October 2013


Cialis cost Just when you think the New York Rangers luck might be changing for the better, cialis cost karma rears its ugly head and bites the Blueshirts in their collective arses. Cialis cost The fans celebration wasn’t even 24 hours old when news of Ryan Callahan’s broken thumb will keep the captain out of the lineup for the next three-four weeks.

Cialis cost Rather than looking forward at the possibility of feasting on some Eastern Conference teams, cialis cost Rangers nation looks forward to carrying on without their two top offensive weapons for the near future.

Cialis cost While we have an idea of how long Callahan is out, cialis cost we have no idea how long Rick Nash will remain sidelined. Cialis cost The only thing that is certain is that the team and its fans will have to hold their collective breaths every time Nash takes a high hit.

Cialis cost Probably the most frustrating thing about the Callahan injury was how/when it happened. Cialis cost With about two minutes remaining in the game, cialis cost Callahan blocked a shot by John Carlson following the captain’s turnover. Cialis cost The fact that Callahan was the one who turned the puck over most likely made him even more focused on blocking the shot.

Cialis cost It is that never-say-die/never-give-up attitude that is Callahan’s best – and worst feature. Cialis cost The drive that makes him such a crucial part of the Rangers is also the one thing that causes him to get so often. Cialis cost Short of encasing him in bubble wrap, cialis cost there is nothing the Rangers can do because Callahan is not going to change his style of play.

Cialis cost It is a situation that could become sticky as the Rangers and Callahan move forward on contract talks. Cialis cost At what point, cialis cost in terms of years and dollars, cialis cost does a Callahan contract become prohibitive? It is not a discussion anyone wants to have, cialis cost but it is one that the organization might have to have. Cialis cost Then again, cialis cost I am guessing that is why they pay Glen Sather the big fishnagles.

Cialis cost Callahan’s contract is not the focal point at this time – finding a way to replace his offense is. Cialis cost In the short term, cialis cost Darroll Powe has been recalled from Hartford and will take the captain’s roster spot against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Cialis cost In addition, cialis cost Jason Missiaen will serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup as Cam Talbot was reassigned to Hartford. Cialis cost

Cialis cost Odds are both moves stem from the same the reason.

Cialis cost After Saturday night’s game, cialis cost the Rangers do not play again until Thursday night in Philadelphia. Cialis cost Conversely, cialis cost the Wolf Pack have a pair of games this weekend. Cialis cost In fact, cialis cost between October 18 and October 26 Hartford plays five games while the Rangers play just three.

Cialis cost As a result, cialis cost it makes more sense for Talbot to get regular playing time in Hartford as opposed to serving as a target in practice.

Cialis cost In a similar situation, cialis cost the Rangers might be using this weekend as a “tryout” among the Wolf Pack’s scoring wingers. Cialis cost Coach Alain Vigneault has threatened lineup changes if some of the Rangers forwards do not increase their offensive production.

Cialis cost It is possible that, cialis cost as early as this weekend or as late as next weekend, cialis cost the likes of Chris Kreider, cialis cost Danny Kristo, cialis cost Oscar Lindberg, cialis cost or Marek Hrivik could be recalled.

Cialis cost The Rangers could be holding off recalling any other forwards because of salary cap implications. Cialis cost Cap Geek lists the Rangers as having no projected cap space outside of Carl Hagelin being placed on the Long-Term Injured Reserve list. Cialis cost Once Hagelin is ready to return to action (as early as October 29), cialis cost the Blueshirts will have to make roster moves to accommodate his cap hit.

Cialis cost If Callahan is going to be out beyond November 7, cialis cost then the Rangers could place him on LTIR because that means he will miss 10 games. Cialis cost The other solution is if Nash is going to be out at least another couple of weeks then the team could place him on LTIR if needed. Cialis cost

Cialis cost The only problem is the Rangers would be delaying the inevitable in terms of clearing cap space.

Cialis cost The bottom line is players like Brian Boyle, cialis cost Benoit Pouliot, cialis cost Taylor Pyatt, cialis cost Mats Zuccarello and even Michael Del Zotto have to start producing or they face the possibility of being cap casualties.

Cialis cost Sather is going to have to be creative if he wants to add scoring while clearing out some cap space. Cialis cost It can be done, cialis cost but the Rangers might have to part with prospects and/or draft picks in order to so.

Cialis cost As I was writing, cialis cost a couple of other possibilities came to mind in reference to why the Rangers recalled Powe instead of Kreider and/or Kristo. Cialis cost The one knock on Vigneault is he is a coach that does not like to play rookies. Cialis cost Given that he has spent a limited time watching Kreider and Kristo, cialis cost AV might just be more comfortable with veteran players he knows as opposed to rookie he doesn’t.

