Found May 27, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, The 33-year-old veteran, who has seven years remaining on a nine-year $60 million deal inked in July 2011, will be a prime candidate for a compliance buyout this summer. Richards said he has long been aware that scenario exists. “That’s been written since probably a week into the season,” Richards said of the buyout talk. “That’s the business side of it. I’m playing hockey no matter what.” Richards described his season as a “mess” and said it was tough to watch his team be eliminated from the post-season from the press box Saturday night. He was scratched for both Games 4 and 5 of the team’s semifinal set against the Boston Bruins, before which he was limited to only one point in 10 postseason games. It was not a fun time. There’s no other way to really put it,” Richards said. “It’s tough, but life goes on and I’ve got to regroup and figure some things out and start over.” Richards admitted that the lockout-shortened seas

What’s Lundqvist Really Trying To Say?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Henrik Lundqvist chose his words very carefully yesterday when the subject of a potential contract extension this summer was raised at yesterday’s breakup day, so I sure won’t put any words in his mouth. But know this: The words did not come out of the Rangers’ franchise player’s mouth that would have put owner Jim Dolan, general...

Rangers' Lundqvist has to talk to agent about contract extension

  As if the New York Rangers' 4-1 series loss in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins wasn't bad enough, Rangers fans will have something pretty big to worry about over this off-season. No, not worries about Brad Richards and Rick Nash. Not worries about coaching and if that contributed to an offense that basically didn't exist. No, they have...

Rangers Offseason Questions: Part 1 – Cup Contender and is Torts Still The Guy

Now that the 2012 – 2013 New York Rangers are officially out of the Stanley Cup playoffs (sorry for the harsh reminder, folks) it’s time for the organization to concentrate solely on making next year’s edition better. I’m sure they’ve been working on their offseason strategy for some time but with no more playoff games [...]

Rangers face questions after 2nd-round ouster

Henrik Lundqvist's disappointment began before the final buzzer sounded on the New York Rangers' season in Boston. An empty-net goal in the closing seconds, while Lundqvist watched from the bench, turned a one-goal deficit into a Game 5, season-ending loss in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bruins. Lundqvist slammed his stick on his way back to the net...

Rangers/Bruins series: Where it was lost and where it could have been won

Barton Silverman/The New York Times The Rangers ran out of steam yesterday, and bowed out of the 2013 playoffs with a disappointing 4-1 series loss to the Bruins. Many were excited to play the Bruins because of the regular season success over the past few years, but this Rangers club was not up to the task of making this series interesting. The Rangers were, for the second year in...

Grading the Rangers management

Photo credit: Jim McIsaac It’s no secret that we here at the blog are supporters of post-lockout (the first one) Glen Sather. He has done a wonderful job of rebuilding the Rangers farm system into one of the best producers of NHL talent. Very few teams can boast the consistent influx of youth the Rangers have added over the years, and even fewer can say they did it without the...

Torts takes the blame for series loss against Boston

Rangers Coach John Tortorella took the blame for his team’s loss on Saturday (courtesy of The Saga that is John Tortorella finally ended….well at least for this season it did, on Saturday. The Rangers went into Game 5 in Boston and lost 3-1 to the Bruins officially closing the books on their 2012-2013 season. But what the man affectionately called “Torts” did...

Rangers weren't emotionally ready for round 2

It seems the New York Rangers' first-round playoff win over the Washington Capitals took a lot more out them than it appeared. The toll was more mental than physical. The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round and advanced with back-to-back shutout wins in the final two contests - culminating with a 5-0 rout in Game 7. But when the time came to take...

Breakup Day News, Notes & Quotes

Today officially marks the end of yet another unsuccessful season for the New York Rangers in their quest for hockey's holy grail. While not everything about this season should be looked at in a negative light, it marks the next step in the process of a team that will (at least in my opinion) be right back to, if not much further than they finished this season. Rick Nash...

Brooks: NHL’s ‘cap recapture’ mechanism for lifetime contracts lurks as a franchise-killing clause

The New York Post's Larry Brooks penned a superb recap of the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, wondering what the future holds for Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash's team, but his main Sunday column includes ponderings about the Flyers tossing an offer sheet at Ryan McDonaugh, others tossing money at RFA's-to-be Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo...

John Tortorella blames Game 7 emotions for fall to Bruins

This is interesting. Usually, after a team comes back from a two-game deficit to advance to the next playoff round it's called momentum. If you do it with back-to-back shut out wins, you should get an extra dose of it, right? The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the quarterfinals in a series turn-around that could be built upon easily. So, what happened in the semifinals...

Rangers fire coach John Tortorella

The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties, four days after the team was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference 

A Much Deserved Thank You

There will be plenty of time this offseason to worry about Henrik Lundqvist's "We'll see" heard round the world and a potential Brad Richards buyout, but I wanted to take a few seconds to thank all TheNYRBlog readers for another amazing year on the blog. Despite the torturous lockout, you guys came back in full force. TheNYRBlog broke numerous traffic records...
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