"I've always wanted to wear that hat ever since I saw it on 24/7".
- Ryane Clowe
...i eff'n love that quote!!!!!
So obviously, the new guys had a tremendous impact on the Rangers 6-1 win vs. the Penguins last night. So let's take a look shall we...
Ryane Clowe's first goal...
And their reaction (via Blueshirts United)...
“To come here, fresh start, my gut feeling was telling me I would fit in pretty well here, so it felt good to be here tonight. It was crazy. It was wild, and a lot of fun.”
“Sometimes you play your best game when you don't worry about anything. We got here 15 minutes before warmups! It was quite the experience, but I'll remember that for the rest of my life for sure.”
For full Clowe post game interview, click here.
...before I get to anything, I'll take my lumps for joking about the scoring deficient Rangers trading for a guy with zero goals to jump start the offense. Ate big time crow last night.
...while the goals were obviously nice, it was Clowe and Brassard's forechecking style that has me the most excited. It's amazing how much of an immediate impact those two along with Moore had on the line-up. It seemed like the entire team look their cue after Clowe ran over Engelland on that first shift. It was relentless all night and I loved every minute of it.
...another huge benefit to this trade is the depth it brings to this team. Instead of relying on two rookies, who probably aren't ready for full time NHL duty, they can now put Miller and Kreider back in the AHL and allow them to develop at their own pace. Also on defense, instead of Rangers fans having to suffer through another game of Hamrlik lumbering up and down the ice, we'll get to see the smooth skating of Moore. And when Staal comes back, the Rangers defense should be one of the most formidable in the league once again.
...now having said all that, Rangers fans need to temper their enthusiasm just a little bit. Those three were likely playing with a ton of adrenaline last night, so before we put them in the Hall of Fame let's see if they can sustain that battle level for the remainder of the season.
5 yrs 20 mill should be fair for him. If he has a string finish and playoff. Man he looks like Knuble
Lets be honest here... This guy clowe better start becoming serious otherwise I don't care what he does giving up 3 draft picks for a 13 game rental is idiotic. He wants 7-8 years for 4-5 million per year... And the flyers were willing to pay him that. Sather can't do that. Max I would go is 5 and I definitely would not go north of 4 probably not north of 3.5
The biggest thing that got me excited despite the goals, hits, etc. was the number of bodies in front of Fleury. Brassard, Clowe, Boyle did fantastic jobs of actually getting in front of him and parking.
Another thing I noticed, which I also noticed in the Philly game, when guys were getting the pucks against the boards they weren't immediately dumping it behind the net. They were looking for an open man in the middle of the ice(Richards to McDonagh for one) and making crisp passes and creating chances. It gets tiring seeing them do nothing but cycle the puck behind the net over and over so that is refreshing.
That last comment was very appropiate Kevin, One game does not make a season. Let's see how it goes from here. I will miss Gaby though. Class indvidual. .
Good for JD. for trading for him. I have a gut feeling that Gaby will pay dividents for Columbus.
Have you all seen the Torts presser? There's smiles and laughter. It's confusing.
The guy's got some serious character for sure. Watch this clip of Clowe playing the puck from the bench last year. Hilarious!
Man, I can't believe I had to miss that, of all games. I sure hope we all love what we see tomorrow night.
Also, Clowe made a good move on his first goal, but did you notice what a sweet take-away Stepan had there to set him up? IMO Stepan should be in the running for the Selke, his two-way game has been unreal
Clowe was a fan favorite in San Jose, although I've heard he's prone to taking stupid penalties. Nevertheless, a character guy like that is exactly what the Rangers needed, and I give the front office full credit for addressing the problems with the team.
Telling comment from Columbus beat writer: "There is some suspicion that Gaborik has lost some zip on his shot, but he still has some serious wheels and there is little doubt he will benefit from a change in scenery, not to mention a return to right wing."
He's lost more than just some zip. He's been throwing changeups as a result of the shoulder injuries.
I really think Clowe is going to be a mix between Avery and Prust. They said on NBC that he loves the game and follows even the junior teams. If a player loves the game that much that means he cares. And if he cares then we don't have to worry about him mentally checking out. Love this guy already!
I agree with you. Its like they established an instant chemistry.
@scrangersfan SB a win for both clubs
yeah, man, Stepan never gave up on the play and kept pestering 'til the puck came loose. Props to Clowe for sticking with it so he could make a play.
that would seem more like it ...
@AG_Blue Even better was Clowe's reply to the incident: Clowe only says "I don't know what you're talking about" when asked about playing puck from the bench.