Rucinsky Jumps Over NYC, more on NYR. Devilish Offense Burns. Tampa No Way.

Rucinsky just wouldn’t accept what the Rangers offered him, so he goes to the Blues to…..

…So Ruicinsky not coming back, who is going to come to NYC, and who will depart?

Devils are 4-1, but how will they survive against superior teams? Danton’s a locker room headache.

Reason why Tampa’s hot.Well, I am not upset for Rucinsky not coming back. But, it does leave me to think that Slats will go for a trade. Nedved has to play as a center. He is working really hard, playing with a lot of effort, surprisingly back-checking, and the best way to go is to move him back at center. But, that leaves a question for the Rangers LW.

St. Louis needs help, and Ruicnsky is worth a shot, so why not? However, if he can’t play the way they expect him to play, they just wasted money on him and he has no trade value, little if any. Worth a shot though…

It’s just a hunch, but might be worth mentioning. No, Barnaby will not be traded. I doubt McCarthy will. Samuelsson won’t be traded. Lundmark has been one of the best Rangers, no trade. Bure, no trade. Ok, you get my point. Radek Dvorak? Most likely. Sather was going to trade him during March instead of York. No real proof, but obvious reasons and a given clue by Sather during the Press Conference of the York for Poti and Murray deal (seems like a good deal now). Dvorak has done everything but score, so has Lindros. But, The Rangers need a solid LW’er and the only way to get one is via trade. Dvorak has come back really well from the injury, but the Rangers need a left winger. Jamie Lundmark is making Radek Dvorak more exandable. Lundmark mentioned he wants to work his way from solid defense to then using his excellent offensive skills; smart kid. Lundmark should be shifted up on the right win, and for the 4th line, Dixon Ward, Ted Donato, or Rico Fata could be called up.

Expect Radek Dvorak to be traded. Purinton has been rock solid for the Rangers, as he completely shut down Jaromir Jagr every time he faced him. If Kloucek doesn’t excel well enough in the minors, and could be risky to call up as he takes many penalties, he could be traded as well.

Despite the Devils record (4-1-0-0) against sub par teams (excluding Ottawa), their offense has been very underachieving and unimpressive. People, you’re watching the reincarnation of the 95 Devils. Though I still stick with my gut feeling that Friesen will at least score 25 goals, I am starting to doubt it. They have solid shifts, especially when Patrick Elias is on the ice, but no results. Expecting them to spark their offense against the worst defensive team in the NHL, the Devils did not fully outplay the Thrashers, and only beat them 2-1. Their power play does “stink” as Pat Burns has said, and this team has only been winning because of Martin Brodeur and a solid defense, which isn’t as solid as it should be. I have yet to watch a good game by the Devils, and the time when they will realize they have talent and strength is when they beat a power house team like the Flyers, Wings, Stars, and the strong offensive teams with a tough defense.

Mike Danton changed his name for…well, a lame reason, and he criticized the team’s staff for scratching him. Though I totally agree with him (why put Guolla when the 29 year old bust couldn’t even make the Thrashers line-up?), he still isn’t such a team player off the ice. Worst of all, is his agents worsening the problem. GM Lou kept Danton in New Jersey, not for suspension, but to knock some sense into this youngster. GO TELL HIM LOU!

Here is the reason why the Tampa Bay Lighting are storming around North America…

…they’re last season’s Islanders! No one is expecting to play such a tough team, so it is not so competitive. Sure they have good players like Richards, St. Louis, Lecavalier (…a bust? don’t think so…), and so on…

They have risen their chances of making the playoffs, for sure, but once the Eastern teams play tough and start playing their game, the Bolts will face a much tougher competition than now.


58 Responses to Rucinsky Jumps Over NYC, more on NYR. Devilish Offense Burns. Tampa No Way.

  1. mikster says:

    I didn’t see Purinto lat Jagr alone and give him scoring chances.

