Dissecting the Jim Dolan interview

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In case you missed it, Larry Brooks got a few good quotes from Rangers owner Jim Dolan last week. It took a little while to digest, or at least to not react and jump to uninformed conclusions. It’s certainly worth the read if you have the time.

First things first, Henrik Lundqvist was given the chance to leave and not see the rebuild through. He did not, want to leave, and Dolan had glowing praise for his franchise goaltender. There’s not much to dissect here, except that Dolan said Hank helps them contend for the playoffs next year. So….in a rebuild year, that’s something to keep an eye on.

Now that I’m done gushing over Hank, down to business. Dolan’s first quote was about the coaching search, stating that they are looking for someone who can develop the kids and work with the young players. There’s a lot there, so let’s unpack it.

The Rangers are going to develop their youth, which likely means they won’t trade any of their bigger name kids. Not all of the kids are safe, but the ones who the front office thinks have a future with the team won’t be in any blockbuster deal. That’s a bit reassuring.

I also believe this is one of the reasons why Alain Vigneault was fired. Despite what some beat writers may say, AV was not that good at developing youth. Just ask JT Miller that. But it’s clear the Rangers are going in a new direction of playing the kids, and AV was not the guy to get them there.

Not sold yet? Dolan specifically called out how scolding a player isn’t growth. Leaning on his assistants and trainers to train and teach is, though. That’s not necessarily a shot at AV by Dolan, but it’s refreshing transparency.

Dolan also mentioned that the Rangers don’t intend to bottom out, but that shouldn’t be a surprise since the Rangers retained Hank. Keeping Hank means the Rangers can’t bottom out, it just won’t happen. But that also means they will at least attempt to teach the kids a winning culture. That’s always a good thing.

The last bit I think is the most interesting, as Dolan specifically called out Ryan McDonagh. Dolan stated that the leadership in the locker room wasn’t what was expected, mentioning that there was a burden on McDonagh when he was named captain.

This one surprised me a little bit, since I didn’t really think McDonagh’s play changed that much with naming him captain. I still don’t think his play suffered that much, but it’s clear that he wasn’t the influence in the locker room that Dolan thought he would be. But it is what it is at this point. I’ll miss McDonagh.

I always enjoy reading interviews from Dolan because they are few and far between. This one is rather candid too, which is a nice surprise. It’s clear there were issues on the Rangers that we weren’t privy to. With a new horizon upon us, hopefully the lessons are learned and the front office can adjust.

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  • Apr 25, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Every time I read someone (i.e.; Brooks) stating or quoting someone else, that the Rngers are looking into developing the kids, etc.,, it makes me think they are really looking into a College coach.

    Wonder if that is really the way to go. It’s one thing to develope teenagers. Quite another to try and relate with professionals.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:45 am

      With any coach, it’s about

      1: Whether you win
      2: How you win.

      A coach that just yells and creams and puts the fear of god in you can win, but it won’t last long and end in tears(John Brophy)

      A coach who can collect the best players and just throws them out there(Mike Johnston) Don’t usually work at the next level.

      Coaches who are sis-boom-bah types can win at lower levels because the players aren’t there long enough to tune out, but can win over the short term at the highest levels.(Barry Melrose)

      Tactically astute coaches that are cold fish need a support staff around them and a great captain to succeed. A great team helps also(the most recent coach of the NYR.)

      You need a coach who can fly the plane from 30,000 ft, but is on the ground giving personal advice & coaching. You need to be tactically aware, but can fire the boys up when they need it(or the coach wants it.) You need a coach who know when to give a pat on the back, a conversation behind closed doors, a stern look, public cussing out and a boot in the ass(and whom to do what with.)

      You need a coach who understands that there are different stages in a career cycle and talks to the GM on how to work within that system. You need a coach who understands that talent dictates tactics.

      It’s tough to find all those things in the same person.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Dolan is a jackass of the highest order. I wish he’d just concentrate on continuing to ruin the Knicks and leave the Rangers alone. I love when Little Richie Rich types like Dolan offer their wisdom—it’s as unearned as the money Dolan’s father funneled into his pockets over the years. He’s a terrible sports executive, perhaps one of the worst owners NY sports teams have ever had. Dolan’s mysterious love for Isaiah Thomas has shown him to be a phenomenally poor judge of character. Weak as all hell that Dolan has the nerve to backstab Ryan McDonagh as a Ranger captain, what the heck has James Dolan ever attained in life that wasn’t handed to him?

