Archive for March 7th, 2008

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Rangers Must Secure a Top Seed

Rangers Rumors & News

As a Rangers die-hard, I should probably just clam up and enjoy the ride this team is on. However, ever the cynic, I never seem to be satisfied.

So with that said, while proving Thursday night that perhaps this team isn’t half bad after all, I am hardly content.

After all, it was only Tuesday that the hungry Islanders rode their red-hot backup goalie to a shootout victory while Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist looked like anything but the franchise goalie that he’s getting paid to be.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at exactly where this team is, and where it needs to be.

The Rangers must beat Crosby now to avoid facing him later.As I stated at the trade deadline, I am the first to admit that it’s wonderful to be on the cusp of a third successive playoff berth after seven long years of futility. On the other hand, I wondered …

Islanders Rumors & News

Last night’s 4-1 loss against the hated New York Rangers only reminded Islanders fans of what we already knew: We need a playmaking forward.

The Islanders have one of the best goalie tandems in hockey with Rick DiPietro and Wade Dubielewicz, but you cannot rely on your goaltenders as heavily as the Isles do. The Islanders have given up the 5th most shots in the league but DiPietro has given up the 6th fewest goals. A goalie can only do so much to help their team win. The glaring weakness on this team is the lack of offense. Up until last week the Islanders were the only team in hockey without a 20 goal scorer. The team is 29th in scoring. Couple that with the amount of shots they give up and it’s not a recipe for success.  

At certain points in a season, teams need a forward to carry the load for a while. Evgeni Malkin has done it for the Pens this year, as well as Alex Ovechkin for the Caps. The Isles simply do not have …

Takeo Spikes, anybody?

Giants Rumors & News

The Philadelphia Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes. Should the Giants pursue him?

Considering the losses of Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor the team might be in the market for help at linebacker.

Is Spikes a guy worth looking at? He has been a terrific player throughout his 10-year career. Yet, he’s 31 and has missed chunks of the past three seasons with injuries.

I say pass on him. Let Gerris Wilkinson, Mathias Kiwanuka and Zak DeOssie develop and maybe draft a linebacker to add to the mix.

We don’t need a return to the days of Carlos Emmons and LaVar Arrington — injury-prone veterans who could not stay on the field.

Your thoughts?

(– Read more of Ed Valentine’s Giants’ coverage at Big Blue View.)

Where to Turn for Outfield Help

Mets Rumors & News

Although it’s still Spring Training, the Mets have found themselves in a bind.  Moises Alou, Ryan Church, and Endy Chavez are all injured.  While Chavez isn’t seriously injured, Alou will most likely missed the beginning of the season, and Church’s timestable isn’t certain.  Concussions tend to heal differently based on the person.  While Omar Minaya has said the the injuries aren’t a problem, the roster and thin outfield paint a different picture. 

With offseason trades the Mets no longer have the option of sending a Lastings Milledge or Carlos Gomez out until the starter has returned.  Sure Marlon Anderson and Damon Easley can fill in for a brief time, but a Mets fan can’t feel real confident seeing them out there day in and day out and expecting big numbers.  Oh, there’s Brady Clark, but how much can you count on him?

It’s time of Omar to look elsewhere, and I don’t mean Sammy Sosa or Barry Bonds.

There are outfielders available on the trade front.  Rumors circulated a Jorge Sosa for Marcus Thames …

Rangers Rumors & News

You really have to wonder what Ted Nolan was thinking starting Wade Dubielewicz after a mediocre performance on Tuesday, in which he blew a two goal lead. However, let us not neglect the fact that Henrik Lundqvist got his groove back tonight, after a similarly painstaking performance at MSG two nights ago. He could not have been more on top of his game as he stopped 26 of 27 shots faced. It didn’t hurt that he got a great deal of support right out of the gate from Brendan Shanahan, who scored through the five-hole on a beautiful breakout pass from Nigel Dawes.

The truth is Henrik Lundqvist showed everyone why he’s considered Rangers’ royalty tonight. His performance in the second period kept the Rangers in the game. In fact, anything less could have seen them walk away from this home and home with a single point. Despite this sluggish second period that saw the Rangers outshot 14-5, they were able to bounce back in the third thanks to goals by Scott Gomez and an empty …

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