Rangers Trade Imminent? Officials Are Rude, Trade Deadline a Biggie?

The New York Rangers had better expectations this season, but have failed to meet them. Inconsistency is a disease for this franchise, will Slats, Maloney, and Renney deal with it now or later? By the way, anyone have some Prozac for Renney?

Another 1st round bust? But, not all is lost as he could actually be used effectively for the ….. (find out who)

Still related to the Rangers, last night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators was a major disappointment, not just for the team, but for the officials. It’s one thing if officials make bad calls, but it is quite something else when they are just rude and unprofessional; find out why.

People have been feeling bored with this season as far as trades, but with the way the season has gone thus far, the Trade Deadline could be a fun week/day.Good day hockey fans. I know I didn’t get to finish the mid-term grades, but it seemed as if you, the readers, seemed more interested in the other segments of the article instead of the mid-term. And you know what? You are right. You don’t need to be told where a team stands, or how it has performed; you are smart enough to know that.

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This team has had it’s ups and downs. It had its glorious games, and its pathetic games. Well, I did not even watch the 2nd period of last night’s game, it was too pathetic to watch. These players heard a fuming Tom Renney and they came out starting well in the 1st period, but playing like clueless idiots in the 2nd. And yes, I have a right to call them idiots because they refuse to pay attention to small details. Is that the way to respond to a coach that has done everything he possibly could to turn this franchise around? Renney is a hard working coach, and a caring coach. He gives chances and he shows a lot of confidence in certain players. It seems as if the players just don’t get that. And you want to know what is more ridiculous? This team went through changes in the off-season. What kind of changes? Character changes. They added more character players in Brendan Shanahan, Matt Cullen, and Aaron Ward. Yet, the team fails to show character. Pathetic and shameful. Who cares about the great rally, which ended in a ridiculous way (to be explained later) from losing 5-0 to making it 5-4. Yes, in a way that showed good character, but that was forced character. As in “oh (bleep), we better play or else the practices will get ugly”.

So, I think that if the Rangers had lost 5-0, then Slats could have been making a trade by the end of today. But, that late burst may have GM Sather wait for Saturday’s game against the old time rivals Boston Bruins. Allow me to put this in the simplest way for the Rangers as far as the three types of options that they have.

A) Win

B) Win

C) Win

Take your pick Rangers. And, that win has to happen in regulation time, decisively. I do not want an OT or a shootout win. Points are crucial, and the Bruins are looking to make the playoffs as well. So, to give them a point means helping the enemy. The Rangers must win, period. If a loss is what shall happen, the I couldn’t possibly watch GM Sather not make a trade. The weaknesses of this team are well exposed. The defense is mediocre and it needs toughness. The offense could use muscle and a second line center.

Does it have to happen all at once? Naaaa. Make a deal now, make another later. Jaromir Jagr is limited with heath issues (groin and shoulder). Yet, the guy is playing, is trying to do as much as possible, and in return he gets banged up. In the loss against the Isle’s, Jaromir Jagr knew that Brendan Witt was going to hit him hard against the boards. Instead of being the typical Euro player that tries to avoid the hit and coughs up the puck, Jagr took the hard hit by making a great pass to Straka for a goal. That’s what a captain does. Of course, did anyone say anything to Witt? No. So that annoys me. The Rangers 1st line is the big point producing line, and so all the attention is on the three players. The second line needs aggressiveness, a more North American style of offensive game. A crash and bang game.

Speaking of crash and bang game, and yes, this is still Rangers talk, we have another first round bust. Apparently, it’s Hugh Jessiman, picked 12th overall by the Rangers in 2003. What a pick. The idea was good, project for him to become a power forward was right, but the guy was slowed down with an injury at an early age and should not have stayed in college to play another season. Jessiman is a big dude. Still young at age 22, he stands 6’6 and 230 lbs. Why is he a bust? He didn’t do enough with the Wolf*Pack and so he was sent down to the ECHL. How many first rounders go through that!?