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:45 am

      He does leave the Rangers alone.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

        Again: Dolan should shut his mouth about Ryan McDonagh and the state of McD’s former Ranger captaincy, there’s not a thing in this world that Dolan does well except spend money. Total garbage move to trash the former captain after he’s left town.

        Dolan should go on a world tour with his horrible band and come back in 2020, after Gorton has rebuilt things.

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:43 am

          embarrassed for the NYR organization as a whole that an owner would publicly put down our home grown captain and a fan favorite who gave the team 8 seasons and over 600 games for such a pointless statement.

          • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

            Exactly, WWPD. McD gave the Rangers all he had. A lot more than James Dolan gives to anything.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:32 am

        As fans we all want more but honestly what should Dolan have done differently over the past 10 or so years. He fully resourced his management team.

        • Apr 26, 2018 at 7:26 am

          The problem is the management teams he resourced were not up to the job. Sather passed his sell by date years ago, but Dolan’s hero envy with him and Isiah Thomas with the Knicks is what has killed any chance of a championship. I hope that Gorton is not just a Sather mouthpiece.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

      He definitely wants a big fish like JT to get signed this summer. I know that you’re all anti about the idea but there is no reason to call him a donkey even though he kind of does looks like one. Let’s be fair and remember that he hardly dips his hands on the hockey team compared to the Knicks team. He never said anything similar about Cally after he got traded so I’m going to assumed that there’s some truth with the role weighing down Mcd.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Truth hurts even if a jackass says it. It’s not the first time I was called a jackass.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:11 am

    The only significance to the Dolan quotes are the sense of direction he will allow Gorton to go, and that’s it. He’s still the owner, regardless of how dumb he is and how fortunate he is to be Charles’ son.

    So in looking at his quotes globally, they appear to be in line with what I think Gorton thinks: Younger coach with creativity and good player development qualities, ride Hank into the Ranger sunset until he can’t do it anymore, and screw the tank for next year, we’re making the playoffs with moves that will get us there.

    That’s why I’m optimistic that the Rangers will finally allow Gorton to do his thing unencumbered. Make no mistake, firing AV so quickly after the season is a clear message that Gorton is now in charge, fully. Great first step this offseason.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Anthony: Glad you bubbled up. You alright, man?

      Anything from E3?

      Whenever TSN pans up to Lou and Shanny, I imagine you, like me, are pondering the Deadline Move They Didn’t Make: adding McDonagh. Outmaneuvering Yzerman for our former captain.

      If ‘Tranna bows out tonight I imagine the Leaf Nation’s gonna figuratively look up to the sky box. Then question management’s reluctance to add a shutdown D-man.

      What was your sense of Toronto’s offer?

      All the best, paisano.


      • Apr 26, 2018 at 6:33 am

        Hey bro, I’m great now after tax season is done an I can torment all of you again, lol.

        I asked about E3 last week, heard nothing. I hope he’s just busy and traveling. Hopefully we will here from our brother soon.

        The 2 teams I heard on McD were TB and Boston. Toronto was in the background but I do not think they offered anything that would entice the Rangers. None of the key young forwards were on the table, it was basically a “let’s throw it out there and see if the Rangers bite” type of thing. In other words, crap, lol.

        Considering how the Leafs lost last night, I would think D men are needed. Badly.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Interesting quotes from Jimmy boy, but they have some merit. First of all, AV isn’t a developer of kids, in spite of all the novels E3 wrote to the contrary. He mishandled Buch, Kreider, Hayes, JT Miller, to a certain extent Oscar Lindberg as well. Did I miss anyone, I suspect so.

    As for Mac Truck, he was a favorite of mine, but he wasn’t a Messier, or a Callahan for that matter. To dis him now is poor to say the least. If they felt that way, why not strip him of the captaincy, or was that cowardly of them in the first place?

    I suspect that the new coach will be Keefe if the Leafs give him a chance after this season to get a shot at the BIGS. He’s had head coach experience, and is great with kids. Time will tell, but that’s what I think will be the case.

