In much more positive news from last night, Brad Richards continued his impressive start to the season scoring his third goal in three games during a 5-on-3 power play...
...if he can stay on this pace and score 82-goals, I'll change my opinion on buying him out this summer. lol
...in all seriousness, I'm not surprised by Richards' start as I'm sure his pride was destroyed last season and has extra motivation to prove people wrong. And with Nash likely out for sometime, Richards is going to be relied on to carry the load (oh Lord). If he can keep this up, I think the team, as they continue to get more comfortable in AV's system, can stay afloat until Nash comes back.
...having said that, I still see Richards getting amnestied at the end of the year. Although, if Nash continues this lack of output he might find himself in the conversation as well.
Speaking of goals last night, who knew Derek Dorsett could do this...
Yeah that's right it's all Richards fault..... The entire team sucked that game. Even hank. But yeah just keep aiming at Richards forgetting he's scored most of our goals this season so far. Chump
Richards has seemed really focused on getting his shot away quick-it contrasts sharply with the others who seem to be thinking too much and passing.Its good that Richie is shooting lots, so good on him, but buy him out anyways.
This team looks really sad. Let's see, Nash gets into a fight for a hit on Stepan in Phoenix, Boyle goes after Stuart for a hit on Nash in San Jose, that means that anyone who messes with Boyle in Anaheim will have to answer to Zuccarello! Thank you Glen Sather for keeping Richards and restricting any possible moves for improvement.
Yeah, and Nash is on pace to score 0 this season - but those 55 assists he's on pace for look pretty sweet ;)
NYR have always had deficiencies, even during the ECF run. It's the way Sather has built this team. The ECF run made a lot of fans put blinders on, thinking that the NYR were so close to being a SC contender, when in fact, the reality was that they overachieved. Look at the history of this team under Sather, regardless of the coach. The NYR are a perennial bottom/mid tier team, either missing the playoffs or just squeaking in with a low seed (except in '12). They have never been a part of the elite because they never have been built to compliment each other. It's always get the big name or big trade with Sather regardless of what it does to the sum of the parts.
Time to go hard after Evander Kane. Girardi, DZ and a third rounder for Kane and maybe Marc Staurt... Something along those lines... get er done.
I'm probably alone on this, but I actually think getting scored on nine times last night could be a good thing. You can play terribly and lose by a goal and maybe not think anything of it. But last night was embarrassing. It's got to be a wake up call. I don't think it will be very hard for Vigneault to amp up the Rangers for Anaheim. If not, I might start rooting for Columbus.
I didn't end up watching the 3rd period because it was late (and thank god), but man what a nice redirect pass by Boyle on that Dorsett goal.
He's definitely been a help offensively but he's so slow he's a defensive liability. He has no legs left.
The good news if this season goes south (as a team or for some individuals), like you said, is we've got one more buyout to use, and a "Clean Slate" in building next year's team with so many expiring contracts.
The bad news is its a pretty limited free agent market, and will still be Sather making the decisions...i expect him to do something stupid like give way to much money to a guy like Phaneuf...
We may get stuck with an albatross regardless if Nash ends up with concision issues. As a couple people pointed out think Lindros.... Let's all hope that's not the case!!! LGR!!!!!!
@shoot_the_goalie The rangers were close to being a cup team until sather blew it all up starting with the nash trade
@shoot_the_goalie The ECF run certainly was the exception, not the rule.
@Free Lindberg I'd love Kane. I'd imagine Winnipeg loves him too. I don't see them trading him anytime soon.
@Wallace1 I like your thinking.
@JustinRP37 Nothing that this organization does ever really surprises me.
In all seriousness, though, even with concussion problems, they'd still keep Nash, 4 years younger, and 2 less year left on his deal. Nash is signed til he's 34, while Richards is signed til he's 40. much more likely to squeeze some production out of Nash.
@CareyBrandsdorfer Wouldn't need to worry about being a defensive liability if we could sustain a forecheck like we did in LA...
@johnnyb3910 Getting sick again.
@JMK8363 Yeah, except Lindros got his concussions getting lit up coming through the middle with his head down. Nash is getting "headaches" from hits that we're "routine" back when Lindros was playing....
@JMK8363 I just got sick to my stomach.
@messier Actually it may be stupid, but so far it is fact... sadly.
@messier Well said messier. FIRE SATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@messier Do me a favor, go get a dictionary and look up the word "sarcasm."
maybe messier hasn't gotten past the reading level of a flyers fan. so sad how our educational system has failed so many...