But so what? See, this is the one mistake for the Rangers. The guy has been disappointing, okay, but would it hurt to just throw him out on the ice with the big guns? Jessiman can skate, and when he plays physical, he is a force to fear. On top of that, he has some offensive skills. So, could this guy be any worse than Marcel Hossa? Petr Prucha (the way he has performed thus far)? Colton Orr!? Get Jessiman to play with the Rnagers and tell him to crash and bang. Tell him to drive to the net. Tell him to make punishing checks on the defense. Had he played the game against the Isle’s, I would have told the guy to give Witt a rough shift. It’s not easy to stop a 6’6 230 lbs. forward who is checking you, or placing a hit on you.

Seriously, why not? Nearly 55% of 1st round draft picks from 1994 to 2004 have played in the NHL, and that’s counting players that have become busts, yet NHL regulars, like 3rd, 4th liners, 5th, 6th defensemen. Maybe Jessiman will end up being a late bloomer, but it is stupid to force this guy to try and meet his originally expected potential by playing him in the minors. Let this guy play desperate hockey to stay in the NHL; he’ll commit to physical play if that’s what it takes. Place this guy on the PP in front of the net. Good luck moving him! But, do something with him! What good does he do for the organization by playing in the ECHL? None.

Last night’s officials at MSG were ridiculous. No, I am not talking about bad calls made; actually I think they did well for the most part. When the Rangers were rallying from a 5-0 deficit to a 5-4, with continuous pressure and scoring chances, the officials completely threw it all out the window. As pressure kept coming, Senators defenseman Chris Phillips cleared the puck up in the air and out of the rink well before he crossed his blueline. It must have been at least eight or so feet from the blueline. Referee Peel made the right call, but for some odd reason the other three officials overruled it and said it was played correctly. No, it was not. So the call was correct, but why did these guys huddle and convince Peel it wasn’t a penalty? Well, we don’t know. Shanahan, a well know and highly respected veteran, tried to get an explanation but he did not.

So let me get this straight, the players get penalized, fined, and even suspended if they say “too much” to the officials, but if the officials treat the players with disrespect, then what do they get? Nada. I am not upset at the call made. It’s not like a powerplay was going to guarantee a tied game. I am upset at the other three officials who refused to talk to Tom Renney and pushed away Shanahan. I’m sorry, but that is outright rude and something should be done about that. We’re not talking about two jerks like John Tortarella or Mark Recchi; all they do is whine on every call made. Renney and Shanahan respect the officials and they deserved to get an explanation. Also, the linesman who was very close to the blueline on the opposite side of the play must be fired. There is no way that he saw Phillips cross that blueline and clear the puck then. He must have imagined it, but that is unlikely and so that guy must give a public explanation on his decision. There is no way that he did not see it either. This guy is a professional at analyzing the action on the blueline. He can make a great off-sides call. I want to know what made this guy decide that it was not a penalty. No one was there to deflect it either. It was a clear that went out and over the glass and Phillips was being pressured, he had to act quickly.

You can complain about a poorly officiated game, but to have officials overturn an obvious call and give out no explanation…….absolutely obsurd. What did these guys do? Bet on the game and bet on the Senators to win? What logical explanation is there? None. Good call on Larry Brooks of the NYPost to call this one out too. The NHL can apologize, but if I were Sather i’d eat at Taco Bell, have diarrhea and wipe my rear end with the letter of apology. Do something about it Mr. Campbell! Those officials made a pathetic mistake and were absolutely unprofessional. And what do they do when the game is over? They run to their locker room.

I think these guys need to be exposed to the public and state their reasoning behind their decision to overturn the call, and disrespect the Rangers. It was becoming one of the best 3rd periods ever for a fan to watch. From 5-0 to 5-4 and last couple of minutes on the powerplay for the Rangers? They blew it, and they need to be accounted for their mistake.

So, apparently I may have been wrong about the domino effect with the Mike Comrie trade, but does it mean that this season will show no trades? Well, there are no maybes. It’s either yes and no. It also depends on you to call it, so please, be my guest and answer this question. Will there be about 18 transactions made at the Trade Deadline week/day? It’s your call. I say Yes. By then, teams would have a better idea where they stand and you will have just two groups of teams that will either have GMs that are chicken, or GMs that have guts. The groups are: Teams that currently have the playoffs spot, but need to protect it and make a stronger run in the playoffs. And, teams that are just barely out of the playoffs and need to make a last attempt to make it.