    JG will do the right thing, we will compete next season, and we will win the cup within the next few years. Mark it down, we will win with the next wave of new kids coming on board within the next few months!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for the draft, and next season……………..

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Good post Walt.

      Keefe is my first choice as the new HC.

      As far as McD goes. He’s a very good D-man. But I said NUMEROUS times he was not captain material. His personality was not a positive as far as leadership goes. That was magnified with the ridiculous AV management style that left the “locker room to the players”. Leaving the locker room to the players may work when there is strong leadership within that room. It never can work without strong player personalities. McD will win a Cup along with Miller, Danny G., Stahlman, and good for them. All deserve it.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:43 am


        Won’t argue with you on any counts!!!!!!!

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm

        Keefe is my first choice as well, but I would certainly want to give a guy like Quinn a good long hard look. Ideally I would like to see both hired, let Quinn get use to the pro game as an assistant.

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm

          I like the way you are thinking tanto

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:49 am

      I’m thinking Quinn is going to get the job… Shatty wants culture here and he’s obviously has been a fan of the NYR even when he was with STL watching the culture grow bigger and bigger after the 2012 season. I think they’re going to want to get some Boston connection and a voice who can have at least a couple of names in his back pocket like a former player of his to keep him in the fold.

      How has he mishandled Kreider again? PP1 and top lines for a guy who is built like a EA character and has McDavid like speed and Crosby like bottom half meaning he has a couple of tree stumps for legs. It’s nobody’s fault that his best season was a stupid 52 points that took 4 or 5 seasons to achieve so far. At this point he needs a top 20 center and a coach to hold his hand to have a big boy breakout type of year.

      Here’s a story nobody ever likes to mentions about JT Miller and that’s him never taking full advantage when he did see PP1 or top 6 minutes. Player’s got hurt or benched and not once did the guy ever make AV have no choice but to keep him up there or with certain top names. Maybe if we had Stamkos and Kuch than AV would trust him. He’s the type of player who can be deep inside the OZ and bank a pass off the boards to nobody for quick transition play for the other team. My favorite was when he just enters the zone and smashes the puck wide to go out and cause another fast break for other teams to capitalize on. Now when I think about he played majority of his first full season with Brass in 2016 I think and still his best career high was when AV hooked him up with Hayes on the 3rd line. Sorry but the NYR were strictly the ones to pull the plug on him and take shots at him right after the trade through the NYR news people.

      I’m a huge Hayes supporter and I think AV placing him in a shutdown role while expecting him to produce was if anything a back handed compliment to his game. Prior to 16-17 everyone wanted to stick BS narratives to him as being lazy. Well in a nutshell AV with proved it with action that he didn’t believe that and Hayes returned to be the best shutdown 3c in the league that year. He paved the way to set his career up in the development path. I can now see the obvious difference of a good bottom 6 two way forward like Fast who PK’s compared to a top 6 strong two way forward like Hayes who has set franchise records by beating Mess and Leetch with shorthanded goals and assist and leading the league in points/goals. I can never blame the coach who set the exit door for Stepan to get traded. The way I saw it was that he had no choice but to continue to use him as a shutdown center with how this team was organized.

      Buch??? He has issues and I think needs a pillow fort to really ante up what fans think of him, he can’t work in certain environments which is weak imo. It will either be a hit or miss with him for now on, he trashed the coach in his recent interview. He’s betting on himself that he just needed AV to be gone so he can do what he does best, no shame but the truth will come out if he’s serious or not. His two way is superior to someone like Vesey but after that he becomes a question mark. Imo time won’t be on his side if people are expecting a average 60+ player who can score in the mid to high 20’s.

