Rangers need to make some small moves NOW

Alright well I guess this Post is for the Ranger fans. Since the Rangers have lost 4 of their last 5 I am starting to figure that they need a small mix to change things up and get them going again.

I’m not asking for any big name players by giving up youth like the old times. These are some good moves that need to be made in order to change things up a little and bring in a fresh face.

First things first. Since Poti’s game winning goal I wasn’t sure about dealing him. I figured maybe he will come around. But after the penalty he took to put us down 5 on 3 on the power play and lose us the lead and maybe the game…. I say, he is ready to be moved.

Poti for Sykora. Do the deal, and bring in someone that can put the puck in with Jagr and change the power play up a little. I heard talks about Poti for Sykora a while ago and then heard Sather didn’t want to do the deal straight up without grabbing a D man in return. But Pock in the minors is ready for the Rangers pro team.

Pock is a Power play specialist and can easily take Poti’s place. Sather should pull the trigger now.

Simple deal. I’m not asking to change much. The reason I say make the move for Sykora is basically because the guy is a Check, and he will not hurt the chemistry of the team since we have so many. Dealing Poti doesn’t change much… he’s not good, and trading him to the West cost won’t hurt. Poti’s spot can be filled by anyone. I would mostly love to have the spot filled by Brian Leetch, but I’m not sure we can nab him for cheep until the deadline if Boston has lost all hope.

What do you guy’s think? Is Poti ready to go?

40 Responses to Rangers need to make some small moves NOW

  1. recchi says:

    From what i have heard from other rangers fans they have been waiting for poti to get dealt for a long time now. Also….the rangers are going into that funk they go into every year….now is the test to see if they can come out of it or spiral out of control like the rangers of years past.

    One more thing, Poti for sykora straight up wont happen, sykora is worth much more then poti is.

  2. ranger_fan says:

    I don’t know if the camera captured Poti getting drilled in the first at centre ice, but from 300 feet away it was great. I did not see much of Jagr after he collided with Kelly I think, so I don’t know if he was benched or shakin, but that would be a huge loss.

    Tom Poti needs to be traded, or needs to use his head. Thats the lump 3 feet above his a$s as tom hanks would say.

    Not a person on the Rangers with the exception of Prucha is SHOOTING THE PUCK, Poti especially. Ortmeyer 2-on-1, SHOOT THE PUCK, Hasek was expecting pass all the way. Sykora is NOT the answer. He does not always skate hard, and really would not be valuable unless he can play a LW effectively. My suggestion is to trade Tom my career went down the Poti for a kid, or pick. Studwick will be the sixth Dman.

    oh, a little note to Tom Renney QUIT PLAYING THAT SWISS CHEESE GOALIE KEVIN IM VERY WEAK. I may not be Berman with nicknames, but those two are selfexplanitory.

  3. ranger_fan says:

    Not to the Ducks. Sather had the choice of pulling a Poti for Sykora or Poti and Rucchin for Salei and Sykora.

  4. Hockeyislife says:

    Is it me or is everyone not noticing the poor play of Nylander. He started the season looking very good, but his play has dropped off. Weekes needs to be the backup goalie, and/or get rid of him. Henrik has been solid and needs to be in there. We need to pull off a small trade or two involving Rucchin, Nylander, Weekes and/or Poti. I want to type more But my computer is going haywire. Like it or not, thats my opinion. I am new to the board so go easy on any bashing.

  5. Hockeyislife says:

    Yes, I Know that Nylander’s numbers are 3rd on the Rangers, but most of the points are from earlier. Too many bad first passes out of the Rangers end are killing them.We need to get a solid goal scorer for another line on the team otherwise it will be just like the last 7 years. Congrats to Ottowa on an excellent game, they deserve to be in first place. All in all I like the way team looks, but a little tweaking needs to be done. This team can make the playoffs if matters are taken care of and if the core is held together they could be a Cup contender within 3 years.

    Main Point to the team, Get back to hustling and buzzing like bees all over the ice and the other teams will make the same mistakes the Rangers are.

  6. Kraut182 says:

    Burke wants to dump Sykora and his salary, so adding Poti doesn’t seem to make too much sense as it saves Anaheim less than $1M/season. That and according to every Ranger fan Poti is the worst defenseman to walk the Earth (I don’t see him enough to comment) so why would Burke want him.

  7. wingerxxx says:

    I (and a lot of other people) have been saying that the team has some major holes, for a very long time. I also think, that to a large extent, the Rangers have overachieved.

    The biggest and most obvious hole is that besides Jagr and Prucha, there is just nobody scoring with any real consistency. If these two guys are shut down, so are the Rangers. Which leads to obvious hole number two, which is no power play quarterback. Bringing Pock up would be great…Sather really needs to do something to get rid of Poti, I don’t care if it is for Sykora or not. Even in the game where Poti scored the GWG, he really didn’t play all that well. I can easily see Boston dumping Leetch if the B’s fall out of contention. If Poti can be gotten rid of, I still say, bring him back. If Sather absolutely refuses to trade Poti, and bring up Pock…Fill Poti’s spot with Leetch, and you have something going. Problem is, who do you pair him with? But we can’t cross a bridge we haven’t gotten to yet. Poti needs to be playing in the Western Conference, like Niinimaa.

