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September 28, 2006

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Greg Moore will be back soon as I know he has the talent to offer a ton more than Hossa

I agree with Jess that Greg Moore will be called up this season. In watching him in the preseason I really liked his play. He is the type of guy that can fly under the radar, but he does everything right and seems very mature. Perhaps because he is not a flashy player he did not get a second look. However, he looks like a solid, responsible two-way player that one day will be wearing the Blueshirt.

I have so much respect for Tom Renney, but cannot understand how he is getting fooled by Hossa after last season. I understand the guy is 2 and physically has the tools to be a good player. However, he just is not consistent and he work ethic can be lacking - how can he tolerate that!

What do you guys think about Dawes and Dubinsky's chances of making the team? COming into training camp I wanted Dawes to make the team and I thought he had the best chance. I saw him many time in Hartford last year and he was amazing. I could definitely see him as a Brian Gionta-type player, small, but very productive and made for the new NHL. I still think he is great and would love for him to make the cut for our team.

I had heard good things about Dubinsky for the last year via this website and reading around the net on him. His playoff showing in Hartford was also an eye opener. Watching him this preseason has been a revelation. He makes something happen on every shift and has a relentless work ethic. He is a big kid who uses his body, is intelligent and is a sponge when it comes to learning from the taining camp and older players. He seems mature beyond his age. Dubinsky is the prototypical Tom Renney player in regards to his work ethic. I think he would be a great addition to the team.

I would like both players to make the team and for Hossa to be cut or sent to the AHL. I don't think that will happen unfortunately. Renney has made comments about wanting older more mature players who are on the cusp to make the team instead of younger players. He would rather the younger players play more minutes and in more situations in Hartford than 5 minutes a night up with the big club. With that being the case, along with the fact that Hollweg is being showcased playing center now, that leaves the wing as the main opening.

I surmise from all of this that Renney will end up going with Dawes instead of Dubinsky. Dawes is a bit older and has a full season in Hartford under his belt, playing the PP and PK and being a consistent player.

Does anyone think that we will also have a rookie on defense? I am thinking that Thomas Pock will make the team as the seventh defenseman. It is now or never for Pock who is 24 now and has had a few opportunities. He could be an asset on the PP and could make a great outlet pass. He has a booming shot, but needs to hit the net more and learn to play consistently.

I think there is an outside shot that Staal makes the team. Recent press clippings has Renney saying he hates the rule with junior eligibility where the NHL team cannot send the player to the AHL and instead has to either keep the player in the NHL or send him to juniors. Staal has done all he can in juniors and there is a fear he will regress if sent there. any thoughts?

Anyway, I am heading to opening night next Thursday, are there any other Blueshirt Bulletin contributors or subscribers who are going? It would be great to meet up with a fellow fan and Blushirt subscriber for a beer and some Ranger talk.

Let me know!

Ok Nick I will respond in a second.

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The only Ranger prospect in action Trevor Koverko had his first point of the season but his Oshawa Generals lost to the Peteborough Petes 7-2.

Now for Nick who you made some good points and here is what I think:

"Perhaps because he is not a flashy player he did not get a second look. However, he looks like a solid, responsible two-way player that one day will be wearing the Blueshirt."

Training camp is where you have to stamp yourself and in some ways Moore just did not do that. HOWEVER his game is as you pointed out a 2 way one that as time goes on will become his ticket to the Rangers.

"I have so much respect for Tom Renney, but cannot understand how he is getting fooled by Hossa after last season."

I would not use the word "fooled" as Hossa really does have a ton of talent inside of him. Renney in my book is hoping that he can figure out how to connect Hossa's talent level to his desire. IF he does that then the Rangers get a player who is almost as good a goal scorer as big brother Hossa is.

I for one think it is a losing battle because there is only one person who can get though to him and that appears to be his brother who I believe has to lead him.

"I surmise from all of this that Renney will end up going with Dawes instead of Dubinsky. Dawes is a bit older and has a full season in Hartford under his belt, playing the PP and PK and being a consistent player"

I have learned never to count Dubinsky out so you never know.

"Does anyone think that we will also have a rookie on defense? "

Yes Ivan Baranka and not Pock. Rangers would love to add someone who already plays an NHL defensive style game but also adds offense.

Oh and Baranka is someone who I really do not suggest you get mad either as he is stronger than a bull.

Oh and sorry Staal does not make the Rangers because he simply has not reached out and forced his way onto the roster. Look they already have him under contract but he is not NHL ready so send him back to Sudbury and decide what kind of defenseman you want him to be.

The problem with Hossa, for lack of a better word, is that he seems to suffer from a form of autism. Most of the time he's in a state of disconnect with the others on the ice. A supposed offensive threat, you can forgive him for going long stretches without scoring -- "slump" -- but not for the rarity of his assists. On the other hand he has flashes of competence for short bursts of time and if he comes out of the blocks humming as he did last year, he may contribute something. The problem then becomes Renney -- how long will he stick with him if he again goes into a funk at the expense of giving someone else a chance? Montreal didn't give up on him without reason.

The recall of Lessard is recognition that the Rangers did not address another weakness from last year -- lack of toughness. Janssen thinking he can bash anyone with impunity as last year is going to be copied around the league if these guys are not cut off at the pass. All the proven enforcers found homes elsewhere and so did useful guys like Erskine. Orr still hasn't shown he is the answer and Orr alone may not be the answer.

I think the Rangers are an improved team on paper from last year but the power play without a driving force from the blueline will be like last year. I presume Ozolinsh in time will be given a chance to redeem himself in this role if no one else steps up in the meantime. Not a glaring weakness at this stage of the game one has to hope.

Hossa's got skills and Renney's just trying to find them...like Joe Thornton found Jonathon Cheechoo's scoring touch last year. Thornton turned him from a .625points/game player to a 1.3 points/game player!!

...either that, or Renney's just brilliant and realizes the best hockey he'll get out of Hossa is the first 12-15 games of the season which will be when they trade him or finally send him to Hartford. LOL.

Ivrydov, how can you say the Rangers didn't address the (supposed) lack of toughness? First of all, I think this issue is a tad overrated in the new NHL. Second of all, the Rangers added Shanahan, A. Ward, Hall and Cullen, and will most likely dress Hollweg and Orr on a nightly basis. That makes the team MUCH tougher than last year's squad, in my opinion.

Do they have a full-time goon? Thankfully, NO! But Orr, Hollweg and Shanahan will all drop the gloves if need be. Plus, all of the guys I mentioned, along with Betts and J. Ward, at least have the potential to play tough.

I think the Rangers will be fine in this department.

TF

Cheechoo was a proven scorer prior to having Thornton as a linemate.

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