Thoughts And Musings

Hello, the last T and M post of the year! Crazy. Without further ado, let’s get it.

-Can’t believe this year is almost over. Flew by. It’s crazy. To think: July, major surgery. Late August, move to Pennsylvania. Just a crazy year. But, it’s been good. I’ll take crazy if it comes with good anytime.

-Onto the Rangers. Nice win against the Devils. Sure, Devils probably outplayed them, at least for the first two periods. But, they held on. Hank was great. Timely scoring. Good defense. That’s a win the Rangers don’t usually get.

-New NHL rule proposal: Whenever a goalie is pulled (excluding a delayed penalty) no icing. Would be so much more fun to see teams try to throw it into the net from 200 feet away.

-It’s possible for Brian Boyle to score 30 goals. He’s at 14 already. No signs of stopping. His career high was 4. Talk about a wonderful surprise.

-That line of Fedetenko-Boyle-Prust has been wonderful.

-Liking how MZA is playing. Creative. Fearless. Do we have another Martin St. Louis on our hands? Probably not. But you’re talking about a good top 6 forward, maybe more.

-About time Todd White was sent packing. Was doing nothing, MZA is younger and probably better. Fits the organizational philosophy.

-Broadway interlude: Seeing In The Heights this evening. Know nothing about it. But it’s supposed to be good, and it’ll be quality time with my family. Not a huge Broadway fan. Seen a few shows in my life. Enjoyable. But not something I actively seek out. This should be interesting. The good news is, when I told a friend, who is big into musicals, that I was seeing the play, she screamed and begged me to take her. I guess it’ll be good then.

-How can they work MDZ back into the lineup. The way the D has been playing, hard to see them shaking it up. Best move is to send him to the AHL, have him work on his game, and when they need him, he’ll be ready.

-Same with Cally and Prospal. Who goes? For Prospal, probably Christensen. For Cally, is it MZA? Is it Avery? I don’t know. I guess whoever is playing worse at the time.

-Winter Classic. On your TV. In 2 days. Boy, I can’t wait.

-Why hasn’t any team (ahem, Washington) signed Evegeni Nabokov yet? Couldn’t a team like, ahem, Washington use him?

-If the Rangers can go a nice run here, maybe 4 or 5 in a row, that would set them nicely for the 4 or 5 seed. Having the Devils out of contention really helps.

-Devils suck. Not that I’m complaining.

-Is it too early to start talking about deadline acquisitions? Maybe. But I wouldn’t mind the Rangers picking up a physical, checking, playoff veteran forward or pivot. Maybe someone like John Madden?

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  • I think Washington would be an ideal spot for Nabokov but like Svatos a competitor may claim him just to prevent the caps from picking him up. They may be able to do something where another team claims him then trades him to Washington.

    I hope the Rangers have another trade deadline like last year when they stood pat. Let’s see what these guys can do. We still hopefully have Prospal coming back which should provide a little boost.

    Am I they only one hoping for rain at this year’s Winter Classic?

    • They could probably work a claim then trade deal with a team like the Devils or Islanders for Nabby. Actually, it looks like they are already doing that with Brian Rolston. The rumor is that the Isles are going to claim him, and spin him in a blockbuster for Semin. Came from a legitimate source too.

      • Interesting, I would think that Rolston at 2.5 mil would have some takers. I thought that the Isles would claim Rolston to play him alongside Tavares – the way the Isles are handling this kid is just terrible.

  • I personally hope they won’t make a trade, like getting Richards and give away a bunch of prospects (the 90s way…). This team seems evenly composed, with 4 lines that can contribude in both ends of the ice, the kind of thing that could prove valuable in the playoffs.

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