Yesterday, the Rangers held a conference call with Dominic Moore to officially announce his signing...
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...after everything this guy has been through the last year or so, it's great that he can get back into the game.
...i've had a couple of readers complain to me about the signing, but what's not to like about a fourth line center who will give his all on every shift. He is the kind of guy we complained about the Rangers not having last year. Plus he's been to two Conference Finals, so he is battle tested.
...Moore also has a career 52.4% faceoff success rate and we all know how horrendous the Rangers are on faceoffs. He will be even more (no pun intended) important in Vigneault's zone matching system as he will likely be taking the bulk of the defensive zone faceoffs.
Is it too late to somehow have these idiotic bridges scrapped??? They might as well allow fans to just walk on the ice during games, an equally dumb idea!
I wonder what's going to happen with the surplus of centers the rangers have. Assuming Stepan comes back the rangers have Stepan, brassard, Richards, Boyle, and Moore with Lindberg and miller in the minors. I know miller can play the wings but he did play some center for the rangers last year. I guess Boyle moves to the left wing on the fourth line although he was our best face off man last year
Does anyone remember how awful this guy was his first time in a blueshirt ?
Some players can't play in NY.
@supermaz And yet arguably his best hockey occurred as a Maple Leaf. I don't think he "can't play" in New York. Some guys just are late bloomers.
He was a rookie I believe. He netted a few early in the season, he played with guts and courage, not much skill but became a fan favorite
@supermaz His only full season with the Rangers was his rookie season. How can you say someone can't play in New York based on one year? And if I remember correctly the Rangers broke an eight year playoffless drought that year. He's the kind of player winning teams have.
he was the new kid back then. that was a long time ago and he's had some good years with other teams since then. i'm not saying he'll be our #1 guy, but there's no reason to expect him to be the same as he was 10 years ago.
I read somewhere that Stepan is comfortable playing LW, but I don't really see them moving him from C.
I don't think they should move him, personally I thought he was above average on faceoffs, for as many as He took last year. I can't remember where I read the article about him playing LW, 1st time I ever heard anything about it tho. He's an amazing player and I think he should be our #1 Center this season.
the more faceoffs you take, the more your average is bound to go down, but have a look at our centers in order of the number of faceoffs taken ...
Stepan, 245, 48.2%
Boyle, 189, 48.1%
Brassard, 164, 50.0%
Richards, 96, 47.9%
Given the number of faceoffs Stepan's taken -- 10th most in the whole league, and first on his team, of course -- he is, in fact, not horrible on faceoffs. While not the greatest, he's far from horrible and appears to be the best on our team as a developing 23 year old.
Stepan will be our #1 Center in the next few years .....
He won't be the same player if he changes position because he's groomed to play Center and that's why he brought so much more game last year. The kid's rounding out and he projects to be our #1 Center in the next couple years.
Actually, Stepan took most of the Rangers' faceoffs last year and had 10th most faceoffs in the NHL. With all that he was 48.2% last year. We'd like to see him up around 55%, but 48's not too bad for a 23 year old kid who is taking a lot of faceoffs. He improved his over all game a lot between seasons last year and I'll be glad to see him do it again. He's going to be a Center. Get used to it.
@Rangers3024 Stepan is horrible on face-offs, so maybe he should move to wing...
@supermaz Neither was he mine. If he takes Boyle's place then I will like him even less.
@supermaz Obviously, lol.