Way too much negativity around here lately, so let's go with a little bit of good news as Carl Hagelin is very encouraged about his progress from offseason shoulder surgery...
"It feels good. I'm able to do more things on the ice. Battling-wise, I feel stronger as every day goes by. Just hoping it continues going the right way."
Hagelin is eligible to come off of LTIR on October 29th against the Islanders.
For Hagelin's full interview, click here.
...Hagelin's speed and energy is sorely needed on this team right now and he's a player who should fit nicely in AV's uptempo offense. Plus, his return likely means an end to some of the dead weight in the line-up right now.
In other positive news, Derek Stepan says he's starting to feel more like himself...
"As I go through this part of my career, there's been some bumps, but I'm feeling stronger and stronger as I go through these first seven games. The last two games I feel that I'm a lot closer to being myself. Defensively. My timing throughout the game. The next step is scoring a goal and helping the offense."
Stepan is pointless, with four shots on goal the last two games.
...i don't think there's another Rangers player who's going to benefit from this five day layoff more than Stepan. It's really given him an opportunity to get more comfortable and familiar with AV's system as well as work himself into better shape. With Nash likely out for the foreseeable future, Stepan is one of the players who needs to step up if the Rangers have any chance of turning this around.
For Stepan's entire comments, click here.
decided to type in dominic moore on youtube and bumped into this compilation... he ought to watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2g4WuQ7YpA
i needed a little refreshment on what this guy can do
I just came on here to post what was just preciously said about the head hunting so far this season. Could it be anymore obvious these guys don't give a shit about the consquences. I'm all for fighting and I understand the concept of two guys willing to put it all out there but these hits to the head and shots from behind are gonna ruin all that. Anyone's thoughts?
To celebrate the return of Kreider and the retirement of Biron:
to all you clamoring for standing up for a teammate.... Man I hate the Bruins, but I LOVE the team they have assembled.... They may not be the most talented, but they win physically every game they step on the ice... what I would pay for the Rangers to be like that.
Also disgusting hit by former Ranger John Scott... probably 10 games
I think Hags might actually struggle under AV. He's fast and helps the forecheck with his speed, but he's average with his puck possession. He always seems to get the puck and then lose it, never having the puck "on a string" like say Step or Nash. I wouldn't ever call Hags a player who's strong on the puck.
Just thought I'd mention, while we're on the topic of good news:
-Danny Kristo scored a laser of a goal on the powerplay for the Pack tonight. Teams just can't keep him off the board.
-McIlrath picked up another assist (4 in 7 games, last year 5 in 45), and blocked a shot with his face. Came back a few minutes later. Before that he decimated a Pirates player in a fight. The best part? That same player was pestering and slashing away at JT Miller the last time these teams played. Dylan doesn't forget, and makes you pay. I can't wait for him.
Hagelin and Stepan are both difference makers. IMO Both first line players on any team when playing their best. This team is going to be different with them both playing at the top of their game,
I show no sympathy for Stepan struggling out the gate. It was his decision to hold out, he should've stayed in shape. He's looked awful this season and it's as if he and Richards pulled a Nicholas Cage/John Travolta type switch.
@nylundqvist the beginning of the video showed that he's been really good at playing for a lot of different teams.
@Jercooks845 I think if there was more fighting, guys would be more reluctant to hit high because of the repercussions on the ice.
@Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane To be honest, I didn't think that hit was that bad. Elbows down. Yeah Scott's shoulder got Eriksson in the head, but Scott's a tall guy. Eriksson shouldn't have been admiring his dump in.
Definitely jealous of Bruins fans who have a team that sticks up for itself.
Gotta disagree. While Hags doesn't always handle a pass cleanly, he's one of the few guys that can go into the corner to bttle for a puck win the battle and then carry the puck free. Sometimes his feet move faster than his hands - if that's what you're saying - but 'strong on the puck'? - I'd say he's one of the stronger ones weve got.
@PenaltySh0t Bring DM up. Is he ready. Probably not. But bring him up anyway, just to get him and us fans excited.
@fs2020 Eh, I disagree. Step would be a 2nd line center on elite teams, and Hags is maybe a 2nd liner on elite teams, but possibly a 3rd liner too, but then again it all depends on the team and line combos, so it's possible they would play 1st line on some elite teams if their strategy warranted it.
@Randy Quaid You mean like the movie Face Off XD ?
