Just a quickie: Cap. Cally was moved today for Martin St. Louis and the Rangers also gave two draft picks including the #1 pick in 2015. Unless there is another move today it'll be the first time Slats has been beaten in a trade this badly.
More later and hopefully a HockeyRodent Hockeybird radio show in a few days. Tonight's game vs Toronto has now become must watch television as Marty will play tonight.
I do expect another deal by NYR....stay tuned.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I'd rather be writing about the Olympics, something we've done since 1998, the Nagano games. Those were the first Olympics where the NHL participated. Mike Richter back stopped a US team who had won the '96 World Cup but preferred to trash hotel rooms rather than playing. Those were the days eh?
These days Hockeybird is under attack from the NHL and the game company Rovio who created Angry Birds. They created a character called Hockeybird causing confusion and damaging the brand created here over the last SIXTEEN YEARS. This cannot stand.
As I huddle with my team to figure out the best course of action I do want you to consider supporting us in this cause. Big huge entities like the NHL or Rovio should not be stealing names from little guys like us. So I may be asking for your help.
First, please share this with anyone you think was a reader here or just likes to support the under dog. The more people aware of this the better. If and when it comes time to act, I'll let you know. Of course, nothing is stopping you from tweeting or sending an email to the offending parties letting them know how you might feel about this injustice. Everyone is entitled to their opinion ya know. If we come up with a way for you to directly participate we will post our suggestions here. For now, Go USA! oh, and please stay healthy all you NY Ranger Olympians.
Friday, January 31, 2014
On to better things........
With the sweep of the Stadium Series the Rangers find themselves in 2nd in the Metro. OK, not bad but the Ice Chickens are running away with this thing. A playoff spot is not even close to a guarantee for us. But that's not what has me bothered. Glen Sather and Captain Cally's agent have not quite reached terms and this has me worried. I'm already reading trade proposals. In fact there are some who are already fine if he goes. REALLY?
Watching this team as I have over the years it's been somewhat of a treat in the sense that since the famous fire sale 10 years ago we have seen home grown players in NY Ranger sweaters at MSG. I'm not so sure that parting ways with Cally is a good PR move. That aside, I'm not convinced that it's a good idea from a team perspective. Just look back to last season. Replacing the pieces moved to acquire Rick Nash took too long and didn't achieve a Cup. A heart and soul guy like Cally can't be replaced unless you can find a guy who can do what he does.
Now I am hearing that he gets hurt, doesn't play 82 games and is 29. A long term deal may not be exactly what Slats wants. It's a fair point to suggest that playing this style of gritty hockey may make him less than a bargain in lets say year seven. So, my concern rises. Yes, I trust Sather in a trade situation but I don't trust him to sign free agents to fill spots.....that just doesn't work out.
I can't tell you what's going to happen but we will all watch.....and we will watch Dan Girardi and his status as well. The Hockey Rodent has been talking about this very issue for a few years.....and now it's here. Let's see how it turns out. Until then, NYR vs NYI again tonight at MSG. Catch my take on twitter @hockeyangrybird
Friday, January 24, 2014
Now in fairness to me I'd like to think something can be done here to make all parties happy. I'm not the kind to sue....but I am talking to an attorney. For now, I'm the little guy and they are BIG GUYS. I hope we can reach an agreement. I will keep you informed.
Until further notice Hockeybird, our logo and all our work here is under an all rights reserved deal. We will continue one way or the other.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The NY Rangers do not have on the roster a center who wins face offs at a high enough percentage for my liking. In the offensive zone a win means possession and occasionally a goal as a result of the win. In the defensive zone, giving the opponents the chance to A) keep the puck or B) get a quick shot on goal is obviously deadly. Slats is smarter than I am so I expect him to acquire a faceoff guy at some point. This leads me to puck possession which has become a pet peeve since the preseason began. I'm not seeing it.
I explained on twitter the simple and obvious explanation. In a nutshell, if you have the puck you have a chance to score and while you have it the other team CAN'T score. Losing face offs, lack of a solid forecheck and lack of cohesion are all on display for the BlueShirts and it's why their puck possession is currently poor. Thankfully all three can be fixed. I'm hoping that Slats can sign Derrick Stephan which will help (a little) on face offs. Cohesion will come as the teams gels. The forecheck is on the coaching staff and I do expect that to come around when Captain Cally returns to set the example.
Again I understand that it's preseason but the goals against are high enough to get my attention. I don't have a good feel for why the Rangers seem to allow sub par teams to score a lot of goals against. I'll look into that and get back to you but if this is a trend I will NOT be happy.
I'm not taking sides here as I really don't know enough to speak intelligently on the negotiations. What I do know is this.....we need him and the CAP forces teams to make decisions that have NOTHING to do with winning or losing. Those of you who are long time readers know my feelings on this topic. Slats and Derek's agent need to come to some common ground and get this done because without him, we are very weak up the middle.
Editors note: 12 hours after this post the NY Rangers came to terms with Derek Stephan.
OK, how about some positives?
JT Miller looks to be the real deal. I am pleasantly surprised by his poise and solid play. It's as if he has confidence in himself, something we never got to see last year. I am unclear why Torts couldn't see past the few rookie mistakes the kid made. But hey, Torts ain't here and JT is now a 20 year old. Chris Kreider may benefit from AV behind the bench as well. The kid CAN shoot like nobody's business and he's fast. Let's hope CK20 can get it together this season.
Michael DelZotto will have a monster season despite the bleeding ear (not from the locker room music). He's one year older and smarter. I for one want to see him quarterbacking the power play. I know some (HockeyRodent) get upset at some of his gambling breakout passes but I'm convinced that MDZ has learned just enough to keep those mistakes down and the upside could be huge. Let us pray that my hunch is correct.
Marc Staal is back to 100% and not just because he's score more goals than any other Ranger (2). He's displayed all the skills we've come to know and love and perhaps even more. Like all of you. I was worried about Marc's health first and his hockey second. We have been blessed with both. If Marc becomes what he was last season, our best D man, imagine how good our defense could be with the four we can put out on the ice. Keep in mind, AV has already explained that our D will be more involved in the offence as compared to the Tortorella system. Just think about the possibilities.
Captain Cally and Carl Hagelin should be returning to the lineup soon and that will help this team but that is an obvious observation on my part but it merits mentioning.
Before I go I do wish to pimp a site that covers a new member to the Eastern Conference. http://DetroitHockey.net is produced by a good buddy and former Hockeybird.com messageboard member, Clark Rasmusson. Back in the day, the boards had fans of many different teams, not just our BlueShirts. I always took pride in that (Melvin was an Islander fan and was accepted by the group as he was cool) Clark was responsible for our TEN YEAR anniversary logo and some others. he's now created the new one you see. It's true, Hockeybird has been around this here intarweb for SIXTEEN years. My kids aren't that old. I think the new logo is sweet but what do you think? Lemme know via email at email@example.com or send me a tweet @hockeyangrybird
Either way, please visit the site for Wings updates and news.
OK, another loss to a sub par team is not going to make anyone happy, even in the preseason. No worries though as we have yet to play for real with our starting roster. I'm just pointing out what see so far. After 16 years of doing this (thanks again to Clark for the great new logo) and many years before that just watching (and playing for 15 years) I am just like you....sceptical. Let's hope in Vancouver we begin to get things righted.