John Kreiser at NHL.com takes a look at the seven most fearless players in the NHL and at the top of the list is the Rangers' own Dan Girardi...
"Girardi said he plans to wear a visor this season after seeing fellow Rangers defenseman Marc Staal take a deflected shot in the eye late last season. Given Girardi's willingness to use his body to stop pucks and opponents, it's amazing he's lasted this long without one.
Girardi led the NHL in blocked shots this past season and has been in the top six in each of the past four seasons, a span in which he's missed a total of four games. Add that to an average of just under 191 hits per season (including a pro-rated 179 for 2012-13) for those four seasons and you get a player who collects a lot of bruises."
Inexplicably, Ryan Callahan did not make the list.
...it absolutely defies logic that Girardi has missed just four games in the last four year with amount of times he's thrown his body in front of shots. I remember we got a huge scare last season when he blocked a Subban rocket with his foot. Absolute warrior. Meanwhile, a guy like Callahan (how the hell is he not on this list?) can't stay healthy while committing himself to the same fearless brand of hockey. Guess it's just luck.
...i said this earlier in the summer, but I do wonder how guys like Callahan and Girardi will respond to AV. Their bodies will surely be ecstatic with the lack of punishment, but how about their games? Callahan and Girardi's careers flourished in Tortorella's tough forechecking, shot blocking system, so it may take some time to get used to a less intense game plan. Which is why Callahan missing out on training camp and the first month of the season will put him that much further behind the eight ball.
...having said that, the move away from focusing on shot blocking will likely extend the careers of both players.
Unrelated question...during each pre-game overview, there is a link to watch a live-stream of the game. How reliable are those streams (or other online game streams)? I canceled my dish subscription at the beginning of summer and would prefer not to sign up again (along with the NHL package) if I can watch the games online for free.
just saw the roster for the traverse city tourny. I'm so excited to see what our forwards and goalies can do! also Conner Allen should be fun to watch on d!
I personally think this is the season where Girardi has to show the Organization that he is more valuable to the future than Staal is. In today's cap world, I just don't think the Rangers will be able to keep both beyond this year. Will be very interesting to see how/if his game changes under AV.
@TheNYRBlog yeah he won't be a worn out shell come playoff time
I don't really have much to add to this, other than ESPN had an "Insider" article the other day with an interview with Callahan talking about how his game and his style wouldn't change under AV.
Since we haven't had an open thread, thought I'd bring up Crawford, who just signed a 6 year, $36 mill ($6 mil cap hit) extension with the Blackhawks. Any thoughts to how a deal like could play in to Hanks negotiations? Checking out CapGeek.com, Hank is going to be in a unique scenario trying to sign a big extension in his early 30s. All the guys near the top of the list (other than Luongo) signed their contracts in their late 20s.
@TheNYRBlog with Girardi and Callahan being shot blocking machines, would AV really pull them away from that?
Absolutely. Dan is not the product of Torts. He is all heart and bleeds blue. He will remain our tank.
@pkh33 I've had hit or miss experiences with the the free online streams. Every year a new website pops up, and every year another site gets shut down. Some nights they work perfectly, other nights it just buffers for hours, or you can't get the pop-ups to stop. Part of it will depend how you want to watch. If youre just on a laptop it will be ok, but they dont always blow up well for TV streaming.
I've been out of the NYC area for 10+ years, and recently have started splurging for the online NHL package (need to be "out of market", local games are blacked out.) I looked at the add-ons for TV packages, but the lack of consistent HD drew me to the online NHL.com package. The $160 hurts at first, but when you realize what you get, every game, HD, on just about any device (phone, ipad, laptop, apple tv, ps3, etc, and DVR controls, its a small price to pay. And 3 or 4 years ago before NBC extended their coverage, you also got playoff games.
@KnightChandler Not having Torts as coach will probably extend his career by a couple of years.
@johnnyb3910 I have an article on Crawford deal ready to post at at 11am. Stay tuned.
@R_DSheridan I don't think he's going to tell them to stop, but it won't be as big of an emphasis as it was under Torts.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG It's amazing that the Rangers have still not released the Traverse roster.
@johnnyb3910 How does the NHL.com plan work when a game is on NBC or NBC Sports? I don't want to miss the 10 or 12 games that are scheduled for those channels.
@johnnyb3910 I live in IA, so every game is out-of-market. lol
$150 for the season isnt bad at all and it looks like I would be able to watch it on my tv through PS3. Thanks for the tip about that!
@TheNYRBlog I honestly believe that. Plus it's funny!!
@TheNYRBlog @R_DSheridan A guy I used to work with (Bruins fan) played college hockey, and was always very critical of Torts, with his two points of contention being how hard he rides guys and the shot blocking. From his perspective inside a locker room, the element of "taking one for the team" loses a little of its umph when you coach is preaching the same expectations for everyone.
It almost makes you wonder if Cally's "Leading by Example" lost some of its power because he was essentially just doing what the coach asked of everyone else. Maybe under AV, you'll see a guy like Richards or Nash block a shot in a big moment, not because of expectations, but simply selling out for the guys around them.
does it really surprise you? I watch other GMs actually doing things and signing players in August. I see Glen Sather playing golf and talking about his prostate. it's amazing that we even have a coach at this point.
@johnnyb3910 I dropped pay-tv entirely and have been using Netflix for entertainment (catching up on Breaking Bad and also some great documentaries).
Basic rule of thumb: if you COULD watch it on a TV in your house, it will be blacked out. I was in Buffalo once and I couldn't stream Ranger games because the area got MSG, even though they had a Sabres game on.
@pkh33 @johnnyb3910 Those will be blacked out on your ps3. NBCSN is one thing, but you should be able to plug any TV into a wall and get NBC. Did you completely drop cable/tv service all together? Worst case you can always go to a bar/restaurant and watch, or take your chances with the streams from the blog.