There are not few teams in that positions, but quite a bunch. On top of that, you have the teams locked for the playoffs and looking for some improvements, and let’s add a bit of spice to that topping and BAM, you have teams that are surely out of the playoff picture and want to clear salaries.

So, I’m betting on a busy week, and day. We’ll have the same set-up as usual and for those of you who are busy working, log on to HockeyTradeRumors.com as we’ll give you the very latest. And for those of you who want to comment on a trade at the moment it happens, we’ll have it all open for you.

Thanks for reading and enjoy a wonderful weekend,

Micki Peroni


23 Responses to Rangers Trade Imminent? Officials Are Rude, Trade Deadline a Biggie?

  1. muckies says:

    The Phillips clearing went over the player bench, that's why it wasn't a penalty..so the right call was made but nice rant.

    Tom Renney will be done by the end of January,  He is not the right coach for the Rangers, they are probably the most OVERLOADED EURO TEAM in the league, and his style of micromannging the players doesn't work. Pat Quinn fired him in Vancouver because they quit on Renney after about 30 games, and it looks like the Jagr led Euro players are simply not listenning to the coach.  Renney said it himself the team was soft and had no character. 

    The comeback agait Ottawa was led by guys like J.Ward and those are the types of players the Rangers need to play consistent because they don't quit when they get scored on fisrt and only rely on Talent to win.

    Get rid of Renney, replace him with Pat Quinn, the guy that once fired him

  2. mikster says:

    It’s still a penalty if it goes over the player bench and into the stands because he made it from behind his blueline. Joe Micheletti would not have missed it, same with Sam Rosen, as the MSG broadcast staff is one of the best in the league to get the right angles. And, Renney was even more p’d off a shift after as the bench saw the replay that it should have been a penalty.

    Regardless, the officials should have given the explanation to Shanahan or Renney and they didn’t. They just wanted to get the play going asap.

    Renney is a good coach and the Rangers had more Euros last season than this season. They lost Sykora and Rucinsky and added Shanahan and Cullen.

    Renney did fine with them last season with more Euro players and was more defensive minded than this season.

    Pat Quinn? I don’t think so…. it will be the end for Rangers prospects, and they have plenty.

  3. XOXOHTH says:

    That's incorrect. If the puck goes out of play over the players bench it is not a penalty.

  4. Yann says:

    good article, I agree about Jessiman, though as far as prucha is concerned i think the only ones to blame are the Rangers, last year they gave him the opportunity to play and he thrived, this year they gave him nothing, almost no ice time and no good linemates to help him, this guy is great but he needs the icetime and linemates to make it work , its just like jessiman, he needs an opportunity…

    I'm a sens fan and it was the right call but I agree that it is unfair how officials can treat players how they want to, a good official will ALWAYS explain why he made the call if it is asked and/or if the call is questionable…

    Yann S.

  5. Yann says:

    Rennery I find is an amazing coach, the Rangers just didnt answer at all when he pushed them, he pushes them and they fall instead of running…

  6. muckies says:

    Renney did fine, the Rangers were a mess for times last season and they quit on him, but the fact remains that if they don't start winning by the end of January and play like they do, they will need to make a coaching change and it's that simple. Jagr, Prucha, Mylander, Straka do not play hard for Renney, he just burns players out with his demands. 

    Renney is a control freak, When things are going well he is happy, when they don't he can't handle it and starts to hate his players and it's liek the world is coming to an end, he adds gas to a fire which is not good in media crazy NY. It happened with him in Junoir, it Happened with Team Canada, it happened in Vancouver and it's happening in NY. 

    My bet is he won't last the season, the Rangers need a solid Veteran coach that won't take any BS from his players and knows how to get them to work like Quinn

  7. steve90 says:

    it was a penalty…colin campbell personally called tom renney to apologize about the missed call…it was a penalty no question about it from the man in charge himself

  8. mikster says:

    Yeah, but the Rangers also have a lot of young players to use, and Quinn does not know anything about youth. He got the Leafs to have one of the weakest prospects depth charts in the NHL.

