular season, and if he does, likely won’t fit in among this rapidly shifting landscape of speed and stretch passes. It’s also almost time for hockey so let’s just sit back and enjoy this new season glow, and worry about questionable roster decisions at least 20 games in or something like that.

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  1. Rhodork says:

    2 contract spots left and Tanner is still a free agent…

    • Ray says:

      Three guys will slide. There are five slots left. Doubt Tanner will get one of them, but somebody will.

    • Lace says:

      Shhh! A Rangers executive might hear you. Oh please not Tanner Glass. And the term “Warm Body” shouldn’t be thrown around loosely when referring to Bobby Farnham. 😂

  2. Reenavipul says:

    Farnham doesn’t even qualify as a NHL veteran(100gms) to meet the exhibition minimum of 8 vets dressed, as he’s only played 67 games in the show.

  3. Spozo says:

    Every year there are PTO’s and every year people complain about AV wanting “his guys” and every year those guys don’t make the team yet people still push that narrative.

  4. howiehockey says:

    Alex Chiasson, where are you when we need you?

  5. Al Hirschen says:

    Bobby Farnham is a needed Element for this team. Just like Carbomb and Purst was he’ll take the pressure off of the core players and will do the dirty work . And for those naysayers that will talk about always having to kill penalties that was never the Rangers problem .

    • AWDS says:

      He’s only a “needed Element” if he’s capable of being more than a one dimensional facepuncher.

      I seriously doubt that is the case with Bobby…. but hey, I guess you never know. He did have 10 points in 67 GP, so there’s that.

      • Chris A. says:

        He’s not even a face puncher, more of a face punchee

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Would give this comment 4 thumbs up if I could.

        • Jerry says:

          You’re exactly right Chris.

        • Egelstein says:

          Spot-on. He’s an instigator/agitator who can’t back it up.

          This would be like a MLB team giving a tryout to a closer who can’t pitch very well at all, but man, does he sure get under the opponent’s skin as he’s giving up those moon-shot homeruns. Unheard of. But some reason, this type of crap is still a thing in the NHL.

    • John B says:

      Uh what? We’ve ranked 26th and 19th in the PK the past two season. That’s very much a problem.

      • Bloomer says:

        Rangers pk is a problem and I havent seen any off season moves so far that will address it.

        • Richter1994 says:

          They addressed it by having 3 PP D men, Shatty, Skjei, and Deangelo, and allowing McD to slide into PK duty full time.

    • Al Dugan says:

      What year is this post from?

    • Bloomer says:

      Farnham is an high energy player who likes to go into contact. 8 markers in 53 games equals Jespers offensive output. I see him as a role player to add a spark when needed.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      A 36-year old steroid/stimulant user? Whose contract was voided in the relatively anarchic KHL? Let him go destroy himself in Vegas, thanks, the Rangers don’t need any more Theo Fleury/Kevin Stevens types.

  6. Richter1994 says:

    As Frank Dreben said: “Nothing to see here…”

    • Spozo says:

      I thought that was Officer Barbrady?

      • Richter1994 says:

        Love those movies, hysterical.

        Robert Goulet (the crook) to Dreben: “I didn’t see your name on the guest list.”

        Dreben: “That’s because I used my maiden name.”


  7. Nikolai says:

    In Pre-season there are always guys trying to fight there way onto a roster spot, and since we don’t have designated fighters any more (Kreider/ Smith will if it’s really needed), then I think Farnham is here just to take those blows for preseason.
    If he shows anything else, then sure AHL him. But he’s not going to be a Ranger.

    I miss the Prust’s and Dorsett’s who were effective 4th line/PK guys and also fought.