    If it was a lesser player, i wouldn’t sya he shut him down. But give me a break, he was on Jagr almost 100% of the game. You saw how he pinned him and forced Jagr to give up the puck on one play. And the goal against Purinton was Malakhov’s fault. If Malakhov would have stayed in his position he would have blocked Jagr’s pass.

  2. mikster says:

    “As always your clueless about the Devils.

    Here is a secret unknown to your world: 4-1 is a good record. The sign of a good team is winning games your supposed to win.”

    What does that have to do with the point i made about their unimpressive offense? Which, you then agreed that it has played poorly.

    Contradicting yourself…..

  3. MantaRay says:

    Mikster

    I must admit one thing: your a great politician. If you have weak ground to stand on…you change the move subject and then say your opponent did it.

    I am not going to waste anymore time correcting all your numerous errors and misinformation.

    Suffice to say its all there for the other HTR members to judge for themselves.

    Let the games begin!!!

  4. MantaRay says:

    “Yes – Your Right… Micki should have said, Seeing Purinton with the talent to shut down Jagr insted of actually shutting him down.”

    Thats all I was saying, thank-you.

    As far as Purinton goes, last season he played very well. In fact, the Rangers were almost unbeatable when he was in the line-up last season.

    Unfortunately, time was allocated to Karpa and Ulanov at the expense of Purinton because Sather needed to pretend he was a genius for signing these guys.

  5. mikster says:

    “Let the games begin!!! “

    Yeah! Been a long time since this eh? Let’s not try to step over the line with disrespectful comments to each other, and big_bootay’s in this too, like last season.

    Anyway,….

    YOU CHANGED THE TOPIC IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    I talked about their offense, and you didn’t. You changed topics on that.

    I said that Purinton was shutting down Jagr in that game. You mentioned his -1, which was correct and my mistake to not point out. However, you did not mention the play/action of the goal. The replay is also the information needed to be pointed out.

    My mistake on word usage. Could still instead could always, score 20-25 goals for Dvorak. He has the skills and potential to do that.

    What did i misinform though? Nothing! Just some mistakes…

    You still went way off track creating an arguement regarding the Devils team overall and their record. All i spoke about was the offense. But you didn’t include that or discuss that, you actually disagreed with that yesterday, saying i am cluesless, and then today you agreed with it in a way.

    That’s the whole story.

  6. mikster says:

    “Let the games begin!!! “

    Yeah! Been a long time since this eh? Let’s not try to step over the line with disrespectful comments to each other, and big_bootay’s in this too, like last season.

    Anyway,….

    YOU CHANGED THE TOPIC IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    I talked about their offense, and you didn’t. You changed topics on that.

    I said that Purinton was shutting down Jagr in that game. You mentioned his -1, which was correct and my mistake to not point out. However, you did not mention the play/action of the goal. The replay is also the information needed to be pointed out.

    My mistake on word usage. Could still instead could always, score 20-25 goals for Dvorak. He has the skills and potential to do that.

    What did i misinform though? Nothing! Just some mistakes…

    You still went way off track creating an arguement regarding the Devils team overall and their record. All i spoke about was the offense. But you didn’t include that or discuss that, you actually disagreed with that yesterday, saying i am cluesless, and then today you agreed with it in a way.

    That’s the whole story.

  7. MantaRay says:

    What do you know, we only scored two goals…and won again. Hey Mik, your Rangers scored to as well….but lost again.

    While you keep criticising the 5-1 Devils for not scoring, we just keep winning and thats the bottom line: WINNING

  8. mikster says:

    Dude, you’re taking it too personally…

    Nice try in bringing the Rangers into this….

    …But, all i am discussing is the Devils offense. Yet again, you keep discussing their record. What part of that don’t you understand? I don’t care if the Devils were 1-5-0 or 5-1-0, i am talking about their offense since it is becoming a big issue for the team. They themselves are disatisfied with the offense.

    It’s like if i talk about Elias and you talk about the whole team. I don’t care about the whole team, i am talking about Elias.

    Samething, i am talking about the offense, not the team’s record.

    It’s not a meaningless point to bring up, because it’s what Bruns has been addressing….so it is not meaningless, only to you it is…

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