      I think it’s safe to say I don’t agree at with your input of AV’s mishandle of certain player’s. I think we’re going to see alot of strange coincidences with someone like Kreider who won’t be much more than he is now as he will play under his 3rd coach and new system. Torts got trashed for his ways and dump and chase system, AV polor opposite of a system and up next the new coach.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:54 am

    2 things.. I believe they determined mac wasn’t the captain they needed (perhaps not even captain material). Combine that with upcoming salary ramifications they were desperate to get rid of him. Stripping him of his letter is out of the question because who knows how that would affect the room. The turn the other cheek philosophy even punishing players for sticking up for teammates made for a soft team and pissed off players. They both had to go.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:05 am

    College coaches aren’t the way to go, maybe I’m wrong but usually college coaches don’t really teach! The reason most of them have the best kids and just throw them out there in every situation. WHY? because their job depends on it to keep recruiting the best possible kids and making money for the university..
    Now I also wouldn’t hire a retread coach (Sutter,Bylsma etc)
    My personal preference would be Keefe or even Tim Hunter. they need to teach. Keefe with the Leafs, Hunter now with Moose Jaw, but has been an assistant in the NHL.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Have a different take on college coaches. The second tier like Union, Providence and Lowell have to scrap for talent and teach the guys how to play and compete. The top tier schools like BC, BU, Michigan, Minnesota… not so much. Would love to see the Rangers consider Leaman (Providence) or Bennet (Union).

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        Then again Tier 1 college coaches have to deal with a lot of turnover and college prima donnas in some cases, so there’s a flip side.

        My biggest concern with a college coach is the college schedule. It isn’t the same type of 100+ game in 9 month grind of the pro game … for the most part they play a couple of games on the weekend and have oodles of time to work with players in practice all week.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Some guys have been paid very well an Hank is one of them. But its not always about the money. Fans are stupid, an do not recognize that players have families an roots just like we do. Hank is dedicated to this Organization an would not leave the sinking ship. A TRUE RANGER FOR LIFE HENRIK LUNDQVIST.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Nice write up, Dave. I think you left out one of the more important quotes in the article though:

    “And I know we need that one great player who can make a difference. We’ve identified some who might become available, and if they do, we want to be in position where we’re able to get them. We’re building a lot of data and analytics into our decision-making. And it’s important for the new coach to embrace that.”

    1) I guess don’t be surprised if we’re not in the mix for a headline player this summer. I’m sure we’ll kick tires on JT. I agree with you- stay away from EK65 due to acquisition costs.

    2) Data? Analytics?? Decision making??? Certainly intriguing……

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:48 am


      Agree with your post except I really believe that JT won’t come here due to his loyalty to the Fishsticks. If he leaves them, it will be for the Red Wings. I could be wrong, but that’s a gut feeling I have!!!!!!!!!

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:51 am

        Don’t disagree. The Dolan quote tells us that the Rangers seem to be interested in pursuing names like him, Kovalchuk, etc. Whether or not the interest is mutual, is another matter.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        I think KD to GSW has set the bar in the recent past that this is a business call. I really feel like it’s almost a done deal that behind close doors, JG knows that JT is already his property. All I can think about is JT telling the press that he earned his right to weigh out all his options now. I’m sure those options are a list of 3 or 4 realistic teams with a environment to raise his family in. NYR most likely is on that list. When it’s all set and done his memo will still be that he’s earned his right to wait and make a calculated decision for his future and that’s why he picks the NYR’s to represent for now on. I’ve read quotes from him that preferred MSG to the Barclay Center, maybe that was a sign of frustration but alot can happen since he said that. Add the fact that Sather alone is better than Snow and now the GM JG is around and has a history of that 2011 Boston team and will have the money and free agent connections to hook up his star center’s team with as always. I’m looking so far ahead that I can see the Isle and NYR rivalry being being taken as a WW3 and this was why JG came out to talk about the need for character and toughness. Someone like Clutterbuck will be taking cheap shots at JT all night long so the management wanted to shore that future BS up right now. Needless to say my gut tells me that he picks the NYR’s so soon enough we’ll see who’s prediction was right.

