Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record feels that with Alain Vigneault's lack of allegiance to any of his current players he could be quick to push Glen Sather for changes based on his early season evaluations.
Gross adds that it's not likely general manager Glen Sather and his staff will keep this group together long without signs of improvement.
...assuming Vigneault has to be getting frustrated with team's either inability or unwillingness to play his system.
...i wouldn't be surprised to see either Miller or Kreider back before the end of the road trip if this keeps up and then possibly a trade if this trickles into November.
...i also think this is a huge start for Biron tonight. If he bombs, wouldn't shock me to see Hedberg brought back in or possibly Talbot recalled.
Stepan and Boyle to AZ for Hanzal and a 1st. See what we can get for MDZ and Girardi. Girardi doesn't want to play AVs style so a straight up trade for Kessler should be under consideration.
Think it's about the current roster not having the skill to play AVs system. I would definitely shop around DelZotto. He has trade value and is expendable. I would also shop around Girardi and maybe JT, but would only make these trades for equal or greater value for parts we need. Only guy I want to see traded that has any value is DZ.
What on earth could they possibly get for the mediocre roster they have??? The trading of the blue-collar core in Dubs and Prust which got them to the ECF two years ago will haunt them for ages...
@TheNYRBlog I haven't bought one hotdog yet! WTF
Let's see how we look after this road trip. As disappointed and disgusted as I am after the last 2 games, it's not even close to time to call the coach, or roster a failure. And I'm sorry. Folks, but McIlrath sure looks like a career AHLer to me. Hope I'm wrong.
The Devils have no problems firing coaches early, im happy to get rid of this guy already. The players dont want his style and they are still not over Torts gone. I dont know the real story but my guess is Torts was fired mostly b/c of Hank and if that is the case he better start playing like a King of Men instead of the Lady in Red. I hate early speculation but hearing Girardi's post game I dont care what AV thinks, he needs to fire Ulf and play a defense that this team has always played. We were always good on Def, we needed the PP and Offense fixed. Its 10am and 4 games in and this team has aggravated me more now then in the entire tenure of Torts. #wah
I've been saying get rid of del zotto years now. Kevin you always said no he needs to develop, do you still feel that way? I remember you believed in Grachev and I knew he was a bust. The problems is the rangers hang on to these busts too long until they have no trade value. The Giants suck, the Rangers suck all is lost this winter.
I say bring up Bickel. At this point, what's the worst that can happen defensively when you've already given up 15 goals in in 2 games...maybe light a fire under someone's ass or possibly...just maybe stick up for a teammate? What an alien concept!
@TheNYRBlog Scary to even think about it...!!!
Problem is we don't have any cap space, and most teams around the league don't have cap space, so it really handicaps us If we want to shake things up. That being said if AV has an input in this think he is definitely going to try for Kesler first (he seemed to love him) but we should go for E. Kane
@TheNYRBlog dump Pyatt and Asham for speed guys, AV needs more speed to play his system
I don't think that they'll give up on Biron based on just one loss. It would be a knee jerk reaction and Sather is not known for that.
@TheNYRBlog who do you see as possible candidate/POI for us?
@TheNYRBlog I think Boyle should be shown the door if a trade is made.
Bring in a couple of players who have played his system. Torts might want Girardi, make him the centerpiece of a deal.
@TheNYRBlog Canucks-Rangers trade ???
@shoot_the_goalie The way their playing I can't tell if they have the talent to play Hockey let alone anyone's system.
@shoot_the_goalie how does Del Zotto have any value? Cant create offense, cant play defense.... he is never going to be great. On a good team he is a 3rd pair defenseman.
@screaminlunatic Hank has had the most positive things to say about Torts post-departure, and he sure played a lot better under him. I don't think it was because of Hank that they fired Torts - it was other players.
@TheKing LOL! Obviously why I'm a blogger and not a scout. I'm still willing to see if Del Zotto can grow in this system. But if I'm not seeing any improvement by the new year, I'd have no problem with him being traded.
@jslnyr1102 Me, said no one.
Pyatt gets a bit of a bad rap around here in my opinion...and dumping the ONLY Ranger that can actually fight (sorry Dorsett...you blow) for a speed guy isn't what this team needs...we need toughness, grit and character. Something we had when we went to the Eastern Conference Finals, but for some reason was discarded in favor of this vanilla team we are currently saddled with.
@DavidSchantz He's been one of the best players on the team so far. Which is part of the problem.
@NYAustralia @TheNYRBlog AV for Torts? LOL.
@NYAustralia If this continues, I think everything is on the table.
@sureshore How about Mashinter?
Biron's head is still spinning from Hertl's thru the legs goal. Like the guy but he scares me in net.
@TheNYRBlog player of interest
@TheNYRBlog And that is not saying much. Big body but he is has never reached, I believe, his full potential. Good but needs to be better.
@TheNYRBlog also think we might be better off playing the farm & let them grow into the system cause certain players seem stuck in Torts
@TheNYRBlog thought is was very interesting to see Stepan dumped to the 3rd line vs Ducks
@TheNYRBlog who do think is the most likely if this continues
@Sean_McKinney35 To be honest, I have no idea, but maybe try to get one of his guys from Canucks.
I completely agree. This game has evolved so much over the couple years and thats a good thing. It's all about speed and skill. Would you rather have a scrappy tough team like the Rangers 2 years ago or a team that scores tasty goals with beautiful passing and skill like the ducks and sharks??? I know what I want
@TheNYRBlog that Nash line was going to be good but his injury stopped that - we were 0-3-1 w/out Nash last season & 13-1 goals against
@NYAustralia I think he stays there b/c he was real bad in Anaheim.