Cialis cost The other possibility is one that has been rattling around my brain for some time. Cialis cost It is my contention that Glen Sather is a Lou Lamoriello plant within the Rangers organization and the Devils GM has been pulling Sather’s strings from day one. Cialis cost

Cialis cost With the Devils desperate for their first win, cialis cost Lamoriello has Slats recall Powe so that New Jersey can get their first win of the season against the Rangers.

Cialis cost Laugh if you must, cialis cost but think about it. Cialis cost My theory explains a lot of the doings around Madison Square Garden the last dozen or so years.

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Make your own viagra Since the boys won’t be back in town to play an NHL game until October 28, make your own viagra the New York Rangers mantra to start the season has to be “we got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

Make your own viagra While this off-season is nowhere near as long as last season thanks to the Great Lockout of 2012, make your own viagra it sure feels longer. Make your own viagra Part of it has to do with the Rangers early exit in last season’s playoffs, make your own viagra and part of it has to do with the Blueshirts and their Magical Mystery Tour as they open the season with nine consecutive road games (as opposed to their seven-game, make your own viagra two-continent opener in 2011/2012).

Make your own viagra Rangers fans are already lamenting and fearing the worst for their team. Make your own viagra In a way, make your own viagra that is understandable. Make your own viagra Fans learn to expect the worst and then adjust accordingly. Make your own viagra They fear a slow start will doom them to a non-playoff season in Coach Alain Vigneault’s first season.

Make your own viagra It is a sentiment that Hockey News scribe Ronnie Shuker wrote about in their October 14 issue.

Make your own viagra In the article Shuker writes that only two teams since the 2000/2001 season (the year the NHL became 30 team league), make your own viagra only two teams that were last in their conference as early as the end of November (07/08 Capitals) and as late as the end of January (08/09 Blues) made the playoffs.

Make your own viagra Shuker points out the Columbus Blue Jackets’ slow start last season (5-12-3) put them in such a hole that their remarkable finish (19-5-4) could not make up the difference a point not lost on their coach.

Make your own viagra “We learned first-hand about the importance of getting off to a decent start, make your own viagra” coach Todd Richards explained to Shuker. Make your own viagra “We got off to a horrible start and it ended up costing us the season.”

Make your own viagra While Shuker backed up his contention with stats (like the one about playoff teams since 2000/01) and quotes, make your own viagra the bottom line is that last season was still only a 48-game season. Make your own viagra We have no idea how the Blue Jackets start would have played out had last year been a normal season.

Make your own viagra A full training camp might have been just the panacea for Columbus’ inability to get out of the gate strongly.

Make your own viagra Certainly, make your own viagra no team is going to win or lose the Stanley Cup in October (or even November for that matter). Make your own viagra A poor start does not doom a team to a playoff-less season – it just means that said team has added pressure and little-to-no wiggle room towards the end of the season. Make your own viagra In other words, make your own viagra it means putting yourself in a position where your playoff life comes down to an Olli Jokinen shootout attempt.

Make your own viagra A slow start seems inevitable for a variety of reasons: the road trip from hell to start the season, make your own viagra a new coach who is installing a completely new style of play and the loss of Ryan Callahan (for one game anyway) and Carl Hagelin (for at least games) – especially in light of the Rangers poor pre-season record.

Make your own viagra Please note that these are not excuses, make your own viagra they are merely explanations – and that is the way the team has to treat them.

Make your own viagra I understand the need for the Rangers playing their pre-season games on the road given the renovation of Madison Square Garden, make your own viagra but I can’t fathom why they had to do all the travelling they did. Make your own viagra While their work in helping Banff recover is admirable, make your own viagra the Rangers could have stayed closer to home and done the same in terms of helping the region recover from Hurricane Sandy. Make your own viagra I guess Glen Sather’s priorities override his team’s priorities.

Make your own viagra The Blueshirts 1-5-0 record is not so much of a concern as was their nine goals for and 22 goals against – including their 5-0 shutout at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. Make your own viagra The problem was not losing to John Tortorella; the problem was the five goals against that were allowed with Henrik Lundqvist in goal to start the game and the Big Six defensemen all in the lineup.

Make your own viagra For his part, make your own viagra Vigneault has been wise to downplay the Rangers nine game road odyssey at the start of the season.

Make your own viagra “We haven’t done anything different, make your own viagra” AV told WFAN’s Mike Francesa. Make your own viagra I don’t want this team to play one way at home and one way on the road. Make your own viagra There is one way to play and that is the right way.”