        I hope that the unrealistic Isle fans who believe in loyalty remember this quote- Mickey Mantle? That’s what you’re upset about? Mantle $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your father can’t pay the rent go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle doesn’t care about you. Why should you care about him? Nobody cares- Sonny

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:59 am

      That’s a great pick up on what Dolan said. The reality is they need to draft that talent. We’ll see in 3 days where we stand on the lottery. But JT and EK are not the answer.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm

        The only reason why Karlsson isn’t the answer is because he would require assets through a trade. If that wasn’t the case than why wouldn’t JG think about creating a super team with Kovie, JT and him as free agent signings? Sorry but I actually like Hank and want to see him along with the new core of Chytil, Hayes, Buch, Mika etc get added with some stable top tier names. This wouldn’t be like the Wild when all they added were injury prone Parise and Sutter to be the faces of the new core. It’s not as if they had a young 1, 2 punch like Hayes and and Zib which the NYR should take full of advantage of by stacking the top 6 with someone like JT. Adding prime elites to this core without trading during a rebuild for a team that likes to spend $$ in the first place is the smartest call to do for now and the future. Your essentially having cards to flip in the near future, so if Karlsson needed to be flipped in 4 years from now than so be it. If a executive decision to trade a younger core piece than who cares because we’ll still have the high end producers and still have 1/2 of the original core. My hypothetical would be to straight up keep all the draft picks and do the impossible by not handing them out like hot cakes. The AHL will burst with talent, sign Kovie who will come off the books in no more than 3 years, sign JT as if he actually choose the NYR. The last piece would be to wait for 1 more summer to add Doughty or Karlsson. My preferred choice in this would be to add Vladdy, Vesey or Spooner along with 1 pick to bring back a stable top 4 name. The only reason I would be on the fence to see Karlsson is because we already have the QB1 and he took a paycut and already bleeds Range blue. I rather see for a trade to get Muzzin or Nurse right now.

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

          I couple reasons why I would not want JT or EK. They are the same reasons. they are each going to make over $10m per and they are each going to want max contracts. Even if the cap goes up to $80 million. You spend at least $20 mill (1/4 of your cap)on 2 players nearing their peak age They will both probably play relatively well closer to the end of their contracts, but the day will come when you want to move both of them. Who will want the contracts? Will they go where we want them to go? Ask The Ducks. You think people will want Corey Perry Making $8.5 mill for the next few years? Do you think Chicago can move Toews after this season? I also can be pretty certain that both these guys will also seek a full NMC or NTC and they will get it. So we’ll end up buying these guys out? We made these mistakes with Staal and Girardi. They are less talented and their contracts were less onerous. But they were still painful.

          if we keep all our draft picks and draft 7 players in the first 3 rounds plus the prospects we received at the deadline, plus do we trade Zucc? Spooner? Namestnikov? Probably some combination of the above. We are going to have a lot of assets and not all the prospects will make the team. The law of numbers says a bunch won’t. We will have assets to trade to fill our needs, but we need to see what those assets are and what we can get for them. And we need to hold out for the right deals.

          Where I vary on JT and EK is this. JT has been with the Islanders now for 9 seasons now. And it’s fair to say they have made little to no progress towards being a Cup contender. EK has been in the league for 9 years also.Ottawa has been up and down. Last year they go to the conference finals this year they are looking at a top 3 draft pick. EK has been able to make a difference at points in time. Without Karlsson Ottawa would not have gone anywhere.

          We’ve had a lot of cap space for 5 minutes. Let’s no go blow it all right away until we know what we need.

          • Apr 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm

            Nice take, Andy. Agree.

            • Apr 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

              Thanks Hatrick

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I don’t find the commentson McDonagh to be too surprising. It was becoming evident in last year’s playoffs that they had leadership issues on the ice. Frankly, they have not a good presence as their Captain since Marty and Brad left.

    AV can take most of the blame and rightfully so. But not ALL of it. I would even put some of the blame for the lazy starts this year on McDonagh. That would never have developed into a trend with our previous captains for sure. But who knows…. maybe he didn’t get along with AV either and didn’t think he would get traded.

    He was a very good defensemen. A decent 2-way game, but he was probably more natural on the defensive side. I felt his game changed once he was given the C and tried to bring more offense.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:13 am

      That’s ridiculous to blame slow starts in games on McDonagh. That’s an AV trademark going back to Vancouver. Also, captains don’t make the healthy scratches, draw up lines, or determine offensive or defensive strategy—that’s all on the coach, in case you’ve forgotten. Lastly, great Ranger captains of the past? Like who? Rangers haven’t had a so-called good captain since Mark Messier, and even he was a playoff-less moneygrubber whose best years were long behind him in his second stint with the Rangers.

