I think we were all beyond shocked when John Moore got into his first professional fight just two weeks after being acquired by the Rangers and thoroughly handled the Panthers' Jack Skille.
So, my jaw almost hit the floor when Moore initiated a fight with Curtis Glencross last night after what the Rangers defenseman felt was a late hit. And once again, Moore laid a smack down...
...smooth skating, offensive awareness, solid defense and now this? Paging Michael Zotto? Michael Del Zotto? You have a courtesy call from the third defensive pair. Especially after he vacated his defensive position for no apparent reason which led to Calgary's first goal.
...still shaking my head that Sather was able to get Moore, Brassard and Dorsett from Columbus. That trade has the potential to go down as one of his best ever. And he's presided over a lot of steals during his Rangers tenure.
I love it. And I thought he was one of the best players on the ice last night. He stood out like McD did 2 years ago.
I'm glad he's got the spunk and some size. He's not a good fighter yet, though, and could get seriously hurt if this goes to his head. I'd also rather have him out on the ice than in the box for 5-7 minutes at a time. It's good for other teams to get this message, though. If he fights strategically, he could be a good, yep I'm gonna say it, deterrant.
watching moore fight is like when Clark Griswald loses his ish when he doesn't get the bonus he thought he deserved in Christmas Vacation. the family (aka his teammates) just stand around in nervous awe as he rolls his eyes back and goes great white shark on grown men.
John Moore goes into Walter White mode when he gets pissed! it's a rare but awesome treat when he flips the switch!!!
Great to see the toughness from Moore, but I hope the fighting is not a regular thing. He's much more valuable as a defenseman joining the rush and the last thing anyone wants to see is him breaking a hand on someone's face or helmet...or vice versa if he fights the wrong guy. Gotta love the spirit though! His skating is phenomenal!
Ironically, Sather is making all these great trades FOR the Rangers, yet he was also on the "fleeced" end of THE greatest trade in NY Rangers history (Messier & Beukeboom for Nicholls, BeBrusk, Rice, and Shaw).
as for DZ he is going to be trade bait at the deadline to add a key piece. Trust me he won't be a ranger next year... Easily the worst of our top 6 dmen.
Let's be honest Kevin. The Mcdonagh deal has the potential to be the greatest deal in the history of the NHL. He could win multiple Norris trophies throughout his career, and we dumped about 7 million in cap space. Every time I think about it I just say to myself "wow"
@TheNYRBlog it hasn't taken long for him to become one if my favorites!
I can't believe I'm going to say this but this trade might have been better than the Gomez one. MIGHT. McDonagh is better than all of them but combined....it's close. (I also have to take back what I said at the time of the trade cause I hated it when it happened. Oops!)
I still want to know what's got into John Moore. Every time I see him, he looks like this innocent little kid and then he goes and does that! Columbus may be kicking themselves for giving up on him so soon.
Brass and Moore are looking really good. Dorsett, so-so, but not sure I would call the trade a steal yet (not like McD for Gomez) as we haven't had a full season of Brass and Moore. I mean, let's give Gabby credit. Guy is a legit 40 goal scorer and he played hurt a lot at the end of his NYR tenure. Gabby still produces for CBJ (unlike Gomez)
While Sather may have gotten the lions share of "steals" when trading with other teams, he has been horrible signing players via free agency, unable to find the right coach, been average at the draft table and has had 13 years to build a winner!! How much more slack does this guy get??
@TheNYRBlog MDZ was -3 last night and he was out for half the game. he sucks.
@TheNYRBlog just as impressed by Moore, but when you refer to the "steal" from columbus can you stop including Dorsett?
@FREE LINDBERG And in an indirect way got us Moore. Why you ask??? The money we dumped with the Gomez contract allowed us to sign Gaborik which we later traded for ...... Moore, Brassard and Dorsett.
@davehaug74 I think a lot of Rangers fans agree with that sentiment.
@shoot_the_goalie Dorsett will make a difference. Mark my words. He can skate, is extremely tough, works extremely hard and is decent around the net. He also stands up for his teammates. One of the few on the team.
Also, I'm not a Gaborik fan. I don't think he was that great for the Rangers. Sure, he's got a really high end scoring touch, but that's all he brings to the table. He was a liability in most other areas. He was/is also extremely streaky, capable of disappearing for a month at a time. This makes him a mid-tier player -- a role player, if you will -- whose role is spot offense.
Yeah, he scored in the first few games he got to Columbus but then kind of faded -- consistent to how he played with the Rangers.
@shoot_the_goalie Only reason it has the potential to be in the same category is because the Rangers received at least two impact players in return for Gaborik, who as you state did some great things for the Rangers, but is going into the twilight of his career.
@freebie23 That's fair.
@PuckyTheWolf @TheNYRBlog Dorsett is a great 4th line winger. He can change the tide of a game by dropping the gloves just like Prust but hits harder than Prust. Every team needs guys like this.
@PuckyTheWolf Jury is still out from him, but he brings some much needed toughness to this team.
@KevinDeLury Not to mention the dude is like 70.