    Not with the Rangers.

  9. mikster says:

    Not only are you a good Sens fan, but a good hockey fan for posting a fair comment on this.

    I think Shanahan completely took over Prucha. I mean, maybe the guy just had one great season, and all he is is just a decent skilled player with an excellent shot. But, he was given chances and didn’t really take advantage of them. Still, i wouldn’t trade him unless i really like the player in return.

  10. XOXOHTH says:

    That's just wonderful, but if you didn't already notice, that wasn't what I was arguing. I didn't see the game so I don't know if it was a penalty or not. I was simply saying that if a player clears the puck over the player's bench while in the defensive zone it is not a penalty. I'll take your word on the specific incident last night though.

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

     I don't know alot about the Rangers but who are the youngsters that they have? Montoya is really starting to look like he is not the goalie that they thought he was going to be, Dawes is half a season in the minors from being a complete bust, you have already mentioned Jessiman (I agree with you on how they should use him).

     So after Montoya there are no goalie prospects as far as I know, your forwards look kind of weak and all that leaves is your defenseman. Staal will be a Star and maybe Sanguinetti will be a good D, after that what is there?

  12. ranger_fan says:

    Isn't it a judgment call? If the ref interprets that the puck still would have gone off the glass at the boards its still a penalty?

  13. ranger_fan says:

    Ever notice when Renney says Henrik played like an allstar or excellent – the next game is anything but? As a goalie I guess its easier to me to point out. I did have a similiar problem handling complements. It can get in a goalies head. Don't tell me that he can't hear Toms comments right outside the locker room too.

    And then there is Weekes… you don't say anything good about his play… HE IS HORRIBLE. Unfortunately there hasn't been anything positive to say about him. He will never succeed in NY. I suggest that they can get another backup for him. NYs defense is slow and mediocre. They need a goalie who can actually control rebounds. HE CAN'T!

  14. ranger_fan says:

    TOM RENNEY HAS NOT GIVEN EVERY PLAYER A CHANCE. He has kept the top line together for much too long.

    Tell me if these players have had sufficient chances and ice time:

    until two weeks ago: Pock

    Hossa I put up there because his role is limiting. I remember he bumped him up with Jagr in November and he had two assists. I think that was a comeback versus NJ if I'm not mistaking. And if you think about it, Marcel could even be a solid complement to Jagr. He has decent speed, can make some passes, but more importantly does have size and a bit of a physical presence. Hell he could even be a man in front of the net (sorely lacking in NY) on the PP. Straka could center them, and put Nylander with Shanny and Prucha?

    Just a farfetched idea. And if I were Renney I would be open minded.

  15. NHLman says:

    How about the Rangers trying to get Zherdev from the Blue Jackets. He has been under performing and has a decent sized contract, he is worth trading for and putting on the second line, although I don't know what the package would consist of. Once again, I would like to express my hatred for Matt Cullen, a.k.a. the new Tom Poti- an albatross on the shoulders of the Rangers. I would love to see the Rangers have Prucha center Shanahan and someone else (maybe Zherdev?). I think Prucha should be given a chance to center instead of Cullen,; not because he has been so productive but because he is younger and more talented. Prucha deserves a try. Also woouldn't it be nice to have Petr Sykora right now, who could center the 2nd line. The same Petr Sykora that wanted to play for the Rangers above all else… instead we signed Cullen. Shame, shame, shame.

    Here's a "Leaf-like" Rangers rumor-

    Pronger once again wants to be traded and asked to be traded to the Rangers. Furthermore, Pronger insisted that the Ducks sell him to the Rangers for $5,000 and a copy of NHL95 for Sega Genesis. Pronger maintains that the aforementioned package will make up for his absence.

    The Penguins in a last ditch effort to save the franchise have decided to sell Crosby and Malkin to the Rangers for Madison Square Garden. Little do the Penguins know that a new MSG is in the works, scheduled to open in 2009. A fair trade indeed.

    Rangers will add Marian Hossa pulling the old bait and switch move using look alike Marcel Hossa. That Marcel sure is a team player.
    (By the way on a serious note, Marcel is starting to look like Marian, just needs to learn to finish.)