      • Apr 26, 2018 at 4:04 am

        Sorry for the name drop,but it’s something I will always rememeber.

        I spoke to Brian Leetch once about slow starts. He said (and I am paraphrasing) it could be a bunch of things, like too hard of a practice the day before, but usually the reasons fall on the coach. When a few players look bad, its on the players. When the team looks bad, its on the coach.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:03 am

    McDonough wanted a big raise when his contract expired. Bashing him as being a poor captain is code for we are too cheap to give him a contract extension. Stralman, Girardi, Miller, Callahan, McDonough will get the last laugh when they are sipping from the Stanley Cup while Leaky works out the kinks in his golf game and AV works on his resume.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:36 am

    McDonagh buried himself….and it started that day with Crosby totally humiliating him. He was a poor choice for a Captain.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Comments like these unfortunately never get any less annoying.

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:10 pm

        The messed up part is that is probably why someone like Dolan called him out for the “C” weighing him down. I obviously don’t believe in that and if we’re going to play that game than Skjei leaving Hank hanging with his mask off while laying flat on the ice was alot more worst imo. I think people forgot about how Mcd had his wrist almost decapitated from getting stuck in that camera hole during the Philly series. Ever since then I noticed how he checks his wrist quite frequently on the bench after a physical shift. Besides all of that when Cally was captain he got punk’d once by Kovie, a stick to the balls and a take down I believe was what went down at the time.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Anyone know what this guy is talking about?

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      I concur! Just like the coach buried himself and the team.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:17 am

    It was the right time for the owner to speak, he addressed the coach and the position the team is in, where its going and touched on Mac as well.

    His words about Mac were spot on. #27 took the C and it was a burden on his personality. come on, who honestly did see this! The guy was trending completely different when the C was awarded to him. I thought he was the obvious choice but it did seem heavy for him. Some players aren’t meant to wear that letter. Whatever, we all have opinions, I thought Dolan made a smart business decision to talk on all these points.

    #30 could easily be moving if the deal is right at the deadline.

    Dolan confirm all the ships are pointing in the same direction.

    hating the guy for the knicks and being rich? really? whatever.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Nope, hating on Dolan because he’s a complete zero of a human being who has never worked as hard at anything as Ryan McDonagh has worked at hockey. And hating on Dolan because he’s a boss who believed it was good business to support a lousy person like Isiah Thomas in a sexual harassment lawsuit, one that ultimately cost his business double what the plaintiff was looking for in damages. Only morons playing with house money can afford to be that stupid.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Gorton said that the Rangers want to be a team that plays hard and that their was a “void” of toughness in the last few months.

    He added that as the season went on “it became more and more clear and it’s something that will be addressed on TSN 690 Chris Nilan on his radio show said that he here’s that “Dolan-Sather-Gorden -Drury want a Western Conference type of tough guy enforcer since they’re going to be going with the young kids”

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:57 am

    awaiting moderation

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Dolan hints that the Rangers might look to bring in some UFA’s. Well, John Tavares is an exceptional offensive center who is sometimes mediocre defensively. While I respect his ability, I’d pass on him because he would take a whole lot of money to sign, has a lot of miles on him, is aging past his prime and will undoubtedly want a long term deal with a NMC. No thank you the cap hit will constrain the team for years to come. Been there done that.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Dolan didn’t say anything we all didn’t know. We won’t bottom out and we will look for a coach that can grow young players into stars. DUH!

    McD was a good player but a bad captain. Truth hurts.

    We will need to pick up a sniper and a stud defenseman – none available via draft unless we get the 1st pick.. Look for a UFA/RFA offer and 3 picks used in the top 2 rounds. Other picks used to pry loose guy with a year left on their contract.

    Not rocket science, just not easy to predict what the team will look like.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Regarding Dolan’s comments about McDonough: Maybe Ryan wasn’t the right guy to be the captain, but he is a class guy who performed quite well for the Rangers and has a lot of heart. So, I’d rather Dolan had kept his thoughts to himself.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Dolan said he knows they still need THE PLAYER.

    Maybe he should start with canning his current amateur hockey scouting department.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    So I am more interested in JGs comment about having a younger team. That to me says that they will not be players in the JT sweepstakes or with IK from Russia. While I don’t believe they will have a team of 18-20 year olds, I believe there will be at least 4 of them on the team.