    Something tells me that Burke is not interested in Poti. Otherwise, this deal would have been done already. I think that he wants more, or something else…a younger player perhaps. And Sather hasn’t bitten yet. And that is just as well. If anything, Prucha needs a couple of more minutes a game, but he can’t be overworked. He is going to be in the Olympics as well. Which means…a deal for another scorer might just have to be done. Hossa is not the answer right now, and should not be with the big club at the moment.

    I still think the Rangers can make the playoffs, but I think a big slide is inevitable with the glaring holes the team has. I do like the commitment to rebuilding, but you also have to consider how hungry New Yorkers are for the Rangers to have a really good team and make the playoffs. Something has to be done about these deficiencies.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    I don’t think Burke wants Poti right now, especially with Ozolinsh still on his roster. Maybe if Ozo is dealt, he might take a look at Poti, but Poti’s trade stock has to be incredibly low at the moment. I don’t think it’s enough even to land Sykora right now.

  9. wingerxxx says:

    Nylander has been brutal lately. He was a healthy scratch a couple of games ago. If it comes down to a deal of any of those guys, it should definitely be Nylander (Or Poti obviously). As Rucchin is still the better all-around player, and I have no doubt he could play well with Jagr, if given the chance.

    Then again, it shouldn’t be much concern, as he is a slick player when he is on, and isn’t really a part of the long term future of the Rangers.

  10. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    What I don’t under stand is why would another team want a player who isn’t playing good? This would be a great deal for the Rangers by the way.

  11. Hockeyislife says:

    Poti isn’t a bad player. It comes down to him not fitting in here and needing a fresh start somewhere else. It happens on all teams and a change in scenery might just work. I can’t count how many times a guy came to the Rangers and stunk it up, thenn got traded and/or left only to come destroy the Rangers and have a turn around career.

  12. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    I never said he was bad, but he has been playing bad as of late.

  13. Jrugges says:

    I heard Tyler Arnason of the Chicago blackhawks is currently on the block, He is a center, he is young, and can score. I’m sure Nylander/poti for Arnason sounds good.

  14. Jrugges says:

    I meant to say Nylander+Poti for Arnason+Vandermeer.

    Vandermeer a very young deffensemen too, also getting his first shot at a full season this year, and has been averaging a point every other game on a very shaky team.

  15. GretzNYR99 says:

    I would make that move in a heartbeat if Chicago would be dumb enough to do it.

  16. GretzNYR99 says:

    I think it’s time that we see Nigel Dawes or Jarkko Immonen up here. Someone from Hartford has to come up and make an impact, and if not, someone has to get dealt.

    I don’t know why Sather didn’t make the move to deal Poti when he had the chance.

    I would love to get Tyler Arnason, he’d be an improvement over Nylander, but I don’t think they would take that deal, unless Arnason has annoyed his way out of Chicago.

  17. Damian78 says:

    First off it is Czech not Check. Second, you guys are still in first yeah you might need someone to QB the powerplay and help Jagr but Sykora is no small trade and I don’t think Burke is going to take just Poti. Leetch would be good for you guys but he isn’t really doing to well with Boston, he might do better in NY because that is his home but I am not sure. All I know is right now it is better to be a Rangers fan than a Devils fan right now so I wouldn’t be too worried, their PP hasn’t gone 4 for 100 and for those of you who are slow on math that means they have scored on only 4% of the PP chances. That is horrible.

  18. Scruffy05 says:

    These were rumours swirling around but we have to ask the question, why would Anahiem want another defensive liability when they already have Ozilinsh? Burke already doesn’t want Ozzi and has been rumoured to be offering him up, so why would he want Ozzi v2.0?

  19. Scruffy05 says:

    Welcome to HTR. Assume this to be your extremely unofficial welcoming party. You will learn the ropes soon, figure out who has somethign intelligent to say and who is just blowing smoke out their asses and enjoying the tingling sensation it is giving them.

    Keep your nose clean and try to keep in that firs group and we will get along wonderfully.

  20. Scruffy05 says:

    Knowing Chicago? You have a chance….

  21. GretzNYR99 says:

    Knowing Wirtz in taking on salary…

    Not a snowball’s chance in hell. Although they did do some shopping this offseason…

    Who knows.

  22. ranger_fan says:

    Thats just it, Sandis will be sent packing. Name one team who wouldn’t want a PP QB?

  23. Scruffy05 says:

    So then what about Niedermeyer? He can fill that roll. No need for Poti.

  24. wheresthesoda says:

    I didnt see the ottowa game, which i’m glad, but poti’s game has improved, he’s making things happen now. He’s been joining the rush a lot more, creating scoring chances. And ofcourse, he scored the game winner vs. Tampa.

    The rangers are now only lacking that scoring 2nd line winger which maybe Sykora would be the answer. and like u said call up Pock. But the problem with that is its not up to sather for that trade. The ducks GM doesnt like the sykora for poti deal straight up.