@Randy Quaid No one should be showing him any sympathy, however, we should all be rooting for him to turn this around. And turn it around quickly.
@FREE MASHINTER @Jercooks845 Eh, not sure fighting and enforcers would curb the hits to the head. These cheap shot artists have always existed when there were guys like Probert, Kordic, Kocur, etc roaming the hallways. Just no one really focused on this stuff til we realized how much damage hits to the head caused, which is only a recent thing in the NHL. Only thing that curbs this sorta stuff is strict and consistent discipline by the NHL, which doesn't happen. Burnside said it well in an article today, that the NHL says one thing but does the other, so they should just be upfront in what they're going to discipline and what they are not. You start handing out 10-20 game suspensions, regardless of the outcome of the injury, you'll start seeing players cut this crap out.
Well said seems the most logical thing to do is see if ruslan provodnikov can skate, he's Russian so I'm just gonna assume so. Check out his last fight against Alvarado..yikes
There's no definition of 1st line center.
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron aren't 1st line centers, but Boston won a cup with them
If Stepan can score 70 a year and play the great defense he can, he's our 1st line center.
What else does he need to do? Score 80 instead?
@shoot_the_goalie @fs2020 I think that Hags is really under appreciated by a lot of Ranger fans, and the difference he makes to a line and a team.Can't really understand it, other than his shot which needs some work, besides that-and its not an AHL level shot- (despite some people blustering about "poor hands" which is nonsense),.he has an immediate impact on a game with his hustle,speed and smarts. and Stepan, when he is playing his best is really sharp-he's there on the puck, he's the one that gets to the loose puck around the net-makes the smart pass-seen it many times-its quite noticeable.Each of these particular players are able to dominate a game when they are playing at their best and for those reasons Hagelin's dominating elite speed and hustle, and Stepan's elite playmaking and vision- I think they are first liners, and solid ones at that.For example I think a great 1st line player like Toews with Hagelin would get even more points.
What the NHL ultimately needs to do is be consistent in their suspensions. If a guy throws a flying elbow on purpose and misses his target or barely grazes him, he needs to be handed the same suspension as the guy who does the same, but makes full contact and knocks out his target for months. I'm not saying it's as simple as this, since there are a lot of nuances when it comes to these types of suspensions, but until intent is penalized equally as severity of results, head shots will continue.
I mean, it applies to errant sticks (you get a penalty whether it was on purpose or not), so why doesn't it apply to head shots?
@shoot_the_goalie @FREE MASHINTER @Jercooks845 it also helps if hit them in the wallet! Ronnie Lott said it best when playing football as he used to head hunt. The best way to get the message across that heading hunting will not be tolerated is to fine them and fine them hard! That paycut sends a message along with a suspension. The reffs also need to start calling game misconducts on high hits and throwing them out of the game immediately and not leaving it in the hands Shannahan.
@PenaltySh0t @shoot_the_goalie @fs2020 Yes, point taken. I tried to correct myself. 1st liner does not mean you have to be an elite player. I would never call Pascal Dupuis an elite player, but he's played with Crosby quite a bit. (when he was a NYR, Dupuis was a 4th liner. When he played with PIT, he's a 1st)
So yes, I step back from my inital point that Step & Hags are not 1st liners. I spoke incorrectly. They can be, and they certainly can be utilized on 1st lines of any team depending on what works where, etc.
Changing to my point, Step and Hags are not elite players. If you're building a team from scratch as a GM, and you have carte blanche, don't think Step and Hags would come before Crosby, Toews, Tavares, Stamkos, Ovechkin, etc.
My point is that they are not elite players, albeit they are very good players. But I would never categorize Step in the same class of centers like Crosby, Toews, Tavares. Likewise I would never categorize Hags in the same class of wingers as Ovechkin, St. Louis, etc.
Maybe it's the definition of 1st liner that causes the difference of opinion, and I give you that. You don't have to be an elite player to be a 1st liner, so I'm in the wrong there. My point is that Step & Hags, though good players, are not at the top of the food chain of NHL rosters, particularly those loaded with superstars like PIT.
I still disagree with Hags having great hands. He simply does not. He has great speed and hustle, and he's great on the forecheck, but as shown evidently in his play, he's not great at holding the puck, and he's not a great finisher. Can he improve, of course, but he's not there right now. Step is sorta the opposite of Hags. Step is average speed (slow compared to Hags), but the guy is great at holding onto the puck, has great hands, and can finish.