Make your own viagra As we look ahead to the 2013/2014 season, make your own viagra there is an old cliché that best describes the Rangers – they are a riddle, make your own viagra wrapped in a mystery, make your own viagra inside an enigma. Make your own viagra They have the talent to win the Metrosexual (er, make your own viagra Metropolitan) Division and they have enough questions to be an epic fail this season.

Make your own viagra Let’s take a look at some of the factors for the Rangers season.

Make your own viagra Four and Three

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“With 82 games, make your own viagra the demands, make your own viagra this year will be challenging because you need to play a home and home everywhere, make your own viagra you need four lines and six d. Make your own viagra you need that depth, make your own viagra” AV explained to Francesa. Make your own viagra “It’s 82 games and then 4 rounds. Make your own viagra You need to play your bench and spread the minutes so that the energy is always there.”

Make your own viagra Special Teams

Make your own viagra Everyone knows that the Rangers power play has left a lot to be desired since the 2006/2007 season (the last time they had a Top 10 PP). Make your own viagra For a team that continually has problems generating a consistent offense, make your own viagra a reasonably successful power play is needed. Make your own viagra They cannot repeat last season’s 23rd rated power play.

Make your own viagra While the power play has been a sore spot for years, make your own viagra the Rangers penalty killing units were average at best last season – ranking 15th in the NHL. Make your own viagra This is a unit that should rebound once everyone is healthy (as long as they stay healthy).

Make your own viagra Just how important is the success of the Rangers special teams? Larry Brooks of the NY Post offered this insight: “Five-on-five the Rangers had the third-best differential in the NHL last year behind only Cup winner Chicago and Eastern top-seed Pittsburgh.”

Make your own viagra Patience

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Make your own viagra Some fans grew tired of Tortorella’s constant line shuffling within games and from game-to-game. Make your own viagra Well, make your own viagra be ready for more of the same. Make your own viagra With Callahan and Hagelin out of the lineup, make your own viagra Vigneault was not able to use the pre-season to experiment with line combinations. Make your own viagra As a result, make your own viagra he is going to have do some of that during the regular season once Cally and Hags are back in the lineup. Make your own viagra That will require more shuffling of the lines as AV tries to get the right combinations.

Make your own viagra No Distractions

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Make your own viagra Management faces some difficult decisions in terms of contract decisions at the end of the season with the most important being the negotiations with UFAs Ryan Callahan, make your own viagra Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist. Make your own viagra The King has already said he is not going to comment on the situation any more, make your own viagra but that doesn’t mean the media (both local and national) won’t continually bring it up.

Make your own viagra The contract decisions are not just limited to the Big Three. Make your own viagra The Rangers have to make decisions on fellow RFAs Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman as well as RFAs Derrick Brassard, make your own viagra Michael Del Zotto, make your own viagra John Moore and Mats Zuccarello.

Make your own viagra While the salary cap is expected to increase about $6 million or so, make your own viagra they just may not be enough funds to go around.

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Make your own viagra The End Justifies The Season

Make your own viagra While much has been written and debated about the Rangers, make your own viagra what with their nine game road trip to the start the season and the concern about getting off to a poor start, make your own viagra not as much has been written and debated about the Blueshirts need to finish the season strongly in light of the Olympic break.

Make your own viagra The Rangers will have 23 games left in the regular season when they return on February 27. Make your own viagra The team could have anywhere from 7-10 players participating in Sochi with Lundqvist being front and center of the Olympians. Make your own viagra Vigneault is going to have to work hard at balancing their need for rest and the Rangers need to finish strongly.

Make your own viagra Given AV’s dealings with the travel issues in Vancouver, make your own viagra he is well versed at juggling all of the issues that play into rest versus practice. Make your own viagra Hopefully, make your own viagra that experience comes in handy during the Rangers first five games of the season as they spend time on the West Coast and St. Make your own viagra Louis.

Make your own viagra Making the Move

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Make your own viagra However, make your own viagra those sets of five game road trips bookend a stretch that will see the Rangers play 11 of 12 games at the Garden with their lone trip seeing them shuffle off to Buffalo. Make your own viagra Ironically, make your own viagra that stretch begins with Tortorella’s return to MSG on November 30. Make your own viagra

Make your own viagra The Rangers will be 26 games into the AV Era and poised to show just how well they have adapted to his system. Make your own viagra The Rangers must capitalize on this home stretch or it will not matter how they started the season, make your own viagra nor will it matter how they finish it.

Make your own viagra The Prediction

Make your own viagra If the Rangers can return home with nine points from their nine game road trip, make your own viagra then I would call the start a success. Make your own viagra As for the season, make your own viagra I see the Rangers finishing second in the Division and fifth in the Conference. Make your own viagra After that, make your own viagra my crystal ball becomes a little cloudy based on just how healthy the Rangers are at the end of the season.

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