    I see Lias, Chytil, Howden,Hajek and probably or own first round pick depending on who it is and the lottery being those 4-5 which I think is a good thing. The rest of the team has a number of young vets like CK, KH, MZ, BS, JV,JF, NP and one of VN or RS will stay. That’s enough. The rest will come from the UFA pool where I expect 3-4 players signed. While that means we are probably unlikely to make the playoffs next season, It also means we wont tank and may come close because we still have Hank. That said, if things go our way and we can get some bounces we could sneak in to the dance next year also.

    AS for a coach, I DONT WANT ANOTHER RETREAD!!!! I like that both JD and JG want a young coach who can relate to younger kids while being good at developing them. Jim Montgomery or Dan Quinn would be very good choices in my opinion. Pair them up with a good assistant even a retread who they can lean on when needed and you could have something.

    Anyway, the draft lottery is in 3 days!!! Big day for our team. If we can win Dahlin, this rebuild would be greatly sped up!

    • Apr 26, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      I am with you. The rest of these commenters want to trade everyone. At some point, they can’t all suck.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    The problem was not that McDonagh was not a good captain. The problem was that he was not a good captain for several years. I don’t know if he was or wasn’t a good choice, but he didn’t work out – yet AV never made a change. We need a coach who deals with things as they are, not as he wishes them to be.

    Alas, most of all, what is needed is a coach that can stand up to Lundqvist. Allowing Lundqvist to dictate the way the defense played when he was in net was the downfall of the team.

    I see no reason not to trade young players. There is a lot of youth, some players that really excite management I presume and some that don’t. There are many exciting prospects in other organizations. Why not deal prospects for other prospects. I read the comments as a rejection of the stripping of the farm system for the present success – but not as a blanket support for all the current kids.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      I’d argue that the defensive zone scheme/pairings played a bigger role in our downfall than fronting. For me, it’s not that close.

      • Apr 26, 2018 at 12:36 am

        Of course you would argue that. But you are wrong. There are two possibilities: Fronting hurts the Rangers OR Lundqvist isn’t very good. There is no third choice. Without Cam Talbot, the 2014 Rangers don’t make the playoffs. When the front office pulled the plug on this season, Lundqvist had a far better record than he did when they traded for MSL.

        And the stats that measure shot difficulty say that Hank faces much tougher shots than other Ranger goalies.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Josh Andreson and Antoine Roussel and Greg Payern/Brandon Manning.

    Maybe if you guys want to go nuts…Reeves!

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Could somebody give me a scouting report on Michael Lindqvist, as there are multiple reports coming from Sweden that the Rangers are about to sign him to a contract.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      He is Swedish, has blond hair and is thin for his height

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm

        U so funny!!! (; No really, anyone know anything about this kid? I’ve read multiple articles stating that its a done deal.

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Michael Lindqvist
      Michael Lindqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward who is currently under contract with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League. He made his Elitserien debut playing with AIK during the 2012–13 Elitserien season. Wikipedia
      Born: September 12, 1994 (age 23 years), Danderyd Municipality, Sweden
      Height: 5′ 11″
      Weight: 172 lbs
      Position: Forward
      Playing career: 2013

      That’s all I know!!!!!!!

      • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:04 pm

        Left Wing — shoots R
        Born Sep 12 1994
        [23 yrs. ago]
        Height 5.11 — Weight 172 [178 cm/78 kg]

        Regular Season Playoffs
        Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
        2012-13 AIK SEL 3 0 0 0 0 0 — — — — —
        2013-14 AIK SweHL 45 3 7 10 12 -2 — — — — —
        2014-15 AIK Swe-1 43 5 11 16 32 4
        2015-16 AIK Swe-1 49 10 15 25 26 12
        2016-17 AIK Swe-1 51 17 22 39 24 18
        2017-18 Farjestads BK Karlstad SweHL 33 20 14 34 22 3 2 2 1 3 0

        Based on his scoring statistics, he is no Crosby. Probably in the Fast category !!!!!!!