    What sather should do, try and work out a deal fr sykora right now, and during this time period, if poti’s game improves, like he starts scoring and making things happen, and doesnt take bad penaltys, keep him.

  25. SabresFan220 says:

    Ok, Good to know I wasn’t the only person who notices he mis spelled Czech, but that said it’s a good article. Poti isn’t worth as much as Sykora, the Ducks are dumb enough to think so though. I’d never trade Sykora for Poti straight up, unless it was for the Tom Poti he was in Edmonton. His career has spiraled downward ever since he put on a Ranger jersey, a lot like a bunch of former and current Rangers. A trade with Chicago would help the Rangers, I’ve always liked Arnason and Chicago would be dumb enough to trade him.

    I actually want the Rangers to win their division because if things go well for the Sabres, the Rangers being a top seed benefits them. If somehow the Sabres beat out Ottawa for the top seed in the East and the Rangers win their division, Ottawa probably gets the #4 spot and Philly in all likelihood sits as the #5 seed. That puts Ottawa and Philly together in the 1st round, not only forcing one of the most difficult teams out in the 1st round, but Philly has beaten Ottawa both games they’ve played them this year. The Flyers in fact are the only team in the East that I’ve seen that have handled Ottawa this year consistantly. Ottawa is the only team the Sabres have not been able to handle this year, and while deadline deals may completely change the look of things, if Philly eliminates Ottawa in the 1st round the only team Buffalo has had real trouble with all year thus far will be gone. Sure this only works out if the Sabres actually overtake Ottawa in the standings and the Rangers do win their division, but nothing is impossible.

  26. titans says:

    Time to bring back Messier=:)

  27. Gretz99NYR says:

    Poti is just warming up.

  28. Hockeyislife says:

    What a game!!!!!!!!! Everyone contributed after the 1st period. I hope this is a wake up call, but the Islanders are so far a subpar team. Did Nylander read the board??? Great 2nd part of the game to him and the whole team. Let’s just see how the next game turns out. Still tweaking needs to be done.

  29. ranger_fan says:

    Niedermayer can, but he isn’t a liability. Two scoring defenseman can be leathal, especially if it doesn’t really hurt the team, which Poti didnt in edmonton

  30. GretzNYR99 says:

    I guess you’re warming up as well.

    Mommy must have allowed you to use the internet once again.

  31. GretzNYR99 says:

    Poti’s game has not and will not improved, he 2 decent periods, and that was it. He was still making defensive blunders, which lead to the 2nd goal, and he still was missing his assignments, which as a defender is a no-no. People will now defend Poti, and that shouldn’t be the case.

  32. cecilturtle says:

    About 3-4 weeks ago Nylander hurt his ankle and I thought he hurt it really really bad at the time. But he came back the next shift and did not miss many after that, but this injury might have slowed down a little bit. Not that Nylander is praised often for his speed or shot… But up to that point in the season, Nylander was putting up big time #’s. After last nights 4 points game against the islanders… Maybe he’s back to his begining of this seasons form?

    Cecil Turtle

  33. Hockeyislife says:

    Read your last post and tell me who needs mommy to spell and grammar check for him. This is a hockey site, not a bashing site. TY


  34. wingerxxx says:

    Finally, someone who actually watches the Rangers play! I was thinking that I was the only one noticing that Poti really isn’t playing that spectacularly, even with a couple of goals in his last few games. I mean…it’s about time. He is still blowing almost as many plays in his own end as he was at the beginning of the year. The only difference is that he’s jumping in the play more. The guy still needs to go.

  35. wingerxxx says:

    I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years since Mess and Gretz were playing at center ice together for the Rangers. I feel like an old crone now.

  36. GretzNYR99 says:

    “Read your last post and tell me who needs mommy to spell and grammar check for him.”

    That should read “Read your last post and tell me who needs mommy to check spelling and grammar for him.”

    If you’re going to criticize someone’s spelling and grammar, at least be correct with your own, you know, don’t make a complete fool of yourself. 😉


  37. GretzNYR99 says:

    Thank you. As long as I’ve been on here, which is for over 2 years, you, wheresthesoda, Sands, RangerSteve, and Beckfan have actually watched the Rangers play, unlike some of the other Ranger fans who have no clue of what they’re talking about. I’m glad you noticed that Poti has not really improved, I have friends that are sticking up for him after these 2 goals, who I just want to smack. It’s pathetic that a goal can redeem about 5 botched plays in your own zone, 2 or 3 of them leading to goals.

    Point is, Poti still needs to go. At least Pock covers his assignments defensively. If he makes mistakes, you know it’s because he’s a rookie, as for Poti, there’s just no excuse. He’s 29 going on 30.

  38. GretzNYR99 says:

    Nylander is a player that you have to keep on top of. He can be problematic if you’re not strict enough with him. Renney did the right thing benching him after the loss to the Devils. Very good move by Renney, and now Nylander wants to show that he’s out of the doghouse, and has responded very well for the most part.

  39. GretzNYR99 says:

    I forgot Mikster, who is not around as much as he used to be.

  40. GretzNYR99 says:

    Looks like I got my wish, Pock has been called up, and Kondratiev sent down.

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