    After all these trades the Rangers lines will look like this:

    Malkin-Crosby (clone #1)-Jagr (clone #1)
    Malin (clone #1)-Crosby (clone #2)-Jagr (clone #2)

    Pronger- Tyutin
    Pronger (clone #1)- Pronger (clone #2)
    Pronger (clone #3)-Pronger (clone #4)

    Brilliant team

  16. ranger_fan says:

    I remember when he was holding out… I was bashed for bringing up Zherdev for Immonen Rozival and a mid level pick or prospect.

    As far as you're team BRILLIANT!

  17. NHLman says:

    The Rangers have a wealth of prospects. The only thing is that there are no true scoring threats in the system. I think most people would disagree with you about Montoya. Montoya has proven he has the talent to be a #1 in the NHL, just needs more seasoning. Dawes was only a fifth rounder, so how is he a bust? There is no such thing as a fifth round bust, plus he is still very young.

    After Montoya there is Chris Holt who definitely has potential.
    hockeysfuture.com has the Rangers rated as the #11 organization in terms of prospects ( Penguins #1).

  18. Yann says:

    Thanks, what I dont understand is why did they give up on him, and why so fast, he is SO talented, and he is one of my favorites…

  19. wingerxxx says:

    Yet another very good Rangers analysis….I was wondering if I was the only one that saw Jagr take that hit.  People who claim that Jagr is a wimp on the ice, can offically eat it, after that.  Witt does not throw powder puff body checks. 

    It's been obvious that a trade needs to happen for a while now.  I keep hearing about Tkachuk and Guerin, but I really hope that a deal is for another center.  Playing Cullen full time on a third line would be good for just about everyone.  Possibly help to justify his contract.  Tkachuk would add some much needed viciousness, and Guerin possibly a bit more of a scoring touch, but the team really needs a playmaker for Shanahan to play with.  Stumpel would be a nice short term fix.  I'd like Morrison too, but I'm sure that I would like what Vancouver would want in exchange for him.

    Although…the more I see games like last night, the more I think that going after Tkachuk would not be such a bad idea.  A guy like that under the big lights in New York…he could definitely change the locker room chemistry, and that would be a very welcome thing with the team right now. 

    As for Jessiman….hmm.  It seems to be that he was always a huge risk.  I don't believe that Sather should have spent a first round pick on him…but hey, if Jessiman panned out, then it would make him look like a genius.  As huge a kid as he is, I'd say to give him a little more time.  Although I know that everyone is getting impatient with him, and its understandable.  It would also be bad to see him squander his skills in the minors for his career.  I do agree that throwing him headfirst into the fire, could be just what he needs. 

  20. wheresthesoda says:

    i'm starting to like hossa a lot more, this kid is so strong on the puck, looks like jagr sometimes. against ottowa the goal he scored was on a delayed penalty, he drew it. I think he needs to play with shannahan bc he looked really good on that line.

  21. tancred says:

    I didn't see the Rangers/Senators game, so I'm asking those who did–how did Renney and Shanahan approach the officials on the overturned penalty call?  I'm all for officials being upfront with the players and coaches on a close or questionable call.  But, as most of us probably know from our own lives, the approach and attitude of the person wanting an answer can really affect the response.  If someone under me at work comes and asks a question in a normal tone and in a polite way, I have no problem answering them.  I'll probably be just as polite as they were.  However, if someone comes running up, red in the face, and demanding answers, then that just puts me off.  I really don't want to deal with such people.  I might just brush them off, or maybe even be a little snide.  

    So, how did Shanny and Renney approach the officials?  Even the ones who consistantly make questionable calls deserve respect.  
  22. gg_idiot says:

    The point of this post? Are you bashing Rangers fans? Leaf fans? You need to be more obvious. I do miss posts like this though. However I think you forgot to mention the trade to Vancouver for Luongo. Rangers send a gift card for Wal Mart (expired) for the all-star goalie.

    The line up looks like this







  23. gg_idiot says:

    Shanahan took off his jersey, put on a tight white t-shirt, poured water all over himself, rubbed his nipples and skated up to the officials trying to entice them into a sexy game of cat and mouse.

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