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:08 pm

          HV71 Defenseman – Lawrence Pilut

          Sweden has an amazing player development program, and over the course of the last few years, more and more NHL teams are sending scouts to take a look at possible draft candidates; and to try to find the diamond in the rough, being undrafted players.

          Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers are one of six teams who have sent scouts to Sweden to look at several undrafted players.

          These players are: defenseman Lawrence Pilut (age 22) and Joel Persson (23); winger Michael Lindqvist (23) and centre Par Lindholm (26).

          Lawrence Pilut (D) was named an alternate captain by HV71 (a Swedish Hockey team in the SHL) at the beginning of this season, and has lived up to the expectations that comes in a leadership role. Through 38 games played this season, Pilut has 7 goals and 22 assists, for a total of 29 points. Pilut’s father Larry was born in Detroit and played hockey in the NCAA. Out of all the players that the Rangers are looking at, I feel as if Pilut is most likely to sign with the Rangers. Pilut played on HV71 with Lias Andersson, and Pilut has a dual-citizenship as he is both Swedish, and American.

          Joel Persson (D) has also had a stellar season so far in the SHL. Playing for Växjö Lakers HC of the SHL, he has put up 26 points in 37 games. Persson thrived in the CHL tournament, registering 11 points in 12 games.

          Michael Lindqvist (RW) has put up impressive numbers with AIK of the SHL so far this season, and in his second stint in the SHL, has put up 20 goals and 14 assists, for 34 points in 32 games.

          Par Lindholm (C) is probably the most NHL ready player out of this group at 26 years old. Lindholm has played for Skellefteå AIK for all of his SHL career, and has been an alternate captain for the last three seasons with AIK. This season, 16 goals, and 26 assists totaling for 42 points in 38 games this season.

          The Rangers have always been enticing to free-agents because of the city they play in, and the allure of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have a large Swedish influence on their team, and a plethora of Swedish scouts. I’m sure Henrik Lundqvist has been an idol to many of these players, and seeing Lias Andersson having success in the World Junior Tournament, many of these players may want their shot at becoming an NHLer in the near future.

          • Apr 26, 2018 at 1:56 am

            Pilut, a lefty Smurf who *might* get a game in in Hartford.

            • Apr 26, 2018 at 7:07 am


              I posted this only to inform Micky, I know as little as anyone else about these players!!!! If there is one thing we don’t need, and that is Smurfs, we have enough of them already!!!!!!!!

              • Apr 26, 2018 at 12:46 pm

                Size only matters in bed Walt! lol

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:10 pm

          Thanks Walt—–from what I’ve read online, it looks like they are close to signing the kid. I wasn’t sure whether he was a draft choice of theirs or not. He’s a free agent, who, if you believe online chatter, has been courted by several teams(Washington and Detroit among others). The word is he has chosen the Rangers. Hey, another kid in the mix can’t hurt!

          • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm

            If nothing else we restock the Wolf Pack, and collect more assists to deal with down the road!!!!!!!

          • Apr 25, 2018 at 7:39 pm

            Too small

            • Apr 25, 2018 at 10:17 pm

              We could call him Littleqvist

        • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:46 pm

          Probably in the Fast category…lord help us.

  • Apr 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Is it me, or does Rick Nash’s skating look a little bit labored tonight?

    • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      He looks slow, not moving well in the zone.Just goes to front of net and screens goalie.

      • Apr 26, 2018 at 1:48 am

        If he’s gonna keep skating like that, he’s gonna need to spend the summer picking up tips from Lindros & Andreychuk.

  • Apr 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I never liked McDonagh for Captain. Always thought his personality was more like the kind of player that put his emotions into his play. Sad he’s gone but maybe he’s better off. Just pissed he’s in TB. I hate TB.

  • Apr 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I am confused why we would not make a run at John Carlson. He is young/strong physical D man/big shot/from NJ. We have more cap room versus Washington. Why not have him solidify the D unit? Especially with all the young D men: Skiej/Pionk/either (De Angelo or Gilmour)/Hajek (maybe). Smith is a wild card you cannot count on. Staal cannot be cut this year.

    Am I missing something?

    BTW, besides having him influence Russians…why the push for Kovalchuk? I like him for the right price but NOT at $6M to $7M a year!

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